11 Months Old

So many new things going on in Owen’s small world. He has really started to pull himself up on everything – not just the bathtub. It was really fun on Saturday when I went in to get him in the morning and he was standing and smiling at me in his crib. Hopefully we still have a while until he figures out how to get out of his crib – I’m not ready for that yet. He has also figured out how to open the kitchen cabinets, clap, and give high fives. It is quite adorable how proud he is of himself.  I guess we’ll be busy this weekend doing some more childproofing.

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11 month photoshoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past weekend we had Owen’s last swim class of the season. We really enjoyed the class even though he didn’t learn much, but he is now more comfortable with the idea of going into the pool. Hopefully this summer we can try and get out and swim a bit even if it is just in a baby pool in the back yard. At the end of the class they gave out small certificates for completing. I will have to add it to his baby book :). I am sure we’ll sign him up for another class in the future.

Another new thing this week for Owen is that he hasn’t had a bottle since Friday. Yay Owen! We knew that around 12 months we needed to eliminate using bottles so we thought we would give it a whirl this weekend. He still gets formula a few times a day, but he is now drinking it out of a sippy cup. I don’t know what it is, but he seems to keep drinking a small amount at a time and then throwing the cup down. He then immediately picks the cup back up so we have no idea why he does it. Maybe he is mad at us for taking away his bottles :/. Other than that he doesn’t seem to mind. I think if today goes well again at daycare I will sanitize the bottles and store them away. I’m generally sad at how fast he is growing up, but I am kind of happy that we may be done with bottles.

Our refrigerator is a little less cluttered after this weekend. Tony and his dad hung up metal wires in the kitchen above the cabinets to hang Owen’s artwork that he does at daycare. I’ve hung them on the wire with clothes pins. I love the way it turned out! I think Owen enjoys it too. He has been looking at them a lot while in the kitchen. Here is a picture of the finished product.

 

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Owen’s artwork hanging in the kitchen.

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Look what I can do 🙂

 

 

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Mom Jeans

I don’t know about the other moms out there, but I am fed up with lower rise jeans. I think I started to feel this way about a year ago, but it really started to become a bigger issue when I became a parent. It isn’t acceptable to show the top of your bum every time you put your child in his car seat. You could almost get away with having lower cut jeans if you had a longer shirt, but it is hard to find those if you have a longer torso like I do. So this begs the question of what defines “mom jeans”. Do jeans need to have a stone wash and pleats to be considered “mom jeans”? I would be curious to know what you all think.

I recently bought my first pair of high rise skinny jeans from J Crew. They are simple dark-wash skinny jeans with a small amount of whiskering. I really like them – not only because they are high rise, but that they are soft and have a perfect amount of stretch. I think that they are pretty stylish and wouldn’t be considered the typical “mom jeans”. Here is a link to them: https://www.jcrew.com/ca/womens_category/denim/Lookout/PRDOVR~B5343/B5343.jsp. I will keep an eye out on the JCrew website to see if they come out with a lighter wash for Spring.

Gap has recently come out with their version of the mom jean. They are called the Resolution High-Rise. I had very high hopes for them, and I even recommended them to some of my other mom friends, but when they arrived it wasn’t great. They fit a bit higher than my JCrew ones, and they just didn’t have as much stretch. So, needless to say, I took them back. The search continues for a higher rise light wash jean for Spring.

 

Spring Forward

It’s almost gone! Snow that is. With the temperature warming and all the rain I am so happy to feel a bit of Spring in the air this week. Owen finally got the hang of this Spring forward change last night and finally slept through the night.  A huge thank you goes out to Tony for waking up and shoving a binkie in his mouth the past few nights. You’re the best :).

So Owen has 3 teeth fully popped now with 2 more top teeth about to break through. I try to stay on top of things,  but I have to admit that I only just recently bought a toothbrush and toothpaste for him yesterday. Mommy fail. Last night I brought him in the bathroom and attempted to brush his 3 little teeth. He was really confused why I was sticking something in his mouth that wasn’t food, a binkie, or a bottle. I think in the beginning stages it is helpful just to get in the routine of doing it rather than actually really cleaning his teeth. At least I hope that is the case because it is a challenge to have him open his mouth wide enough or stay still. Who knows, maybe he will start to like it.

With the weather getting warmer and all the adorable Spring clothing that is out I just had to buy Owen a few things. He also is going to another birthday party this weekend so I didn’t just shop for him ;). Clothing in small sizes is so adorable, and I think that I need to take advantage of dressing him while I still can. I ordered these blue moccasins online and also got a few shirts as well as a pair of shorts to start his Spring wardrobe. Here is a picture in case you wanted to see it.

With Spring comes Owen’s first birthday. I know every parent says it, but I really can’t believe that he will be 1 soon. It has been a crazy year. We did a mini photo shoot Saturday afternoon so we could get an updated picture to put on the invitations. After a tiny bump with ordering them we were able to come up with something that we both liked and they should be arriving soon. First step checked off. Now we need to start planning the food and decorations.

We cancelled cable a few months ago because we realized that we could save a good amount of money and with having Owen we really didn’t have much time to watch it. Besides, we still have Netflix and Amazon Prime to take advantage of. With this change, and with Owen now eating table food, we have moved dinner into the dinning room. It has been a big change for us. A good change but something that we still need to get  some getting used to. Now if Owen would eat while we eat it might start to flow a bit better :).

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Blowing bubbles

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Swim class

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Bed head

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Pre-birthday photos

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First pair of moccasins

 

 

A bit of baking

I think I would rather bake than cook, and with the weather being so cold and snowy lately I have been stuffing my face with all of the above. Is it possible that the cold makes your appetite spike? Who knows? Maybe I like baking better because it is usually sweet, and it requires very exact measurements. I am not good at just throwing something together without a recipe. Good thing Tony is good at that so we balance each other out.

Last week I made these strawberry muffins and they turned out really good.

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They were not hard to make and somewhat healthy (although I did add some white chocolate chips to them). Every once in a while you need a little chocolate – or in my case at least once a day. Here is the recipe if you want to make some. You don’t have to add chocolate if you don’t want to.

Strawberry Yogurt Muffins:

http://www.thedenverhousewife.com/2014/03/strawberry-greek-yogurt-muffins/

We have also been starting to Spring clean a bit – as much as you can do as a parent. While cleaning out the pantry (very slowly) we found that we have a bunch of butternut squash soup that I thought I would enjoy but it turns out that neither of us like it. So last night I decided to freeze it in ice cube trays so that we can heat it up a little bit at a time for Owen. As it turns out he doesn’t hate it. Yay for Owen not being picky yet.

Lately Owen has not really enjoyed baths, and we weren’t sure why. So Tony decided that it might be that he is too cold while getting a bath in the sink. So recently we’ve been bathing him in the big tub without a smaller baby tub (just a rubber mat). I think that did the trick. Both times so far this week he has really enjoyed it. He may be getting more water out on the floor by the end of it, but at least he isn’t screaming. He even pulled himself up for the first time on the edge of the bath tub. Of course he would choose to pull himself up in the most dangerous environment he could choose.

By the way, I’m finally catching up with the times and joined Instagram. I am still getting the hang of it, but if you are interested you can follow me here: @countdowntocuteness.