Friday, July 18, 2014

Proud Motherhood Moments...

"Cherish Every Moment" or "They grow up so quickly so enjoy them while they're young" are two expressions that are often thrown out at parents of small children.  As much truth as both of these statements do hold, here are the moments that I am currently cherishing with my small children...

#1  Open bathroom door=An 11 month old bee lining it for the opportunity to wash his hands in the toilet if his attempt is successful!

#2  An almost 3 year old who can proudly declare "3" after pointing to each of mommy's "bellies" :)

#3  A 4 1/2 year old constantly trying to be 15 years old and 1 year old at the same time...

And last, but not least...

#4 An almost 7 year old who has taught his baby brother to "fierce growl" and promotes growling contests amongst his siblings at any given moment.

Cherishing, cherishing, cherishing ;)

(All kidding aside, I do thank God every single day for the opportunity to be a mama to these children-no matter how crazy they make me sometimes!)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Milestones, Baby!

Poor Don!

His milestones are just not being recorded...

At 10 1/2 months, he:

*has 4 teeth-two on bottom and two on top (they started coming in around 8 months)

*is crawling up a storm.  He has about 3-4 different crawling techniques (army crawl, one knee/one foot, actual crawl) and he moves effortlessly between each as he is moving from one place to another.  If he really needs to get somewhere quickly, he goes into full out army crawling motion!

*is cruising all over the place and standing on his own momentarily

*can crawl up the steps, but has no idea how to come down safely

*has several words in his vocabulary..."Mom", "Dada", "Yay" (when he claps), "Hey"

*smiles constantly and loves to laugh

*giggles easily when he gets tired

*stopped nursing around 9 months.  He was exclusively breastfed until around 3 months.  My supply continued to gradually dwindle after I went back to work.  Around 8 months, I dropped him to only 1 or 2 nursing times a day and at 9 months gave it up for good.  I did miss it, but it was also amazing how much time I had dedicated at work to pumping...it was nice being able to actually talk to people again/have time to plan properly :)

*is eating solid food and loving it

*can do a pretty awesome imitation of a growl...those who know us personally are challenged to guess whom he learned that skill from ;)

*loves exploring everything!

*has brought so much joy and happiness to our lives and if I knew all babies would be this "easy" I'd probably have 10 of them! ;)