Easter Weekend…Have a Good One!

 

Photo copyright of Number 9 Photography

I  Photo copyright of Number 9 Photography

Easter weekend is finally here, and I’m pretty excited to see this little guy crack his first Easter eggs (cascarones)…and run around and such. I didn’t realize how much I missed the real excitement of Easter until I became a mom. Now, I understand how fun it was for my mom to dress us up, build Easter baskets, take bunny photos and dye eggs.

I took this photo last year right before Antonio’s first birthday, so this year will be the first Easter where he understands the holiday. I’ve got a shopping bag full of Easter basket bits to put together. We’ll be coloring the rest of the eggs tonight, and on Sunday, we’ll be visiting my sister for her Easter sacraments ceremony. I’ll say that Antonio has a full Easter experience ahead of him. Happy Easter, everyone…here’s hoping there’s a chocolate bunny in your future!

Finding time with the second pregnancy

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When I first started the idea of a baby blog, it was during a 4am feeding, and Antonio was just 3 months old.

I would learn things about other moms and newborns through blogs mostly on my iPad while Antonio slept in my arms. Things were nice and calm…and easy.

Here we are almost two years later planning Antonio’s second birthday, and I’m 19 weeks pregnant with our second child. Time has flown by, but mostly it’s that quiet time that’s gone away.

I don’t have a pregnancy book that I fill in every week with my thoughts and cravings. I’m not taking monthly bump snapshots, and I have yet to make it to the maternity store.

I feel like this second baby is already falling victim to his/her birth order. Antonio is becoming a little boy just as this new person is becoming our next baby. I wish I had more time to prepare and plan, but that’s just not in the cards.

With first trimester morning sickness and less free time to write, I barely think about posts…much less have desktop time to craft them.

For now, I’m going to try mobile posting. If this new baby is going to move around at 4am…then maybe that’s the magic hour, and my phone will have to be my new pen.

Happy New Year…2014!

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Welcome, Jan. 1st …we’ve been expecting you. 2013 was a crazy year as Antonio became mobile, turned 1, went to table food (and sadly, french fries), dropped the pacifier and moved into a big boy bed.

All in one year, my baby became a big boy. This year we look ahead to the twos, talking, utensils, toddler classes and potty training. Here’s to making each day count!

Fall Wishlist …for my toddler

Today, I’m going to have a fun day shopping for Antonio’s fall wardrobe. I’ve been buying a shirt here and there, but tomorrow I’ll be searching for the deals and stylish toddler items. I’ll be sure to tweet my finds. Just like shopping for my clothes, I often pin an inspiration board of key items I’m looking for. Here are some of my inspiration pieces and wish list.

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Cool Coloring Books for Kids

Now that Antonio is almost a year and a half, I’ve been trying to teach him how to color. So far he taps the paper, inspects the crayon and then, tries to eat it. Pretty soon, he’ll get it, and I’d like to get him something artistic and non-gender specific to color on.

Here’s a few of my favorites (that don’t involve princesses, talking cars or angry birds)

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the inside of Charley Harper…I’m always curious at what the inside looks like.
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this is Washington Square from the NYC book

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What We’re Reading Now…

Me an my (16-month old) toddler both like to read. He “reads” in his crib at bedtime, and I read after he goes to bed. I try to update his library as much as I do mine. He gets new books, and I make good use of my library card. During the month, I’ll pick a book a week to read. My son, Antonio, usually picks his favorites each month.

Here’s what we’re reading for September

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  1. Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood by Tracey Clarke (of Shutter Sisters, This is one of the first books I’ve come across that combines photography and motherhood. The book more of an inspirational/learning guide for the beginner photographer. Most of the chapters are camera setting tutorials then real photo demonstrating the lesson.
  2. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, This book includes two things I love…Paris and Hemingway. The wife in the title refers to Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson and the time they spent together in France in the 1920s. I’ve seen this show up on many book club lists, so I decided to give it a try.
  3. Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger M.D., After reading Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life last month, I came across this book that goes a little deeper into clean eating. The book is supposed to be complete toolkit for eliminating the root cause of disease and sustaining life-long health. I figure I should learn about the subject since I make 80% of Antonio’s meals.
  4. Turn Around Bright Eyes, Rob Sheffield, Being a pop music junkie, I’m a huge fan of music books, reference, biographical or fiction related. Sheffield’s previous books tackle the subjects of life and love as they relate to his obsession with popular music. His new book takes that love into kareoke bars. I can’t carry a tune, but I love songs lyrics. This book should be a fun read.
  • Rhyme and Discover Book by Vtech, A friend of ours handed this book down to Antonio since he is crazy about push button toys. He plays with this book every night in his crib, and it’s the first thing he picks up when he wakes up. Lots of lights and sounds…plus, the first page plays his favorite song, Twinkle, Twinkle…Little Star
  • My Fold Out Words by Priddy Books, I picked this out for Antonio to practice his first words. He likes to handle the book himself while I name and point. The book is an accordion fold layout that can spread across the floor. The pictures are clear and not to cluttered or babyish.
  • Peek A Who by Nina Laden, we’ve had this book for a while, but he just not got into it. When we read it, he listens the more animated I am, and he likes to turn the pages. It’s a peek a boo book that ends with a mirror for him to see himself. He loves this part!

Natural Nursery with homemade Texas flair

Photography by Number 9 Photography

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Pins of the Week: Sweaters

as seen on Pinterest (thislittlenine)

as seen on Pinterest (thislittlenine)

Even though it’s 100 degrees here in Texas,  I’ve been obsessed with finding new fall fashions…particularly sweaters. It could be wishful thinking. In the retail world it’s already October, and I’m excited by what’s new and creative in sweater choices. It’s so hard to find good designs when the cold weather is actually here.

I believe dinos are the sharks of the fall. I’ve been seeing foxes everywhere, and I love the elbow pad trend. I narrowed down my favorite sweater pins here. Happy Inspiration!

(Pins can be found on our Boys Wear, Girls Wear, Robot and Dino boards)

What I’m Reading Now: The Honest Life

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One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to use my library card more. I also up the ante by trying to read one book a week. To date, I’ve averaged about one book a month, which is better than I had been doing. Last year, I read three books total. It was my first year as a mom so finishing a magazine was a treat.

For my first ‘What I’m Reading…’ post, I chose to read Jessica Alba’s “The Honest Life”. I’m not a “green” team person by any means, but I want things that are clean and safe for my baby’s body. I started questioning things when I was nesting. Now that he eats table food and tries to lick everything he touches, it’s even more important to know what’s going in his mouth.

I don’t want to be the one who taints his body.

Watching my mom struggle with cancer this past year has me questioning more the every day chemicals and toxins we come in contact with. Are we killing our bodies and am i hurting my little guy by trying to disinfect for him?

The eco-products are safe for the environment but are the disinfecting chemicals safe for my toddler. Up to this point, I’ve been using baby wipes on his high chair, but am I leaving germs as his food choices start to grow.

In the book’s introduction, Alba states:

I eat (organic) meat.
I don’t have time to wash cloth diapers.
I have a total black thumb-if I had to grow our food, we’d starve.

That statement reeled me in. I’m not trying to be a super mom (Gwyneth). I just want to be a good mom.

If you’ve read the book, let me know what you think of it. Thanks for joining me in the conversation.