Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Solid Start

Our pediatrician recommends that you start a baby on solid foods between 4 and 6 months. I don't think Austin was more than a few hours into month four before I was shoving rice cereal down his throat. I was so excited to do each new thing with him that I wasted little time. With Ellie, I wasn't quite as enthusiastic but for sure by 5 months she was eating solids. Enter Riley. The only reason she got her first taste of solid foods is because she had her 6 month well visit yesterday and when the Dr. asked me how she was doing with solids, I wanted to be able to give her an (honest) answer.
The delay on my part had everything to do with laziness. It's much easier to just feed a baby a bottle. Now that she is on solids, I need to work that into the schedule, not to mention maintain a supply of baby food which means even more trips to Target during the week because I will inevitably forget to pick it up while I am there the first three times.
However, the delay also means that Riley is ready to rock with this solid food business. She has had an extra two months to watch us while we ate and has figured out the process. There was very little mess and she pretty much just swallowed it all down. She had 2 nights of rice cereal and then it was on to sweet potatoes. As a bonus, I have found out that Ellie loves Riley's sweet potatoes. It might be the only vegetable Ellie has consumed in 2 months. Therefore, I am going to call Riley's first foods a definite success. Maybe I should have waited this long with each of them!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sleep when you can

It has been a rough three weeks in our house. There seems to be a super bug lurking in the shadows of our house. Every time it enters someones body, it mutates just enough to make any previously aquired antibodies ineffective for the next person. It has gotten everyone at least twice and we have just started Round 3 yesterday with Austin throwing up right after dinner. So far the only person to remain healthy is Rob. He apparently has a superior immune system, so while he slept this afternoon I harvested saliva from his drool and I am hours away from completing a vaccine I created with his antibodies. In the meantime we resort to taking naps whenever we can fit them in. That includes lunchtime.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This will be missed

When Austin was a baby the words of wisdom I received most often was "Enjoy them while they're young, they grow up so fast and you will miss it!". There were certain times, and still are, when I think "This...I will not miss!" Those times are, of course, when someone cries out at 2am and won't go back to sleep, when someone throws up on the couch, when someone spills their milk for the 4th time that day....I could go on and on with these examples. Instead I will just post a video of one of the many more examples of things I will miss.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Halloween - Part 126

I'm not sure of many families who get as much use out of their Halloween costumes as we do. Austin requested to wear his dragon costume today. Not to be left out, Ellie wore his dinosaur costume from a couple years ago. We spent the afternoon in "Dragonland" where according to Austin, dinosaurs can also play, but the dragons were bigger and could fly...dinosaurs couldn't. Ellie didn't seem to mind the limitations, because in her world dinosaurs do whatever they want. A common theme with her whether she is wearing a costume or not. There is a very good possibility that we are entering the terrible twos a few months early. Fun.
Here's a few snapshots from the day.

Below is a picture of Austin breathing fire on Ellie...and of Ellie not caring one bit.
Once he noticed my camera, Austin was more interested in making faces while I took his picture and then immediately requesting to see himself in the camera.