7-8 Month Favorites

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1. Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover– Bath time is Adelaide’s absolute favorite, so when she started scooting down to the spout over and over, we knew it was time for a cover.  I love how this is cute but not cutesy.

2. Alphabet Magnets– I was coming home every day from work with a pile on the counter of things Adelaide took off the fridge, so decided if I can’t beat ’em, I’ll join ’em.  So I removed all of the papers and pictures from the bottom half of the fridge and put these magnets in their place.  She loves sitting in front of the fridge and moving them around (and putting them in her mouth).  Endless entertainment.

3. Freshly Picked Moccasins– I’m not sure I can express how much I love these moccasins.  I bought Adelaide a pair a few months ago and then promptly bought three more.  The platinum color is my favorite and I may have bought it in multiple sizes.

4. Halo Sleep Sack– Adelaide wears a sleep sack every night (fleece for cold nights and cotton for warmer nights).  When she was a newborn we used the swaddle ones, and now she’s graduated to these.  They keep her cozy and warm, and most importantly, safe.

5. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags– I’m pumping a few times a day while I’m at work, and I love these bags.  I haven’t had any issues with tearing or leaking.  They also lay flat to freeze, which not all bags do.

6. Stacking Cups– When I first brought these home Jon was all, “Cups?  As a toy?” and then she played with them for the next hour.  Cups for the win.

7. Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You– I love the entire series of books from Nancy Tillman and often find myself grabbing one of her books for our bedtime story.  I think I enjoy them a bit more than Adelaide, because more than once she’s fallen asleep while I read to her.

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Sick Day

the baloney bug Last weekend we had our first bout of family sickness.  Jon got sick while he was traveling for work, and I thought, “thank goodness he’s not home right now“.  Then Saturday morning Adelaide woke up, ate, and promptly threw it all up again.  And it happened again and again and again.  The poor thing couldn’t keep anything down but was happy as a clam.

The next morning I woke up and couldn’t get out of bed.  Adelaide was back to normal but I was out of commission.  I haven’t been sick like that in years and it was rough.  I’m so thankful Jon was home and able to take care of Adelaide and me.

And the laundry.

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Dog Food Diaries

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I have a feeling photos like these are going to be happening fairly frequently.  We officially have a crawler on our hands, and just in time for her 8 month birthday.  She sometimes scoots along on her butt, other times a full out crawl.  And she’ll only crawl to something she really wants, which is almost always Brady’s food.

Poor Brady has had to sit and watch her play in his food, and last night even ate dinner while she played in his water.  I make it a “rule” to not let her get near him while he eats.  Not that he would ever do anything to hurt her, but this way it will never be an issue.  She got to break the rule for a few seconds while I snapped these photos, then I praised Brady with lots of treats and pets for being such a good boy.

I’d also like to add that Adelaide still isn’t a big fan of solid foods, but dog food.  Dog food, she’ll eat. 

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Bath Time Fun

the baloney bug Time for more bath pictures.  Every night at bath time, Jon and I just sit there and smile as Adelaide splashes water up at herself and plays with her bath toys.  She’s so close to crawling (in fact she slithered for the first time last night) and she so badly wants to just lay on her belly in the tub and swim around.  I wish it was easier to get kids into swim lessons in the city because I know she would just love it.

My parents were in town for the weekend (celebrating their 35th anniversary, which is today!) and it was so nice to see them.  Adelaide is growing and changing so quickly, so I was glad they got to see her.  Also, she hates the car, so I’m extra glad we didn’t have to go anywhere!

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When you let your baby feed herself…

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…very little will get in her mouth.  And the dog will be instant best friends with the baby.  Happy Friday!

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Seven Months

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I owe you all a bit of an update on this little lady.  I’ve officially been back to work over a month now, and it’s actually going really well.  It took her until my fourth week back at work to take the bottle, but she did.  She’s still eating less than I’d like, but we’re making up for it at night, and I’m okay with that and Adelaide’s pediatrician is okay with that.

I’m proud of the fact that she’s still exclusively breastfed.  It’s definitely hard being a working mom and keeping up with pumping enough to sustain a seven month old.  Not to mention I’m ravenously hungry all the time.  You know when they say you’re eating for two when you’re pregnant?  Forget that.  Pregnant hunger does not even begin to compare to breastfeeding hunger.

Jon snatched part of my dinner the other night that he thought I wasn’t going to eat, and I’m pretty sure he didn’t hear the end of it for a week.  Don’t touch my food, dude.

Adelaide still isn’t really digging solid foods yet, but we’re still offering them once or twice a day.  If nothing else, she’s being exposed to different textures and tastes, so I’m happy with that progress.  I figure she won’t go to kindergarten having only had breastmilk.  She’ll figure it out, and soon enough we’ll be arguing over who gets the bigger portion of mac n cheese.  Until then, Brady is her best friend.  He’s awesome at picking up the slack at meal times.

I can’t believe my baby is seven months old.  This first year is moving way too quickly.

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Pennings Orchard

the baloney bug you see that smile right?  she’s killing it.

Saturday we went apple picking with a group of our friends at Pennings Orchard.  The weather ended up being crazy warm and didn’t feel like fall at all.  Which is fine by me, because I wish it were summer year round.

Last year when we went apple picking I was 17 weeks pregnant.  It was so fun to bring the baby this year.  Up until now she’s been completely uninterested in food, so it was exciting to see her clutching her apples in her tiny little hands and giving them licks and taking the occasional bite.  Melt my heart, whydontcha?

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Bath Time

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This little girl loves bath time.  We’d been bathing her in the sink without a tub insert, and she was barely fitting.  I decided to move her to the big tub, but was forgoing buying another tub because, well, we don’t have any space to store one.  I put the tiniest amount of water into the tub and folded up a towel for her to use as a pillow and laid her down in the tub.

And she would have none of it.

Girlfriend wanted to sit up and splash.

Forget laying down for a nice calm bath.  She sat herself right up and smiled and splashed.  And baths have been that way ever since.  At night when she starts to get fussy I run a her a bath and she’s immediately a happy baby.

I just can’t get enough of this sweet girl.

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6 Month Favorites

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1. Striped bear hat– There’s been a chill in the air for the last few weeks, so I picked up a couple of these hats.  They’re stinking adorable, and Adelaide doesn’t even notice she’s wearing a hat.  I’m a little obsessed.

2. Wooden toys– Who even knew Ikea had wooden toys?  I was searching Ikea’s website for something else all together and came across their toy section.  For just a fraction of the cost of other stores I could get fantastic wooden toys.  I made a trip to Ikea a few days later and Adelaide has been loving playing with her new toys.

3. Pajamas-I ordered these pj’s thinking they wouldn’t fit Adelaide for quite some time.  I had visions of her crawling around before bedtime in them.  They’re still a bit big on her, but she can fit in the 6-12mo size.  She looks like such a big kid in them.  Where is my itty bitty baby??

4. Jumperoo– My kid loves to bounce, so purchasing a jumperoo was an easy decision.  I can put her in this and she’ll be entertained and happy for quite a while.  Gives me enough time to do some dishes or use the bathroom.  Or both!  A must have in our house.

5. Lambskin booties– My sister gave me these when I was pregnant and at the time I had no idea how much use I’d end up getting out of them.  I’m seriously obsessed with these.  I’ve never used socks on Adelaide, instead I carry these with us in the diaper bag and use them almost daily.  They never fall off her feet and are crazy warm.  She’s still in her newborn size, but I’m definitely pushing it.  I need to buy the next size up, but I’m just so in love with the original pair and am in a bit of denial that she’s outgrown them!

6. High chair– We got this chair for Adelaide when I was still pregnant, loving that she could use it as a baby and well into elementary school.  You have to buy add ons for the infant seat and tray, which is a bit of a pain, but we’re pretty smitten with the smart design.  This Ikea version is a nice alternative if you don’t want to spend the money on the Stokke.

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Baby’s First Food

the baloney bug Adelaide has been showing interest in food for a while now, so for her 6 month birthday we decided to let her get a little taste.  There are seven million different decisions you have to make when starting solids, so the task was a bit daunting.  And also, once you start feeding a baby real food… you have to keep feeding the baby real food.  And the food.  It gets everywhere.

Everywhere.

We decided to skip the oatmeals and rice cereals for a variety of reasons and head straight to real people food.  I chose avocado to start with, thinking Adelaide could hold it herself and it was soft enough that her still toothless mouth could mush up.

Brady also seemed to quite love meal time.  He generally keeps his distance from the baby, but during her meal he was glued next to her chair.  He was licking her feet as food fell, sitting patiently waiting for scraps.  I think meal time just might make best buddies out of these two.

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Also, I’d like to give a big internet hug to everyone who sent messages or reached out supporting me since I’ve returned to work.  It’s been so crazy difficult, and I can’t thank you all enough for the support.  And also, tomorrow is Friday.

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