Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Big 11 Month Old!

Mason turned 11 months old on Saturday, April 11th! We couldn't believe when that day arrived, and now here we are about to celebrate his first birthday and I haven't even posted the 11-month one! See, new mommies, how fast each month FLIES!?!?!? So, my advice, is every time your baby does something new or reaches some milestone, RECORD, RECORD, RECORD!! If you don't write it all down then you will forget! I was trying to tell someone when Mason started crawling and I couldn't even remember when it was! What?!?!! And it has just been a few weeks before they asked! Andrea was asking me when we started increasing how many ounces of milk Mason drinks so she could figure out when they should increase Luke's, and I had to consult Mason's baby book just to find out the answer. I'm so thankful for this book and I would have to say, I'm pretty proud of myself the way I've kept it up-to-date. You just have to make yourself sit down and do it so you don't forget one precious moment! Well, and it's soooo fun to do, so it's not like a boring chore! Now, who knows when it will have pictures all attached and cute little scrap-booky items, but at least there will be lots of pen throughout of the novels I'm writing! :)

All about my 11-month old baby, as narrated by Mason Thomas:

- I go to bed earlier now. No more staying up til 10:30 for me! I go sleepy around 9:45 pm and sleep until 8 am. Daddy rocks me sometimes. Mommy is rocking me more and more. She didn't do this when I was really little cuz she didn't want to spoil me, but now she realizes I'm getting bigger and older and wants to cuddle with me as much as she can. They push play on the CD player to turn on my favorite "Veggie Tales" cd and turn the fan & light on in the bathroom. Mommy still says the same prayer she has said every night of my life. I lay on my belly in the crib and stick my bottom up in the air. Mommy pats my bottom as she prays. I love all those things!

- I fight my naps now. I take one nap in the afternoon for about an hour and a half or so. Mommy wishes I would take two. When we are out and about though, I love to sleep in my car seat, and have no problem doing that! Mommy has a hard time getting as much stuff done during the day now because I am so full of energy! I always want to play and be entertained. My mommy says, "Oh the joys of having a little boy! :)"

- Once I started crawling at 9 months old, Mommy & Daddy cannot keep up with me! They always tell me "No!" because I am getting into stuff, especially the CD player in my room and the VCR and Daddy's box set of "Scrubs" in the living room.
- I stood up for the first time at my Uncle Mark's 50th birthday party Feb. 28. I will pull up on something and stand there, but no real cruising just yet. Poppa Jack likes to practice my walking skills with me, but I don't think I'm ready to do that just yet. Mommy says she is so glad! Every morning when I wake up, I stand right up in my crib and shake it violently.

- I eat table food like a pro! I can now pick up small bites of food with my thumb and pointer finger. I ate my first real banana on April 14, and green beans & carrots a few days later. Every time we go to a restaurant, Mommy takes in my little Safety First chair, ties it onto the big boy chair in te restaurant, and I have my own little seat & tray! Daddy puts pieces of bread on it for me to eat and is trying to teach me how to sip out of a straw. My new favorite thing is eating waffles at Waffle House with Poppa Jack & Nana Kay.

- I LOVE Little Puffs and eat a lot of them during church to keep my quiet! I eat them throughout the day, too, when Mommy needs me to be quiet.

- Mommy still nurses me about 3 times a day; in the morning when I first wake up, in the afternoon, and just before I go to bed. I am so cute when I nurse. I also take about one 8 oz. bottle of formula a day, usually when we're out running errands or Daddy is holding me, or Nana Kay or Poppa Jack are baby-sitting me. I am still on Nutramigen, a special lactose-free milk since I am allergic to cow-based milk.
- LOVE baby food! Especially ALL fruits, sweet potatoes, carrots, and something called "Hawaiian Delight." Mommy & Daddy have no idea what this is, but say that it smells really yummy! I do not at all like green beans or turkey & rice. I am allergic to baby food with cheese and tomato paste in it. I eat 2 meals of baby food a day; 2 jars at lunch and 2 jars at dinner. I get it all over my face.

- I woke up Friday, April 15th with my 5th tooth... my third bottom one. I have been shoving my fingers all the way down my throat almost, so Mommy knew another tooth was coming!
- No new baby babbles this month. I am still stuck on "da-da." Sometimes I say "Ah-gee" and make sweet noises when people talk to me, like I'm answering their questions. Mommy says I go on and on in my own little language and every now and then bust out some some sound that really sounds like a crystal clear word. Everyone laughs so hard!

- I can pick up the ball and throw it into the little basketball goal Mommy got me at the Encores & More consignment sale. It cheers for me every time I make a point. I get so excited. I also pick up other toys and throw in the basket. Everyone says I'm going to be a basketball player just like my Daddy since I'm so tall and active.
- I love playing with my Daddy! My favorite time of the day is when he gets home from work. We have so much fun! He talks to me in fun little voices and calls me "May-May Moore." He has to study a lot, so I sit like a good boy and read with him and do research on his laptop. He also lets me crinkle up all his paper and tear up Mommy's magazines. She doesn't get mad, though.

- I LOVE my big boy bucket seat class at church! My teachers have a nickname for me: "Happy." I never get upset when Mommy leaves to go to her own class and I have so much fun until it's time to go. I do like to grab everyone else's toys though and flail my arms wildly, almost hitting my neighbors in their face.
-I love outings with my best friend, Baby Luke! Now that he is big enough to go out, he and Auntie Andrea come over all the time. The 4 of us pile up into one of our cars and we go to lunch, to the park, shopping, and to run random errands. I love having a little friend next to me in the back seat. We have the most people stop and talk to us while we're out and about. We're 2 boys up to no good!

- I give kisses! I shared my first kiss with my mommy about a week before my 11-month b-day. I grabbed her face with both hands, pulled it toward me, and plopped a wide-open mouth kiss right on her! She was so excited to show it to daddy!

- I cannot stand wearing sunglasses or something on my head! Whenever Mommy puts sunglasses on me, I yank them off as quickly as I can. I get so mad. She has these silly little hats she wants me to wear with some of my church outfits, but they aggravate me. I make a big ugly face and throw that hats across the room.

- I have a huge, hyperactive personality! I laugh all the time and am so silly. I also let out random screams, usually at the inappropriate time, like at the end of the church service. I love for anyone to hold me. I like to be out and about and to look at things. I am always a good boy when we're out, but Mommy says I'm getting to be more of a "challenge" when it's just me and her at home during the day.

Look out world, Mason Thomas is about to be ONE YEAR OLD!!!! I can't believe that post is almost here!

We're getting old!!

So, this is the year that we're all turning the big 3-0!!! Soooo many of my friends have already reached that big "milestone" this year, but mine is quickly approaching, May 10th!! Two of my best friends', Carrie & Danyelle, both celebrated in February, and Andrea just had her b-day Friday, April 24th. I wish we could celebrate each and every one of our birthdays, but so far the only one we've really gotten to be together for was Seth's. He and Carrie were in town from Memphis the weekend before his birthday (April 13) so we got to all get together at Cheesecake Factory to celebrate. Eric & Kaylea were also were from NC (this was all Easter weekend, which I blogged about earlier) so we were so excited to celebrate their pregnancy with TWINS, as well!! Here are some pictures from our fun night. I know we're all so sad when these nights end and wish we could have them every single weekend!!

We were singing our hearts out... "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Seee-ethhh, happy birthday to you!!"
Oh my, check out my husband! He was really into it!

Brooke & me :)
Andrea, Carrie, & Kaylea
Even Mason got to eat some yummy food.... BREAD!!! What we all rush to the Cheesecake Factory to order! :)
World's best daddy!
Hmm.... Watch out when you hand your kid to Uncle Johnathan! He will let them play with a fork!!! Cory looks on in disbelief... as he tightly holds onto Luke!
The boys chillin'
Brooke and I LOVE our Banana Cream Cheesecake! We get it everytime! And NO sharing on this one, we have to each have our OWN piece, so don't even try to steal a bite!
Serious conversation with Auntie Brooke

Lovin' on sweet Luke... he's getting to be such a big boy!
Carrie & me

I love these girls!!!
Andrea, Carrie, me, Kaylea, Brooke

Thursday, April 23, 2009

LAUNDRY: Mason's Newest Obsession!

See, the boys do help out with chores around here!

Check out this next sequence of pictures...



That little stinker!!!

Tryin' his best to get away before momma even notices!
Oh the everyday joys of being at home with my beautiful, innocent son! :)I just want y'all to know, I would not trade ONE SECOND of having my clean laundry turned upside down for the world!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

We hope y'all had a blessed Easter!

Easter is still a' goin' in this household!! :) Mason and I just got home from the Easter Egg Hunt we do with the Inner-City Ministry at church every year. It was Mason's first egg hunt experience since we really didn't do any "Eastery" stuff with him this year. I know, I'm a mean mommy for not having him some cute monogrammed Easter basket filled with goodies! Don't worry, we'll make up for it next year!

Last Saturday, the day before Easter, Mason got a surprise visit from his Great-MaMaw Myers (my grandmother) who came to bring him an Easter treat of a chocolate bunny (which his mommy & daddy enjoyed very much!), a little Ronald McDonald toy, and a sweet card. He showed off his "almost walking" skills for her and got some kisses. Mason got a total of 6 Easter cards this year from his grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-aunts! They're lining our hutch! Oh, and some of them even had some money enclosed! But please tell Marc to stop trying to spend Mason's money! Ha ha! :)

On Easter Sunday we dressed Mason in his cute little Easter bunny jon jon from the Encores & More consignment sale and were off to church. He was so good in church and we didn't even have to take him out! We keep saying each week that we're gonna start putting him in the nursery during the service, but each week he stays perched up on our laps eating Little Puffs in the middle of the service! We just can't do it yet. He loves listening to the sermon and checking out everyone. In Sunday School, Mason helped me pass out the little chickens & eggs that his Grandy C (Marc's mom) knitted for all the babies in the class. They're so cute!!! She does it every year for the Inner-City Ministry kids, but this Easter she had her first little grandson to make them for as well! :) After church, we took some pictures outside in front of the church building, along with Andrea, Cory, and Baby Luke, then Mason and I were off to Whispering Hills Church of the Nazarene to join my parents for church. It was such a wonderful, uplifting service! I'm so glad we were able to go to both of these wonderful churches on Easter Sunday. Mason got to see his Nana Kay, Poppa Jack, Great-Aunt Linzett, Great-Uncle Steve, Pastor Todd, and all of his other friends at Whispering Hills. And he got to show off a bit, what he does best. :) After church we went back home where Marc was hanging out with our friends Eric & Kaylea who were in town visiting from North Carolina. We just spent the afternoon catching up with them, relaxing in our t-shirts and pajama pants, and eating Corky's BBQ.

I'll post some pics later of our fun egg hut tonight!

Mason and Preacher Chris!

My sweet boy lovin' the sweet chickens his Grandy C handmade

We peeked in the nursery to see Baby Luke! This was just his 2nd time to be in there, and last week Andrea was paged about 5 minutes into it for her to come and get him! It was hilarious! He wanted his mommy.

At my parents' church... Easter has always been such a special day to my family

Hangin' out with Poppa Jack in the lobby after church

We perched him up on the stage next to all the lillies for a photoshoot. He was LOVING it!! Mostly because he had the attention of every single person in the room!

Playing with his friend, Ana. She is Christy's daughter, one of my best friends growing up. Christy's dad is the preacher of Whispering Hills. We love Pastor Todd!

About to lay one on Ana. Mason gives the sweetest kisses now! They're only really supposed to be for Mommy & Daddy, though. :)

Mason with his Auntie Kaylea & Uncle Eric... Eric is one of Marc's best friends from Lipscomb. We hauled Mason up to their wedding in North Carolina when he was just four months old! They're expecting twins at the end of the summer! We're soooo excited for them!

I am so thankful for Easter! Our God is SO great!!
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