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BabyBrownSugar Update: 8 Months

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Geez. Time is rushing by without so much as a warning or an “excuse me”. Cadence is already 8 months old! My jaw is on the floor and my eyes are filled with tears (per the usual).

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I can’t believe her 1st birthday is slowly creeping up. I’ve already started thinking about themes and invitations and the like. “I wasn’t readyyy!!” *Kevin Hart voice*

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Baby’s First Apple-Picking Adventure + Tips For Fall Family Fun

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Earlier this month, we took Cadence on her very first trip to a farm for some fun family apple-picking. I remember going apple-picking with my family and even with my school classmates as a child. These excursions bring up some of my fondest childhood memories so I knew that’s something I wanted to share with Cadence.

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Even though she isn’t quite old enough to remember the excursion, I thought it would be great fun to spend some time outdoors, hitch a hay ride and pick up some delicious apple products from the bakery along the way. Essentially, it was an afternoon full of WIN.

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What’s In That Big Mac? McDonald’s Answers Our Questions

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Many of us grew up knowing exactly what time it was when Mom’s car pulled into the driveway and we saw those big golden arches up above. In fact, I think McDonald’s was the first word I learned to spell on my own because my parents used to have to spell it out in conversation so I didn’t accidentally overhear it and go crazy. Yes, we’ve all grown up loving the smell of their fries and those little surprise Happy Meal toys.

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Link Love: Kelly Rowland’s Pregnancy Interview with ELLE

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Aside from being obsessed with all things Destiny’s Child since elementary school, I’ve always had a soft spot for songstress and fashionista Kelly Rowland. She has the most beautiful brown skin, she can SANG with an “a”, and now the lovely Rowland is pregnant with her first child and absolutely beautiful in all her mommy glow glory! One of my besties (and Cadence’s Godmother – woot!) Jessica Andrews penned this exclusive interview with Kelly Rowland for Elle.com (yep, my friends are dope). Check it out:

With one cryptic Instagram post of mini-and-me Air Jordan sneakers, Kelly Rowland announced to the world that she and new husband, Tim Witherspoon, were expecting their first child. Since then, she’s become a role model for prenatal fitness, with her toned bump and frequent workout ‘grams inspiring women (she has over 2.5 million followers on Instagram) to strive for a healthy, active pregnancy. She dresses her bump in style, too: there she is beaming in glittery Kaufmanfranco at the VMAs, or at ease in a bump-hugging LBD while on vacation in Puerto Rico. It’s clear that pregnancy agrees with Kelly Rowland. On the eve of her labor date (she’s weeks away!), the Grammy-Award winning singer sat down with ELLE.com to talk raising a son in the spotlight, her pregnancy photo shoot with Lance Gross, and those Donna Summer rumors.

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Congratulations on your first child! What are you looking forward to the most about motherhood?
I can’t wait until he gets here. I just have a couple more weeks. I’m excited to bring a child into the world, and sharing that experience with my husband is probably the most beautiful part.

Read The Full Story HERE!

 

BBS Chic: The ‘Little Me’ Collection

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I was first introduced to Little Me when I attended the Biggest Baby Shower event in NYC last fall. They had a booth setup with all their latest offerings and I thought their outfits were so cute and well put-together.

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Fast forward 6 months and Cadence was gifted the Heirloom Rose Dress & Legging Set by a family friend. I thought it was just the most adorable little set with the floral mini dress and velour leggings. At the time she was only about a month old and couldn’t yet fit into it so it just hung in her little closet waiting to be adorned.

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Link Love: My First Post for MommyNoire

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Hey guys! So excited to announce that I’m a new contributor for MommyNoire  – a great web destination for moms of color. Check out my first post International Mom Bloggers We Adore. I’m highlighting some of my favorite bloggers from across the pond who have little ones of their own (like BFF-in-my-head Natural Belle pictured above with her adorable daughter Freya!).

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST

 

BabyBrownSugar Update: 6 Months

6-month-baby-updateWow. Summer 2014 has really been kicking me in the behind! I literally blinked and suddenly it’s August and summer is soon coming to an end. Time is flying. Cadence is officially 6 months old! Today is her half-birthday and I couldn’t be more excited to be at home spending time with her. As I type, she’s taking her afternoon nap before we head out to take a dip in the pool and have a mini picnic.

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I recently declared on LoveBrownSugar that I am taking a summer hiatus in hopes of spending as much time with Cadence as I can this summer. This little girl is growing so fast it makes my head spin. So before she starts walking right out of my front door to spend time with everyone else but me, I’m going to soak up these last precious days of summer with her.

Here’s a quick update on what Cadence is doing these days:

Cadence is eating solids!

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We started her on rice cereal at 4 months and oatmeal two weeks after. She loved both so once she turned 5 months we gave her a bowl of her very first real food – carrots!

Now carrots are not traditionally a “first food” but her Dad and I are not very traditional with her anyway. She’s been about a month ahead in development since she popped out of the womb so we thought she’d be good with them. And that she was. She ate the WHOLE bowl. Cadence also eats apples, bananas, green beans, zucchini, pears, peas and sweet potatoes. This month we’ll have some fun trying out new foods with her.

Cadence is grabbing EVERYTHING.

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So she took her first stab at grabbing around Mother’s Day, like I mentioned in my last post. Since then she’s been on a roll. First it was a rattle, then a few teething toys. Now it is literally everything on top of the table, everything you’re wearing, hair, jewelry. All fair game for Cady.

The bright side of all this? She also successfully holds her own bottle! Which means, you guessed it, more multi-tasking for mommy – woot!

Cadence can crawl in a 360 degree circle.

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It is the absolute funniest thing to watch. Though she does move forward and backward once in a blue moon, Cadence’s favorite direction to crawl is around in a circle. I noticed this one day in June when I placed her on her play blanket with toys and looked down 60 seconds later to see her facing the exact opposite direction I put her down in!

Cadence is (almost) sitting up.

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She’s not quite capable of doing it all by herself yet, but she’s close! Right now, Cadence would be considered a Supported Sitter (by Gerber at least) because she can sit upright but tends to fall forward without something holding her up due to the weight of her head. This is pretty accurate for most babies her age. She’s only a few weeks out from being able to go it alone.

Here’s an updated list of Cady’s likes and dislikes:

Cadence likes:

– Swimming (especially when sunglasses are involved)

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– Social gatherings (particularly parties and church – pretty much any big rooms with lots of people)

– Shiny Accessories (especially her Uncle’s sunglasses)

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– The Chica Show (on Sprout)

– Any and all food you give her

– Dancing

– The ABC song

– Trips to the Farmer’s Market

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Cadence dislikes:

– Being strapped into her high chair

– Her swing when it stops moving

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– Commercials during The Chica Show

– Turning over on her back and not being able to turn back on her stomach (imagine a turtle, but with a deafening squeal)

– When there’s no milk left in her bottle

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All in all, Cadence is growing to be a beautiful, independent and incredibly intelligent little girl. Every day there’s something new with her. She is so amazing.

Anyhoo, anything I have to look forward to this month? Any moms out there remember when their kids were this age? Any advice?

Reflections on My First Mother’s Day

cadence-easter-8Yesterday morning I woke up to my squishy 3 month old infant smiling and cooing after her 6am feeding and I literally began to cry. As tears rolled down my face, one after the other, Cadence reached her little tiny hands and touched my face as if to say “What’s wrong mommy?” I then proceeded to cry even harder, thankful that only an infant (who probably would forget I was crying in about 30 seconds) was there to witness my emotional reaction to the beginning of a very special day.

Yesterday I celebrated my very first Mother’s Day as a mother. Ever since I can remember, I’ve dreamed about one day being on the receiving end of love and hugs and adoration for giving life to a human and doing my best to nurture it. I say this all the time, but becoming a mother has been one of my greatest accomplishments to date. As I opened my blinds and let the morning sunlight in, I started to really reflect on what this new undertaking meant for my life.

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