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!

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