Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
While I was pregnant I started thinking about making baby food rather than buying jarred. I really wanted to try to stick to organic food as much as possible (and practical), and I liked the idea of being able to control exactly what was going into her food. I also heard that making your own food makes it easier later on to introduce babies to table food since they're already used to the flavors of homemade food. Finally - it's cheaper. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to stick to it, but so far I've been pleasantly surprised at how simple the process is and how little time it takes.
Here's my routine:
Step One: Choose the food item. The photos were taken the week we introduced peas. I've found in some cases frozen foods work as well as fresh, so I bought some organic frozen peas.
Step Two: Cook the food (skip this step for foods like bananas, avocados, etc.). I usually steam the vegetables on the stove-top, but these had a microwave steamer bag. Even faster!
Step Four: Using the super awesome Vita-Mix (or a regular blender or food processor), puree to desired consistency, adding water as necessary.
Step Five: Pour puree into an ice cube tray, reserving one portion for the next meal. Freeze cubes for next time.
Step Six: The taste test - looks like this one was a hit!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Last weekend we took Claire to her first parade. We looked at the SA calendar of events and found out that there was a festival in Boerne complete with an evening Christmas parade. Boerne is only about 30 minutes away, so we decided to check it out. The parade turned out to be a much bigger even than we expected - the main street was packed with people. We found a good spot, and Claire was entertained by all of the lights, music, and people. It was next to impossible to get her to look at the camera - she just wanted to stare at the parade. We had a good time and will probably plan to attend again next year. We also decided that we need to make another trip to Boerne when it's not so crowded. The main street reminded us of Fredericksburg with several interesting shops and restaurants. Glad to find a fun place so nearby!
At 8 months Claire is:
- Sleeping about 10 - 11 hours at night, usually going to bed between 7:30 and 8:30 pm and getting up anywhere between 6 and 7:30 am. She's not napping as much, but usually totals about 2-3 hours in naps every day.
- Eating solid foods twice a day. She's finally up to 2 oz. of cereal mixed with 2 oz. of formula or juice every morning and is eating 2-3 oz. of food at dinner. She's had butternut squash, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, green beans, broccoli, avocado, banana, mango, prunes, and corn. So far she likes everything she's tried except for broccoli. Favorites are squash, sweet potatoes, corn, peas with carrots, and avocado with banana.
- Starting to eat finger foods. She's had sweet potato puffs, and while most of the time they don't quite make it into her mouth, they keep her busy for a few extra minutes. Tonight she tried Baby MumMums (rice husks) for the first time - big hit.
- Drinking about 24 oz. of formula everyday (4-5 bottles).
- Sitting in highchairs and grocery carts rather than staying in her car seat.
- Curious about everything. She loves to touch different textures and is especially mesmerized by my hair and my cross necklace - ouch! :)
- Chewing on whatever she can get into her mouth with her 6 (!) teeth. You can see 5 of them in this picture:
- Not that interested in crawling yet, as she's hanging on to her aversion towards being on her belly. Sitting is so much more fun!
- Still bouncing in her Jumperoo like a mad woman. Her new favorite place is the doorway between our closet in bathroom, which is really nice since it keeps her happy while we're getting ready in the mornings.
- Standing easily when holding on to Mommy or Daddy's fingers. She likes walking practice with Daddy.
- Enjoying bath time, especially when she has a cup to play with.
- Enjoying walks even more now that Mommy finally started turning the stroller seat to face out to the world.
- Babbling - lots of "buh, buh, buh," "muh, muh, muh," and "um-baa, um-baa, um-baa."
- Still pretty tiny, mostly wearing clothes in 3-6 month sizes.
- Really healthy - we haven't had any sick visits to the pediatrician since before we moved to SA.
- Shy around strangers, but warms up quickly.
I know there's more, but this is all I can think of right now!
Saturday, December 06, 2008
I loved this one because it reminded me of the first ones we took where we had to prop her head against the arm rest, like this one when she was one week old.
Several of you have asked me what Claire wants for Christmas, so here is her list. Items in green are links to examples. If you would like to speak for something, leave a comment or send me an e-mail and I will update the list to indicate that it is taken.
...updated 12/7 at 8:45 am
- Music & Play Table (spoken for!)
- Fisher Price Stride to Ride Lion (spoken for!)
- Wooden bead maze (like this or this)
- Stacking rings (lots of options - I think she'd like one like this) (spoken for!)
- Shape sorter toy
- Inflatable duck tub (for travel and bathing in the regular tub) (spoken for!)
- Bath toys (stacking cups, squirters, etc.)
- Clothes - I think we're good on winter clothes (it doesn't get very cold here), but she could use spring/summer clothes in 6-9 month or 9-12 month sizes.
- CDs - Jack Johnson "Curious George" and Raffi "Singable Songs For Young Children" and "Baby Beluga"
- Bibs - Can never have too many bibs
- Shoes - Robeez, MiniStar, or PediPeds in size 6-12 months or larger
- Books - She has several of the classics (Pat the Bunny, Good Night Moon, Guess How Much I Love You, Dr. Seuss), but we could always use more books. I know that the board books by Sandra Boynton are supposed to be good, and we also like the "Lyle the Crocodile" books (House on East 88th Street, "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile")
- Gift cards for Babies R Us (for just about anything) or to Crazy 8, Baby Gap, Gymboree, or Children's Place (for clothes)
Also, if you need ideas for me or Robert, just e-mail us. :) Thanks!
Monday, December 01, 2008
We have quite a few things to catch up on since my last post, so I'm going to try to remember everything, complete with lots of photos!
- Claire has another tooth, giving her a total of 6 teeth - 4 on the top, and 2 on the bottom. She's killing the boys in her class, as none of them have even one tooth. Speaking of, she's the only little girl in her class at the moment. What is up with the boy baby boom?
- I have a job! I accepted an offer last week with a small local firm here in SA. There are only about 20 employees, and I think there will be five of us in the audit group. It's completely different from what I'm used to and from what I was expecting to choose, but I think I'll really enjoy it. Everyone I've met is really nice and there seems to be a real team atmosphere in the office. We're planning for me to work full-time, but that truly means 40 hours per week as the founding partner doesn't believe in making people work overtime unless it's absolutely critical, which is great! My first day is next Monday, so I'll be able to get settled before things get busy this spring.
- Lindsay and Tyler's photographer posted some photos from their wedding on his blog - click here for a link (you can also see their engagement pictures here - such a good looking couple!). You might recognize a familiar face in a couple of the shots of the bridesmaids. :) The wedding was perfect, and Lindsay looked beautiful - the perfect image of a bride. I was thrilled to see Lindsay so happy. Tyler is a great guy, and I'm incredibly excited for them and looking forward to hearing about their adventures in Europe for the honeymoon.
- Our baby girl is becoming quite the ham! We noticed that if she does something that elicits a positive reaction, she'll repeat it and look expectantly for another cheer or clap. It's really funny. I first noticed this a couple of days before Thanksgiving. She was in her Exersaucer and managed to press the button on the bus. She hadn't been able to reach it, so when I realized it was going off, I started cheering and clapping for her. She looked back at me and smiled, and then stretched over to hit it again and looked back to make sure I saw her. It was the first time I'd noticed her purposely doing something like that. I got a few photos of her in action. She started doing it again over Thanksgiving. Mom was holding her and playing piano, and Claire wanted to play. She leaned forward and hit the keys, then leaned back against Mom, and we clapped for her. So she leaned forward and gave them a quick pound, then leaned back again and looked at us with a big smile on her face. She kept going for several minutes - so funny!
"Are you watching?"
Hitting the button on the bus
Waiting for a reaction from Mommy
- Claire has been able to stand for awhile now if someone is helping support her, but last night she stood using an object for support for the first time. Robert stood her up in front of a chair and put her hands on the seat, and she figured out that she could balance herself using the seat. She got really interested in the throw pillow, so she stood there for longer than I would've expected. Then we practiced walking. We've decided that we wouldn't be surprised if she skips crawling and goes straight to walking. We're going to have to start baby-proofing soon - sooner than I would like!
- I have a few other posts in the works that will be coming soon - Claire's Christmas list, homemade Baby Legs, and how our homemade baby food is going.
Friday was a pretty quiet day. Several people went to the farm with my dad, so Claire, Nana, and Robert and I just relaxed and watched a movie. Claire took some good naps - she was still worn out from the previous day's excitement.
On Saturday we drove to Arlington to visit all of the great-grandparents. We had lunch with Grandmommy and Granddad and spent the afternoon visiting with them, and then went to Ma and Bob's for dinner and to spend the night. We made our way home on Sunday with a stop at Hut's in Austin for their yummy burgers and onion rings.
It was such a blessing to be able to spend the holiday with so many members of our family!
Friday, November 21, 2008
(Press the play button at the bottom of the picture - you may need to turn up the volume on your computer to hear her.)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We noticed tonight that Claire has another tooth poking through, so this makes 5 teeth. They're coming so fast!
Here are Claire's 32 week chair pictures. She was really going to town playing with Ellie.
I was very excited to find some bows that met Robert's approval (not too big!) and that stay in her hair. Finally! :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We took her to Austin for her first football game - UT vs. Baylor. Robert's mom is in town from Venezuela, and she was able to go with us. It was incredibly hot for November, so we didn't stay too long for fear of sunburn and overheating, but we enjoyed what we saw. Claire was mostly entertained by the two little kids in front of us, but she did watch part of the game.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Claire is getting to where she's not too content to sit in her carrier when we go out to eat, so we just let her sit on the table until the food came. :) She enjoyed watching all of the activity going on around her and all of the attention from Granddaddy, Nana, Mommy & Daddy.
P.S. We have plenty of pictures of their food from the wedding (example in our anniversary post below), so I didn't think it was necessary to include one here. :)
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
A baby covered in carrots, but she's happy and smiling! And believe it or not, she actually got more in her tummy than she did on her skin, Bumbo, counter, piece of fruit behind her, etc. I even got most of it wiped off before the bath.
This morning I read a post on a friend's blog on the election titled "History, Barack, and Jesus," and I thought it was a very eloquent expression of his thoughts of the historical significance of Obama's election and his response as a Christian. I encourage you to click on the link and read it. I agree with most of what he said and I'm curious to hear what you think.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Even though she won't be eligible to cast her own vote in a Presidential election until 2028, she did help Daddy with his selections. The early voting location we went to was pretty busy - we got there around 11:20 and stood in line for about 40 minutes. It's great to see such a big turnout, and it was fun to go as a family.