Friday Favorites: Things I’m Loving Lately

1. I went to Costco the other day by myself (what???) and had a chance to browse around.  I found these edamame noodles that have turned out to be AMAZING!

Edamame noodles for the win!

Edamame noodles for the win!

 They cook in 4-5 minutes, and even my picky toddler ate them (with earth balance (basically butter) on them).

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2. I tried “just mayo” and it is “just” incredible.  No eggs.  No dairy.  Just quality ingredients and quality taste.  You won’t know the difference between this and regular mayo.  (and they sell it at some Target stores now).

Get in my belly.

Get in my belly.

 

3. Love cauliflower but hate chopping it?  Here’s an answer to your prayers: pre-washed, pre-chopped cauliflower for the price of buying a head of it in the produce section.  You’re welcome.

It doesn't get easier than this.

It doesn’t get easier than this.

 

4. This book:

This book will make you laugh, cry, and feel like Jen Hatmaker is your BFF.  Whatever season of life you are in, you will love it.  Actually, get the audiobook if you are into audiobooks (that’s how I am reading it).  She reads it herself and it feels like you are just sitting across the table talking to her.  She is the best.

 

5. The Zipadee-Zip.IMG_9028  This has been amazing for moving Gemma out of the swaddle without any problems.  If you are a fan of Shark Tank, it was featured on that show.  Gemma sleeps 11-13.5 hours at night, so I don’t think the zipadee hurts!

 

6. My cousin Mandy KILLING it.IMG_9026

She wrote an amazing 10 PAGE ARTICLE for TIME, and I couldn’t be prouder.  She is an amazing writer and an even more amazing person.  This article is so good and SO important.  Click the link and READ IT.

 

Gemma Paisley – 6 Months

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6 Months!

A whole HALF A YEAR has passed since Gemma was born.  So hard to wrap my brain around that little nugget of information.  So now I have a 25 month old (I think it’s time for me to stop referring to Ashton’s age in months.  He is 2 and some change) and a 6 month old.  I would have never believed you if you told me three years ago that this would be my life.  But, I wouldn’t have it ANY other way.  These two kiddos have stolen my heart and make me think it might burst with love for them at times.  Especially when they are both napping at the same time… Just saying’ 🙂

At the six month well visit, Gemma weighed 17 pounds 13 ounces and measured 27.5 inches.  She’s in the 80th and 90th percentile respectively.  We have large kids.  I knew she had gained weight because lately by evening, my arms feel weak like I have been working out.

She loved the mirror at the well-visit.

She loved the mirror at the well-visit.

Here’s a little about Gemma at 6 months old:

She’s a really good sleeper (yippee).  At 4.5 months I tried doing a little sleep training with her naps, but she was too young and it didn’t work.  So, we just waited it out and let it happen on its own (for the most part).  Once she was about 5 months old, her naps started to fall into place and now she naps two times a day.  I have found that if we go walking in the morning, she’ll nap a little and then take a long nap in the afternoon when Ashton does.  This is ideal (and why I am blogging in the middle of the day right now, haha).

Gemma has been sleeping through the night from a young age, but getting her bedtime under control has been the biggest help lately.  She was staying up a little too late and I was missing some of her sleep cues.  If she got over-tired, it actually made it harder to get her to sleep.  So after a couple nights of letting her cry for just a bit (not nearly as bad as when I sleep-trained Ashton), she goes to bed at 7:30 and sleeps until 8am or longer.  YESSSS!

Along with sleeping great, she is also eating really great (obviously if she’s gained 3+ pounds in two months).  We started trying some foods around 4.5 months, and now she will pretty much eat anything.  It took giving her sweet potatoes in the beginning (something tastier than that bland rice cereal) to get her interested in figuring out how to eat off the spoon.  Now she’s eaten everything, beans, rice, fruits, veggies (all pureed) along with her formula.  Oh, and she can now hold her bottle and drink it on her own.

All by herself.

All by herself.

In her new big chair! Now I don't have to sit on the floor to feed her in her bouncy chair. Thanks GG!

In her new big chair! Now I don’t have to sit on the floor to feed her in her bouncy chair. Thanks GG!

Personality-wise, she is really laid back.  She probably has to be with Ashton running around, but she is just so chill.  And happy.  She is so smiley and giggly.  She has really started to babble a lot lately too, I think she is going to be a little chatterbox.

She has been rolling for a while, but just started getting up on her hands and knees.  She is so close to crawling!

Sooooo close!

Sooooo close!

She doesn’t sit on her own, but can when supported.  If she had her choice, she would stand all the time.  Her legs are so strong and she just loves being up on her feet.  She will definitely start walking earlier than Ashton’s first steps at 15 months.  IMG_8829

We go to church every Sunday, and she loves the music.  She also loves entertaining the people behind us with her smiles.

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Other odds and ends:

  • Right now she has two teeth on the bottom, but I think the others aren’t too far behind.
  • A lot of her hair has fallen out, but some seems to be growing back in.
  • She has some cradle cap dandruff that is almost gone.
  • Her eyes are BLUE and sooooo pretty.
  • She rides in the van like a champ.
  • She chews on everything.

And that is 6 month old Gemma in a nutshell!  Happy Wednesday!