Saturday, September 29, 2012

Judah’s 1st Birthday Party

We had a small birthday party for Judah with family and only a few close friends.  The party was held at his Nini and Papaw’s house (Justin’s parents).  We chose to go with a monkey theme since we always call Judah our little monkey.


Even though Judah was not feeling very well on his party day, we believe that he had a good time.  Our goal with the party was to let Judah know that he is so special to many people that love him lots!


After most of our guests arrived, we began opening gifts.  Judah was blessed with a bunch of clothes and pj’s for the upcoming winter months as well as a bunch of new toys.  Justin and I got him a little couch that folds out into a nap mat type thing.  He LOVES it!


Next we sang “happy birthday” and let Judah dig into his cake!  On his first bite, he made a face like he wasn’t so sure about all that sweetness.  But he quickly decided it was yummy and went crazy with it.  He definitely has a sweet tooth like his momma and daddy!


We wanted to take pictures, but Judah wanted to share cake with Daddy!



For the rest of the party, everyone just visited and had cake and ice cream.  Judah really seemed to enjoy all of the attention and the fact that he had other kids around to play with.


Friday, September 21, 2012

12 months

Wow.  So this is it.  My baby boy is officially a one year old.  I could easily get super mushy on this post.  So many emotions.  The whole day I kept thinking, “at this time last year I was…….”.  It’s just crazy to think that it was a whole year ago.  It’s crazy to think about all of the growing and changing and learning that takes place in a single year.  I spent time looking back at our pictures from Judah’s birth and the weeks after, and honestly… I hardly remember that itty bitty baby.  Today he only vaguely resembles the newborn in those pictures.  I knew the year would fly by, but it went faster than I could have ever imagined.  I’m so very thankful that I could stay home with him during this time and really cherish every moment.  Even in the tough moments, I kept thinking to myself that I need to savor the moments because all too soon they will be a memory.


Anyway..  this post is really supposed to be an update on my Judah man.

On 8/27 he stood up by himself from a crawling position.  He has been walking everywhere all the time.  The guy was an immediate pro.  After only a few days he was trying to run!  He has started “dancing” when he hears music.  It’s soooo cute!  I cannot get enough of it.

Some of Judah’s current favorite activities:  pulling everything out of every cabinet he can find.  He also loves to “drum” on anything and with anything he can get his hands on.  I’m trying to teach him to be gentle before baby sister comes… but no luck so far!  He is a rough and tough little boy.IMG_7921_1bw-copy

His favorite toys lately have been balls, a little toolbox with tools in it, and stacking cups (he doesn’t stack them.. just bangs them together).

Our monkey is down to 2 or 3 7 ounce bottles each day.  We have tried every sippy cup on the market, and he simply prefers his bottles!  He will drink juice and water from a cup.. but throws a fit when we offer milk in a cup.  This will be something we work on in the coming months. 


Judah is talking and jabbering a ton.  I so wish I knew what he was saying.  The only “real” words he says are daddy, mama, and he has said “Nini” one time.

He is in 18 months shirts and pjs, but 12 month pants fit him best because of his height.  He is 31 inches long and weighs 25 pounds, 8 ounces.  He is in a size 4 shoe.  He really does not like wearing shoes, but we are working on that!  I want him to have shoes on at least when we are in public since he is walking around so much.


We had Judah’s birthday party about a week early on the 15th.  He had a great time, but apparently he came down with a virus that day.  He woke up from his nap before the party very grumpy and with a fever.  The fever hung around for a few days and went up to almost 104.  He also developed a rash over his entire body.  Little buddy was pitiful to say the least.  Justin and I were heartbroken and exhausted!  It was the first time Judah has been really sick, and we were all a mess over it.

Thankfully he is all better now.  We are happy to have our smiling bundle of joy back.. even if he is a toddler now instead of a baby.  I tell him all the time he will always be Momma’s baby!