Houston {Eleven and Twelve Months}

Our baby boy is one year old (plus a month and a bit, whoops)! For the record I wrote this post just after his birthday it has just taken me some time to finish it.

These past few months have been BUSY. Houston has celebrated his first Mother’s Day and Easter and took his first international vacation to New Zealand. He has learned to walk, started to say words and apparently forgot how to sleep (shocking).

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Houston {Ten Months}

As per usual, I am almost a month late on poor Houston’s update.

This month was a busy one! We moved from Brisbane to Adelaide, so Houston was bouncing around 4 different “homes” in the past few weeks. He did well though and he is absolutely loving our new house and the backyard. Houston is still the sweetest, most loving little boy who loves to blow kisses and nuzzle his head on your chest. He smiles at everyone and is just genuinely happy almost all of the time (when he is not he is very good at letting you know). I am not sure how we got so lucky to be this little guy’s parents.

Stats

22ish pounds (he hasn’t been properly weighed in months)

6 teeth (four top and two bottom)

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Houston {Eight and Nine Months}

I can’t believe two more months have gone by (and I’m late again in posting this once again). I did start his eight month post but was having issues with wordpress and pictures so it never got published, so I figured I would just combine the two months.

Stats

  • 20ish lbs
  • 3 teeth (plus one more coming through)
  • 6-12M/12M clothes

Eat

Still nursing/bottle 4 times a day but weaning toward mostly formula (around 8 months). At 9 months he only nurses first thing in the morning.

He has discovered how great food is now and is a machine. Houston loves meat, fruit and carbs the most. I’m still working on getting more veggies in him. I also have started reducing his bottles (5 to 6oz instead of 8) because he is taking more solids every day. So thankful that so far we have another good eater.

Sleep

Hallelujah for finally some good news on this front. Jet lag plus already bad sleeping habits made for a rough first few weeks in Texas, sleep wise. After we settled in at my parents in Houston in the new year, we did a little tough love and after just one night he was sleeping soooo much better. Although here are some pics of the poor jetlaged soul not being able to stay awake at Christmas.

At eight months he was either sleeping though the night or waking once, and mostly able to put himself back to sleep and by 9 months he wasn’t waking most nights. He had a little hiccup when we got back to Brisbane because of jet lag and we had four hard nights where he was wide awake for hours wanting to be up. After those nights though he went back to sleeping through the night.

Another sleep change was around 7 months he switched to a 2 nap a day schedule. He’s awake around 3 hours in between naps and although it’s tricky because I try to be home for nap time, it’s also nice to have more of a schedule.

Play

Around 7 months, Houston started doing little crawls to play with things but hadn’t really taken off. Then at 8 months he was unstoppable. He gets into everything and now has just started pulling to stand on everything in sight as well. I have my hands very full with this one.

He continues to be the happiest, most playful little guy. People tell me often they have never seen a smilier baby. I hope he always has such a love for life and people.

His favorite person is still Leighton, and she is finally warming up to the idea of him as a playmate. Seeing them play together is the cutest thing ever.

That’s all for now. We are smack in the middle of moving so I am not sure when the next post might be!

Houston {Three Months}

We no longer have a newborn people! Honestly, it’s a bit bittersweet. I’m sad at how quickly he’s grown, but at the same I feel like the fun stages are just beginning.

Houston is turning into the sweetest, happiest little guy and I seriously melt every time he smiles. For the most part he’s pretty content and calm unless he gets overtired or too hungry. As long as you stay on top of those two things, you don’t hear much from him. Continue reading

Houston’s Newborn Photos

Hi friends! Both kids are napping and I have a bit of time to share some of my favorite photos from our recent newborn shoot. When I say recent I mean it was almost five weeks ago, which feels like a whole other lifetime. Houston was only three weeks old and I feel like he has already changed so much.

Jana came over to our house the same Sunday that my parents had left to go back to Texas, so it was a bit of a crazy day. Especially since they had been staying in Houston’s room, I had to scramble to turn it back into a nursery. Jana is the same photographer that took our family photos back in November, that also doubled as our pregnancy announcement. I love her style and am so happy with the way they turned out! There were over 100 images, so it was tough to narrow them down, but here are my top 44 :).

 

We started in Houston’s room with just he and I while Travis entertained Leighton downstairs. I was pleasantly surprised how well he stayed asleep, with only one little nursing break.

After a while, Leighton and Trav came in to join us. Leighton wasn’t quite sure about everything at first, but once she warmed up she just wanted to bring us books to read.

Then we moved into our room to finish off the session. By this point Leighton and Houston were both getting a bit hangry and less cooperative, luckily you can’t really tell in the photos.

This is one of my favorites- Jana was trying to get a cute picture of Travis and Houston (which she did), but look what was happening on the other end…

“Yee haw!” as Leighton says.

Saving our family photo for the very end probably wasn’t the best since they are mostly a variation of this one, but that pretty much sums up life with 2 under 2. Hope you enjoyed them!