Friday, May 18, 2018

Seven Month Favorites

Happy Friday! Our weekend plans are scrapped because of this never ending rain so we have a nice low key weekend ahead... including lots of Royal Wedding watching!

On Wednesday Tatum turned 7 months old, I can't believe it! Next week I have his seven month update coming but this was definitely the month with the most changes - it seemed like every week was something new.  I skipped 6 month favorites so there are extras for this month.  It's basically the three major categories we've hit lately... Play - we are playing ALL the time.  Eat - We've started eating solids this month and while it was off to a rocky start, we're slowly getting the hang of it. Teething - Anything and everything Tatum would like to put in his mouth.  Plus a few extras...

We've been playing so hard lately.  Six months he really noticed his toys more and seven months he was more able to play on his own, use his hands to hold things and crawl around to each toy.  The animal links are awesome because you can make about 5 link sets within the pack (I keep different sets all over from the one package) and he'll sit and hit the buttons on the glow light toy + his remote for minutes on end.  The ring stackers and blocks he got for Christmas and are perfect for his little hands at this point in time.

Starting solids did not go well for us at first - in fact it's something we're still working on and slowly getting the hang of.  The highchair is the best - we love it and you can easily wipe it down.  The spoon set is the one that has worked best for us so far (we've tried a few and also have a few for when he's older).  Waterproof bibs are a must as we always have food everywhere.  I love the little packages from the fruits starter kit because up until last night he didn't even finish one of those so it's better than wasting.

No teeth in yet but he's definitely teething - each day there is drool all over both of us.  I try to put a bib on him most days so he doesn't soak his shirt.  Anything and everything he can put into his mouth he will.  Any toy, any item.  These teething toys + any others have been favorites.

He's outgrown his infant car seat (sad day... especially since it was SO easy to snap onto his stroller) but the graco one we got is amazing - it was recommended by friends and I would highly recommend.  He can reach for things in the car now so we keep the giraffe as well as a few other little toys in the car for him to grab and play with. The nose cleaner I saw pop up on an add and after using the highly sought after frieda nose sucker - this is SO much better (maybe not for infants but for 3+ months).

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Charleston: Part Two

We all slept in and enjoyed the morning - the hotel delivers little breakfast items to your room in a picnic basket.

We did some more walking during the morning - into a few shops and boutiques, to rainbow row and back through Water Front Park.  Lunch was at Poogan's Porch - we split biscuits and gravy as well as mac n cheese for appetizers to all get a taste then each enjoyed our meals too.  We spent the afternoon shopping on King Street.

Derek and I went up to the hotel rooftop to grab a drink and saw Bella Thorne.  Our room had a rooftop too so we all hung out up there enjoying the weather and relaxing.  The hotel, like many in Charleston, offers complimentary wine and cheese hour in the lobby from 5-6 so we took part in that before getting ready for dinner.

For happy hour we went to probably my favorite place in Charleston - the Pavilion Bar at the Market Pavilion Hotel.  The setting is always fun, the views are great and the drinks are tasty.

We spent some time enjoying the rooftop before walking to dinner - we walked everywhere we went in Charleston and while our feet were sore at the end of the day, it was great exercise.

Our last dinner in Charleston was at Magnolia's and it was another great meal.  I had the buttermilk chicken and it was a classic souther dish as well as delicious.  We made stops at Kaminski's and a fudge shop on the way back to the hotel.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Last week we spent the week in Charleston and Kiawah and today I'm sharing our first of two days in Charleston.  Derek and I missed our flight but jumped on the next one and still made it in time for lunch.  We did Husk and most of us tried their famous cheeseburgers and loved them.  

The weather was great for our stay sunny and low 80's but cooler and much more enjoyable at night. 

We spent the afternoon walking around - checking out the Pineapple Fountain, Waterfront Park and walking along the battery.  We'd all been up early so we took some time to relax around the hotel. 

Our first dinner was at Hanks and it was one of my favorites.  I had the Seafood a la Wanda, as did my brother and everyone else had the grouper... Tatum had a nap! 

We'd stayed at The Restoration previously and loved it so this time we got a three bedroom suite so we could all be together - it was perfect for Tatum because there was plenty of space to play... and plenty of playmates who entertained him each morning/evening.

Part two tomorrow... 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day & Other Happenings

I hope all the moms had a great day yesterday.  It was my first Mother's Day and we celebrated with brunch with my family - Tatum sucked on a bagel and then had some tastes of vanilla ice cream.  I had so many friends and family members reach out - it was so nice to be thought of! 

I wouldn't have wanted to celebrate my first Mother's Day with anyone else - the little boy who made me a mom and my own mom. 

The weather was awful yesterday so we took naps, caught up on DVR, I had some time to sit by myself and during a break in the rain we ran Tatum and Stella out for a little walk.  Derek and I had some appetizers on the couch last night after Tatum went to bed to finish the day.

Things have been quiet around here because we were on vacation last week - we had a great time in Charleston and Kiawah and from the looks of it while unpacking, Tatum's already ready to take off again! 

Now that spring is here, it's time for all sorts of spring events.  Right before we left for vacation I went with some girlfriends to a Breast Cancer event filled with cocktails, appetizers and shopping.  I came home with some monogram wine glasses and jewelry. 

With Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby both on the same day this year we combined for Cinco de Derby - it was such a nice evening with Mexican food, derby attire and lots of fun.

Friday night before a very low key weekend we had a gala at the local Penn State campus - it was a very nice event and another plus was that it ended early which meant an early to bed Friday night for this mama.