Monday, December 30, 2013

First Christmas 2013

Story turned 10 months on Christmas Eve!  There has been a whirl wind of outings and dinners, and I'm happy to say that she's done really well.  On Christmas Eve we went to V's parents house for their Lithuanian (Kūčios) feast.  It involves lots of fish (supposed to be 12 courses I think), but there are some vegan delights such as the beet-bean salad, and the perogies (stuffed with veggie cheese and broccoli!  yum!).  His mom was kind enough to even make vegan desserts, such as chocolate ginger short bread and blueberry squares.  On Christmas day we had my dad over, and we made our first vegan Christmas dinner that included a Gardein Veggie Loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, cranberry sauce... all the typical holiday fixings.  THEN, on boxing day we had another get together with family and takeout chinese food.  Wow!  So.  Much.  Food. 

It was lovely to see Story with her great grandma's, who are 91 and 92 years old!  I took lots of video footage, because I'm sure she will love to see that when she's older.  I have no memory of some of my older relatives, and it would be nice to have that. 

Story got some lovely presents, including a sleigh, B Zany Zoo activity cube, Doug and Melissa puzzle, and some wooden toys from us.  I'm really big on the wooden and natural toys, and was happy that it wasn't a plastic fiesta.  

I can't believe New Years Eve is tomorrow!  We've been so busy that time has been flying by. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

First Snow Fall

We got hit with a lot of snow this weekend!  It was lovely being able to sit inside watching the snow fall, drinking homemade lattes and being warm with the baby.  I decided I better make it a photo op, so we dressed Story up in her snowsuit and went out to the backyard.  Unfortunately, she didn't like the snowsuit, and was not too pleased with the idea of snow either.  I hope she warms up to the idea, because her grandparents bought her a sleigh for Christmas. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Baby's First Halloween!

I love Halloween!  Every year we carve a pumpkin, buy candy to hand out, and dress up the dogs.  When I work, I usually dress up too.  This year was Story's first, but being only 8 months old I wanted to be practical, so we purchased a ladybug onesie complete with antennas at Sears for 8 bucks.  Kindermusik happened to fall on Halloween which was perfect.  All the babies were dressed up, and Story was one of 3 ladybugs, although she was the only one who had on that particular costume.  There was also a dragon, teddy bear and a turkey.  It was like a mini Halloween party with all the babies dressed up.  I also went on a walk to purchase some goodies at the local bakery, where I got a mummy ginger bread for free (because Story was so cute in her costume).  Before trick or treaters came, my MIL made us some tastey fajitas and we snapped some pictures of us all with the dogs in their annual costumes.  Later on we had some laughs while Willow attempted to pull Mahjong's pig costume off.  Sadly, we only got about 12 kids or so at our door.  I'm guessing it's a combination of poor weather (although it wasn't that bad-a little wet, but warm), and less interest in trick or treating?  I get the feeling kids do other things these days like attend parties or indoor gatherings instead of walking door to door.  Anyway, it was a fun day! 

8 Month Photoshoot

As you can tell, Story does not want to stay in one spot for very long.  She can sit up really good on her own, roll onto her tummy and crawl around.  She hasn't mastered the full upright crawl yet, but her caterpillar crawl is still pretty darn fast. She's still not eating too many solids.  I'm leaning towards baby-led weaning more, because every time I take the time to puree something she purses her lips together and pushes the spoon away.  She likes to feel the mushy food in her hands, but not in her mouth.  So right now she's experimenting with steamed carrot sticks, bread crust, melon, steamed broccoli, asparagus, oatmeal, and cooked apple.  Still weighing about 20 pounds, and is in the 95% percentile for height.  She loves her taggie toy, sippy cup, egg shaker, and pots from the kitchen.  V still reads to her before bed.  Her one tooth is growing in nicely and I don't see any more signs of other teeth yet.  We're still co-sleeping, breast feeding on demand, and use both her stroller and Boba carrier.  Because of her length, she's wearing clothes anywhere from 9 months to 18 months. We have baby proofed the house quite a bit more.  I'd considered the upstairs to be pretty safe.  Wires are covered, outlets covered, cupboard doors protected, and we tend to keep the bathroom door and basement door shut and locked.  I am trying to make our upstairs living room into a baby friendly space that encourages family time.  So, we moved our t.v downstairs so it is out of site.  We've set up an Ikea unit in the family room so her toys are easily accessible.  She's getting along with the cats and dogs really well, except for a small incident the other day.  While trying (a little to aggressively) to pet Bodhi, he struck out and scratched her face.  Luckily he missed her eye, and it showed us that we need to make sure we keep a better eye on the baby-cat relations.  Aside from that, they all get along, and currently Mahjong is sleeping at her feet. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

10 Things That I Am Thinking About

So, I probably visit this space a few times a week with antsy feelings that I should post at least once a week.  But for some reason, all I seem to be able to manage is to post Story's monthly photo shoots!  Sure, it's not like I'm super busy with not working, although, I guess I kinda am in some way.  I'm also having trouble sorting out what I'd like to post.  There are things that I'm currently obsessing about, and I do have thoughts other than breastfeeding and changing a baby's diaper.  So, in this post I am just going to list everything that's on my mind lately.  Here's a spoiler... they might revolve around a baby.  lol

1.  Apple crisp (it's currently in the slow cooker!)
2.  Waldorf Schooling (I've been taking Story there for the Babes in Arms class):  both becoming an ECE instructor there, and having Story attend school there.
3.  Knitting.  I need to cast on and knit some wool balls for Story to play with!
4.  "Finding Hogwarts," (dvd on Harry Potter fandom that I received in the mail).  I NEED to watch it.
5.  Exercise-what does it look like PP?  I've been doing a bit on the exercise bike, but would like to have a regular routine.
6.  Christmas/birthday (for Story)-trying to figure out how to be minimalistic and purchase the most practical and natural toys for her.
7.  Purging... purging... purging... trying to get the house more organized.
8.  Baby proofing (watching Story suck on the cable splitter yesterday was not enjoyable).
 9.  Starting a collab Youtube channel starring some diverse moms.
10.  Kegels.  Dammit.  I never do enough of them.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Six Month Photoshoot

So much has happened recently!  Her ability to sit up on her own (being spotted of course), first foods, being more vocal, loving her jolly jumper and exercauser.  We've been going to mom and baby yoga classes, family yoga (with daddy!) and Kindermusik classes too!  As soon as she was able to sit up we booked a session to have some professional photos taken.  I'm excited to see what they look like!  We did so many different poses, including a Star Wars shot, Harry Potter scene, and some girly shots.  She did surprisingly well considering she didn't nap before we left, it was the hottest day of the year (record breaking almost for over 30 years), and it must have been weird with everyone shaking toys at her trying to get her to smile over and over again.  Anyway, we are still pretty much EBF (exclusively breastfeeding), because she doesn't like food too much yet.  We have been experimenting with baby-led weaning and purees.  She's still sleeping in bed with us, which makes it really cozy, but at least it's easier to nurse her throughout the night.  Every day she gets a bit more mobile, so she will be crawling soon!

Monday, September 9, 2013

First Foods!

On August 24th baby Story turned 6 months old!  We decided since she was showing signs of being ready to eat (ability to sit alone, tongue thrust gone, able to turn head and push hand away) that we would celebrate 6 months with some food experimentation.  Using my new Baby Bullet gifted to me from a generous cousin, I pureed an avocado and breast milk (pumped with Medela Swing Pump). 

Story thoroughly enjoyed it!  She ate a full serving which surprised us, and made a great green mess!  Since then, we've tried pureed sweet potato, zucchini, and banana.  I think she likes the zucchini the best, and she disliked banana the most.  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Eating Healthy: Vegan Style

1.  Chickpea African Stew
2.  White kidney beans and kale stew
3.  Salad with herbs (dill), strawberries and faux Souvlaki (Yves) and sesame seed dressing
I'm always trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  Of course, sometimes I 'fall off the wagon' and eat bagels for lunch with vegan chocolate chips on the side.  Here's some meals I've made lately that were more nutritious and tasted good!  The first two were recipes from this book:
I think I might purchase the book (I borrowed it from the library).  I really liked utilizing our crockpot for once, and liked how it made a few meals so we could freeze some if we wanted to.  



Story's Four Month Photoshoot

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Toddlers and Tiaras

Every year my little town has a street festival where they close off the main street for three days to house vendors, musicians, a parade, and they have a local midway.  You know the festival... pretty typical for small town folk.  This year I just happened to discover a day or so before the festival began that they have a baby beauty contest.  Now, typically I get a bad taste in my mouth when I think of pageants...  I see images of phoney smiles, hair sprayed do's, and hear phrases like, 'I want world peace.'  But for some reason I thought it was hilarious to enter-'just this once.'  I think it's something I can laugh about with Story when she gets older.  Plus, it gave me an excuse to dress her in some items that were given to me that she probably won't get a chance to ever where.  So, we put on her frilly watermelon party dress, crocheted beanie, and mini sandals and lined up for 3-5 months judging.  It took longer than I would have liked, but in the end we came home with a runner up prize that consisted of a huge stuffed bunny, Dora the Explorer Pail, mini windmill, and some soap.  I smile when I think that she received the prize for being the most 'healthiest' of babies, because she certainly was the largest baby there!  My exclusively breastfed girl (almost 6 months) definitely does not have to worry about 'failing to thrive.'  I just wished all the babies could have taken home a prize, because 'judging' babies on anything makes me sad.  They are all growing, learning, taking in so much that why should we compare?  I would have gladly split her little prize and taken home less just so another mom and baby could have the grandeur of also being a 'winner.'  Anyway, at the least it was fun to see so many families out.  I reminisced when I spotted smaller babies, and day dreamed about the future when I saw the older ones.