Evie's Monthly Photo (8 Months)

My Eight Month Milestones

  • I'm finally crawling!  I'm even pulling myself to standing position all by myself!
  • I sleep 10-11 hours straight at night, with 3-4 short naps during the day
  • Some words/sounds I've started to say include, "Da-da-da-da", "Hi", and "Up"
  • I can pick up my puffs now and feed myself.
  • I went swimming for the first time this month
  • I recognize and respond to my name
Baby has become quite the observer. She’s very aware of her surroundings and what’s happening around her. So, mama, if you have a tendency to lose your cool in high-pressure situations, you’ll want to dial the emotions back — baby’s watching and learning. One thing that probably stresses him out right now is separating from you. If baby fusses when you leave her, try not to let it get to you. It’s baby’s way of telling you he misses you! And separation anxiety is actually an indicator of a good parent-child bond. Plus, baby’s caregiver will be able to distract him and stop the crying pretty quickly after you leave. She sleeps about 15 hours each day, including two naps. She still probably wakes at night, but sleeps a longer stretch. She needs between 750 and 900 calories per day. 400 to 500 of those should come from breastmilk or formula. Add soft table foods and finger foods with different textures. Have baby join the family at the table for meals — it’s a great way to foster good eating habits! She can probably sit up by herself — but you’ll still need to catch her sometimes — and is beginning to lean over to pick up toys. When she’s on the floor, she’s in constant motion! She’s gearing up for crawling (if she hasn’t yet!). Stock a low kitchen cabinet with safe objects for baby to play with (she probably loves Tupperware!), and lock up the rest.
— Thebump.com

Evie's Monthly Photo (7 Months)

My Seven Month Milestones

  • I'm starting to creep along the floor by pulling myself with one arm
  • I sleep 10-11 hours straight at night, with 3-4 short naps during the day
  • I sat up in my crib twice all by myself
  • I've started to say, "Da-da-da-da"
  • I'm still practicing using a sippy cup and I am eating Puffs and Baby cookies
  • I can pull myself up into a standing position while holding on to someone or something

Baby sleeps about 15 hours per day — 6 to 11 of those hours are at night, but she may still be waking up in the wee hours. She’s eating a tablespoon or two of solids per meal, but her main source of nutrition is still breast milk (every 3 to 4 hours) or formula (every 4 to 6 hours). She’s probably gaining about 1 to 1.25 pounds per month. In the last three months, she’s probably grown about 2 inches and her head may have grown about an inch. She can see everything in full color now, and she bears weight on her legs when you hold her upright. She babbles and imitates sounds. She knows what things to do to attract your attention (and isn’t it adorable?). Flip through baby’s favorite board books, or a colorful magazine, with her and describe what’s in the pictures.

— Thebump.com

Evie Week 26

Mothers Day was low-key and relaxing.  Jeff, Evie and I took advantage of the beautiful weather and visited the Roger Williams Park Zoo.  Evie loves her stroller and as you can see in the first image below, she usually holds on to the carseat brackets the whole time (so funny) while kicking and moving her feet in circles.  We took her out of the stroller for a bit, so that she could see the animals - the giraffes came right up to us and we were able to catch the elephants getting a bath!  Then Jeff and Evie took a picture on the famous dog statue at the park that I'm pretty sure every resident in RI has sat on and been photographed on at some point in their lives (myself included).  Overall it was a pretty amazing day.  

I'm pretty blessed to have this amazing little family.   

Evie's Monthly Photo (6 Months)

My Six Month Milestones

  • I weigh 15 lb. 4 oz. and measure 26"
  • Rolling is no problem for me and I prefer to sleep on my tummy now
  • I sleep 10-11 hours straight at night, with 3-4 short naps during the day.
  • I am sitting unsupported and can even pull myself into a sitting position from lying down position.
  • I'm starting to imitate Mom and Dad by sticking out my tongue, shaking my head and playing peek-a-boo.
  • I'm smiling and laughing all the time.
  • I've tried almost every veggie and fruit without a problem but peas are still not my favorite.  I am also practicing using a sippy cup.
  • I am trying SO hard to crawl, getting up on all fours and scooting backwards on my belly.
  • I now like to jump up and down when someone holds me in a standing position.
  • I had my first visit to the zoo this month and enjoyed people-watching more than looking at the animals.
  • I have started to recognize my name.

She’s still sleeping about 15 hours a day, with 2 to 3 naps, but her nighttime stretch is getting longer. Keep breastfeeding or bottle-feeding every 3 to 6 hours during the day. Introduce one new, mushy solid food every 3 to 4 days. She’s probably gaining about 1 to 1.25 pounds per month. She rolls in both directions: back to front and front to back. She sits up — but probably with some help. Soft balls, textured toys that make sounds and simple musical instruments, such as maracas, are great toys for a six-month-old.

— TheBump.com

Evie Week 24

What's New:

  • Evie is starting to imitate us by either sticking her tongue out or playing peek-a-boo.  She will put a blanket over her head and then pull it down quickly and smile at us!
  • I think a first tooth might be coming soon!  
  • She has developed a genuine interest in everything that our dog Porkchop does lately.  She loves to pet her and grab her hair (LOL).

Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken

Cook Time: 6 hours

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 package (8 ozs.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ozs.) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (4 ozs.) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • Hot cooked rice or noodles

Place the chicken breast halves in a slow cooker. Combine salad dressing mix and water; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together cream cheese and soup until blended. Stir in mushrooms. Pour cream cheese mixture over chicken. Cook 1 to 3 hours longer or until chicken juices run clear. Serve Italian chicken with rice or hot cooked noodles. 

 

Evie Week 22

What's new:

  • Evie is almost up to eating a full jar of baby food a day.  We've moved to stage 2 foods so she is now eating fruits and veggies mixed with oatmeal.  She is also drinking out of a sippy cup, with my help of course ... she isn't quite able to hold the cup and tip it back far enough yet to drink but she LOVES her apple juice.
  • She is rolling over so much now, that as soon as I lay her on her back she is on her belly in less than two minutes.  It seems her preferred sleeping position is now her belly too.  She is trying SO hard to crawl, kicking her legs behind her and trying to move her arms - she just needs to lift her belly from the floor and she will be on the go!
  • She can now lift objects with only two or three fingers
  • She is so in love with her Daddy, each evening when he comes home, she gives him the biggest smile!
  • We had two (fairly) successful outings out to dinner with Evie this last week.

Slow Cooker Creamy Pot Roast

Serving Size: 4-6

Easy Scale (1=Super Easy): 1

Ingredients

  • (1) boneless roast
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • (4 or more) medium potatoes diced
  • (16 oz.) baby carrots
  • (1) package of dried french onion dip mix
  • (2) cans of cream of celery soup
  • (1/2) cup sour cream
  • (1/2) cup milk

1. Place roast in bottom of crock pot; sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and french onion mix.  Pour both cans of soup on top.  Add potatoes, and carrots half-way through cooking.

2. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 to 7 hours. Combine sour cream and milk; stir into the juices and continue cooking for 20 minutes, until heated through.

Evie's Monthly Photo (5 Months)

My Five Month Milestones

  • I've been rolling over from back to tummy on a regular basis.
  • I sleep 11-12 hours straight at night!
  • I don't mind my clothes being changed anymore
  • I can sit unsupported for a couple minutes at a time
  • I've learned how to make noises with my tongue
  • I'm smiling and laughing all the time.
  • I started solids!  My favorite foods are squash, pears and apples.  I'm not such a fan of oatmeal or peas.

She still sleeps around 15 hours a day, including about 6 to 8 hours at night (with waking in between!) and 2 or 3 naps during the day. She breastfeeds or bottle-feeds every 3 to 5 hours and may have started on solids. She most likely weighs an extra 1 to 1.25 pounds since last month! She’s probably fascinated by her hands and may have started bringing both of them together. (Patty-cake time!). She’s likely reaching with both hands, grasping things and holding them using all his fingers. Hide an object and then reveal it, so baby will start to learn that things still exist when he can’t see them.

— TheBump.com

Evie Week 20

What's New: 

  • We tried some sweet potatoes and peas this week.  Sweet potatoes are a go, peas are a no.
  • Our big girl has been sitting up on her own without support!  Minus a couple of face-plants from time to time (on the soft couch of course), she's enjoying her new-found mobility.
  • She is grabbing at things more than ever now.  She particularly loves trying to grab my coffee cup in the morning.

^^ Mischievous ^^

Spinach & Artichoke Sandwiches

Nom Nom.  We made this.

Serving Size: 2

Easy Scale (1=Super Easy): 1

Ingredients

  • (2) cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • (1/2) cup water
  • (1/2) cup quartered artichoke hearts
  • (1/3) lb. land O'Lakes Cheese
  • (4) slices italian sandwich bread
  • (1) tablespoon butter
  • Garlic

1. Add spinach and water to a skillet set over medium heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is wilted.  Drain excess water.  Add artichoke hearts, using a fork to break them up.  Stir in a slice or two of cheese-just enough to melt into the vegetables and help bind them together.

2. Lightly toast (4) slices of bread.  Butter and spread garlic on the bread.  Put cheese on each slice (un-buttered side).  Put buttered side of bread on the pan at medium heat.    

3. Add the spinach and artichoke and press the sandwiches together.  Flip sandwich until well toasted and cheese is melted.

Evie Week 19

What's New:

  • Evie discovered her tongue this week which means she has been trying to grab my tongue as well as hers (LOL).  
  • We figured out that she REALLY does not like oatmeal (due to the fact that it was spit out of her mouth faster than it was put in), but she loves pears and apples (a sweet-tooth like her Daddy).  I read in, "What to Expect" that it's not a good idea to introduce fruits before veggies as your baby will always expect and prefer sweet foods.... Oops.  We will try some veggies this week.
  • She's sleeping eleven hours every night now and napping at least three hours during the day!
  • Squealing and screaming is her favorite thing to do now!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serving Size: 4-6
Easy Scale (1=Super Easy): 2

Ingredients:

  • (4) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • (2) 15-oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • (1/2) to 1 cup of chicken broth, divided
  • (1) 4-oz can chopped mild green chiles, drained
  • (1) yellow onion, diced
  • (2) cloves of garlic, minced
  • (1) teaspoon of ground cumin, salt and black pepper to taste
  • (4) corn tortillas, sliced into 1/4" strips
  • (2) tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • (1/2) cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • (1) avocado, peeled, diced, and tossed with lime juice
  • Lime wedges

1. Place chicken in slow cooker with all ingredients except for the tortillas, cilantro, shredded cheese and avocado.  Cook on high for 3 hours or until chicken is tender.

2. Remove chicken.  Shred with two forks.  Return to slow cooker.  Adjust seasonings, adding more broth if necessary.

3. Just before serving, add tortillas and cilantro to crock pot.  Stir to blend.  Serve in soup bowls, topping each serving with cheese, avocado and a squeeze of lime juice.