Wednesday, April 23, 2014

6 Months! Solids!

This first week of solids with E has been SO fun. Seeing his reactions to new tastes has been funny. Today we had our first outright refusal of a food. In his defense he did hang in there for 6 or so bites and keep trying it, but every time he made the "OMG Mom are you trying to poison me" face. Finally he threw in the towel and refused to open his mouth. I told my husband E didn't take to yellow squash and he said "I don't blame him". I felt bad he didn't like it, he seems to LOVE eating with the spoon and was genuinely disappointed when squash was all there was. Tomorrow I'll go back to sweet potato or banana and then try something new again. We aren't pushing food at this point. I'm taking cues from him and we are just exploring tastes. Soon enough he will be eating me out of house and home so I'm in no rush!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

Usually I am on the ball when Earth day rolls around but this year it came up out of nowhere on me. I did "celebrate" by taking part in the Babies R Us Earth Day organic babyfood sale....so maybe that counts? 

I am committed to making as much of E's food from scratch as I can, but I know there are times I just won't be able to, so I picked up a few jars to have on hand. Based on my obsessive research we are going to try out the Earth's Best Organic brand. 

So far I have been able to make all his food. Sweet potatoes were up first and after a few days I think he warmed up to them. Bananas were up next and based on our first go at it today, they were an instant hit. 

I got the Cuizinart Babyfood maker and even though it's pricey for something I'll likely only need for a few months, I am LOVING it! It steams and purees in the same bowl so I literally cut the food up, throw it in the bowl and that's it. When it's done I portion it out, throw the pieces in the dishwasher and I'm done. SO freaking easy! 

*Neither of these companies have any idea who I am. I'm just sharing my experience as a mom starting her baby on solids. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

First Easter

If the mark of a good holiday is how exhausted mama is, then I think we can consider E's first Easter a success!

Poor guy wasn't feeling 100% after his shots and doctors appointment on Friday, but he hung in there and seemed to enjoy the toys in his basket and getting to be outside a bit. We didn't make it to church since he was cranky, but he did get his first taste of solids (organic sweet potatoes) and later on I made spinach lasagna rollups and adorable brownie "nests" for the grownups. We dyed eggs, but E missed craft time due to an unplanned nap. He's still not feeling 100% today. He had a minor procedure on Friday that is still causing him discomfort. Overall though it was a good, albeit exhausting weekend!

Hope you had a happy weekend filled with family and food! 

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Good and the....We Need to Work on It

The good news is we found a nanny to come 5 hours a week and give me a bit of help. The bad news is that Orion's anxiety around strangers resurfaced and he nipped her. So....I have a fabulous nanny, but I can't leave the house while she is here. 

Sigh. I'll be calling a trainer to help us sort this out. Oh the irony of having to put the DOG in daycare so I can leave the baby with a nanny.

Oy. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Getting Help

Having a baby is hard. Having a baby who doesn't nap is hard. Having a baby when your family lives across the country and your closest friend is an hour away is hard. 

I'm struggling through the days and it has gotten to the point where I don't feel like I am enjoying my baby like I should. I'm frustrated that there is no time or naptime in the day where I can get things done. Weekends don't have enough hours in them for us to spend time as a family. Instead we are running errands, cooking, cleaning and just playing catchup. I haven't been to therapy for my anxiety in weeks because we have nobody to watch the baby. I can feel myself slowly losing the post-partum depression battle.

NJhusband and I decided it was time to get some help. We have a trial with a nanny on Friday to see if she may be a good fit for us. We are going to start with just a few hours twice a week, enough for me to have one day to see my doctor and one day for errands, cleaning and whatever else I need to catch up on so that weekends can be spent together.

I have to admit I feel like a bit of a failure for needing help. I question why I can't do it all on my own, but I have to accept that right now I need a hand.

Fingers crossed she isn't scared off by the 100 pounds of black lab mix that will surely "greet" her at the door. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dressing a Boy

When I got pregnant, I hoped the baby would be a boy. I don't wear make-up or even have a hairstyle most of the time (unless ponytail is considered a style) and feared I would be unable to properly raise a girl. I dreaded the thought of bows and pink and dressing a girl daily.

So it was a huge surprise to me that I LOVE dressing my boy! Polo shirts, plaid shorts, puffy vests and baseball caps, I love it all. Facebook resale groups and good deals at the Gap may be the end of me. I've gone a TAD crazy buying clothes for my little guy lately:


I know he won't always let me dress him and will eventually develop his own personal style, but for now, I am enjoying our time in the morning when I get to pick out his clothes and get him ready for the day. 

Because seriously, how can you resist cargo shorts, argyle socks and a polo?:



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When Courage Calls: Book Review

I was initially dubious about reading a book with two authors. I was worried the two voices would compete and be distracting. I was completely wrong. 

I didn't know about the Hallmark movie attached to this story so I went in reading Beth's story with a fresh perspective. When Courage Calls takes having a higher calling to a whole other level. Beth chooses to leave her posh upbringing behind and teach underprivileged children in Western Canada. She finds herself drawn in, not just to the children, but to the entire community. I don't think a single inhabitant of Coal Valley remains untouched by Beth's contributions to the town. 

Bethany House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book to review, but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations and thoughts while reading this novel.