13 months

Our boy is 13 months old today!

This is the face I get when I asked him to “say cheese”. I just can’t get enough of him!

I’m not sure when I’ll stop these monthly updates…at some point they will become more infrequent, but I might as well keep it up for now!

Let’s see, the 13 month details:

* You sleep from 7pm-7am, pretty much without fail.

* You still take two naps, one in the morning from 10-11:30ish & one in the afternoon (this one is more flexible on the timing…but usually in the neighborhood of 2:30-4).

We tried dropping your morning nap for about a week recently at first because we had to be gone during your usual nap time 2 days in a row, and then for 2-3 days after that to see how you’d do.

The first few days you did great…2.5-3 hour afternoon nap right after lunch and you’d sleep in an extra 30 minutes -1 hour in the morning but then you stopped sleeping in and the afternoon nap started to get shorter which = “I still need my morning sleep” – so we’re back to 2 naps.

I don’t really care and I hadn’t even intended to try dropping the AM nap this soon, but it is nice to know that you can if we need to be somewhere in the morning. I’m not planning to make any big changes to your routine until after Owen is born…one big change at a time!

* You eat like crazy, you eat more than I do some days. You are a little more picky these days, but apparently that is normal. It is a little harder/frustrating for me because one day you will LOVE something and the next day you won’t touch it, but overall you eat really well.

* We have switched from formula to organic whole milk but we haven’t made the transition from a bottle to a sippy cup (for milk). You drink water out of your cup (the straw kind) but you haven’t been a fan of milk from a cup…so my plan is to get a different (non straw) sippy that is ONLY for milk and we’ll probably just switch cold turkey…I just honestly haven’t felt like messing with it yet…because I think the first few days will be rough…but perhaps you’ll surprise me! We’ll see how it goes…

Right now you drink milk right after you wake up in the morning and before bed at night and sometimes in the afternoons before dinner, but not always.

* Your co-ordination & motor skill still surprise us…you run pretty much everywhere…climb on anything…try really hard to jump from one piece of furniture to another (yikes)…you sign “milk”, “all done”, and occasionally the REAL “more”…you use a pincer grasp very well…you are learning to clap – usually you’re so excited you just flap your arms up and down or pat your legs instead 😉 You love to strum the guitar & play the piano…you adore anything with buttons (remotes, phones, etc)…you are about to figure out how to “ride” your tractor and push with your feet to make it go, right now you either push it around or just sit on it…you love lids, taking them off/putting them on…when you take the time to sit down you do well with your shape sorter (you can get 3-4 in on your own)

* Verbally, you are become more and more of an imitator. I can tell that you understand a ton of what we say and I can understand what you are trying to say most of the time – but I’m sure most other people couldn’t because a lot of your words sound the same 🙂

You definitely say, “dada”, “hot”, “trash”, “shower”, “up”, “down”

and you intended to say a lot more but they mostly sound like, “ah” 🙂

You point at things for us to name them ALL day long … I’m pretty sure you’re going to bust out with complete sentances one of these days.

You will also “moo” like a cow and “growl” like a lion/tiger/bear/etc. and “snort” like a pig and “vroom” like a truck/car/tractor

You still won’t say “momma”…I don’t want to talk about it.

 * You LOVE animals. We started my own version of “tot school” (more on that later) but basically it is a little more intentional learning based play. This month was farm month 🙂 You’ve had lots of fun with it. We are going to a petting zoo this week and the Ft. Worth zoo next week (they also have a great petting zoo) and I can’t wait to see your reaction to all the real life animals!

* I am LOVING this stage with you! You are learning so much and your personality shows more & more each day…you keep us laughing with your expressions & “jokes”

* You are completely attached to your blankies (thankfully we have 2 matching, so we keep one in the car and one in the house)

* You are super sweet about climbing into our laps for a (quick) snuggle and kisses. Oh, and you think it is HILARIOUS when Daddy & I kiss 🙂

* You have 5 teeth, 3 on the top and 2 on the bottom, and several that are about to come in…I think they’ll be here “any day” but I’ve said that for weeks now…they are slow pokes!

* Your pretty obsessed with bellies right now. Momma’s belly. Your belly. Everyone else’s belly. We talk about “baby owen” in momma’s belly and you give my belly kisses 🙂 Very sweet. You have NO IDEA a brother is coming though. I think you’ll be so little that it will very quickly be the “new normal”

* We love you Hudson Mark. You bring such joy to our home 🙂 We are beyond blessed to be your parents.


28 weeks {hello third trimester}

How Far Along: 28 weeks {this marks the start of the third trimester!}

Random or maybe not so random, this week is always a little weird for me because I was born at 28 weeks…it is crazy (on several levels) to think about Owen coming this week when I am already a little in shock that the 3rd trimester is here (I mean…I better get on getting things ready for him to come out…I am so occupied with Hud that I haven’t really done much!)

Fruit/Veggie: A chinese cabbage (more veggie trivia for you:: it is also known as, “napa cabbage”, it is NOT the same thing as bok choy, is a symbol of prosperity in China) source

Size: Weight: about 2 1/4 lbs. Length: about 15 inches

Baby changes: He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through the womb. He’s also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Best Moment this week: Right now it is raining. RAINING. Hallelujah! It has been so long since storms were a regularity that when the thunder started I totally thought the neighbor was pulling her trash cans down to the drive way.

Gender: Sweet baby boy. {Owen Paul Stone}

Movement: This kiddo is a funny one…it feels like he is flipping & rolling & fist pumping…and possibly break dancing. Also, I can’t really tell how he likes to lay, he definitely prefers my right side and he is up really high. I carried Hudson the same way. Part of this is because I have no torso…and it must just be comfy up there in my rib cage 😉

Food Craving: Pumpkin. Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice latte. Pumpkin scones (thats what I am making tonight). Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkin candles (to smell, not to eat. No pica here) but definitely NOT pumpkin PIE – bleh – too squishy. I’ve always loved pumpkin, but I love it even more right now.

Sleep: Sleep is about the same as the last time I posted. I pee a lot. And getting up out of bed to pee is increasingly more work & it takes me a little while to fall back asleep…but I still feel really rested, so that’s a plus!

Symptoms: I’ve felt really good lately overall. Pregnant, but really good. I was telling someone the other day that I am one of “those” people who loves being pregnant and for me the pros TOTALLY outweigh the cons.

My belly is a little more in the way…it takes more effort to bend over and pick things up…which I do about 90 bajillion times every day…and I’ve been randomly short of breath, which is annoying and because my baby likes to live in my ribs and my diaphragm doesn’t have as much room + extra hormones…gotta love ’em.

In non pregnancy related news we seem to have caught a cold, “we” being Jordan & I at the moment. Hudson was a little stuffy the other day (before Jordan got it) and I started him on my naturopathic baby remedies regimen and his symptoms went away pretty quick.

Jordan got it next and felt pretty bad yesterday, but better today. I woke up a little stuffy and it has gotten progressively worse but I still FEEL good. So I’ve got us started on my grown up remedies and am hoping we’ll both be feeling better tomorrow!

Some day I’ll post on the things I like to use when we are sick…

What I am looking forward to: My pumpkin scones coming out of the over. Seriously. Yum. Come on over and you can have one too 🙂

Belly pic: To come…I haven’t uploaded it yet…and I really want to go eat my scone. Nom nom nom 🙂

27 weeks

How Far Along: 27 weeks (as of last Saturday)

Fruit/Veggie: A head of cauliflower

Size: Weight: a little less than 2lbs. Length: about 14.5 inches

Baby changes: He’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes, and probably sucking his fingers. His brain is very active now and continues to develop rapidly.

Best Moment this week: I had to do my 1 hour glucose tolerance test (it is standard practice for all pregnant women about this gestation to check for gestational diabetes) and while the test is GROSS – not a highlight of the week at ALL – passing the test was great 🙂 YAY. I was super nervous about it because I forgot I had it scheduled & had a big plate of dessert at home group the night before and I was worried it would skew the results, but it turned out fine. Whew.

Gender: Sweet baby boy. {Owen Paul Stone}

Movement: He is still more calm that his brother ever was, but he does move fairly often and his movements are STRONG. He seems to wake up at pretty predictable times (hopefully this will = an easy to schedule sleeper!)

Food Craving: Do diet cherry vanilla Dr.Peppers from Sonic count? 😉

Sleep: Sleep is okay. Not great between the having to pee and getting kicked (babies are nocturnal you know. at least my babies are) and general pregnancy discomfort. Not awful, but definitely not great…its just the way sleep goes the last leg of pregnancy.

Symptoms: I could write a list – but basically I just feel like I’m about 7 months pregnant (having a one year old just compounds this). Overall – I feel really really good – but the end IS nearing and that brings some discomfort. Being a human crock pot is not always the most comfortable 😉 I’m super thankful for my hubby – he rubs my back and my feet/ankles pretty much every night before bed and it speaks such volumes of love to me!

What I am looking forward to: Oh my, the nice weather last week was AMAZING! It dramatically improved life for us 🙂 We opened all the windows and played outside all the time and went on walks! I am talking actual walks people! Whew I didn’t just go to the mailbox and think I was going to die of heat exhaustion!

I told Jordan, I didn’t really believe fall would ever come! And even though it is hot again this week, knowing it is almost over for a while makes such a difference! So I am looking forward to more fall days!

Belly pic:

The 80’s!

This is our 7 day forecast & I have never been so thankful to see numbers in the 80’s!! Not to mention the lows…amazing.

Thank you Lord for a respite from the heat!

26 weeks

How Far Along: 26 weeks.

Fruit/Veggie: An english hothouse cucumber {how this difffers from a regular ol’ cucumber i have no idea. anyone know?}

Size: Weight: about 1 & 2/3 lbs. Height: about 14 inches.

Baby changes: His eyelids have finally opened by now (remember: they were fused shut previously). His hearing is becoming more and more acute. His toenails have recently grown in and he is continuing to store fat under his wrinkly baby skin. Brain tissue and neurons are all developing at a rapid pace. He is practicing breathing – inhaling/exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid – which is super important for his lung development.

Best Moment this week: Went on a date with the hubby to our favorite italian place 🙂

Gender: Sweet baby boy. {Owen Paul Stone}

Movement: This week his current favorite position is underneath my right ribcage 🙂 It must be nice there because Hudson spent a lot of time there as well. Owen moves his most at night.

Food Craving: Nope.

Sleep: Eh. It has been better. I have started taking naps most afternoons when Hudson goes down.

Symptoms: Still the same discomforts. My friend Mel who is a PT gave me some exercises to do to help with the SI joint pain, so I’ve been trying to do those and it has helped some.

What I am looking forward to: Have I mentioned I am ready for fall? So is the rest of the south I’m sure 🙂