Miss Lo- 8 months!

Oy. I’m late by a week!  Life is crazy these days.  Work is at its busiest point all year as we prep for school end close and start up the summer season. And gone are the days where I can set down little Lo and do something productive for half an hour.  My little baby is moving around so quickly and fearlessly- her new trick is to follow me into the kitchen.  So we spend a lot of time on the floor with her, playing with new toys and practicing ‘be nice’ to the puppies.  So far Levi is pretty unaffected- he just does his own thing, stopping by for a quick sniff once in awhile.  Puck though? Puck and Lo are going to be best friends, we can tell already.  When she cries, he’s there immediately.  When she’s on the ground, he’s lying next to her and he’s been so good as she starts to climb on him and give ‘kisses’.  (I just play oblivious to the obvious dog hair she’s ingested thus far.)

Puppy and Baby Games

Puppy and Baby Games

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Our First Easter… recap

Easter isn’t really a holiday we celebrate much, but it is a great chance to get together with family!  We decided lay low this year, and opted not to travel back to Wisconsin to visit my family. Instead we stay here to grab lunch with Jeremy’s family, who most certainly did not disappoint.  But first. Let’s talk about the loot.

The Easter Bunny obviously had a little birdie hanging around our house, so he knew there was a new baby in this home.  He showed up sometime Sunday morning with two baskets for the family- one for the boys and one for the girls. Jeremy and the pups got some candy, a few trinket toys, some Burt’s Bees lip balm (that is impossible to find in the stores, BTW), and some beef rib bones.  Lo and I got some candy, some plastic bath books, a set of baby PJs, and bubbles. Good job, Easter Bunny! The best part? The baskets were hidden behind our La-Z-Boy chair, which is where they were always hidden growing up. What a crazy coincidence!

Easter dress!

Easter dress!

Even though we didn’t have any fancy plans, we wanted to get the little one in a cute dress for Easter lunch. And, since she was wearing a dress, of course I had to torture her by taking a few dozen pictures. Thankfully, we got one really adorable one for the ‘baby book’ (aka, what you’re reading right now. Because clearly I’m never going to actually keep up a real, written baby book.)   Turns out she’s not a fan of headbands though; it lasted all of about 2 minutes before she was reaching to pull it off her head. She still looks ridiculously cute, eh?

We had lunch with Jeremy’s family, so we went over to his parents’ house for the afternoon. It was great to see his parents and uncle and little brother.  I was worried about being gone for awhile during normal nap time, but Lo did great!  She even napped for about an hour at their house while we ate.  She did wake up in time to try a little Easter meal though. We let her taste test a little watermelon and turkey, which she loved. She would’ve eaten the whole bowl of watermelon if I had let her, I think.

She chowed down that turkey, too.  Most of the afternoon we just hung around and caught up with the family.  A few more pictures that I snapped on my phone while we were there:

Hanging out with Uncle Evan

Hanging out with Uncle Evan

Chatting it up

Chatting it up

I should mention just how spoiled Miss Lo is, too.  Apparently the Easter Bunny visited the grandparents’ house too!  She got more goodies there- some toys and clothes, and a shovel and bucket to help dad outside this summer! All in all, it was a great dad with some delicious food 🙂

So that’s our Easter in a nutshell; we are truly blessed to have family nearby that we can visit.

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Alright. One of these days I’ll make a post on our adventures in solid foods with Miss Lo.  I’ve had a few friends ask for recipes on foods we’ve tried with her, so I figured I’d add them here so I can reference them later, too.  On the old blog I had (that I failed at keeping up), I tried to post recipes a lot when I made my own version. It helps me to remember how I made it last time, because I have a terrible memory with things like that. But I want this blog to really focus on the baby and our learning to do this whole parenting thing. That being said, I really do plan on having a post about our approach to foods, because I know it’s an exciting, albeit concerning, decision for all parents!

A quick summary is that we do a combination of both homemade purees (i.e. ‘normal’ mushy baby food) and baby-led weaning (i.e. give the baby real finger food and let them have control of their eating.)  I fully intend of explaining our take on this in depth later, but a short Google search will direct you to lots of information on it. Onto the first recipe!

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She’s starting to get mobile!

Oh man. As much as I am excited to see this little girl grow up, I’d be more than content to have her stay stationary a little longer.  Yes, I know it’s a great thing that she’s gaining motor skills and developing on schedule. But I gotta be honest- it’s really convenient to plop her on the floor, walk downstairs to get laundry or go to the bathroom, and come back to her still lying in the same spot.  That’s all changing.

Although she’s not actually crawling yet (as I mentioned in her 7 month update), she’s starting to figure out this whole moving around business. She can get up on her hands, up on her knees and has the movement down. She’s yet to get all of that in sync to crawl for real, thankfully.  BUT she is starting to get her own method of transportation. She rolls over back and forth, scoots on her front and back, and turns herself around in a circle.  I was finally able to capture a little bit of it on video, but I trimmed it down. It was originally a 5 minute clip, but I thought you’d all get bored with that!

One of the best parts about her being more mobile? The dogs. I think they’re starting to realize that she’s a human, too. Between the blabbering and pulling their tails and now moving around a little- they know something’s up.  Puckett is always lying next to her when she’s on the ground. I think it’s half “play with me!” and half “don’t hurt yourself!” intentions. Either way, I love watching the dogs and Miss Lo figure each other out.

Miss Lo- 7 months!

So we meet again, monthly check-in.  Again with the cliches, but where has the time gone? My baby is now forreal closer to a year old than she is to her birth.  And, oh, how she’s grown. I can’t believe how much has changed just in the last month!  Miss Lo’s becoming more and more of a little person every day.  She’s showing us pieces of her personality daily, and while I am so excited to see the person she becomes, I’m a little terrified too.  It’s probably no surprise that Jeremy and I have a daughter who is strong-willed, opinionated, and independent. But I never thought we would be dealing with these traits at a mere 7 months of age.

You're taking my picture?!

You’re taking my picture?!

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A little growth comparison

A little growth comparison

Holy crap look at this! I randomly realized that I had really similar pictures of Miss Lo at different ages and decided to do a quick side-by-side-by-side comparison. I can’t believe she was ever that tiny!

First picture: day we left the hospital, her first time in the carseat. Lo was 2 days old and weighed about 6.5 pounds.

Second picture: almost 4 months old; she was about 14 pounds.

Last picture: a few days ago, around 6 months. She’s around 16.5 pounds there.

On a related note, I think it’s time for us to really start researching new carseats. Little girl isn’t so little anymore, and she’s gonna need some more leg room real soon! I’m just hoping she can hold off a few more months, so I can avoid bundling her up in a winter coat everytime we go in and out of the car.

Miss Lo- 6 months!

Oh.my.gosh. I have a 6 month old daughter. My little baby is now closer to her 1st birthday than she is to her birth. Holy crap how the time has flown. I know people say these cliches all the time, but goodness, it’s true. Where have the last 6 months gone!? How is she a half-year old? Why is she growing up so quickly before my very eyes?

Another peaceful sleep picture.

Another peaceful sleep picture.

What can I update on from the last month? (Since it’s been basically a whole month since my last post. I KNOW. I’m sorry. I’M TRYING.) Life is, well, busy.  I’ve been trying to unplug more when I’m not at work; spending more time with Lo and Jeremy and giving the dogs a little more attention.  They’re so good with her, and I don’t want to miss any of those moments.  Work has also been a little crazy, so I haven’t had time to slack off during the day and pop in to update the blog.

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