Friday, May 22, 2015

My Day Off


It's Friday and I'm off from work and it's awesome.  Sage's sitter is on vacation today so I took off from work to be with my boy.  Having Friday off is just great and I think we should all get together and change the workweek to be just Monday through Thursday.  Agreed?

Because I have the day off, I took the time to make Sage a homemade breakfast of blueberry oatmeal.  I'm really trying to do more of his food homemade now rather than the jars we were buying.  Sage just loves those organic Beech Nut jars though.  He's hooked and now I'm trying to get him hooked on real food.  He did love the oatmeal I made this morning though.  I cooked Bob's Red Mill gluten-free quick oats and then blended the cooked oats with organic blueberries, tsp. of brown rice syrup, and a splash of breast milk.  Yum!

Sage and I started out the morning by grocery shopping at 8AM.  Wegmans on a Friday at this time is pretty fantastic because there's not many people there.  Sage and I just strolled through the store.  No rush...

Sage decided he didn't want to take a morning nap so we went on a walk in our neighborhood instead (I was hoping he would fall asleep on this walk, but he didn't...).  

We went to the playground...

And visited the lake...

It was lunch time when we got home so again I wanted to make something homemade.  This time it was peas and quinoa.  Sage liked the fresh peas, but the quinoa wasn't a hit.  I think it's the texture that bugs him, but he did play with it on his highchair tray for a good 15 minutes.  After lunch, baby boy got sleepy and I just put him down for a nap.  Sounds good, right?  Nope, because we have his 9 month checkup at the doctor in 25 minutes.  Oh silly boy, this is not nap time.

So I'm just eating a bowl of quinoa with vegan parmesan and olive oil and sipping on my organic energy drink (thanks to the arrival of my Vegan Cuts box) and I have to go wake up Sage in approximately 5 minutes.  

What are you up to this weekend?  I hope you get a long weekend too!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Running Buddy + Half Marathon

Hi there!

My husband just left to work at our community garden and Sage went down for a nap; therefore, time for me to get a post up!  This morning Sage got up at 5AM which is awesome because he went to bed at 8PM, meaning he slept all night.  This is a BIG deal.  To all the mamas out there who think a full night of sleep will never happen, it will.  My baby boy is 9 months old and this was the first time.  I'm so proud of him.  Of course I still woke up at 2AM and starred at the monitor then promptly tried to get back to sleep.

After Sage had his breakfast, we took off for my run.  I ran 2 miles on the treadmill on Saturday and had no plans for today, but we ended up going 2.5 miles.  I felt stronger too.  Running with Sage in the jogger is work, but it is a blast.  He's officially been promoted to my new running buddy.  Jax, my pup, will be jealous, but I'll make sure he still gets out there too.  

Here’s the deal:  I’m kind of-sort of-maybe-definitely training for a fall race.  My brain has made the decision that I am and now my body just needs to listen to my brain.  Easier said than done.  I can’t decide it I should be getting up at 5AM and trying to run, but sometimes Sage is already awake and that’s not an option, or if I should run when he goes to bed around 8PM, but then my hubby and I just want to hangout, relax, and catch up on our shows.  Big dilemma, right?  In the distant past I’ve run just once during the workweek and twice over the weekend.  I think that sounds like the way to go right now.   I ran both days this weekend, so if I get in a midweek run that will be perfect.  
There's a half marathon by me in October.  Of course there's the marathon too, but I think aiming for a half is smarter right now.  That gives me 22 weeks.  That's a lot of time to train for a half so there's not much pressure and I plan to just get out there.  I figure if I do something like add an extra mile every other weekend I'll be golden.  I don't think I'm going to make any formal training plan this time around.

I run because it makes me feel so darn good.  I’m not saying I always feel great while running (definitely not!) but I love the post run high and feeling of accomplishment.  It’s freaking amazing.

Well I better go do something productive while Sage naps and then we are going visit my hubby at the garden.  We've got to go to Target today too (and definitely the Starbucks in Target, woowoo!) and then get out there for another walk because it's a gorgeous one.

Also, I'm thinking of chopping my hair off like this...


Hope you have a nice day!

How's your weekend?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sage: Month Nine Baby Update

Hi there!

Happy 9 months old to Sage!  What an incredibly fun age.  Sooo much development and learning of new skills took place this month for Sage.  He seemed to change everyday!  It's just fantastic to be a part of.  I've got about a million photos from this month.

Here are the updates:

Likes:  Sage likes to be on the move!  He still enjoys is bouncy chair and rolling chair, but he seriously wants his floor time now.  He is all over by army crawling and up on all fours.  Suddenly he’ll have gone from the family room to the kitchen.  If we are sitting on the floor with him, Sage loves to crawl over us.  We are no obstacle to him!  He still likes to crawl to Jax and “pet” him.  He just started pulling himself up on the ottomans too (more on that below!).


Dislikes:  Sage is a very happy boy, but he gets cranky if he’s got a dirty diaper (duh), hungry, or tired.  All completely understandable.

Playing:  All day long Sage plays, plays, plays!  He is much better at manipulating toys.  He presses buttons, maneuvers toys, picks up his toy ball, and loves watching toys light up.  Peek-a-boo is a great time as well.  When Sage is sitting in his highchair, I duck down below and then pop up and he thinks it is hilarious.

Eating:  For most of the month, Sage was eating three meals each day consisting of rice cereal, oatmeal, or barley mix with a veggie or fruit puree, and then drinking bottles (breast milk) as well.  However, Sage had a rash appear on his face at the end of the month and we decided to limit his diet to eliminate a food allergy as a possibility.  For the last week Sage has just been having just rice cereal and breast milk.  We learned that Sage has eczema though so we are now reintroducing foods.  First up was some homemade sweet potatoes!

Sleeping:  Sleep got worse and then better.  At the beginning of the month Sage started getting up twice each night.  Eight month sleep regression?  That then progressed to just up once in the night for a feeding.  And then for the first time this month Sage went ALL NIGHT without a feeding.  We had to do a little bit of sleep training to encourage Sage to self soothe.  Good job, baby boy!

New this month:

Sage now has 5 teeth!

Sage sat up in his crib for the first time this month (we promptly lowered the crib).

Sage pulled himself up into standing position for the first time this month.

Sage pulled himself up on the ottomans and can walk along while holding on.  

He’s learning to sit/fall more gracefully  from the standing position as well.

Loves the baby swing at the playground.

Loves standing in daddy's lap looking out our front window.

We learned Sage has eczema from the dermatologist.  We are working on making it better for our boy.  Luckily he's happy as a clam, it just doesn't look so great to his parents.

Key dates:

April 15 - congested, up 3 times in the night 

April 21 - Awake 11-3AM, but the next day his first top tooth was in!

April 24 -19 pounds 5 oz at DR, had a mild ear infection

April 24 - Tried to pull himself up using bar in tub, got pretty close!

April 28 - Standing holding onto couch, trying to pull himself up in tub more

April 28 - Slept 7:30-6 with feeding at 1:30

April 29 - Pulled himself into standing position in the tub

May 2 - 19 pounds 10 oz

May 3- Sitting in crib!!! And pulled himself into standing position using the ottoman in family room

May 5 - Started feeding Sage just rice cereal and breast milk (trying to determine if he has a food allergy)

May 9 - Went out to lunch and Sage was drinking water out of a little cup.  Also, first time sitting in the cart at Trader Joe's - loved it!

May 8 - First time for no night feeding! Slept 8:35-5:50 - cried for 10 min at 11 then fell back asleep until morning

Everyday Sage seems older.  He's looking more like a little boy than baby (sigh...) and we are just loving every minute with him.  I still can't believe it's been 9 months.  Onto the next!

Did your baby get eczema?  Any advice?

When did you wean from breast milk and/or formula?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Three Runs Down + Grilling Eats


I'm back again and I've run twice since my last post.  Woohoo!  They've only been two mile runs, but hey, that counts for something.  I'm slowly finding my stride again.  Tuesday's run was after work on the treadmill and this morning Sage and I hit the road.

It had just rained so it was wonderfully humid.  I don't normally enjoy the humidity, but it wasn't sunny, so it actually was kind of nice.  I felt hardcore and Sage had a blast enjoying the ride and playing with his toy (and of course watching his mommy look crazy trying to keep a decent pace).

Other news:  we own a grill!  My parents gave my hubby and I one for our Mother's Day/Father's Day present, and what an amazing gift it is.  Wow does grilling make dinner time so much easier.  Veggie burgers and dogs + veggies + sides of baked beans and pasta salad...YUM!

I got close to a six hour stretch of sleep last night which is pretty miraculous.  I think baby Sage was giving his mommy a Mother's Day present.  We are working hard with Sage to encourage him to self soothe if he wakes up in the night.  The last two nights he hasn't fed in the night and this morning he slept in until 7AM.  That's nuts.  I was up at 5:30 thinking he'd be up any moment, but nope.  I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, made breakfast, played on my iPad - it was really relaxing.  

Today we are going out to lunch for my Mother's Day celebration because tomorrow we're traveling to see our moms.  I feel so blessed to be Sage's mommy!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

What are you up to?

What's your favorite grill foods?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A 2 Mile Start and then Pancakes


Sage is currently babbling away in his crib, rolling around, not wanting to nap, so I figured it was an ideal time to do a post.  I posted this the other day and then of course it motivated me to get in a run.  

This gorgeous Saturday morning Sage and I took off on the road.  My first run with the jogger and boy was it a workout, but so much fun!  My arms are going to get strong running this way.  We have a treadmill in the basement and I'd like to do some treadmill running along with jogger running.  That's the plan (but really I'm not making any plans).  I did two tough miles this morning.  I'd say that's a good start.  I felt so happy to be running again.

Before heading out the door for the run, I drank a glass of water and ate a scoop of peanut butter.  My cliff gels were expired, but I wanted a little fuel.  When we got back from the run, it was pancake time.  Of course I discovered there was no maple syrup after I had made the batter.  No problem!  I added chocolate chips and smothered the pancakes in earth balance and I was good to go.  I used this recipe and added a tablespoon of chia seeds and ground flax.  Super tasty!  Sage played and I ate.  

Side note:  Sage has just fallen asleep as I continue to write this post.  I knew he was tired!  Oh sweet boy...

 We are currently in the process of making the outside of our home look nicer.  We have a really wet yard.  Yeah, fun stuff with two dogs.  We just had six trees taken down (they were dead) and now we need to grow grass and level out the yard so it doesn't look like we are surrounded by a lake when it rains.  You don't realize these things when you buy a house in the dead of winter.  My husband is meeting with the company to talk about the plan this morning.

I need a shower and I'm considering getting my hair chopped off to chin length.  I've been wearing it in a ponytail everyday at work anyways.  Maybe a fresh cut is in order.  We'll see.

With running comes more posts on the horizon because I enjoy tracking my runs and it keeps me accountable.  Plus, I love hearing from you!  I'd really like to do a race in 2015 - half marathon or marathon, I haven't decided yet.  I've only run two miles, but it only takes two miles to get me jazzed up about training.  I had signed up for a March half that never happened because, well, that's life, so maybe a fall race?  Then I could do lots of summer running!

What are you up to this weekend?

What's new in your world?

Any race plans?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I'm Still A Blogger

Hi there!

You may have thought I quit blogging. Well, aside from the Sage monthly updates that I've kept up with.  I swear that's not the case.  I'm still here and I still love this little space of mine.  I just haven't had the time or maybe I should say the desire to blog.  Hmm...that's not really it though.  The truth is that the time I have to blog is at night after Sage has gone to bed and I've done all I need to do to prepare for the next day, but by that time I just want to hangout with my husband and go to sleep.  

It boils down to the fact that Sage isn't sleeping through the night and I'm just tired.  Some days more than others.  I wouldn't change it for the world, but I truly haven't slept all that much in the last nine months, so priorities change.  Thanks for understanding.

Let me try to update you on my life a bit!

I started a new job two months ago and it's going great.  I still work in the legal field but no longer in the law firm setting.  I get home a little earlier each night to my family - hooray!  The weather is finally nice and I've been walking on lunch with a friend and at night my husband and I try to get out with Sage in the stroller and the dogs alongside.  The weeks just fly by.  April seemed nonexistent.

I'm on a kick of shakes for breakfast and monster salads for lunch.  Dinner is whatever we can scrape together quickly so we can play with Sage as much as possible before he goes to bed.  I've been enjoying many bowls of soy and/or coconut milk ice cream for dessert especially Trader Joe's chocolate cherry soy ice cream, delish!

And running... No update there.  I just can't get up any earlier - I get up at 5:45 as it is - and then I already explained my nighttime.  It's the lack of sleep factor.  It's the reason.  Sleep is just more important right now.  That being said, I feel a change in the air.  Sage is almost 9 months old and we are going to cut out that middle of the night nursing session.  I've been trying to do this for a bit.  It's a habit now and a tough one to break!  I'm so inspired to get running with the nicer weather.  Plus I work with people who are avid runners and hearing about their running just makes me want to get out there even more.  The universe is telling me that I need a good run.  Sage in the jogger and mama running...its on the weekend agenda.

So there's my brief update.  I'll be back soon.

How are you?

Mamas:  How did you cut the middle of the night feeding?

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!