Monday, October 7, 2013

Me: 9 Months Post Baby

Here we are 9 months post baby! 9 months on and 9 months off they say...ha! I have lost a whopping 2 pounds since my 6 month update. I've been working out 4-5 days a week consistently and tracking calories with My Fitness Pal. I eat "clean" about 90% of the time. I think these last 8 pounds might stick around until I am finished breastfeeding.

I usually work out for an hour and do 30 mins on the stairmaster and 30 on the elliptical. I know I want to do some weight training but I want to lose more fat before I start. I logically know that it would be building muscle which would then burn more fat so I really should begin sooner than later.

I am not as worried about the number on the scale anymore. Something about being a busy mom makes you a little less worried about 5 pounds. It will come off..eventually!

9 Months

I'll save you from the redundant "I can't believe she is already __ months!" speech. There is no doubt about it though, she becomes less of little baby each day and becomes more of a small person with her own ideas about things. She is learning what she wants and is really showing her frustration when she doesn't get it.. i.e..throwing tantrums. I know it is just part of her development for her to be frustrated and upset so I just try to give her a second to calm down before I explain why I am doing what I'm doing. She may not understand much of what I am saying but since I'm not sure when she will really understand I figured I would start now.

Avelyn is one social little girl. She loves going to storytime and seeing all of her little friends. She hardly even notices me while we are there. She is really starting to play with the other babies instead of just watching.

She has no fear of anything. She tumbles headfirst into whatever she is doing and doesn't cry or get upset with all her little bumps she gets along the way. We had to really start baby-proofing the house after she fell down a couple stairs. That girl is so fast! There was just no way we could watch her closely enough. When we need a minute to ourselves for teeth-brushing or whatnot we have to put her in the pack-and-play. She is into everything.

I love seeing how curious she is about all these things. I love watching her figure out how things work. Taking her to new places and having new experiences is starting to be really fun!

She is still waking up twice a night to nurse. Usually around 1 am and then again at 5:30 or so. We have increased her solids and she eats three meals a day. For breakfast I usually give her a smoothie (either store bought from HEB or a small portion of my green smoothie). She loves peanut butter on bread or hummus on bread so that is usually what she has for lunch. Dinner is just what we eat cut into small pieces. She has two little teeth but I see two more on their way.

I'm kind of bummed our doctor doesn't do a 9 month well-check because I have no idea of her height and weight. She wears 12 month clothing only and even some of those pants are a little short. She isn't as filled out as much as some babies I see so I think her weight is probably still in the 40-50% and her height is still 60-70%. We won't see our dr until her 1 year appointment...which sadly is coming way too fast!

I gave up trying to take her monthly picture in the glider chair. We took these in our front yard and at the park down the street.

Everywhere we go people say, "What a happy baby!" She really is the happiest baby. She smiles at everyone and enjoys being out and about. We feel pretty good about taking her to restaurants now and despite making a big mess she usually behaves herself. The only time she isn't happy is when she is overly-tired and then her patience runs out (true for me as well). 

She brings so much love and joy into our lives every day! I thank God for her every morning when I see that big ol' gummy smile greeting me from the crib. I am so grateful that I get to spend my days watching her grow and playing together. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Celebrating Fall!

Fall has officially arrived! Not that you would know that from yesterday's heat. Brandon and I both got sunburns. Yesterday we decided to go to Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls.

Of course, since we were in Marble Falls we had to stop at Bluebonnet Cafe! I'm not usually a food picture-takerer so I didn't think to snap pics but man oh man was it delicious! Especially the chocolate cream pie I had for dessert.

We weren't sure what all to start with at the farm since they had so many choices. I know how much Avelyn loves animals so we decided to buy some goat food and feed them. I will never forget this experience. She started laughing like I had never heard big big belly laughs. She would've fallen over if I wasn't holding her!

At one point, there was a small circle of people around her just watching her laugh like that. It was precious. 

What wasn't so cute was the mini-meltdown she had when we decided to finally move on from the goats. Oh boy, I have seen a hint of what we are in for later! But, since she is only 9 months old, we gave in and let her stay a bit longer.
 (I think she actually looks like me in this picture)

We decided to roam around and pick pumpkins together.

It was so hot y'all! We paid for the pumpkins and cooled off with a farm-fresh strawberry popsicle.

We took the short walk to the other side of the farm for a hayride and fresh flower picking.

The hayride was so much more than I expected! There were probably 20-30 different scenes made out of scarecrows. Here are a few of our favorites!

 This was my husband's favorite..shark fishing!

It was a perfect day! If you live in central Texas this is a must-see! Although, I do recommend going after the cold front comes through. ;)