DIY owl costume

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When Halloween came around and I was figuring out what Hunter was going to be (he didn’t really have much of an opinion about it not knowing what halloween was), of course an owl popped into my head.  We’re big on owls here, especially for Hunter since it’s the theme of his room, so it made sense that for at least one year he had to be an owl.

And he sure was a cute one! IMG_7193 IMG_7192For his costume I focused on a mask and wings.  Both sewn, and for both I followed different tutorials.  Let’s start with the mask.

I got the owl template (along with the raccoon and fox templates I also made) from here.  The original masks are made with felt, but since I have access to leather scraps from my mom’s book binding business, I made them in leather.  I thought they would last longer that way, since I’m hoping Hunter uses them for pretend play.  And also because leather is just super cool.  However, leather is kind of uncool to sew with.  It was my first time sewing with leather and all sewing was slower in general.  I didn’t have too much trouble with it sticking, just that it look longer than anticipated.

IMG_8826The wings were sewn and I’m so happy with how they turned out!  I love the fading of the colors.  The tutorial can be found here.  The actual sewing of the wings was easy and quick.  Cutting out the feathers is what really took the longest.  Instead of a ribbon tie for the neck I added elastic loops to go around his shoulders/armpits.  It works well at staying on and doesn’t pull on his neck.

IMG_8833Like I mentioned above, I made fox and raccoon leather masks as well. I’m hopeful for lots of fun woodland creature play in Hunter and Zoe’s future!

Did you DIY any halloween costumes or decor?  Tell me about it!

Heather

coconut curry chicken with udon noodles and broccoli

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There are some flavor profiles I just love… like anything with peanut sauce is a win.  Obviously.  Coconut curry sauce is another one.  There’s something about the refreshing coconut milk paired with spiced up curry that mixes perfectly.  You can make curry hot, or keep it mild.  I tend to keep it milder for my own personal preference and also since I’m serving the dish to two littles.  The hubs usually adds some sriracha onto dishes that need a little extra heat for his liking.

IMG_8923I’ve made this dish twice before.  The first time I served it over whole wheat egg noodles, and the second time over rice.  This time I had udon noodles on hand so I went with that.  All work great here.  The dish is super saucy.  I like to serve it over a bed of steamed broccoli.  While I’ve changed up the starch each time, steamed broccoli has been constant.  It just works, trust me.

IMG_8920I love that the chicken is simmered into the coconut curry sauce.  It keeps the chicken from drying out and absorbs so much flavor.  I like chicken thighs for this dish, but have used breasts too.  Both work!  I’ve simplified the recipe from the original to make it just a bit quicker and easier, but also to make the list of ingredients ones that I pretty much always have on hand.  Simplification at dinner time is always appreciated, amen?

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Coconut Curry Chicken with Udon Noodles and Broccoli

Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breast, cubed
  • 1 cup diced green onion
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp of red chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced (can sub in a small can of diced tomatoes – I’ve done both)
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 8 ounces uncooked udon noodles (or sub in whatever starch you’d like to serve here)
  • 3 crowns of broccoli, chopped into pieces
  • optional: 1 tsp cornstarch for thickening

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the green onions in and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add in the turmeric, cumin, red chili powder, ground ginger and garlic.  Saute for 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes, coconut milk, a pinch of sea salt and pepper, then add the chicken.  Stir and bring to a simmer.  Turn the heat down to low-medium and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. While the chicken cooks, get the udon noodles cooking and the broccoli steaming.  My udon noodles take 8-10 minutes in boiling water, then they have to be rinsed after cooking.  They taste super salty when not rinsed, so I’d stick with that step.
  3. If you want to thicken your curry sauce a bit more, combine the cornstarch in a small bowl with 1 tbsp of cold water.  When the cornstarch is dissolved into the water, pour into the sauce and continue to simmer for a few more minutes.
  4. Once the chicken and noodles are done cooking, and you’ve rinsed your udon noodles, add then into the coconut curry sauce.
  5. Serve a layer of steamed broccoli onto a plate, top with the udon noodles and saucy coconut curry chicken.

If you love curry, be sure to check out this cheesy curry chicken and rice casserole.  It’s comforting and a crowd pleaser!

Are you a curry fan?  Do you tend to go for extra heat or keep things pretty mild? 

Heather

halloween 2014 + Bi-Zi Farms pumpkin patch

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The last couple weekends have been very fall-like and very festive.  We went to the same pumpkin patch with some friends (Bi-Zi Farms).  As anticipated, it was tons of fun yet again.  Last year Zoe was in my belly.  This year… well she was in the Ergo the entire time so still near my belly.  She looked around a bit, but mostly napped through it all.  Hunter loved riding the mini tractors, petting animals, riding his first pony(!), having his first face painting(!), and then of course, finding a couple little pumpkins to take home.

IMG_8735IMG_8741IMG_8754IMG_8768IMG_8775IMG_7172IMG_8784IMG_8804IMG_8777IMG_8815IMG_8816IMG_8823Later that night we went to a pumpkin carving/Halloween party/dinner.  I have proof we all wore our costumes for at least 1 minute. :)  Hunter was an owl, Jacob was a fox, I was a raccon and Zoe was a bear.  Woodland creature family for the win!  The masks and Hunter’s owl wings I sewed (up to the last minute before we left for the party). Zoe’s bear suit we had from when Hunter was a little babe.

IMG_8833Then on Friday evening (in the rain) we took Hunter trick or treating for his first time!  At the Halloween party he wanted nothing to do with his costume.  Once trick or treating started he wore it the entire time.  It was so much fun seeing his joy and excitement going from house to house knocking and saying trick or treat.  We went to about 6-7 houses.

IMG_7193IMG_7192IMG_7194Truth be told, before taking Hunter out trick or treating I was a bit of a trick or treating party pooper.  His joy made me so excited to take him.  Now I can’t wait for next year!

Are you getting into fall activities?  Did you or your kids dress up for Halloween? 

Heather

why keep blogging?

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For the past few days my site has been down.  It was quite the annoying ordeal, but a self inflicted annoying ordeal while working on the back end server stuff and making an incorrect move with backing up and a bunch of hosting stuff.  In other words, mistakes were made.  As I spent more hours than I would like on the phone with tech support, I started telling myself (out of frustration) that if I couldn’t get it fixed, I’d just walk away.  No more blogging.  I hadn’t been regular with it or even very inspired to sit at my computer and bust out a post lately.

But then when I though everything was lost, I got really sad. I instantly missed blogging.  I missed sharing and connecting and being inspired by the wonderful blogging world.  I have so many memories and moments stored on here. My life with Jacob.  My life as a mother. My journey becoming a fitness instructor.  So much of my life is documented and saved on this little itty bitty space on the internet.  I’ve been connected here for almost 6 years and leaving just doesn’t seem right or even what I want.

After those few moments had passed where I was ready to let go, I was instantly re-inspired.  Re-inspired to share and connect with the blogging world, but also to keep my memories here.  I want to share more life.  Life is pretty grand and I just love sharing about it.  God has blessed me with an amazing husband, two wonderful children and so many opportunities to pursue my passions.

IMG_8828Fit Mama Real Food just keeps changing with my life.  It used to be all about food and fitness.  Now there is so much more going on.  Food and fitness are still passions in my heart and they will be here, but I foresee more life capturing as well.  I hope you’ll all continue to follow along!

With all this mumble jumble website mess up all of the posts since April went missing so I’ll be reposting them… which means if you get email subscriptions you may see them a second time around (I will try to put ‘repost’ in the title so show it’s nothing brand new)- sorry about that!  The look of Fit Mama Real Food is being updated since that was all lost too.  Lastly, I’m pretty sure most email subscriptions have been lost as well, so if you want to resubscribe you can do that below.

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And while I’m at it, here it is for following on Blogloving as well.

It was nice taking a little blogging break, realizing what I was missing and then now returning ready to share once again.  All this blog mess up stuff was a blessing in disguise. :)

There are still many hours of clean up needed, but if you see anything wonky on a page, links that don’t work or anything that just looks off, please let me know!

If you blog, tell me, why do you keep blogging?  What’s the focus of your blog?  Has it evolved and changed with you?

So glad to be back and have a live website again!

Heather

DIY magnet fishing set for toddlers/kids

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Happy day! I have a fun little DIY project to share today. It was seriously so simple I think pretty much anyone can do it. Back in August Jacob went on an Alaskan fishing trip for a week.

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How gorgeous is that sky?? We all missed him like crazy and every day I would talk to Hunter about daddy’s fishing adventure in Alaska. He got super excited about fishing and wanted to go himself. Thanks to Pinterest inspiration I DIY’d his own little fishing set. And here’s how you can!

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Materials

Card stock paper in a variety of colors
Scissors
Paper clips
A magnet
String
A stick (about 12-18 inches in length)

The How-To

Find a fish shape you like or draw your own onto the card stock. Cut out the fish (as many as desired). Take a paper clip (one per fish) and create a hole near the mouth and attach the paper clip to it. Repeat with all fish.

Now take your magnet and string and tie the string onto the magnet. I used a circle shape and a U shape so I could easily tie onto it. If you can’t tie it on, use some super glue or a hot glue gun to attach the magnet to the string. Tie the other end of the string near one end of your stick.

Then get fishin’!

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Fishing has not only been fun, but educational too.  I’ll ask Hunter to catch all the green fish (or other color) or a certain number of fish. He’s a pro fisher.

I’m sure with older kids the paper fish would get ripped less, but with my crazy 2 year old a few fish have seen the end of their swimming lives. Good thing they cost practically nothing to make. I have future plans (a Christmas gift) to sew fabric fish with some metal hiding in the mouth so he can still use with his magnet fishing pole with them. They’ll be sturdy and oh-so-cute too!

What is your favorite kind of fish? Either to eat or look at? I’m planning to sew all sorts of fun fish so ideas of fish are welcome.

Happy DIYing!

Heather

eggs with thyme, mushrooms, leeks and parmesan

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I sure love eggs.  And I know I’ve said it many, many times before and it still holds true.

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Guess who else loves eggs?  Corey from Learning Patience. (Psssst!  She’s my Secret Recipe Club pick of the month!)  In fact, when she started out a post by saying “Eggs are one of my favorite foods,” I knew we could be friends.  Eggs are like wine or chocolate… it would be a sad life without them.   So once I read her egg post, I knew I had to make the recipe she shared for eggs with thyme, mushrooms, leeks and parmesan.  Sound delicious right?  It was was.  Normally I go for my standard and rather hurried plain egg scramble with avocado toast and fruit, but by adding just a few more ingredients it made breakfast feel so fancy.  And there’s wine in it as well… so yeah better and fancier.

I’ve shared the recipe below with no real modifications other than increasing the amount of eggs and ingredients since 3 of us ate them.  And be sure to check out Corey’s site – read her story, peruse her awesome list of recipes and watch her fun life.  You can tell she loves it.  Thanks SRC for sharing such a fun blog with me!

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Eggs with Thyme, Mushrooms, Leeks and Parmesan
Serves 3

Recipe from here

Ingredients

    • 1-2 tbsp butter
    • 6 eggs
    • 4 large mushrooms, diced
    • 1 green onion, diced
    • 1 large leek (cut length wise, then across)
    • 1 sprig of fresh thyme, pulled of the stem
    • splash of sauvignon blanc
    • sea salt & pepper
    • a couple shavings of Parmesan

Directions

  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and add 1-2 tbsp butter.  Once the pan is heated and butter melted add the green onion, leek, mushrooms and thyme to the pan.  Saute for 5-6 minutes, until the veggies are soft.
  2. Add a splash of white wine and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Add the eggs plus a pinch of sea salt and pepper to the pan.  Stir to scramble the eggs.
  4. Once the eggs are just about done, turn off the pan, add the Parmesan ontop and cover for a minute.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Do you love eggs?  What is your favorite way to prepare them?

Heather

food and fitness week 14

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done a food and fitness recap post. Before I share our recent eats and my workouts, here’s a look at our little family getaway we had to the lake cabin.

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Lots of time outside surrounded by trees and the lake. No TV. Tons of playing for Hunter and chilling for Jacob and I. Although I wouldn’t say I came back rested (Zoe was not a good sleeper and woke everyone up early in the mornings) I came back relaxed. Even with weekends at home and no real plans, there is always stuff to do around the house. It was nice kicking back with no worries. I got lots of reading in too!

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Food

Monday: roasted chicken, roasted veggies (asparagus, onion, carrot) and cauliflower mash

Tuesday: fajita rice bowls (chicken, bell pepper, onion, rice, cheese, sour cream and avocado)

Wednesday: creamy broccoli cheddar bean soup with sausage and crusty bread

Thursday: leftover broccoli cheddar soup with rice and leftover roasted veggies

Friday: BBQ’d beef burgers on whole wheat buns + grilled green beans

Saturday: BBQ’d salmon + crusty bread + caesar salad and mushrooms

Sunday: whole wheat pancakes with applesauce, bacon and honeydew — BFD FTW!

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I did major veggie prep over the weekend which made dinner time so much easier. I am pinching myself for not doing any prep this weekend – but relaxing > prepping sometimes.

Fitness

Monday: taught body pump and fitness yoga

Tuesday: taught fitness yoga

Wednesday: taught body combat

Thursday: taught body pump, sculpt and tone and 2 fitness yoga classes (first day of this new heavy teaching day – I was majorly wiped out by the evening!)

Friday: taught body pump

Saturday: rest + active outside with the kiddo

Sunday: rest + active outside with the kiddo

I am always so thankful that teaching allows me to get my workouts in – plus teaching is so much fun! It keeps me honest when I’m tired and don’t want to workout… the teacher has to show up! My Thursdays just became a four class day and I definitely scaled down my intensity that entire day. I’m sure my body will adjust, but I was seriously toast by that evening!

I love the mix of mostly strength and yoga + my super fun body combat class. I am very happy with the workouts! Just this past week I finally got back to my pre-pregnancy squat weight in body pump (60 pounds!) and while I was nervous to teach with it, I didn’t die during it. Who knows, maybe my focus on getting stronger and building more muscle will mean I will soon have a new squat weight for class – even higher than before!

What did YOU do over the weekend? What’s one thing you’re having for dinner this week? Seriously, I am going in with no plan so ideas would be helpful! We’re having tuna sushi bowls tonight.

Heather

baby led weaning – Zoe at 7 months

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It feels like Zoe was just born.  Yesterday.  Then I blinked and she turned into a sitting on her own, smiling, playing and now eating little girl.   The newborn is gone.  I guess now she’s a baby, but next time I blink she’ll be a walking, talking toddler.  Sniff sniff.

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Around 6 months, once she could sit up straight on her own we started having her in the booster seat at the table with us.  It was quite a smooth transition having Hunter sit in a big boy chair, and Zoe take over the booster.  He was not holding on to that one at all.

Why baby-led weaning?  And what the heck is it?  Check out my previous posts that explain it from when I started at 6 months with Hunter (starting and at 8 months).  It’s worked out so well with him!  At 2 years, 4 months old he is a great eater about 90% of the time.  And the times when he isn’t a good eater is usually when people are at our house or we’re out and he just wants to play.  Basically he’s an easily distracted toddler.

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Right about 6 months old we started having Zoe at the table with us mostly at dinner time.  If I had something soft enough then I gave it to her.  She started out with lots of bananas, figs, avocado, yams… and whatever soft veggie or fruit I had.  The first month was the learning phase.  She was learning that food goes into her mouth.  Then she has to mash it up in her gums, then swallow it.  Or really gag it down sometimes.

Now she’s actually getting some food in (yes, poop is very telling).  Her absolute two favorites she gets super excited about are applesauce (just steamed, mashed apples) fed in a spoon by herself – she grabs it every time and stares me down when I’m eating applesauce if I don’t give her any – and peaches, which we had canned.

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Applesauce is messy… but so is everything with baby led weaning.  Check out an after dinner shot (peaches, tofu and avocado).  The less clothes the better!

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Our dog sure is happy to get table food again.

Since this is our second time around it feels so much more relaxed, as it should be.  It’s been so fun having her at the table.  It’s a great distraction if she’s kind of fussy around lunch time – plus she’s learning how to eat!  I just love this stage.

Thoughts on BLW?  Or questions!  I’d be happy to answer any from my experience with it – I’m a big fan of it!

Heather

healthy peanut butter banana soft serve

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It’s been an oddly hot summer here in Washington.  Although we have 90 degrees predicted for this weekend, fall is definitely in the air.  I can start to feel a change in season.   I want to do yard work again, yay!  While browsing through some pictures from a few months ago I came across our little ice cream social I had with the kiddos one afternoon.  Hunter had woken up early from his nap so a snack was in order to tide him over until dinner.  Ice cream it was.  Because who isn’t down for a little ice cream on a hot summer afternoon?

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I am all for real ice cream.  Yum.  But it’s not an every day thing, and especially for my little 2 year old.  He is energized enough without a sugar high.  Banana soft serve makes you think you’re eating (banana flavored) ice cream, but without the extra sugar.  Just extra deliciousness.

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Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve

Ingredients

  • ripe bananas (frozen into chunks) – about 1 banana per person
  • spoonful of natural peanut butter

Directions

  1. Add your frozen bananas chunks into a food processor.  Process until the bananas begin to break down into small chunks.
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  2. Add your peanut butter in.
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  3. Continue to process the bananas and PB until smooth and soft serve like.
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What was your favorite summer treat?  Have you tried banana soft serve before?

Heather

Zoe: 6 months

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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!