friday five: beech-nut & baby-booking 

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Sometimes you have weeks when your baby naps great, and sometimes you have weeks like this week.  While still her usual chipper self, Gracie seems to be going through some sleep changes that are making her daytime naps shorter and more sporadic.  She is still napping, however, it’s tough to get her naps to last.  I think it’s a combination of her sleep patterns changing (at 9 months), and having fun practicing standing.

Despite the slight shake-up in our schedules, we managed to have a really busy and productive week.  Today, I am recapping some memories in this Friday Five.

ONE: Our Ambassadorship Began


Thursday marked the beginning of our new and exciting journey with Beech-Nut baby food as brand ambassadors.  It was so motivating to connect with brand ambassadors across the country during our call.  I am so ready to share our love for this product line with Boston and the Northshore.

I became a devoted fan of Beech-Nut when it came time to start introducing solid foods.  I didn’t know what Gracie would like, and rather than make a huge batch of something she would potentially hate, I decided to start with store-bought food.  I initially purchased a different brand.  After tasting it and noticing that real bananas did NOT taste like what I was eating, I read the ingredients to find a lot more than just bananas.  I threw out the plastic tub and went in search of something better.

During my next trip to the store, I was relieved to read the ingredients on the Beech-Nut jars.  I started with “Just Honeycrisp Apples,” which contained JUST Honeycrisp Apples.  After a few tastes, I was hooked…and so was Gracie.  Working from home full-time doesn’t allow me much time to make my own food.  I try, but I can’t always do it.  I am so grateful to have the option to give Gracie something that is typically better than what I could make, with more variety and convenience.

So, look out Boston/the Northshore!  We are coming for you…and we’ve got samples!

TWO: First Time Sledding


 On Monday, while we still actually had some snow, Jon took Gracie on her very first sled ride this week.  Most of it melted the next day.  It’s crazy to think that this time last year, Juno had just dumped the first of what turned out to be a record-breaking season of snow.  As I type this, I look out the window and I can see our grass.

Don’t get me wrong, last year was exhausting.  Yet, while we don’t need to be breaking any records (again), it would be nice to get a little more use out of our sleds and snowsuits.  Maybe February will be the month that we actually need the snowblower, we will see.

THREE: Baby Book-ing


I am proud of myself: on Wednesday evening, I pulled out the ever-neglected baby book and spent about half an hour writing in it.  While it doesn’t seem like much, it was huge for me.  Everything is going so fast, and I often feel like we are too busy living to write about it.  I need to consciously make more time to keep updating her baby book; even once a month would be an improvement.

FOUR: Roasted Chickpeas


In an effort to clean-up my diet after the holidays, I made these Roasted Chickpeas from Skinnytaste and they turned out fantastic.  I only have a little “before” picture, because we ate them ALL before I could take an “after” picture.  I used one of our jarred spice blends (Chicago Steak Seasoning), however I’m sure the blend she describes would be equally as fantastic.  I am positively making these again, just as soon as we get more garbanzo beans.

FIVE: Makin’ Birthday Plans

I turn 30 at the beginning of May, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do to celebrate.  Because our baby is still so tiny, it would be easier to stick close to home.  Plus, I’d like to spend it with her!

So imagine my surprise when Wednesday night, in my Facebook feed, I found the perfect solution: at my favorite local beach, on my birthday, sponsored by one of my favorite local breweries…the Ipswich Ale Half-Marathon popped up!  It was my goal to run a Spring half-marathon, and so this race seems like an obvious way to spend my 30th birthday.  It’s the first year for this race, and limited to a field of 400.  I signed up as quickly as I could!  I am SO looking forward to it!

That pretty much wraps up our crazy busy week on “team no-nap.”

Still, I’m loving all the changes with our baby.  She turns 9 months old today, it’s all going so fast.  As the saying goes: “It’s just a phase, so don’t miss it.”

This Friday, I linked up with:

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