Teddy | Ten Month Update

Teddy officially turned ten months old this week! I’m just going to ignore the fact that his first birthday is rapidly approaching. I still feel like he’s a little newborn!

Here’s his weekly pictures from the last month:

sm2016november06-teddy-40weekslp9a7125sm2016november13-teddy-41weekslp9a7444sm2016november21-teddy-42weekslp9a7623

sm2016november28-teddy-43weekslp9a8330

I’ve figured out if we spin Teddy around and tickle him right after we put him on the blanket, he will be confused and dizzy enough not to crawl away for a few seconds! We like to be silly around here.

This month, we finished milo and corn harvest (finally)! I did the math and I think Teddy spent approximately two-hundred and fifty hours on the combine and grain cart this harvest! It was really hard, especially near the end where he wanted to stand up and crawl around. There just isn’t enough room to move in a tractor! We survived and I don’t plan on ever doing harvest full time with a baby tagging along again.

sm2016november14-teddylp9a7471Taking care of a baby on a tractor does give you some serious prospective once your done and have an entire hour to play and move and sleep. Life after harvest seems easy! Teddy is on the move constantly and loves to stand up and sit down. He loves playing with his giant pile of toys, but also is quite curious and constantly getting into something. The other day, he crawled into Milo’s crate and got stuck! He’s fascinated with the drawers on the tv stand and likes to play with his puppy.

sm2016november25-tevebaughthanksgivinglp9a8165

Teddy is still sleeping through the night most nights, although he has had a few evenings recently where he struggled to go down after skipping a nap and getting over tired. Since daylight savings time, his morning wake up seems to be getting earlier and earlier. This last week, he woke up at 6:00AM all week. Most of the time, we were able to get him to nurse and go back to bed with us until 7:30 or 8:00AM. He still takes two naps a day and most are around an hour long.

He’s still an awesome eater. His favorite food is probably cheese, but he will chow down on basically anything I give him. He no longer wants me to feed him and prefers to pick food up himself. He did recently figure out how to suck the food out of a pouch, so I’m relying on them a lot more when we are on the go and need a healthy snack.

sm2016november25-tevebaughthanksgivinglp9a8235

We had his nine month check up last week and he officially weighs 19 pounds and is 29.25 inches long. He’s a tall, skinny dude and I’m still having problems finding pants that fit both around the waist and lengthwise. We’ve moved him to twelve month pjs and are slowly moving into into twelve month shirts and pants. He wears size three moccasins and size three diapers.

I’ve been calling him my little tornado lately. He seems to always be on the move. He is capable of crawling, but seems to prefer to pull himself along by his arms- army crawl style. He’s very fast and loves exploring our house. I haven’t been brave enough to put up the Christmas decorations yet, but I know he’s going to enjoy looking at the lights and playing with the shatterproof balls!

sm2016november11-teddylp9a7380

Speaking of Christmas, Teddy met Santa two weeks ago for a special photo session in Amarillo. He shocked me by crying! He usually loves going to people, but Santa freaked him out! In general, the last couple of weeks he’s started crying a lot more when I leave the room and seems extra attached to me. It’s sweet but can also be quite exhausting!

I think the next month is going to be really exciting around here. I know Teddy is going to love the Christmas season and wouldn’t be surprised if he started walking! We shall see!

Halloween 2016

Poor Teddy is likely going to get the short end of the stick when it comes to Halloween celebrations. In the seven years Colby and I have been together, there has been exactly one Halloween where we weren’t in the field for harvest.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up. This year, Teddy was the cutest little owl I’ve ever seen! We had a photo shoot on Halloween morning. I originally planned on his wearing his costume all day, but it ended up being 87 degrees and way too hot!

sm2016october31-teddylp9a7002sm2016october31-teddylp9a7008sm2016october31-teddylp9a7013sm2016october31-teddylp9a7030sm2016october31-teddylp9a7038

I love these pictures! I’m going to take advantage of every year of cute costumes I can get before he wants to be something scary!

Teddy | Nine Month Update

Teddy is officially nine months old today! It’s crazy to think that this giant, funny person was a tiny newborn just nine months ago. Here’s his weekly pictures from the last month:

sm2016october09-teddy-36weekslp9a6656sm2016october16-teddy-37weekslp9a6795sm2016october23-teddy-38weekslp9a6898sm2016october30-teddy-39weekslp9a6973These pictures have became quite the hassle to take in the last month. Every week, I seriously have one acceptable one where he’s almost looking and not rolling over and crawling away! Luckily for us, I’m stubborn enough to keep trying every week and am committed to finishing the year out! Ha.

If Teddy had to give you a recap of the last month, he would probably tell you his parents have totally lost their minds and decided to live in a tractor and combine! Harvest has been interesting! We have moments where we are all happy and rocking life, but others when Teddy is bored or extra tired, I feel like we are doing him a huge disservice. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend more then about four or five hours a day of harvest with a baby. Instead, we’ve been average about thirteen! As the days go by, I can tell that he just wants to get out, crawl, play and not be in a tiny space! Luckily, we are nearing the end and will hopefully be finished by this weekend.

sm2016october28-teddyimg_0980-copy

One unexpected positive of harvest has been watching Teddy and Colby’s relationship grow! During the last few months, there were many days when Colby only got to spend a few minutes with Teddy. Now he spends hours a day on the combine with Daddy and loves it. His face lights up when he sees Colby and he reaches out to have him pick him up. They are my two favorite people in the world and I love watching them interact.

Teddy is thankfully back to nursing great most days. I’m so glad because pumping on the tractor was proving rather difficult. He now nurses four or five times a day and I think my supply is finally started to regulate. When I was pumping, I would easy stockpile eight to ten extra ounces a day for the freezer!

Overnight, Teddy figured out how to chew and has been eating like crazy! He’s always been a good eater but he’s really past all need of purees now. He loves sandwiches, all kinds of soup and ate an adult portion of green chili chicken enchiladas the other night! He gets so excited when it’s time to eat and squeals if I don’t feed him fast enough. When we eat at a table, he does quite well feeding himself, but most of our meals lately have been on the tailgate of a pickup!

sm2016october25-teddylp9a6916

Teddy is quite the talker, but so far he only says “Da-da-da-da.” I know the time will come when all he says is Mama, so I’m surviving! He is currently cutting two more teeth on the top for a total of six!

He is still a long, skinny guy. Last night, he wore 12 month Carter’s pjs for the first time, but he’s still in 6 month jeans for the most part. Unfortunately, they are getting too short while the next size up slides right off his booty.

Last week, Teddy gave me the best birthday present ever and started sleeping through the night. It’s been seven days, so I guess he’s officially night weaned! Last night, we got home early so he went to bed at 9PM. He woke up at 6, nursed and went back to sleep until 9AM. It’s amazing how much better I feel without waking up to feed him! Thank you sleep training!

I am so excited for the next three months! First, we get to celebrate Thanksgiving and then Christmas. In January, Colby and I will be taking Teddy on a cruise and he will turn one! I can’t wait!

Teddy’s Favorite Things | Eight Months

There are so many amazing baby products on the market these days! I remember when I was pregnant and making my baby registry, I was super overwhelmed about what I needed. Now that I’m eight months into motherhood, I thought it might be helpful to make a list of some of our favorite things!

Sleep: 

smimg_3388

Zipadee Zip Sleep Sac– We transitioned Teddy into the Zipadee Zip when he learned to roll over and could no longer be safely swaddled at night. It helped control his startle reflex. He recently grew out of the size small and we decided to go ahead and buy two size mediums because he loves his Zipadee so much! It’s a great sleep trigger for him and helps him to know it’s time to sleep. Plus, I don’t have to worry about him kicking off blankets at night and getting cold. I’ve read that they also discourage climbing out of cribs and hope to keep him in one until he outgrows them!

WubbaNub Infant Pacifier– Teddy isn’t one of those kids who uses a paci all day long. Basically, he only sucks on one during naps, in the car and when he first falls asleep. I love the WubbaNubs because they are cute and easy for him to put into his mouth. We have had the puppy, monkey and dino. Honestly, if they weren’t $14 each, we would probably have a whole bunch more of them because they are so stinking cute!

sm2016september06-teddylp9a5511

Play:

Sophie the Giraffe– One of my sweet friends got Teddy Sophie as a present and she’s one of his favorite things to chew on. She’s quite expensive for a teething toy, but he seems to love her!

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker– We had this toy for a couple of months now and it seems to be one that Teddy always returns to. He loves pushing the buttons. I love that it will transition as a walker when he learns to pull up better.

O Ball 1-Peice Rattle & Roll Car– Teddy loves this little car and all the other O Ball toys. He likes to shake it, chew on it, and throw it! I love the O Ball products because they are so easy for babies to hold on to and play with even from a young age.

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo– This is, by far, Teddy’s favorite toy! He gets quite carried away squealing, laughing, and jumping! It’s my favorite because it keeps him safe and contained while I shower! Ha.

Books: 

Little Blue Truck– This is one of my favorite of Teddy’s books and he seems to love it, too! The “beep, beep, beep,” noise is catchy and it has a sweet and obvious moral.

The Pout-Pout Fish– We love the Pout-Pout fish so much in our house that it has became a staple of our vocabulary. Colby will text me- “Do we have a pout-pout fish?” And I respond, “Nope, he’s a happy-happy fish.” This is a must have board book!

Dragons Love Tacos– This is my current favorite children’s book because it’s hilarious and involves tacos. Buy it, read it, laugh…

sm2016september13-teddylp9a5863

Clothes: 

Carters & OshKosh- I would say that I buy 75% of Teddy’s clothes at Carters or OshKosh. I love that they often come in matching sets and fit my long, skinny kiddo perfectly. They always seem to have some kind of sell going on and everything is so stinking cute!. Teddy has slept in a Carter’s footie sleeper every single night of his life. I just love Carters!

Freshly Picked Moccasins– Y’all, I am obsessed with these baby shoes! They are pricey but so worth every penny! They are made in America, real leather and Teddy usually can’t figure out how to kick them off. They have soft soles and are good for the developing foot. These are the shoes I put on Teddy’s feet over and over! Last week, they had a sell and I ordered two more sizes in the next size up! Love!

I’m not making a penny off any of these recommendations and none of these companies know me (unfortunately). But if someone wants to send me some free baby stuff, we would be happy to try it!