Reflecting on 2011

2011 was a great year.

I went from…

Three days before delivery

 

To meeting my precious baby boy

Fresh out of the oven

A few hours old

Sweet boy

 

This year brought me the amazing gift of being a mother to an amazing baby. It hasn’t always been easy, from struggling with breastfeeding, sleep depravation, time management, identity change and work/life balance, it has all been worth it. I can’t even express into words how much you can love and care for such a small human being who is so dependent on you for every need and the overwhelming love that pours out of you for someone you just met. It is truly life changing.

There is also something so magical on how it changes a marriage and watching your husband bond and form a relationship with a baby that grew inside of me for 9 months is amazing.

Goodbye 2011, it was a great year. I met my son for the first time and watched him grow and thrive in the last 10 months.

Dear 2012, I can’t wait to see what is in store for us next year. I am looking forward to the summer and sunny weather, and seeing what adventures we have in store.

 

December Update

:: 17 pounds, 11 oz at your 9 month check up. (although you were 10 month olds)

:: 15th percentile for weight, 80th for length, and 20th for head.

:: Loves music and bops to the beat whenever you hear a song.

:: Gave Daddy his first slobbery kiss this week.

:: Crawling around on all fours. No more arm crawling.

:: Shares puffs at dinner.

:: Can do sign language for more, and milk. We are working on all done.

Children’s Museum Trip

We headed out to the local Children’s Museum this afternoon. Since I had today off from work, and it being a regular week with no special holidays, I thought it would be nice and empty at the museum and we would get to have the place to ourselves. Wrong. Apparently it is Winter Break for all the school aged kids, so every other mom had the same idea as me. So even though it was crowded, we had a blast. Most of the actitives were geared towards older 6-8 year olds, but there was a nice cozy section for the babies.

BabyBird loved the train table and stayed there for most of the time and just loved to pick up each of the Thomas the Train pieces and nom, of course. In the mouth each piece went.

Hanging out at the train table

The museum was adorable and they had a bunch of fun rooms and things to explore. My favorite was the pretend bank and grocery store. The drive-up bank was Elevations (which just so happens to be the bank I’ve used since I was 13) and the grocery store was themed and sponsored by Whole Foods.

Silly face

After spending a hour or so at the museum we came home, giggled and played around on the floor and poor little guy was tuckered out. Took a nice long 2 hour nap.

Dinner tonight, I introduced BabyBird to quinoa, a pearl like rice. He was not a fan. Oh, but it was just so funny feeding him a bite. He ate inhaled his regular dinner and at the end, I gave him one spoonful of the quinoa mixed with carrot puree. He looked at me as if I just fed him poison and screamed and clenched both of his fists in anger. Then proceeded to scoop out the remaining amount in his mouth out. A few puffs calmed him down and he even forgave me for feeding hin that nasty quinoa stuff and offered to share his puff.

 

Momma’s Little Helper

We had our 9 month check up today in the morning. I felt bad that I had to wake you up from your morning nap so we could make it to your doctor appointment on time. In the waiting room, we met a sweet baby girl who was only 3 days old and her momma. My heart just melted seeing how small she was and hearing the soft squeaks of a newborn. It’s amazing to think that BabyBird was once that small.

In the last few days, BabyBird has finally mastered the full on big boy crawl on hands and knees. Now he zip in and out of each room and have become my little shadow. He absolutely loves to follow me around and just wants to hang out and see what I am doing.

Emptying the dishwasher

Helping with the laundry