One cute boy

Growing up so fast... I haven't posted on Nicholas in some time.  He is growing up so fast. Too fast.

He is very smart, opinionated and know what he wants.  He has become a little bossy - tell us all what to do and how to do it.  We need to change that behavior.  He is also very sweet and tells me I love you mama, daily. He likes hugs - squeeze hugs.  I am so lucky to spend all my days with him.  He is my little buddy.  He loves the park, slides, his brothers, little people, cars and the iPad. This kid is totally tech savvy and can delete apps - watch out.

His vocabulary grows daily.  Last week he told me his dinner was "gusting"... translate disgusting.  I serious laughed out loud. LOL.

I created a twitter account to document all of the funny things he says daily.  You can follow him @nicishilarious

Love this boy.

NIcholas 20 months - milestones

I thought I'd give you a quick baby update.... Not quite a baby anymore. Nicholas hit the 20 month mark Jan 27.  He is growing up so quickly and wants to do everything the big boys do. He loves the "boys" or "braders" and asks for them whenever they are not around.

He had a rough week in January with a crazy viral rash that lasted almost a week.  On top of the rash he also had a bit of a cold and was all together grumpy.  His glands were swollen so large, I swear they felt like golf balls.  We took him into the doctor to be sure all was normal, and aside from the illness he was doing great.  He weighs 30 lbs now.  Chunk.

His vocabulary is growing daily and he is starting to string words together.  Look bird, hi ma, Lucy no, see please... and so on.  It's so cute to see him starting to really communicate.  He also is experiencing some major frustration when we don't understand what he wants.  This mellow baby sure can throw a tantrum.  All out tantrum where he ends up limp on the floor. This past month he has become increasingly unpredictable - beware fellow grocery shoppers.

He is a great dancer and singer.  He prefers more modern and fast dance music, the stuff the older boys are listening too. I keep trying to capture these fantastic dance moves on camera but I keep failing.

He has a few favorite staple toys be carries around with him. Balls in general.  He has insisted in keeping Benjamin's baseball collection in his crib.  He loves Elmo, puzzles, books, Thomas train and hot wheel cars.  These toys follow him to the bath tub, bed, upstairs and then back down again.

We can make him start to laugh with just a look.  He understands most of what we say and nods yes or no to just about every question.  He loves to wrestle and likes to be chased. Andrew and Ben also love to chase him so it works out well.

Such a sweet boy and growing so quickly...  We love you.

Nicholas 18 month - 1.5 year old

Not quite a baby not quite a toddler.  I still call him the baby, more than I call him Nicholas.  I guess that is what he will always be.  Our baby, our last baby.  This time with him is oh so sweet.  All the things that were mildly annoying with the older boys as babies seem funny and somewhat enjoyable.  Maybe I've matured, or am more mellow, or maybe I am finally understanding the gig of being a parent.  Whatever the deal we are thoroughly enjoying raising this kiddo as a family. 

This past Sunday we reached the 18 month mark.  Monday Nicholas had his 18 month appointment.  He is up to date on his vaccinations but still needed a flu shot.  Only one stick.  Nicholas fared better than Andrew who also had a doctors appointment.  Andrew received his 12 year old vaccinations and left with 3 sticks, 1 flu mist.  Not too fun.

Nicholas weighed in at 28.6 lbs and is 33 inches long.  His vocabulary is growing by the day.  He tries to say almost every word he hears and mimics the boys constantly.  He can point out most of his body parts. He still loves to dance and his dance moves are hilariously improving.  Along with the dancing he is also enjoying singing and knows certain words in songs and sings them loudly when he hears them.  He is an excellent eater, in fact I am amazed at how much food he can pack away.  I guess this explains the numerous messy diapers that need to be changed.  He loves his routine, night time baths and teeth brushing. He is fond of the electric toothbrush.  He has also discovered and is entertained by certain TV shows.  Among them are Elmo (Sesame Street) and Curious George.

Side note: He has discovered what I am doing when I bring out the camera.  I knew this day would come and it's become increasingly harder to get a still photo of him.  These shots will have to do.

Nicholas 15 month - milestones

Nicholas had his 15 month check up this morning. All is really well and he is growing nicely. He had two shots today and now all vaccinations are up to date.

Here are his stats - we've got a big boy!
28.6 lbs = 89 percentile
32.28 length = 83 percentile
19.3 inches head circumference = 92 percentile

Milestones (last 3 months):
Food: Nicholas no longer takes a bottle. He can and will eat almost anything you put in front of him. Even if it's not edible. Crayons, dirt, nerf bullets, and dog food are among his secret pleasures. He knows these items are off limits for eating yet somehow I still find them in his mouth. Speaking of chompers, Nicholas has been teething for the last month. His first set of molars are making an appearance. He has almost 12 teeth.

Words: Everyday it seems he is learning a new word or two. When prompted with "ready, set" Nicholas will yell "go". Here are a few of his new words that we can understand; yellow, moo, book, out, hot, go, more, one, up, whoa, and lots of grunts and UH, UH, UH for things he can't say. Non verbally he can point for items he wants and go to the door for outside. Some of the inside doors he can open on his own as well as turn on the bath water and lights. He rubs his hands together like he is washing them after I change his bottom. He knows the drill!

Motion: Nicholas loves to jump. He jumps on command, jumps on the trampoline, jumps in the pool and tries to jump off the couch, bed or coffee table. He actually gets a couple inches of air. Which leads me to climbing... He can climb really well. He climbs the stairs, the ladder to his slide, climbs onto the couch and coffee table. He is a daredevil and attempts to climb most things. He is also quite the dancer. He has his own set of moves and stops dancing whenever I pull the camera out so I never seem to catch these precious moments.

Body recognition: He is very aware of his body and is starting to point out various body parts on command. He knows belly, nose, eyes and toes really well. Patting his belly is his favorite.

Attitude: Generally he is mellow and very happy. Sometimes he wakes up grumpy in the morning and says "no, no" if the older boys come too close. He laughs if everyone else is laughing even though he doesn't understand what may be funny. He is starting to through tantrums if he doesn't get what he wants. These tantrums involve laying on the floor or putting his head down, real tears and stop the second he gets what he wants. We are doing our best to ignore them. He loves his big brothers and really wants to be doing whatever they are doing. Wresting, riding bikes, swimming, watering the flowers, playing ball, reading or playing the computer. The boys are so good with him and really involve him in their activities. I think they enjoy it.

Sleep: Nicholas gets great sleep at night. He heads to bed around 7:30 after a nightly ritual of bath, teeth brushing and a story. He wakes every morning around 6:30-7:00 am. He has weened himself off of two naps much to my dismay. He is taking one long nap from noon to 2:30-3ish. This seems to be enough for him although he does get a bit cranky if the nap is not at least 2 hours.

Random: Somehow we have taught Nicholas to shake his head back and forth when we say Beiber Baby. On command is we say Beiber Baby Nicholas will shakes his head (and hair) back and forth with gusto. It's quite funny. He loves to give a high five and the boys are working on knuckles. He also gets great enjoyment out of telling the dog "no, no". He does this every time he sees Lucy even if she is behaving. Such a mimic. The dog is also a great co conspirator and eats anything Nicholas hands him. Lucy & I still get a lot of open mouth kisses and tonight I got my first ear wet willy. He knew what he was doing and laughed as I yelled gross and recoiled.

I thought I'd share some photos of Nicholas playing with Andrew and Benjamin on the trampoline. He love to jump and wrestle and he soaks in every little thing the older boys do and tries to mimic in someway.

He is so special and everyday we love him more and more!

Many expressions of Nicholas - month 12

It's official. Nicholas is a year old. Gone are the little baby days (this make me cry a little) and onto the toddler days. And boy is he toddling, walking and attempting to run more and more. He is starting to understand what and where is off limits because as soon as he sees an opening he takes it (the stairs, my dinner plate, the boys toys, etc).

As mentioned above the walking continues and so does the dancing. He has some new moves, the twist. The move consists of bouncing up and down and twisting is upper body from side to side. He love to dance. He also like to jump or try too. He bounces on the bed and the trampoline and really anything squishy.

We have more recognizable words. Nicholas told me no-no! I was shocked but laughed. I was blocking his escape from his room and he told me no no. HE loves bananas and we recognize na-na. He also uses a Beh sound for Benjamin. Benjamin was hiding from Nicholas the other day and Nick kept chanting Beh, Beh, wanting Benjamin to re appear. Andrew is a bit dismayed that Nicholas cannot say his name. It's a bit harder and will come.

He continues to love the outdoors. In fact, he cries when we bring him inside. He is crying more and more as he does not get his way. It's quite funny. If he get's a hold of the remote and you try to take it from him you'd better watch out - a fit is coming.

We have a green light go on all food. He enjoyed his first peanut butter and jelly sandwich yesterday as well as eggs for breakfast this morning. I am feeding him almost everything we eat. HE is not too picky. Gone is formula and replace with whole milk. We are weaning him from the bottle as well.

He is still napping twice a day, which is so nice and he is sleeping through the night. Bedtime is 7:30 pm and he wakes around 6:30 each morning.

He is due for another haircut and a wardrobe update as much of his clothing is getting too small. He weighs 26 lbs and is in the 80% for weight and 50% for height. We need to invest in a larger backward facing car seat as he has 1 more year to go rear facing (new rule). He is a scrunched up little boy in his infant seat.

All is really well with Nicholas and all of us. His first year flew by and we enjoyed every little minute of it.

Happy Birthday Nicholas!!! We love you.