Wednesday, September 23, 2015

So Long, Summer // Our Family Photos

Hey friends, happy first (official) day of fall!

What feels like not that long ago (but it was actually months ago now!), I shared a list of a some fun things I had hoped to accomplish this summer. We managed to do quite a few of them including hike Oneonta Gorge (so amazing!), go to Astoria, the zoo, and many of the other things/places on the list. Unfortunately, we weren't able to check off everything (sadly we didn't go camping OR make homemade ice cream this summer...whoops) but for the most part, we did pretty good!

One of the things on that list that I'm so happy we made time for though was getting some family photos taken! I loved our newborn photos, but Henry has changed a lot since then obviously...ha! We had photos taken by Ashley (of Ashley D Scheider Photography) and she's actually a fellow mama (and total sweetheart!) who I connected with through Hike It Baby. However, she did recently relocate from Portland to Tacoma, WA so I was glad we were able to have her capture these photos for us before she moved. (And if by chance you are in the Tacoma area, I highly recommend her!!)

This summer was such a sweet one, full of fun memories watching our baby boy grow and seeing his adorable little personality develop. I'm so thankful to have these photos because they perfectly capture this season of our lives. And as summer ends and fall begins, today seemed like a perfect time to finally share them! Per usual, I couldn't narrow them down so prepare for photo overload...

I am obsessed with that fluffy little head of hair :)
So the day we did these photos, the weather was being super bipolar. Things started off sunny, but then it poured rain! (I think you can actually sort of see the rain in this one...) So we ended up getting a mix of some warmer, golden light type shots and then some more cloudy, PNW-looking shots :) It was also awesome for my hair...not.
I'm obsessed with this picture of the two of them :)

So long summer, you've been good to us! Looking forward to see what fall has in store :)

(PS - I'm in Michigan visiting family right now so be sure to follow along on Instagram!)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Henry // Nine Months

Man oh man, are we really already halfway through September?! That's just craziness...

Henry actually turned nine months old a week ago (on 9/8) and I really wanted to post this update a little sooner, but held off due to the fact that I was still having some major technical issues with my blog. I actually wasn't even able to access the site for a few days and so I didn't want to bother with putting a post up if no one would be able to see it. But thanks to my IT guy (aka Cameron...ha) I think that the problem has been resolved and hopefully things should be good from here on out! (If not, definitely leave a comment for me on social media letting me know!)

And if I'm being honest, I was just not super motivated to write this update this month. Not because this past month wasn't fun, but it's just that I have a list of other posts I want to write and sometimes writing these updates can get a little tedious. But then I started looking back through some of my updates from earlier this year and it's just amazing how much Henry has changed! So I'm really hoping I can stick it out just a few more months with writing these because I'd really like to have one from each month of his first year to look back on.

 Henry these days is a boy on the move! He finally started crawling and it's like he learns something new every day. He is so much fun and he just has the sweetest personality. He's always smiling and laughing and is just such a joy. Cameron and I are both so in love with him and are trying to really cherish each day because it seems like it's going by way too quickly. And even though he obviously isn't talking yet, I swear it's like he understands what's going on and has such a good sense of humor. He's constantly making eye contact with Cam and I and raising his eyebrows and smiling with his eyes and it's like the three of have some hilarious inside joke going on :)

Also, getting these pictures was basically impossible and the ones I included in this post are not the best. Henry did not want to sit still at all, plus I waited until after his second nap to take them and so his room was super dark. Whoops! So ignore the sub-par photos, here is what Henry is up to at nine months old...


Henry had his 9 month appointment last week and he weighed 20lbs 6oz and measured 29 inches long. I can't remember exactly but I think he was around the 65th percentile for weight and around the 75-80th for length. (And then he was in the 97th percentile for head circumference...taking after his mama with a big noggin!) His hair is still a sandy blonde and it's so long and wispy, definitely what people tend to comment on when we're out! He still has a little bit of a bald spot in the back, but it's starting to fill in, and then he still has some of the dark hair near his neck that is still the original color his hair was when he was born. His eyes seem to be turning more brown, but they still seem to have some grayish green around the edges? I feel like we need to give it another month or two before we can conclusively say what color they are. And he still has no teeth! He acts like he's teething, but who knows? I am just hoping it's not too rough if he ends up getting a bunch at the same time...

 Still really healthy thankfully! The doctor said he was growing right on track at his 9 month appointment and he had a great checkup. Our pediatrician does a blood test for lead exposure and iron level at the 9 month appointment and I was super surprised that when Henry got his finger poked, he did not cry at all! He seemed really interested in what the nurse was doing and just sat there like a champ! (And then proceeded to chew off the band-aid she put on his finger...ha!) The only incident from the past month is that he managed to poke himself in the eye with a straw while drinking a smoothie. Luckily though, it hit the skin right near his eye and he ended up being just fine. It definitely scared me a little though!

 His favorite thing in the world was the power strip in our family room and he always wanted to be playing with it and turning it on and that had to be relocated :) He still loves rolling his tongue and making all sorts of fun sounds. He gets a big kick out of other kids, both babies his own age and older kids that are like 3 or 4. He loves to laugh and he'll crack up if another kid is doing anything he thinks is funny. He's started to love pulling himself up on things (although that has definitely been a favorite this week so I'm sure I'll be talking about it more in next month's update!) He also seems to like the swings a lot and he's enjoying reading books more and more.

Still hates the blender, which is super frustrating because he loves smoothies! He also really doesn't like if you take something away from him and he is starting to voice his frustration more and more clearly these days. But other than that, he's a pretty happy guy that doesn't have too many dislikes!


He's still wearing a few 9 month things, but for the most part he's moved up to 12 month or 12-18 month, depending on the brand. He got some new fall clothes last week and everything is 12 months and up and I'm so excited for him to wear it all! Except it's weird to have to think about putting socks and jackets and sweaters on him after the hot summer we've had! As for diapers, still using Honest Company in size 4,  and technically, he's a little below the weight range listed for it. But I think the 4s fit him better than the 3s did so we're going to keep using those. 

I went into more detail last month about what he's eating, and it's still pretty much the same thing this month. I'm still nursing him and things are going great! Even though it's still quite a few months away, I've actually been thinking a lot about weaning this month. I definitely want to continue nursing until he's at least a year, but after that, I don't have a hard end date in mind. I'm sure we'll figure out when the time is right for both of us for it to be done, but I'm already a little sad thinking about it! He's still nursing four times a day and eating solids three times a day and he seems to be doing great with that schedule. I'm trying to introduce more finger foods, and I'm thinking about doing a whole post with some of my favorite things to feed him so stay tuned for that!

Things have been going very well in this department and I'm thankful he's a good sleeper because it's definitely a blessing! He usually wakes up around 7:30am, takes a morning and an afternoon nap, and then goes to bed between 8-9. I'm hoping as the days get shorter we can start to transition him to a slightly earlier bedtime, but it's been nice to have him up when Cam is home from work and just enjoy time together as a family in the evenings.

Favorite Things:
I posted last week about our favorite things from 6-9 months and that pretty much covers most of the things that we've been using recently. One toy I forgot to mention that he seems to really like is this one; I'm not a huge fan of toys that make noise but it's pretty cute and keeps him entertained. He also has a mini beach ball and a set of maracas that he really likes to play with as well :)  


-The biggest milestone is that he finally started crawling! He had been sitting up, as well as pushing up to his hands and knees, for a couple months already and although he was rolling and moving all over, he hadn't been crawling at all, including army crawling. Sure enough, two days before he turned 9 months old (so on 9/6), all the sudden he just started army crawling across the family room. It was so funny because he would start to army crawl and then he would try to push up to his knees while he was moving forward so he was sort of half army crawling, half normal crawling. After a day or two, he improved a lot on his normal crawling and has been doing that pretty consistently now! It's kind of bittersweet that he won't just sit still and play with a toy in one spot anymore, but it's also really neat to see him finally reach this milestone after months of build-up to it!
-He's also started saying 'mama' finally! He babbles mamamama and dadadada all the time, along with other consonant syllables. (We think he's trying to work on saying Lola next...) He does seem to start saying mama a lot if he's tired or distressed...then when he's happy is when he says dada...ha!
-He had a busy month of visitors! My parents came out to Portland in mid-August and my sister and brother-in-law came out over Labor Day weekend, so it was nice for them to see how much he's changed this summer!
-He's also had a lot of play dates over the past month and he's quite the little social guy! It's so much fun to see him interact with other babies and he seems to really enjoy it.
-He completed the Summer Reading Program at the library...and yes, I realize he can't actually read, but still it was fun! Basically I just marked down every time I read to him on this game board and he got a few fun little prizes including a reading onesie.
-He went to the Oregon Coast, and although it wasn't his first time, it was his first time actually getting to splash in the ocean and play in the sand there. He loved it!
-We started the Hike It Baby 30 Challenge which is basically me saying that I'm going to hike with him for at least 30 miles in the month of September. (You can read more about it here) I plan on posting more about this next month once we (hopefully) reach our goal!
-He's starting to pull himself up on things a lot more and I'm sure it's only going to continue in the months to come...

Oh Henry, you are going to keep us on our toes in the months to come! I can't wait to see what the next month has in store :)  We love you so much!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Baby // 6-9 Month Favorites

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend :) We had a serious taste of fall weather-wise this weekend here in Portland, but it looks like summer is returning this week. My sister and brother-in-law were visiting from New York and we had a great time together, despite the cool temps and clouds. (You can catch up on Instagram for more!)

But even though the long weekend is over, today is pretty special. Not only is it officially PSL season (which honestly, I don't really even like them, I'm just super excited for fall) but Henry is also 9 months old today...what the what?! It's starting to majorly freak me out how close to a year he is getting, but he's also at such a sweet and FUN age that I really look forward to each new day with him. I'll be sharing his 9 month update later this week, but for now, I wanted to go ahead and share a few of our favorite baby things from the past few months...

6-9 Month Baby Gear Favorites

(You can click on the image above for links, but I've also included them below as well)

Now that Henry is eating solids regularly, his diapers are definitely...much more offensive to the senses and we need something heavy duty to keep that stink at bay. I love that this diaper pail uses regular trash bags and it's actually kind of cute? (Well, we got gray because we're boring like that, but there are lots of fun colors!) It does smell when you open up the slot to put the diaper in, but other than that, it really does a good job of keeping the odor contained.

Henry has plenty of toys he likes to play with, but this one from Target is a favorite. I also love that it's a little different than the traditional primary color stacking toy you usually find.

Henry first tried this out at a friend's house earlier this summer and he loved it so much that I immediately went and ordered one that night. He is obsessed with this thing and it's hilarious to watch him bounce in it. The thing that I think is especially nice is that it's easily moved from room to room; I'll attach it to the kitchen doorway if I'm cooking or I'll move it to the bathroom doorway if I'm getting ready and it keeps him so entertained.

We knew that a frame pack for hiking was one of our "must-have" baby items when I was pregnant and so far, Cam and I both really love this one! Henry seems super secure in it, it's easy to adjust to fit each of us, and it has lots of pockets. It's been a hot summer here in Portland, and I really like that it keeps Henry more up and away from the wearer's body, keeping us each from sweating all over the other. (Gross but true) I'm looking forward to lots more hikes with this thing in the months to come! 

This summer, I've tried hard to keep Henry out of the sun, but on days when it can't be avoided, this is the sunscreen I use. It hasn't irritated his skin and he hasn't gotten sunburned so I'll call that a win!

I actually found these things at our grocery store and I think they're so genius! They're these little spoons that screw on to the top of baby food pouches so you can squeeze the puree right into the spoon. They're great for when baby is still getting used to solids and may not be able to suck the puree directly out of the pouch yet. Plus, they come in a little carrying case that's super easy to throw in the diaper bag. (Also, they say that they are specifically for Plum Organics pouches but they've worked with every brand I've tried so far, just FYI)

Babies in sunglasses are pretty much one of the cutest things ever and this brand is popular for good reason. Not only do they look adorable on, but they're replace the sunglasses for free if they're lost or broken. We haven't had to put that policy into effect yet, but it's just reassuring knowing it's there...ha.

My favorite bibs for Henry so far have surprisingly come from Ikea! I really like that they're plain, fairly large, and can be thrown in the wash. They're also dirt cheap, which is another bonus.

When it comes to certain items that involve your baby's safety and/or you're looking for features/ease of use (i.e. car seats, strollers, etc.), I think the case can be made for spending a little more. However, if you're looking for an area to save, I'd highly suggest this low-budget high chair which is another Ikea gem. It's super simple, not a total eyesore, and it's so easy to clean. 

I have some other favorites from the past few months that really came in handy on our trip to Europe (which by the way, I'm really hoping to find time to share some photos from that soon...) but I figured I'd talk more about those items in their own separate post. 

 (And in case you were looking for Baby Gear Favorites 0-3 months // 3-6 Months)

And as always, let me know what baby things I need in my life for the months to come! Specifically, I'd love any recs for a convertible car seat along with shoes for fall/winter that stay on a baby's feet and are good for crawlers/early walkers. Thanks in advance! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Let's Do This, September

Over the past few months...well, since Henry was born really...I've been somewhat absent from this space compared to how much I used to blog in the past. And honestly I go back and forth between being frustrated about not having more time to blog the way I'd like and really just not caring at all because I'm focused on other things right now. There's a part of me that's wondered whether I should just step away from blogging altogether for the time being...because if I don't have the time I'd like to devote to this, is it worth doing at all? But every time I think about just quitting blogging cold turkey, it makes me really sad! Plus, I feel like that's being a tad dramatic...ha. After all, the whole reason I started this blog in the first place was to give myself a creative outlet and it's brought a lot of great opportunities and relationships into my life. I don't want to just cut myself off from something I do really enjoy, and so this post is not a farewell. I know, you're probably so relieved right? Ha :)

From a practical standpoint though, part of the reason I haven't blogged as much over the past month specifically is because I've been having some irritating technical issues, as you may or may not have noticed. My domain name (which I purchased from GoDaddy) expired at the end of July (I think because the credit card they had on file was expired and so it couldn't auto-renew) and even though I went and renewed it, it seems to have caused some issues. About half the time I try to go to my blog on either my computer or my phone, I get a message saying the website is temporarily unavailable, and I've received some Instagram comments that many of you have probably had the same issue. The annoying part is that I don't get that error message all the time, and if I refresh the page once or twice, I'm always able to get to the site. So I have quite a few posts lined up that I'm planning on sharing, but I just didn't want to put them up until I have this whole technical issue resolved. 

But today is a new month and very I'm excited for the season ahead. Even though I haven't been in school for awhile now, there is always something so motivating about this time of year because it always feels like a fresh start. Right now, I definitely have renewed excitement not only for blogging, but also for lots of other things in my life that I've kind of let slide this summer. It's been hot in Portland these past few months, and so it's made things like working out or cooking or getting projects down around the house extremely unappealing. But thankfully this week, we're having some cool rainy weather and I'm loving it! I'm looking forward to tackling lots of things on my to-do list over the next few weeks, heck, I might even go for a run today that's how pumped I am! (Obviously that will be documented on Instagram if it happens...stay tuned...) 

So here's to taking September by the horns and making things happen this month! 
(Insert fist bump emoji here) And thank you so much for everyone that has continued to follow along with me here, your continued support and understanding is extremely appreciated :)


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