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Elise: Seven Months

Seven months! And super curious about everything:

Loves:

  • Standing
  • Cruising
  • Eating raspberries
  • Eating puffs
  • Exploring new places
  • Baths
  • Mom, mom, mom, and more mom

Firsts:

  • Standing
  • Using her walker
  • Sleeping in her crib for a nap
  • Getting her ears pierced!

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Dislikes:

  • When mom puts a camera in her face for a long time (apparently… see above picture bahahaha)
  • Baby food with meat in it
  • When mom walks out of the room

Ellie is already a little spitfire who is very perceptive and curious. We love her! And we’re in for it when she gets older😉

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Elise: Six Months

“What? I’m 6 months old?”

I thought the same thing, Elise.

It’s hard to believe that Ellie has been with us for HALF A YEAR already. She is keeping her eye on her big bro and doing her best to catch up to him in every way that she can.

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Loves:

  • Blowing raspberries
  • Crawling everywhere
  • Samson
  • Watching Caleb
  • Snuggling
  • Stealing Caleb’s cars
  • Playing outside
  • Smiling at everyone

See? Raspberries in full effect.

Ellie is also a self-proclaimed vegetarian. She spits out any baby food that contains meat. She knows what she wants.

Firsts:

  • Sitting
  • Crawling
  • Pulling herself up on very low furniture
  • Wedding (out of the womb)
  • Playing in a kiddie pool

She’s like, “Oh this puppy? He’s just my BFF.”

Except her actual BFF is Caleb. He loves pulling her into his lap and holding her. They get along soooo well – even though she tries to take his toys all the time.

“Are we done here? Okay, bye.”

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Elise: Five Months

Elise is five months! And finally getting some hair – although not enough to actually tell in pictures. Sigh.

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Loves:

  • Sticking her tongue out
  • Getting up on her knees and pushing herself forward
  • Chasing toys
  • Being carried in a ring sling
  • Fruit purees
  • Musical toys
  • Playing with Caleb

Although, this picture is a good insight into their relationship. Elise can’t sit up yet and Caleb thinks it’s hilarious. She’s less than pleased. For the most part, they just laugh at each other all the time.

Firsts:

  • Stomach bug😦
  • Crying it out:/
  • Rolling toward someone she wants to see
  • On her hands and knees in attempts to crawl
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Elise: Four Months

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Elise is FOUR months old. Already! I feel like I say that every month. The next few months make up one of my favorite stages: learning to roll, sit, crawl, eat solids, and grab everything in sight. So much fun development! (And teething, but that’s no fun.)

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Elise loves:

  • Baths
  • Teething toys, especially Sophie the giraffe
  • Mommy, mommy, and more mommy
  • Uncle Chris
  • Sucking on apple slices
  • Watching Caleb’s every move
  • Taking her socks off

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Although, sometimes she does have trouble getting Sophie to her mouth – haha!

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But just see the way she looks at Caleb!

Elise’s firsts:

  • Solid food
  • Rolling and rolling and rolling
  • Easter!
  • Tripod sitting
  • Grabbing an object with two hands and bringing it to her mouth

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Can’t wait to see what the next month will bring with this little beauty!

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Elise: Three Months

Whew! We’re to the stage where monthly photos only get more difficult to take… baby’s movin’!

Elise is THREE months old. Not sure how that happened.

She loves:

  • Getting dressed
  • Receiving kisses
  • Talking and talking and talking
  • Making really girly squealing noises
  • Sucking her thumb
  • Mocking her parents when they try to get her to take a bottle
  • Caleb.

The sweetest part? He totally loves her, too:

The other day he goes, “My girl is looking at me!” Tell me if that doesn’t make your heart melt.

Elise’s firsts:

  • Rolling from tummy to back
  • Big cold😦
  • Word. She totally says “hi!”
  • Live music at a coffee shop
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Hey, check it out! I have hands!

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Wait… you DON’T have hands?

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OMG, ew! What is that?

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Let’s just act cool, ok pup?

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Hi, I’m 3 months old!

 

 

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Elise: Two Months

Elise is two months old!

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At two months, Elise…
Loves:
  • Taking baths
  • Changing clothes
  • Talking / babbling
  • Batting at objects
  • Grandpa (she smiles at him every time she sees him!)

Dislikes:

  • Binkies
  • Bottles
  • Being away from mom

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She also found her thumb recently… so we’ll see where that goes. Our cutie is getting big!

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Baked Sweet Potato Doughnuts

I love a good doughnut, especially since this last pregnancy with Elise. What I don’t love is the calorie and sugar content in doughnuts. Sigh.

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Enter these baked sweet potato doughnuts. While they may not be the healthiest breakfast (or snack…) option, they aren’t too bad for a doughnut fix in my mind. We’ll compare to other doughnut shops later. Plus, vegetables in doughnuts?! That has to be worth something. I need sugar in my life.

I recently purchased this doughnut pan so that I could make baked doughnuts at home. It was a good purchase and makes doughnut-baking probably a little too easy😉

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For these donuts, I used a simple frosting from Joy the Baker that made for easy dipping.

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And then, of course, sprinkles are a necessity if you have kids… or sometimes just for yourself.

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If you make these in the afternoon, you end up with a really awesome snack, and I promise that you will be so happy when you wake up the next morning with doughnuts to eat.

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Another thing to be happy about?  These are much healthier than other doughnuts of the same style from chain doughnut shops. Check this out (or don’t look if you are going to grab a doughnut from a shop sometime soon…):

Our Doughnut Dunkin’ Donuts Tim Horton’s
Calories 177 350 250
Carbs (g) 24 40 33
Protein (g) 3 4 4
Fat (g) 8 19 11
Sodium (mg) 178 340 270
Sugar (g) 12 20 15
Vitamin A 26% 4% 0%

 

Baked Sweet Potato Doughnuts
Adapted from How Sweet Eats and Joy the Baker

Ingredients:

Doughnuts:
1/2 cup oat flour (make your own in the food processor using 1/2 cup quick oats)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup pecan meal (make your own in the food processor using a heaping 1/4 cup of pecans)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
2 eggs
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk
1/3 cup sweet potato puree (roast at 425˚F for an hour and a half, then puree)
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk (up to 3 tbsp if needed)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray doughnut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flours, pecan meal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: eggs, milk, sweet potato puree, maple syrup, applesauce, oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add batter to the doughnut pan, filling each reservoir just to the top.
  6. Bake doughnuts at 350˚F for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Mix together all of the frosting ingredients in a wide-mouthed bowl.
  8. Flip the doughnut pan onto cooling rack. Once slightly cooled, dip each doughnut into the frosting and place back on the rack to cool completely. Add sprinkles or other toppings if desired.

Recipe makes 10-12 doughnuts.