Y’all My BABY girl is only one month away (really 1.5 weeks at this point…) from turning one year old. I’ve had so much on my plate that I haven’t been able to really dedicate significant time to plan the birthday party, but hopefully I can do that next week! It will definitely be Minnie Mouse themed, but I still have to work out all the details of games, decorations, etc. I am fully aware that Addison – or even Owen for that matter – will not remember the party or will even be able to appreciate all the effort and planning put in. But planning and executing events is a lot of fun for me and it’s another way for me to do something creative and fun and personal for them. Even if they won’t remember it forever, the excitement on their faces at that time is priceless and so worth the effort. 🙂
The difficult part of being a slacker with these blog posts is that because kids grow up so quickly and learn new things in such a short amount of time, Addison’s already advanced way now beyond where she was 2.5 weeks ago when she actually turned 11 months. So for accuracy for my reference in the future, I’m going to try to stick to what she was able to do, interested in, etc. at the beginning of the month rather than now. I’ll save the latter for her next post…when she turns ONE (!!!).
This month, Addison moved to taking baths in the laundry hamper in the normal bathtub! I definitely think she likes it much more than the sink. Which makes sense because our kitchen sink is shallow so this way she can kick around and throw her toys around without running out of room. 🙂
At this point, she had gotten really good at standing at the train table and even “cruising” – making her way from one end of the table to the other by walking while holding the side. She really loves to throw the train tracks off the table and on to the ground.
She’s still drinking her whole milk like a champ. We cut back on the amount because she was spitting up a good amount, which was unusual for Addison. So she gets one sippy cup of milk in the morning with breakfast and one in the evening before bed to make sure she’s getting those nutrients and calories. She’s still eating like a champ too. She easily eats double the amount that Owen does and probably as much as some adults. Ha! When she’s not drinking milk, she drinks apple juice. The frustrating thing is that the sippy cup that she really likes (really, the only one she likes) spills when it’s turned over. Which is not really conducive to a baby. Which is frustrating. So here’s to hoping she’ll either stop turning it over (not likely) or her deciding a spill-proof cup we have is acceptable.
Owen just keeps surprising us with things he says and does. He’s learning more and more words and phrases. At the same time, we are definitely in the temper tantrum phase and that is NOT fun. Goodness gracious. It’s rough sometimes. We’ve always joked about him being a sour patch kid because he can go from yelling and crying to the sweetest thing in a matter of seconds. Ha! He’s getting to be much more playful also. He will play with other kids on the playground (as opposed to just watching them from the side) and he really wants us to play games with him too!
Poor guy caught a stomach bug from Daddy earlier this month. He threw up several times, but managed to get some sleep the rest of the evening and was basically back to normal even the next day. I am NOT good with puke, but had to step up since Greg was down with the bug too. Haha. My boy and I spent lots of time together watching TV. 🙂
These kids play so well with each other. Obviously, they have their times when Addison tries to grab something of Owen’s and Owen responds with “No, Addison! My [fill in the blank]!” But overall, Owen is very good about sharing his things with her. It must be an instinctual thing because we haven’t even really had to stress the fact that we share with him. Some, but not much. Addison loves her big brother so much and Owen loves being her entertainment. My parents say that Owen and Addison remind them of my brother and me a lot. He and I always got along and played well together. I hope Owen and Addison have the same relationship that Aaron and I always had.
We celebrated Christmas this milestone month! It was a different experience having a 10.5 month old at Christmas (Addison) versus when we had a 5.5 month old at Christmas (Owen). Addison was very aware of everything going on and was excited about opening presents and was clearly more aware of what the gifts were than Owen was at his first Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve Eve with Greg’s family; had our first Christmas Eve morning and evening service at our new church; Christmas Day at our house; and Day After Christmas with my family. It was a very full four days, but so fun.
We also got to go up to Six Flags with my family for our annual Avera trip to Holiday in the Park! Owen got to ride rides which is his favorite thing ever and Addison got to ride too! She did such a great job – I think we’ve got a rollercoaster rider in this one too! That makes my heart so happy because I LOVE rollercoasters.
Greg and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary! We had my parents keep the kids while we went to dinner and saw a play that our worship leader was in. It was so nice to get away just us and not have to worry about also feeding children while we ate and to just relax.
We all got to go see the lights downtown that were synced with a radio station and both of the kids LOVED it! Addison would talk to the lights and start kicking and flailing while Owen ran around singing!
I submitted my paperwork at the beginning of the month to go before the Board of Ordained Ministry in March to hopefully become a fully ordained Deacon in the UMC. I’m at peace right now because I feel confident in what I turned in, in terms of everything I wanted to write was written and I feel like I did my best. Now all I can do is wait until my interviews in March and then get my answer! If I pass the interviews, I will be ordained in June. If I get deferred, I will need to re-write some or all of my paperwork to go back before them the next year. Prayers appreciated!
Everything with the church is going great! We have some great momentum going right now and have started up some of our new projects and ministries, with much more to come! We’re at an exciting place and we’re praying that this growth continues so that we can continue to minister to our community and grow the kingdom of God.
I think that’s all for this month. Hopefully I’ll be more timely with the next one… WHEN ADDISON TURNS ONE! Whoohoo!