Posts Tagged by Baby
|March 1, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Restaurants, Savannah|
I have professed my love for my Army family before here on the blog. When push comes to shove my Army family comes through. And it comes through for my friends. A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to celebrate Heather and Baby C at a baby shower in Savannah. Leslie Ann, Cassie, and I had fun coming up with a plan for the lady of honor and we decided to hit up the Savannah Tea Room for lunch. Bonus? It was a 4-day weekend so Chris watched Em
The Savannah Tea Room is in downtown Savannah on Broughton Street. From the outside it doesn’t look like much but don’t let it fool you. Inside is a cute and quaint little store and restaurant. All of the lunches came with tea service, soup du jour, scone, and sweets.
The tea special of the day was the Emperor’s Bride. It has a base of Assam and Ceylon teas.Pineapple chunks and dried orange peel are added and it is enhanced with thistle petals and essence of quince and elder (source).
The soup du jour was potato and oh my goodness was it good! It was perfectly creamy with huge potato chunks. For my entry I got a ham and cheese quiche which was also delicious. We all nibbled on the included sweets but saved room for dessert.
After eating we headed outside for some dessert and presents! I had picked up cupcakes from Gigi’s Cupcakes over the weekend. I got us the following: birthday surprise, red velvet, midnight madness, and wedding cake.
Before the “sprinkle” for Heather, we sent out a message to her girlfriends and mom back home to include them in the fun. All of them sent Heather and Baby C a little something special. The girls and I had a ton of fun spoiling Heather with love and gifts
Overall it was a perfect girls day. The Savannah Tea Room is a wonderful place to lunch with your ladies. I hope to take Em there when she’s a bit older and before we move again because it’s also a little girl’s perfect tea party! I am so thankful and blessed that I have such amazing girlfriends in my life I am now officially on “baby watch” for Baby C! She can make her appearance any day now and I am on hospital duty … WEE!!
Have you ever been to a tea room? What’s your favorite kind of tea?
|December 6, 2012||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Munchkin Meals|
My daughter is a garbage disposal. Seriously. She eats the same amount of food as many 7 year olds. Recently I have noticed an increase in our grocery bill to keep her satiated. Her pediatrician said her weight is right on track with her height and that she is probably so hungry because she is so mobile. Luckily, Brittany is hosting Munchkin Meals this week so I can talk about it
Emmie is taking after me and loving a big breakfast. Normally she eats whatever I do. Whether that be scrambled eggs with spinach, Vans whole wheat waffles, and fruit. She is officially a strawberry monster and could down an entire pint in one sitting if I let her.
For lunch, left overs rock. Whatever is still in the refrigerator makes its way onto her tray before the epic pre-nap meltdown begins. If there aren’t leftovers, I steam veggies, make macaroni and cheese, chop turkey, or whatever. I often have some brown rice pre-made that I can mix with whatever I can find. Ha.
Snacks are getting a bit easier. Girl loves her carbs and will down Cheerios or wheat crackers. String cheese is a quick and easy fix and mandarin oranges are baby crack. Peeled apple slices can go a long way too.
For dinner, Emmalyne eats whatever we are having. Often times Emmalyne and I eat dinner together and then Chris gets home later and warms a plate. She loves my turkey meatloaf muffins and will down a plate full of roasted veggies easy.
The most difficult thing we are facing? Eating out. It’s costing too much money since we have to buy Emmalyne a full meal. HA. ;) Gone are the days where she would be happy having a few bites of my meal.
|October 9, 2012||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 9-12 Months, Baby, Emmalyne, Family, Month Updates|
I’ve had a few days now for the reality that I have a toddler now to sink in. Regardless, I still am in slight denial that I am writing Emmalyne’s 12 month update. Wow. This last year has been the most amazing year of my entire life. I have learned so much about myself, and more importantly, about Emmalyne. I can’t believe I have known this sweet little person for a year but at the same time I feel as if I have known her forever. If you’re brand new to Emmalyne’s updates you can catch up via the following links:
HOW IS EMMALYNE MEASURING?
HEIGHT: 31 inches (95%)
WEIGHT: 22 lbs 9 ounces (50%)
CLOTHES: 12-18 months, 18 months, and some 18-24 months
DIAPERS: Size 3
SHOES: 4.5 wide
Emmalyne is taking after both Chris and I … long and lean. Her thighs are still chunky but she is pretty lanky too. I get comments a lot about “how tall” she is. I can tell because many of her 12-18 month pants are too short but too big in the waist. Sigh.
Every month Emmalyne’s personality becomes more and more pronounced. Overall she is SO incredibly happy. Emmie loves to laugh and totally gets jokes and humor. She is a little imp and arches her eye brows at me as she goes in to do something naughty. She doesn’t cry for no reason and as soon as the cause is determined and fixed she is all smiles. She is such a loving little girl and gives kisses, hugs, and rubs my back. One con is that she has fully figured out how to throw legitimate tantrums. She spreads her legs into a middle splits, throws her body forward, and cries into the carpet. Don’t try to soothe her … She will just throw whatever you’re giving her. It’s hilarious and annoying at the same time.
I wrote recently that we have started the weaning process. So far things are still going incredibly smoothly and it has honestly been a really easy experience for both of us. She is still nursing two times a day … in the morning and late afternoon. The other two times she is getting cow’s milk. I am unsure at this point when I will drop the morning feeding. I am not in a rush for that one and may just let her decide when enough is enough.
Meal times are Emmie’s favorite time of the day. She is all about her food and I try to mix it up daily for her. Right now she is eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner with about two snacks a day thrown into the mix. I let her try peanut butter yesterday and success! No allergies (yet). It amazes me how she will pretty much eat anything and everything. She loves fish and broccoli … such a heart healthy girl My biggest downfall is figuring out good snacks for her. Moms feel free to chime in on the comments!
One of my favorite parts of Emmalyne getting older is that she is playing with us more and more. Chris and I bought her a shape sorter box for her birthday and it is her favorite thing to do with us. She puts shapes in, takes them out, hands them to us, takes them back, and starts over. She will walk across the room carrying her box, sit in my lap, and start playing. My heart melts. She still loves playing with balls and bath time is the highlight of her evening. Half of her toys aren’t really toys but she is starting to interact with her actual toys more and more.
Sleep is an area I am thankful has never been a problem. Emmalyne goes down to sleep like a dream. She may cry for a second but then she stuffs her blanket into her mouth and goes right to sleep. She sleeps from 7PM – 7:30AM now with 2 naps a day. I am not sure when she will drop a nap but right now it is pretty clear that she needs and wants 2. I am not going to complain
It’s official. Emmalyne is completely walking. It was an overnight transformation and as soon as she figured out she was capable of walking her confidence soared and crawling became so last month. She barely crawls now and walks everywhere. When she falls she stands right back up and keeps going. She is almost running now. Save me.
I thank God every single day for the privilege of being Emmalyne Grace’s mother. She is the most incredible, loving, kind, and funny child. I am so lucky that I get to spend each and every day hanging out with her because she’s awesome.
I love you baby girl. You are my sunshine.
|October 6, 2012||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 9-12 Months, Baby, Emmalyne|
We are off celebrating our baby girl today. A full Emmalyne update, my final post baby body progress, and a recap of her party will be up on the blog next week. Today is all about Emmalyne Grace and how lucky Chris and I are to have the honor of being her parents.
|September 27, 2012||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 9-12 Months, Baby, Baby Led Weaning|
I can’t believe I am writing this post. Why you ask? Because it means I am nearing the end of what I once thought was an indefinite period of time: the year of breastfeeding. It also means that my sweet little baby is a mere 10 days from being 1. In a year she has gone from this …
To this …
When I was pregnant I knew that I wanted to breastfeed my baby for as long as possible with one year being my goal. In those early days where you feel more like a milk cow than a mom a year can seem like SUCH a long time. In hindsight, it was a blink. To breastfeed or not, as well as how long to do it, is a deeply personal choice for moms. I am VERY proud of myself for (almost) exclusively breastfeeding Emmie for her first year of life. I have to admit that my experience with breastfeeding has been very easy. Emmie latched on right away in the hospital and our nursing relationship established itself really quickly. My nipples never chapped and it honestly never hurt. I also rarely dealt with engorgement and my supply has always been steady.
I have to admit that I haven’t done a lot of research or really inquired too much to my friends about weaning Like much of my parenting style I figured we would just go with whatever felt natural and right for us at the time it felt good to do so.
Why do I think the time is now?
- Emmie is too busy during the day to care about nursing
- She never asks to eat
- She chows down at all her meals and has an afternoon snack to boot
So last week we started weaning from breast-feeding. The first nursing session was her post-morning nap one. Instead, she gets a sippy of cow’s milk with lunch. Yes it’s 3 weeks early … I got permission The good news? She LOVES cow’s milk. Next week I plan on cutting another nursing session so we are down to 2 a day … first thing in the morning and before bed.
This is where things get iffy for me. I am happy to continue these 2 nursing sessions for as long as Emmalyne wants. I do not intend to be breastfeeding a 2 year old and in all actuality we could be fully weaned by November. I am kind of just going with the flow and flying by the seat of my pants on this one.
My emotions about weaning from breastfeeding are multifaceted.
- I am thankful that my body enabled me to reach my goal of nursing for one year.
- I am sad that this period of Emmalyne’s and my relationship is coming to a close.
- I am excited to finally TRULY have my body back to myself.
How did you wean your baby? Any advice?
**Many of you expressed interest in my sausage and mushroom packets. I will have the recipe up on the blog next week