Wonder Weeks

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Hi!  So I’ve been meaning to post on this a while, and many of you Mommies out there are probably already aware of this concept…THE WONDER WEEKS!  This is a book/app (actually I just have the iPhone app) that I have relied upon for many months now in order to explain Zach’s Moods 😉 and “leaps” he is making in his development.  The authors of the book have done extensive research leading them to the theory that babies have ten specific LEAPS in development as follows (click on each for more from the WW website):

1.  The World of Changing Sensations

2.  The World of Patterns

3.  The World of Smooth Transitions 

4.  The World of Events

5.  The World of Relationships

6.  The World of Categories

7.  The World of Sequences

8.  The World of Programs

9.  From Theatricism to Temper Tantrums

10.  The World of Systems

OK, so basically, each “wonder week” leap occurs at a certain time in your baby’s development.  The FREE app outlines this and gives tips as to how you can “help” your baby with this “leap” and what to look for.  For example, Zachary right now is in the period of time where he would experience the Leap of Relationships, which happens between 22.5 and 26.5 weeks.  He is 26 weeks.   The app (and book I assume) also tells you the signs to look out for and the abilities that the current leap might include.  Here is information on Zach’s current leap:

A Leap, according to these theories, “is marked by the three C’s (OH YES THEY ARE, I can attest): crying more, clingy and cranky.  The progress of the baby may come to a standstill or may even regress.”  It also mentions this little gem:

The app (or book) also recognizes the importance of growth spurts, noting that the first three growth spurts (of head circumference) after birth coincide with the first three mental development leaps but other growth spurts rarely coincide with leaps.  Growth spurts are also usually characterized by lack of sleep for a few days accompanied by LOTS of eating 😉 and then a few days of longer periods of sleep. IT makes sense.  Growing is hard work!

Now THIS is interesting:  So each mental leap brings new “skills” that your baby will master.  The authors of this book/app propose that while babies go through these changes at relatively the same time, a baby cannot master all skills at once, and rather chooses which ones to master. Basically here is where your babies personality is formed/exhibited. He/she begins with one or two skills that suit him/her best and will what to explore other skills that interest him less.  They say “every baby is unique in his/her choice.”  Fascinating!

Anyway, I am finished waxing poetic about Wonder Weeks. Bust as you can see, I find it to be quite interesting and on point. Funny though, sometimes I am thinking “MAN must be a wonder week” due to crankiness, etc. and I log in to my app and it says “Your son is not experiencing any mental leaps right now.” Derp!  lol 🙂  Do you notice this in your babies?!  OH and another cute picture for good measure; LOVING the crisp fall air!

A Day in the Life

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Helloooo everyboooody!  Happy Monday!  So I thought I’d do a “day in the life” post as I have seen some other bloggers do.  I always love reading these so I hope you find some entertainment in this as well 😉  Anyway, keep in mind, I had to admit some things here that I am not thrilled with (like that I tend to nap during Zachary’s am nap)…hehe.  I also did not write down everything word for word time by time, so this is my best recollection 🙂  Also I started at night and went until the next evening.  Enjoy!  I’d love to hear about your “day in the lives!”

8:00 pm Zach goes in to sleep

10:00-10:10 pm– I put clean sheets on the bed and throw the dirty ones downstairs for the laundry.  I straighten the bedroom a bit.

10:15 pm I dream feed Zach

10:15-10:45 I read blogs in bed and surf the internet. I might pin a thing or two.  Pin a thing or two…did NO ONE EVER.  Ha

10:45– Fall asleep. (I guess right? It is an estimate- who knows when they fall asleep!)

3:00 am- Zach wakes up not really crying, more like whining.  I decide to go to the bathroom and see if he stops.  I do not want to feed him as it has not been the 6-7 hours that I would like him to go.  By the time I get back to the monitor at my bedside, he is asleep.

4:55 am- Zach wakes up. It is time for him to eat!  I go into his room and get him out of his crib.  I feed him in the rocker.  He  eats on both sides, then shoves both his fingers in his mouth contentedly.  He does this HILARIOUS thing where he like kind of misses his mouth because his eyes are closed in the middle of the night.  It is beyond adorable.  Truly.  He goes right back to sleep.  YAY!

5:07 am– I crawl back into bed.  I don’t think I fall asleep for about half an hour or 45 minutes.

8:00 am- My husband wakes Zach up and spends a half an hour with him before work.

8:30 am- I wake up!  Mama got to sleep in!

8:30-9:30 am– PLAYTIME!  Here is the order of events

Exersaucer

Activity gym

“Crawling practice” on the tummy time mat

It is like a 3-ring circus or gymnastics meet rotation.

9:25-9:45 am  Zach is getting cranky.  Must be nap time soon.  We head back into his nursery  and I “wind him down” by putting him in his crib for five minutes under the mobile with his classical music on.  While he is in the crib, I put away clothing from the bedroom floor (classy, I know) Then I read his favorite book “Brown Bear Brown Bear.”  I zip him up in his swaddle and feed him (a snack) lying on the day bed in his room.

9:45-10:30  I am exhausted, getting over a cold (ha-yea that is the reason), so I (admittedly) set my phone alarm for 10:30 and take a snooze.

10:30-11:00 I wait for Zachy-Wacky to get up and do chores: I chop onion for tonight’s dinner.  I put a wash in.   I shove a huge bowl of cereal in my mouth while browsing US Weekly and make a cup of coffee.  I put into a to-go cup as we will have to leave soon for music class. I then hear Zach getting up.

11:00-11:20  Zach wakes up. I feed him.  I change his diaper (poooooopy!) I put him in the stroller and make sure I have diapers, wipes, my wallet, keys, phone, his blankie and a toy.

11:20-11:30 We walk to music class

11:30-12:15  Music Class!

12:15- 12:45 We walk home and stop at the park to go on the swings for a few minutes.

Zach is getting cranky again.

12:45-1  Nap time routine (crib with music, swaddle, snack)

1-230   Zach naps, I run on the treadmill (35 minutes).

This picture is actually from an outdoor run, but you get the point 😉

Then I rinse off in the shower and make a pb&j sandwich.  I grade papers while chowing down on my sammie.  Then, I start this blog post 🙂  I look through all of the mail and categorize it while throwing away the “trash stuff.”  I do some more work.

2:30-4:30  Zach wakes up.  Diaper change and feed.  I put him in his Bumbo seat on the floor of my bedroom for a few minutes so I can continue to put away some clothing 🙂  Then it is playtime again!  I put him on the rug downstairs and we play with some of his toys.  He is REALLY into a musical book that plays “the Wheels on the Bus” and an Elmo that talks when you squeeze his hand.  He also loves his Lamaze elephant that plays music and has musical notes down its trunk.  I think I have a little musician on my hands!  I put Zach in his chair downstairs so that I can empty the dishwasher and switch laundry.  Then we do some jumping in the jumparoo…

At 4:00 I turn on my guilty pleasure of Dr. Phil 😉  but turn the baby around backwards in his jumparoo to lesson the effects of my sh*tty mom-ness LOL.

4:30-4:40  Pre-nap routine

4:40- 5:25  Zach takes his last (short) nap.  This one is a 45-minuter and I think he will soon drop this one.  I finish watching Dr. Phil and write some thank you notes.  Then I do some more dinner prep.  I lay out all ingredients (other than refrigerated ones).

5: 25-5:40  Zach is up again!  Diaper change and feed.

5:40-6:20  It is super nice outside and we are ready to get out of the house again so we walk to the park (a different one- this one is two blocks from our house) and navigate the after school crowd to go on the swing again.  Zach (and I) LOVES the swing.

6:20-6:50  I swing by Whole foods on our way back from the park to grab homemade gnocchi for dinner.  I grab some bread, jelly and fruit as well.  I might also grab some of their delicious candy 😉

6:55-7:30  Husband gets home and plays with Zach while I make dinner. I make a homemade sauce (gravy; recipe to come) with the aforementioned gnochi with sautéed spinach.

7:30-7:45  We scarf down dinner while watching the beginning of Wheel of Fortune (because I kick butt at this intellectual programming hehe)

7:45-7:55   Husband gives Zach a bath and I finish eating (there might be a dessert in there somewhere) and kicking butt at WOF.


7:55-8:10  Bedtime routine (a little different than nap routine but not too much):  say goodnight to the room, sing goodnight song, white noise, swaddle, feed, in the crib)

8:15  Zach is in bed sleeping.

ahhhhhh what a lovely day.  I seriously pinch myself every morning because I cannot believe how lucky I am to be able to stay at home with my little boy this year.  He is so amazing and I absolutely love every moment with him.  Being a mommy is hard work but the best work I could EVER ask for.  I can’t believe my baby is going to be six months on Thursday!

*Finger done sucking all day  🙂

Awesome Fall Weekend and Meal Planning

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AHHHHH I just LOOOVE this crisp fall air.  I really do!  The return of flannel and boots,

apple cider, stews, more crock pot use

colorful leaves, cinnamon scented pine cones, and all. that. jazz.  YUM.  Anyway, we wanted to do something REALLY fall-ish this weekend (as did probably everyone else and their Mother).  Here was my tweet:

Ha.  Anyway, fall we did.  We ventured out to Johnson’s Farm in Medford, NJ, which I read about on this blog.  I plan on going there a few more times this season. It was SO fun!  Granted, Zachary couldn’t truly enjoy all Johnson’s farm had to offer (hayride, playground, moon bounce, cider donuts) but it was a lovely day. Here are some pics:

Needless to say, we were exhausted (and full from cider donuts, which were sooo good hot and fresh) when we got home.

Anyway, I definitely recommend you visit this place!  So some other things I did on this fabulous fall (and productive) weekend:  went to a girlfriend’s house, saw Bridesmaids on Demand hilarious would definitely recommend), had a successful trip to the Apple Store where my defective phone was replaced, graded papers, slept in a bit (thank you baby and husband), retuned something to Nordstrom, ate at Bobby’s Burger Palace (um yum again- had their chicken sammie with bacon and cheese amaaaazing; bacon makes the world go ’round), and grocery shopped for the week (whole foods and super fresh but on different days).  PHEW…that was a lot! I need to take a breather and post a cute Zach pic 😉

OK, so speaking of groceries for the week, DO YOU MEAL PLAN?  A lot of other bloggers do.  I sometimes do and sometimes don’t. Ha good answer.  But seriously.  Life is influx a bit with a baby. I used to meal plan but then when I was pregnant, I had NO idea what I would feel like eating on any given day, and the fact that we live one block from both whole foods and super fresh and I’ve been known to waste food that I “thought I wanted,” meal planning got kicked to the curb.  But I am trying it again lately, especially as Zach and I get into a bit of a routine 🙂  So, here is this week’s (kinda crazy abnormal week) plan:

Monday- CROCKPOT MEAL- Creamy turkey dinner (click for recipe)

Tuesday- Homemade marinara gravy and P&S (the best) gnocchi (been craving this badly)

Wednesday- Going to a partay so dinner will be there

Thursday- I work so CROCKPOT beef stew

Friday- order out (per tradition) usually from Santucci’s tenth st. amaaaazing

Saturday- Friends over- making diner.  Menu:  my fave (that I have mastered) Chicken Pot Pie, lovely salad, bread, homemade apple crisp and vanilla ice cream

Sunday- Crock pot pulled pork.  Ha.  Shocker, told you I’d be using that crock pot a lot. It is a busy week, and when I am busy I tend to use the crock a lot as I can prep during Zach’s am nap.

OK, now that Ive bored the crap out of you, time for another cute Zach pic, then I’m signing off for the night to zone out in from of the tube 😉  Biyeeeeee!