Thursday, October 30, 2014

quack quack

Happy almost Halloween! I realize you're about to view 10 versions of the same picture. But, I just can't handle the cuteness. I wanted Livy to be a duck for Halloween because of her major-duck-love and her little fuzzy head. I searched high and low for a sweet, girl duck costume and everything was too boyish. So, off to JoAnn's I went and created this little number for her! The body is a "Taylor" by children's corner, the hat and feet are McCall's and I dyed the tights to match.

Quack Quack!

Here is a hilarious 1st fitting picture. I was attempting to make her bonnet work as a hat. 
No dice.
Frank said she looked like a chick, so back to the drawing board we went (the dye really helped!!)

No tricks, only treats please!

Monday, October 6, 2014

10 months

I know every mother says it, but I really cannot believe she's already this old.

We've had some BIG milestones this past month! 
She started Mother's Day Out just one day a week. She is in a very clingy-mommy phase and gets hysterical when I drop her off. I guess it is a good thing we're doing it. Definitely good for her to socialize with other babies. The teachers assure me she is fine soon after I leave.

She's very vocal at home (she's definitely found her voice) but is really quiet around other people. Although, she's getting a little better with strangers and will sometimes smile unless she thinks I am about to leave her.

She pulled up in the laundry basket for the 1st time on September 9th, had her first scary fever (103) and illness September 10th and we flew to my brother's wedding the next morning. That was a day I'd rather not re-live.

She fell off the charts for her 9 month appointment. 
14lbs, 12 oz
27" height (25th percentile)
17.25cm head circumference (44th percentile)

She is such a peanut!!!

I lowered her crib, although she hasn't pulled up in the bed yet. 
She has become a belly sleeper, and it is the cutest.
She loves, loves, loves her lovies! 
She'll even cuddle her socks and suck her thumb because they are the same material.

Just before her 10 month birthday, she started to really crawl. 
It was amazing. One day she figured it off and now she is fast!

She also got her first tooth on Oct. 2nd
Knock on wood, teething has been relatively easy for us (minus a little fussiness).

She's still eating at 6:30, 10:30, 1, 3:30 and 6:30.
We're trying to fatten her up a little. She loves eating almost anything, particularly veggies and anything she can pick up and feed herself.

We've been going to the library for story time and she LOVES it. She also loves the wooden balls that go with one of her toys, anything yellow, her yellow smiley face rattle/ball, and BOOKS!

She's almost saying "dada", sort of waves (but never on command) and loves to clap.

She has a lot of nick names: love bug, stinky, stinky pants (sorry, future Livy), peanut, and little girl.

She lights up when she sees her Daddy and it melts my heart.

We love you lots!

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!