Monday, December 2, 2013
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It was a bit strange for us celebrating here since Canadian Thanksgiving was more than a month ago, but it was fun none-the-less. We got together a group on some Americans we know living here and had a celebration of our own! We have so much to be grateful for this year, and it was my favorite part of the day sitting down with Dan and making our lists of what we are grateful for. The best way to beat the blues is counting your blessings and being thankful.
And I took no photos during the actual celebration. Ooops! Now we are just enjoying our Thanksgiving leftovers for the next few days. I love a good turkey sandwich! And don't even get me started on turkey pot pie. Guess I should have put food on my thankful list ;) Happy Thanksgiving!
Ode to Fall
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It's tiring being a viking
We sipped pumpkin spice steamers from cozy mugs and did plenty of fall baking. Including delicious pumpkin cinnamon rolls (with maple frosting!) and chocolate zucchini bread. I will probably never go back to making the regular version again. Chocolate is always better!
We brought out our sweaters to cozy up in and our boots to warm our feet. I feel like Thanksgiving is the official end of fall. So goodbye fall, you were so good to us. On to winter we go.
Making Baby Food
Friday, November 22, 2013
So far apple is Eli's favorite baby food. Favorite might be a *bit* of a stretch at this point since as I mentioned before he isn't the biggest fan of real food yet. I could say that apple is his least hated though. He eats it up with mostly no complaining.
I love cooking so it's no surprise I find making Eli's food to be fun, but it is! I might even be a bit excited for when we don't have to ease things in so slowly and I can start making him more adventurous mixes. Calm down right?! I know. These are the mom things I get excited about though. And honestly, the apple is good, like, I finish it off if he doesn't, good. It's basically just homemade organic apple sauce. Plus the peace of mind knowing exactly what my baby is eating.
So does anyone have any awesome magic combos they would like to inform me of? What's your baby's favorite?
The Weekend and Sleep Training
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I've been putting off sleep training, and not even purposefully. It's just that we were moving, then moving again, then getting Eli used to a crib and sleeping in his own room. And now, now it's time. As much as I love to cuddle him in bed and rock or nurse him to sleep, lately that hasn't always been working. It's like the magic wore off.
I also love putting him down for a nap 100% awake and him falling asleep within a minutes of me putting him in his crib, not being awake in the middle of the night, and sleeping for longer than three hours at a time. We want what is best for Eli, and getting overtired certainly wasn't it.
But no one told me how tough it would be. How I would cry when he cries, and how every string to my heart could be pulled at the same time, as if willing my body forward to his room. And guess what? I'm a cheater. A big fat sleep training cheater. Once this weekend I went in his room, and brought him in bed with me, and let him nurse for comfort. All of which breaks some "rules", but in the moment I felt it was right. A mama is nothing if she can't trust her intuition. So, I promised myself I would be tougher the next time.
With that being said I think it's been going well overall, and Dan and I have been getting about seven hours of uninterrupted sleep at night (knock on wood!). Hoping for many more to come.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Eli is now half a year old. I can't believe it! He is so much fun these days and so full of personality. Here is a bit about what's happening in Eli's world these days.
We started him on solid foods. The first try was hilarious and I was so glad we caught his grimace on video to watch and laugh at for years to come. Unfortunately the grimace, the frown, the gagging have not gone away. He is not a fan of the real food yet, nursing all the way for this kid. He's had rice cereal, bananas, carrots, pumpkin, and apple so far. We try to give him something everyday so he can get used to swallowing etc. and he seems to hate it less each time. Slow progress, but that is just fine.
He loves to talk and make noise, rarely a quiet moment with this little guy. Once he is in his comfort zone, and feeling happy, the talking doesn't stop. Mostly 'dada' and 'dad', or his favorite 'hey dad' which he will say over and ooooover again. He still doesn't connect any words with the meaning yet, but it's kind of funny when Dan and I are having a conversation and Eli is sitting there saying hey dad, hey dad, hey dad repeatedly. Come on Eli I'm talking to him!
Once this month we caught him trying to sing a long to some music we had on, and it was the cutest thing ever! He will also bob his head and bounce around to music. He loves it!
Eli is dying to crawl. He tries his hardest at it, but still hasn't quite figured out moving forward once his knees are up under him. Which honestly I am fine with since I don't think I'm ready to have a kid on the move. He does roll around a ton to get where he wants to go though. He's never where I leave him any more.
He still yells before he sneezes and holds my hand when he nurses, two of my favorite things.
We got Eli one of those exerjumper toys, and he loves it. I mean, it's kind of a monstrosity, but he LOVES it! He jumps around like crazy and squeals with excitement. Best of all, I can put him in there and get some stuff done. Win win situation.
So Eli is half a year old. Mind blown! Where does the time go? I put together all his month photos so far below and I can't even believe how much he has grown and how different he is each month. What an amazing adventure. Your dad and I love you very much Eli.
All Hallows Eve
Friday, November 1, 2013
Having a little one to dress up for Halloween makes it way more fun! We didn't go to any Halloween parties this year, but I did put Eli in his costume and went to campus to see Dan for lunch. I got a lot of stares walking around campus with a baby...we are certainly not at a BYU school anymore. Gone are the days where strollers abound on campus. We had a fun time in the lab meeting some of Dan's fellow grad students who were more than willing to oooo and ahhh over Eli in his costume. And dino Eli was loving playing with daddy in the middle of the day!
I've been eating more than my fair share of Halloween chocolate and I was excited to get some trick-or-treaters in the evening, and then we got eight kids haha. So I got to be the nice lady who gave out lots of candy bars! I always loved those people when I was a kid. I had two kids who didn't say trick-or-treat, they just stood there with their bags open, ready for their candy hand out. I don't stand for that though ;) If the only thing that stands between you and your free candy are those three little words, you better say them kid! So I said, "You have to say it!" and they begrudgingly obliged. Only one mini candy bar for you kids! (Just kidding, I just said I was the generous candy lady). Anyways, what's up with that?! Has that ever happened to you?
Eli played party animal and stayed up past his bedtime so he kept me company while Dan had his night class. We played with toys by the glow of our Canada pumpkin, and ate roasted pumpkin seeds (um, just me). A great first Halloween for the little monster!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Making : fall treats by the dozen
Cooking : gnocchi for the first time
Drinking : pumpkin spice steamers duhhh
Reading: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby. Because I NEED this kid to sleep through the night
Wanting: This for Eli
Looking: at the recent snow melt away
Playing: constantly with Eli and his many toys
Wasting: time watching my favorite fall tv shows
Sewing: curtains that we bought too long
Wishing: that the laundry would do itself today
Enjoying: a warm home on a cold day, curled up with a blanket and my boys
Waiting: for the mail to come
Liking: halloween candy in Canada, Cadbury knows what's up here!
Wondering: how long it's going to take for us to get our car registered here
Loving: getting to see Dan every night and every morning after a summer apart
Hoping: our car back in Alaska will finally sell
Marvelling: at how much Eli grows and learns each day; he is a rockstar!
Needing: to finish decorating our place
Smelling: our pumpkin spice candle that is always burning these days, I'm big into fall
Wearing: maxi skirts like the one above that are more comfortable than yoga pants!
Following: news from home
Noticing: the leaves slowly disappear from the tree in our backyard
Knowing: I need to cut back on all the sweets
Thinking: about how much I miss my fun family
Bookmarking: Christmas wish list items, too soon?!
Opening: my e-mail and cringing
Giggling: with my sweet baby boy as we tickle him! his laugh is the best, and he's soooo ticklish!