Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Meghan is 8 Months Old

Eight months old! My goodness this has been the month of new developments, I hope I can remember them all! The biggest one is that she is now crawling!!

Height :
Weight :
(hopefully I will get this info at some point)

Sleeping: More of the same on the sleeping front. The month pretty much started and ended in about the same place but we went through a pretty nasty spell right in the middle. She is starting to transition down to two naps, but really only gets there on days Colin doesn't have school. His school pick up and drop off are prime nap time, but unlike her older brother, Meghan does not nap as well in the stroller as she does in the crib. Stroller naps are only 40 mins, while crib naps are generally longer. If the first nap is short she will likely take three naps, but if she takes a nice 90 minute nap at 9am then she will generally take another good nap around 12:30 and be done.

Likes
  • Daddy. He walks in the door after work and she makes a bee line for him. Pretty darn adorable to watch.
  • Balls. She really enjoys rolling a ball back and forth with a partner. The way she throws/rolls it back looks entirely unintentional, however she does it the exact same way every time so I guess it must not be. 
  • Anything of Colin's. Yep this is starting to be a problem this month as she can actually get to toys Colin used to be able to keep away from her. He is adapting quickly though, and anything overtly dangerous has been put away for now.
  • Eating with her hands. She is really trying to feed herself, but unfortunately her food is in puree form and not easily picked up (not for lack of effort on her part!). We do give her finger foods but since she hasn't had teeth until now I haven't pushed further than puffs yet. Her behavior tells me she is ready for more.
  • Bath/Shower. Since she is officially too big for her bath seat and bouncy seat, I started bringing her into the shower with me in the morning and she loves it just as much as she loves the bath. She finds the stream of water very interesting. She has no problem putting her face right in the water (another sharp departure from Colin's behavior).
  • Emptying Toy Bins. She loves to stand over a basket of toys and just remove everything from the basket. She doesn't seem to be too picky about what toys they are, she does it with her own bins as well as with Colin's bins of train tacks. 
Her expressions crack me up!
Dislikes:
  • Having her face cleaned after meals. You would think I was washing her face with frozen sand paper she gets so upset about it.
  • Getting jammies on after her bath. The time between coming out of the bath and getting to nurse is a bit of a challenge some nights, which generally has nothing to do with her hunger level as I have tried feeding her right before the bath so she isn't hungry. She just wants to skip right over the getting dressed part and go right to snuggling.
  •  Waiting in the stroller. Sometimes she goes into the stroller a good five minutes before we walk out that door simply because I need to put her somewhere while I gather all the last minute things we need. She is patient for a few minutes but she lets me know when I've taken too long! In fact, she lets most of our floor know!
I think there is a picture of me as a baby making a similar expression... mom?
New and Notable.
  • She is crawling and crawling well. This girl gets around
  • She is pulling herself up! I think she could do this before she could crawl but since she was so rarely near something to pull up on we didn't really notice. Once she could crawl she wanted to crawl to furniture and stand up. This caused serious sleep disturbances as she had to check and see if she could still stand up ever time she started to wake up. It was just SO exciting.
  • She has two teeth. The first came through on good Friday and the second came through on her actual 8 monthiversary. So far her discomfort is manageable, but these are the "easy teeth" so I'm not holding my breath for the big ones being easy.
  • She can clap. She was clapping on command for a good two weeks, no she just waves her hands around when you ask her to clap...however if you catch her clapping she can do it again on command a few minutes later.
  • She can say Da da. Not with any intention but she has the letter worked out.
  • She is creeping along furniture and trying to stand without holding on. She is very very unsteady but she clearly wants to progress to walking sooner rather than later. 
  • SHE EATS MEAT! We tried chicken for the first time (chicken, apple, carrot puree to be exact) and she ate it right up. Very encouraging for what is to come!
Still very cheeky.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

8 month preview!

I took a lot of pictures of Meghan today because it is her 8 'monthiversary', but one in particular is pretty darn adorable, so rather than make you wait for the full 8 month post to go up I'm treating you to this adorableness now.


Right now I have to start preparing for class and then I will get to the real 8 month post.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hoppy Easter

This year I had the kids pictures taken with the "Easter Bunny". They came out so cute that I just have to share them.






Yes, it is a real live bunny! No, we didn't do anything special to it to get it to interact with the kids, it just did! He was more than happy to climb all over and be 'loved' by the them. Colin was a wee bit nervous about it, mainly because it showed no fear of him but Meghan dove right in!  More pictures later of our Easter Celebration.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Favorite Things for Making Baby Food

I really enjoy making baby food for the kids. Babies are so easy to feed and so eager to eat that it is very rewarding to watch them enjoy food I've made. I used jars more often with Colin than I did with Meghan, which is likely because of the baby food swap I've had the good fortune to participate in (another swap tonight!) Here are a few of my favorite things for making baby food.

Mumi&Bubi Freezer Storage Trays: This are the best trays I've found. I do like the Fresh Baby trays too, but I make so many big batches these days that these work better for me. Plus they are much easier to remove cubes from and clean. I also find the shape of the cube very appealing.







Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processor.Got to have a good BPA free food processor! Sean's Aunt and Uncle sent the kids a gift card for Christmas and I was able to purchase this for "Meghan". I used the glass blender for Colin since my food processor wasn't BPA free and it just wasn't an ideal solution. This processor is the perfect size, big enough to make big batches but not so big I can't make a small batch in it.




Good Spatulas: You don't have to have these particular spatulas but you nee some good spatulas in a couple sizes. The small ones help scoop food back into one cube if you accidentally over fill and have a few half filled cubes. The larger ones are good to smooth over the top of the tray and push the food back into the processor. These spatulas are also high heat which is not necessary for making baby food, but I use them all the time while cooking in my pans so I don't scratch the coating. My mom was asking about them recently so I figured I would kill two birds..

Steamer Pot: I don't have any idea how we ended up with this set of pots (actually if you remember I killed the base of this pot but luckily it fits on other pot we own). I really like this to steam large batches! My mom has one of those steamer baskets and I find it very awkward to use.





Libbey Small Bowls with Lids: I bought a different set of bowls first and they were just too small. These bowls are PERFECT. I love them! They are glass so I can use them in the microwave, and send the food to the babysitter and not worry about how she warms it.  They hold three cubes while the cubes are still frozen, or 6oz of thawed food. I also found out through trial and error that they fit into a typical 12oz hot cup so you can warm them on the go in a hot water bath and it won't float around and risk splashing boiling water on baby. Lids fit securely but I have one minor leaking incident when I didn't put it on quite right.

Blender Baby Food. I think I probably have about five (or eight) baby/toddler food cookbooks, and this is my favorite one for new ideas for baby 'meals' (pear, apricot, tofu anyone?). I just noticed it has a second edition now and I seriously have to exhibit some self control not to buy it, I'm sure it is largely the same but I would love to page through it. Another great resource is www.wholesomebabyfood.com. That is usually the first place I go when I'm not quite sure how to cook something.

That's all! Enjoy.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Meghan is crawling!

Meghan has just exploded with new skills this month, one of which is crawling. While I have a ton of videos to sort through now that I've got my new computer and my camcorder playing nicely together, I wanted to get this one up right away. This was on her very first day, she is getting faster now, and all the wires you see in the background have been taken care of.. I guess we needed that kick in the pants.


Meghan Crawls! from Rebecca Berry on Vimeo.


enjoy!