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February, 2015:

Nicholas Turns the Big 1!

Can you believe it? Our littlest man is 1! It has been one crazy year and we are thankful for all of the memories we have shared together as a family of four. Stats: Length: 29.75 in. (49%) Weight: 20lbs 7 ozs (17%) Head Circumference: 18.8 in. (86%) During his first year Nicholas grew 8″ in height, gained 11 lbs in weight, his head grew 3″ in diameter, and he sprouted 7 teeth, pretty incredible to think about.

  • Development: Nicholas is getting even faster at crawling. He loves to chase his brother when he runs around the house. He can pull up on his knees and then inch closer to what he pulled up on using his knees. He is pointing to things and can sign “all done.” Nicholas is enjoying some independent play. He finds it extra funny to hold onto his toes or try to rollover when you change his diaper. Nicholas loves to chew on everything. It has been over a month since his 7th tooth came in so we are looking for more pearly whites to poke through at anytime now.
  • Loves: Chasing/watching Cooper, playing with shoes/shoelaces, opening and closing doors, taking his vitamin, crawling everywhere, nursing
  • Dislikes: Being fed from a spoon, pooping, not having Mama in sight

  • Physical: Nicholas’ hair seems to be getting redder in the sunlight and is growing in very evenly. He is in size 3 diapers, 12 month clothes and has 7 teeth. His eyes are still a bit blue, but do seem to change slightly depending on the color of clothes he is wearing.
  • Bedtime routine: We start at 6:30pm by nursing (with a bath every three days or so). In his room we change him into a nighttime diaper (size 3), give him a vitamin (which he loves), read Nicholas bunny book, put him into a sleep sack, give him head kisses good night and sing a song. He rarely lets out a cry before falling asleep.
  • Eating/Naps: We start the day with nursing, an hour or so later we have breakfast with brother (typically berries, oatmeal, or yogurt). Two hours after waking up he will nurse and then attempt a morning nap. If it happens it is usually about 30 minutes long. Often there is another nursing around 10:30, then lunch at noon (he loves cold cuts and grapes), then another nursing and a nap for an hour or so. Funny enough whenever someone else watches the boys Nicholas will take a 2.5 hour nap, but for us he sleeps only an hour like clock work. We eat dinner around 5:30 or 6, giving him smaller pieces of what we are eating. He doesn’t drink but an ounce or two a day from a sippy cup even though it is offered at all meals and between. He enjoys tossing the sippy cup, and plenty of food, off the highchair and Cooper loves to jump down and get it for him, the perfect game.

  • Nicholas loves to run his hands through his hair when he eats. It is very normal for him to have at least one food item from the meal on the right side of his head.

  • Sleeping: Nicholas is a solid overnight sleeper. His morning nap is around 20 minutes and afternoon nap is closer to an hour. He goes to sleep around 7:00 and wakes up at 6:30.
  • Nicknames: Itty Bitty (Mama), Mr. Snuggles (Daddy) and Nickel (Cooper)
  • 12 month firsts: Finger painting, birthday party

Today We Celebrate Nicholas!

The birthday boy is ready to celebrate! Brunch is served. The snowflake themed smash carrot cake and guest cupcakes. Nene provided our childhood birthday tradition of a crafting experience for everyone. Team Kochman to help blow out the candle. Our reserved cake smasher choose the single finger frosting eating approach. Looks like he has a savory over sweet preference eating the chicken before the carrot cake.   In case you wonder who Nicholas looks like. Thank you everyone for helping us celebrate our little Nicholas’ first year!  

Party Prep

These two are getting excited for the upcoming Big 1 birthday party this weekend. I am really going to miss the crawling stage. Hearing Nicholas’ little hands slapping against the ground and the squeals from Cooper when they are crawling together. It melts my heart every time. We celebrated Nicholas’ birthday at toddler group with the birthday ladybug and everyone sang to him. Good thing Grandma stopped by. She saved us tons of time by showing us how to use our Cuisinart. Funny enough, it is one of those wedding presents we don’t use a ton, but we are so grateful we have it. Shredding carrots for carrot cakes is the top use. Nicholas helped us prepare for the party by reorganizing the water bottle cupboard. We wrapped up party planning week with a painting date night. This amazing husband gave me the most creative Christmas present of a pre-planned date a month for 2015. We are loving this special time together!