Tuesday, August 27, 2013

8 Months

I keep saying he is getting so big but this month not only was he looking older he was acting it too:( Time really does fly!

Charlie...
Took his second trip to Milwaukee (He is a Road trip Warrior now)
Started pulling himself up from laying down to sitting and sitting to standing
Decided he doesn't want to lay still for diaper and clothes changing
Transitioned to all sorts of big boy equipment (shown in our favorites)
Is obsessed with taking pictures, watching videos or looking in the mirror at himself

As soon as I turn the camera around for him to see himself on my phone this is what I get...


Mind. Blown.  He can't even believe how good looking he is.

Now that the first day of fall is right around the corner my mind is doing back flips through pumpkin patches and into huge piles of leaves!  We have so much to look forward to in the coming months!  For me, having a child brings new life to the holidays.  Growing up, this time of year felt magical but as I got older it slowly lost its luster and eventually became just another year, just another holiday.  Charlie has renewed my holiday spirit and I am more excited then ever to kick off the fall season!  Ben and I are super pumped for Charlie's 1st Halloween costume and I've even gotten him to agree to turn it into a corny family costume. Boom!  We also have a 1st birthday party to start planning.  How crazy is that?!?  In a few short months he will be a year old and I promise I won't be one of those moms who refers to their childs age in months after that.  "Awe, how old is your kid?" "He's 16 months!" Get over yourself, lady! He's a year old! Ugh!  

Here are some of our 8 month favorites...
  
1. Skip*Hop Shopping Cart Cover-  Now that our new car seats stay in the car we are getting good use out of our cart cover.  This one is not as padded as some of the other ones but it's so easy to use and folds up nicely in a little pouch that takes up zero space in the diaper bag.  It also has loops in the front to attach toys so they don't fall on the ground but we don't even need to bring out toys when he is it in because he loves to just look around and people watch.

2. Poppin' Park Lion-  Pretty sure this guy is for ages 9+ months but Charlie has been playing with him for a long time now and still going strong. The lion counts in 5 different languages and Charlie really loves the bright colored balls.

3. Ella's Kitchen food pouches and Munchkin Click Lock Spoons-  As I mentioned before, I make all of Charlie's food but when we took our trip to Milwaukee I decided it would be much easier to bring the food pouches.  The attachable spoons were perfect for eating on the road.  Also, around 8 months he started eating meat and I literally got sick to my stomach the first time I pureed chicken.  There is something about processing meat that just grosses me out so needless to say we use the pouches for meat now as well.  I like Ella's Kitchen because it's organic and the dude seems to like it too.

4. Safety 1st Complete Air 70 Convertible Car Seat- Charlie officially grew to long for his original car seat and was getting way to heavy for mama to lug around in it so we upgraded to a big boy car seat.  I had narrowed it down to a few different seats but after watching this video, in my mind, there was no other option.  Well played, Safety 1st.  You got me.  He is still rear facing in it but I think this will be the last one he uses.

5.  Sippy Cups- Another big boy moment!  This was one of those things where I just so happened to notice the 6+ months age on the packaging while perusing the aisles of Babies R Us and thought "Shit, should he be using these things already?"  Ha! He is still working on learning to tilt his head back to get the water to come out but I'm sure he will catch on in no time.

P.S. We still love Sophie
We can't keep him down, he is literally always on the go!
He keeps his pointer finger locked and loaded at all times just waiting to point at something!
We are STILL teething, his bottom two teeth are close to popping through but we aren't there yet:(  His tongue works 24/7 on massaging his gums which makes for the funniest faces!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Six & Seven month Summer Fun

During months 6 and 7 the weather was warming up and it was time to get outside and enjoy it with my babe!

While I was pregnant there were two things that I was really looking forward to after our baby arrived. First was sharing my love of watching my sister play basketball and cheer.  I can't wait to take him to his first Nordonia football game this fall to watch his aunt Meghan cheer and although he has been to a few of her basketball games early on, most of them he slept through because he was so little.  The next time he is watching her play b-ball he will be over a year old and I'm excited to see how he responds to watching Meghan run back and forth across the court!!  The second thing I was looking forward to was sharing my love of boating which I got to do this summer!  The dude is a natural.  He doesn't fuss over wearing his life jacket and the boat rides put him right to sleep.  My brother, sister and I have such great memories growing up spending our summers at the lake and islands and I'm thankful that Charlie will too!!



Charlie...
Celebrated his first Father's Day and 4th of July
Took his first boat ride
Started pointing.  At EVERYTHING.
Partied at Put in Bay for the first time:) and went to Frosty's(our fav)
Said Dada!
Started "Army" crawling
New Alias': The Dude, Bro and Bron Bron

Here are a few of our summer must haves:)  
1. Stohlquist Infant Life Jacket- I first must say that if you don't spend a lot of time on the water this life vest is probably not the best choice only because its pretty expensive and the price per use just doesn't add up.  I really love this one though because its got the three main things that you want to look for when purchasing a life jacket.  Make sure the life jacket has a V neck, once it's zipped up and your babe takes a seat it will ride up (no matter what), they all do.  The V neck helps your baby stay comfortable especially if they have monster cheeks like Charlie!  You might also want to look for one with an open back to help the babe stay as cool as possible.  Lastly, the handle on the back head rest is clutch for obvious reasons. Bottom line, life jackets suck are a necessity and this one sucks the least is the best in my (non-expert) opinion!

2. Sassy Mesh Teething Feeders-  These are great for the summer time!  You could totally take your baby outside, strip um down, hand them one of these with some watermelon in it and let them go to town! 

3. Swimways Baby Float-  This float is awesome, the canopy top moves forward and back and also comes off.  They are so much better then the old school plastic blow up boats for sure!

4. Aprica Haven OpenAir Play Yard-  I love this one because it's black.  I seriously have a phobia against themed kids gear and Charlie is going to be the one to suffer.  How can I have a bright jungle themed or Winnie the Pooh themed play yard in the middle of my living room if it doesn't match my decor!?!? Ahh my poor child.  Anyway, this one is very easy set up and it's designed so that the corners are mesh which I love for safety reasons.  These are not only great for traveling but also great to set up outside so your baby is contained but can also feel the breeze during your summer cookouts and what not.  

5. Sleeveless Onsies-  These are my favorite ones from a few different stores.  My mom calls them Charlie's muscle shirts and then she moves his forearms up and down like he is lifting weights and says "Curls for the girls!" haha gets me laughing out loud every time!

6. Walker-  This one is Charlie's favorite!  We should really call it a runner instead of a walker.  He literally flys through the kitchen, living room and entry way in a big circle.  When the dude's on the loose, watch your toes!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

4 & 5 Months- Feeding Frenzy

He was growing so fast and turning in to such a little man!

Charlie...
Celebrated his first Easter
Started giving us big belly laughs
Was sitting up like a big boy
Loved to babble
Loved to play "Baby Godzirraaa" with daddy
Started eating cereal & fruits/veggies

It's official, the dude likes food!

When it came to feeding the babe I had no idea where to begin. I found this monthly feeding chart while surfing the web one day, created by a random mom on her blog and thought "eh, looks legit" and went with it. #motheroftheyearrighthere
On Charlie's 4 month birthday he tried cereal for the first time. He must have liked it because he never really made any gross faces and after a few attempts he was able to figure out how to swallow it down. We started out with cereal once a day and gradually made our way to three times a day around the standard breakfast, lunch and dinner times. Then the fun began.
I knew from the start I wanted to make my own organic baby food for him but I was nervous. Grabbing some jars of baby food at the grocery store just sounded so much easier. Was I, miss I don't have time for shit, going to be able to keep up with my little Hungry Hungry Hippo?  Probably not but I gave it a whirl anyway. 
Surprisingly enough, Charlie thinks mama is an excellent cook and mama thinks making baby food is super easy!! Double Boom!
His favorite foods thus far...avocado, pears, blueberries and yogurt.
Here are some other favorites!
1. Earths Best Rice Cereal- I went with this because it was organic and it costs a bit less then some of the other brands. 

2. Tooby Doo Jumpsuits-  I am a sucker for stripes.  Love the material these are made from and if you can't tell in the picture the legs have a bell bottom shape to them. Ah, I die. He is starting to grow out of the ones he got for Easter so I will definitely be getting the next size up soon.

3. Little Tike's Swing-  This swing is set up in grandma's backyard.  Charlie loves to swing and watch Sadie (grandma's dog) run and play.

4. Cloth diapers-  These make the perfect burp cloth. We had them in every room. One on each couch, next to the bed, on the changing table, in the kitchen.  Ben was seriously the burp cloth Nazi. If Charlie spit up and Ben went to grab a burp cloth and it wasn't where it was supposed to be. Freak. Out. City.

5. Kitchenaid Hand Mixer- I don't care what anyone says, you do not need a special baby food processor that comes with matching storage for the food and all that other bells and whistles bullshit.  A simple hand mixer and some mason jars will do the trick!

6. Sophie the Giraffe Teether- We love her!  Yes, I said we. Mama, Daddy and Charlie.  We call her by name and she comes with us where ever we go.  Ben just learned last week how much she cost and he wasn't even mad. That says something!
 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A DIY

I have had so many people ask where I got my picture collage over Charlie's changing table. It's perfect for a neutral nursery. This was actually a DIY project I completed while I was pregnant, so I thought I would share.
Gee, look at that tiny Bebe!

I used this free printable template to cut out the animals.
Now that I think about it, you could go bonkers with this and search for different silhouettes or shapes online to match your decor and print those!

I bought large card stock at Hobby Lobby in different patterns and colors. They have so much to choose from but I fell in love with all the glitter patterns. After you cut out your animal, trace it to the card stock. Cut that animal out and glue it to a contrasting card stock. Then frame it. (I purchased all my frames from Target)

Add your own touch like I did with our maternity photo and Voila! Cutest. Collage. Ever.

Here is a close up of the finished project. Note: The middle one was left blank until after I had my baby so I could put his initial in it. All I did for the letter C was choose my favorite font in word, print the biggest C I could and then followed the same steps above.

Enjoy!