Monday, September 27, 2010

First finger food


First finger food
Originally uploaded by sew_crafty_girl75
Well, Anna is 5 1/2 months old now and just over a week ago, we decided to see if she was interested in solid food. I hadn't planned to until she was 6 months old, but what the heck.

Applesauce was a hit, especially if she could guide the spoon to her mouth. So we went out and bought a booster chair and put her at the table at dinner time. Next came sweet potatoes which she loved to feed herself. Broccoli was ok. Oatmeal cereal mostly came back out. Bananas were yummy. Bananas with chicken mixed in...not so much.

After we started sharing our dinner with her for a few nights, I deicded to skip a night and see if she was happy to just play in her seat while we ate. Big mistake. She got mad! That's when I shared my broccoli with her.

I forgot just how much it sucks cleaning baby and seat up after a meal though. Our booster seat certainly isn't conducive to easy cleaning. If I ever see that Ikea highchair come back in stock, I'm grabbing it.

Sitting up still isn't consistent, but we practice a bit each day. She's really starting to roll, inch worm on her back and reach for things out of her reach.

This past week she's had her first major cold. It hasn't made her too miserable, just wanting lots of nursing and cuddles. Needless to say, I'm tired out each night. We've also kept her in our bed all night while she's not feeling well so I haven't been sleeping well. When Blake gave me an hour of sleep in time, without her in bed, on the weekend, it was glorious.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Feeding the pantry


Preserves
Originally uploaded by sew_crafty_girl75
This is my 3rd year canning. We did peaches. tomatoes. tomato sauce, salsa, pickled beets, strawberry jam and applesauce.

As well, we froze corn, salmon, beans, blueberries, strawberries, 2 pies and 2 pie crusts. I also want to freeze some cookie dough.

Creativity is coming back

It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally feeling inspired to sit down in my craft room and actually produce work!

Click on the picture to see more new scrapbooking layouts in my "crafts" set on flickr.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I love her more everyday

Anna is now an interactive almost 5 month old who smiles, squeals and giggles. She reaches for things out of reach. She stares intently at things, studying them. She touches items, taking in the new sensations. She plays "shy" when someone smiles at her. She laughs and buries her head into my shoulder. She pulls everything into her mouth for a taste.

Still a bit difficult at naptime but we're seeing improvements at night time. Not that getting her to bed at night was difficult, but I wanted to get her sleeping in her own crib and wanted to see if she could sleep through the night. So far I'm nursing her to sleep laying in our bed then transferring her to the crib. She has a strong preference for nursing to sleep laying down when she's tired, even at nap time. I get to stay up after she goes to bed now and that's pretty cool. Even if she does wake up shortly after I've put her down, I've been getting her back to sleep with belly rubs in the crib. The sleeping through the night thing seems to be a long ways away still, but she is staying in the crib until her first wake up which seems to be about midnight.

Sitting up is coming along slowly. We practice once in a while and she's getting stronger. Some days she's rolling onto her tummy like crazy. Other days she's focusing more on noises and is content to lay on her back. Most of the 'lifesavers' of the newborn days have been put away. (The swing, bouncy seat, activity mat and lay under toys.) She alternates her play time between the floor, exersaucer and chair. We've moved up to size 3 diapers. The 4 months shots were taken well, just like the 2 month ones. She was 14 pounds, 5 ounces at her 4 1/2 month weight in and 25 inches long. This week we're even planning to move her into the next car seat (Graco My Ride 65) as the infant seat is too heavy to lug around and I have someone who could use it in December anyways. Now we just have to get the Ikea highchair to come back in stock and she'll be sitting at table level with us at mealtimes and not on the floor.

Everyday is more exciting and rewarding.