Monday, September 30, 2013

17 months!

I'm a little late posting this, but I can't believe C is 17 months! He is such a delight. Here are his stats:

Height: 33 inches, I think. It's hard to get him to stretch out on the floor on the yard stick!

Weight: Around 27 pounds. Holding steady. I have no idea how given how much he eats, but then I look at him running around from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed and figure he's burning it off and then some!

Clothes: Mostly 24 month clothes, although he still fits into some 18-mo shirts - depends on the brand. Just bought some new shoes - size 7 and a pair of Crocs, size 6/7.  And I scored big at a local consignment sale- jeans, pants, a winter coat, a winter vest, some shirts and PJs size 24 months and 2T. Since he wears cloth diapers the 2T pants fit better around his rear, but they are too long. I'll probably end up hemming them rather than just folding them up.

Eats: Everything. Literally. For a while he wasn't too crazy about salmon - but maybe it was because we still mixed it with avocado. He started asking for it when we grilled it a few weeks back and hasn't turned back. Yay! He loves butternut squash and points to it when I open the fridge, and raw green peppers. I am seriously amazed - I didn't like green peppers myself until a few years ago. If it doesn't eat him first, he'll eat it.

Health: We were playing with his diet for a bit this summer- he got eczema late last spring which we attributed to strawberries. It didn't seem to go completely away, but now it seems more like dry skin, rather than the eczema. As long as I lotion him after each bath, and sometimes in the morning as well, his skin looks good. Also, he got his first "illness" in August. The only symptom was really messy diapers - which gave him a bit of a yeast infection when he made a mess in the middle of the night and didn't fuss to wake us up. By the time I changed him in the morning, poor thing was not in good shape. An anti-fungal cream worked well. The messy diapers were caused by a very small and rare bug - cryptosporidium. Kind of crazy - the health department even called because it is so rare. We figured it would be almost impossible to track down the source - he had been in local pools, the lake and outside all summer around the time he probably caught it. In any case, we actually started making his formula again for a few days - adding all the oils and probiotic, and giving him bone broth in some of his food and it cleared up. So... boo.. his first illness, I guess, but no drugs/antibiotics other than the OTC cream.

Sleep: Great here! I wish he would take his afternoon nap without me lying down next to him, but he still sleeps in our bed during the day because it's darker there. But he usually naps from 2-2 1/2 hours. Sleep at night is awesome - anywhere from 12-13 hours! He goes down between 7 and 7:30 and isn't up until close to 8. It's a nice change from the 6 am wake-ups during the spring and early summer!

Teeth: The gums over his molars are so swollen, but none have popped through yet. I've been making him popsicle smoothies and he gets one of those each day - hopefully it helps. He is fussy every now and then, but it's not bad.

What I love about this age: He is SO affectionate these days - always coming over to give me kisses... on my knees if I'm sitting down... it's so, so sweet. And sometimes when I tell him no, haha. I tell him "no", he pauses, then comes over and hugs my leg and gives me a kiss. "Why do you tell me no, Mama? I love you, I love you, smooch, smooch." What a charmer. :) Also, I love that he is so full of energy. He wakes up cheerful most days and gives me a huge grin and jumps up and down when I go in to get him out of bed in the morning. He runs and runs and runs around the house. His latest is running around things - usually a chair or his learning tower in the kitchen. He's started climbing, and stepping on and off curbs without holding onto anything. He LOVES playing the piano. He'll sit on the bench and plunk away for up to 20 minutes sometimes. And he loves going into our garage - our "gym" and imitating me or DH.

Words: The usual,  - Dada, Mama, Ball, "E-sus", "icky", my sis R's nickname, and I forget what else. He sometimes sings when he plays the piano - random syllables, but I love it. And he'll sing back to me the five note solfege pattern - so, fa, mi, re, do. (Always descending, no ascending notes yet). Sometimes he absolutely nails the pitches too! Woo-hoo for a little singer! He's learned to sign "more" and "please" consistently, which makes for a less whiny mealtime when he wants more!

Some photos from the last few weeks/weekends:

Running with Daddy at the park
I know I cut off his head on this one, but I love that grin!
Happy little boy :)
A trip to visit family last weekend:
 Holding sweet cousin, M. :)

On the move
More on the move. It's blurry, but I still love this shot.
An attempt at an official "17 months" pose.
And... fail.
Loves Auntie R!
And finally... because ONE has been such fun...
On our way to the post office...
That's right! We're ready for #2!!! :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

ISR - Infant Swimming Resource

For the past 5 1/2 weeks Caleb has been taking swim lessons with Infant Swimming Resource (ISR). I'm not being paid to endorse these lessons, but I have been impressed from the start. What I love about ISR is the focus on the child. From their website:
ISR believes pool fences, supervision, and pool alarms are important parts of a necessary multi-layered approach to drowning prevention. However, traditional lines of defense break down, and the over 4,000 drowning deaths per year bear a grim testament to the fact that traditional approaches are missing a key component: the child. ISR’s core conviction is that the child is the most important part of a drowning prevention strategy and our over 260,000 ISR graduates and 800 documented survival stories are proof that children can save themselves. Children are curious, capable, and have an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles like pool fences; at ISR we take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.
You can read more about the program on their website here. If you have an instructor near you, I was able to go and watch a few lessons before I signed C up. 

Here are a few videos of C that I took this week! Next week is his last week - during which he'll practice going into the water fully clothed - shoes and all!! Refresher lessons are recommended after a while - children grow so quickly that what felt normal to them at one time will feel very different with a larger body. So - C will have some refresher lessons in the spring or early summer before the pool opens. Since DH & I love swimming and our family vacations at a lake every summer, we want him to love and enjoy time in the water.

Swimming to the ladder. I think his little protest at the end is because he
knows he's not allowed to climb all the way out on the ladder. :)

 Rolling onto his back to breathe when he can't make it all the way. 

Happy Friday, friends! :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Welcome Home Wednesdays: Fall Mantel

We're finally getting some "fall-ish" temperatures around here and I am so happy to put away summer decorations! Our mantel downstairs is the only thing that really changed from last year - here it is!

I don't remember the source of the fall printable - but there are loads of free ones available. If you really like this one, let me know and I can email it to you! :)

I was stuck figuring out what to put in the large space, until my husband suggested the eagle cross-stitch I made for him a few years ago and had framed at Michaels. I love using things I already have!

The "Thankful" banner came from a few inspirations - Etsy and this banner that you can print for free here. I was originally going to print the triangle shaped banner but had the leaves from Crate and Barrel. I ended up making my own "square letters" on cream card stock, then glued them to brown wrapping paper and attached them to the leaves. I used kitchen twine to hang it. I really like the way it turned out!

close up
Love this. A gift from my hubby's good friend & his wife.
Mini pumpkins and berries from Pottery Barn a few years ago. I have them in several locations.

Little helper realized he too could climb on top of the foot locker 
after watching Mama try to get better angles for photos. :)

Have you started decorating for fall yet?

Monday, September 16, 2013

HWFD: Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Prosciutto & Figs

I apologize first for not having a photo of this recipe! We finished the leftovers before I thought to snap one. Oops. It was delicious though!

The original recipe from my Cooking Light Superfast Supper Cookbook calls for fig preserves (which are usually hard to find anyway) and chicken. I adapted it for a pork recipe because that was what I could get at the farmers market last week. The farm I buy all our meat from was selling the figs too. Yum!!

Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt - for sprinkling on the tenderloin
8 slices (about 1/4 pound each, maybe a little more) pork tenderloin (chops would probably work well too!)
1 1/2 cups figs (roughly)
1 package (4 oz) prosciutto - I used Applegate Farms
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. water

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Lightly season pork with salt on both sides, then add to pan. I made sure the pan was warm before I added the pork so I could sear the sides. I did have to layer and rotate the pork since I made 8 slices, but it seared quickly. While the pork (or chicken if you like) sears, dice up your prosciutto and chop the figs. After your pork has seared on both sides, turn the heat down to low and add the prosciutto, figs, balsamic vinegar and water. I had mine on really low because I was teaching a lesson during the cooking time so it was on the stove about 30 minutes. It was really tender and the prosciutto and figs with the balsamic was a great combination.

I served the pork with a nice big salad - spinach and cucumbers from the farmers market. Delicious!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

HWFD - 2 fabulous GF desserts!

I recently made 2 desserts which were super tasty!

The first is an adaptation from Sarah Fragoso's berry cobbler in her Everyday Paleo cookbook, but also found on her website here. She recommended using peaches as an alternate, and I had a bunch of fresh peaches from the farmers market sitting on my counter. I can't eat peaches raw - they make my mouth itchy, but I can eat them cooked. (Same thing with raw apples and carrots.)

Here's the berry version photo:

Here's the recipe, made with peaches:

Peach Cobbler
4 peaches, sliced
1-2 tablespoons raw honey
1 1/2 cup almond flour (I use Honeyville)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 egg
2 tablespoons cinnamon (I didn't measure the cinnamon, just shook a bunch on - I think it was closer to 1 T)
Coconut milk - a few tablespoons per serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place sliced peaches in a baking dish (I used a 9 x 7) and drizzle with honey.
In a separate bowl, combine almond flour, coconut oil, egg and cinnamon and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over the peaches.
Bake for 35 minutes.

Serve warm, drizzled with coconut milk. YUM!! We went to a 50th wedding anniversary celebration last weekend and the cupcakes looked delicious but of course I couldn't have them. I made this later that night and it totally satisfied my sweet craving! :)

The second recipe I found through Everyday Paleo and pinned a while back. I made it for our July blogger meet-up and made it again this past weekend for a cookout.

Paleo Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Coconut Cream Glaze

It's as tasty as it looks!!

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