Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween at Toddler Group

Monday is Toddler group day and since it is Halloween week- all the kiddos dressed up! I wasn't sure how Mason was going to do, being a shark for two hours is pretty hard work. But, he was a trooper and really got into playing while wearing his costume. We tried to get some pictures of his friends too, but everyone was so busy. Some highlights were a tiger, a bee, elmo, a pumpkin, a couple of fairys, and Charlie Brown! We are hosting a pumpkin playdate on Thursday and I will post more pictures of a toddler halloween after that!

Mommy and her favorite shark!

Sharks love to play!

Sharks have lots of friends!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

15 months later...

(this picture is from today- he was kinda grumpy from his shots but he wanted to play with his cookie jar from cousins Thomas and Mags- it made him smile)

Today, we had Mason's 15 month check up. He weighs 23.4 lbs, is 30 1/4 inches tall (both in the 25 percentile) and his head is 48 (however they measure that) which is the 75 percentile. Which means...he is growing into his head! He has faithfully been in the 95 percentile for his head since the day he was born, but finally it is leveling out. This makes mommy happy!

Besides walking, running, climbing and getting into everything- some other fun things Mason is now doing include talking. He LOVES to hold things out to you (a block, a ball, silverware) and say "what's this? He says it all the time. He has also discovered the word "snack" which he uses to mean any meal or food. He says snack for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but you can see the pride in his eyes when I say "oh your hungry" and get him something to nibble on. I think the new development, Steve and I are most proud of is that you can say to Mason, "are you ready for a nap? (laydown, bed, etc) and he will say "yes" go to the gate and wait for you to open it so he can climb the stairs to his room. My little genius. I know every mom says it, but this is my blog so I can say too :) Those are probably the biggest developments we have had or atleast the ones that stand out to me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mason's Big Announcement

There it is! We are having another baby!

So I am the worst at keeping secrets, and yet I have kept this one as best as I could since AUGUST 31! That is 7 weeks. 7 weeks of keeping in one of the happiest moments of our lives. But we wanted to go to the doctor first and make sure everything was okay and it is. We are 12 weeks along, and "the bean" will be making his/her arrival around May 3. Of course, since Mason was 5 weeks early our OB is expecting this one to make an early appearance as well. I have been feeling fairly well, no morning sickness or vomiting. I did have to say goodbye to thai food, the smell doesn't settle well with bean, but other than that we are doing well. I am little more tired, but I try to nap with Mason and this has been proving to help a lot.

We are using the same OB that delivered Mason (she wasn't our original OB just the one on call) but we love her AND my favorite nurse from the office just switched to Dr. E so now we have the best doctor and best nurse a prego lady could ever ask for. Steve, Mason and I went to our first appointment today and they were so surprised how much Mason has grown. He proudly wore his big bro shirt, a mom original, and he did really well considering it was a long appointment. We talked a lot about VBAC vs C-sections and I am just torn as to what to do. We still have months before a decision needs to be made but still my brain is turning. Just wanted to share with you all. Check back in to hear more about our adventures with a 15 month old and one on the way!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mason Hits the Deck!

Before you can see the new deck- let me give you a tour of the old deck. It had a bench that took up A LOT of room, on the perimeter of the deck. it also had two flower beds, one on each side that again took up room.
deck 2006

deck 2009!
We removed the flower beds, extended the deck 4 ft to the left to touch the side of the house, adding railing, and new trex decking!

Today, the sun came out for a while so we were able to let Mason run free on the deck. Needless to say- he loves it!

Thanks Peapod and Grandma Kathy for coming out to help my mom and dad!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Busy Busy Bees

Sorry it has been so long since I blogged. Things have been going nonstop here! Here are some highlights from the last 3 weeks!


We have thought about replacing our deck for a little over 3 years (pretty much since we moved in). Well, this summer, we finally decided it was time. So we called up my folks (aka the GREATEST parents in the world) and asked if they would be willing to help. They of course said yes, which isn't surprising except for the fact that we live in Seattle and they live in TN. So we have planning since July. In late August, Steve and I started tearing it down to make some headway before their week of work in October. We haven't had a deck for over 6 weeks now, and it was starting to get to me. I thought it may never get done, but they arrived on October 9, we worked our tails off and as they flew away today, I was at peace with the work we had done. We have a deck, and railing and a set of stairs. That leaves one set of stairs for Steve and I to do and then it is complete forever! YEAH!!! We were very blessed that the Seattle rain held off for most of their visit and we were able to get so much done. I will post pictures once the rain stops so you can see how awesome it looks.

Mason and I try to stay pretty active. We have a scheduled activity every day but Friday which is our "free day". I love having an activity to get us out of the house especially as the rain begins, but it is also sometimes hectic. Trying to get myself and a 15 month old to anyplace on time, is hard and tiring but we do it! Here is Mason at toddler group- we go once a week to class with 17 other 12-24 month olds. We have snack, do art, sing songs, play with playdo and play with all the different toys, slides, gyms that toddler group offers. We love it! Mason already knew some buddies in class but he has also met some great new friends.

here is Mason in his little chair getting ready for art (we also eat snack in these chairs:

He also really enjoys climbing on the stairs to the slide. He doesn't like to go through the red tunnel so he just smiles as me from the other side!

That is all I can think of for now. After a week of working on the deck I am done! Thanks again, mom and dad, you are the best!