Friday, November 30, 2012

11 Months Old- 11/30/12

Dear Hunter-
In just one month you will turn one year old and I know this last month of your first year is going to go by just as fast as the past eleven have. You are at such a fun (and exhausting) age right now. You always want to be moving and exploring and everyday you are learning new things. You are still the sweetest, funniest, cutest little baby I've ever met and I'm still not sure how we got so lucky to get you.

Weight/Length- No official checkup this month. I tried weighing you on our home scale and it says you are 26 pounds! That seems high but with the way you eat I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I don't know how long you are but I would guess around 30 inches.
Eating- You are a champion eater, I think it's definitely your favorite activity. You are still nursing in the mornings (and before naptime on the weekends) and getting three 5oz bottles of breastmilk at daycare and an 8oz bottle of formula before bed. You have very little interest in your bottles, you much prefer drinking water out of your sippy cup. You get three full meals a day and no longer get jar baby food (unless we're in a bind). You also get multiple snacks throughout the day which can include graham crackers, goldfish, Cheerios and puffs. As for food, you still seem to like everything we give you and deer meat seems to be a favorite (which makes your father incredibly happy). You ate everything we had to offer at Thanksgiving including diving into a piece of pumpkin pie. You also still "talk" while you eat which makes us laugh.
Sleep- We had a rough week right after the time change for Daylight Savings when you were getting up at what had been your normal time but was now an hour earlier. Other than that you've been sleeping great typically from 8pm-6am (give or take 30 minutes) straight. On the weekends you usually take two naps, a long one in the morning and a shorter afternoon nap. At daycare you usually only nap once because you are too busy playing.

Clothes- You are still in 12 and 18 month clothes and size 5 baby shoes. Most of your pants are still really long on you so I'm always having to roll them up.  
Diapers- Finally moved you up to Size 4 which fit much better.
Appearance- We got your haircut for the first time this month because it was getting too long and falling in your eyes. I love your new haircut even though it makes you look much older. It's still a very light brown/dark blonde and getting quite thick. Your eyes are still a pretty blue/grey with hints of green. You now have 7 teeth, 3 on top and 4 on the bottom!
Personality- You continue to be a very happy and sweet baby and people are always commenting on what a good boy you are. However, this past month we have noticed that you will throw a tantrum if we take away something that you want or if we keep you from getting into something. Lord help us when the terrible two's hit. You are also at the stage where you don't like being left alone and are getting to be more weary around people you aren't familiar with. But so long as you are getting attention, able to explore and being played with you are very happy. You also laugh a lot more and not just when being tickled but when you see something you think is funny (you saw the cat sneeze and you cracked up). You are definitely a curious little boy and are always getting into things (usually things you shouldn't be getting into). You are also incredibly smart and once you do something once you have it memorized and can do it again everytime afterwards. You are just such a fun little kid.
-Looking at the smoke detector both at home and daycare. You just stare up at it and smile. Something about it fascinates you.
-Mommy's hairbrush. Letting you play with it is the only way I'm able to get dressed in the morning.
-Climbing up and down the stairs.
-Opening and closing cabinet doors and really any kind of door
-Crawling backwards (which we refer to as moonwalking)
-Pulling up on the furniture and cruising
-Being outside
-Your sippy cup and eating table food
-"Petting" Moxie and Halpert (it's more like smacking though)

-Having your clothes and diaper changed
-Being locked out of rooms and babygates in general
-Getting out of the bathtub
-Being in your highchair if you're not eating

-Celebrated first Halloween
-Celebrated first Thanksgiving
-Got your first Haircut
-Cut your 7th tooth
-Can now walk down the stairs sideways while holding onto the rail
-Started crawling backwards
-Can walk the perimeter of a room so long as you have furniture or a wall to hold onto
-Eating all table food

Photos from this Month

You love going for stroller walks in the woods.

You are a true mama's boy and I LOVE it.

Wearing one of daddy's sweaters that he wore as a baby. Your Great Aunt Nancy made this for daddy when he was little.

Hoping you'll be able to cook mama dinner soon.
*here's a sneak peek at our new kitchen*

Looking handsome after your first haircut.

You discovered brooms and played with one for a good 30 minutes. I now know what one of your chores will be when you're older.

Wearing your mustache shirt in honor of Ms. Kristen's birthday.

Your version of helping mommy with the laundry is to take all the clean and folded clothes OUT of the basket.

This is the face of pure happiness. You just loved being in the tree outside the house. In fact, you just love being outside just like your daddy.
We love you little man.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Well it's Hump Day yet again.
 I'm not really feeling this full work week thing.
This week I'm saying So What if:
-I'm so excited my cleaning lady is coming for the first time in two months. We didn't have her come during the kitchen and bathroom renovations and even though I cleaned some during that time I don't do nearly as good of a job as she does.
-I'm fully expecting to win the Powerball jackpot tonight. Can you even imagine $500 million?? Guess I better buy some tickets though.
-Every Christmas present I've bought so far (and plan on buying) has been bought online. I only plan to go to the mall to take Hunter to see Santa.
-Kristian has asked me twice in the past few days if I'm pregnant (I'm not) because he claims I'm "glowing". Yeah that's what happens when I actually take the time to curl my hair and put on some eyeliner.
-After spending 4 1/2 days last weekend as basically a SAHM I was a little excited to come back to work on Monday, which is relaxing in comparison to chasing around a very active (almost) toddler.
-The thought of my baby turning 1 in a month makes me want to cry a little (or a lot).
-I've been listening to Christmas music constantly since Friday. It's FINALLY Christmas season! #respecttheturkey

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hunters First Thanksgiving

I know everyone is sick of reading Thanksgiving recaps but I'm writing this mainly for my personal memory and keepsake since it was Hunters First Thanksgiving.

We had a very nice Thanksgiving last week. For the first time my mother came with us to my in-laws house to celebrate and to watch Hunter stuff his face with yummy food. It was great having my mom stay with us for two days, the extra set of hands to help with the Hunter is always welcome.

Hunter took a great nap in the morning but Thanksgiving dinner fell during the time he typically takes his afternoon nap so he was a bit fussy. He was also overwhelmed by all the people that were there (about 20), most of whom he doesn't remember having met. He was having a bit of stranger danger anxiety and really only wanted me, Kristian or one of his grandmothers holding him.

When it came to eating he was a champ and ate everything he was given. Not that I doubted he would. He LOVES to eat. We even got a preview of what it will be like on his birthday with the smash cake, when he got his hands on some pumpkin pie.

Finally after dinner, the only way we could get him to fall asleep (despite the fact that he was incredibly tired) was for Kristian to literally drive him around the block so he would fall asleep in his car seat and then brought him inside and let him continue to nap in his carseat.

We spent the rest of the weekend, decorating for Christmas, shopping online, cleaning the house and even went to see Breaking Dawn Part 2 while my mother-in-law babysat. Not a bad way to spend 4 days off.

My preppy little man. 

Three Generations


Hunters Great Aunts and Great Uncle.

Chocolate, Apple and Pumpkin pies.

Post dinner watching the Redskins beat the Cowboys! Almost better than the Super Bowl.

Digging into the pumpkin pie. And yes I put my Redskins jersey on for the game.

The next day Hunter enjoyed checking out the lights on the Christmas tree.
This Thanksgiving was very different than last year when I was technically on bedrest and having to take it very easy. I was also so huge and uncomfortably pregnant last year. This year I spent the whole time holding or chasing after a very active, almost 11 month old. Time sure does fly.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hey That's Pin-tastic:Taking a Christmas photo using just an iPhone and a Dollar Store Wreath

I, like most women, absolutely love Pinterest, despite the feelings of inadequency that I get looking at all those homemade crafts and meals and gorgeous houses. Yet I continue to look and pin and every now and then I will even attempt something that I found on there. After I did two little projects this past weekend I decided I would link up for the first time with AP for

 I'm sure many of you have seen one or both of the two pictures below floating around Pinterest.
 Well I tried recreating these photos with my little Christmas baby this weekend and I must say that despite not having a fancy DSLR camera or great photography skills I think my photo turned out pretty good. I've gotten a lot of compliments on both Facebook and Instagram so I guess it turned out okay.
Basically all I used was:
A decorated Christmas Tree
Extra Christmas lights
A cute baby wearing a Santa Hat
My iPhone
I decided to use my iPhone because it's the easiest for me to edit using Instagram and also the easiest for me to upload. I barely ever use my point and shoot and don't even really know how to use all the settings. If I did I'm sure I could have gotten an even better photo but I'm not that patient.
After decorating the tree, I stripped Hunter down to his diaper, placed a Santa hat on him and let him play with the lights (Yes I know, not very baby friendly but I was watching him closely and it only took a couple minutes to get some good shots). I also turned off the rest of the lights in the room. Then I uploaded to Instagram and used the Hudson filter and also made the background a bit blurry using the blurry filter (not sure the real name for it). And below is the final look.
I also played around with the different Bokeh filters on Picfx but didn't like how it looked.  Even though I don't think mine turned out as good as the ones on Pinterest I'm pretty pleased with it. The only problem is I already ordered all my Christmas Cards, otherwise I would have used this photo.
Here are a couple other cute shots I got but decided not to use. None of these have been edited.

Chewing on the lights doesn't look very safe. Didn't want CPS called on me.

This one came out a bit blurry.

There is too much of a shadow on his face and you can't see the Santa hat as much.
Also, I decided to make my own wreath this year. I didn't find this on Pinterest but came up with the idea using items I bought at the Dollar Store. This wreath took me about 10 minutes and cost about $5.
Since Hunter was napping and I was in a rush I didn't take any before or during photos. But I just used a wire wreath base and wrapped some sparkly, green garland around it (tucking the ends in to the wire). Then added some bows by twisting the ties that already came on the bows around the garland. No staples or glue. It's not the fanciest thing ever but it was easy, cheap and I like how it looks on our red front door.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


This year and every year I am incredibly thankful for my family and friends, our health, our jobs, our homes and so much more.

However, this year I'm extra thankful for one thing in particular.

That I get to be this little guys mommy. And that we get to celebrate his first Thanksgiving together.

I am so blessed to have him and today and everyday I give thanks that I get to call him mine. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Another Wednesday means another So What Wednesday!
This week I'm saying So What if:
-I didn't do a SWW post last week, between being sick and things being crazy at work I just didn't get around to it.
-The ultrasound I had this morning to check my gall bladder was not nearly as exciting as the baby ultrasounds I had last year. My gall bladder is just not as cute as Hunter was.
-I'm a little nervous about eating Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Fatty foods seem to trigger these stomach attacks so I suspect I will be a lot of pain tomorrow night. Oh well.
-I can't wait to get into full Christmas mode this weekend. I refuse to do any Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving. #respecttheturkey
-I still have no idea what to buy anyone for Christmas. Including my husband.
-I'm counting the minutes until 1pm today when I get off work. Hello much needed 4 day weekend!!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mommy dates

I've complained in the past about how none of my good friends live close by. The closest one lives about an hour away. I tried doing the MOPS thing but I just don't think it's really for me. I don't really like having to go to meetings at a set time where I'm forced to bring food and do crafts for 2 hours on a weeknight when I'm exhausted from work and just want to spend time with my family.

A few months back I joined a group on Facebook for moms of babies in my area but I hadn't met up with anyone because most of the women who posted still lived a good 45 minutes away. But then about a week or so ago someone posted who lives about 5 minutes from me. So I responded and then a couple other ladies also responded and we all live about 10 minutes apart. So this past Saturday we planned on a playdate at a park right by my house.

Only two of the other ladies were able to come but we still had a nice time hanging out for an hour pushing our little ones on the baby swings. Hunter had been fighting his nap all morning and then go figure right as we're about to leave he's literally falling asleep on my shoulder. I didn't want to miss the playdate so I took him anyway and carried his sleepy ass to the baby swing where he immediately woke up and was all smiles (kid loves the swing).

The two other moms were both very nice, one has a daughter a month younger than Hunter and the other has a daughter only 6 days older than Hunter. After about an hour Hunter turned into a fuss monster and we had to leave but we've already talked about meeting up again soon and possibly have a couple other moms join us.

I'm really hoping that I will continue to hang out with these ladies and maybe form some good friendships.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


A few quick updates for anyone wondering what's going on in my world:
-Our kitchen renovation is basically DONE. With the exception of a few cosmetic touchups it's finished and we LOVE it. We've been able to actually use it since this past weekend. Once the few additions are done I'll post pictures.
-Our half bathroom renovation is almost done, hopefully by tomorrow. And we love that as well. I'm not 100% in love with the color our contractor picked out but it's pretty and I'm fine with it for now.
-Hunter got bit for the THIRD time at daycare yesterday. And even though I'm not supposed to know who did it I do know who the boy is that bit him the past two times. I also know that little boy is now being shadowed to see if they can figure out why he's biting. Fortunately Hunter is fine.
-I've been dealing with some bad stomach issues the past few days. Just really bad pains (and no I'm not pregnant!). I went to the doctor and he thinks it's either Gastritis and I'm now on medication for that. Or it could be my gall bladder. I'm going next week for an ultrasound of my gall bladder. My mother had to have hers removed a few years ago and this can be hereditary. Two of my coworkers also had to have theirs removed not long after they gave birth and my symptoms are very similar to one of them in particular so I'm a little stressed about that.

-Work is insane right now. It's insane every year right before Thanksgiving. I will be very happy when 1pm next Wednesday comes.

-I haven't even started Christmas shopping and really have no idea what to get anyone.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Miletones- First Haircut

Over the weekend Hunter had another big first...his first Haircut!! I had intended on waiting until he was at least a year old to get his haircut. I'm not really sure why but it just seemed like he should be at least a year before having his first haircut. Well I never anticipated that my child would inherit my super fast hair growth gene. Once he got past that awkward newborn-hair-loss-looking-like-an-old-man phase it was full steam ahead.

Hunter has been blessed with a very nice head of hair, it's thick and has even started to curl in the back. As much as I wanted to wait the poor kid could hardly see through his bangs that kept falling in his eyes and you could hardly tell he even had ears underneath his hair. And since Kristian wouldn't let me pin his hair back with bows and headbands I finally gave in to the idea of getting his haircut, after all I don't want  people to think my handsome son is really my beautiful daughter. 

Kristian thought we should just cut it ourselves but the thought of having scissors anywhere near his face while he wiggled and squirmed made me have an anxiety attack. Plus who would take the all important pictures if we were the ones cutting it?! So off to Cartoon Cuts we went. 

He was strapped into a chair and the lady worked her magic and took maybe 5 minutes to do the whole thing. I guess when you work with babies and little kids you learn to go quick. Hunter did surprisingly well, they said they couldn't believe how well he did for a baby his age. He did start to cry when she tilted his head forward to try to get the back and then again when she brought out the razor. But that was easily fixed by me handing feeding him one Puff at a time. It's amazing how quickly a Puff can cheer my chunky monkey up. 

Hes no longer looks like a hippie baby but a full fledged toddler! 

Still wondering wtf is going on.

Still unsure but not unhappy

And NOW is when the unhappiness set in. 

This is the shot I pretty much expected to get

Finally realizing there's a tv with a cartoon on in front of him.

A combo of the puffs and the cartoons calmed him down.

He even flirted with his hair cutter.

"Yeah I know I look good"

"Hey Ma I see you have more Puffs over there"

When the razor came out he lost his shit again. 

So fresh and so clean.

Who took my baby and replaced him with a toddler? 

More puffs as a reward. Kid loves his puffs.

He even got a certificate and a little envelope with his hair. Both of which are totally going in the baby book.