Sunday, August 22, 2010

Random Assortment of William

Let's see - August has been fun and busy - I'll do my best to remember all the fun things pepito has been doing.  It's kind of amazing how much he is learning to do every single day.  I guess one of the major things he's figured out is sippy cups.  We are 100% off of bottles now!  Not even one for bedtime.  And we didn't have anything to do with this choice - a couple nights in a row Sam would get him all ready for bedtime, swaddled and watching Fox News on the ottoman like always, but he didn't want to drink his bottle.  And that's how his bedtime routine died.  He just didn't need it anymore.  So now we have dinner, maybe a bath, put on pjs, play a little bit if it's not quite 7pm yet, and then he goes in with a sippy cup of milk and a kiss.  Easy cheesey.  And usually there is almost no crying.  It's brilliant.  He's been doing this for naptime for awhile now but for him to actually want this for bedtime is huge for us!  He's becoming such a big boy.  :)

he LOVES balloons!!  

And naptime has gotten super easy as well, which is awesome for me.  9am (maybe 9:30 if he got up late) and 2pm every day.  He knows it's time for sleepy and rarely puts up a fuss.  I give him a cup of juice and he's good to go.  AND he sleeps for about 1.5!  I swear, I think he sleeps more now than he did when he was itty bitty!  Wild!  Though, with the longer naps, I now feel pinned to the house.  It's become much more difficult to get out and run errands but the trade off is I'm able to get a lot done around the house...ahem, sewing more pants...ha!  But still - it's nice to be able to have TIME to get things done instead of rushing.

underneath his highchair is his "secret" play place

He's so funny when he wakes up.  He likes to wake up slowly.  I guess I heard him stirring really soon after he woke up so I went in his room but he wasn't ready yet and he was just stretching and burying his head in the mattress and obviously wanted to sleep some more.  It was so funny - something I would expect when he's 7 and I'm trying to get him up - but I didn't expect him to be doing it at 1.  Hilarious.  And way too cute.

all ready for bed in his 18 month pjs - when did he get so big?!

Plus - he's so happy almost all the time.  The "talking" has gotten way out of hand.  We are in for it when the babbling becomes words.  And the squealing - so funny!  He's really grown into such a great kid - we are so lucky!

playing with his plastic bowls

Oh - Bill got sworn in at the Capitol on Wednesday and a TON of people showed up to wish him well.  Before it all got started we were letting William walk around and try to run off some energy.  I was following him around keeping my eyes on him and he started pulling on someone's suit pants.  In my head, I'm thinking - oh Lord just let whoever these pants belong to be nice and think he's cute - and lo and behold it was Bill!  William had found his Grandaddy in a humongo crowd!  It was so sweet and I know Bill melted right then...I would have!

eating his drumsticks...

He loves cars - no surprise - he's all boy.  Mostly at this point he just eats them but sometimes they make it on the ground to roll.  The lawn mower he got for his birthday though - that's THE toy!  He plays with it ALL day, pushing it around, inspecting the gadgets and making a TON of noise with it.  Seriously - it's loud!!  Sam pointed out the silent button today though, so that's good.  :)

the only way to get him to let me take his picture while looking at the camera? give him the lens cap...silly boy

I think he might start a rock collection when he gets a little older - he's very into the gravel by the driveway.  Gravitates there every time he's outside.

"mowing" the floors

OH - we're teething again but it's not nearly as bad as before.  He's got 3 or 4 teeth on top that are THIS close to coming through.  I'm sure he's excited - he'll be able to eat almost anything he wants then!  And he's stopped chewing on my nose and chin for the time being - so that's good too - no bite marks for mommy!

cars!! cars!! cars!!

I know he does adorable things everyday that I should be able to remember, but I can't.  Maybe I'll start writing them on random pieces of paper so when I finally remember to blog I'll have them ready to go.  But that means I would have to remember to write them down...we'll see.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pepito Burrito Party

Saturday was William's First Birthday Party with all his "friends" - i.e. our friends that have children and one incredibly cute couple... ;)  I will say that it was a LOT less chaotic then I thought it would be with that many children, all under 3 except for one darling little girl.  Well, less chaotic if I forget about 11:00-12:00 when we were frantically trying to get all the food ready in time.  Anyhow - a good time was had by all, the food was delicious, and almost everyone got a little wet in the sprinklers!  Pepito might even have another birthday party in his life, but it will be cake only.  No more full lunch spread!  Ahh!!!

Thankyou to everyone who was able to make it - we had a great time - thankyou!!

maybe I should've hemmed his "shorts" a little more...cute bug anyhow

cute kids eating on the porch watching the sprinkler fun

daredevil Andrew was the first one in the water I think

action shot!

more action water fun!

pepito watching the traffic instead of his party

not a huge fan of the sprinklers...

after a "dunking" Robbie was all about it!

sweet Liam eating yummy cupcakes

Lilly had a BIG time in the water!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

From The Birthday

I'm not even going to try and write anything this time.  Sam & William had a wonderful birthday - here are the pictures to prove it.  :)

Birthday Boys Bright & Early

Sugar for Daddy

Toys on the Table

Books are best read upside down anyways

So many fun things to look at!

Cake!!  Candle!!

Icing is William approved!

Now to try and get ready for his birthday party with all the kids he "knows".  God help me.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

William By Numbers, the last edition

The day has finally come.  Our little pepito has taken 12 photos in white onesies.  He is officially a kid now.  No more baby.  And as exciting as that is, I am just a little sad that the baby-ness is gone.  He was such a precious baby.  By far the most beautiful child I have ever seen, and I KNOW I'm biased, but still - he was gorgeous right from the beginning.  And I can't even believe how much more handsome he has gotten every single month.  Such a pretty baby kid.  But, of course, you expect the momma to feel this way - so I will move on.

I am amazed at how much he has learned and been able to accomplish in just one year.  You read the milestones before you give birth, and as the months go along, but it never occurs to you, or atleast it didn't to me, that they have to LEARN how to do it all and watching the wheels turn as they figure everything out is just AWESOME, in every sense of the word.  I could watch him all day if I had the time.

I find myself appreciating it so much more when he WANTS me to hold and cuddle him (he's been having a serious Daddy phase of late) and letting him sleep on me five minutes longer before I put him down for a nap.  There is going to be a time when, much too soon I'm afraid, when he doesn't want anything to do with cuddles and I'm trying to make the most of it while it lasts.

All in all - it's been a wonderful year.  At times I thought I'd never survive and being a mommy is definitely the hardest thing I've ever done, but certainly the most rewarding.  His smiles and giggles really do make moments stand still and we are so blessed.

Enough sappy mommy time;  Here are the last month's highlights:

*Pepito learned to walk on July 16.  He took very few tester steps and it seemed that overnight he decided that he could walk clear across rooms/houses and he has not slowed down since.  It is exhausting keeping up with him and it's only been 2 weeks of trying.
*Eats all kinds of finger foods.  Eggs are a favorite, as are spinach and cheese tortellini.
*Could still survive on puffs if we let him.  By the handful.  Atleast he will eat them off the floor after he drops 5 of the 6 he picks up.  It's hilarious though - we say "you want some puffs?" and he walks himself straight to the corner of the coffee table where we always put them out.  Pavlov's dog kid at its best!
*Can say Ball, Mama, Daddee, UhOh, Bye
*Waves Bye Bye with his entire arm
*Claps every time you say "Yay William!"  Thankyou Mimi for teaching him that one!  So cute!
*Follows social cues well - if he senses that he made us laugh - he will laugh too - but it's his forced laugh/cackle not his completely tickled with himself laugh
*Loves to bang his hands on tables, faces, anything really
*Knocks on glass doors to get people's attention
*Has been completely and successfully weened off formula and is now drinking whole milk like a pro - from a sippy cup - that he is giving himself
*Loves Apple Juice with water - or as we call it "Baby Crack"  Our pediatrician isn't wild about juice and actually told us not to give him any but - yeah - we did.  We also gave him real milk before he was actually a year old - we're "hood" like that...haha
*Does NOT like sand.  AT ALL.  Don't even try to put his feet in it.  Seriously.  He DOES like the ocean though.
*LOVES LOVES LOVES the pool.  He flat chills out in his float - all leaned back and relaxed
*Finally came to terms with wearing a hat.  Which is good, because that kid is still basically bald.
*But what hair he does have - is red and curls in the back.  Adorable.
*He gets very antsy if he has to sit in a shopping cart for too long.  Only problem with that is that when you put him down to let him walk he doesn't follow direction yet and I end up chasing him all over creation.  But if I left him in the cart he would be screaming bloody murder, so I guess I'm happy to be exhausted...
*Likes his kid size plastic cups in the bathtub and pool - much better play things than actual bath toys.
*Prefers his Daddy over all others, and prefers men over women in general.  I'm not sure what to make of this.  Though, if he falls down and hurts himself - he wants his mommy.  Atleast I have that.
*Looks just like his Daddy.  I guess that I'm also willing to give this point up, but it hurts me a little. ;)
*Was called a "tank" by another dad at the beach - Sam has never been prouder.  And we're thinking that will probably be his football nickname. ha.
*Loves to watch traffic.
*When he gets really wound up he literally runs in circles.  Literally.
*Has the same bedtime routine as when he was itty bitty.  Swaddle, Fox News, Milk, Rocking, Sleepy Blanket, Bed.
*Loves Burnie the cat.  And if asked "What sound does Burnie make?" "Meow?" he will give you a high pitched short squeal - so cute.
*Is definitely going to be a climber.  God help us.
*Does not like to have his face washed or his ears cleaned.  This makes me crazy - I have a thing about ear wax...
*Is an absolute tornado.  Good thing I've given up on having a clean house.
*Is still wearing 12 month clothes, unless it's a romper - then the 12 months are getting a little too short... but he is FINALLY in 12 month pants!!  (not sure how he got called a tank...)
*I think he weighs somewhere around 21-22 pounds - we go to the one year well check on the 12th...
*Loves to share popsicles and icecream with mommy
*His most favorite play toy ever? Empty water bottles that he digs out of the trash can.  I still don't know why we buy him real toys.
*He picked out his own toy for the first time at Target this past weekend - his choice? A glittery orange ball.
*Tries to have (loud) conversations with other babies/kids.  From across the room at a restaurant or across the grocery store.  Some times they talk back.  All times I get strange looks from people without children.
*Still only has two teeth. But he uses them to their full potential.
*Loves graham crackers.  And Ritz crackers.  All crackers in general really.
*Broke his first pretty thing of Mommy & Daddy's.  One of our blue chevron stripe vases.  I wanted to cry.  He did.  But only because I locked him in the living room while I cleaned it up.
*Plays peek-a-boo with his sleepy blanket or newspaper.  And loves it.
*He has learned the word No.  And while he doesn't necessarily always obey it - he WILL say it back to you if he disagrees.  If it wasn't so cute it'd be frustrating.
*Still razzes like his life depends on it.
*Learned how to stick his tongue out at us.
*Likes to put his hands into the baby food and then run them through his hair.  I think he knows that it will earn him a one way ticket to the bath and he'll get to play with the plastic cups.
*Hams it up for an audience.  He pulls out all the stops and all the "tricks" he knows.  Get him alone with just us - he screams and cries.  Rotten spoiled child.  ;)
*Discovered that kitchen doors and drawers can be opened and that there are fun things inside at the beach house with their "modern easy open doors."  This gave him a lightbulb moment and now he can open our "retro" kitchen cabinets.  We are installing child proof lock immediately.  Boo.
*Is absolutely obsessed with clothing price tags.  He locks on and HAS to have them.  We did a little outlet shopping at the beach and while I was perusing Clearance, Sam said that he kept "visiting" one specific tag that hung on his level.  Hilarious.  If he finds them on the floor - he'll carry them around for ever.

That's all we can think of.  Like it was a short list - ha!  I'll be surprised if anyone made it through all of it - sorry for the super long post.  But I figured that since this was the last monthly update I'm going to do - I better get it all in there.


Monday, August 2, 2010

The Beach

Lord - I don't even know where to begin.  Every year Sam's family goes to the beach, the past several years it has been to Seagrove (which is RIGHT next to Seaside).  We missed the trip the past two years - so it's an understatement to say that we excited to take a vacation.  We did, however, make the mistake of expecting this vacation to be relaxing.  Somehow it didn't occur to us that traveling with a small child that was sleeping in the room with us would not be chill and quiet.  But it is what it is and we survived.  Though, by the end of the week every single one of us was sleep deprived and the youngest of the us was in a foul mood and pretending to be sick with an ear infection/manic teething/etc.  Oh well.  We weren't at home and Sam wasn't at work and that was good enough.

playing in the pool with his plastic cups  :  modeling his new XXS t-shirt

I'm not going to even attempt a day by day recap.  Too much.  It should suffice to say that William does not like the sand, therefore, going to the beach lost its allure.  We did manage to load up atleast once every single day but our motivation was definitely lacking each subsequent time.  He loved the pool at the house though, and it was screened and shaded, so we spent a lot of time playing with him there.

happy while sitting with mommy  :  not happy with feet in the sand

All the sun and activity did produce wonderfully long naps though.  Which we would have appreciated a lot more if we hadn't been "grounded" during them.  We spent A LOT of time waiting for him to wake up so we could go do something.  Didn't anticipate that either.

making funny faces for no reason  :  love those red curls

The good thing about going with the family is that since William is such a ham he performed for everyone almost all the time, which meant he was at the very least pretending to be happy often.

sweet baby boy playing in the pack n play  :  walking at Seaside early morning style

We went on hour long bike rides almost every morning after breakfast.  We were up at 6am every morning, so we got to take advantage of the less than brutally hot and humid weather and that was fun.  And occasionally pepito would fall asleep in the bike trailer.

working his ab muscles so he doesn't have to touch the wet grass  :  one of the few times he had fun in the sand was with his Bebe - don't even get me started on how much my feelings are hurt

He's a cute kid.  It was a fun vacation even if it wasn't relaxing and we are definitely hoping that he likes the sand by next year.  I want to have a reason to build sand castles again!

walking in the sand for 5 seconds  :  loved playing on a towel at the beach though

Grandaddy R, Daddy, & Baby - just outside Seaside with the pine trees and dunes in the background

UggaMugga with Mommy

Happy Family

You might see this one again on a Christmas card!  Best Family Picture Ever!
Could William & Sam look MORE alike?!



Related Posts with Thumbnails