Sunday, October 30, 2011

First Solid Food

With our baby turning 6 months I started having people ask me if I had given him solids yet. NOPE! I could not wrap my mind around it. I had a long discussion with one of my sisters about it. I just was not ready to start him on solids. I didn't think he was ready. After talking with my hubby about it we decided that Sunday morning would be a good time to start him on solids. We decided to do rice cereal.Adam pulled out the high chair and i just thought, my little baby will not be able to sit in it. To my surprise he sat in it just fine. He fits in it like a glove. He started to bang his hands on the tray like he is telling me Let's Eat!
I read the box and figure out how to make the stuff and stir and get it ready for him. I find a baby spoon that we had in the back of the drawer and got ready to feed my little boy.
The first bite. I was not expecting much. I put a little on the spoon and head to his mouth. Before I realized it his mouth is open and he has the spoon in there. He sucks it up. Did he really do that. I take another little bit on the spoon and try it again. He opens his mouth and takes it in. My little man ate the whole thing. I could not believe he was leaving in towards us to get more food. We could not spoon it fast enough into his mouth. He loved it.

My little man taught me today that I should not hold him back because of my own fears. He is ready when he is ready. I have notice him watch me eat and I thought he had mimicked me a few times. I had no idea that his first feeding was going to be such a success. I am so proud of my little man.

Follow up: it is now a week later, our little man loves cereal and sweet potato. He is not a fan of avocado.

Monday, October 24, 2011

6 Months already!

We are so blessed to have our son! He is such a joy in our lives. He was a long awaited arrival. I just can not believe that he is in our family and that I am a mother. I still feel like someone needs to pinch me a wake me up from this dream.

Our bundle of joy is turning 6 months. Seriously where has the time gone. I remember people telling me to enjoy the time that it goes by so fast. All I heard was Bla, Bla, Bla. I didn't get it until now. He has so much energy and the rocking and cuddling are still there but not like when he was a little guy. He now wiggles like a worm to get out of your arms and his eyes are looking at everything all the time. Even when he is feeding he is looking around.

Saturday morning a good friend of ours let us know she had a cancellation and had time to take our family pictures. I actually was only going to get 6 month pictures of Palmer and have our family pictures done in Dec/Jan. But when she offered to do them this Saturday I jumped at the offer. Our friend Sarah is so sweet and talented to take our pictures for us. There are so many to choose so of course I could not just choose one.
A proud Daddy with his son

A proud Mommy with her son
Here we are a family of "3"

Babies Don’t Keep

I saw this and had to post it. I just loved it!

Babies Don’t Keep
by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hartland Orchard

We decided to start a new family tradition and head out to the country and pick apples and pumpkins in the fall. We were a little late this year for picking the apples, but not the pumpkins. So next year we will get out earlier in the season to pick apples.

Being new to the area I had done research on where to go. I sent an email out to my friends in Oakton and got a great response. This farm came up several times and so we decided to make this our spot this year for our little adventure. It was a perfect day. I bit on the windy side and so Palmer is not looking at the camera much today

This is my very first freshest caramel apple ever. I watched the guy put the apple on the stick and cover it in melted caramel and then add the nuts. WOW it was the best apple I have ever eaten. Definitely a yearly treat while at the orchard.

He even made their own apple cider. Wow this stuff is the bomb! We had to buy some to take home with us. We watched the guy make us a jug of that as well. Does it get any fresher than that?
Here is a precious little boy in the Pumpkin patch. He was too busy look at the dirt and messing with the twigs on the ground to look up.

It was a bit windy as well and the sun was shining. I guess the little guy needs some sunglasses.

It was a great day as a family to go and pick up a peck of apples, apple cider and our pumpkin to carve for Halloween. We even came home with some fresh honey. Can't wait to break open that jar with the honeycomb in it.

I love this time of year!

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