Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sage: Month Eight Baby Update

Hi there!

Baby Sage is 8 months old.  Wow!!!  How is it possible that time went this fast?  
It's been a great month.  Here's what's been happening with Sage the last month!

Likes:  Sage loves to play, play, play!  He still spends time each day in his bouncing chair where he can touch and chew his toys and BOUNCE!  He's got some strong long legs on him.  Also, Sage loves being with the other kids at the sitter.  It makes my heart so happy when I see him smile at them and get excited to play.  Of course he loves playing with his parents too and loves having our attention.  He runs errands with us each weekend and has a blast at the grocery store - so much to look at.  The dogs are still huge entertainment for Sage.  He's gotten much better at petting Jax (well, more like pulling his fur) and Jax is really good about it.

Dislikes:  Now that Sage can roll with ease he doesn't like staying on his back for diaper changes and he expresses himself when he wants to get away and play!  Trying to change his diaper or get him dressed can be a challenge at times as he just wants to flip over and be on the move.  He especially likes to go after the lamp by his changing area.

Eating:  Sage now eats three meals a day along with taking bottles of breastmilk.  At every meal he has either oatmeal or rice cereal mixed with breastmilk and a fruit or veggie purée.  Sage loves all the fruits and veggies these days.  This month he tried butternut squash and liked it.  Lately he'll eat whatever one we give him.  We give him Earth's Best and Beech-Nut organic foods including all the fruit/veggie purées, rice cereal and oatmeal.

Sage also started sucking on foods this month like apples, carrot sticks, and mango.

Sleeping:  Sage takes two naps each day, one around 9am and 1pm.  They are typically 1-2 hours in length.  Sage still naps better at the sitter during the week, but he is getting better at napping for his parents on the weekend.

Sage still gets up in the night, but we are down to one feeding (most nights).  I'll only feed him once during the night (mostly) because I know he can go a long stretch without eating.  We give him a good dinner at 5:30pm and a bottle before bed.  Sage is typically sleeping by 7:15pm each night and wakes up around 6-6:30am. 

Playing:  Baby boy is always playing!  Never a dull moment.  He's a ball of energy.  He's all about moving around.  He loves his train toy that lights up and sings and he pushes down the animals that pop-up.  Sage now plays in his pack n' play as well.  This is the first month he's spent time in there.  It makes it easier on us parents getting dinner ready and taking care of things around the house.  He loves playing with his toys in there and he can see out the sides so the dogs provide entertainment too.  Sage still loves his bouncy chair and spends time in it every night.  Little dude knows how to bounce!  It's hysterical when he just bounces non-stop. 

New this month:  A big thing is the fact that Sage now sits and plays.  It used to be all rolling, but now he can sit for long periods of time.  It's so amazing to me.  Also, Sage does the army crawl and drags himself across the floor.  He also gets up on all fours and rocks.  He certainly knows how to cover some distance by dragging himself on the floor and rolling.  And he just started crawling (like real crawling!) this week.  He doesn't always do it, but he knows how to for sure.  Most mornings when I go in his room to greet him, he's up on all fours in his crib.

Key Dates:

March 13 - Slept 7:00pm-6:30am with one feeding at 11pm (great job!)

March 18 - Rocking up on all fours...almost crawling!

March 25 - Sitting in bath playing with toys.  Sage used to lay in his tub in a cloth insert, but now he sits up like a big boy.  He loves bath now.

March 26 - Almost crawled at sitter - took first movement forward up on all fours.

March 29 - Slept 9 STRAIGHT HOURS! 7-4! First for Sage.

April 2 - Played outside for first time with buddies at the sitter.

At home that night, crawled few steps!  And slept 7:15pm-6:45am with a quick feed at 2am.
April 3 - Walk in the stroller with his parents - first time since the fall when I was home on maternity leave.
Slept 7:15pm-6:00am with quick feed at 1am.
April 6 - CRAWLING!!!

Sage, you are our sunshine.  Watching you grow and learn is the most amazing gift.  We love you so much.  This month has been a blast.  Onto the next!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Busy Mama's Plant-Based Eats

Hi there!

This is how I started my day.  Chocolate chia seed pudding (almond milk + chia seeds + splash of maple syrup + dark chocolate cocoa powder - made last night) and then added the toppings this morning.  It was nice to have something different for breakfast.

We really stocked up our refrigerator and cupboards this weekend.  My husband cleaned out our freezer getting rid of anything that had been in there for months unused just taking up space.  It's a great feeling starting fresh!  We hit up both Wegmans and Trader Joe's (and still managed to come home without Vegenaise, bah!).  How are we supposed to make the Tempeh BLTs without the Vegenaise?!  Must return to the store.

I'm a busy mama as mamas are.  I work full-time and when I get home at night I want a simple nutritious meal and just to spend time with my hubby, baby and pups.  I need good food to keep me fueled during the day too, of course.  Sage still isn't sleeping through the night, so if I get a 4 or 5 hour stretch that's incredible.  I rely on plant-based foods to keep me strong and energized.  

Here's what I'll be eating this week:

I try to start most days with a protein shake.  Right now I have Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder (not my fav, Vegan Smart is the best!).  I mix protein powder with almond milk, PB or almond butter, banana, chia seeds, spinach or kale, and ice and then drink it on the way to work.  Great way to get some happy calories and start the day.

I'm excited about these yogurts I found for snacking and toast makes an appearance many days as another morning snack.  My favorite toast toppings are avocado, PB, almond butter or Tofutti (vegan amazing cream cheese).

I've been trying to have salads for lunch.  It's the easiest way to get in veggies.  I'll be bringing this salad a bunch this week.  Kale + carrots + mushrooms + avocado + sesame seeds + ginger sesame dressing.  I also keep a bag of dried cranberries, hemp seeds and almonds in my desk at work to throw into my salads.  Got to load it up with the goods otherwise salad is no fun.

I have ice cream every night.  Or almost ever night.  I recently found this kind at TJ's and it is incredible.  

I've got plans to make sesame tofu tonight with kale, sweet potato, and brown rice.  We generally don't cook a tofu dish like this during the week because we want something a bit quicker after the workday.  Other weeknight meals include butternut squash ravioli mixed with kale and topped with marinara, those Tempeh BLTs, Amy's pizza, and possibly a peanut noodle stir fry.

Today is spring cleaning around here.  Sage is practically crawling and I have this strong desire for him not to be crawling through puffs of dog fur.  On that note, let the cleaning begin!

What's a simple go-to meal of yours?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Confessions of a New Mama (Three)


I'm back again for some fun confessions.  So let's get at it!

Confession #1 - Trader Joe's is my new favorite food shopping joint.  Mainly because they've made dinners during the work week 1000% easier and I don't feel guilty about it being unhealthy even though it's super quick (as in heat and eat).  I just went there for the first time a few weeks ago after a friend gave me a gift card and it was love at first sight.  Sage, my hubby & I all had a great time and we came home with a lot of food and didn't even break the bank!  I got a pizza with kale and butternut squash, butternut squash ravioli, chocolate covered almonds, and fresh organic wheat bread (which I never find not frozen or its crazy expensive!) just to name a few items.  I love Wegmans, but the last two weeks we went to TJ's instead and I'm hooked.

Confession #2 - I absolutely love baby wearing. It is so much fun putting Sage in the baby carrier and shopping with him.  He's probably over 18 pounds now and I'm not a big person so he is starting to get heavy, but I swear I will wear him until I fall forward.  It's the best! What a blast.  I just want to hold onto this time that I can shop like this with my sweet baby boy.  Sage gets such a kick out of holding food too.  I told him that the glass jar of tomato sauce  that he wanted to hold wasn't the best idea, but butternut squash ravioli would be fantastic!

Confession #3 - Pumping takes me 1.5 hours each day total (with cleaning the parts).  I pump twice at home, upon waking and before bed, and twice at the office during the workday.  I kind of wonder what I'll do with that time (10+ hours each week) when I'm no longer pumping.  If I was sleeping or running during that time, I'd either be really well rested or in awesome shape.  Right now my plan is to go until Sage is about a year old, but we'll see.  Sage is eating more solids each week, but still takes about four bottles a day and I like the added nutrition that nursing supplies.  Sometimes I get frustrated after a long day and I have to clean my pump parts so I can pump, and then clean them after again so they are ready for me to pump in the morning before work, but the reality is I wouldn't change it for the world. I feel so blessed to have had such a good breastfeeding experience and it makes me so happy to provide for Sage.  

Confession #4 - I still call myself a runner even though I haven't run in months. I swear it's going to happen soon. I even have thoughts of signing up for a fall marathon. Is that crazy?  Yeah probably, but nothing like a marathon to get you moving.  Come spring (it's coming soon, right?!) I'll be able to run with Sage in the jogger stroller on the weekends. Yay!  Also, I could run on the treadmill before work.  I'll keep you posted...

Confession #5 - Sometimes at night just before bed when my husband and I are talking I fall asleep mid-conversation. And it's not because it's not an interesting conversation, I'm just that bone tired.  I haven't slept longer than a four hour stretch in months.  (As I type this though, Sage did give me a six hour stretch last night which was AWESOME and I am so proud of him!)  However, for months it's been three and four hour chunks of sleep, up to nurse, and back to sleep (or the horrible middle of the night can't fall back asleep).  All I can say is a three hour stretch of sleep and then a four hour stretch doesn't add up to seven hours of sleep.  But I've said this many times that I'm incredibly impressed with how the body adjusts and as a mama you just make it happen!

Confession #6 - My house is always a mess.  Not a complete disaster, but there is always laundry to be done and the kitchen is hardly ever perfectly clean.  It truly looks like baby land with Sage's bouncing chair, high chair, play mat, car seat (on the kitchen table because we haven't figured out a better place for it), pack n' play filled with baby stuff... I wouldn't have it any other way, but my house is just about never clean.  I'm guessing that will be the case for the next 18 years.

Confession #7 - Greeting Sage when he wakes up in the morning is the happiest thing in the world.  He wakes up with a smile on his face and I feel like the luckiest person alive.

I hope to blog more frequently in the near future, but if I do happen to get some extra time, I might have to go for a run instead (so then I feel like I can actually call myself a runner!).

Hope all is well in your world.

What's new with you?

Can you relate to any of these confessions?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sage: Month Seven Baby Update

Hi there!

Happy seven months old to Sage!  Our little tall guy just becomes more fun.  He is just a blast to interact with.  He's so expressive and spends his days with a smile painted across his face.  We are so blessed.

At his doctor's appointment on February 16th he weighed 17 pounds 3 oz and was 26.5 inches long.  I'm sure he's gained and grown a bit since then!

Likes:  Sage loves watching our dogs.  They entertain him so much.  We put him in his rolling chair, high chair, or bouncing chair and he watches them from a distance.  They are just so funny to Sage.  He likes to have conversations with them too.  Sage also loves cuddling with blankets and chewing on all his toys and stuffed animals.  He smiles so big when he sees his parents after the workday.  Sage has lots of fun at the sitter each day too as there are two 3 year-olds and a 1 year-old that entertain him.  On the weekends, he loves playing with his parents and running errands with us.  We wear him on a carrier on one of our fronts and he loves looking around the stores and being a part of the action.

Dislikes:  Being tired and/or hungry.  We are going strong with those two.  He also gets frustrated because we can tell he wants to crawl so bad.   

Playing:  Rolling, rolling, rolling...on the move!  We put him on his activity mat and he gets himself halfway across the rug.  Sage likes to try to get close to the dogs and as soon as he gets himself close, they go and move another few feet from him to keep their distance.  Sage loves playing with toys in his crib and watching the mobile.  He screams and giggles. 

He adores his parents attention.  We tickle him and he's got the best little laugh.  He loves when we make goofy noises and faces.  

Eating:  We are continually trying more fruits/veggies with Sage.  He eats rice cereal or oatmeal at the sitter for lunch with a veggie or fruit puree.  Breast milk his still is main source of nutrition though and he takes about 4 bottles a day and nurses before bed.  Sage still gets up to feed in the night (more on that below).  Recently he started taking more ounces with each bottle though (4-7 oz).  One night he had 15 ounces before bed over the course of an hour!

Sage has tried prunes, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, lemon, bananas, peas, spinach, green beans, and apple sauce this month.  He's really getting the hang of eating.  Also, we were at Chipotle the other night and my husband gave him a little bit of guacamole which he loved (totally our kid).

Sleeping:  Sage now sleeps in his pajamas at night.  We used to put him in a sleep suit, but we've transitioned away from that.  As soon as I lay him down after nursing him or taking a bottle, he turns onto his side or stomach to go to sleep most nights.  He used to sleep on his back (the sleep suit prevented him from turning onto his stomach), so this is new.  He sleeps much better now that he can maneuver around, and boy does he move around in his crib!  I often find him in the morning in a difference place in the crib than where I left him.  Generally, Sage sleeps close to 11 hours at night.

Basically until this month if Sage would wake up in the night upset, I would go in to nurse him.  Typically this meant he would nurse two times during the night.  I knew I needed to make a change now rather than let it continue like that.  I knew that Sage could go 6+ hours without eating because one night he fed at midnight and then didn't eat again until close to 7am, and he wasn't even all that hungry as he just ate 3 oz.  That was my sign to work on eliminating (or decreasing to just one) feedings during the night.  Sage still gets up in the night though so this is a work in progress... 

Sage still takes two naps a day.  They vary from 45 minutes to 2 hours in length.  As mentioned last month, Sage naps longer at the sitter than he does for his parents on the weekends.  Goof ball!  However, he has been napping much better for us  recently.

New this month:

*Sleeping on stomach and/or side every night

*Eating more solids at lunch and dinner 

*Can sit on his own, but still falls over  

*My mom bought Sage a high chair that he eats at now

 *Sticking out his tongue.  He's fascinated by it!

*Happy screaming!  He loves to shout out.  It cracks me up every time. 

Key Dates: 

Feb 19 - Slept 7pm-5am with one feeding at 11:30

Feb 20 - Second tooth popping through

Feb 22 - At brunch Sage tasted (licked) watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and lemon

Feb 24 - Slept from 7pm-6:45am with one feeding at 12am (proud mama!)

March 6 - Two hour nap for mama on my day off

It doesn't seem possible that it's been seven months since I gave birth.  We love you so much, Sage!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Quick Catch Up

Hi there!

It's been a while since I've made a presence here. Life has been busy and there has been some change. To sum it up, I left my job of three years for a new opportunity.  It was very hard and sad to leave the people because they truly are wonderful people who I will miss.  An unexpected opportunity for me to grow in my career came up and I just couldn't pass it by.  Saying goodbye was tough, but I'm very excited to jump into this new job tomorrow.

I had a few days off in between jobs and I needed that time to relax, reflect, and reboot.  And I got to spend some extra time with my little man!

Another thing, I've been thinking about running a lot.  Thinking being the keyword because sleep is still too precious and I haven't been running. But I miss it so I'm going to make a point to make it happen.  Even if it's just two miles.

In other news, Sage turns seven months old this week! WOWZERS!!  Time truly does fly.  This age is such a blast.  Also, we are still in a white world of snow here.  I have never been so ready for spring.

I'll be back again soon, I promise.  In the meantime, I'm on Instagram each day with my Picture A Day for 2015.  I'm really having fun with it.

What's new in your world?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Breastfeeding - Six Months In

Hi there!

This is a post I've been wanting to write.  As a new mama I found these types of posts very informative.  I had no set plans for breastfeeding when Sage was born, just that I knew I wanted to, but I had no idea how it would go, how it would work with going back to work, and all the other details involved so I just went with the flow, and for me that has been working fantastically.  It's a different journey for every mama, so keep in mind this is just my experience.  

In the hospital - We were in the hospital after Sage was born for close to three days.  He took to breastfeeding effortlessly.  I had no idea what I was doing, but he seemed to know what to do right from the beginning.  I worked with a lactation consultant at the hospital who showed me how to hold Sage and I was told to nurse him every two hours while there. 

Sage spit up from the beginning and it became apparent that something was up as soon as we got home from the hospital.  I would nurse Sage and he would spit up A LOT.  Within 24 hours of being home, we were rushed back to the hospital because we did not know if something was seriously wrong.  It turned out (after hours of testing, time in the ER, and x-rays on our 3 day old baby boy) that he just had severe reflux.  Scary as a first time mama, but actually quite common I learned.  This changed everything on how I needed to nurse Sage...

Month One - Because of Sage's reflux, for the first two weeks I was told I needed to feed Sage every two hours (because he could not eat a lot at one time) and then I had to hold him up on my chest for 30 minutes after each nursing session so the milk could gently settle in his stomach.  When I say I spent the first month on the couch essentially just nursing Sage around the clock, I'm not exaggerating.  We nursed, cuddled, he slept, and then we did it all again.  I hardly slept and I don't even remember that time very clearly anymore.  It was a quite a blur.

Month Two to Four - Sage's reflux improved greatly.  I continued to nurse him in a football hold where he was sitting up as much as possible.  During this time I stopped needing to hold Sage up for 30 minutes after each feeding.  He tended to fall asleep in my lap though after each nursing session, so again, we spent a lot of time on the couch together all day long.  I cherished the days home on maternity leave and I honestly loved those quiet moments with him.  As we approached month four though, I started working with Sage on him napping in his crib (opposed to him just falling asleep on my lap after nursing).  I should also mention that Sage refused the bottle until he was about 4 months old, so I nursed exclusively until that point.

 Month Five - I went back to work when Sage was 4.5 months old.  This was the first month that Sage drank more from a bottle (breast milk still) than he nursed.  The transition was quite smooth which was a huge relief as I was back at the office full-time.

Month Six & Now - I pump more than I nurse at this point.  I've developed a true pumping schedule and I tend to even keep with it on the weekends and just nurse when Sage wakes up in the morning and before he goes to bed at night (and during the night on demand).  During the workweek he takes bottles of breast milk from the sitter and on the weekend days he takes bottles from my husband and I.  At 5.5 months we started giving Sage rice cereal as well which we mix with breast milk.  He eats rice cereal (and trying different fruits and veggies) at lunch and we give him oatmeal at dinner time.  

Pumping at work - I pump at 10:45AM and 1:45PM at work (or within 30 minutes of these times).  I've been doing this for close to 8 weeks now and it's a good schedule.  It takes me 15-25 minutes at each pumping session and I pump between 10-15 oz. at work.

Pumping at home - I pump in the early morning before I go to work around 7AM, between 5-10 oz. depending on if I've nursed Sage prior and how much I've nursed during the night.  On the weekends, I follow my work pumping schedule.  I also pump right after Sage goes to sleep around 7:15PM, generally 3-6 oz.  

Overall, at this point I pump 4 times a day and nurse 2 times (plus the middle of the night feedings which we are working on cutting back on).  Last night was just once, but sometimes it's 2 or 3 times.  My baby boy keeps me guessing with this new teething business.  

That pretty much sums up my breastfeeding experience so far.  I'm not sure how much longer I plan to.  I guess if I have a goal I'd say a year, but I'm going with the flow.  I know it will continue to change as Sage eats more solids.  

I've been incredibly happy with my experience and I feel lucky that I've had such a good one. 

Any questions?  Feel free to ask!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Confessions of a New Mama (Two)

Hi there!

I had fun with my last confessions post, so I'm here for another.  Again, lack of sleep is totally to blame for most of these, however, Sage only got up once at 12:30AM last night.  It's 6AM now and I hear him babbling to himself in his crib. Best alarm clock sound ever!

And here I go with some confessions...

Confession #1 - I now wear makeup under my eyes.  I didn't used to, but I'm determined to not look as tired as I feel.  It's all part of convincing myself I'm not that tired

Confession #2 - The other day I got to work and couldn't remember if I had let my dog back in the house before leaving.  My husband couldn't remember either.  Normally I tell Jax goodbye and what a good dog he is (and that I haven't forgotten about him even though I'm very busy with baby Sage) as he lays in our bed, but that morning I was rushing and just left.  Thank goodness my neighbor was home and she rang our doorbell to make sure Jax was inside  He responded promptly by running to the door very excited.  I can share this now only because he was safe at home.  

Confession #3 - I haven't colored my hair in 15 months.  I decided not to color it during pregnancy and then I had no time in the early weeks with baby boy, and now I have no desire.  I'm kind of digging the natural look and wow is it much less maintenance!

Confession #4 - I eat chocolate or some dessert everyday.  That tub of ice cream pictured above is all mine.  No guilt.  All happy goodness.  I thank breastfeeding for my massive appetite.  A chocolate dessert is a wonderful pick-me-up at 3PM.  That and a steaming hot soy decaf latte. 

Confession #5 - I've never seen myself act so goofy as when I'm playing with Sage.  I sing songs that make no sense and make funny noises and faces just to see his smile and hear him laugh.  

Confession #6 - I'm so proud of everything Sage does.  If he eats carrots, I applaud.  If he rolls over, I praise him.  The other day he pooped after not going for 24 hours and my husband and I were so happy.  He got cheers.  I'm sure many parents can relate to feeling this way.  So proud of our babies!

Confession #7 - I don't worry about putting Sage in matching clothes.  The thing is that he looks cute no matter what he's wearing.  A perfectly matching outfit is not priority, but hey he's clean and dressed! I'll make more of an effort when he goes to kindergarten, I swear, but for now I'm not sweating it.  

Hope you enjoyed a few of my latest confessions.  

Can you relate to any of these?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sage: Month Six Baby Update

Hi there!

Sage turned six months old yesterday.  Half a year?!  That's just crazy to me.  What a ball of fun he is.  I'm loving this age.

Likes:  Sage has many of the same likes as last month.  He loves to play on his mat and roll around.  He loves chewing on all his toys.  Having his parents attention is always a blast.  He laughs with his parents and gets a kick out of being tickled.  Sage still loves grabbing blankets.  He discovered the dogs much more this month and thinks they are hilarious!  They have become huge entertainment pieces in our home.  He will sit in his rolling chair just staring at them smiling and giggling with excitement.  Thank you Jax and Lincoln for entertaining Sage so wonderfully!

Dislikes:  Being hungry and/or tired.  Pretty consistent in this category.

Eating:  This is the first month that Sage now eats more from a bottle than he nurses.  He is at the sitter all during the workweek and he takes 3-4 bottles a day there (3-5 oz. from each bottle).  I nurse him when he wakes up in the morning and before he goes to bed (and during the night on demand).  We also started giving Sage rice cereal most days.  At first he wasn't so sure about the rice cereal, but it has grown on him.  He is fascinated by the spoon that the rice cereal is on!

Sage has also tried oatmeal, oatmeal with bananas, peas, sweet potatoes and carrots this month.  The sweet potatoes and carrots were a hit.  Sage gets rice cereal at lunchtime most days and we started giving him oatmeal often before bed.  Still tiny portions as a lot doesn't make it in his mouth.

Playing:  Playing has involved a lot of rolling this month.  Baby boy is rolling this way and that.  He is certainly on the move this month.  He rolls across the family room floor and is also getting better at moving himself in his rolling chair.  He loves chewing on his Sophie Giraffe and Honest teethers, and manipulates toys really well.  He knows how to get them into his mouth just right.  Sage now spends a good amount of time in his rolling chair and jumper seat as he loves to sit and watch his parents and the dogs move around the house.  The jumper seat is perfect for chewing on toys as well.

Sleeping:  We have a set bedtime routine and Sage knows the drill.  At 6:30pm its bath time each night.  Sage is enjoying the bath more now and started playing with toys, although, chewing on a wet washcloth is still the best.  After bath, we cuddle him in a towel and dry him off, and put on a fresh diaper for the night.  Daddy sets up the white noise on the iPad and gets the humidifier fresh water.  Mama takes Sage to the rocker and nurses him for around 30 minutes.  When Sage is full and sleepy, mama transfers Sage to the crib and Sage generally quickly drifts off to sleep around 7:15ish.   

Sage still gets up to feed in the night.  For a short lived period it was just once in the night between 11pm and 1am.  Also, Sage sometimes will get up at 5am to feed, but then go back to sleep for another hour or two.  However, most recently with the appearance of his first tooth, he has been up more frequently in the night (like three times...yikes).   

Sage takes fantastic naps at the sitter.  He takes a morning and afternoon nap that is generally 1-2.5 hours in length in the pack n' play.  On the other hand, Sage does not nap as well for his parents on the weekend and tends to take much shorter ones for us.  We joke that he just loves hanging out with us so much.

New this month:  Sage just started rolling over onto his tummy in his crib at night.  He did this for the first time two nights ago and took us by surprise!  

Trying more solid foods.

Rolling, rolling, rolling...on the floor, on the changing table (we have to be super careful!), in his crib... He moves from back to front easily now and he looks up on his tummy so proud of himself.

Fascinated by our dogs (and any dogs for that matter).  They are so funny to Sage.

Sage is ticklish!  It's so fun tickling him under his armpits and watching him giggle.

Talking lots and sings sometimes.  Love his little voice.

Will take a bottle from mama.

Also, will hold the bottle feeding himself for short periods of time on his own.

Sage found his feet!

Key Dates:

Jan 18 - Weighed at doctor:  15 pounds 13 oz

Jan 20 - First ear infection 

Jan 24 - Tried peas (first veggie!) and not all that impressed

Jan 24 - Slept 7pm to 8am with 11pm & 5am feeding (longest sleep overall)

Jan 28 - Tooth coming through in the bottom middle of his mouth.  There were a few nights that he woke up screaming and we think this explains it.

Jan 30 - liked sweet potatoes 

Sage is such a happy boy.  Watching him grow and learn is absolutely amazing.  I cannot believe how quickly six months have gone by.  Happy half birthday my sweet boy!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Time, Recent Eats & (lack of) Sleep Talk


I thought I'd pop in for some life chitchat.  My weekend consisted of spending time with my husband and baby boy, eating good food, and relaxing (while trying to get the house in order because there is absolutely no time during the workweek, but it really looks no different aside from a little less dog fur because I vacuumed a little).

In other news, Sage turns SIX MONTHS OLD tomorrow!  I blinked and six months went by.  Just last night he flipped over onto his tummy to go to sleep for the very first time.  My husband and I just stared at the monitor laughing as he stuck his butt in the air as he went to sleep.  So adorable.  

I also should mention that Sage is not sleeping through the night.  My lack of sleep is a big reason why I'm rather absent here.  Any chance for sleep I get, I take it.  We were down to one wake up each night for feeding, and then it went back up to two, and then three, and then back to two...basically we're all over the place.  Baby boy keeps me guessing.  Maybe it's a six month growth spurt?  I know this time will pass.  As crazy as it sounds, I try to soak up the moments I have with Sage in the wee hours.  I know he's going through big transitions right now - just started rolling lots and eating solids - so he's got a lot going on.  

Ideally I'd like to get down to one feeding.  I'd be a much more functioning individual I'm sure.  I truly worried how I would get through the workday when I was returning to work six weeks ago, but somehow you just plug along.  Yup, I got probably a 2 hour, 2.5 hour, and hour stretch of sleep last night.  The body adjusts.  I'm not saying it's easy...I'm just saying it's doable.  And it's 100% worth it.  Sage has his six month checkup next week and I plan on talking to the doctor about his nighttime feeding.  Because baby boy likes to eat in the night.  We make sure he gets plenty during the day, but he still wakes up...

Any suggestions?

And now, onto the food!

I was loaded up with Starbucks gift cards as birthday gifts and boy do I take advantage on my lunch hour most days.  There may not be caffeine in there, but the brisk walk to Starbucks sure wakes me up.

This breakfast (sprouted wheat toast + vegenaise + avocado + tomato) never gets old. 

I made banana bread with chocolate chips (of course!) over the weekend.  I love The Big Bang Theory and therefore love Mayim and am enjoying diving into her book.  So far I've also made her PB Shake and Penne Bake which were both scrumptious.

Last, but not least, I made tostadas over the weekend.  Ok, they turned into quesadillas because we put a top layer tortilla on top.  I roasted zucchini and a poblano to go with the mashed black bean insides.  They were topped with an avocado salsa.  Wowzers!  These are being added to the menu weekly.

That just about sums things up!

Parents:  When did you cut out the middle of the night feedings and how?

What's the best thing you ate lately?