Thursday, October 21, 2010

Holy Smoke Batman.... it's been 7 months already??

Well month number 7 has been a busy one for our little pumpkin! As I mentioned in an earlier post she started crawling at about 6 1/2 months,

sitting up on her own the next week

and just in this past week has started pulling up on things!

Oh the terror that fills my heart!!

And I don't mean Halloween terror.... I mean the "Omigoodness, I wonder how much it would cost to suspend everything we own from the ceilings to keep her from getting into it!" If there's a drawer she's trying to open it, a window she's looking out of it, if it has wheels she's moving it (and even if it doesn't have wheels she's moving it), if it has a lid she's taking it off.... Nothing is safe in our house from those sweet little dimpled hands.

Can't you just see the curiosity on that beautiful face?

She's been trying out new foods every 3 or 4 days. I've had to do quite a bit of research on this whole baby making food thing. So I found out there are several things that I shouldn't be making at home until she's at least 9 months including carrots, squash, green veggies (green beans, peas, spinich, etc...) do to the high levels of nitrates in these foods. Unfortunately, squash was the first baby food I made by myself. Our doc reassured me though that if it was made within a couple of days of buying it (fresh produce builds up more nitrates the longer it sits) and frozen promptly that it should be fine. So for now we're doing about half homemade foods and half store bought foods. The store bought pre-made versions of these baby foods have been made at a very high temperature to kill off any nitrates and then tested for nitrate level before processing to ensure they're safe for baby consumption.

So far she seems to be enjoying everything, except homemade apple sauce that is. Weird huh? She puckers her lips and her face looks like I just fed her a pureed lemon! I used Macintosh apples this time, and I just think they're a little too sweet and tart for her. I'm going to try again with some Red Delicious. They seem to be a little less tart than other varieties. Does anyone have any experience and/or recommendations on this for me?

As for homemade foods we've done the above mentioned apples, as well as pears, bananas, winter squash, sweet potatoes and avacados. Store bought foods that she's delighted in are green beans, peas and carrots. She's also getting at least a serving per day of her rice cereal because from what I understand it's one of the best sources of iron for babies... plus she loves it!

Trying squash for the first time.

"Ummmm... I'm not so sure what I think about this mom..."

Not too bad of a variety for her first month of eating food.

If you want to check out some of her seven month cuteness in 2d then take a look at these videos!! (Please ignore my ridiculously high pitched voice in these!! haha)

The very first day Ainsley learned to crawl...

Ainsley eating cereal for the first time!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sweet little Josie

I had full intentions of writing this post about a month ago... and then something crazy happened... Ainsley started crawling! So while I've been chasing her around our house and trying to baby proof (I thought I had another couple months!! Is 6 months young to be crawling or am I just a completely naive rookie?!?!) my blog has been growing cobwebs. I guess cobwebs aren't so bad since it's October... keeping with the Halloween spirit and all. Not that I've ever been much of a Halloween person... anyways, I digress... back to the most important news...

Matthew and I are an uncle and aunt times 4 now!! Beautiful Josie Elizabeth Good was born on July 28th, completely healthy and completely perfect!

Her parents, my sister Heather and her husband Mike, didn't find out the gender of the baby this time, so we were all so anxious we could hardly stand it! I was personally very excited that she's a little girl because I think that it will be awesome for Ainsley and Josie to be so close in age, just over 4 months apart. I'm imagining a lot of fun will be had over holidays and visits, and I'm imagining her spending weeks here during the summer with us and vise versa for Ainsley, just like I did with some of my cousins growing up.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to go kiss those sweet cheeks until she was almost 6 weeks old.

Let's just say that with me backing down to part time and a certain little dog needing surgery a whole lot sooner than anticipated, our bank account is looking a little trimmer than it used to. Don't get me wrong... we're so thankful for our wonderful jobs and understand that we're so much better off than so many people... but we just don't have the expendible income we did a year ago to be able to just jump on a plane and go whenever we please. So I picked up a few extra shifts over several weeks and as soon as we saved up the money we caught the first plane outta here to good ol' IND.

Can I just tell you that this precious girl is every bit as edible as she looks in these pictures!?!?! And not only is she edible... but she's quiet... It seemed so odd to us as Ainsley was... well, not. Up until Ainsley was about 10 weeks old, if she was awake, she was screaming. Then from 10 weeks until about 4 months she was only screaming 80% of the time she was awake. Then after 4 months we saw a marked improvement and now she's quite the happy little clam... but little Josie... oh no, she obviously sees no need to cause her mommy to pull out her beautiful brunette locks.... She's a perfect angel. I'm pretty sure in the 3 days we were there I heard her squeak, like twice.

But mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... did I mention that she's edible?

So a BIG OL' CONGRATS to my beautiful sister Heather, her wonderful hubby Mike and big sister and brother Avery and Jake!!

The Good family is even better now and we love you all with all our hearts!!