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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Five Star Dining…Minus Five Stars

Meal times are hit or miss at our house–usually miss. ¬†Mike doesn’t get home until 7:15 most nights, so it’s rare we’re all able to sit down as a family. ¬†The majority of the time, I play the role of the waitress and the kids screech their demands: “more milk mommy,” “no chicken,” “I want O’s,” etc. ¬†I think I’ve heard a “thank you” once. Last night’s dining was any anything but delightful. I partially blame myself–we did just have the time change so schedules were off a bit and we went to the gym for cardio kickboxing (I love this class!), which meant we didn’t get home until 6:30 p.m. ¬†But usually my kids roll with it, so thought that would be the case this time. ¬†Boy was I wrong.

We walked in the door and Evan immediately melted down because I closed the garage door instead of him. ¬†He also refused my help getting off his jacket, but ended up getting one of his arms stuck. ¬†Mia meanwhile was crying b/c she was hungry and I wasn’t serving her food yet. ¬†I since I hadn’t preplanned a meal, I decided to keep things simple and serve a breakfast for dinner menu of waffles, yogurt and fruit. ¬†I also forgot to give the kids their vitamins in the morning, so I handed those out–cue meltdown number two. ¬†Despite asking for an orange vitamin, after consuming it, Evan decided he wanted a purple one and no rational conversation about only one vitamin per day could persuade him to relentlessly stop asking for that purple one. ¬†Then he didn’t want waffles, but when I gave them to Mia, he kept taking them back off her plate, which started her whine fest. ¬†Evan is also going through a very independent streak, so he had to peel his own orange, get his own milk from the fridge, wipe his own face and it went on and on. ¬†To top it off, he decided to get the Hoppies (Officially known as Annie Organics Honey Bunnies), shake the box and allow all of its contents to cover the entire floor.

Charlie Trotter’s we’re not, but in spite of the craziness, I wouldn’t change a thing (well, most things I wouldn’t change).


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Evan’s First Best Friends

This is Puppy.  He loves snuggling, walking, and diaper changes.

This is Hoppy.  He enjoys snack time, swings and reading books.

They are currently Evan’s best friends. ¬†He enjoys human kids as well, but these two are definitely the ones he’s bonding with the most lately.

He takes them for walks:

They have snacks together:

They hang out at the playground:
And, at the end of the day they avoid taking real naps together.
Everyone deserves best friends. ¬†We’re glad our little one found two of his own.

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