Monday, November 10, 2014

Mason: Month 12 {Update} {Last Monthly Update}

Mason is ONE!!!! 

Weight: 25 pounds, 8 ounces

Height: 31 1/2 inches

Nicknames: Mase, Mase Mase, Bud, Mason Man

Eating (Milk): On October 8th, we started giving Mason
whole milk and moved on from formula. Mason has had no reactions to regular milk and drinks it so well! We started giving it from a sippy cup rather than a bottle on October 10th and it has gone so well!

Eating (Solids): We went through a little bit of decreased appetite as well as throwing of foods this month but, overall, Mason's is doing well and honestly, he is eating EVERYTHING! He hasn't met a food he doesn't like and most of the time, he eats excellently.

Sleeping: Mason naps 9-10:00 and 1-3 and he is sleeping from about 6:40p-7:00a. He is such a great sleeper...yay to sleep training!

Diapers: Mason is wearing size 6 LUVS disposables at night. Overall, they are a little big for him but he only wears them at night usually and we just need them to hold well so moving up to that size works for us for now. As far as cloth diapers, we are still loving our Sunbaby diapers but have had some issues with a little bit of stinkiness this month. Our other diapers have been giving us some leaking issues but we are not going to worry about that. I order some more Sunbaby diapers to add to our stash.

Clothes: Mason is wearing almost all 24 month clothes with some 2T clothes scattered in there. He is a big boy but some of the bigger pant sizes are necessary because of cloth diapers. 

Social: We had our first bout of separation anxiety this month. It was tough but I know you adjust quickly and that makes it easier for all of us!

Lots of waving "hi" and "bye" to everyone he meets!

New/fun things from this month: 
We went to the mall one evening and a lady was letting her grandchildren ride on one of the toys. There were three spots, so she asked if Mason wanted to ride on one. He loved it!

Mason had his first cookies and milk this month. Matt and I were more excited than Mason.

Mason took 2 steps on October 28th!!

He has learned to point to mine and Matt's noses when we say "Where's My Nose?"

Mason finally got the hang of the sign "please". So sweet!

Mason can also point to his belly when we tell him to do so. We are working on other body parts, too.

Giving kisses
Saying "bye"
Ringing our doorbell

Having his diaper/clothes changed. We can usually bribe with toys but the toys must change every few days of you get bored.

Mommy: I have enjoyed this first year with Mason so much. It has been such a fun time of learning with challenges on the way. Bring on year two.

Daddy:  Matt was walking out of the back door one day this month just to go put something outside and Mason saw him going out and yelled "BYE!"

On October 20th, we saw our first BLOOD! Mason was holding my water bottle and bumped his mouth hard. He bled for a bit and cried for approximately 12 seconds. I think he may have popped his lip frenum.

Ma (Mom)
Da (Dad)
Um (Yum)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson {A Book Review}

Just wanted to drop in and give a quick book review for A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson. I normally try to write more detailed reviews of the books I read but this book was tough for me to get through. I am honestly not sure if it was because of the number of books I've read this year which may have caused a little burnout (don't feel like that's the case because I'm reading a few others without issues) or if it was just the book itself.

This book is historical fiction set in the late 1800's in Texas and I didn't dislike the characters or the writing necessarily but I just could not get into the storyline overall. It took me a really long time to read this book which is unusual for me. I have read a few other books by Tracie Peterson and enjoyed them but this book just wasn't for me at this time. I plan to give myself a few more months and try to re-read it.

I would say if you have read other books from Tracie Peterson and enjoyed them, give this a try and maybe you will connect a little better than me.

Thank you, Bethany House for this book in exchange for this honest review.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

In This House We Will Giggle by Courtney DeFeo {A Book Review}

I have followed Courtney DeFeo on Instagram and Twitter for several years now and I love her blog as well. When she announced that she was writing this book, In This House We Will Giggle, I was so excited to get my hands on it! Side note: Prior to publishing, she asked her followed to choose for 4 pictures for the cover photo and this one is the one I chose. Just a little fun tidbit!

In This House We Will Giggle is an incredible book and one that I think I will read many times as I raise Mason (and hopefully other Morgan babies). This book is such a good resource that I'm not even sure where to start to describe it and share my favorite parts. 

Presented in the book are 12 virtues that are important to teach our children. Examples include generosity, gratitude and responsibility. Courtney presents these in a way that brings them to new light. Instead of forcing these ideas onto our children as they grow, we should be teaching them through doing activities, games etc. 

Each chapter shares a separate virtue and it is recommended to dedicate one month to each one. Courtney shares various experiences from her own family for each virtue, give a brief definition for each virtue, a prayer to focus on for each virtue and give various examples of activities to focus on each one. 

Courtney also shares 60 ideas woven throughout the book guaranteed to bring on the giggles in your house. These range from a family circus where everyone plays a part to hide and seek as a whole family. 

I have placed this book into my bedside table where I'm currently keeping all of the parenting books we have read, want to read again or need to read. This will definitely be read again and again!! 

Thank you Courtney!!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Mason: Week 52 {Photos} The Last One!!

Day 358: His first birthday card from a sweet former patient of Mom's

Day 359: Halloween Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Day 360: Drinking a little milk after his smash cake inhalation! 

Day 361: Lunch with Mom and Dad at DQ to start off his birthday week!!

Day 362: Birthday week continues with Mason getting his first balloon!!

Day 363: Hot NOW!!  

Day 364: Pumpkin Path at Hatcher Garden with Mom! 

Day 365: LAST DAY OF HIS FIRST YEAR!!! Mr. Explorer!! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Life Lately! {October 2014}

We have had such a fun October. These are just pictures that didn't really fit into their own post but are worth posting for memory's sake! 

We downloaded the ABC Mouse app and Mason LOVEs the ABC videos. He jams to them and dance along with them. SO FUN! 

Matt has taken Mason on quite a few Bojangles dates this month. It's their fave spot.

Mason's first ride on a mall toy. He was a little unsure.

Our favorite outfit on Mason to date. Such a handsome guy!

Sweet guys

Silly guy!

Out for a walk with Dad and Theo've got a little something something in your hair!

Family Date to Cracker Barrel!

A friend handed down this outside riding toy to us and Mason loves it!

Matt made hamburgers for dinner one night and this was Mason's first.

Silly boys goofing off!

We went through some keepsakes of Matt's and found this out hat. Mason wore it for a bit and looked so cute! 

Waiting for the puppet show at the library. 


We saw "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and Mason LOVED it! He didn't move for 15 full minutes.

Jenn and Skylar were there, too. S loved it as well.

Mom and Mason date to Yo-Mo

We made a trip to HD to look for a garden flag but couldn't resist a little fun along the way.

Mason ringing the bell to let everyone know he received good customer service. ;-)

Mason with his first birthday card! 


Matt got his phone repaired and on date night, we recycled it at the Apple Store and were able to get a brand new iPhone 6 for $30.

Date night also included Five Guys!!

Mason learned how to brush his hair this month. 

Simple storytime at Barnes and Noble.

Fun taking pictures with Dad's new phone.

Train table fun!

Always an Adventure trying to get a pic with this guy!

Mason had breakfast with Henrietta Hippo

Matt took smash cake pics with Mason and they both survived! 

With cake, you must have milk!

Our family of three at the Fall Fest!

IT'S BIRTHDAY WEEK!!! We started off the week with a treat from Wal-Mart (cookies) and lunch with Dad at DQ. (Also, you cannot beat their $5 lunch.)

A little outside time!

Early Morning family selfie in an attempt to get a pic of Mason in his hat. I was using Matt's phone which is a little bigger than mine and the face is because I was having trouble squeezing the button. I know, I'm crazy!

Doesn't everyone start Tuesdays off by riding their toy in the driveway while in PJs?

Birthday week also brought a trip to Dollar General to price balloons for M's party. Um, duh they're a dollar. Anyway, Mason got his first balloon! He held on to that thing so tight!

We joined Jenn and Skylar for an afternoon at the park and finished up with dinner together. Yay for kids eating free! 

Pumpkin Path at Hatcher fun with my boy! 

Sweet Love

Blurry but love this smile! 

Hmm...what's in this box?? 

We had a great month of October and started November with a bang celebrating Mason's 1st Birthday!!