Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Surf's Up Birthday Party

Dear Sweet Kosta,

You are 1 year and 1 day old today! I can't believe how fast time has flown by.  It blows me away how much you have changed since the day you were born.  You are Mommy's little Angel with the best personality ever.

This past weekend we celebrated your birthday with friends and family.  We had your birthday party on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - we did this so everyone would be able make it to the party.  We had yummy food and cake and lots more.  Here are some pictures from your Surf's Up Party.

Mommy designed your birthday cake, but Publix made it for you!



It took Mommy almost a month to design the surfboards and put together the decorations. 

Fun in the Sun Flip Flops

Gnarly Grape Kabobs
Barrelin' Beach Break Bars
Homemade Shaka Surfboard Cookies
Grommet Goldfish
Surf's Up Swedish Fish
Cowabunga Chicken Salad from Whole Foods
Chicama Cheese and Crackers from Sam's Club
Pipeline Pasta Salad
Gifts
Leis from Party City
Surfboard Soap and Flip Flop Key Chain party favors (key chain from Party City and Soaps found on Etsy)
Entrance to the party
Playa del Kosta Surf Report
Eating your yummy cake for the first time!






Surfing Photo Op (Party City)

Tia Eli and Tio Jason
Gaby and Katie
Kosta and Mommy
Mommy and Aunt Elleni
Playing with your drum set from Tia Eli and Tio Jason
Playing with your basketball goal from Mommy and Papi

Here are a few updates on you:

You can walk!  You are a walking machine.  You took your first steps on February 25, 2013 - exactly one week before your birthday!  Here's a short video of you walking to your Aunt Elleni.

video

Well, today you had your 12-month check-up.  You are such a big boy! Here are your stats as of today.

Height: 30.5 inches

Weight: 21 lbs 10 oz

Head Circumference: ?? (I have to find the paper)

You are in the 70th percentile for height and the 55th percentile for both weight and head circumference.

Also, your top teeth are coming in! They haven't cut through your gums yet, but they're close.

Dr. Anderson said you're growing perfectly! He said you can eat pretty much everything now, except candy, gum, nuts, or popcorn.  Other than that you're good to go with all other yummy foods.

You are officially drinking cow's milk.  Mommy stopped breastfeeding the night before your first birthday. You've handled the transition extremely well, which made things a lot easier for Mommy.

You're such a good baby!

Well, you're ready for play time so Mommy has to go.

Love you so much.

Mommy

Monday, February 18, 2013

Don't Blink

So I heard the song "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney on the radio the other day and of course I started boo-hooing.  I always boo-hoo through that song, but I especially do now that I have my little surfer baby in my life. It's true - it feels like yesterday we were holding you in our arms for the first time and then I blinked and now you're turning one in two weeks.  I wish I could slow down time to keep you a baby forever, but I am so excited for the future.

Here's a little update on you since Christmas:

Your schedule goes a bit like this (by the way, you're FINALLY sleeping through the night!):

  • Wake up around 7:25 am.  
  • Drink your bottle by 8 am.
  • Play until 10 am, then go down for a nap.
  • Wake up around 12-12:30 pm.
  • Eat lunch and play until 3 pm (I put you down at 3 before Daddy gets here or else you'll be awake all day!)
  • Wake up for dinner at 5-5:15 pm.
  • Bath time 6:30 pm.
  • Play until bedtime at 8 pm.

You eat anything and everything, ESPECIALLY whatever Mommy, Daddy, or Gamma is eating.  It doesn't matter if you're full or not, if we're eating something, you want it too.  You're so over eating baby food.  You love foods with texture and you love feeding yourself.  Lately, you and I have been drinking fresh fruit smoothies with our lunch, which seems to be your favorite. You clap and giggle while Mommy makes your smoothie, which makes it so much fun for me. Your smoothies normally consist of pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, mandarins, bananas, and grapes. Also, you LOVE water! I swear you'd drink two liters of water if we let you. Ha ha :)

Your bottom teeth finally came in on January 13, 2013! We were very fortunate that it didn't seem to bother you much.  You did however have a little cold that went along with it, but it was mainly just a runny nose.  You used to nibble on us with your gums, but now we're having to teach you not to because your little baby teeth are sharp!  Here's a pictures of your precious teeth:



On to a semi-negative note.  You had to have surgery on your tear ducts in your right eye on February 8, 2013.  Unfortunately your tear ducts did not unblock themselves before your first birthday, which is why the doctor encouraged the surgery.  If we had decided to wait, it would have been a lot worse in the future.  Luckily the surgery was fast and you recovered very well from it.  I think it was harder on Mommy and Daddy because we couldn't be there with you during the procedure.  Here are some pictures of you and Daddy waiting before the surgery:



On to a better note - you're sooooo close to walking! Now you're pulling up and letting go without fear.  Whenever I hold out my hand when you're standing, you'll grab one of my fingers and walk towards me, but I am barely supporting you.  Here's a little video of you standing by yourself.

video

You got to experience your first snow on February 16, 2013. You were napping while the snow was falling, but I took you outside as soon as you woke up so you could see the snowman Mommy built for you. You LOVED the snow, especially the part when you got to eat it!  Here are a few pictures:













Well, your birthday will be here in less than two weeks! I'm so excited because I have been working on decorations for the last month, which has been a fun activity for me. I can't wait for everything to come together - it's going to be a blast!

We love you to the moon and back sweet boy!