14th Month Update!

Well, here we are again one month older and she’s still teething her freaking molars!! Motrin is still on the menu daily she seems to be on the upswing of it thankfully. I am still shocked I have a 14month old, she is almost a toddler! She is acting like she is one, throwing a tantrum here and there, skipping naps, bottle free, and picking out here own shoes daily now.

Eating/Drinking: She is such a good eater we are so blessed in this area there is nothing she will turn down. She eats 3 solid meals a day and 2 snacks in between meals. She loves homemade macaroni and cheese, pomegranates, and cookies! She is doing awesome with her sippy cups and drinks 20oz of whole milk a day (AM and PM) then during then during the day she drinks ice water.

Clothing: She is still in 12-18month clothing, size 3 shoes, size 3 diapers. Some brands like zara she wears 6-9 month stuff! She weighs 19 pounds and is 30 inches tall!

Sleeping: I think she had a mini sleep regression during month 14 she was waking up 3-4 times a night crying and wanting me or milk. I finally stopped going in there to check on her and I let her cry it out. She’s still 6:30pm-6:30am. She is napping from 9:30-11am and has been skipping her afternoon nap.

On The Go: She is a girl on the go!! Little lady loves to run a muck allllll day long, from sun up to sun down she’s going at 100%, trying to keep up with her is getting exhausting. Her personality is developing so much its crazy, she picks out her shoes everyday and hands them to me to put on. If she wants to go on a walk she will go get her stroller and push it into the kitchen and hit me with it till I take her. We go on 1-2 walks, the park, and errands everyday. Her favorite thing right now is The Wheels on The Bus, we watching The Mother Goose Club 10 times a day..I know every song and rhyme. When she is ready to watch the wheels on the bus she comes up to us and starts rolling her arms like they do on the show and hands me the remote.

Teeth: She has for sure 14 and I think over the past few weeks she’s getting in 2 more on the top it seems because she has had her hands in her mouth crying. I CANT wait for the teething stage to be over because I am over it.

All in all not to much has changed from month 13 she is just getting smarter and cuter everyday. She is still a huge cuddle bug, daddies girl, laughing fool. Couldn’t be more in love with her and so happy she is ours! Sorry about the lack of pictures she is sure hard to keep still these days!!

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Turkey Corn Chowder

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Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 Tbs flour
    • 1 yellow onion, diced
    • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
    • pinch of salt
    • 2 cups diced or shredded cooked turkey
    • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    • 1 can (14.75-ounces) cream style sweet corn
    • 1 can (15.25-ounces) sweet corn, rinsed
    • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
    • 3 cups 2% milk
    • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions, sliced carrots, and pinch of salt; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in flour till you get a thick consistency add in milk.
  3. Stir in the turkey and potatoes; season with thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Add cream style corn, sweet corn, chicken broth; bring mixture to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce heat to low and cover the pot; simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Let stand several minutes.
  8. Give it a stir and taste for seasonings; adjust accordingly.
  9. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  10. Serve.

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Almond Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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1 stick unsalted grass-fed butter, softened

1 cup raw coconut sugar

1/2 cup raw almond butter

1 large egg

1  cup oat flour

1 1/2 cups Oatmeal

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup semi chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Directions: preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a mixer, cream together butter, sugar, & almond butter until fluffy. Add the egg & mix to combine. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, oats & salt with a spoon. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients & mix well. Then add the chocolate chips. Spoon tablespoon-size balls onto the prepared baking sheets, keeping a little distance between each ball. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. The cookies are thin, so keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn. Makes 24 cookies.

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13 Month Update on Toots!

I think we have taken a path towards toddler stage! She is turning into an independent little sassy thing that won’t take NO for an answer lol. She has come so far in the past 13 months it’s literally insane here are some recent updates…

Walking: She is currently running and running away from me! She hates her diaper changed so I have to chase her and catch her to get the job over with she’s such a toot! She sometimes crawls if she is getting lazy but for the most part she is on the go!

Eating: She is doing so well with her eating she will only eat what I am having so she likes to make sure our plates look alike otherwise she is not going to eat it. Macaroni and cheese is still her favorite I always be sure to add peas, or carrots or something to get her some veggies as well.

Drinking: The bottles are all put up in the closet, she is only using that Think Baby cup these days I JUST ordered 2 more on Amazon. She is getting whole milk I was using Horizon organic milk till I came across this Lazy Meadow Whole Milk from Whole Foods it is seriously the best thing I have ever tasted it taste just like real milk no watered down over pasteurized crap. Layla goes through 2-3 10oz bottles of that a day and loves it I highly recommend it.  Its exclusive to Whole Foods $4.99 for a half gallon

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Sleeping: Since she has been teething her molars it has not been full nights sleep she normally wakes up around 3:30am screaming crying for me or for milk but I refuse to start that so I usually ignore her unless I know she’s sick or something is wrong. I took her to the dentist he said about a month longer of this behavior …whomp whomp ;o(

Clothing: She is still in 6-12 stuff nothing bigger nothing smaller. She is in size 3 shoes and diapers. Her hair is getting so long I can start putting it into a pony which is fun, but she is in a I hate bow stage right now so that stinks!

Traveling: This past week I took her home to Dallas and it was a nightmare, she was off on her nap and sleep and eating schedule plus she had a sinus infection from her eye surgery because she has that stink in her eye and nose and its not letting anything get through so she has been sick! Also her molars and a ear infection don’t help much either! She did pretty good on the way there her and I flew alone I though it was ok it could of been worse, but coming home was a freaking NIGHTMARE our flight was at 7:20 got delayed she was beyond tired and sick and was not having any of it! The airport was packed, security was horrible, it sucked. We got on the plane and she started screaming bloody murder till we landed 50 minutes later I was on the verge or tears and beyond embarrassed. I am glad were home and working on getting back to our schedule and lets so I don’t plan on flying with her for a lonnnnggggggg time.

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ps. Hard to get a good picture of her theses days!!

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12.5 Month Update

I know your probably thinking why am I doing a half month old update…well a lot has happened in 2 weeks I thought I would share.

First off we went to the dentist this week because she has been teething so horribly that I wanted to get the scoop on what was going on in her little mouth. Well I was right she has 4 front top ones and 4 bottom ones in and then 4 molars are trying to push through. She has not slept well, her eating has gone down, she has been attached at my leg for 3 weeks now, she won’t let me put her down and she only wants me no one else ;o( UPDATE after her surgery she has been 100% better about all this! Its like she feels better all of a sudden  and is back to her normal happy, sweet, playful self..thank goodness. She is back to playing on her own and not being as needy!


Second we got rid of all her bottles! Big girl now! I literally went to the store and bought one of each bottle from each brand because I wasnt sure which one she would like. I got the Nuk one which she loves, Zoli with the straw and flip lid and Think Baby which she also loves! All the rest are put up in the cabinet because she does not like them yet. The list of not likes is the Nuby, Camelback, the spoutless one from Target and nuby with the straw. I highly suggest if you are trying to switch to go with the Think Baby and the Nuk! Layla uses straws and someone asked me how we got her to do that we started that one day when Dustin was drinking OJ and he got a straw out and bird fed her with the straw, then eventually that evolved into her drinking her own oj from a straw. But my tip would be show them how to suck it with a straw and make lots of stupid noises like how good it is and it might peek their interest to try it on their own.

 

Lastly, we are actually heading to the Dell Children’s hospital in Austin because she has a clogged tear duct in her left eye that she was born with. They have to put her under to do the surgery and they take a needle and poke a hole to open it up and put a stint in it. The surgery should take 10 minutes and then they will release her not sure if we will stay the night or drive back its TBD.

We are back and surgery went great! She is doing so good and acting like nothing happened so we are very pleased with it and glad it is over!

I thought I would share the update!

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Layla 1st Birthday Party

We had 2 birthday parties for Layla this past month and it was so surreal to think of her as a toddler now! She had so much fun and so many people we loved showed up which was so nice!! The photos below are from her Dallas party there were so many old friends and now their kids there, lots of family it was perfection! We had sooo much food and the best cake ever from Susie’s cakes. Thanks so much for everyone who came we loved seeing y’all and had so much fun!!dsc_0579dsc_0622dsc_0604dsc_0611dsc_0615
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Here is all the information about where I got everything if anyone was interested! The cookies I ordered from Haley’s cakes in Austin, and the macaroons were from Costco! I had the care topper custom made by Charlie Closet on instagram. The table clothes, and banner from Amazon. I had her sign with all her little information on it like height and 1st words made on Easy. Her outfit was from Dollcake Vintage I found on  Instagram. We had Stir cafe cater the food it was mini crab cakes, and spinach artichoke dip I highly recommend using them it was out of this world good, also Chick Fla for the kids!

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The Princess is 1 Year Old!!

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This is absurd how can my little 5.2 pound baby be 1 years old??? UPDATE she started walking after she turned 11 months she is getting better, faster, and stronger everyday!

Anyways where was I! My diva princess is a waving, walking, talking, eating, drawer pulling, laughing fool!! She is literally our whole life, our life before seems so lame and uneventful now its everyday she is making us smile, laugh and we are so grateful we have such a wonderful child!

Walking: Yes she is!! She’s trying to run and it’s only giving her bruises so sister needs to slow it down and perfect her walk. At first she was getting a step or 2 more under her belt each day and now she has mastered walking all over this house, on to different textures and can even hurdle over objects on the floor.

Sleeping: Yes she is!! 630pm-730am!! She will wake up and talk and whine a little but I never go  in there unless she is screaming bloody mary. Still on 2 naps a day but I can see she is trying to resist that second nap, I might just let her do 1 big 2 hour long one and see how she does the rest of the day. If not she is still on two 1 hour naps a day in her swing…i know I know I messed up I should have put her in her crib from the start but I couldn’t stand the screaming, so she’s spoiled brat and has to nap in her crib till I can suck it up and listen to the screaming when I transition her to her crib for nap time!

Eating:EVERYTHING this kiddo is a eating machine non stop all day er day! I cannot keep her full, she literally has never spit one thing out. 3 full meals a day and 3 bottles but I am going to start weaning her off soon and go to whole milk! Her favorite things recently are STRAWBERRIES, salmon, rice, blueberries, and oranges. She will pick fruit over anything these days because I think they feel good on her little teeth.

Teeth: Sharky over here has 8 teeth! 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom they have been killing her its made me feel so bad and her sleeping so bad poor thing!

Clothes: She is in 6-12 months and most the 12 is way to big but she wears it anyway i roll the sleeves or jeans and she’s good to go! It’s getting more fun dressing her in little vest and tights with shorts i love it!

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We took some family pictures the other day and it  was so much fun!! Things are perfection with our little baby and I can’t do life without either of these 2 people!!

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Best Crockpot Chili Ever

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Winter is coming and so is crockpot chili weather! This chili is so delicious its a blend of sweet potato, turkey and quinoa! I throw everything into the crockpot and leave it on for 6 hours on low and then I serve it with fritos, greek yogurt, and a sprinkle of cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1 pound)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1, 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1, 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1, 12-ounce beer
  • 2 – 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • For serving: shredded cheese, tortilla chips, plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

Put everything above into the crock pot give it a good stir and turn it on low for 6 hours. When I went to serve it I added 1 cup of chicken stock to loosen it up! Enjoy!!

11 Month Update! A Big One!

SO do you remember the sweet little baby I have been writing about the past 11 months? Well, she’s gone, she’s now not my little baby anymore, she’s turning into a toddler and being bad!! Its like she turned 11 months and decided she’s going to be a sassy lady from now one. Taking her out now is turning into a bigger challenge she does not like to sit still in her high chair she has even mastered getting out of it. Restaurants and grocery stories all need to be quick before she unleashes the beast! I will give you the update on the past month!img_2515

Clothing: She is still in 6-12 month clothes, size 2 shoes, size 3 diapers! She weighs 18.01 pounds this month. I love dressing her for winter since its October and getting chilly I have been in search of cute winter clothes for her. Zara, Target, Dillard’s, and boutiques have lots of great things. I like dressing her like me!

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Food: Sister can EAT!! She loves everything but she really goes gaga over macaroni and cheese, pancakes and fruit.Its not taking her out to eat she will just split with me whatever I am eating. Still not eating baby food but drinking about 3 bottles of formula a day at 1 year I will switch her to cows milk woohoo no more formula, no more baby breeza! We always have a water sippy cup at every meal time and she’s eating 3 meals a day with about 3 bottles in between. For lunch during school days she gets a turkey, cheese sandwich which she loves!

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Activities: She is ALMOST walking she is standing up on her own and is almost about to take a step but she gets scared I know in the next 2 weeks she will be. I will update when she does. She still plays on her own, she’s getting more adventurous I found her in the bath tub playing with her toys thank god no water was in there! She gets a bath now every night because she is obsessed with it and she needs it!!  We had to lower her bed to the last and final notch before we drop it to the floor, so far she has not escaped yet! She is getting into EVERYTHING we have had to baby proof lots but no drawers, she slammed her fingers in them one time and she has never done it again, but as far as cords, blinds, corners, and sharp objects I have taken care of all that and we have been good to go. She loves to go on a walk everyday to the park and swing on the swing and play with the other kids. On Wednesdays we go to the library and they read and sing to the kids and she loves that too! I have to keep her busy at all times she likes to go places, see things, do new stuff which is fun yet challenging.

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Sleeping: She is still sleeping 12 hours its more like 6ishpm-6ish am. I love it I can get so much done after she is asleep, make dinner, watch real housewives, laundry, shower, etc its perfect.

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11 months has blown by and its insane what she is turning into a miniature me!! She’s obsessed with Daddy, food and walks! Her birthday party invites went out and I am getting everything together for that which I am soooo excited about!! Ill update y’all on the walking!

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8-10 Month Sleep Regression Ugh!

SO! Layla this past week or so has been a nightmare at sleeping and has been waking up at all hours crying for hours on end! I never went into check on her because I know she was fine I can hear and see her on the monitor and I know if I go in her room she will do this gig all the time so I don’t. I found this website that helped me understand what was going on with Layla and it was exactly right. Today we are working on the new nap schedule and hopefully getting more consistent on her sleep routine. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me!!

8-10 month sleep regression cause #1 – Physical milestones

There is so much going on in baby’s life at this age. They might be sitting up, scooting, crawling, pulling up, cruising, and some might even start walking. Baby is also learning the basics of communication and might start teething (if they haven’t already). This is a lot in a little baby’s life, and all these things take time, energy, and practice. Sometimes this ‘practice’ can occur at the wrong times, when baby should instead be sleeping. It can be hard for a baby to learn to shut down their brain, particularly a child that doesn’t have self-soothing skills to begin with. Those babies that need more help to sleep may now start to really fight your soothing efforts, finding them too stimulating, and may try to take these opportunities of your company to show you their sweet new moves. If your 20 minutes of rocking has now become 60 minutes, that may be your baby’s way of telling you that they are ready to be going down more awake on on their own, as your presence is inhibiting their ability to fall asleep, instead of helping.
If your baby is already an independent sleeper and has started to have some serious party time in their crib before sleep times, firstly you want to make sure that their environment is conducive to sleep. We want to be extra-vigilant that there is nothing stimulating in our child’s crib and that their room is pitch black. A baby can be stimulated by anything – a wallpaper design, a toy across the room, a pattern on their crib sheets – so making sure that room is nice and dark will surely bore them into sleep (check out this company here that makes awesome custom window covers to get baby’s room pitch black). As well, using a sleepsack for naps and nighttime helps to cut down on monkey business – it’s not impossible to roll/sit up/crawl/stand with a sleepsack on, but it makes it more difficult. If baby is already sleepy, they might decide it’s not worth the fight. Additionally, make sure your baby’s sleep schedule is meeting his needs. Does he need a bit more awake time before naps so that he’s tired enough to sleep easily? Here’s a good way to determine if pushing a nap later might help:

  • If your baby is taking a long time to fall asleep (much more than 15 minutes) with lots of protesting/playing but then still takes a good nap (over 1 hour) that he wakes up happy from – try pushing that nap 15 minutes later.
  • If your baby falls asleep quickly at naptime, but then takes a short nap (under an hour) that they wake up happy from – try pushing that nap 15 minutes later.
  • If your baby falls asleep quickly for a nap, but then takes a short nap (under an hour) that they wake up crying from – try pulling the nap back by 15 minutes.
  • If your baby falls asleep within 1-15 minutes for a nap and then takes a long nap (over 1 hour) – you have nailed it, don’t change a thing.

What not to do:

Don’t give too much attention to the nap/bedtime battles. You don’t want to make long-term habits for a short-term phase. This regression will pass in time, but if you make a habit of now rocking the child, letting them sleep in your bed, sitting with them until they fall asleep (unless you are already doing these things), or skipping naps entirely, this regression now turns into a new habit for the child, one that will be tough to break.

8-10 month sleep regression cause #2 – Nap transition

Eight months is the age where your 3rd catnap needs to be eliminated, if it hasn’t already. Especially if you are finding the child refuses this nap at least 50% of the time, if the 3rd nap is occurring much past 4:00pm, or if with the 3rd nap, you are now clocking less than 11 hours of sleep at night – it’s time to go. I generally recommend that even if you’re not seeing these obvious signs of readiness by 8 months of age, you should still begin the transition towards a two nap schedule. Nap transitions are tricky and they can be messy if we’re not handling them properly. If we  jump too quickly into a two nap schedule, this can cause baby to become overtired… and a regression is born. Nap transitions aren’t a race – slow and steady really is best. Start by slowly adding awake time before each of your naps – maybe 5 minutes onto all of them or 15 minutes before one nap. The best order to add time in is middle first (2nd and 3rd nap) then 1st nap, then bedtime. It is normal during a nap transition to flip-flop back and forth between 2 nap and 3 nap days depending on baby’s wake-up time and the quality of the naps. With time, you will find that you are unable to fit in a 3rd nap before 4:00pm so you’ll want to use an early bedtime to compensate. I can’t stress this enough, this is where nap transitions go wrong. Parents become too stuck on a ‘set’ bedtime, but now that we’ve lost an entire sleep period, that stretch between the 2nd nap and the ‘set’ bedtime is way too long, causing the child to become overtired (bedtime battles, nightwakings, sleep-cries, and potentially an early wake-up the next day are all symptoms of a too-late bedtime). There is no advantage to a later bedtime if the child is awake crying every 3-4 hours because the bedtime was too late. Do not be afraid of a temporary early bedtime during nap transitions – it is essential.

What not to do:

Don’t let that third nap hang around too long if it’s obviously causing issues with nightsleep. Naps are important but nightsleep is far superior.  If your 3rd nap is interfering with nightsleep and causing baby to clock less than 11 hours at night – it’s time to go.
Don’t rush the transition – slow and steady is best.
Don’t stall in the transition. You need to continue to slowly stretch baby’s awake times to move them to a solid 2 nap schedule. Your day will likely start out like this:

7:00am – wake-up
9:30am-11:00am – nap 1
1:45pm-3:15pm – nap 2
6:15pm – bedtime

and should eventually look like this:

7:00am – wake-up
10:00am-11:30am – nap 1
3:00pm-4:00pm – nap 2
7:30pm – bedtime

Sleep regressions are an exhausting part of parenting but we all go through it at some point.  During these times, just remember to be flexible, be prepared, and be careful not to create a new sleep crutch (or bring back an old one).  As hard as it can be to remain consistent at times, it really is best for everyone and helps the regression pass in a more timely manner.

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