Thursday, May 30, 2013

eight months & favorites

What a fun age 8 months old is! You are walking around with help, pulling up on everything (and have thankfully learned how to lower yourself down), are learning how to give kisses, say Ba-Ba, and have two bottom teeth!

We took you to the beach, and at first, you wanted nothing to do with the sand. Until you realized you could eat it! (And try to sneak the little seashells in your mouth before mom could catch you.) You're still not so sure about the ocean, but we will get there by the end of the summer!

Your absolute favorites this month have been:

1. Playschool Walker. We just learned to pull ourselves up and walk around with our little walker unassisted. I got our walker from a consignment shop for $8. They had 7 to choose from! This one pops into a riding toy also. 

2. Tadpoles Playmat Set. We were using a blanket in the living room where we have hard floors for Lucy to play on. It was finally time to get something baby-friendly that she wouldn't slip on now that she is pulling up and standing to play. This Tadpole mat is super cute and matches our decor! 

3. Target Up & Up Formula.  Formula is expensive, y'all! So we tested out the Target brand on Lucy and she loves it. The price is great, baby loves it, we are sold and saving moolah. (Doctor approved too!)

4. Baby Einstein Mirror Me Book.  Lucy's favorite little book right now. It has a mirror on the right where mom/baby act out what the Baby Einstein characters are doing (stick out tongue, puff up cheeks, smile, etc. ) It makes her giggle and smile even when she's being the crankiest of crankpots.)

5. Mandarin Oranges. Her absolute favorite food! They are squishy, she can pick them up easily and eat big bites. She goes crazy when we put them out on her tray during meals. 

6. Dolphin Baby Pool. A great way to beat the heat and splash about this summer! 

What are or were your favorite toys for babies at this age? 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Splashing About

With the temperatures jumping into the 80s this week, it was finally time to break out Lucy's first swimsuit! 

She will be spending her first Memorial Day at the beach this weekend, and we decided to have a little pool party to get the festivities started in the backyard. 

(Agh I can't take the cuteness! )

Let me tell you, getting a squirmy, wiggly baby tush into a pull-on swim diaper and bathing suit is a joke. 

And then you have to get sunscreen on said wriggly squirmy trying-to-flip-off-the-couch-baby. 

And then there was the pool water. Should I use cold-straight from the garden hose? Or do I haul buckets of warm sink water in while carrying an almost 8-month old under my arm. 

I opted for the garden hose, but I think it was a wee bit chilly for her. She loved it nonetheless! (This child is pure water baby!)

How do you do it? How do you suit up/sunscreen/hat your baby to get beach or pool ready without surrendering to all the squirming?

And the water? What sort of water are you supposed to put in a baby pool...


Monday, May 20, 2013

High tea

My sweet Grandmother is turning 80 this week! 80!

We had a high tea this weekend down in South Carolina to celebrate. A real-deal high tea with a four course meal, tea, hats and dresses.

While we were in SC, my hubs was at the Carolina Motorsports Park racing his car. 

The noise was a wee bit loud for her.

all better. 

We ended the weekend with a virus that sent us to the Doctor this morning. This little dumpling had her finger pricked. Not so fun. The bandaid afterward on the other hand, was oober exciting.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


I got to spend the weekend in the beautiful town of Asheville, NC celebrating a friends Bachelorette weekend.

Asheville is an amazing place to visit with unbelievable food, cute little shops and even a little chocolate lounge. It was fun to get away with the girls, although we were missing a very pregnant friend on the trip!

Here are the pics from this weekend. The last picture is from a restaurant we ate at Saturday night that had this crazy pitcher you were to attempt to pull as far away from your mouth as possible. (Without splashing it on your face.) Done and not-so-done.