Sunday, February 24, 2013

Duckies!

I got some pictures the other night when we went on our daily walk to see the duckies.

You didn't want to stay in your stroller, you wanted to walk all by yourself.

Oh! Grass!

Just checking the grass out, trying to decide if you want to step onto it.

You did decide to step onto the grass, and we ran around there for a while.

 Then you decided it was time to move on and find the duckies...

 And you spotted them! You're off!

And chasing them back the other way!

Unfortunately, you don't pay much attention to this sign.

You would run straight into the lake with the duckies if I let you!


We go to see your beloved duckies almost every day... as soon as I mention the word, you start doing the baby sign for "duck" and you run to the door to go out. I think soon we will bring some bread to feed them and the fish and the turtles, and that will open up a whole new world for you!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

8/52

"A portrait of Judah once a week, every week, in 2013"



8/52 - I love this picture because it portrays all of our adventures these days. You run over to something, then look back to check with me... in this case you are asking "can I touch that tree, momma?" with your face. You wait for me to reassure you and then go right ahead. 
I only wish you would be quite so cautious when it comes to trying to chase the duckies right into the pond...


Linking up with Project 52 over at Che and Fidel

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My little sweetheart

We went adventuring outside our front door today... With a little Starbucks to battle the cold. I snapped a few pictures on my phone.

One of the 7363859 gazillion reasons I love this kid: he begs to share my decaf vanilla lattes.






Those mini Sperrys on his little feet just kill me. SO. CUTE.


"I want to go THAT way"


I just love our daily adventures... it warms my heart to watch you discovering your world.







Saturday, February 16, 2013

7/52

"A portrait of Judah once a week, every week, in 2013"



7/52 - My favorite picture from your little birthday photoshoot! Playing happily, oblivious to the world. And the legwarmers!! Agh. So cute.


Linking up with Project 52 over at Che and Fidel.



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ONE!!!


Dear Judah,

You are ONE YEAR OLD! One year ago today, at 2:32pm, you were born after a fast four-and-a-half hour labor weighing in at 8lbs 4oz and 20.5 inches long. You were absolutely perfect - adorable from the very beginning. You never really had that squished alien newborn look... you came out looking a week old with chubby rosy cheeks and brilliant blue eyes. I was in complete disbelief as the midwife handed you to me and I pulled you up to my chest and held you for the very first time. Did I really just have a baby? And still a year later, I often look at you in wonder... Are you really ours? How did we manage to create something so perfect and adorable? A walking, talking tiny human being with your very own delightful soul and personality.

The first year of human life is mind boggling. You've grown from 8lbs 4oz to over 24 lbs. From 20.5 inches to 30-ish inches. From a helpless newborn to a little boy who knows what he wants and how to get it. From squeaking and cooing to talking. From flailing arms and legs to running at full speed ahead.

I have no regrets when I look back at your first year - I know that I am meant to be your momma and it's the most natural thing in the world to me. Even when I was tired - every time I looked at you or thought about you I couldn't help but love you, snuggle you, nurse you, rock you, play with you... give you whatever you needed. And really - you have been a very easy baby. Despite the fact that you still wake up 2-3 times a night to nurse :) ...

This year has flown by in the blink of an eye. I"m not sad that you are turning one - each new age has brought so much fun and energy to our lives. But I am just a bit worried, because I know that each year will go faster than the one before, and before I know it you'll be walking off to your first day of school... driving off on your first date... and moving out for college. So I will just keep throwing myself fully into being your momma while times races by. I will keep embracing each moment of pure joy that you bring. I will keep taking far too many pictures of you. I will keep writing about you, so I can look back and remember your funny little quirks and antics that delight us at each age. And most of all, I will keep living fully present with you so that I never miss a moment that you want to share with me.

I love you Judah William! You are still my baby, even though you're one now... and you always will be no matter how big you get.

Love forever and for always,
Momma


Here is your year in review:

Birth story
Newborn
One month old
Two months old
Three months old
Four months old
Five months old
Six months old
Seven months old
Eight months old
Nine months old
Ten months old
Eleven months old


And here you are now:

My serious little boy. This is the face that you wear most of the day while you are studying your toys (and whatever else you can get your hands on} and figuring things out. You don't often automatically smile for the camera... most times I have to work for it. I just snapped these while you were playing yesterday afternoon and you stared me down!




Happy First Birthday, baby boy!
We love you!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

What Works For Us: favorite baby stuff (6-9 months)

When I look for baby products I look for things that are durable & good quality, useful & long lasting, not too garish/ugly, and free of toxins and chemicals. So here are some of mine and Judah's favorites from when he was 6-9 months old (and they still are now!).

1. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Musical Table - this toy and the Fisher Price jumperoo that we have are the one exception to my "no huge companies" toy policy (especially because Fisher Price is known for lots of bad chemicals in their toys). Judah LOVES this table, and it's not something he can really put in his mouth and chew on, so I'm happy to let him play with it. It has kept him happily occupied for many, many hours... he loves to twist, turn, push, and slide the various little activities, he dances to the music, AND he's hearing the alphabet, colors, numbers and other educational things while playing. It's a win-win-win, really.




2. Plan Toys baby walker - Apart from being wooden and beautifully made, it's also non-toxic and perfectly safe. Plan Toys is a great company to find beautiful and bright wooden toys. We've had this since Judah was 7 months old, and he figured out how to push it and walk with it at 8 months old. He still likes to push it around the house now at almost one, even though he can walk just fine by himself :) It's more of a toy now rather than a walking aid. He also LOVES the blocks that come with it. He likes to dump them all out and bang them together and occasionally chew on them.



3. B. Toys Funkeys - I am in love with the whole B. Toys line. They are all so cute and clever. And they're all non-toxic - no BPA, PVC, phthalates etc. Judah LOVES these keys - he chews on them, rattles them, pushes all the buttons (and the noises aren't terribly annoying, either), and he drags them around everywhere by the hanging strap thing.

B. FunKeys

4. Oxo Tot Sprout Highchair - The highchair was something I was willing to pay extra for, because we will use it for multiple kids. It's also hard to find less expensive highchairs that are free of PVC and phthalates and other nasty toxins... and because Judah would be eating off of his highchair tray I really didn't want him to be ingesting nasty stuff. So I did a lot of research and came up with three options in the same price range - the Boon Flair, Oxo Tot Sprout, and the Keekaroo Right Height chairs are all eco-friendly and toxin free... and we decided on the Oxo Tot mainly because we like the style the best. It's been great! The tray slides on and off with ease with just one hand, Judah is very comfortable in it, and it has a small base "footprint" which is important in our smaller apartment. I didn't want a massive highchair sprawling all over our dining room. It's also table-height, so you can take the tray off and just slide it right up to the table so baby can eat with you, AND it converts into a "youth chair" when kids get older. And it looks nice. Perfect all round.


5. Graco On-The-Go Travel Pack n Play, with Snoozy Organic Cotton Waterproof Playard Pad - This pack n play is simple, easy to put up and down, and easy on the eyes (ie. no bright baby jungle animals/other baby-ish patterns). Judah mostly uses it as a play pen when I have to get something done and I need to make sure he doesn't get into trouble for a few minutes. He has slept in it in our room when we've had guests, since we only have a 2 bedroom apartment, and he's very comfortable in it. It's easy to drag from room to room as we need it.
I always cover the mattress with the Snoozy Organic Waterproof Playard Pad, especially when he sleeps in it just to protect him from the flame retardants that are in all baby products like this.




5. The First Years Take and Toss utensils and snack bowls... I was looking for some easy-to-grab snack bowls and utensils for Judah, and these were perfect. I found them at Target. They are BPA, PVC, and phthalate free - yay! The utensils are chunky and easy for little hands to use, and the little bowls are the perfect size and they have lids so you can bring snacks along - little cheese cubes, chopped up fruit etc.




6. Playtex First Lil' Gripper Straw Trainer cup - I decided to skip the sippy cup and go straight for a straw cup. From what I've read, straw cups are better for oral development. Judah was always wanting to drink out of our straws, but couldn't quite figure out how. This little cup has a "squeezy" feature, where if you squeeze the cup, liquid comes out of the straw, so it helps the baby learn to suck on the straw. Judah had it figured out in under a day, and now he drinks from any straw! This cup states that it's BPA and phthalate free, but I still avoid putting anything plastic in the dishwasher (plastic materials release more toxins in high temperatures). Now that we're starting to take sippy cups of water with us in the car, I'm looking for a good stainless steel one so it doesn't leach out toxins if it gets left in the hot car. But this one is GREAT for around the house.


6/52

"A portrait of Judah once a week, every week, in 2013"


6/52 -  "Mom, look what I found!" ... While I was taking a few pictures of you, you found the lens cap to my camera on the floor and you were pretty excited about it...
This is your last Project 52 photo as a "baby"... next time you will be a big ONE year old!

Linking up with Project 52 over at Che and Fidel

Saturday, February 2, 2013

5/52

"A portrait of Judah once a week, every week, in 2013."




5/52 - Future soccer star? On our walks recently your favorite thing to do is to kick a ball, run after it, and kick it again!

I promised myself I would only do ONE picture a week for Project 52... but these are both so cute!

Linking up with Che and Fidel.

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