September 20, 2013

Nine months!

Dear Rowan,
You are nine months old! It's hard to believe you've been with us on the outside for as long as you were inside my tummy. I can't even believe how fast time keeps flying! I love seeing you grow, but at the same time I want to keep you my little baby forever. You continue to amaze us with all the new skills you accomplish and you are so active and fun. Your smile and giggles continue to melt my heart and I hope you'll always be as happy as you are now.

You are quite the active little boy now! You crawl all around, but you especially love to be standing. You pull up on everything and cruise all around the furniture. You are so quick and very steady on your feet. You let go at times, and can stand a few seconds on your own, but don't have the balance quite yet. You also love for us to walk you around while holding your hands. One of the best parts of this month was when you taught yourself how to get down from standing. Hooray! It's so cute to see you hold on with one arm and then crouch down and crawl away. You still love to explore! You continue to babble and it's just so cute. I love to hear your little voice! Playing with toys is your favorite and you sort through your toy box to find what you want. You also love standing at your Leap Frog learning table and playing. Bath time is also a big hit and you love sitting in the big tub with your bath toys. 

Solid foods are still hit or miss with you. Some weeks you want to eat them and some weeks you don't. I think it's because you are teething and you just don't feel like eating. That's ok, we keep trying! You do like fruit and puffs and toast and some veggies and you love drinking water in your straw cup. You are still not sleeping well this month thanks to those teeth and have been waking up a couple times a night or sleeping until 5. You like to be rocked back to sleep or fed when you wake up during the night. Once these teeth are through we'll get your sleep back to normal. And speaking of teeth, you have four teeth coming in all at once on top! Two have just cut through and the other two are almost through. You are such a trooper! You look like such a big boy now with all those teeth. 

In the past month, you got two new cousins. Aunt Julie, Uncle Jon and Elliot welcomed baby Harvey and Uncle Christian and Aunt Jackie welcomed baby Micaley. You now have three cousins total! We also celebrated Daddy's birthday. We loved spending the day with him! Play dates and library story time are still so much fun for us to go to and we love spending time with our friends. You are such a sweet, good boy and have the best personality! I love being with you Rowan boy!

Likes: Standing, cruising, giggling and smiling, peek-a-boo, going for walks, story time, snuggling before naps, mommy singing

Dislikes: Diaper changes, putting clothes on, sitting in the car seat or high chair 

Milestones: Getting down from standing, speed crawling, new teeth

Monthly stats:
Height: 29 1/4
Weight: 22 pounds
Diaper: Size 4
Clothes: 6-12 months, 9 months, some 12 months
Nicknames: Ro Ro, Row boat, big man, bugaboo 

You are the best boy in the world and I love you so very much! I am so proud of all you do. You're the cutest!

August 1, 2013

Eight months!

Dear Rowan,
You are eight months old! It's been another exciting month and you are growing, changing and excelling in all you do. You are on the move, babbling and up to all sorts of new tricks. It is so amazing to witness you master all of these new skills. You are still my happy boy and I love you so! 

Just after you turned seven months you started crawling. I may be sappy, but it brought tears to my eyes to see you crawl forward to me for the first time. It's super cute to see you crawl around now. You also mastered getting from a crawling position to a sitting position and then you started pulling up on everything. It was a surprising sight the first time I saw you sitting up in your crib then standing up in your crib. You were so proud and kept giggling every time you would pull yourself to standing in your crib. Now, anytime you wake up you immediately crawl over to the side and pull yourself up and call out for me to come get you. Pretty soon after you mastered crawling and pulling up you started cruising. You cruise all around on the furniture now and especially the ottoman. You do laps around it and you've gotten quite fast. One of my favorite moments of the past month is when you started babbling mama (no connection to me yet). You like to say it while in your carseat. I hear you in the back saying mama, mamama. It's so cute. 

At the beginning of the month I was struggling to get you to eat solid food. You just did not like it at all and I couldn't get you to eat anything. You did like it when I would put fruit in the mesh feeder or let you gum on a piece of fruit. And then finally, something clicked! You started eating solid foods and you've been doing great ever since. Some new foods this month were nectarines, spinach, peas, pumpkin, peach, pear and plums. You love fruit the best. This month you started waking up during the night again. I think it was all the change we've had in your life lately and teething. You started waking just once a night, which quickly turned into several times a night. We did a little sleep training for three nights and you stopped waking during the night for a week and it was great. But, it started up again from those top two teeth cutting through. You still wake up very early, anywhere between 5-6:30. You are an early bird! And like I mentioned, your top two teeth are cutting through. I can't believe you'll have four teeth soon! Your hair keeps getting lighter and longer and you of course grow cuter all the time. 

This past month you traveled to Callaway Gardens in Georgia for the first time. We went for the 4th of July with GiGi and Pop Pop, Mimi, and your great aunt and uncle and cousins. It was so special to take you there since I grew up going there. You loved the butterfly house and the birds of prey show and you looked great in your red, white and blue for the 4th. You also started going to baby gym classes at My Gym this past month with your friends. When in groups, you like to sit and observe first and then start playing and that's what you do at the gym. You do make the cry face when you do the activities, but I think you'll love going once you get used to it. I can already tell you are very focused and dedicated when trying new things. You keep at it and keep working hard until you can do something. At the end of the month, a few of my sorority sisters came to visit and we had a blast with them. We got to go to Winter Park and shop and eat and we went swimming too. You loved them and they loved meeting you! 

Likes: Story time, cruising around the ottoman, Leapfrog learning table, pulling up on everything, bouncing in the exersaucer, singing songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider, smiling and giggling, crawling around, snuggling before naps

Dislikes: Diaper changes, putting clothes on

Milestones: Crawling to sitting position, crawling, pulling up, cruising, top two teeth cutting through

Monthly stats (taken at home):
Height: 30 inches
Weight: 21 pounds
Diaper: 3
Clothes: 6-12 months or 9 months
Nicknames: Buggy boo, big man, bugaboo, Rowan boy

I love you so little boy! I am so proud of all your accomplishments and I am the luckiest in the world to be your mommy. Keep on smiling. I can't wait to see what you're up to next month! 

July 23, 2013

Seven months!

Dear Rowan,
What a big month it has been for you sweet baby! You seem to have all of the sudden grown up on us between the time of six and seven months and you are mastering all sorts of new skills. It's hard to believe how fast time is flying, but we're loving every single minute with you. (You're actually a week away from eight months since I'm late to post!) You are still the sweetest boy and so happy. I love your giggles and snuggles and every little adorable thing about you!

You are on the move! You started sitting up very well right at six months and soon after you started pushing up onto all fours and rocking back and forth. You can crawl a couple steps! You also try to get to a sitting position from all fours and right now you can get to a lean on your side. You roll all over as well! You like for me to hold onto your hands so you can pull yourself up to sitting. You are still so easy and adaptable and for that we are grateful. You love for us to give you kisses and you try to kiss us back. You are starting to talk a lot more and have found out you can squeal. It's pretty cute! You are babbling too and trying to say mama. You love sitting up in the shopping cart and high chair. You still love your exersaucer and any toys that light up and make noise. You love to play! 

On the day you turned six months, we started solid food. Your first taste of food was bananas and then sweet potatoes. You seemed to like both even though you made some really funny faces. After that we tried avocado, but you were not a fan of that. You've also had baby oatmeal and butternut squash. You also like to hold the spoon yourself. This month you were still going to bed at 7:30 and not waking up during the night, but you were waking up very early - anywhere from 5-6:30, but usually around 5:00 or 5:30. You also got your two bottom teeth this month!

We traveled to Atlanta right after you turned six months and it was for a very special weekend - your baptism! You were baptized on June 2 at Roswell United Methodist Church, where I went when I was a little girl. Your aunt Julie was also baptized there and she was married there too. You wore a beautiful christening gown and it had your name and baptism date embroidered on it. You looked so handsome. You were a perfect angel during the baptism and the minister made it so special and personal. We celebrated with a breakfast before the service at GiGi and PopPop's house and after the service we went to Ray's on the River. We had a yummy lunch and the table was set so cute with personalized placemats and ribbon topiaries, chocolate crosses and little lambs. It really was so special and such a wonderful celebration!

Likes: smiling, giggling, singing songs like the Itsy Bitsy Spider, playing with the ring stacker toy and exersaucer, snuggling before naps

Dislikes: diaper changes, getting clothes on

Milestones: Sits up, pushes up to all fours, started solids, two teeth, sitting to crawl position

Monthly Stats: (taken at home)
Weight: 19 or 20 pounds
Height: 29 inches
Diaper: Size 3
Clothes: 6-12 months
Nicknames: Bugaboo, big boy, Rowan boy, baby bug, little man

You had a great month and we're so proud of all you do. Thanks for making every day such a happy one! Love you lots baby boy!

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