Wacey James: 11 Months

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Age: 11 months+13 days because I’m a slacker (HOW. HIS BIRTHDAY IS NOW LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY. WHAT.)
Representative Song of the Month: “Movin on Up.” Yes, like the Jeffersons theme. He’s moving and grooving and now has a deluxe downstairs baby play haven. He’s standing, walking with his push walker, playing with his slide, and just moving moving moving. On up.

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Stats: Oh boy, he’s grown! We think he weighs between 22-23 pounds, but he’s gotten so much taller (longer?)!!! Pants that I had to cuff a month ago are long enough now, and his 12-month onesies are thisclose to needing extenders. He’s in 12-18 month clothes, size 4 diapers and size 2 baby shoes.

DSC_0741Favorite Foods: We’re trying SO hard to get him on the solid food train. He’s close! For breakfast, he likes whole grain blueberry waffles, apple cereal bars, or puffs and yogurt dots. Lunch is whatever I’m having, but usually chicken breast and fruit—pears are a fave—or turkey and whole-wheat bread. For dinner, it’s a deconstructed version of what we’re having, minus the spice. He still drinks “too much” formula every day, but I don’t really care. Four bottles is ridiculous for him at this point, we’ll get there. DSC_0751

Words/Sounds: Oh Wacey my loud child. He’s gotten the hang of mamamama and the growling has reached an entirely new level. He screams, yells, makes funny noises, and sort of sings and it’s literally the cutest.
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Favorite Activities: We have an official crawler! He loves playing downstairs now that it’s all cleaned up and Wacey-proof. He likes doors, and his baby gate, and playing with all his toys but specifically a barn that my parents got him for Christmas and a walker that Bert’s parents got him for Christmas. He loves to imitate us, and sing, and stand up on things, and put absolutely everything in his mouth. He also loves to crawl up the stairs, it makes him laugh so hard! My SIL also gave us a little slide that he loves to crawl around and hang on. He’s learning about crawling through things and it’s wonderful.
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Favorite Things: The barn and his walkers, ear tags, wipes boxes, blocks, slide, and things that aren’t toys that he’s not really allowed to play with like his baby gate and doors . AND BOOKS! He LOVES books. His bibliophile momma is so happy. Oh and power cords. Those are like, his fave. Too bad for him that we live in an anti-electrocution household. And paper. But we also live in an anti-choking-on-paper household, so there’s that.
Least Favorite Activities:  Naptime, being hungry, not getting to play with pro-electrocution/strangulation toys.

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Signature Moves: Oh my gosh he’s learned so many new things! He laughs and laughs all the time. He loves to come and see what we’re doing all the time (you should see the smudges on my computer!) and play with allllll his toys. He sings and yells and talks constantly, and is always on the move. He gets the biggest kick out of having someone on the floor with him, he can’t even handle it, and he loves to be picked up and dance and sing and be silly in general. He also laughs SO hard when he gets “scared,” and can’t even handle climbing the stairs. And he’s started this new thing where he reads in his carseat and OMG. He just keeps getting Wacier and Wacier and I loooooove it!

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New Skills this Month: We’re in the imitation stage and it’s hilarious. He claps, waves, makes funny faces, sings and dances (waves his arms around) when Bert does funny dances (aka the Chicken Noodle Soup dance. Google it. With a soda on the side), plays peek-a-boo, climbs the stairs, crawls for reals, and is so close to standing on his own. He feeds himself all his meals, and he’s getting pretty good with a sippy cup—just water though, because he gets surprised with stuff comes out and then he spits it everywhere. He’s SO silly and happy. We have hit a cranky stage though, since little bro has SIX teeth coming in. He’s currently cutting his left lateral incisor ONLY. As in next stop, Snaggle Tooth City. I sort of can’t wait! Maybe that one tooth will help him eat more things.

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Don’t forget about the new ranchy blog over t www.townandcowcountry.blogspot.com. Again, I love suggestions!

Wacey James: Ten Months!

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Age: 10 months
Representative Song of the Month: “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” We’re waiting for his top two to appear! He’s trying so hard to chew things.

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Stats: Wacey has definitely grown this month—pants that fit him last month are starting to get a little tight and short. He’s also moved up to a size four in diapers.
Favorite Foods: If it’s in puree form, he’ll eat it. If it’s a puff, he’ll eat it. If it’s a teething biscuit, he’ll eat it. If it’s not food, he’ll eat it. If it’s real human food, he’ll lick it, make a face, shake his head…and not eat it.

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Words/Sounds: He still says dadadadada all the time, and a sound that sounds like hi. He’ll imitate sounds if you make them first, too. Plus he growls into things like jars, measuring cups, and wrapping paper rolls and it’s really excellent entertainment.
Favorite Activities: Crawl/dragging himself everywhere, cruising around the house in his walker, playing in the bath, and laying under the Christmas tree touching the ornaments.

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Favorite Things: Wrapping paper tubes, Christmas ornaments, electrical cords that he knows he can’t have, coasters, keys, and his parsley flakes jar.
Least Favorite Activities:  Naptime, falling down, being “ignored,” being hungry.

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Signature Moves: Wiggling all over the place, smiling and being silly, making this hilarious goofy scrunchy face if you make it first, laughing at literally everything. He’s gotten really giggly this month, and it’s so funny! He also talks to himself for a while when he wakes up, and it’s the best.
New Skills this Month: Oh man, we seem to be on a roll. He can now sit up from laying down or being on his tummy, he actually puts puffs in his mouth and eats them, and we caught him standing up in his crib last weekend! I got so excited that I hollered for Bert and he came running. And then we lowered his mattress, haha. He can also wave hello and goodbye, and shake his head no. SO CUTE. Babies are just the best.

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Ten months! I’ll have to start planning his birthday party soon! We’re going to enjoy his first Christmas, first, of course. It’s so hard to not give him his presents early because he’s going to love them! Time has FLOWN. I think once we sort of got into a groove and his naps became somewhat predictable, it’s made things way easy.

That being said, I’m pretty sure he’s in a growth spurt because he’s been waking up at night to eat—the night before last was the first night he’s woken up as much as he did when he was a newborn since he was, well, a newborn; he drank three bottles and it was so weird! I’m hoping it’s a growth spurt + top teeth combo and that it will be over soon.

That being said, it’s 9:00 pm and I can barely keep my eyes open.

The new blog is in its baby stages over at www.townandcowcountry.blogspot.com. Again, I love suggestions! The hardest part is thinking of things to write (and then posting in a timely manner)! Thank you and goodnight.

Wacey James: NINE MONTHS?!

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Age: 9 months.
Representative Song of the Month: The Bonanza theme, because every time you sing it, Wacey goes crazy (our friend Jena discovered/created this affinity while we were in Montana). It’s awesome.
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Stats: My little chunky monkey weighed in at 21 lbs, 5.5 ounces, and over 27 inches long. He wiggled a lot, but they think he’s about in the 75th percentile for everything,  maybe  a little bigger for his head. Lots of hair, that boy ;) He’s between size 3 and 4 in diapers, 12-18 months in clothes, and is always missing his left sock.
Favorite Foods: Everything that we put in his mouth, although he still shows a small preference for apples and squash. He is also way into those weird teething biscuits. They’re pretty gross and messy, but he’s learning how to actually bite and chew them, so that’s a plus.
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Words/Sounds: He growls, and it’s silly.
Favorite Activities: Army crawling/dragging himself everywhere and getting into things he shouldn’t, eating aforementioned biscuits, being a part of things, and baths.
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Favorite Things: An empty parsley flakes bottle, my ancient blackberry (he loves our phones so now he has his own), and basically anything he shouldn’t have.
Least Favorite Activities:  Naptime, and when you walk past him without picking him up, even if he’s actually really enjoying himself.
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Signature Moves: Wiggling/army crawling/dragging himself with one arm all over the house, growling into various receptacles (aforementioned empty parsley flakes bottle, measuring cups, bottle lids, you name it), talking to himself in his crib in the morning.
New Skills this Month: He’s really perfected his unique mode of transportation, and he’s started to get the hang of feeding himself and actually chewing on his food.  I’m hoping for some more teeth soon so he has a few more options as far as food goes. The doctor said it looks like his top two will make an entrance soon, so keep your fingers crossed!

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Oh Wacey. I can’t believe it’s been nine months! I cannot wait to do the holidays with him! We’re already planning his (small but awesome) list of presents, I have a couple of baby-involved Christmas crafts on my to-do list, and we’re going to hit up Zoolights one night. We’ll probably skip pictures with Santa (I know, I know), because he’s nine months old, and I don’t want to wait in line for that business. We’ll play at home instead :)

Working on the blog! Thank you to those of you that helped me pick out a blog design—I still don’t know which one to pick, but you narrowed down the field a lot! I can’t wait to get it going. I’m thinking I might invest in Photoshop Elements and make my own logo, though—to have someone else make something that jives with what I’m trying to do would be in the hundreds of dollars, and you know what they say, if you want a job done right (and cheaper), you should just do it yourself. I may have added the part about cheaper. But for serious. It’s coming. Before Christmas.

IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR POSTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ, OR ANYTHING YOU MIGHT FIND INTERESTING, LET ME KNOW. Please!!!! You guys (as mostly my family and close friends) know me the best and have the best ideas. It takes a village, y’all!

On another note, the pictures in this post were all taken by my friend and photographer extraordinaire,Thea, and aren’t they awesome! And yes, I’ve already ordered Christmas cards and will be sending them as soon as it’s acceptable, aka the day after Thanksgiving.

Wacey James: 8 Months

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Representative Song of the Month: I asked Bert what his song of the month should be, and he’s asked “Is there a song about pooping your pants 40 times a day?” No, I don’t think there is. “What about one called Too Fat to Crawl?” No, but we should write that one!

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Stats: 20 pounds, 8 oz, and I’m betting he’s an inch or two longer than his 6-month length. He’s wearing almost exclusively twelve month clothes (nine month onesies with extenders are still going strong, though), and eighteen month jackets. He is a size two in shoes, ish.

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Favorite Foods: Honeycrisp apples and squash, for sure. Solid food’s still not doing it for him. I’ve also started giving him oatmeal cereal mixed with fruit puree in the morning, and that’s a big hit.
Words/Sounds: He’s expanded his repertoire to include a sound that sounds like “HEY!” and it’s pretty funny. He also growls a lot.

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Favorite Activities: The floor is where it’s at right now! He still loves his exersaucer, but spends most of his time sitting/rolling around on the floor. He sort of does a pushup-type thing, but no crawling yet. I dump out his toy basket at the office, and he just goes for it.
Favorite Things: Toys and trash (aka cardboard boxes, wrappers, and Starbucks paper bags), and he discovered tissue paper and tiny plastic to-go containers yesterday.

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Least Favorite Activities: Holding still, being hungry, feeling ignored, the usual. He also gets frustrated when something is juuuuuuuust out of reach.
Signature Moves: He wiggles around when he gets excited, and the fake cough is still going strong. He also has a new hilarious face (see below), and loves blowing bubbles. He’s into rolling EVERYWHERE, surprisingly fast, and like most babies, makes a bee-line for exactly what he’s not allowed to touch and then gets mad when it’s taken away. Ah, the trials and tribulations of infancy. He also enjoys removing his socks, particularly the left one.

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New Skills this Month: Teeth aren’t exactly a skill, but he has two of them! His bottom two started coming out a few weeks ago, and now are fully-fledged teeth. He’s also getting really good at picking up small items, holding them with two fingers and passing from hand-to-hand. I think his fine motor skills are developing a little faster (or maybe at the expensive of) crawling, but that’s fine with me, and I don’t blame him. He’s started to get leaner, but that body of his is just not made for forward motion. Lateral motion, though, is his niche.

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Also new this month: his first real haircut! It was pretty hilarious. We’re glad he’s not rocking The Donald any more, though :)

He’s great, this little kid. He has been feeling a little under the weather this past week, and so he gave me a little run for my money with some cranky spells, but I still think we’re pretty lucky. He’s going to be stuck in the barn three days this week, though, so I’m crossing my fingers that he gets back to feeling better and doesn’t hate me too much for that many hours in the barn in one week. On the bright side, we’ll be done with most of the fall work this week, which is glorious. I plan on getting caught up in the office and then getting some house projects done (I’m looking at you, downstairs), and getting ready for the HOLIDAYS! Yes, I’m already thinking about that glorious time and can’t wait until I have a little extra time to do some fun projects.

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On another note, I have started a new, official-er blog. It’s www.townandcowcountry.blogger.com. I’m still going to keep this one rolling for family, but I’m going to password-protect it. The password will be Wacey2015, shoot me a text or an email at Cassidy.a.johnston@gmail.com if you forget it. I’ll wait a week or two before I stick the password on, though!

Wacey James: Seven Months

We took his pictures en diaper (that’s French for “in a diaper”) this month because I wanted photographic evidence of his rolls and belly. We opted to not stick a “7 Months” sticker to his belly, hope you’ll forgive us.

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Age: 7 months and one week because I’m a procrastinator.
Representative Song of the Month: The “Rawhide” theme. You know, “Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rawhide! Keep those doggies movin’, rawhide! Us being the doggies and Wacey doing the rollin’.

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Stats: 19½ pounds, and he’s definitely gotten longer because he’s hovering in the land of 9-month onesies fitting justright (as long as his diaper isn’t full) and 12-month onesies being a little too big.
Favorite Foods: So far, we’ve tried everything green (hates them all), carrots, sweet potatoes (loves), squash (loves), pears, peaches and various degrees of applesauce. His favorite by FAR is Beechnut’s Just Honeycrisp Apples (is anyone surprised by this? I ate at least one a day when I was pregnant with him) and I can’t wait for apple season so I can make some of my own!!

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Words/Sounds: He’s still saying dadadadadada, but now says it in varying degrees of loud, soft, and squeaky and it’s really cute. He also sort of sings to himself in this tiny, high-pitched voice and it’s hilarious.

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Favorite Activities: LOVES his exersaucer, and I mean LOVES. I think being able to touch the bottom and bounce around helps J I found a used one for the barn/office since we’re going to be in the barn so much in the next six weeks, and I didn’t want to have to keep cleaning the bottom of his home one. He’s also all about being outside, and really likes to roll around on his floor.

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Favorite Things: He’s really into toys right now! I try and keep a few in constant rotation so he doesn’t get bored. Chewing on things is his #1 priority, so I’m always trying to find things for him to chew on. Ear tags (new of course) were a big hit at the barn last week, so I’ll keep that one on the back burner. He also loves chip bags and candy bar wrappers more than most toys, which is hilarious and great. I bet he’ll be a box kid.
Least Favorite Activities: Holding still, being hungry, feeling ignored, the usual.
Signature Moves: He’s officially an ambi-roller, so he likes to roll and roll and roll. He also laughs like a crazy baby when the dogs run around, and likes to grab faces/mustaches/hair. Also he’s really cute and hilarious.

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New Skills this Month: He’s really gotten the hang of rolling around, and while he isn’t crawling yet, he’s very resourceful when he sees something that he wants that’s out of reach. He’ll use a combination of scooting, rolling, army-crawling and grunting to get what he needs. He also sat in the kid part of the grocery cart today because I didn’t have my Ergo. He did a good job, but we’ll probably stick with the Ergo for major shopping trips—I still have to watch him because sometimes he’ll fall over, and he likes to try and chew on the shopping cart. Ick.

Also: overalls happened. Don’t worry, we have them in three different sizes.

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Wacey’s such a goofball! We’ve had an odd month, with a stomach bug and some major fussiness, but he’s still such a happy baby. We’re waiting on teeth—he’s been chewing on things and drooling nonstop for a couple months now, though, and no teeth in sight. I had a lot of fun shopping for some new clothes for him, since he’s growing out of a lot of his clothes. We got jeans, sweaters, socks, button-down onesies…whoever said that shopping for boys isn’t fun has never been to Oshkosh or Carter’s.

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We’re making a short trip to Montana to look at some bulls in a couple weeks, so we’ll be taking Wace on an airplane! It’s a short flight, not even an hour and a half, so it’s perfect for his first flight. Not to mention that Bert and I have never been on a plane together! It definitely beats the 10-12 hour car ride. He’ll have been to four states: Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana. Told you he keeps us movin’!

Also: I know I haven’t been posting much, but part of that is due to another blog project I’m working on! I’m hoping to roll out my first post this month. I’ll keep this blog as a private space to share about Wacey and personal stuff, though :)

Wacey James: Six Months

I know I’m a week overdue with this post, but I kept forgetting to take his pictures, and I helped put on a baby shower for my SIL this weekend–my multitasking skills aren’t what they used to be! I’m also working on a new blog–a REAL one. I can’t wait to roll it out. I might make this one private to share more about Wacey with friends and family, though. I’ll let you know when I roll out the new one :) Town and Cow Country 2.0?

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Age: 6 months.
Representative Song of the Month: “Are there any songs about screaming?” I don’t know.
Stats: 19 lbs, and in the 75th percentile for height and weight. I knew there was a reason all of his onesies smaller than 9 months were too short! Thank goodness for onesie extenders. He’s into size three diapers, and has rolls for days. I don’t know why, but I never thought I’d have a big baby so I’m tickled that he’s such a roly poly.

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Favorite Foods: Still sucks down his oatmeal bottle every night! So far, for purees we’ve tried peas, green beans,sweet potatoes, carrots, squash and pears. Sweet potatoes, squash and pears are his fave. The other two he just tolerated, but he still ate them. He doesn’t like wonton strips, pieces of croissant or rice, haha. I did give him a little taste of a peach yesterday, though, and he went crazy for it. The pediatrician gave us the go-ahead for trying allthefoods, though, so I’m so excited! Hopefully he’ll find something he’s as enthusiastic about as sweet potatoes and peaches.
Words/Sounds: He’s added (ear-splitting) screaming to his noise repertoire, but is starting to make a lot more word-like sounds. He can say “Dadadadadada” and something that sounds suspiciously like “hey!” and it’s the best ever.

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Favorite Activities: Wacey still loves his toys and his swing, but he’s about to reach the weight limit on his swing so that’s sad. He’s starting to like exersaucer-type things, and his Mimi and Grumpy got him a jumper that we can’t wait to try out! Mostly, though, he just likes to be with us.
Favorite Things: He likes all of his toys, and still loves to chew on washcloths and, well everything. He is also obsessed with Gaucho—every time he sees him he just laughs and laughs. He also loves to watch the chickens run around the yard and listen to them cluck.
Least Favorite Activities: Holding still, being hungry, being ignored. He’s also a major roller but gets frustrated if he gets stuck—he wants to crawl so badly!

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Signature Moves: Waving his arms around all the time, rolling to his tummy from his back almost the second you put him down, and laughing laughing laughing. Oh and puking with toys in his mouth and rubbing it all over his face. And smiling. All the time, at everything. He’s also started to let us know that he’s done with his bottle by picking up his pacifier and putting it in his mouth when you take the bottle out.
New Skills this Month: He is much more dexterous, and is constantly reaching for things. Like any other baby, though, said things go right to his mouth so we have to keep an eye on him. He can sit up pretty well, still wobbly from side-to-side, but he’s getting the hang of it. He also rolls from back to front very well, and sometimes will just keep rolling and rolling like a little log. He’s not an ambi-roller, though. One direction, only. Does this mean the band One Direction are also not ambi-rollers? And…*drumroll*…he sleeps in his own crib! The first week or two weren’t completely smooth sailing, but we figured out that he was probably cold, so now he sleeps in footies and it’s really helped! He will usually sleep all the way through, but he likes to wake up at 5:00 and come sleep with us until 6:30 or 7:00. I know it’s not a good habit, but he’s just so sweet, and he won’t be this small forever, and he LOVES sleeping in a big bed. He grabs one of my fingers and one hand and one of Bert’s in the other and it’s the sweetest thing in the world. The proof’s in the pudding:

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We look at each other every day and wonder how we got such a happy, easy-going baby! We can take him anywhere, do anything, and he’s usually very good. I mean, he’s a baby, so he does cry and get cranky and get a little stranger anxiety (like when I went to the bathroom at the county fair and he had an absolute MELTDOWN—sorry Bolejacks and Thea!). We went to a grad party a couple of months ago, and a lovely British lady said “What a jolly little chap! Children are such a joy.” The British always have a knack for saying exactly the right thing.

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Wacey James: Five Months

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Age: 5 months.
Representative Song of the Month:  “On the Road Again,” because between vacation, rodeos, and ranch things, this guy is a traveling son of a gun. We were joking that he probably doesn’t even care anymore when he goes to sleep at home and wakes up at Wendy’s and then wakes up again at a rodeo/hotel/different ranch. Or McDonald’s because they have mango smoothies that are delicious and seem to be the only fruit-based food item in small towns.

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Stats: I can’t believe this guy! At his two-month appointment, he was in the 20th percentile for pretty much everything. At his 4-month (which was a little late due to vacay), his weight was in the 60th, height in the 50th and head in the 75th. He weighs about 16 pounds now, is wearing 3-6 month onesies (most with extenders) and 6-month pants (below his belly, of course).
Favorite Foods: We’ve added oatmeal into the mix, and he loves it! We give him a few tablespoons in his bottle at night, and he gobbles it down…and then sleeps until 7:30. AM (although I probably just jinxed it). I love this child. We’re going to try green beans this week!

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Words/Sounds: HA he’s hilarious. Other people laugh at his hijinks, too, so I know it’s not just my biased mopinion (mom opinion, see what I did there?) He’s still “talking” all the time, but now he’s added a weird shriek/squeak with a laugh while inhaling. It’s pretty funny. He also yells a lot. But not annoyingly. Most of the time.
Favorite Activities: Wacey officially likes toys! He really enjoys the crazy Infantino animals we got from friends and relatives—they have crinkle parts, soft parts, rubber parts and mirrors and vaguely resemble actual animals—he has one that I call his “abstract cow” and one that we’re fairly certain is a giraffe. He’s also into balls, and his Sophie giraffe, and his exersaucer. He prefers to sit or stand, no more laying down for this boy!

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Favorite Things: I guess that’s pretty much what I just talked about. Oops. He’s really into his swing right now, and toys, and chewing on EVERYTHING. His preference seems to be wash cloths and muslin swaddle blankets. Go figure.
Least Favorite Activities: Being left out! Sometimes he gets frustrated when he’s trying to sit up and can’t. And, of course, being hungry. He takes after his mother in that  being hangry is totally a thing.

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Signature Moves:
 Talking, rolling, trying very very very hard to sit up, being super happy in the morning and making all kinds of weird noises, especially his inhale-laugh-squat. Also thumping himself in the tummy when he gets excited. And, *drumroll* he can officially put his pacifier in his own mouth! He is also a spit bubble expert, and likes to projectile vomit.

I’m sure every parent says this, but he just keeps getting more fun! I love that he has a personality, and is already his own little person. Also he’s a gigglebot which is great.

Friday Favorites: June 12th

Happy Friday! We’re home from our vacation, refreshed and relaxed and much more ready to grab summer head-on.

It feels wonderful.

This weekend I’ll be unpacking, working on the yard and doing a little curtain rod work (my mom, aka Saint Sharon, painted our living room while we were gone!!! so I need to change the color of our curtain rods and fixtures to jive with the new paint color. I’ll share pics when it’s time!), hopefully a little yard work, getting in my steps (I have a 12,000/day Fitbit step goal for the rest of June) and some more relaxing. I like easing out of my vacations :)

But, for now, here is a roundup of my favorite things on the internets this week.

Favorite To-Wear: Embroidered Dress. I actually have this dress, so this is partially a review! I bought it to replace a similarly-cut dress that has gone AWOL in all of our moves. Since the post-baby belly is still hanging out a little, I’m not so into tight things. This dress fits the bill! Soft, pretty, bright–this will be a summer staple for my closet!

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Favorite Kid Thing: Ergo 360. Another thing I have! I know I talked about it earlier this week, but I’m seriously in love. I’m wearing it right now because we went on a little adventure and Wace fell asleep–and asleep he’s stayed! I prefer the Solly for newborns, but this one is so great when they’re too big for wraps.

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Favorite Home Inspire: Hats on the Wall. We have a lot of old hats, and I’ve always wondered how to display them because I think they’re so cool, and this is it! I think this will be happening in the guest room, but the hallway is another option.

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Favorite Accessory: Flowered headband. You all know I wear my hair up 24/7 and am a sucker for cute headbands. I recently got a hat with a similar idea on the front, so I love this idea for a headband! I bought my hat at a rodeo trade show so I’m hoping there will be headbands at the next ranch rodeo in a few weeks.

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Favorite Food: The Best Hot Dog Ever. Okay. Confession time. I love hot dogs. I love them, truly. I could eat them every day. I know this is sort of gross, because most hot dogs fall under the “mystery meat” category, but I don’t care. I buy Hebrew National All-Beefs, though, to make myself feel better. I just love hot dogs, they can be made on the grill, and these look awesome.

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Favorite Adult Bev: Strawberry margs. With grilling comes cold beverages, and friends. These are pink, and look stupendous!


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Favorite I-Still-Have-A-Hundred-Mason-Jars-Left-Over-From-My-Wedding-Three-Years-Ago: Patriotic Mason Jars. I’m making these bad boys, putting them on the picnic table outside, getting some mosquito-repelling citronella candles, and raising my glass to ‘Merica. All. Summer. Long.

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Favorite Pie: Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. We have SO MUCH RHUBARB. My husband loves SO MUCH PIE. 1+1 makes two.

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Favorite Favorite: Winnie The Pooh quotes. I love Winnie The Pooh. Always have, always will, particularly the old A.A. Milne books. These would be lovely in a nursery!

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Favorite Read: It’s Momsense. This is my new favorite blog, guys. It’s written by a gal who lives in Portland and used to work for Monsanto. which is close to my heart becuse that’s a very similar situation to living in Boulder and supporting the beef industry. She debunks, tells the truth and backs everything up with sources upon sources and with eloquence and fairness. I definitely recommend!!!

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Favorite ERMENGERRRRRRD: Homemade Turtles. These don’t go with my get-rid-of-the-baby-weight-ASAP plan. But they look SO good. I have a sentimental relationship with turtles, having used them to pull out many loose teeth and thus clean up financially via the tooth fairy. Plus, the require no baking, which is summer friendly. Can you tell I’m trying to justify these? Because they’re happening.

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Favorite Itty-Bitty Fashion: Sweatshirt Onesies. How comfortable do these look?!? The site that Pinterest links to is Italian, and is currently not carrying them :( But, regardless, I think I’m going to try and find a couple for Wace this fall, and for a certain little niece that is arriving in October :)

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Favorite Meat Food: Rosemary Garlic Butter Steak. We picked up our ranch beef a couple weeks ago, and so I’m on the prowl for steak recipes, because I get tired of just plain grilled steak. My rosemary survived the winter, so I think this is on our menu!

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Favorite Summer Clothes: Cute Printed (Elastic Waistband!) Shorts. If I can keep to my 12,000+ steps per day goal, I’m getting myself a pair of these (maybe floral?) as a reward.

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Wacey James: 4 Months

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Age: 4 months
Representative Song of the Month:  Bert told me a couple weeks ago that he’d found the perfect song for this month, and he was so right. “Roly Poly” by Bob Wills. The chorus? “Roly poly, daddy’s little fatty, bet he’s gonna be a man someday.” Oh. Man.

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Stats:  Size 2 diapers, and sort of in 3-6 month clothes still. He’s getting too long for a lot of the onesies–onesie extenders are in our future! Since we’re on vacay, his doctor’s appointment is next week, so I don’t have numbers yet, but we think he’s about 15 pounds, and definitely an inch or two longer. He’s been rolling over for a long time, and he holds his head up consistently.

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Favorite Foods: Formula, and prune juice. Getting so excited to start purees in a couple months because I’m pretty sure he’ll love them!
Words/Sounds: He “talks” constantly, and his favorite is to blow spit bubbles and talk at the same time. He laughs a lot, too.
Favorite Activities: Whatever we’re doing! He loves to stand, sit up, tummy time, everything. He doesn’t really care to be laying down unless he’s sleepy or we’re playing with him. He also loves sucking on his fingers and looking at his feet. Bert bounces him on his knees and uses his hands to make him “rope” and “dally” and it’s HILARIOUS. I really need to get it on video.

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Favorite Things: His newest thing is to chew (gum?) on washcloths. Not burp rags, washcloths. Specifically, my lime-green and grey splotchy ones from Anthropologie that I bought in 2007.
Least Favorite Activities: He pretty much only cries when he’s hungry, and doesn’t like being ignored if we’re eating dinner at a restaurant and having a conversation. He likes to be included :) He’s also started to love his swing–if it has lights, and sounds, and moves, he’s into it. It gives me a half hour of a happy, occupied baby to get ready in the morning and that’s great :)

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Signature Moves: Stuffing his whole fist into his mouth, wiggling, grabbing my hair, and being a ham in general. He loves to smile at strangers, and will bat his eyelashes reaaaaal slow. It’s hilarious. He also pukes all down my front, particularly in public. It’s awesome. Oh, and farting. He loves to do that.

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All in all, he’s a chunky, happy little guy. The four-month sleep regression/wonder week hit us pretty hard, and we still aren’t back in a routine and he’s not back sleeping through the night, but he usually only wakes up once. It’s still a little rough, so we’re hoping to work on sleep training here over the next few weeks and get him transitioned to his crib. But, we still love him! He’s a happy, happy kid, he makes us laugh every day. Plus, check out his leg rolls.

Hey! We’re On Vacay!

…that rhymes! Here we are on Day 3 of our very first actual vacation together, and folks, it’s great. We’re staying in a townhouse-like affair with a full kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom and a whole room devoted to a giant whirlpool bathtub. Lots of room to spread out, fast wifi, and great views. Also a giant whirlpool bathtub.

What We’ve Done:

1. Had dinner at this place in Pagosa with tacos that lit my mouth on fire but they were so good I just couldn’t stop.

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2. Walked around the San Juan river in the middle of Pagosa Springs. It was cool. While on our walk down Main Street, we ran into a little antique shop. Where I ended the search for the idea blanket for the back of our sofa! It needs a teeny tiny bit of work an a good wash, but I can’t wait to share! Also, I wanted to buy the whole store but the bank said no.

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3. Slept in slightly.

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4. Sat on the back porch drinking root beers and working on our tans. Okay, that was just me. Bert wore jeans.

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5. Drove past Chimney Rock.

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6. Went to Mesa Verde. The really cool tours require ladder-climbing, which we couldn’t do since I still have to wear Wace in front, but we did see some other cliff dwellings and did a long hike to see some petroglyphs. They were cool. We feel like we learned something today, and my fitbit says I’ve walked over 13,000 steps and over five miles, three of which were with a tiny human (okay, 15-pound human) strapped to my front. If only I could do that every day, the rest of this baby weight would leave a lot faster and my brain would be bursting with knowledge!

You should go. I mean, seriously. It’s so cool, and we just don’t have that many things in the United States that are this old. People made these homes under a cliff, lived in them, slept in them, raised families in them almost a thousand years ago and we get to see it today! Enriching, interesting, enhancing and, oddly, not too crowded.

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7. Watched movies IN BED. We don’t have a TV in our room at home, so this is pretty awesome. It almost has me convinced that it wouldn’t ruin our lives (Bert has wanted one for years but I have always dug in my heels). We watched “Rise of the Guardians” because it’s what was on, but we actually both really liked it! Maybe a little dark for little-bitties, but it was a pretty darn good movie. Sorry we’re not sorry that we like PG kid movies about mythical creatures.

8. Went to the pool. Wacey was not impressed–it was too cold! I mean, like swim-team cold, which is waaaay too cold to be fun for baby. He didn’t cry, he just kind of looked at us like we’d lost our minds. So, we all sat in the giant tub in our room with our swim suits on, instead. Same thing, right? We didn’t immortalize that moment with a photograph, sorry :( We’ll get pictures of babies in swim trunks later this summer at a pool that isn’t 78 degrees. The kiddie pool was even colder!

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9. Saw some hot air balloons.

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What We Haven’t Done:

1. Given a hoot.

Vacation is awesome!

On a more serious note, Mesa Verde is seriously cool! We vowed to go back either sans kids or with kids big enough to climb the ladders on the big tours, I just didn’t feel comfortable climbing with Wacey on front. We did see the Spruce Tree House ruins, which are the best-preserved. They were constructed mainly in the late 1200s, and they blew my mind!

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…and these AWESOME petroglyphs that I didn’t even know were there! Some Hopi gentlemen translated part of the runes in the forties, and it tells the creation story, of sorts, of the cliff-dwelling Pueblos, and the splintering off of various tribes and their period of aimless wandering before they got to Mesa Verde and found their place in the world. SUPER cool. Can you believe someone took the time to carve all those things (and much more, more than likely) and we can still see it, almost a millennium later? We already can’t wait to go back, we’re history nerds

It required a two-hour hike, which was fun and gorgeous, and has motivated me to really get back in shape, because hiking should not be that hard, y’all.

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I have a new favorite baby thing! While Wacey is still under the 20-pound weight limit for my wraps, we were both starting to get a little uncomfortable because they just don’t offer lots of support for really moving around anymore. He’s about 15 pounds, we think–he has a doctor’s appointment next week

So, before our vacation, in anticipation of lugging him around on our trip, I caved in to my desire to get and Ergo 360 by Ergobaby and I LOVE IT. We’ve done two brandings and a long hike today with it, and I have no back pain at all. If it weren’t for his fuzzy little head and the drool down my shirt, I would hardly notice him at all.

It has a ton of support for me, he sits in it ergonomically correctly, and it’s not too bulky. Plus, it has a little “awning” to go over his head to keep the sun off and to keep it dark if he wants to nap. My favorite feature, though, is the “360” part. Once he’s a teensy bit older, he can sit facing out on front, on the side, or backpack-style. I have a feeling it’s going to get a ton of use. I guess I just love my baby carriers!

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PS: He obviously was very interested in the 800+-year-old ruins and the fact that we were at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 100% absorbed. You bet.