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!

10/3/13
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16 months munchkin meals + a simple balanced breakfast pancake

Over the weekend our little munchkin turned 16 months.  Guess I need to do another monthly update!  But before I share more about what’s new with our little man, let’s take a look at what he’s been eating – specifically yesterday.

Yes, he did in fact try to eat the shave gel – the paci was a necessary intervention.

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Breakfast is always our favorite meal of the day.  I love it, and so does he.  He must have inherited that from his mama. :)

Many mornings we eat custard oats (oatmeal with an egg cooked into it).  But some mornings I just want something a little quicker, but still with all the goodness of custard oats.  There enters the 3 ingredient banana-egg-oat pancake.  For the recipe click here – it’s such a simple breakfast.  Much less messy than oatmeal for little hands still learning to use a spoon.  I topped it off with a little melted coconut oil + it was also cooked in coconut oil… I’m a little obsessed with coconut oil right now, FYI.

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I also sauteed some sliced apples in coconut oil + cinnamon, just to soften them up a little bit.  He ate all of the pancake + about half the apples.

Mid morning snack of (un-pictured) raisins after some play time at the library.

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Lunch was a little bit of this and that.  Hunter finished off our pasta leftovers (whole wheat pasta with ground beef + tomato sauce and shredded zucchini) – he had about 3x the amount shown below.  Peas from the freezer, half an avocado and the rest of the cinnamon apples from breakfast.

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Then while I was eating he wanted my black bean burger, so he had a few bites of it.  Wish I would have cooked up 2 for myself…

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His afternoon nap only lasted about 1.5 hours… a bit too short.  He snacked on cheddar cheese + munched on a carrots – much too hard and big for him to actually eat, but he had fun with it.

By the time dinner rolled around he was a bit fussy from being awake longer than normal so it wasn’t the easiest.  However, it was the most delicious!  I roasted a ton of veggies: sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, brussel sprouts, carrots and onions.  So so good + we had our favorite natural beef breakfast sausage.

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It was a super simple dinner, and Hunter’s first time trying beets!  He ate all but about half the beets and half the sausage.

I’ve been going for simple a lot lately.  Lots of roasted veggies and trying to make more leftovers for easy lunches and dinners too.  It sure makes life easier!

Oh I should also mention, the food throwing we were dealing with last month was MUCH better now.  It still happens occasionally, but definitely not at every meal.

What’s your little one been munching on?  Do you have a favorite veggie you like to roast?

Thanks Brittany for hosting Munchkin Meals!  Check out her post for more kiddo meal ideas.

Heather

 

 

 

 

09/5/13
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munchkin meals at 15 months

Today I’m sharing a look into a day of what Hunter eats now at 15 months.  The last time I shared his munchkin meals was when he was 8 months old.  Things have changed a bit now!  Thanks for hosting munchkin meals Brittany!

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Breakfast (around 8am) almost always starts with custard oat or eggs.  Yesterday we went with eggs.  I scrambled chopped mushroom with 4 eggs and topped with shredded cheddar.  We split that in half, so Hunter had 2 eggs + a piece of whole wheat toast with a little butter and my low sugar blackberry jam.

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After he ate that he still wanted some food so we split a bowl of applesauce from the canning weekend.  His way of asking for more is repeatedly chapping and saying ‘more more more’.  Pictured below. :)

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He took a bit of a longer morning nap and woke around 12:45pm so lunch happened close to 1pm.  Leftover whole wheat pasta with mushrooms, onions, light tomato sauce and mozarella cheese, cottage cheese, a little bit of pork roast and halved grapes.

“Mom give me the fooooooood!”

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He was a very happy boy. Messy with that spoon, but he had a good time.

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This was all that was left after lunch.

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About an hour later he kept asking for a banana (he could see them easily), so I plopped him in his chair and he ate 1.5 of them.  Guess he was still hungry!

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Dinner happened around 5:30pm shortly after he woke from his afternoon nap.  Guess it was a double pasta day.  Whole wheat spaghetti with meat and tomato sauce, cheddar cheese cubes and the remaining half banana.

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He ate all but a few tablespoons of the spaghetti, then after dinner had a few bites from my last piece of chocolate dutch baby.

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The biggest thing we’re dealing with at this stage is Hunter throwing food.  He’s a great eater, but likes be defiant at times.  Yesterday was a really good day and he barely threw anything.  I’ve been lacking in offering vegetables since they were tough for me to eat during the early part of my pregnancy, but now that I’m doing better with them we need more veggies in our life.

Such a happy guy. :)

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What’s your little one been eating lately?  How did you deal with food throwing?

Heather