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miss poppy: 9 months

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this little peanut is 9 months old! she is just a little ball of energy and personality. here are some of the wonderful things poppy has been doing this past month.

  • she climbs the stairs and as one of my friends put it, it’s like a moth to a flame!
  • she doesn’t sit still for anything… hints the crazy pictures below hahah
  • she started hating bath time, she is frightened of it and it’s so cute 🙂
  • she is babbling a ton: mamama, dadada, bababa, and lots of talking in her crib in the morning
  • she is sleeping really great and usually wakes up once to nurse
  • she loves to eat. she eats three meals a day and is so good at feeding herself. she loves everything that we have given her… like i don’t think there is anything that she has refused haha!
  • she knows how to clap and is so proud of herself when she does it
  • she is cruising along furniture and again, thinks she is really big 🙂
  • she loves to play with bastian and he is the best entertainer
  • when she gets mad she clinches her fists together and her face turns red haha and her two bottom teeth stick out
  • she still only has two teeth! ha where are the other ones?!

here are some outakes:


oh poppy we love you so much. you are so much fun and so your own person. this first year of your life is going so fast and i don’t know what i am going to do when you turn one 😦 

    week by week: 26

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    i am 26 weeks now and feeling rather large. this week i feel like things are harder to do, like tie my shoes or bend over. my belly is starting to feel in the way. i am sleeping great and still able to work out like normal which is great! i feel good overall, just starting to get into that big belly phase. i think it has come a little sooner than last time too 🙂

    little girl’s room is slowly coming together. i am waiting for some decor from ebay and etsy. hopefully it will all come together. i am feeling really anxious to meet her and for life to start as a family of four. although i am not looking forward to the lack of sleep, but i hear that the second time around even though it’s hard, your body is a little less shocked. let’s hope that holds true.

    i bought bastian some big brother books last week and he really enjoys reading them. i got him this book and this one. both are very cute. i am hoping these will slowly help him realize he won’t be the only kid in the house soon. fingers crossed things go well!

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    week by week: 15

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    well another week down. there were times this week where i would forget i was pregnant. i almost forgot i had a belly! so needless to say i feel pretty good! my belly is growing by the day and literally looks close to the same size as my 23 week belly with bastian than my 15 week belly… wha wha. i am guessing this slows down, or i am hoping it slows down a bit. my ob said that my body “knows what to do” so my uterus just ‘BLOOP’ pops out, just like a little pop up camper ready to bake a baby.

    i went to prenatal yoga for the first time last weekend and it was nice. the teacher read this poem at the end of class that made me cry. i felt like a dork until one of the other mamas said it made her cry… hormones or just pure love for that baby? i am guessing a lot of both 🙂 anyways, it was a good hour to myself to focus on the baby and be around other pregnant women who are just as scared and excited.

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    with the new baby coming, we are in the process of moving bastian’s room to the guest bedroom which will be his “big boy room”. i am excited to get it all set up and decorated for him. he’s pretty excited too. he will soon be in a full sized bed, which hopefully won’t be too much of a pain considering he can climb out of his crib anyways. so bastian’s existing room will become the nursery for the new baby. depending on the sex of the baby, it may get a bigger face lift or it may stay pretty similar. i am excited to share some pictures of basitan’s new room once we get it done!

    anyways, on wednesday we have our 16 week appointment and i am excited to hear the baby’s heartbeat again and be one appointment closer to knowing whether baby is a boy or a girl!

    guest post: traveling with a toddler

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    i wrote a guest post over at parentsavvy.com today on my tips for traveling with a toddler. check it out here!

     

    happy mother’s day

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    i hope everyone had a great mother’s day! we had a fun and busy weekend full of family and celebration. i feel so lucky to have this little guy call me mama. thanks to all the moms out there that makes this world a better place. my sister took these adorable one year photos of bastian. check the rest out here!

    month by month: 12 months!

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    well, we made it a year! my sweet baby is now a toddler…he definitely feels like a baby to me though 🙂 we have lots of celebrating to do and lots of sweets to eat. here are some of the amazing things he is doing:

    • he is walking a lot, he is not “walking” but he walks…make sense? basically he will walk out of the blue and i think, this is it! but then he continues to crawl.
    • he loves to “talk” on the phone. he holds it up to his ear, but it’s more on the back of his head and he says “ah ah”
    • he knows how to “use” the phone too. he moves his finger around the touch screen.
    • he sleeps through the night! hallelujah!
    • his big words are mama, dada, ahga (grandmas swear this is grandma:)) screams, and shshshsh. so you can see he is very advanced 🙂
    • he waves bye bye and it’s the cutest. it’s not always quick, and usually the person goes to leave and then he will do it.
    • he goes under water in swim lessons and is slowly starting to like it.
    • he loves to go to the park and play outside in the yard. he is also getting better about eating sand, dirt, leaves and sticks…well kind of.
    • we are no longer giving him pureed food. he eats what we eat for the most part. his favorites are pancakes, mac n’cheese, hummus, blueberries, strawberries, grilled cheese, and toast and jelly.
    • he loves to play chase, he just laughs and laughs.
    • he makes a goofy clicking noise with his tongue.

    bastian is one special little person. he fills our heart with more joy than we could have ever imagined. a year ago today, he laid on my chest for the very first time and i gave him his very first kiss. we were instantly connected for life. he is my everything. i remember that first night in the hospital. i was awake the entire night. i had no clue what i was doing. i remember staring up at the clock with my sweet bundle in my arms wondering, wait, do i sleep now? i didn’t want to put him down. so i held him tight the whole night. there were many many more nights like that. together, sharing moments in the wee hours of the morning. this past year has been filled with ups and downs. every time you hit a low point you feel like you will never get out. it’s hard being a parent. i remember saying, if only we could be done with this phase, when we were going through something tough. now, i know those phases are over in a flash, and they ultimately made me the mom i am today, and brian the father he is today. there are moments too, where i think to myself, this is the best – he is so much fun, this is my favorite stage! but the moments keep getting more and more enjoyable and the phases keep getting easier to handle. enjoy (well, embrace may be a better word) all of the moments as a parent in that first year, it goes fast. although it is sad to see his babyhood gone, i am truly excited to see him grow and explore the world around him. happy birthday my booboo, you are so special!

    make your own baby food

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    now that bastian is 6 months we have introduced solid foods. brian and i were both just counting down the days until we could let him try “real” food. my aunt gave us the most awesome baby food maker called the beaba. this gadget makes baby food making super easy and quick.

    we decided to start with sweet potatoes because they are healthy, a vegetable, cheap and kind of sweet. i peeled one large sweet potato and then chopped it into about .5″-1″ cubes. the beaba steams the raw food which makes less mess in the kitchen. i poured water in the little steam hole, and then put the chopped sweet potato in the steam strainer. the beaba comes with a little book that tells you the proper amount of water and time you will need to cook different vegetables and meats. you just click the steam button and walk away!

    once the sweet potatoes were cooked i poured the excess water into a little dish so that i could add as little or as much water to get the consistency i wanted. the cooked sweet potatoes get poured into the blender and just turn the dial to blend. once i had the consistency i wanted i poured the food into portioned containers made by beaba. they are 3 tablespoons portions that can be put in the freezer and easily popped out when you need them. you can use ice cube trays too. i made the food a little on the thick side so that once i thaw them out (i just use the microwave for 20 sec or so) i can add water, breast milk, or juice.

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    so far bastian has had: sweet potatoes, avocado, chick peas and butternut squash. my pediatrician wants us to try as many vegetables before we introduce fruits. she says that baby’s tend to love fruits because of the sweetness and then don’t want anything to do with the vegetables. she didn’t want us to give him rice cereal due to the fact that it’s just empty calories and contains no nutrients for baby, but i know people that do the cereal and like it. she gave us a list of foods that are great ‘baby’s firsts’ and then encouraged to feed him what she called “super foods”. this consisted of chick peas (garbanzo beans), pinto beans, kidney beans and lintels which all contain protien, zinc, iron and vitamin c. one thing that she told us that surprised me was it’s ok to use spices in your babies food. i would have thought the more bland the better, but she said don’t be afraid to try things like cinnamon, salt & pepper, even spicy spices. i think you don’t want to use too much, and it’s probably better to try out the food first to make sure they don’t have any allergic reaction to it. you are suppose to wait 3-5 days in between adding a new food to your baby’s diet to assure that they aren’t allergic to something.

    we feed bastian twice a day, lunch time and dinner time. he is a really good eater and just loves to open his mouth big and hold his big boy spoon. side note: he didn’t initially just love solid food – we had to keep trying for a week or so before he finally took to sweet potatoes. the one thing that we didn’t anticipate with starting solid foods was…what goes in…must come out. i have heard their poo starts smelling worse and becomes more like ‘real poo’. but no one ever told bastian that and he was pretty mad about it. poor little guy was struggling to push his doodoo out and i know it was kind of painful for him. i asked my pediatrician and she said to give him 2 oz of water or diluted apple or prune juice every time he eats. some moms have told me adding pears or apples to their food can help with poopy problems too. well turns out he loves prune juice…i mean who wouldn’t 😉 well the poopy problems seem to have passed…pun intended. i think until your little one gets the hang of pooping solid foods, it’s best to keep your baby food pretty runny with water or breast milk. they say if your baby is having a hard time taking to solids, start by adding a little solid food to your breast milk and then slowly add less.

    i know some people think making your own baby food would be too time intensive or too much work. i find it to be super easy, and it will ultimately save you money. we are excited to start making meals in the beaba, like turkey dinner, yum. here are some good baby food cookbooks that i have found:

    there is still a lot i have to learn about baby food and making baby food, but so far i really like it, and so does baby bashie!

     

    happy halloween, hope you had

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    hope everyone had a great halloween. bastian dressed up as yoda, and i thew together a little red riding hood costume last minute. we had friends over and we were visisted by a bunch of trick-or-treater’s. it was a successful first halloween for bastian. i can’t wait for many more to come!

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    happy weekend

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    someone is little confused…or someone is staking their claim.

    hope everyone has a happy weekend! and maybe if we all have happy thoughts of spring it will eventually come!