Happy Halloween!

I couldn't resist sharing these two photos that I took right before we hosted a babies halloween party.
"Rawrr"-I trained V to speak in Dragon for the party ;) Luckily he likes to imitate everything we say/do right now

It was absolute chaos having nine babies and mamas over for a few hours of dress up fun, but so hilarious to see all the little ones in costume. I had a little giggle after everyone left, vacuuming up feathers and pieces of little blue fluff (thanks to cookie monster).

Hope you all have a wonderful halloween!

Eight Months

I am prettttyyyy sure I just posted a 7 month update which means either

a) I don't post very often 
b) V is growing up too fast
c) all of the above

I'm going to go with c. Note to self: This has turned into a baby blog. I can't help it! This space was meant to be about my life and loves, and he is very much both those things right now. And always. 
I hope you guys don't mind ;)

Eight Months: 

Still waiting on that elusive first tooth. Although if today was any indication, it should be soon. There is a massive bump on his gum line and man, was he fussy. Is it bad his sad face is so cute and one of my favourite faces?

We both experienced our first colds of the season. We always seem to get sick after playdates, but I know how important it is to keep him socialized. Plus he loves to watch big kiddos so much! 

Celebrated Dad's birthday and Thanksgiving all in one go (as per usual). You loved your turkey dinner (as per usual-thi skid loves to eat!) Gobble Gobble #rollsfordays

Mom is working hard on putting together a play space for you upstairs. Stay tuned for a playroom reveal soon! (I can't wait-Designing kiddo spaces is my absolute fav)

Oh, and you swung on your first swing. And loved it. At least I think you did...you were too busy watching all the big kids play on the slides to smile for the camera. 

Happy Birthday, Daddy. Now gimme your pie

Baby Food

I'll admit, when it came to switching gears from solely bottle feeding to introducing solid food, I felt a little lost. Luckily our local hospital has a great free course on starting solids-and you are more than welcome to bring your little one! The course was great on learning the basics, like what foods to start with, types of textures, how to prepare the food etc. But...after we started rice cereal and runny puree's I was left wondering...now what?! How can I make this interesting and fun for my little guy (and for me, too!)

Enter Baby Foode. Hands down the best baby/toddler cookbook and blog I have stumbled upon.
There are so many great suggestions and pairings I would never think of, including adding spices and herbs to make things more exciting and flavourful!

We just introduced dinnertime meals as a family which are my absolute favourite. I love that Vince can share in what we eat (typically salmon, chicken pieces, veggies, soups and sometimes that ground beef he loves so much). I just can't wait for the day he learns to feed himself so this mama can finish a hot meal for once!

Typical Breakfast: Mashed banana with cinnamon, greek yogurt with peach puree, and raspberry

Another great help was the book Baby Led Weaning. While I don't like to subscribe to any one thought or style of parenting, I did value the book and it's suggestions on how to teach your little one to explore food and to self feed. In between purees and small mashable solids, I also like to give V the chance to feed himself something new. This usually means long pieces of whole fruit and vegetables.

Chomping on a watermelon 'finger'

I know the book has been very helpful to a few of my girlfriends with babies Vince's age who are just not that interested in puree's on solids as of yet. It's been a great way to introduce their kiddos to food with low stress for everyone involved :)

Seven Months

My main man turned 7 months on our first family vacation !

V is around 16 and a bit pounds now. Loves his 'solids', and is eating food 3x a day. Mostly chunky purees right now, but at dinner time he eats what we eat. His favourites are any type of fruit, sweet potato, plain greek yogurt and he goes wild for ground beef.

He is also getting ready to crawl, and can travel in a little circle on his belly but hasn't figured out how to move forward yet. That's ok...I'm not quite ready to baby proof anyways :)

I *think* he is cutting his first tooth, as sleep has been pretty disrupted lately and the drool and lip biting is constant. Annnnd sleeve chewing, can't forget that one haha.

I am really looking forward to celebrating our first thanksgiving together this weekend and V tasting his first turkey dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!!

I also can't believe it's almost been a year since we brought this turkey home. Love him. Even if his nickname is the crazy Marty party...

P.s-I took these for our Christmas cards (yes, I know I'm early. I like to have it all done by November!) and am really happy with they way they turned out!

V's first vacation

Can I just say how travelling with babies is no joke? We had so much STUFF! One person walked by us in the airport and asked if we were moving.  It took two airport carts just to load everything up. Phew.
 With our friends who joined us, waiting on Scott to pick up the mini van (ha!)

Vin did really well on the plane rides, and luckily they were timed pretty close to his naps. He feel asleep on take off during our flight there, and had two naps. On the ride home, he slept almost an hour and a half. There were a few fussy moments, but nothing a sippy cup or toy couldn't fix. He also loves to people watch, which comes in handy when he needs a distraction.

Oh, how I already miss the 40 degree heat! It was hot, hot, hot in Phoenix-I loved it, Vin...not so much. I don't think he knew what to do with his sweaty little self. Luckily, we have a pool close by so we spent a few mornings there to cool down. And thank goodness for A/C.

Mornings were almost always dedicated to the babies' two hour nap time, but afternoons we were always on the go and I was able to let go of my strict ways and have Vin nap on the go too ;)
Both our little guy and our friends baby are the same age, and very close in nap time schedules which was a huuuuge help. I was also able to get Vince on the new time zone within 2 days-sleep win!

The afternoons were set aside for exploring and enjoying some neat areas that Arizona has to offer. We had a few trip repeats (like Jerome & Old Scottsdale) and some new ones (The aquarium! V's favourite)

 Old Scottsdale

 Jerome (Old mining town-with an amazing mexican restaurant!)
I used our stroller only a handful of times, and found our baby carrier was way easier to explore in. Although we did both suffer a little in the heat!

Freestone Park, Gilbert (Just down the road from our place)
Really cute little amusement park area, batting cages, trails and duck ponds

 "I can haz lettuce?"

Eating out with this guy is getting realllll interesting. He always wants what I am having, and will let everyone know when mom won't share ;) I can't complain, he really loves eating and will try anything.

Another fun thing happened on our trip-Vin is getting ready to crawl! He is starting to go through the motions, and while not moving forward yet, he can turn himself around in circles. I am sure I will regret saying this once he is roaming around and getting into trouble, but I can't wait to see him crawl!!!
We rented all our baby toys and gear from a local company-I would highly recommend it

All in all, it was a wonderful trip! It certainly wasn't the same as years past, but giving my son a new experience is something I wouldn't trade for all the pool lounging, day drinking and morning sleep ins in the world.