Happy 19 Months

Happy 19 Months

Good afternoon and happy Thursday! Paul bear is 19 months old today, and this will officially be the last monthly update. My focus going forward will be sharing activities that foster his development. Month 18 was spectacular; here are some of the milestones Paul has reached:

  • He holds books correctly; flips page by page; identifies front cover and back cover; identifies words and illustrations; and tries to read!
  • He falls asleep in his crib without nursing at night and sleeps from 7:30pm to 6am.
  • He has acquired a lot more language and he tries to say every word we ask him to say.
  • He puts on his shorts and pants and tries to pull them up and down.
  • He walks up and down any step holding onto the railing.
  • He still loves to pretend to cook and do chores
  • He gives good morning and good night kisses to everyone; including the cats.
  • He independently gives kisses when someone has a boo boo or is sad and He asks for kisses when he has a boo or is sad.
  • He LOVES snuggling.
  • Daytime nursing has increased because we weaned before bedtime and nighttime nursing.
  • He shakes his head yes and says NAH when he wants something.
  • He jokes!! When I say something like, “do we eat cat food?” He says “noooo”
  • When I say I love you, he looks at me and makes kissing gestures.
  • He loves imitating mama and dada and always wants to do chores like washing the dishes, doing laundry, and putting his toys away! Thank you Paul for helping keep our home clean =)
  • He is super strong; he can climb up almost anything at the park, and he can do pull ups and hold himself up on the monkey bars for longer than I can. We go to the playground everyday to work on his gross motor skills and strength.
  • He has become more interested in art; we are working on his fine motor skills through coloring, gluing, ripping paper, etc.
  • He loves books; he points to word when he reads.
  • He can make some animal sounds; he can make the sounds horses, sheeps, and dogs when asked.
  • He can identify the colors: red, blue, orange, green and purple.
  • He understands the prepositions behind, in front of, under, on top, in, out, etc.
  • He calls all women and girls “mamas”, all men “dadas”, all girls and boys “boys”.
  • His canine teeth are growing in, and he has been in so much pain. On days he is teething, nap is a no go. It’s okay though, it means extra snuggles for mama and dada!

These are some of the milestones Paul has reached this month =) Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Friday =D

Paul is 18 months old

Paul is 18 months old

Good morning and happy Saturday! On august 7th, Paul turned 18 months old; Here are some updates on month 17!

  • He says “wawa” or “awah” when he wants  to drink water.
  • He says “dopp dopp” when it’s raining (which he learned from the book Mr Brown can Moo.
  • He brings us a diaper and says “diap diap” when he needs a diaper change; then he lays on his back to get his diaper change. 
  • He likes to choose his breakfast when he is given a choice between two items.
  • He sleeps in his crib from 8pm to 6am straight through.
  • He points to sheeps and says “baaaa” and he points to horses and says “neigh neigh” 
  • He is really interested in animals and their sounds.
  • He point to P and says “pah” and he points to B and says “Bah”
  • He still loves to clean up “yucky” things and put them into the garbage. 
  • He puts dirty laundry in the laundry bag, helps clean up his food tray and puts his toys away.
  • He loves the playground; and he is super interested in other kids. He points and waves and says “boy” when there are boys on the playground. He likes to follow and observe what other kids are doing. He will play next to other kids (parallel play). 
  • He is very interested in numbers and identifies the difference between numbers and letters.
  • He likes to play in the kitchen sink and pretend he is washing dishes. 
  • He is climbing everything; and he climbs into his high chair. 
  • He dances! And it is so cute!!
  • He is almost completely feeding himself; he is still perfecting his ability to take small bites and small scoops.
  • He is a great eater; some of his favorites include yogurt parfaits, pasta with sauce and meatballs, brown rice and beans, avacado and eggs, etc. 
  • He loves to read. 
  • His favorite activity is still pretending to cook. 
  • He can say a lot of sounds and put together a lot of two and three syllable words. 
  • He mimicks sounds and words we make; and also facial expressions. 
  • He smiles when asked to “smile”
  • He gives kisses with the sound and puckering his lips; as well as asks for kisses.
  • He blows kisses.
  • He does not like blood. Whenever he gets a scrap and it’s bloody, he keeps pointing to it and says “boo boo” and asks for kisses. 
  • He is amazing with the cats; and he loves them! He plays with them, and he lets us know when their food and water bowl are empty. 
  • He loves going on walks, especially to the park. He is a little dare devil and loves climbing up to go down the big slides. 
  • He is able to hold on the railings and walk up steps!
  • He loves playing “you cant get me” and doing wrestling moves! 
  • He loves helping with every chore. 
  • His water is his security item; he likes to always have it with him. 
  • He is really asserting his independence! When we tell him not to do something and he starts crying; We work on identifying his feelings, letting him know it’s okay to feel his emotions and that it’s okay to cry (which is when we take a step back and let him work through it), when he calms down, we tell him “I am sorry you are upset” and then give him options of things he can do. He is always successfully redirected.
  • He loves dumping and balancing items. 
  • He is really working on letter sounds and words.
  • He interacts with songs.
  • He absolutely loves to give kisses and get kisses.
  • He loves and becomes giddy when we say we love him and that we are proud of him; and he claps when we say these phrases to him.
  • He has a complete understanding of the vocabulary and language we use with him.
  • He still breastfeeds at lest 3 times a day =) he loves his skin to skin contact tome!
  • He has an incredible sense of humor; he loves to laugh and he understands jokes.
  • He loves being chased!
  • He had a lot of energy =)
  • When he sees letters, he makes letter sounds.
  • Whenever he gets hurt he asks for kisses by making the kissy sound, and whenever someone else gets hurt or becomes sad he gives kisses!!
  • I can’t get enough of his kisses. They are the best.

This was a wonderful month! Paulino is a big boy now =) Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Saturday =)

Our First Family Adventure to Central Park

Our First Family Adventure to Central Park

My family spent a beautiful day at Central Park; and it was many firsts for Paul. Paul loves anything and everything that is buses, so when we got on the bus to go to New York; he was ecstatic. Whenever we go somewhere, he is attached to papa bear; so Paul snuggled right next to papa and looked out the window while all nestled into papas body. It’s just so sweet.

When we arrived at New York, Matt placed Paul in our baby Bjorn and we started our walk to Central Park Zoo. On the way, Paul got to see everything that he loves; which is everything vehicles: fire trucks, taxis, steamrollers and the list goes on. He probably would have been completely content if this walk was the conclusion of our adventures! But then, we entered the zoo; and right on time for the sea lion feeding.

He calls sea lions Boo Boo because they have whiskers like our furry little kitties at home. Then we visited the penguin exhibit, where there were so many baby penguins to see. After, he really enjoyed observing the monkeys and playing peek a Boo with the birds. The best part of the experience was the petting zoo, he got to see and feed sheep and goats; animals that he has only seen illustrations of in his children’s books. He was wiped out by the time we arrived at the petting zoo, so Matt and I found a quiet (for manhattan standards) place in Central Park where I nursed Paul and he fell fast asleep for 30 minutes.

When Paul woke up, we spent beautiful time together at the park walking along the pond in Central Park. Paul got to see ducks playing in the water and observed a little boy feeding them. We ended our adventure by sitting in an area where we watched horses and people on bikes pass by. Paul initiated a game where he was pretending to dump his food over the fence so that we would chase him; he just couldn’t stop laughing. He is such a cutie. After 20 minutes of playing, the entire family was wiped out so we started our walk back to the bus terminal and got on the bus to Jersey City. It was the perfect day.

Here are some of my favorite pictures:


Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy day!

My Baby is 17 Months

My Baby is 17 Months

Good evening and happy Friday! Paulino is 17 months today, and I am emotional as ever. He is not a baby anymore; but rather a thoughtful, loving, and happy little toddler. Here are some developmental highlights that occurred this month:

Sleep

The day that Paul turned 16 months old was the day he started sleeping through the night. On the first night that this happened, I remember falling asleep at 10:30pm and waking up at 4:30am feeling refreshed for the first time in two years. Currently, Paul is falling asleep around 7pm and sleeps until 5am (which he then nurses and sleeps until he wakes up at 6am or 6:30am) OR he falls asleep at 7pm and wakes up once to nurse before 4:30 am and then sleeps until he wakes up at 6am or 6:30am. If he falls asleep at 8pm, then he will sleep through the night until he wakes up around 6am. This month, he also fell asleep for the first time ever without mama and instead while cuddling happily with dada.

Language development

  • He picks old food and fuzz off the ground or on mama and says “yucky.”  He loves this word and always uses it appropriately. He always throws what he picks up into the garbage.
  • His three new words are yucky, boy, and die. To give you a little context on why he learned the word die: whenever I’m dehydrated or hungry, I would joke and say “if mama doesn’t drink water, I’m gonna die” and I would say it in a funny accent and he would laugh hysterically. Well he picked the word die up really quickly and uses it to make me laugh.
  • He says the sound of the letter y very well in addition the the letters he learned last month.
  • If Paul sees the letter B he will say it’s sound.

Cognitive Development

  • Paul follows routines and completes tasks such as flushing the toilet, throwing garbage in the garbage and the recycling in the recycling, eating, drinking water, etc independently and when asked. He loves to help with chores.
  • He is able to put his shoes halfway on his feet.
  • He pulls his pants up and down when getting dressed.
  • He plays with toys functionally independently.
  • He likes to play with cars and roll one or two at a time; as well as play with his garage set.
  • He loves pretending to cook!! He pretends to mix and scoop and sniff and taste and he will either say nun nun or yucky. He adds different toys in a bowl to cook with; it’s incredible.
  • If he does an inappropriate behavior (like pulling hair) and you show him an appropriate behavior (petting or kissing hair) he will do the appropriate behavior.
  • He claps for himself and others when a task is completed or when something nice or thoughtful is done.
  • He puts items back where they belong when he is done with them or when he finds them on the floor.
  • He traces shapes on pages with his finger.
  • He identifies the words in a story as well as the pictures.
  • He know to wash his hands at the sink after we come in from playing outside and before we eat.
  • He knows to go in his chair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • He knows how to sit on chairs.
  • He covers mama up after he is done drinking milk.
  • When we go outside, he picks up his shoes and tries to put them on and then he picks up mamas shoes and tries to put them on me.
  • He knows the difference between sneakers, boots, and Sandals.
  • When someone tells him no, he also moves his pointer finger to express the word no.
  • He could tell the difference between males and females. He calls all males dada and all females mama.
  • He puts items away nicely or puts them back where they belong. 
  • He’s starting to tell us when he needs a new diaper. If I say “did you go pee pee?” he point to the front of his diaper and if I say “did you go poo poo?”he points to the back of his diaper. 
  • He picks up garbage off the floor and throws it in the garbage and he picks up dirty laundry and puts it in the laundry bag. 

Fine motor/gross motor

  • He has been practicing rolling his wrists.
  • He climbs on all furniture.
  • He spins.

Social/Emotional

  • Paul loves playing social games such is peek a boo, hide and seek, i’m gonna get you, tickle love, and copy/imitate.
  • He loves to do things to make us laugh.
  • Paul still loves to nurse, but he is definitely starting to ween himself.

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Friday!

Here are some pictures:

Paul is 16 Months Old

Paul is 16 Months Old

Good afternoon and happy Friday! It is unbelievable that my little Paulie is 16 months old =) Here are some milestones that he reached this month:

Language/Communication:

  • Paulie is able to imitate the sound of the letter A, B, C, D, F, H, K, L, M, P, and T.
  • He understands everything that we are saying and follows directions very well.
  • If we say, “I’m putting your left arm through the sleeve; transfer/switch the (item) to your other hand” “wipe your hands and then throw the napkin away” or “put the bucket back in the cabinet under the sink” he does it.
  • He understands the pronouns mine, your, his, and her.
  • He babbles sentences and makes new combinations everyday.
  • Here are some of my favorites:
    • He will get food items from the refrigerator if we ask him to get it.
    • When I say “mama wants chocolate milk” he will go take out the milk and Hershey syrup and bring it to me.
    • He disciplines the cats!!!! If they scratch at the door, Paul will run to them, say “tsssssss” and then wave his hands and say “dump dump.” They listen to him too!
    • We call him Bubba and he now refers to himself as Bubba.

Gross Motor Development:

  • He loves loves loves to climb and he tries to hard to jump!
  • He loves to run!

Fine motor:

  • Paul rubs, squeezes, and rips items with his hands.

Cognitive Development:

  • He can identify and sort circles, triangles, stars, squares and x’s.
  • He understands the concepts of the following words: over, under, inside, outside, in, out, in front of, behind, next to, the other one, other, another, one more, another one, etc.
  • He will do an appropriate action when asked; for example “rub dada’s eyes”
  • He identifies hands, feet, shoes, socks, eyes, nose, cheeks, chin, hair, top of head, mouth, tongue, teeth, cooking utensils, etc in books and on TV on humans and animals.
  • He makes inferences from books and tv to real life; for example, if brushing a cat is depicted, he will go brush his cat.
  • His favorite activity to do is engage in pretend play. He loves to pretend he is cooking, and puts blocks in a bowl and mixes them with a scoop and pretends to try it and also asks whoever is in the room to try it. He will either say “mmmm” “nom nom” or “yuck” after he pretends to take a taste. It is adorable!
  • He loves cars; when we go on walks he wants to stop and point at the wheels and other parts of every car we pass.
  • He loves exploring sounds that he hears; he is currently interested in car sirens.
  • He understands that we smell with our nose, hear with our ears, taste with our tongue, feel with our hands and bite with our teeth.
  • He loves reading and being read to!
  • He loves to do whatever mama and dada do, such as: sweeping  (he will sweep and actually throw it in the garbage), flushing toilet, turning bath on, cleaning, etc.
  • He is able to sit down and flip through pages of a book independently.
  • He could play hide the shape where, when asked, he hides a shape under one of his bowls. 

Social/Emotional

  • He loves to make us laugh! He is a little goofball! If we laugh at something he does he will laugh and keep doing it.
  • He laughs when we laugh and he smiles when we smile.
  • He responds to us when we ask him questions and speak to him.
  • He makes a cute little whimper when he dislikes something, is skeptical about something, or doesn’t want to do something.
  • He says “na” when he is very interested in something or wants to do something.
  • He mimics movements and speech.
  • He loves waving, blowing kisses, hugging, and tickling and being tickled!
  • My favorite is when I’m breastfeeding and I rub my eyes and he will then rub my eyes with his hands. Also, when he plays with my hair while breastfeeding. I just love breastfeeding him; we crack each other up!
  • He loves asking for kisses when he gets hurt or when he pretends to get hurt; and he gives kisses when we get hurt!

These are some of the milestones Paulie has reached this month! Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Friday!

Capturing and Embracing Happiness

Capturing and Embracing Happiness

I have always been a strong believer of embracing the positive of every situation; it has always been a defense mechanism of mine. Even in the darkest, most unbearable and [seemingly and sometimes] irresolvable of situations, there are happy and positive moments around you waiting to be captured and embraced. Getting stuck in a vortex of negative energy and pessimistic thinking can happen rapidly, especially if negative situations continuously arise; and when this happens, it is so important to search and find the happiness waiting to be embraced around you–as little as it may be. Every day that we wake up is a fresh start; an opportunity to approach the day with a positive mindset; an opportunity to create and discover new options to change undesirable circumstances; an opportunity show respect, love, kindness, appreciation and admiration for those around us as well as ourselves; an opportunity to seek forgiveness and forgive; an opportunity to reflect on yesterday’s experiences with the goals of making a happier life and a happier you. I am sharing some beauty that I captured today and some happy moments that I had with my family  =D What beauty and happy moments did you embrace and capture today? If you would like to share the happy moments that you have embraced today on instagram, use the hashtag #embracehappymoments

Fashion as seen in this post:

Paul: Jacket: Burt’s Bee’s Baby Similar One , Burt’s Bee’s Baby Similar Two , Burt’s Bee’s Baby Similar Three // Sneakers: Stride Rite Shoes // Pants: Hand-Me-Down

Sandra: Blouse: Express // Leggings: Forever 21 // Sneakers: Adidas

 Thank you for reading =) I will keep a lookout for your hashtag #embracehappymoments on instagram =D I hope you have a happy day!

Paul is 15 Months Old

Paul is 15 Months Old

Good morning and happy happy happy Sunday!! My little button is 15 months old, and month 14 was absolutely amazing. It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, this little, curious, energetic, strong willed boy was so dependent on his mama that the majority of the day was spent nursing. Time has been flying by, and it is because something new is constantly happening. Month 14 has been so much fun; He wants to learn and explore everything =) this month, we have been trying to go on walks everyday, and he has been super interested in vehicles, their function, and the name and function of the parts of the vehicle; when he hears sirons from inside the apartment, he stops what he is doing and runs to the window and vocalizes to us until we pick him up to look out the window and explain to him the sounds he is hearing. Paul reached many developmental milestones this month. He

  • Makes word connections in songs and books to reality. For example, if we read the word light in a book, or he hears the word light in a son, he will look and point at the light in the room he is in and shows it to us. 
  • He is learning how to wash his hands in the sink. He washes his hands in the sink before every meal. 
  • He is very gentle with the cats (most of the time) hehehe =)
  • His language development is amazing. He tries to copy all sounds and words. He tries to use language that he does know to communicate. He is babbling for sentences and carrying on conversations with us in this adorable babble. He now says the words bubba, diaper, baby, bubble, and din din. He is copying sounds mmmm, tssss, and puh.
  • Waves when he is greeting or saying goodbye. 
  • Blows kisses when he says goodbye.
  • Blows bubbles.
  • Wakes mama and dada up with adorable kisses on he lips. 
  • Love loves loves going outside for walks and pointing and inquiring about everything around him. 
  • Is cutting all 4 molars and 2 canine teeth. (It has been a hard month for sleeping…poor baby).
  • Understands the pronouns yours, your, mine, my, and me.
  • Wants sympathy when he gets hurt or becomes sad. 
  • Pretends to get hurt so we can give him sympathy. 
  • We are teaching him empathy by asking him for a kiss when we get hurt. He is learning to become aware of others feeling.
  • Points to his and other people’s ears, eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, chin, head, nostrils, hair, curls; and understands when we say point to my other ear or point to my other eye.
  • Points to his shoulders. 
  • Thinks it is hilarious when we perform the song head, shoulders, knees, and toes. 
  • Understands when We say your nose is for smelling; your ears are for hearing…
  • Loves to smell everything.
  • Follows two and three step directions. 
  • He tries to put on his socks and shoes; and tries to put mamas socks and shoes on as well!
  • He is able to find his circles and pentagons.

Month 14 was a blast. Paul is so much fun, I just love his personality, and I am so so so so excited for next months adventures! =D happy 15 months baby boy! 

Thank you for reading!! I hope you have a happy happy happy day! 

Here are some pictures from this wonderful month:

Diary of Mama Bear: Paul is 14 Months Old

Diary of Mama Bear: Paul is 14 Months Old

Good morning and happy Friday! Month 13 was a super fun month =D 

Paul

  • practices blowing
  • says the sound of the letter P
  • Says the sound “ts” 
  • Says the word jump and then tries to jump
  • points to his and others eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, hair, and head
  • imitates putting objects on top of head and nose
  • is able to find a hidden object that was moved
  • Starting building with blocks (he practices balancing them)
  • Rolls cars
  • Bounces balls
  •  copies actions such as sweeping, using Q tips, pouring cat food into cat bowl, cleaning litter box, and flushing the toilet
  • calls all food num num, all cats boo boo, calls mamas milk nom mom
  • Sniffs food and objects to smell them. 
  • Say “mmmm” and “yum”
  • points to the body part that hurts when he falls or bangs it
  • tries to put socks on his feet
  • tries to put socks and sneakers on mamas feet
  • drinks from a sippy cup
  • eats with a spoon out of a bowl
  • wipes his hands and mouth with wet ones when asked
  • wipes his tray to help clean. 
  • Rubs his head on his cats (like they do to him)
  • Pretends to eat, drink, cough and laugh
  • Hides behind doors and wants us to find him
  • Plays peek a boo
  • Copies whispering
  • Copies yelling
  • Crawls under tables
  • Combs hair
  • Kisses cats
  • Understands the commands “stand” “sit” and “lay down” 
  • Pretends to be tired by laying down
  • Climbs up the stairs
  • Makes a raspberry sound when we say someone farted 
  • Loves loves loves sensory activities 
  • Adores his cats 
  • Says “nooooo” jokingly
  • When he play with water, he will walk really slowly with water in a cup to dump it in another bowl 
  • Copies and imitates sounds and actions that mama and dada do
  • Tries to say “dump” while he dumps water or toys outs of buckets 
  • Uses the words jump and dump consistentently and appropriately 
  • Runs 
  • Requests to go in his crib when he is tired and lays down
  • Tries to imitate humming

Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy day =D

The Diary of Mama Bear: Paul is 13 Months Old

The Diary of Mama Bear: Paul is 13 Months Old

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday! =D Month 12 was such an amazing month; we have been blessed with such a happy, healthy, curious, funny and outgoing little boy =D I am so grateful <3  I just love love love love Paul’s personality. He is SO happy all the time, and he has such an incredible sense of humor. My favorite thing that he does is he LOVES to give kisses. One of our games is for him to give me a kiss, and then I chase him around saying “I want a kiss” and then I disappear, and when he comes to fine me I pop out and he falls down because he is laughing so hard =D

Pauls Humor

He thinks it is hilarious when:

  • We sniff his body or other peoples bodies and say “Pee You!” (or some variation of that).
  • When we so “yucky!”(or some variation of that) when he sticks his fingers in our mouth.
  • When he eats something inedible and we say “eww gross!” (or some variation of that).
  • When he tickles mamas feet and play’s the game I’m gonna get you and chases me around the apartment trying to tickle me.
  • When we tickle him.
  • When we play peek a boo (he initiates the game and will hide until we say “where’s Paul” and he will pop out and smile and laugh). He will hide behind window curtains or doors and pop out and laugh when we say “where’s Paul.
  • When he feeds us food and we say “yum” (or some variation of that).
  • When we chase each other around the apartment.
  • When he points to our eyes and accidentally pokes us and we make a funny face and say “ouch”(or some variation of that).
  • When we make funny impressions while reading stories.
  • Some new social games include: him running to mama and saying “dada” and laughing and then running to dada and saying “mama” and laughing. He thinks it is hilarious when we copy sounds and actions that he does. He also thinks its funny when he yells “mama” and mama yells “paul” in response.
  • Paul has been brushing his hair and other peoples hair as well; and when I say “brush mama’s hair” he goes to brush my hair and then tries to eat it and cracks up when I say “ew!’
  • He is such a little goofball. He even cracks himself up sometimes when he accidentally does something silly. I love being Paul’s mama =D

 Here is a list of some of the milestones Paul has reached this month and some special moments that I jotted down:

  • Paul is able to transition into standing position from any position and walk and run around.
  • He is so adventurous and climbs on anything to get to his objective.
  • Paul understands everything we are saying and consistently follows demands.
  • He copies actions; if i put a block on my head he will put a block on his head.
  • He has been very interested in the parts of the face, and he is able to point to his and anyone elses nose when asked the appropriate demand. We are working on pointing to all of the parts of his face and mama and dada’s face when labeled.
  • Paul found a toy that he used to play with, walked over to the coffee table, stuck it on, and played with it, What a great memory!
  • Paul understands when we say “wait” and waits for us! and even whines and babbles at us using very adorable hand motions (mama is Italian so I wonder where he learned that from).
  • He loves eating with a spoon, He practices scooping food onto the spoon and biting the food off the spoon at least once a day.
  • Paul pretends to eat by pretending to pick something up, looking, at us, saying “yum” or “nom nom” and laughing.
  • He is able to sit and sort shape blocks.
  • He has developed an interest for cars.
  • He throws a ball to mama and mama rolls it back to him.
  • He makes really cute faces when things blow in his face.
  • He tries to walk up steps.
  • Paul whimpers like a little puppy dog when he wants his mama.
  • He brushes his hair.
  • He cracks up and imitates mama brushing her teeth.
  • he tries to drink from adult cups.
  • If I place three objects in front of him and put something under one of the objects and ask “where is the ____?” he will pick up to appropriate object to get the item.
  • Paul LOVES his cats. They make him SO happy and provide so much entertainment for him. He calls all 3 cats Boo Boo because one of our cats name is Boo Boo. He even calls the cats in books Boo Boo.
  • He calls all food “Nana;”his favorite food happens to be bananas.
  • He LOVES taking a bath and everything about water and playing in water and with water. He will also play with the cat water.
  • His favorite place in the apartment is the bathroom. He does a bathroom dance that is similar to his Nana dance.
  • He is really interested in ceiling fans ;more specifically, turning the switch on and off and watching the ceiling fan turn on and off, He is very interested in the cause and effect of things.
  • He claps and waves appropriately.
  • He loves loves loves giving mama and dada kisses. EVERY morning, Paul wakes Matt up by giving him kisses. IT IS LITERALLY THE CUTEST THING EVER.
  • He tries to type on the computer keyboard!
  • He likes to pretend he is talking on the phone.
  • He says “no.”
  • He plays with the cats by picking up long strings or fabric and waves it in their face. It is sooooo cute!

 Paul’s First Sickness and a Head Lump

A week after Paul’s birthday he started running a fever. On the first day (Wednesday), he ran a 102.7 temperature so we brought him to the doctor where he came back negative for the flu and strep throat. They told us to rotate infant motrin and infant tylenol until the fevers were completely gone. He continued to run high fevers (up to 103.8) so we brought him back to the doctors on Friday where he again tested negative for strep. This time, they needed a urine sample to rule out a urinary tract infection so we had to bring pee bags home with us. The test came out negative. They told us that if he was still running a fever on Monday that they needed to run blood work. On Saturday, Matt noticed a lump on the back of his head near his ear; which it turned out was the same lump I discovered three weeks earlier but disregarded because it was very small. When I felt it this time, it had grown noticeably larger. Matt and I returned to the doctor with Paul on Monday who had been fever free for 20 hours but developed a rash in the morning. The lump turned out to be a swollen lymph node due to his body fighting off the virus, and the rash was roseola. During this entire week, Paul nursed constantly and slept with us so he could nurse unrestricted. Doing this helped him remain hydrated and it helped him sleep. =D

Owen snuggled with Paul every night that he was sick <3

Sleep

Nighttime

I am so happy with Paul’s sleep; the Individualized Nighttime Sleep Training Program is really working for us. He is becoming so much more independent. I am officially no longer nursing him to sleep at night time; and it has been like this every night for the last 14 days. After he is done nursing, he independently unlatches and I place him in his crib, cover him with the blanket that I have created the nursing association with and either sing to him or provide some sensory input to help him fall asleep; it depends on his needs. He will usually sleep somewhere between four to seven hours before he wakes up and nurses (he actually drinks) and when he is full he unlatches, I place him back in his crib and he falls to sleep on his own. The second time he wakes up I usually bring him in our bed and sometimes I pacify him and sometimes I do not; again it depends on his needs. He currently falls asleep in his crib by 7:30 pm and is up for the day sometime between 6:00 am and 7:00 am.

Naps

Paul is transitioning from taking two naps to taking one nap. If he takes one nap, he will usually sleep from 12:30 to 3:00 and if he takes 2 naps he will usually sleep from 9:30 to 10:30 and then again from 1:30 to 3:00. I typically nurse him to sleep for naps; and most of the time I nap with him!

Paul’s First Park Experience

We took Paul to the park to run around for the first time this month, and he absolutely loved it. He had his first encounter with the cutest, most friendliest bulldog. The dog strutted over to Paul, knocked him over, and started licking him all over the face; and Paul screamed like I have never heard. The owners were really nice and left with their dog. Paul forgot about the incident as soon as a six year old girl came to play at the park. He followed her around at a distance and every time she looked at him he would smile! It was so adorable.

Here are some pictures:

 Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a happy day! =D

The Diary of Mama Bear: Paul is One Year Old

The Diary of Mama Bear: Paul is One Year Old

Good evening loves and happy February 8th. I am in awe that one whole year has passed. At 3:37AM one year and one day ago, my precious baby boy, Paul Raffaele, made his journey into the world. As I write this, I am feeling so incredibly thankful. Thankful for Matt and Paul for making me a mother. Thankful that I am married to my best friend. Thankful that my breast tumors have not returned and I am alive and well to experience motherhood to the fullest. Thankful that Paul is healthy. Thankful that Matt is healthy. Thankful that my mother is healthy. Thankful for being able to live life, overcome adversities, and focus on the positive and wonderful experiences. Becoming a mother has made me experience emotions in a different way and I am just thankful for so much. Negativity and unfortunate events could overpower the happy and positive moments and experiences that are worth embracing. To me, it has always been a lifestyle choice to focus on the people and things that make me happy and to focus on the positive of every situation (even when the positive is hard to grasp) while appropriately handling the negative and unfortunate situations accordingly and assimilating to change the best way possible as well as considering how to make the situation better (if possible). Every day, people wake up with a choice to perceive their world positively or negatively; the choice to embrace the positive moments in any situation; the choice to change their circumstances if they are unhappy; and the choice to eliminate their negative surrounding or their involvement in negative situations. Every day is a new day to start fresh using past experiences to create a happier life. Ever since becoming pregnant, marrying my best friend, and experiencing motherhood, this lifestyle is the only way; and I have not overlooked one happy moment. I am happy. I am thankful.

If you like, I would love for you to comment and tell me about some happy moments that took place in your life today =D

Here are some of the milestones that Paul has reached this month:

Language/Communication:

  • Paulie is able to kiss someone on the cheek, point, knock, clap, wave, and take a bite when asked the appropriate command.
  • Paulie points and babbles to request express his wants and needs.
  • He responds to requests and commands.
  • He tries really hard to say all the words that we say; and even tries to copy the tone of our voice.
  • Paulie imitates blowing raspberries and opening and closing mouth.
  • He says the following words very clearly: mama, dada, gahma, nana, and boo boo.
  • He demonstrates that he understands the name of every room; and he is able to locate all of his toys when asked to find something specific.
  • When he gets hurt, he points to what are hurts on his body, looks at you, and if asked “are you okay?” he whimpers and comes over for snuggles; and if stated, “your okay!” he turns and continues playing (unless he is really hurt).

Cognitive:

  • He likes to turn the light switch on and off.
  • He is interested in anything that turns on and off and how things work.
  • When asked to point at specific illustrations while reading familiar books, Paulie points to the appropriate picture.
  • He recognizes the shape of a circle and fits it through his shape shorter.
  • He picks up shapes and tries to fit them through each hole until he finds the correct one.
  • He likes to play with stacks, but does not yet put them in size order.
  • He understands how to turn some toys on and off.
  • Paulie independently flips through books and points at pictures.
  • He is very curious; especially about places forbidden to him.
  • When he wants to read a book, he shows me it, hands me it, and sits on my lap.
  • He identifies and points to objects when they are named.
  • He insists on eating food independently with a spoon.
  • He knows where his milk come from, and points at and pulls down my shirt when he is thirsty.
  • He picks out a book that he wants to read; and if I ask him to hand me a specific book, he will find it and give it to me. The books he is able to locate are Brown Bear, Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Llama Llama Red Pajama, The Very Hungry Caterpillar,  Five Christmas Penguins, and Mr. Brown Can Moo.
  • He understands what it means to be gentle; especially with the cats.
  • When we say, “it’s time for breakfast/ lunch/dinner” he walks to the kitchen. When I say “say goodnight to daddy” he will crawl around the apartment looking for him to give him a kiss. When I say “pick a book and come to the bedroom” he picks a book and comes to the bedroom. It is so incredible!!

Social/Emotional:

  • Paulie ALWAYS complains when I leave the room.
  • He does not like strangers.
  • He like to tickle me, especially my feet! He cracks up whenever he tickles me.
  • He laughs when I laugh =)
  • He loves to pet his cats. He calls all 3 cats Boo Boo.
  • He likes to get our approval.
  • He loves to give kisses!

Gross Motor:

  • Paul took his first real steps on February 1st, and he is now walking everywhere!
  • He climbs on and off the bed, couch, chairs, and furniture.

Personality

  • Paul is a happy and social little bean. His favorite things to do is play social games with mama and papa; eat food and try new food; explore and manipulate his toys; play drums (his favorite past time); crawl around and walk around to explore; play with the cats and pet them (he has learned how to be gentle); look at the window; and likes to be told how things function. It is also so awesome how Paul has Matt and I’s sense of humor. =D

Here are pictures representing each month of his first year =D

Thank you for reading and coming on this journey with me! I am so excited to see what this year brings! =D  I hope you have a happy Wednesday! <3333