Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Who Needs Baby Food?

Not Carter, that's for sure.

After cutting his first tooth and then having a cold, I could understand why he wasn't particularly excited to eat, but when he finally got well and still wouldn't eat from a spoon, I got a little nervous.  I know that babies this age get their calories from milk, and that food is still just "play," but he was he was completely refusing to play!

I had been thinking about baby led weaning for a while, so this just gave me a reason to abandon the spoon and baby food.  At first, I squished up some bananas and set them on his tray.  He loved it!

As he got (a little) better at getting the food in his mouth, we tried peaches, pears, peas, green beans, avocado (the messiest!), apples, mango, and carrots.  Now, he is eating cheerios, which I soak for a few minutes in his milk so they're soggy, and pasta.  (Oh, and pizza crust.  He loves to gnaw on pizza crust, and I feel like such a responsible mom giving my 8 month old pizza crust, haha!)

Last week, we had a dish that had pasta, cannellini beans, and spinach, so I diced that really finely, and he thought it was great.  The boy loooves his pasta!

One of the tenants of baby-led weaning is that baby eats what you eat.  With one tooth, it's hard to truly eat what we're eating, but I've been trying to make meals where he can eat the veggie or the fruit.  I think he feels like he's doing what we're doing, and I can appreciate his independent streak.

We should, however, consider a dog, because this is a really, really messy endeavor!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring Evening

Last night was a gorgeous spring evening.  We all went outside as soon as dinner was finished, and Frank and Jacob went "off-roading."  Off-roading is when Jacob rides his tryke to the end of the sidewalk and then they run into the field behind the house.  Jacob loves to walk through the grassy area and to the edge of where the plowed field starts.  Of course, he picks up every little rock, stick, and interesting-looking weed along the way.  He was an absolute dirt-ball when he came inside!

The view was so pretty, I grabbed the camera and caught some really memorable shots of the two of them.  So... (unedited) picture overload!

Sunday, April 7, 2013


It has been a week of celebrations, both big and small, beginning with....


We went to Christopher for the weekend and had a blast!  On Saturday, the kids had an Easter egg hunt at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Each of the three kids had a designated egg design so we knew whose eggs were whose.

Jacob has egg-hunting down to a science.  Hopefully, he will give Carter some pointers next year!

And we opened some Easter gifts  (Yes, more phones.)

We also celebrated Brett's birthday and my birthday, which are less than two weeks apart.  My niece Jenna has become quite the baker, and she and Grandma Anna made cupcakes for us!

Later in the week we celebrated the Cardinal's opening day.   (Well, I probably would have been celebrating even more if I could have gotten both kids to look at the camera.)

Then, on April 4, I noticed... my baby has a tooth!!

Have you ever seen anything cuter?!