Baby G 15 Month Update

Y’all, my baby is a toddler now (cry face), how did that happen?! When parents say “enjoy it, it goes by so fast”, they’re not kidding. This is by far my favorite age so far. Each age is super special in its own way, but I am obsessed with his fun, adventurous personality that has been coming out in the last few months. He’s always been so cute and silly, but now he will seriously make me belly laugh and he is such an enormous joy to Nick and I. Some moms say they love the infant stage more than the toddler stage, but I’m the opposite! I really am enjoying this stage in Giulian’s life, and honestly it makes me super sad to think I won’t have “toddler Giulian” forever. I love chasing him around the house, tickling him, watching him giggle, reading him books, teaching him, and of course snuggling him. Oh my goodness, not to mention he knows how to kiss now!!!! Seriously it’s the best. He makes a cute kissing noise, puckers up and leans in. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been trying to get him to give me kisses haha and trust me I take them every chance I get. He also knows how to blow kisses, is it a wonder why this is my fave age?! Too cute!

HEIGHT & WEIGHT?

I need to update his height after our appointment next week. Weight: 24+ LBS

HEAD CIRCUMFERENCE?

Waiting on dr. apt.

WHAT SIZE CLOTHING?

Most of Giulian’s clothes are either 12 or 18 months. The shirt in the photos below are 18 month and the pants are 12 month.

SPECIAL OUTINGS OR EVENTS?

We had our family vacation to Maryland! He loved the beach and we had such a blast, you can read more about that in this post. My mom and I also took him to the Denver Aquarium for the first time (he loved it), we bought a season pass so it’ll be old news soon, but he was amazed by it the first time! I’d say other than those events it’s been about the same around here for the last few months :).

MILESTONES?

Since his one year old update, he is now walking! Well, now he’s running haha so a lot has changed in the last few months. He took his first steps about 10 days after turning one! On 6-28-2018 Giulian took his first steps from my mother in law to a toy he wanted to play with! It was so exciting! A few weeks after that he was walking and crawling was old news. Fast forward a few months and Giulian is running! He's so fast and so dang cute when he runs around.

FAVORITE FOODS?

Our little guy is similar to Nick in the fact that if he could only eat meat and cheese he’d be pretty happy. He loves chicken, chicken/apple sausages, cheese, yogurt, all berries, avocado, peaches, mango, grapes, peas (puree), lentil pasta (with pesto or marinara), toast with either butter or pesto/avocado, cottage cheese, fig bars, sweet potato, bakes potato, eggs (sometimes), cauliflower crust pizza, apple sauce, etc. I’m sure I’m forgetting something. He’s not too picky of an eater but I will say he gets in moods where he’ll eat everything and is amazing and other times he will throw everything on the ground. It’s pretty hit or miss with G man.

What Does He Love?

He loves being around family, when people come to see him he gets so excited! His cousins are the best thing on earth and he just squeels with excitement when he sees them. He still loves walks with mom and dad, especially if it includes stopping by the park to play on the playground. He loves outings, we have a Zoo membership and the Denver Aquarium membership. He loves going on little adventures with us. He loves when we run around the living room, screaming, tickling him and “getting him”. He loves kicking balls, okay and I’m sure every parent thinks their kid is going to be a star at something but we for real think our kid is gonna be a soccer star! He’s legit amazing at eye foot coordination, better than me! He loves sitting in our lap and reading a book, he gets to turn the pages of course though. He loves watching Moana, Trolls, Lion King, The Wiggles and his “teach baby to talk” program. And not gonna lie, I love watching Moana as much as he does! He loves music and when me, him and daddy dance to fun music around the house (especially disco).

What Does He Dislike?

Giulian gets so mad if we try and put him in his stroller when he just wants to run around. He is starting to throw little temper tantrums when we take something from him, tell him no, or try to do something he dislikes. He hates the boogie sucker (of course).


I want to give a special thank you to Abbeigh from Abbeigh Blake Photography for taking these amazing family phtots! They came out so perfect and you were such a joy to shoot with, thank you so much!

If you are in the Denver area and are looking for a photographer, Abbeigh is your girl! Especially if you have kids because she was unbelievable at getting Giulian to give her genuine smiles. When we did our family photos, Giulian was teething and needed a nap, and she still managed to get him to be super happy and she got amazing photos. Basically, she’s super woman!

 
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15 month toddler update

Baby G Is 1 + A Dino Themed Birthday Party

I just can't wrap my head around what a big boy we have.  Baby G turned one last week and we celebrated with a Dino themed birthday party! It was a hit! We felt so overwhelmed with the love and support that our family and friends showed us and our sweet little boy. It's hard to believe that it has already been a full year, the craziest year of my entire life.  This last month it has felt like Giulian  has gone from our little baby, to a toddler (that word makes me want to cry and just might give me baby fever . This is how "2 under 2" happens).  He is now pulling up on everything, standing on his own, walking with one of those toy things that babies can push around, and I just know his first steps are around the corner. Every week that passes I see him get smarter, stronger and his little personality shines through more and more. 

When deciding what kind of party to have  I threw out the idea of nautical and other Pinterest like party themes,  but Nick  did not seem too excited about it. Then when I said well what about a dinosaur themed birthday, his eyes lit up like a kid and he was sold.  Nick loved dinosaurs when he was little and so the thought of his son having a Dino themed birthday was perfect.  One of the first things that I saw when planning the birthday was the cheesy mommysaurous, daddysaurous and babysaurous tee shirts.  My inner dork  got way too excited and I knew we had to have that was overpriced Dino shirts. We got dino napkins, tablecloths and a RAWR banner, but the thing that took the Dino theme to the top was the cake. We worked with Renee with Astonishing Cakes and I honestly don't even know where to begin, I could rave about her work forever!! She designed a two tier cake, a smash cake and dino shaped cake pops! When you see the photos below you'll be so impressed, this woman is the true cake boss. And to top it off, the cake and cake pops were absolutely delicious. You could tell it was homemade filling and cake, it was so fluffy and moist. If you live in the Denver area, I would totally recommend Astonishing Cakes for any cake needs, she does wedding cakes, birthdays, graduations, and just about every other celebration. Her eye for detail really makes the event so special. Seeing those dino cakes just melted me, it added so much to our baby's first birthday party and I will never ever forget it.  Oh and I have to mention that she made his name out of fondant and that was such a wonderful surprise! 

If you're planning a dino party for your little one, I hope the photos below give you a bit of inspiration! Also, there is a ton of cute ideas on Pinterest (of course). 

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Okay, time for a one year old update! I feel like between 9 months until now he has totally changed! It all happened at lightning speed and I can't seem to slow it down. Like I said before, he feels like a toddler now. When I was writing baby G's 9 month update he was JUST learning to crawl, now he has the fastest crawl I've ever seen (especially when he's chasing the kitties) and he is super close to taking his first steps. 

HEIGHT & WEIGHT?

21 lbs (45th percentile) and 30 1/4 inches (67th percentile)

HEAD CIRCUMFERENCE?

18 1/4 inches (59th percentile)

WHAT SIZE CLOTHING?

12-18 month 

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SPECIAL OUTINGS OR EVENTS?

We went to Glenwood Springs for a little getaway and we took G to the Hot Springs pool. We had such a blast!

MILESTONES?

Like I said before, he is about to take his first steps. He can now stand on his own and walks around while pushing his Lightning McQueen car. He waves to people all the time, says Mama, Dada, hi Dada, and hi (but mostly hi Dada).

Favorite Foods?

He loves fruit, blackberries and blueberries are his favorite. He loves banana, meat (he's had red meat and chicken and loved both). Pasta, of course. Cottage cheese, avocado, eggs, sweet potatoes, potatoes... I'm sure I'm forgetting a ton of foods he likes, but at this point we feed him a lot of what we are eating and he is loving it. 

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A special thank you to Astonishing Cakes for collaborating and making our baby's birthday party so special. 


 
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Colorado Pumpkin Patch + 4 Month Baby Update

As a mom, there is nothing I love more than going on little adventures together as a family. Before Giulian, I still wanted to do fun little outings and adventures with Nick, but he could do without things of that nature (not exactly his cup of tea). So I must admit that I love having our son, he's my little excuse for why we need to do things like go to the pumpkin patch, go to the zoo, take hikes, etc. It's bringing the inner child out in Nick and myself and we are loving every bit of it. Although Giulian wasn't able to pick his pumpkin out, he still loved staring at all the vibrant colors of the pumpkin patch and feeling like he was on an adventure with Mom and Dad. 

I can't believe our little man is already 4+ months old. Time is flying by and before I know it he will be 1/2 a year old and trying to talk! The last baby update I did was when he was 2 months, so I figured it was time for another one. 

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Height?

26 inches - 85th percentile

Weight?

14lbs 5 oz. - 25th percentile

What Size Clothing?

This answer makes me want to cry, he's getting so big!! A lot of his clothes are 6-9 months! Almost all of his sleepers are 9 month, because he is so long the 3-6 month ones don't fit him anymore. It is amazing how much can change in such a short amount of time, when I did his 2 month update he was just getting out of newborn clothes and into 0-3 month or 3 month clothing. 

Special Outings?

Very special outing, he went on his first family vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! I will probably do an entire post on our experience and our first time traveling as a family. He did so great on the planes and in the airports, we were so proud of him. 

He has also been to the zoo three times now, and of course the pumpkin patch. 

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Milestones? 

He has slept for 8 hours straight!! Okay, that only happened once lol but that is a start and we are praying it happens more often. He has been giggling up a storm recently, his laugh is the best. He grew a comb-over (I figure that should count as a milestone since I said him losing his hair in his 2 month update was a milestone). He has rolled from his tummy to his back (only four times). He tried his first "solid" food, he ate some rice cereal and absolutely loved it. 

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What Does Baby Love?

When we get him (make loud munching noises while "eating" his belly), he thinks it's hilarious. He loves being naked, and especially being naked while eating his toes. He loves watching Veggie Tales, going on walks and looking up at the trees or at the sky during our walks, he loves being in our baby carrier facing out so he can see what is going on around him, or doing chores with mom while in the baby carrier (and he usually falls asleep while I vacuum). He loves playing on his play mats, or in his saucers. He is loving his baby oatmeal or rice cereal at night and thinks it is so funny when he blows bubbles while "eating" it and gets the food all over mom. He also loves people, he gets so excited when people come talk to him or pay attention to him. He adores his cousins (my sister's kids) and he loves spending time with the family (Grandparents, Aunt, Uncles). It melts my heart to type out all the things he loves, he truly is such a happy baby and I just adore him. But above all, this baby loves eating his toes. 

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What Is Baby's Routine?

I wish I could say this has changed a ton in the last two months, but when I read this section in his Two Month Update, I unfortunately realized that not much has changed. In fact, I could some nights say it's gotten worse. We are taking action to try and change his sleep routine though, we have started "sleep training". In brief, we are doing 2-5-5 (2 minutes of crying, then we go in and sooth him, 5 min of the same and then another 5), this is teaching him to sooth himself to sleep instead of needing to nurse to sleep. If he can sooth himself back to sleep then hopefully he won't wake me up every two hours at night needing me to nurse him back to sleep. We also are trying to get him on a nap schedule of napping two hours after he wakes up, and then three hours after that nap is another nap, and then four hours after that is bedtime. I am praying when I post my next update that I can solidly say he is sleeping better and in a more consistent routine. 

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Nicknames?

It's hilarious how these have changed since the last update I did. Our current nicknames for Giulian are Little Man, Mr. Man, Bubby, and Bubbs. When talking about him with other people we sometimes call him Triple G or Baby G. Bubby is the most used nickname at this time. 

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Thoughts on the past two months?

Although the sleeping is still extremely tough (we are just starting to sleep train him), overall I'd say in the last two months we have become far more comfortable as parents and are in a much better routine than the months prior. It is becoming more and more fun with our little man, his personality is really shining through and we are loving it. There is nothing better than when he giggles and is having fun with us. I can't wait until he's sleeping better, allowing me to enjoy my days with him more instead of feeling like a zombie, but regardless being his mommy is a ton of fun and we love him to pieces! 

 
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