Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Worth is 8 Months Old!

Our darling boy is almost 9 months old! This last month has flown by.

One of the most exciting changes in the last month is that I transitioned from working Full-Time to Part-Time. Starting March 1, I'm now working 3 days per week. I have 2 extra days with my little love each week and it has been amazing! We were having a hard time balancing spending time with Worth, working and just doing life... you know, the cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. Just having the 2 extra days at home has made a huge difference. Worth and I have a new routine of meal planning, grocery shopping, walking to the park, visiting the library... He's the best lil' sidekick!

Worth is finally stably sitting up! We actually were waiting and waiting for him to sit up so we could do his "6 month" pictures. They finally happened at 8 months old, haha. We should be getting the pictures from the photographer this weekend. I'm so excited to see them!

My alarm clock one Saturday
(he was ready to rock at 6:15am - zzzzzzz)

My sweet Valentine

Sitting up with his doggie

Worth also had his first school pictures:
He's 7 1/2 months in these pictures! Adorable!!

I have loved every second of seeing Worth's personality develop. He's silly and talkative and sweet and a pretty easy going guy. The only thing we're really struggling with is napping. I have to admit, I'm not really helping. Instead of really working with Worth to take naps in his crib, I have been napping with him in my bed. :) I know, I know... not a good habit. But, I'll take my snuggles when I can get them. He's only little for so long! We can work on napping next month.

Sleepy lil' pumpkin in mama's bed

We LOOOOVE bath time. Kitchen sink or tub... it doesn't matter. 
He loves it.

Meal times are a lot of fun. Worth is definitely starting to develop his preferences for food. He LOVES fruit (especially bananas, strawberries, and plums) and gnawing on pizza crust and of course, puffs. (What baby doesn't like puffs?!) He used to eat veggies often, but now is not loving them as much. Most of the time we just plop food on his tray and let him have at it... he'd rather just bang his spoon around, so he's eating mostly with his hands and it gets pretty messy! He's almost got the pincer grasp down and will look for the things he likes on his tray and move the things he doesn't like out of the way.

Yogurt is one of the messiest foods!

Sitting at the table eating a snack at school. He's getting so big!

Puff picnic in the sunshine!

We've had some volatile weather this month. Sunshine and 70 degrees one day and 15 inches of snow the next. On the nicer days, we try to get to the park as often as possible. Worth loves to swing and Nick and I love watching the joy on his face and hearing his giggles when he swings. It's a win/win.

We've continued our weekly pictures. 
Worth is turning out to be quite the ham!

32 weeks old

33 weeks old

34 weeks old

silly boy before bed - 35 weeks old

our lucky charm - 36 weeks old

I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I am so thankful to be W's mama. My little pumpkin! My sweet sunshine! Being a mother has been everything I hoped it would be. Even the simple things like walking to the park or looking in the mirror or eating dinner are 1,000,000,000 times better and more fun because I have my sweet family to share it with. Nicholas is the best daddy and husband. I'm grateful that because of his hard work, I'm able to have the flexibility to work part-time.

My boys and me. My whole heart.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Worth is 7 Months Old!

Our sweet boy is 7 months old! We are loving every second of it. Worth started army crawling a few days after he turned 6 months old... and he's FAST. We definitely can't take our eyes off of him for a second. 

One of the biggest changes is that Worth has been eating solids in the last month. We are quasi-doing Baby Led Weaning... Worth's first taste of food was pureed sweet potatoes, but we also give him whatever we're eating and we let him feed himself for the most part. His favorite foods are roasted carrots, pears, strawberries, broccoli and pizza crust.  He also loves rice flour teething wafers that we found at Target! His least favorite food has been.... gosh, I can't think of anything. Probably Salisbury steak, but he still ate some of it. It is so fun watching him eat and figure it all out. In the last month he has gotten way better at getting food into his mouth. It is still a messy process though!

Worth has been a great sleeper lately. We set a bedtime routine and have stuck with it, so I think that's helped. Dinner is at about 6:00-6:30p depending on what time we get home from work and if I already have something prepared. After dinner, it's bath time. Worth just moved out of his newborn tub and it sitting in a bath seat now. He LOVES it... he seems so proud of himself! He loves to kick his legs and splash around. 

After he's all cleaned up, it's time for jammies, songs and stories then his bedtime snack (mama's milk!). He's zonked out by 7:30p. Typically, he'll sleep until 6am and I'll pull him into bed with me for cuddles before it's time to get up for work and school. 

He sleeps on his tummy 99% of the time now... and lately, he's been sticking his booty up - adorable!

We've had some amazing weather this winter and have taken advantage of being outside when we can. Worth got Daddy this awesome hiking baby carrier for his birthday, and we finally had nice enough weather to try it out. We explored Red Rocks Amphitheater and a couple of the trails surrounding it.

Can you spot Nicholas, Worth and Cricket on the stage?

Twins in their bright blue!

Worth had a blast in the carrier. He loved looking around and was talking/yelling and blowing bubbles the whole time he was in there. It was hilarious. 

Our little Colorado native was a good luck charm for the Broncos this year... they won the Super Bowl! Worth was also lucky at squares... he won lots of money for his college tuition savings!

He gives the sweetest open-mouthed kisses!

My boys.

My little snuggle bunny! 
He doesn't sleep like this very often any more (tear), but when he does... all plans are cancelled and I don't move!

Worth and Cricket are turning out to be quite the pair! She is the sweetest with him! Cricket will let Worth pet her and play tug-o-war with her toys. She is very gentle with him and doesn't get territorial over her toys or bones at all. Worth is just obsessed with her. He looks for her first thing in the morning and will stop eating (or playing, or whatever) if he hears her walk into the room. Worth is just mesmerized by her. She is loving that he is eating solid foods and parks herself right underneath his highchair at dinner time!

I though for sure Worth was getting his first tooth this month... he's been drooling like crazy and was acting fussier than normal for a couple days. But, he still has a darling toothless grin. My favorite!

twenty-eight weeks old.

twenty-nine weeks old.

thirty weeks old.

thirty-one weeks old.

Worth's personality is really starting to shine. He's a happy, easy baby. He smiles and giggles at the most random things... especially loud noises that kind of scare him. He freezes for a second then just cracks up! The only time I've actually seen him scared/weary of something was toward our friend Bonnie's dog... a dachshund! He isn't scared of Cricket or Bear, another friend's giant labradoodle, but the wiener dog was apparently untrustworthy. Hah!

 The one thing guaranteed to make Worth smile: his Daddy! 
This little guy LOVES his Daddy.

No teeth yet!

While I do enjoy working and having the extra income, it has been so hard to have less time with this adorable pumpkin. The evenings go by so fast (especially with our 45 min to 1 hour commute home) and the weekends fly by. Working has made me really appreciate and savor every moment with this little guy. And, thankfully, I still go see him at least 4 days per week during lunch. Those extra 30 minutes of extra cuddles and nursing over lunch are so special!

Our crawlin', gigglin', eatin' 7 month old. 

We prayed and wished for this baby for a long, long time. 
And, although it was in His own time, 
God blessed us with the most amazing little boy. 
We are so thankful that he is ours.