Life

Normal Things

After the craziness that was last week, I was hoping for a really normal week this week. So far, that’s just what it has been! I can’t begin explain how thankful I am for that.

Baby at playground

There have been visits to the park and the library, family walks around the block, snacks on the couch before bed, meals cooked, loaves of bread baked, hugs from church family, and piles of laundry folded. The everyday tasks of life have felt especially comforting this week.

I have some good news to share. Jimmy doesn’t have H. pylori! He had a followup appointment after his hospital stay and it sounds like his gastritis is due to stress. We’re praying the medication he’s taking can heal his stomach, and that he can take the stress down a notch or two ten so he doesn’t end up in the same situation! He’ll probably have another endoscopy in late February or early March to check on things, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Other normal things around the Zottola house include: reading and reading and reading. Sadie is slightly obsessed with books, and I love it! I picked up this adorable book below from the library and we have read it about ten billion times.

Babies Love Valentines

I’ve also began what I’ve dubbed as “Operation Winter Feet,” which is just me making an effort to put cream on my dry, cracked heels. I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme, and it seems to be doing the trick!

Bread baking has been happening, as always.

Sourdough bread

I want to bake some cookies, too. Maybe tonight if I get a chance. I’m thinking of making hamantaschen even though I’m not Jewish, nor is it Purim. They just sound really tasty and I have this cookbook (<–affiliate link), so that’s that!

Sadie seems to be healing from her double ear infection and hasn’t had any fevers since Friday! Just lots of ear tugging and crankiness. I’d be cranky if my ears hurt, so I can’t blame her one bit. She’s slowly getting back to her normal, silly self and I’m so thankful!

Baby laying on floor

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Sadie at 15 Months

The last time I wrote a Sadie update was when she was 11 months old. So much has changed since then!

Baby waring beanie

Growth Sadie is 21 pounds and 30 inches tall.

Wearing 12 and 18 month clothing and size five diapers.

Personality Determined, silly, opinionated, and cheerful.

Baby wearing overalls and pulling on pantleg

Eating We’re still nursing about four or five times a day. Sadie isn’t super into solids (she looses interest pretty fast and wants to play 24/7!), but does well eating scrambled eggs with cheese, toast with jelly, smoothies, yogurt, crackers, spoonfuls of peanut butter, and sweets like cookies and cake.

Nicknames T and TT (which is short for Tot, which is short for Sader Tot).

Sleeping She generally goes down for a morning and afternoon nap that lasts between 45 minutes to two hours (<– two hour naps happen like once in a blue moon, but are lovely when they do happen!). We try to put her to bed at 7:00 pm and she usually wakes up between 6:30 and 7:00 am.

Looks Like A mix of Jimmy and myself.

Baby with bow in hair

New Skills Sadie is climbing everything, running, and saying words! She can say mama, dada, cat, May May, ball, book, baba, night-night, and yum. She knows sign language for “more” and “all done,” can point to her ears and belly button, and can wag her finger and hum no, no, no (to the pets, LOL). She also knows how to give kisses but is very selective about doling them out.

Likes Reading. From the moment she wakes up, Sadie wants to read books. She will say “book” like a question and point at her bookshelf. She likes to pick out books and bring them to us to read. She definitely has her favorites, too. She likes anything with flaps that lift, sounds, and touch and feel-type books.

Other things Sadie likes: Mavis and Malcolm, balls, waving at people, bath time and water, other kids, going to the park, phones and technology-type things, sled riding, electric toothbrushes, blankets, purses and bags, having her temperature taken, climbing things, blocks, her grandparents, going on walks in her umbrella stroller, being outside, taking medicine, trying to put on shoes, dog leashes, playing on the couch, pretending to cook, the vacuum cleaner, the blender, putting hats on, washing her hands, being held, being chased, going to the library, and baby dolls.

Baby and dog

Just casually dumping flour on the floor with Mavis!

Dislikes Waking up in her crib, diaper changes, having to stay in her carseat or highchair for more than a few minutes, not getting attention from mom and dad, and us walking away from her.

Favorite Products Umbrella stroller, Babies Love books, Oxo Straw Cup, Fruit Feeder, Babyganics hand sanitizer, Huggies Little Snugglers diapers, Huggies Natural Care wipes, stacking blocks, Step 2 kitchen set, Noisy Baby Animals book, Munchkin Snack Catcher, GoGoSqueez pouches, Melissa and Doug play food, and Minnie Mouse ride-on airplane (<— affiliate links).

Notes Sadie had an amazing first birthday party in September (that I should post about at some point, haha), a sickly Thanksgiving, and a lovely Christmas. She has slept over at my parents’ house twice now (once when I worked a Walmart demo and once when Jimmy was in the hospital), my in-laws and sister-in-law have babysat her a few times, and she currently has her second ear infection, but is taking the antibiotics like a champ. She also has a mouthful of teeth!

I think that’s all for Sadie at 15 months! She has grown into such a sweet and fun little blessing and we love her so, so much ❤