Friday, June 28, 2013

Five on Friday

I'm linking up with Hello! Happiness (and a few others) 
again with five things on my mind this week!

Instagram briefly banned breastfeeding photos, but now they are reinstated!  Good move instagram, good move!  I am a proud nursing mama and am happy to be able to share those moments with others.  So feel free to snap some pics today of your little ones nursing, throw on the perfect filter, and add #beautifulbfing!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just around the corner!  This is one of my favorite places to shop, and the prices are never better then they are during this sale.  I'm hoping it's a good one this year, because I'm ready to stock up on some new Fall clothes.  Added bonus: I get to shop for Liam as well this year!  I'm going to be home visiting my mom next week, so we will get to preselect together.  Quite possibly my favorite shopping day with her.  :-)  Love anything that comes in one of those signature silver bags...

I got a speeding ticket this week, boo!  I've only been pulled over twice in my 11 years of driving, making this my 2nd ever ticket.  The whole experience just rattled me; however, I didn't shed a tear!  At least I can keep my composure.  But it was incredibly embarrassing to have my baby in the back seat!  He won't remember, right?

So I'm about to make a big stay-at-home-mom confession...  We're getting a cleaning lady!  While I feel like it's my job to keep up the house as well take care of Liam, I don't always have time for both.  It's easy for me to keep things tidy, but I rarely find the time to deep clean the bathrooms & kitchens.  Not to mention that I rarely dust!  Plus, I don't want Liam around all the chemicals.  And since Liam doesn't really nap without me, I never seem to have time for these chores.  So we're hiring a cleaning lady to come once a month.  I'm thrilled!  I've had a few mom friends mention that having help is amazing, and now I finally jumping on board, yay!

Conor is officially on vacation starting this afternoon!  We are flying to the oh so amazing Pacific Northwest to visit family & friends!  We're going to spend time in Montana with Conor's family as well as time at my parents lake cabin in Spirit Lake, ID.  Then Liam & I will stay in extra week in Spokane before coming back to Salt Lake City.  I am so excited for this time to relax together as a family!

TGIF and Happy (early) 4th of July!
I'm hope some of you are fitting in a little 
vacation time around the holiday as well.

Monday, June 24, 2013

11 Months Old

Height, Weight, & Head: no updated stats

Clothes: Still in 12-18 month size, although I think he has slimmed down a bit lately.  With the warm weather there has been lots of days when he's Winnie-the-Poohing (just a t-shirt...and a diaper)!

Eating:  Loving breast milk more than anything else!  I recently shared my breastfeeding journey here.  He still nurses frequently (about every 2 hours unless we are busy as well as every time he bumps his head), but he'll munch on some solids during meal times.  He's really into crunchy things and taking teeny tiny bits with his little teeth.  So, little L is putting back a serious amount of pita chips lately!  We are being patient with the Baby Led Weaning process and aren't worried about his eating habits at all. We continue to offer him an array of healthy foods, and he usually gives everything at least one good try.

Sleeping:  Oh the sleep topic.   He is starting to sleep for longer stretches (2-3 hours) which has been a nice change from his 45 minute intervals.  He goes to bed around 9 o'clock and wakes up anywhere between 7 and 9 am (waking anywhere from 4-8 times a night...this is down from 8-12, yay!).  However, I will mention that when I say he "wakes up", I mean that he will cry, I nurse him, and he's back to sleep within 5 minutes.  We never get out of bed, and we don't spend much time getting him back to sleep so this is a big plus!  He has been waking up earlier than usual lately making for a somewhat disgruntled mommy.  Luckily, Conor will take him and have some play time before he heads to work!  And sometimes he'll even go back to sleep for a few hours when Conor brings him to me!  So, small improvements and we are still content with the sleeping situation.  :-)

Diapering: Going strong with the cloth diapers.  I honestly don't give it much thought, except when anyone asks me about it and I am more than willing to share my knowledge!  I have a good wash routine down (I wash every three days and hang dry) and I have finally become a master with the diaper sprayer.  No blowouts, leaks, or diaper rash for this little guy!  I have loved using wool for night time and promise to get a post up about this soon!

Adventures:  Nana (my mom) came for a visit this month!  I absolutely love her visits and am always anxiously waiting for her to come back.  She is such a help with Liam as well as with all the cooking & cleaning.  Liam has a special bond with her, just like I do!  :-)  This visit she helped me plant my garden... which means she did all the planting and I helped observed and tried to learn.

We've also had plenty of adventures with Liam's best friend Maxwell!  He is only 4 months older than Liam and lives right across the street!  We've made many trips to zoo and the park together.  I love watching the two boys interact more & more.  Liam has also taken a liking to Victoria (Max's mom), since she is such a familiar face now!  We love having them just a few steps away, making for a many improtu play dates.

Playtime:  Liam is all about outside time right now!  He loves trying to climb on playground equipment, go down the slide with me, and swing.  We also bought a small kiddie pool for the back yard where Liam & I can splash around on hot days while Conor works on installing sprinklers!  I'm thinking about getting a water table and a fun sprinkler to run through too once Conor gets some sod put down!

We have also continued work on Liam's playroom & loft!  I bought a small children's table & chairs from Ikea that we painted and put under the window in his playroom.  It adds so much character to the space; I love how it's just his size.  Conor also installed some shelving in the room, so now his books are on display!  The shelves are up high so Liam doesn't have access to them yet; not until he can control himself from tearing up all the pages.  For now, we keeps his board books in a small basket on the ground where he has free reign with them.  We also added a teepee to his loft!  I bought it from the etsy shop Two Feet First and am super pleased with the quality and how wonderful the shop owner, Megan, was to work with.  I highly recommend her if you're in the market for a teepee...which everyone should be!  He is loving it already...and so is our cat Charlie!  He is constantly in and out of it; the teepee is still very novel at this point.  He gets excited every time he sees it when we walk upstairs.  Pictures and more details on the playroom to come!

Likes:  Placing his face over vents.  I saw Liam doing this the other day and thought it was hilarious!  Our AC has been working hard this last week with all the hot weather we are having, and Liam loves all that cold air blowing right on his face.  Too cute to watch!  Dancing.  Little L starts moving his body the second he hears music now; he'll even start dancing if I'm just singing to him!  Here's an adorable video of his moves if you missed it.  Picking Mama's flowers Weeding.  Liam is really into my garden and enjoys playing with my flowers and the dirt.  He is slowly learning what is hands-off, but he's not too happy about it.  Sometimes he actually pulls out little weeds that are popping up, and I am more than okay with that!  Putting things on his head.  Our little boy thinks it's funny business to have anything on your head.  I can always get a laugh out of him with this move.  He'll even keep our little game going by trying to put things on & off my head all with a sly little grin on his face.  Putting food on his high chair seat.  This is his most favorite activity right now.  It brings him so much joy, and I have no idea why.  It was somewhat frustrating at first, but now I have just embraced his silliness.  Half of his meal usually ends up under his butt; it always looks like he's sneaking food into his pockets.  What a silly goose!

Milestones:  Liam is walking!  Not just walking with a walker, or taking a few steps, but actually walking!!!  He picked it up so quickly and hasn't looked back!  This somewhat surprised me since he was a bit of a late crawler, but this skill he mastered quickly!  He loves walking all over the house, but prefers to be outside.  He still crawls a little bit, especially if he's frustrated but that is becoming more and more of a rare sight.  So proud of my little boy!

Other little milestones include Liam's first time in the pool!  He liked it (which I suspected since he loves bath time); however, he was more interested in being out of the pool and crawling/wobbling around since this was when he was on the verge of walking.  I'm hoping for many more days in the pool and some possible swim lessons.  Liam also went on his first carousel ride!  He held on super tight, but he was loving it!  So much so, that he had many tears when we had to get off!  There's a beautiful carousel in downtown Spokane that I'm excited to take him to when we're there next week.  It is much bigger and faster, so the little one we went on at the zoo was a good starter carousel.  I hope he ends up loving rides as much as I do!  He's also cutting two more teeth right now and they are taking their sweet sweet time; it's been hard on Liam and Mama.  And as stated above, he is a dancing fool!

Can't believe my little boy is turning ONE just a month from now, eek!  
He is growing up much too fast... I can barely stand it!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Postpartum Truth

I've been thinking about this post for awhile, and am finally getting around to it.  Here are my honest thoughts on the recovery process over the last almost 11 months.  Before Liam was born, I thought that I would be back in the gym at 6 weeks postpartum (maybe less).  I was cocky confident after staying active during my pregnancy and thought that I would bounce right back into a regular workout routine. I had sincerely hoped my body would quickly go back to exactly how it was before.  Well...I was wrong!

Fair warning, if you don't want to read about what it's like to heal from the birth of a baby (birth story here), turn back now.  To cut to the chase, I had 3rd degree tearing when Liam was born (which means separation through the vaginal muscle). Needless to day, this made the recovery process long & painful.  I had to sit on a doughnut for the first two weeks to have any sort of comfort.  After sitting for long periods of time, my body would be so stiff, and it was difficult to stand up or sit down without assistance.  I remember being so frustrated that I couldn't stand up while holding Liam, I always had to pass him off to someone else or set him down next to me while I stood up.  My doctor recommended I take a warm bath 3 times a day to help with the healing. Who has time for that with a newborn?! Not to mention how difficult it was to step into a bath tub early on! Slowly and steadily however, I began to heal.

About 2 weeks after Liam was born, I didn't feel like things were healing properly, and I could tell that a stitch had come loose.  Yes, I looked.  I shouldn't have, but I did.  I had to see what exactly was going on down there.  I went to see my doctor that week and told her what was going on.  She looked me right in the eye and said, "You should never look.  I promise you, you will heal, but just don't look."  That information would have been nice beforehand!  The loose stitch was no big deal, but she did inform me that I had some granulation tissue.  I won't go into the details of this... if you're curious, google it.  The condensed version is that my body was trying to heal itself and then some, so there was a tiny bit of very sensitive tissue that prevented the wound from fully healing .  To fix this little problem, they cauterize it with silver nitrate!  I couldn't believe what I was hearing, and shed a little tear at the thought of it.  Sometimes, once isn't enough...  For me, it took two appointments, and strong grip on Conor's hand, and a couple of tears.

After I had Liam, I seriously thought I would never be able to ride a bike again.  I just couldn't even fathom the thought of it.  However, the body in an incredible thing and I have healed.  I realized the other day that I have yet to actually get on a bike, but I'm not worried about it anymore.  ;-)  Apparently this week's to-do needs to include a bike ride just so I can say I've done it and all is well!

The Emotions
While I was fortunate enough to not suffer from PPD, I did experience those baby blues that hit you out of nowhere about 4 days after you deliver!  I remember being overwhelmed by emotions.  I cried when I looked at how my body was healing, I was terrified of SIDS, and just a little bit scared of this world that we brought Liam into.  I was up late nursing one of those first nights and read an article about an international child pornography ring that was recently busted.  Some of the victims were under a year old.  So terrifying for a new mother to read!  I found that the few moments that I had to relax, my mind would wander and those crazy emotions would just hit me straight on.  It was strange to feel so much love, fear, nervousness, and every other emotion all that the same time!  It only lasted for a few days, and then I was quickly back to my old self.

Because of my slow recovery, I wasn't okay-ed to start exercising until about 7 weeks postpartum.  I took walks with Liam, but wasn't ready to start running or swimming again for another few weeks.  When Liam was 3 months old, I reactivated my gym membership, and Conor & I went to check out the day care facilities there.  Well, it was awful!  The girls working there could barely answer my simple questions and did not seem equipped to be handling a newborn.  I absolutely was not comfortable leaving Liam there.  I decided I would just go to the gym when Conor got home from work or on the weekends.  The first time I got back in the pool was awful!  I was so weak and felt like I barely even knew how to swim.  It was embarrassing to be honest! That month I rarely ended up going to the gym, because when Conor was home I wanted to soak up every minute that the three of us got to be together.  Working out was just not a priority anymore.

Speed ahead 11 months and things are about the same in this department.  Now that we live in Salt Lake City, I'm starting to look for a new gym, and the day care will definitely be an important factor.  I really want to start exercising again and to start training for a triathlon.  However, I'm still having a hard time with the idea of leaving Liam in the care of strangers.  I know I will get over this; I just need to start slow with some short workouts.  So hopefully I will decide on a gym soon so I can start toning up my body again!

My Body
There are some women out there that will hate me and curse me for this... Even though I haven't been working out, I've lost all the baby weight and then some.  On the day of delivery I was officially up 29 lbs. from my pre-pregnancy weight.  1 week postpartum, I had only 8 lbs left to lose.  By about 5 weeks postpartum I had lost it all.  Now, at 11 months postpartum I am about 12 lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight.  This is a little too skinny for me, so I'm working on trying to gain back about 5 lbs, but it's proving to be impossible while breastfeeding!  This is not the case for everyone who nurses, so I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Little man is just soaking up all those calories!  While the weight came off easily, I still had quite the "jelly belly" for a good month or two after delivery.  I remember noticing it during bumpy car rides and couldn't believe how jiggly it was.  It seemed I had absolutely no muscle even though I was so active throughout my entire pregnancy!  This was a little bit difficult for me to deal with it at first, as was trying on some of my old clothes.  My advice: stick to comfy clothes for the first month.  Just enjoy all the snuggle time with your newborn and stay in pajamas all day.  I stayed in pajamas for a least a couple months! :-)

One thing people don't tell you about... hair loss!  And it is no joke!  About 3 or 4 months after you have your baby, your hair will start to fall out in crazy amounts.  I happen to have a ton of thick hair, so it wasn't noticeable to anyone else.  But our shower drain and bathroom floor was always covered in my hair.  Around 6 months postpartum, the hair loss stopped and now I'm in the grow-back period.  Ugh, I have all sorts of short hairs poking out around my face right now!  Again, no one but me would notice, so it's not that big of deal.

In general, I feel great and am happy with how I have recovered!  I absolutely loved being pregnant and cannot wait to experience it for a second time.  It does change your body, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.  I am lucky to have no stretchmarks and to have quickly gotten my body back.  I attribute most of it to all the exercise I did while pregnant and my usually healthy eating habits.  Breastfeeding has definitely helped as well!  Although my body is not exactly how it was before Liam, I am pleased with how I look & feel!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Five on Friday

One of my favorite bloggers {Natasha} has been hosting a Five on Friday link-up with a few other bloggers, so I thought I'd join in this week!  Even though I'm a stay-at-home-mom, I still get super pumped for the weekend, because with it come lots of family time while Conor is off work!  So, here are five things I'm pretty excited about this week:

I am currently obsessed (read: have already consumer 2 pints this week) with Talenti Gelato.  This stuff is incredible; it's been satisfying my sweet tooth every night!  I kept hearing people talk about it, and then my local grocery store had it on sale... so I just had to give it a try.  Now I can't stop the habit!  My favorite is the sea salt carmel, but coffee with chocolate chips comes in a close second.

The newest book to hit my Kindle Paperwhite is Live by Night.  I've barely started it, but so far so good.  I read about a book every week or two, since I have plenty of time to read when putting Liam down for naps or bed.

We bought Liam a teepee as an early birthday present!  I have been wanting one forever, and now finally it is up in the loft space of our home!  Liam loves it already; I see many fun memories being made with this little teepee.  Now I just need a cute blanket for the inside and either a garland or bunting to add a little flair to the top!  I bought the teepee from the etsy shop Two Feet First.  Megan was amazing to work with; she lives in Utah so I was able to pick up the teepee to avoid shipping costs, and she was able to work within my tight timeline!  Her teepees are an incredible quality and are reasonably priced!  Thanks to Natasha for the etsy suggestion! 

Ignore the terrible lighting in our loft and lack of decor...
it is a work in progress.

 I just purchased the Ikea Latt table for Liam's playroom/loft as well!  It's only $20 for the table and chairs and has so much potential!  These projects are popping up all over blogs & pinterest lately.  I can't wait to decide on some paint colors and add a chalkboard top to it.  This is going to be my weekend project, although I'm sure Conor will be assisting me with it!  Here are two of my inspirations:

 Post is here.

 Post is here.

I am anxiously awaiting the visit of my friend Haley, who happens to be an incredible photographer.  She is going to be in town shooting a wedding, but also fitting in a glass (or two) of wine with me.  We're also going to do Liam's 1 year (although a bit early) photoshoot!  We may or may not be taking some sunset photos in a lavender field... stay tuned!  She also did my maternity photos as well as Liam's newborn photos!  Love her and her work!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Our Afternoon at the Park

Today was one of the days where I just feel like I nailed being a mom!  Too often I feel like I am half-ass playing with Liam while trying to get a million things done or driving him all over town while I run errands, and he knows it.  He most definitely knows when he does not have my full attention.  So today, I decided to let the laundry sit and the dishes pile up in the sink while I just played with & enjoyed Liam!  The result was a happy mom and a more than happy baby!

The best part of our day was our trip to the park.  It has been so hot in Utah lately (temperatures in the 90s) which makes it hard to spend too much time outside with a little one.  However, outside is the only place Liam wants to be right now!  Well today was in the low 80s and there was a little bit of a breeze, so it was perfect park weather!  Liam was as busy as ever the whole time we were there!  He loves watching other kids and trying to do what they do... sometimes making some friends along the way.  And today, the other moms at the park were actually quite friendly, so I had a little adult interaction too.  :-)

Liam is practically walking now, so he was all over the playground equipment.  He likes climbing the steps and going down the slide with me.  Spending some time in the swings, with the breeze going through his beautiful blond hair.  Crawling through tunnels, where mama waits on the other side.  Finding really cool sticks that mama worries he'll poke his eye out with.  And just sitting in the grass, pulling out some weeds...

Oh yeah, my not quite 11 month old can scale slides all by himself now.  
I have a climber and am in for trouble!

I love how interactive he's become and can't wait for more days like today!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day Festiveness

Our family had a wonderful Sunday celebrating Conor!  I had planned a tasty brunch for us to start off our day.  On the menu:  Bloody Mary bar (his favorite morning cocktail), lemon poppy seed pancakes (yep, the ones I was obsessed with during my pregnancy), thick cut peppered bacon, & fresh fruit!

I feel like a little expert when it comes to a bloody mary...  I did bartend during the summer of my college years and my brother's own a bar, so I have made many a bloody mary in my day.  The secret: Demitri's bloody mary seasoning!  Nothing even compares to flavor it packs, and you only need a few squirts.  Added bonus for me: it's a local Seattle company!  Another secret: lime juice.  Just trust me on this one, added a lime wedge to your drink; the tartness balances out all that spicy you better be adding.  And where you can really add some extra flair to your beverage is with the garnish!  I dropped the ball a little bit in this department, because I thought we had more on hand than we did (we are almost always stocked to throw together a bloody mary bar).  The Keenan necessities: blue cheese stuffed olives, asparagus, cocktail onion, and a beef stick or bacon strip!

The rest of our day was spent relaxing together as a family, busting out some dance moves (since Liam starts shaking his little body whenever music is playing right now), and work in the backyard (Conor built us a deck and is not installing sprinklers)!  We had a wonderful day together, but unfortunately I didn't take any pictures, boo!  We were more caught up in the moments together than documenting it... I'm okay with that!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Liam's Dad

Liam's Dad.  I like the sound of that.  :-)  And being a dad looks damn good on him!  He was the sweetest husband throughout my whole pregnancy; I absolutely could not wait to see him hold our baby boy for the first time.  {Here's lasts year's Father-to-Be Day post if you missed it.}  Liam & I are so incredibly lucky to have Conor in our lives.  He is a very hands on Dad, which shows in how much Liam adores him.  Now that little L is mobile, the second he hears the garage door open he starts booking it to greet Conor as soon as he walks in from work each evening.  Conor got the first belly laugh out of Liam and continues to get the biggest laughs.  Conor even baby wears, which we all know is one of the sexiest things any Dad can do... lucky me!

I have fallen in love with Conor all over again now that he has added the "Dad" title.  He is patient & caring at all the right times, but also pulls out his silly side on a regular basis.  I love catching moments between him & Liam when they don't think I'm around.  I could listen to the two of them play for hours.  Conor is the bath giver and bedtime story reader, always adding his own little flair to Liam's books.  His humor is one of his best qualities!

Conor is such a wonderful Dad that he makes me a better Mom!  He always reminds me what a great job we're doing raising Liam which has instilled a huge amount of confidence in me!  I remember his positive comments during the more challenging moments of parenting when I occasionally become frustrated!  He works incredibly hard providing for our family, while also being such a help to me at home.  I appreciate all the little things he does for me!  If Liam wakes up super early, Conor takes him for awhile before work so that I may catch a little extra sleep.  On the days that I never have the opportunity to clean up the house or finish the dishes, he stays up late and gets it all done for me!  I cannot tell you how amazing it is to wake up to a sparkling clean kitchen by surprise.

I am so thankful that Conor works as hard as he does, so that I may be a stay-at-home-mom!  This is something that is so important to me.  It's the best job in the world, although one of the toughest too.  Without Conor's full support, this would not be possible.  While being a dual income household has its appeal at times, it is so worth it to us!  Thank you Conor for allowing me to have my dream job!

Liam & I cannot tell you enough how much we love & appreciate you!  
You make us so happy!  Happy Father's Day!
Love always,
Laurabird & Liamasaurus

My Dad: The Balloon Man

While most of you grew up with the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, & the Tooth Fairy, I had another visitor come to my house in the middle night while I was sleeping...The Balloon Man!  Every year on the night before my birthday, my dad would sneak into my bedroom and quietly unleash a ridiculous amount of balloons for me to wake up to with delight!  Except, I didn't know it was my dad... I really thought there was some man out there sneaking into every child's room on their birthday eve! That sounds really creepy... but you know what I mean.

I absolutely love this tradition that my dad started many many years ago for us kids.  This is something I am so excited about continuing for Liam!  My dad did this every year, even through high school!  In 2nd grade I stopped believing in Santa Claus; nonetheless, I went on believing in the Balloon Man for a couple more years!  I just wasn't ready to give that one up!  Eventually, I did realize my dad was behind the whole charade, but he continued the tradition even with my new-found understanding!  I can remember waking up to his late night balloon antics as I got older, but I always pretended to be asleep since I did not want to ruin the tradition & the fun.

This is just one example of the amazing dad that made my childhood so fun!  While the Balloon Man may be his most prestigious title, he was also the: Tickle Monster!  He straddled that fine line between giving the best tickles ever and tickling you so hard it almost hurt!  My brothers & I would beg him for tickles and then end up begging him to stop while laughing uncontrollably.  My mom was always telling him not to get us "all wound up" right before bed!

My dad would read me numerous bed time stories and then I would tell him to make up his own story!  He let me decide what the stories would be about, so they usually involved My Little Ponies and candy!  My two most favorite things, ha!  I have to say, he was quite the storyteller; I so wish that I had some of these stories on tape.  

He also gave some of the best airplane rides and helped us build huge snow forts!  He coached my AAU basketball team, which I am sure was no easy feat for any dad... trying to deal with 10 junior high girls!  He always helped me practice and spent countless hours playing H-O-R-S-E on the basketball court in our back yard!  Occasionally, we had father/daughter date night, and he would take just me out to dinner!  Another thing I really looked forward to was Take-Your-Daughter-to-Work-Day!  A whole day of coloring in board rooms and spinning in big office chairs, with a lunch date of course!

Luckily, my childhood is full of memories that my Dad made sure to record.  We have hours upon hours of video footage that my family actually watches frequently when we are together.  He used to carry around a video camera that came in a briefcase; it was the 80's and those cameras were huge!  You can even hear the zoom in some videos as my dad panned in for some closeups.  He was always good at remembering to take pictures, which he would put into photo albums for us.  Having videos & pictures to look back on is incredibly special and something I will always treasure.   He himself may not have starred in very much footage as he is always the man behind the camera.  But his witty banter and perhaps quite yet more adult-appropriate jokes are just a couple of things I love about these world class motion picutures (little did he know that we'd be watching these as adults later and would of course pick up on the more subtle adult humor)!

My dad is such an intelligent man, with an impeccable memory (something I feel lucky to think that I inherited).  He worked hard to provide an incredible life for my family, but he always found time to escape from work for all the school or sporting events that were important for him (and me) to attend.  He was able to achieve a wonderful work & home life balance which is something I have always admired.  And now he is the coolest "Pops" there is to my little Liam!  My dad was so excited to become a grandparent, it just melts my heart!   Right now, Liam is the only grandson, so he gets special guy-time with Pops! I love watching him engage with Liam, and I look forward to watching their relationship grow!

Happy Father's Day Dad!
I love you so much and couldn't be happier being your one and only daughter!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Moves Like Jagger

Little L has finally decided to start showing off his dance moves!
Just a fun little Saturday night at the Keenan house!
Enjoy this short but adorable clip:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Favorite Things: Months 9 &10

Tegu Wooden Magnetic Blocks: I love wooden toys and these are a new favorite in the Keenan house!  All the pieces are somewhat large, and the magnets are built inside the block; so, there is no choking hazard.  Liam mostly chews on the pieces or hits them against our coffee table or hardwood floors to hear the loud sound they make.  He also likes tearing apart any structure Conor or I build!  He's currently more into demolition that construction! ;-)  These are such a fun toy that allow for plenty of imagination.  I'm excited to watch Liam grow with these blocks.  We have the natural hardwood finish (because they were on sale at Pottery Barn Kids for almost half off!), but there are many sets with fun colors and add ons.  

Beaba Forks & Spoons: These are the perfect size & weight for Liam to easy handle himself.  We haven't used any other utensils, so I don't have much to compare them to.  We liked them so much, we never had to buy any others!

Philips Avent Sippy Cup:  Or "tippy" cup if you're Conor! ;-)  This cup was recommended to us by my friend who is a speech pathologist.  We didn't want to use a cup with a spout that Liam would be constantly chewing on.  It's "spill proof"...notice I didn't say "leak proof".  You use your upper lip to push the top down, letting out water.  He picked it up rather quickly and loves it!

Wipe Box: Can't say enough good things about this!  If you missed my post on this Pinterest project, you can find it here.  Now that Liam is used to it, he'll shove his whole hand right in and pull out that fabric faster than you can refill it! 

Britax Car Seat Travel Bag:   Since we travel so frequently, this item is a must have!  We always check Liam's car seat with the rest of the bags.  You get one baby item free, so you don't even have to pay for it!  I highly recommend doing this instead of gate checking.  (I plan on doing a travel post soon!)  This bag will protect your car seat, and it has wheels  & back pack straps to easy carry it.  There are always extra room in there, so that's where we store Liam's cloth diapers when we travel!  Can't say enough good things about this.

Keekaroo High Chair: We chose this high chair because it's solid wood and we liked the style.  It's much more ascetically pleasing than most high chairs I've seen; we try to avoid any plastic monstrosities in this house.  It's super easy to clean and puts Liam right at table height.  We're still using the infant insert which keeps Liam very secure in there.  This will definitely still be around for a second baby. 

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