Life with baby, vegan treats, homemade pumpkin spice syrup, Olivia's hair loss, Faith started archery and Scottish dance lessons this week, and we're all returning to our normal routines. Most of this past week was spent catching up on laundry, getting the kids back in the school routine, meal planning, and getting back to normal bedtimes - which is probably my favorite thing ever because I really value the much-needed alone time David and I get each night after the little kids are in bed (usually by 7pm). Preschool is absolutely exhausting for Noah, so there's been a bit of an adjustment period, trying to ensure he's getting enough sleep. Olivia's sleep has been on-again, off-again because we're reintroducing foods into my diet for allergy trials. She often only wakes twice per night (7pm-7am) but is up frequently if we have a reaction. I'd love a little extra sleep now and then, but as this is my last baby, I'm trying to savor every little bit of it, and I'm not too concerned by our little late-night snugglefests in bed while nursing.
It's hard to believe that September is nearly over! The official start of Fall is just a few days away, Olivia turns six-months-old in just one week (she'll be having her first puree soon, which I'm equally excited and nervous about), and the end-of-year holidays are right around the corner. Halloween costumes are starting to come together, I'm considering food alternatives for Thanksgiving, and I've even bought a few Christmas gifts already (as well as started dreaming up my own little wish list - so excited for what's coming my way in a few month's time!). Believe it or not, I've already started thinking about New Year's resolutions for 2015 - yep, I'm attempting that monumental project again and really looking forward to some huge successes with personal goals and personal growth in the coming year (will be posting a few thoughts about my 2014 goals soon)! Last but not least, David and I will be celebrating three years "officially" together soon, and will be getting married before the end of the year, firmly cementing 2014 as the year our little family becomes whole. I could not be more excited, could not be more in love with this little life of mine, and truly could not be more happy - everything is just so perfect right now!