Friday, May 26, 2017

Shep [8 Months]

I've had this post sitting in my drafts pictureless for a few weeks so now that I actually have a second to work on blogging I figured I better get this one up before Shep turns 9 months old!

 I feel like every month I cannot believe he's getting older. I want him to stay a baby forever! It's funny because a lot of people say that they don't baby their 2nd child as much but I am the opposite. I baby Shep so much and am really emotional about him getting older. We celebrated Shep's 8 month birthday at the beach this past weekend (same place BT turned 7 months!)

Weight/Height: Not sure. We go back to the dr next month for his 9 month check up.

Hair: Still growing!! He has a few pieces that stick over his ears and curl up and they are the CUTEST.

Clothes: 9-12m

Diapers: Both boys are in size 4 (which is hilarious to me...)

Sleeping: Shep had a couple rough weeks of sleep this month but is thankfully back on track! He is sleeping a solid 12 hours each night and naps 3x/day. His morning nap is usually an hour and a half, his mid-day nap is usually 2 hours, and his late afternoon nap is usually a cat nap about 30 minutes.

Likes: Playing with his brother, playing on his mat with all his toys, sleeping, and snuggling!

Dislikes: Not being able to crawl yet! It drives him nuts. He is SO close but just hasn't quite figured it out.

Eating: Shep has four 8oz bottles and baby food 3x/day. I haven't tried any table food with him yet but I'm sure we will soon.

Milestones: Shep has started pulling himself up to his knees in his crib. He is also able to go from his stomach to sitting. I know crawling and pulling up are just around the corner.

Baby Items We Can't Live Without: Play mat and all his toys!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Shep [7 Months]

Shep turned 7 months old on April 7th! We had the best month with Shep. He is growing so fast and seems to be learning something new every day. He probably had the best month of his life thus far, as he was healthy the entire month (including eczema) !!


Weight/Height: 20lbs, 27in 

Hair: Still growing some hair! It's all blond and seems to be thin (don't think he got my thick hair like Bennett..)

Clothes: Shep is wearing mostly 9-12m with some 12-18m in shirts (#BigBelly).

Diapers: Size 3 but can wear 4's too (found that out when I ran out of 3's and put one of Bennett's 4's on we might just move on to 4's so the boys are in the same size)

Sleeping: Shep is FINALLY sleeping 12+ hours. His eczema has cleared up SO much and I know this is the reason he is finally sleeping well. He is starting to teethe some so I'm sure there will be more sleepless nights in our future so we are enjoying the sleep while we can!

Likes: Snuggling with mommy, his lovie and blanket, playing on his play mat, watching his brother do anything!

Dislikes: It's so hard for me to ever think of anything Shep dislikes...he's that happy!

Eating: Shep has four 8oz bottles a day and eats baby food 3x/day. I will start introducing some finger foods soon!

Milestones: Babbling and making lots of noises, first beach trip, sleeping through the night (for the first time since he was 3 months old!!!!)

Baby Items We Can't Live Without: Bibs, play mat, boppy, exersaucer, lovie/blanket, sophie the giraffe (or any other teething toy).

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Homemade Baby Food

Before Shep was born Adam and I talked about making his baby food. It was something both of us thought would be fun but also would help save some money. Once Shep got here and we realized all of his allergies it was a no brainer for me to make his baby food at home. For one, I would know exactly what I was feeding him and two, it would help offset the outrageous cost of his hypoallergenic formula.

We started with squash and then moved on to pears, sweet potatoes, apples, and bananas. I've had a few people ask how we've made certain things so I thought I would just put a few of them in one post. As I make things I will add them here.

So far, squash is the most time consuming to make. It's not hard just takes a bit longer than the other foods so far.

This weekend I made some apples so I thought I'd share the process and explain the steps that go into making baby food at home.

Equipment needed:
Blender (we use the Ninja blender that comes with Nutri Ninja cups)
Ice cube trays
Freezer size Ziploc bags
Small containers (I'll show the ones we use below)

Making apples is one of the easier foods to make and takes very little time.

I start by putting a pot of water on the stove to boil. Then I peel and core all the apples. I use anywhere from 5-7 apples.

Then I cut them into chunks and put them in the boiling water, covered, for 6-8 minutes.

While the apples are softening I will usually put in a load of laundry, unload the dishwasher, etc. just to pass the time. I try to make food during nap time so I can do other things while I'm making it and not have to worry about the kids needing something.

Once the apples are done I drain them.

Next step is to use the blender to puree the food. We have been using the Nutri Ninja cups that came with our Ninja blender and they have worked great.

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Once everything is blended up I just fill up a few ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap, and put them in the freezer.

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I let them sit over night and then move the cubes into freezer size Ziploc bags. Here's an example with some other food I already had in the freezer.

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Every night when I'm getting the boy's stuff ready for the next day I will take a few cubes (usually 2-3) and put them in containers for the next day. I pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to thaw them and then store in the refrigerator.

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Honestly, it's so stinkin easy and saves SO much money!!