Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mason: Twelve Months Old

Our baby toddler is ONE!!!!! How in the world did that happen so quickly!? Our little boogie turned the big O-N-E on November 13th and we had a great time celebrating him at his birthday party on November 12th.

I'll be writing up a separate post about his birthday party - but here's a look back at Mason's 12th month!

Weight/Length/Head Size
At Mason's 12 month doctor's appointment in mid-November, he was 22 pounds! His doctor was pretty impressed by his 5 pound gain since his 9 month appointment! He landed in the 68th percentile for his weight, which is pretty good, considering he was only in the 18th percentile at 9 months! I tell ya, this boy like to EAT! :)

Length-wise, he measured 29 inches putting him in the 17th percentile for length - another nice improvement from the 2nd percentile at his 9 month appointment! He's grooooowing! :)

He's still got a big 'ol noggin, like his daddy. :) 18.7" - 88th percentile. Which is on par for what he's been at for head size (he was 87th percentile at 9 months). Smart boy, lots of brains, big head... it's all  good. :)

Mason is wearing 9 and 12 month clothing. Lots of 9 month shirts and onesies still fit, but his 9 month pants are becoming high-waters. Haha

He's still in size 3 diapers.

And Mason has EIGHT teeth now! The latest one just popped up this week! He's looking so cute with all of his adorable pearly whites! :) He also loves brushing them! :)

Mason's 12 month appointment was a tough one. He got a BUNCH of shots - 4, to be exact as well as a finger prick.

It was shocked at how well he handled the finger prick - he didn't make a peep or even flinch!

The shots, on the other hand... the tears flowed. It's SO sad! The second the needle touches his skin, it's an instant scream and tears. There is no build up... it's instantaneous.

Luckily, he's over it very quickly and is back to his normal, happy self within minutes, as you can see the the picture below. :)

The doctor is still pleased with his progress and says he's "right on track". We did bring up the fact that he's not mobile, nor does he sit himself up from a laying position. Dr. Pflaster asked some questions, checked out how he stands up (with support) and told us he "wasn't concerned... yet."

That "yet" makes me kind of nervous, but I'm trying to just chill out about it (easier said than done). The doctor said his muscle tone is good and since he's hitting all of his other milestones, we'll just reasses at 15 months.

Ok, Doc! Whatever you say!

We officially made it to a year (and counting!) of breastfeeding! I can't even express how proud that makes me.

Learning to breastfeed and the pain that came along with it in those early weeks was overwhelming.

I kid you not, for me, breastfeeding was more painful than being in labor. It was excruciating. I remember crying when he would latch on, or even just anticipating the latch, because it hurt THAT bad. I remember sitting there crying, not wanting to nurse him because the pain was awful.

I'm so grateful for the lactation consultants at Maple Grove Hospital (Kathi, especially) for helping Mason and I get through it together. Without them and their guidance and encouragement, I would have stopped breastfeeding VERY early.

And now look at us! 12 months and going strong! While our nursing sessions have definitely become fewer and shorter, I still cherish that time and the bond I have with Mason because of it. We're pretty much just nursing first thing in the morning and right before bed. On the weekends, when we're together, we sprinkle in a few more short sessions.. but more so for comfort, rather than filling him up.

Mason LOVES to eat! He LOVES food. I think Thanksgiving was the highlight of his LIFE. Haha!

His current favorites are stuffing, avocados, pears, noodles, bananas, and breakfast sausage. Oh.. and birthday cake. ;)

The ONLY thing we've found so far that he doesn't like is broccoli. He will literally put it in his mouth, then drop his jaw so it falls out... all while sporting the cutest disgusted face, like, "HOW could you feed me that garbage!?" Haha!

Clearly, NOT eating broccoli here. :)
Pretty much the same as last month - sleeping through the night allllmost always!

We have days here and there where he'll randomly wake up and need to be soothed back to sleep, but for the most part, he's consistently sleeping for 10 hours or so.

He's generally in bed between 7 and 7:30pm and will usually sleep until like 4:30-5:00am. I'll nurse him quick and he'll go back to bed until 6:30am during the week or 8am-9am (!!!!!) on the weekends.

I'm pretty sure we're also cutting down to 1 nap during the day. At Grandma's house during the week, he has been taking one long nap (3+ hours).

We've still gotten 2 shorter naps out of him on the weekends on occasion... but it's becoming more and more consistent that he's just taking 1 longer nap in the afternoon.

"He's up! Can we go in and get him!?" Dexie loves going in to get Mason when he wakes up. :)
-Bath time
-Sesame Street. Especially Elmo!
-Throwing things
-"Flying" with Daddy
-Singing "la, la, la!"

-Books. He LOVES flipping the pages in his books!


Turning ONE is a pretty big deal! :) We had a great time celebrating him at his party! I think he had fun too! :)

Other Happenings
We had SO much going on in the month of November. From his birthday (and my birthday), to Thanksgiving, and Addison's birthday party! It was a busy month!

As I mentioned above, Mason LOVED Thanksgiving. Largely due to the fact that there was food involved! He loves a good meal! :)

We started off with a quiet morning at home before we went over to Adam's mom's house to stop by and say hi. Mason and Daddy read some books before we got moving for the day

We were only over at Lisa's for a bit to say hi before we all headed over to Grandma and Grandpas to FEAST.

This year, we had a smaller crew since my great aunt had recently had surgery, so she and her kids (and grand kids) celebrated separately from us.

For our Thanksgiving, we normally have like 20 people. This year, we just had 11: Grandma, Grandpa, GG, Butch & Robin, Jessica, Katie and Ana, Adam, me, and Mason.

It was still very nice though.... and a delicious meal, as usual! :)

Mason's highlight of Thanksgiving was getting to try BLUEBERRY PIE!! Which, as you can see below, he absolutely loved!

He loved it so much that we had to have an impromptu bath time at grandma and grandpa's house. Which he also loved. Haha!

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we helped Addison celebrate her 6th birthday! It was fun to get together with the Thiebault's and family for a few hours to celebrate this cute 6 year old!

The kids did a cute little craft at the birthday party, which was super adorable. They all got to paint and decorate their initial. Auntie JJ helped Mason so he wouldn't be a complete mess! :)

Mason LOVED Addison. Sometimes, he's not so sure about people he doesn't see often, but that didn't apply to Addison. She loved holding him and he loved cuddling up to her. It was the sweetest thing!

QUITE the difference from Addison's birthday last year, when Mason was only 9 days old! :)

Needless to say, we had an AMAZING November! Lots to celebrate and be thankful for!

Per usual, here are some cute pictures from our little cutie pie's 12th month... :)

Looking like a BIG boy! Love that little sweatshirt!

Bored with Mommy and her selfies... Ha!

Those BLUE eyes. So thankful he got Daddy's baby blues... 

Birthday Boy!

"Woah Kayla! That was a BIG burp!!!" Hahahahaha! :)
Painting - thanks to Auntie JJ

And... trying to eat the paint. :)

I'm kind of cheating since I'm stealing this "letter to Mason" from a post I made on Facebook on his actual birthday... but it perfectly conveys what he means to me...

November 13, 2016

Exactly 1 year ago today, at 6:18 in the morning, we were blessed with the sweetest, snuggliest, happiest, most beautiful 8 pound, 1 ounce little boy I had ever laid eyes on! Your arrival was fast and furious and pretty scary at the time. It didn't go at all as we imagined it would. And I would do it again, a million times, for you. 

You are sweet, smart, silly, and adorable! You light up my life and have shown me what unconditional love really is. There's not a day that passes that I don't feel blessed beyond measure because I'm your mommy. 

This last year has been amazing. And challenging. And incredible. And incredibly hard, at times. And WORTH IT. So completely worth it. There's nothing I wouldn't do for you, my sweet boy!

I can't wait to continue to watch you grow and learn new things. You amaze me daily. But for now, I'll snuggle you longer and hug you tighter and sneak in a million more little kisses, because just as this last year has proven, you're growing so fast and soon you'll be a big boy. 

But no matter how big you get and no matter where your life takes you, you'll always be my baby. And I'll forever be grateful that you made my dreams come true the day you made me a mama. 

I know it's your birthday, but you're the real gift. I love you so much, Mason John. Happy birthday, my sweet boy.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mason: Eleven Months Old

Our little Boo Boo Bear is 11 months old! He turned 11 months old on October 13th. Time sure flies when you're having fun! And FUN is what we're having with our sweet boy! We cannot believe he's going to be ONE is just a few days!

Here's a peek back at Mason's 11th month! :)

We weighed and measured Mason just a week or so ago and he came in at juuuust under 22 pounds (21.6 pounds) and measured 28 inches. Our big boy! :)

Mason is wearing mostly 9 month clothing, with some 12 month stuff sprinkled in there. But the 12 month stuff fits pretty well. He's wearing size 3 diapers.

Mason now has SEVEN teeth! Our poor little boogie got 4 teeth in all in one week! It was a rough week, but we made it through! :)

Mason and I are still nursing strong! His nursing session are getting shorter and shorter though, as he has been eating much more food. I'm typically nursing him in the morning before work and at night time just before bed. On the weekends, we probably fit in 4-5 nursing sessions and we'll keep up with that until he wants to be done nursing (within reason). 

I am SO excited to be almost done pumping! Nursing, and especially pumping, is a complete labor of love. I hate pumping, but I know breast milk is good for Mason, so I do it... for him.

I'm still pumping every 3 hours at work (9am, 12pm, 3pm) and in the coming weeks I'll cut down to 2 session (10am, 2pm), then 1 session (12pm) and eventually be DONE with it! My goal is to be completely done pumping by the end of the year - I can't WAIT!!!

Beyond nursing, Mason is a GREAT eater! He loves (almost) all food! There are very few things he hasn't liked. Broccoli being one of them. He tried it at grandma's house - he put it in his mouth and then reached right in there to take it back out like "NOPE." Haha! Everything else? He loves.

The dude is a little piggy! He is always double fisting his food! To the point where it actually makes me very nervous because he gets such a mouth full that I'm afraid he's going to choke! He hasn't had any episodes yet, but I am really cautious with it because it's really VERY scary for me. I still want to take a Red Cross CRP class so I have the knowledge that I would know what to do if I needed to.

His favorite foods are avocado, chicken, stuffing, steamed veggies - especially carrots, hot dogs, potatoes, chicken alfredo, hamburger... you know, pretty much EVERYTHING. Ha! :)

He did also get to try ice cream for the first time this last month and he was a big fan, despite what some of these photos look like! He just wasn't sure about it at first. Haha

Let's be real... if he didn't like ice cream, I wouldn't be too sure if he was actually my son. ;)

I don't wanna jinx it... but I think we FINALLY have a baby who's back to sleeping through the night!

He has been sleeping SO well. He typically goes down about 7pm and gets up at 6:30am during the week. We've had a solid stretch with this sleep pattern and it's AMAZING. Sometimes, I'll hear him rolling around in there in the early morning (4am-5am), but I typically just let him be and I get up and shower and he falls back asleep until I have to go in and wake him up for the day.

Sleeping morning smiles with imprints of fingers on his head since he slept on his hands. :)
-Bath time. Which is perfect, because he's a messy eater. Ha!-Babbling. Laughing. -Laughing when people burp-Throwing things AKA "playing catch"-Jumping-TV remotes

-Not eating 
-Wearing socks. He always pulls them off. Haha

We made his first trip to Apple Jack Orchards for his first time "on the outside". Adam and I went last year when I was about 8 months pregnant with him so we made the trek back this year. It was a really nice family day for the 3 of us... :)

Mommy and Mason: 2015 vs. 2016

Pickin Apples

I LOVE these two...

Daddy and Mason

Trying to eat corn from the corn pit. Ha!
Mommy and Mason

Hanging by the corn pit

"Ok mom and dad... enough with the pictures." Ha!
Our little pumpkin next to a big pumpkin! :)

One of my favorite pictures EVER! Such a sweet boy!

He loves being up there! :)
Hoping to make this a yearly tradition - it will be fun to watch him grow. :)

We also celebrated Mason's first Halloween!! While he didn't really "get it", it was fun to buy him a costume and get him all dressed up looking like a super cute little blue birdie! :)

Happiest blue bird ever - cutest too! :)

Flapping his wings! :)

Mason and Mommy - I love how he was holding my face. My sweet boogin.

Mason and Auntie Katie

Auntie JJ and Mason

Mason and Grandma - getting "over it" with pictures. Haha

Mason and Papa

LOL! This picture cracks me UP! He was just DONE with pictures and his costume at this point.
We call this "giving up on life". LOL!!!!!
We didn't really do much on the actual day of Halloween. Since it was on a Monday, we had to work. So we went over to Grandma and Papa's on Sunday with him dressed up so they and the Aunties could see him.

And on the actual day, we dressed him up and went over to see Grandma Lucky. It was an early night for us and we disabled the door bell right when Mason went to bed around 7:30pm. We had TONS of candy left since we weren't giving out candy much of the night, so I had the neighbor girl and her friends stop by their house and I dumped it all into their bags. Lord knows if it's in the house, I'll eat it... and I don't need that... that's for sure!

Mason is also SO smart! He can now sign "more", "milk", and "please". We're currently working on "eat", "mama", and "dada". It's amazing how quickly he's been picking up signs! What a smart little boogie we have! :)

Like with every month, I'll wrap up this post with some cute pictures from Mason's 11th month....

"So big!"

My cute guys

Poor boy!

That face! Haha! Poor boy - having trouble poopin' again! 

Playing music with Auntie Sheena!

"Sheena is SO much fun!"
My Mason,

How in the world are you almost a year old? It's like I blinked and you were a big boy!

Being your mama and watching you learn and grow is the best thing in the whole world. You are sweet, and you are silly, and you are smart, and you are showing that you are also a little stubborn... just like mommy and daddy!

I cherish the time we get to spend together because I know, I'll blink again and you'll be a really big boy... off to school, and college, and getting married. Ok, I might be getting a little ahead of myself... but time truly does fly.

Thank you for making me the happiest I've ever been. You're the best thing that's ever happened to me! 

I love you, my darling!