First Snow of the Season and Olivia’s

Hello hello! I haven’t said this in a while, but I’m actually starting this week feeling quite refreshed. No travelling and no detrimental to-dos are the best thing for a relaxing weekend. I definitely needed this refresh. Even though Ryan was gone for half of the weekend, Olivia and I had a great time. She really was great, for the most part. She’s in a super fun stage right now.

Friday evening, Ryan left for his hometown to go buck hunting with his dad. Obviously, not before a quick play session with Olivia. She saves her biggest laughs for him.

Friday sendoff

Then, Olivia and I just hung out for the rest of the night. Obviously, since I was by myself, she had a horrible time going to bed. I had to resort to the whole cry-it-out method, which I absolutely hate. From the beginning of her final nursing session until she was asleep, two hours had passed. I was exhausted and I felt like a horrible mom for letting her cry. Nonetheless, she was finally sleeping, which she desperately needs since we are all sick over here. Stupid colds!

OMA and mama do yoga

Saturday, she woke up with a smile for me and everything was right in the world once more. We had breakfast and then played for a bit.

OMA day of fun

She eventually wanted to nap, which is usually the short nap of the day, so I just stayed with her because cuddles are the best. It turned out to be an hour long nap! It’s OK though. Once again she woke up happy and ready to go!

Nap time

So, on we went to run a couple errands which included a Target run. She was fine in the cart for a while, until she decided that I was too boring and turned around to look out at the world. She eventually ended up standing on the seat looking out and smiling at everybody. Shopping became a bit more difficult after that since I had one hand on the cart and another grasping on to Olivia’s pants/diaper/onesie. We called it quits not too long after.

Target run

After lunch and another nap, it was craft time! I’ve been meaning to get messy with her and play with paint, but I just hadn’t until now. It was exactly what I expected, a complete mess, but a whole lot of fun. She might or might not have ended up with a green tongue. Good thing it was bath day!

Arts and crafts w baby

Later on, we played for the rest of the night and she went to bed without a pinch. Ryan arrived later that night. He decided to come early to avoid travelling in the snow we were getting overnight. Between you and me, I think he just missed Olivia too much because who wouldn’t?!?

Them thighs

We woke up to a nice white blanket of snow. If you notice in the pic, Olivia’s hair woke up kind of unruly. It was still like that at the end of the day haha.

White morning

We also broke out the Christmas books and did some reading. Sometimes she’ll sit through the whole book, sometimes she’ll last a sentence, but she is showing more interest in them, which I love. This one was still on the too-long-for-my-attention-span list.

Christmas reading

We later bundled her up and went outside so she could experience snow for a bit. She doesn’t have any actual snow gear yet, but she will once she starts officially walking. No point to it just yet.

Snowman in the making

Ryan built her a snowman and she was super into it.

What is he doing

After this shot was taken, she ended up wanting to taste the snowman. We are definitely still in the everything-goes-in-my-mouth stage.

before the lick

She actually didn’t mind the snow at all and even crawled a bit.

OMA in the snow

Once back inside, we warmed up and played some more until bed time. It was a good weekend.

Here’s to a good week ahead!

Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

Hey! A bit later than usual, but I can’t let the week go by without a recap of the amazing weekend we just had. We were fortunate enough to be able to spend it with my family, aunts and uncle and cousins and all. We rented a cabin through Airbnb in Utica, Illinois. We spent four days there and had a great time. Many laughs were had, which tend to happen when were all together. My family got to see Olivia again, and she met her great aunts and uncle and second cousins for the first time. Yep, definitely a weekend full of blessings.

The whole gang

We made the drive over early on Thursday morning. Since we were the only ones not flying in, we were in charge of groceries, so our car was packed full. Between that and Olivia’s things, you couldn’t fit one more thing in there. It was a fairly short drive for us, but Olivia still thought it was long enough.

Full car

We did some food prep on Thursday, but spent most of the time hanging out and catching up.

Game night

Friday, we had our Thanksgiving dinner, so more food prep went on in the morning. Some of us hung out, while other went out on walks.

The cooks

Throughout the weekend, Olivia got to spend a lot of time with the boys of the family…

OMA and the boys

… and with the girls…

OMA and the girls

…and, of course, the abuelos.

OMA and abuelos

There were plenty of snack opportunities before dinner was ready.

Snacktime

After dinner, it was time for the main event: Olivia meets the turkey leg.

Turkey Leg

It’s safe to say that after a bit of exploration, she loved it!

OMA Turkey Leg

Saturday, we made our way over to Starved Rock Park and hiked the trails. The day was perfect for it. Even though the trails had their fair share of stairs, the views were pretty amazing.

Starved Rock overlook

Plus, the rock formations and canyons were incredible.

Canyon

Olivia did great throughout the approx. two hour hike. I did as well! The carrier just made it super easy to walk around and not worry about her at all.

On the trail

Sister pic!

The sisters

Then, we stopped in town to have lunch at Duffy’s Tavern. The appetizer mushrooms were gigantic and amazing. The beer was too.

Duffys Tavern

She loves her dad!

OMA and dad

We got back and after recovering our energies, we had another great game night.

The ladies

Most everybody left super early on Sunday, so we were able to hit the road around 10am. Another long trip back home, but after a very fulfilling weekend.

Bye Bye Sunday

It was so much fun seeing everyone again and spending time together. Plus, it was very special having them all meet Olivia. Other than hating sleeping in her pack’n’play, Olivia did great. She was super social and spent time with every single person there. She made a lot of people happy this weekend.

OMA and mama

Until next time!

Giving Thanks

Good morning! Ready for the short week? I am! Plus, we’re meeting up with my family for Thanksgiving, which is awesome! Can’t wait to spend time with them, have Olivia see them again, plus have her meet some of her great aunts and uncle, uncles (my sisters’ SO) and aunt and uncle (which are really my cousins, but whatever). It’s going to be fun! First though, we had Thanksgiving dinner with Ryan’s side this weekend.

ryans family

Friday, we went to the doctor for her 9 month checkup and everything is going great. Her motor skills and development are above the acceptable level. Her language skills are just acceptable, which is totally fine too. Plus, when raising them in a bilingual household, some delays are expected. Otherwise, we’re just cruising right along her growth chart.

dr 9 month

We left for Ryan’s hometown early in the morning on Saturday. By early I mean 5am. Why you might ask? Well, Olivia slept for most of the time, so we were able to make the three hour drive without any stops. Once there, we had a visit from Great Grandpa Don and hung out for most of the morning.

four generations

After a quick nap, it was time to have some visitors over. She got to meet a lot of her cousins and she loved watching and playing with the bigger kids. In a few years, it’s going to be madness with all the kids running around. Right now there’s like nine little ones and counting.

cousin playtime

I think total, there were about 45 people there. Yep, that’s a lot of people together in one house. At least, we got to sneak in a picture of the three of us.

this is us

Olivia also got to play with her other great grandpa, Jerry.

great granpa

I tried to get her to take a good afternoon nap, but she just went down for twenty minutes. At least it was something though! There was too much going on for her to calm down. She definitely had a blast.

time w mommy

Later that night, we went over to meet with some friends and Olivia got to hang out with their one-year old girl. Someday, they’ll be besties.

w the bestie

Once night hit, we left our kids with their respective grandparents and we went out to the bar to play game sand hang out. I completely forgot to take a picture of us, maybe next time.

card games at the bar

Sunday morning, we were just at the house for a bit before hitting the road. We also experimented with giving Olivia a whole banana and she did great! Plus, she loved it.

mealtime banana

And of course, she got to play around with Tucker. He’s still a puppy and she’s still a baby, so they can’t be left alone together. Plus, they just try to get each other’s toys which ends up being a mess.

Tucker smiles

The car ride back was  a bit nosier, since it was during her short nap time, so she was kinda upset and we had to stop to let her stretch out a bit.

are we there yet

Once home, we raked out the leaves in our backyard, cleaned up the house and got ready for the week. In the meantime, Olivia was non-stop moving around. Apparently, she didn’t get the memo that we were exhausted. She did end up sleeping through the night, which is good.

right in between

Now, we’re back to the cold and having to bundle up. I’m not quite ready for this yet…

cold mornings

Have a good week!

Olivia’s Nine Month Update

And just like that, Olivia is nine months old. This month her personality is beginning to fine tune itself and shine through. She actually felt ‘”big” the other day when I was holding her. My little girl is growing and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. It’s kinda of bittersweet knowing that from this point on, she has been sharing her smile with us just as long as it took my belly to grow. *tear*

OMA Nine Months

Feeding

This girl loves to eat. It definitely puts a smile on her face. When she’s hungry, she will still rather nurse. She does love sitting on her chair and enjoying her meals though. We’re still giving her pureed food, but have experimented a bit with solids. Plus, we’re also working on her spoon and self-feeding skills. There still some work to do in that department.

Thats not how spoons work

She will also try anything we give her. If she sees that we’re eating something, she’ll crawl over to us and demand that we share it with her as well, stealing a spoonful of ice-cream here and there. She still hasn’t tried anything that she doesn’t like, which I love. One god thing about feeding her homemade baby food is that it exposes her to all kinds of tastes and textures. Every spoonful is different.

Happy Eating

Still pumping at work and once at night. Not much difference in milk output. It’s still dictated by the little miss.

Sleep

We’ve had some good nights (she slept through the whole night a few times this month!!) and we’ve had some not so great nights (coming to bed with me from the start). She knows her bedtime routine and sometimes she’ll willingly go to bed, other times she’ll decide it’s playtime. For the most part, I can’t complain though. She’s pretty good.

In bed w mama

Naps are also about half and half. She takes her naps during the day, but sometimes there’s no way we can lay her down in the crib. The sixth sense on this one is strong.

Sleepytime

Awake Time

Olivia is one active little lady. She’s now experimenting with balancing herself, letting go and moving her hands before falling down. She’s started to cruise along furniture as well. Mostly, when she walks while holding on to our hands, we feel less and less weight. She is determined to walk and she loves it when she masters the balance. Her face lights up, then she gets surprised at her ability and falls down. Super cute.

On the move

She’s also getting into music and dancing. She loves her piano tables and is just starting to jive to the beat.

Music table

Taking all her toys and books out of the shelves is her favorite thing in the world, as well as putting anything and everything in her mouth.

Toy disaster

She loves hands-on playtime where we get down to her level and she can crawl all over us.

Wheres dada

If she’s awake, you can bet she’s not staying put in one place. She’s a mover!

Wheres OMA

Randoms

Loves to spend time outside and we go out on walks whenever we can.

Mama hugs

A new thing this month is being able to sit in the seat of shopping carts. She becomes a total goof and talks the whole time, looking at everything around her.

On a cart

She loves the phone and the camera, no doubt about it!

Nine Month Photo Outtakes

She saves her best smiles for dada.

Hey dada

We love her , there’s no doubt about it. Super lucky to have her in our lives and be her parents. Smiles all around!

smiles OMA

The calm before the storm

Hello! Did you enjoy your weekend? We sure did over here! I made sure to have a good weekend since it’s pretty much our last “free” weekend until Christmas. This time of year is always pretty hectic visiting family for the holidays, working on house projects (or seasonal to-dos like raking leaves and snow removal), gift shopping, baking, trips, etc. It’s hard to catch your breath, so I made sure to relax and enjoy this weekend. We also went out a couple of times to enjoy this warmer than normal temperature. If it stayed like this all winter, I would be just fine.

Friday, our little lady turned nine months. Nine! I can’t believe it. She’s so big! So, after work, we had a mini photo session. It was right after she ate and her belly is demanding full attention. We’re also working on her sippy cup skills, so her shirt might be a bit drenched.

9month photo shoot

Then, we just hung out for the rest of the night. After Olivia went to bed, Ryan and I actually had the chance to watch a movie. Score!

Friday Hangout

Olivia woke up in a silly mood, he usual, and we had some snapchat fun after breakfast. We spent the morning playing around until I had to go and get some groceries.

Silly morning

When I came back, she was in a deep nap with Ryan. She loves falling asleep with him. Doesn’t look comfortable, but she was out!

Naptime w dada

During lunch, I let her try to feed herself. We had some success, but it was still quite messy. She definitely enjoyed it.

Selffeeding

We decided to get outside in the evening and went to NewBo to have a beer (Ryan) and a coffee (me). After dinner, we went back home, and put the little miss down for bed a bit early. She was tired!

NewBo w my lady

Sunday, was another silly morning playtime day.

Silly Sunday

Once dada woke up, he joined in on the fun.

Playtime w dada

Sometime in the afternoon, I would have really enjoyed a nap, but instead we went on a walk to enjoy the nice day. Again, we have to use the opportunity to enjoy these days because Winter is Coming.

On our walk

Then, it was time for more football, playtime and hanging out.

Lets go Coyboys

She ended up having a pretty fuzzy night, so it was a struggle to get her to bed. She decided that bedtime was the perfect time to be wide awake. Oh well. Once she was in bed, I was pretty beat, so I ended up following her not too long afterwards.

Here’s to a good week ahead!