Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lincoln James: 8 Months

how has 8 months gone by? i feel like yesterday we were just bringing our little man home. i mean, if i'm being honest, my body still looks the same as the day we brought him home (unfortunately). i haven't changed, and yet so much has changed. he is weighing in at 19 lbs and is 28.25 inches long. beware this is a picture heavy post ;0)

lincoln has grown so much this past month. he is wiggling and moving and wants to crawl so bad or just be mobile and it's incredible to watch. he loves going on walks to the park and playing on the swings. he still adores bouncing away in the jumper we have for him, and he's intrigued by the incredible sensory board my husband made for him.

he's eating pretty much everything and anything (within reason of course) and has finally started to put on weight! (the past few months he wasn't gaining anything because of all the sickies that were plaguing him). he has pretty much loved everything we've given him to eat, from spinach and broccoli to blueberry pancakes ;0) this kid will eat anything, especially if it's something mama is eating.

he's sleeping so much better too! (thank goodness!) he's slept through the night (7:30p - 5 am) on several occasions...although he's woken up around 2 the past 3 nights again and he's slowly but surely becoming nap trained as well! i am so grateful for this.

he is such a curious little boy. he wants whatever i have in my hands, be it my cell phone, computer, a magazine, my water bottle. if mama has it, he's gotta have it to. i'm slowly starting to learn areas we're definitely going to need to baby proof soon because he grabs for ANYTHING within his reach, and if it's not within his reach, he lunges for it!

serisouly, this kid has NO FEAR. he just believes that we'll always be there to catch him. he lunged off the couch the other day trying to reach for a toy, and it's good thing my reflexes are quick, because he would have dove head first into the floor if i hadn't been right there. he's keeping me on my toes for sure!

every month i am so amazed by his growth and development and at the same time can't believe how fast it has all gone by. before i know it he'll be going off to kindergarten (sniff sniff) and he won't be my baby anymore (who am i kidding, he'll always be my baby ;0p) he is still a mama's boy through and through and i absolutely love that (although it can be exhausting 24/7 that's for sure!)

here are a few quick facts!

height: 28.25 inches

weight: 19 lbs ( up 2.1 from last month!)

hates: little man is developing a temper that's for sure. he still doesn't love being away from his mama, but now he is much more clear on his likes and dislikes when it comes to playtime too. he has the cutest little growl/grunt that he does when he's not a happy camper ;)

loves: his exersaucer/bouncer, being outside, the swings, mama and dada

head: little man has full head control and is sitting up all by himself!

eats: new eats this month include pretty much everything...pasta, chicken, pancakes, green smoothies, lentils, i've also started to add more seasonings into his food too!

sleeps: he's starting to sleep through the night semi-consistently!!!! he's also almost sleep trained at nap time as well!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Getting Over the Blahs

so it's pretty obvious that i didn't post anything yesterday about my eats and i'm not planning on doing so today either. I've been feeling down in the dumps and stressed out and my eating has definitely reflected that. i'm not giving up, i'm just taking a few days to get my groove back, push the stresses away and get back to my chipper self. i don't want this blog to be a negative space, so while i'm being a poop, i'm stepping away for a few days. everyone has their blah days, and right now i'm stuck in the middle of some.

i'll be back tomorrow with a little man lincoln update! he's 8 months old tomorrow! how the heck did that happen?!?!

until then here's an adorable photo of my adorable little man.

happy monday folks!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Swim Lessons

today was a pretty standard saturday. little man and i woke up and hung around the house this morning till we headed out for his swim lessons.

breakfast was simple. instant oatmeal with coffee and fat free half and half. much better than this peanut butter fiasco i had the other day. ewwww!

at 11 we headed down to our sports club for the little guys swim lessons. it's so cute to watch the little ones in the water. i don't think he quite knows what to think about it, but he doesn't cry so i'll take that as him liking it ;0)

after lessons, we came home and the lincoln fell asleep. i made lunch....a chicken and cheese sandwich on quinoa bread with half a cup of grapefruit.

my afternoon snack consisted of triscuits and two laughing cow cheese wedges. if you haven't tried the rosemary and olive oil triscuits.....do it! they are the best thing i've ever tasted. so good!

this afternoon we headed up to target to pick up a few essentials and i also finished lincoln's easter basket! this is probably the only year i can get away with shopping for gifts for the little guy while he's with me haha!

after our normal bedtime routine, i sat down to dinner. it was the second curry fail for me. the first one was last week when husband and i ordered thai food and it was awful! well, i think i still wanted good curry because i picked up a frozen meal from costco when i was there earlier this week, and while it wasn't bad, it was an indian curry and not a thai curry. i wasn't expecting it, so it didn't really cure the craving.

not to exciting of a saturday, i'm off to catch up on the blogs i love, and watch bad television before bed.

good night!

Friday, March 27, 2015

72 and Sunny!!!!!

you guys it was 72 degrees today. 72 degrees in MARCH. that's insane. and awesome. totally awesome. needless to say, the little guy and i took full advantage.

we headed downtown around 10 am and got breakfast at Method Juice Bar. I tried my first Acai bowl and fell in love. so good. lincoln really enjoyed the bananas on top ;0p

after breakfast, we headed into Riverfront Park to enjoy the sunshine. we walked along the river, over the bridge that shows off the falls, and then made our way over to the swings! lincoln is really falling in love with the swings and his little face lights up every time he gets to go on them. after the swings, we walked over to the mall, where he ended up getting his photo taken with the easter bunny! i'm not gonna lie, i kind of wanted that photo of the kid screaming on the easter bunny's lap. i think those are hysterical! but the face i got instead was even better. PURE JOY!!!!

after the easter bunny, we headed home and made lunch for both of us! the little guy got super green mashies (spinach, broccoli, and pears mixed in with a little cereal) and i got a turkey and cheese sandwich on quinoa bread with a side of veggies.

my afternoon snack (treat) included leftover milk chocolate easter eggs that i had bought for our little girl's night last night. (too bad they didn't all get eaten by my friends, right!)

this afternoon, we ran out to pick up my niece and my sister and after dropping them off, headed home to watch the ZAGS KICK UCLA's BOOTY!!!! #eliteeight!

dinner tonight was leftover blue apron baked fontina pasta with brussel sprouts and a single glass of vino. tasty! (sorry forgot to snap a photo so here's the one from lunch yesterday)

not too bad of a day, but i really need to kick my sugar addiction's butt. sweets everyday is definitely hindering my progress.

Calories came in at 1,665.

They get me every time

hello! today was a fun day and because it was FINALLY nice outside, little man and i got to go to the park! woohoo for getting outside!

breakfast was a little disappointing. i made oatmeal (which i love!)  but thought i'd put a spoonful of peanut butter in it to add some protein. bad idea. i love oatmeal. i love peanut butter. i do not love peanut butter in my oatmeal. i only made it through about half before i gave up and threw it out.

after breakfast, i cleaned up the house a bit while little man napped. after he woke up and had his mid-morning bottle, we packed up and walked down to the park. we're really lucky to live in a city that has so many amazing parks. we're even luckier to live in a neighborhood that is within walking distance to three different parks (four if we're feeling really ambitious ;0p). in my excitement to get out and get walking, i forgot to make myself a mid morning snack, so by the time we got back, it was a little after 11 and i just decided to go with lunch.

lunch was ok. i had our last blue apron meal (baked fontina pasta with brussel sprouts and sage breadcrumbs) and half of a cup of pink grapefruit. the grapefruit was awesome and really refreshing but the pasta was just so so. i don't think i put enough salt in it, and it could have definitely used a little more flava flav if you know what i mean ;0) maybe next time i'll add some garlic powder or something to kick it up a notch.

so lincoln has been sleep "trained" to go down at night sleepy but awake for a while now, and he's almost consistently sleeping through the night (knock on wood) but he's still had to be rocked to sleep for naps. starting this afternoon, i began to sleep train him for naps. i put him down, sleepy but awake and basically followed the same routine we do before bedtime (minus the bath). i read him a story, laid him in his bed, handed him his lovey, turned on the music and kissed him goodnight. i ended up only having to go in their once to comfort him and he fell asleep all by himself! i'm such a proud mama. i'm really hoping he's completely nap trained by the time we go to New York in a few weeks to visit husband, so his room mates don't have to listen to Lincoln's pre-nap temper tantrums ;0p

this is a little off topic, but i will say, i'm 100% behind sleep training, which is kind of a huge shocker.  when i was pregnant, i thought sleep training was AWFUL. how could i let my baby "cry it out?" but after months of no sleep, a battle every night (and during all nap times) to get him to go to bed, and doing it all by myself, i gave in and told my husband we had to try sleep training. it was definitely hard. brutal in fact, to hear the poor little guy cry the first night. and when your little one is crying, 3-5 minutes feels like hours, but i stuck it out, and he has turned into such a great little sleeper. there is definitely something to be said for baby schedules and training. it doesn't work for everyone and it depends on your little one, but for us it works. hopefully the nap training goes as well as the nighttime sleep training.

back to the eats....my mid afternoon snack may or may not have been thin mint cookies. those darn girl scouts get me every. single. time.

dinner tonight was appetizers and wine! i hosted a little mama/baby wine night this evening, since so many of my friends have little ones now. it was just a few of us tonight, but still always fun to get together, watch the little ones play (or roll around), drink wine and chat.

calories for the evening came in at 1,800 (all that wine ;0p)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Errand Day and A "Cookie"

happy hump day! today was a day for errands for little man and i. i really wanted us to get out and go on a walk too, but the rain. won't. stop. boooooo! so after getting soaking wet while we were out and about, we spent the afternoon in.

breakfast was one of my tasty green smoothies. the blueberry banana smoothie, which i absolutely love. i was skeptical at first, blueberries and peanut butter....who does that? but it works. trust me. if you haven't tried it, just. do. it.

the little guy and i were out and about going to costco, the post office, pharmacy, you get the idea. and then my mid morning snack was also a winner!!! i made apple "cookies" with apple slices, almond butter and topped them with a little granola for some extra crunch and they were awesome. if any of you guys have little ones out there and want to give them a healthy "cookie" i highly recommend this snack. i posted the "recipe" if you can call it that below :)

Lunch was leftover pasta and chickpea soup from Eat. Live. Run. This soup is great and it's easy to blend up and give to little man for lunch as well. I ended up blending about half the soup because it made so much and freezing it for Lincon's meals. You can find the recipe here.

My afternoon snack was more of my favorite Boom Chicka Pop White Cheddar Popcorn. While husband was here, he saw me snacking on it, and he was all "you really like that popcorn don't you" and i was like, "what is it that obvious?" needless to say i eat this stuff a lot. ;0p

After putting the little guy down, i ended up eating leftover curry that was not so tasty, and then snuck in a few thin mint girl scout cookies. both went undocumented.

not too bad of a day, my calories ended up coming in at 1,650.

Apple "Cookies"
Serves 1-2 (depending on how little your kiddo is)

1 apple
nut butter of your choice

Slice the apple into "cookies." spread the nut butter of your choice on top and sprinkle with granola.

Other great topping options would be chocolate chips, coconut, peanut butter chips.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Back to the Grind...FAIL!

today was just one of those days. i was exhausted all day long and any attempts at healthy eating were complete fails! i also neglected to take a single photo of what i ate all. day. long. but i hate posts with no pictures, so here's one of my favorite photos of little man ;0)

breakfast was another half of those ginormous pancakes from yesterday's brunch. i still have another whole half left! and then i headed off to my very last day of work. it was only a half day, since i was just there to train my replacement, but it was work nonetheless.

my mid-morning snack was another reeses easter egg (told you it was a bad day), and then i headed home for lunch. on saturday, i made another blue apron recipe, turkey chili. i made a MAJOR mistake and added an entire jalapeƱo, and that bad boy was SPICY. i wanted to try and eat some of the chili for lunch today so it wouldn't go to waste, so i stopped by the store to pick up some sour cream in an attempt to mellow out the spiciness. it was a little better, but still SOOOO SPICY.

my afternoon snack ended up being more blue apron leftovers. we had lots of leftover potatoes and cabbage from last night's dinner, so i warmed some up and snacked on that this afternoon. i also may have snuck in some more easter candy that i bought on a whim while picking up the sour cream this afternoon. i topped the potatoes with a little sour cream and they tasted like a baked potato.

dinner was a complete FAIL. husband and i wanted thai food, but we wanted to try someplace new. we typically order from bangkok thai or thai on first, but we thought we'd branch out and order from linnie's thai on the south hill. so bad. so so bad. i ordered the massamam curry and i literally had a few bites and was like, this isn't even worth it. i did end up eating three of the vegetable spring rolls we ordered instead. i'll probably slowly make my way through the leftover curry, only because i HATE throwing away food, but it really isn't that good. note to self: stick to what you know and love ;0)

again i forgot to weigh in, but i'm pretty sure i either gained weight or am the same as last week after our night out and today's easter candy binge.

Calories for today came in at 2,091 :0(

off to watch a move with husband before he has to fly back to new york tomorrow :0(