And Christmas pjs. Those make everything more fun.
As much as I would love to stay inside for the entire month of December and do all of my shopping on Amazon, I have a kid and she needs to see Santa. How else is she going to get everything on that wish list of hers?
I quickly ruled out seeing Santa at Macy’s after reading stories of the long lines, and decided we’d try our luck at Bloomingdale’s. Santa sits on the 8th floor and rarely has a line. Plus, the subway takes you right there and you don’t have to even go above ground. Done.
We got there and the minute we walked into the door of Bloomingdale’s, Adelaide fell asleep. So we walked around a bit and finally woke her up because it was getting dangerously close to the time Santa had to close up shop.
Girlfriend was not impressed with getting woken up in the middle of the store, which was shocking to me, because that’s basically what I dream about every night.
She was unsure of Santa at first, and then decided she’d had enough and wanted to be back in mama’s arms.
Overall our first Santa experience was better than expected. There was absolutely no line and you could take your own photos and weren’t required to buy a package. In this day and age free is unheard of, so I was pretty excited.
It’s that time of year again. Except if you’re a baby, it’s the first time. I’m so excited for Adelaide’s first Christmas, for her first visit to Santa (will she smile or will she scream?) for her first time in our annual Christmas card. I let her open a gift over Thanksgiving with my family thinking she would just love ripping the paper open, but instead she loved eating the paper. At least she had fun, right?
Well, sort of. But really.
A few weeks ago our neighbors told us they were moving and if we wanted their apartment, it’s up for grabs. It’s still a one bedroom, and an identical layout to our current apartment, but it’s on the first floor.
Between the baby, the dog and the stroller, climbing a few flights of stairs has become a bit of an issue. There’s no where in the lobby to leave our stroller, so we’re constantly lugging it up and down the stairs. So we thought, “Move downstairs? Sure, why not?”
Turns out this little move is a big move. Moving is still moving. There are a few different things about this apartment than our old ones. Just a few inches here or there, but when you live in a one bedroom apartment with a baby, a few inches translates to a lot.
Jon came back from Thanksgiving early to get us moved in, and has been working like crazy to get us settled. I’m so thankful for that man who works so hard for his family. And my parents agreed to keep Brady until Christmas, which has just been the biggest help. We miss him like crazy, and I’m sad when I go to sleep that he’s not at the bottom of the bed keeping my feet warm. But the extra few minutes of sleep in the morning not having to get all bundled up and walk him has been a nice break. I’m excited to bring him back and when he sprints up the stairs to the third floor I’ll call him back and say, “No Brady, we live here now.”
In other news, Adelaide says “da da” like crazy, so I’m making it my sole mission in life to get her to say “ma ma”.
And her favorite toy is keys. And phones. And rocks. Anything but baby toys, really. Love that kid.
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.
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.
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!
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.