I’m proudly part of the “I have the happiest baby, ever” club. Margo Blue is truly happy, 95% of every day. She easily smiles and laughs and giggles at everyone and everything. This makes taking her anywhere a piece of coconut cream pie. *Drooling*
As I open up my front door to exit the house, she’s on my hip and laughing and kicking her feet in excitement. As I’m putting her in the car, she’s smiling. The car ride is quiet as can be. Upon arrival to our destination, she’s laughing and squealing as I remove her from her car seat. She doesn’t even know where the heck we are yet, and she’s just happy to be somewhere. I need to take a few notes from this kid. She’s got the best attitude towards life. #truestory
Another joy about her is that she loves to snuggle me. She’ll seek me out in the house, crawl over to me and onto my lap to nuzzle her head in my legs or up and into my chest. “Just hold me and love me, Mama” is what she wants to say. I’ve mentioned before at some point that when I ask her for a hug, she’ll rest her head on my shoulder for an average of 3 seconds. She’s completely loving and affectionate (unlike Mia at this age) and I feel extremely lucky and blessed to be her Mama.
- She had her 9 month check up with the pediatrician. She weighs 20 pounds 4 ounces and measures 28 inches long, putting her in the 85th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height. Her head is in the 98th percentile! She’s one chunky monkey.
- On average, Margo woke up in the middle of the night maybe once or twice a week. Most of these times, she’d cry for a few minutes and drift back to sleep on her own. There were maybe a handful of times, total, that I had to intervene and help her back to sleep with a little Mommy and Margo cuddle time. Luckily, this only takes about a total of 5-10 minutes to do. I’m so thankful for sleep. You never know what you had until it’s gone. And when you get it back, you can fully appreciate it.
- She had her first Christmas. We only got her a few things since at this point, she doesn’t know any better. She did enjoy watching her big sister tear into all of her presents. And loved even more that our living room floor was covered in tissue paper and wrapping paper. Paper is her most favorite item to put into her mouth, so keeping her from it was an interesting task through all of the gifting fun.
- We took our first trip to Disneyland as a family of 4. Margo was a rockstar and chilled in my Ergo carrier for most of the day. She stretched out a little in the stroller and at one of the playgrounds in Mickey’s Toontown. This baby didn’t fuss once all day and took little cat naps in the carrier when she needed them. How in the world did she end up being the easiest baby, ever?!
- She started making smacking or clicking sounds with her mouth whenever she was hungry or saw someone else eating and wanted some, too. It’s pretty cool seeing her figure out new ways to communicate with me.
- Her top front, right tooth is cutting through. The left isn’t far behind.
- She tarted clapping on her own and when she’d see others do it. We’ve got our very own little cheerleader.
- We took our first hike as a family of 4…and with all 3 dogs. Margo loves being outdoors…no matter where that is. I carried her in the Ergo and she quietly observed her surroundings and soaked in the sunshine. This will always be a memorable hike for Dominic and I, as it was our last with our oldest dog, Roxi, before she passed only a few weeks later. I’ll be posting a tribute of sorts to her sometime soon.
- Margo discovered our pots and pans in one of our kitchen cupboards. Now, it’s her favorite play spot in the house. She pulls them all out and puts the plastic measuring bowl on her head. She also crawls inside the cupboards after emptying them all out. Something she picked up on after seeing Mia do it.
- She’s successfully tried more “table food” (than the avocado and pasta we introduced last month) like rice, macaroni, very small amounts of shredded cheese, soft and tender pieces of chicken, steamed broccoli bites, soft bread, tiny bites of Mia’s oatmeal breakfasts, and small apple bites. She loves food.
- She’s still mostly wearing size 9 clothing, but a few pieces have been getting a little tight. Size 12 month onesie pajamas fit much more comfortably. She’s still in size 4 diapers.
- Her favorite cartoon is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She’s not much of a TV watcher, though. She only really pays attention while she’s feeding herself her bottle in her reclined chair in the living room. She’d much rather be exploring and playing with their kitchen in the living room. Did I mention that the living room looks like a full-blown daycare? Because it does.
- Margo has discovered the treasures that both the dishwasher and refrigerator hold. When she hears either appliance open up, her little hands and legs are put into full speed, crawling as fast as she can at the chance to crawl into them.
Hey Friday, you sassy thang! Here are this week’s FIVE finds:
- DIY: I stumbled onto this YouTube video (and then watched the rest of the channel’s videos on sewing tutorials until 1 am…don’t judge) on how to sew your own pair of leggings. I easily followed the tutorial the next day and made two pairs of leggings for my 9 month old in about 40 minutes, from two of my old shirts. #makersgonnamake
- SHARE: One of my Valentine art projects for kids has been shared in a few Valentine idea roundups on other websites here (at #18) and here (at #10). Thanks for the love! I’ve been seeing a big fat increase in views over the last few weeks.
- DOG: I found this recipe for homemade dog treats and my dogs couldn’t be happier about it. They seriously LOVE them, and I love how easy they were to make and how healthy the ingredients are. Technically, I can eat them (and I actually did try a tiny bite of one….but I’ll save them for the dogs).
- STYLE: I’m loving, majorly crushing, over Emily & Meritt’s newest collection for Pottery Barn Kids. Ugh, why does that place have to be so expensive!? I actually bought a whole bedding set from this designer about a year ago and I still feel guilt from making the splurge. But it’s oh. so. pretty!
- BEAUTY: I just ordered a refill for the makeup that I love and wear daily. It was all 40% off a few days ago and I took full advantage of that. But now, I’m seeing that they have created new colors, expanding the amount of options available for different skin tones…and I’m wishing I would have known this before my purchase because I would have waited to pay full price for colors that I think may better suit my complexion. Oh well…next time! By the way, I follow Cara’s blog and this gal is a full blown, magical makeup genius! Those before and afters are crazy impressive.
Enjoy your weekend, kids!
Did you think you had finally moved past the time of seeing everyone’s “New Year resolution” posts? Surprise! How about reading just one more for an extra boost of motivation (since most of you have already failed yours by now…just sayin’!). I know I always get inspired reading others’ goals, I hope ya’ll feel the same after you breeze through mine.
My lateness in posting this isn’t because of procrastination, which is a first around here. It’s not even really due to being too busy (which honestly, I have been). I purposely decided that I wouldn’t begin resolution brainstorming until the first of the new year. I wanted to end 2015 by reflecting on the past year, rather than already making plans for one that hadn’t even begun yet. I decided that I’d spend the beginning of January thinking hard about what I’d like to improve on, personally. I chose to take my time, planning out parts of the year to come and filling it with goals to work towards. I didn’t want to rush the process to meet a blogging deadline or so I wouldn’t fall behind with what other bloggers were posting about. I’ve dedicated a lot of thought to these lists and I’ve now reached a point of satisfaction with them. Lists? Yup, I’m sharing resolutions and goals.
I look at resolutions and goals as two different ideas. To me, resolutions seem more like things you hope to start doing on a more regular basis. They seem more like good habits or routines that you want to try to form or strengthen, and to be ongoing for a long period of time or even for life.
Goals, on the other hand, are one time events or achievements that one can work towards over time. Sure, they may require a little bit of routine and repetition to get there, but these are things that can be crossed off from a list once the goal has been met. So, I made two separate lists.
In no particular order, here is a good chunk (not all of it) of what I hope to aspire to in 2016…
- Drink more water. It’s embarrassing how little water I’ve been drinking on a daily basis. My goal is for a minimum intake of 90 ounces a day (about 11 cups). I’m dehydrated often, and I think this is causing me to have more headaches (which I never used to have), yucky skin (which is usually healthier than not) and decreased energy.
- Incorporate juicing and smoothies into each week. This is something that I’ve already begun to do this year. I successfully made smoothies on three days during last week and juiced on two. Fruits and vegetables are expensive, especially organic. And it seems like I’m getting little juice from the large amount of produce I’m using. So due to cost, I’m happy with keeping juicing to a twice a week maximum. The smoothies I’ve made so far have replaced breakfast for both my husband and me. I’ve changed things up a little here and there between them but each has been delicious and filling. So far, I’ve used ingredients like frozen bananas and frozen berries, rolled oats, peanut butter, almonds, chia seeds, flaxseed, almond milk, spinach, kale, Greek yogurt, Kefir, avocado and honey. I’m really enjoying this resolution so far and don’t know why I wasn’t doing this already?!
- Begin a fitness routine. I mean, any routine will do here. Going from nothing to something is a success in my book. Even if I only manage to walk on my treadmill for 15 minutes each day, I’ll take it. Of course, my hope is for this to grow into something bigger than that, yielding me with some impressive results. But I’ve found that putting so much pressure on myself in the past has ultimately led to pushing myself too hard, too fast…leading to failure. So I’m taking a more causal and laid back approach and will be sure to pat myself on my love-handled back for every small victory. Sorry, but I’m the heaviest I’ve EVER been right now. Before kids, I was wearing a size small shirt/top. Almost 5 years later and I’m wearing an XL top and my pants have increased by 4-5 sizes. I basically live in oversized shirts and sweatshirts, yoga pants and/or pajamas. And I hate going out into public or even worse, the idea of running into people I haven’t seen in a while. I’ve crawled into a “bunker”, so I call it, and need to get outta here. I need to live, I’m too damn young to be hiding from life. I’ve got a goal of losing around 35 lbs, total. I haven’t broken that down into a certain number of pounds per month yet, but I will…and it will be realistic.
- Homeschool Mia. Let’s not all freak out at once here, let me explain. The idea of homeschool is a very fresh one that Dominic and I have been humoring over the last month. I’ve decided to create an at-home, academic program for Mia until she’s of Kindergarten age which will be in a little over a year. I’m confident in my ability to successfully carry this through because I used to work at a private school for over 10 years and have enough experience with teaching 4 year olds through the 2nd grade. Depending on my experience with Mia from now until she turns 5, we’ll make a decision then as to whether or not we’ll be enrolling her into a public school, private school or continue to homeschool her. By then, she’ll be ahead of any public Kindergarten class so I’m hoping we’ll be able to afford a private education. For the last month, I’ve been researching non-stop on different methods, materials, worksheets, curriculum and so forth and just where to even begin. I actually began our little “Mommy ABC School” (as Mia calls it) two weeks ago. It already has its own hashtag on Instagram: #mommyabcschool. Mia has really taken to it so far and has learned about letters A and B (started C this week), counting, identifying numbers, apples (life cycle, identifying their parts, cooking applesauce and more) bears (their habitat, the food they eat, hibernating, etc.), winter, colors, shapes (and how to draw them), caterpillars (life cycle of a butterfly, raising our own butterflies) days of the week and months of the year. I’ll definitely blog more about this topic separately. This has been very time-consuming so far, but I’m excited to have begun an academic focused program that pushes her more than your typical preschool can. Currently, she’s still attending preschool a few days a week for its social benefits. If you have any resources that you’ve found helpful or would like to share your experiences with homeschooling, PLEASE, share away! No, seriously. Puh-lease!
- Pre-plan each week’s dinner menu. This is something that I’ve been doing already, but sporadically. I want to create the habit of planning the menu each week and gathering all ingredients for the recipes once a week, too. I predict this will save me a lot of time since I’ll only be grocery shopping once a week and because I won’t have to rack my brain each evening over what to make for dinner. I also want to take this goal a step further by choosing recipes that will fully use up all the groceries bought for that week. I hate using half of an onion, for example, for one recipe and then not having any need for the other half until, of course, it’s too late and it’s rotting away in the fridge in an unseen corner in the back. That’s just money down the drain….or into the trash. I’m better than that.
- Create and follow a specific budget. Getting a firm grip on our finances is a huge resolution for us this year. We need to create a very specific budget that allots a certain amount of money to each aspect of our lives. We need to identify where all of our money is going. Doing this will help us use our money more efficiently and effectively and will also allow us to create a better savings and to help pay off our debt (see list of goals below).
- Create a weekly routine for myself. I suspect this resolution to be my most difficult to follow through with. I’ve attempted this a handful of times but have stuck with it for no more than two weeks. What it is, specifically, is a written out routine of basically how I want to organize each day of the week to efficiently accomplish my responsibilities and chores. I think these routines have failed in the past for me because I never scheduled “me time.” So, my days were filled mostly with work like dusting, organizing, vacuuming, dishes, loads of laundry, folding clothes and putting it all away, picking up toys and books, planning and preparing meals for 3 other humans (2 of which, three times each day not including snacks) and 3 dogs, Windexing windows and mirrors, cleaning toilets and tubs and sinks, paying bills, playing and reading with the kids, grocery shopping, preschool drop-off/pick-up, etc. Each day I felt like a robot. I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. Sure, I want to live in a clean home but I certainly don’t enjoy the process of attaining one nor do I prefer to spend all of my time doing so. I want a life, too! Where was the time for anything I liked to do, like sew? Blog? Practice photography? DIY/Create? Grow a new hobby/interest? Visit a new place? See new sights? This time around, when I plan out my routine, I’m making it a point to schedule some much needed “me time”. I have to be a priority, too. I hope for this routine to allow my house and life to be more organized and attended to. I hope it creates a balance, allowing all aspects to get my attention. Maybe then I won’t feel so overwhelmed and buried with things to do, which of course, is what keeps from avoiding it all. I’ve already laid out the routine for myself and have slowly been getting into the groove of it. Needs a little tweaking, but I hope it keeps me accountable.
- Try something new each month. This resolution is my attempt at getting out of the house and breaking up the monotony that is my life. I’d love for this “something new” each month to be a new place visited. I want to explore more. I want adventure. And I want to expose my kids to more than just preschool, the grocery store, our living room and backyard. Because honestly, that’s mostly where we spend our time. A big reason for this was because Margo’s first 6 months of life were really rough for us all. She was anything but easy and was very difficult to leave the house with. Now that she’s a rockstar, I look forward to escaping our “bunker” and living, rather than just existing. I think the best way to accomplish this is to pre-pick these adventures and schedule them each month ahead of time. Otherwise, I may just “forget” or avoid it all together. All of the photos seen here are from a nearby park that overlooks our city. As a family, we had never ventured out to catch the sunset before and this is exactly what we did here. It was a sporadic decision which fulfilled my “something new” for January and got us saying that we want to come here a lot more often for sunsets.
- Minimize our possessions/keep a clutter free home. Simply put, we have too much shit. This seems like a really easy resolution to live by, but in our house, that’s not the case. One reason being that we have minimal storage space inside our home. There’s only one built-in storage space that holds towels, sheets and toiletries/first aid and each bedroom has one closet. That’s it. Our garage is a decent size, but because Dominic’s pond business is based from home currently, it’s mostly filled with pond parts, supplies, fish food and tools. Big tools. Another obstacle I face is that Dominic and I differ in how attached we are to our things. It’s harder for him to throw things away. He always claims to have a use for everything, even though most of these things sit, untouched, for months to years. I’m better able to just toss it all. If it hasn’t been used or touched within the last 6 months, I want it gone. Here’s to hoping we can both work together to minimize our belongings to the things we actually need and use on a regular basis. Our possessions have been slowly suffocating me, and I’m ready to breathe easy this year.
- Blog 2-3 times a week. This space has taken a back seat to life lately. This bums me out because my main reason for blogging is to document memories and thoughts and experiences so that I won’t forget. My memory is worse than awful, I’ve already forgotten most of my childhood and my high school years. I hate the thought of forgetting my kids’ childhood and upbringing as well. This blog is a sure way to keep track of it all and I hope that my girls treasure this space when they’re old enough to view it, too. I’ve got so much to catch up on here and I feel like I’m already forgetting a lot of life, lately. I also love connecting with, learning from and being inspired by other bloggers and readers that I come across. My life, right now, consists of communicating mostly with a 3 year old and a baby. Blogging is a great way to connect to other adults, to have actual conversations and to see that so many others can relate to what I’m experiencing. It’s my little window out into the real world, while I’m “living under my bunker.”
- Regularly take probiotics. Have you read up on the benefits of taking probiotics daily? I have, and you should, too! I’m not going to get into the details, but keeping a healthy gut is crucial to overall health and immunity. Look into it. Not only will I be regularly taking them, but my kids will be, too. It ain’t cheap, but our health is worth it.
- Be a better friend. Am I good friend? I think so. Good listener, check. Advice giver, check. Secret keeper, check. Humorous, check. And I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but oh so much more! ;) No, but honestly the part of friendship that I seriously lack in is keeping in better touch with my friends! I’ve been more self-involved lately than I would like to admit. Kids truthfully do take up a lot of time, but I need to make my friends more of a priority as well. I want to be better at returning texts in a more timely manner. I’ve been guilty on too many occasions, responding to texts days later. I hate it when anyone does that to me, and so I’m sure my friends have been irritated with me on this, too many times. I want to check in with them on a more regular basis, too. I’ve always been the one to wait for friends to reach out to me and this needs to change. I also want to bring back “snail mail” in the process. I want to regularly send letters and fun cards on holidays, birthdays and just randomly to let them know I’m thinking of them. I’ve got a handful of solid friends that I’ve kept since high school, and even more that were made during my teaching job. And I miss them all so much, and the days when we were much closer than we are now.
- Plan a family vacation and save $$ for it. Aside from camping trips long ago, or an overnighter in a nearby town (like Santa Barbara or San Diego), Dominic and I have never taken a real vacation together…even before the kids (nope, no honeymoon either). We always talk about wanting to get away to some place tropical but never actually make an effort to plan for it. I think this summer, the kids will be of a decent age to take on our first vacation together. And so the pinning of locations commences. If you have any recommendations for a family fun adventure for us, feel free to share!
- Devise a concrete plan to become debt free. Unfortunately, we’re not out of debt (yeah, so about that family vacation…right?!). Debt is something we definitely need to eliminate from our lives, once and for all! Again, this is another goal that we talk all of the time about achieving, but don’t actually write up or organize a concrete plan to get there. I mentioned following a strict budget in my “resolutions” list, which is the first step to figuring out how much money we can actually use towards paying off debt. Once we know how much money to allot to it, we can then organize our debt into a list of which to pay off first. And then….knock it all off one at a time. I will give us one big pat on the back for rarely using our credit cards. Rarely. I’d say that about 85% of the time, we’re using cash/debit cards so that’s a big step already into the right direction.
- Plan our first family camping trip. Before having kids, Dominic and I really loved to camp. Our favorite spot together was in Bishop, CA because of it’s amazing scenery in the green mountains, the fresh air, the star-filled skies and the numerous streams and lakes for fishing in. Now that both kids are at an age that can handle camping, we’re all anxiously awaiting this family “first.” This is the year! I’m thinking Carpinteria State Beach would be a good first location over the summer. The weather should be warm, Mia loves the beach and we’ll be close enough to home and civilization should anything go wrong.
- Research private schools in our area and make appointments to tour them. I mentioned my goal to homeschool Mia above during just her Pre-K year. But, after implementing the homeschool program that I have planned for her, she’ll be ahead of any Kindergarten class in a public school setting which makes me want to choose a private school. We have no clue how much private school will cost, so we just want to get an idea of whether or not this is a realistic option for us. I may just decide to continue to homeschool Mia during her Kindergarten year, giving us another year to save money for a private school starting in the 1st grade. A lot of this is still up in the air, but it’s definitely time to be having this conversation as she approaches her fourth birthday in April. We need a solid plan for her education. And then a plan B and plan C.
- Find our very first babysitter! My mom has babysat plenty of times and a friend of mine watched Mia for a few hours while I was pregnant with Margo but that’s it. To be honest, the thought of someone else watching my kids makes me extremely uneasy. I’ve just heard way too many horror stories to be comfortable with it. This is definitely not a goal that I’m determined to achieve this year, because I don’t want to force anything that doesn’t feel right. I’m definitely willing to hold off as long as necessary until I find the perfect person for the job. But, I at least want to start looking and asking around among friends who may have a younger sibling or even a kid of their own who may be interested. The thought of actually getting out of the house with Dominic for some grown-up activities once in awhile makes me ridiculously excited.
- Take photography related classes to improve my skills and up my game. I’m not completely satisfied with my final, edited photos most of the time. I haven’t been able to pin-point whether it’s how I take the photos or how I’m editing them that isn’t yielding the results I’m looking for. So, I want to take a class that instructs me on the whole process of a photo session, start to finish. Preferably one that provides a model and is a total hands on instruction kind of class. The other class/es will be on working with Lightroom, which is the editing program that I use. I’m self-taught so far and I know there’s a lot more that I can do with it that I just haven’t tapped into yet. I want my photography skills and business to be something I’m proud of, to reflect a specific style that I’ve developed and to be desired by the community. I want my
phone to be ringing off the hookemail/text to be popping (it’s 2016, no one calls anyone anymore). I want to be busy and provide something special to my clients that stands out from the rest. I need to dedicate a decent amount of energy to make that happen, that’s for sure.
- Take a sewing class. I have an Etsy store that’s been lacking for awhile. Currently, I’m selling what’s left of the burp cloth sets I’ve made and my mom has some of her handmade, natural stone jewelry in the shop, too. I really want to extend my sewing skills to a higher degree of difficulty. Reading patterns isn’t something that comes easy to me, mainly because I’ve never been taught how. I definitely want to find a workshop or class that will show me the basics of sewing and using a sewing machine and how to read patterns. I would love to learn to hand-make simple clothes for babies and kids (like dresses, leggings, drawstring pajama pants, bibs, plush dolls (maybe), more detailed quilts (than what I can make, currently) and much more. I’d love for my Etsy shop to grow in regards to products along with gaining a decent sized audience who are interested in them.
Alright kids, that pretty much sums it up for me and my shit to get done this year. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me but I know deep down that I’m capable of achieving it all and more. I’ve reached a time in my life where it’s especially important to set the best example possible for my kids. Mia is at an age of soaking everything up like a sponge and of observing everything and everyone around her and questioning it all along the way…and remembering it, too! I don’t take this parenting gig lightly and I know that my girls wouldn’t expect me too, either.
Game on, 2016!
*Note: Still playing catch-up with these updates. Margo is actually 9 months old right now.*
This was the month that I had anticipated and desperately waited for. MARGO BEGAN SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!!!!!!! I mean, do I even need to go on about the rest of her milestones and growth? Who freakin’ cares! I’m getting my sleep back! Nothing else matters, ya’ll. Even if, at 8 months, Margo began speaking in full sentences….BIG WHOOP! Wouldn’t even come close to topping ME getting MY sleep! Mama’s slowly being brought back to life with every extra minute and hour of sleep I’m getting through the night. It feels as good as it sounds, people. Total life changer right here. But, for the sake of documentation, I’ll carry on with the updates…
- Margo was away from her big sister for the first time. Mia went to visit my parents for a week in Utah. I thought that being left with one child at home would be such a break. Nope! Margo was more work because she was bored and missed the constant entertainment and distraction that her sis provides. She was a lot more needy and clingy, fussing when I’d leave the room and even while I was in it. Overall, she missed Mia. We all did. I realized just how much of a helpful big sister Mia really is and how much I rely on her everyday.
- Margo gave us her first full night’s sleep without waking for a feeding (well, since she was a newborn). We had 11 uninterrupted, baby-free hours! And then, she did it again two more nights in a row.
- Margo slept through the night about every other night this month. And, she no longer takes a middle-of-the-night feeding! This was a MUCH NEEDED break for me. I was happy as a clam every single morning that I realized I had just woken up for the first time since falling asleep the night before. Such a victory and a very celebrated milestone for us all!
- Her bottom two front teeth are fully in and we suspect that one of the top front teeth are making their way in, too. Can’t see or feel them yet, but she’s been a little more cranky and her gums seem a little swollen and sensitive.
- She had her first Thanksgiving, which to her, was any other day. For us, however, it was our first time hosting. It was a lot of work but successful I think. I’m so thankful for my two little turkeys.
- I took the girls to the park for the first time together. It was Margo’s first time exploring the playground on her hands and knees. She cruised all over the place like she owned it. She did her best to keep up with Mia at every chance she got. I had to be on serious “mouth patrol”, since Margo still puts everything into her mouth. It’s not the germs that I worry about so much, it’s the chance of choking. Overall, Margo loved the park.
- Can you believe that I hadn’t worn Margo in any kind of baby carrier until this month?! I used our brand new Ergo carrier for the first time in public, while out shopping for our Christmas tree. She gave me no problems and I felt like I had just discovered gold. Another huge game changer for us right here. Guess who’s going to be getting out of the house more often, now!
- We put together our first mini family photo session up in some nearby mountains (which I already shared HERE, but they’re so darn sweet I’ll share them again). The goal was to capture some nice moments together for our holiday card. We used a tri-pod and a remote control for the ones with all 4 of us, and I’m so pleased with how they came out! You never know what you’re gonna get with those.
- We went to our first Christmas parade as a family, a first for all of us. It’s a local one, which I actually marched in when I was in the 7th and 8th grade. Yup, I was in the band! I played the flute (and I even went to band camp! Bahahahahaha!!!!!). Mia told us after the parade was over that she wants to play the drums after seeing some pretty cool performances from a few school’s marching bands. I wore Margo in the Ergo again, this time for about 3 hours. Damn this thing is brilliant. She was a joy and even took a nap in it.
- Dare I say that Margo is fun to take grocery shopping. This once crazy child is actually a delight most places we go, now. Having Mia come along also helps. Mia sits in the basket of the cart and the two of them play and talk and laugh at each other the whole time. The faces Margo is making below pretty much sums up her expressions for this entire month. Just exploring her different facial muscles, I guess. It’s disgusting how much I love her.
- Margo took her second trip to the LA Zoo. We rocked the Ergo carrier once again. Can you tell that I’m a very satisfied customer???
- On more than one occasion, I’ve had to dig dog food from out of her mouth. We also have to hide the dog’s water bowl whenever Margo is in or near the kitchen.
- She has officially outgrown the baby swing. The swing was one of our most treasured and useful purchases that was worth every penny spent on it. I’m sad to see it go, but this big baby tries flipping forward out of it. I’d say that’s a pretty clear sign that it’s time to move on.
- We started feeding her more “table food” like avocado (which she loves!), small bites of plain pasta and banana bites.
- She’s still wearing size 9 clothing and has moved up to size 4 diapers.
Month 8 is definitely one for the books. What a much happier home it’s been for us all and the love for Margo Blue has continued to grow (how this is possible, I don’t know).