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

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

Sweet Sweet Sleep with Mommy’s Bliss! {Review}

Now that we’ve moved into our new home, we are no longer co-sleeping. My son has his own room, with a big boy bed, and that’s where he sleeps. It’s been quite a transition for him, and most nights, he has trouble winding down. That’s why I was so grateful to Mommy’s Bliss for offering me the opportunity to review their Sweet Slumber Sleep Set. (FYI – some of the links below are affiliate links. Click and support PGM! Thanks!)

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The products in Sweet Slumber Sleep Set use extracts of lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang, which are known to aid in relaxation, to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep. And, all of the Sweet Slumber products are free of parabens and harsh chemicals, so you can feel good about using them on your little one’s sensitive skin.

Our bedtime routine starts with a bath and Sweet Slumber Baby Wash. This is a 3 in 1 body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath, but we mostly use it as a bubble bath because there are SO MANY BUBBLES! My 2.5 year old just loves it! The subtle scent is not overwhelming like a lot of other lavender-scented kids products, and it doesn’t seem to irritate my son’s eyes (though I don’t see that it specifies “tear-free” anywhere.)

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After bath time, I put his pajamas on (it’s summer, so just a t-shirt and wool shorts over a diaper), and give his legs and feet a quick massage with Sweet Slumber Massage Cream. I didn’t use a lot of lotion on him as an infant, so this step has taken some getting used to on his part, but now he wants to put it on himself! I don’t notice the lavender scent so much with this product. I think it smells a bit like sunscreen personally, but it’s definitely not a bad smell. It’s very easy to apply – nice and silky, not at all greasy, which is awesome!

While Daddy gets his teeth brushed and they pick out a story, I spray a bit of Sweet Slumber Mist on his pillows and blanket. This is my favorite product of the three…I even use it on my own bed! It’s a very fine mist, and doesn’t seem to leave any residue on his bedding. The smell doesn’t stick around that long, though, so I recommend spraying it on right before bedtime.

Sweet Dreams!

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I am very pleased with the Sweet Slumber Sleep Set. It has made bedtime at our house calmer, and my son seems to sleep more soundly! If you’re looking for tips on a good night’s sleep, Mommy’s Bliss has created a slideshare called Ten Steps to Help Your Baby Sleep Better. It’s obviously targeted toward infants, but some of the tips can apply to toddlers, as well.

You can find these and other great Mommy’s Bliss products at your local pharmacy, or online at Amazon.com.

{I was sent a Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Set in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am an affiliate blogger for Amazon.com. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Yummi Pouch Makes Snack Time Fun for All Ages!

My son loves those little baby food pouches, and most days, giving him one of those pouches is the only way I can guarantee that he got at least one serving of anything green. (Toddlers are picky…amiright?!)

But after the Plum Organics recall, and the Earth’s Best scare (those are the brands we purchased most), I started to get very concerned about what exactly IS in those pouches after all…

Yummi Pouch to the rescue! They sent me a few samples to review from their reusable pouch line, and they are awesome!

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Here are just some of the great features of Yummi Pouch!

  • Each pouch holds up to 2.5, 6, or 10 ounces of your favorite homemade smoothies and blended snacks.
  • Food grade material is BPA-, PVC-, phthalate-free. Dishwasher safe, just expand the bottom and stand upside down over the prongs.
  • Freezer safe.
  • Reusable and recyclable.
  • Great for healthy, on the go snacks.
  • Easily fillable through the reinforced, leak proof zipper seal.
  • Backed by our 30 day product guarantee.

Little man (age 2) preferred the 6 oz. pouch.  He liked the fun colors (“I want blue pouch”), and it was the perfect size for a snack.  The smaller (2.5 oz) pouch didn’t hold enough food for him, but would be great for a younger baby just starting solids.  The larger (10 oz) pouch was MY favorite for an on-the-go smoothie!

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I was a little concerned about the zipper seal, but we didn’t have any problems with it opening on any of the pouches.  The trick is to make sure you don’t have any food stuck in the seal, otherwise it won’t close tightly.  (I recommend using a small funnel when filling your pouches – it makes it much easier!)  I really love how easy these pouches are to clean.  Rinse them out, pop them in the dishwasher, and they’re ready for next time!

Want to try a Yummi Pouch for yourself? Use promo code YPSAVE10 to save 10% off any order!

And be sure to follow Yummi Pouch on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes and more!

{Yummi Pouch provided me with a set of reusable food pouches in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Create Customized Children’s Games with TinyTap

**This is a review written for TinyTap. No compensation was received.

Over the past couple of weeks, Little Man and I had a chance to test out a new app for iPhone and iPad called TinyTap. TinyTap is a unique app, because not only does it offer educational games for your child, you can create customized games for your family using your own text, photos and voice!

The app comes pre-loaded with a few games already, one of which (“Who is bigger?”) became an instant favorite in our house!

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There are a lot of other games available to download, created by people just like you! (Bonus: Most are FREE!)

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You can also search for games by language and/or age, which makes it easy to find all sorts of games for your child’s skill level.

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But how do you create your OWN game? It’s super easy! On the home screen, select “create a game”. You’ll be taken to a blank canvas with several options. Here you can import photos from your camera, Dropbox, or use stock images from the TinyTap app.

I decided to create a counting game for my son, so I didn’t want to overwhelm him with images or colors. I left the background white and added black text. The next step is to add sound to the game. Again, there are several options to choose from, but I figured “Ask a Question” fit the best with what I was trying to achieve. With this selection, I was able to record a question, an answer, and what would play if a mistake was made. From here, you can continue adding slides until your game is complete!

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Even at 2 years old, my son had so much fun with the TinyTap App on our iPad! The app is geared towards kids from ages 1-12, so I’m sure it would be a fun activity to add to your traditional preschool or homeschooling curriculum.

TinyTap is available for download now on the App Store! There are also 12 individual games currently available for Android devices (just search for “Tinytap” in the Google Play Store), and the rest of the TinyTap games and game creation capabilities are coming soon!

{This is a review written for TinyTap. I received no compensation for sharing this information. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Look who’s TWO!

Little man –

We celebrated your second birthday this past weekend. (Just a small get-together with family, but you had a blast!) Oh, how are lives have changed of the past couple of years…

I just can’t believe how much you have grown up since your first birthday! You are a SUPER active kid, and you talk ALL. THE. TIME. (I have NO idea where you get that from! lol) You are definitely more social than I imagine your father and I were at this age. It’s really fun to see you interacting with other kids. A few days ago, when I dropped you off at daycare, you went right up to another boy in your class and said “HI!” and waved! It was so cute!

You love being outside, playing with trucks or a ball, and playing “fetch” with the dogs. You are quite artistic, too! Your finger paints of choice are applesauce or yogurt…all over the table…and any other furniture you manage to touch on the way to the sink to get cleaned up.

I’m so excited to see what adventures the next year has in store!

I love you SO much!

~ Mommy

What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

Current stats: {as of 9/30/13}

weight: 29 lb.
height: 34 in.

Shorts: 18 months {I imagine 18 month PANTS would be too short now, though.}
Shirts: 24 months-2T
Shoes: Size 6
Diapers (when he’s in disposables): Size 4

Foods:
Likes – Cheese, chicken, applesauce, strawberries
Dislikes – Red meat, most veggies (unless I hide them in something else)

24 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can name at least six body parts on a doll – Yep
  • Half of speech is understandable – Definitely
  • Can make short sentences – Been there, done that!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Starts talking about self – BTDT
  • Can arrange things in categories – Kind of.
  • Can walk down stairs – Yep

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Begins to understand abstract concepts like sooner and later – Not really.
  • Becomes attuned to gender differences – I don’t think he’s there just yet.
  • Learns to jump – YES! That’s why my in-laws got him a TRAMPOLINE!

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Wordless Wednesday – A boy and his dog #ww #hugadobie

My little guy and his favorite dog. Dobermans have such a bad rep, but they really are fantastic family dogs! 😀

Wordless Wednesday – Strawberry Monster!

This kid LOVES his “tawbedies”!

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