Sunday, August 30, 2015

1st Birthday Recap - Petting Zoo





(handmade by me)

My baby is 1!!! Can you believe it? I sure can't. 

July 30 was his actually birthday but on Saturday August 1 we had Kingston's first birthday party. 

(via)

CT and I knew that we weren't going to spend money on gifts for Kingston so we used that money towards a party that we knew all the kids could enjoy. After seeing how much Kingston enjoyed the animals at a graduation party, we knew it was exactly what we wanted to do for his birthday - have a petting zoo in our backyard! 

(Kingston watching them get set up)

4 Points Ranch & Petting Zoo provided one of a kind entertainment for everyone. It was a 2:00pm party in the middle of July - so they set up tents for everyone to hang out under. All of the animals were either tied up around the yard or put in open cages where you could have easy access to them. You could pet them, feed them, brush them and lead them around the yard. We had the animals reserved for an hour and it was the perfect amount of time. 


They brought:
Donkey
Miniature Horse
Miniature Cow
Pig (that sat on command)
Alpaca 
Llama
Goat
Turkey
Baby Chicks 

 Scout and Kingston
(Shirt via // shorts via // moccs via)


Jade and Kingston

We had popsicles and water for the first hour while outside and then we came in and ate cookies and cupcakes, sang happy birthday and opened gifts! 






(Bib via)

It was a short and sweet party but plenty of time for everyone to have fun! 






Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kingston: 12 Months

Can't believe I already have a 1 year old!!!

















As of 7.30.15
24 lbs
30.5" 
Blonde Hair
Hazel Eyes
5 Teeth

Clothes: 12-18 months.
Diapers: Size 5. We are also on the largest rise setting in cloth diapers but no change with the waist snaps.
Shoes: He wears some 4c hard soled shoes and in moccs he can still fit his 0-6 months or 6-12 months. 
  

Eating
Anything and everything. And if he sees someone else eating - he will sign please for your food.
He LOVES: bananas, M&M's, milk, grapes, gold fish, meat loaf, spaghetti, all drinks. 
He dislikes: soft baby food and some meats with weird textures. 



Since bottles are no longer allowed at daycare in the toddler room - I've stopped pumping at work and we've transitioned into Whole Milk in sippy cups. Kingston still nurses in the morning and before bed and I'm still trying the think of how we are going to break this habit. I know's it's going to be a tough one.

Sleeping 
This month he has transitioned from 3 naps to 1 at daycare. He usually wakes up about 630a, naps from noon to 2-3 and then is in bed by 730p.  The first week of daycare was extremely brutal to say the least. We had a super grumpy baby that all he wanted to do was sleep. Now that he's in a routine - things are much better. 



He also now sleeps like a big boy on a floor mat.


Milestones
Started crawling at 8.5 months, walking at 9.5 months and running (striding out) at 10.5 months.
He claps at the right moments.
He waves -- ALL the time and to everyone. 
Gives kisses and hugs. 
He high fives.
He turns off the lights.
He knows his name.
He signs more and please.
He has 5 teeth (two top, 3 bottom) - with a gap and an underbite. 
He now runs as much as he walks.
He throws balls with both hands and with pretty good form. 
Knows where your eyes and mouth are. 
Knows what a cow, monkey, pig and horse say.
He 'pounds it'. 
He knows how to work a cell phone better then a 1 year old should.
He does push ups and high knees. 
He dances better than I do. 

Likes
FOOD!
People.
Footballs.
The TV remote.
All sports - in person or on tv. 
Bath time or being in the pool. 
Playing with balls.
Reading books - 'Dog wants to play.'
Music and DANCING to any and every beat. The whip nae nae calms him down immediately
Being outside. 
Women. Especially Asian women. And Aynslee.
Face timing his G-dub. 
Playing in the toilets and dog bowl.


Dislikes
Being in his carseat. 
Being told no - he growls back at us. 


Sounds/Words
Da-Da - all the time
Ma-Ma but will maybe say it once to every 300 Da-Das. 
Hi.
Baby. 
Eye. 
Ball. 
Lilly.
Go. 
Car. 
Ky - Kyla. 
Teta - Tessa. 
Nana - for banana. 
M&M's - gibberish though.
Cracker.
Cookie. 
Baloo - Balloon.
Tatha - Tasha his teacher. 
Gabi - girl in his class.

Lots of repeating!


Activities
Dancing.
Playing in the water.
Walking.
Reading books. 
Throwing balls. 


Misc.
Kingston's Aunt Kyla has moved in with us and he has such a good time playing with her, dancing with her and laughing with her. They takes lots of walks to the park and she is always playing dress up in his closet. 

We also celebrated Kingston's birthday this past month with a bunch of his friends and 10 different animals. He had such a good time walking around like a big boy - going from person to person, animal to animal without any help! The kid has no fear and it's scary. 




I can't believe a year has already came and went.
It's been the faster and best year of my life! 



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kingston: 9,10 and 11 Months

Forgive me for my tardiness but I've skipped a few updates so hopefully this post gets me back on track with Kingston's monthly updates. One one remains!




















As of 7.8.15
9 months - 21 lbs (75%) 29 3/4" (95%) 
10 months - skipped = bad mom! 
11 months - 23 lbs and 31" - growing like a weed! 

These days his hair is a very light brown that sometimes looks blonde. It flips out in the back, flows in the wind on the sides and is lacking on top. He has a gorgeous light brown tan and the prettiest hazel eyes. He also has 4 teeth with a gap in the middle top and a slight underbite. 





Clothes: 12-18 months.
Diapers: Over these past 3 months - King has transitioned from a size 3 into a size 5. We are also on the largest rise setting in cloth diapers but no change with the waist snaps.
Shoes: He wears some 4c hard soled shoes and in moccs he can still fit his 0-6 months or 6-12 months. 
  

Eating
This kid is into eating any and everything - and as of today - no longer wants anything to do with 'soft' food. His schedule: 630a - nurse, 830a breakfast (yogurt and fruit), 1130a lunch (meat,cheese, fruit or veggie) 6oz bottle, 330p 6oz bottle, 600p dinner (meat,cheese, fruit or veggie) with bites of our food and then 730p nurse. 

For snack - he loves 'cookies' - the lemon cookies, vanilla wafers or vanilla biscuits. He also really likes the gerber fruit bars. 

I would say he LOVES: yogurt, all meats and anything CT and I are eating.



I would say he HATES: peas, plain avocados and any fruits with a outer 'shell' - cherries or grapes.

I'm still pumping at work but I've cut back to one to two times a day - usually getting 7oz or so. I also pump one side in the morning and get about 3 oz.  So between weekend pumps and during the week - I almost always have enough for his two 6 oz bottles during the day. My goal was to strictly bf for a year and I'm only a few weeks away. My goal is to continue the bed time nursing session for a while and mix breastmilk with whole milk for the next few months. 


Sleeping 
This boy loves to go down at night - usually between 730p-800p and wakes about 600a-700a. Depending on what time he wakes to nurse - he will usually go back to sleep for an additional hour or 2. 



He still takes 2-3 naps a day - one mid morning, one after lunch and depending on his fussiness one around 4. Since moving into our new house and his own room - we have invested in blackout curtains and a box fan and he sleeps like a baby (pun intended!) 



It's the sweetest thing when he wakes up from any sleep - he crawls to the corner of his bed, starts talking and just stares at the door until we come and get him. We are always greeted with the sweetest smile and sometimes a kiss. 


Milestones
Started crawling at 8.5 months, walking at 9.5 months and running (striding out) at 10.5 months.
He claps at the right moments.
He waves -- ALL the time and to everyone. 
Gives kisses and hugs. 
He high fives.
He turns off the lights.
He knows his name.
He signs more (his version is a clap but he knows the correct way) and he signs please (but instead of rubbing his chest he rubs an open mouth) -- too funny!
He has 4 teeth - with an underbite. 
He has also started to run from us when he has something he shouldn't. 
He throws balls with both hands and with pretty good form. 
Knows where your eyes and mouth are. 
Knows what a cow, monkey and horse say.

Likes
FOOD!
The TV remote.
All sports - in person or on tv. 
Bath time or being in the pool. 





People watching. He is such the awesome shopping partner sitting in the cart waving at anyone.
Playing with balls.
Reading books - hundreds of times a day. 
Music and DANCING to any and every beat. LOVES to 'flick his wrist.' 
Being outside. 
Women. Especially Asian women. And Aynslee.
His G-dub. 



Dislikes
Being in his carseat. 
Going down for naps.
Being told no - he growls back at us. 


Sounds/Words
Da-Da - all the time

Ma-Ma but will maybe say it once to every 300 Da-Das. 
Eye. 
Ball. 
Lilly.
Go. 

Lots of extra gibberish. 


Activities
Dancing.
Playing in the water.
Walking.
Reading books. 
Throwing balls. 


Misc.
I know I'm leaving out so much that has happened over these past 3 months - but he is a totally a new baby. Really, he's not so much a baby any more but a little toddler. He's ornery and mischievous and 100% boy. 




CT and I have also learned so much these past 3 months. We've learned that wooden floors and learning to walk do not go well together. I think Kingston has hit his head more then a dozen times. We've learned to ignore his fake gags. We've learned to find the dog poo first or it becomes smashed and the best version of play-doh. We've learned that we are going to need a lot of patience and a whole lot of prayers to parent this strong willed/independent boy.

It's so crazy to think that we are 3 weeks away from his first birthday! 










Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Husbands Are Funny


A little something to make you chuckle and to take a glimpse into CT's brain: 

1. What is something your wife always says to you? "That's rude"
2. What makes your wife happy? "Kingston"
3. What makes your wife sad? "Grey's Anatomy"
4. How does your wife make you laugh? "Sing"
5. What was your wife like as a child? "How would I know"
6. How old is your wife? "25?" -- I'm actually 26
7. How tall is your wife? "5''8"
8. What is her favorite thing to do? "Craft or decorate"
9. What does your wife do when you're not around? "Nothing"
10. If your wife becomes famous, what will it be for? "Interior design or murdering me"
11. What is your wife really good at? "Decorating"
12. What is your wife not very good at? "Dusting"
13. What does your wife do for a job? "Sit at her computer"
14.What is your wife's favorite food? "Vegetables"
15.What makes you proud of your wife? "Her mothering skills"
16. If your wife were a character, who would she be? "Wicked Witch of the West"
17. What do you and your wife do together? "Eat"
18. How are you and your wife the same? "Both athletic"
19. How are you and your wife different? "You're white and female"
20. How do you know your wife loves you? "She packs my lunch"
21. What does your wife like most about you? "My color"
22. Where is your wife's favorite place to go? "To bed"

He's too funny! Quiz your man and let me know what he says! 

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