11 months

11 months - 8/25/14

not quite sure... I think somewhere around 22 lbs. and 29 inches. We go back to the doctor for his 12 month appointment, so we will know more then.
booger nugget, little man, stinker, chunky monkey, buddy, baby boy, booger bear

He is down to two naps a day and they are both usually about an hour and a half. He also sleeps very well through the night. Usually goes to sleep around 7:30 or 8 then wakes around 7 or 7:30. He had a couple nights when he woke up and got upset but he went back to sleep pretty quickly.
Down to four bottles a day and has three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), along with a couple snacks as well. He is not liking his oatmeal as much so we have had to start giving him much more food than normal. He is probably going to start switching to whole milk and coming off bottles soon. We should probably start that transition, any tips?

He is in mostly 12 month and 12-18 month clothing. The 12-18 month clothing is pretty big on him still but that way he can wear it more and for a longer period of time. He is in size 4 diapers now.

Our big boy started cruising along the couch and coffee table. 

He is really into trucks and pushes them around a lot. Loves trying to figure them out.

He loves looking at himself in the mirror. He also points to himself or other things. We use that to teach him what those things are.
I cannot believe that almost a whole year has passed. Being a mom is the best thing I have ever done and I love spending my days with him. It seems like I am just learning to be a mom but it has already been a year, so crazy!
Planning his birthday party is definitely a hard task but it is very fun and I can't wait to see how it turns out.
He loves his daddy! Towards the end of the day, he started babbling dadada over and over because he knows daddy is coming home soon. My husband is a great dad, he loves spending time with his son.

bath time

opening and closing doors
people - social butterfly
momma's camera

getting his diaper changed
being on his back
getting into the car seat

Going on this month:

met Chip Gaines from Fixer Upper

visited some friends in Dallas

friend's from college came in town

celebrated 1st birthdays

Decorating with storage

Our house definitely lacks in built in storage or storage areas so I have to be very creative in my storage use. Mainly I use baskets throughout different areas of the house.

Under one of our consoles we used some Pottery Barn storage to store all of our board and card games.

Within our entertainment center, there was a space to put storage for DVDs. So I found some long locker bins and we use those to store our DVDs.

Pottery Barn does it again! We use these to obviously store our little man's toys so he can easily access these, I just pull them out so he can grab what he wants.

I found this adorable magazine rack at Magnolia Market and use it to store some business paperwork that I need to easily access.

When you already have to use storage for things like kitchen utensils, might as well make it cute. I found this utensil holder at Target and the trivet at Hobby Lobby.

What kind of storage do you use as decoration?

Mommy School: Ocean Week

It has been two months since I became a full time stay at home mom! I have decided to be more purposeful with our time throughout the day. I felt the need to start organizing our day so that we can end up getting more things done and I can start teaching him things, mommy school! I know he is not even a year yet, but our little boy is soaking up everything and I want him to learn as much as he can.

Shark Week also started recently so I decided why not start our Mommy School with Ocean Week!!

I did an activity each day and read two ocean themed books as well. I just found the books from the collection he had already started... it helped that his room is nautical and I love pirates!

I scoured Pinterest for some great ideas and adapted a few of the activities to go with Ocean Week.


The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Moby-Dick by Jennifer Adams
Ella Sets Sail by Carmela & Steven D’amico
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Pig Kahuna by Jennifer Sattler
On a Pirate Ship by Sarah Courtauld & Benji Davies
Little Stinker! by Stevel Smallman & Joelle Dreidemy

Mess-free finger painting using ocean colors.
I followed this tutorial but I just changed the colors. Our little guy might have been a little too young for this activity, he isn't to the stage where he can really take instruction or stay still for too long. 

All you need is a gallon size plastic zippered bag, white computer paper, and 2 to 3 colors of paint. I used blue, green, and silver because I already had them and they were the best ocean colors I had.

Put the computer paper inside the bag and then squirt some of the colors randomly on the page. Zip up the bag and then let your little one feel the paint. As he was playing with it, I went over what colors they were and that they were in the ocean.

Make sure when your little one is done, to gently take the paper out before it drys. Let it dry outside the bag.

Sensory bags
I used this blog for inspiration. I used blue hair gel, Swedish Fish, and quart size zippered bags. Fill the bags with the gel, put some fish inside, zip up the bag, then hang the bag on the window so the light shines through. Let your little one squish and play with the fish.

Blue Jell-o sensory play
This one was a fun one for the whole family! This tutorial is what I followed for this activity. You just need blue Jell-o and some ocean animals. All you do is make the Jell-o, putting some kind of ocean animal toy in the mixture before putting it in the fridge and then when its ready, let the baby explore. We talked about the color of the ocean and what the different animals were that I put in the Jell-o.

Shark Feeding Game
Toddler Approved is one of my favorite sites for fun activities like these. She just had an Ocean Week with this activity so it was perfect timing. This was one of the activities I was looking forward to the most.

You will need some cardboard, white and colored cardstock, scissors, tape, and a permanent marker. We had some old boxes lying around so I drew out a shark head with a mouth and then cut it out. Then I cut out some teeth and taped to the mouth area. I then cut out the fish for the game using multiple different colors of cardstock. My husband drew me the template because I am a horrible drawer! I cut out 26 so I could put the alphabet on them. After cutting them I wrote the alphabet on one side and then numbers on the other side. 

Then I sat our little boy in front and showed him how to put the fish in the shark's mouth. I concentrated on colors and working on putting them in the shark's mouth since he is not yet a year... letters and numbers will come later.

Overall, this week was fun and it was good to be more purposeful with our time but I think we will have to come up with a few more activities for younger babies, he is just into getting into everything so not really into concentrating on specific games.  I am going to have to start some sensory buckets because he would love that. 

our little one's 6 & 9 month pictures

Soooooo Seth is over 10 months now and I am just now posting his 6 month pictures. Since he only naps twice a day now I only have limited time on my computer. But here they finally are!!

And I decided to post his 9 month pictures in the same post.

To see more, go to my photography blog.

being a SAHM

So many of you may not know but since school has ended that makes me a permanent stay at home mom, SAHM. It has definitely been an adventure so far and really hasn't settled in that I am not going back to work at the start of the school year. But I am so excited to see what this new life holds for us. I figured it was time to share a bit more about my transition. And since becoming SAHM, I have learned a few things.

1) I knew if I stayed at the job I was at while my son was at daycare I would be very unhappy. I really liked being a yearbook and newspaper teacher but it wasn't my passion. Being happy means we will have to make sacrifices. We understand that... this is important to us. Not working is hard for some people and I get that. I applaud those moms who can do both! That is very hard on a mom, I did that for a few months, I completely understand.

2) People think that now that I am not working and I am a stay at home mom that I am lazy or do nothing but sit around the house all day. Along with being home with my son, I dabble in three other jobs like photography, real estate, and the health food industry. Throughout the day, my son and I run errands, clean up the house, do laundry, cook dinner, have playdates, swim lessons, check emails, blog, go on walks, workout, learn our colors, and practice our fine and large motor skills. That is only a few of the things we do all day.

I have been both a working mom and a stay at home mom and I am the first to tell you that being a mother, no matter if you work or stay home, is a huge responsibility. Each one is a different type of hard work and exhaustion at the end of the day.

3) Every time I tell someone I am staying home with my son, they respond with something along the lines of "that is nice, if you can afford it." I hate that people assume that just because I am staying home my husband and I are rolling in the dough... I am a stay at home mom because I choose to be. It was a decision that my husband and I decided together because I wanted to be the one that raised and taught our child the first few years of his life. We are going to make it work because we strongly believe this is what is best for our family. 

This might mean that we may have to cut back a bit to make sure we have a great amount set aside for emergencies and savings. I also have tried to coupon as much as I can. I have found this to be more of a personal challenge than something I must do... its fun to see how much money I can save at the end of a shopping trip, I feel accomplished.

This boy makes me one happy momma! If this is work, then I am very happy with my decision!