Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Declan - 13 months

Weight: 27lbs
Height: 32in (i'm guessing)

Well not much has changed on the size front, so you're still wearing all the same clothes, shoes and diapers (well not the same one's, we don't reuse diaper!).  I feel like your stretching out a little...meaning getting taller and losing a little bit of that gut i love so much.  You're still a little chunker though...and i love it.

You're getting a lot better at eating finger foods.  You've always been good at eating finger food snacks...but you really prefer your meals to be on a spoon.  I think it's just because you like being pampered and having someone feed you...but i could be wrong :)
(This is a view of your scar, you can't even see it!!!)

Your schedule is still pretty much the same.  You've started skipping more afternoon naps, and pushing the morning one back a little.  Which would be fine if this didn't leave you a HOT MESS in the evenings.  I'd prefer it if you were well rested and happy after daycare...i only get a few hours with you after daycare before you go to bed, so let's stop wasting them on being grumpy, clingy and obnoxious mmmmk?

You are ALWAYS on the move.  You're trying to run, and it's not really working out in your favor for the most part.  Maybe you should just stick to speed walking for now. If we don't keep on eye on you, you're gone in a split second.  And it's usually to your room, where you can be found pulling all of your clothes off their hangers and then dragging them all over the house.  You may also be found in my bathroom.  Playing with the toilet scrubber (eww) or emptying the contents of my cabinet into the bathtub.  Goooood times.

Your "ears" were activated on 3/22/14.  It was easily one of the best days of our lives.  Even though you weren't able to hear a lot right off the bat (they turn them on very low to begin with and then over the course of a few months increase it so it doesn't freak you out) it was still SO AMAZING to see you react to sound.  Technology truly is amazing.  And we are soooooo very blessed to have a great time working with you.  I can't say enough good things about your audiologist, Jackie.  We just love her.

You had quite the crowd there that day.  Your aunt Sadie flew in from Chicago, both sets of your grandparents were there, and your Aunt Breezy and Uncle Ben were there too! I've said it many times before, but you are one LOVED little guy.

So now that you are actively hearing....the house is a whole LOT louder :)  You are constantly jabbering.  Constantly.  It's cute...most of the time!  You've rediscovered all of your toys that make noise (it was like they were brand new!) and you've also discovered that banging things together or against something makes noise...so that's fun! I honestly love it.  I'd take a loud noisy house over a quite one any day if it means your listening!

This month was a BIG month for you.....well for all of us!! You've exceeded all expectations and took everything thrown at you like a champ! (Duh, you're exceptional...and brilliant, and a GENIUS!)  We are SO very proud of you buddy.  You continue to amaze me...every. dang. day.  We love you buddy.  To the moon and back.

Annnnnd Boom, caught up :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Declan - 12 Months

Yes, I'm writing this over a month late....Yes i'm a horrible mother :) We've been busy!! And warning…picture overload.

Weight: 26lbs (90%)
Height: 32in. (75%)
Head: 17in.

Welp.  It happened.  You turned a year old. It's absolutely amazing to me how fast time has gone. Absolutely amazing. 

Let's see... You're still wearing size 4 diapers.  You're still wearing 12 mo, 12-18mo, and some 18mo clothes.  And you're wearing size 5W shoes...yes wide.  You have chubby little feet!!

You obviously still love to eat!!  For breakfast you'll usually have some fruit/oatmeal and a yogurt.  Man you LOVE yourself some yogurt.  Lunch is usually some lunch meat and fruit, or we'll still give you the stage 3 baby foods with meat/veggies....whatever we can get you to eat!! You are usually pretty distracted at lunch (we all come home to Grandma's at lunch, so you just want to play!)...plus you tend to snack a lot (you get this from me!) so you aren't always interested in lunch.  Your favorite snack are most definitely teddy grahams.  You also love any cereal...or puffs...or crackers....ok really anything.  You usually eat dinner once we get home and settled, around 5:30.  You only take bottles when your tired usually...so before your nap and before bed.

You're still taking two naps...well most days.  Normally you will go down around 10am for a couple of hours, and again around 2 (this one's usually shorter).  But i think we're getting close to cutting one of them out.  Scary.

You are still a great sleeper!!! You go down around 7:30pm every night and sleep all night until 7:15am.  I know i've said this many times, but THANK YOU!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

You got your first haircut this month!!!! (2/11/14)  Our wonderful cousin Kalli did it for you, and you actually behaved well!! We had to distract you with a toy, but you did good, and we got the job done!!! You looked soooo grown up after...i instantly regretted it!

We made a trip to Wichita to have your 1yr photo's taken...so you got to practice your cake eating skills a little early :)  Right after we finished those we jumped back in the car and headed up to KC for your cousin Gage's 1st birthday!!!  We don't get to see them near enough so we were glad to get to be there!! 

And finally....we got to celebrate YOUR big day!!! (We celebrated a few days early on March 1st) Your momma had been planning this for months!!! I was soooo excited with how everything had turned out.  It was adorable.  Only problem was the weather...it did NOT participate! There was a bad snow storm blowing through Kansas so several people weren't able to make it, but a lot of people that love you VERY much toughed it out and helped you celebrate turning 1!!

The day before your actual birthday we all (mom, dad, gramme, papa, grandma kim, grandpa gary) loaded up and headed to Denver for your actual big day.  Now i know it may seem a little mean making you go through 8 hours of surgery on your 1st birthday...but buddy, i'm pretty sure you'll thank me later!

I'll do a whole post just about your surgery.... but for now here are some pics from the rest of the month.

You, my son, are soooo strong.  You have been through so much in your first year of life... and I know it hasn't phased you at all.  You are going to do amazing things....We love you buddy.  To the moon and back.