more faces and a mile a minute

So I intended on posting a recipe today, but life got in the way (not a bad thing!).  Life is moving a mile a minute these days as I’m constantly go go go!  For example, take yesterday.  After working all day, I picked up William, came home, washed my pump parts, sanitized his bottles, and got him ready for a walk as the sun was shining, the air was crisp, and it was too nice not to go outside.  Then he spit up.  Like a lot.  William very rarely spits up, so when he does, I kind of make a big deal out of it.  After cleaning up William, taking a picture, and texting my mom out of worry, she assured me it wasn’t as much as I thought.  I cleaned up the floor and began getting ready for a walk once more.  He spit up again.  At least we were in his room with hard wood floors which made it easy to clean, but man oh man!  I’m not sure if he had an air bubble in his stomach or if he was overfed during the day, but a lot came up. Twice. Yuck.

Anyway, eventually we did make it outside for a lovely stroll.  We came back in, I fed William oatmeal, gave him a bath, we played, we sang, we read, and he went to sleep around 7:15 pm.  William must have been starving due to his empty stomach after our walk because I could not feed him his oatmeal fast enough.  He actually got really angry when I stopped for two seconds to take a picture.

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Sorry, baby.  But you’re still ridiculously cute.

Right when William went to sleep, I got to work.  I started a load of his laundry.  I made some concoction that turned out to be my dinner and will be my lunches for the rest of the week.  It was anything and everything I could find in my house. I browned some ground turkey.  I sautéed an onion with garlic.  I made farro which was a new-to-me grain that I found at Trader Joe’s.  I made quinoa.  I combined everything and added fire roasted tomatoes, corn, peas, carrots, mixed greens, kidney beans, and an assortment of spices.  I chopped romaine to add to it for my lunches tomorrow and last night I made a bowl of it with plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and cheese.  And since I was going a mile a minute, I never stopped to take a picture.  It was good which is important since I’ll be eating it for my next eighteen meals.  I really need to start making my big batches on Sunday.

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That tongue.  I don’t know why I bothered with a bib since clearly I didn’t take the time to fasten it all the way.  Definitely defeated its purpose.  Or maybe William is going for an off the shoulder bib look?  Nah.

I’ve been in a baking mood lately.  Last Saturday morning I made this pumpkin bread (so easy to make!), Reese’s Gooey Cake Bars (ridiculously rich and delicious), and healthy blueberry banana bread which was the recipe I wanted to post today.  (Maybe tomorrow? We’ll see.)  Then last night, I made Trader Joe’s blondie bars to bring to work today because I love my co-workers.  And, not gonna lie, I wanted a couple bites of the dough…

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Those eyes.  He’s like, “I know I’m cute.”  Gets me every time!

So yeah.  I’ve been on a baking kick lately.  I will get you that healthy blueberry banana bread because it’s really fantastic.  I’ve made it a couple of times to tweak the recipe, and it’s finally ready to share.  I figure after the decadent treats I’ve been making, it’s time for something on the healthier side.  Though my dinner and my lunches have been healthy.  It’s all about moderation, friends.  Moderation and balance.

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Check out those cheeks.

I know this post is pretty random and jumbled, but that’s how my mind is lately.  Going a mile a minute, never stopping.  There’s always something to do, and then I think of something else.  Make William’s bottles for tomorrow.  Finish his laundry at some point.  Work is the same.  Grade papers.  Plan lesson.  Respond to emails.  The little free time I have is devoted to pumping at school.  I suppose my “down time” is the time I take in the evening to blog.  But even then I feel like I’m rushing and going a mile a minute.  Taking walks or doing quick workouts counts as my “down time,” too.  It’s all good.  I do like being busy, and I feel productive and accomplished when I get a lot done.

So far, I’ve taken a picture every time William has eaten oatmeal.  I wonder how long I’ll continue that.  Maybe I’ll make a book of all his faces.  And for those of you asking, yes I will soon try a vegetable since I’ve been doing oatmeal for a week now; I just have to make it first.  That’ll be my goal this weekend.

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Alright, the timer for the blondie bars just went off.  Time to take them out, clean up the million pots and pans I used in the kitchen tonight, pump for the fifth (!) and final time today, and head to bed.  Then, right when I fall asleep, William is sure to wake up since that’s how he rolls.  Little stinker.

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Oh, and I showered tonight.  I told you I was productive.  Now I even smell good, too.

What are you busy with these days?

Halloween Workout

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I’d whip up a Halloween Workout for you!  These days, my workouts consist of walks through the neighborhood and workouts in my living room.  My equipment is limited (dumbbells!), so I like to get creative and mix things up a bit.  This Halloween workout alternates cardio blasts with strength training moves for a total body workout that is sure to leave your muscles creepily burning!

Halloween Workout

Cardio bouts are in green – get your heart rate up!  Some notes on the moves:

  • 15 walking lunges: alternate legs, lunge low, watch that your knees doesn’t extend over your toes
  • 31 seconds jumping jacks: stay low for more of a challenge
  • 15 bicep curls & shoulder presses: curl, then press
  • 31 seconds mountain climbers: wrists should be directly underneath shoulders
  • 15 squats: stick out that booty
  • 31 seconds speed skaters: click HERE for a demonstration
  • 15 push-ups: nose to the floor
  • 31 seconds frog jumps: sit your butt back as you go down to the floor, explode up
  • 15 dumbbell rows & tricep kickbacks: a row is like you are starting the lawnmower, then kickback for a tricep burn
  • 31 seconds plank: keep your butt down

There ya have it!  I was going to do this workout two days in a row, but my legs were on fire after the first day.  Thank you, lunges!

Want more Halloween posts?  Check out these links for Halloween workouts & recipes:


What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

~ When indulging in a few sweet treats, remember to practice moderation and find balance.  Don’t skimp on meals, try to cut calories, spend all day at the gym, or feel guilty about what you eat.  Be intentional with what you do and enjoy the holiday! ~

healthy pregnancy for healthy birth and healthy baby

The other day my dad sent me this article: Diet and Exercise Advice During Pregnancy Yields Better Birth Outcomes.  (Published by Pharmacy Times, so it’s definitely a reputable source!)  I was happy to read it because it confirmed what I thought to be true and what I believed throughout my pregnancy.

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The article supports the idea that “weight gain in pregnancy is not an ideal measure of pregnancy health.”  I love this for several reasons.  First, I never think that the scale is a good indicator of anything.  It’s more about how you feel, even when you’re pregnant.  I never got too hung up on numbers during pregnancy because I felt good and I consistently got good reports from my doctor.  I did gain the average thirty pounds during my pregnancy.  I know I “looked small” to some, but it doesn’t matter.  You know what mattered?  That I ate fairly healthy and got a moderate amount of exercise throughout.  That’s what counts!

The study reports that eating healthier and increased physical activity during pregnancy were “directly associated with significant improvements in outcomes for babies.”  They’re not talking about crazy hard workouts either!  It states 15 – 20 minutes of brisk walking most days of the week yields positive benefits.  If you followed my pregnancy journey, then you know that’s what the majority of my workouts entailed!  Occasionally I went swimming or lifted light weights, but from the beginning until the very end, I was walking.

These findings also suggest that healthier choices in terms of eating and exercise resulted in shorter hospital stays, as well.  I know a lot of ladies who have given birth, and most of the ones who practiced healthy habits during their pregnancy had easier labors (if there is such a thing!) and delivered healthy babies.

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Disclaimer:  I do recognize that unpredictable complications occur in all types of women, even those who are healthy.  My point is that there is evidence of living a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy can (but does not guarantee…. nothing does) help with delivering a healthy baby!

Here is William’s birth story: the before and the during.  I had an absolutely wonderful delivery, and do attribute a lot of it to my healthy choices.  But don’t just take it from me.  I have many other bloggers who are living examples of strong, healthy women and mommas willing to share their stories, tips, and thoughts with you!

Birth Stories:

Fitness During Pregnancy:

Other Pregnancy Topics:

William Jack

photos by Stephanie Cotta Photography

If you are thinking about or trying to get pregnant, or if you are pregnant, I would strongly encourage you to check out the above posts, make [mostly] healthy choices in regards to food, and incorporate some type of activity in your daily life!  YOU CAN DO IT!  There are so many benefits, science proves it, and there’s evidence in all the lovely ladies’ stories!

*I am not a doctor.  Always consult your doctor before making any changes.

Do you consider yourself healthy in terms of food and fitness?  Moms: do you feel like a healthy pregnancy resulted in a healthy birth and a healthy baby? Please share your story!

learning to eat oatmeal

Hello and happy Monday to you!  Today’s post is scenes from the weekend which was centered around baby William learning to eat oatmeal, the messes he made, and the adorable faces throughout.  And a few other snapshots from the weekend thrown in.

This weekend was gorgeous out and we took lots of walks.  It was a little cool, so babywearing plus a new dinosaur hat was perfect.

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So snuggly. So comfy.

William tried oatmeal for the first time last Thursday evening.  Our doctor recommended I try to feed him 1-2 times a day for him to practice eating off a spoon.  Among the craziness that mornings before work bring naturally, now get to have fun feeding time, too.  Friday morning we managed to eat oatmeal and get to work on time!

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William couldn’t be happier about it!

So I tried to minimize the mess by having William wear just a bib and pants.  Silly momma.  Those pants got dirty in a heartbeat.  In the evening when I fed him again, we went with only a diaper and I covered the seat where he sits to eat.

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Still messy, but at least there’s less laundry.  William is so funny.  He has learned how to blow raspberries with his mouth, and loves doing it.  He thinks it’s particularly funny to do when I’m trying to feed him oatmeal!  Oatmeal everywhere!  He thinks its funny, too, which I’m glad about since it means he doesn’t hate the oatmeal.

On Saturday I fed him just once since we were out and about a lot.

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mommy’s #1 guy bib

Somebody’s becoming a chunky little monkey.  So cute.

Sunday morning came and after nursing William when he woke up, playing, and a short nap, it was time to give oatmeal another shot!

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little big guy bib

We went over to my parents’ for Sunday dinner, so of course Audrey had to feed her baby William.  And she did a great job!

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My parents have those plastic type bibs which was my first time using it.  As you see in the pictures above, I went through a million bibs this weekend, but theirs was awesome because you can just rinse it off and hang it up to dry.  I think I do have a few of those at my house, too; I’ll just need to pull them out, although I am having fun finally using the cute bibs that we do have since we haven’t used them yet.

And I’ll leave you with one final photo: a precious sleeping baby.

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For the record, sometimes William likes to fall asleep with that soft puppy dog lovie, but I do take it out of the crib once he actually falls asleep.  Safety first!  But I did have to snap a quick photo before I did take it out since it was just picture perfect!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday!

6 months baby

Yes, I already wrote William’s six month baby update post, but I have more to add with fun photos I wanted to share.  William had his six month doctor appointment earlier this week.

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He has gotten SO BIG!

To be exact, 26.5 inches and 16 pounds 8.6 ounces!  From his four-month appointment, he went from the tenth percentile in weight to the twenty-fifth, and the twenty-fifth percentile in height to the fiftieth!  Growing baby!

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And this was the first time he didn’t cry being placed on the scale.

Yaya came with us, as she always does!

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so.much.love.  so.much.happiness.

William got his six month shots.  He was a champ!  Yes, he screamed right after, but was quickly consoled and seemed fine the rest of the day.

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Spiderman bandaid and a big ol’ chunky leg!  I imagine this is only the beginning of superheroes… :)

Last night baby William had his first taste of food!  The doctor gave me the choice between starting oatmeal or rice first, and I chose oatmeal.  He explained that babies get the majority of their nutrition from breastmilk the first year of their life.  By six months, he recommends starting food, so babies learn how to eat off a spoon and swallow food since apparently it’s a different motion than just swallowing milk.

You’re “allowed” to start solids anytime between four and six months, but I felt absolutely no rush.  I love nursing William.  Plus, it’s so easy (now) and convenient.  Nothing to buy, no bottles to wash (except while I’m at work), and you don’t have to worry about heating anything up.  I’m always ready for him and he nurses as he pleases.  It did make me a little sad that we are moving past exclusively breastfeeding, but also incredibly happy that I have a healthy baby boy ready for solids.  On to the next stage!  We started with oatmeal mixed with breastmilk.  Photo evidence:

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He did really well!  He smeared it all over his face and was sucking the extra off his little fingers.  Nom nom nom.  I do plan on making William’s baby food once we move past oatmeal and begin fruits and vegetables.  Any tips or tricks for that? What should I make first?  (I’ve heard peas, sweet potatoes, and squash for vegetables.)

Oh, and his second tooth popped up!  William continues to be the happiest baby ever:

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so.many.baby.rolls!

I love when he grabs his feet:

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I love everything about him!  He’s perfect.

Moms: What was your baby’s first food?

30 Recipes for Overnight Oats

Itz the big overnight oats post I was telling you about: 30 Recipes for Overnight Oats.

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But first, real quick, let’s talk about overnight oats in case you’re unfamiliar.  What are they? What’s the benefit? Why would you make them? How do you make them?  And what are the possibilities? (Oh, the possibilities are endless, my friends!)

What are overnight oats?  Overnight oats are, essentially, cold oatmeal.  Wait, don’t run away yet.  Itz actually absolutely delicious, there are so many benefits, and a million possibilities.  I promise you that you can find something in here that you like.  Overnight oats are made with oats (shocking!) that have been soaked in some sort of liquid and other add-ins.  And, if you’re weird about the cold oats thing, feel free to pop them in the microwave in the morning to warm ‘em up a bit.

What’s the nutritional benefit of overnight oats?  Oatmeal is a super healthy whole grain.  Itz a great source of fiber and protein; one serving (1/2 cup of uncooked oats) contain 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.  Fiber and protein both help keep you full longer.  Oatmeal can help lower your cholesterol (your LDL or “bad” cholesterol) when eaten regularly.  Oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure and may reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. (source)  Oatmeal is all natural and not processed making it a fabulous option for a meal or a snack.

How do you make overnight oats?  This is the beauty of them: you prep them ahead of time, so when it comes to eat, you’re all ready to rock and roll!  Many people make them the night before.  Since I’m the biggest procrastinator ever, often times I will make them the morning of, let them soak for thirty minutes, and then eat them.  Either way works.

So you put all your dry ingredients in a bowl, mix them, and then add your liquid (milk or yogurt).  If I’m eating overnight oats as my breakfast, then I typically use dairy milk so the protein is increased. However, if I’m making them for a snack and don’t need quite the staying power as I do in the morning, then I may use almond milk.  Overnight oats can easily be vegan if you don’t use cow’s milk.  Using Greek yogurt is a fabulous way to increase the protein content, as well, and using any yogurt makes the oats extra creamy!

Using protein powder is yet another way to increase the protein in overnight oats.  Other options for add-ins are granola, fresh, frozen, or dried fruit, or nuts and seeds and their butters.  Feel free to add a touch more of milk in the morning if you prefer them a bit runnier, otherwise enjoy the thickness!

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What are the flavor possibilities of overnight oats?  ENDLESS!  I’m going to link to 30 different recipes (many by my wonderful fellow FitFluential Ambassadors!), but if none of them sound appealing to you (yeah right), I encourage you to experiment in the kitchen and come up with your own flavor combination!

30 Recipes for Overnight Oats

GO MAKE SOME OVERNIGHT OATS! :)

What’s your favorite overnight oats recipe?  Which recipe are you going to try?

SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

Oh hey there.  Before we delve into the food part of this post (hello, Detour’s newest flavor: SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar!), let’s talk baby William for a second.

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And his cuteness.  Rather, his “I take an hour to go to bed.”  Seriously.  Almost every night.  We have our bedtime routine.  I change him into a clean diaper and fresh pajamas, we sing songs, I give him a baby massage, we read books, he nurses, and he almost falls asleep.  When he’s still a little bit awake, I put him in his crib (per the doctor’s recommendation), but then he wakes back up and is WIDE AWAKE!  Like, smiling, laughing, kicking, and squealing.  So I think, maybe he wants to play again.  So we play.  Then he gets super cranky and needs to be rocked to sleep.  So I rock.  He’s almost sleeping, I put him down, and the same thing happens!

I’ve tried to just literally rock him to sleep, and that sometimes helps, but sometimes when he’s wide awake, he just won’t go to sleep.  Soooooo…. how do I remedy this?

(This doesn’t happen for naps, just bedtime.)

While you think of your answer, let’s talk food.  Today is WIAW so I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons.  Be sure to check out all the other great food posts for meal inspiration!

Breakfast: I have been on an egg kick, but yesterday morning I was in the mood to switch it up a bit, so I went with overnight oats.

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Overnight oats are the best.  Especially because you don’t really have to make them the night before.  Sometimes I do, but other times I make them the morning of and let them soak for thirty minutes, and they’re just as good.  Tomorrow I’ve got a big post coming with tons of overnight oats recipes, so stay tuned!

Lunch: spinach salad with salmon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, parmesan, and a drizzle of balsamic.

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So good.

Dinner: Blake’s Old Fashioned Mac & Cheese – can’t ever go wrong with mac & cheese, especially as the weather gets cooler!

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Recycled photo, but looked the same!

Snack: Detour’s SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

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I’ve raved and raved and raved about Detour countless times before, and they’ve done it again!  Peanut Butter Chocolate is their newest flavor for their SMART bars.  One thing I love about Detour’s SMART bars is that they’re not coated in chocolate as so many other protein bars are. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much out of this bar because I thought it would be covered in chocolate, but I agreed to give it a shot when they emailed asking for a review because, let’s be real, peanut butter chocolate is a pretty stellar combination mostly all the time.  I opened a bar and…

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Itz not coated in chocolate – AWESOME!  I was so happy to see that; there are just little chocolate bits mixed in to the bar, peanut butter flavor throughout, and a Greek style yogurt drizzle on top.  Faaaaantastic!  I’ve posted these stats before, but a quick overview on the highlights of the SMART bar:

  • made with all natural ingredients and whey protein
  • gluten-free
  • 130 calories
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 11 grams of protein

Well done, Detour.  What do you think, William?

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I was falling asleep two seconds ago…. and now I’m WIDE AWAKE!

Good thing he’s cute! ;-)

Do you prefer chocolate covered protein bars or not?

Moms: Bedtime tips?!

weekend

Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday!  

Don’t laugh at my crazy creative post title today. ;-)  I had nothing better and my post is all about my weekend, so it’ll do!  Work with me here, people.

First, I have to show you this über adorable picture of William from Friday when he turned six months old:

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Cutie pie happy baby!

After work on Friday, I picked up William and my three-year old niece, Audrey.  Audrey would be sleeping over which is always so much fun.  She “helps” take care of William, but she actually really does!  Seriously, she’s the most responsible three-year old I know.  Well, in terms of taking care of babies anyway.  She kept telling William, “I love you sooooooooooo much!”

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“Can I give him a great big hug?” she must have asked me a hundred times.  

“I’m so, so, so proud of you!” she told him when he did something by himself.  

“He’s happy to see you!  Aren’t you, Baby William? You’re happy to see your momma!” she would say.

William decided not to go to sleep until nine o’clock on Friday and Audrey stayed up until ten!  When William was getting fussy and wouldn’t go down, she told me to “wrap him up!”  Audrey was holding out to make muffins like we always do when she comes to my house.  I kept telling her we could make them in the morning, but that didn’t work.  We baked muffins at nine o’clock at night; she struggled to stay awake while they baked, but she did.  And promptly fell asleep the second after she finished the last bite.

On Saturday, after breakfast, baking cookies, and lots of playtime, we ventured to the grocery store for a few items.  We got home in time to play some more before a quick nap, and then my brother-in-law Phil picked up Audrey.  I told her she could move in with us.

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I think she would like that.  William would, too.  And they’re both wearing blue so they could “match.”  You better believe I wore blue, as well.

On Saturday night, I went to Sweetology with my moms group.  The place is so cute; it’s a DIY cake/cookie/cupcake decorating place.  I didn’t take any pictures because my cupcakes and cookies didn’t quiiiiite turn out how I had anticipated.  But that was due to lack of creativity on my part.  They tasted good which was all that mattered.

William was left with the boys to cheer on the Cardinals.

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Don’t worry… Audrey was there, too.  She’s the one who I gave instructions to. #notkidding

Sunday was a day of productivity. I got a lot done, which always feels good, and then ended the evening at my parents’ house.  Another time for all the cousins to get together.

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Audrey was pouting since she didn’t get to hold her baby William.

I mean, just look at this little man:

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Love.

What did you do over the weekend?

6 month old baby William

Today we have a 6 month old baby William!  Time is FLYING.  How do I have a six month old baby already?  Itz been six months since I was pregnant?  Six months of daily changes and smiles and growing bigger by the day?  Six wonderfully happy months.

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Height & Weight: I’ll update you when he goes in for his six month appointment.  My guess is between 16-17 pounds.

Eating: (Drinking?)  William is still exclusively breastfeeding.  When we have his next doctor appointment, we will begin starting food.  I’m in no rush.  He’s growing nicely, and breastfeeding has become easy (never thought I’d say that!) and convenient.

Sleeping (naps): William takes a nap every couple of hours.  Sometimes, itz two hours on the dot, other times itz a bit longer in between.  His naps still last between thirty and sixty minutes, and he still needs and loves to be swaddled or in his Halo sleep sack. <– same as last month minus the swaddling.  He still wears his sleep sack, but we’ve not been swaddling his arms in.

Sleeping (at night): Sleep has gotten better since last month! (Let’s be real, it couldn’t have gotten any worse!)  Now that he’s rolling over more and his arms aren’t swaddled, he’s been sleeping more on his side.  Eventually, I think he’ll get to his tummy which will hopefully have him sleeping even better.  All in good time.  He’s nursing just a couple times during the night, too, and sometimes just needs a binky put back in.

Clothing: Mostly all six month stuff.  Brands run differently, so he is still able to fit in some 3-6 month things and wear some 6-9 month items.

New this month: WILLIAM CUT HIS FIRST TOOTH!  He’s been a champ about it, and hopefully that will continue.  If his growing teeth start bothering him a lot, I plan on getting him one of those amber necklaces to try.  (Anyone have experience with them?)  Everything goes in his mouth, and he’s become even more drooly.  Audrey keeps telling everyone that William has a “loose tooth!” lol.

He’s also gotten very good at rolling over from his back to his belly!  William now laughs constantly in addition to his smiles.  He even scoots for items which is crazy to think he’s on his way to crawling. When he’s on his belly, he digs his toes in, sticks his butt up in the air, and lurches forward.  He’ll be moving in no time!

William’s hair is growing so much.  I don’t really realize it until I look back at pictures.

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five months

William likes: William likes everything and everyone.  He’s really the happiest baby. For a binky, he loves his wubanub and that type of pacifier; he really won’t take anything else.  He also loves gnawing on it and his Sophie giraffe.  He likes to grab everything and always reaches for toys.  William loves to be wrapped up and go on walks or be outdoors.  He loves watching what’s going on; he’s very observant.  He’s like his momma – he never wants to miss a thing!

William dislikes: There’s really not much he doesn’t like.  I constantly get asked if he’s really as happy as all his pictures show, and the answer is yes.  Best baby ever.

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Mommas: when did your baby cut his/her first tooth? Start crawling?

Thursday Thoughts

Hi! It’ll be short and sweet today with just a few random things for Thursday Thoughts. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I might, I just might be blogging all five days this week!  (That’s an accomplishment as of late.) Today was iffy, but I decided to bust out this post last night.

William and I went with my best friend Diana to this outdoor Sukkot service last night, hence the reason I wasn’t sure if I’d get to blog for today or not.  There was good music, great weather, and tasty food from food trucks!  I wanted a picture of me and William, but since it was dark we needed the flash, and the little baby couldn’t keep his eyes open for it.  We tried several times and this is the best we got:

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Eyes open or closed, always a cutie!  Babywearing for the win, once again!

Earlier in the evening, I took William out and put him on the ground to let him kick around for a little while I ate my dinner.  I spread out my Monkey Mat and put a blanket on top since it was cool out, and it was just perfect for William!

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I actually reviewed Monkey Mat over two years ago through a FitFluential campaign.  I took it on a family vacation to Mexico and it was great to spread out on the beach.  Each corner is weighted, so it stays put.  It is even more perfect for a baby because it folds up so small to throw in the diaper bag.  Babies require a ton of stuff, so anything that’s a space saver is helpful!

Through my partnership with Influenster, I received a great package from Victoria’s Secret.  They sent me a pair of the Knockout Tights and the Incredible Sport Bra:

victoria secret sport

  • Knockout Tights: LOVE LOVE LOVE these! They are from their sport line, but I’ve been wearing them as leggings.  They’re thick enough where I don’t have to wear a long shirt to cover my bum.  I’ve taken walks in them (the extent of my workouts these days), and they definitely stay in place.  Even though they’re supposed to be fitness pants, I’ve really been digging them more as a fashion piece.  Leggings are the most comfortable things ever, so I’ve been wearing these a lot lately.  They’re going to get a lot more use, too, since itz boot weather now!
  • Incredible Sport Bra: I was way off with my size, so I had to take this back to the store and exchange it.  When I was fitted, I was…. shocked….. to hear my size.  I know I’m a nursing momma, but still woah.  And no, I’m not sharing that right now.  Anyway, I’ve never been fitted at VS before, and the lady was SO nice and helpful.  This bra has an adjustable clasp in the back as you can see in the picture.  This is the only feature that I actually don’t love because I think it’s a pain to have to put the bra on over your head and then do the clasp behind your back. When I asked the associate about it, she said it’s because after awhile if the bra stretches out, you can make it tighter for longer wear.  Mine obviously hasn’t stretched out yet since it’s so new, but I guess that makes sense.  I do feel like the bra is incredibly supportive and I picked out the black and gray color though there were many more options.  I felt like this would go with any of my workout tops (and matching your workout gear is definitely important!). :)

Last item on the docket today is Water Wipes.  I’ve professed my love for these wipes many times before, but I’ve got to mention them again.  Six months later, and they’re still the only wipes I’ll allow on William’s little bottom.  They’re the purest baby wipe in the world, made up of 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract.  Also, they come in regular size packs, but also small packs with ten wipes.  I throw these smaller packs in every bag I own, especially when I don’t want to take a large pack.  I had Audrey help William model with the Water Wipes:

waterwipes

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