Hi, I'm Mason. I do what I want! [Mason // 8 Months]

Monday, March 18, 2013

You want me to take cute pictures for my 8 month birthday?!?
Sorry mom! I'm a big boy! I do what I want!

That was the theme of the night for sure! I think it was just because he was tired and/or hungry, but Mason was definitely in charge of this photo shoot! I did manage to get a few really cute pictures but the majority of them were bloopers.

Here is a look behind the scenes... even though they weren't the smiley, happy pictures I wanted, Seth had some funny quotes to go along with them!

Top left : "ooohhh what was that??"
Top right : "there's something stuck in my mouth! wait... are those my teeth??"
Bottom left : "oy vey!"
Bottom right : "whoa! whoa! what was that?? moooooommmm??"

Top left : "if I just hide behind this alligator, maybe she will forget about all these pictures..."
Top right : "RAWR!"
Bottom left : giggle fest
Bottom right : "yummy alligator ear!"

and then the good ones :)

the eight month stats :
- i don't know my exact weight, but probably around 20 lbs
- i don't know my exact height either, but probably around 28 inches
- even though i'm tall, i still wear 3-6 month pants
- i wear 9 month and 6-12 month onesies
- i still kinda fit in size 2 diapers but size 3 fit better
- mommy and daddy decided they like huggies better then pampers
- i got my first bad sickness... the flu... even though i was throwing up, i was still a happy camper
- i am getting to be ticklish under my arms and on my feet and behind my neck
- i still love bath time
- i have THREE teeth!
- and might be getting one more... i'm SUPER drool-y again and LOVE my hands in my mouth
- i don't sit very well yet - great when propped up, but i fall over when i sit alone
- i remembered how to roll both ways now and roll all around the house
- i tired avocados for the first time at the farmer's market yesterday and loved them!
- i celebrated my first st. patty's day!
- i celebrated daddy's birthday
- i tried more solids but sweet potatoes are still my favorite
- AND i got my first hair cut ever! and daddy did a great job :)


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Part... one!

St. Patrick's Day was a two day event for Mason this year. St. Patty's was celebrated at daycare on Thursday and today with his family. It is so sweet, Luz always celebrates the holidays with the kids and since St. Patrick's Day fell on a weekend day, they celebrated on Thursday (since Mason wouldn't be there on Friday since it was Seth's Friday off and our niece Addison never goes on Fridays)

Left : Mason and Addison
Right : Mason

There was a festive sign and green all over! Mason was dressed super cute in his green outfit and green socks when... five minutes into being at daycare, he poops all over and has to be changed. Poor kid! I got these amazingly cute pictures from Luz but poor Mason had to wear a red and grey long sleeve outfit he had there... with no green (though he does still have his green socks on if you look super hard on the picture to the right). To top it off, it was super hot that day too and the poor boy only had a long sleeve, 6 month outfit. Needless to say, I put a 9 month, sleeve outfit in his bag to leave at daycare now that the weather is so warm. Even though he had no green and was probably warm, he still had a great day!

Now for... part two!

We had planned on having a "green day" with Auntie Erin, Uncle Shawn, and Emma and Addison because heading over to Grandma Judy's house for dinner. The day started off with Mason eating some sweet potatoes out of his green bowl with a green spoon. Then we got dressed in our green outfits and Mason had a little photo shoot.

When the photo shoot was over, we headed over to Starbucks. We picked Starbucks over another coffee place because of the green label... cheesy I know, but it went along with my theme!

Left : yummy iced hazelnut macchiato for mommy
Right : iced coffee for daddy

Then we headed over to the OC Great Park where they have a farmer's market every Sunday from 10am-2pm to meet Auntie Erin, Uncle Shawn, Emma and Addison. They were running a little late so we had another mini photo session in the car.

Top left : view from peaking over the front seat onto Mason's carseat
Top right : taking a little nap
Bottom left : mommy and daddy
Bottom right : family! with Mason with a serious face

Auntie Erin, Uncle Shawn, Emma and Addison finally arrived and we headed in to the farmer's market!

Mason tried avocado for the first time and LOVED it!

Top left : Addie helped feed Mason. Top right : daddy and Mason
Bottom left : photo bombed by Emma. Bottom right : mommy and Mason

The goods

We had an amazing time walking around, tasting things, and having lunch at the food trucks! Then it was time to head home for Mason to take a nap and then it was over to Grandma Judy's house for dinner! We had some yummy corn beef and cabbage and potatoes and salad and fruit and then some lucky charms cupcakes for dessert!

Top : rainbow fruit salad
(I'm going to eat marshmallows with ALL of my fruit now! YUM)
Bottom left : cousin love with Emma and Mason
Bottom right : lucky charms cupcake!

What a GREAT day! Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Happy Birthday Seth!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Seth's birthday was yesterday, March 10th but we celebrated all weekend :) It was about time for a little daddy spoiling afterall! The weekend started off with our dinner celebration on Saturday night with our friends at Slaters 50/50. Now if you've never been to one or heard of it... GO! It's amazing. Not healthy. But amazing. Check out their website : https://slaters5050.com/


Top left : Seth and I at dinner
Top right : free birthday brownie topped with bacon!
Bottom : Emma helping babysit Mason

Sunday we celebrated his actual birthday with family at the Pancake House. Again, not the healthiest but AMAZING nonetheless. Hey it's his birthday, we can eat bad, right? I got a bacon waffle (because apparently I didn't get enough bacon the night before??) and Seth got a cornbeef and hash omelet. Both AMAZING. Seth's grandma, mom, and dad and his sister, brother-in-law and our nieces were there. And since we've been using Mason's big boy car seat now, we don't have anything to carry him into restaurants in anymore so Mason... got to sit in a big boy high chair for the first time!!!

He did GREAT! He just sat there as we ate, happy as a clam, chewing on his teething ring or his hand. We were so proud! After breakfast, we hit up the Starbucks drive thru that was nearby and then headed over to Costco. (Fun birthday outing I know, but hey, it had to be done. Birthday's aren't quite as fun as an adult... though Costco free samples are pretty great!) Mason sat in his first shopping cart and he did great also but kept falling over because we couldn't figure out how to strap him in with the buckles. No matter where we put him (it's on of those two seaters), the seat belt was too short... and he's pretty skinny! After Costco, we came home and I FINALLY got to see what everyone was telling me about. ROLLY POLLY Mason!

Stomach to back...

...and back to his back!

Luz sent me a video from daycare on Thursday (or Friday?) where Mason was rolling ALL OVER the place. I have yet to see it in person but Seth told me about it from last week also. Man, now that this kid has realized that he remembers how to roll from his stomach back to his back, he is ALL OVER THE PLACE. I turn my head for .00000001 seconds and he's in a completely different spot then I left him. It's crazy and amazing all at the same time.

While Seth watched Mason and made sure he didn't roll away, I made my birthday surprise for Seth. Boston Creme Pie Cupcakes!!! Seth LOVES Boston Creme Pie and I found this recipe that seemed easy (and was easy!) on Pinterest that I thought I would give a try. I will leave you with a picture of the amazing cupcakes...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SETH!!!! Mason and I love you so much!! xoxoxoxoxo

Mason's FIRST haircut!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

I knew his hair was getting long and hung over his ears but I was in denial that he actually needed a haircut. I don't really know why. Maybe because he is only 7 months old and I didn't think that a 7 month old should need a haircut? Maybe because it means that my baby is getting older if he needs to get his hair cut? I don't know.

He was born with so much hair so realistically, I don't know how we waited this long. I must admit it was getting pretty bad. It would stick out over his ears and looked slightly mullet-ish in the back and was so long it hit the top of his shirts.

So amateur barber daddy went to work...

Top : getting his hair cut
Bottom left : all the hair that was cut!
Bottom right : Mason and his barber

Left : before
Right : after
it's hard to see but please note the wisps sticking out on his before
picture on the right side. bad bed head!

Left : before (hair reached his shirt!)
Right : after

Barber Daddy did a great job! And so did Mason! He didn't cry even once and barely squirmed around :)

Now I wonder how long until his next hair cut... if he's anything like his daddy it will only be a few weeks! And now that mommy knows how handsome he looks with a hair cut, she probably won't wait so long for the second one!