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Frilly Baby: 7 Month Update

Seven months has come and gone. My baby’s getting older, cuter, funnier, busier, more curious, and happier. She’s developing her personality, and it is mind blowing to be able to watch it happen right in front of our eyes.

We’ve certainly progressed a lot since our six month update. Hadley’s sitting up now on her own for extended periods of time. I can plunk her on her mat in the middle of the living room and watch her play for a while before she gets tired. She loves with a new toy we got her – a musical farm yard cube. It’s soft, makes animal sounds, has lots of crinkly and soft bits to play with, and something to chew on.

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Speaking of chewing… my girl’s got two teeth now. We didn’t even know she was teething. One morning I was sitting next to her on the couch and she opened her mouth wide and looked up at me, and I saw the first tooth! A tiny, shiny white spot – her lower right middle tooth. It wasn’t long, maybe a week, and the second tooth showed up. That was about two weeks ago, and now you can see them quite regularly.

I’ve been trying desperately to get a picture of those little teeth. This is the best I’ve been able to do:

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Good thing she’s got those teeth too, since we’re trying lots of new foods now.

Squash.

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Apples.

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Peas.

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Carrots.

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We’ve also tried oat cereal, barley cereal, bananas, and pears. Today we’ll be trying either green beans or sweet potatoes. So far Hadley’s favourites are oat cereal, squash, and carrots. She is not a fan of peas – at all. I think that might just be a texture thing and we’ll try them again soon, maybe for supper tonight.

It’s been a busy month for us – I can only imagine how busy we’ll be this coming month.

Frilly Baby: 6 Month Update

I’m sitting on my couch right now, wondering how it is that I got here. We’re just back from Hadley’s six month checkup. Six months, already passed.

It seems like these past 6 months have passed so slowly some days, then on other days it’s like we’re in fast forward. The older Hadley gets, the faster time seems to pass. This past month or so, it seems like she learns or does something new every day. It is a truly amazing thing to watch and be part of.

We’ve started solid foods! Tinker Mouse has finally had her first taste of baby cereal. We started with the basic rice cereal, and now we’re on to oats. We started on Sunday, and yesterday was the first day that she really seemed to want it. She finished her first whole serving last night for supper. I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I was just so proud of her! My heart was just bursting, and I couldn’t wait to call Nannie to let her know.

Hadley eating

Now that she’s mastering cereal, the sky’s the limit when it comes to food. I’ve already got some squash puree made, and we’ll be trying that tomorrow. It’s a good idea to expose your baby to the same new food three days in a row to make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction, so once she tries the squash for three days, we’ll pick something else, then just keep going from there. I’m so excited about it!

I’m also confused about it. If she finished all that I’ve prepared for her, do I make her more? Will she stop eating when she’s full? I don’t want to stuff her, and I want to let her have enough room to have some milk after eating. So confusing.

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Tink’s not quite sitting up yet, but she’s awfully close. She definitely has the strength to do it, but she’s just choosing not to. She likes to straighten herself out and lay back, mostly because she’s so interested in everything else in the room! She is so squirmy. We are attending a baby massage class, and the entire time I’m massaging her, she’s twisting and turning around to check out all of the other babies. It’s cute, most of the time. :-)

I finally caved and bought a Sophie the Giraffe for her. I already think she likes it (unfortunately, the dog has his eye on Sophie too). Last night we went out for a little drive and we took Sophie with us. We could hear Sophie’s little squeaker as we were driving. Hadley always falls asleep in the car, and when we got home, we found Sophie tucked safely under Had’s little arm. Adorable.

Yesterday we had a trip to the doctor for 6 month vaccinations. Hadley always takes them so well, and yesterday was no different. She squeaked a little bit after the first needle, but didn’t say a peep after the second. She’s such a good girl. Her weigh in had her up to 7.75 kg (17 lbs), and she’s 24.8 inches tall. We really hope she gets to be a bit taller, but with the family genes, it’s hard to say if that will happen. ;-)

So that’s what’s going on at our house. Busy, busy, busy, but a lot of fun. Speaking of busy, I’ve got a huge basket of laundry just staring at me, waiting to be folded. *sigh* So many tiny baby clothes.

Welcome October! [Recipe] Glazed Pumpkin Scones

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October is here! I could sing it from the rooftop! Well, probably not, literally. I’m sure to fall down and ruin the rest of October if I did that.

Nonetheless, let’s talk about October! Do you have your sweaters ready to wear? Are you ready to bake everything pumpkin and apple? Are you already thinking about turkey dinner on Thanksgiving? Yes, yes, YES!

We’re also celebrating that Hadley’s going to be 6 months old on the weekend. I know everyone talks about how quickly time passes, but I seriously cannot believe how quickly these past 6 months have flown by. I no longer have an infant. I have a beautiful, vibrant baby girl! She’s showing us her spunky little personality, and moving and shaking all over the place. I am so in love with this child.

To celebrate October’s arrival, I’m baking scones today. Pumpkin scones. Glazed pumpkin scones.

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This Will Wake You Up!: [Review] Café Santo Domingo

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Good morning!

For some of us, there aren’t many things we like about our morning. How many of us roll out of bed longing for our favourite mug filled high with our favourite steaming high octane beverage? So many of us depend on our morning coffee to get us up and ready to tackle our busy days.

Coffee. A cup of steaming hot comfort.

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I am fortunate enough to have been able to try a new coffee recently – Café Santo Domingo.

Café Santo Domingo is the Dominican Republic’s favourite brand of coffee. If you’ve ever visited the Dominican and enjoyed a coffee with your breakfast, there’s a very good chance it was a cup of Café Santo Domingo. Until only recently, this delicious coffee wasn’t available in Atlantic Canada, but now it is! We are lucky enough that every single Sobeys in Atlantic Canada is now carrying Café Santo Domingo products.

Canadians bring back over 50,000 lbs of Café Santo Domingo in carry-ons from the Dominican Republic every year. That’s amazing! And did you know that Atlantic Canadians travel to the Dominican more than any other Canadian region? Café Santo Domingo and Atlantic Canada seems like a natural pair to me.

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Having never before visited the DR, this was my first time trying this particular coffee. I was certainly not disappointed – Café Santo Domingo is delicious! In fact, I’m enjoying a cup of their decaffeinated blend as I type this. It is a smooth and comforting medium-bodied cup of coffee. Whether black or doctored with your favourite cream and sugar combination, this coffee really does have a great taste. I find myself reaching for the Café Santo Domingo instead of the coffee blend I used to enjoy in the morning. It’s a real treat. My husband and I have both been enjoying it immensely.

If you see the Café Santo Domingo products in stores near you, I really encourage you to pick some up. I know you won’t be disappointed.

The company is also sponsoring a contest through their Facebook page right now. You could win a trip for two to beautiful Punta Cana! Head on over to their Facebook Page for full contest details and regulations:

https://www.facebook.com/CoffeeSantoDomingo?sk=app_512541485429310

The Frilly Baby: Our 5 Month Update

What a busy life this is! And what a crazy couple of weeks this has been. I have so many stories to tell.

First, all the good stuff.

Hadley

Our little Miss Hadley is growing in leaps and bounds! While it seems like it was just yesterday that we brought this tiny little girl home, Hadley’s now five months old already. At our last check, she was almost double her birth weight, weighing in at 16 lbs! Yay, girlie!

My girl’s smiling and giggling up a storm now, and I am loving every second of it. She squeals at us and tries to talk to us all the time. It’s adorable. I have yet to catch it on video, and I can’t wait until I do. She’s also getting stronger and stronger all the time. I can stand her up on my lap, and tummy time is no longer a struggle. She’s even starting to move around a bit on her own, even if it is just in circles so far. It’s amazing to watch all of this happening so quickly.

Hadley Laughs

Now, the not so great stuff.

About 3 weeks ago, I decided that it would be in my best interest to start trying Hadley with a bit of formula. Having been exclusively breastfeeding these past 5 months, I thought we could start thinking of weaning her a bit and giving mama a little break every once in a while. After hearing great things about the Kirkland brand baby formula, that’s what we bought and decided to try.

We fed Hadley a bit of formula once a day, every day. While she wasn’t really crazy about it, and she would only try an ounce or two at a time, it was going relatively well, we thought. We did this for eight days.

Last Sunday was the eighth day. I was at my parents’ house, with the idea of spending the night. Hadley’s first night away from home. When it was near her bed time, I started warming a bit of formula for her. She took a couple of ounces of it, then was done with it. I rocked her a bit, and she went to sleep.

About ten minutes after putting her down, she started to stir. This was a bit unusual, but she was in a new place to sleep after all, so I rocked her for a few more minutes and she drifted back off. Again, ten minutes later, she was stirring. This time my mom and I both went down to see what was up.

When we checked on Hadley the second time, she was in quite a state. She had vomited on her left side and her pyjamas were quite wet, as was the blanket she’d been laying on. We immediately picked her up and changed her. I also thought I should nurse her again, considering how much she’d vomited. As I was nursing her, I noticed that the left side of her head was very red, and was broken out in hives.

The hives really freaked me out. Our nephew is anaphylactic to a couple of different foods, so I didn’t want to take any chances. We called the ambulance. The ambulance arrived within about 8 minutes of us placing the call. The paramedics did a check on Hadley, checking for any breathing issues as well as checking her heart rate. She wasn’t having any respiratory issues at all, but they asked if we wanted to take a trip to the hospital, just for reassurance. We did.

My poor little lady had her first ambulance ride at only 5 months old. Coincidentally, I had my first ambulance ride with her. She was so good for the ride too – she was completely quiet, and just looked at everything around her.

When we arrived at the hospital, Hadley was assessed by a nurse and we were told to wait. We waited for a little while before the nurse came back out with some Benadryl for her. Daddy then took her and walked the hall with her until she fell asleep. We had been waiting for at least an hour when the same nurse came back out and told us it would still probably be a while before a doctor could see us and she suggested we go home since Hadley was comfortable and the hives seem to have gone away. So we went home. She was fine the rest of the night, and has been just fine since. Thank goodness. It was a very scary evening, but luckily everything turned out to be OK.

After speaking to my family doctor about the hives that Hadley experienced, she tells me that she isn’t convinced that she has a dairy allergy, as I’d feared. She thinks the hives may have been caused by the vomit and that maybe the Kirkland brand doesn’t agree with her. She wants me to try Hadley on formula again in a couple of weeks, but maybe a different brand. We’ll see. The fact that she isn’t immediately convinced that it’s a milk allergy is a silver lining at least.

That’s all of the update I’ve got for now.