13 Months

13 Months – March 2, 2018

Weight: 19+lbs

Height: 29+ inches

Hair: Blonde and curly!  It gets super curly when wet

Eyes: Hazely green/gray

Clothes: 12 and 18 month, size 4 shoes (although he has a pair of size 2/3 that fit)

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (still size 3)

Sleeping:  He was sleeping through the night for a few nights in a row, then have a couple days of one wake up.  On the nights he wakes up, he’s been having a hard time falling back to sleep and is up for over an hour tossing and turning in my arms trying to get comfy

Likes:  Eating (especially whatever we’re eating), walking/running around (especially outside and in new places), watching toddler videos, touching everything possible, having books read to him, playing with his firetruck, doing chores around the house (putting things in the garbage, helping put laundry in and taking it out of the washer with me, holding the spray bottle to clean the sink or counter), exploring drawers in my jewelry box and bathroom vanity, getting chased

Dislikes: Still not a huge fan of the car but he seems to be getting a little better

Eating: He nurses 3 times a day when I’m at work- morning, afternoon nap, and bed or 5 times when I’m home.  I already cut out the feeding before dinner and will be cutting the lunchtime one soon.  His bottles while I’m at work are a mix of breastmilk and whole milk since I still have a good amount of frozen milk I’d like to use.  He eats 3 meals a day, has some of my mom’s breakfast as a snack mid-morning, a snack while I eat my lunch, and a small snack between his afternoon nap and dinner.  He loves croissants, cinnamon raisin English muffins, cheerios, cheese, chicken, red meat, pork, pasta, and frozen fruit

Milestones: Walking really well, giving Pepper treats, following some simple directions (put something in the garbage, getting certain items we ask for), playing in his playpen by himself while I take a shower, crawling around while pushing cars/trucks around

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Trying to plug a curling iron  into the toilet
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My happy boy
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Sleeping with Nonna
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Playing our tin foil pie pan drums
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Sleepyhead
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Carpet sledding is a serious business
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Munching on some snacks

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Playing at Coco Beans Play Cafe during Greyson’s party
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Playing with a wet washcloth 
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Bradley Turns 1!

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12 Months – February 2, 2018

Weight: 19lbs

Height: 29.5 inches, which makes it look like he shrunk since last month, but it’s hard to get accurate measurements now

Hair: Blonde, wavy, curls at the bottom

Eyes: Hazely green/gray

Clothes: 12 month shirts, 18 month pants.  We skipped right to 18 months since he grows quickly and they fit better with his cloth diapers

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (still size 3)

Sleeping:  It’s hit or miss.  If he wakes up, it’s only once.

Likes:  Walking on his own, books, touching everything possible, riding in shopping carts, lights;

Dislikes: Still not a huge fan of the car

Eating: Nursing or a bottle every 2-3 hours.  3 meals a day plus a snack here and there.  He eats pretty much everything we eat with a few exceptions.

Milestones: Walking! Still has only 4 teeth (2 on top, 2 on bottom).  He says Mama, dada, and more.  He understands quite a few words now and will look at or respond when we say them, which is so fun to watch.

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Bradley’s first birthday party was a great time and the birthday boy really enjoyed himself and his guests.  Unfortunately, half of our guests ended up getting sick and had to cancel the day of the party.  We still had a nice turnout and ended up with plenty of leftover food!

The past year has been the fastest of my life and also the best.  Every month gets better and better with our little boy and we have so much fun watching him learn new things all the time.  I’m excited for the future and everything that is in store for our little Bradley Bear!

11 Months Old Already?!

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How is my baby almost a year old already?!

11 Months – January 2, 2018

Weight: 18.5+lbs

Height: 30+ inches

Hair: Blonde and filling in more, definitely getting longer.  The bottom back has some curls, the left side sticks out a lot over his ear

Eyes: Hazely green/gray

Clothes: 12 months with a few 9 month pieces

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (still size 3)

Sleeping:  We had about a week of sleeping through the night but the past couple weeks have been a couple wakeups each night.  New Year’s Eve he woke up 4 times, every hour and forty minutes to two hours!  It was like having a newborn again.  I guess he wanted me to feel like I was up all night partying…without the partying.  I spent more time in his glider than I did in bed.

Likes:  Not much has changed in his interests since last month: practicing walking with us holding his hands or by cruising along things (the couch, ottoman, his bouncer, the wall, etc), standing without holding on to anything, pulling himself up and squatting down, crawling all over the place, eating and feeding himself, turning the pages in books, touching everything possible, riding around in one of our laundry baskets and on his new racecar, deconstructing anything and everything that is stacked, piled up, or in its proper place: stacking cups, clothes on the couch or basket waiting to be folded, magnet puzzle pieces out of their spots…you get the picture, riding in shopping carts, lights; he especially liked our Christmas tree lights

Dislikes: riding in the car, especially at night or for more than 20ish minutes during the day

Eating: Nursing or a bottle every 2-3 hours.  3 meals a day plus a snack here and there.  He eats pretty much everything we eat with a few exceptions.  He LOVES any sort of meat so far- chicken, turkey, ground beef, beef stew chunks.  He also loves frozen peas, frozen fruit, cheese, cheerios, and yogurt.   He does a great job of picking up small pieces of food and feeding himself.  No interest yet in trying to use a spoon, so I still feed him things that require one.  This boy loves to eat and I absolutely love watching him enjoy his food.

Milestones: Crawling around super quickly and pulling up on everything he can, letting go while standing, cruising along furniture, walking by himself while holding on to his walker toys. Still has only 4 teeth (2 on top, 2 on bottom).  He says Mama, dada, and more.  He understands quite a few words now and will look at or respond when we say them, which is so fun to watch.

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I just love this little mug so much!
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Sharing some white cheddar popcorn (no surprise he liked it!  And don’t worry, he only had the puffy part)
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Standing all by himself! Playing with my old phone with some crazy morning hair
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The happiest face ever with sauce smeared all over
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Could this boy be any happier?
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Sleeping angel
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Look of pure joy while he looks at the lights on the building outside of his window.  He looks for the lights every day when he wakes up from his afternoon nap and gets so happy to see them.

Bradley’s First Christmas

Bradley’s first Christmas was a holiday I had been looking forward to for years.  Since starting fertility treatments, there were a few Christmases where I remember saying to Conrad, “maybe next Christmas we’ll have a baby.”  Well this year, we finally did and it was wonderful. We got a small tree to fit in our limited space and just put a few ornaments on.  We didn’t put too many other decorations out this year because Bradley likes to touch everything and we have outgrown this place so I didn’t want it looking even more cluttered.  We told our families not to go overboard with presents since we all have what we need and Conrad and I set a reasonable budget for each other.  This helped alleviate some of the stress I always feel during the holidays.  I bought Bradley a few gifts over the past couple of months as I would be out shopping and see something for him.  He got new fleece pjs, a couple of puzzles, books, stacking blocks, and a little keyboard.

Christmas morning, we took a video of Bradley walking out to the living room to see the tree with presents.  His eyes lit up, as they did everyday when seeing the tree, but this time he got to get close to it instead of being held back by his playpen fence.  He went right over to the tree, plucked a bunny ornament off a branch, and tried to eat it.  He was quite content for a little while doing this, so Conrad and I exchanged our presents.  We helped Bradley open a couple of his presents, but he wasn’t as interested in tearing the paper as I thought he would be.  After presents, we had a nice breakfast that I prepared the night before and then Bradley went down for his first nap.  When he woke up, we headed to my parents’ house for more presents.  Again, Bradley was more interested in trying to get the ornaments off the tree!  We came home, Bradley took his second nap, and then we went to my aunt and uncle’s house in Spring Lake for our annual family Christmas.  On the 26th, Conrad’s parents came and we had yet more presents to open!  To say Bradley was pooped after all weekend is an understatement.

We all had such a great Christmas weekend with our little sweet pea and look forward to future Christmases with him.

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It’s Christmas morning!

 

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Watching a video with Dada
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A new door puzzle
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Mmmm bunny ornament next to my bunny
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Standing on his own!
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We have a stander!
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Having fun with the wrapping
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Yummy yogurt melts from my stocking…can I eat them like this?
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We improvised a little on Bradley’s stocking this year until I decide what kind I want to get for our whole family
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Opening presents at Nonna and Pop’s
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Opening my present from Uncle Devin
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This is fun!
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With my baby boy in Spring Lake
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The Hurleys, Paones, Greifensteins, and Hurleys
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Trying to touch cousin Brian’s beard
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Can I have some of your beer, Brian?
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The Greifenstein Hurley unit
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Riding his new racecar from Omi and Opa- his favorite gift!
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All 4 of the NJ Greifensteins!
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I can’t believe he’ll be one in just 5 weeks!
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Multitasking at it’s finest: playing with Bradley AND getting laundry out of the dryer to be folded
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Happy New Year!

10 Months Old Already?

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There’s no laying still anymore for this guy!

10 Months – December 2, 2017

Weight: 18lbs 7oz

Height: 30 inches

Hair: Blonde and getting longer, with a few waves.  It’s starting to curl a little at the bottom in back

Eyes: Hazely green; the blue seems to have changed

Clothes: 9 and 12 months

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (size 3). I figured out that we’re saving about a case worth of diapers every month by using cloth during the day.  At $40 a case, that adds up to a good amount of savings!  At this rate, we buy one case per month.

Sleeping:  Sleeping through the night at least half the time.  Sometimes he’ll wake up once.

Likes:  Practicing walking with us holding his hands, pulling himself up and squatting down, standing, crawling all over the place, eating and feeding himself, turning the pages in books, touching everything possible, riding around in one of our laundry baskets, watching the clothes in the washer, taking things out of wherever they are (clothes from a bin, basket, or drawer, books from their basket, toys from his bins), taking his magnets off the fridge, riding in shopping carts, lights

Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes (even if we’re right there doing something else, like when I have to pump), riding in the car at night or for more than 20ish minutes, being told no

Eating: Nursing or a bottle every 2-3 hours.  3 meals a day plus a snack here and there.  He eats pretty much everything we eat with a few exceptions and has his baby snacks of puffs, mum mums, doodle things, and freeze dried fruit drops.  He LOVES any sort of meat so far- chicken, turkey, ground beef, beef stew chunks.  He also loves frozen peas, cheese, cheerios, and yogurt.   He does a great job of picking up small pieces of food and feeding himself.  No interest yet in trying to use a spoon, so I still feed him things that require one.  This boy loves to eat and I absolutely love watching him enjoy his food.

Milestones: Crawling around super quickly and pulling up on everything he can, including my pants! Walking by himself while holding on to his walker toy, squatting. Still has only 4 teeth (2 on top, 2 on bottom).  He says Mama, dada, and owa (owl).  He understands quite a few words now and will look at or respond when we say them: Pepper, rooster, owl (gets super excited when he sees the owls in one of his books and says “owa”), tubby, Mama, Dada, milk, foxy, no, Pop

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Our big boy after meeting Santa
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Nothing is safe from him anymore…dino butt playing with my hangers

 

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Playing with the boy in the mirror

 

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Looking more and more like a little boy

 

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Helping me sort out the socks he grew out of

 

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Yes, I put an old belt on the basket so we can pull him around

Helping me make quiche

These weekly pictures are getting more and more difficult!

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I love this picture

 

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Good morning, my sunshine!
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Bradley’s first Christmas tree!

9 Months with Bradley

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9 Months – November 2, 2017

 

Weight: 18lbs

Height: 29 inches

Hair: Blonde and getting longer, with a few waves.  It curls out over one ear

Eyes: Blue/green with some honey color.  I’m still unsure what color he truly has!

Clothes: 9 months

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (size 3)

Sleeping:  We had 5 days straight of Bradley sleeping through the night, had a few rough nights, and seem to be getting back on track.  He naps now at 10 and 3 for an hour to an hour and a half each time.  Sometimes he gets tired before these times, but he’s usually able to hold out; these times work out well for my work schedule (he goes down right when I leave, and goes down again after I get home and have a quick lunch).

Likes:  Practicing walking with us holding his hands, standing, moving all over the place, eating, swings, trying to touch Pepper, turning the pages in books, grabbing everything in sight, eating, nose kisses

Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes, riding in the car at night, large animals up close (we saw a cow and horse recently and they scared him).  He really doesn’t dislike many things!

Eating: Still nursing (or a bottle while I’m at work) roughly every 2-2.5 hours (sometimes more often if a nap falls in the middle).  He is moving into eating 3 solid meals per day.  He usually gets fruit or yogurt in the morning and a veggie and meat or fruit and oatmeal at night.  Still eating purees with a few small pieces of very soft food from my plate.  He’s getting much better at picking up small food pieces and chewing.

Milestones: Starting to crawl! He has 4 teeth now (2 on top, 2 on bottom).  He says Mamama, dadada, and he said Owa (owl) yesterday while “waving” to the owls we have on top of our china cabinet.  He waves now by reaching out his arm in the direction he’s “waving”. Update on 11/12: Bradley can wave and clap now!

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These legs are always moving!
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Nose kisses with Pop
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A new favorite activity
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With Uncle Devin while out for my birthday
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Exploring and playing with things that aren’t toys, which make the best toys

 

8 Months with Bradley

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Hard to keep this little roller still!

8 Months – October 2, 2017

Weight: 17.5lbs (estimated)

Height: 28+ inches (no dr. appt this month)

Hair: Blonde/strawberry blonde and filling in a bit more

Eyes: Blue/green with some honey color.  I’m still unsure what color he truly has!

Clothes: Some 6 month, but 9 months are fitting best, especially with cloth diapers and outfits with long pants

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (size 3)

Sleeping:  We hit a rough patch for a few days a couple weeks ago where he was up every 2 hours all night long, but he’s gotten better.  Some nights are 6-7 hour stretches and then back to sleep for another 3-4 hours.  Most days he is only taking 2 naps now since his naps are, on average,  1-1.5 hours long. Naps are still in our arms.  He is usually awake for 3-4 hours before bedtime.

Likes:  Rolling around, riding in shopping carts, watching himself in the mirror, balloons, The Wheels on the Car song (our own version of wheels on the bus), riding swings and slides, watching cars go by, watching and trying to touch Pepper, sitting up, seeing me and Conrad when we each get home from work, playing with his toys, his fox and new kangaroo stuffed animals, Sofie the giraffe, stroller rides, watching people.  He’s just the happiest baby all the time (unless he’s tired, but even then he’s just a little fussy)

Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes, falling over onto his toys when reaching for something, riding in the car at night

Eating: Still nursing (or a bottle while I’m at work) roughly every 2-2.5 hours (sometimes more often if a nap falls in the middle).  He is eating 2 solid meals per day and a snack.  He usually gets fruit or yogurt in the morning and a veggie/meat (or fruit and oatmeal) at night.  Still eating purees with a few small pieces of very soft food from my plate.  He still gags sometimes and even threw up the other night from gagging on a thicker puree, so he’s definitely not ready for actual pieces of food yet.

Milestones: Rolling to get somewhere, big boy convertible car seat, saying Mamama, grabbing smaller objects easily, scooting all over the room on his belly

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Getting so big on his fox mat
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Rolling everywhere
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We walked to Dollar General for a couple baskets and he loved this kangaroo, so I had to get it for him…he hugged it the whole ride home!
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Playing with Daddy and watching Pepper
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Big boy watching me get ready for work
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My 2 handsome boys at the park
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Going on a magic carpet ride while I get ready for work
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36 Weeks old!