Monthly Archives: February 2013

A @ 11 months!

Ok ok, so this post is just about 4 weeks late and all, since my little booger will be *1* tomorrow!! But hey, better late then never! Β πŸ˜‰

I seriously believe this month has flown by, although they all seemed to pass very quickly this one was by far the fastest, or perhaps it was just me being in mommy denial that my baby is no longer a baby but more and more like a toddler.

Since about 10.5 months he started standing up for long periods of time, obviously at first it was just a few seconds, but they were some long seconds and we immediately noticed he had some amazing balance. Then two weeks later, exactly at 11 months, he started to take one or two steps….then within a week he was taking 4-5 steps and sure enough you can guess it, another week later, he’s taking 7-8 steps! By 11.5 months he was WALKING from one side of the room to the other and has yet to STOP. πŸ™‚ I honestly never imagined him walking, he was always (and still is) so tiny and I could not comprehend the thought of my baby being mobile. Well it happened and I BELIEVE IT NOW; he’s a walker! For the first few days, when he really got the hang of it, it’s all he wanted to do, just walk walk walk. Of course, now that he’s had so much practice he still loves it but has also enjoys playing and getting into stuff just as much.

This month A:

has sprouted another tooth! (This makes it the FIRST tooth on top!)

loves playing with everything that isn’t a toy! (mommy’s sunglasses and purse, daddy’s homework, the remote, mommy’s phone, the folded laundry, the cabinets…etc. etc.) So you know baby gates have popped up everywhere now, we are at a total of 4 so far, looking at adding another.. (talk about stylish!! ;-P)

prefers to drink out of everyone else’s cup; his favorite is any pink straw cup that belongs to his friend Maya.

loves to make noise, bang toys together, bang on the table or the baby gate with whatever object he has in his hands.

likes to throw anything and everything down the stairs by fitting it through the slits in the baby gate.

loves to throw in general and he’s got a pretty nice arm on him! (future baseball pitcher or footbal QB!?! Maybe..)

loves bath time, especially when he can get ahold of the rinse cup. He often times tries to pour water OUT of the tub…(guess it’s time to reread the No No Yes Yes book.)

loves being in the car and being told we are going “bye bye!”

LOVES to dance; anytime he hears music he shakes his booty!

has started to sign more, and signs: “book,” “more” “all done” and “leche.” The other day at the store he was happily eating a cookie while sitting in the cart and after he finished it he looked at me and signed “all done,” I, of course, was ecstatic and praised him for it!

has started to screech and scream more in an attempt to tell us what he wants. Usually he wants a drink or more of what he’s eating so I’m having to remind him to “use his words” and sign to us. Today, I asked him “What do you want? Would you like *more*?” as I signed the sign for “more” and sure enough he simply responded with the sign for “more”. πŸ˜€

Favorite time of day: definitely the morning and when daddy gets home from work!

Favorite book: Olivia

Favorite character: Elmo

Speaking of Elmo, his new favorite thing to do is play with this really cute Elmo app. He seriously knows how to navigate it already…(maybe just by chance) but it keeps him occupied and it totally works!! πŸ˜€ I usually use it when he’s ultra fussy in the car, or when we are out and about and he wants to be held or is screaming for something…like a balloon. At this point it’s all about redirecting his attention and Elmo is my go-to helper! πŸ™‚

Food wise: He loves bread, blueberries, pears, peaches, MANDARIN ORANGES, avocado, apple sauce, cheese, yogurt, eggs, green smoothies, black beans, pancakes, cottage cheese, pasta, salmon, peas and carrots.

He dislikes kiwi, apples (I think because they aren’t soft enough yet.) and broccoli :-/ but we’re working on the greens.

He likes the carrier and loves to nurse in it when we’re out & about. I swear he nurses 10 times longer than usual when we are in public! lol Thankfully, I’ve finally gotten over my fear of breastfeeding in public! πŸ™‚

He also loves balloons & bubbles and playing with Maya’s toys (his are apparently lame I suppose..lol)

One of my favorite moments from this month would definitely have to be seeing him walk & also seeing him Β light up when he sees one of us and rushes towards us.

I also love seeing him dance when music comes on or when we say “shake it baby!” πŸ˜€

❀

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“A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men. “-Martin Fraquhar Tupper

“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.” -Robert Munsch

❀

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Five Things FRIDAY!

Yes I’m still here & still blogging..my apologize friends, I’ve been swamped with school and my designated blogging time has been taken over by extreme studying for the upcoming teacher licensure exams that I’m required to take. wahhh! 😦

So here is just a little update on whats been going on with me:

1. Not only has blogging been the last thing on my mind with all the exam prep I’ve been doing, I’ve also lost touch with many of you on Instagram because….I decided to “unplug for Lent” in an attempt to manage time better and get rid of extra distractors during this Lenten season. Not only did I decide to give up Instagram (which I adore), I also gave up……(take a breathe…) PINTEREST!! *sigh* Yes! I know, CRAZY!!..but again, I wanted to really challenge myself and I’ve come to realize that I waste tons of time on each of these social media platforms. I’m not gonna lie, it’s been TOUGH..super TOUGH in fact, especially with Pinterest because it became my go-to website for everything. (especially with planning somebunny’s *1st birthday party*!!!) While I’m losing touch we awesome friends and family via Instagram and missing out on amazing pins……I know I’ll LIVE! If anything, I’ve noticed my lack of plugging into these two has forced me to become more active on Twitter! πŸ˜€ Though thankfully FB and Twitter don’t do as much damage as ALL FOUR social medias together. πŸ˜‰

(whoaaa! that was long…! Still reading?! *THANKS* You’re AWESOME!)

2. I’ve been working out more this week…YAY! I’ve gotten in some fabulous runs and even did some KETTLEBELL weight training!! Now I’m ready to strengthen & tone my bootay!! In fact, (thanks to twitter) I found this site that has a collection of amazing treadmill workouts!!

3. A is WALKING, like really on the go, walking everywhere! He started taking 2-3 steps the weekend he turned 11 months and within a week he was taking 6-7 and now he’s walking from one side of the room to another! It’s truly INSANE seeing him move around with such ease like a pro. My baby is not a baby anymore…AND will be *1* in A WEEK!! :*( *TEAR*

4.We had a fan-tab-ulous VALENTINE’S DAY!! ❀ ❀ ❀ Last year I posted how SWEET it was, but I must say this year was just as lovely, if not way MORE gratifying since I had *TWO handsome, adorable and SUPER sweet Valentines* ❀ <3!! We had a Valentine’s Day lunch together as a family and then afterwards Daddy & Mommy went to the MOVIES {for the FIRST time since we had our little blessing)! We watched Identity Theft and loved it, even though I was texting my friend throughout it just to check in my little munchkin. Funny thing is, it was as though he didn’t even realize I was gone, when we got back, he gave me a look like “Hey Mom, you were gone!?” haha

A Valentines Day

{Mommy’s wittle Valentine<3}

Valentines Day A

my Valentines

{My Sweethearts ❀ <3}

my loves 2013

5. I have a new favorite veggie that I’m completely obsessed with, hello green & red peppers! I’ve never been a big pepper fan, in fact, for the longest time I thought they were super spicy. However, recently after having them with fajitas that the hubby made, I CANNOT GET ENOUGH of them! I’ve been adding peppers to EVERYTHING, eggs, omelets, tacos, taco salads, spaghetti sauce….you name it I’m ALL ABOUT IT. I think the hubby thinks this pepper frenzy is a bit much, but guess what…. he has even started to like them! πŸ˜€ The creation below: Egg greenies!! {Not only is Daddy liking green peppers, my little Mister has also started to eat more greens toooo!!! YAY!!}

Eggs

{Egg scramble with broccoli, spinach…and you guessed it…GREEN peppers!!}

What foods have you been lovin’ lately!?

Happy Friday friends! Hope your weekend is WONDERFUL!!

<3Alicia

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Thankful Thursday {on Friday!}

I meant to post this yesterday as part of Jessie’s Thankful Thursday edition link up but….I sorta got caught up with homework and watching little mister practice his *WALKING*!! YESS!! He’s taking steps ALL ON HIS OWN, the other day he walked across the living room…WHAT!?!?!? I KNOW! πŸ˜€ I’m excited yet SO SO SO very worried at the same time, life as we know it is going to be completely UPSIDE DOWN once my baby (almost toddler) begins walking….and then running. :-/

As part of Thankful Thursday, I was to acknowledge how thankful I am for my little sugar bunny.

MommyI cannot imagine my life without him and I adore every second of the day because of him. Β He is truly such a wonderful blessing; I often think to myself Β “how did I get so lucky!?” Parenting has obviously changed my life drastically, sometimes days are rough but in all honestly, the tough days mean nothing when I see his sweet smiling face or hear his adorable little laugh. It’s so hard to believe that my little love bug is not so little anymore and is becoming more of a big boy by the minute…I’m cherishing every little snuggly moment, all while being overly joyous and amazed by the new things he is accomplishing. ❀ There is nothing more honorable than being this little sweethearts mommy; for this I am forever grateful.

Baby & mommy

I love you to the moon and back.

p.s. If your a breasfeeding advocate like me, check out the sweet breastfeeding storyΒ of Mayim Bialik {the actress fromΒ Blossom…remember that show!?! :-)}

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