I've been on an organizing-the-entire-house spree since we've been back. The biggest thing has been reclaiming the tiny third bedroom/office/craftroom/where we stuck extra furniture that moved from apartment to apartment to across the country... you get the idea. Enter the elfa system from the Container Store. There is now a wonderful place across from his bedroom where he can play with his toys (instead of scattered all over our tiny living room) while I also have an organized space to do my scrapbooking, crafting, sewing, & menu planning- just perfect. =)
Lil Bee and I have also made tons of progress in our adventures with pureed solid foods. I've started looking through my Weelicious recipe book for different ideas and combinations but this kid will seriously eat anything I put in front of him! He's gobbled up everything from apples, bananas, oatmeal, and peaches to green beans, peas, avocado, carrots, broccoli, and zucchini! My favorite tools so far have been the Magic Bullet (http://www.buythebullet.com/), 1 oz ice cube trays (http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-Perfect-Cube-Tray-Dark/dp/B000QIU7X6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358400570&sr=8-1&keywords=ice+tray+silicone), plastic Similac formula containers for freezer storage (Ziploc bags also work), and these BPA free single serve containers (http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Freezer-Storage-Containers-2-Ounce/dp/B004QZBEFK/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1358400701&sr=1-1&keywords=freezer+storage+oxo) that I can shove into my diaper bag.
- At home, I use Munchkin bowls for feedings (http://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Count-Stay-Suction-Bowl/dp/B000JOT2RO/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1358401112&sr=1-1&keywords=munchkin+suction+bowls) since he's always grabbing at anything in his reach.
- In my diaper bag, I always have one Take and Toss bowl, a Take and Toss spoon, instant oatmeal (just in case I forgot to grab a solid food container), and a Bumbkin bib.
- On our holiday travels, I just mashed up a banana or avocados for his meals. Totally portable and doesn't need any refrigeration!
In early Dec, I ran my first 5K since getting pregnant with Lil Bee (not pretty) and recently signed up for the Color Run in early Feb with a bunch of spouses in my squadron. So to prepare for that- I've started up a running group with a bunch of friends. We've done Zumba or Yoga together here and there but mostly we're just a bunch of new mommies who have regular playdates.. and since it's a new year, we've all got new fitness goals on our minds haha. I've also started running with Lil Bee in the jogging stroller on our own 1-2x/wk. Hopefully I find the motivation to keep up the running after the race!
With my busy schedule, I'm still making lists (something I started when I was pregnant and really scatterbrained). I also tend to really get overwhelmed when I think of all the things I have to get done (sometimes I really overbook my schedule) and making lists help me cope. So I have a list of things that need to get done right away, a list of chores that need to be done around the house, a grocery list after I plan the menu for the week, and a list of "fun" things that I've seen on Pinterest for days I'm ever bored.