sweet potato

The time has come. Lyla has started eating solid food.

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Turns out that when to introduce your child to solid foods is a pretty polarizing topic. (seems to be a trend when talking about anything baby-related)

Some say to start feeding your baby solids as early as four months. Others live and die by the “food before one is just for fun” rule. Some mamas will warn you to never let your baby feed themselves, while others encourage their little minions to feed themselves from day one.

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Really, I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer. Only you know what will work best for your baby and your family so you should roll with that. When you think your baby is ready to grub, put down your computer and pick up a spoon, mama!

(and don’t forget your camera because the pictures are too good)

We have been having lots of fun introducing our bean to different kinds of foods. So far she has had sweet potato, avocado and bananas. The bananas have been her least favorite of the three – she takes after her daddy.

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We don’t have an actual high chair for her yet, but the Bumbo seat with the attached tray works really well. Plus, she gets to eat on the table which she thinks is pretty neat.

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She loves to try and feed herself. Which is great until she goes a little too far and starts gagging.

Slow down, girlfriend!

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On the menu this week: peas and pears

What was your baby’s first food?

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baby’s first hurricane

Well folks, Lyla survived her first hurricane. [applause]

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It really wasn’t too exciting. Hurricane Ana decided to play nice and turn south of Hawaii before hitting and causing too much damage. (thanks, Ana) Instead, she just left us with some rain.

Lots and lots of rain.

All that rain made for an incredibly cozy weekend. We stayed inside, watched movies and played with girl. When there was a break from the heavy rain, we went into the backyard for some pictures. Everyone knows mama loves a good photoshoot!

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We had big plans to take Lyla to the Honolulu Zoo on Saturday which we had to postpone. You can see how she felt about that…

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* I didn’t teach her that

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happy birthday, husband

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Happy birthday, handsome.

Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly challenging and inspiring me to be a better human. You are smart, kind and generous. You are humble and hilarious. You are a wonderful husband and an amazing daddy. You are a great listener and an even better friend. You are a hard worker, strong leader and dedicated provider for our family. You are deep rooted in your faith and not afraid to share your love of Christ with the world. You impress me daily. I love you.

Thank you for being you – cheers to 27 [you old man]

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less sleep more snuggles

Hi, my name is Natasha. I have a 5 month old baby, and she doesn’t sleep through the night.

[This is the part where you all say “Hiiii Natasha”]

Oh wait, this isn’t sleepdeprivedmamas anonymous? My bad…

Maybe there isn’t a group of fellow moms of little ones that don’t sleep through the night that I need to confess my “problem” to (admitting you have a problem is the first step ), but sometimes it feels like there is supposed to be. And not because I think it’s a problem. Because I don’t.

Lyla still wakes up every 3-4 hours at night to nurse. Every once in a while she will spoil us with a longer stretch, but that is pretty rare. When I tell this to my mommy friends, they are almost always shocked. They offer their condolences and start sharing their “secrets” on how to get baby to sleep longer. They make me feel like it’s a problem.

But to me, it’s not a problem.

Lyla is a busy girl. She really doesn’t stop moving unless she is asleep. She’s not quite crawling yet, but has figured out how to scoot herself around the house and is always finding new places to hide from mom (under her crib is the current favorite). She has already decided that time spent cuddling with mama is wasted time.

That’s why those nighttime feeding are not a problem. After I feed her, she falls asleep in my arms. Instead of putting her right back into her crib and then crawling back to our bed, I spend a few minutes just holding her. Smelling her. Soaking her in. She nuzzles her little head into my neck and we sit in the peaceful darkness. I rub her little back and plant kisses on the top of her head. I pray for her.

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Of course, I want to get more sleep. Some days it’s harder to go on little sleep than others, but I know that this wont last forever. So instead of cursing the fact that she doesn’t sleep through the night yet, I’m going to embrace the opportunities that I have for these  special “secret” snuggle sessions. Now say that three times fast 😉

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my mommy must-haves ::: newborn- 5months

The market for baby stuff is huge. Like, overwhelmingly huge.

Throughout my pregnancy, I read countless blogs about the latest and greatest baby products. I started to make lists of the things that I needed wanted. Those lists turned into registries and thanks to our generous family and friends, we started to collect enough stuff to open our own baby-product store 😉

When doing my research on all things baby, I wasn’t really sure where to start so I loved to look at all of the different “must have” lists. Of course, every baby is different and you never really know what your sweet little bambino is going to like until they get here, but it was nice to take a peek at what other moms found to be lifesavers in the first few months.

mommy must haves - newborn to 5 months

Lyla changes so much everyday. I know, I know. Parents always say that about their own children. But I swear, she does. Today she might want to read “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” twelve million times, and tomorrow she will be on to “Pride and Prejudice” (or something).

I know my list of “must haves” will definitely change as Lyla continues to grow, but here is my list of mommy “must haves” for the first 5 months…

 

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1. Gripe Water: This one wasn’t on our list of things to get before baby came but we quickly discovered that we needed it! Lyla had a lot of tummy issues for the first couple of months and this all-natural gripe water by Mommy’s Bliss was a lifesaver. The water is sort of sweet which made it super easy to give to Lyla and it soothed her upset stomach every time.  I love that it’s made from all-natural ingredients because it helped lessen the serious mom-guilt I had from giving my tiny baby something besides breast milk.

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2. The Wubbanub: We call ours “wubby”. This was recommended to us by my cousin, Emily, and I am so thankful for that! Wubby is perfect because he (yes, we decided that this cute, pink and green caterpillar is a “he”) is big enough for even the tiniest baby hands, allowing Lyla to get the pacifier part back in her mouth without too much help from mom and dad.

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3. Baby Bjorn: I actually picked this carrier out for Alex and gave it to him at the baby shower, a sort of “push present” for dad since during the pregnancy it seemed like all attention goes to mama and baby. Daddies need love too people! Anyways, this carrier has proven to be a life (and arm) saver for the past few months. We were thisclose to returning it because miss Lyla HATED being put in it if we faced her towards us. All those cute pictures you see with the baby sweetly snuggling their mom and dad while being carried around? Yea, not happening in the Byrd house. Lyla is way too curious for that and wants to face out all the time. So, we figured out how to wear her facing outwards and she LOVED it. Being able to wear girl makes life a lot easier.

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4. Activity Mat: I’m SO happy I put this on our registry – and even happier that our sweet friend, Charron, got it for us! Lyla has loved this pretty much since day one. The butterflies that spin when you “tickle the elephant’s ear” (tickle is code word for spin around these parts) were her first friends. Almost every morning, Lyla spends some time with her butterfly friends while mommy eats breakfast. She usually fills them in on the days plans coos at them for a while before trying to pull them down and chew their wings off. She’s very dainty.

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5. Breast Cream: If you would have told me a year ago that I would be blogging about “breast cream” I wouldn’t believe you. But seriously, all modesty goes out the window once you have had a baby. Those first few days in the hospital = zero privacy. So here I am, telling you that if you are having a baby anytime soon that you plan on breastfeeding this is a MUST have. Before having Lyla, I had always heard that breastfeeding was hard. I was told to stick it out for at least three weeks and then it would get easier. What I wasn’t told was how bad it hurts. I’m not going to get into the gory details (you’re welcome) I will say that this cream was a lifesaver. This cream plus a fan. For the first few weeks I would cringe every time I knew a feed was coming up, and then proceeded to feel guilty about not looking forward to feeding my baby. I’m telling you, that mom guilt is a powerful thing. I am happy to say that we stuck it out, we are still exclusively breastfeeding and it’s now pain free. (thank goodness)

So those are my mommy “must haves” for at least the first five months. Fellow mommies: were any of these things “must haves” for you? What should I keep an eye out for the next few months?

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two days

Just two days left in my countdown to “goodbye”.

There are more than two things left that I will miss about the little blue house, like our family walks around the neighborhood and our beach that was only steps away from our front door. But today I decided to focus on one of the most important parts of our home. The people who lived inside of it.

For a long time, the little blue house was the “Byrd/Behm Hut” where me, Alex (the Byrds) and my cousin Addie (the Behm) all lived. Oh, and Rocco too 😉

We decorated, we laughed, we cooked, and we ate on repeat. We were an awesome four-some and I can’t imagine our little blue house any other way.

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Like I mentioned in an earlier post, Addie is out on an epic adventure now. We miss her (especially Rocco) and hope she is having the best time.  Now that she is gone, it seems only fair that we move on from the little blue house since it was the people that made that house special.

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