Monday, May 19, 2008

So much!

Man, it's been nearly a week since I've updated this thing. We've been downright busy on our end and Mari has experienced some serious milestones.

And on with the updates! Last week she rolled over for the first time. She hasn't done it since, but she's rolled on her side, just not all the way. She's been really propping herself up and pushing off like she's ready to crawl. It's so cute. We've tried transitioning her to her crib. Her record is 2.5 hours and she took most of her naps in there too! It's been great. I think she really likes her crib, especially the pink elephant and her sock zebra.



Last night we attempted to feed her rice cereal for the first time. I'd read that we could start at 4 months. We don't go back to the pediatrician until June, so I struggled with it. Lately, she's been staring at our food when we eat like "hmmm...give me some." So I went back to my books and did some reading up. Sure enough, when the baby is able to hold her head up and stares at the food like she wants some, then it is time to introduce some foods. We settled on rice cereal . She swallowed about 4 spoonfuls and it was so fun! I'd read to not put it in her bottle, but what about you moms out there? Did you do that? Looks like I'll be going out to buy a baby food processor to make her foods. I'm really, really excited to make her food to eat! This is something I've been looking forward to for quite some time. I need to go out and find some recipes. If you have any or know of fun links, please share them! It was such a riot to see her eating and the faces she made while tasting the rice cereal. I can't wait to try it again. (Oh and the funny story: we didn't have any baby spoons!! I couldn't believe it. Luckily, before I got pregnant my sister found this fun frog set at Ikea, complete with bib, spoon, cup, and plate. That's what we used. I'll need to add spoons to my list of things to get.)
Yesterday, she also had her full-fledged laugh. Don was playing with her and making funny sounds and she did it! She belted out this huge baby, belly laugh! It was so adorable. I didn't have time to grab the camcorder, but it was so nice! That was the first milestone she did with Don!

Lindsey's baby shower went off smoothly! Here are the super duper cute favors. I read up on how to make homemade foaming soap and OMG...they were ridiculously easy! Just a bit of regular soap and the rest was distilled water. Add it to the bottle, shake it up and that's it. I'd ordered the special bottles online and the nifty stickers that matched her invites too! I had so much fun making them that I'm probably going to be making these as Christmas presents too. I need to get a label maker. Hmm...I'm thinking that Xyron sticker maker. It looks fabulous and I think I can use the 20% off coupon too. Not sure.
Anyway, that's it! This is going to be a whirlwind week too. We baptize her on Saturday and should have several people over to celebrate too. I can't wait to see Danika. It's been forever since we've hung out. I can't wait!

3 comments:

The Potts Family said...

She's getting so big! I love making Braelyn's food too. Steam and Process. Love the website www.wholesomebabyfood.com Its ALL you need to figure everything out. Braelyn loves butternut squash and sweet potatoes and they are so easy to make. I also bought some "safe plastic" cubes to freeze the food in - the brand is "Fresh Baby" and has a green top. I think I got mine from Amazon, but pretty sure they have them at Babies R Us.
Oh, and I never did the Baby Feeders (feeding them cereal out of the bottle). I wanted her to learn the spoon. Either way, I'm sure it doesn't matter much. Braelyn didn't like cereal much so I just went straight to squash and sweet potatoes after trying the rice cereal for a while. I started at about 5 months. Seriously though - Wholesome Baby Food (.com) has ALL the info for you - and lots of recipes!
Can't wait to see her pictures with prunes smeared everywhere!!

The Steinman Squad said...

I made the girls baby food and have an awesome cook book that you are welcome to have if you'd like (for the life of me I can't remember the name right now). It gives you recipes for even when she is eating grown up foods. I don't think I'm too far from you, so I'd be happy to drop it by sometime - just let me know. We never did the bottle feeders either - just the spoons. They pick it up pretty quickly and you get to start thickening it so it is just as easy from the spoon.

The Steinman Squad said...

Email me or call me at work and we'll work out a time for me to get the book to you.

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