Saturday, October 27, 2018

Something Saturdays (10/27/18)

Hihihi guys!!! I'm in a super good mood because this week has been quite lovely. Last weekend I loved having the entire time with my boys. Saturday we ran a few errands and ended up checking out a new bakery near-ish us that just opened up which I was cautiously excited about: Studio Bakery. NO CAUTION NEEDED. I lovelovelove it. It's a beautiful, modern, airy space and half of it is just an open area where you can see the 2 owners (one is the pastry chef, the other the decorator) at work. Both the owners are SO nice and sweet. And everything is made fresh with real and oftentimes local ingredients. In other words, everything I'm about. They also gushed about how cute James is so that's always a win, lol. I got their Chocolate Mousse Bombe and Michael got their fruit tart, and we shared a chocolate eclair. The chocolate bombe is pure chocolatey PERFECTION. Every bit of it is high quality and the texture and taste are amazing. Michael really loved the tart and the eclair was nice (but honestly compared to the other two's amazingness it's hard to focus on it). I actually returned again yesterday and got a chocolate peanut butter cupcake, another chocolate bombe, and a personal cherry pie for Michael. The cupcake was insane-the frosting is so peanut buttery and the cake was light and chocolatey. Michael doesn't even care for cupcakes but he went gaga over the bite he had. And he love love loved the pie. Look...suffice it to say...we're obsessed. I'm so happy. 

Other than that I just spent quality time with the boys last weekend, and mostly did the same with James this week. I did attempt to do some cleaning on Tuesday but...it didn't go well. My little man lost his marbles at the fact that he wasn't allowed in the bathroom with me while I cleaned. So, that's my situation. Otherwise, though, he was just so happy and affectionate and I love the little cutie. I did work Thursday but that's the only day this week I work! I have this weekend off so I can fully enjoy the festivities of my little buddy's 1st Halloween! Wish us luck!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

5 Ingredient Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce

5 Ingredient Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce
My Italian husband is, understandably, quite picky about sauce. But it's led to a hunt for the creation of his version of sauce perfection. I know one of his chief complaints about my sauces in the past has been that they weren't thick enough, so when I saw this method for roasting tomato sauce to achieve that thick texture as if it had simmered for hours on the stove but actually was just in the oven for a bit, I knew I needed to try it!
5 Ingredient Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce
And the results were YUM. This is actually my favorite sauce that I've made, thus far. It's admittedly still not quite Michael's perfection but he did really like it and oh my word the texture is dreamy and the flavor is just the perfect amount of garlic and richness. A total must-try!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Something Saturdays (10/20/18)


Hi guys! How's fall treating you? I'm not loving it, as per usual, I hate the cold and pretty much all of it BUT I am liking it much more than normal thanks to the sweet baby James! Last weekend we went with friends to a pumpkin patch (which also had a bunch of animals to see and pet and feed and a bunch of other stuff to see and explore) and we all had so much fun! It was the first time we've ever done something like that with James and it was great. At first he just stared at everything with wide eyes, taking it all in (typical for him) and then once we were in the big box of corn kernels (I don't know why, it was super fun though!) he warmed up and then had a great time! He was just so cute to watch, and then at the end we sat him down by the pumpkins and he picked one-and he loved it! He was so happy to have it and kept calling it a "ball" hehe. Tuesday he had another big day because Michael's brother and sister-in-law were briefly in town with their dog (the latter James had not met yet) and we went to dinner at their dad's house and it was really nice but funny to watch James and Millie (aforementioned pupper) meet. He was really wary at first and even cried when she got too close but then during dinner somehow she endeared herself to him because he ended up feeding her out of his hand (on purpose!) and giggling. The rest of the week was pretty typical stuff, just loving spending time with him. I had to work Thursday and Friday but I'm so happy because I have the whole weekend off! Yay! 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Something Saturdays (10/13/18)

Last weekend we had friends over and it was SO fun-it's a good reminder that we do need friend time lol. Even if that time also involved a squirmy crawly baby. This week has been pretty routine, nothing terribly exciting. 

Oh! But! The commercial I filmed with Michael and James is finally up and it's so so cute!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

James-10 Months!


Date: October 10, 2018

Sleeping Pattern: Literally exactly the same as last month! James sleeps pretty great 80% of the time (he has had a few issues from teething/separation anxiety but overall it's been good) he takes 2 naps during the day and sleeps about 10.5-11 hours at night usually.

Eating Habits: Great news-we've (at least currently) mostly gotten over the biting situation. So that's good lol. James nurses 4 times a day still, usually for 10-15 minutes (once in the morning, once late morning, once late afternoon, and once before bed). Solid foods are still going really well-he eats like a champ and we can give him almost anything (he may or may not decide he likes it but that's neither here nor there.) We're up to 3 full meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) + a pre-dinner snack. He's so cute and funny when he's eating: he'll do a little happy dance because he's happy and he's eating. When he wants more of something he usually starts kicking his legs and getting demanding (and sometimes says "mo") haha. When he's done he'll just sort of play around and frequently says "All done!" (more like "a-dun" or an insistent "DUN!"). One time I was nursing him and he stopped, said "all done" and then patted the other side because he wanted to nurse on that side-I diiiied. Also, for some strange reason, he sniffs his food before he eats it. It's so strange but also kind of cute.

Development & Firsts: It's been another big month developmentally!!! James got his 5th tooth (his top right lateral incisor). He can pull himself up to standing (and now does so on everythaaaang. NOTHING IS SAFE! Including his crib, we had to move that mattress down reeeal quick) and finally learned to sit himself up from laying. He can do a legit crawl (not just the army crawl). He can crawl up the stairs (with me following very close behind and worrying the entire time--we also installed the baby gates as a result.) He can walk if someone is holding his hands or if he's pushing the laundry basket around--he also stood up independently for about half a minute one time so that's coming. AND he's waving and clapping! So much happening and it's so fun and cute and craaazy.

Mischief: This child still has a mind very much of his own and is starting to get more vocal about protesting when you try to take him away from what he wants (since he's moving everywhere and getting into everything). One pretty funny example is one day Michael was having pizza and James reached for the crust so he let him grab it to have a bite. When he tried to take it back James would not let go and ended up yelling "ahhhh!" with a look of disgust that he would even attempt to take that pizza from him. The next day he was cranky because Michael was trying to eat the same pizza covertly across the room and ended up letting out a loud cry as if he'd been hurt but when I tried to see what was wrong I just saw him staring at Michael in betrayal and then he turned to me and made a pouty, pleading expression and "talked" in such a way that I could only ascertain the meaning to be "Mommy: daddy isn't sharing that's not nice!" One of the funniest moments of my young(ish) life. He still gets a little devilish grin sometimes when doing something he shouldn't or if he's crawling somewhere he shouldn't go and you say "Where are you going?" he'll start giggling and speed up. He also still enjoys shaking his head "no" at you.

Cuteness:  This section kills me every month because HOW CAN I POSSIBLY SUM UP ALL OF THE CUTENESS THAT IS MY BABY? He's still cute in all the ways he's always been. He loves music and dancing, he loves kisses, listening to him jabber and talk is amazing, even when he's yelling at you it's cute. His hair just keeps getting poofier (like his daddy's--it gets tall instead of long lol). His little toothy smile is the best (and sometimes you can just see one of his 2 front teeth peeking out which is killer). He's started sticking his tongue out to the side recently. Slow dancing is going strong, it is one of my favorite things to just put on a song and have him lay his head on my shoulder and snuggle me-it's one of the few times he's not trying to go go go. His face when he sees me after I've been gone is the best thing, he gets SO excited and usually starts to giggle and crawl over to me very quickly where he then gives me hugs and kisses. When his daddy gets home he hears the garage door and his face immediately lights up and he gets SO STOKED to see him! When he crawls up the stairs he's so proud of himself and starts giggling at the accomplishment (which is true of pretty much anytime he does something that he or we are proud of). Watching him just walking the laundry basket around is adorable. Whenever he claps it's so so sweet and fun, he's so happy! The waving hi and bye bye is cuteness. This baby still loves Batman and it's pretty epic haha-he just gets so excited to see him (on his rags, the big poster upstairs, etc.) and always points and goes "Bat!" And in the epitome of all cuteness, this story: One day during dinner Michael came over and put his arms around me. James' face lit up and this big grin slowly stole over his face. Michael then kissed me and James giggled. So we then kissed either side of his face and he was SO HAPPY and smiling and laughing and everyone was tearing up. It was one of the best moments of my life, my heart was so full. Honestly, he's just the sweetest cutest best baby. 

Nicknames: James-y, Jamesy-pie, Nugget (or Nug or Nuggy or Nuggy Nug or Nuggety or Nougat), Godzilla, Cutie McCuterson, Cuddle Bug, Snuggle Bunny, Kookaburra (because he's cooky), Mister, Sir, Bud/Buddy, Friend, Sweet Boy, Baby, Love (My love, little love, sweet love, lovey), Cutie patootie/pie, My Sweetie/Sweetie-pie, Sweet Pea, The Baby, Little/Sweet/Baby Boy (or any combo with any of the other nicknames listed-particularly Sir Baby and Mister Boy), Baby-man (Michael calls him this).

Talking: Still talking up a storm. Dada/dad's and mama/mum's happen a lot but he'll also say "hi" "buhbuh" (aka bye bye, while waving), "a-dun" (all done), "mo" (more), "yes"/"yeah", "Bat" (Batman-usually accompanied by pointing at whatever Batman thing he's seeing) and lots of other things. It's so cool and fun to see him communicating.

Favorites: Me and Michael. His grandparents and Aunt Shannan. Dancing/singing. Daddy's guitar. His piano/keyboard toy. Cuddles. Kisses. Spinning. Being tickled. Playing. Hair. Feet. Animal sounds. Books. Listening to/watching mommy sing Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Old McDonald, and Wheels on the Bus. Pushing the laundry basket around. Pulling himself up to stand on everything. Attention, in general. Baths. Food (strawberries, chicken, cheese, yogurt, carbs).

Dislikes: Getting hurt (we're officially in the stage of many many little bonks and tumbles thanks to his increased mobility. Luckily nothing has been bad yet but it's still heartbreaking to see him cry because he's hurt himself.) Green vegetables (not always and not all of them but they're tricky). Taking anything he wants away from him/telling him he can't have something/taking him away from somewhere he shouldn't be. People he's not used to who are not the super tiny like us and try to hold him. Not being able to sleep. Teething. Shots. Not being paid attention to for. Not being with mommy/daddy.

Concerns: James has been having some separation anxiety so he's extra clingy and I think it's affecting his sleep a smidge. Nothing terrible though so overall things are pretty great.

A Day in the Life: James wakes up around 7am (sometimes I'm lucky and he sleeps in until 7:15 or 7:20! Lately, though, he's been waking up closer to 6:30, grr) and then I nurse him. We then have some breakfast and then play/spend a little bit of time with daddy before he leaves for work. I then change his diaper and put him down for his nap around 9:30am. I get him up at 11am (or 11:30 at the latest if he's still asleep) and nurse him. We then have lunch and play-I usually also get something done at some point during this time (cleaning, cooking, laundry, errands, whatever I need). He goes back to sleep 3 hours after he woke up (so 2-2:30) and then gets up anywhere from 3:30-4 usually. I nurse him and then we have a quick snack while I cook dinner. After Michael gets home we all eat together and then have a little bit of playtime before our nightly routine. I nurse him at 7:30 and he's usually asleep and in his crib between 7:45 and 8.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Something Saturdays (10/6/18)

Hi guys! I know it's been a couple weeks, I took last Saturday off because it was just crazy so hiiii! Nothing particularly insane is going on around these parts, James is just crawling and pulling himself up on EVERYTHING so it's always an adventure. Today we're excited because we have friends coming over (which like never happens)-yay! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Banana Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes {Baby Led Weaning Recipes}

Banana Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes {Baby Led Weaning Recipes}
I've got another baby-approved recipe for you!!! These pancakes are AHHMAZING for everyone because they're super quick and easy to whip up and so healthy AND delicious!! Seriously, Michael and I both loved them almost as much as James (it's hard to compare to the amount of enthusiasm that little guy had for these pancakes. He devoured them in no time flat!) They also freeze great, I made a big batch and then froze most of them so I could easily just take one out and microwave it anytime little man needed his pancake fix.
Banana Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes {Baby Led Weaning Recipes}
I just love how healthy these pancakes are, they're mostly just bananas and oats! And you just blend all the ingredients in a blender: COULD NOT BE EASIER. I also added blueberries for my boys and because I'm a grown up and I can-and I don't dig blueberries-I added chocolate chips for myself. These were actually one of the first foods that baby James got excited about (he ate 2.5 pancakes in one sitting) and no one can blame him. You'll love them and feel good about eating them/feeding them to your family!

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