Monday, February 23, 2015

Mommy Style Monday: Army Coat and Adore sweater

 A great jacket is the perfect piece for a mom because they tend to be more wipeable and are great for hiding stains. This Old Navy fatigue is one of my favorites!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Favorite Books from Adler’s Library:

We love reading together as a family and the older Adler gets the more he loves books too. When we first found out we were expecting I thought, “I need to build my library so we have tons of books to read our boy.” It was kind of overwhelming at first because there are obviously a lot of books to choose from. But we started with the basics and our favorites and once Adler was born it was fun to take trips to bookstore as a family and pick out new books. In my opinion we have found some great ones and I can’t wait to continue to grow our library. Here are some of our favorites:

Oliver Jeffers 
We love all of his books and will own all of them one day. He’s able to capture whimsy, silliness and true emotion all at once. Here are some of our favorites:

The Heart and the Bottle:
This book was Adler’s Valentine’s Day present and to be honest it made me cry. This book is a great book for anyone that has experienced loss. It really touched my heart and hit close to home for me.

Once Upon an Alphabet:
Each letter has a short paragraph so they are perfect to read when you don’t have time for a full book. Let me just say they are so funny and Dane and I each have our favorite letters.

How to Catch a Star:
This story is so cute and it just reminds you what it is like to be a child. Who doesn’t want a star?!

The Day the Crayons Quit by: Drew Daywalt and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers 
This book is so clever! It’s letters from the crayons to their owner and it makes me excited to watch Adler color pictures and use his imagination. 

Classics from our childhood that will be timeless in our family.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
This is one of Dane’s go-to’s. We love the iconic, innocent and colorfulness of his stories.  Adler loves it too.

You are Special by Max Lucado 
This was probably my favorite book when I little. I will admit that I even cut out my own dots and stars. This book has such a great message and I hope it sticks with Adler like it did with me. 

New Finds

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen 
This book is simple and funny. It is great for little kids because it has fantastic illustrations, few words and a great story. We also have This is Not My Hat and we love that one too! 

I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll
This is a great story about monsters under the bed and how they aren’t always a bad thing. This was actually a Christmas gift to us from Brittany. She thought we would love it and she was right. A great book for voices as a little boy meets new monsters under his bed.

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
This book is genius! There are no pictures but the story definitely makes up for that. Kids love this books and parents have an adventure reading it.   

These are a few of our favorites and we are always looking for new ones to add to our library so if you have any you like let me know!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Adler is 10 Months!

I can’t believe my little boy is two months away from being 1! Time has flown by! He turned 10 months on the 28th and we love him more and more every day. His little personality simply kills me and I am excited for him to experience more firsts.

-Since we missed his 9 month appointment (we were in VA) we got his stats at a 10 month appointment instead. He weighs 18lbs and 4ounces (13th percentile) and he is 30 inches long (97th percentile)! We still have a long, skinny boy. 

-To go along with that, he is still wearing 3-6 month pants! This blows my mind and he only has 2 pairs of pants (1 jean and 1 grey) because I’m scared to buy more in the size but I might just have to do it!

-He started dancing this last month and I love it! He LOVES music and freezes anytime he hears a beat, tries to find the source and starts dancing. He has dances at a chorus concerts, in the car, around home and even at church. 

-I don’t know if I posted this on my last post but Adler can wave. Of course he only does it when he wants to but he is doing it more and more. 

-He can now use a sippy cup and can drink from a straw. I think this is so cute for some reason. 

-He points to things with his pointer finger. We were at Chick-Fil-A the other day and he kept pointing to the cows hanging from the ceiling. I tried to get a picture but every time I tried he stopped to point at me.

-He is still very curious and likes to see what’s going on while he eats. He crawls everywhere and touches everything. I used to be excited for him to start walking but now I think I’m ok if he doesn’t start for a few months. :) Once he starts walking it will be a non-stop chase.

-He is mimicking us even more especially when we stick out our tongues.

 -About a week ago he got his first stomach bug. It was horrible. Poor little boy threw up a lot. It’s funny how before your a mom some things gross you out and you think “How am I going to handle that as a mom,” but when you are actually a mom you don’t even think about it. Yes, I caught throw up in my hand for the first time. And second. And Third. And so on.

My little boy is growing so fast and learning new things everyday. I have already started planning his 1 year and I can’t wait for the new adventures ahead. 

His monthly photo shoots have resorted to sitting in chairs otherwise he crawls away

My long, skinny boy

His favorite place to play at my parent's house 

He has skills

His snowsuit 

We love walks

"Mom, what's on my feet"

On a train in the museum of American History 

In Georgetown 

I LOVE lou lou and company blankets and they are so cute

Waiting for Courtney to get home from School 

Adler watching Harry Potter..I think we have a true fan in the making 

Hanging out with some of his cousins 

He is so entertained in the bath 

I love this picture!