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Potty Training

We’ve been trying to potty train Evan. What that’s resulted in is Evan “potty training” Mia:


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Morning at the Morton Arboretum

One of our favorite outdoor places to play is the¬†Morton Arboretum. It was a bit cool, but it was partly sunny and we needed something to do so we headed to the Children’s Garden. We haven’t been in a few months, so it was fun to see how much more Evan can do now and to see Mia actually explore (the last time we were there she wasn’t moving).



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Dinner Time Teasing

Just a typical meal in the Kantowski household…

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Mia is Steppin’ Out

Apparently we purchased those shoes just in the nick of time as Miss Mia took her first steps today! and, of course a modern mama had to document it ūüôā


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Evan the Defender

The weather is pretty lousy, so Lindsay took the kids to KidsTown this afternoon to burn some energy. ¬†At any kids play place like that, sharing can be a challenge. ¬†A little girl came and took Mia’s horse (from home), and Evan saw it go down. ¬†He calmly walked up to the little girl and took the horse back and said “no, that’s Mia’s” and returned it to his little sis. ¬†Our little hero!

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Mia’s First Shoes

It’s official–we have a little lady who is destined to love shoes. ¬†Since Mia wants to stand all the time, and we’re spending lots of time outdoors (Well until this week’s cold spell), it seemed time to get her shoes. ¬†She does have little fur booties, but they were basically used to keep her socks on, so I don’t consider them real shoes. ¬†We headed to Joe’s Family Shoe Store to get her sized and fitted–they carry Stride Rite and we like supporting local businesses. ¬†It’s also the store where we purchased Evan’s first shoes so it was only fitting we go there.

She was a good sport while getting measured (dainty size four), and after trying a few different options we went with Grace Pedipeds. ¬†She tested them out right away on the store’s slide (Note, this is a great place to purchase kids’ shoes b/c they have a decent-sized play area).

So far she seems to like them and has only tried to eat them twice.  Many years of shoe shopping fun to come!

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Magnificent Mia is Nine Months Old

How did this happen?  Our baby girl is now nine months old!  I just keep looking at her and thinking she was just born.  The cliche saying that time speeds up as you get older is very true.  Our little princess/diva is blossoming.  Her 9 month stats:

Height: 29″ (91%)
Weight: 17 lbs, 3 oz (21%)

Basically she has supermodel proportions–I wish mine were the same! ¬†And, her metabolism is off the charts, because she eats everything. ¬†Current favorites are yogurt, lamb, beef, multigrain cheerios and organic purees. ¬†The only things she’s not crazy about so far are avocados and cottage cheese.

She is crawling albeit wounded soldier style, but her favorite move is cruising. The girl loves to stand and now shows off by taking her hands off whatever she’s holding to wave them around. ¬†We are amazed at how long she can stand on her own! ¬†Our pediatrician thinks she will probably do real crawling for a day or two and move straight to walking. ¬†We fear the day that happens as she likes to explore everything!

Evan is going through a terrific stage of loving his baby sister–he’s super protective of her and when he knows she shouldn’t have something, he takes it away and gives her something else. ¬†Mia just idolizes her older brother, but unfortunately shows that affection by grabbing his hair to stand up–we’re trying to fix that.

Now that the weather has warmed up, we’ve been getting outside every day and Mia LOVES the park–swings, slides, climbing around, standing, etc. ¬†She also is a water baby just like her brother and can’t get enough of swim lessons and indoor pools. ¬†This summer is going to be really fun.

She’s also been going through a pattern of waking around 4 or 5 to nurse and then falls asleep and mommy gets some sweet quiet cuddle time before the day starts.

Baby girl, you make us smile every day!


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