monthly favorites

15 month favorites and changes

Age: 15 Months & 4 days
Stats: 26 pounds 10 ounces, 32.5″ tall (he has grown over 2 inches and gained 2 pounds since his twelve month check up)
I have to admit that the past 7 weeks have been quite the transitional period for Henry (and myself). He started getting all of his teeth at once which brings on lots of fussiness, he started throwing tantrums, dropped down to 2 naps a day (and sometimes just 1), is more curious than ever, and he has become a daredevil. Year one was a breeze compared to this. He also recently started school two days a week while I am at the office, and that has been very hard on him.  He also NEVER sits still. He wants to explore, run, move, etc. He hates diaper changes, getting his hands and face wiped and being told NO.  I have a feeling we might be getting our “terrible twos” a little early! But I know that everything is just a phase and soon this will pass so I am trying not to stress that much.  Here are some of the things he is currently loving right now. 

1. Stacking Cups/Blocks – I think my child might be a bit OCD. He is obsessed with stacking cups, blocks, tupperware, etc. He definitely is not lacking in the fine motor skills department. Our favorite stacking cups are these
2. Shoes – Henry is obsessed with his shoes. He always wants to wear them and they are the first thing he points to when he wakes up in the morning. He will bring them to me and sit down and wait patiently for me to put them on. I think that is the only 2 minutes of the day where he is still. Our favorites are Converse high tops, Adidas and classes slip ons. Other brands I love are Target, Walmart, Polo, Tom’s and Puma. 
3. Blueberries – Henry recently took to blueberries like a fiene and has eaten a whole carton in a day. (I guess that’s okay?) The only downfall to this … blueberry elimination. Enough said. 

4. His “big boy” chair – We recently picked up this chair at our local Home Goods. It is adorable and he loves to sit (stand) and watch Sesame Street and Dinosaur Train or just hold the remote and lounge (Al Bundy style). That is of course if he is not climbing and standing on the chair. 
5. Books – He is finally getting into “reading”. He won’t sit through a whole story but he knows the basics of getting the book, bringing it to me, sitting down and turning the pages. I will also catch him flipping through them on his own too which is just the cutest thing ever. He is growing like a weed right before my very eyes. I don’t know if he has a favorite book yet, but he brings me Henry in Love and Corduroy to read the most. 
6. Radio Flyer Wagon – I have to give props to radio flyer for constantly being ahead of the trend. This wagon is pure genius on their part. It’s well made, sturdy, and has everything you need for a walk, trips to the pool, a day at the fair, etc. You can take it anywhere, the canopy shade is removable, there are cup holders for the kids and parents, a built in back pack, pockets for cell phones AND it sits 2 children. Also, when there is only one child riding in it, the other seat folds into a tray table so they can eat or color/do whatever. It is one of the best things out there. One of my favorite things is that he holds onto the sides the whole time while we go on walks (melt my heart!) Here we are last night on a walk. Notice the Halloween PJ’s. October 1st means Halloween PJ’s all month long and trust me, he has a few 🙂
What are some of your favorite items for a 15 month old?
Happy Hump Day! (I actually hate when people say that and look what I just did)

12 month Favorites

As my baby is now a one year old (heavy sign), I thought I’d share some of his favorite things. Some of these are new and some of these have been favorites for months (which means they are a good buy and a keeper). I have to say this age has been so fun. He is learning so much and picking up things quickly. I feel like I have a little old man walking around my house. He still only has 2 bottom teeth and is bald (for the most part). But that’s fine with me, it makes him look like a baby longer!

Soft Vintage-y Tees – Onesies are basically impractical for us to use anymore. Henry despises getting his diaper changed so the shorter he has to lay on his back for a changing the better. It is so much easier to pull up his shorts/pants and go. TargetOld Navy and H&M have great soft tees. Plus Target and Old Navy have amazing sales so often that most of the shirts I have purchased for Henry have been from the clearance section.

Straw Sippy Cups – Henry was never a fan of the traditional tilt back sippy cup. After trying about 4 different ones, we finally bought this Munchkin Straw Cup. I was shocked at how fast he learned how to use it. We put water, milk and smoothies in them without any trouble. We also like the Avent Straw Cups and the Zo-li cups are a big favorite in my mommy group.

Pajamas – Baby Gap is my favorite shop for 2 piece PJs. They are lightweight, comfy, and oh so adorable. They always come out with the best designs and graphics. They can be a little expensive at the store, so I wait until they go on sale, have an online coupon, and sometimes I even buy new on ebay! *Runner up would be The Children’s Place zip up one pieces. Light weight like Baby Gap but much cheaper! They have a zipper which I love.

Nuk Pacifier – Yep, Henry still uses his paci when he gets fussy and to get to sleep. When he was born we tried 4 different pacifiers and this classic was a winner. Luckily he only wants it when he is tired or cranky and doesn’t walk around with it in his mouth all day. He is too busy putting everything else he can find in his mouth. I hope that is just a phase. I love all the cute designs they have (especially the sports one). Please know he definitely rocks the football one every Sunday during football season. 

Plastic Balls – Walmart has THE best deal on plastic balls which you can use to make your own ball pit (using a plastic kiddie pool). We bought ours in store and got 100 for just under $12. We ended up get 3 packs. Yes, I have 300 plastic balls in my living room (contained, most of the time). One of our best purchases to date.

Lovey + Blanket – Angel Dear makes the softest and most cuddly lovey’s. Henry sleeps with his every night and every nap. He needs to feel it touching his face for him to doze off. It’s so sweet and heartwarming to see how much he loves it. Our go to blanket has always been the Nordstrom Basket Weave Baby Blanket. We received one as a gift when Henry was 2 months old and were hooked. I bought another as a back up in case one’s in the wash or to keep upstairs/downstairs.

Almond Milk – The transition from formula to Almond Milk was SO easy and I don’t even think Henry noticed. I wrote about my qualms of dairy milk a while back here. He hasn’t had any allergic reactions or upset stomachs. I feel confident in my decision to put him on almond milk instead of cows milk.

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