And just like that he’s ONE! (Y1:Q4)

25 Oct

How can it be that I have a ONE year old?! This past year has been one of the most wonderful, most challenging, full of fun, full of exhaustion, simply amazing years. I’ve been putting off writing this post for awhile because I am so not ready to admit my baby isn’t a baby anymore! I have so much fun interacting with him and watching the wheels turn as he learns something new, but sometimes I miss the days  where he’d still be in the same spot I set him down in! 🙂 In all seriousness, I am amazed every day at the little person he is becoming. It truly is incredible.

In the last 3 months, Wesley has

– Celebrated Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and 4th of July

– Started doing “so big!” (9.5 months)

– Had his first camping trip (10 months)

– Spent his first weekend away while we went to an out of town wedding (10.5 months) (BTW he did great! Thanks Oma and Papa!)

– Went swimming A LOT (LOVES!!!)

– Learned to clap his hands (11 months)

– Learned to sign “more” (11 months)

– Went down the slide at the park BY HIMSELF! (11.5 months)

– Went to his first Great Taste of the Midwest (aka “Beer Fest”) (11.5 months)

– Started Kindermusik (11.5 months)

– Had his first Silver Lake vacation (11.75 months)

– Started waving “bye-bye” (11.75 months)

– Tooth count: 10 (!!!)

As I mentioned, sitting still is a thing of the past. This kid is a man on a mission! He runs from here to there and back again and again! Thank goodness for baby gates and coffee! We spend most of the day on the porch playing with all sorts of toys. One of his favorite activities is to throw his toys OVER the gate and railing. And then he gets mad when he is all out of toys to play with! When that happens, he picks up his little lawn mower and runs back and forth across the porch and giggles uncontrollably when I chase him! Whatever leaves the lawn mower doesn’t take care of, Wes takes it upon himself to eat them up! Of course he won’t throw the leaves over the gate! Haha. When we get tired of the toys at home, we make at least one trip to the park a day (luckily for us there are 5 within walking distance).

With all this activity it is hard to imagine time for anything else, but, he is eating 3 meals a day now and gets 2 small snacks, too! His actual appetite and “favorites” seem to change on the daily but that makes life interesting. Riley appreciates Wesley’s willingness to share his food on days he doesn’t feel like eating much. He still gets 3 bottles of formula a day, ranging from 14ish – 24ish ounces a day. There were a string of days where he drank very little and gave us a false sense of security that this whole weaning from the bottle/formula thing would be a walk in the park. We are working on the transition away from formula and bottles… slowly!

(ETA: The above was written awhile ago. He was successfully transitioned to Ripple milk – a pea protein [could NOT tolerate cow’s milk], with just one bottle of formula before bed)

Let’s take a look at how much he’s changed this quarter, starting with his weekly round-up (week 40 – 52)

 

 

 

Monthly chalkboard/dino pictures

 

Collection of random favorites

 

Most of you have likely seen this already, but for completeness sake I’ll included a link to the video I made of his first year!

https://splice.gopro.com/v?id=q9Nn3L

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What’s going on?!

19 Jun

I introduced the idea of our dining room built-ins awhile ago so I figured it’s about time to check in with you all. If you know me on facebook, you know we went to Ikea a few months back and picked up some cabinetry. We hemmed and hawed on whether we wanted to build something, use stock cabinets from a home improvement store (like we did in our office), or give IKEA a try. There were a *few* hiccups assembling the ikea cabinets, but all in all, I think they look pretty darn good! 3 cheers for IKEA! The only thing left to do, at least in regards to the cabinets, is to pick up some hardware. What’s your favorite (affordable!) place to get hardware? We’ve looked at a few different places, but we’re (I’m?) feeling indecisive at the moment!

Here’s a progress shot – before the toe kick and trim pieces were put in:

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A couple weeks back we bought some countertops (Corian Rain Cloud) from Home Depot and had them out to measure. We just received a call that it’s ready for installation and in just under 2 weeks it’ll be here ! I will definitely be back to share after photos once it’s done.

Now we just need to figure out what to do above the cabinets? I’m leaning towards open shelving, but it may be nice to just hang some pretty art or a mirror? I also think it would be fun to incorporate a chalkboard wall of some kind… here’s some of my inspiration:

 

What would you do???

 

Y1:Q3

29 May

How can it be that 75% of Wes’ first year is over? This has been the fastest 9 months of my life without question. I am amazed at how much he’s changed, too. From a tiny, helpless baby to a giant, silly little boy who finds ways to get into EVERYTHING! He is crawling everywhere – even up the stairs – without fear, jumping for joy when he gets excited, gabbing non-stop when he’s happy, and smashing any tower I build the minute he sees it going up!

It has been a busy (but fortunately HEALTHY) 3 months.

– Celebrated his first St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness (yes that is a ‘holiday’ around here), Easter, Mother’s Day

– Wore his first football helmet (6.5 months)

– Learned to give high fives (when he wants to haha) (7 months)

– Learned to drink out of a sippy cup (7 months)

– Switched to TWO naps (7 months)

– Tasted his first pickle – and liked it! (7.5 months)

– Took his first steps with his walker / cruising along the furniture (8 months) and then started walking UNASSISTED!! (8.9 months)

– Went to his first ‘bounce house’ party (8 months)

– Climbing up stairs (8.5 months)

– First hair cut (!!!) (8.5 months)

– Tooth count: SEVEN

He still loves standing and JUMPING! (Holding on to things of course) when he gets excited. He also loves watching Riley, trying to eat Riley’s food, sharing his food with Riley, and giving Riley kisses (or biting, I’m not exactly sure what he’s trying to accomplish haha). He will now push a car around while he crawls. He giggles if you drive one of his cars across his back or if you play with his toes. And, of course, he still blows raspberries all the time. If meh, or bah, count as words than he is a chatterbox.

He still does not like having his hands or face wiped clean, but gets very excited when he gets his water glass after he’s all cleaned up! He HATES to be left alone (even for just a few seconds) and starts putting up a stink the second he can’t see you. He loves dance parties and spinning round and round (until mom gets dizzy!)

His 9 month appointment isn’t until the first part of June. I’m going to guess he’s around 22 pounds and 32 inches. He recently switched to 12 month clothing but a few 9 month stuff still fits… but starting to look a little snug! He regularly eats four 8 ounce bottles a day (sometimes he doesn’t quite finish them and sometimes he asks for a couple extra ounces) – which is down from the close to 40 ounces a day he was eating a few months ago!! He “eats” 2-3 meals a day and has tried a variety of foods. He definitely likes the sweet stuff (fruit) but still chomps on a variety of veggies, too.

Now for the fun part – pictures!

Here’s his weekly photos (week 27 – 39):

The monthly chalkboard/Dino photos:

A collection of favorites:

Our First

14 May

For five years, I spent Mother’s Day wondering how much longer I would have to wait before my sweet child entered my life, wondering what I did wrong to be cursed with infertility, wondering if this was Mother Nature’s way of declaring me an unfit mother. Needless to say, the last few years have been incredibly difficult.

Finally (FINALLY!!!), I can stop wondering. Every day for the last 262 days,  I have felt my heart swell with so much love. Love to see my son (it still feels surreal to call him that!) smile the sweetest smile, laugh with his mouth wide open, blow the wettest raspberries. Love to see my husband become DAD – to see the two of them interacting is literally my favorite thing. Love to finally be at the happy ending of the longest, hardest journey I hope to ever go through.

I feel incredibly fortunate to be a #boymom, to be THIS boy’s mom.

To my son –

You made me a momma. My heart healed the instant you entered it. Being your mom is an enormous privilege and my most favorite adventure.

Seeing the magic and joy in your eyes as you start to explore the world around you makes my heart so happy. I have so many hopes for you – I hope you grow to be kind and compassionate, honest and loving, funny and smart. I hope you learn how to be a team player, to be generous, to value hard work, to appreciate the little things in life. Most of all, I hope you always know how honored I am to have you to love.

I am so grateful to B (your other mom) for keeping you safe the first 9 months of your existence and for choosing me to be your mom. She is an incredibly strong, wonderful woman who loves you with all her heart. She loved you so much, that she gave a part of her heart to me. I will never be able to thank her enough for making my heart whole.

I love you, my sweet boy. You are my favorite piece to every day. 

– Your momma

 

NIAW 2017

24 Apr

Yesterday was the start to National Infertility Awareness Week. You heard all about our struggles with infertility last year – both the long and short version to the story. Most of you know that despite trying just about everything western medicine has to offer AND dabbling in traditional Chinese medicine, we still failed to do what our bodies are made for – make and birth a baby.

It’s astonishing to me that 1 in 8 couples battle infertility. It is still a medical condition that doesn’t get the attention it deserves and it is still a topic that people shy away from talking about. I used to be one of those people that danced around the answer to the question “so, when are you going to have kids?” … BUT, as you all know, I’m pretty open about it now! Opening up about everything was pretty scary, but I am so glad I did. In fact, I wish I would have opened up sooner. In the midst of it all, infertility is really all consuming – mentally, physically, emotionally, financially. In fact, there is research to suggest that a diagnosis is as stressful as a diagnosis of cancer! Why wouldn’t we want the support of our friends and family?!

Many people might wonder how I feel now that Wes is here. Wes is amazing, he is the happiest, most wonderful part of my day, but he does not erase all that I went through to get to where I am. He wows me every day, he fills my heart with so much joy, he is perfect and I am incredibly lucky to be his mama. I, however, am still infertile. I still wonder about my baby that would be 2+ years old. What would my life be like? I know I wouldn’t have Wes if I had that baby, and that is really hard to think about. I can’t imagine my life without him in it. Unfortunately, adoption does not make everything disappear. Adoption is not a cure for infertility. But adoption DID make me a mama. One lucky mama at that. And, I would not be the mom I am today without everything that happened before he became a part of my life.

This year’s NIAW theme is Listen Up! 1 in 8 of us has a story to share, and they will all be a little different. There’s something to be learned in each of them. What I’d like you to hear is that adoption does not make it all go away. Adoption has filled an enormous hole in my heart, there is no denying that. But I’ve always envisioned more than 1 child in my family, so I’m still left wondering a bunch of what ifs, how’s, and when’s.

Playroom Plans

18 Apr

The toys are piling up and the crawling has begun! Wesley is in need of his own dedicated space on the main floor. We decided that our large entryway that is underused would be a great place to corral the toys! Here’s the space we were starting with:

Pinterest has been great to come up with ideas for the kind of storage we will need to keep this space organized. We have no intention to have a TON of toys (easier said than done as I am constantly stopping myself from buying something new for me Wes to play with, haha), we do want to make sure that there’s plenty of room for everything – art supplies, puzzles, board games, costumes/dress-up clothes, etc.

Here are a few pics of the inspiration!

 

 

Source: thesunnysideupblog.com

Source: Creatingsomecreativity.com

Several weekends ago now we cleaned out the space and bought some floor tiles. We decided to use the current white bench as the base for some cabinet storage (like you see in photo 1and 2 above). Bench seating with comfy pillows and a cozy blanket will be nice for reading books so we got a smaller storage bench that would fit on a shorter wall.

We went to ikea for our dining room cabinets the other week and picked up a few things for the playroom as well. We got some great plastic storage bins to help keep toys organized. We also (after some mis-measurements on my part) brought home a closet system to serve two purposes – half for hanging coats/storing outerwear and half for bigger toy storage (think puzzles, board games, art supples, etc).

Since Wes has started moving, he likes to use the curtains as a Kleenex! Ick! So I’ve been looping the ends over the curtain rod to keep them out of reach until we find a suitable replacement. I think we will want some wood blinds instead of curtains so I’m on the hunt for a good deal.

So now that you know the plans, let’s talk game plan. But first let’s do some updated photos with the changes we’ve already made.

As you can see, Wes loves playing with boxes – cheapest toy ever! Haha.

So, what’s left to do?

  • Install closet system
  • Build cabinet storage
  • Hang some art
  • Replace window treatments
  • Play!

This will be slow going but hopefully it will be a super fun room to spend time in when we’re done! But first we must finish the dining room! Details on that hopefully coming soon 🙂

What are your tips for toy storage and keeping the clutter down?

 

Y1:Q2

1 Mar

1 year ago (well technically it was February 29… so close enough!) we received the call that would change our lives. We were finally going to be parents! And now we have a 6 month old little boy! It is incredibly amazing to think that Wesley has been a part of our lives for 6 months now!

The last 3 months have been so fun! Wes has accomplished a lot… although I didn’t keep as detailed notes on his life like Q1!

– Survived pink eye (three times!)

– Celebrated his first Christmas!

– Celebrated his first NYE (asleep before 6:30 pm!)

– First ED visit: Croup

– First two teeth (21 weeks)

– First food: Oatmeal! (around 5 months) He’s now tried: peas, carrots, sweet potatoes (his favorite!!), apples, bananas, pears, yogurt, prunes, avocado

– Sitting by himself! (around 5 months)

– Survived “sleep training” and gave up his pacifier at night (YAY!!)

– First Badger basketball game (23 weeks)

– Started swimming lessons (23 weeks)

– Celebrated first Valentine’s Day

– Started ‘army crawling’ with a purpose! (24.5 weeks)

He LOVES the water, standing, and knocking down towers! He also really enjoys chatting with his ‘mirror friend’ (so much so that I’m a bit jealous of how excited he gets when he sees his ‘friend’ haha).

He does not like getting his face wiped clean at all. And we’ve had to do it A LOT between his runny nose and starting solids. He much prefers to use ME as his napkin/Kleenex!

His 6 month appointment isn’t until March, so no updated stats. I am guessing he’s somewhere between 18-19 pounds (he was 17 pounds at the beginning of January) and near 29 inches. He’s a big boy, that much I know. We will be switching him to his convertible car seat soon, but trying to get through as much of winter as possible!

Here’s Wesley’s weekly photos from Q2!

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Here’s the monthly Dino/chalkboard photos.

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