...babies need a lot of stuff when going away on vacation!!! (In the midst of packing now.) We are leaving tomorrow for our annual trip to Prince Edward Island, Canada. We made the 12 hour drive last year when I was 8 months pregnant (stopping every hour so that I could go to the bathroom), so we figured it shouldn't be that much harder with a 10 month old...aaaahhhhhh! We're dividing the trip into 2 days, and are going to head out in the early evening, hoping Maura will fall asleep and spend most of the drive to the hotel tomorrow night asleep. Once we get to the island, I know she's going to love it - the house we rent with our friends is right on the beach! - so if we can just get through the drive, we'll be good to go. So excited that its our first real family vacation!!

I'll try to post from there next week, but am not promising anything. Anyone have any tips for traveling long distance with a baby? Have a great weekend!!

PS. Click here and here to see some pics from our previous trips to PEI.

10 Months!!!



Maura turned 10 months last week! Holy cow, that's getting really close to one year old!! This past month was a fun one (partly why I haven't been blogging as much, sorry!) - we are learning that Maura is an outdoor adventure girl (yay! I was hoping she would be.) She loooves the beach, playing outside in the grass, investigating things like mulch, trying to eat mulch...and leaves and shells, and if we're inside, she likes to watch the landscaping guys, the trash collectors, the postman.

Maura is finally getting some teeth! Her first one popped up on the bottom and that was quickly followed by the two teeth right next to that one. I think she is teething just a wee bit, she is somewhat more cranky than usual (which for her is not at all) and is quicker to cry when she's had enough of something (like sitting in her high chair). Also this month, she took her first steps on her own!! So exciting. She only did it once, but it was definitely like 4 or 5 steps in a row not holding onto anything. Thatta girl!

Here's this month's bunny chair pics. (It is becoming increasingly harder and harder to take these. She just does not want to sit still on this chair!)

Eating Habits: This girl is like my side of the family - she's an eater! We are constantly experimenting with new real/table food. We've added blueberry muffins, french toast, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, meatballs, ground chicken and beef (with Sloppy Joe sauce or taco sauce), and deli meat with American cheese roll ups to the mix. She still has some fruit or veggie puree with each meal because she does not seem to like many real fruits or vegetables (We've got the protein, dairy and carbs covered). Any ideas? She still drinks 5 bottles a day (one when she wakes up, one before her morning nap, one after lunch, one before her afternoon nap and one at bedtime - all 4oz. except for the bedtime one). We're also experimenting with different kinds of sippy/straw cups to see which kind she prefers/can get the hang of.

{Her hair does not usually stick up like that! I think this was sweaty hat head from playing outside!}

Bedtime: around 8 pm

Sleep Habits: Ever since we did some sleep training when Maura was 8 months, her sleep patterns have been great and consistent. She takes two naps a day - one in the late morning and one in the late afternoon, both usually about 1 hour and 15 minutes long. She goes to bed around 8pm and sleeps through the night until anytime around 6:30 - 7:30am. Sometimes she wakes up and makes a little noise about 5:30am but she'll fall right back to sleep after that for another hour or so.

Developmental Milestones: We are finally getting some teeth! Maura has 3 coming in on the bottom. She took her first steps on her own, 4 or 5 in a row, I was so proud of her!! Maura is now a waving machine...hello, goodbye, don't yell at me for throwing my food on the floor, everything gets a wave:)

Firsts: first 4th of July, first time playing in a puddle, first time playing at a splash pad

Favorite Toys: VTech Sing and Jam Band (we carry this thing with us everywhere we go), VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker, Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Learning Letters Maibox, VTech Rhyme and Discover Book, Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups, Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Laughing Kitchen.

Favorite Pastimes: going to the beach, listening to music, playing outside on a blanket in the grass, Gymboree Play and Learn class, walking/cruising along furniture, anything involving playing in/with water

Three Little Birds



"Woke up this morning, smiled at the rising sun...three little birds on my doorstep...singing a sweet song..."

Maura loves this song. Coincidentally, when she was born, my good friend Jen sent her these three adorable hand made ceramic birds from a studio near where she lives in Brooklyn.

They each came strung on a little white cord for hanging. We've never had a mobile in the nursery, and this corner was looking a little empty, so I hung them from the ceiling here over her crib (but not within reach).

The white cords weren't long enough to reach the high ceilings, so I snipped them off at the ends and instead added some skinny colorful ribbon I had lying around.

Maura loves when I gently tap all three of them and send them flying back and forth:) Thanks, Jen (nothing like a friend who knows that nursery decor is what I really wanted when I had a baby)!!

Ps. For more about Maura's nursery, click here (antique botanical prints and dresser/changing table), here (Ikea ledge shelves), here (window treatments and glider), and here (crib and alphabet flash cards).

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