Toddler Milestone Surprise with a Toy Car

Last week Liam showed me that he has been learning new skills I did not know he could do! Below is a video showing you the joys of motherhood. I am also doing a quick review of the toy with a 12 month old boy. Eventually I will update this as the months go by while he continues to learn how to use this toy.

Huiletoys 516 Fruit Car gifted by Second Cousin Lacey and Family 

Features about this toy:

  • This is a nice quality learning toy. I love that it not only teaches shapes and color, but also food, numbers, and letters.
  • Inside three of the six shapes is a fruit that matches the color and a shape on the top that starts with that food.
  • The other three have the numbers 1-3 on the top with a fruit inside as well. Example: letter B goes with the yellow banana.
  • The hatchback trunk opens up and teaches children how to open and close.
  • The toy plays music and moves around when you turn it on using the switch on the bottom of the car. You also have an option to turn off the music while it moves.

Negatives:

  • The one thing I did notice that was off is in the second picture below: the 3 on the heart is backwards, so you would need to put the heart upside down to show that it is a 3.
  • When looking around to see where my cousin got this toy, I see it is not easy to get as in it is not in local stores. It is not an American toy so you must order online. I found a site that sells it here.


Thoughts about the toy: This is one of the toys that Liam plays with the most. He loves to put the shapes in his mouth or shake the shapes to hear the fruit hit the plastic to create noise. He also likes to push the car around. I love to also interact with him to teach him to put the shapes in the right hole and eventually teach him about the other features like the colors or numbers.
I will update later once we get batteries of the movement and music feature mentioned above. Here is a youtube video demonstrating it. I will film my own video to share of Liam playing with it as it drives around soon.

Video Demonstrating the shape learning with Liam(12 months old) for the first time:

What has your child learned recently? What toys do you play with your one year old?

A Special Weekend Visit from Virginian Family

Nana and Paw Paw Stone, and Uncle Spencer came to visit earlier this month. They have not seen Liam in person since he was two weeks old! At that time he was so tiny and so new. It was such a joy to see them all together with Liam again. Everyone ate up the cuteness.

Here are some pictures that showed how much we all enjoyed the weekend together. Until next time!

Friday Zoo and Lunch Adventure

 

Saturday Snoqualmie Falls and Lunch Adventure 

Having us all together was a joy and the memories we created will stay with me. Liam loved the attention and love. These photos will be very fun to look back on and share with Liam when he is older.

What are some family adventures you have been on recently?

Reflections While Nursing a Toddler

Breastfeeding is an amazing journey full of cuddles, giggles, baby hair sniffing, pain, exhaustion, sacrifice, and pride. As I start to lean towards the weaning process it makes me both happy and sad.
I want my body back yet I enjoy the closeness we share. I want my space back yet I love the look he gives me. I want my time again yet I love how I can always make him feel better. I want my sleep yet I love his hand grasping my shirt.
This experience has taught me many things. Many things that I need to either work on or things that are out of my control. Breastfeeding is something you must give into completely. It is something that is a complete sacrifice. And I believe it is worth every tear, every wake up, and every pound they gain.

Breastfeeding is the prime example of a love/hate relationship. You learn that it becomes your whole life. You learn people will have advice or opinions that they will share regardless of your standpoint. You learn you second guess yourself even though your gut is always right.

You learn your not the person you once were. You were selfish and you could do things on your own time. You are now a mother. You know must let go of just thinking of yourself. Breastfeeding is your life. But it does not consume it if you learn to embrace it as a part of you not all of you.

As I go into toddlerhood, I have many thoughts of when I want to end the breastfeeding relationship. Today you have so many options or advice on what you should or should not do. There are many factors that can come into play as to why someone wants to wean their child of breastfeeding. There is no set timeframe and honestly, there should be no pressure to stop. I am now okay with slowly weaning and once again going with the flow. That has seem to work well with most things this past year. When I start to stress out about it or try to push it, tension or stress happens with Liam and it does not goes as well. Patience is key to anything. Just like having patience with mealtime, I am having patience with the weaning process. The glorious virtue that I need to work on the most is testing me daily.

Breastfeeding a toddler makes you feel like a pro however can also make you feel like you are controlled by it. But as the days go by the nursing is less and less. And I am going to enjoy every moment because someday I will miss the bonding with just Liam and me. I am going to miss the one thing I can have with him. I will also enjoy having my space. It is bittersweet.

When did you stop nursing and why?

mumsie Daily Facial Mosturizer Review

*  I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Influenster has done it again with sending me a product that I would love. This product not only has helped my dry skin, it has also protected it from the sun. 

My Thoughts and Details  on the Product

  • I love the fact it is available at my favorite store Target!
  • Affordable.
  • The texture is not too watery nor thick. It feels soft and smooth.
  • It gives my skin a nice soft glow. 
  • I have worn this for many hours in the sun and did not burn. *Take into consideration that everyone’s skin is different.*
  • I love that you only need to use a few dots to get the job done.
  • You can also use it all over not just your face. 
  • It is gentle on children!
  • I love that it smells like citrus.
  • The pump is perfect for mess free application. 
  • The pump is also great for avoiding over use.

About Mumsie 

mumsie® was developed to meet the unique skincare needs of women throughout all phases of pregnancy and beyond. mumsie products are innovative, effective, healthy, natural and safe for both mom and baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding. each product in the mumsie range is cosmeceutical grade, contains natural and organic ingredients, and is void of harmful or irritating chemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and dyes, never tested on animals. several of them are produced in our 100% solar-powered facility in southern california.

I recommend to anyone who is looking for a nice, effective daily moisturizer that not only replenishes the skins moisture level but also protects it from the sun to pick this up at your local store!

-Kristina 

 

Liam is One and A Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party

As I reflect over the past year, I feel so blessed to have this little guy. I feel blessed for his health, his personality, and blessed to have his father/ my husband Ben by my side. The past year has been a learning experience of going with the flow and transforming into a mother. It is transitioning to not only from being a wife, but caring for another who needs me more. Being a mother has many challenges and you have to adjust to a new life, a new way of thinking, and a new way of approaching things. It is appreciating your life even during the darkest moments in the middle of the night. It is being happy even when your little one is not. Being a mother has its joys and proud moments. When you see your child learn something new for the first time is the best feeling in the world. The cuddles and the kisses. The laughter and the smiles. The soft skin and little toes. The silliness and the goofiness. It is the little things that make the day amazing. The quiet moments that create the bond. My life the past year has changed so much and I am so happy to have this little family of mine.

Liam at Birth and Now

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What I have learned this past year

  1. I am stronger than I thought.
  2. Patience does not come naturally to me, however this past year has shown me I MUST work harder to have it.
  3. The motherly instinct does kick in when you have your child.
  4. Babies do not get spoiled, they are loved.
  5. Babies will sleep however they like no matter what you do.
  6. The bond or love you have for your child is stronger than any other love.
  7. Motherhood is a crazy ride of emotions that brings out the worse in you if you let it, but brings out the best in you to.
  8. Having a life to take care of is the scariest thing and you try not to think about the possibilities.
  9. You will worry about your child for the rest of your life.
  10. I have never been more proud of myself because taking care of a child is hard, amazing, and confusing at times!
  11. Making it a habit to not look things up on the internet and just go with your gut.
  12. Listen to my husband because he is smart and is usually right.
  13. Balance is key to surviving life.
  14. Hardships make you better if you let it.
  15. Children are in awe of you and watch your every move!

 

Liam’s Development This Past Month

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Walking

  • Liam is a full time walker now. He does occasionally crawl, but it up running around exploring!
  • He does fall all the time, however has pretty good balance.

Teeth

  • His two top teeth finally cut through this past month.
  • He has been cranky because of the teething.
  • He had some rough times crying because of teething pain.

Exploration

  • He loves to walk all over the place and find rocks, shoes, cords, or anything that he should not put in his mouth.
  • He crawls under things and hide.

Listening to Mommy and Daddy

  • Liam does a good job most of the time listening to a command or when being corrected.
  • Liam does have more of a tantrum moment when he does not want to leave something or when I have to take something away he should not have. But it only lasts a few seconds.

Personality

  • He is usually a very happy guy and will make silly faces.
  • He is so sweet and also can be a crazy monster to; as in growl and whack you for fun.
  • He is adorable when he sees Mittens the cat or his cousin Aria. He makes the cutest sound when they are in sight.
  • He dances to music and loves it when we sing.
  • He hums to himself often especially when he is tired.
  • He cuddles a little more now, but is usually on the go.
  • He is getting a little attitude when being corrected, however is quickly gone when I distract him.
  • He is so silly per usual and will make the funniest noises or faces.

Sleep

  • He still does not sleep through the night!
  • Most nights he is up about 2-3 times.
  • He is up about 1-2 times before 12am and then usually wakes maybe once after and then up between 6-8.
  • He still nurses at night.
  • He takes really great naps that are usually about two hours. He takes 1-2 naps a day depending on the day.

Breastfeeding

  • We still breastfeed. I use to use an app called Baby Feed that currently says I have been nursing on the left side for 1050:35:05 so that just shows how long I have not been using it to track the feedings and left on the tracker since July 11th. I do not know how long he goes between feedings anymore. I nurse on demand and he does nurse less.
  • I do not know when we will officially stop breastfeeding, but I will be slowly weaning him.
  • We just introduced a sippy cup to him a few days ago with water and I am going to start giving him cow’s milk soon. A large part of me is sad and does not want to transition him, but it will be nice to have my body back.

Milestones

  • Liam learned to clap this month! He finally mimicked me when singing If You’re Happy and You Know It.
  • He also started to stomp his feet during the song to!
  • He also waves, but does not always do it on demand.
  • He follows directions sometimes. He “gave” food to Paw Paw during FaceTime when he asked him to.

Things that interested Liam this month

  • When walking outside Liam loves to touch rocks.
  • Liam prefers to walk on the sidewalk or rocks rather the grass.
  • He loves to play in the dirt and feels around with his hands.
  • When he feels something crackle or make noise on the ground while he is walking, he stomps on it repeatedly.

Other

  • He has not been to his one year appointment yet, but I will edit his size and weight here.
  • He may be growing out of his size 4 diapers because he leaks at night again.
  • He is in size 12 months clothes. He can fit into his 9 months, but I use 12 months.

 

Liam’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party

Decorations and Food

Family and Friends

Opening Presents

Special Present from Grammie and Grandpa McPhail

This is the rocking chair I got on my first birthday party. My parents put it back together for Liam! The padding is new and is so soft. Thank you again, mom and dad!

Eating cake

A special thank you for all of those who helped, hung out, and made Liam’s First Birthday fun and memorable!

Gifts from Nana and Paw Paw Stone & Uncle Bert and Spencer

They sent two packages of gifts full of 18 months clothes, toys, and a Olive Garden gift card for mom and dad. The note said, “For surviving your first year” haha.

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This whole year has been a fun ride as well as a learning experience that will keep on going. Thank you to all who have helped us throughout the year and made Liam happy. We love you all!

-Kristina 

 

Milestones at 11 Months Old

This past week Liam has shown us two things that are new to his development! He surprises us every time. He puts smiles on our face and reminds me that he is not a baby anymore. He is transforming into a toddler!

Waving

Liam starting waving last week. It is not always on cue. It usually happens when he is playing or sitting. He will mimic sometimes. It was so adorable when he did it for the first time. He is catching onto things so fast now!

Following directions

The other day, Liam, Ben and I were on FaceTime with Ben’s parents. While Nana and Papa were talking with Liam as he ate sitting in his highchair, I believe it was Papa who asked Liam if he could share. Liam held up what he was holding up to the phone. It was so sweet and shocked us all. He is doing little things like this now and it is amazing watching your child develop.

He makes us smile all the time by how smart he is and the new things he does. Can you believe he will be ONE in just nine days?! I sure cannot.

What are some new things your child has done recently?

-Kristina

 

Teething the Second Time Around

Teething the second time around is like hitting your funny bone again, on the same exact spot. It hurts more and you are Mr. Jackel and Hyde.

That is how teething for Liam has been the second time around. The symptoms are the same, yet enhanced. Liam will go from all smiles to a crying mess within seconds. He has more crying fits that are longer and needs more physical interaction with me. Nursing is more often in small intervals.

The interesting thing this time around is that he actually sleeps better than he has been in a while!

Here are some of my tips that have helped us through this difficult time: 

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  • Nursing always helps when Liam is crying and cannot calm down.
  • The Nuby Teething Keys that have been in the freezer help a lot.
  • We use Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets-these take a bit to kick in, but does the trick.
  • Distractions help a lot.
  • Taking him out of the house for walks or another environment besides the house helps!
  • Night times are when it is worse, right before bed or after his nap, so have your teething aids ready beforehand, like teething rings in freezer a few hours before.
  • He likes to chew on textured toys.

Symptoms that he was teething again:

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His two top teeth are cutting
  • Excessive drooling is the first to show
  • Eating his hands and always having something in his mouth
  • Very moody going from happy to upset in seconds
  • Grumpy
  • Sensitive
  • Has a hard time going down for bed
  • does not listen has well as he once did when correcting him

Common things that we did not experience:

  • not sleeping well
  • fevers

When did he start teething again?

Ten months old and has been trying to pop these teeth for weeks but less than a month

What are some things you use to help during teething?

-Kristina