Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Baby at Six Months

Wow, six months! Lucas is almost sitting up reliably, trying to crawl, loving the jumper, and starting on solid foods! He is still a champion breast-feeder and sleeper. He watches everything his brother does so closely, I can almost see him filing away the information for later use ;-)

Here's what we've been up to, including Lucas's current schedule...

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Baby's First Bites ~ Starting Solid Foods!

Lucas is just shy of six months old so I decided to start solids this weekend! I'm also making my (perhaps final) big push to get him taking breast milk from a bottle. These two things kind of worked together so it seemed like the stars aligned! 

I'm using bananas as Lucas's first food because they are SO EASY and slightly sweet. My toddler eats part of a banana for breakfast every morning so I have some already ready for Lucas too. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Super Easy Weekday Toddler Oatmeal

On weekday mornings we are usually in a bit of a rush getting Henry in his booster seat and breakfast on the table. Luckily, he LOVES overnight fruity oatmeal.

Here's my super easy recipe!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Decoding Baby Skin Problems

A few weeks ago after going out for an evening walk, I noticed red spots on my little one's legs. He was still riding in his carseat/stroller travel system then so I had watched him during the walk and I knew there was no way mosquitoes had gotten my little one that many times! A few days later after another walk, more spots! Then Lucas started sleeping on his stomach and things rapidly deteriorated from there.

What to do if you notice spots on your little one...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Baby at Five Months

It's hard to believe that Lucas is already five months old! I remember back to the days struggling to get him to take naps, but now he is just rolling over to his stomach and going to sleep most of the time! He is also quite the mover, already trying to pull up onto his knees. I typically find him at the other end of the crib in the morning. Perhaps he enjoys a change in scenery :-)

Besides rolling and moving, check what else we are up to including Lucas's current daily schedule...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mid-Week Musings

For the past week I've been reflecting a lot on time. It's an odd thing to stop and think about because thinking about time takes time and we all know there there is never enough time in the day, the week, the month, the year... 

My husband and I are embarking on a new project together which has me trying to structure my day better and reflecting on how I spend my time. I love the quote with my picture above. I find my toddler to be the embodiment of that quote. He wakes up each day with a smile and seems to have no concerns about anything that happened yesterday, he is always ready to embrace the new day!

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Daily Mom Diet ~ Four Months Post-Partum

A friend of mine is trying out a new diet plan. She jokingly mentioned wanting to die the first day of the diet so I asked curiously how many calories she was allowed. 1100. We are around the same height, plus she still breastfeeds her 2-year old three times a day. That sounded completely not doable for me so I started wondering how many calories I consume in a typical day

I have never been a calorie counter. I step on the scale most mornings. If I want the number to go down, I try to eat a little less and exercise a little more.

Weighing myself most days helps keep me accountable to myself. The scale is not the only number which is important, but it's an easy number to use. 

I'm not advocating calorie counting! Daily calorie counts is probably something I will never do. But this post has really helped me take stock of where my calories are coming from. My husband and I are very committed to being active and keeping our respective weights at healthy levels. But eating a healthy, varied diet has other benefits than weight control!

Luckily (I jest), being a creature of extreme habit, I eat basically the same thing every weekday so counting my calories was pretty easy...

Friday, July 28, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! We have a busy weekend planned! We may make it to the pool and then we have company coming over for lunch tomorrow. Henry and I are also really looking forward to a mom and toddler play date we have on Sunday morning. My husband will be staying home for some baby bonding time and will probably be crossing his fingers that Lucas will take a bottle from him.

Five things that are occupying me lately...Photoshop, Booster-seat, Parenting Books, Minimalism, and Okja!  Read on...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Great Baby Wipe Off!

Baby wipe product testing has come to an end for my family! Like all consumer purchase items, the quality and prices of wipes are subject to change at any time. My last Mid-Week Musing talked about how unhappy I am with the changes in the Honest brand baby wipes.

It never fails that you find a product you LOVE...and then the company changes it for the worse...and then you wonder if it's worth the cost...because it was so much better before...big mom sigh...

I know there are many other wipe products on the market. I chose some of the more "natural" ones to try (natural is my jam) but also kept an eye on cost. Several people recommended Costco store brand wipes to me, but my husband and I are not planning on joining Costco due to other practical issues (for us) such as location and store hours. I also received some tips on how to make my own, but that's not happening at this stage in the game.

Here's my quick overview of the brands I tested, the best price, and my Job Performance and Packaging grades (A-F, just like in school). 

I checked online pricing at both Amazon and Target and selected the package option which gave the best value per wipe to the third decimal place (details later in the post). In most cases that is buying a bulk box of wipes. The prices were very similar with the exception of Babyganics which for some reason are ridiculously more expensive on Amazon than from Target.

Read on for details of each product...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baby at Four Months

Lucas is rocking his sleep and is so happy and cheerful! We've also discovered he is ticklish under his chin and at his rib cage...love to hear those baby laughs!

Here's what we have had going on lately...