My Favorite Things: 4 Months

Better late than never! Here’s a list of our favorites from when Lila was Four months old. Drum roll please!LMN favorite things 4 months1. Sassy Baby Books– These soft books feature a lot of black and white, which she loved. Then, once she was seeing color, you could tell, because she liked more of the pictures. Was fun to watch. They make excellent chew toys as well. One is even a photo album, where you can slip some photos in for her to look at.

2. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes– This is her iPod. First, at three months she would stare at the lights and really get excited about one or two of the songs, and it was a great distraction for fussy times. Then it quickly become a favorite when she learned how to press the button and hold it by herself. Now, at seven months, she likes to chew the caterpillar handle.

3. Jaques the Peacock– His feathers crinkle, have different textures, a mirror, and a squeaker! Plus, he’s a cutie.

4. Oball Rainstick Ball- This ball is really light- she can kick it, throw it, and play pass with Daddy.

5. Sophie le Giraffe teether–  A MUST HAVE. A rubber giraffe that squeaks. She loves chewing on the legs or ears. Sophie has remained a favorite to this day, now she even talks to her.

6. Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Lotion– We love this lotion because its very calming. Very bedtime appropriate. One more step in the beloved bedtime routine.

7. Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo– Lila got this for Christmas, but we didn’t put it together for a few weeks (lack of space in our den!) Once she was holding her up pretty well, we decided to give it a try. She was so proud of her first bounce! Music is activated by bouncing, there are 2 options for music, and 2 volume levels, as well as OFF. 🙂 She still likes jumping in it at 7 months old, and only just now we have adjusted it to the next height setting. Supposedly it folds up, but I’m not sure how that happens. Probably more of a store-til-the-next-baby-comes folding, not lets-fold-this-up-when-people-come-over thing.

8. Sassy Rink of Links– She loves these. Great to link in a long chain in the beginning (swatting mode) and fun to chew on later. Even fun one link at a time. Buy lots of these!

9. Summer Infant Babytouch Color Video Monit0r– We waited until we were ready to start putting her in her crib to purchase. We love the night vision, and the battery lasts an acceptable amount of time. I read in the manual that you should keep it charging all the time, as that would drain battery life, but at night I like to have the screen on. So I keep it on the charging unit at night…yikes. FYI: the first couple of times I used it I was having “signal” issues, but these were quickly resolved by calling the manufacturer and then my internet company. Apparently, its a common problem that is easily fixed by having your internet “frequency” changed by your provider. It has worked like a charm ever since!

Hope all this makes sense. If you have any questions or suggestions to add, please comment below! All are welcome.

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29 Years Old with a 29 Week Old.

The key word here is OLD.  So the weeks just keep rolling by. Wasn’t it JUST March? My newborn will be 7 months old next week? Are you kidding me? And I’m how old? But I still get carded all the time?!? Maybe I really am still 19 in a weird time-warp. I still look at Lila sometimes wondering who she is. Is this real life?

I have finally gone back to work and I haven’t had a chance to post anything lately except on Instagram (@allienott or @thepaintedpig) or Facebook! Sowwy! I’m an instant gratification gal in most cases, so really that’s why. I like to post on the go, and the further behind I got on here, the more I knew I just couldn’t do this post from my phone. Isn’t this pic funny? She would lay her head down like this and then up again to play. She only did this for about a week. It’s exhausting being 6 months old.

I'm le tired. Please don't make me play any more. It's nap time.

I’m le tired. Please don’t make me play any more. It’s nap time.

The week of my birthday (& Easter) I went to a friend’s house for a BABY PARTY!  It was so much fun getting together for a play date with other new moms, and seeing other babies! Lila was the oldest in this pic, (a couple older babies left before we got a chance to document it) and the ONLY GIRL. Seriously? Where are all the baby girls!?!? It will be funny when they are all older to see how they interact. Hopefully we will be invited back soon! I was sick last week with horrible allergies when they all went to the park. Bummer. This picture makes me laugh because she looks huge compared to the rest. (We are in the bottom right).

baby party

Happy Birthday to me!

We went out to eat with friends at US Pizza one night, then out to eat with family on my birthday night at Tokyo House to eat suuuushi. Yum. And there were cupcakes and presents…oh my! I got a little creative with the cupcakes. Love the matchy-matchy. Thanks to all who helped me celebrate. It’s my last legitimate birthday because – weird- I will be turning 29 next year as well.

Cupcake matchyCupcake Bootie.

I am kind of obsessed with the side bun right now. This was my birthday hairdo. I may be am rocking it right now. Messy but still cute, right? eh? eh?

side bun

booze baby

Some of my friends with Lila, who was kind of obsessed with the beer bubbles…

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN THE WAITRESS STEALS YOUR BABY AND YOU DON’T BREATHE FOR A MINUTE OR TWO…. Is this a thing that happens? I would never dream of touching a stranger’s baby, but I have had it happen several times in the past weeks! I even had a lady pull her paci out to “get a good look at her” at an downtown gumbo cookoff. This was one of those moments when my husband said he thought I was GOING TO KILL HIM. I was surprisingly calm, but wierded out. She was sweet, but clueless- just like our waitress.  I took this as evidence in case she ran out the door with her. (just kidding…)

Did she seriously just grab my baby out of my husband's arms?

Did she seriously just grab my baby out of my husband’s arms?

Lila’s First Easter

Lila's Easter Basket 2013

Baby’s First Easter Basket:
Board Books
Carrots (baby food)
Bunny
Lamb
Pacifiers
Mesh Feeders
 Gel Ice Teether
Boo Boo Bunny
Bibs
Sippy Cup

Lila’s favorites so far are The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss, and the Mesh Feeders (with frozen bananas). Isn’t her basket cute? I bought it from Target and had it monogrammed here in town at Mrs. Polka Dot.

Easter 2013

I think Lila had fun, she certainly was more into it than Christmas. She kept tipping the basket over to spill everything out. Which was hilarious, apparently. Later, we went to church and then dinner at my parent’s house. Fun family time!

Notice anything awesome about this pic? Oh- that we are all conveniently looking decent? I made this pic out of about 3 pictures I had from my camera. I used an app on my iPad to combine them MAGICALLY. Its called Group Shot. It doesn’t save as high res as I would like, but is great for this & Instagram. I am a little obsessed. If you have a kids, dogs, or people that ALWAYS talk through pictures (my family), I highly recommend it. Don’t look too closely, I could have done better, but its my first one!

Easter 2013Lila Easter 2013

Lila’s “Simba” moment.

Next up: I think I will share photos from Lila’s Gender Reveal Party. Can’t believe its been a year since that! Stay tuned.