Winnie Learns About Framing

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!

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Solids are here!

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.

Desire?  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!!!!

Gettin’ out and about!

Now that the “fall” weather is here, Winnie and I are getting out on the town more often.  It also helps that we no longer have a carseat aversion.  In fact, Winnie can be quite the little traveler- cheerful and observant while bouncing along in the back seat.  The trouble only comes if she falls asleep and wakes up before we get to our destination. If I’m in the back with her, she looks at me like, “Why!! Why do you forsake me and not pick me up!?” and proceeds to turn herself purple.

Some of our favorite places as of late have been the In.gredients patio, the downtown farmer’s market, our friends Leah and River’s house and the Ruiz Branch Public Library up the street.

Hanging with Leah and the River Pants at our house in September
Hanging with Leah and the River Pants at our house in September
After a pleasant visit with Abby-Anna at in.gredients. Warm and sleepy in October
After a pleasant visit with Abby-Anna at in.gredients. Warm and sleepy in October
Those mushrooms at the Big Trees at ACC are scary mom!
Those mushrooms in November at the Big Trees at ACC were scary mom!
Epic walk through a rainstorm with Justin in August
Epic walk through a rainstorm with Justin in August
Having a wonderful time with Auntie Annie at In.gredients in December!
Having a wonderful time with Auntie Annie at In.gredients in December!
Winnie June asleep in her car seat. A rare moment in September
Winnie June asleep in her car seat. A rare moment in September