June 30, 2015

4th of July Crafty Playdate

 Last Friday, Fox invited some of his besties over to make some fun 4th of July crafts!
It was such a fun afternoon with friends, but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
 I made some 4th of July Cupcakes and we had some Fruit for the babies.



Apparently it takes three grown ups to get one decent handprint! :)

Some of the 4th of July onesies we made. It was hard to get the babies to open their hands for a hand print, but the shirts turned out cute nonetheless. I can't wait to see all of the babies wearing them!

 It was a hot day (like every other day in Phoenix between May and October), so we let the kids cool off in the kiddie pool.



All the moms and babies! Love these ladies!

After a while it got too hot out, so we moved inside to play for a little while. 

We had a blast and hope to make this an annual thing! 

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June 28, 2015

Fox | 13 Month Pictures

 Fox is 13 months old! 

Obviously, I'm way late with this post, but better late than never. Here's what Mr. Fox was up to during his thirteenth month of life!

For his first birthday, he received a small orange tree from his great-grandparents. They came over one afternoon to help him plant it and showed him how to water it. 
This experience must have been very special to him, because he remembers exactly what to do and drags his watering cans to the orange tree regularly and pretends to water it.

Also for his 1st Birthday, he received this 4-Wheeler from his grandparents. It's battery operated and Fox knows exactly how to push the button to get it to move. It's one of his favorite toys!
He is a little daredevil though, riding it backwards & standing up and on one leg!

We went to the Butterfly Wonderland one weekend, it's a huge atrium with literally thousands of butterflies, it's just beautiful!




Another weekend favorite: The Children's Museum!




One afternoon after work, I made some edible finger paints to let Fox draw on a canvas. It didn't keep his attention for very long, but his canvas turned out beautifully and we'll try again in a few months.






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June 21, 2015

Fox | 13 Month Update

Haven't weighed him this month.

Won't find out until his 15 month appointment!

He had a little cold this month, stuffy/runny nose and a little cough but thankfully got over it quickly. 

Big Honey, Bubba, Schatzi, Bubbles, Mr. Fox, Foxy, Pumpkin, Poodle

I weaned Fox the day before he turned 13 months old. I weaned over the course of three weeks, I started out by replacing his naptime bottle with whole milk, a week later I stopped nursing him in the mornings and gave him a bottle of milk instead and a week after that I did the same at night. I wasn’t ready to wean, but I think he was. He got really excited whenever he saw the bottle, so the transition was easy. That last night was hard for me, knowing this will be the last time ever to nurse my baby and the anticipation to that night was even worse, but I’m fine with it now. I still get to hold and rock him every night, I don’t have to watch what I’m eating and drinking and not having to pump at work anymore is just awesome. I hated pumping. I hope that one day I get another chance to nurse another one of my babies and I’m really proud of myself on how far I made it. One of my biggest worries during my pregnancy was if I would be able to breastfeed. It was a rough road in the beginning and pumping at work was annoying, but I’m so glad that I made it!

Other food has been a struggle lately. For about three weeks this month Fox was a really picky eater and would barely eat anything, to the point that I got really worried. I had read that appetite decreases when babies are teething and this was definitely the case with Fox. He wouldn’t even eat his favorite foods. Luckily, we all made it to the other side and he’s been doing much better now.  

This month was rough! Fox not only got his last bottom middle tooth, but he also got 4 molars, one after the other! Ouch! It started on our San Francisco trip and we had a week of restless night with frequent wakings. He was chewing on anything he could get his hands on (anything but food) and drooled like crazy. All things considered, he took it like a champ though and was barely cranky at all. He has 12 teeth now, 4 on top, 4 on the bottom and 4 molars!   

Like I mentioned, we had a couple of weeks of terrible sleep, but he went back to normal afterwards, sleeping from 7-7:30pm to 5:30-6am. Mornings have been killing us. He used to sleep much longer, but nowadays he barely sleeps longer than 5:30am. The problem is not that I’m tired, I’m up anyway, but I start work at 5am each morning (from home) and it definitely threw off my routine, but I’m hoping his sleep will improve again. We tried putting him down later and taped cardboard in front of his windows (Redneck Blackout Shades), but it hasn’t made a difference. Talking to my other Mom friends, it seems like almost all of the babies wake between 5-6 as well.

Size 4

12-18 months

Fox learned how to give kisses this month and it’s the sweetest thing. Although it’s not really a kiss, he just bows his had down or toward you, so you can kiss him…haha. He also does it to Cosie, stuffed animals or books, but if you ask him for “ein Kuss bitte” (a kiss, please – Katie and I both use the german phrase for it), he will most likely not do it on command.

He also started to pet Cosie which is oh so cute. He is always so proud of himself when he does it and gets the biggest smile. Cosie will tolerate his not so gentle pets (still working on that) because Fox feeds him from his highchair tray! ;)

Fox loves to play hide and seek, it’s his favorite thing right now. He always hides in his fort (aka under the kitchen table) and we walk around it, asking where he is and when you look underneath, he laughs and laughs and then runs away. This game can go on forever, he loves it!

Dog, Cat, More, Ball, Danke (the german word for Thank you)
Music and dancing (his favorite song is “Hoppe Hoppe Reiter” – german song), being outside, other babies and children, sleeping on his side and stomach, Cosie, bath time (only when we allow him to stand up in the bath tub), having his mommies attention, watching videos of himself, baby puffs, hummus, smoothies, yoghurt melts and any kind of carbs, cell phones and remotes, walking, playing peek-a-boo, Roomba (vacuum robot), his stuffed animal Cat in the Hat, shaking his head (like he’s saying “no, no, no”), opening cabinets and drawers, his play kitchen, looking at pictures of Katie, me and himself on our picture wall, toy lawn mower, Baseball bats, ball popper, Watering cans, riding and sitting in his cozy coupe, being independent, running naked like a wild child in his room after his bath, splash pads, steps/stairs, drinking out of a straw, the Children’s Museum , the Aquarium, playing in the pool, his german Bauernhof (Farm) book (thank you Alison and Sabrina), playing hide and seek under our kitchen table, when his Mommies come home from work

The Sun (he sneezes and it makes him mad when it shines in his face), when we take something away from him, changing his diaper or getting dressed (basically anything where he is restrained), car rides, most food, kisses from our dog Cosie (I don’t blame him, he never quits!), when we leave in the morning (he recently started screaming bloody murder every morning and it’s so sad to watch), being held

Fun things we did:
This boy is still really busy while we’re at work: Story Hours at the Library, Baby Dance, Children’s Museum, Aquarium, Splash Pads…you name it, he’s doing it. Katie and I went a little crazy and now have Memberships to the Children’s Museum, Zoo, Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland and Gymboree. Heck, we even purchased a Lifetime Membership to a new Aquarium that’s going to open next year in Phoenix, it’s supposed to be the largest in the Southwest!

Fox loves to go out though, so it’s all good and Matthias enjoys taking him and we do too on the weekends or in the afternoons, when I’m off work.

We also had two weeks of swim classes this month (every day for two weeks), but that got old pretty fast and Fox hated it, but he enjoys playing in our pool when it’s just us.

We went to San Francisco and Sacramento for a week and spent a lot of time with family.

He’s getting so good at understanding us and responds to basic commands (command sounds so weird, like we’re training a dog, but I don’t know how else to describe it…haha). He definitely knows what he wants and is able to communicate it to us quickly (with sounds and pointing). 

What we’re looking forward to:
We’re invited to a few more first birthday parties this month and are looking forward to celebrate his little baby (I guess it’s time to call them toddlers now) friends.

We’re also hosting a 4th of July Crafty Playdate, where the babies (okok, toddlers) will help us make some fun 4th of July decorations/outfits…we’ll see how that one goes, but I can’t wait!

Lastly, we’re excited for some visitors in the next coming month! First, Matthias little sister (I think she’s 14) is visiting for two weeks from Denmark and then my friend Julia and her family from Tucson will spend a weekend with us…so fun!

June 20, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 24

 Day 162
Fun at the Children's Museum with his buddy Grayson

Day 163
We met our friends Tiffany and Harper at Gymboree

Day 164
We got a season pass for the Butterfly Wonderland Exhibit and hung out at the stingray pool after visiting with the butterflies.

Day 165
Another day at the Children's Museum. Fox is obsessed with these flowers, it's always the first thing he grabs when we get there. 

Day 166
Fox has been waking up at 5am for the last week, so we decided to try some blackout shades. This is our Redneck Version until we get better ones. FYI, they didn't help...haha. 

Day 167
Fox and I made some edible finger paints. Making the paint took about ten times longer than him actually painting, but he had fun while it lasted and created this beautiful canvas for us! 

Day 168
 Our stepping stone in the front yard got some company. I can't believe how much his little feet have grown in one short year! I miss those tiny feet!
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June 13, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 23

 Day 155
This boy loves his dogs. Everything is "dog" these days and he gets really excited whenever he sees one! Even if they're not real!

Day 156
Fox's great grandparents gave him a dwarf citrus tree for his birthday. They planted it together and showed him how to water it. Ever since, he is obsessed with his watering cans, carrying them all over the yard. I love the sweet smile he gave me at the end and him shaking his head, like he's going to do something he shouldn't be doing!

Day 157
Our local Aquarium had annual passes for sale last month and for $22.50, we couldn't resist. We went for the first time last weekend and it was just perfect for Fox. It's not super big, but also not crowded, dark and cool and Fox was able to run around and look at everything at his own pace. We loved it and see lots of visits there this summer!

Day 158
The grandparents came for a short visit! 

Day 159
It was Katie's grandma's birthday and we all went to dinner at the Hyatt. Fox wasn't to happy to sit in his high chair for two hours, so I took him outside and we played on their beautiful yard. He had so much fun climbing all of the stairs and trying to climb in their fountains! 

Day 160
My mom gave him this shirt a long time ago, it's actually underwear and came with some big boy undies, but we loved it as tank as well and who needs an undershirt when it's 110 degrees out? 

Day 161
 Another visit at the aquarium. He loved this little cave and is pointing at the fish in the aquarium above him!
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