October 31, 2010 (7:31 pm)

Kamea’s 1st Halloween

topics: Kamea
by Kristen Suzanne

Even though our Halloween didn’t involve trick-or-treating this year, it was still filled with fun. Greg carved a great jack-o-lantern (he does every year) and we can’t wait until the day Kamea carves her own! Aren’t kids soooo fun!?

And… here is Kamea’s first Halloween costume. She is a Chipotle Veggie Burrito! tee hee! We swaddled her in an organic blanket first and you can see the rest. Foil. Organic lettuce. I actually thought she’d hate it because she’s not big on the swaddle thing, but she was a real trooper in her costume as Greg took photos. For those of you who are not familiar with Chipotle, they are a nationwide chain restaurant that makes awesome burritos, vegan if desired. They use some organic ingredients, too.

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October 28, 2010 (6:48 pm)

What To Do With Halloween Candy As A Vegan Mom

topics: Homeschool
by Kristen Suzanne

As a vegan mom, I’ve been struggling with what to do for Halloween in the coming years, when Kamea is old enough to wear a costume and say “trick-or-treat.” I, myself, have so many fond memories from childhood on Halloween. And, even though I wasn’t a vegan growing up, my fond memories are for more than just the candy. Dressing up and going door to door with my friends was so fun (The candy wasn’t bad too though! ;) haha). Heck, I still like to dress up. Here is a picture of me a few years ago at Halloween when I was blond.

But. My family is vegan, and I’ve been wondering what we’ll do when Halloween rolls around in the coming years. Do we, instead, take a special trip each year, at that time, and celebrate it another way? Perhaps we can find an alternate way to celebrate so Kamea doesn’t go door to door getting a bunch of junky (mostly non-vegan) candy. But, I can’t help think that she’ll be missing out on the dress-up fun if I do that. There must be some compromise. Then… I came across this article and now I can’t wait for Halloween and for a time when Kamea is old enough to trick-or-treat! Knowing that we’re homeschooling makes this especially exciting!

From Mothering.com…

I loved candy when I was a kid, but when I became a mother, I worried about my kids eating too much of the stuff. Still, I’ve never banned it from our home. Now, when my children come home on Halloween night, examine their candy, and go to bed without asking to eat a single piece, it’s not because I’ve forbidden it. It’s because they have better ideas about what 
to do with it.

It began with a simple question three years ago, when I was overwhelmed by our collection of Halloween candy. An afternoon with too-generous coworkers, a church Trunk-or-Treat (i.e., collecting candy at every car in a full parking lot), and a subsequent trick-or-treating expedition up our street had provided my four-year-old princess and two-year-old cowboy with mountains of candy. But since the candies had been the gifts of kind friends, and of elderly neighbors on fixed incomes, I didn’t want to throw them all away. Instead, I decided to dole them out one piece at a time. Handing out pieces after lunch was painful—the bowl loomed enormous atop my fridge, and I knew that at this rate we’d be eating candy for months.

Then, as my daughter Katherine poured out a box of Nerds, she asked the life-changing question:

“What would happen if I put these in water?” Read More »

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October 26, 2010 (5:09 pm)

Finding Our Groove – Sleeping, Cloth Diapers, and Toys

by Kristen Suzanne

Now that Kamea is four months old, we’re really finding our groove. This mama job is a breeze. ;)

For the past month, we’ve been sleeping better. Kamea co-sleeps with us and it’s been such a joy. Most nights she sleeps quite well. We can stay in bed for 9-12 hours at night. She doesn’t sleep straight through but she kind of does. She tosses and turns when she’s hungry, I roll on my side and latch her on, and we’re both back in dreamland. Well, I usually get back to dreamland. Some nights she thrashes around a lot which keeps me awake because I keep putting her back on my breast (my husband says she’s practicing her “ninja” skills). But, some nights, like last night, we both sleep soundly. There are the occasional nights where she decides she’d like to wake up after about 4 hours of sleep and stay up. When this happens, it only takes about an hour of hanging out with her in bed and she’s ready to sleep again.

Nap time has been great too. We’re not on a schedule, but I’d estimate that she wants to nap every few hours. The one nap I can count on is in the morning. About 2 hours after waking, she’s ready for a nap. Sometimes she naps for 40-60 minutes and other times she sleeps a whole 2 hours.

What does all that mean? Mommy is getting more sleep! My eyes are no longer bloodshot and I feel like I can drive a car without causing harm to myself or others. Seriously, I didn’t start driving again until just recently because I only felt I had enough energy to make it through my day at home. Driving a car required too much alertness.

The pretty colored ones are Swaddlebees Econappies. The white diaper with easy-to-use colored snaps are BabyKicks.

We’re also getting into cloth diapers more regularly (every time I use one, depending on the size, I save about 30 cents – gotta love that). They’re still not as great as I thought they’d be. For starters, Read More »

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October 21, 2010 (5:23 pm)

Kamea’s 4 Month Doctor Visit

topics: Kamea
by Kristen Suzanne

Today, we took Kamea for her 4 month check up. She’s 16 1/2 weeks and has her four month birthday early next week. She’s all decked out in her fall colors and organic fashion.

She did AWESOME with her doctor. Kamea weighed in at 13 pounds, 14 ounces and her length is 25 3/4 inches. That makes her in the 50th percentile for weight and 90th percentile for length. We have a tall girl. Will she be a supermodel? A professional tennis player (I think Anna Kournikova is tall)? Hmmmm… I wonder I wonder.

Kamea is growing, thriving, happy, and easily meeting her developmental milestones. In fact, she’s already bearing weight on her legs and loves to stand (with our hands loosely on her in case she falls down of course). She gets the biggest smile on her face when she stands, like she’s really proud of herself. Kamea is not one to just lie back (never was really). No. She wants to have us sit her up or stand her up so she can see what’s going on. She loves being worn for short periods of time and seems especially happy when I wear her facing out. See that grin?

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October 15, 2010 (7:10 pm)

Kamea Goes To Whole Foods!

topics: Kamea
by Kristen Suzanne

Since Kamea was born, Greg has been doing the food shopping. He’s done an amazing job – yay Greg! This week, as I wrote our shopping list, I realized that we had a lot of food to buy. I thought it might be better if I went, too. This meant Kamea was going! Read more over on my Kristen’s Raw blog.

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October 13, 2010 (10:39 am)

How I Give Kamea Her Bath

by Kristen Suzanne

We’ve come a long way since Kamea had her first bath and didn’t take to it very well (read more here). But, she bathes like a champ now. She loves it. It gets easier every week as she grows a bit more and gets stronger. Bath time is fun for both of us. This is an action shot – haha.

So, what do I do? We bathe together because that seems to be the easiest. We started with this bath tub seat for her but it wasn’t as easy as it looks. I liked that it was small – for infants – and figured it would be a better option. However, it’s on quite an incline so she was sliding down it a bit. I found myself holding her in place with one hand and washing with the other hand. Not the easiest.

Then, I decided to try this bath tub sling/chair – it was really cheap so why not. Read More »

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October 5, 2010 (7:59 pm)

On Vacation At Mom’s

by Kristen Suzanne

This week I’m on vacation over at my mom’s house. She doesn’t live far from us, but it still feels like a vacation anyway. :) We packed up Kamea (so much to pack – lol!) and we drove over with our big dog. It’s been awesome because mom has a big house with all hard wood floors and tile throughout so I’ve been able to push Kamea around in her stroller and it’s like going for a walk – haha. It’s much bigger than our condo so I’m loving it! This is her dining room where Greg is working.

Love all those books!

I’ve been practicing with the Moby wrap now that I decided it’d be better with Kamea’s feeties out. I was right! So much easier to do and she is really starting to like it! Here is my first attempt.

Kamea is licking it - lol.

Here is our second attempt the next day (which was today). For the first time…. she fell asleep in a babywearing thing! I was so happy.

My precious sweet darling.

Kamea has had a few firsts while we’re over at her Nana’s. For starters, she is now officially grabbing at things and holding onto them. I didn’t come too prepared with toys for our stay, but thankfully I grabbed the little colored rings that I rigged onto her buggy. She’s happy. And, the second big event for us… she had her first fit of giggles. She was watching my mom’s two small dogs play together and she couldn’t take her eyes off them. Then, she started laughing and couldn’t stop. It was so awesome! I wish I had recorded it. Read More »

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