The past week was a doozy. Cranky baby, crazy job, tons of laundry, filthy house. AH! The constant juggle is little overwhelming sometimes and the things I love most seem to get shoved into the background. Except the baby, don’t worry, he never gets shoved. But this week I have some exciting stuff for you! An awesome giveaway and a new Made Series and hopefully launching the new design before too long. So here’s Friday’s post on a Monday… because that’s how it goes sometimes.
You’re already 6 months, you’re only 6 months. This is such a weird age to grasp. Half way to your first birthday, but we were justing meeting you 6 months ago. You’re personality is so developed it’s hard to believe you are a baby, you smile and laugh, you dance and scream, you think its funny when you kick your mama and she says ow, you growl and pretend you’re angry and slam your arms down, you babble nonstop and dada is definitely going to be your first word… you’re my little weirdo, my little Bubbie man.
Sight: Books are already taking over. We may have to jump on the Ribba train.
Taste: We started solids this month. I’ve made pears, sweat peas, avocados, and oatmeal. He is good about taking a bite, most of the food seems to slide back out. Not sure how much is getting down the hatch. We’ve been using recipes from Bebe Gourmet, the purees are basic, but there are some great looking meals for the next steps.
This week it was finally above freezing so Oskar and I were able to go for a walk outside. We are getting major cabin fever over here. I know EVERYONE is talking about the weather these days, but seriously, I can’t take it anymore. I need sunshine, birds, breeze, the sweet smell of Spring, open windows… oh open windows, you are my favorite. But I’ll settle for flowers.. or just a pretty picture of flowers. Have a great weekend!
Sight: This kitchen put a halt on my previous plans. Back to the drawing board.
Taste: We went out to eat last weekend and had an amazing dish of polenta, mushroom ragout, and pork belly. I’m going to try my own version with this recipe.
Touch: I don’t know when I became so obsessed with sneakers. But these are numero uno on my wishlist right now. LOVE THEM! Like that sorta love where I almost didn’t want to share with you because I will get jealous if I see someone else with them.
Oh littlest Bub, you are a sweet boy. You love stuffed animals, snuggling and munching on them. Your laugh is sounding more like a boy and less like a baby. When you go in your jumper and we play music you stop bouncing between songs and start back up when the new song starts. I swear it’s like you are trying to get on beat with the new song.
But remember how just last month you were sleeping so well and I said I would try to be patient if you took a step back. Wellll, you took a step back and I am really really tired. So if you could go back to sleeping like a champ again soon, that would be really awesome.
Sight: I know “they” say kids shouldn’t watch tv until they are like 2 or something, but he really enjoys a little Sesame Street now and then.
Smell: When we are cooking I like to introduce the ingredients I’m using and give him a whiff.
Sound: Christmas songs are my go to for humming while soothing, I’m not sure why, but now I’m on a mission to switch it up.
Taste: We’re in our last month of exclusively breastfeeding and although I am excited to introduce food I’m also a little sad. Obviously breastfeeding will still be happening so I won’t get all weepy… yet.
Happy Friday! Any good plans this weekend? None here. I might try and sneak out for a much needed manicure and try a bright color to ward off these winter blues. Next week I’ll be featuring a new Made Series post so make sure to check back in, it’s a good one!
Sight: Have you seen About Time? It’s so f*ing good. Seriously watch it. Watching the preview just now made me want to watch it again.
Oh Bubby, you are incredible. Every day more and more of your personality shines through. You are silly, sweet, quirky and observant. You listen intently when people talk to you and study their faces. Sometimes you even try to do what they are doing. Lately you have been all about spitting, drooling, jumping and growling while mauling my face.
No more co-sleeper! You are now going to bed in your crib in your own room. I didn’t realize how hard the move would be for me, not being able to roll over and see your little sleeping face. But you are a trooper and sleep quite well in there. Lately you take a big long afternoon nap and have been going down so easily at night and sleeping from 7:30/8pm to 8am with just ONE nighttime feeding around 4:30am. It is awesome! But of course, sometimes there is a little step back and you need more feedings and extra nighttime attention. I’ll try my best not to get frustrated and remember that it is temporary and you’ll go back to sleeping like a champ.
Sight: Norris (the cat) is one of your new favorite things to watch.
Happy New Year! 2013 was very good to me and I was happy to celebrate the year’s end with a couple of great friends, good snacks, and hilarious games we weren’t so good at. In the past year we bought and renovated a home, I turned 30, and had a beautiful baby boy. Of course with the good came some struggle, but I love a fresh start. I’m very excited about some goals I have for 2014. Goals for this blog, for me, for my family.
For The Senses Five: new series, more posts, new design. I have been writing posts here for quite a long time and one thing I realized was I didn’t want to post for contents sake. I really enjoy sharing on this space and don’t want to lose site on why I do this. I have reflected on what I like about other blogs, and what I don’t like and how I can make this a space that I would enjoy coming to. When I got wrapped up into pushing out content, I didn’t always like what came out. So babbling over, there’s some changes coming that I am excited about and I hope you’ll enjoy as well!
For me: wardrobe, try something new, meditation and reflection. It’s finally time for the big change in my wardrobe. In my head my style is defined and clear, but when I look in my closet I see something very different. It’s time for these things to align. I’ll talk more about this soon and how I plan to slowly but surely transition my closet. Trying new things doesn’t have to be a huge things, just something. A class, a food, a new route to the place you go to over and over again, a new book. And last but not least meditation and reflection – 5 minutes a day. That’s all. Just 5 minutes of me. No phone, no computer, no tv, no baby, no one else.
For my family: me, wife, mom. Yes, in that order. Being a mom is one of the best things I have ever experienced. But I am not alone in this, I am one half of a parenting duo. I want to make an effort to remember that. And also remember that I am a wife and a person aside from both those things. It may be controversial but I believe that putting myself first will make me a better wife and mom, and a strong marriage will make us better parents.
It’s HOLIDAY TIME. To be honest, I’ve had a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year. Our tree is half lit because I ran out of lights… even after I took them all off and put them on again. There are no presents wrapped under the tree with care. Just a Gap bag of jammas thrown on the guest bed. No cards went out. Seriously! This is very strange for me. I freaking love the holidays and this is our first FAMILY Christmas. So this weekend I’m getting out of my slump before it’s too late. I’m drinking eggnog… probably with some booze in it (hey, i’m in a slump remember), listening to christmas carols and decorating the shit out of that big beautiful tree. Here are some things that will help. I would love suggestions from you as well. What gets your holiday juices flowing?
Sight: Christmas movies! We have a TON, like a billion. Keeping in the Murray Christmas theme, let’s watch Scrooged this weekend.
Smell: In case the tree isn’t putting off enough of those sweet fir fumes we’ll just fake it with a candle.
Sound: Oskar seemed to really like this twistmas song… or maybe it was my awesome dance moves. Ya never know.
Taste: This gingerbread looks amazing. I bet it would be really good with coffee in the morning.
Touch: Gotta be curnfy (or comfy as you probably say) to get in that winter wonderland mood. And slippers are key!
Slow down Oskar, your 2 month post was just 4 posts ago… what’s that, blog more mom. Got it.
You are growing into such a funny, sweet little boy. You have a giant gummy smile that could melt anyone’s hearts, but especially ours. It won’t be gummy for long because just like your mom, you decided you want teeth sooner than later. All of the extra drool is providing some great entertainment as you become an expert spit bubbler and fart sound maker.
Some nights you only get up once and I think “we’re almost there!” and the next night you’re up every 2-3 hours and I think “waa wah.” But regardless of the night we have, you are still a pretty happy camper in the morning. You also love to sleep in, just like your dad. Ya bums.
Your love of water has not faded, you kick and splash so much it’s hard to hang on to you but you don’t mind water in your face and even love the faucet going right over your head to rinse of shampoo. I’m thinking about going to a swimming class soon. Michigan winters are cold and nothing sounds better than spending sometime in a warm pool!
Sight: We can see the wheels turning when you look at new things now, there’s a lot going on in that brain of yours. You get a kick out funny faces, love watching your little fingers interlock before jamming both hands in your mouth, and looking at your new toy.
Smell: Our aromatherapy bubble bath is supposed to be calming but that doesn’t stop your little legs from nonstop splashing.
Sound: So glad it’s Christmas time so I can easily find some tunes I know to belt on the radio when you are being a grumpy cat.
Taste: Besides your hands, you are loving on Sophie (of course) and are starting to get the hang of these maple teethers.
Touch: Now that you hold your head up it’s easy to pop you in the sling for our shopping trips. You love looking around at all the people and lights.