Saturday, June 16, 2012

8 Months!

November is 8 months old tomorrow, and it has been a very busy month! November starting pulling to standing on furniture, toys, and mommy and daddy's hands. A few days later, her 3rd tooth cut through (top right!) She went to her 2nd baseball game (for my work party) and someone gave her a real live Mariner's ball!

She started Scooting forward a pace or two at a time! Yay! And then her 4th tooth (top left) FINALLY cut through! It was so painful for her. By the first weeks of this month, she was officially s crawler.

She is so happy to be mobile. She has so much confidence now! She can even go from crawling to sitting easily! She loves turning the pages in her board books...

She is learning to listen when I say 'Don't touch.' Her 5th tooth cut through (top 2nd to the left)...I feel like we've been nonstop teething! She tried some new foods like peaches, green beans, and ground chia seeds. And yesterday we got approved to rent a HOUSE! We are so excited!

Our current apartment is great; it's bright, somewhat spacious, has an awesome view of the puget sound, a great area for walks, right by the beach. BUT we would like 3 bedrooms. We have enough room in our 2 bedroom but our office area is cramped and sectioned off in the living room. Our musical instruments are crammed in closets. We would love to have an office/music room/art room again! Also, it will allow us to close the door and keep November away from computer cables, guitar strings, and art supplies. Also, our current kitchen is very small and our laundry facility is in the building's basement. Our new house has a washer and dryer, larger kitchen, not to mention a patio, large yard, and spacious driveway! It is a single story house so no more stairs to climb with my arms full! I really can't wait. We will probably move at the end of this month. So my blog is at least up to date. But there are so many other things I've been wanting to write about! Well, this is the life of a busy mamma! Happy summer!

7 Months!

I am so embarrassed that I am only just NOW writing November's 7 month update! She is going to be 8 Months tomorrow! I could list off all the excuses that have kept me from writing: teething, mommy exhausted, mommy sick, baby fussy, baby clingy, guests in town, too busy, not enough time to blog, too much on my mind...and I could go on. But if you are a fellow mommy, you should know I don't need any excuse but one: I'm a mom. Simple as that. Stuff happens (and I'm such a mom, that I stopped myself from saying 'Sh** happens') and sometimes time flies and you don't get as much done as you wish you could. Sound like your life? I know. Let's all share a big, warm cyber-hug in admiration and commiseration of us fellow mommies and our busy yet beautiful lives.

Ok enough, now on to the cute stuff.

We had a lot of fun in the sun. My sister, Alena, and my father (both of whom I rarely get to see) came to visit! We enjoyed a picnic, sushi, and sunshine. My sister took the picture above as well as the next three pictures. Man, I wish I had a nice camera!

My sister and father live pretty far south in Washington, but my sister wants to move up to Seattle and go to beauty school. I hope she does! This has been a lovely Spring. November had lots of time to explore grass and have picnics.

Me and my little Princess enjoying Alicia and Alex's engagement party...

November had a happy month, besides all the teething! She tried a few new food purees, like sweet potato, pears, and zucchini. We started a bedtime routine, as recommended by our pediatrician (get in jammies, read a couple books, turn the lights of, and then nurse. Sometimes we follow this with rocking, sometimes she puts herself to sleep with a binki. Sometimes it takes ten minutes, sometimes it takes over an hour. But at least we got a routine finally!) November was so impatient to start crawling! She would get on her hands and knees, rocking back and forth, but would usually end up shooting backward, to her dismay. Better luck next month? We will find out in the next post...

Gluten Free Dairy Free update

I'll start off by admitting the second month was much harder! I will also admit that I cheated many, many times. Things were going as smooth as ever, but a few things nudged me a little off track. First of all, our budget had become much tighter. During the first month of the elimination diet, I still had tax return money left over. I spent almost all of what I had intended to become an emergency savings on stocking up on gluten free essentials (bread, gf cereal, baking powder, tamari, replacing other foods I had been eating) and a couple splurges, like gf desserts and ingredients to make my own gf df treats. It's a lot easier to stick to a diet when you have a surplus of essentials and snacks (especially desserts, in my case), that way, when you crave something, it's there for you. Or, if you can't have what you crave, an equally delicious gluten free meal is there to distract you. But when you can't splurge on whatever (gf item) you want, whenever you want, you're stuck with the basics, which can get boring.

And when your diet gets boring, the illegal alternatives get tempting! I think my first big cheat was during a dinner event in honor of the soon-to-be-open restaurant that Spencer is part of. The food offered was amazing; pimento mac n cheese, collard greens (with butter), deviled eggs with bacon (these I could have), fried chicken, biscuits, and fresh cookies galore! I really wanted to taste the amazing food Spencer had made, and I did. I thought that would be the end, until Spencer brought home leftovers! And when you are on a budget, it is hard to say no to free food! And free cookies.

It seemed like the rest of the month held one thing after the next where it was just easier to eat what was offered; a friend's engagement party, my brother's birthday dinner, mother's day, as well as a handful of other situations. After the first couple events, I did notice November's cradle cap worsening, and her skin reacting slightly. After these events, I did end up getting back on track in the gluten free department. Dairy, however, was a different story. It was especially hard to avoid, especially with a free block of cheddar from WIC staring at me from inside our fridge!

Right around this time, our pediatrician recommended we commence part 2 of the elimination diet: reintroduction of the possible culprit foods, to figure out which one (if not both) was responsible. I figured I would start with dairy, since I was already halfway off the bandwagon.

After a couple weeks of eating dairy full-time, November's dry rashes came back. I was so disappointed! I really wanted the culprit to be gluten, since it was so much easier for me to abstain from! And once I brought dairy back after over a month of elimination, it was even HARDER to re-eliminate it! I've been working on it for weeks, but I still haven't re-eliminated dairy completely. I'm starting small with eliminating cow's milk as much as I can (or am willing to, more like) and just enjoying goat and sheep cheeses here and there, and seeing if that helps. I'm eating gluten here and there like spelt bread, but I really like a lot of the gluten free finds like Udi's bread and corn pasta, so I will continue to enjoy some gf things as well!

One thing we have added to our diet is Chia seeds! They are so high in Omegas; I mix some chia meal into coconut non-dairy beverage, let it sit for 30 minutes, and it becomes pudding-like or cream-of-wheat-ish. I top it with sliced banana, berries, and a handful of granola for a tasty snack. For November, I put Chia meal into her purees! She loves it. They are supposedly great for skin and even constipation, two issues which poor Nova suffers from!

So there we are with our current foodie adventures. Should I admit that I've been working on this post for like two weeks, if not longer?! Busy days for me and the bay bay!