Grayson Elliot: 10 Months

by Lauren on July 28, 2015

My Dear Little Child,

You are 10 months old now and growing up before my eyes.  I can’t help but to wish time to slow down, but then again, I get filled with joy to see you turn into the wonderful little human being that God created you to be. Everyone says that the days are long but the months are fast and boy are they ever right!

Grayson 10 Months

I cannot get over how much you change almost daily now.  Each day, you seem to learn more than the last, and your zest for life continues to expand as you discover and understand your world more and more.

This past month challenged you in big ways.  You are moving all of the time and you are FAST!  You started speed crawling as I like to call it. I can’t seem to turn my back for even a moment because if I do, you’ll be running off to the stairs or to the shelf in the dining room you know you’re not allowed to climb. Oh boy are you smart!  You know what is “off limits” but you also know that these things are what get mommy and daddy’s attention, so if we aren’t paying much attention to you, you will immediately go for one of the “off limits” things in the house so we come and get you.  Not only that, but you wait until we see you, laugh, and then try and run away from us.  It’s adorable and terrifying at the same time.

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You give your mommy mini heart attacks daily now, whether it be trying to climb the bookshelf in your room, escaping the bedroom and finding your way to the top of the stairs, or falling on a consistent basis. Luckily, we haven’t had any serious tumbles but you sure do keep me on my toes.

My sweet boy you are getting big!  You’re nice and solid but very proportional.  You weighed 18 pounds at your 9 month appointment so I’m guessing you’ve put on a pound or two since then. You are also pretty tall, which again, is surprising to both of us.

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Last month, you swam for the first time!  We took a trip to see Nonna and Grandma and you got the chance to swim in their big pool. At first, you weren’t too sure of the big cold bathtub, but once Daddy moved you all around, you quickly warmed up.  Water has always been your thing as you love your baths and you love your kiddy pool.

You are still my champion eater and trying any and everything.  Some new foods you’ve tried this month were salmon, chicken, and grilled squash.  You have a deep love for smoothies.  Whenever you see a smoothie, you clench your fist, smile as big as you can, and let out a big scream.  You do this every single time so I know it’s not just a fluke – you REALLY love smoothies.  We are still working on learning how to use a straw and even though you have the sucking down part, you still lack the ability to suck up.  If mommy puts some liquid in the straw first and holds it up to your mouth, you can easily suck it down into your mouth, but if I hand you a drink with a straw, you just don’t get it quite yet.  It’s okay, you will soon!

Oh my goodness, you started talking!  Your vocabulary includes, “Mama,” “Dada,” and “Up!”  You are starting to put together word association with these three words.  Everything else are just babbles, yells, gibberish, but still adorable.  I’m trying to teach you a few words in sign language, and even though you are very interested in me when I do sign, you just laugh.  It’s okay, I know you’ll get that soon too.

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It is truly amazing to watch you develop.  One of my favorite things to do is just sit and watch you play.  The way you play now is so intentional as your little brain grows and grows.  Pulling out clothes from the drawers, toys from your basket, or DVDs from the media console are your favorite activities.  You are starting to realize size perception and that little toys will fit through big openings.  You’ve also developed a new love for empty water bottles and all plastic kitchen utensils.

Your sleep has gotten better, but you are still not sleeping through the night.  On a good night, you’ll only wake once and usually go back down okay, but that’s on a good night.  There are definitely still nights where you wakeup a few times and it’s a struggle to get you back down.  Those nights are hard on your mommy and daddy, but we wouldn’t think twice about it because we love you so much.  Plus, those late night snuggles are kinda my favorite, despite how exhausting they may be.

This month, you got yourself a brand new baby cousin!  Baby Everett was born a few days ago, and even though you my not realize it quite yet, you two will be the best of friends one day.

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Grayson, you are truly the love of our lives you make each day worth living.  I really mean that.  I wake up each morning with such excitement that I get to spend the entire day with you.  You make me laugh and smile so much, it’s incredible.  My heart just grows deeper and deeper in love the older you get.  I’m so proud to be your mama and I can’t wait to see what next month brings us!


Your mom




A Day Late and a Day Early

by Lauren on July 27, 2015

Hi Friends!

I’m coming to you a day late with this weekend recap because truthfully, I was soaking up every minute of this past one.  John had off – a rarity – so we decided to plan some fun family outings.  I swear this summer is passing by all too quickly and Grayson is just growing up before our eyes.  We are determined to make each moment count.

Saturday, we got up early, had a light breakfast, and hit the road for a day trip to Baltimore.



One of John’s good friends lives in Baltimore, and it’s such an easy hour drive for us. We met his friend Kyle for brunch at a wonderful little spot called BistroRx.



After brunch, we walked for about a mile until we found the water.



It was a gorgeous day, but a tad bit warm.  Luckily, there was a fun outdoor Tiki bar we found for some hydration.



I wasn’t planning on drinking, but I saw the bartender making their signature, “Grapefruit Crusher” and then got envious.  It was fresh squeezed grapefruit, vodka, and soda and it was tasty!





We did a quick stop at Trader Joe’s and then made it home in time for dinner.



For dinner, we grilled up some delicious Organic Ocean Trout we picked up at the Farmer’s Market, along with local goat cheese, local tomatoes, local cucumber, local squash, baby kale, quinoa and red cabbage.

The baby ate basically the same thing, and cleaned his plate.



Saturday morning, we were up early again and decided to take advantage of a beautiful morning with a walk to get breakfast.





Ressler’s Bagels and Juice n’ Java iced coffee makes the prefect Sunday morning breakfast.  I had the egg white special with spinach, tomato and veggie cream cheese on a great grain bagel.  It was heavenly.



After breakfast, we walked back to get showers and then headed out to the zoo.

We are fortunate that we live super close to Hershey and there is always fun things to do there.  Grayson is still a bit too young for Hershey Park, but we thought Zoo America would be a nice adventure for him.



He seemed to enjoy looking at all of the animals so it was a win for everyone!

The rest of the day, we spent doing a few errands and then just hanging out at home.  John and I ended the weekend with some Yaso bars and a movie last night.

It was a perfect 2 days spent together.

But now for some big news…

Look who came a day early!



Meet my nephew, Everett Mason, born this morning at 7:44am weighing 7lbs, 7oz.

He is pure joy and makes me want another one sometime soon!

Hope you guys had a great weekend!


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