December Baby – 14 months

Happy 14 months, sweet boy!

You are growing up so fast! You can now kick and throw a ball, which is lots of fun when playing with big brother and the dog!  You’re also becoming quite the little helper…you love to “sweep” with a broom. And, when you hear music, you dance (bouncing up and down). 

You have 8 teeth (4 on top and bottom). You’ll eat almost anything I put in front of you, but you love fruit the most (especially strawberries and blueberries).

I love you so much!

Mommy

14 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Eats with fingers – Yes
  • Empties containers of contents – Been there, done that.
  • Imitates others – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Toddles well – Been there, done that.
  • Initiates games – Not really
  • Points to one body part when asked – Nope
  • Responds to instructions (e.g., “give me a kiss”) – Not yet

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Uses a spoon or fork. – We’re working on it.
  • Matches lids with appropriate containers. – Not yet
  • Pushes and pulls toys while walking – Pushes – yes, still working on pulling

Eat More Veggies with Tommy’s Superfoods {Review}

** I was compensated for the following review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

This past week, my family and I have had the opportunity to try several different varieties of frozen vegetables from Tommy’s Superfoods.

The products are all-natural, non-GMO, gluten free, low-sodium, and many are vegan. All of them come in microwaveable steamer bags (which is how we heated them), but they can be done on a stovetop, as well. In all of our samples, the vegetables looked fresh (not wilted), and had a good flavor.

Root Fusion (Carrots, Beets, Apples, and Sweet Potatoes) – My one year old and I love sweet potatoes, so we really enjoyed this! Normally, I would expect a pairing of apples, beets, and sweet potatoes to be sweet…but this had a sage seasoning that was deliciously unexpected. I served it with leftover turkey breast, and it gave the meal a bit of a Thanksgiving vibe!

Super Greens (Spinach, Collard Greens, Kale, and Lemon Juice) – No one else in my family likes kale, so I was on my own here. I didn’t really notice a lot of seasoning on this one compared to the others, but it’s hard to mask the earthy taste of kale! I mixed it with a pasta dish though, and it was fabulous!

Vegetable Medley (Broccoli, Peas, and Carrots) – My 5 year old preferred this one. His only objection…”Too many green peas!” Hahaha This was an easy one to serve as a dinner side, because it’s all veggies that we eat pretty frequently.

Cauliflower and Green Beans – This was my husband’s favorite. He loved the cauliflower, and though he’s not usually a fan of cooked green beans, he said these were nice and crunchy.

Asparagus with Uncured Bacon (Asparagus, Carrots, Bacon, and Red Bell Pepper) – The asparagus was cooked well…not soggy like asparagus can get. I thought there would be a really obvious bacon flavor, but I didn’t really notice it at all. Still delicious, though. (The one year old kept sneaking some off my plate!)

The only sample we didn’t try was the brussels sprouts, because we’re just not big fans of them. But, I’m sure we would have been just as impressed with the taste and quality.

Tommy’s Superfoods frozen vegetables have definitely increased our veggie intake, and given us new options for meal times! Visit their website to see all of their products, check out new recipes, and find out where to buy Tommy’s Superfoods near you.

{I received six samples of Tommy’s Superfoods Frozen Vegetables in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.}

December Baby – 13 months

Happy 13 months, sweet boy! The last month has just flown by with the holidays! We celebrated three Christmases (one with each side of the extended family, and our own on Christmas day).

You have 7 teeth (4 on top, 3 on bottom), and can now feed yourself with your hands. You hate to be spoon-fed ANYTHING! You’re also no longer drinking formula or using bottles!

You can point to what you want, and shake your head “no”. You’re still a huge fan of toys with wheels, as well as containers you can take stuff in and out of.

It’s so much fun watching you grow up! I love you!

13 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Uses two words skillfully (e.g., “hi” and “bye”) – He says “go” and points.
  • Bends over and picks up an object – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Enjoys gazing at his reflection – Not that I’ve noticed
  • Holds out arm or leg to help you dress him – On rare occasion

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Combines words and gestures to make needs known – Just “go”, like I mentioned above.
  • Rolls a ball back and forth – Yep

Save Money with Green Home Upgrades

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Natural Bathroom Cleaning Tips

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December Baby – 12 months

Sweet Boy –

I can’t believe how fast this year went by. The saying, “The days are long, but the years are short.”, is so very true! You have grown so much this year…from a tiny 6 lbs newborn to a walking and babbling 12 month old with a little belly! You love to laugh and play with your big brother. Your favorite toys are anything with wheels.

You’re so much fun, and I’m so blessed that you are part of our family! I’m looking forward to year two!

Love,
Mommy

Current stats:

weight: 25 lb.
height: 30.25 in.

Pants: 12 months
Shirts/Onesies: 12-18 months
Shoes: Size 4
Diapers: Size 4
Teeth: 4 (2 on top, 2 on bottom)

Foods:
Likes – Turkey, bread, sweet potatoes, blueberries, strawberries
Dislikes – green peas

 

12 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Imitates others’ activities – A little
  • Indicates wants with gestures – Not yet

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Takes a few steps – More than a few…lol
  • Says one word besides “mama” or “dada” – “Uh Oh”

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Walks alone – Yep
  • Scribbles with a crayon – We haven’t tried this yet.
  • Says two words besides “mama” or “dada” – He just makes sounds. Nothing that really sounds like words to me.

 

See all of his first year:

Birth / One Month / Two Months / Three Months / Four Months / Five Months / Six Months / Seven Months / Eight Months / Nine Months / Ten Months / Eleven Months

December Baby – 11 months

Happy 11 months, big boy!

Less than one month until you turn ONE! I can’t even believe it!

It’s been a big month for physical development. You can stand on your own, and you took your first step a couple of weeks ago!

You now say “Uh oh”, “dada”, and “mama” (though not actually TO us yet). And you have 3 (going on 4) teeth.

Planning for your Winter ONEderland party has started! So excited to celebrate your big day (and eat some cake!)

I love you!

11 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Says “mama” or “dada” to the correct parent – Nope
  • Plays patty-cake and peek-a-boo
  • Stands alone for a couple of seconds
  • Cruises – Been there, done that.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Understands “no” and simple instructions
  • Puts objects into a container

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Says one word besides “mama” or “dada”
  • Stoops from standing position

5th Birthday Interview

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When my son was three, I decided that it would be fun to do an interview with him every year to see how his likes change as he grows. 🙂  (Links to the previous years at the bottom of this post.)

His answers are in bold, my comments are in parentheses/italics.

  • How old are you?: five
  • What makes you happy?: What makes me happy is when you let me go crazy.
  • What is your favorite animal?: Tigers, dogs, and lions.
  • What is your favorite color?: green
  • What is your favorite thing to eat?: yogurt
  • What is your least favorite thing to eat?: mustard
  • What is your favorite thing to do?: play Minecraft
  • What is your favorite TV show?: Pokémon and PJ Masks
  • What is your favorite movie?: Zootopia
  • What are you really good at?: drawing Pokémon
  • What is your favorite song?: the Pokémon song
  • What do you and Mom do together?: play games
  • What do you and Dad do together?: We do Pokémon battles.
  • What is your favorite book?: Pokémon XY
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?: Be the most goodest Pokémon drawer in the whole world!

Previous interviews: four / three

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