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10 Months Old

13 May

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I can’t believe it.  Our baby is ten months old.  Ten months is only two months away from a year; from no longer being a baby but a toddler.  WTF.  She has become such a little person since I last wrote.  She is so full of life and has such a dynamic personality – full of funny faces, sticking her tongue out and crawling all over the place.  Pulling herself up chanting “mama” all the time – everything is “mama” — the couch, the walls, her sister, etc.  She says it all the time but I’m not convinced she’s directing it at me just yet.  Does this count as a first word? I have no idea.  She is a very vocal baby, though.  I’m pretty sure once she starts she’s never gonna stop.  (“We caaaaan’t stop, we woooon’t stop…”)

The last couple of months have been filled with milestones for Katherine.  Crawling, two teeth (and about a million more ready to break  through), pulling herself up, big girl baths, first plane ride, eating tons of solid foods.  She loves just about everything we put in front of her and I’m pretty sure she’d graze 24 hours a day if we let her.  Last night she had tilapia for the first time and loved it.  Like, whatever – being all grown up with your taste buds.

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First time at the beach.

We just returned home from Michigan about a week ago – my sister graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Michigan University so Katherine and I ventured out to the mitten for a couple of weeks to celebrate.  We had a blast and she was a total rock star on the plane, I shit you not.  I was so, so nervous about flying alone with an infant but she just kicked ass.  She either slept or played with her Mortimer Moose or made friends with the people sitting around us.  We were truly blessed with awesome fellow passengers – we ended up next to a grandma, a full-time nanny, a man with a daughter a few months older than Baby Girl, and on one flight we even ended up with a row to ourselves!

Next up on my list is planning her first birthday party.  I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around.  I feel like I’ve become such a cliche since having a child;  time goes by in a blink.  It seems like yesterday I peed on a stick; hell, it seems like yesterday Corey and I went on our first date.  And here we are, 4.5 years later with a house, two kids and a dog.  It’s insane.  Anywho…birthday party.  I’ve been browsing invitation designs on Shutterfly and hope to get them ordered sometime this week.  So that’s my next big to-do.

Hope you all are well; I promise promise to be better about writing  from now on.  xoxo!

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Playing at Greenfield Village.

Frozen

19 Feb

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Okay so one of my goals when I became a stay-at-home mama was to be on my shit when it came to meal planning.  And I gotta say…I have been on my shit.  I am obsessed with make-ahead freezer meals.  It makes life so easy and convenient and we have saved a ton of money in the process.  Basically I spend a ton of time browsing the internets for awesome freezer crock pot meal plans and go from there.  I am trying to choose healthy options for us which means I buy, like, 24 chicken breasts every time I hit the grocery store.  But recently I have been mixing it up with meatballs and soup.  What can I say..I like livin’ on the edge.

The photo above shows the results of my most recent freezer meal adventure.  Shopping on Sunday, assembly on Monday.  All of the recipes came from this post at Our Jolly Life.  I made everything except the Butter Chicken (I did Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken and Orange Chicken instead) and the Jambalaya…we bought the pre-made mix instead of doing it from scratch.  Total fail, I know.  I also made Mandy’s Big Mess, a sausage, pepper, and pineapple concoction that you can find the recipe for here.  I also made a couple dozen freezer biscuits using this recipe – I figure they are good to have on hand for weekend breakfasts or to go with dinner soups.  So that’s that.  We are all stocked up for another week and a half or so.  It’s silly, but I am so much more relaxed knowing dinner’s ready to go every night and all I have to do is whip up a salad or steam some veggies.  It.  Is.  Awesome.

7 (Seven!) Months Old

10 Feb

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Wow.  So I haven’t posted since November.  What a giant blogging fail I am.   The good news is I am a better mama than blogger.  Katherine is seven months old now and just kicking ass at life all around.  The first couple of months with her home, and me home were such a blur.  Actually…not a blur.  I remember very vividly the tired, the stress, the not knowing what cry is associated with what need.  Just begging her to talk already and tell me what she wants so I can fix it. I remember everything.

But we have most definitely found a groove.  We have a routine.  And she is such a little person now.  She has this awesome personality bursting through.  She is an extremely happy baby 90% of the time.  Except for teething but really who can blame her?  This past weekend was a teething nightmare hell though.  There’s a tooth on the bottom right side that is just dying to break through and based on the last couple of days I’m guessing that it’s gonna cut any day now (half a year in=expert in everything.)

We spend our days dropping Audrey off at school, then come home and go for a walk around the neighborhood or at the local park (there is a duck pond!).  I try to do 2-3 miles a day and Tosha usually tags along.  I find a freezer meal to throw in the crock pot for dinner that night, hop in the shower and start our day.  Wednesday afternoons we are still going to her Mommy & Me class.  She loves it, I love it.  I have also stepped up my game as far as attending MOMS Club events.  Maybe a couple times a month.  Still not a lot but I like knowing it’s there.  I also make a point of hanging with my sister and nephew and my other stay at home mommy friends.

Katherine’s two favorite contraptions are her Baby Einstein aquarium jumper (I call it her work station) she received for Christmas, and the mat we got for her when she was about three months old.  You can see she thinks they are pretty freaking awesome.

photo 3Baby Einstein Neptune Activity Center available here.

photo 4Infantino play mat available here.

Other than that our days are pretty mellow.  I have to say I am incredibly happy and thankful that I get to stay at home with this little girl and raise her up and watch her grow and learn every single day.  She’s such a joy.  I’m so, so blessed.

In other family news, Audrey has been losing teeth left and right and I’m halfway to a mom-cut (I seriously love it though.  I can’t remember the last time my hair was this healthy.)

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That’s it for now!  I promise, promise to be better about keeping everyone up to date again.  XO.

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