Wow. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Swimming (especially when sunglasses are involved)
- Social gatherings (particularly parties and church – pretty much any big rooms with lots of people)
- Shiny Accessories (especially her Uncle’s sunglasses)
- The Chica Show (on Sprout)
- Any and all food you give her
- The ABC song
- Trips to the Farmer’s Market
- Being strapped into her high chair
- Her swing when it stops moving
- 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
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?
Hey folks! So it’s officially summer and just like that, my little princess is already 4 months old! Can you believe it? Soon she’ll be going to prom. *cries quietly in corner*
This past weekend, Cadence celebrated her first Memorial Day. We had a fun-filled weekend which started out in Maryland for her cousin’s 5th birthday party (her first birthday party ever *squeals*) and then back home for a fun day of festival-going at the BAM festival in Brooklyn (see my recap on LoveBrownSugar).
Yesterday 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.
When I first heard of Freshly Picked, it was via some fellow moms that I follow on Instagram. Immediately I fell in love. Cute little leather moccasins in all different colors of the rainbow – for BABIES! Not only did I think they were absolutely adorable, I read their backstory and as a fellow mompreneur I think the founder Susan Petersen should be applauded for creating such a cute and fashion forward trend for kids, while balancing her duties as a mother of two. Here’s my review:
This past weekend was Easter weekend and Cadence’s first big holiday since Valentine’s Day. Back then she was just a little teeny thing. Now she’s nearly three months old and still so full of personality. Here’s what baby girl wore on Easter Sunday:
The week before, we went through a few different outfits and ended up settling on this little floral number.
It’s originally from Children’s Place and I snagged it at my new favorite store Once Upon a Child. More about my obsession with this store in an upcoming post!
For her church outfit, we paired the dress with a matching cardigan, a pink flower headband and white Mary Janes. She looked absolutely adorable.
Of course her look wasn’t complete without her new “Baby’s First Easter” stuffed toy.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing her smile! I just MELT.
Cadence took a few pictures with mommy too! Took forever to get her to look at the camera.
This is me trying to negotiate with Cadence. “If you look at the camera, I promise I won’t make you take a nap.”
Eventually it worked! On Sunday, we had family come to visit, we enjoyed the beautiful weather and gave thanks for all our blessings. Most of all, I was thankful to spend my first Easter with Cadence. Looking forward to many more!
How did you spend your Easter weekend?
While perusing Facebook earlier this morning I stumbled on this wonderful post by blogger friend and fellow mom Caprece of MommieKnowsFresh.com. We’ve featured Caprece here on BabyBrownSugar before. Caprece hilariously captures what all us first-time moms are thinking. Shrug off that mommy guilt with Caprece’s thoughtful and encouraging life lessons below:
There have been times when I’ve felt completely overwhelmed by motherhood. Like pull my hair out burst into tears kind of overwhelmed. She won’t eat, she won’t sleep, and she’s got a cold….again. At these times I become a tears time bomb ready to explode at any moment. So you know what I do? I let the tears fall. I go into to my bathroom and I cry out my frustrations. I let it out and let it go, realizing that my emotions are out of love. Remember, you’re doing a better job than you think. Matter of a fact you’re awesome. Here’s so other things I’ve learned along the way:
Thank you to everyone who entered the Shea Moisure BABY (Fragrance Free) product giveaway! If you haven’t already, check out my Product Review HERE.
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Shauni Drake-Reid! Congratulations! Please email christina(at)babybrownsugar(dot)com to claim your prize!
Thanks again to all who participated. We’ll be doing tons more this month so stay tuned.
The Name Game
I can remember playing with my dolls as a little girl and calling them my “babies”. I gave them all different names and got comfortable with the idea that one day I too would have a real baby to name. I’ve had baby girl names picked out since Jr. High School. What can I say? I’ve always been the type to plan ahead. I would add a few to my approved list every few years or so but for the most part, my list was solid. Fast forward 15 years when I find out I’m pregnant and all those names were out the door. Instead I went with the flow and picked a name that had great meaning and that I thought was unique.
I stumbled on this article on Mommy Noire last October and have been referring back to it every now and then as a quick reminder and pick-me-up. As a new mom, you automatically assume you have to do everything “perfect” or the world will come to an end. Here are some important things to keep in mind so you don’t drive yourself crazy:
1) Dad’s got this. I know it’s hard when the kids are eating junk and their clothes don’t match (sorry, dads), but that stuff won’t kill your kids. Just let dad do his thing and relax. You have to trust him to do things his way.
2) Your kids want to workout with you. Believe it or not, your kids would love to do yoga, take a walk, or play Wii boxing with you. Get in shape and bond with them while doing it.
3) Family dinners make a difference. People bond over food. Eat with your family as often as possible and you will notice a difference in how connected everyone is.
4) Trying to cook after work is never a good idea. Sure, we want our kids to eat healthy meals, but cooking every night is hard, whether you work outside of the home or not. Try to prep a few meals on Sundays, freeze as much as you can, and remember that a grilled cheese sandwich with some warm tomato soup (could be homemade and frozen) is definitely a meal.
5) Laugh at yourself as much as you can. Don’t take yourself too seriously. You will mess up. Just laugh as much as you can about it. It also teaches your kids to accept their mistakes with grace, which leads to a less stressful life.
Click HERE to read the other 10 tips at Mommy Noire