Monday, September 15, 2014

The Eleanor Update: 49 weeks

She's been teething so it's been kind of rough some nights.

Also she doesn't really want to nurse to sleep anymore which makes me sad.  She will once and a while but she nurses and then wants me to walk with her until she falls asleep.  

I've been trying to put her down drowsy more often and sometimes it will work. 

She's also pushing nursing to closer to four hours I've noticed.

No new foods this week.

As mentioned above she is getting a tooth in.  I know I blame everything on teething but one day last week she woke up screaming after an hour which is unusual.  Then the next day I said something to Rob about how I thought she was getting a tooth in and later that night I felt her try to bite me when nursing so I knew.  

I'm getting ready to go to my grandmas's funeral so I'm going to leave her with a friend (the one who's youngest son is 2 days younger than Eleanor),  but I'm a little nervous.  I've left her with my parents a few times, my mother in law once, and my sister a few times but that's it.  I trust my friend, and Eleanor knows her and her house, but I'm still nervous.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kids Academy App Review

I received compensation for this review but all opinions are my own.

Eleanor doesn't really understand the ipad and all it can do for her yet.  She thinks its just a fun place to sit.  I had to make sure it's out of her reach or she will sit on it.  But once and a while I will go through an education app with her and she thinks it's so cool.  I do want to utilize it more as she grows up so given the chance to test out some education apps was a great fit.

Kids Academy is the creator of several educational apps that I recently reviewed.

Kids Puzzle Preschool Math:
This app has you trace numbers and in doing so you 'earn' fireflies with the goal of filling a jar.  It's easy to trace along with and it speaks the number as well as offering affirmation which is encouraging to children.  Even I was all "yeah I did it!"  Okay not really, but I could have been. :)

Learn to Read & Write:
This app has easy mazes, rhyming words and uppercase letter activities.

The Easy mazes start with just a few turns and get more complex by adding more turns and dead ends to challenge the children.

On the rhyming word setting it gives you a maze with several objects/animals and a word and you have to get to the word that rhymes with it.  For example the word was pen and there was a hen and a cat.

Preschool Kindergarten Learning:
This is fun and I like how their is many different levels.  It allows your child to practice fine motor while learning letters and playing fun games.

The only thing that I didn't like is that to access all the features (on all apps) you have to pay for them, however they are great features.

There is a parent area where you can check on your child's progress and I like that feature.

You can download the apps by clicking on the title to be taken to the app store.  To purchase the full versions the cost is between 2.99-9.99

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pretty Nails! ~ Jamberry Nail Review

I'm terrible at keeping my nails pretty and polished.  I own two bottles of nail polish ( I'm pretty sure one should be thrown out, and the other I actually won).  

I've had just a few manicures in my life, one being before our wedding.  On the way out of the salon I chipped my shellac manicure.  And shellac is quite tough.  

So the point of all that is to say that baring special occasion my nails stay unpainted and undone.

But I still like them to look cute so when Nicole asked me if I was interested in trying Jamberry nails I decided it might be a good fit for me. Jamberry nail wraps are available in hundreds of colors and designs and last longer than a traditional manicure or pedicure.

She sent me a mini sheet to try out.   I painted most of my nails with the plan to use the nail wraps as an accent.  I picked the black and white wraps to go with the bright pink nails I had (although that was my only nail color choice...)  

I had a little trouble with the first one.  I'm not sure if I didn't heat it long enough, and then I had a hard time cutting it straight, but it got easier as I did a few more, and I 'think' I could probably master a whole hand now.

Overall I think they are much easier and look sooooo much better that painting my nails.   The next day my nails were already needing a touch up.
My nails are chipping already: 1 day

The thumb nail wrap did fall off after a few days, but that's because I didn't put it on correctly, and now that I know where I went wrong that shouldn't happen again.

After 4 days my nail wrap is looking great, but my
other nails not so much. 

You can check out Nicole's facebook page or her instagram for specials, deals and all sorts of fun ideas.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Eleanor Update: 48 weeks.

This week is going to be a short update.

Foods:  Nothing new that I can remember

Sleep:  She's had a couple of days where she will wake up early and take a good morning nap and then refuse nap in the afternoon and want to crash at 6 pm.  I don't let her though because then she will be up super late, but she is rough for that hour.

Misc:  She rode on this toy of my nephews over the weekend.  She had a blast and kept crawling back to it.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I have an 11 month old ...

Am I really going to be the mom to a one year old in just a month?

She sleeps through the night about half the time (from 8:30/9 pm ish to anywhere between 6:30-8 am).

She's close to walking.  She can stand unassisted for anywhere between 5-10 seconds.

Finally figured out how to say "mama:.  Also can say "hi" "dada" "bye" "uh oh" and I'm convinced she says other words by repeating us.  We were watching Frozen one night and it sounded like she said Elsa.  I even looked at Rob and asked him if he heard that and he had too.   She's pretty vocal as well. 

She nurses every 3-4 hours during the day.  When she wakes, before morning nap, sometimes after depending on if it was a good nap, before her afternoon nap, once more in the afternoon before bedtime, before bedtime and usually one or two other times.  She is at the point where when she wants to nurse she will try to lift my shirt up of pull it down.  I'm not ready to wean her yet, although in the next few months I'll try to drop a session.  The pre-sleep ones will be the hardest and I don't know how to go out that. 

She loves rice, pasta, blueberries, cheese and is starting to like yogurt.

Eleanor has developed a little sass on her.  She was playing in her ball pit -which is a favorite toy now - with this drumstick toy and I didn't want it in he mouth when she dove out of the pool (Which she does often) so I took it away and moved it out of her range.  Then I walked out of the kitchen, she dove out, crawled to it and brought it back into the pool  She's sneaky and can be a little bit of a wild child. 

Still in the infant car seat although I leave it in my car most of the time anyway.

She's in size 3 diapers (disposable), 6-12 month onesies, 12-18 month pants, 18 month shirts, and I've got 12 month footie pajamas ready to wash because her 9 month ones are really snug.

In short she's still a social happy easy going little girl.

You can always check out any of the weekly updates for more detailed information.

As for me, I'm doing good.  Rob's ready for another baby.  I'm not.  I still haven't gotten my period and even though I know it's possible to get pregnant and never get it I also don't want being pregnant to mess with breastfeeding.

UPDATE: I weighed her on the 8th and she was 20.6 lbs.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Eleanor Update: 47 weeks

My sisters birthday is today thus the onesie choice :)

She tired and liked meatloaf. I bought these Gerber cookies for her to snack on and she liked them.

We bought blackberries and she liked those as well.  She loved the pizza we had and was a little unsure about the cucumbers but didn't like pickles.

She was sick last week but is better now (I however have been dealing with a head cold/allergies/whatever) for almost a week.

She's getting better at standing unassisted.  It's still very sporadic, but she can go maybe 5 seconds.

She's been loving her little ball pit this week.  I set it up earlier this summer but she was kind of whatever about it, but now she climbs in and out of it a lot.

We had a playdate this week.  I met them (the boy is a week younger than Eleanor I think) at the breastfeeding group I went to when she was little.  Then we saw each other at the babywearing group over the summer and upon chatting learned we lived less than 2 miles apart.  It was great to get some adult interaction and since our babies are at the same stage it was good to get them together as well.

For the most part her naps are better, but with the holiday weekend and being out an about her sleep as been seriously disturbed and I am tired.

She's been going to bed later than normal and trying to not nap all day.  I don't know if the nap thing is maybe her transitioning into one nap, but I think she still needs two.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Usborne Books Review and Giveaway (Ends 9/6)

I received a product for review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are my own.

We love to read books over here, and even when I'm not reading them to her Eleanor will sometimes grab one and sit for 10 minutes flipping the pages.  Sometimes it's upside down or backwards, but the point is that she likes it and is developing those reading skills. We also visit the library a few times a month and Eleanor loves it.

So when Cara reached out to me wanting to work together on a review and giveaway I knew it was a perfect match.

Cara is an educational consultant with Usborne books.   Usborne has books for babies all the way up to middle school age.  They carry board books, chapter books, sticker books and even e-books and story apps.  

Cara gave me the opportunity to pick a few books and I spent almost a half an hour trying to decide.  I checked out the books by age, by season, by style before making my choices.

Books generally range from $5-$20, which is pretty typical prices compared to what you would pay at a store or other online retailer.

What's really cool is that when you order from a consultant your books have a 50% lifetime replacement value.  So if your baby has the nickname of Princess Destruction (I'm looking at you sweet Eleanor) and decides to rip it up or throw it in the bathtub you can replace it for half price.

The Under the Sea book is a chunky board book.  I didn't realize actually how chunky until I received it.  I thought it was cool because she has no other books like that.  We also loved it because she has so many books about farm and zoo animals but oddly none about sea animals.

Comparison of the page thickness compared to another board book.

Reading it in the car

I also choose two other books as well.  I think I'm going to hang onto That's not my fairy until Eleanor's birthday but we have read When I love you at Christmas a few times.  I love Christmas anything and will probably read that one all year long. 

That's not my fairy is a touch and feel book and has the different textures on each page.  When I love you at Christmas is not a true baby friendly book (because it's not a board book) but the pages are of a thicker paper so she probably couldn't destroy it before I caught her.  Haha.  It is super cute though and is short and repetitive (each page ends with the phrase 'That's when I love you')

Cara has generously offered one reader a $50 credit to shop her site.  This could get you some great
books.   Enter below on the form.  

But even if you don't win, you still kind of do because Cara has also offered a 10% discount for those who order from her.  You will have to directly let her know your order as Usborne books doesn't have a coupon code option yet.  You can do so by emailing her at and she will send an invoice to you.  Shop Here!

But but wait, there's more.... You can enter to win a free book on her page. and then everyone who's order totals over $30 will be entered in another drawing to win more free books.

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