Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

If at first you don't succeed...

The child that wouldn't eat pureed green beans to save her life will now happily munch on whole pieces of them.  I wonder how long this will last. 

Friday, March 19, 2010

More pics...

I love weekdays off.  I get plenty of extra time to stick the lens in Kayla's face.  Thankfully, she's a good sport about it. 


So excited to get back to playing, I couldn't get her snapped back up, let alone get the pants back on...

You want me to eat that??

We had a great day today.  Some playing, some shopping, some visiting with daddy and his friends.  I love spending the extra time with her... makes me wish I could have one extra day with her every week. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Adventures in Self Feeding

Tonight Kayla rejected yet another new pureed vegetable.  I guess I can't blame her - asparagus is a bit strong.  When she gagged on the second bite, I decided to switch it up and pulled some broccoli out of the fridge.  I bit off the stems and gave her the "leafy" tops of the florets, which she grabbed by the handful.  I'd venture a guess that about a third of what I gave her made it into her mouth.  The rest collected on the high chair and on the floor.  Even so, she seemed happy as a little clam nomming away on bits of broccoli with a few puffs thrown in here and there.  She's getting better with getting the sippy cup into her mouth and sucking a little water out of it, and she doesn't seem to mind me still spoon feeding her fruits to her.  Meal times are so much fun now.  Messy, but fun. 

For the moms out there... how did you work moving from purees to real food with your little one?  And how in the world did you contain the mess?  I need to start looking for a splat mat... stat.  OK - that was awful.  But I really do need to figure out the best way to keep food off the wood floors.  Is it worth buying a real mat or should I just go to the dollar store and stock up on vinyl table cloths and/or shower curtain liners? 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Who doesn't love free stuff??

I love CafePress.  I mean love.  I've bought so much fun stuff there.  Ask my mom how much she loves the tote bag I bought her for Mother's Day last year. 

I also love my Nestie girl T.Bird.  She has the an adorable daughter and is a freakin' awesome cook.  Remember me making her to die for coffee cake?  Yum. 

Put these two things together and what do you have?  A fabulous giveaway.  Not that I want anyone else to enter because I want to win... but I do want to help a girl out with her quest to become Top Mommy Blogger, in hopes that someday I'll be number two right behind her.  Once I get my blog listed that is.  Stay tuned on that front. 

Anywho... check out T.Bird's Blog and vote for her to be top Mommy and Baby blogger!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

We have liftoff... for real this time.

The little bugger started crawling tonight. I had a toy that she wanted, so she came and got it. Bless her little heart. We had her chasing Shaun's Blackberry and my iPod back and forth across the living room and she endured it. Now she's exhausted. Too adorable. I wonder what's next... walking or teeth?


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Happy 8 Months!

Dear Kayla,

Is this where I shout "Uncle!"?  I swear, evey time I blink another month has gone by. 

What an amazing little one you are.  You're adventurous.  You're determined.  You're cute as a button, sweet as all get-out and you're pulling yourself up in your crib already.  Holy crap - you're on your way to walking, even though you have yet to crawl forward a single inch. 

I'm short on words to describe all of the ups and downs, smiles and tears of the last month.  We have spent a lot of time house shopping.  Daddy and I are more anxious than ever to get into a forever home - one with a yard where you can play.  We haven't found it yet, but we will. 

We started with some new foods - namely some Gerber Puffs.  You seem to love them!  You're already a champion chewer (or I suppose gummer is more accurate - still no teeth!) and I love watching you concentrate on picking up each little morsel and guide it into your mouth.  The look of joy on your face every time the sweetness hits your tongue is absolutely priceless! 

We're still growing and learning together each and every day, and I look forward to all the fun and milestones to come.  You're loved so very much - I only hope that someday you'll know just how much.

Love Always -

Thursday, March 4, 2010

We have liftoff... sort of.

Last night I sat Kayla down in her crib to play for a minute before I started getting her ready for bed.  I took the tank off of the humidifier and filled it in the bathroom.  When I got back, there she was on her knees at the crib rail smiling at me.  I called Shaun over to have a look.  He put her back in the middle of the crib and she leaned back to the rail, got her knees under her, then lifted up onto her tiptoes (still bent at the waist and leaning enough to possibly tumble overboard). 

She may not be crawling yet but this little one is dying to get on her feet. 

Needless to say, operation lower the mattress commenced immediately.  30 minutes later found her fast asleep in her new spot, no worse for having to wait a bit longer than she wanted to for her bedtime.  Not to mention much safer.

It's only a matter of time now, isn't it?