Ain Levi: 21 months

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Dear Ain,

There is so much going on in your life right now!! You are a busy, busy boy. I really wish I had kept up with the monthly, or at least semi-monthly updates with you. The time has sped by since your 1st birthday and now we are getting closer to your 2nd birthday. Don’t grow up so fast. I’m sad you are not my baby anymore.

Since I haven’t really recorded on this blog how you’ve been doing, I want to sum up as much as I can before more time gets away.

July (12-13 months)

2nd – you started climbing the stairs!

3rd – pulled up to standing by the couch – all on your own

5th – climbed up 15

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Pregnancy #2: Week 30

Alicia at 20 weeks, me at 30 weeks, and Marie at 36 weeks!

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Crazy! Where has the time gone? I’m already to week 30 of my pregnancy!! Remember week 30 last pregnancy? I shared the awesome baby girl shower my mom and sisters threw for me. This time, we are going to have a smaller boy shower in a couple of weeks.

Week 30

How I feel

Last month, at 27 weeks, I reported having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. I was pushing myself too much with Christmas preparations, cooking, and packing. At my husband’s encouragement I cut back on how much I was doing at a time, decided to up my intake of water in the mornings and I’ve been doing a lot better! I

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Pregnancy #2: Week 27

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely been craving sweet things lately, especially with all the Christmas cookies, etc. being pinned on Pinterest!! And, I’ve given in to the cravings and have been making sweet things a LOT. (Don’t worry, I’ve given some of it away, but we still have too much in our house.) My latest favorite was the Cranberry Christmas cake – it’s so good and not too sweet. I love the tangy-ness of the cranberries with the sweet cake!! It’s moist and amazing – check it out!!

 

Well, on to the pregnancy update:

Week 27

How I feel/slept – Getting pretty tired most days now. I’m definitely in my 3rd trimester now!! The past three nights

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What You Will Need the First Couple of Months of Motherhood

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**This post does contain Amazon affiliate links. I will get a very small percentage if you click to Amazon and buy something. Thanks for helping this mom stay at home with her babies!I want to make this as comprehensive a list as possible, without being overwhelming…

Necessities Place for baby to sleep (Crib, Bassinet, Co-Sleeper or Sleeper Area for your bed) – We chose to buy a Pack ‘n Play (we got the Elite, but I’d recommend the Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat one!) that has an infant bassinet so we could have it right by our bed. Once he outgrew the bassinet, we just put him in the pack ‘n play part. We also got one that has a changing table and

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Pregnancy #2: It's a... (week 24)

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Hello all – it’s been a bit of a quiet month here because we went on a CRUISE!! It was our babymoon before baby #2 comes. We left Ain behind with Grandparents, so it was a nice, relaxing, connecting time with the hubby! I would not do it pregnant again though – my ankles and hands were swollen so bad they were uncomfortable and I couldn’t spend that much time walking around in the heat of Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, and Jamaica. We did have incredible views, though and I LOVED eating all the time!! And we had a room with a balcony!!

 

Last time I updated you on this pregnancy was when I was 20 weeks along. I

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Pregnancy #2: Week 20

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Hello all! So, I’m definitely not updating you all as much during this pregnancy, as I was with my first pregnancy. Haha. Last time I shared I was just 14 weeks along. I also haven’t been taking as many bump pictures. I’ve just taken pictures at 14 weeks, 17 weeks, and 20 weeks so far.

                                               

Week 20

How I feel – Pretty good, pretty normal. Last pregnancy about this time I was having pretty bad round ligament pain. This time I haven’t felt much yet. Maybe it’s still coming…just later.

Total weight gain/loss? – Last

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Why I'm doing Baby-Led Weaning and What it Looks Like

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Baby-led feeding is the practice of giving your baby soft, palatable whole foods and letting her feed herself her first ‘bites’, while continuing to breastfeed. The theory is that babies will experiment and discover food at their own pace, as well as develop new abilities including chewing and keen hand-eye coordination.

Most babies start their journey with solid food by being spoon-fed their first mouthfuls of pureed food on a date determined by their parents. Some babies are considered a “good eater”, for others it is a struggle to keep the food in their mouth. Often families settle for separate mealtimes and different foods for adults and children.

What happens if you don’t do this? What if you let them

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What to do on a Saturday with no car...

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What do you do when you just need to get OUT of the house, but you have no car? You:

walk to the nearest grocery store to buy bread you need, then on the spur of the moment jog downtown where things are hopping We visited the Farmer’s Market

tried a breakfast sausage (Ain kept asking for more)

then visit the local library sale

then jog home again. This is the distance I traveled today (except it really was over the course of 3 hours – I paused the time when I wasn’t jogging)!!

 

 

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Introducing Toddler Tuesday + Baby Bump!!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you MAY have seen the news. Last we on Facebook we announced it, and now we are making it blog-official – WE ARE PREGNANT!!

 

We are so excited for our new little one, coming at the end of March 2015!!! Today I am officially 14 weeks and starting my second trimester. I’m glad to be past the nausea and aversion to food. Let me tell you, morning sickness is a bit rougher when you have a toddler that you are trying to encourage to eat. The peanut butter smell made me nauseous, but since pb & j is one of the things Ain will eat consistently, I had to put up with it (or feed him

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Ain Levi - One year!!

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Dear Ain,

Your 1 year birthday has come and gone (post on that a little bit later)!! Crazy! I can’t believe how much has happened in one year – and now the start of your second year of life. I hope it is just as fun!!

Taken by Ad Astra Photography

Mobility: You are crawling like crazy, pulling up to standing, and are climbing the stairs easily (with encouragement).

Sleep: Because of your activity, sometimes you don’t want to slow down long enough for naps. You take one, sometimes two naps and then go to bed around 7:30pm.

Play: You are content

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