Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Buckaroo Birthday Party

I wasn't sure what sort of party to throw for my child's first birthday. So, a couple of months ago, I started surfing the Internet for ideas. I figured I would make up my own invitation using photos I had taken of LM over the year. But then, I found this shop on Etsy, and these invitations, and well, I thought they were so cute and it was such a good theme that we went with the Buckaroo Birthday plan.


The Etsy store sold coordinating banners and stickers for water and soda bottles, and well, as you may remember, S works for the party people, so we were able to get a kid's table and some coordinating linens without making an extra trip! Then, we bought LM a little "western" shirt and a bib, as well as a hat and boots. And, I took the invite to my local cake place, where they came up with a cute coordinating cake. Voila! Birthday theme!

cropped bottles

We decided to have the party at lunch, since first birthday parties are more for the adults than the kids anyway, and since the Little Man's best part of the day, besides like 8am, is around lunch, between his naps. So, to fit the theme, the party was at "high noon"! The menu included cheeseburgers (a recipe researched and concocted all by S) and hotdogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon and some of my mom's macaroni and cheese. (Thanks Mom!) We invited only immediate family because that seemed like the right size for such an occasion. S's parents and brothers and their families came, as well as my parents and even a special guest, my niece Veda, who came down with my dad.

Before the party started.

We let LM check out his roadster before the party began.
He loved it and knew right away how to get a move on!


My sweet boy.

LM got dressed in his buckaroo outfit before everyone came over.

Veda tried to help keep the hat on, but it didn't work most of the time.

LM had LOTS of walking practice with Veda around!

The kid's table S carried home from work.

S and LM in their hats.

LM on his trusty steed.

The grub.

I think it went off pretty well - the burgers took a little longer to cook than expected, but otherwise things went as planned. We ate, then we opened presents, then we had CAKE. LM did not really appreciate the singing or the candle at the top of the cake portion of the event. But, once that subsided, he took to the cake pretty well, finishing off about half of it.

LM shared his toys pretty well...
...except when he didn't. But he did alright.

There was a standoff with the chairs...

IMG_1065 was apparently the most fun to be had at the party.

LM received lots of really nice presents. He now has some new toys, like an airplane and a bus, a bowling set, a lawn mower and a Rody! He also has some new little cars and trucks, people, clothes and books. He received a wonderfully beautiful handmade afghan from Aunt Marlene and some soft cloth books from Nana, as well as a growth chart she made him to hang on his wall in his room. He also received a fridge farm, a cute denim bear, a Cowboys jersey, some puzzles, a gift card we used to purchase a couple of figures for his airplane and bus and a photo album we can stock with photos of his family. And some more stuff I'm sure I'm forgetting as I type this but was equally as nice. Seriously, the new stuff is getting quite a bit of action around here already.

One of his funny faces these days.

Opening more presents with a room full of cousins, and an outlaw uncle!



The three 2010 Dallas cousins - hard to get a photo of them these days.

One of the things we gave the boy was the Radio Flyer ride-on toy called a Roadster that you can see up above. He took right to it! We put him on the thing and he started moving forward lickety split. And, a couple of days later, he's going backwards too. It's a bit tough to steer, even for us, so S is looking into how we can remedy that so he can steer it himself too. So far, he seems to like this gift too.

LMs cake

Everyone else's cake

LM wanted to dig right in.
Even to the he wasn't happy we were making him wait while we sang.


Eventually he was able to eat his cake!




He favors his left hand...really, he does.
But, you can sort of tell here by the cake that is gone. ;-)

Everyone had cake, of course, and watched the boy.

LM seemed to really enjoy spending time with Veda while she was here. In fact, I think he's that much closer to walking independently because of all the walking they did around the house and everywhere we went. She is the perfect size to walk with him, and he LOVED walking around with her. I predict her little brother Gibson will be a walking fool before we know it with all the practice he's sure to get around his house! I have some photos of the activities we did while Veda was here that I hope to get up soon.


"My work here is done!"

Pretty good job.

We went to the boy's 12 month doctor appointment today, and he's growing and maturing as a 12 month old should. His weight/height ratios were pretty much the same - 70% for height and 50% for weight. That's right - that chubby bunny is thin! Imagine what a chubby baby would look like! He seems to be on track developmentally and the doctor seemed pleased with everything. He got FOUR shots and then they took some blood. He was a trooper, really. He only cried a little bit, amazingly! Daddy was there to hold him and help it all feel better fast, so I'm sure this also helped.

Sign of a good party - a good, long nap afterward!

So here we go, onto year two of being parents, of raising a human, of learning what the heck to do next. It should be fun!

See you soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

On Nana's Quilt

For the first twelve weeks of LM's life, and then each month thereafter, I took a photo of him on the quilt Nana made for him. Now that we have a year behind us, here are some comparison collages for you.

One Week
One Week

The First Twelve Weeks
The First Twelve Weeks

First Twelve Months
All Twelve Months

All the Quilt Photos
All 24 timeframes in one collage

Three Six Nine Twelve
Highlights - 3, 6, 9 and 12

One Week to One Year
The biggest change - One Week to One Year

Twelve Months
One Year Old on Nana's Quilt

See you soon with party photos!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

One Year Old

On this date last year, our lives changed forever. I know, trite, overused, but totally true. Our lives changed forever when our little boy was born into this world. And what a year it has been! So full of changes and joy!

I could not have ever imagined how my life would change with him in it, but I am so glad I got to find out. He is such a light in our lives and quite a wonderful child. I cannot believe how much has happened in a year. He has grown and changed so much. I cannot imagine how much he will continue to grow and change in the year ahead. Here is a little look back at the last year.

Moments after birth

I'll also catch you up on what we've been doing. In the last month, the boy has started walking, tentatively. He takes a few steps, stands unassisted, but *so far* hasn't taken off across the room. He is careful about it, so I think it will be a while longer before he takes off.

So happy and mesmerized.

The proud new daddy.

Ten day grin

Bird mouth

brn bckgrnd on arms
First photo shoot

in white basket

He said his first sentence. It was, "Hey dad, bye!" He was watching his dad put his hat and shoes on while we were in Vail and knew he was going out. He said, "Hey dat..." (he regularly calls him "dat") and then when Sam looked at him and said, "Yes, LM?" He gestured by waving, and said, "buh". It was so cool because he clearly was watching what was going on and reacting to it. In general, he is very chatty, "talking" and making noises as he plays, reacting to what you say or what else is going on around him.

arboretum family 9
Family portrait

The best naps in the world.

Imitating a pumpkin.

Three months old

We have started to just "sit" on the potty, to start to learn sitting there is part of daily life and a normal routine. So far that is going well.

baptism close up studio shot
Baptism photo


With Santa

Christmas Card 2010
Christmas Card 2010

Speaking of reacting to things, he will now do something you ask him to do. For instance, "bring me the ball" or "come here and I'll take your shoes off" or "bring that (box you can't open) here and Mommy will help you" or the like. He sometimes chooses to not listen when being instructed "no" but eventually will express his discontent with that and move on to the next thing.

six months on quilt (33)
Six months

A warm day in February

We are finished with breast milk as part of the regular day. I finished pumping as planned, back in June, before we went to Vail. I breastfed him there, and he ate frozen breast milk the last two weeks. There is a bit left in the freezer which I'll give him this week. But, he's had cow's milk and he doesn't seem to mind it. He doesn't drink it with the fervor of breast milk, but doesn't refuse it either, so I think we'll make it to complete acceptance soon. I am still nursing him first thing in the morning and before bed, and plan to continue to do that while he still shows interest. I have talked to many people who say he'll lose interest, probably, over the next few months. So we'll see how that goes. He already isn't as tied to it as he used to be, so we shall see how long it lasts. I have to say, though, that I am glad to have made it to my one year goal. It feels like a real accomplishment.

Valentine's Day

Enjoying the spring weather

Sweet boy!

He is eating more things, but at the same time, showing more "picky-ness" which I understand is normal for his age. As you may or may not know, S is a VERY picky eater, so I am hoping to not have this in my son. Any sign of picky-ness worries me, but I think the thing that will save us is, well, the boy, he LIKES to eat. S doesn't really enjoy eating. I know. STRANGE!!! But it's true. This thing - the eating - will get us through the picky-ness, I pray.

April 10 Easter Egg Hunt 2011 (1)

IMG_8752 edited


While in Vail, LM learned to open cabinet doors. The handles were just a tad lower than the handles at our house, so he figured it out. Thus, now that we are home, he can open those doors too. I had a babyproofer come out to the house to tell us what to do. I do think we will install some door locks, but in other cases we hope to teach him just not to go there.

Having fun at cousin Sophia's birthday party

One of my favorites

Along with the cabinet doors, it just seems the boy is more "IN" to things. In to places, moving about, wearing out the Mama. He is constantly on the move. He loves to explore. He loves to try new things, and LOVES to make noise. Every new thing, if he can do it, goes in his mouth and strikes a hard surface. Everything! Some of his favorite toys are two stuffed animals - we call them the "green bird" and "Mr. Delingo" because it says "delingo" on the toy's bottom. He also loves cars and blocks and anything that he can put things in, like little containers or pails. He will fill them up and then carry them around with his treasures in them. And bang them on the ground. Of course.

Mother's Day


My boy and his tongue

Bathing beauty

He is still very snuggle-y when he's not trying to move, move move. He really gives the best hugs in the world, still snuggling in and patting you on the back. And, he gives his Mama kisses, but so far, not really many other people. I'm not sure why I am the kiss magnet, but I am, for now.

Father's Day

Independence Day

One year old!

Our big boy!

I will of course have a "on the quilt" retrospective, but I took those this morning, so that post will come later.

Happy Birthday to my Little Man, my sweet, sweet boy. I am so proud and lucky to be your mama. I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

See you soon.