The carpenters came today to start framing the addition (yup! Emily’s project is getting built, and no you can’t see pictures until it is done-done), and Winnie got a chance to inspect their work. She gave everybody an A+.
We seized the opportunity to test Winnie’s hearing protection. These baby ear muffs are awesome. She didn’t object to having them on at all. Depending on how we’re feeling in the next few weeks, we may have a SXSW post: baby version coming. Exciting!
Anyway, enjoy the photos!
Just one picture. She’s getting so big.
Winnie has officially joined the club of children falling asleep in the most uncomfortable positions. She loves her stroller (Thanks Grammie!)
Emily has been giving Winnie sink-baths after our solid food experiments. It is one of the beautiful unintended consequences of the mess we make.
Emily and I have been reading Alice Callahan’s book The Science of Mom, and one of the topics she covers includes when to start a baby on solid foods, and how to tell if a baby is ready. Here’s a blog article she wrote on the topic.
At least 4 months old? Check.
Core stability? Check.
Oral motor skills? Check.
So we decided to give it a try, and it was awesome. She was totally ready to chomp down on some solids. We decided to start with fortified cereal (oatmeal) because the iron and zinc are important for her now that she’s going to start weening, and doubly so because she missed the last 2 months of gestation and didn’t have a chance to stock-pile iron in utero. We have been adding other flavors to the oatmeal to get her used to eating other things. We’ve tried sweet potato (big hit), banana (totally luke-warm), fully cooked egg yolk (SUPER messy), and avacado (another big hit).
She likes to help. Most of the time she just opens up and lets us feed her, but there are times when she insists that the spoon is hers to control. She’ll grab it with both hands and very skillfully guide it in for a landing. It isn’t always a smooth landing. Most of the time she crash-lands it into her cheek or nose before guiding it into her mouth, but that is what learning is all about.
Plus, bonus videos from the Grammies!!!!
Well, Christmas Eve really. The weather was amazing, so we met Lauren and Sonya at Sawyer and Co. for some pancakes on the patio. It wasn’t busy, so we were able to put the blanket down and just hang out.