Our Favorites // Six Months

I know we are well past the six month mark with Crosby, but I wanted to make sure I shared some of our favorite products for this time frame. We were still using almost everything on our three month favorites list, as well.

Fisher-Price Musical Table

Both Kenley and Crosby loved this table. It’s great because the legs come off of the table, so we used it when they both were just able to sit up. Once Crosby started pulling himself up, we put the legs on it and he was able to stand and play. This model is a couple years old and it looks like there is a new one out too, the Fisher-Price Learning Table.

City Select Car Seat Adapter

After we found our stroller on Craigslist, I started looking at the accessories that we may need. I saw the car seat adapter but kept thinking that we wouldn’t need it, not to mention I didn’t want to spend the money on it. I had this big plan to wear baby #2 as often as possible, which is good in theory, until you have a sleeping baby in the car seat. During Crosby’s first week, we made a trip to Buy Buy Baby and I picked up the adapter which turned out to be a very good decision. We got tons of use out of it since he could ride in the stroller with the infant car seat, and as an added bonus, Kenley could also ride in her seat in the stroller too.

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stack & Roll Cups

These cups are awesome! They stack, nest, and snap together to make a balls that can roll around. These get used on a daily basis in our household. They are great for a wide range of ages as well.

Sophie the Giraffe and Rhino Toys Oball Rattle

 

We love chew toys in our house and these are two of our favorites. Crosby got a new Sophie the Giraffe, but he loves both equally the same. The Oball is also a new toy for us and it’s great for chewing, grabbing, and shaking.

Nosefrida (The Snotsucker) Nasal Aspirator

Before you skip over this one because you think it’s not for you… hear me out. We love the snotsucker. It sounds weird, I know. When we were thinking about buying this, we hadn’t heard anything about it, nor knew anyone who used it. Regardless, we decided to try it, so I am here to tell you how great it is. It’s a lot easier than using the bulb aspirators, and most importantly, its’ easy to clean! The bulb aspirator can get very moldy on the inside while the snotsucker cannot. Don’t worry, no snot even comes close to your mouth. It acts more like a vacuum and we use it all the time. If you ask Crosby, he may not be as enthusiastic about it as I am, but that’s ok because it helps him breathe. He’ll thank us later.

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What are some of your favorite items for this age?

Summer Safari Virtual 10K {Race Recap}

This summer I have really gotten back into running since Crosby was born. I’m definitely not where I want to be quite yet, but I’m slowly getting there. I’m been pretty good at getting my weekend miles in, but the weekday miles, not so much. Last month, I ran my first 10K and participated in my first virtual race. A virtual race is a “race” that you can run anywhere. There is no specific time or place, you just need to complete the selected distance on your own. Here is a little bit more information on virtual races, if you’re interested. I signed up for the national Moms RUN This Town Summer Safari virtual 10K with my East Orlando chapter. Luckily, I was able to complete my 10K with some other mamas of our chapter.

On race day, there were two groups, the 10K started first, and the 5K group followed. My Garmin was not set to intervals and I didn’t even check beforehand, so it was good I wasn’t planning on running intervals. Heather and I ran together which was great because we chatted the whole time. We took a water break at the 5K stop (3.1 miles) and I thought to myself how nice it would have been if I would have signed up for the 5K. It was HOT. However, we continued. We took another walk and water break at the 5 mile marker where we had to turn around on the trail. There was some shade on the second half of the run, which was helpful, but it was still very hot.

Even with our short water breaks, I felt very good about my time. By my Garmin, we ran 6.33 miles in 1 hour and 16 minutes, roughly a 12:09 min/mile pace. My goal is to continue to work on my pace, as well as distance in preparation for the OUC Half-Marathon in early December. It’s a good thing I have a couple months to do so!

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In addition to our shiny medal, we also got a sweet swag bag since we have a great chapter leader. I’m happy to have completed my first 10K race and I’m going to look to do other distance races as well. On the other hand, I’m not sure how many virtual races I will do in the future. If there is an option to do a virtual race with a group, like this one, then I would be more up for doing it. I don’t see myself ever completing more than a 5K virtual race on my own. What I love about running races is the race day atmosphere that really gets my adrenaline pumping. Even though I know I will never win (or even place) in any of these races, they are fun!

Now on to the Miracle Miles 15K this weekend! I’m already nervous.

Forty-Six Weeks

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We made our first trip to urgent care this week. Crosby was under the weather on Monday night with high fever. It turns out it was just a virus. He got better as the week went on, but you could tell he was fighting something off. Not to mention another tooth broke through over the weekend (his 5th!), so that just added fuel to the fire. The poor guy had drool and snot running down his face all weekend. Aside from feeling yucky, he’s doing very well. He took two baby steps on Friday morning, which we are for sure counting as his first steps, but he hasn’t decided to take any more. In time!

Happy Monday!

my weekend in photos

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i got to meet miss molly on friday after work.
she was so sweet and snuggly. my arm was feeling it later that night.
i swear it wasn’t that long ago i had a sweet little newborn that size.

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crosby thought something was funny.

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meal planning for the week during nap time.

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splash pad time! pure joy.

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luckily for the girls (and for the mommies) kona ice was there
so we treated ourselves to some “ice cones” as kenley would say.

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cutest box. everything on the inside was amazing too.

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she was playing mommy to her baby all day. even when it was time to get going!

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we celebrated wyatt’s first birthday today!

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adorable and yummy baseball cookies!

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the boys.

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we had a good, busy weekend. how was yours?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!
Don’t forget to head over to Misha’s blog to see what she’s loving this week too!

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This week I spent most my (little) free time scrolling through Instagram checking out pictures from the ABC Kids Expo that was held in Las Vegas this week. If you want to see the latest and greatest baby and kid products, check out the hashtag #abckids14 on Instagram. I would absolutely love to go next year to see all these amazing products in person… it sounds exhausting and amazing at the same time.

2012 Abc Kids Expo

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I must share one of our new favorite recipes.
One Pan Mexican Quinoa
This is the second time I have made this dish and we love it! One pan = super easy and it’s also super delicious.

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While I really like all of the Essie Fall 2014 collection, I definitely want to try Essie Style Cartel. I love blue shades and this one looks so pretty!

style cartel - blues by essie

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This is the second week in a row that I am loving something music related. I certainly do not consider myself “in” with the music scene, so forgive me if I’m a little behind on the times. I really like Meghann Trainor’s All About That Bass. It’s catchy and the lyrics promote positive body image, win-win!

And how fun is this rendition with Jimmy Fallon?

‘You know I’m all about that bass, that bass’ will now be in your head all day. Enjoy!

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What are you loving this week?

my weekend in photos

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after an uneventful friday night, i got up early for a group run with the running group.
kayla and i did seven miles! it was hot, humid, and painful, but also pretty fun.

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so happy to be shopping at bj’s!

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i had an orlando moms blog meeting on saturday night with some awesome mamas.

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the food spread was amazing.

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sunday consisted of going to disney on ice: frozen.

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kenley loved it and crosby enjoyed the first half. he slept in the ergo the second half.

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we had great seats and the show was awesome.
i had just as much fun today as i did going to disney on ice when i was a kid.

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we had a good weekend. how was yours?