Friday, October 26, 2012

A Message From Sebastian

The New Little Nugget!

Photo's courtesy of Two Little Monkey's Photography 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

One Year Check-UP

Yesterday, we made the totally awful 1 year visit to the pediatrician with Sebastian. I have been told that the 1 year and 5 year appointments are the worst because of the number of shots they need to get....they were right!

Sebastian found it fascinating to wander around the waiting room yelling "Ba-ll" at everything he saw...we tried to encourage more of a "baby" when he pointed to other children instead of "Ba!" He clocked in at a whopping 23 lbs 14 ounces...which is only a few ounces more than his 9 month visit weigh-in. He DID reach 30 inches!!! He is in the 90th percentile for head circumference, 70th percentile for weight and 70th percentile for height!

They had me fill out this first year questionnaire  which I found rather pointless as he was a YES on everything! Does your child pick up objects? Does he pull up on furniture? Does he try to balance standing up without holding onto anything? He's WALKING people....actually RUNNING all over the place. He is well above the average development for other children his age. The pediatrician stated that most 12 month old's have between 1 and 3 vocabulary words...he knows "mama", "dada" and "Ba" so I think we are good there too!

Dr. Craig said that this was the first time he had seen Sebastian so alert and happy! He was so colicy the first 6 months of his life and then in a bad mood at his 9 month visit that this was the first time he has seen him when he wasn't crying.

After the Doctor gave us the all clear..."he's doing great!" speech...the dreaded nurse came in.....Flu Vaccine, Chicken Pox Vaccine, Measles Vaccine and Heb B booster shot! One in each arm and one in each leg...HE WAS PISSED! Thankfully he knew it was the nurses fault not mama's so no hard feels toward me. He was NOT FUN the rest of the day though. Jonathan went with us and encouraged through the whole visit but he would not let ANYONE but Mama hold him for the rest of the day! I was going to take the day off work and snuggle up with him at home BUT there was a crisis at work and so I not only had to go in for a full day but had to stay until 7:30pm last night. It was a very LONG cranky day!

Thankfully, we do not have to go back to that doctor until 18 months old...yay! We see the Allergist on Monday...Dr. Craig agreed that he thought it was a food dye allergy so we will see.

One of the family shots from our photo shoot the other evening.

Monday, October 15, 2012

My Baby is a Whole Year Old

Wow, we've made it a full year, I can't believe it! It certainly does not feel like it has been a year but I have loved every moment of it. I would never go back to before Sebastian was is just so full of life with him here. I loved our life when it was just Jonathan and I but it just feels more complete with Sebastian!

There are not really good enough words to describe our Little Man, he is just so unique. You have to meet him in person to really understand his full personality! He is a spitting image of his Daddy with Mommy's coloring! He has his Daddy's hilarious personality and Mommy's forgive and forget in two minutes philosophy. He makes the most memorable and hilarious faces you will ever see...evil eyes...screwed up face smile...I love you smile...that was hilarious smile...there are too many to count!

He is usually in a good mood, which is the opposite of how he was as an infant. He loves to play with toys and his favorite room is his playroom! He figures toys and games out very quickly...I usually only have to show him once or twice how something works and he has it! He has been walking since 9 1/2 months and is a speed demon...he has mastered the stairs (although I still stay very close behind him) and is a pro at walking in shoes now.

He doesn't care much for the dogs...they startle him a lot BUT he loves the cat! Every time she steps into the room, he is after her. She is very patient with him and usually lets him touch for a minute or so before climbing her safe tower. Since she is de-clawed and has never bitten anyone, I don't worry much about them messing around with each other.

He said his FIRST WORD, last week!!! He knows the sounds of Mama and Dada but whether or not he actually understands what they mean still remains a mystery. He knows if Mama says "Where's Daddy?" that he should find Daddy but he won't use the word to call his Dad. He does however, know Ball!!! He walks around saying "Ba", "Ba" and finds a ball to play with...everything round and remotely shaped like a ball is now "Ba!" The LL's will come in time :)

His eating habits are fair...he loves cereal and goldfish and grapes, bananas, peaches, animal cookies, breads, some meats, mashed potatoes and FRENCH FRIES...we spend quite awhile trying to figure out what to make for dinner most nights. He hates, apples, applesauce, corn, peas, broccoli, pasta (any kind, including mac and cheese), cheese, and most types of beef. We have recently discovered he has an allergy to something...we are not sure what yet...we see the allergist on Monday...but synthetic cheeses, salad dressings and frosting do not agree with his poor little face. My best guesstimate on what it is would be red dye but we will let the expert tell us on Monday.

His 1 year check up is on Wednesday where he will get some lovely shots and be told he is doing terrific and above average in size and weight. According to our home scale, he lost two pounds since walking but it could be due to his picky eating habits too. He weighed in at 21 lbs on the home scale and I know he is taller than his last visit so we will see if he breaks the 30 inch mark. We have to cut his hair often...there have already been two haircuts and a third is in the near future...those blond locks of his grow too fast. Mama likes the not shaved but well-maintained-little-boy-haircut look so since it is growing over his ears again, its time for a trim.

He loves to give kisses BUT only to Mama regularly. He will surprise some people sometimes with a sweet kiss but he always wakes Mama up with a couple kisses and will randomly have a lovey-dovey moment in the middle of playtime. He is still a major Mama's boy and always wants Mama to hold him first in the mornings and kiss his boo boos all better but he LOVES his Daddy too. He lights up when he comes through the door and if he can hear his Daddy talking in another room, he has to go find him.

He STILL does not sleep through the night...I am pretty sure he takes after Mommy with this one...every noise, movement, creak, meow wakes this child up. He is not a deep sleeper, I do not think he has EVER slept completely through the night. He hates his crib, he will cry for hours in it and even if he is dead asleep in his Daddy's arms, as soon as he is laid in his crib (which is right next to Mommy's bed) he wakes up instantly. We are trying to have him sleep in his crib as long as he will but he does still sleep in our bed for a few hours each night...working full-time = Mama needs sleep so if that means baby sleeps next to her for a few hours to do so, then so be it. He is off of all daytime nursing and will nurse only at night if he is really fussy. The pediatrician says he will wean himself off of the night time comforter so I am not worried about it.

His favorite toys are ANYTHING he can climb on, push around the house or use as a walking stick...oh, and balls! This Little Man is the love of our lives and he grows more and more precious each and everyday...we are so grateful to be his parents and SO look forward to this year.

Happy 1st Birthday, Sebastian!!!!

We love you!!!

Sebastian's "UP" Birthday Party!!!

I am happy to say that Sebastian's first birthday party went WONDERFULLY! I may end up killing myself one day with the enormous tasks I set out to accomplish, lol...but we pulled off a very adorable "UP" birthday party! I thought I would be running around like a mad man up til the very last second but thanks to some help from some amazing people...we got everything worked out. This past weekend DEFINITELY was one of our busiest :)

Our first task.......birthday cake! I had a special cake made for Sebastian in the "UP" theme which had to be picked up Friday in hour drive from our house! She was the only one to email me back out of four bakeries so, she got the gig.

I love the way it turned out!
All Friday evening, Jonathan and I cleaned...the house looked so fabulous...I love a freshly cleaned house! Saturday morning, Sebastian was sure to wake us up bright and early at 6:30am...we did manage to keep him in bed watching cartoons until 7:00am...woohoo! It was ok though, it gave me more time to prepare!

Before his shower and fresh clothes...
...after a shower and his birthday attire!
Once the birthday boy was dressed and ready to go, it was time to start the decorating and cooking. Kamerin and Samantha came over to help with the balloons and my Aunt Janet came over to help with the cooking....THEY WERE SO MUCH HELP!!!

Very intrigued by the balloons!

He found it wonderful to let the balloon go and watch it float to the ceiling.

"I still want to play with the balloons, Mama!"

Lots of colorful candy.

The cake table

We had balloons everywhere!

What a cutie pie

After the inside of the house was all was time to head outside!

If we were going to throw a TRUE "UP" party, we had to have balloons on the top of the house!

Sebastian's wreath

Jonathan and Kamerin did not mind climbing on the roof!

The mailbox decor!

We were told by passersby that our house was the talk of the neighborhood, lol...who knew balloons could do so much!
At 2pm, the party got underway and all the fabulous guests and friends started to arrive!

Uncle Mike and Aunt Kelly

Pops brought his funny hat and google...true to the "UP" theme!

Everyone enjoying the munchies

Sebastian sitting with Aunt Katelynn

Samantha and Uncle Kamerin...exhausted from helping all morning!

Sebastian saying "Hi" to little Peyton!


Love this look

"Um, Mom, why are you holding another baby?"
After a little was time to dig into that fabulous cake!!!

He was listening to everyone sing Happy Birthday!

"I don't like the birthday hat Mom!"

These pictures are not in order I don't know why it uploaded them so crazy...but as you can see he was quite the dainty eater at first!

What a wonderful sharer!

What a messy boy!
After cake and clean up....we delved into the presents!!!

Sweet Ms. Brooklyn helped show Sebastian what to do with the wrapping paper...its great to have some help.

He likes it!

Of course his favorite toy would be a broom!

He got so many presents from all of his wonderful friends!!! We are so grateful to everyone who came out to celebrate Sebastian's special day with him!

After the party was over...Sebastian had no problems helping clean up with his new broom and dust pan!

Happy Birthday my little man!!!