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I started to get into photography and realized I don’t have a way to share any of the photos so I created a new site – http://www.inspiremesf.wordpress.com. Follow me if you’d like!

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Welcome Baby Aster

There’s a new baby in da house! Like almost nine months ago but who is counting haha?Aster is three months old away from turning ONE which I can’t believe because it felt like just yesterday we brought her home. Life with two has a bit hectic which is why I’m posting her birth story when she’s nine months old. Lyra is just LOVING being a big sister and actually can’t stop kissing, hugging, and all around man-handling her.

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This photo was taken in the first couple weeks when Aster was born.

Aster’s birth story is very different than Lyra’s, mostly because we scheduled an induction so we knew exactly when she would arrive. Well sort of because I had to wait quite a while to be called to the hospital. And when I was called in, I didn’t actually get induced until well after midnight. But after the pitocin started, contractions came two hours later and shortly after, Aster was born!

I wish I could tell you about the newborn days but they feel so far behind us now haha. Aster is cruising around on furniture, eating solids like a pro, clapping and waving and just growing up so fast. The second time around is certainly a whirlwind!

Lyra’s First Trip to Disney!

I know some people might think we are crazy to take a 16-month old to Disney and that she’ll never remember it yada yada yada, but I personally think we’re crazy not to travel with her now when she’s so easy (relatively) to travel with and not to mention FREE. I don’t know if we will go anywhere once we have to pay for her airfare and admission tickets, ha!

Chris and I had so much fun spending New Year’s Eve at Disneyland. As I said before, it really is the happiest place on Earth!

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Baked Sweet Potato Donuts

Lyra is so much fun these days. She starting WALKING about a week ago. At first it was just one step. And then it was three steps. And then TEN! It’s so exciting to see her learn to walk but at the same time I’m like, nooooo! I don’t want a walker. I want her to stay a baby forever. Or maybe just somebody that likes to sleep. She is such an early bird. I thought I liked to wake up early…

Lately, she has been grabbing on to everything, pulling things down, putting everything in her mouth and teetering on the edge of danger. It’s hilarious sometimes the position she gets her self into but other times, like when I’m trying to eat my lunch or drink a sip of coffee and she is lunging at me, it’s not so cute! I’m quickly realizing this is the new norm.

I want to eat things that are healthy so I can feel good about sharing food with her. I saw these Baked Sweet Potato Donuts and I knew they’d be just right! I substituted the whole wheat flour for oat flour and omitted the chocolate glaze. Lyra just eats them up!

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Healthy donuts you actually want to eat

She’s turning one in just a couple of weeks and I plan on making a bunch for her birthday picnic. This year has been a great one. I can’t wait to see her grow, grow, grow! And before I know it, she’ll be 30! Ha.

Life with Lyra: 9 Months In, 9 Months Out

I will probably say this each month, but holy moly where has the time gone!? I’ve been with Lyra for 18 months, sort of. The first 9 months were probably the easiest, ha. She went with me everywhere I went – didn’t cry, slept whenever, and let me have a pretty smooth pregnancy 🙂 I remembered thinking how I couldn’t wait to go back to my pre-pregnancy self, but boy was I wrong! I wished I would have relish the time a bit more, especially to sleep and veg out since I don’t get to do any of these things now.

The past 9 months have been a sort of a blur. Last week Lyra and I were at Jiggle Jam (hee, love the name) and I saw an 11-day old baby, 11 DAYS OLD!! The baby was so new and precious sleeping away in his Mom’s arms. I was thinking to myself how I can’t remember when Lyra was that small!!!

Lyra is getting more and more playful each day. It’s so funny how the little things she does excites us the most. Recently, she started to clap two objects together with her hands and we were both like, oh my god, you’re a freaking genius!! Haha, I’m sure all parents go through this.

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Clap, clap, clap

Sleep

Lyra is sleeping much, MUCH better these past two months. She has slept for 6+, 7+ and even 8+ hours at a time at night. It might sound meager but to us it’s nothing short of a miracle considering how she used to wake every hour or hour and a half at night. I don’t know how we survived. Lots of cookies on my end for sure. Though the past three days she’s been giving us a run for our money and acting like she forgot how to go to sleep. Sleep regression? Teething? Growth spurt? Tuesday?

Development

Omg so much has happened developmentally with Lyra. She went from sitting on her own to rolling over, and then not too soon after, she was crawling! It all happened in a matter of weeks which was astounding for us to witness. She is now pulling herself to standing, waving and clapping! My next trick, I mean skill, I am trying to get her to learn is blowing kisses haha.

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Throw me up!

Likes

Her Mommy, most of the time her Daddy too
Watching the bigger kids run around her
Her activity walker
Eating string cheese, apples, eggs, bread, zucchini
Being tossed in the air
Playing with our hair

Dislikes

Napping
Eating avocados, bananas, peas
Having her diaper changed

We’re taking a long trip now – Dallas –> New York –> DC –> New York. I am curious to see how this affects her sleep. Fingers crossed! By the time we get back to SF, she will almost be 10 months old!

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Say bye, bye!

Copycat Love Crunch Dark Chocolate and Red Berries Granola 

When I find something to eat that I love, I really LOVE it. I can eat it everyday for a month straight unlike Chris who hates the idea of repeating a meal two days in a row. Not me. I am a creature of habit when it comes to eating.

I recently discovered Love Crunch. I tried the Macaroon and Dark Chocolate and Red Berries. Both were good, but I became obsessed with the Dark Chocolate and Red Berries. 

I love the combo of coconut, chocolate and the freeze dried berries. Though It was a little on the sweet for my taste so I decided to make my own!  

I wish I could give some to Lyra but because it has honey and chocolate in it I’ll wait until after she turns one. She’s been a really adventurous eater! I basically feed her anything I’m eating. Lately she’s gotten into hummus, pizza (crusts only!), chicken, and kale. 

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YUM

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped freeze dried strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk melted coconut oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a small bowl and pour over oat mixture until well combined.
  2. Spread granola on a baking sheet and bake for 45-55 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and stir in chocolate chips. Let cool for 1 hour. (This helps create clusters of granola!) Add in freeze dried strawberries.
  4. Store in an airtight container.