i found this picture on my phone. i think greg may have wanted to share what we were doing on friday night.
all of this, plus the season premiere of shark tank!
kayla and i met up for six miles on saturday morning.
don’t be fooled by the smiles, it was a struggle.
one perk of being up before the sun is actually seeing the sun come up. it sure was pretty.
this little dude is eleven months old.
and his latest trick is dancing!
my view on saturday night.
this is real life.
daddy built a fort today!
i went to the meet and greet with my running group today and made this sweet shirt.
seriously, love it. i’m getting mentally prepared for 13.1 come december.
week two of the healthy kids running series!
she did much better this week and she’s even making new friends.
we had another fun, but busy weekend. i’m guessing that is going to be the norm for a while.
how was your weekend?
Can someone please pinch me, eleven months already?
This was a big month for Crosby, so I have lots of updates.
The biggest change this month is that Crosby stopped nursing. He woke up on a Monday morning a couple weeks ago and wasn’t acting like himself. He had no interest in nursing and flat out refused. We decided that Greg would take him to school and he ended up taking a bottle after I left. After I came home from work that day, he was very lethargic and had a fever. He and I spent two hours at urgent care that night and once we got home he refused to nurse again, but he took a bottle. I stayed home with him the next day and the same thing happened. He took a bottle all day. It was a challenging day considering I had to take care of a sick little one, pump, and make bottles for him throughout the day. I thought it was just because he wasn’t feeling well, but part of me knew that he was done. Why would he be taking a bottle with no problem but not nursing? That Sunday night was the last time I nursed him and I had no idea. In hindsight, it probably is better so I didn’t have to make the decision about when to stop nursing, but I definitely wasn’t mentally prepared to stop. Thankfully, I have a freezer full of frozen breastmilk that I worked very hard to build up over the last ten months, so he will still be drinking breastmilk for the next several months. I have continued to pump once a day since, but I will be stopping completely in the next week or so. I am so thankful to have been able to nurse him for ten and a half months, but that doesn’t mean I’m not sad that it’s over. I was not this emotional when I decided to stop nursing Kenley because I had hoped there would be another baby in our future, but knowing that this is (more than likely) the last time I will nurse my baby, it’s definitely different. So now, Crosby is drinking milk three times a day. He has a five ounce bottle when he wakes up, one five ounce bottle during the day at school, and one five ounce bottle before bed. We are slowly transitioning off of the bottle and I sent his milk in a sippy cup the last two days. I think he could care less what he drinks out of, so I don’t anticipate this being a difficult transition off the bottle.
Related, the boy loves his food. Over the past week or so, we have been feeding him whatever we are having for dinner. It’s amazing cooking only one dinner for everyone to eat. One difference from Kenley is that he loves meat. He eats chicken, beef, turkey, and ham. He will eat his veggies, but as long as there is something else to go with them. He also loves fruit, avocado, crackers, Cheerios, Mum Mums, goldfish, really any carbs. The only things he doesn’t care for are peppers and bananas. Since we are the parents of the year and all, we accidentally sent Kenley’s mixed berry applesauce in his lunch this week and he broke out in a rash the same day. I’m guessing it is because his body is just not ready to digest the berries yet (since it’s a 12 month food) but I’m hoping he doesn’t have any allergies related to that. He was perfectly fine otherwise and it cleared up the next day.
Crosby loves to walk behind his push toys, including the shopping cart, baby stroller, train; as well as anything that will move like chairs, stools, or end tables. He also loves climbing on Kenley’s anywhere chair… good thing he’s getting one for his birthday. He is constantly on the move and his preferred method of transportation is speed crawling (usually towards something he’s not supposed to have) or walking behind something. He has officially taken his first steps and will walk if he’s holding someone’s hand (even Kenley’s), but he’s not ready to do it on his own yet. He is a man on a mission in the playroom and also the master of destruction. He will pick up a toy, inspect it, put it in his mouth, play with it, then once he’s done with it, he throws it and moves on to the next thing. The playroom is constantly a disaster because I cannot keep up.
Somewhere along the way, Crosby transitioned to one long nap (seriously, is he a toddler already?). During the week he will go down for his nap between 12-2pm at school. I have no earthly idea how they get him to stay awake until noon during the day because on weekends, he normally takes a short morning nap for us (usually in the car somewhere). Depending on the day, he may fall asleep in the car on the way home from school, but for no more than 15 minutes or so. That usually rejuvenates him until bedtime around 7:15pm. He sleeps soundly all night and wakes up anywhere between 5:30-6:30am. If he sleeps until 6am, we are happy. I’m not sure if he’s sleeping enough during the day, but he’s sleeping through the night and is happy during the day, so I’m not going to worry about it.
Eleven month notes:
Weight – My guess would be 21-22 pounds.
Hair – He got his first haircut this week!
Teeth – Six
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 12-18 months, size 4 shoes
Diapers – Cloth by day and disposables at night, size 3.
Likes – Push toys, dancing, chewing, throwing, balls, blocks, taking a bath, standing, cabinets, outlets
Dislikes – Laying on the changing table, getting his face wiped
One more month and we’ll have a one year old. That’s crazy talk.
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‘Tis the season for a full DVR, fall shows are back! We just finished a couple summer shows, so we are ready for the good stuff to come back. I think I am most excited for the final season of Parenthood (yes, my tissues are ready). Everyone always asks why I watch a show that makes me cry (almost) every week, but it’s just so relate-able! What shows are you looking forward to?
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If you missed What’s Up Moms’ Fancy parody, it’s a must see.
Now, they’re back with another spot on parody about Pinterest.
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Old Navy is killing it with their fall line of toddler clothes. Look at these boots, and the line of little leopards. Love it! Not to mention, how comfy does this hoodie look? Old Navy is having a huge baby/toddler sale too, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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I mean, aren’t they the cutest?!
I cannot believe it’s the last weekend of September!
Make it a good one friends.
crosby loves pushing things around the house. friday night it was the caboose to the train.
my alarm was set for 4:45am on saturday morning. i got up and ran my first 15k! in the rain, i may add.
full race recap to come.
after a rainy saturday, we had mexican and margaritas for dinner. yum!
the boys played.
and the girls had a dance party.
the new bats exhibit opened at the orlando science center this weekend.
we arrived as soon as the doors opened today so we had the place to ourselves for a little while.
look at this cute little guy.
and this cute little guy playing in the tunnels.
we had been talking all week about kenley’s “big race” coming up and today was the day.
once we got there and she saw all the kids, she started mean-mugging everyone.
when the gun went off, she just stood there.
after some persuasion she actually started running.
by this time, most of the kids had already finished the 50 yard dash.
hilarious, cute, and still fun. we’re ready for next week!
we had a busy, yet relaxing weekend over here.
how was yours?
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Target + TOMS collaboration this holiday season. I cannot contain my excitement.
TOMS hit Target stores November 16th and they are giving back in several ways. Read more here.
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I know it’s only September, but I got my 2015 Simplified Planner in the mail this week! I am SO excited. I got the [new] weekly edition for 2015 instead of the daily edition I have now.
Isn’t it so pretty?
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25 Things All Basic White Girls Do During The Fall << This. All of this.
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I have been trying to drink more water throughout the day, so I usually bring one La Croix to work to drink during lunch to mix it up a little bit. Passionfruit is my new favorite flavor. It is the best, in my opinion. I have only seen it at Target and judging by their website, it looks like it’s their exclusive flavor. Give it a try!
Leave us a comment and share what you’re loving this week.
Have a great weekend!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What are some of your favorite items for this age?
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!
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.
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!