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The End of a Baby Stage

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This weekend marked a milestone in Cassidy’s life.

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She started potty training which means she isn’t a little baby anymore! Yes, she just turned 17 months a couple days ago, but she is ready. If she can follow simple commands like “go get Mommy the baby” she can follow simple commands like “go peepee on the potty”. You ask her where she is supposed to go potty and she points to it and she cheers every time Alyssa or I go. Alyssa was potty trained at the same age. The only problem we had was finding underwear for their tiny butts! She gets so excited when she goes on the toilet and has been pretty good about going to get on it by herself when she has to go. Given we are only 1 1/2 days in but she started off with a bang and went 5 times on Saturday. She was dry Sunday until church at noon but she even went on the public toilet at a birthday party in the afternoon. We are no where close to being fully potty trained but shes on her way! Its going to be a long couple weeks until she has it down and is ready for underwear full time but its worth it. It is sad for me that she’s not a little baby anymore, but not sad enough to want to keep washing cloth diapers!

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There has been lots of naked time around here this weekend. We still need to teach her how to pull down her own pants. So for now, naked is easier.

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So my weekend mostly consisted of potty training, as will the next few I’m sure. But I still had some time to make a meal plan for the week. My vegetable delivery box will come in extra handy this week as it allows me more time at home and less outings. Potty training really does require lots of at home naked time.

On Tuesday, this should arrive at my doorstep…

2 – Organic Bosc Pears 3 Count
1 – Organic Avocado 2 Count/s
1 – Organic Gala Apples 2 Count/s
1 – Organic White Mushrooms 8 Ounces
1 – Organic Green Pepper 2 Count/s
1 – Organic Whole Carrots 1 Pound/s
2 – NC Sweet Potatoes 2 Pound/s
1 – Organic Red Leaf Lettuce 1 Head
1 – NC Organic Green Cabbage 1 Count/s
1 – NC Organic Purple Top Turnips 1 Pound
1 – Organic Butternut Squash 2 Pound/s
1 – Organic Lemon 2 Count/s

Based around these fruits and veggies, my greens from the garden, and a few frozen, my week should look something like this…

Dinners:

Grass fed beef burgers on homemade rolls, baked potato wedges, peas

whole roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, and cabbage slow cooker meal

Mexican chicken bowls with brown rice, avocado, cheese, lettuce, and corn

Lemon Pepper flounder, turnips (not sure how to cook these), salad

Grilled chicken, roasted butternut squash mac n cheese, salad

Ham, beans, and greens soup (that I never made last week since we had more leftovers to eat than anticipated)

A get together with a bunch of friends at our house on Sunday…no clue what we are cooking still!

Breakfasts:

Steel cut oats with banana, chai seeds, and peanut butter x 2

Banana bread with a hard boiled egg or two on the side

Apple Omelets

Chicken sausage, egg, and cheddar on English Muffins

Greek Yogurt pancakes/waffles

Plain greek yogurt with almond granola

Lunches are always a mishmosh of leftovers, salads, yogurt, hummus and veggies, fruit, almonds and raisins, etc. I think I am going to make some chickpea burgers though one day because I’ve been craving them for some reason.

Does anyone have other breakfast ideas?? Since giving up processed cereals, I have gotten much more creative but I am still looking to expand my healthy breakfast options.

And does anyone know how to cook turnips? I assume I can just toss in olive oil and garlic salt and roast them like other root vegetables?

Newest Allergy Recommendations for Babies

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I have got some news for all you moms out there concerning food allergies. We went to the pediatric allergic today and he informed me that most pediatricians are behind in the times and recommendations have changed! More on that after our Munchkin Meals..

My munchkins eat the same things I make myself. Lunch around here is usually a combination of leftovers, vegetables, and yogurt. I try not to have to cook too much at lunch but if we don’t have any good raw veggies or leftover roasted ones, I will roast some up. We will also sometimes have green smoothies with peanut butter and banana (just banana for Cassidy) sandwiches if we have to take our lunch on the road like today.

Some of our lunches throughout the week included…

Leftover zucchini and chicken enchiladas in homemade sauce with a side of sauteed cabbage.

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An entire cans worth of homemade black bean and avocado hummus with 1 cucumber, 1 pepper, and a bag of baby carrots. Plus a bunch of pretzels. We took this lunch to the beach.

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Leftover zucchini, yogurts, whole wheat flatbread, and some bananas.

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So pretty much we just try and hit the vegetable, protein, fruit, and whole grain groups at lunchtime.

So on to the allergist. We went to the pediatric allergist today for the girls. Cassidy has an egg allergy and Alyssa has a tree nut allergy (cashews and pistachios). Both girls got retested by skin tests. Both of their reactions were really unexpected and just didn’t make sense so we had to re-test Cassidy twice and Alyssa 3 times. Not how I wanted to spend 4 hours on a Wednesday afternoon. They go for blood work tomorrow so we can better understand the severities. But anyway…I asked about when to give Cassidy other top allergens like peanut butter, nuts, fish, etc. I told him that when Alyssa was little my pediatrician recommended age 1, but now with Cassidy they recommended age 3. He said absolutely not, quite the contrary. He said pretty much all pediatricians are stuck behind in their research but Pediatric Allergists agree the sooner the better actually. Introduce fish, egg, shellfish, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat anytime after 6 months. The only one you should wait for is milk at 12 months. Obviously watch for choking hazards with peanuts and peanut butter though. He said studies are showing a significantly smaller amount of children in the Mediterranean having food allergies where they are introduced to nuts, fish, etc as soon as solids are introduced at 6 months. He said this is also being shown in the United States and Europe. So tomorrow, I am giving peanut butter a go with Cassidy in her oatmeal. We are headed to the hospital to get their blood work done anyway so at least we will be in a safe place if she does react. But remember, it is NOT the first time they try a food that they will have a reaction. Your body has to be sensitized to the allergen the first time and it’s the SECOND or possibly even the 10th time they are exposed that they will have a reaction. The reaction will occur between immediately and 2 hours from ingestion. So always watch your kids carefully after giving them the top allergenic foods. So he told me not to give her peanut butter right before bed since I obviously won’t be watching her closely when she sleeps. Just thought I’d pass this info along to any other moms out there!

Munchin Meals; Dealing with Food Allergies

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As of this past Sunday night, both of my girls have food allergies. Alyssa has a severe allergy to cashews, but we have to avoid all tree nuts and anything processed in a factory with tree nuts. We carry Benadryl and epi pens for her. We just found out Cassidy has an egg allergy on Sunday night. She has not been to the allergist yet so we don’t know how serious it is. We have no clue if her reactions will just be hives or full out anaphylaxis. She may be able to eat foods with egg cooked in them (like baked goods that baked in the oven for a long time) but just not things like scrambled eggs. Or she could have to avoid anything processed in a factory with eggs and need an epi pen as well. We can’t get an appointment with an allergist until August (!) but her pediatrician said to test it out and see if she can eat eggs cooked in things. How nerve wrecking is that? I’m not so sure I can do it. But IF I do, I think I am going to literally drive to the hospital and give it to her in the parking lot. I know, I am that paranoid mom! And since I am still breastfeeding, I can’t eat any foods containing egg either.

Breakfast: Cassidy had the two containers on the right. One was whole wheat bread and the other was organic pears. Alyssa’s breakfast was a chopped pear, a tiny piece of zucchini bread, and a cup of organic 2% milk.

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I knew Alyssa would have a snack about an hour later at vacation bible school so I kept her breakfast light. The heart shaped sandwich and the chocolate covered graham crackers were her snack I made for vacation bible school. Snacks are provided at VBS but they are prepared by different volunteers, so I can’t trust their kitchens are nut free. I found out what they were serving each day at camp, and I am recreating the same snack in my own kitchen every night. That way she can still have the same snack as the other kids but I feel comfortable knowing I made it. Today’s snack was a heart shaped jelly sandwich and chocolate dipped cookies. This is not usually something I would serve Alyssa at 10 am but it makes her feel normal eating the same thing as the other kids, so that makes me really happy to do for her. And making it myself means its healthier since my bread is whole wheat and the jelly is 100% fruit. The cookie is also a homemade whole wheat chocolate graham cracker.

Lunch:  Steamed green beans from my garden, cheddar cheese, watermelon, lentils

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This was Cassidy’s plate. Alyssa ate the same thing but about 3 times the amount. Alyssa has been an eating machine lately. I guess she’s going through a growth spurt.

Snack: Cassidy was nursed before her nap and Alyssa had a slice of chocolate zucchini bread.

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Dinner: Lentil tacos with organic baked sweet potatoes.

Cassidys portion was deconstructed…

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Alyssa’s portion…

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Snack: Cassidy had 2 oz breastmilk with 1/4 cup oatmeal. Alyssa had a couple pieces of watermelon and a hersey kiss.

And Cassidy also nurses 5 times total in the day. I don’t feel like she nursed all that much at each session though yesterday. Maybe its because she ate more solids than usual. Now that she is 10 1/2 months I guess solids will start taking over more and she will be nursing less. I would be lying if I said that makes me sad. I love nursing her, its such a sweet and calm time I get to spend with her every day.

And my proud mamma moment of the day? I asked Alyssa what kind of juice they gave her at VBS so I could add it to her Munchkin Meal. She said “I am not sure Mommy. I told my teacher I needed water instead because I knew you didn’t check the package on the juice to check if it was processed in a factory with tree nuts”. She is getting so responsible with her allergy lately! What 3 year old turns down juice (and bday cake at a party a couple weeks ago)? I felt terrible though because juice is pretty much always safe for her but I totally forgot to check and give her teacher the go ahead to give it to her. I am checking the label this morning so she can have juice the next 2 days with her friends. And if its not, I will be running to the grocery store really quick to pick her up some!

Another Good Weekend Turned Bad

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Let’s start off with the good… We kicked off our weekend on Friday blueberry picking. We have a pesticide free farm right down the street. We picked almost 4 pints of blueberries. The farm owner also sells zucchini, cucumbers, honey, eggs, and more depending on the season and his crop production. I talked to the owner about some zucchini growing tips and when it came time to pay he gave me a HUGE deal. 4 pints of blueberries, 5 cucumbers, and 2 squash for a whopping 5 bucks! And all pesticide free. One pint of organic blueberries are often more than $5 alone! We spent the rest of the day at the pool and the girls had an amazing time. Cassidy is fearless in the water just like her big sister!

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Saturday we went to Lowes for the kid’s build and grow workshop. Alyssa “bammed” as she says, which means hammered. She built a little wooden car and got a free pair of goggles and an apron. It was really cute! The rest of the day was pretty low key. We made some hummus and ate 3 of our cucumbers and 2 peppers out of our own garden.

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We also baked more homemade graham crackers and some cookie dough hummus for dipping.

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Sunday we went to church and I left Cassidy in the church nursery for the first time! I only left her for half the service because I didn’t want to let her get to the point where she was crying and fed up. She did great though. We had lunch at church and helped set up for the upcoming vacation bible school Alyssa will be attending all week. It’s the first time I have ever dropped her off somewhere and left. She has yet to go to preschool either. I am quite nervous, especially with her nut allergy. They assured me there was not nuts in anything they are serving and I was almost going to let her eat the same snack as the other kids. But I got a reality check and my paranoid parenting kicked back in on Sunday night and I decided I would pack her own snacks for the week. And for Thursday I am actually making snack for the entire VBS, 250 rice krispie treats! And what was my reality check?

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We had an allergy issue Sunday night. Although it wasn’t with Alyssa. I fried 2 organic eggs to top on a salad as part of dinner. I took the yolk out of one egg and fed it to Cassidy. After her second bite she started rubbing all over her face and I noticed she looked like this.

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She had hives all around her mouth. I remember this all too well from Alyssa’s reaction to cashews. I washed her down, took the egg out of her mouth, and called ask a nurse. She told me babies can’t have egg whites before one, something I already knew. And I am that overly paranoid mom that follows ALL the rules. If she was 11 1/2 months, I still wouldn’t have given her the whites until her actual 1st birthday. I told the nurse I knew that and I only gave her the yolk.

Then get this…she says “well do you think the white could have accidentally touched the yolk?”. Umm are you serious? Of course the yolk touched the white, haven’t you ever seen an egg?! The yolk is surrounded by the white! I obviously meant to remove all the egg white, but maybe there was a tiny bit left on there? But at 10 1/2 months, she is pretty close to 1 and I know plenty of moms who give their kids scrambled eggs well before 1, so it shouldn’t have been a huge deal if a microscopic piece of egg white was left on. But apparently it was. She has eaten egg yolks plenty of times the last month or two with no problem and has eaten things like pancakes and breads made with egg (which is considered ok before 1).

We are headed to her pediatrician tomorrow morning and then to a pediatric allergist soon after.

Not even a fresh loaf of chocolate zucchini bread could make this better. Although it was quite tasty.

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So now I guess we will have a nut free and egg free house. And since I am breastfeeding I think I am going to have to avoid egg containing foods as well. I just don’t understand… I feed them so healthy, they rarely eat processed foods, and I follow all the recommendations on introducing allergenic foods…why are so many kids developing food allergies these days?

Munchkin Meals

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A Healthy Slice of Life is hosting a link up similar to What I Ate Wednesday except its for our kiddos. Love the idea since I am always curious what other kids the same age as mine eat. As a whole, I try to feed my babies only organic whole foods. I am pretty successful while we are at home, and we do eat at least 95% of our meals at home. But maybe 2-3 times a month we will have a meal out, and its harder to control the health factor when someone else is cooking for you.

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For the most part my 10 month old, Cassidy, still gets the majority of her nutrition from breast milk. She nurses for 5-10 minutes at each feeding which happens roughly at 830 am, 1130 am, 215 pm, 515 pm, 815 pm. Her nursing has gotten very efficient lately and I estimate she gets about 25-30 ounces a day. But that is a complete and total guess since I just breast feed and she has never taken a bottle, little stinker! She goes in waves as to how much solid food she eats. She is on an eating spurt right now so this is definitely at the higher end of what she eats.

Breakfast (915): 1/4 banana and 1/4 cup brown rice puffs.

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These puffs have 1 ingredient, puffed brown rice. No sugar, salt, additives, or preservatives. Sometimes she won’t eat any solid food for breakfast at all, I guess maybe she drinks a lot of breast milk upon waking so she’s still full. I’d say she only eats breakfast 3 times a week. I always offer it, but she throws it on the floor if she doesnt want it.

Lunch(1 pm): 1/4 avocado, 1/4 peach, 1/4 hotdog bun.

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Since we were at another carnival today, I let her gnaw on a bun. I brought the avocado and peach proportioned.

Dinner(6pm): 1/4 organic chicken sausage, 1/2 ear corn on the cob (but she only probably got half the corn off),  homemade baked “french fries”.

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The fries were just sliced potatoes roasted with a little olive oil. She LOVED the potatoes. I slide a little food towards her at a time because otherwise she ends up playing with it and shoving it all on the floor.

Bedtime Snack (715 pm): 2 oz breast milk mixed with 1/4 cup baby oatmeal cereal (for iron since I don’t give her those nasty multivitamins and she doesn’t drink any formula, which is often fortified with iron)

So over the course of the day she got 2 servings fruit, 3 servings vegetables, 4 servings whole grain, and 1 serving protein. Everything was organic besides the hotdog bun and corn on the cob. Usually she has protein and cheese at lunch as well but I didn’t want to feed her a hotdog and didn’t want to bring meat and cheese out in the heat and risk it spoiling. She LOVES cheese. I’d say its her favorite food. Maybe i should start giving it to her at breakfast since I know she’ll eat cheese anytime!

According to WebMD babies 5-12 months need an average of 850 calories per day. Cassidy got roughly 350 from solid foods and 450-550 (again a very rough estimate) from breast milk, so 800-900 total.

Alyssa, who is 3 1/2, ate…

Breakfast (845 am): 1 cup multigrain cheerios, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup 1% milk on top. 1 cup 1% milk in a cup.

Lunch (1 pm): Smoothie with banana, strawberries, almond milk, and spinach (at 1130 am). 1/2 hotdog with bun.

I made Alyssa and myself smoothies for on the way to the carnival since I didn’t know what kind of food would be available. I do this quite often if I know we will be eating an unhealthier meal out.

Dinner (6 pm): 3/4 chicken sausage, pile of baked fries, 3/4 corn on the cob.  Quite a few homemade graham crackers and 1/4 of a banana for dessert.

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Overall Alyssa had 3 servings fruit, 3 servings vegetables, 3 servings protein, 2 servings dairy, 4 servings whole grain. According to WebMD a 3 year old should consume between 1000-1400 calories depending on activity level. She ate roughly 1150.

Feeding Philosophy:

I take slightly different approaches to the way I feed my baby versus my preschooler. Cassidy is only 10 months so she never gets what we call “special treats”. Special treats are a lollipop, a donut, a rice Krispy treat, etc. Alyssa gets them sometimes, mostly when we are out at a birthday party or BBQ, which is quite frequent in the summer months. I also bake a lot in the evenings with Alyssa so she will eat our (mostly) healthy creations. Cassidy has never tasted anything sweet like cake, ice cream, cookies,etc. And she doesn’t know any better so I figure why would I introduce those things to her. She thinks fruit is dessert and I’d like to keep it that way as long as possible.

Once Alyssa hit around 2, she realized hmmm cookies are good! So now that she is older, she has those things sometimes, although mostly homemade. I feel like if i restrict her from having any unhealthier type foods then she will just want it all the more since you always want what you can’t have. She its not that she “can’t” have those things, its just a “special treat”. I treat her diet the same way I treat my own eating. She eats healthy the majority of the time but if we are at a BBQ, sure she can have a couple chips and a cookie, but not until she eats her veggies and protein.

As far as drinking goes, Cassidy is still on breast milk only. She doesn’t even like water out of a sippy cup. I have bought like 5 different sippy cups and she just doesn’t like them. She’ll play but won’t drink. Alyssa drinks organic milk (usually 2%) or water. At almost 4, she has yet to try soda, and I plan on keeping it that way as long as I can. I don’t drink it, so she has no reason to. Maybe once or twice a month she will have a cup of juice if we are at a party and other kids have it. Even 100% fruit juice is just the sugar from fruit, not the good fiber and nutrients. She eats plenty of whole fruit though. Smoothies however you get the whole fruit and she loooooves them! But again, I have to let her be a kid and a couple juice boxes every now and then makes her pretty happy!

I have never made either of my kids special “kid food”. Why would I cook myself and Dave something healthy and then put junk into their growing bodies? As a stay at home mom I know I am lucky to have the time to cook healthy for my family and I absolutely love doing it! I am not a perfect parent by any stretch, but I have complete control over what goes into their bodies so I do the best I know how to do. Alyssa asks for fruit or carrots for dessert sometimes so I think I’m doing pretty good forming healthy habits.

Weekend Wrap Up and Cassidy’s 10 Month Update

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How in the heck is my baby girl already 10 months? Famous words of a parent, I know! Time really does fly. Before I go into Cassidy’s stats, I’ll recap my low key weekend.

We ate lots of fresh healthy dinners with vegetables from our own gardens! Friday night’s dinner had green beans from my garden as well as a fresh pesto I made with basil from my garden.

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Sunday nights dinner had veggies from my mom’s boyfriend’s garden. He lives on a farm and has a legit garden/farm, not just a little backyard one. He sent me home with more potatoes and peas than most families could ever consume before going bad. But I will be eating them everyday until they are gone, I don’t mind repeats and leftover, especially when its repeats of fresh home grown vegetables. I roasted them up with a couple of Trader Joe’s chicken sausages, olive oil, and parsley, oregano, and basil from my own garden.

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Speaking of gardens, mine took a huge hit this weekend. I found out I have grubs or squash borers that completely destroyed ALL of my squash plants. HUGE bummer to put it lightly! I had butternut squash, yellow squash, zucchini squash, and spaghetti squash all growly beautifully a few days ago and now they are all dead.

I drowned my sorrows in a rolo McFlurry last night to make it all better. It helped a little.

Now on to the cutest, sweetest 10 month old baby around, Cassidy Blaire! Cassidy is still the same little angel baby she has always been but now she is go go go. She is always moving and active and its getting harder to get her to sit still in places like church. She made it about 40 minutes on my lap with snacks and patty cake before I had to take her into the “mother’s room”. In her defense, church is right in the middle of her morning nap so she is forced to nap later on the way home from church in her seat on Sundays.

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Sleep:

Still a STELLAR sleeper. Like seriously unreal. She’s out by 830 pm and wakes up at 830 am. Some days even longer. Friday night she was out by 815 pm and I woke her at 930 am because we had somewhere to be that morning! She naps for about 1-2 hours in the morning or sometimes a nap in her car seat if we are out and about which is usually only 45 minutes-1.5 hours. Then she naps in the afternoon for 2-2.5 hours, sometimes closer to 3 if she had a shorter morning nap. She adapts beautifully to our hectic schedules and naps whenever she can. We are usually home for her afternoon nap though so she has some nap consistency and I do keep a relatively strict bedtime. She goes to bed late maybe once a month if we are out at a party or friends house but I really try to be home by bedtime.

Eating:

She is still breastfed mostly. She nurses at 830 am (or wakeup time), 1130, 230, 530, and 820. So that’s 5 times a day. She eats a small breakfast of bananas and some days some rice puffs. Lunch is a fruit, vegetable, protein, and whole grain. Dinner is a vegetable, protein, whole grain. A little cheese is offered at either lunch or dinner and is her favorite food of all time. She eats baby cereal mixed with 2 oz breast milk around 7 pm each night. She eats mostly organic, well I guess we all do. She just eats what we eat, no baby purees or anything. She is not picky at all so far and eats whatever I make the rest of the family to eat. I just cut it in little pieces and she feeds herself. So a modified baby led weaning approach I guess. Sometimes I give her the bunch chunks of food for her to bite, like bread or a green bean, but I cut up most of her food.

Milestones:

She pulls herself up on anything and everything and can climb really well. I found her on top of Alyssa’s little tykes picnic table in the playroom. I went to the bathroom real quick and ran back to see her so proud of herself that she made it to the top in record speed. She is starting to walk behind her little push car but I don’t foresee her walking on her own this month. I am expecting closer to a year old, but who knows.

And we can now do pigtails, that’s a milestone, right?!

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Stats:

These are unofficial since I did them at home. She is 29.25 inches long and 17.75 lbs. That puts her in the 95% for height and 30% for weight. We only have 3/4 of an inch left until she outgrows her infant carrier. I am dreading this because she still falls asleep in her carrier a lot and its nice to be able to snap it out of the car and just sit in the house for her to keep napping.

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Speaking of percentages, I looked up growth charts today to get her percentages and there are 2 different ones commonly used. One is from the CDC and that’s the one my pediatrician uses. It averages all babies in the United States. However the other one is the WHO growth chart and it is made from averages across the world (I think it said from 4 different developed countries) ONLY from babies who were exclusively breastfeed for at least 4 months and are still nursing by 12 months. So the WHO growth chart would obviously be more accurate for us and it puts her at a higher percentage for weight.

I really don’t know what I did to deserve this easy easy baby. Maybe its to balance out little miss sassy pants Alyssa. Alyssa is so sweet and caring and hilarious but girl has a little attitude on her when she wants. Dave better watch out because if all my future children are as easy as Cassidy and fun as Alyssa, I may want 10!

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9 Months and Counting

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How is it possible that my baby is 9 months old? I know every parent says this a million times but its true. I feel like I was just pregnant with her and its been almost a year ago! You can read my birth story here, it’s a good one that will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure! (It did us!!)

Personality:

Cassidy’s personality is really coming through lately. She is no longer the quiet passive baby who just sits around. She is getting stubborn and sassy, which was inevitable. If you’ve met her older sister Alyssa, it would be no surprise. And honestly, all of our kids are bound to be that way because Dave and I both are. Its crazy around here! Cassidy now has a mind of her own. She protests if she wants something but can’t reach it.

She gets really mad if I am eating something and not sharing with her. She will yell and wiggle until she gets her way. Then give me a big goofy grin when she gets what she wants. And they say you can’t spoil a baby. I could not disagree more! I think its ok that babies are spoiled, but lets call a spade a spade. Its being spoiled. But I love spoiling my babies, as long as it doesn’t turn into being a spoiled brat. I am thinking the concept of time out is in our near future. I started with Alyssa around 1. For now I will give her a simple “no” and redirect her though.

Milestones:

She crawls everywhere. Mostly the army crawl (or LOW crawl as my Marine Corps husband corrects me). She can crawl on all fours but it hurts her knees on our hardwood floors and tile so she opts for the scoot. And shes faster scooting than real crawling.

She pulls up on everything

Can get herself from crawling, to sitting, to pulled up, back down, etc. Sometimes the getting back down isn’t as graceful as she’d like but she has a hard head.

Waves Hi and Bye.

Says Mama, Dada, and Bo-Dee (Brody, our dog)

Feeding:

She still nurses a good amount. She nurses when she wakes up between 830 to 9 am, 1130, 230, 515, 715, and then just a top off before bed around 825. I am planning on dropping her 715 feeding soon but she is just cranky around that time and a quick nursing session seems to cure it. So we’ll see.

We are doing all tiny chunks of food and no purees. She hated purees and its just easier to give her what we are eating anyway. She eats a meat, veggie, fruit, and breastmilk mixed with cereal around 1230 for lunch. Dinner is a meat, veggie, carb around 545. She then eats 2 oz breastmilk mixed with baby cereal at 745. I did this when she was smaller so I would load her belly up before bed and she’d stay full. Now that shes getting older I’ll probably move things around a little. But again, it works for us so we’ll just go with it. She rarely eats breakfast since she drinks a ton of breastmilk in the morning but she will occasionally have a little banana or pancake while she sits at the table with us. So she eats a lot, but is still so skinny…maybe she’s our little hummingbird and just has a really fast metabolism.

Sleeping:

My little girl is still a rockstar in this area. She has been sleeping through the night since about 6 weeks old and she continues on. We start bedtime around 8 pm and she is asleep in her crib by 830 pm. She usually wakes up around 830 am. If she’s especially tired, like tonight, she will go down more like 815 and will sometimes sleep as late as 9 am. Yep, thats 12 solid hours, sometimes closer to 13. I thank her every morning! I am a person who needs sleep. 8-9 hours is what I need to have my normal energy levels, so I am so grateful for her sleeping well. I usually nurse her until shes really sleepy, which only takes about 2 minutes. Some nights shes too full or too tired and won’t nurse and just wants in her bed, like tonight. Other nights she falls pretty much asleep in those 2 minutes. (ETA: She slept from 815 pm last night to 930am this morning, a new record of 13 hours 15 minutes! I actually woke her at 930 so we could get our day going, not sure how long she would have slept!)

Naptime is pretty good as well. IF we are home in the morning she will sleep from 10-1130. We are usually out and about though so she will take like a 45 mintue nap from like 11-1145. We are usually home for her afternoon naps, which are roughly 230-430. I lay her down awake and she is usually asleep within 5 minutes. Sometimes she’ll cry for 10 minutes before falling asleep, sometimes she sucks her thumb right to sleep.

Stats:

My baby is a little bean pole. Alyssa was a fat baby. Rolls everywhere. Cassidy is this little skinny tall baby. I fed them on the exact same schedule but every kid is just different I am learning.

Height: 28.75 inches (92%)

Weight: 16.5 lbs (20%)

Head: 17.9 inches (90%)

The doctor said she looks great and not to worry at all about her being petite. He said since my husband and I are both small builds, she may just be small. But she obviously has his height though. He is 6’1.5” and I am 5’3.5”. She is growing and is in the same percentiles every checkup so he said that’s what matters. If she all of a sudden drops into the 5th percentile for weight, then we may be concerned. But for now, just keep doing what we’re doing. Great thing to hear!

And just to show you Alyssa around the same age, at the beach as well. Check out those thighs!

AI can’t believe she will be 1 before we know it. She will be walking around soon. Just thinking of it makes me tear up. I feel like as soon as a baby walks, they are a toddler and not a baby. I need my baby to stay a baby! Although I am excited for her to walk because crawling results in her hands being all over dirty floors, which is particularly unsanitary for a thumb sucker.

I love you Cassidy Blaire more than anything in the world. You are the sweetest, most smiley, baby ever and love you more every day! Your dimples melt my heart time and time again with every smile. I swear if every baby was like Cassidy the world would be so overpopulated because everyone would have like 15 kids!

I am so lucky to have the little girls I have, I wouldn’t change a thing about either of them!