Monday, December 17, 2012

First Santa Visit

I was super excited to bring Grayson to see Santa this year.  Jason and I always go into Dallas to go shopping, and my favorite time is around Christmas.  The Santa at NorthPark is by far the best one I've seen over the years, and I always said that we would bring our baby there whenever he/she came!   We had to get it done this weekend because we leave for KC this week.  Saturday we got Grayson all ready and headed into Dallas.  We walk into the mall, and the guy at the Santa place tells us we have to take a number and our number would be called around 7pm and to come back was noon.  What?!  I don't think he was aware that we drove half an hour to get there and that an 11 month old is not going to last at the mall for 7 hours.  I was so disappointed.  I thought about bringing him over to the Galleria, but figured that would be just as bad if not worse.  Soo...we walked around and did some shopping and just gave in to the fact we would have to bring him to the mall by our house...boooo.  As we were walking towards the entrance where we parked, we walked back by Santa and heard them call a number that was AFTER ours.  Excuse me?  It was like 3pm at that point, not 7!  So it ended up working out just great because we only had to wait another 10 min at that point.  Yea!

I really thought Grayson would do okay with Santa.  He's really not afraid of strangers, and smiles and waves at anyone who will look at him.  Not the case.  As soon as we walked into Santa's little house (they have a whole setup that looks like he's actually in his house in the North Pole..super cute) he started clinging onto me like a spider monkey.  It's like he knew where this was heading and was not feeling it.  I handed him over to Santa and he freaked out.  Started trying to lunge out of his arms, and screaming.  So that was fun.  I really didn't mind because I think that the crying baby pictures with Santa are funny.  Sorry Grayson.  Here's the pics from our day!

Happier times before we saw Santa

Merry Christmas everyone! :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

11 months

I almost have a one year old.  What?!  I have already come to the realization that I no longer have an infant, he is officially a toddler.  There really isn't any "baby" left in this one...he's all little boy.  He's the funniest little kid, and keeps us on our toes every day.  He's got the cutest little personality.  He smiles allllll the time.  Whenever we're out and about everyone always comments how happy he is.  He really is happy most of the time.  Unless he's not. :)

He definitely has a little attitude/temper (no idea where he got that from).  Recently, he has gotten on this hitting kick...not good.  It's crazy too because you can see him turn and look at you, and you can see the wheels turning in his little head...then all the sudden he rears his arm back and smacks you in the face.  Awesome.  He totally understands the word "no" and definitely knows what it means.  He listens most of the time when you tell him no, except for the hitting deal.  I have had to resort to sitting him down across the room, telling him no in a mean voice, then walking away.  He doesn't like it.  At all.  Crying ensues, then crawling as fast as he can after me while I try to ignore him.  Usually that works though-so hopefully this is a phase.  Want to know what's ridiculous?  He barely ever hits Jason.  Apparently he hates his mommy.  Just kidding, we're BFF, but still.

He took his first steps on November 27!  He took 7 steps, I was very excited.  And kinda not.  Seemed early to start walking, and he's already all over the place with crawling.  Can't imagine what it will be like when he can run around!  He has a walker that my parents bought him, and he walks all over the house pushing that.  He hasn't really taken many steps on his own since those seven.  He can do it, he just has to convince himself that he can.  He walks really well holding just our fingers.  It'll be any day now I'm sure.

Grayson's 11 month stats:

Weight: Not sure, heavy.  I picked up Bailey the other day and thought she was sick...then realized she just seemed light because I'm used to picking up Grayson.  When Bailey seems light, you know the baby has gained some lbs!!

Height: Not sure again, he has his next appointment in a month

Teeth: Still 2, the 3rd just broke through the other day.  He's been working on his two top front teeth for a few weeks now.  I think it's really starting to bother him, he's been waking up a couple of times during the night recently, which he hasn't done in forever.

Clothes:  Wears anything from 12 month-2T.  Depends on the brand.  Most pants he is wearing 12 month.  Sweatpants he can still wear 6-9 month.  Seems like they make sweatpants huge!  Jammies he's wearing the 18 month zip ups and 18-24 month two pieces.

Shoe: Size 4

Diaper: Just graduated to Size 4.  He can still wear a 3, but these seems more comfortable length wise.

Favorites: Loves playing outside, loves playing with Bailey, his walker, hammering anything, recently has gotten obsessed with putting objects inside things.  He's gotten really good at putting his big coins inside his little piggy bank.  He started taking all of our mail and stuffing it under the couch....goofball.  Loves watching the washer/dryer.

Food: Eating basically anything now.  He's a great eater, but still loves his bottle.  He takes 4 bottles a day.  First feeding, mid morning, mid afternoon, and nighttime bottle.  I think it may be a rough transition when we start weaning him from it next month.  We are heading to Mexico at the beginning of January though, so I won't start until we get back.  He will eat Cheerios all day long...he's obsessed.  He's finally started liking meat a little.  He'll eat hot dogs and the little Earth's Best chicken nuggets.  Other chicken he won't eat-no clue why.  He's OBSESSED with fruit.  He will eat fruit all day long.  Especially raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  He's gotten bored with bananas, but will still eat them.  Not a huge fan of veggies, but will eat the Plum pouches.

Lovin his raspberries

Talking: Not yet.  Still babbles a lot...lots of dadadadada.  He definitely knows what we're saying to him now.  When I say "Where's Daddy?" he will crawl over by the garage door, since that's where Jason comes in every night.  I find it super cute.  He also will put his little phone up to his ear like he's talking on it.  Once again, super cute.  

Sleeping:  Pretty much the same.  Still goes to bed around 7-7:30.  Wakes around 6:30ish.  Takes two naps a day, one around 9 or 10, the other around 2 or 3 (depending on our day).  He will sleep anywhere from 20 min-2 and a half hours.  You really never know what you're going to get when it comes to his naps!

Here's some pics from the past month!

Once again, taking his clothes off

Pushed his highchair like it was a walker.  Jason thinks we have a future football player

Loves taking the bows off the presents

Mmmmmm quesadillas


Taking a break from Christmas shopping to chew on a truck

Hanging out with Uncle Brett over Thanksgiving

Completely mismatched from head to toe-didn't care at all that day haha

Lunch in Prairie Village!

Riley dog-had a rough month with Riley.  She hurt her back, went to the vet and found out there's a huge list of things wrong with her. :( We have to keep her settled down and not jumping around as much.  

Future gymnast

 Done with pictures

It'll probably be awhile before my next post.  I'm heading to KC next week for about a month for Christmas.  We're heading straight from KC to Tulum, Mexico for a week.  Wish us luck-Grayson is way too busy to sit on a plane for very long-luckily we have lots of people he can sit with :)  We are also doing Grayson's first birthday party up in Kansas since we will be there over his birthday.  If you follow me on Pinterest, then you know the theme. :)  Grayson LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (well for short increments) so it'll be a Mickey Mouse theme!  I have had fun planning it so far.  Not going to be a huge party, just immediate family and a few friends.  I'm excited though!  Have a Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

We spent Thanksgiving in Kansas City with our families this year (just like every year).  Grayson and I flew back a couple days before Jason for one of my friends baby showers.  Let me tell you-flying with a 10 month old is very different than flying with a little baby.  Little man was B-U-S-Y.  Plus, it took me forever to check my bags, so we had a middle seat.  Ugh.  Horrible.  Luckily I had a very nice man next to me that had kids and was very helpful.  Grayson spit up twice, all over me....which he really barely ever does anymore, so that just figures.

We made it, and had a great week with family and friends!  Highlights: Brandy's baby shower (baby Davis is due in January!), KU game at the Sprint Center, park and lunches with my brothers and nephew, turkey (huge, my dad got a 20 pounder), Breaking Dawn (totally forgot the story since I read the book 4 years ago...good stuff), O'Dowds.  Grayson was a rockstar and braved the mall on Black Friday.

Another weird move by Grayson: two of the nights we were there, he decided to go to sleep for the night at 4:00pm.  What?!  The first time he did it, we had been hanging with Patrick at the park in Prairie Village, then walked up to the shops for lunch.  Lots of fresh air that day, so I think it made him extra sleepy.  When we got home, we went up to ClineWood so that some of Jason's co-workers could see his nap time was delayed.  I figured I'd put him down at 4 and he could just go to bed around 8ish instead of 7.  Yea, well he didn't wake up until 5:45am.  So weird.  He's never done that before.  Next time he did it was on Black Friday when we were out shopping a lot that day....even still. He slept til almost 6am that night.  That was a little rough on me and Jason since we didn't get home til 4am after going out with friends.  2 hours of sleep just doesn't cut it :)  This week he's been sleeping in a bit later and waking up around 7:30-7:45.  I would LOVE if that stayed (instead of his normal 6-6:30 wakeup call)!

Pics from our trip:

Loves his daddy

Cracks me up-Patrick's side eye

I mean really...that face is just too much

Walking with his new walker-he gets going pretty quick!!

Puggy BFF's

Tried to take the iPhone away...didn't go over well

Love that my mom is cracking up at Patrick's breakdown

Much happier! :)

Getting his first Christmas tree!  Next year we'll go to an actual farm, but right now he has no clue what's going Home Depot it is :)

Not sure about the tree shakers.  Kinda loud

And yes...he has no shoes on in the tree picture.  Don't judge-it was 78 degrees. 

OH!  Also-Grayson took 7 steps all by himself!  November 27, 2012!  Of course, we haven't seen any since, but he'll get there.  He will walk around anything as long as he has something to hold on to.  When he took his steps, we were playing the "chase" game and he got so excited with his walker he just let go and started walking towards me.  I about died.  So big!!

Swear I'll get some O'Bryan family pictures over Christmas.  Probably overload of them actually since alllll of the cousins will be there!  Gonna be crazy :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


So, I have said in past posts that Grayson has started liking to take his clothes off.  We don't know why he does this...possibly a future streaker.

Exhibit A:

Most of the time he doesn't get them all the way off, so I find him in this state. I put him down for a nap like any other day.  I was on the phone with my brother, and knew he wasn't quite asleep yet.  After I got off the phone, I glanced at the monitor to see what he was doing and lo and behold I see a bare butt staring back at me.  He likes to lay with his knees tucked under him and his butt up in the air.  I thought I might somehow be seeing this wrong, but it was definitely his little hiney sticking up in the diaper.  Pretty sure both of those things were on when I left him.  

I then run into the nursery to try to get there before he pees all over his bed.  Too late.  I turn on his lamp to find him naked from the waist down.  He had thrown his diaper out of his bed, and it was laying in a poopy mess on the floor.  His bed had poop everywhere.  He had a huge smile on his face.  I'm sure in his mind he was all "Look Mommy, I took care of my poopy diaper for you!"  

Of course I just have to laugh because why wouldn't you throw your stinky diaper out of your crib?!  I sure would.  :)

Ohhh Grayson....keeps us on our toes, this one!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

10 months

Grayson turned 10 months old on November 4.  Is it seriously November already?!  Grayson is changing more and more each day.  This last month was pretty uneventful as far as new and fun things he's doing....he will wave and clap and reaches out and points to where he wants to go/what he wants to do.  He whines.   A lot.  I hate that he can't just say what he wants! :)  He makes it pretty clear, and I can figure it out quickly, but the whining gets a little old!  No offense buddy.

He crawls like a champ and gets around the house REALLY fast!  He can walk around the table really quickly too.  He's getting more and more comfortable with his walking.  He does really well walking with us holding his hands.  I think it's just a matter of when he starts feeling comfortable to do it on his own.  Who knows when that'll happen!  

Grayson's Stats:

Height/Weight:  Not sure

Clothes:  Wears mainly 12-18 month clothes.  Wearing 12 and 18 month jammies.  The 12 are getting pretty snug :)  

Shoes: Size 3

Diaper: Size 3

Teeth: 2 (bottom middle) and they are SHARP!  Watch out if he bites you, it hurts

Obsessed with electrical sockets.  Tries to stick anything he's playing with in them.  (I have covers, don't worry)

Loves playing with anything that isn't a toy (i.e. spoons, Jason's aluminum beer bottles..don't judge us haha....pens, shoelaces, get the idea)

Started brushing his teeth, he opens his mouth when I bring the toothbrush over, it's pretty cute :)

Pulls off his socks or shoes every time I put them on him.  I am raising a hippie.  My fault since I never put shoes on him :)  Now he doesn't like it!

Sleeps about 11 hours a night.  Naps are up in the air.  Sometimes it's 20 minutes, sometimes it's 2 hours.  Random baby.  Makes it really easy to get stuff done let me tell ya!

Went Trick or Treating this month for his first Halloween.  Cutest monster I've ever seen!

Pictures from Grayson's 10th month!

Pancakes at Our Place 

He is scared to death of that hippo to his left.  It's actually scoots across the floor if you push its back, he comes crawling over to me as fast as he can when I make it go...makes me laugh :)

So over dinner

Love this!  His passport!  

Just hangin with my friends

Here's his fav toy the beer bottle that I mentioned earlier :)


His new thing: taking his clothes off in bed

 Grayson voted!  


Sometimes he eats the toys instead of playing them