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20 Months: A Journey into the Unknown February 11, 2014

Filed under: Baby — Kelocity @ 9:53 pm

{This is a 1,400 word, un-proofread, random rambling post! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!}

I’m not quite sure how Adele is already TWENTY months old. I seriously feel like she should still be twenty hours old. Time becomes a cruel trick for parents, slow down!

This month has been pretty incredible. Lots of big milestones: some new teeth, another ear infection, ditching the pacifier and becoming braver, smarter and stronger. She’s inching further and further away from babyhood.

She’s developing quirks and personality traits that we hadn’t seen before this month. For example, we know she likes things organized. It’s almost like she enjoys putting toys back more than taking them out. She does’t like ‘messes’. When she sees things out of place or thrown on the floor she says “It’s a mess” and proceeds to clean it up. She also likes to place shoes, cups and toys in straight lines.

Adele has become really into stuffed animals and ‘blankies’ now too. She sleeps with a zoo in her crib now. She is also getting into dolls too, she carries them around, pretends to feed them and puts them to bed. It’s adorable.


She also gives hugs and kisses freely. She’s been a generous cuddler lately too.  She nuzzles into your neck and holds on tight. I waited 20 months for this!! And it’s the best feeling!

We had a slight two-week or so regression in sleep when we got rid of the pacifier, but she’s since bounced right back to sleeping 12-13 hours a night straight. Goes to bed at 7:30p and wakes up between 7:30a and 8a.

But she’s only napping for roughly 1 hour a day (sometimes she doesn’t nap at all!) We know we are really really really lucky, no complaints here!

Food is a battle. She literally goes days without eating more than a handful of cheerios sometimes. Why does she hate food?! We’re back to throwing lots of it on the floor. We don’t force it (when she’s hungry, she’ll eat, right?) Recently, I read in my pediatrician book that at this age, they’re burning their baby fat and getting ready to lean out and shoot up in height, so they use their fat as fuel instead of calories from food…. makes sense I guess?

She still hates to chew, anything that requires chewing gets spit out! It’s frustrating, but we keep trying and offering and if something gets swallowed, i consider it a victory. We’ve been doing a lot of soups, pouches and using dippers such as hummus, yogurt, guacamole or sour cream. Tell me this phase will pass?!

For milk, she’s averaging 10oz/day of organic whole milk. Less than what’s recommended, but I can’t force her to drink it, right?

I’m finding that this age is more about questions than answers. Sometimes I feel like I have NO idea what I am doing. Then I talk to my friends and realize we’re all in the same boat. We’re all doing the best we can trying to raise these little people (and live to talk about it!)

Which leads me to…

She’s a very busy girl. She’s got things to do, places to go and demands to make. I’m actually quite excited about this (and probably equally terrified). It’s pretty amazing to see her come out of her ‘baby shell’ and watch her start to see the world as something she can conquer. We haven’t experienced a tantrum yet (though she’s had her fair share of whining or pouting when she doesn’t get her way), but we haven’t seen anything that has lasted more than 30 seconds yet. I’m secretly hoping we miraculously got a kid who has a mild personality. She’s had a pretty ‘go with the flow’ attitude so far. Though, I’m sure she’ll have her moments… i just hope i’m not in the canned goods aisle at the grocery store when it happens!

Irving and I have been reading  “Happiest Toddler on the Block”. We also watched the DVD last week too. I highly recommend it. It’s helped us get some insight into the toddler brain and understand a little bit about what’s going on in their head. The gist of it is that toddlers are like cavemen. Their rational side just turns completely off when they’re upset. They are physically incapable of thinking straight when they get emotional. So you have to talk to them in a simple, easy to understand way. We’ve been using this ‘toddler-ese’ every day, and we’re pretty amazed that we able to help bring her back to center when she needs it.

The book also explains that there are three types of toddlers: Spirited, Easy Going and Shy. There’s a chart of how you can usually tell which one your child is. Adele is textbook ‘easy going’. She’s not a risk taker, but she’s also independent and confident. She looks before she leaps.

That being said, she is becoming braver on the playground, jumping, climbing, sliding and crawling through tunnels without looking back for my approval. So proud of her.

I am so curious to see what kind of child, teenager and adult she will become!

Haha, she also can’t leave the house without at least five things in her hands now. Sure, you can bring your medical kit in the car, why not!

She likes to walk on her own now instead of being pushed or carried. “Walk! Walk!”

Just had to mention that it’s FINALLY growing! We’re actually going to get it trimmed this week… but look! Hair!

Her favorite toys continue to be books. I love when she turns pages and literally gasps with surprise and joy at the pictures. She was able to name things you point to in the pictures, but now, she can even find things on demand! Where’s the butterfly? And she’ll point to it. It’s brought reading to a whole new level, she LOVES it!

She also loves dolls, stuffed animals and her play kitchen. Also her train set. And Puzzles! Oh, the puzzles! She can do her ‘Melissa & Doug’ puzzles in less than a minute. It’s pretty amazing actually. I may be biased, but I am impressed.

I keep trying crayons and play-doh, but she’s still a tad young for those still. (One quick, funny story about that actually… i made a pretty awesome kitty out of play-doh last week –complete with ears and a tail– and I said “look at the nice kitty!” Then she ripped him in half and squished it’s head and said “Night Night, Kitty”. HAHAHAHA Yea. night night, rest in peace, kitty! She’s funny.)

She’s also getting a little bit hooked on technology. She wants to play videos on our phones, watch Elmo on tv, touch the fish on the Kindle and play games on her tablet (she got her own tablet for Christmas). She knows which games/songs are on which device! We’re aware at the potential for disaster with this, so now we try to limit it. We hid her tablet so she wouldn’t be ‘tempted’ to play. We also try not to use our own phones when she is around. I’ve also curbed my email checking at the dinner table and in bed. It’s crazy how addicted they become at such a young age!

So. Many. Words!
-Most farm animals and the sounds they make
-Most of the ABC alphabet song.
-She can count to three.
-Food words: apple, juice, milk, water, stick (breadsticks), fish, cheese, cookie (her favorite), snack.
-Toy words: blankie, book, puzzle, ball, duckie, chair
-Action words: Walk, Outside (Ow-sigh), up, down, hop
-Clothes: shoes (shoosh), pants, shirt, jacket (yak-it), hat, socks
-She apologizes! I hope she doesn’t have a guilty conscience when she grows up! But she says “sorry” when she throws something on the floor or drops something now. “Saw-ree mama”. It’s the cutest thing ever.
-Instead of answering “Yes” or “Yeah”, she now says “Oh-kaaay”. Adele, do you want to go outside? “Oh-kaay!”

And the best part, she’s stringing them together now. “Adele Shoes”, “Mommy, go outside”, “No jacket”, etc.

Weight: 23ish pounds
Height: Unknown
Teeth: Unknown! But I know she got a few more this month.
Diapers: Size 3
Shoes: Size 4.5 (but she’s wearing size 5 shoes with thick socks at the moment)
Clothes: 18 Months

We love her so much, this was a fun one.


My Little Baker February 10, 2014

Filed under: Baby — Kelocity @ 8:56 pm

On Saturday, determined to squeeze the juice out of my weekend time with Adele, I decided to try baking with her. She’s baked once before with Grammie, but I hadn’t tried it yet. I honestly didn’t think she’d be interested or have the attention span longer than a few minutes… but I was wrong!

She loved it! She paid attention to what I was doing, what was next, and was eager to help! It was so fun!


I prepared everything super fast and ran through the recipe quick to keep her attention (though I realized after I probably could have taken my time a bit more). In my rush, I kind of messed up the recipe, but in the end, it all worked out! They were DELICIOUS!


Adele’s favorite part was placing a few additional M&Ms on the cookies before they went into the oven. She had great technique (one in the cookie, two in her mouth!) I think that was her first taste of M&Ms. Her whole face lit up when she realized how yummy they were!



My little chef!



Sneaking some of the good stuff…


I think her teachers loved the Valentine’s Day treats! They were made with love! (Even if I did accidentally chop up some of the M&Ms in the mixer — oops!)IMG_4255

The aftermath!

Any toddler-friendly recipes you want to share?


Sunday Funday: Pasadena and Hollywood February 6, 2014

Filed under: Baby,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 8:18 pm
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Last Sunday, we had a rare day off together as a family, so we made the most of it and headed out in search of adventure. We meandered over to Pasadena with no real plans in mind. We found a great playground near Colorado Blvd and stopped to play for a bit!
20140126_105547Shirt courtesy of Gigi (short for Great-Grandmother) from our trip to Naples last year! It finally fits!

Then we stretched our legs and went for a walk.

Look! Leaves! Los Angeles finally got its FALL! (A few months late, but there are leaves! We celebrated!)


Run, run, run!


We made our way over to our favorite travel store (Distant Lands) and picked up another Eagle Creek travel cube. We could have spent all day in there. The maps! The books! The suitcases! It makes us giddy. We may or may not have a pretty exciting international trip up our sleeves.

Anyways, we left Pasadena and headed over to Hollywood for the rest of the day. We live SO close, but since it’s not exactly the cleanest place in the world, we don’t spend all that much time there. But on that day, it was perfect. I strapped Adele to me in the carrier, and within one block on Hollywood Boulevard, she was passed out!

I know my days of having my baby sleep on me are numbered, so I soaked up every minute of this glorious nap.


She slept long enough for us to walk a couple of miles (and pick up Book of Mormon tickets on the way!!!!) and STILL have enough time to spare for us to sit down at a restaurant (Pig & Whsitle, for you locals!) and eat lunch! (Yes, I was careful not to get crumbs in her hair. haha) She woke up just as we were wrapping up there. We sat and gave her lunch for a little bit and continued over to Hollywood & Highland.

Our last stop was a visit to Sweet, an enormous candy store. Irving had bought me a gift certificate to make my own candy bar there! It was better than we thought it would be! And fun too!
My bar had a dark chocolate base and was filled with peanut butter, mini m&ms, Rice Krispies and crushed Oreos.

Irving’s had a milk chocolate base, filled with nutella, ground coffee, banana chips and sea salt.

So to recap: playground, travel store, baby nap, quiet lunch with hubby… and chocolate. Yep. Perfect day.


Ditching the Pacifier January 30, 2014

Filed under: Baby — Kelocity @ 3:19 pm

We introduced the pacifier to Adele somewhere around three months old. I started giving it to her when it was time to sleep so she could start associating it with sleep. At the time, I was still rocking her to sleep every night and I was desperate to find a way to stop. The pacifier worked and almost right away she was falling asleep on her own easily and staying asleep for 12-14 hours a night. Pacifier success.

Fast forward to sixteen months (October 2013), I thought it was finally time to start to wean her off of it. I posted this message on my Facebook page:

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Spoiler Alert… after 20 minutes of crying (both Adele and maybe me a little bit too!) I caved and went into her room and gave it back to her. It’s not that I had a moment of mommy weakness (ok, maybe a little), but I really just didn’t feel like it was time yet. It didn’t seem right. I’ve heard that it’s best to get rid of the paci before it becomes a power struggle and I knew that meant I had to do it soon. I was traveling alone with her for Christmas, so I knew I needed it for MY sanity for the flight, so I decided to shelve the idea for a little while.

Instead, we started only giving it to her when it was time to sleep. If she wanted it, she had to go into the crib with it. When she woke up, she knew she had to take it out and leave it there. We also used it in the car when we wanted her to take a car nap.

Then last week, we had a rough day, and I decided it couldn’t get any worse, and on a whim, without much thought, I put her to bed sans pacifier. She cried for five minutes and fell asleep. We let Daycare know that we nixed it at home, and they were on board as well that very same day. The next night, same thing, protested for a few minutes, and then conked out. I was feeling pre-tty proud of myself. Wasn’t so bad after all!

Each night since then, she’s cried for 5-20 minutes or so. I think she still remembers it and wants it back. She called it “fire” (short for ‘pacifier’) and she still asks for it once in a while. It does make me sad because I know in her head she doesn’t understand. All she knows is this little thing felt good, made her sleepy, and was always there when she needed it… and now it’s gone. We didn’t do the whole “Pacifier Fairy came and took away to give it to the new babies” rational. I think she’s too young to get that anyways. It just disappeared (shhh don’t tell her i still have them all in the top drawer in the kitchen! Can’t bring myself to throw them out juuuust yet.)

She’s still sleeping through the night without it, although I will say she’s now waking up earlier. I think before, she’d wake up, find the paci in her crib, and then pass out again for another hour. Now, when she wakes up, she’s up. So now she’s out of bed at 7:15ish instead of her usual 7:45 or so wakeup (I know, I know, that’s not even early, but we did notice the shift once the pacifier was gone).

We’re hopeful that in a few more days there will be less tears at bedtime. Even though it only lasts 10 minutes or so, it’s so heartbreaking to listen to.

I don’t regret at all that we introduced it to her early. It gave us almost two years of quiet, easy sleep. I don’t think any new mom would argue with that! But the other side is deciding how to get rid of it later on. I just waited til it felt right, we’re still very happy with our decision.

I know there will be many, many more parental battles to fight down the road… I’m soooooo not looking forward to these difficult toddler years ahead. But knowing we can (and will) do a good job at each obstacle one at a time is encouraging.


Tonight… January 21, 2014

Filed under: Baby — Kelocity @ 8:49 pm

The first day back to work after a long weekend is always a rough one. We had a great little mini vacation up to Monterey (pictures coming!) and it was tough to mentally get back into the grind today. Needless to say, I was very excited to pick Adele up at school at the end of the day. I walked through the door and was greeted by a whiny little one who didn’t want to leave. (What? Didn’t you miss me?) I had to pry a book out of her hands and she was screaming at the top of her lungs as a result. I practically dragged her out of there, she was yelling at me the whole way back to the car. Awesome.

We had to stop at the grocery store on the way home and the car ride sounded something like this:
Adele: Waaaaaa! Waaaaaa!
Me: Do you want me to sing you a song?
Adele: Waaaaa! Yeah. Dadddddddy.
Me: Daddy’s not here, but do you want me to sing?
Adele: Yeaaaaaaa, waaaaaa!
Me: ABCD….
Adele: NO!!
Me: Ok… Twinkle Twinkle…
Adele: NOOOOOOO! SUNNN!  (Apparently I now take requests…)
Me: Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun, Please shine down on me…

Anyways, we get to Trader Joes, she’s tearing apart everything I put in the cart. Once in the parking lot, she tore open a carton of grapes that went flying across the parking lot. Whatever.

We get home, I have three grocery bags, a work bag, a purse and her daycare bag… and she wants me to CARRY her. Wasn’t gonna happen. We walked into the house with her crying three steps behind me the whole way. It was kind of funny.

Inside, I went to get her high chair so she couldn’t get into trouble while I unload the groceries. I turn the corner into the kitchen and she’s standing there with drops of blood everywhere… on the floor, on blankie, on her shirt. What the heck happened in the 10 seconds I turned my back? Who knows. I still don’t know what exactly happened.

After dinner… I fill up the tub, turn to throw something away (2 feet from the tub) and I turn back and she has fallen INTO the tub… clothes, shoes, jacket. Everything. Do you know how hard it is to peel wet jeggings off a squirming toddler? I gave her a quick scrub down and then dropped the towel into the tub as I went to pluck her out. Awesome.

After my awesome night, I decided it can’t get any worse…. so I figured it would be the PERFECT time to put her to bed without the pacifier. I tucked her in (with puppy, kitty, monkey, bunny, ducky and three blankets) and crossed my fingers. She cried for five minutes… and fell asleep. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Even after all the bad luck tonight, apparently I earned a badge on my mom sash. Thankyouverymuch.

Feeling on top of my game tonight and pr-etty proud. I love that girl. She’s lucky she’s cute.


19 Months Down! January 12, 2014

Filed under: Baby — Kelocity @ 1:32 pm
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Guess who is 19 Months old?

19 Months was a big one. So many huge changes, giant leaps and adventures. She spent half of the past month in New England, so being out of her routine could have added to these big developments, or maybe just a coincidence. While I’m loving this full transition into toddlerhood, I also find myself still a little anxious about it as well (I wrote about it a little bit here). Some things have become noticeably easier, but then in other ways, it’s also tougher. Irving and I keep reminding ourselves that we’re learning together. Adele doesn’t know how to be the perfect toddler, and we don’t know how to be the perfect parents. But patience, listening, showing interest and finding those teachable moments has been an exciting challenge. I’d say we’re doing a pretty good job so far, so maybe there’s not much to fear after all.


Weight: 22 Pounds
Height: Unknown
Diapers: Size 3
Shoes: Size 4
Clothing: 18 Months


I hate to tell you guys, that Adele’s still an amazing sleeper. She goes to sleep between 6:30p and 7:30p and sleeps for 13-14 hours straight. Both days this weekend she’s slept past 9am. (I know, moms everywhere are rolling their eyes…).  Even with all that sleep, she’s still giving me one 1-2 hour nap a day as well. (Naps=sanity for mommy, so I’m grateful for that!) She’s still going to bed with her doggy and pacifier (oh, the pacifier, I both hate and love you). This month we also introduced blankets and a small pillow.


You guys…. she doesn’t throw food on the floor anymore! At all!!! Sometime this month I noticed I hadn’t had to clean the floor every night after dinner! So glad that phase is over! She also got her appetite back this month and went from eating only a few bites at meals to asking for seconds (and thirds!). Maybe we’ve got a growth spurt on the horizon. She’s still a little bit picky, but she’s eating more of a variety than in previous months too. I think we’ve turned a food corner! Her favorite foods this month are: Apples, Oranges, Blackberries, Blueberries, crackers, alphabet cookies, minestrone soup, cereal with milk, anything dipped in sour cream and fig bars.

She’s drinking roughly 12oz of milk a day now. Also lots of water. We introduced juice this month as well for the first time. I usually take apple or apple/grape 100% juice and water it down 50/50. She loves it. Just a few times a week, but i think it’s probably a nice refresher once in a while for her.

Wow, the words. Everyday there are new ones. She knows SO many! When you sneeze, she says “Bless you!”, she knows animals, foods, actions, characters (Elmo, Pooh and Mickey Mouse, pronounced “mee-mouse”) and more. She’s also started stringing her words together to make mini-sentences like “Mommy, apple, go!”, “Bunny night-night” and “Go outside”. With this new language development, I also noticed a little bit of individual word regression. I think she’s trying so hard to string them together that sometimes words she used to know now come out jumbled, but I’m not worried, maybe that’s how it works? It’s pretty amazing to witness though.


Her favorite toys now are:
-Books (especially this Mickey Mouse set from Erika!, this “Look and Find” series, and these books!)
-Play Kitchen and all the pieces
-Stuffed Animals
-Her new Vtech flashlight

I can’t believe we’re already into 2014 which will bring us into her THIRD year of life. Doesn’t seem possible!


Scenes from Christmas Vacation December 29, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Christmas — Kelocity @ 9:25 am

Psst! I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m terrified to be entering the Toddler-Era now! I am feeling a little lost and a lot afraid. Read more about my thoughts over at What to Expect today! And send me ‘good luck’ vibes and words of advice in the comments below!


We’re having a blast relaxing at Grammie and Grandpa’s house this week. Adele is enjoying all of the attention from everyone, and I’m relishing the fact that I haven’t had to change a diaper or wash a sippy cup since I’ve been here! Score! I’ve been going to bed early, reading magazines, watching movies and seeing friends. The perfect Christmas vacation indeed.

Adele’s been busy playing Play-Dough, creating MarbleWorks masterpieces and reading lots and lots of books. She’s in heaven.

I’m so glad both Irving’s mom and my mom saved some of the toys we played with when we were little. I have a post coming about that soon. But Adele is having so much fun playing with primary colored, non-musical toys. (With a little Cabbage Patch doll and Matchbox car action mixed in there as well for good measure!)


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