Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ten months

I can't believe that in two months, our sweet little angel boy will be one year old! Time sure has flown and he is such a fun baby! Grant was able to celebrate his first Christmas this much. Eric and I had so much fun with him and opening his presents for him. (As I look back, we probably could've let him have more fun with it, but we were so excited for him!) We had such a good Christmas, and kept it simple, but it was perfect for us! Some things Grant is up to:
-Our little man is taking so many steps. He doesn't walk fully all the way, but loves to walk from furniture to furniture. The other day I was in our kitchen, he was in the bedroom and I heard him do a play scream, I looked toward the bedroom and he had his arms in front of him like Frankenstein walking. So cute!
-Grant is so tough. With learning to walk, he has taken some falls, but is such a tough little boy and gets right back up and continues playing.
-He is still so good at throwing balls. He loves any type of ball and usually is looking for one, or crawling around with one in his hand. Today I even saw him kick one as he was walking.
-Grant has also learned how to get into cupboards this month which has made for some loud noises for our neighbor below us. We've had the chemicals locked away since he started crawling, but I finally had to put locks on the pots and pans cupboard since he loves to clank those. He is super smart and will run to the cupboard when we have it open to try and get into it.
-He loves trying to get into the fridge, pantry, or closet when we are getting something from there. He gets sad when he doesn't get what he wants, but is happy and quickly changes his mind and wants to do something else.
-For some terribly gross reason, Grant loves sucking on the bottom of shoes. This wasn't a problem until it started snowing and getting wet outside since we leave our shoes on the rug to dry before putting them into the closet. He knows he isn't supposed to do it and runs away when he sees us coming to take the shoes away.
-Since day one, this little boy has loved the bath and that has not changed one bit. Whenever he hears Eric or I in the shower, he thinks that he should be able to shower too. He would play in the tub all day if we let him. The tub is usually one of the first places he goes to when he finds that the bathroom door is open.
-I started school this month and Eric stays home with Grant while I am at school. When I came home after my first day back, Grant finally said, "mama." Melted my heart!
-I made these 3D stars back before Christmas and they are hanging from our ceiling and recently Grant has acted scared around them. He's warmed up to them, but in the beginning when we would lift him up to them, he would hold on to us as tight as he could. Eric and I loved it because he gave great hugs when he'd see them. Now if you ask him where the "stars" are, he'll look to the ceiling to try and find them.
-Baby attack! Grant loves to do what we have coined (I believe thanks to our nephew Jefferson,) baby attacks. This happens when someone is laying down on the ground and Grant makes a b-line for them and sucks on their face. The greatest kisses are given during baby attacks, however, he also hasn't learned how to control his slobber just yet, so you usually end up with a bunch of slobber in your ear. He hasn't learned though, that baby attacks are not to be done on other babies, and unfortunately our nephew Porter has been on the receiving side of that (Sorry buddy, he loves you!)
-Grant is becoming more and more of a little boy and the other day my brother built him a fort with the couch and blankets and Grant loved that. He loved to chase you in the fort, or run away from you.
-This little boy has more energy than a red bull. He definitely keeps Eric and I on our toes and today Eric stated that his toys looked like a robber had ransacked through our apartment because they were everywhere.
-The other day, it snowed A TON and we were at my parents and I went out to get the dog to see if he would play in the snow with me. My sister put Grant up to the window in his high chair and said he just laughed at me and Rocky. I can't wait til Grant is a little bigger and can sled down my parents awesome hill with me!
-So I'd like to say that Grant has learned to wave and make everyone that he has waved to feel really good about themselves, but when he waves, he is actually saying "it's so stinky." This started when he would take his socks off his feet (which he does ALL the time, this boy HATES socks) and Eric took the sock and put it near Grants nose and said, "it's so stinky." Grant thought it was the funniest thing and does it often with his socks. He also does it without his socks too, which is where the wave comes in. When we are around people, or at church, people will say hi and I'll tell him to wave, but he won't. If I whisper in his ear, "it's so stinky," he'll start to wave. So if he waves to you, he's really telling you you stink.
-This month, Grant has really taken to reading. He will sit by his books and just read and read and read. It is terribly cute. He even has read one so much that he "wore" it out and  the front and back cover "ripped" right off of it (It's his animal book, and I think he may be slightly scared of the animals and ripped the book in defense.)
-For Christmas Grant got a big boy carseat (and because he is actually too heavy for his infant carseat.) He looks like such a little toddler in it and I can't believe my little baby is already sitting in this seat.
-At Grant's 9 month Dr. Checkup he had one tooth and one that came in the very next day. Since then, he has grown a fang. He has his two middle bottom teeth, but the one that he has on the top is one of the one's next to the middle teeth. So he has "free teef" as Eric says altogether. It is so funny to see him laugh and to see his fang tooth, all alone up tope. My how we love his free teef, except when he bites.
This little boy is the light of our life. We are so grateful that Heavenly Father trusted us enough to take care of this special spirit. We know he is going places and I love to watch him grow and learn. He is so smart and does something everyday that amazes me. I love being a mom and could think of no better job! :)

Nine Months

Well, we've finally hit that day. The day that Grant has spent more time on this Earth than inside my belly. My pregnancy seemed to last forever, but now that the little guy is here, I can't even hardly remember what life was like without him. Needless to say, he is turning into quite a little charmer.
Grant at nine months:
-He still loves all food. He celebrated his first Thanksgiving this month and I tried to feed him some turkey and corn baby food, but he wasn't a fan. The big hit was the sweet potatoes. This boy loves him some sweet potaters.
-He is moving EVERYWHERE.
-He climbs stairs with ease. He also is really smart and knows that he isn't supposed to climb without someone close behind him so he'll usually bolt to the bottom stair and then just stair at you til you notice him, then he takes off. We still haven't learned to come down yet though. Hopefully that comes soon so we can avoid falling.
-He finally has a second tooth coming through. We went to the Dr. for his 9 month checkup and as we were there he said, "looks like he has two teeth down there." Much to my surprise, I said, "Are there two there?" I swear I'm not a bad mom, I think it just came in over night though. His first tooth is definitely getting to the point where he can being biting.
-Grant loves to give kisses. He will pull you in by anything that he can grab and lay a big, juicy, wet kiss anywhere on your face. Unfortunately for his cousin Porter, he got him by the ears on Thanksgiving and it didn't feel to good. We're working on teaching him to be nice.
-I found out this month that Grant is NOT a fan of barking dogs. Hopefully it was just a one time thing and he can get over it, but with me as his mom, I don't know how good of a motivator I am for that. He did try to pet Kitty the other day which I think is a huge advance for him.
-He loves graham crackers, any type of yogurt bites, and will take his puffs if none of the above are offered.
-I'm starting to notice that he really calms down if I read to him. He loves to push the button on the Elephant book we have that makes a noise. Even yesterday, Eric was looking through a magazine and Grant went and grabbed the magazines we allow him to "read" (aka rip) and opened it up almost to mimick what Eric was doing.
-This month, Grant learned to throw. He started with his ball, but has now moved on to throw anything. He especially loves to throw during sacrament meeting, or at restaurants from his high chair.
-Grant loves it when daddy comes home from work. This month, Eric was sick and it was so sad for Grant because he loves to play with daddy.
-He still loves the bath time, but I'm beginning to think it's just the naked part that he loves. He is so funny in the tub and will throw toys out of the tub to try and get the shampoo bottle that we have to take out when he bathes.
-Grant HATES socks. No matter if they are way big, or too tight, he always seems to get them off of his feet. I forsee that I am going to be losing a lot of socks with this little boy.
-This little boy loves to chase his ball around. He loves his ball more than any other toy I think. Sometimes when he is crying and I ask him, "Where's your ball?" He will stop crying and look around the apartment, sometimes raising his arm to question me.
-I'm pretty sure that he says "uh-oh." The other day when I was done feeding him, I let him have his spoon and he dropped it on the ground. Once it hit the floor I heard him say "Uh." Smart boy.
-He still really only says "dada," but recently I have heard a couple of "ma's" in there. Whenever I ask him to say mama he always looks at me with a really serious face and then says, "Da!" He loves dad. I think he has also said ball and dog, but that's probably just the overachieving mother in me.
-He still loves to drum on anything.
-Loves patty cake and can clap his hands together really well. With also clap when I say, "Yay!"
 Flying around with daddy
 puppy dog grant
 this boy is always so happy

 lucky to have these two in my life!
 playing with his candy canes
the little tree we made 
 happy to be in this world as long as he was in my tummy!
 this is called a Grandma Murri smile in my family
showing off his standing skills
This little boy is seriously the greatest thing to ever happen to Eric and I and I am truly blessed to call myself his mom. I love that I get to spend every day with him, and while it is exhausting at times, I try not to let myself complain because this is what I have always wanted. This little boy made me a mom and for that I am truly grateful. I am so glad that Eric works hard for us so that I can stay home with Grant. I love my boys!
ps Grant took 3 little steps today (12.16.12) for his ball that I had. Holy CRAP!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Starting Back Up

It seems like it's been ages since I have blogged. I decided to start a new blog URL to change up my blogging style. I hope I can become the blogger that I want to be and 2013 is just the place to begin. I am Jody and am married to my best friend Eric. Together, we have all the happiness in the world and part of that comes through our sweet 10 month old baby boy. Grant is the joy in our lives and the music in our songs. We love him so much and love being parents together. Eric and I met in a college class when he asked me if I would share a book with him. Fortunately for me, I said yes and now I get to share everyday with him. I couldn't ask for a better eternal companion. We are still both students and are figuring out how to balance school, work, and being parents. We are happy where we are and like to keep things simple. I am so lucky to have my boys!