Chickadee is 9 Months

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Dear Squirt (Chickadee),

Squirt has stuck as a nickname lately. Not really sure where it came from but it’s here to stay…for now. Happy 9 months Squirt! 3/4 of a year :o) We love you more and more each and every day, and I didn’t even know that was possible! You have our hearts.

We just had your 9 month checkup. You weighed in at 18lbs 2oz and were 28 inches long. Thankfully, no shots were given but you did have to be brave when they drew your blood for your anemia test. You passed! You are down to two naps a day, usually around 9:15 and 1:30. At night you are sleeping 11-12 hours, and recently have started rolling over to your stomach, we are flipping you over for now but I think we are just going to have to let you figure out sleeping on your tummy soon. 

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Your 9th month could be characterized as BUSY and on the move. It has been a joy to watch you progress from lunging forward to rocking to rolling on the floor and then pushing up to a sitting position. You are soooooo close to crawling, I’m positive it is going to happen any day. 

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We love interacting with you and getting you to mimic our actions. Lately, you’ve been blowing air between your lips, waving hello, and clapping when you get excited. I love watching your soak in the world & enjoy every moment. 

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Every day when dad comes home y’all love to play peekaboo. He hides on the other side of the door and pops out while you giggle and giggle. He is so good at getting you to laugh…and you love him so. His daily sacrifice for our family is such an earthly example of how our Savior loves us unconditionally. 

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We went back to the beach for the 4th of July with Pop’s side of the family. It took you a few days to get used to being in a new place but once you adjusted you slept and napped like a champ. This time around you LOVED the ocean! We did a lot of sitting where the waves crash and having our bathing suits fill up with sand. You splashed and tried your best to eat lots of shells. Bebe bought us a slushie one day while we were sitting under the umbrella and you loved it. You spent lots of time with your cousins since we were all in the same house. They loved doting on you and playing with your toys! 

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You have continued to add to your menu items. We pretty much will give you anything these days (besides honey of course). A few new foods you’ve tried are chicken, pasta, black beans, lima beans, eggs, and french fries! You love them all :o) We are so thankful you are such a great eater, just like your dad. 

We hit the lottery with you baby girl. You are such a happy little lady. We have our tough moments but each and every one of them are worth it for the thousands of smiles, excited squeals, and snuggly moments.

Love you!

 

DIY {Photo}Book Covers

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was embarking on a makeover of our guest bedroom/craft room. It’s not the biggest of spaces, but we are making it work for us. There is a daybed in the room which is great for guests & space…it only takes up the square footage of a twin but has a trundle so can sleep two! The large desk that was opposite the bed I’ve moved into the closet and while it freed up a lot of usable space in the room we also lost a lot of the storage space from in the closet. So MANY items had to find new homes.

Some of those items were photo albums full of great memories from college. I loaded them up on one of the bookshelves in my new piece from IKEA, but….all the different spine colors & textures…it just wasn’t working for me. I needed to classy the shelf up! 

So I grabbed a couple pieces of scrapbook paper that coordinated with the room and got to work. I wasn’t looking for a permanent fix, so besides the paper I only needed tape. I cut the paper wide enough and tall enough to wrap just around the spine. Then I taped them down.

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It took probably 12 minutes to cover all 6 photo albums. What a huge difference it made!

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By no means was this little DIY necessary but boy doesn’t it look nice! 

 

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 Happy Monday everyone! We have had a crazy last few days, and I am actually looking forward to the routine of the week starting up again. III and I have been a little under the weather, so while we wanted to take Chickadee out for frozen yogurt to celebrate her 9 month birthday, we decided it would be best to celebrate at home. And this is great for you folks, because now I have a delicious and possibly messy sweet ice cream treat to share with you. 

Now, as you know with all celebrations you have to gather your supplies! So, while I was running into WalMart to grab some “get well” goodies, I also picked up ice cream glasses, bananas, raspberries, and a canister of Wet-Nap hand wipes from the napkin isle. 

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Did you read that? TWO INGREDIENT raspberry ice cream. So obviously one ingredient are the raspberries, the other…bananas. So not only is it ice cream, it’s healthy ice cream! Chickadee has eaten both of these fruits, so I knew she would love the taste as long as she didn’t mind the cold! The simple recipe is below:

Two Ingredient Raspberry Ice Cream
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 8 raspberries
Instructions
  1. Peel the bananas and break into 2 inch pieces. Place in a freezer safe ziplock and freeze.
  2. Puree the bananas until they become creamy (may take 4-5 minutes) and then add in the raspberries and puree for another minute.
  3. You can serve it as soft serve immediately, or refreeze if you would like it more frozen.
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She was a little hesitant at first, but you can see once she tasted the goodness, she DOVE right in! Since it was her 9 month birthday and all she thought it only fitting that she feed herself. To say she made a mess would be an understatement. However, life is sometimes more enjoyed when you are messy, so we let her have at it! The onsie might be ruined, but every stain was worth it. 

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She even tired to clean herself up with a Wet-Nap, but I had to step in and help a girl out. They are perfect for faces and hands, softer and stronger than they have ever been & they contain aloe to moisturize. 

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Chickadee isn’t a big fan of cleaning up usually but she didn’t seem to mind to much this time!

We love celebrating her. It is so hard to believe she is 3/4 of a year old and in 13 short weeks we will be celebrating with both cake AND ice cream :o) I’m sure we’ll have Wet-Nap wipes on had then too! I’ll be writing her 9 month update later this week, stay tuned. 

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