Monday, July 29, 2013

Sixteen Months

I'm trying to rush and get Mason's 16 month update up and running before he wakes up from his nap.  Shocker that I managed to get some pictures and content up here on the 29th instead of waiting a couple of weeks to finally do it.  

This past month has been a lot of fun.  Mason met some new family members, traveled to New York City, and mastered the art of getting onto the couch.  Truly all very exciting moments.
At first I would feel slighted when people would instantly say how much Mason looked like Ryan (dada).  I mean, come on, I'm the one who did all of the hard work during labor.  Lately Mason's personality has been coming out and it makes me happy when I see so much of myself in him.  So maybe he got dad's looks ... but he definitely got my love of life, loudness, and in your face attention seeking moments.
He's a huge goofball who is always making me laugh.  Whether it's making silly faces ...
 or perpetually trying to do a somersault ...
 or even sitting quietly and enjoying a new book (which I found in Durham this past weekend ... a Dr. Seuss classic IN SPANISH!).
You can almost always find a huge grin on his face ...
or at times some big fat tears rolling down his cheeks when he doesn't get his way (check out those molars!)
He knows how to "relax" in his favorite chair ... 
 and loves to run into the room at full speed.
He can totally get onto the couch now, run across the whole thing, then fall off.  So far there have been more giggles than bumps and bruises.  
 He makes the cutest little smirk that I know is only for me ... for his best friend Mama. 

He loves to vacuum, but prefers for the vacuum to be turned off. 

He loves brushing his hair, and hasn't realized that he doesn't have that much hair to brush.

He can eat an entire slice of cheese pizza at our favorite spot Hawthorne's. 

And he's mastered the art of public transportation ... bus, subway, and taxi in NYC.  Don't worry I didn't actually let him lick the pole.

now for the stats - 
*teeth - 10 (this includes 2 bottom molars ... the top molars may be on their way but I can never get a good look)
*naps - 1 a day from around 12:45-3:15p
*bedtime - 7p-7a
*milk - drinking 3 sippy cups a day, 1 when he wakes up, 1 after his nap, 1 before bed
*foods - will eat fruits and veggies on the go ... you've got to catch him while he's doing laps around the kitchen table.  once he's in the high chair it's only carbs carbs carbs!

It's crazy to me how much of a little man he's become.  He understands commands and can point things out.  He's been allowed to go to restaurants again since he's less of an animal but visits are still few and far in between.  He goes to the gym almost daily with me and doesn't seem to hate it as much as before.  

He's so much fun but so tiring at the same time.  The days of casually watching him are long gone.  From the moment he gets out of the crib in the morning it's "on."  My only breaks in the day are when he's at the gym daycare or while he's napping.  It's an exhausting job, being a stay at home mom, but I value my time with him everyday.  I'm truly the luckiest mom in the world to spend all of my time with the coolest little 16 month old there is (I may be a bit biased).

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