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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Caroline at 9 Months

Caroline, you are 9 months old! How did that happen? 9 months seems like such a big's sooo close to 1 year old!

But I'm not sad. Even though there's been rough days (or perhaps I should say nights since I'm talking baby here), I feel like I've made a very conscious effort to put my task oriented tendencies aside and really cherish moments with you. And each new phase is funnier and more exciting than the last so I do enjoy each passing month and seeing more of your little self emerge!

A few highlights are that you've started talking a bit. You say "mama" like it's going out of style, which I admit I L-O-V-E! You've also said "hi" a few times. But so far that's it. You do lots and lots of baby jabber though. I have this feeling you're going to be quite the talker.

9 Month Stats:

Weigh: 17 pounds (25th percentile)
Height: 27 inches (25th percentile)

Clothing: You still wear some 6 month clothes but are starting to move into the 9 month clothes with sleepers and when you're wearing a cloth diaper ('cause they're so bulky they make for a bigger baby bum)

Diapers: You usually wear cloth, but when you're in disposables you're a size 3. 

Favorite Foods: Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread, black beans, grilled cheese, and homemade pizza!

Words: Lots of "mama" and lots and lots of giggling and crack yourself up all day long. You babble something then burst into a laugh just as if you're laughing at your own jokes. And the other day you gave your stuffed monkey quite the talking too- it sounded like he was in trouble and you were letting him have it. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

First Vacation with Baby Part I

Every summer since we got married Mike and I have gone to Bald Head Island. We're lucky to have the opportunity to stay there because Mike's boss graciously lets us use their family vacation home. It's always a week we cherish. There's nothing like the unplugged feeling Bald Head offers- we never get on our phone (I don't even turn mine on all week), there's no internet to check e-mails, no cars just golf carts, and just a handful of little boutiques and restaurants. I love it!

Last year was our babymoon- our last vacation of true relaxation because this year was a little different. We had baby. There was no time spent reading on the beach or sleeping in. In fact it was the opposite- we spent more of our time exploring the island and not much on the beach. Our little critter decided 5 AM was an acceptable time for waking up. I didn't spend any time fussing with my DSLR to take pretty beach pictures- it was just quick snapshots with the point and shoot (because this baby sure is a moving target- whew!) We were tired by the end with Caroline's 5 AM wake-up calls and all the exploring we did to keep her entertained. But it was worth it! We made some great memories. I hope we'll have the opportunity to take her back again next year.

Here are a few memories...

We did lots of beach walks instead of lounging on the beach because it provided more entertainment for Caroline. She's already an excitement junky at the ripe age of 9 months- whoa!

We did an early dawn walk every morning (because by then we'd been up over an hour, ha!)

And even walked all the way out to the point of the island one morning. It was beautiful and no one else was in sight. 

We took Caroline swimming at the Shaol's Club which she LOVED! We were disappointed we only got one day in because it was raining and cold our last day. But we had one good day at least! 

We also enjoyed a yummy lunch poolside, my favorite part! The food was incredibly delicious.

I've never had such a delicious veggie wrap. And Caroline enjoyed her first time sitting in a restaurant high chair. 

She even tasted her first dill pickle and savored every bite. This girl likes her some strong flavors!

 I'll finish up our sweet family time with a part 2 post later...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Playing With Daddy

Cause everyone knows a little girl steals her Daddy's heart and keeps it...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Munchkin Meals: Baby Led Solids, Homemade Baby Food & Healthy Eats for Baby

I haven't really written on the blog about Caroline's eating. On her monthly updates I've listed some of her favorites, but that's been about it. Ironically Caroline's eating is a big part of our day (especially if you consider all the time I spend cleaning up after her meals- ha!). 

Caroline was very interested in our food around 4 months. I wanted to wait longer though before introducing solids. But with her interest in our food increasing I introduced a few basic purees at around 5 1/2 months. And she absolutely hated them. I was shocked! Every time we ate she was grabbing for our food, but the first several times I offered her a spoon of baby food she gagged and made faces like it tasted horrible. Where was the disconnect? What was I missing? So I took a step back and came up with a new plan because I wanted her to love eating a variety of healthy foods. (and this was after more than a dozen attempts with introducing baby food purees).

1) Homemade baby food. The store bought stuff just isn't that tasty- I've tried it. It's great in a pinch. But except for the jarred peas and jarred sweet potatoes Caroline just wasn't interested. But making my own baby food was surprisingly easy. I just cooked the veggies (or used pre-cooked frozen veggies) and popped them in the food processor. Froze the puree in an ice cube tray and viola! I also did a lot of avocado puree because it was so easy- just scoop out the avocado, press blend, and you're ready to go!

2) Baby led weaning/baby led solids. True baby led solids includes no purees.  We did a combination of baby led solids and purees. I'd say about 70% baby led solids and 30% purees at first. Then she really started to prefer the purees for a few weeks so we went with mostly those. Then at about 7 months we introduced more finger foods and less purees and now at 8 months the only spoon feeding we do is yogurt (because even though baby led weaning suggest pre-loading the spoon with yogurt and handing it to the baby I've learned that just doesn't work for us yet...the yogurt does everywhere but the mouth).

3) Watch YouTube videos of babies eating. It sounds crazy but I kid you not...after I sat Caroline in front of the computer on my lap and we watched a few videos of babies eating she did so much better from there on out. I told another friend about it and she tried it with her daughter and it worked well for them too. She wasn't into copying me eating when I demonstrated but copying other babies? Oh yes. Isn't she a little young for peer pressure?

And it's been a sort of happily ever after tale since. She really enjoys eating, is willing to try new things, and is an all around healthy little eater. Here are what some of our Munchkin Meals are looking like these days:

Breakfast: 1/2 piece of Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread toasted. Small bowl Stoneyfield Whole Milk Yogurt with applesauce mixed in to sweeten it a bit. Stealing bites of Daddy's morning banana. 

Lunch: Black beans, 1/4 Horizon Colby cheese stick, big handful of Happy Baby Super Greens Puffs, Watermelon

Dinner: Sweet potato, whole wheat bread pieces dipped in roasted red pepper hummus, popsicle made of frozen berries and whole milk yogurt, 1/4 Horizon Mozzarella cheese stick.

Whenever we can we also give her some of what we're eating if it's easy enough for her to handle with her little fingers and just two front teeth.  

And she also has 4 bottles a day. 

Linking up with one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life for her Munchkin Meals series. Check her blog out for more healthy Munchkin Meals inspiration!