week 34 - 52collages - thekarpiuksAnother week of the new school year under our belt, and the routine is starting to come along a little easier. I think all of the photos that make up this week’s collage were taken on the weekend; even though we’re settling into the routine better this week, I don’t feel like I have time to stop, let alone take a picture, during the busy week. That soon shall pass, I’m sure.

Lila started solid foods last week for the first time with banana, and this week she tried applesauce, zucchini, and peas. All homemade, because of course I need one more thing on my plate right now! But seriously, I loved making our own baby food with Liam, so I was excited to pull out the Baby Bullet again. It’s so easy! It’s really just pureeing the foods we’re already eating, or fresh/steamed veggies and fruits. Sometimes mixed with some rice cereal. She’s gotten the hang of the whole process and is looking for and expecting food when she sits at the table now. This weekend she got grumpy with me when she ate a serving of peas AND banana rice cereal and finished it all and had none left. Hooray for a good eater!

This weekend Liam dug in to his new Batman sticker book (Thanks Aunt Michelle and Aunt Dayna!) and played his very first board game! Together we played Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel, this adorable board game for kids which has them using a big pair of tweezers (cleverly shaped as a squirrel) to pick up little colorful acorns and sort them by color on the game board. Liam caught on fast and loved winning, but also loved congratulating daddy when he won, too.

It was another super hot and muggy weekend, so the kids played in the pool again. This time Lila had completely mastered sitting up on her own, so she got to be a little more independent. This meant Liam could teach her how to splash, and she could actually splash instead of needing to use both hands to balance herself and keep from toppling over. Once she figured out how fun it was to splash, we couldn’t get her to stop!

Speaking of Lila being able to sit up completely unassisted now, she got to ride in the front of the shopping cart for the first time this weekend when I took the kids grocery shopping. You have no idea how great it was to only need ONE cart to pick up a few groceries. No stroller, no second cart, no letting Liam run free like a while orangutan through the aisles. Both kids, one cart. So much simpler.

This afternoon I was sitting on the floor with the kids while they played. Lila had been interested in the toys Liam had on the train table and was near it looking around. I blinked, and the next thing I knew, I look over and she’s STANDING at the train table by herself! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I took a picture and then “reset” her to see if it was just a fluke. Sure enough, she immediately pulled herself back up to standing again. WHAT?! Girl’s only just turned 6 months old and she’s pulling herself up. I am still in shock. Slow down, sister! You’re growing up too fast!