Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lincoln James: One Year

we made it! we made it through the long, terrifying at times, difficult, wonderful, amazing first year of Lincoln's life. yesterday morning, i woke up and thought how is it even possible that one whole year has gone by. but it has, in what seems like a blink of an eye, and we officially have a one year old. we'll no longer count his age in months, but in years and while i am so excited for everything that is to come, i can't help but be a little sad that my baby is not a baby anymore.

we weighed the little guy yesterday, a monthly tradition and by our scales he is weighing in at 21.8 lbs (he was sick again this month so we didn't have much weight gain), but we'll get the official height and weight, etc. at his one year checkup next week.

and once again, lincoln has developed by leaps and bounds this month. we are so so so so close to walking. he walks along everything and is so fast with his little walker, but he doesn't yet seem to have the confidence to let go and do it on his own, even though i'm confident that if he tried, he 100% would. we still don't have any teeth yet, but they tell me the longer it takes for your teeth to come in, the stronger they are, so i'm rolling with the old wives tale and am convinced he will have teeth as strong and as sharp as T-Rex ;0p

he is talking up a storm! we say "mama" "dada" and "baba" - which i think he's either using to describe the ball or his bottle. he says it when referring to both so who knows? he can "shake his head no," waves "hello" and "bye-bye!" and loves to play ball (we roll it back and forth), peekaboo! and while the swings still remain his absolute favorite at the park, we also now like to climb up the slide (no joke, the kid won't walk but he'll climb up a freaking slide!).

we have officially made the switch to whole milk and he is down to only 3 bottles a day. the rest of the time he is drinking water out of a sippy cup. after this weekend, we're switching him to just two bottles a day and he'll drink milk and water out of his sippy cup the rest of the time. he is the best eater and i know how fortunate i am for that.

as far as sleep goes....we are back in a no sleeping stage, unfortunately, but husband is home for good the end of August!!!!! and we'll get back on the sleep training wagon and hopefully officially have a good sleeper on our hands.

we celebrated Lincoln's first birthday with a little sock monkey themed party on thursday evening, his birthday eve and had friends and family with us. he was the most adorable birthday boy and such a delicate cake smasher. we were lucky enough to be able to hire a friend to photograph the evening and i'll share those photos when i get them here.

in the meantime here are photos from the last month! this is the last "monthly update" for little man, and it's been so fun to document his growth here. i know they'll be so much more to document as he continues to grow and i'm excited to share it here as this has become an online journal of sorts.

before i sign off, some words to my dear sweet boy. lincoln james, we love you so very much. you are the best thing to happen to your daddy and i. this has been the most amazing year watching you grow and i know it is only going to get better from here. just do your mama a favor and go easy on her with the dare devil, houdini acts....we want you around for a long long time! with all my heart,
love, mama.

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July Beach Week!

hello and happy monday! i hope this week is off to a good one and everyone is coming home from a long, enjoyable holiday weekend....or heck, maybe you're weekend is still going and that's even better.

little man and i spent the past week out at my parents beach house and enjoyed the 4th of July out there, along with some friends. it was awesome!  and a great way to escape this ridiculous heat we're having so early in Spokane.

we got super patriotic bright and early in the morning when we enjoyed red, white and blue pancakes for breakfast and then spent the day relaxing on the beach, deck and in the cabin when it got too hot.

even though the little ones missed the fireworks (bedtime's a bummer man), it was still fun to sit out on my parents deck and watch the fireworks over the water, we also enjoyed an epic 4th of july meal with ribs, potato salad, broccoli slaw and topped it off with some red white and blue (strawberry, blueberry and whip cream) short cakes. here are some photos from the week/4th of july!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lincoln James: 11 Months

it is completely unfathomable to me that in 1 very short month, my little baby boy will be turning one! ONE! this year has been without a doubt the most difficult in my entire life, for many reasons, but it has also been the best, most rewarding year yet. and because we’re approaching the one year mark, i’m feeling all the feels, and thinking a lot about this past year and how it’s been one giant roller coaster ride.

being a parent is serious stuff. doing this whole mom-thing, alone a lot, has left me, exhausted, broken down, shedding all of the tears (even when i was sure i didn’t have a single one left), and feeling time and time again like i have nothing left to give, but somehow i keep giving. and then the weirdest thing happened the other day. after one of my “i’m a shitty mom moments,” i thought to myself, you know what. i’m not a “shitty mom.” i have bad (“shitty mom”) moments. but, who doesn’t? (and if you don’t, we can’t be friends…thats way too much pressure ya’ll). and sometimes they seem to outweigh the good ones, but my little man is happy healthy, growing, fed three fairly square meals a day and two decently healthy snacks. has bottles on time (for the most part), takes two decent naps a day (what’s decent ?!?!), gets to go the park on almost a daily basis, has a bath every night along with an evening family stroll, and is put to bed, bathed, fed, and fairly happy every single night. and i’m not trying to toot my own horn here, there are so many single moms and dads out there as well as parenting duos doing so much more than me. and i’ve only had to do it for a short year. soon husband will be home, and we’ll be parenting together, and that day cannot come soon enough. both little man and i miss him terribly. 

all of that being said, little man does officially turn 11 months old today. he is weighing in at 21.6 lbs and is one happy, healthy and increasingly entertaining little boy. i think i’m loving this most recent stage the most. he interacts so much now and it is so fun! he can play games (we play ball - passing it back and forth, he knows how to play peek-a-boo! (he’ll hide from me now too!), waves “hello” and “bye-bye," is “walking” with the help of a walker and is crawling all over the place like a maniac! 

he understands little words like “no” and phrases “where’d you go!” and thinks it’s hysterical to crawl into a “no-go” zone and make me go “liiiinccooooln” and then he responds by popping his head out and giggling because he totally knows he’s not supposed to do what he’s trying to get away with and so it’s turned into this type of game we play. another “no-go” zone game we play is when he sneaks away into the guest room to go splash in the dog’s water bowl, but now he waits for me to “catch” him and pick him up and tickle him and “throw” him on the bed. (side note: how much trouble am I in that he’s already trying to push limits at 11 months…dear god help me when he’s a teenager). 

he continues to be a little houdini/dare devil and try and climb on and out of everything. the other day, i went to answer my phone and he had managed to crawl out of his high chair and was standing on the tray - cue: heart attack. (and again…dear god, help me when he’s a teenager).  these days i tend to give myself high faves and pats on the back just for keeping the kid alive. i’m honestly shocked he hasn’t broken his neck yet! 

he is eating pretty much every thing we eat and has been for a while. I mean i keep the chocolate and ice cream for myself but you know, i’m selfish ;0p we also got the official “a-ok” to start dairy, and that transition has gone really well. we’re working on our sippy cup usage, because those skills need some work. (he takes one or two sips and then decides it’s a toy and dumps it on the floor so he can splash in it!) 

and finally, he’s sleeping through the night again!!!!!!!! i almost don’t want to type those words and jinx myself, but the past two weeks he has gone down between 8-8:30 and sleeps fairly consistently till about 5:30 am! we’ve had one or two 4:30 wake up calls (not fun!) but we even had a 6:30 one! that day was GLORIOUS to say the least. he does still have to be rocked to sleep…the whole sleep training thing went out the door when we were in New York and we’ve never been able to get it back. I gave up on trying when he started screaming for over an hour on an almost nightly basis. the fact that he’s sleeping through the night is win enough for me, and we can cross that “put yourself to bed” bridge later on (aka when husband’s home to help ;0p). rocking him to sleep only takes about 15 minutes and i’ll take 15 minutes of peaceful falling asleep over hours of screaming any night! 

other highlights this month include his first real haircut!!!! first time in a kiddie pool and getting to taste a popsicle! i'm also pretty sure he's going to start walking any day. finally we're out at hat island trying to beat the 100 plus degree heat, mother nature has decided to grace spokane with. little man we'll be spending his first 4th of July out on the island and gets to enjoy fireworks, a parade and all sorts of festive goodies! 

so there it is, 11 months in a nutshell. they say to savor each moment because it all goes by so fast, and no truer words have ever been spoken. next month lincoln turns one and will make the move into toddlerhood, and while i can’t wait to see what the next month will bring, i’m hoping that time slows down a little bit so my baby will stay a baby just a few moments longer. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Little Man's Favorite "Green" Smoothie

hello! hello! today, i'm sharing little man's favorite green smoothie. i mean, really it's my favorite green smoothie, but ever since he's been big enough, this kid can't get enough of mommy's breakfast smoothie.

for those of you with little one's, this smoothie has both peanut butter and almond milk in it, so i'd wait to try it out till your little one is pretty much eating anything and everything (this was around 8-9 months for us). however, for those of you with younger ones, you can always use coconut milk instead of almond milk and omit the peanut butter altogether. And on a side note, here's an interesting article about feeding legumes (aka peanut butter) to babies before one and it helping to avoid allergies! 

but back to the smoothie....i make this a couple of times a week and every time i do, little man bounces up and down with excitement. it makes the perfect amount for me (about 12 ounces) with a little left over for lincoln (about 4 oz) and often serves as his midmorning snack since i tend to eat breakfast a little later than he does.

and now, i'll stop yacking and give you guys the recipe!

Little Man's Favorite "Green" Smoothie
Serves 1 (and a half)

1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 banana
1 handful leafy greens (i use a mix of spinach, kale and chard)
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (plus a little more if you need it to get the smoothie going)

Optional ad-ins
-switch out the peanut butter for almond butter
-1/4 cup oats (for a little extra staying power)
-replace almond milk with coconut milk for those with nut allergies (or the really young ones)
-1 tbsp chia seeds (you may need more liquid as the chia seeds tend to soak up the liquid)

Blend well and serve immediately!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Father's Day!!

happy father's day! i hope each and every one of you get to spend today with your dad, father of your own kiddos or future father ;0) lots of dads get a bad rap for not working as hard as moms out there, but in my own personal case, i have a pretty great dad and an awesome husband/little man's papa.

so on this special day, i want to first say happy father's day to my husband. we've had a pretty tough first year as first time parents with kevin having to work in new york, but even thousands of miles away, he is still the best papa to our little man. whether it's face timing on a regular basis, calls, texts and exchanging photos or making the most of the short time he gets to spend at home each month, kevin has shown over and over again how devoted of a dad he is and once again, how great of a husband he is. lincoln and i are so lucky to have you and we love you very very much!

i can't believe how tiny he was!!

and of course, a very happy father's day to my own dad! he's a pretty awesome dad and all around good guy (when he's not pontificating of course ;0p) and is the best pop pop to little man lincoln. he is so patient when he watches the little guy (especially as he screams his head off), makes one mean roast chicken, and has always been a great sounding board for all of us. he is level-headed and can help you think your way through any problem, even when we're convinced it's the end of the world.

so, without further ado, happy happy father's day! love you both!!