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It’s been several months since I’ve written an update on Phoenix. He is seventeen months, growing quickly — too quickly — and the joy of our lives. He’s sweet and particular. When he’s ready to sleep he is R E A D Y, just like his mama. He loves BB-8 and can say several words including: book, car, baby (or BB), bye bye, mama, dada, woof (for puppy), hi, girl and nana (for banana). He still doesn’t like long car rides, but is doing better when we’re out running errands. I think supplying endless snacks helps.
His favorite song is “The Wheels on the Bus” (which keeps him happy in the car!). His two favorite books are Zingy and The Little Blue Truck. He asks, “What’s That?” all day long. Transitioning to one nap a day hasn’t been as seamless as I hoped. Around 16 months (maybe due to traveling?) he started waking up at 5 am with a dirty diaper! Thankfully, it’s settled out again and Phoenix is back to sleeping 12-13 hrs a night. I wonder if we hit the 18 month sleep regression early?
I do enjoy the flexibility of doing activities in the morning. We go to Story Time at least once a week (sometimes twice!). Jordan and I are doing our best to encourage independent play. Per what I’ve read, we keep a limited amount of toys out at a time.
Phoenix will now somewhat pay attention to a show or a movie. He usually watches a little Star Wars on Saturday mornings with Jordan. His favorite show is Peg + Cat on PBS. He caught a cold in December and shows were a great use in keeping him from running around and coughing.
2017 was beautiful in many ways, but also rather challenging (isn’t that all years though?). Jordan’s business experienced the biggest amount of growth. For the most part he’s been a one-man-show, but that’s limiting. He has a studio manager now and is bringing in a partner. As of last month Luum is officially an LLC! He works really hard, so I don’t have to work full-time outside of the home.
I started taking on more brand sponsorships last year despite blogging irregularly. 2018 will hopefully bring on even more opportunities! I’m discovering what gives me life and finding ways to indulge in them more — reading, cuddling with Jordan and watching shows together, iced lattes, yoga, travel. Motherhood, especially when they are young, is draining, but extremely rewarding!