Simon @ 1 Year!!

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2015

simon at 12 months

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly — Simon is a whole year old already!!

1 year old

Compared to Nora’s first year, I feel like Simon’s firstย year just FLEW by — after all, wasn’t it just last week when we took our squishy babyย home from the hospital?

I feel like he’s growing up so fast — which, in my opinion, is a really good thing!

12months of Simon

He’s making some animal noises (the duck is our personal favorite — “kak kak”), trying to “talk”, waving, saying “cheese”, climbing all over the place, and…. walking a few steps!

(yes, he did climb up there all by himself!)

(this is his “cheese” face, not an “I’m in pain” face!)

Sometimes I feel like his good-natured personality allows me to “ignore” him more (especially since Nora requires much more of my daily attention) but then I just tell myself that he’s learning valuable skills on how to play by himself ๐Ÿ™‚

And you know what, he’s REALLY good at entertaining himself for short periods of time (as good as a one year old can be, of course).

Overall, he has been a very “easy” baby — which is one of the reasons #3 is on the way so soon. We are very thankful for his usually “happy-go-lucky” personality, and have also enjoyed watching a more serious side of him develop lately.

Of course, he and Nora are still a pretty fun duo to hang out with every day. Yes, they get themselves into lots of trouble and mischief, but it has been really fabulous to watch them actually start playing together and having fun with each other!

Hopefully the fun will continue for years to come.

And yes, I’ll be back next week with the details of Simon’s Thomas the Train Party — courtesy of Miss Nora, the party planner (seriously, I can’t wait to show you the ideas this girl has dreamed up — including HER costume for the party!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy FIRSTย birthday, sweet Simon John!

1 year old

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28 comments

  1. Jean

    03/04/2015

    He is so stinkin’ cute !!!

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  2. Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving

    03/04/2015

    Happy birthday, Simon! What a precious little boy. My, how time flies! I hope it was a truly special day – and that your celebration this weekend is enjoyable for you all!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. JJ

    03/04/2015

    Happy Birthday to Simon! =)

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  4. Sherry

    03/04/2015

    Wow! It’s hard to believe he is one year old already! Time is zipping by with all this fun we’re having! Happy birthday, little Simon!

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  5. Tricia Cucchiaro

    03/04/2015

    Happy 1st Birthday Simon!!!! God Bless you always!!!

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  6. Lauren

    03/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Simon!! Time FLIES by! Everyday “feels” the same but again I am putting away clothes my daughter has outgrown and baby toys.
    I am loving the little caddy on the table, by the way! I need something like that for baby spoons, napkins and our copy of the JSB! I have learned SO much reading that to my 9 month old daughter!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Lauren — I got the little wooden caddy from my neighbor’s garage sale this past summer — it’s perfect for our napkins, salt, pepper, baby bibs, etc.!

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  7. Debbie

    03/04/2015

    My goodness, he does look like a 1 yr old in his recent picture! Happy Birthday Simon! I love all the pictures!

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  8. Paulette

    03/04/2015

    I’m telling you(as if you didn’t already know), your children are adorable! Anticipating hearing about Nora’s ideas for the party. She is something else!

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  9. lydia @frugaldebtfreelife

    03/04/2015

    Happy birthday, sweet boy! Is he tall like Nora was? He looks like he has long legs. So sweet.

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    Andrea Reply:

    he is SUPER tall — like WAY off the charts for height ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s actually even taller than Nora was and she was in the 98th percentile. He’s wearing 18-24 mo. clothes — most likely thanks to Dave ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Jen

    03/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Simon!

    I noticed this the other day, but did you move Simon to a toddler bed? If so, how has it gone? We are going to transition our 15 month old soon (due to necessity) and I love all insight!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hey Jen. We just bought a toddler bed because it was right down the road, only $20 and it came with a really nice mattress — and we knew we’d need another mattress either way.
    We’re honestly thinking about just buying another crib for now and transitioning him to a toddler bed later, but we’ll see what we decide in the next couple of months.

    I’m basing this on your email address, assuming I know you in real life ๐Ÿ™‚ But if you’re the Jen I know expecting twins this summer, I’m guessing you’ll eventually need 2 cribs once the twins get older, right?? So maybe you could get 2 cribs now and wait a few more months to transition to the toddler bed if you feel she isn’t quite ready.

    On the other hand, Nora HATED her crib and transitioned to a twin bed at 10 months old and only fell out once ๐Ÿ™‚ So every kid is definitely different. Simon absolutely LOVES his crib and I think he might sleep better and longer in a crib — so that’s my current reasoning for potentially buying a 2nd crib.

    I’ll definitely share what we decide sometimes in the next 4 months, so hopefully in time for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jen Reply:

    Yup! It’s me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Elyse has always been a really good sleeper – we lay her down and she sleeps. So we were hoping that by moving her to a twin on the floor, with a rail before she learns to crawl out of her crib that maybe we could make the switch at 18 months.

    My end game is to buy as little as possible (let’s hope that is possible) So we are hoping to skip the toddler bed and by a twin mattress for her and then buy 1 extra crib and mattress.

    I will be so interested about how Simon transitions to a bed! Hopefully it goes smoothly for you when you decide to do it!!

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  11. Charissa

    03/04/2015

    Happy first birthday, Simon!!

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  12. Chris

    03/04/2015

    I’m home by myself and when I saw the picture, I said out loud talking to myself, “Aw, he’s so, so, so cute!”. lol

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  13. Janice

    03/04/2015

    A year old? You can’t be serious! Seems like he should only be 9 months. Happy Birthday, Simon and a happy Simon’s birthday to you too, Andrea.

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  14. Amy B

    03/04/2015

    He is so cute! I love your monthly posts on him ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. JoAnn C.

    03/04/2015

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIMON!!!

    And thank you, Andrea and Dave, for sharing stories and pictures of your family. Happy Wednesday.

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  16. ShellyL

    03/04/2015

    Happy birthday, Simon John! You are such a sweet, precious child. Love reading about you and seeing you grow up!

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  17. Leanne

    03/04/2015

    he’s so cute… he almost makes me wish I had another ๐Ÿ™‚
    happy birthday, Simon!!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — he made us wish for another one too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  18. Kimberley

    03/04/2015

    Aw! Happy Birthday to Simon!!! He’s definitely a keeper…such a cutie pie! My daughter is 4.5 months and it’s going by quickly too (it’s a GREAT thing for me too)!

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  19. Jane

    03/04/2015

    Wow, that year flew by! He is adorable and they remind me so much of my oldest two! Photos of them in boxes and clothes baskets….enjoy the celebration!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, it flew by!

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  20. Emily

    03/04/2015

    Happy Birthday sweet boy!!! What a wonderful first year Simon has had. He and Nora look like quite the pair. So fun to have siblings close and able to play (read: get into mischief) with one another. Can’t wait to see and hear about all the party plans!!! Enjoy your first birthday celebration!!

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  21. Deni

    03/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Simon John! Such a cutie pie!!!

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