Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Scientificly Proven Good Time!

Seattle has seen its fair share of sunny days recently but unfortunately last Monday wasn't one of them.  I am always racking my brain for rainy day activities so when I woke up to the rainy pitter patter on the roof I let out an audible groan.  Should we stay inside or try to brave the weather outdoors somewhere?  Is it worth bundling up to head out or our we better off killing time playing with the same old boring toys inside? Arggg.

Luckily for us Francie has an annual pass to the Pacific Science Center! Better even then that, the pass lets her bring up to 4 adults for free (no joke, best deal in town!).  We decided to make a day of it and packed up the kids, a lunch and an Alex (ha ha) and headed downtown.  I haven't been to the Science Center in quite a while so I was pleasantly surprised to see all the toddler exhibits and activity spaces. They have a great play area just for the minis equipped with musical instruments, giant legos, books, climbing toys and slides, and water basins to splash around in.  Ollie and Keeley had a fantastic time exploring the area and banging on all the toys. 

The highlight for me was the butterfly exhibit. The adults and kids had an equally good time watching tons of butterflies zoom around. Two even landed on Alex!

After we'd had our fill of the museum we headed outside and ate a picnic lunch by the fountain. The rain had stopped and the sun was even peaking through.  I love the fountain at the Seattle Center.  There is almost always some lunatic attempting to run and touch the middle of the fountain only to get sprayed in the face (love it!), they play music so the kids can dance, and it always makes for some great photos.

What are your go-to rainy day activities? 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Photo of the Week: Go Mariner's

My lovely friend Michelle had Mariner's tickets she couldn't use this past weekend so we lucked out and went in her place! With Ollie's love of ball throwing he felt right at home watching the pro's toss the ball around.  He wasn't a huge fan of the loud clapping and cheering after the M's two home-runs (Raulllllll), but other then that he did a great job. 

The best part about the afternoon . . . M's won in extra innings!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Formula for Success

I will be leaving Ollie with his Dad for 4 days in early July while I attend a bachelorette party in Sonoma (yay!) and in preparation for my mini vacation I have been weaning Ollie off nursing and onto formula. Now that he's 11 months old I feel pretty good about the switch to formula for a month or so (doc. says breast milk or formula until 12 months) but it was still a hard decision. For some reason I felt a little guilty although I know 11 months is a long time, and I have nothing against giving formula to a baby, but for some reason it was still a bit emotional.

My plan was to replace one nursing session with a bottle of formula each week. Ollie was only nursing 4 times a day; when he woke up in the morning, after each of his two naps, and before bed, so dropping one nursing session per week seemed doable. Doable, that is, until he had his first drop of formula. Yeah . . . he wasn't having it. At all. Ollie's had a bottle of pumped milk before bed every night since he was a month or so old, so it wasn't that he didn't like the bottle. It was the formula plain and simple.

I tried different formula brands. I tried premixed formula. I tried mixing formula with coconut milk. I put it in a sippy cup, a regular cup. Nothing. So basically instead of replacing a nursing session with a bottle, he was instead dropping a feeding session altogether. We were down to just two feeding sessions, morning and evening, when he finally drank a mixed bottle of 1/2 pumped milk and 1/2 formula. Probably out of starvation (kidding, he eats tons of solid foods so no worries there). After two weeks of trying we finally had made some progress, but it took another week or so to fully get him into formula. Ahhhhhhh. Who knew it would be so hard? I truly thought I would put formula in a bottle and that would be that.

Saturday was my last day nursing Ollie, and it was very bittersweet. While it's nice to not have to pump each night before bed I do miss our cuddle time in the morning.  And I must say my favorite perk has been getting the chance to sleep in a bit. This morning Alex got up with Ollie and fed him a bottle while I slept until almost 8am!! I haven't slept that long since . . . well, since Ollie was born 11 months ago.  So all in all I'm glad I did it, and I'm very glad I will be able to enjoy Sonoma with my girlfriends and know Ollie will be ok.

The moral of the story: if you plan on weaning your babe before a year start early with your milk replacement!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Me and my dad.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! 
 Wishing you a relaxing and memory filled day with friends and family. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Birthday Boy: 11 months old!!

Oliver is 11 months old today, WOW!!

Unfortunately poor little Ollie got sick this evening and threw up all over his daddy, hardly a good end to an otherwise fun birthday.  There is nothing sadder than a little sick baby. Hoping he feels better soon and we wake up to our happy baby!
Here's some of Ollie's highlights from his 10th month: 

  • pointing to identify people and objects
  • talking (he said his first work - DUCK!)
  • scooting in a circle while seated
  • attempting to crawl by going up on his hands and knees
  • squealing when his cousin Keeley comes to play
  • pulling himself up on Mom or Dad
  • weaning from nursing to bottle only
  • not growing teeth (still has only two!)
  • showing signs of separation anxiety with strangers 
  • giving tons of smiles and cuddles =)

Can't believe he's almost a year old! It feels like yesterday we were bringing him home and now he's practically leaving for collage!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Photo of the week: Shoe Fly

The family traveled down to Vancouver this past weekend to celebrate Joe and Rose's engagement.  Before the fiesta party we stopped by Great Grandpa and Great Grandma's house and enjoyed the sunshine on their lovely deck.  Part way through our visit I noticed Ollie and Great Grandpa had the same shoes on!!! My 93 year old Grandpa and my almost 1 year old son apparently have the same sense of style - too cute!!