Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ten Months

Time is flying and I am so behind.  Caleb turned ten months old two weeks ago. 
And he is officially ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!  He started really crawling about a week after he turned 9 months, actually on July 4th weekend.
 I'd say this month has been the month of the tongue. Y'all- he sticks his tongue out ALL THE TIME!
 I have asked him if he's a puppy dog and he just nods his head.  It's funny but I'm ready to have my smiley baby again.  Ha! 

He really does nod all the time.  You can ask him questions and he answers them.  It's kind of funny to see what he decides to say yes or no to. 
He had a visit from Grammy and Grandmommie when they came to get Kate for some time in AL.  Then he had a week of mama and daddy all to himself! 

Then he got to play with Kate-O when she brought sissie back for her birthday party,
which Caleb had such fun at.  That gymnastics floor is great for crawling.  And Daddy even took him down the blow-up slide.

We finally made it to the swimming pool again and Caleb loved it.  He spent some time under the mushroom fountain with Daddy and even floated around in the deep end while sissie did the slide.

Stats:  I don't have official 10 month weight. He seems about the same to me but all of his clothes are definitely getting tighter and he has a little belly.

Food:  He's a big fan!  Still only mama's milk but he also has breakfast, lunch and dinner.  New foods included refried beans and rice.  He loved them both...they stopped a melt down at a restaurant!

Clothes:  He's definitely straddling sizes.  He can wear 9-12 and 12-18.  Some of his 6-9 month onesies that he sleeps in are still working but definitely getting short.

Sleep:  Y'all, I think he was doing ok on sleep but it has been bad for the last two weeks, I just can't remember anything else.  Pretty sure he was doing well but starting to wake up earlier -around 545 or 6.

His naps are definitely more consistent with him getting sleepy around 1030-11 and then usually late afternoon.  He has been known to fall asleep eating his last bottle at daycare!

School:  He is a school favorite.  My boy is quite the little flirt.  From what I hear, all the teachers love him and come visit his room just to see Caleb.  Ha!

Milestones:  He started crawling July 4th.  He officially pulled up on his 10 month mark, July 27. 
He can drink from a sippie cup but he's not too great at tilting it back.  He can signs "more," "eat" and "all done"...but more is definitely his favorite!  He's become more hands on with the mirror as well.  We actually have a picture of me doing something very similar to this when I was a baby.

He has six teeth completely in and is working on more...

Loves: mama, sissie (and wants to be like her!), eating, crawling, yogurt, being tickled
And we think he looks REALLY cute in a hat!  So thankful for our little Caleb!
So blessed and happy to be his mommy.

Friday, July 03, 2015

9 Months

So much has happened over the past month.  9 months seems to be such a milestone month.
 Caleb is still my baby but he's starting to do things or want to do things independently.  He started waving just after he turned 8 months old and it is THE CUTEST THING!!!!

He has also started shaking his head.  You ask him any question and he almost always shakes his head no.  Ha!  He's started clapping and is a great little sitter.
 He took his first bath this month and LOVES them!  He just kicks and splashes in his little duck. 
He went swimming in the big pool for the first time.  We tried to put him in the float and he was NOT having that.  He screamed and wouldn't calm down until I held him close.  He calmed down and was putting his face in the water by the end.  We have started letting him ride sitting up in the stroller.  He really enjoys that. 
Next step is the convertible car seat.  Not sure were ready for that!  Another first was swinging the big swings at the park.  He had great fun with his daddy!

Weight - 20 pounds (a little less actually) 55%ile
Length - 28.75inches 65%ile
HC - 18.6inches 95%ile

So, he is right on track with a big head.  Hey!  He's got to keep his brains somewhere!  :-)

Food:  He decided that he does like to eat. 
He's been eating great since the beginning of June.  He LOVES yogurt, it's probably his favorite. 
He also eats sweet peas, green beans, avacado, sweet potato, pears, apples, carrots, oatmeal, and lentils.  He has eaten whole strawberries and mandarin oranges as well. 
He is a GREAT little eater. Now I have to figure out how to balance that with bottles/nursing so we can wean when it's time.

He can hold his own bottle, so now we need to work on a cup.

Clothes: He really it right on schedule for clothes.  It kind of makes getting things pretty easy.  He is pretty much outgrown 6-9 month stuff except for shorts and some onesies.  He's in his 9-12 month (and a couple of Mud Pie 12-18 month) outfits.

Sleep:  He is doing so much better on sleep.  He mostly sleeps through the night from 730 or 8 until about 6-630.
 Sometimes he still wakes up a little earlier and he will wake up about twice a week in the middle of the night.  When that happens, he almost always wants to nurse.  At this point, I have just given into it because I can get back to sleep faster if I don't fight it!  Ha!

He's also napping better.  He usually will take a 30-40 minute morning nap and often a 40-60 minute afternoon nap.  Better, my son, better!

School:  He loves his little friends and his teachers.  He waves and smiles and dances for them.  The other day, he took a toy away from one of his friends and the teacher asked if it was nice to take toys from our friends.  Caleb shook his head "no."  Then she asked him if he needed to move to another spot on the mat and he shook his head "yes."  HAHAHA!
 I love watching him on the video system.  Most of the time he is sitting in the middle of the mat with toys around him, just playing.  He often falls asleep on the playmat. I wish I knew their secret!

Development: He is right on tract.  He waves and talks and smiles.  He is trying to pull up.
 He moves all over the place but hasn't quite crawled...but it is on it's way!  He can get on all fours but hasn't quite figured out how to get his legs moving.  He can feed himself with his fingers and is starting to figure out chewing some.
He has four teeth mostly in and two that are just about poked through.  Poor baby is worn out by those teeth!

Loves:  zerberts on his stomach - you can get him to stop crying by doing this, it's great!  Baths, yogurt, Mama (he's a pretty big mama's boy right now),
playing with his sissie (but not being held by her but to her chagrin).

We love our Caleb!  It's a joy to watch him grow...but it's going by too quickly!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cherry turnovers -Gluten free

Early on in September, I made David some cherry turnovers.  He really misses poptarts being gluten free.  I can't say that I'm sad we don't have those around the house but I do like to indulge him...
so I made these.  I think he mostly had them for dessert but you could consider them like a big pop tart.
 The filling was really good with fresh cherries!  The dough had cinnamon in it, which made it so much better than just regular dough.  It wasn't the easiest of doughs to work with but I made do.

Gluten-Free Sweet Cherry Turnovers from The Best of this Life
(original recipe says serves 4 but I got more like 6-8)

1 1/2 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup butter (right out of the fridge)
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 Tbsp of cool water
In a large bowl mix all flours, sugar & cinnamon together. Cut the butter up and work it into the flour. Beat two eggs, add in the vanilla and water – mix into the flour mixture.  Keep working the dough until all is well blended and you have a nice tender consistency.  Remove from the bowl and form a rectangle – place in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Sweet Cherry Filling
2 loosely filled cups of sweet cherries (pitted & halved)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of water
2 Tbsp of tapioca flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over high heat.  Bring to boil and then reduce to low heat and simmer. Cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring often so that it doesn’t stick.  Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Separate dough into several pieces.  Roll out into a long rectangle.  Top one half with cherry filling then fold the other half of dough over and seal well with a fork on all side.Place on a baking sheet.  Then place the sheet into an oven preheated to 350.  Bake for 22-25 minutes. Enjoy!! 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Beast's Quiche

I hope you are all princess fans, because I have yet another princess cookbook recipe for you.
 I made "The Beast's Quiche" in September as wll.  I did make a gluten free pie crust but there are premade versions that you can buy as well.  This was perfect for us, since Kate really loves broccoli.
 In fact, she was looking at her cookbook last night and pointed this out.  "OOooo, mama!  Let's make this, it has broccoli!"  Needless to say, this was one that we enjoyed!

The Beast's Quiche
premade crust or crust with your favorite recipe
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup cooked broccoli
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425.  Sprinkle cheese over the bottom of the pie crust.  Add the bacon and broccoli.  In a bowl, whisk eggs, milk and pepper.  Pour this over the pie crust.  Place the pie into the oven (you can put it on a baking sheet to prevent spills).  Bake for 15 minutes.  Then reduce oven temperature to 325.  Bake from 25 minutes longer.  Then remove from the oven.  Let cool slightly then enjoy!