Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hanukkah Festivities!

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah! I thought it would be fun to start some of our own family traditions and of course include the old ones. 
I grew up lighting the menorah, opening a little present, and on the first night we usually had latkes :)
Lighting the Menorah. My Grandma gave me the menorah above a few years ago - I love it! I want to order this whale menorah for Matt for next year - so cute, right?
We read this dreidel book, thanks to my sister-in-law Kristy! I love reading her blog :)

We ate yummy Latkes from Trader Joes. 
Who needs all that oil mess when you can just open a box and stick them in the oven - 10 minutes later DONE.

Who new Comcast had a digital menorah with Hanukkah music!
What are your Hanukkah traditions?

Happy Hanukkah!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Rainy Day = Yummy Ginger Cookies

This "EPIC' rain storm in California calls for some cookie making. 

Matt and I made some yummy Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies. Thanks to Nathalie for the recipe from the Baker Chick Blog.
These cookies are really easy and so delicious with a cappuccino or cup of hot coco - holiday delight :)

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger* chopped into bits.
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar for rolling (white sugar works too)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then mix in the water and molasses.
  4. Gradually mix the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Stir in the candied ginger.
  5. Chill dough for 15 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  6. Shape dough into 1 inch sized balls, and roll them in the raw sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto a parchment or silpat-lined cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

My little helper!

Rolling in the sugar...yummy


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Matthew William ~ 7 months


Weight/length: I'm thinking he's around 24 pounds and 30 inches long. We won't know exactly until his 9 month appointment.
Sleep: Teething!! Matt got his first tooth came through! This has definitely messed up his sleeping. Hopefully we can get back to longer stretches of sleep :)
Health: Had his first little cold right before Thanksgiving, but he didn't have a fever, so might have been the teething.

Clothes: He's wearing 18-24 on the bottom and 12-18 on the top.

Baby Gear/Accessories: This month has been lots of toys. He's gone from being interested in pretty much anything to really enjoying his toys. He's rolling around and scooting so he can now grab the toys he likes and play with them. I bought some Melissa and Doug blocks that he loves grabbing and rolling around with.
  Now that he's eating solids it's all the feeding gadgets. My favorite bib is this Baby Bjorn, spoon - Green Sprouts, and feeding on the go - Boone Spoon. 
We have the Stokke highchair, which is great and looks nice around our table.

We also just got the UppaBABY umbrella stroller and I love it! It's really light and easy to put him in and out of when I'm doing errands. 

  Development: Matt's sitting up...sometimes he'll fall over so we always keep a few pillows around. Rolling back and forth and a little scooting. He can get from the living room carpet to the kitchen by rolling. He's definitely pushing his butt up and doing can tell crawling is going to happen any time.

 Crying:  There's been more crying with teething, but that's how it goes. When he gets bored he now has a little's kinda cute.
  Adventures: November was a great month with all of the holiday festivities! We went to Santa Cruz for Thanksgiving and Matt got to spend time with both of his Grandmas, Papa, his Uncle Glenny, Aunt Sara, Great Grandma, and all of his extended family. Matt got to meet his second cousin Ari who is only a few months older. He tried baby food turkey for the first time and loved all the attention of being around family.

Matt has his first swim class this month. We're on class #3 this week. We love La Petite Baleen for swim classes in SF. It's a great facility and makes it easy for Mommy's with little ones.

  Postpartum/Mommy feeling: All I can say is it gets more and more fun everyday! Matt is my little buddy. We make each other smile, we giggle, we get frustrated, we make funny sounds, we sing silly songs, and the best part of it all is that it's unconditional love. During this holiday season we're so lucky to have such a special little boy in our lives.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

6th Annual Friendsgiving!

We had our 6th Annual Friendsgiving two weekends ago and it was a success! It was Matt's first Friendsgiving and it was our first big party in our house. Here are a few pictures from the event. Of course I wish I had taken more pics of the decorations and a family picture...but, that's what happens when you're getting ready for 20+ people, cooking a turkey, and taking care of a 6 month old. 
 It's definitely harder to get ready for a big party when you have a baby. Here are a few things I've learned over the past few months about hosting with a baby.
1. Use any nap time a few days before to get things ready. Even if it's silly things like getting the vases out of the cupboard.
2. You can never start too early buying decorations and things for the party - last minute running to get things isn't the same with a baby.
3. Write things brain even at 6 months is a thing.
4. DAY OF... ask Daddy to watch the baby in the morning so you can get things ready and plan accordingly for feedings and naps. 
5. Wake up early so you can shower and get ready...feeling dressed and ready for your party always makes it better.
6. Enjoy the time with friends and let the baby be entertained by others :)
Cheers to Thanksgiving next week!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Matthew William ~ 6 Months


Weight/length: We had Matt's 6 month appointment last Tuesday and he was 21.15 pounds and 29.5 inches, he's in the 98 percentile for both height and weight! 
Sleep: We finally had an "almost" full nights sleep when Matt hit 6 months. November 6 was the lucky night! It's been pretty consistent since then. He's been going down to bed around 7:30 and falls asleep easily - which is a change. He struggled putting himself to sleep for some time. His naps have gotten more consistent and longer - everyone told me this would happen around 6 months and it did! He pretty much puts himself on a schedule. 9am nap, 1:00pm nap, and a power nap around 5pm.

Health: Still very very healthy and strong!

Clothes: We're in 12-18 for sure and now I'm buying 18-24 so that he doesn't grow out of them so quickly! 
Diet: We started solids about 10 days before he turned 6 months. His first solid was a little apple sauce his daddy gave him while he was eating and he loved it. Then we tried sweet potatoes, apricots/apples, prunes, peas, avocado, and bananas. So far he's loved all of it and has taken to solids very well. He's our little eater :) Still breastfeeding and taking the bottle most of the time.

Baby Gear/Accessories: We put Matt in the "big boy" stroller the BOB and he loves it. Todd was eager to try it and I was a little more hesitant...maybe because it was a reality that he was getting older...haha! When we did put him in it he was so happy! I'm glad he likes it because I plan on getting back into jogging and it's a great stroller for that.
We broke down and bought the ugly plastic play thing that every baby loves. I didn't want this big plastic thing in the house, but of course he loves it! It makes it so I can get a few things done around the house without Mac licking his face :) We got the Delta Activity Center, I would recommend this one.

  Development: Matt is pretty much sitting up. He sits up for a few minutes and then sort of falls forward and then rolls to his side. He loves sitting up and grabbing toys - lots of grabbing and putting things in his mouth. When he rolls onto his tummy he's now pushing his bottom up and scooting in a circle, no forward movement yet - but, it won't be long! He's getting much stronger on his tummy and I can see crawling coming soon - - eeekkk! 
He's obsessed with his hands and feet. We love when he does the "motorcyle" as we call it. He makes little fists and then sort of moves them like he's driving a motorcycle :) He's always happy when he has his feet in his mouth - very flexible!
Crying: He doesn't cry very much, just when he's tired, and now he tends to sort of whine when he wants something.
Adventures: October was a relaxing month for us. We enjoyed taking Matt to a local pumpkin patch, hanging with friends, and enjoying San Rafael. Matt celebrated his first Halloween as a bumble bee! I also spent a few days down in Santa Cruz with his Nonnie and Papa :)

Likes: He loves when his Daddy gets home after work, I always know there's a smile waiting. He enjoys silly faces and noises, playing on the floor with all of his toys and pulling Mac's hair, going for walks, being outside, and eating!


 Postpartum/Mommy feeling: I'm still in shock that he's 6 months old. It feels like yesterday that I was pregnant. So many changes have taken place over the past few weeks - 6 months is a really fun age! He's become so alert and is my little buddy. I'm really looking forward to the next 6 months :) 
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