Mini Birthday Six

6 months?! Time flies. The other man of the house has a birthday this week too. Happy Birthday, David!

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Halloween 2013

Halloween was nearly a week ago, and we’re moving on to Thanksgiving. Estelle was the creative force behind these costumes. She very badly wanted to be a My Little Pony, and she insisted that William join in on the fun. They dressed up as Twilight Sparkle and her sidekick, Spike the Dragon. I guess this makes William a Baby Brony, at least until he forms his own opinion about My Little Pony!

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I call those semi-homemade costumes. I used H&M tops and bottoms as the base, and worked around that. Estelle’s cutie mark and tail aren’t visible. I left off a tail for William since there was no way it would be seen. I made the hat and bib out of green fleece and an extra striped shirt.

Next year I’m buying costumes, you heard it here first.

Bring on the turkey and stuffing!

Stephanie

 

 

Tater Tot

Someone tried sweet potatoes tonight, and he liked it! Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived due to the extreme exhaustion from daycare. No worries, we will try again. I forgot how messy this baby food business is.

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I’m very determined to have at least one child who is an adventurous eater, so I will be making baby food as much as possible this time. It was too intimidating the first time around. We bought most of baby food for Estelle, and our food offerings were never very diverse. The proof is in the pudding. Estelle is getting better about trying new food, but that’s a recent development and for the most part, she doesn’t like what she tries. Unless, of course, it’s dessert…that apple didn’t fall far from the mommy tree.

I’m taking most of my cues from the book, French Kids Eat Everything. My method will be veggies and grains first, fruit later. I’ve also heard praise for Baby Led Weaning, but I haven’t really investigated fully. Does anyone have much experience with that? I want to introduce lots of textures AND tastes, not just one or the other.

Even in their plain pureed state, these local in-season sweet potatoes are delightful!

Sweet William, here’s to a lifetime of great food and happy eating!

Stephanie

Mini Birthday Five

It’s that time again! Little Man is celebrating 5 months in this great big world of ours. No big developments yet, just copious amounts of giggles for big sister and lots of grabbing and mouthing of toys (or anything within reach).

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Ready for Food

Well, not quite, but soon! I actually let William taste some of my chicken soup broth today. He dropped everything he was doing as soon as the spoon came near him. He’s eager, to say the least. I have sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash waiting to be cooked up and pureed.

We had a great to-do list for today, but only accomplished a fraction of it. Instead of making baby food, I opted to prep the high chair. It was being used by big sister as a junior chair, but we warned her that she needed to upgrade to a big seat soon. It’s actually a nice place for him to sit because he’s really into that big boy stuff now, but he is not sitting unassisted yet, and I don’t do those Bumbo seats.

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I thought I would dig through the archives for a photo of Estelle trying out this same chair 4 years ago. She was just shy of 4 months in this photo.

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And here she is now, proudly showing off her baby brother. These two love each other a lot. I wonder if it’s a forever thing? I’d say William has her heart unless he repeatedly drools on her My Little Ponies and Disney Princess dolls.

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William is not crawling yet, but his legs certainly try. I’m not rushing mobility. We still need to wrangle the toys with small parts (one of those things on our to-do list that didn’t get done). There’s always next weekend.

I will be back soon because William has a 5-month birthday in a matter of hours!

Stephanie

Mini Birthday Four

I didn’t forget to document William’s four-month birthday on 9/15. I just forgot to post it!
20130923-084450.jpgThis smiley dude is growing like a weed! He has been working on his core lately, in hopes of sitting by himself soon. I am truly enjoying his immobility while it lasts.

Until next time,

Stephanie

Ocean City Photo Booth: Year Five

Please forgive the sporadic blog posting. Life is hectic, and our computer is getting to be rather slow and giving us warnings about full discs. Fingers crossed it can make it until we no longer have two kids in daycare full time (one more year)!

We just returned from a lovely long Labor Day weekend in Ocean City, NJ. It was our fifth year going to the shore with good friends, and it’s always so hard to come back to work. We haven’t downloaded all of our photos yet, but here’s hoping we will be back soon with some beach photos. However, I was able to scan this year’s edition of ourĀ annual photo booth tradition.

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Estelle did not want to be in this photo. We had to bribe her with boardwalk games, but it worked! William had no idea what was going on, as usual. His bright eyes were super alert while we were on the boardwalk, taking in all the craziness.

Baby update: William started rolling over this weekend, and acts like he’s been doing it for years. He’s already taken to sleeping on his side and enjoys tummy time much more now that he is in control. He already makes attempts to move and likes to put things in his mouth, so I suppose we need to start round two of baby-proofing.

Here’s hoping you had a good long weekend! Any great stories or new places you visited?

Stephanie