Saturday, June 11, 2016

Look At Her Grow: Izzy is 9 Months Old!

Nine months! That means we are literally 3 months away from our girl's first birthday! Party planning is in full swing, and I'm super excited! We've hit some pretty big milestones in the last month. I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but I really can't believe how fast my sweet baby girl is growing up! Here's an update:


Ok, the silver glitter may not have been the best choice, but it was already too late when I realized it. #oops

Growth

Her next checkup is this coming week, and I will find out exactly how much she's grown, but if I had to guess I'd say she's picked up a few pounds and inches. We're still squeezing into 6-9 month clothes, but it's about time to size up to 9-12 months. She's still in a size 3 diaper and size 4 shoe. 

Development

This has been a pretty exciting month! She's pretty much a pro crawler now, and she's still pulling up on furniture, but now she cruises! She's ALWAYS into something, which keeps us running. She has teeth now! TWO! It's only the cutest thing I've ever seen. My favorite thing thats happened the month...*drumroll*....WORDS! Real words! Before 9 months. I couldn't believe it! What can she say? I'm glad you asked. Her favorite word is "hot". She also says "uh-oh" when she drops something, and just yesterday she finally said MAMA! I screamed so loud that she'll probably never say it again. Ha! But seriously, I hope she does. I can't wait to see what happens this month!



Sleep

I can finally say she's doing really good. She's still a very early riser. She's up at about 4 or 5 in the morning. I have to get in bed at around 9 to avoid being a very cranky mommy, but it's better than waking up in the middle of the night. I'm hoping by the time she's one, she's sleeping 11-12 hours a night. One can only hope, right?

Feeding

This is one thing we've never had a problem with. Izzy's an awesome eater. She's not picky at all. She'll eat pretty much anything you give her. I've been transitioning her to table food slowly. Mashed potatoes, peas, yogurt, chicken, etc. Now that she has a couple teeth, she's been eating a lot less pureed baby food. She's still nursing at home and taking formula when I'm away. I've been considering weaning soon. I've tried giving a bottle instead of nursing, and that does not go well so I'm not sure when the right time to wean will be. I don't think she's ready just yet. Or maybe I'm not ready! 


That's it! No? You wanted one more picture? Ok, fine. 



Friday, May 27, 2016

Game Day!

Big brother, Cameron, has been extremely busy lately! Summer vacation has started so he's spending most of his time at camp, at the park, and of course, playing sports. This is his second summer playing baseball, and out of all of the sports he's tried so far he seems to be the most interested and focused on this one. He watches the ball more and plays in the dirt a lot less! I love watching him play and have fun doing it. Here are some photos from his last game.


Somebody's happy  and ready to play!

He actually hit the ball, but I was too slow and missed it. #oops

Hanging out at first base.

Go, Cameron, Go!

1..2..3..Go Eagles!

Thumbs up to a great game. I'm not sure if they won or lost, because they don't keep score. According to Cam, it's not about winning or losing, it's about having fun. Dad's response to that is "...but win". 
Good game, Cameron!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Apartment Living Series: An Organized Baby Cabinet

I've been working overtime around here getting our apartment organized, and, as promised, I'm taking you all along for the ride! I started with the baby cabinet because feeding the baby is something we do quite a bit around here, and our supplies were all over the place! Combine that with a hungry, screaming baby, and you have complete chaos!


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This was a pretty quick and easy project. I started by just brainstorming.  I wrote out everything that needed to be organized, what supplies I needed, and made a quick to-do list. All I needed for this project was few bins and containers to hold bottles, sippy cups, and snacks (which I snagged at TJMaxx) and my silhouette die cutting machine for the labels.

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Including making labels, this project literally only took about an hour, and it has made feeding time with Izzy SO much smoother because everything has a place. We've started using sippy cups, bowls, and spoons quite a bit more than bottles so I put the bottles on the top shelf. Snacks are a must for keeping Izzy busy (hey that rhymes!) in the mornings when everyone is getting ready or in the evenings when I'm busy cooking dinner and need her to sit still in the high chair so I made sure to keep those within reach. 

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She hasn't quite graduated to plates and big girl cups yet, but I got them anyway because they were super cheap at Ikea, and I only get to go there once or twice or year. She'll be using them before I know it! 

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So that's that! I love to cross an item off of my to-do list, but I still have a long way to go! 

Apartment Organization Checklist: 
  1. Organize linen closet
  2. Organize the nursery closet
  3. Organize the laundry room
  4. Organize the master bedroom closet
  5. Create Cameron's homework station
  6. Organize Cameron's bedroom closet 
  7. Create a cabinet for baby feeding supplies
  8. Organize kitchen cabinets
  9. Create a tool closet
  10. Organize Hubby's workspace
  11. Organize bathroom and kitchen drawers 
  12. Label pantry containers 
  13. Organize pantry 
  14. Create storage above kitchen cabinets 
  15. Organize the refrigerator 
  16. Organize bathrooms
  17. Organize clothes
  18. Create media storage for the living room
What do you do with the insane amount of stuff that babies come with? What areas would you love to get organized in your home? 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

5 Fun (and Really Cheap!) Ways to Keep the Littles Busy This Summer!

Summer vacation is here! The school year flew by and, just that quick, I’ll have a second grader in the fall. In the mean time, the dilemma I always face in the summer time is finding ways to keep Cam busy for 3 months without breaking the bank. Summertime activities, while fun, can add up to be very expensive so I’ve found a few activities that will get him out of the house for free (or for only a few dollars).

5 Fun (and Really Cheap!) Ways to Keep the Littles Busy This Summer! -- Get the kids out of the house this summer without breaking the bank!

Free Kid Builder Workshops

This is one of Cameron’s favorite Saturday morning activities year-round. Both Lowe’s and Home Depot offer free workshops for kids where they get to build a different wooden project each month. During the summer, Lowe’s usually does it twice a month instead of once. The kids get all the supplies they need for the project when they get there plus an apron that they get to keep for future projects. It usually only takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. After they’re done, they get either an iron-on patch (Lowe’s) or a pin (Home Depot) to collect and put on their aprons. The biggest difference between the two workshops is that Home Depot projects usually include paint; whereas, at Lowe’s, they decorate their projects with stickers. You’ll definitely want to wear play clothes to Home Depot workshops! All you have to do to sign up your kids is register online! Lowe’s requires you to print and sign a waiver and bring it to the workshop to participate.

Cheap Summer Movies

Several theaters offer $1 or $2 kid movies in the summertime. They usually start the movies around 9:00 in the morning on the weekdays. Our favorite program is Cinemarktheaters. They show a different movie each week for 10 weeks, Monday-Thursday at 9:30 am. You can either buy all 10 tickets for $5 or pay $1 per show per person. Either way, a great deal. We usually just pay per show because I never know how often we’ll be able to make it. Make sure you get there early if you decide to pay per show too because the kids literally show up in buses and they can sell out fast!

Free Church Camp

This, of course, depends on your area, but we’re lucky enough to have a church in our area that offers a free sports camp for a week in June. Pine Lake has such an amazing youth program. Cameron played football for them last fall, and we really enjoyed it. The camp runs from June 13-June 16 this year, and it’s free for kids that just completed grades K-5. If you live in Mississippi, they are offering it in the Jackson area, Starville, and Oxford. All you have to do to sign up is register online and pick a sport you think your child would be interested in. That’s it! You can also look into other church programs, such as Vacation Bible School.

Public Library

We spend a lot of time at the library in the summertime. Cameron is an excellent reader, and I don’t want him to stop just because he’s not going to school everyday. Our local library has a summer reading program that encourages the kids to read books and keep a log of what they’ve read throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, they have a party for all of the participants. Our library also offers free movies throughout the summer, usually on Tuesday mornings. They also offer a number of craft projects and activities for all ages (even babies)! Just check with your local library!

The Local Park

You’d be surprised at how much goes on at the park. We spent Cameron’s first day of summer vacation at a family festival at our local park. There were tons of free activities for kids, cartoon characters, a concert, and a fireworks display! Of course there were vendors there and fair food (I couldn’t resist a funnel cake!), but you could’ve make this outing as cheap or as expensive as you wanted. Throughout the summer there are many other free activities in our local park, including a monthly movie night called Movies-n-Moonlight where people can bring their kids and just camp out and watch a movie. All you have to do is google your city’s parks and recreation website and find out what activities are offered in your area!

What do you do to keep your littles busy during their summer vacations?

5 Fun (and Really Cheap!) Ways to Keep the Littles Busy This Summer! -- Get the kids out of the house this summer without breaking the bank!




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