Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nine Months

Happy Nine Months Sweet Boy!!!

Stats: Hmmm if I had to guess I would say very upper 21 pound range (maybe a low 22 pounder???). And 28 and 1/2 inches long. These are total guesses folks. But we'll find out for sure next week Wednesday at Mason's 9 month well child check-up!!!

Sizes: Mason is wearing 12 or 12-18 month clothing. And either 12 month or 18 month jammies. Half of his 12 month jammies are for warmer weather and with the chillier weather I pulled out the 18 month jammies (from my sis). Its mostly a win-win situation. I say mostly because the 18 month jammies are a wee bit big but at least I'm saving money by not running out to buy some jammies that will only fit for a little bit. Mase is still wearing size 4 (Kirkland brand) diapers...and he (as of about 3 weeks ago) is NO longer needing the waterproof training pants!!!

Food: We pretty much follow the same pattern from last month. The only differences being Mason only gets 4-6oz bottles a day and he's now eating LOTS of table food. He gets a 2nd baby food (a fruit) mixed with barley cereal in the morning plus his first bottle. At lunch a yogurt plus his second bottle. At supper a 2nd or 1/2 of a 3rd baby food (a veggie or meat mixture) plus his third bottle. And his last bottle at bedtime. At each "meal time" he gets some table food too...either what we're eating or something baby friendly in the fridge. His fave...toast with strawberry jelly!!! But he also likes banana bread and blueberry muffins.

Routine: We have a pretty decent routine going. Mason typically starts his day around 7am (give or take 15 mins). He eats breakfast ASAP...followed by play time...and his first nap around 10am. This nap is typically an hour and 15 minutes to an an hour and 45 minutes. Once he's up its lunch time...followed by more play time or mommy and Mason errand running time...and then his second nap of the day around 2:30pm. This nap always varies...sometimes its as short as an hour and sometimes its as long as 2 and a half hours. Again once he's up its dinner time...followed by more playtime. We start getting him ready for bed (bath, jammies, and bottle) around 7:30-8pm...depends on how tired he is acting. Sometimes he crashes on his bottle (at 8pm) and other times he'll play until 9pm. Whether he's ready or not...into bed he goes at 9pm sharp.

I would say 50% of the nights Mason sleeps from 8 or 9pm to 7am but believe me there are many a nights he wakes up once or more than once. Some weeks it definitely feels like a constant uphill battle. And I hate admitting to the fact that we've gotten into the bad habit of taking him into bed with us (in the middle of the night) because its an instant fall asleep method. But as of last week we've been letting him cry it out again. Like I said a constant uphill week he's sleeping great and the next he's not.

Developmental Milestones: Mason definitely waves and gives high 5's these days and loves to gives his momma open mouthed (WET) kisses!!! And like 2 days after he turned 8 months he became a crawling machine. Wowzers he keeps us on our toes...he is a nosy-get-into-everything-kinda boy. (Our house was baby-proofed asap). Mason can also walk if he's hanging onto something like the couch. But he doesn't walk if Brian or I try to help him...then he just plops his butt right down. Silly boy!!! He says dada and mum (just started saying "mama" as of this past Sunday)...although I'm still not sure if he KNOWS exactly what he's saying. And the boy has also started climbing stairs. He doesn't get the concept too well though because he'll be three steps up and try to just plop his butt down but of course all he hits is air and then either mommy or daddy's hands.

Loves: Mason loves his new found freedom that has come with crawling!!! He loves exploring new things and places!!! He loves getting into trouble!!! He loves strawberry toast!!! He loves drinking out of his sippy. He loves his bubba!!! And the boy still loves his paci!!!

Dislikes: Still dislikes getting his face washed. And he dislikes being "strapped down" that would include being put in his car seat, getting his diaper changed, and getting ready for the day.

Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • You went on the annual Vugteveen family trip to grandpa and grandma's cabin in the Upper Peninsula.
  • When mommy or daddy say "NO" you turn around...sit down...and spit at us. Sometimes its so hard not to laugh.
  • You are attracted to cords and curtains and toilet paper and anything that sticks out of the wall.
  • As I was saying above you DISLIKE (and I mean really dislike) being strapped down. Its quite the battle trying to get you ready for the day or ready for bed. You scream and squirm until we release you. And diaper changes...not even gonna go there. And I thought you were bad last month!!! And as for your car seat sometimes you go in with no problem but other times you'd think we were hurting you by putting you in there. You arch your back and SCREAM. Oh baby boy you make me SO tired but SO happy!!! 
  • You're not much of a cuddler (never have been so I soak up the moments you want to snuggle with me).
  • You no longer need Miralax!!!
And a HODGE PODGE of pictures from your NINTH MONTH of life...

Yankees vs Tigers!!!

Playing with your "new" tool workbench.

Crazy naked BOY...

Fall (weather) has arrived.

Second trip to the zoo. Having a ball with daddy!!!

He doesn't actually like to read...he just likes to pull things off the shelves!


Looking sharp for church!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ten On Tuesday

1. Hard to believe that (in just over) a month my baby girls should have been turning TWO. Some days when I'm watching Mason do his thing...I sit back and wonder how I would have handle two at once. I know I would have but it sure would have been busy. Its in those moments that the tears still fall. Don't get me wrong I am BEYOND grateful for the gift of my precious baby boy but some hurts just can't be erased.

2. My heart is very very very sad for my dear friend Kristin and her hubby Dan. (You can read about her/their story here). They had their 6 week ultrasound today to find out if they were going to have one baby or two and were heartbroken to not only see no heartbeat(s) but no baby(ies) either. After reading her latest post I sat on the floor and started crying. I know the feeling of utter sadness. Its not pretty. Praying for a miracle to still happen!!! And we all know that God IS (and always will be) in the field of miracles!

3. A perfect example of how the Lord gives and takes away. But always...Blessed be HIS Name!!

4. On to a drastically different subject what about the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians?" Can you say OBSESSED!!! I started watching it this summer and its addicting. I am also obsessed with Switched At Birth. Two good shows that should NOT be missed!!!

5. My other latest obsession. Pinterest. Whoa Nellers once I'm on it...I have a hard time shutting the computer down. I have tried some really yummy recipes though and I've gotten some great ideas for Mason's 1st Birthday Party. Cookie Monster anyone!!!

6. How do I spell trouble these days...MASON:

7. How do I spell tired these days...ME. Mason is a crawling-get-into-everything-he-can-kinda-machine!!!

8. I am soooo excited that fall is finally in the air. Hoping to pick out some pumpkins and other fall decorations for the front of my house this week!!! Oh how I love me some fall (especially after a roasting hot summer). And next week Brian, Mase, and I are getting fall family pictures!!! Colors of choice...dull red, teal, and gray! What else do I love about fall...sweatshirts, hot chocolate, football, pumpkin donuts, and apple cider to name a few.

9. Just thought of another recent obsession. Reading. I have always loved to read. But as of recently I have started doing more of it...just another reason to add to why I blog a whole lot less frequently these days. Authors of choice...Nicholas Sparks, Karen Kingsbury, Mary Higgins Clark, and Deborah Raney.

10. And just because I can't think of anything else to write about...I leave you with a picture of my handsome BOYS!!!
(Notice the Yankees vs Tigers apparel!!!)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Just a Yooper Kinda Weekend

Every Labor Day weekend for the past 10 years we have made the 6 hour trek (2.5 hours past the bridge) up to my parent's cabin in the Upper Peninsula. But this year (year eleven) was extra special for me because I got to share the tradition with MY BABY. And I know without a doubt that Mason enjoyed himself...because he just LOVES being with his cousins. (They are crazy fun to watch and well just plain crazy)!!!

Every year brings about a little something different. This year the weather was a wee bit hot during the day (thankfully it did cool down at night). The flies were BEYOND nasty (but at least they weren't biting). The WHOLE family made the trek up!!! And a whole lot of boche ball was played!!! But then there are some things that never change. Like...the food was excellent. Deer were seen. Campfires were enjoyed. And 4 wheel/trailer rides were as always a fave among the lil peeps.

But as always when memories are being made I can't help but think about my sweet baby girls. A and E would have had so much fun running around with their cousins at the cabin. Hard to imagine that in one short month (had my pregnancy with them gone the way it should have) they would be turning two years old. Crazy. Still makes me sad at times. I do count my blessings...Mason being high on that list...but the hurt and pain are still there. I suppose it always will be to a degree. But then all I have to do is take a look at that sweet little face below (and no NOT Brian's) to be reminded that God's plan is more than's perfect!!! 

Daddy and Mason AND the Mackinaw Bridge 

Their shirts say it ALL!!!

Family 4 wheel ride

I could eat him up!!!

Me and the hubster at the tip of the Peninsula

Papa taking 6 of the grandkids for a ride

My lil big man

All of the kiddos...Austin, Easton, Cole, Addisyn, Mason, Kylynn, Brinley, and Cambrey. (And yes Mason is holding on for dear life)!!!

Papa and Gma with their camo boyz!!!

Me and my boys

Buddies (whether they want to be or not)

Another grandkid pic

Bath time

My sis and I taking 7 of the kiddos on a ride

Roasting marshmallows by the fire with Cambrey and Kylynn