And here we are, ½ year old Ellie Bellie. She celebrated like any baby should – in Las Vegas! :-P
Right before she turned 6 months she figured out how to roll from her tummy to her back. She’s been trying new foods and grabbing things we are holding in our hands or food we are putting in our mouths!
She’s really into examining things by moving them from hand to hand, putting them in her mouth or just starting at it intently. She still loves trees and I think she kind of loves the song “Part of your world” from The Little Mermaid. She’s trying really hard to sit up unassisted and is not a fan when we take her toes out of her mouth during a diaper change.
Ellie is really giving us a run for our (parenting) money but from I am understanding that is the natural evolutionary path of adding another kiddo to the mix.
This past weekend we took our first over night trip as a family of four. We had been in talks about what to do and where to go for a few months. I was toying with the idea of either an AirBnB near a beachfront or the Niagara Fallsview Waterpark. I am glad we went with the latter. The waterpark was not crowded (and we went on two days) and walking around Clifton Hill and checking out The Falls is always entertaining. Thankfully, the hotel we stayed at had breakfast so we filled up on food (twice for some of us) and didn’t have to worry about preparation or clean up!
This was totally a kid centric trip, meaning we were back in the hotel room by 8pm. And even though we were on a “stay-cation” we were still parenting (i.e.: reminding Miss S to eat her veggies or use her walking feet and dealing with baby nap times). It was by no means easy (I mean travelling in any capacity with kids is a challenge) but it was worth it.
Within minutes of getting into the hotel room, Miss S and Ellie were playing with each. Miss S would make a funny noise over and over again and Ellie would laugh at her. Miss S enjoyed the water way more than I’ve seen in the last year. And Ellie got to take her first dip in the pool as well.
Miss S got a few piggy back rides and Ellie got more sling time than usual. We got a few family selfies and got to eat some Sweet Jesus :)
Even with all the awesomeness there is some crankiness but everything is a learning opportunity. If you are looking for some mom hacks to get you through a weekend away with your growing family consider these tips:
A double stroller is must
Adults need to have fun too (and not just cater to the kids)
Always ask a stranger to take pictures of you and your family
Look into hotels that offer continental breakfast or complimentary snack bars
Yesterday we spent the day baking, singing christmas carols, cooking and preparing for the big day.
The day before Christmas is OUR day :) The three of us celebrate at home with our version of Christmas Evening Dinner. This year, we had garlic butter herb tilapia, creamy mash and balsamic green beans with toasted almonds.
We are off to my parents house for more gifting, eating and fun. Hope everyone enjoys their day!
Happy Diwali!! I was pleasantly surprised to see the US president lighting a Diwali moorthi to mark the auspicious occasion. (I mean it’s kind of the norm for Canadian PM to do it lol)
Thought I’d share a quick round up of some #LASTMINUTE gift giving ideas. This is a modern take on gift giving for Diwali. Although I do more of my gifting at Christmas, I thought these gifts provided a new way to celebrate the day (while still maintaining the authentic feelings)
We usually have a two day extravaganza celebrating with both my side and my in laws side. And this time was no different. Lots of Puja, yummy food and fireworks. Although, this year we did a day time celebration with my family which was such a nice, relaxing and welcomed change.
Afterwards we got some time to do a bit of celebration in our own home. First time EVER doing sparklers with Miss S in our driveway (I’ve been waiting 2 years!)