July 14, 2007

Tooth Update

Well, mentioning it on the blog is all it took. The first one had its ragged edge's poking through Jimmy's gumline about two weeks ago. It's about 1/3 of the way in now.

4 more are making their apperance known in his upper gum. I learned this on one of our play adventures where I had him turned upside down over my knee, and, hey, TEETH.

Everything I've read says that it's usually the bottom two and then the top two and then the surrounding bottom or top ones on either side. Well, I don't see any signs of the bottom tooth's pair, but those top ones will be completely in fairly soon - couple more weeks. He's going to look pretty funny - in babies' eyes at least - I guess.

Today's his birthday party. All the literature from the experts say not to overwhelm baby at his first party. We're throwing that caution out the window and expect about 35 people.


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June 28, 2007

Walking Before Teeth

Baby James is approaching his birthday - he'll be 1! This morning he was a baby, but around 4:00 p.m., he became a toddler. I'm not sure what triggered the "I don't need your finger to walk, mom" response, but he completely eschewed my help and navigated all throughout the house this afternoon several times. Not too many falls.

So, wow. He's been doing a BIT of walking on his own - mostly along furniture or very short distances, but today it was WALKING. It's more of a shuffle, I guess. He looks like an extra from Shaun of the Dead, and he supplies his own eerily similar sound effects.

But, as the title notes, no teeth for the urchin. It's become a point of drama in our household. James is a BIG baby - 9 lbs at birth and I'm guessing 26 or 27 pounds now. He's taller than the kitchen table (which he often forgets and tries to stand up under) and eats small buildings for his morning snack. But they have to be pureed first because the stinker has no teeth.

I've been thinking about putting together a tooth pool with the winner receiving...the baby? No, I will figure something out. But someone needs to predict when James will get teeth.

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March 15, 2007

Chicken Puree

Back in the pregnancy days, I decided there was no way my baby was going to be fed jarred baby food. Idealistic, maybe, but that's the way it was going to be.

Brian and I go to many book fairs, and I picked up a couple of baby food books, but it wasn't until a woman from church recommended this book, Mommy Made and Daddy Too, that I knew I had the book that would make this a reality.

This book tells you month by month what to feed your baby (when to introduce what food), how to select produce, and how to prepare the food. It's not difficult and mainly features a cooking pan, a microwave, an oven, water, and some food that goes with the water and the cooking pan into either the microwave or the oven.

Oh, and then there's the blender.

So we made it through carrot puree, which turns the blender orange. And sweet potato puree - which also turns the blender orange. There's acorn squash puree. Apple puree (maybe you've seen it before; we adults call it applesauce). Pear puree. Plum puree.

But you haven't seen anything until you've seen CHICKEN PUREE.

In the 8th month of life, our helpful book recommends chicken puree. It's simple enough to fix - see the cooking aids I mention above. Microwave some chicken in water. Throw it in the blender with more water. Blend...chicken puree.

But, oh, chicken puree. It's non-spiced, and after it's been blended, the ONLY way you know it's chicken is by smell. It looks a lot like a plaster mixture. It doesn't look like food.

Open mouth, insert spoon. Crinkle nose. Try to do the baby equivalent of chewing (no teeth). The consistency of pure chicken puree really isn't for babies - funny, isn't it? YOU try to eat a plaster mixture. We have since learned that mixed with a vegetable puree - usually squash - it smells a lot like chicken noodle soup, and it's easier to gum. So on to the next adventure.

But, oh, and there's another aspect. Poof - my child's no longer a vegetarian. And that's when you realize - wow, he's really grown up. Some mothers will tell you it's that first haircut (no, he's had 3). For me, it was the chicken puree. See, gone with the chicken puree were the pear-scented diapers. All that pureed produce really doesn't smell that bad after the nutrients are long gone. But chicken - that's a whole other story.


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March 13, 2007

So, Who Needs a Plane



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