Wednesday, April 24, 2013

9 Months Old

9 Months Old

Height: 29.92 inches (93 %)

Weight: 19 lbs 11 oz (35%)

Head:  17.9 inches (57%)

Clothes:  I have been having way too much fun shopping for Liam lately!  Bring on the summer clothes!  He's still in the 12-18 months size and probably will be for awhile.

Eating:  Still a nursing champion!  I really can't believe how much milk this little boy eats in a day!  We're still introducing new foods to him all the time, and he'll try most things.  However, he still likes to play & squish his food and drop it off his high chair.  This month's favorites are blueberries & cherry tomatoes; he likes to suck all the juices out and sometimes eats the skins.  Silly boy.

Sleeping:  I would love to say we've made lots of progress in this department...but we haven't.  There have been some ever so slight improvements (he'll sleep slightly longer stretches without me) since he started crawling, but nothing significant.  We are still trying to power through this stage.  It will get better... it will...

Diapering:  We still love cloth & finally found a night time solution for my heavy wetting, belly sleeper!  Again, I still plan on doing an updated post on this.  But for now, at night we're using a S'bish Organic Bamboo Fitted with a hemp doubler all in a Rumparooz cover!  You should see the size of his butt once he's ready for bed! :-)

Adventures:  Lots of adventures & visitors this month!  Conor's parents & youngest brother came to visit us for a long weekend!  It was a treat to have them here.   The weather was amazing during their visit, so we went to Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon for a day!

We also had a visit from Conor's other brother, Kyle!  He came with us for Liam's 1st trip to the zoo, which he loved!  Salt Lake City's zoo obviously doesn't compare to San Diego, Portland, or Seattle's...but it still had a lot to offer.  We bought a pass so that I can take Liam whenever I want!  I see this becoming a weekly activity when the weather is nice.  Liam's favorite animal was probably the sea lions.  We sat right next to the glass, and he went nuts whenever the sea lions would swim by.  My favorite part: we saw a baby elephant nursing...too cute!

Playtime:  Now that Liam is on the go, any object within reach has "play" potential!  I give him different kitchen gadgets while I'm trying to cook dinner or this fun little toy idea from Pinterest.  However, books are still his number one go-to activity.  I keep them in a soft bin that he likes to empty on a regular basis.  Sometimes he looks through books by himself or just turns them over in his hands, but other times it's all about reading!  The other day he dragged a rather heavy copy of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" over to me while I was folding laundry.  Love my little book worm!  Lately Costco has been carrying some awesome books, so I just keep on buying them...  We have quite the collection!  Our new favorite: LMNO Peas!  It's a fun read; keep your eye out for the lady bug hiding on each page!

Likes:  Hanging upside down.  Little L likes to "pop off" during nursing sessions and hang his head upside down frequently.  He thinks this is sooo funny!  We also "pretend" we are going to drop to the floor when we are holding him, and this really gets him squealing too!  Smacking his lips.  This is just hilarious!  Throughout the day he starts smacking his lips and then smiles at us.  "Lip smackin' good" has become a frequent phrase in our house.  He loves do anything for us that warrants a fun reaction.  Dropping things off the high chair.  This one NEVER gets old!  He takes whatever is in reach and sticks his arm way off his high chair, and then ever so gently watches it fall.  He likes to see what things roll, what makes a sound, etc.  Always a curious boy.  Luckily he doesn't do this with food too often....for now...  Ripping things apart.  My strong boy is always using his muscles!  Paper is his most favorite item to rip into lots of pieces, but he'll try his hand at anything including cardboard, clothes, books.  However, we have to keep a close eye on him, because too quickly those pieces of paper will end up in his mouth!  Paper is just too "lip smackin' good!"

Milestones:  Crawling!!!  He has entered a whole new world or exploring every corner of our house.  He likes to crawl under the kitchen table, but then frequently finds himself "stuck" under a chair.  Here's a cute video of him in action if you missed it!  He loves climbing all over us and "wrestling".  He is all boy and busy busy busy!  He's also pulling up on everything, but isn't quite cruising yet.  Liam also tries to stand up on his own in the middle of the room which results in a bear crawl until he gives up.  I'm interested to see if walking is in our near future... He definitely has some balance issues he still needs to work out before then!  He's also starting to give kisses, which is just the best!  He'll do it on command about half the time we ask.  I'm talking full-on, open-mouth, slobbering mess

I absolutely love the stage he is at right now!  Sometimes, I feel as though I'm always waiting for the next step or next milestone, but right now I am so content!  I just want him to stay this way forever.  His 1st birthday is still 3 months away, but I am already getting sad that my little boy is growing up!  Please slow down Liam, I am trying to treasure every little moment with you!  You won't be sleeping on my chest forever...   I remember saying this MONTHS ago... And guess what, he's still sleeping on my chest!  I love it though, I know it won't last forever and I'll be wanting these days back!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Liam's Nursery Redo

When moved to Salt Lake City, I decided I wanted to redo Liam's nursery.  I loved what we did for him in Seattle, and it flowed with our house there perfectly; however, our new house was a completely different style, so I wanted to make a few changes (but of course keep the stripes).  Our new house is much bigger (about 1,000 square feet), so there's much more space for Liam.  Here, he pretty much has the entire top floor as his domain!  Upstairs is his bedroom, playroom, bathroom, & loft space (soon-to-be taken over by a teepee).  It's all a work in progress, but his nursery is finally maybe finished. :-)

Since he has a separate playroom now, I wanted the nursery to be a calm & cozy space that is just for sleeping and relaxing...  Pretty funny considering the fact that he barely sleeps in there right now!  Nonetheless, it's ready for him at some point!  I chose the smallest bedroom for his nursery because of the walk-in closet (hell ya!) and that way his playroom (where we spend most of our time) would be bigger.

Although I absolutely love it, his room will always be a work in progress for me!  We currently still use the changing table, but he is growing much too fast and will quickly outgrow it!  Then I'll be able to add some fun new things on top of his dresser.  I always keep my eye out for things that might make any of his spaces just a little more fun!  So... here is his warm & simple nursery:


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I Didn't Just Pin It, I Did It!

Wipe Container into The Best Toy

Liam is getting busier by the day, so I'm always trying to find new fun things for us to do!  I also like having different items around that will keep him occupied while I can try to cook or clean (difficult tasks with a crawling 8 month old).  I saw this on Pinterest awhile back and made my own version a couple months ago.

All you need is a colorful wipes container, fabric, & pinking sheers.  I made a quick trip to JoAnn Fabric where I found some different colored fabrics already packaged together and on sale, perfect!  This saved me the time of having to draw a number and wait in line behind 5 or 6 ladies that were getting entire cart fulls of items cut!  JoAnn's has pinking sheers too, so this was a one stop project.

I made mine as simple as possible.  I didn't put any appliques on my fabric squares, because I most definitely don't have time for that right now.  Maybe when Liam starts taking long naps by himself, I'll spruce these up a bit.  I didn't even do much measuring when I cut the fabric; I simply cut squares roughly the size of baby wipes and considered my project done.  I have about 20 fabric squares in my wipe container and it seems to be the perfect amount.  Make sure to use pinking sheers because this prevents the fabric from frayingYou don't need to sew the edges either..because again, who has the time?

I made this toy for Liam when he was about 6 months old, and he was completely uninterested.  So it sat on the shelf for awhile, and then I recently pulled it out again.  He LOVES it!  Goes absolutely nuts for it.  He really enjoys pulling them out and playing putting the fabric squares on his head or trying to rip them apart.  At first, I was perfectly folding the squares so a new one would pop up each time, but this was a huge waste of time.  Now, I just stuff them all in there and let Liam get after it.  Sometimes I have to pull a little bit of the fabric out to encourage him, but I know he'll be shoving his hand all the way inside in no time.  Because of this, make sure your wipes opening has soft edges!  I highly recommend making one of these for all your babes.  It is so easy & cheap and provides hours of entertainment!

Just look at how much fun Liam is having destroying these fabric squares:



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

We Have A Crawler!

Last Friday, Liam officially started crawling!  He's developed his own style (one knee and one foot), so it's half of a bear crawl.  Occasionally he uses both knees if he's not concerned about speed, but apparently this is the best way!  He went from just scooting around a room to doing laps around the island in the kitchen in a matter of days.  I am absolutely loving this new stage!  I can spend hours just chasing him around as he squeals with delight.  Having him be able to follow me from room to room is about the cutest thing ever.  He never likes to be too far from Mommy but has gained a lot of independence as well!

Now, he can choose what he wants to play with instead of me guessing what he may be interested in.  I have his playroom set up so that he has access to everything because it's at his level.  I'm slowly starting to adopt some Montessori ideas into our home and especially his playroom.  (More on this later)  His personality is showing much more as I watch him pull things off the shelves or out of bins and start his own imaginative play.  He also picks out what books he wants me to read with him (unless I have hidden one that we've read a few too many times)!  I recently had to put all our paper books away, because he was just to rough with them.  Liam is all about turning the pages, so he would destroy the paper if given the opportunity.  What can I say, the kid loves his books!

Charlie (our cat) better watch out, 'cause Liam is always after him!  Luckily, Charlie seems to really enjoy Liam and lets him be pretty rough.  We continue to practice "gentle" petting, but that is a work in progress.  I'm beginning to wonder if he thinks the cat's name is Gentle!  We shall see...

As fun as this new stage is, it has already come with its fair share of bumps and bruises.  Liam has absolutely no fear when it comes to moving around and pulling up on everything and anything.  I constantly have my eye on him, but sometimes he still manages to hurt himself.  It breaks my little heart when he starts crying because something hurts.  Nothing a quick nursing session can't fix though! ;-)  The other night, he cut his upper lip and gum on the Zany Zoo (first time there's been blood) and I had a slight freak out!  I thought we were going to be making our 1st trip to the ER for some stitches, but luckily we wiped away the blood and realized he was going to be okay.  Phew!  Being a mom is emotionally tough sometimes!

Enjoy this quick video of Liam on the go!  He's been helping Dad practice his putting:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Liebster Award

I was recently nominated by two separate bloggers, Mommy and Her Meltdowns & Tamara over at The Workout Mama,  for the Liebster Award!  It's a fun way to recognize other bloggers and share a little bit about yourself.  I first started blogging to keep our friends & family up to date with our lives since we were moving around so much (4 moves in 4 years to be exact)!  Now, it has became a much bigger thing!  I love writing, especially about Liam and everything else I'm passionate about.

Here is how the Liebster Award works:
  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for you and then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award on to next.
  3. Choose new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
  4. Go back to their page and let them know about the award and that they have been nominated!
  5. No tag backs.
11 Random Facts about Me:
  1. At 27 years old, I maybe sometimes still wear a bow in my hair.
  2. I love candy and will eat it at all times of the day.  Yes, this means I have candy on my night stand and will pop it in my mouth first thing in the morning.  Also, there is always candy in my purse diaper bag.
  3. Huckleberries are my favorite fruit.  Favorite berry if you want to get technical.
  4. In college, I played inner-tube basketball; it was my favorite intramural sport!
  5. I make cookie dough to eat not to bake.  I'll keep it in a bowl in the fridge to nibble on throughout the week.
  6. I never set an alarm for a "normal" time.  Nothing on the hour, half hour, or quarter hour.
  7. I make to-do lists and then perfectly have to cross out items as I complete them.  If the list gets to messy, I'll rewrite it.  Same goes for grocery lists.
  8. I met my husband the very 1st day of college!
  9. I was the 5th generation in my family to attend the University of Washington!  Go Huskies!
  10. In 3rd grade, I could choose any animal to do a project on... I chose the beaver!
  11. I am terrified of opening champagne bottles!  The anticipation of it just gets to me!
11 Questions to Answer:
Since I was nominated twice, I technically have 22 questions to answer... That's a lot of questions.  So I picked a few from each to be fair:
  1.  How did you meet your husband?  I was placed in temporary housing when I started college at the University of Washington, which meant that I had a bed in a lounge on a boy's floor.  There just happened to be a cute boy down the hall who helped me get my computer set up.  So nerdy!  We were smitten right away, and then a week later I got my permanent housing assignment in a room on the floor below.  It was meant to be!
  2. Favorite Food:  This is so tough, because I love to cook & I love food!  Beer can chicken is definitely at the top of the list though.
  3. Are you a morning or a night person? Neither, I like my sleep!  Interesting, considering I have a baby who makes up every half hour to two hours.  But if I had to choose, I suppose I'm a night person; that is, unless morning cocktails are involved!  I'll get my butt out of bed for mimosas or a gin fizz any day!
  4. What's your favorite room in your house?  We recently moved, so I'm still in the process of falling in love with this house.  However, the kitchen always tends to be my favorite space because that is where much of our time is spent since both Conor & I love to cook and entertain!
  5. Describe your go-to outfit.  In the warmer months, I'm all about sundresses & flip flops.  Dresses are easy; you just throw them on!  No trying to match a top & a bottom.  Nursing has thrown a wrench in my wardrobe recently, so everything I buy now has to be nursing friendly.
  6. Are you a weekly meal planner?  Most definitely not!  I am a go-to-the-grocery-store-every-day kind of girl.  I try not to actually go every day because then I tend to spend more money, but it's impossible for me to plan more than 2 or 3 days in advance.  How on earth am I supposed to know what I'm going to want to eat on Thursday when it's only Sunday?!
  7. Share one of your current goals.  I really want to compete in a triathlon.  I'll get to training one of these days...
  8. What is your favorite song?  I can't say that I have one favorite all time song... does anybody?  But one of my many favorites is "You and Me" by Dave Matthews Band.  Favorite line: "When the kids are old enough, we're gonna teach them to fly!"
  9. What are you most proud of in your life?  I am most proud of Liam!  I strive to be an excellent mother and to raise him to do great things.  Every day since he's been born I tell him this and pray for it as well.
  10. Think back to when you were a kid, is your life now better than you pictured?  My life is far more full and amazing than I ever could have thought!  I have the most amazing husband, who is truly amazing with our son.  My baby boy is more incredible than I every could imagined either.  I believe every thing happens for a reason, and am so happy with my life & family!
  11. What is your favorite dessert?  Ahhh, so hard to choose just one!  Cheesecake is a contender, and so are cupcakes (cherry chip to be exact), but creme brulee tops them all!
My Nominees:
I only have a few nominees, because most of the blogs I read have a ton of followers!  Apparently, I need to find some new blogs that are just getting started...

Questions for My Nominees:
  1. How many kids do you want?
  2. Do you like where you live or would you like to move somewhere else?
  3. What's the most recent book you've read?
  4. What's the first thing on your bucket list?
  5. What's your favorite season?
  6. What's your go to cocktail order?
  7. How did you meet your husband?
  8. How do you find/make time for blogging?
  9. What do you do for date nights?
  10. What's on your night stand?
  11. What do you do to relax?
Hope you all enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about me!  It's not Thursday, but close enough...  so here's a few throw back pictures of when my husband I first started dating and our wedding!

On one last note, please follow me on blog lovin'!  It such an easy way to keep up tiny toes, little nose!

Monday, April 8, 2013

My Favorite Things: Month 8

Pomona jeans: These jeans are amazing in so many ways!  They have lots of extra space in the bum, so they are perfect to wear over cloth diapers.  Also, they have an adjustable snap waist and cute cuffs so they will fit for much longer than most pants.  I have one pair for Liam right now, and will definitely be buying more!

Green Sprouts gum massager:  This has been great for Liam's bad teething days.  He can really get to the back of his mouth which he loves.  He does like to put the wrong end in his mouth most of the time, but that hasn't really been a problem. 

Itzy Ritzy snack pack: I absolutely love these reusable snack bags!  I try to avoid Ziplocs at all times.  Plus, I can't get over how cute the designs are.  In fact, this particular print was the color inspiration for Liam's playroom.  It is in the very early stages of being complete though....

B. Toys Zany Zoo: I love wooden toys & I love the B. Toys brand, and this one of their best!  Right now, Liam particularly likes the opening the doors.  I adore how the alphabet has somewhat unique animals, not just the typical ones you always see.  N is for narwhal?!  I'm in love!

Britax car seat: We moved Liam out of his infant car seat at around 6 months.  After reading lots of positive reviews from other Mommy bloggers as well as seeing the safety readings, we chose this one.  We have been very happy with our choice.  It's very roomy and easy to use.  On my last flight to Spokane, the Delta lady checking me in commented on it, saying: "this is the Cadillac of car seats!"  I couldn't have said it better myself!

Cars: Liam is still figuring out these toy cars, but he's definitely interested.  They are big enough that his little hands have an easy time grabbing them, and they each make a different sound.  They are super soft, so I don't have to worry about his head colliding with them (it collides with most things right now).  They are just the perfect first set of cars and are very gender neutral, which I always like as well!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Happy Easter

This Easter was my favorite holiday with Liam so far!  I know it's hard to believe that anything could possibly top Christmas, but Liam is at such a fun age right now.  I enjoy every almost every second with him!  ;-) I have such fond  memories of holidays from my childhood, so I want to recreate all that fun for Liam.  I'm all about traditions, so why not start now!  This way I'll have a couple years to figure things out before he'll actually start remembering things...

On Saturday, I wanted to dye Easter Eggs and make & decorate some Easter sugar cookies.  I, of course, have an assorted variety of Easter cookie cutters that I have collected over the years!  Well life with Liam is busy, and unfortunately the cooking making was put off this year.  He wasn't going to be eating them anyways, so we moved on!  Then I wanted to do all natural dyes (thank you Pinterest) for our eggs this year; but again, time is important when an 8 month old is running the house so we went with the standard egg dye kit.  Next year, I will be more prepared!

Conor & I also spent Saturday planning our menu for Easter Brunch & Easter Dinner.  Even though it was only going to be the three of us (we have no family in Utah), we still wanted to go all out!  We both love to cook, so we like to eat our way through holiday goodness!  Plus, food is half of what makes up our holiday traditions!

Easter was an absolutely beautiful and warm day!  After putting Liam in his most Easter colored diaper (obviously I match his diapers to holidays!), we gave him his Easter basket!  Growing up, my mom the Easter Bunny  used to hide our baskets, which I loved!  But considering the fact that Liam is still barely mobile, we didn't make him search our whole house for it...this year!  The basket was a huge success!  It was so fun to watch him pull the different items out and play with the empty plastic eggs.  He loved those, so we even brought a couple to church with us...  he may or may not have loudly dropped them on the floor a few times during the service...  I can't even imagine how amazing next year will be when he's running around outside and searching for the eggs!  Eek, I can't wait already!

After all the Easter basket fun, my plan was to have brunch before Church...  Well, we spent so much time playing and not enough time cooking so brunch was going to have to wait til afterwards.  We quickly rushed to get ourselves ready for the day; Liam was sporting some red pants for Spring and his new Sperry's!  We quickly tried to snap a family photo before jumping in the car, but Liam was much to mesmerized by the blinking orange light on the camera to even think about smiling.  Not our best, we need to work on the group shot:

After Church, we could finally feast!  Conor had made quiche to go along with some blueberry maple chicken sausage from Whole Foods (incredible stuff), and a ginormous fruit plate.  And don't forget the champagne (I never do)!  Quiche has kind of become my new thing; new Easter morning tradition, boom!  With full bellies, we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and playing with Liam.  He absolutely loves having both Mom & Dad's attention!  Then it was time for our big Easter dinner.  Every year, I make a glazed ham with a raisin sauce (my Mom's recipe) that is one of my all time favorite meals!  Liam loved munching on a big hunk of ham as well!  And nothing goes to waste with this meal, because I use the leftover bone and meat to make lentil soup the next day, mmm!

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter too!  With no more holidays in the near future, I'm ready for summer!!!

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