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  1. Theodore’s 4 Month Update

    August 26, 2015 by Victoria

    For shame guys. It’s nearly September and I’m just getting around to writing Teddy’s monthly update. It has been a crazy busy August! Brent took the entire month off for his paternity leave. We took a trip to the Oregon coast. We took a multi-state trip to the Midwest. Ex.Haust.Ing. And in the midst of it, Teddy kept growing and smiling.

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    This kid. I just feel so lucky to have him. I know every parent probably compares their subsequent children to their first child but I definitely feel some guilt in doing so. Maybe because Teddy’s arrival never felt like a guarantee, but I feel a bit of guilt looking back knowing I was definitely not this over the moon with Cormac at 4 months. Anyway, both boys are the best.

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    At four months, Teddy is a physical beast. So, so, so much moving guys. He’s rolling (NONSTOP), grabbing toys with gusto, and kicking up a storm in the bath. We’ve had no choice but to ditch the swaddle. He covers every square inch of his crib mattress at night by rolling and scooting.

    SLEEP: Is… always a struggle isn’t it? He definitely hit a bit of the four month regression and his nap time plummeted to only a half hour at a time. I’ll give him credit it though – he seems to be an adaptable traveler just like his big brother. He slept great on both vacations, in a variety of locations and time zones! We’ve started some sleep training related to the fact that he wakes up every time he rolls over (which has turned into hourly all night long).

    EATING: Breastfeeding 7ish times a day. Getting bottles on the days I’m at work. Just got the all clear from his doc to start solids because she said he was clearly physically ready  since he’s been trying to sit up on his own and grab our food. Brent let him taste some avocado and we gave him a bit of oat cereal per his doc’s recommendation. He immediately tried to grab the spoon and do it himself, so we’re definitely planning on doing the Baby Led Weaning route with Teddy like we did with C. Fingers crossed his appetite is as good as his brother’s!

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    PLAYING: Favorite toys are his piano playmat, the fruit teether Brent picked up for him, and he just started using his jumperoo!

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    Elsewhere, Teddy has been loving watching big bro Cormac, sitting up and watching the world around him, and hanging out enjoying the PacNW summer. He’s into his 6 month clothes, and started wearing some 9 month clothes. He doesn’t really love his car seat, but he handled the 6 hour trip to the coast like a champ, and maintained his composure on both cross-country flights. His current stats are:

    Height: 27.1″ (97th percentile)

    Weight: 15lbs 7.3oz (37th percentile)

    Head circumference: 43.3cm (84th percentile)

    We make ‘em tall and skinny with big heads :)

    Cannot wait to see what the next month holds with this sweet pea.

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  2. Everyday Life

    July 24, 2015 by Victoria

    After a ridiculous weekend high of 95 degrees, it’s cooled back off to the 70′s around here, thank goodness. I barely tolerate the sun and anything above 70 degrees anymore. I wilt without A/C. The good news is that I finally feel safe turning on my oven so I’ve actually been cooking. Monday I made a batch of the master recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes. I used that to make some sesame seed buns and threw some chicken in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce. 20150721_005531000_iOS Shredded the chicken, added a bit more sauce and piled it on a bun. Topped with some coleslaw because it just goes together. I repurposed the same ingredients for Tuesday’s dinner and made some pizza crust with the leftover dough, topped with the barbecue chicken, and added some roasted corn, scallions, cilantro and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. 20150722_002659567_iOS I just baked this in the oven on the pizza stone at 500F for 15 minutes. I thought it was one of my better recent efforts in the kitchen. Tuesday my friend Sarah came over for a play date with her son and because she’s so thoughtful, she brought us a bag of plums from their tree. Obviously when someone gives you delicious, fresh produce, the best thing to do is to take away any trace of health by adding butter and sugar, right? 20150722_223150500_iOS I had seen this recipe in my feed in the morning and decided it sounded like a perfect summer dessert. We had cherries on hand, but I thought it might be a nice way to use some of the plums. You guys. Seriously. It was so tart and delicious. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything, but Brent is kind of obsessed with this pie. 20150723_222152153_iOS I’m a little surprised we have any left, actually. Though we did polish off like 3/4th of it in two days. Yeah, so as you can see, I’ve kind of been killing it in the kitchen this week. I’ve also been making our Blue Apron meals as usual. Wednesday we had these stuffed poblano peppers, which I think was a repeat recipe for us, but still easy and delicious. 20150723_002502725_iOS And last night I made this Squid Ink Linguine, which I didn’t dislike, but it was not my fave. Maybe it was too rich or something? I don’t know. It’s pretty visually striking though.
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    And outside of the kitchen, we’ve been staying pretty close to home this week, mostly hanging out at Green Lake and walking over to the beach and wading pool.
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    I think Cormac could throw rocks in the water and say “Hi” to the ducks pretty much all day long.
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    We spent a couple hours at the wading pool yesterday, trying to wear Cormac out so I’d get a nap out of him (it worked).
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    Teddy just mostly hung out with me in the tent shade, but he did some feet dangling on the edge.
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    Cormac eventually wore himself out enough to head home, and Teddy was clearly pooped too.
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    I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of July! In less than two weeks, we’ve got my, Brent’s, and Cormac’s birthdays, and our Oregon coast vacation. August is going to feel pretty busy around here.