Thursday, April 29, 2010

This time last year...

2 weeks old and needed Mommy for Everything!Almost a year old here and running in every direction Mommy can hardly catch up!

This time last year I was preparing to go to the hospital to finally meet you. I was so anxious I just wanted to see you so bad. I wondered if you looked like daddy or mommy. Were you bald or have lots of hair. The second they pulled you from my body I stared over at your little nakid body and couldn't believe you were mine. Daddy & I never thought we were going to have a family, but you proved us wrong our miracle IVF baby! We went through so much just to have you and I would do it all again. Happy Birthday to the most amazing Son ever! Thank you Jesus for letting me take care of one of your best children.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Don't Worry
Of course

Ive been UP

to no Good!
You didnt really think I'd try to climb over the gate did you?

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Before I forget (Speech)




New words said this week:




Nana (Couple weeks ago)


Kitty Cat


Water


All Done


Doctor


Up


Duck _Wait for the funy story about this


Quack




Obssesed with these saying
Whats dat?


Dog -He will say 100 times if he sees one but is still terrified of them




I reall havent had any time to blog Im so busy with training 6days a week, my husband broke his ankle so I am doing EVERYTHING, and planning a first birthday party as well as two big field trips for the daycare. I am also still working on my accredidation and preparing for my huge day in July. I will so need a vacation this Summer. I have two long blog drafts coming with the funniest story about Ducks/Geese. I also got the first haircut done at the haircutting place. Its so cute cant wait to share.


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jersey Shore

We got a serious "Situation" going on here
Those of you that didnt watch the drama unfold during MTVs Jersey Shore wont find this funny.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Help me Out


Landon just started doing this really cute thing when he cant do something or wants to show me something he will grab my finger and put it on what he needs help with or an object he wants me to tell him the name of. We went to eat at LaBou in this video and he he couldnt open his strawcup and needed help so he kept grabbing my thumb to do it for him.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hoppy Easter


This year we attended Easter Sunday Service on Saturday evening. This being Landons first Easter we wanted both of our parents be able to spend some time with him so we did my parents on Saturday and his parents on Sunday.
My grandparents, parents, my God-daughter, Ryan and I all attended church. Landon and Kylee both went the childrens program. Landon is in the 8-12 month old class but he was the only baby so she ended up bring him into the 19+ month old class because he was bored. She said he did great and didn't cry once.
Afterwards we went to Olive Garden to eat. It was so delicious but Landon was tired and already full from the snack I packed for him to eat at the Nursery so he was tired and letting us know how he felt about it. This is the first time we have had a meal where I wanted to leave or at least eat fast and get out of there.

My mom gave Landon his Easter bag. Cute Summer pirate jammies, two pairs of Pirate socks, Pottery Barn hooded towel for his swim lessons, one of the wands that you push the button and the led lights spin inside (like you get at Disney on Ice) and acute lil egg that you push the button and hide it and it says lots of sayings like "yohoooo Im over here, your getting closer".

The next day we went to Ryans parents house. I had planned to get some pictures of him hunting eggs in the grass but it was pouring rain so we let him open his Easter gift and will do the egg hunt when the weather is better. He'll never know. =) He got a bunch of outfits from Janie & Jack, a Caterpillar toy and a police car that rolls when you pull it backward.

We had a nice Honeybake ham, potatoes, and lime green beans and I am still shocked at how much my lil boy can eat. He didnt care for the green beans but my my my he ate so much. I just started giving him strawberries and havent had any issues.
After Dinner Landon started getting really fussy so I decided to switch him out of his Easter outfit and into his jammies and I noticed he was warm. I took his temp and it was 100. I gave him a bath to cool him down and he fell asleep nursing shortly after.

Im so proud of all his walking he rarely crawls anymore. When he is outside and he feels like crawling he does the adorable knees off the ground monkey crawl. As Dr Seuss book"Oh the places you'll go"

After dinner we had the most delicious cake from Ettores a lemon cake with chocolate fondant. When we got home I unbuckled Landon from the carseat and noticed he was warmer. I took his temp and it was 103. Gave him some Motrin and held him for a bit (Yes the boy can even take medicine while hes asleep). His breathing was a lil labored while he was sleeping so I didnt want to put him down right away.
The next day his fever came back and reached 105 at night, my mom and I took him into the Emergency Room and they checked us in and did the triage, his temp was down to 102 because I brought him in just his diaper. His pulse rate was very high but that is expected with a fever. She gave him Motrin and sent us back out to the waiting room to see if that would help. He was whiny and lethargic the first hour we were there. He hadn't even opened his eyes. I had to go to the bathroom so I handed him to my mom and and he went into a complete panic attack holding his breath as usual and when I got back she said his fever just broke as he got all sweaty.
We waited another hour when we started talking to other people who said they had been there since 4pm and another 6am. They were both sent back to the waiting room as there was no room in the back and people were in beds in the hallway. We decided to leave as his fever was gone and he was looking much better.
I took him in the next morning to the doctor to check for an ear infection which I was sure that he had. To my surprise he didn't have though. Hes had 4 ear infections in the last 6 weeks. He never ended up getting another fever and it was unexplained why he had a fever for three days. So strange but this isn't the first time this has happened.


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Nutrition for Nursing Toddlers

*****I just wanted to store this info on my blog for future reference. With the impending first birthday coming I was curious on what to do about nursing and cows milk introduction. My plans are to continue nursing at a minumum his 2nd birthday but would love if he would continue to around 4 years. Nursing the second years the antibodies increase*****


**This information is taken from Kellymom.com a breastfeeding website**
Your child can continue breastfeeding just as often during the second year, but offer solid foods a few times a day. After 12 months, you can begin offering the solids BEFORE baby nurses, if you wish, instead of after. Your milk is still an important part of baby's diet and will offer him many benefits (nutritionally, immunilogically and emotionally). There is not any particular "recommended number of times per day" that a toddler should be nursing. Some are only nursing once or twice a day, while others continue to enjoy lots of time at their mother's breast. As baby slowly moves into eating more solids, your milk will fill any nutritional gaps nicely. Once you do start to breastfeed less often, remember that you must make a greater effort to ensure that your child eats several meals of nutritious food each day.

Cow's milk?
Many nursing moms are told that they must introduce cow's milk at a year. Your nursing toddler is already getting the best milk he can get - mother's milk! Breastmilk has a higher fat content than whole cow's milk (needed for baby's brain growth), and all the nutrients of human milk are significantly more bioavailable than those of cow's milk because it is species specific (not to mention all the components of mother's milk that are not present in cow's milk).

There is no need to add cow's milk to your toddler's diet (or the equivalent nutrients from other milks or foods) as long as your baby is nursing at least 3-4 times per day. Cow's milk is really just a convenient source of calcium, protein, fats, vitamin D, etc. - it's not required. There are many people in many parts of the world who do not drink milk and still manage to get all the calcium, protein, fats, vitamin D, etc. that they need.

Good non-dairy sources of protein include meats, fish, peas & beans (chick peas, lentils, baked beans, etc.), tofu and other soy products, boiled eggs, peanut and other nut butters (if your child is not allergic).

Good non-dairy sources of fats include soy and safflower oils, flax seed and flax seed oil, walnuts, fish and fish oils, avocado. Adding fats to cooking and baking can work well, for example, stir fry in safflower oil or make mini-muffins with soy or rice milk, oil or butter, and eggs.
Calcium may be derived from many nondairy sources.
Vitamin D can be supplied by sunlight exposure and food sources.

If your child is not nursing regularly and is not allergic to cow's milk products, but simply doesn't like cow's milk, you can incorporate milk into your child's diet in other ways. Many children like cheese, whole-fat yogurt or ice cream. You can also put milk into various food products: pancakes, waffles, muffins, French toast, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and baked goods.
Some moms wish to offer cow's milk to their toddler, but baby doesn't like it. Over the age of 12 months, milk becomes a more minor part of a child's diet. It is sometimes helpful to mix increasing amounts of cow's milk with your expressed milk to help baby get used to the taste. Many dietitians see nothing wrong with adding some flavor (such as strawberry or chocolate) to cow's milk.

Pediatricians now recommend that any cow's milk be whole milk from a cup after the first year and until the child is at least 2 years of age. This ensures that your child receives enough fat, which is essential to proper brain development. After the age of two, if growth is good, you can switch to low-fat or nonfat milk. Note: If your child is nursing, then remember that mom's milk is "whole" milk - the more breastmilk your child gets, the less need to worry about your child getting additional fat from whole milk or other sources.

It's best to limit the amount of cow's milk that your child receives to 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) per day, since too much cow's milk in a child's diet can put him at risk for iron-deficiency anemia (because milk can interfere with the absorption of iron) and may decrease the child's desire for other foods.

How much should my toddler be eating?
Between ages one and five, a child's growth is in a decelerated stage; that is, they have slowed down in growth. Since growth slows down, their need for calories subsequently decreases, which in turn leads to a smaller quantity of food ingested per day. Added to the decelerated growth is a burgeoning independence which limits the variety of foods your child is willing to eat ("finicky eater"). Rest assured that toddlers do not need as much food as you might expect because of this slowing down of the growth rate. Three small meals and two snacks a day (and some will eat a good bit less) will probably be enough to fuel even the most active toddler. Please realize, too, that finicky eaters are the rule rather than the exception.

Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child - there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby's diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body's way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he's getting.

All you need to do is to continue to offer foods. Don't worry if he's not interested or takes very small amounts. Your only true responsibility is what you offer, when you offer it and how you offer it, not whether or not he eats it. That has to be up to him. Trying to force, coax, or cajole your child into eating is never recommended. Continue to nurse on demand, day and night, and trust your child to increase the solids when he's ready. As baby slowly moves into eating more solids, your milk will fill any nutritional gaps nicely.

Average toddler growth
Some things to look at to determine that your child is getting appropriate nutrition:
Growth: not necessarily on a curve, but gaining inches/ounces or parts thereof
Meeting developmental milestones on or near target
Activity level: alert, happy, active
I have always had a hard time finding information on average toddler growth, so I took a look at the standard CDC growth charts to get these numbers. (Note: these numbers are not for breastfed babies specifically; they come from the growth charts for all children.) This link on checking your child's growth has some great information on how to monitor your child's growth using growth charts.

Age
Average weight gain
12 - 18 mo 7 - 11 ounces/month
18 - 24 mo 5.3 - 8 ounces/month
24 - 36 mo 4 - 8 ounces/month
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. CDC growth charts: United States. May 30, 2000.

Age
Average height increase
12 - 36 mo 0.3 - 0.4 inch/month
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. CDC growth charts: United States. May 30, 2000.

Feeding suggestions for toddlers
Finger foods are always great for toddlers, and your toddler will also begin to learn how to feed himself with a spoon and fork. Many babies prefer to eat foods which they can pick up and feed themselves, rather than foods that must be spooned to them. A lot of babies would rather have food right off the table than the blander-tasting baby foods.

After the age of twelve months, you can offer foods you've been withholding (cow's milk, citrus fruits, egg whites), but continue to be on the lookout for any allergic reactions. Even though you can offer more foods at this point, the choking hazard is still very real. Supervise your toddler's meals in case of choking, and continue to avoid foods such as popcorn, hard candies, hot dogs, jelly beans, chunks of carrots, grapes, raisins, and nuts. Cut or finely chop such foods, or simply wait until your baby gets older.

Toddlers should be offered a variety of foods. They can eat the same things as the rest of the family. Foods rich in protein, calcium, and iron, along with fruits and vegetables, breads, etc. should be made available on a routine basis. Serve the most healthful foods possible, but don't expect your toddler to eat a big meal at each sitting. Most children, when offered nutritious meals and snacks and allowed to eat what they wish, will meet their nutritional requirements over several days or even a week. Don't let your child fill up on empty-calorie snacks, but don't force him to eat when he doesn't want to.

Many toddlers eat better when they have food available throughout the day, rather than just at a few set times (see grazing). Simply offer your toddler nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day (cut-up vegetables, bite-sized pieces of fruit, hard-boiled-egg slices, yogurt, whole wheat breads and cereals, cheeses) and let him eat what he wants. Some parents have had good luck with Dr. William Sears' suggestion of a "nibble tray," where you fill a tray (like an ice cube tray, muffin tin, etc.) with several types of healthy foods and leave it out for your toddler to nibble on throughout the day.

Below are the current USDA food pyramid guidelines () for preschoolers (ages 2-6). Serving sizes are for children aged 4-6. Children aged 2-3 need the same numbers of servings as 4- to 6-year-old children but may need smaller portions: about 2/3 of a serving.

Grain group: 6 servings (serving size example: 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta, 1/2 cup of cooked cereal, 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal)
Vegetable group: 3 servings (serving size example: 1/2 cup of chopped raw or cooked vegetables, 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables)
Fruit group: 2 servings (serving size example: 1 piece of fruit or melon wedge, 3/4 cup of juice, 1/2 cup of canned fruit, 1/4 cup of dried fruit)
Milk group: 2 servings a day (serving size example: 1 cup of milk or yogurt, 2 ounces of cheese)
Meat group: 2 servings (serving size example: 2 to 3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish, 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans, 1 egg counts as 1 ounce of lean meat, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter count as 1 ounce of meat)
Fats and sweets: Limit calories from these.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Easter Party At Daycare

My lil Funny Bunny
See who is sneaking up from behind?

Its the Easter Bunny! and he is not thrilled about it one bit.

We painted faces, had an Easter Egg hunt, had a visit from the Easter Bunny, held and petted a real bunny and

colored Easter eggs.
We did all of these activities indoor instead of at the park because it was pouring buckets of rain. We had alot of fun things planned but they got canceled last minute so we moved the party inside.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Im 11 Months Now

Weight: 19.3 pounds

Height: 28.5

Shoe size: 2 (feet haven't grown since he was 2 months)



Thats right people Im 11 Months already. Everyday Im doing new things, Im no longer looking like a baby and starting to look like a big boy more and more especially since Im in the upright position and rarely crawling anymore. My mom will have to start chasing me soon. Im fully walking and occasionally running. I can turn directions while walking , walk around objects and mommy hasn't seen but daddy has twice seen me stoop and recover.

New Tricks:


Holds any object to his head and says Hi like hes talking on the phone


Grabs my finger and brings it to an object he wants me to open or say the word


Tantrums and Screaming =(


Gives Kisses when asked


Finally gives real hugs and cuddles


Will pop out behind something to play peek-a-boo


Turns pages in books and studies the pages (Favorite Book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear)


Can stack 4 blocks on top of each other


Can climb on and off a tricycle


Stands on his rocking chair and his scooter and rocks it back and forth


Can hold a crayon and make lines on the paper


Points to where he wants you to take him


Points at objects and ask whats that




New Words:

Hi when greeting people
Whats dat?
What is it?
Right there

Dude

Moooo

Sheep

Diaper
Nana

No

Oh

Bye

Okay-Okay (My favorite and his most used word)

Dog

Vrooom while pushing his cars on the floor

He calls me Mom or Mama now (no more mom-mom)

Still working on my relationship with my sister. She is tolerating me more and more but I still cant touch her and am very good about not doing it. I even try to share my toys with her but she doesn't even care.


New Food:

Beets

Garbanzo Beans

Kidney Beans

New Cheeses Provolone, Cream Cheese

Raisins

Mum-Mums (1st cracker like food)

Still hasnt had a real cracker yet


Breastfeeding:

We are still breastfeeding exclusively beside a sippy cup of water which he loves. We have to keep the cups hidden because if he can see it he cries dat, dat , dat wanting us to get it. Im proud to say we are no longer nursing every 2 hours we have now made it to 3-4 hrs. Yahooo mommy is so happy and nursing is fun again its our special cuddle time. I have been teaching him the milk sign so he will be able to let me know when he wants to nurse instead of trying to rip my shirt off when hes ready. We still nurse once a night around 2am or 3am. I plan to nurse till his 2nd birthday and then he can self wean if he wants but my cut off is by the time he is in leaving for school would be his last time its his choice.


Sleeping:

Our bedtime right now is 9:00pm we have tried earlier but he wakes up to soon in the morning. He will wake usually once at night but sometimes its twice. The first time I will nurse him for 10 minutes and put him back in his crib. The 2nd time he wakes I don't get up and let him fall to sleep on his own. I plan to stop night nursing after a year if I feel hes ready.


In other news we have started tantrums at 11 months. My God how did my sweet baby go from this precious sweet baby to this monster child. I swore I had a few more months. He will kick to get out of my arms and then throw himself down on the ground and arch his back and roll all over. It ugly I tell ya. I had my first meltdown due to lack of sleep at my husbands soccer game. He tantrum'ed the entire game and I had no keys to go to the car and it was raining outside so I had to deal with it. I felt so bad because I got beyond frustrated and was embarrassed by my own child that I told my husband that I didn't like him. Ughhh I wish I could take back that statement and my husband didn't understand how I could feel that way. Thank God he fell asleep on the way home and I asked God to forgive me and I will take care of his precious child he hand picked just for me.


I really do enjoy being his Mom and I find myself dreaming the what ifs. What if they would have picked a different embryo to implant in me, What if they would have had us come in the day after for egg retrieval we wouldn't have Landon. I think he is perfect in my eyes and I love him more then I ever thought I could. I cant wait to see all the wonderful things he will be doing next month. The year between 12-23 months is my favorite.

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