Monday, August 29, 2011

Our August.

Wow...I didn't realize it had been so long since I had updated the blog!  Time flies.  To quickly tell you all about what has been going on in our lives this past month, here is a picture blog with lots of captions :)

Our August:
Hayden was just loving being outside in his exer-saucer watching daddy work in the yard.  Paul was working hard trying to get our rocky, over-grown yard tamed and plowed.  He actually got blisters on his hands from that day!  I think that Hayden looked so cute in his little Children's Place overalls and long sleeve tee shirt.  The sad thing is that that was the first time he had worn those overalls and they were already too short for him.  He's just too long!

Hayden intently watching his dad.

This boy loves being outside!  He was just so happy to watch the birds and feel the wind.

What a drooly baby!

This is Daisy, our neighbor's dog.  Out here in the country, we have what we call neighborhood dogs---dogs that belong to your neighbors that treat every yard like their own.  It's kind of fun because I don't want to have to take care of my own dog, but when I want to play with one, it can usually be found next to our deck!

Hayden loves Daisy!  When we go for walks down our street, Daisy always accompanies us.  She is a sweetie.  (And yes...that is a grain silo that we live next to!)

Best friends!

Hayden and Paul were having fun on the floor together.  Paul was on his computer and Hayden wanted to be right by his daddy.  Awwwwwwwe :) 

His face looks so chunky here---I'm not sure why!

I think when I took this picture, Hayden had just eaten.  It looks like he's saying Ugh!  I 'm so full!

Reaching for the camera.....

I love this picture of Hayden and Paul together.  

Just chillen'.

Look at his eyes!  They get lighter and lighter (just like Paul's) every day.

Soooo....about a week ago, I had put Hayden in his car seat so that I could take a shower.  When I got out, he was pretty hungry so I handed him a bottle and left him in his seat.  I looked over as I heard him slurping to find this:  Hayden drinking his bottle with his feet straight up in the air.  I laughed so hard!  The funny thing is that this was not just a momentary happening....he stayed like this long enough for me to grab my camera and take 4 or 5 photos of him!  

So happy!  That's his monkey, Bruno, by the way.  He absolutely adores Bruno.

Not long after, Hayden had a HUGE accident.  I got to clean it up, but I texted Paul to show him a picture of what his son had done for me that day.  He probably laughed and was thankful to be at work!

Whelp...That was our month!  Have a good August :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Homemade Baby Food Tutorial (if you can even call it's too easy)

With Hayden loving his rice cereal, I decided that it's time to try some more foods.  I'm SO excited to see how he likes them!  Hopefully his system handles it well...or I could be in for quite a laundry experience.  Gross.

ANYWAYS....I kind of made up my own recipe with only 5 steps.  Here it is:

Organic Peas (I got a HUGE Costco sized bag of organic peas from one of Lesley's roomates when she was moving out.  SCORE.  For me, this recipe was completely free.)

You'll need:

  • Frozen Peas
  • COLD Water
  • Blender (I used a magic bullet and it work SO well)
  • Small pot (like the size that you would make Top Ramen in)
  • Spoon to stir with
  • Ice cube trays
  • Strainer
1:  Determine how much food you want to make.  If you want a few weeks worth of food, use a cup or two of peas.  If you want a couple days worth, use less.  It's really not an exact science.  Put your peas into the pot with enough water to wear you'll be able to cook your peas and not let them burn.  I would say if you have an inch of peas in your pot, use half an inch of water.  Just throw some in.

2:  Heat to boiling on medium-high (stirring every once in a while).  If your water evaporates before you get to boiling, throw a little more water in.  Once you get to boiling, check your peas.  If they are soft (and they should be), you're done cooking.  If they are still hard, cook a little while longer.  (ok, while I'm typing this, Hayden is on the floor with his whole right foot in his mouth just chewing away.  Ha ha, so cute.)  

3:  Transfer peas to strainer to get rid of the hot water.  Put your peas in your blender and add some COLD water.  Add just enough water so that the blender doesn't have a hard time smashing your peas.  You don't want your peas to be watery :-/ .  Make sure that the water you use is COLD.  This helps the pea skins to blend easier.  Don't ask why.  It just does.

4:  BLEND.  Blend the peas until  they are smooth enough to where your baby will like it.  Mine were pretty smooth because Hayden's not used to a lot of texture yet.

This is me trying to do an "artsy" close up to show texture while blurring the background.  Unfortunately, macro on the point and shoot is just not cutting it anymore.  Time to get a REAL camera!
5:  Pour into clean ice cube trays and freeze.  When they are frozen, you can keep them in the trays or transfer them to Zip Loc bags labeled with the food and date.  When you're ready to use one, just thaw it out in the microwave.  Ta-daaaaaaaaaa :)
The frozen sticks of peas.  The color is awesome.
Too bad it looks nasty once you thaw it out....
Peas bagged, labeled, and ready to go into the freezer.  They kind of look like celery sticks.

Same with the carrots.  The carrots were a little bit weird...even frozen, they were kind of watery and started melting instantly.

Hayden's section of the freezer.  At least it's organized!

***NOTE ONE:  I did the same thing with baby carrots, too.  First I cut the carrots into thin strips and then everything was exactly the same.  TRY IT!***

***NOTE TWO:  Don't make a ton of food for the baby until you know that he/she likes it.  I made ice trays worth of peas and it looks like Hayden might not like it too much.  So...I hope he eats it and that I'm not stuck with a ton of frozen, pureed peas.***

I also had to take a few pictures of Hayden eating for Paul since he's at work.  The videos are kind of funny...Hayden hated the peas at first because they have such a different texture.  I stopped feeding him and then resumed about 3 minutes later and he handled it better.  Still not sure what the verdict on peas is.

As you can see, he hated the peas so much that they made him gag!    I think if I keep trying them on him, he might like them!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Big smiles and a try at crawling.

Hayden is finally his happy, normal self today.  Thank goodness!  Here are some pictures of our smile-y little boy:

This picture was from yesterday.  I like it because his eyes just look SOO blue! 

He had his arms out like he was flying.  

All of a sudden, he got tired and just laid his head down on the ground.

Then he started to rub his eyes---the sign that he's ready for a nap.

Ha ha, nice Hayden.

Then I caught this little gem.  He was smiling with his finger in his mouth.  As I shot the picture, he gagged himself and spit-up.  Nice.
Well, I never found the first video that I made of Hayden trying to crawl (I mis-uploaded it), so I made a new one from today.  ENJOY!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Half a year. Half a year.

Hayden is 6 months!  How crazy is that?  It's just so hard to fathom that he half-way to one year already.  I can't believe it.  Yesterday I took Hayden to his 6 month well-baby check-up.  So fun!  NOT.  He was SOOOO unhappy to begin with.  When the nurse took him to measure him, he cried.  When the doctor examined him, he cried, and, as you can imagine, when the nurse gave him his shots, he cried.  It was a HORRIBLE visit!  To make things worse, they are getting rid of one of the waiting areas at the office and making more exam rooms.  After Hayden had his shots and I finally calmed him down, we walked to the receptionist's office to make our next appointment.  All of a sudden, the workmen started hammering something and Hayden burst into tears!  All of the nurses were looking at me like they knew what I was going through and had this "it's part of life" look on their faces.


What a day.

Anyways, Hayden is very healthy!  Thank goodness for that.  Here are his stats:

  • 16 lbs, 14 oz (39%ile)
  • 28 in tall (93%ile)
  • BMI:  15.1
Such a tall, skinny boy!

Today Hayden is not happy either.  Here's some photos of my 6 month old:

He was shocked by the flash of my camera and started crying....

and kept crying...

aaaaaaand kept crying.
Happy Tuesday!