nine months!

The official monthly post… only a week late…

Lincoln has slowed down a bit in the weight department (which I guess is usually normal once they start getting more mobile)… apparently he just wanted to pack on all of the pounds before he was born to make my pregnancy extra fun 😉

Weight – 19lb. 6oz. (25-50th percentile)

Length – 28 inches (25-50th percentile)

Head Circumference – 45 centimeters (50-75th percentile)

9 months!

9 months!

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still checking himself out in the mirror…

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keeping him distracted with toys...

keeping him distracted with toys…

my most favorite face... squinty, scrunchy, adorable

my most favorite face… squinty, scrunchy, adorable

happy 9 months!

happy 9 months!

a few things…

This week really flew by!   Here’s a bit about what went we’ve been up to…

* Lincoln is 9 months old!?! Crazy.  I still have to take pictures and do his “official” monthly post, but his well-baby visit went great.  He is healthy, growing and right on track developmentally.

* Also, my cousin’s adorable baby boy just turned one, so here’s a birthday shout out to Asher!  Hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend 🙂

Happy Birthday from Lincoln :)

Happy Birthday from Lincoln!  Disclaimer– We may have taken this picture to wish Nani a happy birthday several months ago… but I know Lincoln sends his birthday wishes to his cousin too 🙂

* I started reading a new book that I am obsessed with.  It’s called, “Beyond the Sling” and it’s by Mayim Bialik.  That’s right.  It is a book by Blossom.  Anyway, it’s all about how she is raising her two boys.  Now, of course, I am really enjoying it because most of my parenting choices echo the things she is discussing…  I suppose if someone is doing things in a completely different way then they might hate the book.  But, if you are at all curious about natural childbirth, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. I think this is a great book that introduces the concepts in a non-judgey way, from the perspective of a real Mom.  (Also, did you know that Blossom has a PhD?  in neuroscience? Also, I’m sure she loves being referred to as “Blossom”…)

*I just discovered a new website that I am very excited about called Brickyard Buffalo.  It’s another “deals” website like Totsy or Zuilily or Gilt, but all of the vendors they feature are small, independent artists/companies.  Does Lincoln need these adorable bicycle leggings?  For 20% off, probably…

I love them.  There are more cute prints at the vendor's website, Sugarlime Lane.

I love them. There are more cute prints at the vendor’s website, Sugarlime Lane.

* I’m still working on my “declutter, clean, simplify” mantra, and I am making some progress in Lincoln’s closet that I hope to share soon.  Along with my decluttering, I am trying to make some changes around the house to be more “natural” and “green.”  I know it’s the trendy thing to do nowadays, but truly it’s having a baby that has made me reconsider and want to change.  Pre-Lincoln I was already using household cleaners from Method and Seventh Generation and trying to eat organic as much as possible; I’m just trying to continue those things and make some more adjustments.  One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is all of the plastic in our lives nowadays.  I’d like to start using more glass, cloth and/or wood when possible.  I’m starting small by replacing our plastic Tupperware with glass food storage containers. I am also planning on looking for more wooden/cloth toys for Lincoln going forward (not that he needs anymore toys right now– we have gotten so many amazing gifts and hand-me-downs!).

Did your week fly by too?  I hope so 🙂  Also, if you have any tips on living more environmentally friendly, please feel free to share!

valentine’s day

Hope everyone out there had a lovely Valentine’s Day!
Husband and I had a pretty low key evening… it was ‘Chili’s To Go‘ for dinner and a new episode of ‘Project Runway‘… and it was perfect 🙂

I am totally excited to make fun Valentine’s Day crafts, gifts and treats with Lincoln as he gets older.  There are so many fun ideas out there… I created a board on Pinterest filled with ideas for next year here!

In other news, apparently my seasonal depression disorder is rubbing off on husband; he has given up on shaving and has a pretty serious beard going on.  I’m not the biggest fan, but Lincoln seems to love it.

fun with Dad at the end of the day...

fun with Dad at the end of the day…

I know I mentioned before that Lincoln had started babbling “Ma ma ma ma…” and I didn’t think it was directed at me… Okay, well I totally think he is saying it to me now!  He doesn’t just randomly say “Mama” all day; he only says it when he is sad and wanting to be picked up by Mama.  It’s very sweet 🙂

Well, Lincoln and I are off to a play group that we’ve been going to for the last two weeks… I don’t necessarily like to try and fit into any sort of parenting style label, but this is a group for “attachment parenting” mamas.  There are a lot of aspects of “attachment parenting” that I was already doing before I even discovered the label (breast feeding, cosleeping, baby wearing, etc.), so it’s been good to meet some other moms doing the same things. (In case you are curious, here is some more info on the “attachment parenting” philosophy)

Lincoln's new squinty face

Lincoln’s new squinty face

in a rut

Maybe it’s because January always feels like the longest month ever… Maybe it’s because it has been cloudy everyday for what feels like the last 500 days… Maybe it’s because I am just getting over a very unpleasant head cold… Maybe it’s because I am still sans any real friends out here…

Whatever it is, I have been feeling a bit blah lately…

But, I am forcing myself to get out of this funk… I did some searching and found two new mommy groups here in Spokane.  I’m feeling optimistic about the potential for finally making some mom friends.  I went to a ‘meet up’ today at some local kids’ gymnastics center and Lincoln had a fantastic time crawling all over the colorful, bouncy floor.

Also, I have to get outside and get some fresh air everyday, even if it is cloudy and grey and cold.  I know it’s good for Lincoln and (I’m sure) good for me.  I am committing to daily walks with baby boy… even if we are only outside for 10 minutes, I’m sure it’s better than nothing.

maybe if I looked glam like this all bundled up, I'd be more excited to get outdoors... image from here

maybe if I looked glam like this all bundled up, I’d be more excited to get outdoors… image from here

Two exciting developments in Lincoln world…
His two front teeth are almost in!  One of them is completely through the gums, and the other one finally started to pop through this morning.  Poor thing.  I cannot imagine how painful teething must be.

And, Lincoln started saying, “Mama” today!  Now, I’m not certain that he was actually directing it at me, but I was still pretty excited to hear him babble, “Ma, ma, ma, ma…” all day long.

Here’s to a happier week!

we took this picture around Christmas... look at his face... too funny...

we took this picture around Christmas… look at his face… too funny…