Archive | January, 2013

15 months!!

1 Jan

We stopped doing the monthly pics when we moved in September. Although I haven’t kept up with the monthly posts, there are just too many milestones to never do them again! I’ll try to do them occasionally, as it’s a great way to remember N as the days/months/years pass…


The stats: Babe is wearing size 18 months in most clothing – 12 months is amusingly small and 24mo/2T is baggy. I think for all winter we’ll be transitioning into the larger 2T sizes.  That means I really do have a toddler 🙂 It also means we’ve officially grown out of the baby carseat and into a big boy one! For safety reasons, N is still rear-facing, but I can see his new carseat being a cozy place to rest for hopefully years to come!017big boy carseat

Nicknames: bunny (zayets), muffin, Nikitos,  and chi-ki-ti-ta are the most persistent nicknames 🙂

Temperament: You do this awesome thing where you giggle and snort. It is hi-larious! And everything is hilarious to you – you are a joyful child! We’re beginning to see the extremes of your emotions: if we take something away you get mad and scream and stomp one foot. If you’re happy you grin and laugh (and snort). We’re trying to teach you how to moderate those emotions and we’re trying not to indulge you too much.

What You’re Eating:  You love pilmeini (Russian meat dumplings), mac & cheese, crackers of all sorts, sooshki (sweet little Russian pretzel rings), waffles, blueberries, meatballs.. . mostly meats and carbs. I’m trying to get more fruits and veggies into you, but i’m not always successful. You only like milk when it’s sweetened (i.e. chocolate milk) and you drink lots and lots of water.

Things I Could Do Without:  The little mini-tantrums when you don’t get your way and the constant entertainment. As you grow, you need more attention–and deeper attention. I don’t know how to teach you but I know you want to learn. I think we need more playdates soon!!

Item/Toy I Love The Most: Your blue ball – I find that one of the fastest ways to entertain you has been to play with that ball. You love rolling it to me and chasing after it (we don’t quite do the roll back and forth thing; rather, you roll it to me and I throw it somewhere far away for you to go get it and roll it back. It feels a little unfair sometimes that I make you always run for it, but you love it!). It has been the gateway to all kinds of games for us!

Item/Toy You Love The Most: Dangly things! You have a plastic Christmas ornament from 2011 that you love to hold up by the string and dangle. You love to hold your stuffed little monkey by the tail and dangle it, you love food that dangles. I almost bought you a stuffed rat at Ikea because of its dangly tail.

Things I’m Loving Most Right Now:  Walking! Giggle snorts! I have never heard a baby laugh like you do. The other day you were chasing me around your bedroom just snorting away. I die of happiness!

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Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: Exploring! If you’re not free to explore and touch things and look at things. . watch out! You’re learning those toddler tantrums. But when you’re free. . you’re quiet, serious, and endlessly entertained.  You also LOVE this walking thing–whenever you practice walking around (and you pracice consistently every day) you giggle as you go. You’re no longer walking from person to person, but past people, not touching them or touching walls. You like the idea that those crutches are there if you need them, but you don’t need them. I love watching you learn!

You are becoming such a toddler – this month you learned to walk (!!) and your top two molars are almost through your gums and your bottom two are pushing through. You are becoming more independent and opinionated and you love to play with others and learn new things. Every day you are trying new skills and learning new ways to play.  We went to the library to check out books for the first time and you had to crawl every single aisle of the kids section (a couple times). You also climbed a jungle gym for the first time that day–cautiously exploring each step just an arm’s reach from mama. You loved the slide and swings make you giggle-snort!014 023 023

Today, New Year’s Day, we broke out the crayons for the first time and you drew some pictures. So far, you don’t really get the idea of art, but you like hearing the noise the crayons make when they tap-tap-tap. You seem to have an ear for sound–you like the way legos sound when you throw them on the hardwood floors.  We had a great time this evening just doing silly games, including putting your cloth ‘toolbox’ on your head like a hat–you thought it was so funny! The ‘toolbox’ has a red bottom and you love to look through the red plastic and see how it changes the room’s colors. It’s fun to watch you try new things and find new amusements!

022 052 051You really are a sweet boy. Most of all you love your people (and your kitty). you were so happy to have grandma and grandpa and Mike here. You love hanging out with your dad.031 005

You love playing with mama too but you’re also very content to play on your own. Sometimes you’ll be in your room playing and you’ll call out (ma-ma, ma-ma) and I’ll respond (Ni-ki-ta, Ni-ki-ta) and you’ll just continue playing.  You love knowing that we’re here. I like knowing that you know you’re loved.

You sleep well, sleeping 11-13 hours a couple nights a week, the other nights you usually wake once. We ‘re thankful for the sleep – and you do well when you you sleep well, my little angel.



Happy New Year!

1 Jan

IMG_5946For New Year’s Eve we decided to go out and have a little fun 🙂 We went to ‘wildlights’ at our local zoo – it was the first year they did it and we had to check it out. Hubs, N. and I headed there right when they opened at 5:30 to check things out. There was a huge crowd (apparently all other local families had the same idea!) but we just did our thing. We got a few pics on our fancy camera. We visited the reindeer. N had his first ride on a carousel (shout out to the nice lady who gave us her unused tokens!)! We enjoyed some fresh air!





Due to the crowds, we did not go to the kids play area or visit the ‘jungle lights’ and lizard exhibit. After about an hour there we decided to head home–we got our fun experience and we didn’t feel like getting cranky waiting in line.  It was perfect!

Once we got home, we ordered a fancy pizza and just chilled all evening.  Today Nikita and I have been playing all day. It has been awesome to just spend quality time with my boy 🙂

Baby’s Second Christmas!

1 Jan

Christmas eve & day were spent at our house with my family. It was the usual traditions–made clam chowder on Christmas Eve and opened presents. Christmas day we had a ham (and yummy potatoes au gratin made from scratch by me) and Santa brought stockings full of candy and small gifts.  It was a sweet holiday 🙂

FamilyPic8-10 the whole family 🙂IMG_4110 baby’s first legos! IMG_4118

The highlight of Christmas – N learned to walk! I just knew it would happen when he had so many people to play with and learn from.  It was so fun for my family to be here for it!!

IMG_3948-2IMG_3975 N walks1 Nikita got some awesome gifts – mostly from his grandma and grandpa: a new ‘big boy’ carseat, legos, a bear that talks and sings, pajamas . . . the perfect amount of things and toys he’s enjoying already. We’ve kept a good balance I think of not having too many toys. When there’s too many around, I noticed N is distracted and doesn’t seem to enjoy anything. So I try to keep some put away and only have a couple out for him to play with. It’s also fun to have toys he can grow into. For example, he got a car/walker toy for his birthday and he really enjoyed fiddling with it (especially on its side so he could spin the wheels). We had it tucked away in a corner and he found it earlier today. It’s like a fresh new toy and he’s interacting with it in a whole new way.

Anyways, it was a really nice Christmas with my family. We all just enjoyed hanging out and playing with Nikita. I love hanging out with my brother (he spent the night a couple nights and hubs, baby bro, and I went to the Hobbit together). I think next Christmas we might go back to my hometown to spend some quality time there 🙂