Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pierce at 12 Months

Well we are here!  It is Pierce's big 1 year post.  How did it come so fast?  I seriously cannot make it real that a whole year has passed!  I feel like he just got here in some ways and in another I can't remember what life was like without him.  I wish I could put into words how much better life is with my sweet baby boy in it.  He makes everything better, brighter, fuller, messier, crazier, funner, and sweeter.  I feel so incredibly blessed to be his mom and have enjoyed motherhood so much.  I think with his first birthday came a deep sigh of relief.  I think I was holding my breath for so long thinking that something would happen and I wouldn't get to keep Pierce.  I'm sure it has to do with me being a NICU nurse and seeing mothers lose their sweet babies far too soon.  It has taught me how fragile life is.  I have tried my best to live everyday to the fullest and savor every moment.  However, I think now I can enjoy Pierce even more.  I look forward to the years ahead now.  He is just the best ever and I give God all the praises.

I was happy to have Pierce's 12 month appointment.  I wasn't sure he had ever really gotten over his ear infections and had noticed him pulling/ poking at his ears quite a bit.  I also was eager to see at a year how he ranked on the growth chart compared to other 1 year olds.  He seems so big to me (but also very healthy).  I also needed to speak with his pediatrician about how to go about the next stage of weaning, pacifiers, bottles, and all that fun stuff that comes with growing up.  Boo hoo!  After looking him over, everything checked out fine, but his ears.  Poor baby.  She said they are much better than what they were at his previous appointment, but still have fluid behind him.  She prescribed him an antibiotic that he would need to take for five days.  We also decided to get him a flu shot and his other yearly shots.  He will need to be seen again in a month to get his second flu shot and follow-up on his ears.  However, we may be seeing her sooner than that.  Today, Pierce has a fever and he vomited yesterday.  I hope its just a quick stomach bug.  Poor guy just can't catch a break.  As far as his growth, he is doing great!  He is high up on the chart for weight and height and  totally off the chart for his head circumference.  Definitely has his daddy's head!  haha

Pierce's 12 month measurements:
Head: 49.5 in >98%
Weight: 24 lbs 3oz 85%
Height:  30 1/4 in 70%


He found a Mickey Mouse book, of course!




Development

Pierce is doing great with his development!  He runs everywhere already, has learned to crawl up the stairs to the very top (thanks to his daddy), he can throw and kick a ball, and turn pages in a book.  He loves, loves to read books!  He can say all kinds of words now and really knows how to let us know what he wants and doesn't want.  We are working on naming body parts.  He loves to point to different things and say, "Oh!"  He is becoming much more independent and really does not want help with walking at all.  He has gotten attached to his pacifiers and will find them lying around the house and put it in his mouth, no problem.  He holds his own bottles and pacifiers, and just learned how to feed himself "bite, bites."  

Words: Mama, Dada, Daddy, Mum, Hot, Kitty Cat, Dog, Baby, Bubbles, Hop, Eye/ I, Hi, Oh

Eat

Pierce's eating has been great!  So far he hasn't been very picky and has a huge appetite!  We are transitioning from puree to all solids.  He can now eat anything he wants, but we still haven't introduced peanut butter.  After his doctor's appointment, I decided I really wanted him to learn how to feed himself.  He would never put the food in his mouth, but would instead throw it in the floor.  I was able to get him to feed himself after two feedings.  It did make him a little nervous and he wanted his blankey, which I thought was sweet.  I gave him his blankey in his high chair and he finally did it.  That is all it took and he has been able to feed himself ever since.  He is still breastfed.  I've been trying to get him on less feeds, but it has been more difficult than I thought it would.  Breastmilk is healthy and good for him, so I'm pretty laid-back about it right now.  We have introduced cow's milk and he is doing well with that.  He does not like it cold and won't drink it out of a sippy cup.  I tried switching him from his bottle to sippy and he cried for his bottle.  I didn't realize he was attached to it, since he usually only gets a bottle once a day.  So, I'm not taking away his bottle yet.  I did try putting a faster flow nipple on it.  He isn't happy about it, but will take it, so that may be how I transition to milk in a sippy.  I'm hoping the more cow's milk he takes then the less he will nurse.  He is finally getting teeth.  He has two top teeth and if it weren't for them then I wouldn't mind nursing him at all. ;)  I really believe in letting Pierce go at his own pace when it comes to growing up and doing new things.  I don't mind to nudge him in the right direction, but I'm definitely not super strict about taking away bottles, breastfeeding, paci, etc just because he turned 1.  I'm so impressed with how well he has done with eating and drinking so far.  He loves water.  Just giving him a sippy cup of water makes him laugh.  He loves to gargle and spit it, which is messy and not great when eating out, but goodness his gargly laugh is hilarious!  

Sleep

I have felt so much better lately and it is because Pierce has started sleeping-in.  Wow!  I forgot what it is like to sleep in past 7.  His new schedule is sleeping from around 8 at night to around 8:30 the next day.  When he wakes up, he just sits up in his crib and waits on mommy to come get him.  With him waking up later, it has made our nap time go later.  I'm trying to see if we can transition to one nap or if we still need two.  We took away his rock-n-play and he has done pretty good about sleeping in his crib for naps in the day.  I rarely have him sleep in our bed anymore, because he has gotten so strong and I can't get him to lie down for sleep in our bed.  He wants to jump right off the side.  He is a wild man.  Typically, I rock him to sleep in his room and put him in his crib.  The sound machine is always on and we use black-out curtains.  He has been having some issues at waking up at the 45 minute mark, but if I just leave him in his crib then he will usually go back to sleep.  I'm so thankful he is a good sleeper!

Favorites and Dislikes

Favs - blue crochet blanket, NUK pacis, water (drinking from his sippy and spitting it all over himself and taking a bath), reading books, nursery rhymes on the phone, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, his big toy car, running, climbing the stairs, going out to eat, knocking things down, exploring (getting in drawers/ pantry/ dishwasher/ refrigerator).
Dislikes - getting his nose/ face wiped, diaper changed, clothes on (though he is getting better), holding hands when walking, not being let down to walk when we go out, riding in his carseat sometimes, going to strangers (but getting better).

Mommy's 12 Month Letter to Pierce:

Pierce, my sweet boy, you are one year old now!  What an adventure this first year has been!  A wonderful, scary, tiring, loving (so much I thought my heart may burst), stressful, joyful, exciting, overwhelming, emotional, incredible, amazing, fantastic, blessed year!  This year has been so much better than I could have ever imagined.  My heart grew more than I ever knew possible and continues to grow everyday.  I love hearing you say "mama,"  love for you to reach for me, and give me those slobbery, wet sugars.  I had no idea how fast you would grow.  I've tried to cling onto every special moment with you.  I've taken hundreds (or thousands) of pictures of you, made many videos, and tried to keep up with all of your firsts.  I had no idea how fast you would turn into a big boy.  As much as I miss you being a tiny baby, every milestone and next stage just gets better and better.  I look forward to watching you grow and learn new things.  You seem to study everything and everyone.  You can be super serious, but friendly too.  You love to wave to other people, but as soon as they come close then you get bashful and tuck your head behind whatever you can find.  There is nothing you like better than to be on the move.  You love to walk and run around.  You keep me and your daddy on our toes that is for sure.  But we love it!  I've heard your daddy say many times how much he loves being your da da.  You love each other so much.  That has been one of the best parts of this year is just watching your relationship with him grow.  You two are best buds.  We are so proud of you just by being you.  You can be anything you want to be.  We pray you will grow to love the Lord with all your heart and do great things for Him.  We will be here for you no matter what.  I've never been more happy in all my life.  You will always be our greatest accomplishment.  I'm so excited to guide you and help you along the way.  No matter how big you may get or how fast you grow up, you will always be my baby boy and my greatest joy.  I hope you know how loved you are.  You have brought so much happiness to not just your daddy and me, but to everyone you are around.  God knew how much we needed you.  I'm so thankful, so blessed, and am still pinching myself that I get to be your mommy for forever.  I love our little family and we just love our little son so much. Happy first birthday, little one!  This was the best year ever!


XOXO
LOVE,

Mommy



















Wednesday, November 11, 2015

PIerce at 11 Months

Well, this is my last update before Pierce turns a year old.  They always told me that time flies after you have kids.  Yeah, yeah, I know.  Actually, I didn't know!  And there is no way to know until you have a little one of your own and a year feels like a few months.  The holidays run into one another and you feel like you are chasing your tail.  I tried soaking in every moment.  From the newborn scent, to his squishy rolls, saying mama, walking, the sleepless nights, nursing him every few hours since he was born, but no matter how much I savored and took pictures, it still just flew by.  Time is such a thief.  These past 11 months have changed me into a new person.  I had no idea how much that positive pregnancy test was going to turn my world upside down.  (For the better I might add).  There is just no way to write it in words.  You just have to go through it and then you everything makes sense.  I'm so happy being a mommy.  It is truly the hardest job ever.  Now that Pierce is clinging to my pants leg and wanting to be with mommy 24/7, I realize that there is no longer "me" time.  Even while writing this blog, I am multitasking.  Sheets are in the dryer, invitations are printing on the printer, and I am so sleepy!  I read these other blogs where moms are getting up at 4 a.m. to get everything done in the day.  I just don't know if I can do it.  It is eight o'clock and my bed is calling my name.  I am definitely trying to step up to the plate.  Russ has been a great help, but I know he is tired too.  I want him to feel loved and cared for just as much as Pierce.  (And sometimes that is hard).  I'm learning and the longer I'm a mom, the easier it is getting.  I am learning my own way, getting in a routine, being a parent, not caring about other's opinions but rather relying on my instincts, and most importantly letting go and letting God.  I need God so much now.  I'm so thankful for Him leading me through all this and helping me care for Pierce.  That helps my heart so much just to know that God has got this even if I don't.  

I have felt so bad for my sweet baby these past few weeks.  He has been so sick and I still don't know if we are out of the woods.  He had fever and cold symptoms.  We took him to the walk-in clinic and he had a left ear infection.  She put him on ten days of Amoxicillin.  After the ten days, I thought he was getting better.  But back came the fever and sickness again.  I took him to his pediatrician and she said both his ears looked infected, so she put him on Cefdinir.  Thankfully, I can text my pediatrician if I have any worries.  Pierce had seizure type movements the night before we took him in, which was really scary for me.  His fever was high and he was miserable.  We came very close to taking him to the ER.  The next few nights he continued to get a high fever even with alternating Tylenol and Advil every 4 hours.  I texted his pediatrician about his distended stomach and she felt like he needed to be seen again.  We ended up taking him back on Halloween morning.  The doctor said his ears looked bad plus Pierce had developed a rash.  We think he got a virus on top of the ear infection.  He had fever for five days straight.  They gave him a Rocephin shot and we stopped the oral antibiotics, which I was thankful for since they were hurting his stomach so bad.  He still wasn't back to himself and we followed-up with the doctor a few days later.  She said his left ear is better, but the right one still had fluid.  He got another Rocephin shot and she hopes that will clear it for good.  My hunch is that he will need tubes put in at some point.  His ear canals are tiny and he is still pulling on them a lot.  We have to make his yearly check-up so we will see how things go then.  I dread it.  As a nurse I know he needs shots, but it is no fun seeing him go through such pain.  

Development:

Pierce hasn't hit too many new milestones this past month.  With his ear infections, he was falling down quite a bit and being super clingy.  He is finally walking and running around again.  He loves to open and shut things, turn things on and off, and just try to learn how everything works.  He can carry, throw, and kick balls.  He loves to clap and wave.  I can't get him to blow kisses, but he does give nice big wet kisses on the mouth.  He likes to act bashful and put his face down in my chest if someone talks to him.  He is getting interested in the stairs, which makes me pretty nervous.  I have been making sure to keep the baby gate closed when we play upstairs in the play room.  

Words - 
New words this month are I and Oh.  We also think we heard him say kitty cat. ;)

Eat:

Eating took a step back with the sickness, but we are getting back on track now.  He is finally eating purees again, but still loves to eat bites bites of solids instead.  He eats a lot of what we are eating, but I make sure he is getting enough fruits and vegetables.  We have started eating a lot of yogurt to help with his digestive system.  He used to not care for it, but doesn't seem to mind it now.  I've noticed he isn't much of a fan of food that is cold (unless its ice cream).  He is still nursing about 4-5 times a day.  I'm going to try to get that down to three times a day after he turns one.  We will see how that goes... 

Sleep:

As you may suspect sleep hasn't been that great either.  Plus we had the time change, which didn't help things.  This past week, we have gotten Pierce to sleep through the night by doing a dream feed around nine and moving him to his crib from our bed.  I know he is too old for that, but I wanted to know he was getting enough to last him through the night, so if he woke up and cried then I would know it wasn't from hunger.  It has been great to get to sleep.  My bladder will never be the same since I had Pierce and I usually end up getting up multiple times to go to the bathroom.  However, I have gotten a couple nights where that didn't wake me up either.  Talk about feeling like a new person!  It was amazing!  I have not slept through the night since before I was pregnant!  Pierce has been waking up at 7 to nurse and taking his naps a little earlier since the time change.  I have been having trouble getting him to take his second nap.  Today was one of those days and it was awful!  I know he needs the sleep, but I guess he is getting to the age to fight naps.  No fun.  I can't complain though.  His first nap was 2 hours long and he slept all night.

 Favorites and Dislikes:

Favorites: Nursery rhymes on youtube (esp. wheels on the bus and baa baa black sheep), It's Pumpkin Day Mouse and Dog Wants to Play books, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, his blue blankey, pacifiers, going outside, falling into pillows and blankets, patty-cake, gargling water, playing in the cat food (which is not allowed), pretending to drive the car, walking and running, attempting to pet the cats.
Dislikes: getting dressed, getting his diaper changed, being told no, going to sleep

Mommy's 11 Month Letter to Pierce:

Pierce, mommy has finally come to the realization that you are growing up.  I'm finally putting you in big boy jeans and accepting the fact that you are about to be a toddler.  You look so big wearing jeans and shoes and walking around the house.  I've been putting up your baby toys and nine month clothes.  It hurts my heart, but also makes me excited for what lies ahead.  I hope we always have a great relationship.  I hope even when you are in middle school and I might not be the coolest person to hang around that you will still cuddle up beside me and let me know what you are thinking.  I want to always be there for you.  And no matter how big and independent you may get, you'll always be my baby boy.  My love grows for you everyday.  Your daddy and I love you more than you'll ever know.  You fill our life with so much joy and fun.  I'm sure you get tired of our squeezes and kisses because here lately you are always on the move.  You are full of energy and excitement.  I love to see you smile and experience life through your eyes.  After you do something as simple as opening the microwave door, your eyes get real big and you say, "OH!."  The littlest tasks are just the best thing ever to you.  And so we do them over and over again.  Because I know all of these little things add up to big things.  I just can't believe you are 11 months.  It has gone by too fast.  Just looking back at your pictures, I can tell how much you have changed.  Gone are all the baby rolls and instead you are looking more like a slender, little boy.  I bought you all these big sized clothes because you were growing so fast.  Now all those rolls are gone and you are still wearing the same size clothes that you wore in the summer.  I give up trying to predict what will come, because you are just full of surprises.  I  wouldn't have it any other way.  I love you sweet boy, so, so much.  I couldn't have asked for a better son.  God is so good.

xoxo,

Mommy
xoxo
















Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pierce at 10 months

Pierce is 10 months now, although, sometimes I feel like I already have a 2 year old on my hands.  He is super independent and driven, however, in my opinion he is the sweetest baby in the whole wide world.  I could eat him up everyday.  Well except maybe when he throws himself in the floor haha.  What happened to my baby?  I don't get many cuddles lately.  He is on the move all the time and into everything.  He opens cabinet doors, tries to play in the toilet, heads straight for the light sockets, and loves to turn on the faucet in our bathtub.  Oh and I can't forget about the cat food that he is obsessed with!  He has yet to learn how to put food in his mouth, but give him cat food or leaves or bubbles and he has them in his mouth before you can catch him.  He is such a mess!  I'm still pinching myself trying to figure out how I got so lucky to have my little family.  Life is so fun and being a mom is both exhilarating and exhausting.  I'm blessed to get to spend most of my time investing into Pierce's little life.  I'm so thankful I don't have to be gone from him and can get all the slobbery kisses I want.

Development:

Pierce has come such a long way this month!  He can now walk with ease and even do a little run, pull up, stand up if he falls, and crawl.  This has made things so much easier on me.  It was scary when he was toddling around all over the house.  I'm so thankful he is so steady on his feet.  It is so cute to see him go!  He can even run a little. It has also been so nice that he finally figured out how to get up when he falls down and how to crawl.  And as much as it wore me out to pick him up over and over again, now I kind of miss being needed.  He is growing up so fast!  What I'm learning as these months quickly pass is that each hard stage is only for a short season.  I remember being exhausted when Pierce was learning how to walk.  He wouldn't go in his bouncer and wanted me to hold his hands and let him walk everywhere.  At the time, I thought that stage may last for months, but instead, he quickly mastered the skill and moved on.  I'm learning to appreciate being needed and being his mama no matter how tough it gets.  There will be a day that I will miss this stage.  So I am embracing the mess, the chaos, the endless to-do list, and trying to savor it all up.  It is an adjustment.  I so badly want to do everything just right, and I have to let go of that too... being the "perfect" mom.  I have to give myself a lot of grace and just know that I am enough.  My biggest goal is for Pierce to know how much we love him and show him God's love through us.  If I can do that then it is a successful day in my book.  

Words - 
Pierce is talking a little!  It is crazy to me that he can understand what I am saying.  He hasn't even been on this Earth for a year and is already walking, talking, and comprehending language.  That is just crazy to me!  He loves to say mama and mum/mom when he wants something.  Somehow my name always comes out with a pitiful whine and I'm pretty sure he has figured out that if he says it then he will melt my mama heart and get his way.  I'm such a softy.  He loves to go to the faucet and say, "hot!" He is getting better at saying the "h" sound, but most the time it sounds like "ot".  He has also started saying "da, da, da, da" and will even say, "daddy."  He loves to wave and can now say "hi" when he does it.  He says "oh" and "uh oh" and we are working on "ball."  

Eat:

Pierce has been eating a lot more through the day as far as solids go.  He eats both pureed homemade baby food and bites of food off of our plate.  He would rather have bites of food than the puree.  I'm making all his baby food, but it is getting harder since Pierce is very mobile now.  He needs constant supervision, which leaves little time to do anything productive like making baby food.  I would love to do baby-led weaning with him, but I cannot get him to feed himself.  I have worked and worked with him, but he continually throws the food into the floor rather than putting it where it belongs in his mouth.   He hasn't been a picky eater so far, which I'm thankful for.  As far as breastfeeding goes, it has been going well.  We still haven't used any formula and I would really like to make it until he is a year old to transition to cows milk, although, I will nurse him as long as he requests even after he is a year.  He does love to drink out of his sippy cup and has mastered drinking out of all kinds of them now, including the ones with a straw.  He loves to drink water and still spits it out everywhere, which he thinks is hilarious!  

Sleep:

Sleep has been rough this month.  Pierce got his first ear infection that required antibiotics.  He wanted to comfort nurse all night.  I think we are finally getting back on track now and he is sticking to his same schedule.  He nurses in the morning and usually gets up at 7, has breakfast, nurses and naps at 10, has lunch, nurses and naps around 2 or 3, has dinner, and nurses at bedtime.  He is usually asleep by 8 and sometimes as early as 7.  He gets a bath and lotion every night.  We still use the sound machine for naps and bedtime.  The rock-n-play is still in use although his feet are starting to hang off the bottom of it.  I usually only use it for one nap.  I dread the day I have to put it up.  I'm clinging on to every bit of baby I still can.  He is loving his aquarium soother in his crib still.  He has learned how to turn it on and off and will just lie and play.  He is such a good baby!  I really can't complain.  He is taking one, two hour nap and one, one hour nap.  He needs lots of sleep and really only sleeps at home, but all in all is an easy, sweet baby.

 Favorites and Dislikes:

He has gotten super attached to his blue blanket and wants to carry it everywhere.  I love that I can hand it to him and he just relaxes or buries his face in it.  He loves it so much to the point that he has done away with all other lovies and blankies. He has also gotten less attached to his pacifiers, which is a good thing I think.  A new thing that he loves to do is to read books.  He will cry when we stop reading to him.  His favorite book is "Dog Wants to Play."  It was a free book that came in the mail as part of the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Book Club.  What is sweet is that it came around the time that my Mamaw passed away and the author's name is the same as my mamaw's: Christine.  What are the odds that it would end up being his favorite.  His other favorites are learning how things work and holding onto things.  He likes to open doors, turn things on, and hold on to the back seat in the car and pretend he is driving.  He is still loving Mickey Mouse, bath time, clapping, his light up toys, and balls.  He gotten hooked on nursery rhymes on you tube, especially, the wheels on the bus.  I would say his most favorite thing to do is walking.  He will walk in circles all day if I will let him.  His dislikes are having his hands held while walking, being left with people he doesn't know, being put in his carseat, being put in his high chair, and really just sitting still.  

Mommy's 10 Month Letter to Pierce:

Sweet boy, you are growing up on me.  You have become so independent and know what you want when you want it.  I try to hold on to you and you are already pushing me away.  I'm so proud of you, of your confidence and accomplishments, but I'm also treasuring being needed.  I hate to see you fall down and many times you pick yourself up and continue on.  However, there are times when you need a hug from me and those are the times that I cherish.  And then there are times where you just walk over and open your sweet little mouth and give me a wet kiss.  This stage is so fun because I'm getting to see you try everything for the first time.  I get to experience you being a toddler and independent, but I also get to have the baby side of you too.  I love rocking you to sleep and nursing you.  I cover you in kisses and hugs constantly.  Your daddy is having fun rough-housing with you and getting to have fun with his little boy.  You have learned to throw and kick the ball then run after it, so that is a fun game that you two can play for hours.  I love my boys!  I feel so blessed to have you both in my life.  You are always on the move now and have started losing your baby fat.  It makes my heart break a little knowing how fast it is going by, but I also look forward to the future.  Every day is an adventure with you.  Being your mama is the absolute best!  I love you so, so much!  

xoxo,

Mommy


I'm ten months already! 

Are you serious?

Yay!
Wow! Ten Months! Just letting that soak in...


Okay I'm excited!

My bear is getting a lot smaller or I'm getting so much bigger!

You want me to be still?!

No way!

I'm getting out of here!

See ya!

Mom, you're kinda in my way...


Friday, October 16, 2015

Pierce at 9 Months

So I have been putting off writing.  Partly, because I had lost Pierce's measurements from his last doctor's appointments and due to life just been busy.  Pierce got sick, I started a new job, and Russ is back in school.  We have a full, busy life and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Pierce's 9 month appointment turned into a sick visit!  We had started back to church and started him in The Little Gym, so I figured it would happen soon.  He got cold symptoms like congestion and sneezing Monday morning and then by that evening he started running a fever.  His fever got high through the night and by Tuesday, I was very thankful we had a doctor's appointment scheduled.  I figured it was viral but wanted to be sure.  The doctor's appointment started out great.  He was happy as could be, but then they had to get a strep and flu test.  That caused him to get really upset, which caused Stephanie (pediatrician) to want to get blood just to be safe.  I dreaded it, but knew this was one of those times as a parent where I would need to do what was best for Pierce rather than what he wanted.  I know I will have to do that a lot as he grows, but it doesn't make it any less difficult.  I was at the appointment by myself and by the time we were done I was covered in sweat, snot, and tears.  Poor baby.  Luckily everything came back negative and Stephanie even called and checked on him that evening.  We ended up giving him children's Zyrtec (per doctor's orders) for a week to help with his bad congestion so he could sleep at night.  I also got a Young Living Essential Oil diffuser and that seemed to help him as well.  

Pierce's 9 month measurements:
Head: 47 in
Weight: 23 lbs 2oz 85%
Height:  28 1/2 in 70%

Stephanie was impressed with how well Pierce is doing.  She was especially proud that he could drink out of a sippy cup on his own.  My little baby is now a big boy.  It is bitter sweet.





Development

Well, when Pierce turned 9 months, he took off.  He started taking steps that day and can now walk around the house without assistance.  He still may fall any second though, so we stay close by.  He has also learned to do an army crawl on the floor.  It basically consists of lunging forward on his belly and grunting. haha.  He would much rather walk and I can't say I blame him.  He still can't feed himself, but loves to drink out of his sippy.  He loves to spit the water out and make a big, wet mess.  He is still saying mama and uh oh.  He can wave, kiss, and loves to clap about everything.  

Eat

Breastfeeding is still going well.  I haven't needed to use formula so far and he mostly nurses, rather than taking a bottle.  It is about the only time I get to cuddle him, since he is such an active little boy now.  He is eating everything (well except eggs and peanut butter, of course).  Sweet potatoes are the best, but he really isn't that much of a picky eater.  He has started preferring bites to puree even though there still aren't any teeth to help chew it up with.  

Sleep

Sleep is still going great.  He is definitely on a schedule of sleeping from 7 pm to 7 am and then napping at 10 and 2.  He takes an hour to 2 hour nap.  He is doing better at letting me rock him to sleep.  I know that may be a bad habit to start, but I've never really gotten to just hold him while he sleeps, and there is just nothing like him going to sleep in my arms.  When I can tell that rocking is not an option then I just lie him down in his crib and turn on his little aquarium soother.  He usually will drift on to sleep after that.  We also like to lay in bed and fall asleep watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  He absolutely loves that show and Mickey Mouse!  Sometimes he will sleep with us at night, but we usually end up regretting it with baby kicks to the back and wanting to nurse constantly.  He seems to sleep better in his crib and so do we.  :)

Favorites and Dislikes

Favs - blue crochet blanket, NUK pacis, dog blanket lovey, activity table, v-tech sit to stand walker, train toy, balls, bath toys and bath time, nursing, sleeping in his rock-n-play, eating, going outside, clapping, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. 
Dislikes - some strangers (especially ones with beards), the church nursery, having his face cleaned, falling when trying to walk

Mommy's 9 Month Letter to Pierce:

Another month has come and gone, and my love for you has grown deeper and stronger.  Mommy and Daddy thank God for you everyday because you are the light of our lives.  I can't even remember what we did before you were here.  I love spending time with you and seeing you smile.  I love how you tense up and shake all over when you get excited about something.  You have started giving me all kinds of slobbery kisses lately and it melts me.  You are growing into such a handsome little boy.  I just sit and stare in awe of how perfect you are.  As a little girl, I imagined what my little baby would look like someday.  You are everything I ever dreamed of and more.  You even have blonde hair now that I always secretly hoped you'd get.  Your eyes are dark brown, but sometimes can look green too.  You have your daddy's long eyelashes and your cheeks are so chubby and perfect for kissing on.  You are headstrong but so sweet too.  You are such a miracle and I never knew how wonderful being your mommy could be.  I want you to know how wanted and loved you are and how much God loves you.  Thank you for being you and filling my life with so much joy.  


XOXO
LOVE,

Mommy






















See ya!