Life with a 10 Month Old

I haven’t done just a general update on Caleb in a long time and I’ve had quite a few people asking me for one. Even though Caleb doesn’t turn 10 months officially for about 3 more days, I’m calling this his 10-month update.

It amazes me how quickly Caleb’s first year has been going by. In just a few short months, I’ll have a one-year old on my hands! Caleb started walking not long before he turned 9 months and since he figured out how to step those short little steps, there has been no stopping him. He has been walking here, there, everywhere around the house. It amazed the ladies at daycare how quickly he started walking and how well he walks. I think I have a determined – headstrong – little boy on my hands.

Just about three weeks ago, I felt Caleb’s first tooth poking through his bottom gums. A week later, another bottom tooth poked through. Then this past Friday, an upper tooth popped though! So it seems like he is averaging one tooth a week.

Most nights he sleeps through, or maybe will wake up once during the night. He’s easy to put back to sleep though for the most part with just a few minutes of nursing. His biggest issue is that some mornings, he will start tossing and turning at about 5-5:30 a.m. Once he starts to toss and turn, I find myself wide awake. I recently switched out one of his bottles that I send to daycare with some food and he is loving it. My goal is to offer breast milk to him as long as he wants but I’m not putting the pressure on myself to maintain a rigorous pumping and feeding schedule. It is less stress on my end.

Caleb loves to eat. Anything and everything. I try mostly to stick with whole foods – green beans, blueberries, and cucumbers are his favorite. I try to give him very little items with processed sugar simply because I don’t want him addicted to those kind of sweet treats. He loves it but just because you love something doesn’t mean you should have it!

This past weekend, we all went to a local farm festival. We went to the same festival last year when I was 29 weeks pregnant.

29 Weeks Pregnant

As long as we are in the area, I think we are going to try and continue the tradition of having our photo taken in front of this piece of farm equipment!

The farm festival, along with a trip on Saturday to a craft show and farmer’s market up in Wanchese, served as sort of my birthday adventure. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Caleb made quick friends with a little pig, though he didn’t seem very impressed by his new friendship. Or with any of it really. ūüėÄ I will say that he did love getting the opportunity to sample the food inside of the market!



Our Outer Banks Adventure

I love being near the Outer Banks. It’s nothing for me to just get up on a day and drive down there for a few hours. During my maternity leave, I actually loaded Caleb up in the car and drove down there, picked up some Duck Donuts and came back home. It was a wonderful trip and a good way to spend a morning.

Caleb’s first taste of cantaloupe – he loved it!

Every summer for about 18 years now, my grandparents go down¬†to the Outer Banks¬†for about a week and stay in a condo inviting the rest of the family to come. I usually try to get down there.¬†In the past few years though, I’ve only managed to go down for the day. The condo is located right near the ocean and when I was younger, it felt safe for me to be able to come and go as I pleased pretty much.

Two of Caleb’s favorite toys – a cup and a spoon!

The latest tropical storm lurked about 150 miles south off the coast of North Carolina this weekend, making it overcast, WINDY, and cool. The temperatures lurked in the low 80’s near about all weekend, giving us a nice break from the previous weeks. We couldn’t go on the beach because of how hard the sand was being blown everywhere but that’s okay – we still had fun!

Bonding time with the grandson!

My mom had picked Caleb up a float for the pool so we went to the indoor pool for about 15-20 minutes and let Caleb float around. He’s been in the water before and enjoys it. His little legs were kicking as hard as they could. I think that I have a little water baby on my hands and I couldn’t¬†be happier about it!

Caleb was wore out from floating around, so I put him down for a brief nap before he resumed crawling around on the carpet. Crawling is something that he just started doing that weekend and he was so proud to show his skills off. He has even been working on pulling himself up a little bit. Now that he is mobile… we have our hands full!

After his nap, my mom, Caleb and I went down to Rock-A-Bye Baby OBX and picked up some really cute goodies. I can’t wait to get back and shop some more! I’m working on a YouTube video right now that’ll feature some of the goodies that I purchased from the shop as well as some clips of Caleb swimming.

I took Monday off of work so that Caleb and I could relax a little bit. Since it was a much warmer day, I took him outside and allowed him to just go to town with a bowl of apple puree. I think he had fun!

Our Edenton Adventure

I love going to the farmer’s market and the Edenton Farmer’s Market is one of my all-time favorite markets. I love the variety that is offered and the market seems to really have a bond with the rest of the community. Even better, they just opened up in a snazzy new permanent location this year. I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while now so Robb and I bundled up Caleb and made the drive over to Edenton.

I always set myself a spending limit for the farmer’s market. If I don’t, then I usually end up going way past my spending budget for the month. $40 seems to be the magical number for me since we grow a lot of our own food. I view the farmer’s market mainly as a way to supplement what we grow and as a venue to find some super awesome items. So here is what I got for my Farmer’s Market $40:

As of Monday morning, all we have left from our haul is two rabbit ears, some honey goat cheese, the microgreens, and the ground lamb. There is nothing like cooking with fresh, local vegetables.

After showing Caleb off at the farmer’s market, we decided to walk a few blocks downtown. I wish that it had been a few degrees warmer but it wasn’t bad if you stayed out of the wind. Robb had carried Caleb around the market but I slipped him into his carrier for our longer walk. Our Lil Bean is growing so fast that he will really tire out your arms! One of the things that I like most about babywearing (besides the bonding time) is that on a chilly day, it helps to keep Caleb nice and toasty.

Like every other time when we go to Edenton, I made Robb go into the Cupola House garden to take some photos of me. If the weather had been a bit nicer, I would have made him go to a few other spots but I decided that could way for another day. Maybe when Caleb is slightly bigger and we will be able to take him down to the playground and I can swing with him.

We went into Salty Kisses Boutique to check out their sale and found an absolutely adorable monster hat for Caleb when he gets a bit bigger.

For lunch, we ate at the recently opened Governor’s Pub. Robb had a burger while I had a turkey Reuben (aka, the “Rachel”).

We were all tuckered out by then so we piled in the car and headed back home.

I love our little day trips and can’t wait to take Caleb on some more adventures! Though I think that he might have been a little less than impressed with the day…

Week 32 & 33 Update [Trav-L-Park Day Trip]

Eep! 33 Weeks!

I had my 32 week check up last week. My blood pressure measured great, my weight was good (I gained 3 pounds since my last appointment), Lil Bean’s heart-rate was nice and strong, and I’m actually measuring at 33 weeks. Lil Bean seems to be positioned right where he needs to be (for now) which means that what Robb and I have been feeling is likely to have been his butt or thigh. We had been thinking it was his head.

Everything has been going well. There has been some stiffness/aching around my pubic bone but that doesn’t seem to be out of the ordinary. It’s only when I do certain things – stand after sitting in one spot too long, step out of the shower, put on pants, etc. It’s not all the time thankfully. Apparently it’s due to a hormone (called relaxin) causing my¬† pubic bone to loosen to make birth easier.

I thought that I might have been catching a cold Рespecially with the weather in North Carolina finally turning more fall-like last week Рbut after my appointment, I seemed to have perked up and feel so much better. Maybe it was just the blahs.

I did have an incident last week where something didn’t sit well with my stomach and I threw up (first time since my first trimester) but I wonder if that had more to do with the mixture of ingredients I ingested (stir-fry and a Yoohoo) and less with my actual pregnancy. I’m starting to master the art of sleeping while sitting up. Sometimes my heartburn is so bad that nothing will help it so I’ve started building myself a little nest of pillows on the couch. It allows me to still remain upright but to lean to my left enough that the back of the couch supports me and I can sleep. It’s pretty comfortable actually.

I spent this past weekend up at the Trav-L-Park Campground in Virginia Beach. My family goes up there on a regular basis but October is really a BIG month up there. My uncle goes all out decorating his campsite. It’s actually pretty neat because the campground has a lot of activities that goes on – such as hayrides, trick-or-treating, etc. I’m excited about taking Lil Bean next year, even if I don’t spend the night because of the dogs.

One of the biggest perks about going to the campground is the food! My mom fixes an amazing clam chowder, so I ate several bowls of it. Lil Bean seemed to enjoy it as well!

I also made it a point to go sit down with our Human Resources department this week to discuss my options for maternity leave. Even though I know that it is very, VERY likely that our plan will change (we based it on Lil Bean arriving right on schedule), it was nice to be able to have at least somewhat of an idea of how my time will work out and when I should plan on returning back to work. I want to make the most of my time with Lil Bean that I can and am planning on taking the full 12 weeks of leave that the FMLA allows (even though about half would be unpaid as I will quickly go through any time I have accumulated).

33 Weeks and 4 days!