Poor Tater didn’t get a monthly birthday in February, since there were only 28 days.  We celebrated on March 1st instead :).  Only one more month until this little man turns a year old! I can’t believe how independent he is becoming; how much of his own personality is shining, and how much he can understand and engage with the world.  He recognizes all kinds of words – “ball” “stars” “bear” “books” “outside” “milk” and many more.  He tries to say many of them, but much of the time it comes out as a “b…b…b…b”, blowing air past his lips to try to make a new sound (which is so entertaining, cute, sweet, and awesome all at the same time). He says mama and dada like a pro.  His brain is making connections, laying the groundwork for how words like ‘balloon’ and ‘Daddy’ will come out for the rest of his life. Tate still loves to clap when you ask him to (or when Mimi and Papa do on the iPad via Facetime), or when you cheer and say “yay!”, and is starting to pick up on the baby signs we’re teaching him.

From Dad: If you ask me, the most amazing sound in the world and by far the best part of my days is hearing that giggle-turn-laugh of Tate’s and seeing his ear to ear smile (that’s starting to turn into a toothy grin!). Tate is always ready to be whisked up and away to tromp around the house, have a laughing wrestling match on Mommy and Daddy’s bed, or play games that keep him laughing for 15 minutes straight. (This morning’s game was with me picking Tate up, bouncing and running Tate from our room across the hall to Mommy sitting in the office chair who would kiss attack him, then turning around and bouncy-running back to our room where I’d help Tate dive on the bed, then we’d do it all over again, Tate cracking up louder and louder each time we approached Mom in the office until she attacked him again.)

One of Tate’s favorite games to play (that he made up) is called golf ball. On the main floor, half our living room is tile and when you hit the kitchen it turns to wood. It’s fantastic for rolling a golf ball around, and Tate entertains himself at length by picking up the golf ball, throwing it (which means it usually just sort of flies/falls out of his hand onto the floor), and then retrieving it. He seems to really like playing around the kitchen table and chairs, because he then has to navigate under and around all the obstacles to get the ball (he figured out pretty quickly that he has to army crawl to get under the table if he doesn’t want to bonk his head!).

As of the last few days, when I’m getting ready to put Tate to bed I’ve been playing this game where put him in the chaise chair in his room and pretend to recline on him, and I sit there for a few seconds waxing on about how comfortable the chair is, then – surprise! – OH, TATE! I DIDN”T KNOW YOU WERE THERE!! I’m so sorry!!! Tate busts up into a huge fit of laughter, and then we do it all again :). So, so much fun. I love this kid!!!!

As Tate is approaching his first birthday, I’ve been thinking a lot about who he’s becoming; what traits he shows – that sort of thing. One of them that stands out above the rest is that everywhere Tate goes – and this has been true since he was the littlest squeak – he lights up the place. Tate’s smile is contagious, his eyes full of light, and even before he could communicate with words he could be carried into any room and just capture the hearts and attention of people, laughing and noising away, scrunching his nose and through his expressions speak life and light into others. I hope this is something that is always true of my son – that he will always bring that light wherever he goes.

Tate, here’s your 11-month birthday pictures! Mom took them, and I made you laugh :D. Love you!!

March 2, 2013 - 8:10 pm

Donna Hancock Iager - Travis and Laura, This website u have set up and showing the daily growth of Tate and sharing his ways of changing with your words and pictures is a great tribute to Tate by very loving parents. A VERY LOVING GESTURE TO YOUR FIRSTBORN SON….Grandma Deb can’t stop bragging and sending pictures to me which I love to see and knowing it makes my best friend so happy, it also makes me happy..LOVE DONNA

March 3, 2013 - 8:28 am

Travis - Donna, thank you so much for your kind words!! Hope you are well and enjoying life!

March 3, 2013 - 11:15 pm


March 12, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Grandpa Ramos - Soooo precious!


Bedtime is definitely one of our favorite times with Tate.  He loves to entertain us and is in his element with both of us watching him.  He plays, unhindered by clothes.  He giggles and babbles, exploring the familiar territory of his bedroom again and again.  I like to think he feels safe, warm and loved, anticipating sweet sleep (please, can he continue to love going to bed so much forever?!).  I captured some of our routine tonight, because I love it so much and I know it will be ever evolving and changing.  Almost 11 months is so much fun!  Love this little boy so so so much.

Post-bath wrestle time with Daddy:

And into his bedroom he goes:

OOOO…Snuggle Puppy of Mine!

I love you through and through…

February 27, 2013 - 10:17 am

Mom - What a delicious delight!

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Nicole - So sweet!! I love these pictures. I love that Tate loves naked time (and that he doesn’t pee!)! I try to give Risden 30 seconds of naked time when I change his diaper, but probably one time out of five he pees. :-/ This morning he projectiled onto the carpet. Good thing I have carpet cleaner for cat accidents…haha.

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Double Digits: Ten Months

Happy 10 months, Tate William!  In January, Tate started REALLY gabbing.  He’s now saying “mama” all the time, along with bababa yayaya dadada and lots of other “words” and noises!  He yells to get your attention or when he’s frustrated.  Early this month he mastered crawling and now is a speedy little explorer, especially interested in cords, shoes, trashcans, his space heater, and really anything that is not a toy! 🙂  He still likes his toys too, but seems to be most interested in “the forbidden.”  He also enjoys pulling himself up to standing, mostly in his crib.  He has two teeth fully in on the bottom along with two on the top and two more on the bottom coming in.  This month he got to spend some time with Grandma Deb and also took a trip to Chicago where he got to visit with Mimi, Papa and Aunt Jen.  He especially loved swimming in the hotel pool!  In day to day life he enjoys his time playing with his friend Risden, going to Story Time at the library, getting tossed, wrestled and flipped by Daddy, feeding himself, smiling at strangers, bouncing up and down in his high chair, occasionally sitting still to read books, and in general being energetic, sweet, happy and curious!

February 13, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Ashley - Oh my gosh. So sweet! I feel like he’s made such a big change from 9 to 10 months. You can tell he is active just from the photos. 🙂 Love the photo 3rd from the bottom…trouble maker! Such a CUTE stinker! xo

February 25, 2013 - 6:02 pm

Nicole - He’s so cute!! I love you Tate! Risden wants to make sure I write how much he loves his buddy too 🙂

9 Months Old

Time marches on and our baby keeps on a-growin’!  Tate turned 9 months on December 29th and is changing so much!  Last month, he celebrated his first Christmas!  He said what we deemed his first word 🙂 – “Hi!” and he’s chattering and babbling and being noisy as usual.  He still loves wrestling with daddy, naked time, being tossed in the air, and eating (except when he doesn’t like what we’re feeding him, then he’ll wrinkle up his nose and make a sour face), listening to songs (his favorites are “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Old MacDonald.”)  We’ve started attending storytime at the Library and he loves looking at all the other babies.  He’s becoming more and more mobile as he slithers and creeps and rolls around – and he’s also becoming more and more tenacious (as daddy calls him).  He also learned to clap while playing with Papa on Christmas Eve!  He knows the words for clap, wave bye-bye, and he knows who mama and dada are.  It’s so fun to see him start to understand the world.  Happy 9 months baby boy! 

January 8, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Ashley - SO BIG Mr. Tater!!! The 4th photo from the bottom kills me! 🙂