Friday, July 11, 2014

The Beating that is Monthly Photos

I remember the first time I decided to do the monthly photos and a much wiser mom said to me, "you'll eventually hate doing these." Little first time mom that didn't know any better me thought, "Uh huh sure. Everyone does them. They can't be that bad." Boy was I wrong and was she ever right! 9 months was a bitch man. 10 went slightly better, but I think it's because I pretty much gave up and just let him do his thing.

I wish for 5 months. 5 months was such a good time. I had so many different pictures to choose from. He just laid there and laughed at me the whole time.

Out Takes

Out Takes

Out Takes

Each month it became a little bit harder, but I still had good pictures to choose from. Then 9 months came. Man. 9 months was a doozy.

Doesn't this face just spell trouble?

Out Takes

He was nearly impossible to entertain. Give me the monkey! I've got the monkey! Where's my monkey? MON-KEEEEEEY!

9 months

I'm done!

Out Takes

10 months went slightly better. I was able to get some decent-ish photos that I put on his monthly update, but I got a few other cute ones since I just decided to have fun with it.

10 months

10 months

Maybe for the next one I just won't try so hard.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

10 Months Old!

Bud,

You're 10 months old!

10 months

If anyone asks me that you're going to be 12 months in just a short while I am in complete denial about it. I cannot believe how quickly your first year is going by.

You weigh in an 21.6 pounds and you're 29 inches long (for real this time). You're mostly wearing 12-18 month clothes, but there are still a few 12 months that you fit into.

You have a total of 6 teeth now. Overnight you cut your front two teeth and your right canine. It was so cute having a one fanged vampire baby for a short while.

You have started to wave at strangers. Sometimes it takes a little prompting. I was wearing you at a restaurant in the ring sling (ok, it was a bar) and you waved at everyone we walked past. You will also occasionally say Bye Bye. If you're not too busy eating when I drop you off at daycare you'll also wave bye bye to me. You still love to clap and will do it a lot when you're tired.

10 months

You are crawling all over the place. You can navigate steps like they're no big deal so we're constantly closing them to keep you contained. The dog food and water bowls also have become fun toys for you. You pretty much make a beeline for them whenever you can. You know right away when daddy gets home in the evenings and will crawl from wherever we are to go find him. You are pretty much after anything you want, whether it's food (usually mine), some object that you saw across the room (usually a leaf or some other thing you shouldn't have in your mouth), and have even tried to crawl into the shower with me in the mornings.

This month you started pulling up. It doesn't matter if it's a chair, cabinet door, a window, sliding glass door or even our pant legs. You have figured out how to get up. A few times you've even let go which I'm just not ready for. We are helping you balance a little more and I like to call our game "Trust Fall." You balance, I let go, and then catch you whichever way you go. You think it's a hilarious game.

You will walk with us if we hold your hands and have started going farther distances. I bought you one of those toys that you can hold on to and walk with. In just a few days you were crawling over to it, pulling up on your own and taking it for a spin around the sunroom. You still haven't learned to turn yourself and I'm often getting you out of a corner.

10 months

Aside from Bye Bye you haven't really added any new words. You say mama quite a bit and have said actual dadas a few times. Your teachers are doing baby sign language with you at school and your dad and I need to get better at doing it with you. I try to do milk and all you do is laugh at me. It is a pretty funny sign I guess.

One of your favorite things is to blow raspberries on me, especially when you should be going to bed. You think it's hilarious to blow them on my tummy, my leg, my chest, pretty much anywhere you can plant your face. You'll even do it on the back of my neck when I'm wearing you on my back. You've always thought it was funny when we did it to you so I guess you're paying us back.

You love to dance and you love when daddy sings to you or plays guitar with you. The two of you will also sometimes play the keyboard. You and I have started a Huh game with eachother. Usually in the morning when you just wake up or sometimes in the car we just go "huh" and the other repeats it. You've also snorted a few times when laughing and think it's hilarious when we do it back to you.

Love you Bud.


Monday, June 09, 2014

Who Does Bud Really Look Like?

Ever since Bud was born I have thought that he was the perfect mix of John and I. Well, I take it back, as a newborn I kind of wondered how he didn't look like either one of us. I was glad he didn't look like one of my brothers since my niece looked just like me when she was born, and I thought it was creepy that my brother and his wife made me. She now looks just like her mom, but it was weird. As Bud's gotten older I have still thought he's a good mix of us both, but his expressions are totally John's.

If you were to ask my coworkers they say he looks like John. Daycare says he looks like me. We get a mixed review from friends. I generally just shrug and say, "he's a good mix of us both."

Then I asked my mom to send me a picture of myself around 3-6 months. She threw in one of me around 10 months (she thinks) just for fun. I'm totally going to ruin these comparison shots by saying this, but it was like I was looking at my own baby! I've never seen so much of myself in him until last night.

You're still welcome to weigh in your opinions, but Bud totally looks like me! In John's defense he suffered from being the 3rd child so there are almost no pictures of him. In fact when I asked for his newborn picture when we came home from the hospital, his mother brought me a picture of his brother. Yeah, poor John.

Newborn Faith on the left, 1 day old Bud in the middle, and as close as we're getting for newborn John on the right.

Newborn Comparison

3 month old Faith on the left, 3 month old Bud in the middle, and best guess for John on the right.

3 Months Comparison

Bud and I both masted "resting bitch face" at a very early age.

John and I are both a bit older than Bud in this last set. My mom thinks I'm 10 months, Bud is almost 9, and John looks to be around a year maybe.

9 month comparison

Thoughts? Have you ever thought you baby looked like you or your spouse only to be proven wrong by pictures?

Monday, June 02, 2014

9 Months Old!

Bud,

You're 9 months old!
9 Months

I have apparently been making up heights for you. At your appointment last week you measured 28.5 inches. I had guessed 31 and when the nurse said 28 and a half I said, "no he was 29 at his last appointment." Turns out at 6 months you were 27 and 3/4. So it turns out that I've been wrong on your monthly write ups for a bit! You weigh 20 pounds and 4 ounces though. You're in size 4 diapers at night and 3 during the day. You're wearing 12 month clothes, but I don't think you'll be in them much longer. The 12-18 month clothes fit you much better.

You have a total of 3 teeth now. Your other bottom tooth came in and you've decided that you're going to be a vampire baby and instead of your front teeth coming in next, your left canine tooth has made it's appearance.

9 Months

This month brought a lot of new skills. You are crawling everywhere now. If you want to find me or dad you will crawl across the house to do it. You're able to navigate the steps that we have in may of our rooms, but you have yet to learn how to go down the step. After your first face plant trying it you stay away from them now. We're trying to teach you how to go backwards down them, but you don't enjoy it very much. You have also started clapping and you have learned to wave.

You are also able to sit yourself up from a laying position which you pretty much do constantly. Even in your sleep. Yes, you will sit yourself up in your sleep and cry or fall over. It makes bed time a little difficult because you can't seem to settle yourself. It also seems like your body just tries to sit up whether you want to or not. I'm hoping this doesn't last much longer for both our sakes. Because you're so mobile it's made taking these monthly pictures nearly impossible.

You still like to talk and babble quite a bit. Your favorite sounds are still ba ba ba. You'll say mama and will also say da da da, but not really dada. Dad's pretty much ready for you to say his name already though.

9 Months

You love to play and to get in to everything you can. Dad has gotten you all the Avengers and you like to play with them and smash them into eachother. You would much rather dump our your entire toy basket and crawl inside it though.

You have quite the appetite. You pretty much eat everything that we eat. There really hasn't been anything that you don't like. We're just now starting you on meats though so your meals will start to get more varied. You pretty much feed yourself and can even eat food out of a pouch on your own. You love to eat applesauce and yogurt this way. You're still nursing away at 9 months too.

Happy 9 months Bud! You've been on the outside as long as you were on the inside.

Love you.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Urban Taco

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Monday, May 05, 2014

8 Months Old!

Bud,

You're 8 months old!

8 Months

I cannot believe that you're going to be a year old in just 4 months. I will pretty much be in denial about it until the time comes.

This month you're weighing in at 20 pounds 2 ounces. You are 29 inches long. You're wearing size 3 diapers and you were only in 9 month clothes for about a minute it seemed. I've already boxed most of them away and you're mainly wearing 12 month clothes.

This month a lot happened in your little world. You got your first hair cut for one and you had your official Texan portraits taken. Also known as you mom plopped you down in a field of bluebonnets and took a ridiculous amount of pictures of you.

You also got your first tooth! It's your bottom, right, front tooth. I thought both bottom teeth were coming in, but you refused to let me check them out. We can clearly see the one though and it's sharp!

8 Months

You also finally started to army crawl. I thought you were going to give up and skip crawling all together, but one day I looked over and you had army crawled from the blanket of toys to across the room and heading for my plate that had my lunch on it. I should have known that food would be your motivator! Of course it took you awhile to figure out how to go forward. You spent a few weeks just scooting backwards. You have also started trying to pull open and have learned that you can open cabinets. You haven't quite discovered how fun it is to open doors and pull stuff out, but I'm sure that's coming soon.

You talk a lot and it's mainly just bah bah bah and goo goo ga ga's. You'll throw out a mama here and there, and daddy is trying his hardest to get you to say dada. You've come close a few times. Your dad and I also swear that your responded to me one night with, "mmm kay." You have yet to repeat that one though. I also think you try to say hi here and there.

This month you really started to play more independently. You still have a lot of moments where you want constant attention and entertainment from us, but you are also sometimes content with just playing on your own and figuring out the things around you.

8 Months

You still love to eat. There's been only one occasion that you flat out refused to eat anything I put in front of you. Your favorite things are blueberries and strawberries. You also love yogurt and pasta. You've started eating breakfast and lunch with the big kids at school as well.

I can't wait to see what the next few months have in store for us. As much as I am in denial and completely not ready for it, you are very much becoming less of a baby and more of a little boy.

Love you Bud!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bud's First Easter

For your first Easter your grandma and grandpa came down to see you.

Bud's First Easter

The Easter Bunny also brought you a basket of goodies. You can't have chocolate just yet and so he brought you eggs filled with puffs. He also left them all in your basket since you don't know how to search for eggs just yet.

Bud's First Easter

Bud's First Easter

It took you a little bit to figure out there were puffs hiding in those eggs.

Bud's First Easter

Mom made you wear those ridiculous (but absolutely adorable) bunny ears.

Bud's First Easter

You didn't seem to mind one bit though. (If you only knew that these would resurface for your first date)

Bud's First Easter

Happy Easter to you too Bud.

Bud's First Easter



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