Wednesday, October 31, 2012

1st Halloween

Happy Halloween!

What a difference a year makes!   Last year, I was "Mother Earth,"  this year I have an 11 month old boy!  Or should I say shark?




 
 
We didn't make it trick or treating this year... Trey goes to bed too early and we were all beat from our 15 hour car ride the day/night before... long story about our trip and some Philly/VA family pics to come soon... until then, these will have to do.

 


  



Sunday, October 21, 2012

11 month update

Sorry for the wordy post-- it's been a big month! 

Stats:  Official stats TBD next month at Trey's YEAR appointment!  Wow!  He is 19 lbs according to our home scale, but I'm not sure how accurate that is, as it is almost impossible to keep him still on the scale.

Eating:  We are up to 3 teeth which means no more of that baby food stuff!  Trey is eating approx. 75% table/finger foods and 25%  purees now.  He has made a TON of progress with feeding himself.  He uses a (pre-loaded) fork and his fingers quite well, and has the sippy cup down pat. 

With the start of more "regular" food, we have made the recent discovery that he has a MILK allergy.  Dun, dun, dunnnnn.   Trey broke out in hives all over his face and neck with baby yogurt, cheese, mashed potatoes and cheese filled tortellini.  Booooo!!!!!  He was able to tolerate a drop of skim milk in his scrambled eggs and some in pancake mix, so I guess it's something we will just have to watch to learn what he can/can't tolerate.

Internet research said a milk allergy the most common food allergy in babies/children and MOST outgrow it by 4-8 years old (which seems like a large range... and very far away... but we will survive).  I plan on asking my pediatrician about 1,000 questions about this at our next appointment.  :)

Milk-wise, we are starting to wean off breast milk and onto soy formula (secondary to milk allergy).  I am going on a cruise in a few weeks sans baby and want to be done breastfeeding by then. Who wants to pump on a cruise?!  Although I didn't quite reach my goal of the year mark, I am pretty darn close and pretty darn proud of myself.  I'm hoping what I have pumped already will last a week or so into November, when we can start weaning from formula to soy milk.   

Schedule:  Really not much has changed.  I am starting to push milk feedings to every 3-4 hours (when he lets me) so he will eat more solids.   He wakes up, gets: milk at 7, breakfast at 8, nap at 9, milk at 11:00, lunch at 12, nap at 12:30, snack at 2:30, milk 3:00, nap at 4, dinner at 5:30, bath at 6:15ish, milk, story and bed at 7.  Of course, with LOTS of play time in between.  Keep in mind that these times are approximate guidelines... each day is different and some days the schedule goes completely out the window.  Thankfullly, he is not too fussy when we have to roll with the punches. 

Sleep:  Trey sleeps all night (usually between 11-13 hrs/night) and takes 3 short 20-45 minute power naps during the day.  The white noise machine was a definite success.  I don't know how we ever lived without it! 

Play:  He is so busy exploring and pulling up on everything.  He hasn't gotten the confidence to stand on his own, but he's getting sturdier by the day.  He does cruise short distances along the coffee table and/or couch, but is still having a hard time coordinating his leg movements to walk without holding on...  I'm really not in a rush for him to walk.  I want him to stay little for a couple more weeks.  

Speech/Language:  Lots of words have emerged this month.  He has been saying "mama" for a couple of months consistently, but has added "hi" and "bye" to his vocabulary.  He occasionally imitates some animal sounds and a few words.  And (I swear), he has said "yellow" and the whole sentence, "I want my mama."  Clear. as. day.  I wouldn't believe it myself, but Phil was there to witness.  ;)

Trey is following some simple commands like, "Get the ball," "turn off the lights," and "clap your hands" with visual cues.  He responds to some "where" questions as well by looking at the person/object without cues.   

Baby signs are also coming along-- he uses "more," "all done,"and "eat" independently.  He is starting to pay more attention when I use the signs.  I think it's starting to click!  Success! 

Instead of monthly pics, I just added a video taken on my phone early last week. Enjoy!




Monday, October 15, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, we went to Boyd's Orchard for some pumpkin pickin' and petting zoo fun with the kiddos.  All three kids had a great time!







 

 

 
 


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Photos

Is there anything prettier than fall in Central Kentucky?  I think not.  Gorgeous views everywhere you look. 

Allison spent the day at her other grandparent's house, so Molly and I took our little ones for a photo shoot around the farm.  :)





















Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Visit with Great-Papa

Molly, Mom, Trey, the girls and I went over to visit my Papa in Frankfort.  It's not often we can get all four generations together, but I love doing it when I'm home. 

Me and the tank, aka Abigail

Sweet Abby

Papa loves spending time with these lil tikes, even though Allison is scared to death of him.
 
Love my little man and his baby blues

 
This would have been a framer, but I (accidentally) cut off mom's head... darn.

Mom and Abby
 
Treyman chillin out on the farm

Friday, October 5, 2012

Day at the Beach

We've been busy around these parts lately. A day at the beach with friends was just what the doctor ordered!