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Check In With Sofia: 16 Months Old

Hello hello!

Yet another month has gone by: Our beauty turned 16 months old yesterday. Wow… Just WOW! Time, slow down!

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Sofia is growing into a beautiful little toddler. She loves to observe and discover. I can almost hear thoughts going through her mind: ‘How does this lock work?.. Can I climb there?.. What if I try to pull on this?..’ Ahhh… We are never bored!

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At 16 months, Sofia is super active. She loves to dance to any music or even simple clapping, to walk/run around, to carry her heaviest and bulkiest toys. In addition, Sofia is always looking forward to her swimming classes. She even tries to put on her swimming cap on her own!

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Our baby girl loves ‘coloring’ with crayons and doodling on her board. She’ll even come up to one of us, let us hold the doodle board while she is creating yet another artwork. Sometimes we wonder if she is left-handed because one day it looks like she has a preference, but then other days she uses both of her hands. I guess, it’s too early to tell and time will show.

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Love for books has never faded away. Now Sofia chooses her book, gives it to me or Justin and then backs up to sit on our lap. *It’s actually super cute and funny!*

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Last week she started showing affection. I mean, Sofia has always been affectionate. I love getting her hugs and she still bows her head to get a kiss when I say, ‘Kiss?’ However, several days ago, she picked up her baby doll, hugged and kissed her. Our hearts melted as we saw her do it! There was even a sound effect as she kissed the doll, which made it so much more adorable.

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What else is new? There is one more tooth! It’s a top left 3rd or 4th tooth. I can’t tell yet because it’s kind of far from her middle teeth. I started ‘brushing’ her teeth with my finger just to get her used to a teeth cleaning routine and Sofia seems to love it. There are plenty of giggles as we do it. But don’t be fooled! It’s a super dangerous endeavor, my little trickster loves to bite on my finger with all her might… Let me tell you, it’s very hard to restrain myself from screaming in pain.

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We are still very lucky with her sleeping habits. Sofia generally naps twice a day: about 30 minutes in the morning and 1-1.5 hours around noon. She has been falling asleep at around 7.30-8 pm for the past 6 months and waking up around 6-6.30 am.

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We also couldn’t be happier about our daughter’s appetite. She eats very well at home and at the daycare. Her favourite foods at the moment are: pasta, bread, ice cream, yogurt and tangerines, but then again, Sofia eats pretty much everything.

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I don’t think there have been any new words, but I am not worried. There are at least 2 languages (English and French) on a daily basis, plus Ukrainian and Italian occasionally. It’s a lot to take in, so we are very patient. Not to forget, Sofia is super expressive with her gestures and nodding a ‘no’ with her head. We understand each other!

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Olena

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all of my dear family, friends and readers!

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Take one dark night
Without a star.
Add one thin cat
As black as tar.

Turn on a wind
To shriek and moan.
Stir in a ghost
With wail and groan.

Stuff three pumpkins
With witches’ bane.
Top with a slice
Of moon on the wane.

Flavor with bats
And things unseen,
Boil and served chilled
HALLOWEEN!

Witches’ Brew by Barbara Bates

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Check In with Sofia: 13 Months Old

Another month has gone by in the blink of an eye, and our little peanut turned 13 months old today.

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First tricycle ride

One of the big achievements this month was getting over the fear of balloons. *LOL!* Even though it was an important accomplishment, Sofia has reached even bigger milestones.

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My favourite tippy toes

A few days ago Sofia was able to make a few steps on her own while trying to get to me from Justin. Both of us were astonished! Lately we’ve been noticing more and more her standing without any support. Our little daredevil will be walking on her own in no time!

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Look how excited she is!!!

Other than that Sofia looooves walking *more like, running!* while holding on to her Minnie car. Climbing stairs, or pretty much anything for that matter, is another hobby of hers. Maybe it’s a different kind of a cardio exercise for parents when your heart litterally stops and then starts beating extremely fast from fear. *Just kidding! It would make sense though, right?!*

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Ready to do some splashing around!

Another big milestone was growing first two bottom teeth. So ‘no more’ to a toothless smile around here, and ‘hell yeah!’ to nibbling on a slice of honeydew!

Our vocabulary has improved a bit too. Now Sofia can say ‘ma-ma’, ‘da-da’, ‘boobay’, ‘nomnomnom’ and various syllables like ‘beh’, ‘meh’, ‘dee’,etc.

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Let’s play!

Some of Sofia’s various activities are dancing to favourite tunes, doing ‘nice-nice’ to Bella, turning on and off the light, splashing in a bathtub, doing peek-a-boo.

Our baby girl also likes to play with her toy car track and a kitchen set, as well as to put balls into a small opening in a toy basket.

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Did I just hear someone say ‘ice-cream’?!

And the very last but definitely not least: ICE-CREAM! Should I say any more? 🙂

When did your baby start walking on their own?

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Olena

 

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Sofia’s 1st Birthday

It’s been a little over a week since our little princess turned one.

As a first-time mom (not sure it will be any different in the future though), it was an emotional day for me. I was very happy, yet nostalgic.

This year went by waaaay too fast. It feels like it was yesterday when Justin brought Sofia to my face so I could see her and kiss her for the first time as doctors were stitching me up. I still tear up at the thought of hearing her cry for the first time and not being able to see her for a couple of minutes because of the screen. I remember how she stopped crying the very same moment she was reunited with me. She was so tiny and wrinkly and I was in love.

Sofia has grown so much! And so did our love for her. She is our perfect little girl and we couldn’t be any prouder. She now weighs 19.5 pounds and is about 71 cm tall.

Educators at the daycare don’t stop telling us how independent Sofia is. She is always on the move, touching things, exploring the world around her. She likes to spend more and more time standing up and to walk around the room while holding on to furniture, walls, doors. Sometimes she lets go without realizing it and stands on her own for several seconds. I’ve learnt to keep my excitement in not to scare her off.

Sofia likes to play peek-a-boo among other games.

Sofia loves eating cut up fruits and berries, and cheese… She’ll eat cheese anytime! And if she likes you, she’ll even share!

I still breastfeed her, and I’m loving every single moment of it!

For her first birthday party theme we went with Minnie. She had a blast, and so did we. And I’d like to share with you some memories of her special day. ENJOY!

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Thanks for popping by!

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Backdrop

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Fruit wands

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Pink Fruit Punch

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Mommy’s & Daddy’s wishes

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Sweet table

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Minnie smash cake

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It took a while to dig in, but it was a SUCCESS!

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Minnie Birthday cake for our mini Sofia!

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Blowing the candle with mommy’s help

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So happy together!

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Play, play, play!

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New favourite toy!

What emotions did you experience before your baby’s first birthday?

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xoxo
Olena

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Check In With Sofia: 10 & 11 Months Old

Guys, I refuse to believe it: My little princess is turning 1 year old this week! Where did the time fly? I mean, it’s insane!

Today I’d like to reminisce about the past 2 months and share with you some of her milestones.

10 Months Old

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The day Sofia turned 10 months old was a very significant day for her and our family as a whole: It was her first day at a daycare. She was supposed to start a month later, but since I made a decision to go back to work from a maternity leave sooner than expected because I got an amazing opportunity with my company.

Dropping her off for the first time was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.I had a big lump in my throat. Thankfully, Sofia integrated really well pretty much from the get go and it made the process so much easier for me as well.

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At 10 months, Sofia loves to climb absolutely everything, especially the stairs, and step on her tippy toes the heater to look out the window.

Clicking buttons of a musical center and pulling out books is another fascination of hers.

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Sofia started to show her dancing skills. Watching her bounce and shuffle to songs is incredibly funny. I can tell she’s listening to lyrics too, because she’ll wave ‘hello’ and ‘bye-bye’ when she’s supposed to.

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Sofia can already eat finger food. She enjoys eating grapes and rusks, and pretty much all fruits. She can drink through a straw from her sippy cup and says ‘da-da-da-da-da’ non-stop.

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Our baby girl loves to spend time outdoors: going on the swing and looking out of her stroller are definitely at the top of her list.

11 Months Old

 Sofia weighs 19 pounds. Can say ‘ma-ma’ and ‘da-da’. She started saying ‘da-da’ about a week before saying ‘ma-ma’.

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Hearing her say ‘ma-ma’ was so special and precious because my mom got to witness this with me. My heart melts to even simply think about that day…

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At 11 months, Sofia got over some of her fears: She is no longer afraid to go down the slide or to touch the grass. She loves playing ball with Bella and has fun pulling on toilet paper when mommy’s not looking.

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Sofia is an independent little girl. Occasionally, she can even stand on her own without any support for several seconds. Also, walking while holding on to couches, walls and chairs brought house exploration to a whole new level!

At the daycare educators are fascinated about how calm she is, always keeping herself busy roaming around and making new friends. Of course… PFFFF… Sofia’s our daughter, no wonder! *wink, wink*
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Food-wise, the new favourite snack is cheese! Eating cheese, berries and fruit on her own is exciting and… messy! Oh well, Bella doesn’t mind picking up stuff off the floor, so I guess at the end of the day everyone is happy!

If you’ve missed previous check-in’s, here they are:

What emotions did you experience before your baby’s first birthday?

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xoxo
Olena

 

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#FBF: Barcelona, Spain – The City Of Dreams (Part 2)

Happy Friday!

This is the last flash back to my trip to Europe some 2 years ago.

If you missed the previous posts, you can catch up here:

This was the last full day in Barcelona for me and my brother. Both of us were pretty sick, so we didn’t take many pictures of each other. And the ones we did, well, I won’t post them because I look sick. Ha!

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That day we went to Park Guell, which was built between 1900 and 1915 . It was commissioned by Eusebi Guell and designed by Antoni Gaudi.

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Since we took a metro to get there, we needed to walk for about 20 minutes to enter the park. But it was definitely worth it. There were great views over the city and plenty of architecture to see.

The house below was actually the place where Gaudi lived there until his death in 1926.

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An interesting fact: The park was originally supposed to be a commercial housing development, which turned out to be an unsuccessful venture.

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Afterwards we went to Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf. It was built in 1888 as the main access gate for the 1888 World Fair.

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I must admit that people there, at least the ones we met, were extremely nice and helpful, including this police officer.

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We walked A LOT that day! To be honest with you, I don’t even remember what majority of the pictures we took are. *Haha!* However, I had to share this one.

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This was a street show in front of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. Spanish people definitely know how to capture tourist attention!

Have you ever been sick while traveling? How did you make the most out of your trip?

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Olena

 

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One Run At A Time, Or How To Avoid Toxic Thoughts

Good morning loves,

I am happy to report that I’ve learned yet another invaluable lesson during my 7 km run yesterday. But before I jump to that, here is my Week 6 training schedule of half-marathon training:

Monday – 4 miles
Tuesday – 30-40 minutes of cross training: HIIT
Wednesday – 4 miles + kettlebell toning
Thursday – 40-50 minutes of cross training: booty + cardio
Friday – rest day
Saturday – 8 miles
Sunday – rest day

*Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5*

The more I runSource

So a very interesting thing happened to me yesterday. You may or may not have read my previous post on how running makes us happy, but happiness makes us better runners. I tried my very best to be positive about the run, but it was such a struggle. Nothing hurt, but I had a full blown mental battle with myself, despite trying to keep my chin up and think happy thoughts. So what happened, you say?

I think the best way to put it is: I got caught in a web of self-doubt.

A little progress each day adds up to be resultsSource

You see, it’s been a very long time since I ran a distance of 10 km and more (apart from Week 3 and 4 of my training). My runs got much shorter since I got pregnant in fall 2014. Something happened to my bladder throughout my pregnancy and I could barely stay on a treadmill for 15-20 minutes before dashing to a ladies room. *Pregger problems! Haha!*

For some strange reason, something snapped when I saw that this week’s long run is a grand total of 8 miles. Toxic thoughts invaded my mind. I mean, I’m training for a half, so this distance is definitely not a surprise. I ran much longer distances in the past. But all of a sudden I got intimidated and mental games began. As I was running, all I kept thinking about was how am I gonna do that long run. And as many of you know, it is not a good place for any runner or any fitness enthusiast for that matter to question their own abilities.

Good news, it is reversible! *Haha!*

one day at a time, enjoy the journeySource

It is so sooooo important to focus on one workout at a time and not to get too much ahead of ourselves. Just like in our daily lives, in order to be efficient and not to get overwhelmed, we must prioritize our to-do list. First things first. The same goes for running. Not only our ‘present’ workout will be more effective, but also there is absolutely no reason why we should psych ourselves out of the challenge that lies ahead. Tackle it one day, one workout at a time.

Has ever self-doubt affected your workouts? How do you avoid psyching yourself out before a long run?

Keep moving forwardSource

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Olena

 

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