Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winter Favorites

 Less than 50 days until the first day of spring but whose counting, right?!?  We have literally been "California dreamin' on a winters day" over here!

I've taken a lot of time off work this winter to hang with the dude for various reasons of being sick, the holidays, nasty weather or scheduled personal days and have really enjoyed my one on one time with him. He is both entertaining and exhausting! I have put together a list of some of Charlie's winter favorites.  Enjoy!

1. Timberland's:  Just like dad, Charlie wears his boots everywhere!

2.  Books:  He loves books and already has one memorized.  It's called "Shake a Leg".  Each page is a different command;  "Honk your nose" "Wiggle your toes" and so on.  I don't even have to read the book to him anymore, he knows all the commands and is doing the next one before I can even turn the page!  My favorite is "Make a muscle" he squeezes his fists in the air and growls. lol  Some of his other favorites are "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" "Guess How Much I Love You" and "A Little Old Man".  It's not surprising that the little reeder is a super reader indeed:) 

3.  Daddy:  He is definitely going through a daddy phase.  He is under Ben's feet 24/7.  Wants no part of Momma right now.

5.  iPad: He is obsessed with my iPad.  I came across a handy "Guided Access" feature for your iPhone/iPad that anyone with a child is sure to find helpful. Check this website out for easy instructions on how to keep your kid from roaming around on your phone and accidentally texting your boss "lufg p;/ ka yefg978*"  at 6 o'clock in the morning!

6. Playing in his room, which looks nothing like a nursery anymore :(

Thursday, January 16, 2014

13 Months

For the "shows" sake I will continue to refer to Charlie's age in months but in real life I will NOT.  I don't know why it bothers me so much to keep counting months after a year, it just does!
No more monthly ties, yay boo!

I hope you all enjoyed my collection of monthly favorites from 1-12 months.  If you ever want to refer back to them you can find them here or access them easily at the top of the blog under the page "First year monthly favorites" :)

Month 13 was crazy to say the least with all of our fun holiday festivities!

Is so independent now.
Eats with utensils.
Plays on his own for longer periods of time.
Puckers up for kisses instead of coming at you wide mouthed!
Does so much on command, my favorite is "Show me your smile!" and we get a great big smile showing his pearly whites and all!
Is learning something new by the minute!

We are having so much fun with him right now, this stage/age really is the best.  A silly little personality is coming out and I love it!  Along with his silly personality is a big boy attitude and Ben and I are working hard to keep the dude in check.  Charlie is a very good boy and a good listener, he doesn't get into too much trouble and when we tell him no he is good at abiding.  "The dude abides"  lol I'm sorry I had too...  Anyways, it's when he doesn't get something he wants that's when there's a problem and he won't give it up!  He just recently tried biting me!  He is totally in test mode right now, good thing mom and dad hard to break!

Dads Proudest Moment:  A couple weeks ago we were eating dinner, Charlie finished everything on his plate (salmon and veggies).  Ben says "Wow, you ate it all!  Might as well lick the plate clean!"  Charlie picked up the plate, held it flat to his face and started licking away.  We were dying laughing!  Neither of us have ever licked our plates so it was so surprising to see him do it.  He is way smarter than we give him credit sometimes!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Keepsake

Ever since Charlie turned one I've been thinking about something that I can do for him every year.  I thought about putting money that corresponds with his age in a birthday card with a note in each one, so that on his 21st birthday he would have 21 cards from me with $231 in them.  I also thought about keeping a secret stash of inappropriate pictures like this one to present to him on his 21st birthday. Ha!

And while I still might do them, I'm really leaning towards starting an "art" collection for him- with a note on the back of why I chose that specific piece.  I realize 21 might be a bit excessive (as far as art work goes) so I thought  if I do come across a more expensive print maybe that will count for two or three years.  Just something sweet that he can keep, whether it's on the wall at his first home that he and his wife purchase or in a box in the basement...
So far I have it narrowed down to 2 prints and the harlequin dog photo is the front runner.  I think it would be a fun way to share with him how when he was born every time he breast fed a very distinct line would run down the middle of his body starting at the top of his head all the way down.  Exactly half of his body including his face would turn beet red and the other half would stay white.  It was the most bazaar thing we'd ever seen.  And as soon as he was finished eating...poof, it was gone! A specialist informed us it was something called harlequin, more commonly known when referring to multi-coloring in dogs and assured us that there was no harm to it and he would eventually grow out of it.  Which, after a few weeks, he did:) 
The world map would be for much more obvious reasons of our hope that he take adventures and us wanting to give him the world:)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Staying Present in 2014

I'm sharing my new years resolution because it's said that the more people you share it with the more likely the chances are you stick with it!  As I pulled out and started filling in my 2014 calendar I thought about how fast last year flew by.

I actually have a New Years Resolution Laundry List but the most important one I want to share is to be present in each day.  To spend more time "unplugged".  To not worry about what's to come or dwell on the past.  To soak up every second I have with Charlie and Ben and cherish it.  To take more pictures and give more hugs and kisses.  Treat each day as a gift so that when 2015 starts knocking at the door I won't say "Where did the year go?!?".  That's it- just be present.

Charlie's new year resolution is to learn to say Momma!
Happy 2014!