Greyson James: 11 Month Update

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Somehow this year with Greyson is seemingly flying by. Just next month this kid is turning one and when everyone says time flies by…they’re right. I can easily remember just yesterday going into labor, being admitted to the hospital amidst contractions, and delivering this sweet baby boy after 15hrs. I remember bringing him home for the first time and not being able to sleep because all I wanted to do is stand over him and watch him. To smell his breath and see him smile while dreaming, oh those are the simple memories that I will cherish forever. I have one more month to really take in all infancy has to offer before this boy of mine is off.

Date: February 10, 2017
Weight: 24.2 lbs

Celebrated: me walking now! I first began pulling myself up onto the couch or table then made my first few steps walking to Mommy while Daddy videotaped. After a week or so of practicing I’ve gotten really good at standing, balancing, and walking almost 100% of the time on my own – although I do like holding onto Mommy’s finger.

I also watched the Super Bowl for the first time and loved Lady Gaga’s halftime show! Last year I was in Mommy’s tummy so it was exciting to see and hear everyone clapping and shouting at the TV.

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Enjoys: walking, reading my picture books (my favorite being Pout Pout Fish!), walking outside, rides in the car or stroller, and playing hide-and-go-seek. I also love going to My Gym now where I get to play with babies my age and learn new skills and strengthen the ones I know. I have also learned to clap my hands and find any reason to show others – especially when you tell me I’m doing a good job at something! I also love to dance – put any music on and I’m hopping away to the beat! Oh, and tunnels are my favorite thing to play with. I love crawling through small spaces like under tables and the recliner.

Food: I love food! At mealtimes Mommy and Daddy eat (relatively) the same thing as me now that I am eating more table foods. Whenever it’s mealtime they also feed me what they’re eating since I’m most interested in that anyways. I love trying new things and there’s yet to be a food that I’ve had that I don’t like.

*He’s been funny about carrots lately, but I haven’t given up and I feel as though that’s half the battle for parents. I never wanted to give up on a food, especially a vegetable, just because he didn’t want to eat it. All I do is mash them and mix them into foods he does like like applesauce or another vegetable. He eats them with no problems these days! Eventually we’ll work back to eating them by themselves.

Dislikes: changing my diaper, having something I want taken away, or being put in my crib when I don’t want to be. I also love talking on FaceTime with my grandparents, but I don’t like it when Mommy won’t let me hold the phone while doing so. Sometimes when I’m seated at the table (or even out in public) if I don’t get something, typically a snack, right away I have a tendency to scream really loud. Mommy and Daddy are trying to teach me to use a small voice when inside or in public – good luck!

Milestones: I am beginning to mimic the sounds I hear most often and there are so many words and phrases now I have come to know and understand. I love to knock things over, make loud sounds by hitting tabletops or pots and pans, and I love flipping through my favorite books. I can begin to bend over to pick something up while standing or even recover myself if I get too much of a head start when walking.

Learning: to be more independent. I still have a bit of separation anxiety, but slowly I’m working towards being without Mommy and Daddy (perhaps a weekly babysitter is in order). I’m also learning new boundaries now that I am walking and move much faster than ever before!

This is also going to be a time of transition for Greyson who is going to have to be parting ways with his Wubbanub pretty soon. I’ve begun to limit daytime use so that it doesn’t interfere with his speech or language development. He uses it most when he has it at nap time and bedtime so the next phase will be to limit it during those times and I know it won’t be terribly fun for him to be without it. If anyone has any tips or tricks to weaning him off of his pacifier I’m all ears!

Next month is a busy one for us in the Daniel household. We’re gearing up for a trip back to my hometown with everyone in tow, which is going to be fun considering the six hour flight time (sense sarcasm here?). Traveling, any distance, can be tiring but my hope is that Greyson is just as much a great flier as he was when we went to Texas. Because of that experience I have come to the realization that his sleep schedule is going to be off, the time difference may mess with him, but to just roll with the punches the best I can. At the end of the day he’ll get time with his grandparents and the many aunties and uncles, which is all worth it!

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Greyson James: 10 Month Update
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Greyson James: 10 Month Update

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This month was full of exciting things for Greyson. He has just exploded with personality, which has made parenthood that much more fun. He’s so expressive, makes us laugh with his many faces, sounds, and babbling, and you can tell he’s just a sponge that’s soaking up everything this world has to offer him. In his 10th month of life he’s become more independent, but still needs snuggles and cuddles, explores new food, environments, and everyday objects with an eagle eye. Greyson is all boy who is just all over the place – lots of tumbles and bumps on the head, but one thing he is for sure is resilient. I just can’t believe we are just two months away from his first birthday! It’s been such a privilege to watch him grow this month and can’t believe I have a toddler on my hands already!

Here’s what he’s been up to this past month…

Date: January 10, 2017
Weight: 23.8 lbs

Celebrated: I went on my first airplane ride last month and this month I visited the Santa Barbara Zoo for the first time!

Teeth: I still only have 8 teeth, but I go in and out of teething in the back every few weeks. I don’t think I’ll get my molars anytime too soon but it makes me cranky. I just always have to have my thumb back there, which makes me extra drooly. Having my teeth and becoming comfortable with chewing I get to try all kinds of new foods from Mommy and Daddy!

Enjoys: Reading books that have tabs I can pull, my Jesus bear mini stuffed animal I got from church, talking to anyone who walks by, and playing outside in my walker. I like it when Mommy sings to me, especially if I’m upset or trying to go to sleep (“You Are My Sunshine” is my jam). Playing with blocks, magnets, stacking rings, and books are my current favorites. All of a sudden I’m really into cars, too. Watching Top Gear and Grand Tour with Daddy is so much fun!

Dislikes: being told “no” by Mommy or Daddy is the worst. I get so mad when they tell me I can’t touch something or go somewhere. I’m just so curious about everything, even if it’s dangerous! I’ve also become a little more attached to Mommy and don’t care to be away from her or out her arms for too long. Also, I learned that I don’t like the large birds I saw at the zoo when we went.

Milestones: A blooming personality is an understatement! I love socializing with anyone and everyone with my babbling, smiling, and waving hello and goodbye. I do get a little shy with some people, but overall I love the attention I get from others – especially the ladies. I know a lot of words and phrases and it helps when Mommy and Daddy talk to me or explain to me what they’re doing – I hear so many new words that way! Standing up on furniture is so easy to me now and I like walking while holding onto Mommy or Daddy.

Learning: I’m still practicing my motor skills that will prepare me for walking on my own, like walking with flat feet instead of up on my tippy-toes. I can balance for a few seconds on my own so I know walking is in my future! Mommy and Daddy are going out sometimes without me so I’m getting used to being away from them for a little at a time (I don’t like it, though). Also, I’m learning to be without my favorite pacifier – now that I’m talking more. I’m only allowed to have it during naps and at night, but soon enough I’m going to have to learn to cope without one.

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Murphy decided to join the fun during our little photoshoot and hopped up onto the chair with Greyson. This is one of my favorites (even though Murphy was in the process of moving his head) because of Grey’s smile. It’s hard to imagine that this boy used to be my little rolley-polley and now, as he continues to be more upright and attempting to stand on his own, he’s really leaning out in his face. It’s almost like I have this little boy on my hands.

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When I first began taking these photos I had the idea that I would have him laying down on his adventure blanket, but as you can tell that was a naive new mom idea. I was trying to achieve those cute coordinated photos as he approaches one. Of course as he grew and became more mobile the photos went from “easily taken” to having to wrestle him to sit still for even just a moment. Nowadays I’ve found that sitting him in our recliner and giving him either something to play with or holding something above me gets him to sit still long enough to take a couple photos.

So to any new moms out there: start them in a chair or just don’t expect them to lay down for you AND skip the stickers (they pull and grab at them eventually) so opt for those cute chalkboards! Just a suggestion 😉

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Scenes From Our Weekend | vol 6

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This weekend was a pretty relaxed couple of days. Yesterday I had planned with my husband to take Greyson to his first zoo visit but unfortunately the weather here had other plans. We’ve needed rain for so long, so in that sense I didn’t mind too much that we were stuck indoors. Thankfully the weather cleared up and we couldn’t have asked for a better day to walk around.

Since Greyson is so enamored with everything in sight these days I thought it would be a fun outing to take him to the Santa Barbara Zoo. It’s only 30 or so minutes away and since it’s a smaller zoo it wouldn’t take us forever to make it to each exhibit. I was so happy to see not only Greyson be interested in the animals, but my husband reverted into a child himself and really enjoyed showing him to all the animals. We did learn, however, Greyson is NOT a fan of large birds. As we were walking around near the Turkey Vultures they were flying from branch to branch and considering their size he was very uncomfortable around them.

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Our little guide leading the way!

The first exhibit we came upon were the birds and aviary. I am always so shocked to see just how beautiful this species is; with their varying colors, sizes, and sounds. Next we ventured into the creepy crawly exhibit where they housed the spiders, snakes, geckos, and a number of other things I don’t care to be around. Seriously, one glance at a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and you’re good for the rest of your life. These, however, were really cool to look at. They’re super poisonous, but pretty nonetheless.

Can you believe how large Koi can get?!

Flamingos!

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After taking a peek at the gorilla pen we came across this sign, which of course makes for the perfect photo of Grey!

 

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Quite possibly my favorite picture of these two.

Of course we had to visit the foxes…

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We were able to see leopards, lions and his pride, as well as gorillas. Unfortunately they were hanging out a bit too far for me to take a good photo of, but they were as beautiful as you can imagine.

More birds…

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…and monkeys!

We had fun watching the various species of monkeys swinging around and it took a minute for Greyson to realize they were there. It was fun watching him try to make sense of what he was seeing.

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Alligators, too!

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If I can be honest for a moment, it’s really hard these days to see photos of myself. I know I’ve somehow put on more weight and I have no idea where it came from. I’m trying hard to get back into my running routine since the holidays and with the help of drinking more water and going plant-based with our meals I hope to feel like myself again. But, I suppose that’s a post for another day.

Nonetheless, I love this photo of us (even though Grey has one of the most awkward smiles to date) as we celebrate this day – and even with the elephants!

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Even though I took most of my photos while in the the aviary, we were amazed at all the different colors and species of birds! Greyson did really well with the smaller birds and was a bit curious about them as they flew from perch to perch. The husband can be seen pointing and sharing with Grey each bird as they flew by. Thankfully no one got pooped on – although another guest wasn’t as lucky.

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Giraffe’s!

It was such a sight to see five or so giraffes in their pens and the Santa Barbara Zoo allows you, for a small fee, to feed them yourself! I thought that was such a neat idea although we didn’t partake this time around. I was, however, able to get some pretty great photos and Greyson was able to see them up close due to the other families feeding them. Perhaps when he’s older, and is interested, he can feed the giraffes.

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We had such a fantastic day and I am so grateful we got to spend it with family. The weather held out for us and there was plenty to see and do for Greyson, which made our whole trip worthwhile. We look forward to another opportunity to make it back and possibly bring our families when they visit this summer.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a happy Monday to those going back to work tomorrow!

What filled your weekend?

 

Greyson James: 9 Month Update

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What a week it’s been in the Daniel household! I not only had a husband who succumbed to allergies all weekend, but have a teething baby on top of his runny nose – becoming more like a minor sinus infection. Boogies everywhere! Poor guy barely gets any sleep due to phlegm and not being able to breathe. Our Nose Frieda has been a Godsend although he barely lets us get in there anymore since we’ve been using all weekend. I just pray that his pain subsides and these boogies begin to pass.

With all the sickies at home it made blogging a touch challenging, but here is Greyson’s 9 month update! 9 months, guys. That means it’s only three short months until he’s one! But, I’m holding onto my little baby while I can – this past month was full of all kinds of new milestones and he’s been hard to contain with all this crawling going on!

Date: December 10, 2016
Weight: 22 lbs (eek!)

Celebrated: seeing Santa for the first time! I was very curious about him and even managed to not shed one tear! I was able to get my photo taken even with Murphy, too.

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Teeth: I still have eight teeth (4 up top and bottom), but I’m beginning to teethe in the back now which has me fussy with a bout of diarrhea and a runny nose. Mommy and Daddy brush my new teeth now with my very own toothbrush and fluoride-free toothpaste! I think it’s so funny when they brush- I also love playing in the bathroom mirrors.

Enjoys: I really enjoy learning new things on my own, even though I can sometimes get frustrated if I don’t succeed right away. Toys that have latches or flaps are my favorite as well as my new table that I can climb up to. Climbing is my new favorite thing to do, too, and I even try to move from one surface to another like the coffee table to the sofa! I’ll be walking in no time I’m sure of it. I also like to take toys and purposefully drop them to watch someone pick it back up. I’ll do this over and over again!

Dislikes: the changing table! I don’t like it when Mommy lays me down on it to change my diaper or clothes. She keeps me from sitting up or twisting around. I also hate that boogie sucker Mommy and Daddy use…(even though it helps him breathe tremendously!).

Milestones: Thankfully separation anxiety, which is supposed to peak at this age, hasn’t really bothered me. I am pretty friendly with everyone (especially the ladies), but if I could choose I’d still pick Mommy or Daddy over a stranger. I am a busy-body now too as I’ve learned to officially crawl on my hands and knees – I’m booking it all over the place! I love standing up on furniture and have even taken a couple steps on my own!

Learning: what “no” means and actually following it as I’m still learning the boundaries that Mommy sets.

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Sad to not have been able to catch any smiley photos of him this time around, but this poor guy hasn’t been feeling 100%. He’s a trooper, though, and I can’t say no to all the extra snuggles lately.

I was able to finish the keepsake ornament this weekend too! Bought some acrylic paints from Target and attempted to handletter my best “first Christmas.” I love how it turned out and making this ornament will help me keep Greyson tiny forever 🙂

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