Thursday, August 20, 2015

Natalie is 11 Months Old!

Sweet Natalie, you are 11 months old! Again, I'm late, but I managed to update before you turn 1! How on earth are you almost 1 already?? You are so big!
You finally had your 9 month check up (at 10.5 months old). You weighed in at 23 lbs. (94%) and 29.5 in. tall (85%)

You've started eating more fun finger foods like eggs (which you inhale), cheese, french fries, pasta, cut fruit, a little apple juice and milk. We're still working on getting you to drink more, since you take 2-3 sips then let it all dribble out of your mouth. You've gotta drink more because you have gone from 3 to 2 nursings a day now. You are popping out teeth everywhere also. I believe at 10 months you had 2-3 teeth, but now that you're about 11.5 months, you have almost 6-7! I think 2 came in on the same day. No fun :( But you are hanging in there. You still have your little fang smile though. Some more better come through a little quicker before your 1 year pictures! haha

You are very verbal and love to spit, blow raspberries, sing, etc. You have said "night night", "bye bye", and you give the sweetest kisses on command!
You are very inquisitive and Daddy said you'd be a great hockey fan judging by this video..

You've pulled up finally in your crib.

And everywhere else. And learned to climb. And cruise down furniture. 
You also took your first selfie. So proud!
You are just the sweetest little thing, and I can't believe next time I update you will be 1!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Natalie is 10 Months Old!

Natalie, you turned 10 months old (2.5 weeks ago!) Yes, I am a slacker. Granted, we were on vacation at the beach, but still. I wasn't able to get your picture in the chair until we got back. I don't think you changed that much in a week though :)

You were especially hard to photograph this time around. You refused to leave your sticker on because it was apparently more fun to taste it than leave it on your shirt. Totally understandable. 
 Sister put it on your head. I can see this face in the future between you girls...
 That's better!

You've started a few things that happened after you turned 10 months old, but I'll include them anyways. The biggest thing-you started crawling!! Yay!! Well, yay for you, not necessarily me. All that means is that my littlest and last baby is growing up, will be turning into a toddler soon, and is ridiculously attracted to all things dangerous including power outlets, stairs, toilets, trashcans, drawers to pinch little fingers, and pulling up to bump your little head. Ok, not my favorite stage but you're pretty stinkin cute doing it.

You started sitting up in your crib and halfway pulling up. This is today when you slept in till 9:45. Very rare. But I loved it. Such a happy baby. (please ignore my dumb baby talk voice)

Aside from being on the move, you started eating eggs, shredded cheese, and drinking a little diluted apple juice. You'll be starting some whole milk soon, just gotta double check with the pediatrician tomorrow at your 9 month check up. Yes, we had to delay your check up because they insisted you wait 3 months and a day since your last shots. Anyways you love to eat. You can put down about 6 containers of baby food and/or yogurt in a day, as well as your puffs/crunchies as well as nursing 4 times a day still. I'm working on getting you down to 3 times a day as far as nursing goes. Completely sad for me but it will be somewhat freeing as well. I'm guessing you're somewhere around 23 lbs. You look like you're slimming down since you're on the move now. That makes me sad too. Notice a trend?? No growing up, stop it!!

 Oh yeah. Wearing sister's old bikini. Umm, sorry baby. You're too fat. But in a good way ;)

You're in 12-18 month clothes, size 4 diapers, no shoes. Who needs shoes anyways? Baby feet are only there for a limited time. You have 2 little bottom teefies and 1 fang tooth to the side coming in up top. Cause ya gotta be different. You and Micah. My vampire babies. You make it look cute though. 
 Eating sister's popsicle...told you you were a vampire...sucking blood popsicles. You can totally get away it. I obviously let you. And so did your sister.

You sleep about 11-12 hours straight at night and nap a couple times a day. Anywhere from 1-3 hours. I haven't paid much attention to your napping pattern so that's my bad. That's what happens when you're the 4th kid. You just kinda go with the flow and get your naps in somehow. Even if it's a 3 hour nap in the carseat between church on Sundays.

You got stuck quite often. You're better now. 
 Oh my scrumptious goodness. Gimme that baby!
You so bootiful.  All ready for church.
 In case you didn't know, your siblings adore you. Especially this guy. He's your baby twin, by the way. Literally the same face.

You were dedicated to the Lord recently and you did great. You only flashed the congregation a few times. It was cute. Seriously though, there are so many friends and family that love you. You are blessed to be in a wonderful church where the love of God is felt everywhere.
 Your youngest big brother had fun making a scene as well.

You are full of personality! People always ask me if you're always that happy. The honest answer is YES. You rarely cry with anybody. You're always smiling or just chillin. Only occasionally do you stick out your sad bottom lip which immediately sucks the soul out of everybody who looks at you. 

I don't have a picture of it because it's so sad, it'd break the internet.

Walked in one day to your room and found your sister making use of her own personal baby doll to dress up. You were a fairy. And you loved it. I pray you two stay close and love each other most of the time.

You can wave byebye and say byebye with an "L." Close enough. You clap on command and somewhat give high fives. You bite my shoulder a lot so we're working on how not to be a teething puppy. Your tongue still hangs out half the time by the way. Again, adorable.

You have a funny little sound you make, especially when eating. I suppose you think you're part puppy, part sheep. You "baa" like a champ. Is there anything you do that's not adorable?? 
Oh, that's right. You poop. Not so adorable. Your poops actually used to be somewhat pleasant and non-stinky and very clean. Not that you're teething, it's pretty gross. Oh well. We still like you :)

You went on your first hike up the mountain. You were very heavy and made me sweat a lot. You weren't a fan of facing in but I didn't have a carrier to let you face out. So you got over it. Then you fell asleep on the way down. 
 (Daddys really gotta work on his selfies before he embarrasses you as a teenager)

You love bathtime and you love your siblings. You love to swim and splash yourself in the water. You loved your first beach trip and even tried to eat the sand. 
 2 words: Michelin baby. You were letting your sunscreen dry.
 Playing in the waves.
 This was the first couple minutes ever at the beach. You were happy. Duh.

 Sweet little stair steps.
 Your first visit to Big Olaf's!! So yummy. You didn't get any though. Sorry. Maybe next time.

 I had to crop and zoom in on you in this one.
So proud.

Anyways, you're so fun and sweet and all that good mushy stuff. You're pretty much the best baby ever. I'm sure I say that every time but you really are. Seriously. You get passed around people you don't even know and you're pretty much the best. Grandmommy says you are the icing on the cake and I'm pretty sure she's right!

Zakia's Morrocan Black Soap, Kessa Exfoliating Glove, and Argan Oil Review

I had the opportunity to try some more great products by Zakia's Morocco. If you remember, I really liked their Ghassoul Clay mask. It just felt like it was really deep cleaning my skin, removing all the stuff in it and detoxing it. So I was sure I'd love more of their natural products, because I'm really getting into more natural things that are good for my body and not full of chemicals and toxins. I'm also still nursing so I know whatever I put on my body can affect my sweet baby too.

This was the first time I'd ever tried anything like Black Soap. It has a very thick, smooth texture and a pleasant smell. It has Argan Oil in it as well which I love. It works as a great emollient, exfoliator, and moisturizer. It cleanses and removes the dead skin and toxins. What more could you ask for in a body wash?

I used the loofah with it and it lathered SO nicely. I left it on few minutes, then rinsed it off.

I then used the Kessa Exfoliating Glove and got it nice and wet and rubbed my skin well-not too hard but enough to get rid of the dead skin. Immediately I could see the dead skin coming off-especially my arms! So cool. After I got out of the shower I dried off and moisturized with the Argan Oil as a finishing touch. My skin was so smooth and soft and stayed that way. I've actually been using the Argan Oil on my face as a moisturizer at night as well. I love how light yet moisturizing it is and I'm not breaking out. My skin is looking so much better.

All in all, these are all wonderful products! Zakia's Morocco is a great company with many wonderful, natural products and I'd highly recommend them. They have so many different types of products so you can surely find one to meet your needs. It is SO much better for your body to go with more natural products like these without toxins than the average store-bought kind. They also have great prices and are totally worth every penny.

If you'd like to check it out, go to their website here: Zakia's Morocco. I know there are a lot more products I'd love to try, and will definitely update here when I do!

I received these products in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Natalie is 9 Months Old!

Natalie, you are 9 months old!! 
 You have learned and love to clap!

You just got your first tooth right before you turned 9 months, and we can finally see it now! It's so cute and about time :)

You haven't had your 9 month check up yet but according to our scale at home you are a little over 22 pounds. You're a big girl, in 9 to 12 month clothes and even wear a few 18 month sleepers. Your rolls are still the best!

You nurse 4 times a day and eat baby food and yogurt in between. You drink water out of a sippy cup and do a lot of spitting, all the time. Even when you're not eating! You've started little puffs and Mum-mums and are gradually getting better at that.

You nap about twice a day, usually about 1-2 hours each nap. You sleep from about 8pm to around 7am, give or take a little. I can't complain!

You love to talk, just like your siblings. Another little voice added to all the noise :) You like to babble a lot, saying things like "bah bah bah" and "da da da" and "mama." You like to bob your head too which looks like you could hurt your neck but you're fine and adorable doing it.

You went to the pool for the first time this week. You had a blast and looked adorable in your swimsuit. Your hat stayed on 2 seconds.

 You loved the water. It was super cold at first but you didn't mind. You kicked your feet on the side of the pool, then gradually got used to it while I held you, then you loved being in your baby float!
 Your love your siblings, and they all really love you! You are one sweet, spoiled baby of the family!
 You're still not crawling yet but you somehow scoot and reach on your bottom to get to where you want to go. Then you pull up about halfway. You sometimes fall onto your stomach (in an effort to crawl-only get 1 leg in position) and get fussy because you can't get back up. You still have a hard time rolling onto your back. You can easily roll onto your stomach though. You are just the most easygoing, lazy, baby. You have 3 siblings to bring you what you want, little diva princess ;)
This is fine with me, I love you being a baby. I'm trying to savor your baby-ness as much as possible!
Those rolls and cheeks, still going strong.

I still believe you are part puppy. Tongue always out and a huge smile on your face. People constantly ask me if you're always this happy? YES!

 Apparently big brothers taste good. You help yourself quite often.
 I took this picture just to remember those thighs. Just look at 'em. 
We have a hard time getting you out of the bumbo. I sometimes put pants on you just to make it easier.
You are Landon with Madison's coloring.
Madison and Micah have the same face (close).
You and Landon have the same face.
You and Madison have the same coloring.
Landon and Micah have the same coloring.
So many different combinations that tie all 4 of you together! God is amazing!
You also got to visit the circus for the first time. Happy as usual.
 Waiting for it to start. 4 little munchkins.
 I'm glad you aren't to the age yet where you're scared of clowns. I'm betting on next year.
 You are pretty much the cutest thing ever. Have I ever mentioned it?
Thanks for that. 
We love you so much sweet baby!!
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