Another month has come and gone. Sydney turned 7 months on January 9th. The older I get, the quicker time goes. I just learned that when the work day was established, it was decided that people would work 8 hours, sleep 8 hours and have 8 hours to themselves. I'm happy to report that I am getting my 8 hours of sleep, and I'm definitely working 8 hours but it's those last 8 hours that seems to go by way too quickly.
This was a busy month. There was a lot to celebrate: Hanukkah, Christmas and Brian's 33rd Birthday. And, we also hit a number of new milestones. First solid foods, started rolling from belly to back (finally), started rolling around her play mat and started waving. At first it was a frantic full arm wave, but she has refined it a bit. Her daycare calls it a "princess wave". She also started saying "ma maa ma"(although I love it, she has no idea what it means), started sleeping on her belly and sort of started giving kisses. If you can call an open mouth slobber on your face a kiss. She also started riding in her big stroller (instead of the car seat clipped onto the stroller), and went in a swing for the first time.
|I'm 7 months and I like to eat everything but food|
We celebrated Hanukkah with the Lederman family at Mike & Danielle's newly renovated, and beautiful house. It was really nice to be with the whole family and it's so fun with all the kids running around. Nate, Connor and Billy are such sweet cousins to Sydney and I love seeing the big kids with the babies. Sydney was spoiled rotten for Hanukkah and has been enjoying her new toys and clothes from her aunts, uncles and grandparents.
|Lighting the Hanukkah candles|
|The cousins at Hanukkah|
|Family Hanukkah photo - Sydney loved the menorah and really wanted to eat it|
|First time on a swing|
|in her big stroller!|
Both Brian and I took from Christmas Eve through the New Year off from work. We flew to Portland to celebrate Christmas with my parents and sister. It was a great trip and so fun for Sydney to spend time with my family. MarMe got in the Christmas spirit and set up a tree for the first time in years. Judging by how many gifts she got, Sydney must have been on the "nice list" this year. She was surprisingly good at helping unwrap her gifts and loved the bubbles and homemade dried apples she got in her stocking. She has also been enjoying her new toys, and can't wait to grown into her homemade tutu from Aunt Jenn.
We really love our friends up in Portland and wish we could spend more time with them. To any Portland friends reading this - remember, there is always an open invite to come visit us. It's warm and sunny down here, we have 2 spare bedrooms, extra diapers and baby toys :) We were lucky to meet a few new babies on our trip too.
The other big thing that happened in Portland was Brian's Birthday! Since we had eagar babysitters, we took advantage and went out to celebrate at Olympic Provisions. Olympic Provisions is a meat restaurant, specializing in sausages and such, perfect for Brian's birthday. We had an incredible charcuterie and the most amazing winter veggie dish. My mom also made a homemade ice cream cake to celebrate (I had made brownies and a cheesecake to celebrate Brian and Richard's birthday in California with the Lederman's, so my dessert duties were done). It was pretty incredible - chocolate cake with chocolate/peanut butter ice cream and peanut butter icing. Thanks Mom!
What a month it was. It was wonderful to be able to spend so much time with Sydney at the end of the year, but it made going back to work tough. This next month I have a work trip so I'll be spending my first nights away from Sydney. It will be hard for me & Brian, in different ways. We also have a weekend trip to Tahoe, so pray for snow!
|Family Christmas photo|
|And all the girls on the Simon side|
|Happy baby - she would be even happier if she new |
those were presents for her right behind her
|MarMe & Grandpa Billy helping her unwrap her gifts in the stocking|
|Thanks for letting us borrow the cute Christmas outfit Adele :)|
|Chats with Grandpa Billy|
|Smiles for MarMe|
|snuggles for Aunt Jenn|
|It was a little chilly in Portland but Aunt Jenn and I took Sydney to the park.|
She still wasn't very impressed.
|And she wasn't sure about the slide either|
|Meeting Sawyer. Molly and family were also in Portland from Minnesota for the holidays.|
It was so nice that our trips overlapped and we got to hang out.
|And then there was the visit to Julie's. We showed up with a baby who just had a serious blow out.|
It was so bad that Brian walked Sydney in with straight arms and we took her right to Julie's bath.
It's a good thing we weren't visiting friends without kids...
|The Birthday Boy|
|Making a wish|
Brian and I were so excited to start feeding Sydney real food. We have this vision of Sydney being the perfect eater and loving all types of food, just like us. We had decided to go the route of feeding her both purees, or food we smash, as well as sticks of whole foods. We wanted to start off with her feeding herself, a method that I have heard and read about, and really agree with. Skip the rice cereal and oatmeal and introduce a lot of different foods and tastes at once.
Turns out, our little Peanut was not as into food as we were hoping. The first food we gave her were Yams - both pureed and in steamed sticks. She was super interested and pretty good about putting them in her mouth (like she does with everything) but there was a bit of a shock when she tasted the flavor. She gagged every time she tasted it. And, about 5 minutes after we gave up, she threw up everywhere. Fail. She gaged on virtually all the food we fed her this month. Here are all the foods we tried: Yams, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, avocado, bell pepper, banana, cheddar cheese, apples, applesauce, dried apple, crab, oatmeal, homemade pita chips, hummus, acorn squash. You may wonder if she liked anything from this list. Yes, she did. She like cheese, pita and hummus. Not really what we were hoping for. But, things are slowly getting better and she is starting to get used to different flavors. She is now eating oatmeal, which I was hoping to skip entirely...She loves sucking on dried apples. Now we're starting to work on veggies.
|First time with real food|
|I'm not feeling so hot|
Here are some more of my favorite photos from the month:
|I still think Sydney is so adorable wrapped in her towel after a bath|
|I'm just chilling Momma|
|Who is this guy?|
|Cuteness in the tub|
|cracking up with Dada|
|Hanging out at the Portland breweries|
|She is loving knocking down towers now|
|7 month couch photo, with a little wave|
|7 month photoshoot|