Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mack is 11 Months!

Mack is 11 months old today!

I can't believe in just one month he will be one year old - where has the time gone? It's been the craziest year of my life for sure but Mack has been my one constant and my biggest joy.

Mack is all over the place, I can barely keep up. Look at those red knees - he is the fastest crawler in town and is just itching to walk. He has mastered standing on his own and "cruising". I have caught him several times when he would take a step and then realize what he was doing and stop and sit down. He can sit from a standing position and stand from a sitting position. He tries to climb anything and everything - stairs, coffee tables, couches, wagons, fireplaces, TV consoles, chairs and more.

He says Mama and Dada with a purpose, loves patty cake, "where's Mack?", his tunnel, Libby & Brown Bear (our labs), his mom - he is a mama's boy right now. He loves his dad's silly voices and being tickled by his beard. He thinks it's so funny when Libby barks. He can put smaller objects in large containers and remove them. His favorite toy is an electric book that Grammy (my mom) gave him when he got tubes. It sings different nursery rhymes.

He is as curious as ever, focusing on new items until he can figure out what exactly he can do with it. Jon had to child-proof the kitchen cabinets the other week after Mack pulled a bowl out and it broke. He is still trying each and every day to open all the cabinets. I love that he never gives up.

Mack loves books with texture. On his nightstand currently is Dog, Tails, Goodnight Moon and The Big Red Barn. We rock in the chair in his room and read the books, he loves to turn the pages himself and is so fascinated by the textures in Dog and Tails.

He is obviously a great eater, weighing in at 23lbs and 31 inches, 60th and 90th percentiles. He has been eating table food for a few months now and we have dropped down to two bottles a day - morning and night. His favorite foods are peaches, sweet potatoes, pears, avocados, cheerios, cheese ravioli, chicken and shredded cheese. We still haven't tried beef yet but there is no doubt that he would love it. He is a messy, messy, messy eater. He hasn't figured out that you don't have to throw the sippy cup when you are done with it but I'm sure that will come.

He has a love/hate relationship with baths these days - he loves playing in them but hates the actual bathing part.

Mack is excelling in his fine and gross motor skills and catching up on his language skills since having his tubes put in. He imitates so many sounds and noises - especially a bath toy duck that goes, "quack, quack, quack, quack".

He has dropped his 5pm cat nap for the most part but Mondays are always long days and yesterday we took a long cuddle nap. We haven't done that in several weeks and I have definitely missed it. There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe my love for Mack and this is only the beginning.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Noah's 4th Birthday Party!

My good friend Erin's son, Noah, turned 4 this past weekend. Noah is the smartest red headed little boy but I think Mack could become a close second! His birthday party was at the Frisco Fire Station which the older kids loved. Mack loved climbing on the trucks and hearing the bells being rung. Unfortunately we never saw the fire station dog :(

Mommy & Mack

Daddy & Mack - I love both of these expressions

Notice a theme of fingers in the mouth? Mack is teething (finally!). He has one coming in on the bottom and I'm sure several more right behind it.

Mack's a climber. Even though he can stand on his own it scared me to death for him to be up on the truck by himself. I'm officially my mom now.
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mack's Hair

Mack's hair is becoming more and more interesting by the day. It's slowly turning a strawberry-ish, blonde-ish, red-ish hue. As it grows in length, a slight curl is coming in.

After a bath, Mack has what we call "Bill Murray" Hair.
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Mack is 10 Months Old!

Mack turned 10 months old on April 25th!

He is 23lbs and 30" tall, putting him the 80th percentile for his age.

He is VERY mobile - crawling faster than I can keep up with sometimes, pulling up, standing & "cruising" from one piece of furniture to the next. He says "ma" with a purpose (but he's done that for a while now) and is starting to say "dada" with a purpose.

He has recently learned "no" and when we tell him "no", he looks at us and shakes his head "no". Blerg. I'm sure that is just the tip of the iceberg of what is to come.

He is still a great eater & we recently incorporated some meats into his diet but he doesn't really care too much for them. His favorite food is probably sweet potatoes and hard boiled eggs. He is a very messy eater, too.

He is learning to wave "goodbye" and still loves playing patty-cake & peek-a-boo.

Mack loves his swing, wagon, and playing with all the toys shaped like tools that Crazy Aunt Mare has bought him. Nonny recently got him a work bench which is starting to explore with lots of curiosity.

Unfortunately, since about Feb., he had been suffering from earache after earache. With Jon out of commission, Mack being sick has definitely been trying but luckily both set of our parents have been helping out tons. In addition to the ear pain, I didn't think Mack was as vocal as he should be and sometimes when we called his name it would take several tries before he turned to look at us. Mommy intuition told me to see an ENT where we found out his ears were pretty bad.

Just a few days after turning 10 months, Mack had tubes put in his ears. We are already seeing such a difference! His runny nose has cleared up, he is more vocal and is sleeping so much better.

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