Enzo – 13 months!

super cheeseball

At which point do we stop stating their age in “months”?  Ah well, so the little goofball turned 13 months old yesterday.  We had a chill day, staying indoors due to yucky cold wetness outside.  And the fact that he is still trying to get over a lame cough and runny nose, and now I am sick with a cold as well.  So we snacked a lot, and practiced walking.  He is getting so good.  He will let go of your hand and try it on his own now without hesitation.  He does still prefer a hand to hold, but if he wants to get somewhere and he feels it’s a short enough distance that he can handle, then he’ll let go and head there.  I love to watch the confidence grow in him every day.  He is incredibly goofy and makes me laugh all the time.  I can’t wait until he starts actually saying things because I have a feeling he’s got some serious wit about him.

making a mess in the kitchen

We started him on a dairy free diet on the Saturday before last, in an effort to to try and treat his eczema.  He’s had dry patches on his legs and arms since he was a few months old, and I figured it was just dryness that he would grow out of.  But at his one year checkup I decided to bring it up with his doctor and she recognized it right away.  Sometimes it is caused by a soy or egg allergy, but since he doesn’t really get a lot of those two things then we decided to cut out milk first.  And we’ve seen a huge improvement.  It was getting to the point that he would scratch himself until he broke the skin if there was an area exposed.  I tried to put him in a t-shirt and pants jammy set one night and he went to town on his stomach.  Then one night last week the footie jammies he was wearing had gotten a little small and so the sleeves were shorter than necessary.  He scratched his left arm pretty good cause he could get to it.  I think he might even do this in his sleep, not even realizing.

young homie

I also picked up some lotion by Cetaphil with restoraderm, and since we started using that it’s pretty much gone completely away.  So now I’m not sure if it’s the lotion or the dairy-free diet.  But one thing is for sure, goat’s milk makes for some seriously SMELLY diapers.  Every now and then I will give him a regular yogurt (because holy cow (no pun intended) goat’s milk is expensive!) and the occasional handful of goldfish, and he doesn’t seem to have a reaction.  So I am thinking we might give it a few more weeks and then try to reintroduce dairy, and just keep the lotion going.

chillin' next to me on the couch, watching Ellen

He is also on a fruit only kick right now.  The only exception is noodles.  He won’t even eat potatoes, I KNOW!  SHOCK.  The boy who used to eat potatoes at every meal.  I don’t know how he does it either but he knows when I have something fruity to give him and when it’s a vegetable, before I even get the spoon to his face.  He prefers to eat finger foods still.  I’ve tried to introduce a few meats and he’s just not having it.

He loves to drum on things, especially if it makes a lot of noise.  His Daddy has been giving him pots and pans to bang on with wooden spoons this week, and he seems to think that’s the greatest thing ever.  It’s REALLY loud.  He also likes to sit in the pantry and get the coffee can and hot chocolate can off the shelf and play them like bongos.  I told him if he keeps it up I’m going to set him down at Saturday Market and he can earn some cash.  I see a drumset in our future.  And that’s fine, I love that he is already showing signs of musicality.

He consistently babbles and has a lot to say.  He likes to be the loudest one in the room talking.  He only says a couple of “real” words:  Mama, Dada, baby, bye-bye.

Being a stay at home Mom is hands-down the BEST job in the world.  I am very blessed.

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My fun day!

Today was not a typical day in our house!  I started the day off by going grocery shopping, something I normally put off until the afternoon.  And I have to say, I was in super slow motion at the grocery store, going down every aisle whether I needed to or not.  And Enzo was super patient with me (the squeeze bottle of baby food, blueberry/apple, helped I’m sure) even though it was during his morning nap time.  And I was totally relating to my friend Kira’s blog post about “Portlander Problems” where she got caught in a downpour with groceries in a paper bag.  This is not good.  It was dumping when Enzo and I left the store, and for some reason I parked on a relatively slanted part of the parking lot (cause it was close to the door), not thinking through how difficult it would be to keep the cart from rolling while I was trying to load the kid in the car.  I unhooked him from the cart, turned to put him in his seat and I had this feeling that my cart was rolling away.  Sure enough I turned around just in time to grab it before it hit the car parked next to me.  Sheesh.  That would have been ugly.  So I stabilized it with my foot and then tried shifting bags of groceries from the cart to the back seat of the car.  All the while it’s raining like mad and my bags are getting soggier and soggier.  Thankfully, the clerk double-bagged everything so I didn’t have any blow outs.  But Kira, I was totally thinking about you while this was going on.

I thought I could get Enzo to nap when we got home, even though it was close to 11am at that point (he usually takes his first nap by 9:30am).  But to no avail.

At around noon, our friend Dan dropped off his adorable son Raine (7 months old) for me to watch for the afternoon.  Their sitter had a sick kid, and I was available (yay!) so I happily accepted their request to look after him.  I mean, seriously, look at this face…

smoochy smoochy!

…wouldn’t you say yes?

Raine is the easiest baby I have ever taken care of (including my own!).  He slept for two and a half hours (Enzo did not), so there wasn’t a whole lot of time for him and Enzo to play.  But they still had fun.  Enzo was showing him his toys and Raine was proving that tummy time is actually pretty awesome (he does the army crawl, and man he moves fast!).

"see, this is my car"

 

"hey Raine, are you sure this is fun?

 

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The girls got home from school and the babies were in heaven.  And Mark and I got a taste of what four kiddos in the house is going to feel like.  It feels a bit cramped, I’ll be honest.  But it’s cool, we’ll make it work.

Why is Enzo so serious?

We made some homemade pizzas for dinner (Jiffy pizza crust mix is cheap and super good!) and then Dan came to pick up Raine.  Then it was time for Claire and I to rush off to volleyball practice.  It was a busy day, but it was a fun day.

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Out to lunch

How was your weekend?  Besides incredibly wet and grey, if you live in the Pacific Northwest.  We stayed indoors most the weekend, oh wait, the entire weekend is more accurate.  I didn’t get very much accomplished on Saturday because I was having a very strong feeling of morning sickness all day.  All day.  It wasn’t fun.  So then on Sunday when I was feeling somewhat human again (thanks to my husband for picking up some ginger capsules for me! I think they are helping), it was time to think of something to do.

Mark and Veda headed over to Circuit Bouldering to do some physical exercise.  And Claire and I were considering seeing a movie, but couldn’t find one that we were interested in.  So instead we made plans to go out for lunch.  I wanted some place that was kid-friendly, with a play gym or something fun for Enzo.  But unless you want to go to McDonalds or another fast food chain, your choices are pretty limited.  If you know of a cafe in town that has a fun little play area, possibly with a ball pit or something, let me know!  So I read about this place not far from home called Eclectic Kitchen that apparently had a great kids menu (including little bites for toddlers) and a play area. Turns out the play area is just a huge chalkboard on the wall (which will be fun when Enzo is a bit older and won’t want to just eat the chalk) and a shelf of toys and books that I wasn’t really comfortable with him playing with (germs!).  But the food was super good!  I had the BLT-A and Claire ordered the Turkey Bacon Ranch sandwich.  They use bread from Grand Central Bakery and it was so yummy!  And I sat us at the only table that didn’t have a little kids menu pop up on it, so I didn’t see those options until I had already ordered.  I ended up getting a side of breakfast potatoes for Enzo, which he loved.  No really, he LOVED them.  I think the kid would just fall apart if he was told he could never eat another potato.  It’s seriously his favorite food, in any form, doesn’t matter.  He was eating them very noisily (“mmm mmm’ing” the whole time, a couple at an adjacent table thought he was pretty cute).  Compliments to the chef!

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It was at least nice to get out of the house.  And I was happy to not be feeling like death.  It comes and goes.  So far today, I’m feeling okay.  But it’s still early, usually doesn’t come on until around noon.  I’ll be loading up on ginger and B12 to try and combat it.  And we will be 13 weeks along tomorrow, officially in the 2nd trimester, so hopefully it ends soon!

Hope you have a fabulous Monday!

xoxo

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Super chunk of cheese!

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65 degrees and sunny!

Yesterday was so beautiful, we just couldn’t stay indoors.  I really had no idea how nice it actually was until I was putting Enzo in the car to head to a park and was sweating in my sweater!  I had to run in the house real quick and grab a t-shirt so I didn’t die.  And I also took his sweatshirt off of him because it was about 80 degrees in the car.  It was really nice to drive around with the windows down and I will admit to even turning on the A/C (hey, the fan on cold was not cutting it!).

We chose Laurelhurst Park as our destination because I knew it would be filled with lots of people, mostly families and I know the area relatively well.  I know it might sound silly, but I am just not as confident in our society as I used to be.  I didn’t want to be in a park that was so big that there might be a time when I was by myself.  And I wanted to be familiar with the layout.  I am sure it was really beautiful up on Mt. Tabor but I just don’t know that park well enough, and it’s huge, with lots of hills and trees and places where you might be out of sight from other park-goers.  I’m not taking any chances.  Too many crazy things happening in our world these days, unfortunately.

It was almost Enzo’s afternoon nap time but I figured the fresh air would do us both some good.  So I loaded up his bag with snacks, a football, some bubbles and a blanket to sit on.  We walked a few laps around the park (which felt really good on my legs, I definitely want to do more of that).  And then we settled in a little grassy area next to the duck pond and spread out our blanket.  I sat him down and got out his grapes and then took his picture.  And as I’m sending the picture to my Mom via text message, I look over and he has dumped the entire bottle of bubbles in his lap!  Ah well.  So he sat in suds and we enjoyed the next half hour of sunshine.  What a nut : )

eating his grapes

 

giving Curious George some kisses

 

playing with his football (from Uncle Chuck and Aunt Stephanie!)

It was a lovely time and we hope to make that a regular thing  But now the rain is coming back so it might be a week or so.  Meanwhile, my hometown is experiencing a drought and I would gladly give them some of our precipitation if I could!  I hope for the farmers sake, that they get some moisture soon.

Oh, and Enzo learned how to say bye-bye this week!  He even gives a wave.  It’s pretty stinking cute.

Happy Friday!

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Play date!

We hope your weekend was fabulous!  Claire and I were at volleyball all day on Saturday at her tournament in Salem.  The girls did good, they were a little slow to get going in the morning pool play so they ended up playing in the consolation bracket for the afternoon.  But they won that, taking 5th place overall.  There were some great games where they played awesome, and Claire did amazing!  She is really getting strong at the net, gaining confidence in her hitting ability and blocking the ball!  I love to watch her!  And her serves were really consistent, out of the 5 games they played she only missed 2 serves.  Those are long days, we usually leave the house before the sun is up and get home long after the sun has gone down.  So I left Enzo at home with his Daddy for the day.  I missed him, but he had a blast with Daddy all to himself.

Yesterday, I took Enzo out to a friend’s house in Hillsboro for a group baby play date.  When I was pregnant with Enzo, there were also about 12 other girls in the Design department who were expecting.  So it was really fun to keep in touch with a few of those friends and compare Mommy notes.   Here are four of those adorable babies (including Enzo)…

Lucas (May 13th), Issabella (April 15th), Enzo (February 20th) and Sawyer (February 24th)

Enzo is the oldest and also the least mobile of the four, but also the most vocal.  What can I say?  He just isn’t in a hurry to get around on his own, but he has a lot to say about it.  Sawyer is walking, and the other two are crawling and walking along furniture.  Issy tried to take a few steps on her own while we were there, so she is really close.  Enzo enjoyed using her walker, which prompted me to try and find one for him.

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I didn’t find this exact one, and I might end up taking it back.  What I liked about the one that Issy has is that the weight is distributed in such a way that the baby controls whether it moves or not.  The one I picked up yesterday is pretty lightweight, so the first thing Enzo did was pull it back on top of himself because he weighs more than it does.  What I also like about the one pictured above is that the handle grows with baby.  So it can adjust as they get taller.  I know he doesn’t have much farther to go before he is walking and maybe it’s not worth buying a new toy that he’ll maybe use for a month.  But there is baby #2 on the way who could also get some use out of it.  The brand of the one above is Little Tikes, but it’s no longer being produced so I may have to search out one that’s at least made by that brand because they obviously know what they are doing.

After about an hour, Issy and her Daddy left to go get their photos taken.  So the boys enjoyed playing, and crawling over each other, oh and eating snacks!  Lori (our gracious host Mama) brought out some yogurt snacks, and puffs and the boys were like little voltures circling around her.  It was pretty cute.

Lucas giving Enzo some friendly pats, and then Enzo patted his own head I guess to show Lucas that he already knew how to do that?

 

Sawyer, such a big boy!

 

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It was really nice to catch up with the girls and hear their stories about motherhood so far.  I hope we can make this a regular event, because I think it’s really good for Enzo to have this interaction with other littles his size!

Thanks Lori for hosting, you are always so kind to do so!

*here are some outtakes from the group shot, I love how Enzo doesn’t really move through the whole thing, while Issy and Lucas were ready to bail off the couch!

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Haha…oh babies!

Happy Monday!

xoxo

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