Levi is still only breastfed and I haven't had any supply issues, but lately he has been sick (more on that in another post) and hasn't been eating as much and coughs and spits up(or throws up sometimes) most of his meal. Even after a good nose cleaning with clear nostrils he still hasn't eaten as much as usual. He still get's very distracted very easily so the faster the milk comes the better. So in order to ease my mind a bit I have been doing things to increase my supply. I heard oatmeal was a lactogenic food so I have been having oatmeal every day and what do you know I have really noticed a difference! Stronger and more frequent letdowns! Sweet!
To switch it up a bit I thought I would make some oatmeal cookies. I have majorly cut down on sweets from the first 4 months of Levis life(and even cut all added sugar etc out for a while), but every once in awhile you just want a cookie. Well...actually I want cookies everyday..but we don't always get what we want and that's ok! :) But yesterday I made a batch of yummy oatmeal cookies.
My friend Sandra(my baking friend queen) recommended I try this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I made a few alterations to it to make it have a little more oatmeal and a smidge more healthy and I am really pleased with the way they turned out! Just what I was hoping and Tristan loved them and he's not even a sweets guy!
Here is my adaptation of the recipe:
1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup Oat Flour(I put 1 cup instant oats in the blender)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon(it was a BIG teaspoon..cinnamon is good for you)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 cups (120 grams) rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a large bowl, cream together the coconut oil, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the coconut oil/sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips
Chill dough for 20mins or so.
Drop onto baking pan in tablespoon size balls. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes (your baking time will vary, depending on your oven and how cold the cookies were going in), taking them out when golden at the edges but still a little undercooked-looking on top. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.
Makes close to 2 dozen. Total time from start to finish for these cookies(if you let them chill in the fridge) is 40-50mins.
That's it! Now just sit and enjoy them with some Mother's Milk Tea! Hope some of you Momma's give them a try. If you do let me know what you think!
We hung out at our pool yesterday with our friends Justin and Sandra and had a GREAT time! We got to use the new float we bought for Levi and he got to spend a good chunk of time in the water. The weather was perfect and so was the water. Levi had a great time... he was so relaxed and loved going around the pool and laying forward and lifting and letting his bum and legs float. There was even some possible slight kicks too! It was so much fun for this big water baby to watch her little water baby enjoy the water too!!!
Happy memorial weekend everyone. Hope you all have a great weekend!
So just now, while Tristan has been getting ready for work Levi has said Da Da to him 3 times...and it seems yo be intentional! We are freaking out and I am so excited because I have worked so hard to get him to say Da Da to Tristan!!!! I'll try to get it on video soon!!!
-Babbles. Thhh, da, ta, ma, ba. I think he will be saying da da soon when he sees Tristan because when I say "where's daddy?" He smiles, looks around the room, finds Tristan and then smiles real big. He know the word daddy goes with Tristan..it's so cute! And since he says "da" I think soon he may connect the dots and say it to Tristan.
And, I feel like he "talks" all day long He never seems to babble when I want him to though...like when we talk to my parents in the morning on Google Talk!
-Is full of smiles, laughs and giggles.
-Is very flexible..praise the Lord!
-Grabs at EVERYthing. Faces, plates of food,toys..etc. And of course he wants to bring all of it to his mouth!
-Has been in a swing and loved it.
-Loves to be outside. Loves to watch trees and feel the wind.
-Rolls all over and right now uses that to get where he wants. Last month he was scooting more but once he learned how to "fly" he decided that was more fun. He thinks that if he "fly's" and makes noises like he is working really hard he will get somewhere.
-Still LOVES to be naked.
-Loves his time with daddy in the morning and talks to him the whole time.
-Is SUPER snugly with his daddy! He is a daddy's boy!!!
-Still can't sit up unsupported.
-Still has no teeth.
-Still wears cloth diapers.
-Is still exclusively breast fed.
-Has his first "cold." Last week he started coughing a little and then one night he coughed so much(and was sleeping through it) and wouldn't stop we were ready to take him somewhere because it scared us so much. But, after holding him upright and doing some hand thrusts on his back it got better. He has had the cough since and has had a runny nose, sneezing and red,watery, itchy eyes...so I am thinking it's something allergy related. He seems like he should be miserable but is handling it all really well.
-drools and gnaws on things all the time! Rubs his gums with his thumb too.
-Still spits up quite a bit.
-Has super waxy ears! GROSS.
-Has super sharp FAST growing nails. I can not keep up with them.
-Is perfectly chubby.
-Has the sweetest eyes and brightest smile.
-Loves to read.
-Eats and sleeps like a champ.
- Has not been fighting me about going down for his naps this week. Maybe he is learning????
-Loves his Sophie Giraffe.
-Loves his blue blanket from Katie and Avery.
-Watches us like a hawk when we eat and smacks while watching!
-Is NOT happy when he is overtired and fusses and cries to let us know he needs sleep!!!
-Gets so happy when I sign "milk" to him.
- Poops 1-2 times a day most days.
-Has nasty smelly gooey poops due to teething (I guess)..grossest poops ever..and I'm a nurse and have changed adults!
-LOVES his feet and toes and loves to chew on them.
-Loves bath time more every day and is more playful each bath!
-Does NOT like to be hot.
-Does NOT like to put on clothes.
-Does NOT like his nose wiped or suctioned.
-Still has his pointy elf ears!
-has HUGE cheeks!
-Is the love of our lives! And makes us want more kids all the time!
Happy 6 months old Levi, we love you so. I can not believe you are 6 months old already.....where has the time gone! You are such a joy and we are honored and blessed to be YOUR parents. This has been the best 6 months of our lives! We celebrate and praise the Lord today for his goodness, loving kindness, and mercy! Each day is a gift and treasure from Him!
I'm sitting on the couch at my pom pom and grandma's watching my boy and my pom pom snooze, wishing my grandma was still here to keep me company right now. We would talk about Levi, we would talk about Jared and Tyler, we'd talk about Tristan, about Katie and Avery.... she'd ask and talk about everyone. She loved people and really cared. She loved me.
Next month it will be a year since she passed away. Right now I feel the hardest part is that it's becoming normal that she is not around and I just don't like that.
My dear friend Stacy knows what it means to love and loose a grandmother near to you too. When I was thinking about our spare room that would be Levi's room and our guest room I knew I wanted something for Levi that was in memory of my grandma. Something I could point too and tell him all about her.
I couldn't get the nickname she had for him out of my head: Avocado. She never met my boy, she never even knew he was going to be a boy but I had mentioned to her one time that he was the size of an avocado and it just stuck. Not to mention I love avocado's and she LOVED Mexican food.
I decided I wanted some sort of Avocado pillow or print or something in the room. I looked on-line, I looked on Pinterest, I racked my brain for creative ideas. Nothing. Eventually I thought of Stacy. This woman is so dear to my heart. She is a forever friend, the kind you (unfortunately) rarely talk to but it doesn't matter. You will always love them. And she happens to be a vibrant person with fantastic creativity and artistic ability. And I said before she knows a grandma's love. So I told her about my grandma and asked if she would do a painting of an Avocado for the baby room. She quickly said yes.
She texted me a picture of the painting when she was done. I was in love. It was perfect and reminded me so much of my grandma. Then we made plans for her to drop it off on her way down to Lytle for Thanksgiving on November 22nd. Little did I know that I would be in labor at that time! When she dropped by I was in the VERY early stages of my labor and Tristan and I were working hard to get the contractions to come on so unfortunately when she arrived we didn't even get to visit.
The painting is lovely, and it reminds me of my grandma's favorite outfit,the one she was buried in. It also reminds me of my grandma's kitchen, my favorite spot in her whole house. And just as I hoped the painting reminds me to share sweet memories of her with my son.
Thank you Stacy, it's such a precious gift!
Here it is:
So all you Momma's to be take an hour out of your day, save yourself some money and go make you and your baby a Moby wrap!
"-organic waterproof pads to put under crib/pack n play sheets to protect mattresses! we've had lots of leaks, spit ups, etc that go right through the fitted, but those pads soak it up! :)
-if you cosleep,which we did in the beginning, i highly recommend a good quality waterproof matress cover for your own bed too! i would also put those pads i mentioned under elijah so that i didnt have to always change the whole beds sheets when he leaked, spit up, or my milk leaked everywhere! haha
-one of the best inventions ever is the baby bjorn bib. it is the one and only bib i use and its amazing. there are cheaper knock offs and they are not the same. go for the real deal!
-i like your feeding mat but was wondering if it's machine washable? i got a mat that wasnt, but did wipe easily. however, when they start to really get into food, it is a pain in the butt and much easier to throw in the wash (especially when dried mashed bananas are encrusted on and blueberry smoothie is sprayed everywhere! ha) ive really just started using tan towels underneath his chair (which matches our carpet, so not noticeable) and i change them every couple of days, depending on how bad it is. until i find something better, this is what i'll do!
-id also add that once they start eating foods (anywhere from 5mo+) its pretty important to have a bunch of spoons and forks that are easy for baby to hold, once they are ready. i bought these fancy stainless steel ones, but they are honestly too slim for his hands and he definitely prefers the bpa free plastic ones you find at target and such.
-unbreakable, reheatable bowls are nice, especially if your flooring is hard tile. we use silicone ones by kinderville and they work great, but im sure there are other options.
-i recommend getting a variety of bpa free sippy cups to see what your babe likes cause all kids are seriously so different when it comes to this preference. and i find different cups work better for different beverages. since elijah turned 1ish, he loved to drink everything out of a camel bak. the flow is much faster and there's no tricky suction. before that, his favorites were a soft tipped sippy cup. we tried the soft straw sippys and he personally didnt like those, but i know other kids that love them and i know lots of pediatricians recommend the straw.
-i highly recommend the 'munchie mug' a snack cup for on the go or around the house. we use it everyday and no spills or hurt fingers when he pulls food out.
-i think the best toys that have lasted and are still going strong through his different stages are books, wooden blocks (abc ones are great, or various shapes and sizes), musical instruments (especially small hand drum or shakers), balls, & play food--(felt and wooden ones are great for babies to play with, then they play pretend with them as they get older).
-bpa free soft baby toothbrush (elijah loved his banana brush) and fluoride free toothpowder or paste.
-swim shirt with short or long sleeves plus a good waterproof sun hat. we loved 'iplay' brand solid color one, it covers ears and neck.
-homeopathic kids kit by hylands, teething tabs, and gas medicine like gripe water or mylicon."
6. Wipe Warmer. Not a necessity, but my mom bought us one and I love having it!
7. But Cream. We use Dr. Smith's per my midwife's reccomendation. It works awesome. If Levi gets a little redness I jsut smear it on and by the next diaper change it's gone.
8. Diaper Sprayer for Toilet. We bought this one: http://www.nickisdiapers.com/bum-genius-diaper-sprayer.html
9. Moby Wrap. I was afraid to try it. It seemed complicated. But, I kept hearing that I should give it a try and that once I got it down I would love it. So I watched the video below over and over and practiced and what do you know...I LOVE it. Like, I can't live without it and I think EVERY mom should have one love it. And not only do I love it but Levi loves it. He has from the beginning and still does!! And of all the carrier options out there I find it's one of the cheapest. And it's easy to wash. Also, if you want to support a smaller company you can buy the Lu Lu Wrap which is essentially the same thing but hand made by a momma!
11. Pack N Play. Totally didn't think I would need this ...boy was I wrong! We put Levi down to sleep in it all the time. It helps you to still get out and do things at night and during nap time!
12. White Noise Sound Machine. We use it as part of our bedtime and nap routine to help clue Levi in on what's about to happen and the womb like sounds seemed to really help him when he was littler. We have this one.
He laughs all the time now, loves people, smiles at everyone, and seems to just be soaking up life and loving every minute! I never knew how wonderful it would be to watch your child learn and explore. Levi's newest thing is intentionally scooting towards things that he wants. He works so hard...and even huffs and puffs and lays his head down and takes little breathers ...it's adorable. He has pretty much stolen our hearts.
Thank you Lord. You are good. Sweet. Kind. It's all yours and I give it right back to you with praise and thanksgiving!