A THANKSGIVING SPENT IN INDIANA.

img_0306img_3967We are very thankful for time spent with our families in Indiana this year. Flying with our two little guys wasn’t any easier than I thought it would be, but it was better than it could have been. Taking them out of their routine showed us that we should probably make it more of a habit than we do now. All the missed naps, refused feedings, and early wake ups were so worth the time spent with both sides of our families.img_3981img_3832Our parents’ houses were full of laughter, food, wine and loved ones, just how I like it. img_3947 While we were home, we also had a baby shower for my brother’s wife. They’re expecting their first, a baby girl, and we couldn’t be more excited for them.img_3973img_3828

We got in all of our Thanksgiving traditions: The turkey bowl at my aunt’s house, Thanksgiving dinner at home, trivial pursuit at Uncle John and Aunt Dianne’s, and then down to Mike’s house for Ben’s (and his cousin, Harper) baptism the next day (more pictures to come for that).img_0334img_3849img_0288img_3844img_3942img_3834img_0366Honestly, I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked. I just didn’t ever have my phone on me! Too busy enjoying my time with everyone. That’s a good thing! img_3923It’s so hard to be far from family and only have a couple visits a year to look forward to, but I can’t say I was sad to leave the icy temperatures behind. I said to Mike when we got outside the airport, “oh my gosh, it’s so humid. It feels amazing.” Words I never thought I’d utter.img_4065Those wide open skies, red barns, bare trees, and fires in the fireplace make my heart squeeze with the homesickness of it all though. Until next time, Hoosier state! img_3793

 

CHARLIE (2 YEARS) AND BEN’S (8 MONTHS) FAVORITE FOODS.

img_3282Dinner time is a messy, chaotic affair these days, which on weeknights I can only get together by putting on a show (Daniel Tiger!) for Charlie and letting Ben eat puffs off of the ground while I run around getting things together before Mike gets home. Mike and I both feel really strongly about having family dinner together at the table. It’s something that we both grew up having, and it’s always been something we’ve said has to be one of our family traditions. Do we all eat the same thing? Not always.img_3366Charlie is getting to the point at two years old that he has an opinion about things. He doesn’t just eat whatever is put in front of him like he used to. For dinner, he generally has at least a little bit of what we’re eating, but I always try to make sure that he has a fruit, a veggie, a protein, a carb and some kind of cheese on his plate. Some of that might be in our meal, and some I might put on his plate separately. There are some meals that he won’t eat, so for right now, I try to plan things that I’m pretty sure he’ll like and that we will too.img_3355Ben on the other hand, is still (generally reluctantly) eating purees, and is getting into more and more finger foods. He prefers to feed himself from his tray than spoon feeding. I’m starting to give him little bites off of my plate if it’s soft enough. He’ll be sharing our meals before we know it though!

Ben loves:

  • canned carrots
  • applesauce
  • yogurt squeezys
  • puffs! puffs and more puffs!
  • graham crackers
  • puffs
  • white bread
  • canned peas
  • pears
  • shredded cheese
  • did I mention puffs?

Charlie loves (in no particular order):

  • lasagna
  • tacos
  • hot dogs
  • meatloaf
  • rice
  • bananas
  • frozen waffles with butter
  • cereal
  • blackberries
  • clementines
  • yogurt
  • cheese of all kinds – goat cheese, colby, cheddar, sticks, shredded, etc
  • ketchup
  • butter
  • sweets, obviously – cookies, cake, muffins. love.
  • anything Ben is eating (brother jealousy is becoming a thing! “mine. charlie’s. mine.)
  • anything in a pouch – applesauce, yogurt, baby food puree, literally anything in a squeezy pouch

Here are a few of our favorite products for baby and toddler feeding!

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For Charlie

1// OXO Grippy plate for kids who throw their plates 

2// Fork and spoon for a kiddo learning to use silverware

3// A sippy cup for milk at meals for a boy who uses an open cup for water at school, but is definitely not there yet for milk at home. 

4// A sippy cup on the go for car rides, dragging around the house and taking outside. We recently left ours behind somewhere, but it’s my favorite for Charlie.

5// Little containers for snacks, fruit, and storing mini sized leftovers.

For Ben:

1// A seat that has kept both boys contained and happy for little munching meals.

2// The best spoons for feeding drippy purees to wandering mouths

3// Forever our favorite bottles.

4// Puffs, because puffs make the baby world go round.

A SICK DAY.

Home the rest of the week with this sick kiddo thanks to doctors orders. A walk for fresh air, cleaning, cookie baking and baby snuggles all day. I could get used to a day off with this little love every now and then, if only it didn’t take a fever yesterday to get us here! ❣️

TURKEY HATS FOR TWO LITTLE TURKEYS…AND OTHER THANKSGIVING DIYS.

img_2228Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays and I can’t believe it’s coming up in just a couple weeks. Along with reading thanksgiving books, writing things that we’re thankful for, making turkey finger puppets, and dreaming about pumpkin pie (I whipped up the above pumpkin pie garland for a little thanksgiving decor using this tutorial on Martha Stewart), I also came upon this tutorial for a turkey hat. turkey hatI couldn’t help but think about making one for each of the boys for our trip north in a couple weeks. How cute would they be? Not to mention that they are currently hat-less boys (who needs hats when it’s 80 degrees every day!). My plan is to crochet the hat, but then use felt that I already have for the feathers and for the beak, and use buttons for the eyes instead of the crocheted body. What do you think? Am I crazy? If it doesn’t happen, I’m just going to know that I have it here for next year. 🙂

8 MONTHS WITH BEN

I can’t believe that this little red headed pumpkin pie is 8 months old. After a rough, tear filled first few months with Ben, he has transformed into the happiest baby. I have no idea what switched, but I’m not complaining. At this point, Charlie cries more than Ben does. No joke.I think the most important update this month is that Ben is sleeping! through! the! night! Just a few weeks after we moved into our new house, he dropped his last night feeding (watch him start waking up again after typing this down). He goes to bed early (6:30 usually), but is up and at it early too (like 5:30am early). I’m okay with the schedule because we have to get up so early for school anyway. In other big 8 month old baby news, he’s crawling! It’s a herky-jerky stiff little beginner crawl and for a couple weeks he went backwards instead of forward, but now the kid has it down. He can get what he wants! He’s trying to pull up on everything, but isn’t quite there yet. He can stand for a while if we put him up against something, but his hunky little body doesn’t let him stay up for long. Ben loves to watch his big brother terrorize the house, he loves to eat (with his two teeth!) white bread, puffs, graham crackers, loves his binky, jumping (with help), and the bottle. He’s a fantastic napper in the morning, but consistently struggles to go down in the afternoon. He’s become an acrobat during diaper changes, bending and twisting in ways I didn’t know a baby could move. He loves playing with crinkly containers of wipes, and loves playing with everything around the house that isn’t a toy. He’s still into his baby swing, but also likes to just sit on the floor in the kitchen with the colander or a rubber spatula while I’m cooking. He does not like sitting in the playroom if he can see us far away in the kitchen. Separation anxiety is definitely setting in.

He babbles loudly all day and says “mamamamama” and “dadadadada” with no real intention of saying mama or dada, but it still warms our hearts. His cry sounds so much like Charlie’s that sometimes I have to look at the monitor to see if it’s him or Charlie who is up. I thought Ben would hate the car for the rest of his life, but he’s the best little car rider now. He often falls asleep on the way home from daycare which is such a godsend. The echoes of his cries will ring on forever in my mind from his first 3 months of life though. I think I’m recovering from the PTSD of that phase.I have no idea how much he weighs, but he’s wearing 9 and some 12 month baby clothes now, and we’ve started moving things that Charlie is outgrowing directly into Ben’s drawers, so Ben is definitely catching up to his big brother!

He’s just the best little (big) guy and we love him so very much!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

It’s been a very happy Halloween for our little family after an epic, breath holding, arched back tantrum and refusal of costume this morning. There was excitement in the air at school today with spidermen, witches, princesses and sugar highs liberally scattered around each classroom. All that was missing was a crisp breeze and fall leaves on this very steamy Florida day.  A picture of falling snow from my brother made the pang for a Midwestern Halloween a little sharper, but I decided to be grateful for the coat-less romp along the street. We had chili (a tradition – no matter the weather), threw on costumes (Buzz & Woody), and made our way down our block to gather candy and hold out bags, prompting Charlie to say “trick or treat”. The boys were in bed at very nearly the same time as always, and then we trekked outside to the driveway with our Adirondacks, basket of candy and jack-o-lanterns to sip on spiked cider and hand out candy to the rest of the world.

It’s hard to believe that October has come and gone, and we’re on to November – the month of pie, gratitude, and cranberry everything. A whole year to wait for October to come again.