Monday, March 16, 2015

Sydney {month 9}

Sydney turned 9 months last weekend, can you believe it?  This month flew by.  Partly because February is a short month and partly because we've been busy.

The month started with a visit from MarMe and Grandpa Billy, and continued on with lot's of time outside soaking up the sun.  We met friends at Lagunitas Brewery, had a picnic at Stryker Winery, and took a few trips into SF.  Here in California we had the driest January on record, followed by the hottest February on record.  While it's nice to be outside, it's really scary!

Sydney has been doing what she always does, growing, learning and being cute.  I was so impressed a few weeks ago when she used 1 hand to open a crocodile's mouth and the other hand to grab a ball out of it.  It took a few tries but she figured it out.  She is becoming busier and busier everyday.  So much are the days of her being content just hanging out on our lap.

She is quite a good eater (especially for daycare) and will eat almost anything right now.  My pediatrician reminded me that this will change but for now we're trying to giver her as many flavors as we can.  We make a lot of squash, carrot, spinach & wild rice smashes for her.  And also offer her anything we're eating that doesn't have salt in it.

I still get a lot of comments on her feet always kicking or her rolling her foot in a circle.  She is always moving.

Here are my favorite photos from the month:

Breakfast with MarMe
Still not that into the park
Our little explorer
Happy baby after a nap
MarMe & Sydney love bath time
Those arms
With Grandpa Billy

Lagunitas Brewery
With Dada, picnicking at Stryker Winery
with Momma
looks like summer
sweet girl
First time trying yogurt - loved it
This is how her face got so messy
Conversations with Papa
Cousin Billy trying to teach her how to crawl
First photo with the 5 cousins.
Rolling around
All smiles
Picnic in SF
9 month couch photo
After fighting a lot of colds and 1 ear infection, we're looking forward to (hopefully) a healthier month.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sydney {month 8}

Sydney's 8th month was full of big family events.  We celebrated cousin Billy's 1st birthday, and welcomed a new cousin, Grant Oliver Lederman, to the family.  We also said goodbye to our sweet dog Morrie who lived a long and happy 14 years.  He was such a loving dog and we miss him so much.

8 months old

I've heard from a number of people that the phase between 6-9 months is a good one, and so far, we have to agree.  We've been having a ton of fun with Sydney lately.  She is laughing all the time, rolling all over the place and so curious about everything.  So long are the days of sitting quietly on our lap and watching us eat dinner.  If anything is in reach, or a lunge, she will go for it.  I love watching her pick up something new and examine it and turn it around and around in her hands, then put it in her mouth.

She has really come around with the whole eating thing.  We are still really liberal with the foods that we offer her and she is willing to try almost anything.  Her favorite foods right now are chicken, cheese, lentils, eggs and hummus.  She doesn't like to be spoon fed, so we just break everything up into really small pieces and she picks it up herself.  We help her with our fingers too, and she likes that. She will also pick the food that dropped into her bib and eat it.

We're still working on a sippy cup, but she loves to drink from our water glass.  She is just starting to figure out how to swallow, so most of the water just goes in her mouth, then back out all over her clothes.  I bought her a little plastic cup for her to practice with.

Brian started to notice when she is really happy, she rolls her right foot in a circle and shakes her left foot.  She does this all the time, like when she is eating in her highchair, drinking her milk or in the carrier facing forward.  We think it's adorable.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the month:
Billy and his cake at his 1st Birthday party
with Bamma at the birthday party
Grant Oliver - born on January 23, 2015
This photo is on his 2 week birthday - this cutie already has more hair than Sydney, lucky boy
Me and my peanut
stop grabbing my ears Sophia!
All tuckered out from her playdate 
Sunday at the Farmers Market 
MarMe made Sydney some adorable bandana bibs
An afternoon in San Francisco
Selfie after a picnic on the Marina Green with Lindsay & Kevin
Our favorite new hat - thanks Maya
first time riding in a shopping cart
always so adorable after a bath
Rocking a retro Tee that was my sister's as a baby
Wait, this is January?  Where is the rain?
weekend mornings 
Sydney's new favorite spot, under the coffee table
such a doll
helping with laundry
taking a break from eating
those cheeks
8 month couch photo
We're looking forward to another great month full of smiles and laughs with our little peanut.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sydney {month 7}

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 
We had a really sunny and warm day down in the Bay so I took Sydney to the park for a swing.  She thought it was okay.  I only gave her a tiny push her because she is still pretty small but I did get a few smiles out of her.
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.
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
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. 
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 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!
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
Momma's turn
sweet pea
She is loving knocking down towers now
7 month couch photo, with a little wave
7 month photoshoot
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!