July 30, 2015

Fox | 14 Month Update

 
Weight:
We'll find out at his check up next month.

Height:
We'll find out at his check up next month.

Health:
Grateful for his health! 

Nicknames:
Big Honey, Bubba, Schatzi, Bubbles, Mr. Fox, Foxy, Pumpkin, Poodle

Eating:
Still picky as ever! I always worry about what he is eating and how much, it never ends. Someone told me that babies won’t starve themselves and hearing that other moms have similar struggles with their kids, makes me feel a little better. His favorites this month were blueberries, cherries, grapes, waffles, applesauce, bread with cream cheese, cheese and fish sticks.   

Teething:
No new teeth this month, still at 12 teeth total.   

Sleeping:
Pretty much the same as last month. He’s been sleeping from about 7:30pm until 5:30am. His naps are usually 3 hours, but there were quite a few days this month, where he slept 4 hours (growth spurt maybe?). I’m grateful that he’s such a good sleeper, after we struggled for the first 9 months. 

 That's the best picture I got of him...lol!

Diapers:
Size 4

Clothing:
12-18 months

Social:
This boy definitely knows what he wants and what he doesn’t want. He is stubborn like his Mama and recently started to throw tantrums when he doesn’t get what he wants.
He has also been super attached to me and cries every time I leave the room. He acts shy sometimes, especially when we’re in a group class like gymboree. He loves to give kisses to his stuffed animals and is so sweet to them. We love this age, he’s so fun!

Words:
Dog, Cat, More, Ball, Danke (the german word for Thank you), Done

Likes:
Music and dancing (his favorite song is “Hoppe Hoppe Reiter” – german song), being outside, other babies and children, sleeping on his side and stomach, Cosie, bath time (only when we allow him to stand up in the bath tub), swimming, having his mommies attention, watching videos of himself, baby puffs, hummus, smoothies, yoghurt melts and any kind of carbs, cell phones and remotes, walking, playing peek-a-boo, Roomba (vacuum robot), his stuffed animals, shaking his head (like he’s saying “no, no, no”), 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, Watering cans, riding and sitting in his cozy coupe, being independent, steps/stairs, drinking out of a straw, the Children’s Museum , the Aquarium, his german Bauernhof (Farm) book (thank you Alison and Sabrina), playing hide and seek under our kitchen table, when his Mommies come home from work, Open Play at Gymboree, Flowers (he asks to smell them), helping putting the laundry in the washer or dryer, reading books

Dislikes:
When we take something away from him, changing his diaper or getting dressed (basically anything where he is restrained), car rides, most food, kisses from our dog Cosie (I don’t blame him, he never quits!), when we leave in the morning, being held, Grass


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, Gymboree, Play Dates, Splash Pads…you name it, he’s doing it.
Our friends visited from Tucson for a weekend and Fox had a lot of fun playing with their two kids. We also had a few first birthday parties to attend and had so much fun!
Fox celebrated his second 4th of July with his grandparents and aunt and uncle (and his mommies of course) and held a sparkler for the first time. He also invited his baby friends for a 4th of July Craft playdate at our house, where the babies created some cute patriotic outfits!
Matthias sister Frida visited for two weeks and Fox just adored her, he was so sad when she left. Lucky for him, she’s coming back in October!

Milestones:
He’s learning so much these days. He understands a lot of things, especially when I tell him in german  (Katie always says that he understands more German than English, which I think is also true, but only because Katie speaks german as well when she knows the german word or sentence). He also started to climb this month…we’re in trouble soon!

What we’re looking forward to:
Our trip to Germany where Fox will meet a lot of his relatives for the first time!



July 29, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 28

 Day 190
Our first Bunco Night was so much fun! Katie and I have been trying to get a Bunco group together forever and we finally made it happen! We can't wait for next month!

Day 191
 
Katie put Fox to bed that night and they had the sweetest conversation. He's a funny dude!

Day 192
 
We went to the Butterfly Wonderland with our friends from Tucson. Notice the little butterfly on his arm!

Day 193
 
A few of my friends came over and we sewed some teepees for the babies. This one is my friend Lindsi's teepee, I still have to finish Fox's.

Day 194
 
My friend Alison came over with her kids (Owen didn't want to be part of the picture! ;))

Day 195
 
Fox loves this teddy that my grandma made for him!

Day 196
Poor baby fell on his face and smacked his lip open. He was holding on so tightly to his bottle, even though he was fast asleep.
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July 20, 2015

A Weekend with Friends!

Last weekend, my friend Julia visited us from Tucson with her two kids. We had so much fun!
After they arrived on Saturday, we headed to the Butterfly Wonderland. One of our three kids actually enjoyed the butterflies, one was only interested in climbing stairs (Mr. Fox) and the other was deathly afraid of the butterflies.

Aww! This melts my heart! Both of Julia's kids loved Fox, they were so incredibly sweet to him and I loved seeing them interact with each other.



Three babies in jammies, ready for bed! Funny story: Lexi wanted to take a bath with Fox, so I told her she needed to ask her mom if that's okay. She came back and told me her mom said yes, so I put her in the tub with Fox. One minute later, Julia comes in and asks what she's doing in the tub...lol. I got tricked by a 2-year old...haha.

The next day, we went to the train park.
Ready to ride the train!

Mr. Independent

They have a really cool (and free) train museum at the park and it's just awesome! Fox loved this little train and just ran back and forth on it, smiling from ear to ear.



My favorite picture of the weekend! ;)
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July 18, 2015

Fox's Second 4th of July!

I know, I'm like two weeks late to the party, but this is how I roll these days! 

I love holidays and normally the 4th of July would be one of my favorite holidays. Katie always says I'm the most patriotic person she has ever met…haha. Unfortunately, the 4th of July is not very fun (for me anyways) when you live in Phoenix. It's just too freaking hot to do anything. Too hot to go to a parade, too hot to play outside and of course, Fox was too young this year to stay up for fireworks! 

So instead, we had Katie's family over for a BBQ and we played some games. It was fun, but I can't wait until Fox is old enough to watch fireworks with us (okay, I CAN wait, because I just want him to stay little forever! ;)).

Here are some of his 4th of July pictures that I took. 





This is the onesie we made with our Mom's Group a few weeks ago. It was a tiny bit too small on him…lol. 



His first sparkler…not impressed at all! 

After Fox went to bed, Katie and I had some fun playing with all the sparklers!


So, now that the 4th of July has passed, I guess it's time to bust out the pumpkins, right? Just kidding! Kind of…I can't wait! :)
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July 14, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 27

 Day 183
Fox loves Frida, Matthias' sister! Every day, he would stand in front of her room waiting for her to come out and if she didn't, he would bang on the door! Not only that, but he would throw a huge fit when we would take him away from the door. Haha. His first love! 

Day 184
 
Dinner with Katie's mom. Going out to dinner with Fox becomes more and more of a challenge, maybe we'll try again when he's three! ;)

Day 185
 
Fox had his first tortilla chip and loved it! He also loves his aunt Ash!

Day 186
 
A boy and his dog!

Day 187
 
And another one...he is always so proud of himself when he pets Cosie!

Day 188
 
Playdate with his friend Matthew, these boys are trouble! 

Day 189
 Preparing for our first official Bunco Night at our house!
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July 05, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 26

 Day 176
One of my favorite times each day. Fox is having his morning bottle and cuddles with me on the couch or in our bed! 

Day 177
 
What a great day it was! Marriage equality for all and most importantly, equal rights for our sweet baby boy!

Day 178
 
Family Day at the Aquarium!

Day 179
 
It was Grayson's 1st birthday party, but unfortunately, Fox wasn't able to come, because he was still napping, so I went childless! My friend Tiffany did the same, her daughter was napping as well and we enjoyed catching up without having to chase two crazy toddlers around! 

Day 180
 
Matthias' sister Frida is here visiting from Denmark for two weeks! Fox loves her and is totally smitten with her. He used to come running to me when I came home from work, now he could care less...! 

Day 181
 
Sweetest picture ever!

Day 182
 
 He is getting quite good at riding his 4-Wheeler, we just have to work on his steering! :)
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