Sunday, May 13, 2018

Pacifier Weaning

Now that Cannon is one, we have been working on weaning him from his Paci. I know there are lots of different opinion about this, but as a family we feel it is time to begin this process. He was very attached to his bottle and luckily we were able to wean him completely off of that before he was one. However, if he happens to see a bottle he will squeal with such excitement. It is kinda sad. I feel bad for him but know this is a part of him getting older.

The paci weaning (or as we call it in our house Beeca/ chupeta) is hard for me because I see how much he loves it. We decided to start weaning him from it when we noticed that as soon as we removed it from his mouth he would begin talking. We feel like it may be keeping him from talking more so we decided to remove it. For the last two weeks we began taking the beeca away when he was awake. We would give it to him for naps and bedtime. This was our way of slowly transitioning him away. Today is the first time ever that I have put him down for a nap and not offered him the beeca and boy did he protest. In fact, he protested for 23 minutes to be exact! I told my husband to talk me off the ledge because every fiber in my being wanted to run upstair and give him the beeca. I am hoping the next few naps go a little smoother for the poor little guy. Prayers for mommy!

Update 1 6:04 pm: It took us 11 minutes for Cannon to lay down on nap number two. This is much better! He has not had a beeca all day! He did however find two upstair and came walking around the corner with one in his mouth and one in his hand. 

Update 2: Cannon has done very well without his beeca. Last night he protested on and off for 8 minutes and then fell asleep. He slept through the night without one and woke up at his normal time. During the day we were traveling and he fell asleep for both naps without it as well. Tonight the verdict is still out. 

Update 3: we are about two weeks into no beeca and I think we are finally finished. I am not going to lie, we had some rough nights. Ione included no sleep until 4 in the morning. I gave in around 4 and started over the next day. It feels so freeing not having to replace that Paci all night. Now Cannon sleeps all night and doesn't need me to replace the Paci. Thank God! He falls asleep within 5-10 minutes each night/nap and is back to sleeping well.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cannon 1 Year Update

Cannon you are almost 1 year old! I can't believe how fast time has gone by. This has been the best year of my life! You are so sweet and very busy.

You are the best eater and I have not found one thing that you will not eat. You also love your milk and water. You are finally walking and love to look out our windows and watch the birds. You still take two/ three naps a day and sleep from 8:30-7:00.

You love to play with doors and tires. You love to play with the tires on anything. Mostly, you take your car and flip them upside down to spin the tires.

  •  bananas and watermelon
  •  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Wheels on the Bus
  • steering wheels
  • baths
  • food
  • books
  • learn
  • show you what you know
  • climb
  • watch your fish
  • watch the birds
  • trucks and cars
  • dogs and cats

  • diaper changes
  • to tie you down
  • to get out of the bath.
  • when we say "no"
  • getting in your car seat

You can identify the following when asked:

  • monkey
  • cat
  • dog
  • pig
  • cow
  • bear
  • fish
  • bird
  • giraffe
Body parts:
  • eyes
  • teeth
  • mouth
  • nose
  • feet
  • head
  • car
  • truck
  • tractor
  • bus
  • blue
  • yellow
Other words:
  • baby
  • little girl
  • milk
  • banana
  • light
  • plant
  • shoes
  • bath
  • eat
  • tv
  • book
  • cookie
Words you can say:
  • mom
  • dad
  • truck
  • light
  • giraffe
  • easy
  • no
  • hey
  • dog
You have been to:
  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • New York
You have 4 top teeth and two bottom teeth.

  • Cannon Ball
  • Caney
  • Cannon Bear

Friday, February 9, 2018

SC Children's Museum

 Yesterday we visited the SC Children's Museum. It was a blast! I always wonder if the activities are going to be age appropriate and luckily they were. Cannon loved playing at the farmer's market. He would grab the fruit and throw it from one box to another. He probably stayed at this station the longest.

 Another one of his favorite stations was the sensory bins with rubber dirt. He wanted to put every piece in his mouth so we had to leave that bin because he was getting mad. They had two sensory bins with this same material. One was a garden and the other was digging for dinosaur bones. He loved them both. On a side note- he looks just like Mr. McCumbee with his new hair cut.

When I saw the peg station I knew he would love it. We had seen this station at the Crayola Experience and he just had so much fun! He really enjoys pulling each of the pegs out and throwing them on the floor.

We really did have a great time and for $8 it was well worth the trip. Cannon probably played for two hours and when we got in the car he was so wore out that he drank 8 ounces of milk and fell asleep.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Happy 9 Month Birthday!

Y'all, I have a 9 month old! How can this be? Where did the time go? Being Cannon's mom has been my best accomplishment yet. I love every new stage even better than the one before (if that is possible). Cannon has the sweetest spirit just like his Dad. He is so lovable and kind it makes my heart melt. He loves to kiss my face 100 times a day and sighs and hums when you kiss him or hug him.


 You have become such a strong willed, independent child. You do not like for mommy to feed you or for mommy to show you how to do things. You want to practice doing them yourself and can't stand me helping you. When I try to feed you, you slap the spoon from me and try to do it yourself. When I am dressing you, you put your own arms through the shirt and get very upset if I take too long. You do not like being held down during diaper changes and you want to be on the move constantly. You are very good at entertaining yourself and you enjoy thinking about how things work. Everyone says you are such a busy body and that you are a thinker. I would agree. When you get focused on something you concentrate so hard that you start to drool. If you are concentrating on something you WILL NOT listen to anyone who tries to distract you. You also have a bit of a temper. Lord help us! You get that from your Dad too. You get upset if your toys don't work like you want them to or if you can't get to something. When things don't come easy to you you will work really hard to figure them out but you get irritated easily.

You love life and are always such a happy baby. I am sure all moms say that but really you are THE BEST baby! Your favorite things are to watch the fish swim, to play in the water, to point at objects and make mommy name them, to play patty cake, drink your milk, eat, go for rides and play with your family. You love for mommy to read with you and books are your favorite toys.

Everyone who knows you would say that you are the easiest going baby and that you are such a good boy. You only cry if you are hungry and who could blame you. You get that from me! Most of our friends and family say you look like Daddy or Hunter but that as you get older they see more of me in you. I tell your Dad all the time that you are so much better than I could have ever imagined my child to be. Your Dad and I adore you!

We can't wait to see you grow up but wish the time would slow down. I am not ready for you to be a 1 year old. Forever will not be long enough to be your mommy. You are truly my whole world.
Monday, January 22, 2018

Crayola Experience

On our way to Daytona I was able to convince Mr. McCumbee to take us to the Crayola Experience. It was so worth it! It cost about $20 each and we spent about two hours inside. Honestly, I could have easily spent another hour or two if we were not in a hurry to get to the track.

Most of the time I choose activities that are not so much baby friendly and my husband always says, "he is too young for this" but this time he actually had a blast. I wish this was closer to our house because we would probably become season pass holders.

My favorite part of the experience is making your own names for each of the crayons. I made one that say "Mommy love you Cannon", Mr. McCumbee made one that says "Daddy's Buddy" and Cannon made one with lots of random letters. Of course we made a few others like "CMR CEO".

Another super neat thing was that you got to create your own coloring sheets. Cannon and I took pictures together for him to color. He also took pictures with his dad.

This is the new Bluetiful crayon!

We also go to tour a "mock Crayola factory"

Cannon had two favorite parts! He loved the playhouse and laughed the whole time. He spent most of his time at the large Lite Bright peg board. He loved taking those pegs out!

Daytona, FL

Today we head to Daytona and I have been begging the hubby to take us somewhere fun. Normally on these trips we never get to stop and enjoy ourselves because we are in such a rush to get to the track. The top things on my list to do are: Visit the Crayola Experience, Go to Disney or go to an aquarium. Hopefully I can talk him into something fun, if not we will be back in March.

Sebring was a lot of fun, but it is boring staying in a motorhome for 7 days with no car. I am trying to figure out how to entertain ourselves with the baby being so little and being trapped in a box. We did get to go out to eat twice and one of the restaurants had a great view of Sebring Lake.

When we are on the road we have a chef who cooks for our team. Ok he is not actually a chef, but he does cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for us. This week he made some really great dishes that I have to share. Cannon also loved the food! This was his first time eating corn on the cob. He has four teeth now and will be 9 months old in a few days.

During the downtime yesterday Cannon and I took a trip around the track and stopped at this tractor for some pictures. I don't know why but I love seeing these tractors!

Here are some other pictures from the weekend that I love. My favorite is the one of Cannon and Mr. McCumbee watching the cars go by.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sebring, Florida

Well the 2018 race season has officially begun and we are in Sebring, Florida. This weekend is a club race so we can kinda come and go as we please. We are planning to stay on the road for two weeks. After Sebring we are headed to Daytona. During the off season, Mr. McCumbee bought us a golf cart so that Cannon and I can have some fun at the track too. This weekend we have used it a lot.

Cannon is almost nine months and has really begun to take interest in watching the cars go by. He stands at the window of our motor home and points as each car passes. Yesterday we took a ride to the track gift shop and I bought him a few goodies. They didn't have any Mazdas so I bought a Porsche (like uncle Stevan drives), a Ford (like the car Daddy will drive) and a McLaren. He has enjoyed pushing them on the floor. We also had to by a few books :)


 Unfortunately we haven't done many educational activities but I did order Cannon a puzzle so that he can begin seeing his name in print. I know it is early but the teacher in me can't help it.

Here are some other pictures from our trip to Sebring:

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