Little dude is 9 months old!

Our little guy is 9 months old…I can’t believe we are 3/4 of the way through his first year!  He is for the most part, a super fun, mellow, and happy baby, just a bit of separation anxiety kicking in…especially at the Doctor’s office yesterday. Walk into the room and instant tears. Was clinging onto my neck so tight that I let go of him and he was just hanging there…broke my heart.  So what’s it looking like at 9 months?
–Height: 30 inches (97%), Weight: 23 pounds 5 ounces (95%).
–4 teeth!  2 on the top and 2 on the bottom…with 4 more at the gum trying to break though!
–He HATES his car seat. As soon as we get to the car door he clings to my neck and won’t let go.
–He laughs hysterically at his big Sissy. They are already best buds and chase each other around with non-stop squeals of laughter…it’s my favorite part of the day.
–He claps!  And taps!  And shakes his little booty to music!
–He is STRONG!  Strongest baby ever. And SO fast.  He tears apart toys, dumps out buckets of toys until not one piece remains inside, climbs up several flights of stairs, and the best part is his war cry…we know he is about to conquer the stairs by the roar he lets out on his way over.
–He is still pulling up and cruising on everything. Everything.
–He points at everything!
–He loves Cheerios. They are his fave. Otherwise he eats everything he can get his hands on.
–Sometimes it sounds like he says “hi”, “roar” like a lion, and “grrrr” like a bear.  But it may just be Mommy’s selective hearing.  =)

Some of our favorite pictures from the past month:
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toddler talk and picture catch up

One of my favorites...my little angel.

One of my favorites…my little angel.

Well, she’s 3 now, no longer a toddler but a little lady. A little preschooler if you may. Some of the sillies Miss Payton has said over the last month, along with lots of pictures I forgot about!
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In her mind the work “so” still means “because”.   And yes, we are very bad parents for not correcting her because so it is just too darn cute!
–I made the mistake of giving her a kid sized spoon… “Mama I need a big big bigger spoon so the little one doesn’t work for me, it’s too little.  Ok?  Do you understand?”
–After nap time/quiet time she gets to watch one show (she usually picks Curious George).  Byron wanted to snuggle up and watch with her one day and her response: “No Dad, you can’t watch it. No you can’t watch it so you didn’t take a good nap Dad!  Ok?!”
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Payton tooted so I shot her a look to say excuse me, instead she says “Miles tooted! Ewwwww!  Miles!”
Me: “Payton, Miles is in another room, he’s not even here.”
Payton: “Oh. So it still wasn’t me. Ok?!”
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We are slowly working on potty training.  When she does go, she wants to fully do it on her own.  So walking to the bathroom:
Payton: “Dad don’t come in here, I will do it all by my self!!  I’m going to shut the door, so stay out Dad!  Ok?!”
Byron: “Ok Payton, but let me help you get on and
Payton: “No Dad!  I need to do it by my self!  Do you understand?!  I need to shut the door so Miles likes to come in and I need to shut it.  Ok Dad!  Go away!  Do you understand?!”
…A glimpse into our near future?!  Ahhh!
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Fun with Nana.

Fun with Nana.

My Mom, Nana, was here visiting from Texas for Payton’s birthday.  After a few days her usual tantrums were back and the novelty of Nana had worn off.  So as Payton was whining and crying, Nana was trying to help her…
Payton: “Nana go back home!”
Nana: “You want me to go back to Texas?”
Payton: “Yes!  Are you going to walk back home now?!”

Watching the chickens.  =)

Watching the chickens. =)

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After riding bikes outside with Byron and heading back in the house to warm up:
Payton: “Daddy, you can’t come in!  There is NO more space for you!”

And my personal favorite tantrum of the month…it was my mistake entirely, how dare I eat her last pretend chocolate chip cookie!?
Oh, and also, we have entered the “why?” phase.  Her response to any and everything: why?  Yay.
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My Halloween cuties…

Some pics of our Halloween.  Luckily the rain held off long enough to run over to Gilman Village so Payton could trick or treat.  She was so excited to be princess Elsa…and what a gorgeous Princess she makes!  Little dude Miles was  super scary Monster!  Payton also had a little Halloween party at preschool…2 princess Elsa costumes…no way!  It was pretty cute that Payton and her best bud were both Elsa…as was a majority of most little girlies this Halloween.  =)
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making crafts at school...i thought this was super cute!  her little mummy.  =)

making crafts at school…i thought this was super cute! her little mummy. =)

best buds!

best buds!

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Getting into the Halloween Spirit…

Just some pics…all ready for Halloween!
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8 things…8 months old!

I am 8 months old!  Little Big ole me is 8 months old!  So…more about me:
1. I like to be naked!  These chubby thighs don’t like to be stuffed into pants.  I have to let my big belly breathe!  Speaking of…
2. Payton calls me “little chubber” still!  Doesn’t she know that hurts my feelings??!  She wakes me up in the morning saying “Oh hi!  Good morning little chubber!”.  Oh, just wait until I can talk back!  For now I just rip out fistfuls of her hair.
3. My top 2 teeth are starting to push at the gum and it is ruining my perfect sleeping schedule.  Shorter naps and a late night here or there.  I seem to be eating just fine, so are teeth really necessary?!
4. Yes, I eat just fine.  I am getting really efficient at shoveling food into my mouth!  My favorites: sweet potato, butternut squash, banana, and my favorite oatmeal is a mix of spinach, blueberries, and banana.
5. I have perfected the art of pulling up onto anything and everything…I’m even cruising around now.  Learning how to walk is hard work!
6. I can almost clap!  So what if I do it with 2 closed fists?!  I love to tap and try to clap to music…
7. Oh…I love music!  All sorts of music!  Especially one of Payton’s jammin toys. It plays songs when you push a button…so I push it over and over and over again.  And over again. It goes a little something like “ba ba ba billy beats! Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. Billy beats!…”.  Mom and Dad love it!  Right?!
8. I also gotta rock out to my “Billy Beats” by shaking my booty and dancing!  Payton’s teaching me all the latest dance moves!
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…And now she is 3!

I can’t believe out little Payton-pie turned 3 over the weekend.  She is in fact no longer little.  A toddler no more.  She is now a little lady…a little bitty lady.  She had a busy weekend…birthday celebration at preschool, 2 friends birthday parties, and her own birthday party.  Needless to say, come Monday, she was a cranky little bitty lady.  She was exhausted.  We still love her though…cranky and all.  =)
Thank you to all the friends and family who came out to celebrate Payton turning 3!!
Sob sob sob…she is no longer 2…sob sob…my little 3-year-old:
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Gorgeous Birthday Banner...thank you Brandy!!

Gorgeous Birthday Banner…thank you Brandy!!

Nana having fun in the bouncy house!

Nana having fun in the bouncy house!

Best buds!

Best buds!

Not too excited to be the center of attention.

Not too excited to be the center of attention.

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Loving Aunt Hal.  <3

Loving Aunt Hal. <3

Nana lovin.

Nana lovin.  <3

Gotta work off that birthday cake!

Gotta work off that birthday cake!

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Payton’s 1 second a day video from 2 to 3 years old

Hapy 3rd Birthday to my little sweetie-pie!!  This video was a labor of love.  I did start it a month and a half late…but we almost have a full years worth of days in the video.  1 second a day…for a year.  I can already tell I am going to love having this to look back on…love having all of these memories to hold on to.  I hope you love it as much as we do…

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