Thursday, June 28, 2018

11 Months with Tommy

Weight: 22lbs (he's definitely trimmed up now that he's up and at 'em all day long)
Height: 30 inches? Maybe? I'm making an educated guess because he's impossible to measure. 

Clothing Size: My little guy is not so little and he's mostly in 12 month clothes and now some 18 month pants since his thighs and adorable dimpled baby bottom are his chunkiest assets. 
Diaper Size: Size 4. And is it too early to start potty training?? You would think since it's something we do six times a day he'd just lay there and take it but the second the dirty diaper comes off he flips and rolls and tries to speed crawl away forcing diaper changes to take three times as long and leaving me panting and sweating on the floor when it's done. It's not that he doesn't like diaper changes, he just really doesn't like being still. Ever. For even a moment. 
Milestones: He cruises around all the furniture and his balance is getting better every day. He has this little push walker thing that he "runs" after at full speed slamming into all our furniture. He's not officially walking on his own yet but will take some steps while holding mommy or daddy's hands. I honestly expect him to just stand up and walk with no warning any day now but we'll see. 
Eating: I am savoring our nursing sessions which are a lot shorter these days and I am dreading the end of breastfeeding. I will miss the weight of him tucked up in my arms and his little hand holding mine as we rock in the quiet of his nursery. I have a feeling we'll be weaning sooner than later. He's just so busy and now he's getting more and more of his nutrition from table foods. For having no teeth baby boy does alright with most foods. He loves his meat! Turkey, Chick-fil-A nuggets, whatever chicken I cooked for dinner, torn up into little pieces that his dimpled fists shove into his mouth. He loves fruit, blueberries, watermelon, strawberries. Black beans, frozen waffles, and yogurt are some other favorites. And we're still doing pureed pouches, and of course Puffs. So far he's a pretty adventurous eater - I hope it stays that way- and the only thing he's really not in to that surprised me is avocado. What baby doesn't like avocado?  
Sleeping: Part of me worries that because Tommy is such an amazing sleeper, any future babies are going to be horrible sleepers. He sleeps through the night and is still taking two naps a day, about 2 hours each, and let me tell you, both of us are wiped out come nap time. He plays hard, goes full speed ahead, and then sleeps like a log (usually with his legs tucked up under him and his booty in the air). I think I have completely forgotten how exhausting it was waking up three or four times a night, crying and wondering when I would ever get a full night's sleep. I actually miss those late night feeds so once in a blue moon I'll hear him stir in the middle of the night and will sneak in to his room to nurse and rock him. He doesn't need it, he can settle himself, it's for me now. 
Favorites: Sucking his thumb (melt my heart), crawling around in the grass, following me in to the bathroom, dumping cups of water out of the tub, loves the vacuum cleaner, hates the dustbuster, hearing Daddy on the speakerphone telling us he's coming home, banging on pots and pans, big spoons, tupperware, "helping" me load and unload the dishwasher, "helping" me load and unload the dryer (really he just likes to climb on the door of both appliances), rearranging all the dining chairs by using them as his personal walker, pulling books off shelves, trying to eat magazines, the remote control. And my personal favorite, giving open mouth slobbery wet "kisses."
He is pure joy! He is funny and loud and messy. All of a sudden he seems so much more like a little boy than a baby and I honest to goodness can't believe in one month he will be one year old. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Family Vacation: Part Two

As much as we love spending time with our family and getting to be at home with everyone, we try to make sure we also prioritize time for just us. Time away from the stress of his job to reconnect and relax. So... after saying goodbye to our family at the lake we drove on down to Kiawah Island! T.J. and I had been once before together a couple years back and we immediately fell in love and decided it would become our family's beach spot. We were so excited to experience it again, this time with Tommy!

Of course no road trip is complete without a pit stop at Cracker Barrel. You could have told Tommy this was where we were vacationing and he would have been happy to sit there, eat biscuits and people watch for an entire week.
We stopped and picked up some groceries for the week before checking in to our home for the rest of the week. Once unpacked, we had a little time before Tommy's bedtime so we headed straight to the beach! Seeing the ocean for the first time on any vacation always feels like a great big exhale and sets me into a blissful state of mind. Watching Tommy see the ocean, feel the sand in between his chubby little toes and letting the waves wash over his feet was pure magic.
He crashed as soon as we got back to our villa and then T.J. went and picked up dinner for the two of us, grilled grouper, shrimp, rice and veggies,  to enjoy out on our patio together. It was the perfect start to the second half of our vacation.
The forecast for the week had a rain cloud depicted every day but we happily woke up to sunshine. Since we weren't sure what the rest of the day would look like, after breakfast we quickly headed over to check out the pool.  We enjoyed having the place to ourselves for a little morning swim before Tommy's first nap, perks of waking up early on vacation.
After naptime we did what every first-time parent does and brought way too much stuff with us to the beach. After putting on swimsuits and lathering on sunscreen and changing a poopy diaper the second we unfolded our beach blanket, we spent about 30 minutes on the beach before we decided Tommy had eaten enough sand for one morning.
We headed back to the pool for lunch and a pina colada. Then we checked out all the fun fountains and slides at the kids pool and Tommy splashed around and stared at all the other tiny humans wanting to do what they were doing.
I am looking forward to taking Tommy to the splash pad and pools at home this summer because oh boy does he nap well after a bit of swimming! After his nap we got dressed and headed to the famous Ocean Course clubhouse for dinner at the Ryder Cup Bar & Grill. Driving there we passed home after beautiful home and daydreamed about which one we'd pick if we won the lottery. Dinner was delicious and we enjoyed the beautiful ocean view while Tommy charmed all the golfers and our waitress (as per usual). 
The next morning we took a walk on the beach and then later in the day we drove over to Sullivan's Island to meet up with one of his med school buddies/groomsmen for lunch. We grabbed burgers at Poe's Tavern (mine had pimento cheese of course) and enjoyed catching up.
 On our way home we stopped to wander around the little shopping center on Kiawah before heading to the pool again and then we all crashed early that night.
We continued our little vacation schedule and were back on the beach in the morning again where we lingered a little longer in the surf this time. Then after nap time we were joined by one of my college roommates who lives in Charleston! She is my first college friend to meet Tommy and I am so thankful we got to spend time together and catch up, and of course play in the pool and enjoy a pina colada together.
We did dinner al fresco on our patio again that night and T.J. and I both continued working our way through our beach reads. Friday was our last day before flying home and unfortunately we finally got some of that rain that had been predicted all week. We got pockets of sun here and there during the day so we took a couple walks and visited the nature center and then had one more dinner out and ended our last night on the island with ice cream from the Sanctuary hotel.

I wont talk too much about our flight home I'd like to be able to fly with Tommy again someday. Let's just say he didn't sleep or stop moving the. entire. day and we were all so happy to be done traveling by the time we got home. Despite that, I am already looking forward to years and years of sweet memories made with my boys at the beach!