Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mason: Seven Months Old

Our little boogie is 7 months old! Well, I'm lying... at the time that I'm writing this, he's actually 8 months old. What can I say... mom life is busy! But this will be a look back at his 7th month!

Our little peanut weighed in right around 15 pounds at 7 months old. He's tiny! But he's getting bigger and bigger... more purees and solid foods have been helping him pack on the pounds. :)

Our little nugget is wearing mostly 6 month clothing, with a few, very few 3 month onesies still in his rotation.
He's still wearing size 2 diapers.

This little dude still loves the boobies. Ha! 

We are still going strong with nursing. He did have ONE random day where he refused to nurse. And it wasn't even a full day. It was about half a day... when I would go to offer him the breast, he would literally just scream and refuse. I was SO sad. I was sad that he was DONE breastfeeding... despite my research telling me that babies don't typically wean like that.

Still, to this day, I have no idea what was up with his refusal during that one afternoon/evening. Since he was refusing, we just gave him bottles of breast milk and he was fine with that. Then that night, when he woke up to nurse, he latched on just fine and was back to being a champion nurser. It was so odd!

Mason is still loving ALL THE FOOD. He LOVES purees... almost all of them. He hasn't been a big fan of green beans... but we'll try them again in a few weeks to see if he changes his tune.

He also LOVE LOVE LOVES avocado and apples. In fact, he loves them so much that he CRIES when he finishes them or we take them away! Haha! What a little piglet. :)

Another thing that Mason has been LOVING is frozen peaches. We put them in his little mesh feeder and he just goes to town. It's quite the sticky experience... but he loves it! And it's definitely helped with his teething.

SIGH... Sleep? What's that...?

Our little sweet pea is still not sleeping through the night. Which is extra hard for us because he WAS. When he came home from the hospital up until he was about 4 months old, dude slept like a champ! Then we hit that 4 month sleep regression and all hell broke loose.

Currently, he's up usually once during the night to nurse.

I know, I know... this is our fault. I know he doesn't NEED to eat. He's old enough to sleep through the night. But when it's 2am and someone is hollering and crying and you KNOW if you stick a boob in his mouth he'll be back to sleep in 10 minutes... you do that. It's easier than shushing and rocking for hours on end. So sue me. Haha

I'm just so not on board with the whole "cry it out" thing. I just cannot do it. It breaks my heart. Like truly just breaks it. And I know this phase in our lives is temporary... so yes, I will continue to go to my son when he cries out for me because one day, he won't anymore and I'll be sad that I'm not needed as much. So, there.

Mason and Auntie Katie

-Bath time and his pool
-Food (definitely prefers fruit), LOVES frozen peaches
-Blowing Raspberries
-Giving Mommy kisses
-Watching Peek-A-Boo

-Putting jammies on after bath time

Another short list of "dislikes"... he's such a HAPPY boy! :)

Mason's 7th month was SO MUCH FUN!

Our little dude sprouted his first tooth JUST before he turned 7 months old. His tooth officially poked through on June 10th. And he looks so CUTE with his little tooth (as seen above).

Mason sits up SO well unassisted now. At 6 months, he was still a little wobbly at times, but at 7 months, dude can sit up with zero issues. He looks like such a big boy! Also... those CHEEKS! I die... <3

We celebrated Adam's first Father's Day with our little sugar butt! Adam, Jessica, Katie and I actually went to the Twin's game on Father's Day and Mason hung out with Grandma and Papa for a while.

This is the gift that Mason gave to his Daddy... I only helped him a little bit with it. :)

Let me just say... taking photos of a 7 month old with foam letters is NOT easy.

At first, we had Mason sitting up in the grass, but all he wanted to do was eat the letters. He had glitter ALL over his face. Haha!

So eventually, we laid him down in the grass and he left the letters alone for long enough for me to snap a few pictures. It turned out really cute. :)

Below is a hilariously cute outtake from Mason's 1st Father's Day photos... he was in the middle of doing something he loves.... blowing raspberries! :)

We also celebrated Mason's first 4th of July! He kept it pretty low key and just grilled out over at my parent's house.

He wore the stars, I wore the stripes! :)

Mason and GG
Obviously, we had an amazing June-July with our little 7 month old! He's at an age where he is just SO FUN! He's so funny and I just love spending time with him. I feel truly blessed to be his mama. :)

Adam and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on June 22nd as well.

I can't believe we've been married for 3 years!

3 years of marriage, 2 homes, 3 pets, and 1 amazingly adorable little boy! We've had a great 3 years! Sure, there have been ups and downs, but we've stuck it out and there's no one else I'd rather share my life with.

During the day, we took a little family outing to the Como Zoo. It was Mason's first time at the zoo... He didn't really "get it", which is why we opted to go the inexpensive route and go to Como over the MN Zoo. His favorite part was the seals and the aquatic center. :)

Our little Monkey :)
The evening of our anniversary, my mom came over to babysit Mason and Adam and I went to Redstone for dinner and just took the opportunity to reconnect a little bit.

Marriage is hard.

Marriage with children is HARDER.

People often say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. I disagree. And I think both Adam and I would agree that the year you add children to the mix is the hardest year of marriage (so far).

It's just a whole new ball game at that point. You're both trying to navigate parenthood. You have no idea what you're doing. And you're sleep deprived.

It's hard.

But it's SO worth it. I'd rather go through the struggles with Adam than go through any of this life without him. He's a great husband and a great father and Mason and I are SO lucky to have him.

Adam and I have been exchanging traditional wedding gifts for the last few anniversaries. Well, this year, it was leather and neither of us could think of anything good (not dirty lol) to exchange... so instead, we bought each other bikes for our anniversay! Such an AWESOME gift!

I still have yet to take a picture of my blue beauty, but I love my bike! Now I just need to get out there and ride it more. It's just hard because at the end of the day, I want to spend time with Mason and by the time he goes to bed... I'm exhausted. I need to make a better effort though because I love riding my bike and I absolutely need the exercise!

It's been busy around here, obviously. Hence the suuuuper late 7 month recap and all of the stuff that took place during the month... but it's been fun.

Here are some random pictures of some fun and cute things during Mason's 7th month... :)

Kenzie, our [gorgeous] teenage neighbor saw us out one day and stopped by to say hi to Mason... He loved chatting and "flirting" with her. Trouble already... a beautiful blonde girl in a bikini comes over and Mason turns on the charm. Ha! :)

 After a while, the whole family (minus Alli), was over chatting and hanging out with Mason. Mr. Popular! :)

Our FAVORITE neighbors. :)

Big boy in the cart for the first time! He thought it was pretty fun!

My big boy. <3
Swinging! Needless to say, he loved it! :)

Adam kept scooting him back in the swing and he'd scoot himself forward so his arms were dangling. Haha! He's so funny! :)

An epic stare down. 

"Mom, he's looking at me...." Ha! :)
Last, but certainly not least! My very good friend, Megan, asked me and our other friend, Sheena, to be in her wedding next summer!

Us girls went out to lunch and Megan gave us these cute little boxes. Inside was this ring pop.. and some chocolate and nail polish in her wedding colors!

SO fun! And of course, Sheena and I were so excited and honored to be asked to stand by her side as she marries the love of her life. I can't WAIT for the wedding!!!! :)

We've had such a fun month! I'm sure Mason's 8th month will be just as amazing. It seems like every month just gets better and better!

Life as a mom is more than I ever imagined it would be. It can be hard. So hard. But it's so, so, so incredibly worth it.

And I can admit that I used to get bored playing with other people's kids. I thought they were adorable, but I was more than happy to hand them back to mom and dad when my time was up. I remember feeling nervous before I had Mason thinking that I would get bored hanging out with a baby.

Well, I can honestly say, NOPE. I love spending time with him. He's so fun and funny. I wish I could spend MORE time with him. But... work gets in the way. Darn.

My Masey John,

Like I whisper in your ear every night when I carry you into your room, you are the absolute best thing that's ever happened to me.

You make my life more full than I ever imagined it could be. You fill spaces in my heart that I didn't know were empty. You're the true light of my life.

You're the happiest baby and every day I feel so lucky to be your Mama.

I can't wait to continue to watch you learn and grow! Let the good times roll, sweet pea!

I love you so much, stinkadoo! :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mason: Six Months Old

We have a 6 month old! Almost 7 months, actually! Every month I say it - how in the world can time move SO quickly?! I mean, Mason has been with us for HALF of a year! And it's been the best, hardest, craziest, most amazing 6 months of my life!

Weight/length/Head Size
We still have a little peanut on our hands.

As of Mason's 6 month appointment on May 13th, he was 14 pounds (3rd percentile) and 25.5 inches long (10th percentile). His head measured 17.1 inches (55th percentile).

So, clearly, he still a small little guy. But again, Dr. Pflaster isn't concerned at all since that seems to be his trend. As long as he keeps maintaining at this trend (or gaining, obviously), then there is no need to be concerned. He's just small... and oh so cute! :)

Mason had another round of vaccines at his 6 month appointment. It's heartbreaking to see him cry, but he handles them like such a big boy! As soon as they stick him, he starts screaming. Poor little thing. But seriously, as soon as he starts crying, he stops when they're finished. He'll snuggle up with Adam and I and then all is well again in his world. I try to nurse him right afterwards to soothe him as well and that works like a charm.

Overall, the doctor is still pleased with all of Mason's progress. He seems to be doing exactly what he should be doing for a sweet little 6 month old.

At 6 months, Mason is wearing 6 month clothing. He still wears some 3 month onesies, but his 3 month pants are too short for him. He's still in size 2 diapers, but we size up to size 3 overnight since we were having a problem with him leaking frequently.

Mason is still primarily breastfed and we plan to continue that until his 1st birthday. That's the plan. We'll see how it goes.

He's still loving purees with his favorite still probably being pears. Although, he did really like peaches too!

Now that he's tried a whole bunch of stuff, he's definitely more favorable towards fruits than vegetables, but who wouldn't be?!

We've also tried a few "real foods"; steamed veggies and avocado. He's not really a fan of those. I truly think it's just because of the texture though. He'll do his little gag and just kind of be over it.

We're not pushing it. We're following the mantra "food before one is just for fun". So, we'll keep offering it and if he eats it, great. And if not, that's OK too.

In fact, he's so much opposed to the texture of foods right now that he's even having a hard time with the homemade baby food that I made because it's not as smooth as the Gerber purees. But again, we'll just keep offering it to him and see how it goes.

We've also introduced a sippy cup recently and it's so funny because he doesn't really "get it" so when he sucks on it, he reminds me of a little hamster. It's so cute! Haha

"Feed me."
We were having SO much trouble with his sleep last month and luckily, it seems to have taken a turn for the better!

Last month, he was waking up multiple times a night... as in like 3x a night and it was killing me. I was exhausted. I was getting frustrated. Then I was feeling guilty for getting frustrated. It wasn't pretty.

THANKFULLY, we've turned a corner. Lately, Mason has been going to bed at his normal time (between 7pm and 7:30pm) and he'll usually wake up once before I go to bed and I'll nurse him back to sleep. Then he's out for the night until about 3 or 4am when I'll nurse him again and he'll sleep until 6am while I'm getting ready for work and I'll wake him up and get him ready... sometimes.

I say "sometimes" because he seriously has an uncanny ability to know when I need to get out of bed to get ready for the day... and many times, when I do that, he starts crying and wants to be fed. It makes for some really rough mornings for us me. He's ALL smiles after I go in there to get him... little stinker!

-Bath time (are you seeing the trend??)
-Being naked
-FOOD! So far, his favorite is probably pears
-Gnawing on his hands... And feet. 
-The "Peek-a-Boo" song

-Sleeping at night, apparently
(I put together his "like and dislikes" right when he turned 6 months old and was having trouble sleeping through the night. The last couple of weeks have been MUCH better for us!)

Mason waves "bye-bye"!!! And I'm telling you, it's just about the cutest thing in the world!

The first time he did it was several weeks ago, but then it would be hit or miss. Some days, he would enthusiastically wave goodbye to me in the morning as I left my parents house... and some mornings, he really couldn't care less. Haha!

Mason is also doing a really good job of sitting up on his own! He's still a little wobbly, but he's getting better each day. For now, I still use the Boppy behind him, just in case he tips back... but we're making great progress!

Mason was also baptized on Sunday, May 29th at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove. It was a beautiful day and we were so fortunate to celebrate the day with family and a few close friends.

He did great through the whole ceremony. He wasn't too sure about the water being poured over his head and he squawked a little bit, but overall, he handled it like a champ and was alllll smiles for the photos we took after the ceremony... go figure, our smiley guy. :)

Mason's Godparents; Andrew & Katie
Sweet little family
With Grandma and Papa
4 generations
Great Grandmas
Grandma and Papa EJ
Katie and Mason
Andrew and Mason
Levi, Landon, and Mason
Auntie JJ and Mason
Mason and Papa
After Mason's baptism ceremony, we had a little lunch over at Grandma and Papa's house. Mason was spoiled, as usual. :)

Thank you, family and friends!

"Gimme that pepper!"
All tuckered out from his big day
Looking back, LOTS has happened this past month. In addition to his Baptism, we also celebrated Mother's Day and Daddy bought Mason a pool!

Mother's Day was.... busy. Haha! It was a nice day, but we were all over the place. Next year we might have to think of a way to condense the activities for the day. I just felt like we were running around all day between seeing Adam's family and mine.

Our happy guy!

We had brunch with Adam's family in the morning at Dehn's. It was good and a nice chance to catch up with his family.

Grant definitely loves his little cousin. :)

After brunch, we did have some time to kill at home, which was good, because Mason needed a nap. It's hard to plan everything around making sure he has some nap time, but it's just something we can't skip. Growing little friend needs his sleep. He and I ended up taking a short nap together on the couch and Adam got this sweet picture of us.
I love love love this picture.

After a while, we were up and at it again and headed over to my parent's house to meet them and my grandma for dinner at La Casita. We did the same thing last year, so maybe this is our new "thing" for Mother's Day. :)

For Mother's Day, Adam, I mean, MASON got me a sweet book and this adorable Mother's ring. I ADORE it!! It's stamped with Mason's name on the outside and his birth date on the inside. I am in love with it!

It's from Baton Rouge Designs on Etsy. This one is the 2mm Thick Personalized Ring.

A few weeks ago, Adam bought Mason a pool and it's safe to say that he pretty much LOVED it! We figured he would since bath time is his favorite thing ever! Auntie JJ was over when we decided to break in his pool. He's such a happy little guy!

Needless to say, we've had a great time this last month with our little 6 month old!

Each stage that Mason enters seems a little bittersweet. Let me explain; he's SO much fun at this age. He's comprehending things more, he's more interactive and fun... but then on the flip side, it makes me sad to think about how quickly he's growing up! I mean, wasn't it just like, yesterday, that I brought a sweet little 8-pounder home from the hospital?!

We're having so much fun watching Mason learn and grow... I just wish time would slow down juuuust a little bit


You make every day better. You're the sweetest, happiest, cutest baby I've ever seen and me and daddy are SO lucky that you're OURS.

You've become such a big boy right before our eyes this month! I look at you and I can't believe you're already 6 months old!

I love seeing you learn new things, like waving "bye-bye" and giving big, sloppy, open mouth kisses (the BEST!).

Everyone always comments on your beautiful blue eyes and your happy demeanor. You really are the best baby ever!

Here's to more fun to come, my big boy! I love you so much, my little stinkin'!