Thursday, October 24, 2013

October: Pumpkin Carving

It's seriously been YEARS since I've convinced Travis to carve pumpkins for us, so long that I think it was two houses ago.....?  Yeah.  Long time.  Hunter LOVED the occasion too, and was happy to get any raw pumpkin pieces, while Jack was more interested in just watching Hunter.

Now that our pumpkins are glowing in our backyard on the pool rock and diving board, Jackson gets SO excited every time he sees them and can't help but want to go "visit" the pumpkins his Dad carved. : ) Child happy= my job is done.  Until tomorrow anyways.  Xoxo

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October: 8 Months Old!

I can officially say this was by far the fastest month yet, 4 weeks has seriously flown by!  Jack is already turning into the sweetest little boy...
 I feel like the baby stage is going to be over WAY too soon, but he's already somewhat mobile (pulling himself up, army crawling) and gets irritated by excessive smooches on his puffy baby cheeks....

Age: 8 Months
Weight/Size: 19+ lbs
Favorite Words: Mom-ma (over and over again), and "Ehh??"
Favorite Activities: Reading books (Pat the Bunny is the current fave), playing with interactive toys that have sounds & lights, eating in his highchair
Signature Moves: Army-crawling!  I love it, finally somewhat mobile and I can actually verify that he wants to be near me when he attempts to get into the kitchen where I am, haha!  He can also hold his bottle with ONE hand now…..
Likes: His guppy fish toy in the bath, the bath, standing (holding onto something) by himself, books and shaking/hitting anything that can make noise
Dislikes: Having to lie down for anything but a bottle or nighttime (yes, major protests now at every diaper changing.)
Mommy Likes & Dislikes:  His giggles & hearing him say “Mom-ma” when he can’t see me, I feel like he actually knows that’s my name now?  Dislikes: Sick babies at the daycare that are contagious!!
Sleeps: 8pm-6:30am still; trying to officially move to two big naps a day without his afternoon powernap….
Changes in Mood/Behavior: SO much more responsive the older he gets, and thankfully way less crying outbursts b/c we are way better at understanding each other now!  He has 4 teeth now but you’d never know, he’s taking teething like a champ.  Or like a baby vampire..which is how he’s looking with only his top canine teeth in. LOL
Eating 8 ounces 5x a day, solids (or mushy) now at lunch AND dinner- guacamole, carrots & apples are the favorite!  He also begins dinner with “star puffs”; he is getting SO good at pinching the little puffs with his thumb & pointer finger : )
Clothes: 6-12 month everything (thank you GAP!)

Looking forward to: finally staying at home with Jack and doing all the fun activities I’ve been saving up for months now, I can’t wait for my life to be a little less hectic…..YES it will be a lot of work, but great work!

....this past month in pictures.....
It's still October, and I haven't had my fill of Halloween yet, obviously.  Thank you Target for setting it up SO late this year in your stores.

Finally decided to pull the trigger on a pack n' play for Jackson after reading countless reviews on simplicity and weight (I like to make my life as easy as possible with this little guy hanging on me at the same time)....and we got the 4MOMS Breeze playyard, which is a little heavier than the Nuna Sena one, but by far the easiest one-touch/handed setup/take down!

Jackson came home with his first "school pictures"; ok so obviously he was crying right before they managed to squeeze a smile out of this kid, so aside from the puffy eyes we like to joke that he looks like a little Used Crib salesman:

Some other goodies..

"Standing" by himself (well...holding anyways)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October: The MONTH of Halloween

The month of Halloween is one of my favorite, favorite times of year because it’s essentially the kickoff month for the holidays, which now that I have Jack, I have an even bigger excuse to completely obsess!   Now that October 1st is here,  the baby is in his orange & black Baby Gap outfit I’ve been saving for over a month!! 

The little kid pumpkin patch is open now at the Irvine Park out by our house, and years ago Travis and I went out to this park thinking we could simply pick out a pumpkin like we did at the patches in Oregon….annnnnnd we vowed never to go back until we had a child because there were literally HUNDREDS of kids screaming and crying and running and……so anyways, we went back this weekend with Jack in his October outfit naturally, it was only 93 degrees, UGH.  This Indian Summer is killing me. He did SO good posing though with the pumpkins, he’s a natural. 

True life: I put him in Halloween socks in September because I just couldn't take it anymore….I’m sure the daycare thinks I’m completely crazy but I don’t care.

PS- Our first week finally at home together as a Stay at Home mommy & baby, we are loving it!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Officially a Real Housewife of Orange County!!

I’ve also thought about staying home with Jack for a long time now…..and officially put in my notice to be a Stay at Home Mommy!! I’ll be working two more weeks and then my house will be covered in Halloween d├ęcor and finger paintings- I can’t wait.  We are so very fortunate to have this opportunity with little Jack growing up so fast, I couldn't be happier and more fulfilled!  Bless my sweet husband : )


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