Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Feeding Favorites

It's been a while since we've shared our favorites and now that we have almost 4 months of practice eating solids, I thought I'd share some things we love.

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This baby food maker steams and purees food. While, all this could be done with pots, pans, and food processors, it is nice that it is a one stop shop. Easier to store, too!

This has been a recent purchase after we discovered the ease and joy of pouches! It does make a little mess, but it is GREAT for making food in bulk and taking it on the go.

These placemats stick to germy tables when you are on the go. It has been so nice since Livy hasn't learned to use a plate or bowl yet. I just stick it on the table and use a high chair cover and we're ready for meal time anywhere. It is also great because she tends to chew on the edge of the table. Lovely.

I cannot even explain how long I stood and stared at spoons at Buy Buy Baby. I ended up going with these because they seemed like they would fit best in Livy's teeny mouth. She loves them and so do I.

We tried a clip on high chair first which was great but hard to clean. After a visit home and using my mom's old graco high chair, I knew we need a substantial high chair. This has been SO wonderful. Easy to clean, grows with the child, and isn't completely offensive.

This has been my favorite feeding item. I was overwhelmed with wondering what foods to introduce when and how to prepare them. This takes all the guess work out of it. It goes month by month and tells you exactly what to introduce, how to make it, how long it will last in the fridge, and if it will freeze well. It also discusses finger foods and other items! 

This has also been great for freezing portions. They pop right out and are easy to thaw.

Happy eating!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9 months

Oh hey there! This little peanut is  9 months old!!

She is such a delight. 
She's nursing at 7, 11, 3, and 7 and LOVES to eat finger foods.
Learning to feed herself is one of our biggest accomplishments and she learned when we were in Charlotte visiting my parents. We loved my mom's old graco high chair so much we finally picked out a substantial high chair for her (and she loves it). I highly recommend the oxo sprout over booster chairs. There really hasn't been anything she doesn't like, but she especially loves cheerios, puffs, avocado and blueberries. She also likes squash and zucchini purees.

She went through an eating strike (so distracted when nursing and would open her mouth for the spoon). I think it was leftover trauma from being sick and us having to force feed her pedialyte and medicine. Her little strike lasted a couple weeks, but she's finally back to eating with gusto!

Livy started falling from a seated position to the side when reading for toys. Then she quickly learned to avoid hitting her head. It wasn't long til she was scooting around! She pulls herself across the floor (like a two handed army crawl) and is FAST! 

Of course she's into everything she shouldn't be: remotes, phones, cords, shoes, wall outlets and can find every little spec of dirt on the floor.

She especially loves to put thread in her mouth.

We also got a graco bumper jumper (basically a Johnny Jump up) while we were in Charlotte and she is obsessed. She really flies! It is too hilarious (and nice to have a contained activity while mommy cooks).

She developed "stranger danger" right before our 10 day trip to Charlotte. It took her days to warm up to my parents and was also very cautious (holding onto sides of tub during bath). She quickly got over that and has tried to crawl off the bed and chairs multiple times.

She is so cute when going to bed, she gets excited and squirmy and reaches for her lamb mobile. 
She immediately goes for her lovies (lamb, elephant, and pink blanket) and starts sucking her thumb We are so thankful she is so easy to put down. She's also very vocal. Her favorite "words" are "mamma", "dadada", "breeee", and "vway!" She sticks her tongue out and is too funny. We are working hard on waving, but haven't gotten a clear one yet.

Funny story: I was emptying her diaper pail and noticed she started fussing. A couple days later, I was replacing the bags and bought the wrong size, so I was using the bags without the pail. I lifted the bag above my head to let the diaper fall to the bottom and she started wailing. I picked her up to touch the bag to show her is wasn't scary and she clung to me shaking and crying. We walked across the room to read books and she kept looking back over at the bag and shaking. So I peeled her off of me to take the bag out of the room and when I picked it up she literally freaked out, screaming crying. The next morning after I changed her diaper her eyes got wide and she frantically started looking for the bag! Poor thing! I'll have to empty her diaper pail from now on when she's out of the room. So weird!

We love you, stinky!

Friday, August 1, 2014

A little of this...

Well, hey there.

Big life changes over here. After a lot of thought and careful consideration, Frank and I decided that at this time it is best for our family if I stay home with Livy. I am so excited to be there for her but, it was definitely hard to say goodbye at work. In other news, we're still getting settled here at the new house, we took an amazing trip to Spain, Livy had her first real fever and illness, we spent some time in the ER with Frank (just your typical ax to the forehead situation- we're all good now though) and life has been busy, busy, busy.

I also have two new ventures in the works! I've mentioned a little bit about how I've been slowly switching over to clean beauty products. It started years ago when I heard a very scary radio segment about all the nasties in our beauty products. To give you a tiny example, the European Union has banned over 1,300 ingredients from beauty products... the United States? 11. Yikes! When I was pregnant I went into a semi-hysteria over not putting anything "toxic" on or in my body (minus a few episodes with kraft macaroni and cheese). I'm not perfect, but I feel like when you know better, you do better and now that I know all the scary things that are in beauty products I cannot turn back.

That being said, it is HARD to find great, clean beauty products that actually work. I'd heard wonderful things about the Beautycounter line and the more I researched, the more I was intrigued... so much so, that I've joined the Beautycounter team as a consultant!! I've been using their "Countertime" anti-aging line for a week now and I can already see significant improvement. It is the first time I really feel like "clean" beauty products are really working! I've been battling melasma for a few years and the most common treatments can't be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. This is the first time in years that I feel like I am finally seeing some improvement! Phew!

This is a great video that explains the company. Do yourself a favor give it a quick watch.
Want to know more about clean beauty? Know Everything
And of course, you're welcome to peruse the line at
I've been seriously impressed.

I've also been dabbling in a sewing and monograming more!
My amazingly skilled friend, Quinn, has been fixing up a little website for me.
She us uber talented and if you need any website work, you've got to check her out!

I'm especially excited about the little "Game day Gear" items. 
Baby onesie game day shirts and bloomers? Too fun.
We're still tweaking a few things, but feel free to check it out.

Phew. TGIF, friends!