September 27, 2015

Fox | 16 Month Pictures

 Whenever I put the monthly backdrop for his pictures up, Fox comes running over and sits down immediately. I trained him well! ;)

Some other random pictures from his 16th month! 
We found this "Sit and Spin" for $2.50 at Goodwill, which is funny, because we had just talked about getting one a day prior. He was pretty good doing it himself for the first few days, but now, all he wants to do is to sit on the top handle part or walk on the spinning part. 

We've been taking Fox to the trampoline park a couple of times and he's having a lot of fun there!
Foam Pit

Trying to keep up with the big kids!


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September 26, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 37

 Day 260
We spent the afternoon at Gymboree Open Play! How handsome is this little guy?

Day 261
I had a really rough week and going out with some of my "old" friends was just what I needed that night. Catching up, laughing until we were crying and five hours later I left like a new person! 

Day 262
Aunt Ashlie took Fox to the toy store and this is what happened! It was like Christmas Day at out house! Fox loves this little train, but he sure is spoiled!

Day 263
We went to the Science Center, since they had free admission weekend, but it was way too crowded and he was still way too little for it!

Day 264
Matthias and Fox, they sure have a special bond! 

Day 265
I took Fox to the park after work and he had so much fun! We took his Radio Flyer wagon (the park is like 10 minutes from our house) and he loves riding in it. I can't wait for cooler temps and getting out more!

Day 266
 I got really sick on this day and had to stay home. I was grateful for two things that day:
1. Having a nanny (last time I got sick I had to take care of Fox and it was hell)
2. My sweet co worker Sandi who left me homemade Chicken Soup by the front door. So thoughtful!
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September 24, 2015

Fox | 16 Month Update

Will find out at his 18 month appointment!


Will find out at his 18 month appointment! 

We thought he had a cold a few times this month, because his nose was running like crazy a few random days, but I think it was just due to teething, because he was fine otherwise.
Big Honey, Bubba, Turkey, Schatzi, Bubbles, Mr. Fox, Foxy, Pumpkin, Poodle 

It’s getting better and he’s eating and trying more foods than before, but I would still consider him picky. His favorites this month were fish sticks, chicken, blueberries, apple sauce, yoghurt, bananas, smoothies, strawberries, kiwi, Carmela’s Chicken (it’s a Pasta Dish we get at Macaroni Grill and the kid is obsessed), grapes 

He cut four more teeth this month, poor guy! One of those four is still trying to make its way fully through, but the other three have made it and Fox has now an (almost) full mouth of teeth. 16 total…whoaza!

Besides a couple of bad nights due to teething, he has been sleeping awesome! He even improved in the mornings and now usually sleeps in until 6:30am, which is HUGE, compared to his 5am wake up time a couple of months ago. You know, just because I wrote this out, he will go back to 5am…lol.

He has been really enjoying spending time in his crib and I never thought this day would come, but he loves to go to bed now. We still give him a bottle at night and when he’s done, we ask him, if he’s tired (he shakes his head no), ask him if he wants his lovies (shakes his head no again) and then, if he wants to go to bed, which is when he gets VERY excited and nods. That kid is ready to go! I love it! Some nights, he still rolls around in his bed, even sits up sometimes to play with his lovies, but goes to sleep relatively quickly.  

Size 4 

18 months, Size 4 Shoe

I feel like the tantrums have gotten a little better, maybe because he can communicate better what he wants?

He is still very shy in group settings and classes, but sometimes surprises us and goes out of his shell. The other day, at Gymboree, he immediately ran to the parachute and sat on it with the other kids, as soon as it came out, when usually he just sits on my lap and runs back to me when I put him on there by himself! 

Dog, Cat, More, Ball, Danke (the german word for Thank you), Done, All done, Nein Nein (No No), bye bye, down, Bitte (german word for please), Wow (oh my goodness, it’s the cutest thing I ever heard and it’s currently his favorite word)


Music and dancing (his favorite song is “Hoppe Hoppe Reiter” – german song), being outside, bigger kids, sleeping on his side and stomach, Cosie, bath time, having his mommies attention, watching videos of himself, cell phones and remotes, playing peek-a-boo, playing hide and seek (he always hides in the back of my closet and thinks he’s invisible, so funny), Roomba (vacuum robot), his stuffed animals, shaking his head (like he’s saying “no, no, no”), rolling his eyes at me, opening cabinets and drawers, his play kitchen, looking at pictures of Katie, me and himself on our picture wall, toy lawn mower, our vacuum cleaner, Baseball bats, play phones, playing soccer, riding and sitting in his cozy coupe, being independent, steps/stairs, drinking out of a straw, the Children’s Museum , the Aquarium, Open Play at Gymboree, Flowers (he asks to smell them), reading books, balls, Little People Toys, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, riding those mechanical cars in the mall, climbing
When we take something away from him, changing his diaper or getting dressed (basically anything where he is restrained), brushing his teeth, putting lotion on after his bath, kisses from our dog Cosie (I don’t blame him, he never quits!)

Fun things we did:

This boy is still really busy while we’re at work: Story Hours at the Library, Baby Dance, Children’s Museum, Aquarium, Soccer, Gymboree, Play Dates, Splash Pads…you name it, he’s doing it.

We had a lot of playdates with his buddies this month, went to a Baby Shower for our friend Nikki and spent lots of time with his grandparents
He’s so fun! Again, this was my favorite month so far and I love spending time with my little dude!

He learned how to really nod his head this month and communicate “yes” to us (he doesn’t say it yet though), which has been huge! He also spoke his first two word sentence (All done) and learned how to roll his eyes at me. Seriously, where did he learn that? The funny thing is, every time I sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, he immediately rolls his eyes at me, what the heck? LOL.

He also started climbing this month, nothing is safe anymore. He now climbs on the Lego Table, the couch and even tries the Dining Room Chairs. You can’t leave him for even a second!

Aunt Ashlie taught him how to blow kisses (so sweet) and he also started to pretend eat food (he acts like he’s eating his plastic kitchen food and even makes yummy sounds). Growing up so fast!

What we’re looking forward to:

We are so excited for Fall/Halloween Time. Pumpkin Patches, Halloween Parties, Trick or Treating, we can’t wait!

We also have Fox’s first trip to Disneyland planned and will spend about three days in the Happiest Place on Earth! We can’t wait to see his big eyes in awe when he meets Mickey for the first time! We’re still taking bets if he’ll be terrified or excited!

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September 23, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 37

 Day 253
Bunco Night with the Girls! The theme was Electric Dance Music and we even had a DJ! It was such a fun night and Katie won the Dollar Game we play after Bunco and won like $45! 

 Day 254
Here we go...Boys will be Boys! Fox thinks it's hilarious to put his finger in his nose! 

Day 255
I don't know why, but this boy loves to play hide and seek in the shower.

Day 256
We went to the aquarium with Katie's parents and had dinner at the Rainforest Cafe afterwards. Fox loved all the animals but was terrified of the monkeys!  

Day 257
We are ready for fall! Even though it's still 100 degrees out, we are ready for pumpkins, trick or treating and Halloween decorations!

Day 258
They are my world!

Day 259
 If you've been reading this blog for a while, you might remember that I used to sell wreaths on etsy. Well, after I had Fox and life got busy, I put that on the back burner, but decided to start something new a few months ago. I designed Fox's first birthday invitation myself, so in July, I figured, why not put it on etsy and see if anyone will buy the template from me. When I sold like five in a week, I knew I was onto something, so I decided to create more invitations and party supplies. 
It's been going really well and sales have been increasing consistently, as I add more items to my shop! I really enjoy this and making some extra income is always a plus! 
You can check out my shop here (or via the link at the top of my blog):

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September 20, 2015

Sea Life Aquarium

We have a membership to the Aquarium, so we go fairly often. Last weekend, we invited Katie's parents to join us for a "Behind the scenes tour".
Our tour guide gave Fox some Octopus eggs to hold and he didn't want to give them up anymore!

Holding some shark jaws

Whale Baleen

Showing grandma around

Our little marine biologist

We are so blessed to have so many involved grandparents in Fox's life. You can really tell how much they enjoy spending time with him and how much they love him (and vice versa).

Although the aquarium is pretty small, we love it there and so does Fox. Next summer, a huge aquarium is going to open about 20 minutes from our house and we already got our Lifetime Season Passes and can't wait to check it out next year. 
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September 15, 2015

Splash Pad Fun!

There's a really cute little park about five minutes from our house that also has a splash pad. Since it's pretty hidden, it's never really busy like the other splash pads we've been to, so Fox and I took advantage of my afternoon off and went to play for a little while. 

It's still over 100 degrees most days, which you can see in Fox's red face! He does love being outside though and always stands by our patio door, begging to go out. 

The last few times I took him to a splash pad, he never had any interest in even touching the water whatsoever, which is why I didn't put him in his swim clothes when we went

Turns out, that was a huge mistake! He was all over it! 

So much fun!

He kept putting his head in the stream, which is funny, because he doesn't really like it in the shower!

He was soaked in the end, but it was so worth it, and luckily I had a spare outfit in the car! 
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