Monday, August 30, 2010

No Picky Eating Here

Here is a sampling of what our 10 month old chow hound with his 6 teeth has enjoyed on our road trip.

At Rudy's (BBQ): turkey (with and without sauce), chopped beef, potato salad, beans, cheese
At Cracker Barrel: apple bran muffin, turkey sausage, pork sausage, yogurt
At The Rustic Oven (in Colorado): a large portion of zucchini, yellow squash, carrot, a jar of baby food, and mashed potatoes. We thought he would surely burst after THAT meal. But no.

It's always, "more, more, MORE!" I love that our pediatrician has encouraged us to feed him what we are eating. It makes things like road trips so much less complicated. We really enjoy seeing his face when trying "real" foods. This boy will surely eat us out of house and home.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Writer's Block

It's been awhile since I've posted anything. It's either writer's block or I'm chasing a kid around all day while trying to keep the house presentable, shopping for cars, and all the other things that go along with being co-CEO of a household. Speaking of shopping for cars, we DID find one with the help of our resident car guru, Chris Bishop. Check out his blog, Behind The Wheel, here. He helped us consider cars that weren't on our radar but should have been. Our problem was that we needed a family size car that can get out of it's own way (in the words of my Dad) but wanted compact car gas mileage/emissions and to maintain an environmentally responsible way of living. Our mission was realized when we found the Lexus RX400h (used). It is a hybrid SUV with plenty of space for our long legs in the front and Everett's big rear-facing car seat in the back. Yay!

The only other thing I can think to mention at the moment is Everett's incredible need to eat us out of house and home. Our pediatrician told us to feed him until he gives us a cue that he's done. That never happens! Things he's loving lately include cottage cheese, graham crackers, pears, mango, banana, string cheese. Oh, and he ate half of a big yellow squash yesterday! I see many Costco trips in our future. Good thing we got the SUV. :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Attack of the giant baby?

Nope, just a cucumber melon.  :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ev's Fishface Motorboat

Watch for Ev doing baby sign language for 'more,' which is two hands coming together. And, of course, his patented fishface motorboat.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My little monkey boy

My dad suspected that Everett eating a whole banana must be hilarious. So I filmed it for him. And it is. At least to his mom. ;)

9 Months!

Happy 3/4 birthday, Everett!  Here are your stats!

At 6 months
Height: 27.5 inches (88th %tile)
Weight: 16 lb 3 oz (25%tile)
Head Circumference: 43.2 cm (48th %tile)

Today (9 months)
Height: 28.5 inches (60th %tile)
Weight: 17lb 12 oz (10th %tile)
Head Circumference: 45 (45th %tile)

He had a blood draw and a shot.  Not fun, but he was a champ anyway.  The goal now is to move toward real food and away from baby food.  The pediatrician encouraged us to feed him off our plate, use the same spices we would use for ourselves, and basically not hold back while being safe about it.  The only no-no's are nuts, shellfish, eggs, and peanut butter.  And of course, no whole milk until 12 months. 

Our pediatrician was not worried about his drop in weight percentile as he is quite active and burning it off.  He is ahead of the curve as far as motor activity.  Growth spurt coming?  We'll see!

Oh, and a proud mama moment...she said, "I know this is probably too early, but is he waving?"  And at that moment he stuck is little arm out and waved at her!!!  She said, "I can't believe he just waved when I said that!"  hahaha! 

Most importantly though, Eric and I have been so happy over the last 9 months.  Being parents has enriched our lives and our relationship in ways we never could have imagined.  We love you so much Ev!  Thanks for being so awesome!  :)

Breastfeeding is Fresh!

It's not often I voluntarily go outside in 100 degree weather at the noon hour with a 98.6 degree baby strapped to me in a very hot baby carrier.  But to support breastfeeding and participate in a flash mob?!  Heck yeah!  Plus there was a "Breastfeeding is Fresh" t-shirt in it for me, and you probably know how I feel about free stuff.

[flash mob = a group of people that gather at a designated location to do something unexpected.]

              It's always a good idea to stretch before dancing.
Basically, supporters of breastfeeding (moms, dads, kids, grandparents, etc.) gathered in the park and did a choreographed dance to gather attention.  You can see it here.  It was a lot of fun, and Ev was a trooper through the heat.

The words to the rap are:

I want a drink right now,
I'm a babe and I came to get down.
And it's internationally known,
the best drink for me is sitting right at home.
It comes from my mom and she always has plenty.
Perfectly nutritious, doesn't cost a penny.
Everything I need to fight off infection.
Teaches me how to make human connections.
A little bit of magic, not hocus pocus.
It's my mom's smile where my eyes like to focus.
And as I stare at my mom, I know it is true.
Happiness is the bond between me and you.

It takes two to make a thing go ri-ight.
It takes two to make it out of sight...

This flash mob's got a real funky concept.
We think mother nature deserves our respect.
And that mother's milk is the greatest of gifts.
Only she can make a formula that constantly shifts.
To what a baby needs every time he eats.
A new composition designed to keep
ahead of the challenges coming tomorrow
This delicate balance doesn't come in a bottle.
We're not trying to judge, please understand this.
We realize there are lots of circumstances
That make feeding a baby an open debate
We're here to give awareness and educate
Cause advertisers don't always tell you the facts.
Especially about what it is a product lacks.
Healthier, cheaper, faster, cleaner
Hands down the breast is the best baby feeder.

And now a few words about the purpose:

As a nurse, mother, and citizen, I care about breastfeeding.  And you should to!  Here's why.  For some strange reason, it has become taboo in our culture to use our breasts as they are intended.  Did you know that, according to the USDA, "a minimum of $3.6 billion would be saved if breastfeeding were increased from current levels (64 percent in-hospital, 29 percent at 6 months) to those recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General (75 and 50 percent)."  According to the World Health Organization, "A lack of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life contributes to over a million avoidable child deaths each year."  Breastmilk carries antibodies that formula does not contain, it's environmentally friendly as there is less waste, it saves money, it reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in the mother, it reduces obesity rates for mothers and children, and for adults breastfed as children it often reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends breastfeeding for one year. 

Some food (ahem) for thought next time you see a woman breastfeeding in public.
-some babies refuse to nurse under a cover.  They pull it off.  They get hot.  They don't understand modesty.  How does it feel to eat under the covers of your bed?
-there are rarely chairs in the bathroom.  And there are germs galore.  Would you like to take your lunch to the public bathroom and eat it there?  Nursing can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes.  Try standing up and holding a 20 pound weight in front of you for 30 minutes.  And in the bathroom?  No thanks.  Nursing a baby can be a very lonely thing if you are constantly having to leave.
-she is probably self-conscious and would rather NOT be doing this in front of everyone
-her baby would be screaming his/her head off otherwise
-and for God's sake, if you're at Starbucks, and a mom is standing there with her babe, don't hog the comfy chairs

Thank you! :)  Had to get it off my, um, chest.  ;)