I don’t know if I’ve written about this at length before, but Luca is an incredibly picky eater. He did well with variety when we introduced purees, but since we’ve moved on to solids, he’s exhibited his strong, stubborn personality if he doesn’t want to try something.IMG_3335

Right now, we have the toughest time getting him to eat meats and vegetables. I’ve been able to battle him (and win… sometimes) with various frozen vegetable products geared at kids, like Dr. Praeger’s spinach and broccoli bites, or baked sweet potato fries. He also eats veggie burgers (I serve him these- Don Lee Farms from Costco).

Meats, unfortunately, are another story.  I haven’t found anything that he will eat on a consistent basis.  For whatever reason, he doesn’t like typical ‘kid’ foods like chicken nuggets, pasta, mac & cheese, meatballs, pizza, etc. A lot of the tips I’ve been reading about WOULD be really helpful if I could get him to eat those foods (like sneaking pureed vegetables into recipes).

We’ll keep trucking along, and I will continue to offer Luca these foods- it took almost a dozen times of offering Luca yogurt before he took a single bite- and he loves it now.

I am happy (and super, super proud) to say that Luca has devoured a green smoothie and several strips of bacon today.  He is *SO* his mother’s son…

Despite what the calendar says, pumpkin has already taken over and summer is just about over. Let’s look back at all of the fun we had this summer as a family of 3, shall we?

This post is a big photo dump, and a lot of these you’ve probably seen before if you follow us on Facebook or instagram.

We went to the zoo…

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And the pool…2014-05-27 14.48.46

And to Sesame Place with our friends and family…2014-05-29 12.12.50-12014-06-06 12.47.33

I ran a half marathon with some running friends…2014-06-08 14.02.08

We finger painted…2014-06-09 16.27.132014-06-10 09.30.18

We went to the beach…2014-06-16 13.43.01-1

We packed and sold our first home…
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We celebrated Luca’s first birthday…2014-08-02 14.54.07DSC_0856

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And we went to a Phillies game or two!

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We had a great summer! Very looking forward to switching gears for the fall.

Lauren trekked to Atlantic City last weekend for a bachelorette party, leaving Luca and I to enjoy a fun-filled guys weekend at home. This was the first time she was away from him two full nights (and the first time I was alone with him!)

We had a blast…

We stayed up late on Friday watching ‘toons.



Then, after we woke up and ate breakfast, Luca sketched out his weekend plans… a trip to the Aquarium!



“Gotta fuel up,” I said. “Okay, if I have to,” Luca replied.



Then, Aunt Angie stopped by…



My mom decided to join us on our journey to Camden, NJ. When we got to the Adventure Aquarium, we realized we should have bought tickets in advance. The line was long, and it was very hot out. Luckily, we were able to purchase tickets on their mobile app, and bypass the lines completely. Genius.

We saw fish.



And sharks!



And sometimes we just pointed for the sake of pointing.



We saw penguins.



And hippos!



It was pretty cool.



Here’s a picture of us in front of a fountain.


Then we went home after a long day, and both conked out! In the morning, we waited patiently for Mommy to come home.


(In short, I survived!)

We’ve been pretty busy around these parts lately… all good things, though!

Knock on some wood, ya’ll- Luca is taking the cow’s milk like a champ! Since my last post about the topic, we held off for two weeks from introducing milk (as per pediatrician’s orders).  It’s been a few days now, and he hasn’t had any stomach issues.  Instead of the local dairy farm’s milk, I used regular old Horizon organic whole milk.  He doesn’t immediately devour it, as I was ‘warned’ he would, but I think that has something to do with the temperature- I give it to him cold, right out of the refrigerator.  (I don’t want to heat it and then have to wean him from warmed milk…. personal choice.)

I’m also giving it to him in a bottle. I know, I know, I’m not supposed to use a bottle after 1 year.  And he won’t use a bottle forever.  But, as a breast fed baby who rarely took a bottle, he’s still learning how to use a sippy cup.  My thought is to first get the milk down and then we will transition to the sippy cup.

I’m still currently nursing him in the morning and at bed time.  He gets cow’s milk before his morning and afternoon naps.  I don’t know if this is a normal “side-effect” from weaning, but Luca gets SO snuggly when I give him a bottle.  It is melting me from the inside out- I am soaking up every second of the hugs and cuddles I get from him.  (Luca has not been a really “snuggly” baby, so this is extra special to me.) Ahh, I get the chills just thinking about it.  I’m wondering if there’s some scientific reason for this- like, since I’m not nursing him and feeling that bond I typically would, he’s making up for it in snuggles?  I’m probably making something up. Or maybe not!