08/27/14
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Zoe: 6 months

Hello!  Time to blog again and share about Zoe!

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Poor girl got skipped out on her 4th and 5th month updates.  #secondchildproblems.  But now she’s 6 months and definitely changing!  First, a look through how she’s grown month by month.

Birth

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1 month

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2 months

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3 months

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4 months

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5 months

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6 months

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EAT

Nursing is still going wonderfully.  During the day she nurses 5 times, then 0-2 times during the night.  She nurses at pretty consist times each day (give or take about 30 minutes): 7am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm.  If she wakes (which she normally does) it’s at midnight and/or 4am.

I had my first night away from her this past weekend and she did great taking bottles.  We had to work hard to get her to take them without trouble, but now she’s a champ.  The key was a very warm bottle.  Picky little one!

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We’ve started having her at the table with us and beginning to taste foods.  We’re going to use the baby led weaning method again since it worked so well with Hunter, so instead of spoon feeding, we just give her soft big pieces (to start) of food.  So far she’s tasted (but not really eaten) figs, strawberries, pineapple (3 favorites), avocado, banana, steamed carrot, cucumber, roasted yam and chicken.  Pretty much whatever we have that’s soft enough for her to gum is fair game!

At her 6 month check up she weighed 13 pounds 10 ounces, in the 10th percentile for weight and I can’t remember her height but she was just about 50th percentile.  She’s going to be a slender little girl I bet.

WAKE

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Her wake time is so much fun!  She’s one happy girl and is rarely fussy.  If she is sad there’s normally a reason – tired, hungry or poopy.  She is now rolling from back to belly, and has just a couple times rolled the other way.  She’ll sit by herself unsupported, but eventually falls over.

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Books are a favorite, as is her brother.  She thinks he is the funniest kid ever.  He is pretty funny. :)

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I switched her diapering system about a month ago to prefolds and covers and have been so much happier.  We were having major leaking issues and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  Good diapers make for a happy mama.

She is a total thumb sucker.  As I’m typing this she’s laying in her boppy about to fall asleep sucking on her thumb.  It’s pretty stinking cute.

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SLEEP

Even though I haven’t shared about her sleep in the past few months, it’s been pretty consistent for a while.  And the consistency is that it’s all over the place.  Sometimes she sleeps through the night, sometimes she wakes once or twice.  I’m thankful that from the get go she’s put herself to sleep, so that’s not an issue, just that when she wakes at night she doesn’t really go back to sleep by herself.

One big change is that Hunter and Zoe started to share a room about a month ago.  But she’s really only been in there half the time.  She is SO loud when she wakes, that Hunter really wasn’t getting the best sleep even if he wasn’t actively waking.  I could tell from his behavior and also him telling me that he was tired shortly after waking.  And to add in, our bedroom shares a wall with the kid’s room, so when she’s crying it is majorly loud.  We’ve been having her switch between her crib in their room and the pack n play on the other floor to give everyone some better sleep.  I’m thinking she’ll be in the pack in play until she is consistently sleeping through the night again.

This too shall pass… and then I might drink less coffee. ;)

She naps 3 times a day: 2 short 30-40 minute naps around 10am and 12:30pm, then a longer 1.5-2.5 hour nap in the afternoon around 2:30pm.

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That’s the latest with our happy little girlie.  We just love her so.  And her wild hair, please stay crazy forever.

What were your kids’ favorite first foods?

Happy days!

Heather

PS: I’m hoping and planning to get back into blogging more frequently than every couple of weeks!  I’ve had so much I want to share, I just never get around to actually sitting down at the computer.

PSS: Read more of Zoe’s past updates on her page!

08/10/14
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spicy chickpea balls

Hey hey! Hope all is going great in your world. We’ve had a nice at home weekend. We got outside when we could bare the heat, hung out with friends, celebrated a wedding and I got some canning done as well (dilly beans and pickled carrots). Pretty great!

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And now it’s secret recipe club time again! When I was assigned my secret blog Searching for Spice I went on the hunt for a protein filled snack.  Corina’s recipe index is spectacular and extensive so I had a lot of options to choose from.  You see, when the afternoons come around I definitely feel my energy level plummeting and hunger picking up. Normally I reach for something bready or sweet for instant energy, but I find if I eat something more savory I’m more likely to pair it with some veggies.  Like the mounds of tomatoes we’ve been harvesting.  Daily.

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This snack goes great with them.

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These chickpea balls, paired with some plain yogurt for dipping are the perfect pick me up. They’re not super spicy (although you could make them spicier by using chillies), which is good for me since I can’t handle much heat. If I had added extra spice in the cooling yogurt would help calm the heat down perfectly.

You could easily make these into patties to stuff inside some pita too. Or as a veggie burger.

Both my husband and toddler were not too excited about them, but hey, that means more for me!  I especially liked them chilled out of the fridge.

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Spicy Chickpea Balls

Slightly adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 green onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 egg
  • scant 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients (except the oil) in a food processor.   Pulse until smooth.
  2. Roll into balls (about 1-2 tbsp each).
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Fry the balls for about 2-3 minutes per side.  I turned each ball about two times.  You want them to look golden and slightly crispy around.

How was your weekend?  What’s been your go to snack lately?

Heather


08/5/14
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fish tacos with feta slaw

I don’t know why we don’t eat fish tacos more often. Every time we I make them it’s pretty much just deliciousness. Serious deliciousness.  These ones were no different. Fish tacos are so simple and fresh tasting too. Gosh I just love them.  And that cool crunch that normally comes along with fish tacos?  Makes them that much better. Our crunch came in the form of cabbage slaw with the simple but superb addition of feta added in.

This recipe isn’t an exact science. I didn’t measure anything so all amounts are guesstimates. It’s more of a method or guide than recipe. Take what you can, and roll with it for your next taco Tuesday night. Oh and full disclosure… we totally ate them on a Monday, shhhhh. ;)

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Fish Tacos with Feta Slaw

serves about 3-4

  • 2 large tilapia
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt, pepper, garlic granules and paprika
  • 1/2 batch of cabbage slaw (from this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • Small tortillas, about 2-3 per person (I used a corn/wheat blend, but you could use corn or flour… whatever you prefer)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a foil sheet on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Spread 1 tbsp olive oil down. Place tilapia fillets on top of foil. Spread the other tbsp of olive oil on top and sprinkle seasonings on the tilapia (sea salt, pepper, garlic granulates and paprika). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until flaky and white.
  2. Remove and allow to slightly cool, then break into small chunks.
  3. Prepare the cabbage slaw, then stir feta in with it.
  4. Warm tortillas. To serve place fish, slaw and avocado in a tortilla. Eat and eat some more!

Our after dinner/before bed time routine includes the kiddos and I heading outside and watering the garden (the key I’ve found for actually having a successful garden, who knew?).  We have a major squash, tomato and kale explosion going on here!

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Do you eat fish tacos often? What is your favorite combo/mix?

Heather