18 Months Old Toddler Update

It’s been a while since my last update on Luca and I swear I turn around and he’s like a whole different child each week, leaning so many new things in such little time! I can’t believe he’s officially 1 1/2 years old and will be a big brother and not our baby boy anymore in just 3 short months! We’ve been trying to prepare him for the arrival of his new baby sister, which honestly I’m not sure how much he’s realizing it. We keep asking him “where’s the baby?” and then point to my belly which he gets more less and then every time we’re out and about and see an actual baby we point it out to him as well.

Latest tricks: If you’re following us on Instagram I’m sure you’ve witnessed his obsession with his scooter and in my professional mom opinion (which might be slightly biased) he’s doing an amazing job and has gotten so comfortable that he’s even trying to stand on it with no hands. He goes so fast when we’re out on the sidewalk but knows to stop before we cross the street. Other than the scooter he loves to dance, wrestle with his daddy, feed his pup Henry, go to our mommy and me gymnastics class, play with and stack up blocks, read books and play any game associated with balls (golf, soccer, ping pong, or just throwing them).

He’s become so crazy active it’s like a full time job running after him these days so we’ve been enjoying spending a lot of time outside now that it’s cooled down, again with the scooter, going to the park, the zoo, or the botanical garden. We went on a short weekend trip to visit my sister in law in Miami and went to a science museum there which he actually enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to exploring our local children museum here in Dallas soon.

The word count keeps on growing with some German and English words (I primarily speak German with him when it’s just the two of us but we live in the states). Another fun thing he’s started is to recognize my husband and I on pictures and of course his dog Henry and says all of our names.

Oh and almost forgot his ability to say cheese when taking pictures, it’s the cutest!!!

Daily routine: Wake up call is usually between 7 and 7.30 am and unfortunately Luca strongly dislikes hanging out in bed with us in the morning and is ready to go right when he wakes up. So we’ll do breakfast, go on a walk with the dog and then I usually try to get ready while he plays or I will put on a short 20 minute recorded show (yes, I’ve officially caved to the strict no TV rule but for sure try to keep it to a minimum of an hour a day).. then we will usually be busy in the morning with running errands, playing outside, go to the library for story time or meeting up for playdates until lunch time around 11.30 am. I will put him for his nap by 12.30- 1 pm which is where I try to get my cleaning, resting and also napping in while I still have only have one little one. The transition from two to one naps took him quite he while but he’s now napping pretty consistently for 1 1/2-2 hours in the afternoon. We’ll do more outings in the afternoon or just play in the house, take Henry on a walk again and then have dinner by 6.30 pm and then bed time by 7.30 pm.

Foods: Breakfast is for sure our best meal where he’ll eat like a champ things like cereal, oatmeal, egg and banana pancakes, bread with cream cheese and jam and fruit and yoghurt. The problem with lunch and dinner are the snacks in between. He’s always so hungry before the actual meal that it’s sometimes hard to feed him a full meal for those times and on top of that he’s become a little picky with his foods and just thinks it’s such a fun game to start throwing food once he decides he’s done eating. We’re still sticking to a strictly vegetarian diet which has worked out well for us and I’m thankful my husband is on board with it since I value this way of living so much for myself and my children (preferably for my husband as well but he’ll still get his meats in outside of my cooked meals).

Another update will be that Luca is starting two days of pre-school this January, which will be a huge relief once our baby girl arrives in late February. I’ve magically found a German school (called German International School of Dallas) less than 15 minutes away from our home and I couldn’t be happier with their ways of teaching and keeping up with my language and traditions away from my home country. I’m a little nervous to actually see him go and him being a big boy that goes to school but I know I’ll be thankful to have more time to myself and then to spend with the new baby. I will definitely keep you guys updated once he’s started in the beginning of January.

Here are some pictures from the Miami family trip. Luca definitely enjoyed having both of mommy and daddy’s full attention not to mention his aunt’s.

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For now we’re trying to enjoy all the fun end of year activities with family and friends and snap some pictures along the way to share with you guys!

Let me know if you have any question to add here or to include in our next post!

Happy early thanksgiving and holidays from our growing family to yours!

xoxo, Lisa

Pregnancy Update + Gender Reveal

Can you believe we are halfway there to welcoming our second child!? Time once again is flying by and I’m so happy we’re officially sharing the sex of the baby (please don’t scroll down…)

With my first pregnancy we waited to find out the sex on the half-way sonogram until we were able to see the little guy on the screen, but this time around our doctor offered us a little non-invasive test (called NIPT) that screens for genetic disorders and will also tell you your baby’s gender which is a nice bonus. I had some blood drawn around 11 weeks into the pregnancy and we were told to expect the results 7-10 days later. I called my doctors office exactly 8 days later and was happy to hear that they had received results the previous day (asking myself why no one had called me yet!?). Tommy and I were both so excited to find out the gender so early on and it makes the whole pregnancy and preparation so much more real!

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And now without further ado… we are having a BABY GIRL!!! I cannot tell you guys how excited I am and how blessed I feel to be a mommy to a daughter. Growing up with a sister and no cousins I’ve only ever known a family dynamic with girls and just always saw myself having a girl. So even before we had Luca my wish for a daughter had been very strong and now that this dream is becoming reality soon still gives me the most joyous feeling. I even had to ask again at our following check-up after the nurse told me the good news over the phone to make sure it was a girl, I really could’t believe it!

I’m so excited to see Tommy being a daddy to our sweet baby girl and for me to finally buy all the cute clothes and accessories ( I may have already bought like a few things, just a few though lol). Not to say you can’t dress your boy cute but let’s be honest about the boys selection in any children’s store and they sure don’t “need” as many things as girls.

I’m officially 20 weeks today and I can’t wait to see how baby girl will look like. In my opinion Luca is a very good blend between the both of us with my blonde hair and my husband’s dark eyes.

I terms of names we had already picked one out in my first pregnancy and we still love it, so we are going to get to use it now!

Stay updated about my second trimester post as I get closer and closer!

Here’s a little throwback to some old pictures of Tommy and I!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Lisa

12 Month Update

The day of Luca’s 1st birthday has come and went by so quickly and now it has already been a week that we have a one-year-old! I’m still a little in denial but he’s proving me every day that instead of my little baby boy I am a mom to a sweet toddler now! It’s so crazy to me how fast this year went by.

Luca’s actual birthday was last Thursday which we ended up at the doctor’s office with his second ear infection 😦 Luckily we got rid of it just in time for his birthday party on Sunday which I will put a blog post together hopefully this weekend. The hubby has officially left the house for a bachelor weekend and I’m hoping to get all things crossed off my to-do list – we will see how much I can actually accomplish. Stay tuned!

Latest tricks: Walking like a champ but still need a finger or something/ someone to hold onto for security (I’m blaming it on being sick twice in the last month which somewhat caused a setback); he does really well when he is unaware that he is actually walking and has done 8 steps all by himself so far, not that I’m counting and have my camera in my hand at all times… He also manages to feed himself with a fork when food is on it.

Daily routine: For just two days last week got a major scare thinking he was done with his morning nap but thankfully he is back on track with his sleeping schedule. waking up around 7 am, morning nap around 9-9.30 am, afternoon nap between 1 and 2 pm and bedtime at 7.30 pm. We still love going to our Mommy and me class, run errands, take Henry to the park or to the lake.

Foods: We have started giving him probiotics to build up his immune system again after getting sick twice and having to take antibiotics for 10 whole days and I just mike it in his pancakes or eggs for breakfast. It has only been a week though so I am not quite sure there has been a difference. For lunch and dinner, we always try to give him fruit first like cut grapes (current favorite!), strawberries, bananas, pear, or kiwi. then usually follow with bread with cream cheese, noodles, veggies, soy in form of vegan hot dogs, sausage or tofurky (all available at trader joes), and sometimes add apple sauce or yogurt at the end.

Favorites: Along with his birthday he was showered with new toys and the ones he’s been playing with the most are his Lego Duplo sets, a little tikes guitar (similar one here), a school bus, and still Mr. Bear (his giant stuffed teddy bear).

We’ve been enjoying having my mom in town from Germany, but we will take her back to the airport tomorrow. And then in just less than a week, we will start Luca and I will start our journey back to the homeland as well. I’ve been really nervous about this flight for several reasons. For one I am once again flying by myself and have Luca on my lap during the whole 10-hour flight, and additionally, he has become so active, he can never sit still or will fall asleep on my without being extremely tired or nursed. Planning on writing a post about our flight experience no matter the outcome.

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Day at the Zoo with Omi (German Grandma)

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Loved watching the chimps

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New Hippo compound

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Such a happy boy!

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Up close with the Giraffs
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So mermerized by the cheetah!

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Hope everyone will have a wonderful weekend and happy Cinco de Mayo!

xoxo, Lisa

Luca’s outfit: -shoes: Converse, jeans: Old Navy, t-shirt: Zara, striped long sleeve: GAP, fedora: Target

My outfit: jeans: Current & Elliot, tassel t-shirt: SheIn, sunnies: Betsey Johnson