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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

My Funny Valentine

Alert the blogger police - this isn't wordless wednesday ;) ...
Today I celebrate my shrunken Valentine's 14 months on this planet. The changes 30 days can bring are amazing. My baby is slowly slipping away, forever replaced by this little boy - exploding with personality and curiosity galore. He looks more like his Papa each day. His eyes, the smile- those curls I just can't bear to cut! X still hasn't trusted himself to take those first steps alone but is wonderful at strolling around the house behind his wagon or a chair. And I won't say I don't blame him, the speed at which he crawls is very impressive.

Xavier is going pee and poo on the potty several times a day and even when we don't quite make it there the pride on his face is priceless. He
loves to eat -blueberries, soy yogurt and tofu are still the gold standard and the beginnings of 'me do' are emerging as he tries to balance a little bite on his fork or spoon occasionally making it to his mouth. I'm amazed at how inherently boy he is - grabbing any available object and 'driving' it across the floor with a "vroom". And the climbing! Did I mention he's climbing the stairs?! (and the coffee table...and his chairs...) Oh and when he drops or throws something it's either "uh-oh" or my favorite "ka-boom!"

My boy has music in his bones and can find a rhythm in anything from the garbage disposal to Oliver's snoring. To see him dance and bounce around is sure to make you smile... He's started singing and humming- "shoo be do...hmmmmm" Another favorite these days is taking lids off and on and off and on. (and I wonder why we bother with toys when empty water bottles, jars and bowls entertain for hours) And Xavier is very serious about his reading. I'm just waiting for him to surprise me with an English accent as he asks "book?", then carefully turns and scans each page, book after book after book. And maybe that's why his vocabulary is exploding. To those he's added all of these:
all done
cat (and meow)
cow (and moo)
duck (and quack)
ark (as in Noah's)
ka-boom - do sound effects count?!

But it's not all serious, the kid makes jokes! He'll put a book on his head. And crack up. Hide a toy behind his back. And crack up.
Initiate a game of chase or peek-a-boo. And crack up. And my favorite- he'll look at Oliver, call him 'mama'. And laugh and laugh and laugh.

So often he's on the go, go, go and I find myself being very thankful to still be nursing. That amidst all his busy-ness he still seeks me out - "milk, mama!" - to snuggle, regroup and reconnect. I often find myself wanting to hit pause- "I need to hold on to this moment!" not wanting my favorite things to vanish and then he does something new, something so amazing I can't wait to see what the next moment brings.

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  • Anonymous Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats says so:
    12:03 AM  

    He is truly precious! top

  • Blogger Michelle says so:
    12:38 AM  

    He's potty training at 14 mo? Wow. I was just thinking I should bring out the potty for my 18 mo.
    Happy WW! :-) top

  • Blogger Biker Betty says so:
    3:00 AM  

    What great photos. Once they begin to walk they grow up so quickly. The learning progresses very quickly. Great post for today.

    Happy Valentine's Day. top

  • Blogger isunshine says so:
    5:40 AM  

    He's just beautiful! Congratulations on 14 months of mama bliss, and many more! Happy Valentine's day!! top

  • Blogger Terri @ In His Hands says so:
    5:57 AM  

    So sweet and yes, they grow up crazy fast! Great photos! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    7:11 AM  

    Cute!! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    7:32 AM  

    Not exactly wordless, but too cute. What an adorable child! Happy Valentine's Day! top

  • Blogger Christie says so:
    7:43 AM  

    awww! so cute!! i can't believe how quickly they turn from babies into boys!! happy valentine's day! top

  • Blogger busybusymomma says so:
    7:55 AM  

    He is beautiful!

    I loved my little guy's curls, so much so that he didn't get his first real haircut until very recently, he's 3.5yo! LOL top

  • Blogger The Imperfect Christian says so:
    9:47 AM  

    We'll just call it "not so wordless Wednesday"! I love all the photos you included. They sure do grow up fast, don't they?? top

  • Blogger Jamie says so:
    10:03 AM  

    We are so lucky to get to watch them grow, it is just amazing.
    Happy 14 months! top

  • Anonymous Blair says so:
    11:08 AM  

    He's cute :) top

  • Blogger Raggedy says so:
    11:11 AM  

    Great Pictures!
    Precious post.
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    My WW is posted. top

  • Blogger Staci says so:
    11:35 AM  

    As always, your pictures are awesome!!! top

  • Blogger Kim says so:
    12:29 PM  

    He is adorable! What a sweetie! Love the B/W! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    1:37 PM  

    I can't believe how many words he's saying!! That's great! I figured out why theBeast doesn't talk, all she has to do is point and grunt and someone goes running. I know she will eventually, so I'm trying not to worry too much about it. Those pictures were adorable!!! top

  • Blogger Heaven Sent says so:
    2:03 PM  

    The potty at 14 months... very impressive! He seems to have quite the little personality. And all those words! You are certainly raising a bright little boy.

    You are so right about pressing pause. Our babies seem be slipping away from us as every day passes. It's good that we remember to cherish. Happy 14 months, X! top

  • Blogger Lynanne says so:
    4:14 PM  

    So sweet! My fav is the one of him looking out at the dog (and the dog looking in very eagerly!) top

  • Blogger Heidi says so:
    6:40 PM  

    So sweet!!! Great pics - and what a smart and wonderful little guy! top

  • Blogger Nicole says so:
    6:54 PM  

    I am impressed with the potting thing so early too. And all his words. That is amazing. I teach that age and don't have ANY that say hardly anything. You've got a smart one. Happy Valentine's Day! top

  • Blogger Glass Half Full says so:
    6:56 AM  

    Is there anything cuter than a little boy's butt????? top

  • Blogger Amber says so:
    6:59 AM  

    I love the stage he's at...just learning and growing at an amazing rate. And not to mention he's just so dang adorable! top

  • Anonymous O Mama Mia says so:
    4:36 PM  

    Fantabulous! Words galore! And yes, sound effects totally count!
    I know exactly how you feel about wantin to hit pause each time he nurses. I still have pictures in my mind of the last few times Sophia nursed before she weaned herself. I cling to those moments still. top

  • Blogger Candace & Anna says so:
    2:50 PM  

    Wow, I am jealous he is using the potty. My 18 month old talks about it a lot but we haven't had any action.

    I dread the day Anna weans. My DH is talking to me about it trying to encourage me to start it in motion and it just breaks my heart. I'm like you I would like to just pause it all and absorb every little bit that I can. top

  • Anonymous Mama C-ta says so:
    10:47 PM  

    I'm so amazed he's doing all this at just 14 months old, and he was a preemie!! VERY impressive. I swear if we lived near each other I'd make him be Crickets BFF. Although I know he already has one ;)
    He's so cute, I love his little bum. top

  • Anonymous Mama C-ta says so:
    10:48 PM  

    BTW is that a french bulldog or a BT (or neither)? We have 2 bostons...funny even our dogs are similar. top