14 months


Mason is 14 months old today and it is incredible how much he has developed and grown up the past couple of weeks. Just before he turned 13 months he started walking, not just taking a few steps. One day he just stood up in the kitchen on his own without pulling up on anything and started walking. I will say, it’s really nice that he can walk when we go somewhere and I need to put him down for a second, I don’t look like a bad mom with my son crawling around on a dirty floor.

Just over the past couple of days he’s gotten really fast and has ran a couple times, usually to chase after a cat. Thanks to his new found speed, he’s into everything before I even notice! He loves to throw the bowl of cat food all over the kitchen, eat some, hide in the bathroom, hide his toys and the tv remotes all over the house, hide silverware in his toy box…and I’m right next to him! He’s quick! He points at where he wants to go and what he wants. I love how he points with his chubby little fingers. He also loves to pant and pretend he is out of breath, I guess he’s heard me pant after walking up and down the stairs 🙈. He loves to chase the cats and dog at my grandmas house. He’s gotten really good at his stacking rings and carries them around the house wherever he goes.IMG_7140

He’s got a really good arm, he can hit me in the face with any toy. He’s also started hitting me. I don’t know where this aggression came from but it’s hard to get him to understand that it’s not ok. I pretend to fake cry and he laughs, I ignore him and he does it more, I take the toy away and he cries, I replace it with a ball that he can throw and he throws it at me. The other day Mark was sitting by us on the couch and Mason hit me so Mark picked Mason up and put him on the other side of him and said he was on time out for hitting mommy. Mason started bawling! Hopefully that helps him learn not to hit.

He’s cutting FOUR teeth right now and it’s been suuuuper fun. His top front teeth are about to come through any day. He also has the teeth next to his bottom front teeth coming through, one’s already through. He’s drooling like crazy and usually has about three drool lines coming down his chin. Poor boy! And poor us, he’s been waking up at 5:50 for the past few days and since he spoiled me this whole past year, I am not used to this early morning routine!

We just had Thanksgiving and my family was all here for it. We had so much fun with my parents and sisters. While they were here we took Mason to the train at the South Towne Mall, Courtney and I took him to the Aquarium, and Mark and Taylor and I took him to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point, and he played in the snow for the first time. He wasn’t too sure of it at first but he had fun sledding and playing in the snow. He even threw a fit when it was time to go inside. We also got to go wedding dress shopping with Rachel! It was so fun and so surreal to see her in beautiful dresses. She is going to be a gorgeous bride.

Our friends Tara & Peter and their boys Landon & Jackson were in town visiting family for Thanksgiving and we got to meet up with them while they were here. They lived across the parking lot from us in college and we have missed them so much over the past three years! We had a great time meeting their cute boys and going to dinner and playing laser tag with them. I love friendships that never change and can pick up right where they left off.


1st birthday

This post is almost 2 months late but it’s not because I haven’t wanted to write it. Honestly, it’s because I’m just so busy with my little toddler that I haven’t found the time. And also, we are buying a house! So that has been eating into what little free time I have.

But we celebrated Mason’s birthday on October 3rd because it was conference weekend and lots of people were in town. A lot of family and friends came to our little birthday party where we had pizza and cake and opened presents. Mason ate 2 huge pieces of Costco pizza, opened so many gifts (mostly cars and trucks which are his favorite things!), wasn’t sure about everyone singing “Happy Birthday” to him and liked his cake until he rubbed frosting in his eye and then hated it.

I still can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by! I blinked and I have a 1 year old! But at the same time, it feels like years ago that Mason was a new born. This has been the best year of our life. We have never been happier, so in love, tired, excited (the list goes on and on) than we have this year with this sweet baby boy.

Mason can take a few steps. He loves to make sure we are all watching and then he will take a few steps to me and fall into me, wrap his arms around my neck and give me a big slobbery kiss. I love it! He’s so proud of himself when he does this. It’s so cute.

We feel so blessed to be Mason’s parents. Since day one, he has been the best baby and is so easy going, which totally makes up for his seriousness. He is starting to smile more freely and warms up to people quicker. I don’t know what we did to deserve this sweet boy, but he has certainly brought us more joy and happiness than we knew was possible. You light up the room Mason and bring a joy to everyone around you. We love you beyond words.

11 months

IMG_5843IMG_5838 11 months old? How could this be?! Only one more month until he’s a whole year old? I can’t think about it. A lot has happened this past month. We sold our condo in about 5 days and packed up and moved out in 3 weeks. We have now been in Utah for 2 weeks and have been busy, which makes it feel like we are just visiting. But Mark started his new job yesterday and now it’s starting to set in that we are actually staying.

Mason’s favorite things right now include being chased around the coffee table, playing peek-a-boo under a blanket, opening and closing the door (especially if we are on the other side), eating (but he’s totally over baby food), and playing with his cars for hours and hours, and loves to read books. He has decided that he hates his car seat, the car, his stroller, his high chair, basically anything that confines him. He learned to arch his back when we try to pick him up to stop him from doing something, which is really great… We are living in a zoo of sorts, there are 3 cats (including Leo) and a dog at my grandma’s house and a whole family of deer behind her house and Mason is not interested in any of them. I don’t think Mason will be a vet when he grows up.

He’s been more clingy to me since the move and now wants me to hold him more and doesn’t want to go to anyone else. He’s very aware of where I am all the time now.

His second tooth just broke through the gums, most kids are starting to loose their teeth by kindergarten, but at this rate Mason might finally have all his teeth by then ;).

He sure misses his grandparents (he and I both), but he loves watching all the kids run around the neighborhood here. He brings us more joy and happiness than words will ever express. He is my best little buddy. My smile never leaves my face when he’s around. And he makes everyone around him smile (even if he doesn’t smile back).

Playing peek-a-boo
Reading with dad

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Flying to Utah with grandma. Reading is serious business.


Set up with puffs and Baby Einstiens (the lady sleeping in the back with her hair over her face might be the best part)


He liked all the moving boxes


We went to the Oakland Zoo before we left


When your baby is much cooler than you


10 months


It’s funny, each month that goes by I am filled with mixed emotions. Each month is better than the last, except for things like diaper changes, yet I find myself so sad that my baby is growing up so quickly. I just want time to slow down, although I do catch myself looking at the clock to see how close we are to nap time or bedtime some days! Mason is so busy, I hear that’s a boy thing. He’s never sitting still, if he is it’s for 30 seconds while the theme song for “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” is on. He loves all the theme songs for all the Disney Junior shows and dances and sometimes sings along, it kills me every time! He’s all boy and his new favorite thing to do is play with his truck and cars. A couple of weeks ago we were over at my parents house, we’ve been bugging them a lot and stayed with them while we had our open house and showings (P.S. we are moving to Utah in 3 weeks for anyone who didn’t know that) and my dad taught Mason how to push the cars instead of throwing them. Now he pushes them from room to room and it keeps him occupied longer than any other toy! He also loves throwing balls, mostly with his left hand, we will see if that sticks. Mark is hoping he will be a left-handed pitcher and play professional baseball 😉 He finally has a tooth that broke through on the bottom and is working on the other front bottom tooth. He cruises around with his walker, Mark thinks he looks like a little old man. He’s taken a step to me and to the furniture and could totally walk but doesn’t know he can. Although I’m in no hurry for him to walk for a couple reasons: 1. I’m sure he will be running as soon as he learns to walk and 2. then he officially won’t be a baby anymore 😦 He loves to try to get into things he knows he shouldn’t, like the pots and pans and the carbon monoxide detector. I don’t understand that one because when he pulls it out of the wall it makes a horrific, loud beeping sound until it is plugged back in. The first time it happened I thought for sure he was going to be def. He never cries, he just sits there and looks at me. We’re working on teaching him not to touch it lol. He thinks it so funny when I laugh. He loves splashing in the bath and I’m usually soaked by the time we get him out of the tub. He makes us laugh every day. It is impossible to look at him and not smile, even when he’s grumpy, he just makes everyone around him happy. He can be quite a little stinker but he sure is cute.IMG_5311 IMG_5312 IMG_5424 IMG_5435 IMG_5448 IMG_5472 IMG_5473 IMG_5478 IMG_5484

8 months

IMG_4830Are you sick of me saying this month has been my favorite? Well I don’t know how it’s possible, but each day just gets better than the last! I mean, there are some rough days where Mason has been constantly whining, which I would have sworn was due to teething but no teeth have come through yet. But I just can’t get enough of this little guy. His personality comes out a little more every day and he has us cracking up all day long. He learned how to crawl a week and a half ago and has already moved on to trying to climb all over me all the time. Today he stood by himself long enough for me to turn and grab my phone, snap some pictures and take a short video until my phone said I was out of storage, which happens every day, I take too many pictures and videos of him I guess. Just the past couple of days he has seemed to understand what a kiss is and now gives me those big, slobbery, open mouth, long kisses (like 3-5 seconds). They are kind of gross, if you ask my sister Courtney she will say they are nasty, but I think they are so sweet and they make my heart burst. We love that he is starting to show more affection. He snuggles into us and even will reach for Mark over me sometimes. I’m already dreading the day Mason thinks Mark is cooler than me, haha. He’s obsessed with sucking on my hair, it’s disgusting. He loves the water! I think his favorite time is bath time. Today I took him swimming and he splashed the whole time. He wanted nothing to do with me, he just wanted to face the water and splash. He loves when I turn around at red lights in the car and play peak a boo, he giggles so loud! When you tickle his feet he plays along and pretends like its really ticklish and kicks his feet and laughs. He likes to watch Leo eat and finally went for his food bowl and grabbed a handful of cat food. Luckily I was right there and he didn’t get any in his mouth.

As each month goes by and I write these little updates for me to remember these little details in the future, I get a little sad that it’s going by so fast and my little baby isn’t a baby and he’s crawling and will be walking soon. But at the same time, each month is more fun than the last and it’s so fun to watch Mason grow and learn new things. I am so grateful that God sent this sweet, loving little boy to our family. He brings so much happiness to us. I don’t know if life gets anymore perfect than this.

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These monthly pictures are getting hard to take! I can’t get Mason to sit still, look at me and smile! I need an assistant.

Standing!!!! Granted, he is standing against the chair but he’s not leaning back on it…IMG_4828

Little Boy

We are in a phase, or habit (it’s hard to tell the difference with babies) where we go in Mason’s room between 10-10:30 pm to feed him one more time before we go to bed, just to help keep his tummy full so we can all sleep until 8:00 am 🙂 I say we because Mark & I both love to peak in on him sleeping so peacefully. Mark picks him up so gently from his crib and gets some snuggles before Mason realizes that it’s not mom and he just wants to eat and go back to bed. Then Mark hands him over to me and we sit in the dark and I get my snuggle time. I love watching him (once my eyes adjust), refusing to open his eyes. His little wandering hands rub my face, sometimes not so gently, and search for my hair to twist around his chubby fingers. And then when he’s full he lays his head on my shoulder, sucks his thumb and we just rock and snuggle, usually until I can tell he just wants to be back in his crib, because honestly I would probably sit like that all night and cuddle that sweet, soft, squishy little boy. But tonight ended differently. He was all snuggles and thumb sucking until he arched his back quickly and let out a big toot! I was dying! I honestly thought I was going to wake him up from trying to suppress my laughter! So I had to put him back in his crib and get out of his room so I could let my laughter out. He’s such a boy. And I love it. I’m sure in a couple years the toots will not be quite as funny, but for now, this little boy can do no wrong. IMG_4537