Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
- this is how you read a book when you were one
- this is how you ate breakfast when you were one
- this is what you did at the playground when you were one
- this is how happy you made mommy when you were one
- this is how handsome daddy was when you were one
- this is how your bedroom looked when you were one
- this is how you spent your first birthday with your mommy when you were one
Monday, March 26, 2012
My to do list is insane this week. I'm beginning to feel like an ashamed OAM (over achieving mom) that one of my favorite bloggers is always ranting about. (peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.blogspot.com)
Zayd's first birthday is definitely going to blow my upcoming (30th!) fiesta out of the waster.
Here is over of the easier projects pinterest and I knocked out last night.
I used two brass candlesticks from goodwill, melamine plates, and bright yellow spray paint. I held out searching for lemon plates for a while but decided time is ticking and yellow accents would have to do.
This dessert stand is just waiting for lemony chex mix, gooey lemon crumb bars, and lemonheads.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I am not sure how Zayd knew he was supposed to hold on during the DFW Skylink ride but he did it instinctually. It was so cute to me.
And eventually we got our feet wet!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
- When I am trying to explain the behavior I want, I can definitely see a difference if I get down on his level. Its much easier for him to ignore me if I am some big tall mommy monster. And if I squat down, he usually crawls in my lap so whatever he was attempting to destroy is safe again. We have moments there both of us on the floor.
- Getting him to help is key for this kid. He holds his buckle on his carseat now while I try and hook it. (After screaming at me about being strapped in, but hey, baby steps.) The other day at the grocery store I promised him that if he stayed in the cart the whole time I would let him run around outside before we headed home. After loading up the trunk, it was time to push the cart back. I popped him down and let him *push* it into the cart corral. I was doing the heavy lifting and he was safe between me and the cart but he was SO PROUD when we got to the corral. You should have seen his beaming face and the ridiculous amount of clapping we did for him. (And, as a matter of fact, the lady parked next to the corral rolled down her window and applauded him as well.)
- Sometimes I get frustrated because he doesn't want to stay in his stroller and would rather be pressed to me in a wrap or sling. And then I remember that I babywear because I read and I believe that its good for him. Especially as a teeny tiny lentil, he definitely benefitted from having my heart beat right next to his little cheek. So, now he likes to be worn. And I like to wear him. And really, its way better than the stupid stroller anyways! (As long as we aren't running. Haven't figured out a babywearing/running mechanism.)
- I get to let him pick things now and it is awesome. "Bulbul ka bacha" or "Noisy Baby Book"? Apple or Banana? Blocks or Balls? He actually picks. Its so mature and I like being able to communicate with him even though he knows very few words.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
- Nothing! He is one. He doesn't know he is getting things.
- A small donation to his LoneStar529 college fund.
- Something to help him discover the world and help his brain grow. Do you have a toy your little one loved? Pass it on!
Big wooden puzzles
Books - his favorite thing!
Things to help him make music!
Items that teach cause and effect - jack in the box for example
Things that stack, sort, etc. Mommy has been reading a lot about Montessori education and it seems sorting plays a huge part!
Mostly, he wants you to read him a story, play paddy-cake, and be patient with him while he tries to figure out how to be a mature well-behaved boy in this crazy crazy world.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
First, we burned the image using a carbon-ized Xerox copy of something I crafted using clip art and Microsoft Publisher. I had forgotten that having to stick those sponges between where you want to ink is a pain. When I designed the wedding invites I was reading about Gocco projects EVERYDAY and really had a better understanding of how to fool proof the process. This time it was more guess and check. Here is our sponged master:
Our little lemon drop is turning onePlease join us for some birthday funFor arts and crafts with a lemony twistWear citrus colors if you can't resist!!!
Here is the ink all spread out post smush.
And there are some of our original 50 invites...
Thursday, March 1, 2012
- He is a full fledged walker. He walks everywhere until he wants to pick up the pace and then its back down on all fours. He like to walk like the baby of Frankenstein and it is so freaking cute.
- He signs! I have meaning to tell you all about the afternoon he looked me straight in the face and sign "milk". "Are you saying you want milk Zayd?" I had been signing it at least three meals a day for 10.5 months and I was SHOCKED when he signed it back. It takes a lot of guess work out of our interactions.
- He is a terror. You will see below. The way I used to LOVE taking him everywhere with me has hit a bump this month (this week, really). He is just soooo active. And he wants to walk; the baby seat in a cart is no longer cutting it. He wants to push the cart. AND HE DOESN'T WANT YOUR HELP. Gosh mom!
- He laughs. Real little boy belly laughs. Peekaboo is still the best bet to get him really cracking up. It makes up for the never-sitting-still issues.
- He has stranger danger. He doesn't just pass from person to person anymore. Half the time I can't pass him to Sam. We are working through it. :)
- He is skinny. Really really skinny. Its all the running around.
- You will notice that this month there are a ton more pictures sans-hat.
Doing what we do best - gardening.