What do all of these foods have in common? They are Alivia's favorites! Yep, if you place these in front of her, she will eat them super fast. And, if I forget and put any Black Beans, Peaches, Apple Muffins, Carrots, or Yogurt down before I want her to eat something Else, I can pretty much forget about her eating that something else. haha! She is funny! Easy Yummy Apple Muffin Recipe (Source: Marissa Pinon~ Cream together: 2 cups sugar (I reduced this amount to about 1 1/2 cups or so, still tasted great) 2 eggs 1 cup oil (I used apple sauce instead, went well with the recipe and way healthier) 1 Tablespoon vanilla Stir together: 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 cups peeled, cored, diced apples (around 3 apples) Brown sugar for topping (around 1/2 cup) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. The batter will be very thick. Add the diced apples. Butter & flour muffin tins or use paper liners. Fill muffin tins almost to the top about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 18-24 muffins.
This past Sunday was the first time we have seen Alivia sick... It is so sad to see you little baby be so uncomfortable. She had a temperature of 102.3/5! She was miserable. Poor girl. I know fevers are a good thing for the most part and are a part of the body's way of fighting whatever they have, but it sure did scare us to see it that high. We did get a lot of cuddle time in though. She fell asleep on me numerous times and we co-slept again, which we have not done in ages. She actually slept so much that it reminded me of when she was a newborn and that's all she did. Today, she is doing a little better. Her fever went down and she actually let us put her down to play. She didn't let us put her down on Sunday because she just wanted to be held and loved. I don't blame her, and I loved snuggling with her while watching Sunday football (Go Broncos!)Her poor nose is running like CRAZY.. All day snot just slides down her nose and she doesn't care or doesn't seem to mind or doesn't know what to do with it. It is kind of gross, but as a mom it doesn't bother me. We hope and continue to pray that God will heal her of whatever bug she has and that her fever and runny nose will disappear. I am hoping that she gets rid of this little illness before we leave for vacation on Sunday. We are heading to Pennsylvania to see family. Can't wait! But, things will get interesting if we have to travel with Alivia and she doesn't feel well. As first time parents dealing with Alivia being sick for the first time, it has been kind of scary. Thankfully we have got great advise from our awesome parents and other moms who have experienced dealing with sick kids before!
For halloweeen, we simply continued our tradition of visiting Chipotle. Although, not free this year, we only paid $2.00 by dressing up as a horrible processed food (whereas the past free years it as has been free if you dress as a burrito or taco. AKA- put tinfoil somewhere on your body). We were quarter pounders with cheese by carrying a hammer with a quarter and a piece of cheese taped to it. We bought Chipotle for Ben's mom, aunt, and grandma and ate it at our house. Yum, yum! Alivia dressed up as a cow and went trick-or-treating to a neighbor's house, but really we just wanted to show her off and we didn't get any candy. I am not sure if we are going to allow Alivia to trick-or-treat or not in the future, but it was fun to dress her up for her first halloween. I got the cow costume at the Just Between Friends sale for $3.00. Can't beat that... And, hopefully in the future it can double as a cow costume for Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A to score us a free sandwich. :)
Alivia is now a darling 10 month old and is just getting cuter and cuter by the day, if I do say so myself! :) She is getting to be a walking pro. Alivia's Loves: - Walking, walking, walking! She can't get enough of it. Even if she falls 10 times in a row, she keeps on keeping on! She now prefers to walk over crawling, but if she has somewhere to go fast, she will crawl. - playing outside in the grass\ - Swinging - Playing peak-a-boo or "Where is baby" - Playing with Sniffs and the dogs in our community, loves animals. She gets this huge smile on her face when shes sees one, but she does not like getting licked in the face or on the hands. - Playing with her friends - Being held - Pointing at things that she wants Alivia's New Things: - Going to bed without putting up much of a fight, that bed time routine really works. Yeah, Alivia. (With our next kiddo, God Willing, I will implement a bedtime routine much sooner) - Waking up multiple times a night like a newborn to eat and be comforted by her mama. I think this is one of my least favorite new things of Alivia. I don't mind waking up to feed her once a night, but getting up 3+ times is getting overwhelming and tiring. I am hoping this is a short phase and she goes back to waking up only once or sleeping through the night. She gives us glimpses of hope every once and a while and will sleep til 5:00ish a.m. and we think, "yes, this is it." But, the next day doesn't repeat her awesome all night sleep. - Taking out blocks from a bucket and putting them back into the bucket - Eating bigger pieces all by herself - Transitioned from puffs to cherrios or cherrio type snacks - Perfected going upstairs and is diligently working on going downstairs safely - She changed her mind on baths, used to love them but now does not so much anymore - Alivia can successfully say when prompted or just because: dada, daddy, and mama - She is really trying to say the words cat, doggie, and book