Friday, April 30, 2010

New Food Friday

From here until eternity (or whenever we quit), Fridays at the Keahey home shall be dubbed "New Food Friday"! This is the day I shall introduce a new food to Everett, but we thought maybe it would be fun for us to try something new on Fridays also.

So...carrots! Delicious, organic, picked from the farm goodness. Most of you probably know that we have a CSA membership (community supported agriculture) in which we get a big basket of fresh picked veggies every week. From this I made his carrot baby food for this week and turnip for next week. For the carrots, I steamed them, put them through a food mill, added some of the water from the steaming to thin it out, and added some rice cereal for added vitamins and to make it go a little further. I made the turnips next without washing out the carrots from the food mill. So it's a mix of turnip, carrot, rice cereal, and breastmilk.

His initial hesitancy included some really cute yucky faces which I did not capture very well on camera. By the end though he was loving it.

As for OUR new food, I finally found a way to enjoy kohlrabi. We have actually eaten this vegetable before, but we have never enjoyed it or had it in this way. I cooked it in this Thai curry, and it was fabulous! So since we decided to also try a new food on Fridays at 6:30pm, this is going to have to count! :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Oh, the things we'll do for that precious smile...

A Lippy Aunt Lauren and Fishy Mom

p.s. Auntie Lauren, I can see why Ev loves looking at those gorgeous eyes of yours!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The cat looks at me like I'm crazy...

as I crawl to the door to let him outside to show Everett how to coordinate it all. hahaha!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Learning to Eat

I have to say it is really interesting to see the learning process for everyday things that I take for granted. Things like walking, talking, sitting, and eating. Everett has now embarked upon the eating learning process. I don't know why I thought it would be as simple as putting food on a spoon in his mouth. Between him grabbing the spoon and us trying to get a runny substance from the bowl to (the inside of) his mouth via a tiny spoon, it really is difficult. We started with some rice cereal. Initially, we were going to skip the cereal and just go for fruits and veggies. On a whim, we decided to go with the cereal, and now I am glad we did. I imagine that this is a much cheaper way to learn how to eat off a spoon before veggies and fruits are introduced. I'm not sure that he actually ate any of the cereal initially. It has definitely been a fun (and trying) experience though. When he started blowing raspberries on the spoon it was funny, messy, and the signal to end that session. He blew raspberries for the rest of the day; rediscovering his mouth I imagine. I really am impressed though. He seems to enjoy eating, and he has eagerly gone after the notoriously yucky rice cereal whether we mix it with milk or water. Hopefully we have a not-so-picky eater on our hands.

He gets a lit-tle frustrated when there's no more food.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

First Swimming Attempt: Too Soon!

We've been really excited (perhaps too excited) to get Everett into a pool and see what he thinks. Today we thought the kiddie pool in our neighborhood might be warm enough. Nope. Super cold. We didn't let that stop us before getting him in just a bit though (we're crazy, I know). He did really well, and doesn't seem to mind the cold. Being hot is another story causing him to turn cranky in an instant. I think he resembles his father on that. ;) Here are some fun shots from today.

Monday, April 5, 2010

It begins!!!

To my astonishment this evening...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

5 Months

Well life just keeps getting more and more fun. This month was full of activity: wriggling, squirming, scooting, almost-crawling, etc. We have been so lucky to be able to have Eric home for two weeks, and we had ourselves quite a staycation. My parents came to visit us, and then we visited them while my Aunt Barbara was visiting from California. My sister came to visit from Ohio. We went to the Kite Festival, the Rodeo, Barton Creek, and had plans to do a lot of other things that there just wasn't time for.

Overall, this month has been so fun. Everett is so full of life and is such a happy boy. We are so blessed. He makes our life bliss.

Some things Everett is doing lately:

-If you place him in the corner of the crib, he'll stand on his own for a good bit of time. I'm trying to get Eric to stop encouraging this. I am excited for the times when he is walking and crawling, but at the same time, I like putting him down and knowing he'll stay in relatively the same area. At least the same room.

-He is so close to crawling. When he is on his belly, he bucks up on his legs, but he just can't hold his upper body up at the same time as seen below. He does a great job with either the upper or lower half, but has a hard time getting them both up together WITH his head off the ground. Despite that, he really can move. He scoots and rolls, and can get himself quite far that way. This picture makes me laugh - he looks like he's trying to have a wheelbarrow race by himself.

-He seems to be moving places and grabbing things with more intention now. He puts his arms out when he wants to be picked up.

-He puts his feet in his mouth - a classically cute moment.

-The laughing is more frequent and easier to elicit. He enjoys when a face comes toward his quickly. He also enjoys raspberries, brumskies, belly blows, whatever you grew up calling it. Everyone seems to have a different name for that, but I think you know what I'm talking about. :) Silly faces and noises are a hit as well. He really loves his Aunt Lauren and smiles a lot at her.

-He is constantly squealing with delight. Often loudly. It's awesome.

-In the parental development department, we are much better at reading when he's tired, hungry, etc. It gets easier all the time, and it's almost as if he's speaking a secret language to us that we just "get".

-Sleep: It was a challenge this month. As previously mentioned, he is quite an active kid. So he gets himself stuck in the corners of the crib regularly. We spent the month reassessing his ability to get himself out of the situation, and were planning to re-do sleep training. Lucky us - we waited just long enough and he seems to be back to his 10.5 hour stretches on his own. :)

Here are a few pics. I'll be uploading an album to picasa shortly with much more (link on the right side of the page).

Too. Many. Crepes.

Ughhh...I'm in backrub heaven...I'll be with you in a minute. (with Great Auntie Barbara)