Little Helper

Since I am not working this summer much of our day consists of doing household things, like laundry, dishes, and watering our garden. A has become a good helper recently. He is interested in helping with things like folding laundry, helping pay bills, and cleaning the kitchen. Mainly because when he helps fold laundry he can chew on all the interesting clothes, play on the keyboard of the computer when he is helping pay bills and look at all the interesting bubbles on his tray when we wash dishes. I’m sure one day he will be much less interested in all these chore things, but I am hoping that his interest will remain for at least a few more years 🙂

Sure Mommy, I'll help you fold laundry!
Sure Mommy, I'll help you fold laundry!
Can I eat some of the laundry?
Can I eat some of the laundry?
Helping Daddy pay bills is fun!
Helping Daddy pay bills is fun!
All this work makes me sleepy!
All this work makes me sleepy!
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Crawling and Talking

We have been quite busy the past week, so I haven’t had time to update! A is making big milestones, finally crawling and talking up a storm. Most of his crawling is backwards and most of his talking is Dadadadada, but it is amazing how much he is improving on them each day! He can crawl forward, but only when he has much motivation. I caught him crawling down the hall after a ball that had rolled out of his train. Obviously that was the motivation that he needed! He does lots of toe and arm push-ups, which amazes me that he has the much strength in his arms. Perhaps he is getting motivation from his cousin B who is in the Army!

We haven’t gotten much good video of him crawling yet, as he tends to fuss when he sees us watching him crawl. We are very excited about his milestones, however they seem to come with less sleep for everyone! A has not been sleeping well the last few nights, with Friday night being the worst, where we were getting up with him about every hour. Hopefully that will start to straighten out soon! Here are a few pictures of A working on his crawling and push-ups.

Working on his push-ups
Working on his push-ups
These push-ups are tough!
These push-ups are tough!
Perhaps Tigger can help me!
Perhaps Tigger can help me!
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Bird Baths

I’m not sure if this is a tradition in your house, but it certainly is in ours. Hot southern summers mean hot sticky babies, which means on non full bath nights we have been sponging Super A off with a wet washcloth. This action my sister affectionately coined “bird baths”, which I think perfectly sums up the little mini baths. In addition we have added in working on our toothbrushing skills to Super A’s nighttime routine. He hasn’t had any teeth pop through yet, despite all my previous posts, but I want to have brushing his teeth as part of his routine so I figured we should introduce it. I wasn’t sure how he would take it, but he loves it. AND he loves looking at himself in the mirror as you will see in the pictures!

Admiring himself in the mirror
Admiring himself in the mirror
Trying out the toothbrush
Trying out the toothbrush
"No I do it myself"...who does that remind me of??
"No I do it myself"...who does that remind me of??
Big smiles for the camera
Big smiles for the camera
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Just Say No to Citrus

As our little sweet pea has finally reached stage 2 baby foods, I have been buying up all the different kinds available on my quest to make him a well rounded food connoisseur! However, I learned a valuable lesson in my food buying the other day. There are many different kinds of baby food mixes (including baby food smoothies, which I’m not sure the value of giving your baby a “smoothie” except that it’s trendy, and yes I bought the mango). Anyway, two of these mixes include banana-orange and pineapple-pear. As banana and pear are a favorite in our house I figured these would be great to add into the mix of our other foods. As I found out babies under one year should not have citrus. ANY citrus. This includes tomatoes, oranges, and pineapples. Luckily, we did not encounter any reactions to the fruits, but I stopped giving them to him obviously!  Now being knowledgeable about the no citrus I have been avoiding any of those stated fruits. However I found that the front label isn’t always indicative of the interior product. Once we began meats mixed with veggies I realized that too can be problematic. When I began scanning the store shelves for baby meats I came across several including a vegetable beef. Which as I was reading the ingredients I found  includes tomato paste. While the tomato paste is very low on the list of ingredients (meaning that there are scant amounts) it still brought about many questions. Is a scant amount of citrus okay? Or no citrus at all? As I’m sure most Mom’s encounter it’s better to ere on the side of caution and just avoid, but when we reach a year I hope that our little sweet pea will enjoy all the tomatoes, pineapples, and oranges there are out there to try!

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Laundry Day

I just had to post these pictures of Super A because they were too cute! Super A helps me with laundry during the week (and by help I mean he plays on the floor while I sort, wash, dry, and fold), but one of his favorite things is the laundry basket. I can set him in the laundry basket and he will just sit there and play with his toys while I fold laundry. Who knew a laundry basket would be so much fun?? So here are some pictures of him playing in his basket. By the way Doggy M is Super A’s stuffed dog that M gave him when he was born. Since A doesn’t have a real dog, Doggy M is the next best thing (And yes I named it Doggy M. And yes, I got the idea from an episode of Full House. If you can name the episode you get a gold star for your 80s-90s television knowledge!)

Aidan Playing with Doggy McDavid in his Laundry Basket
A Playing with Doggy M in his Laundry Basket
Aidan in his laundry basket
A in his laundry basket
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Papa Hat

Now that it’s summer A and I have been taking walks almost every day. We of course have to avoid the rain, which for a few weeks we were all deliberating on whether or not we needed to start building an ark, but it has subsided some for now. When my Grandparents came to visit in March we purchased A’s first “Papa Hat”. Which to most is referred to as a bucket hat, but to my family it’s referred to as a Papa hat. Well as A is growing like crazy his Papa hat from March is getting a bit to small, so I purchased him a new Papa hat from Gymboree. He seems to like it, in fact A likes hats very much. He is going through his stranger anxiety phase right now, and for some reason if I put a hat on him around strangers he calms down. I think he thinks he is invisible with the hat, which I find amusing. So here is a picture of him in his first Papa hat and his new Papa hat.

First Papa Hat
First Papa Hat
New Papa Hat
New Papa Hat
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Avocado Apathy

I love avocado. I could eat them on any and everything. I love guacamole and my family even has a secret guacamole recipe that has never gotten anything but a rave review from fellow avocado fans. However, my husband doesn’t like avocados. Determined to make sure our little sweet pea doesn’t follow the same path I decided to add avocados into his palate of baby food. Plus, knowing that he isn’t a picky eater I figured it wouldn’t be a hard sale. However, my first obstacle was that there is no jarred avocado baby food. I decided to be extra adventurous and just make avocado baby food myself. Plus, how hard could it be? Just blend avocado and some water, that’s all that’s in baby food right? That should have been my first alarm telling me to not go down this path. However, after considerable effort I managed to blend and heat some avocado. I brought it to my child with a feeling of satisfaction. He was happily banging on his highchair with his spoon. However that smile turned into a frown as soon as I gave him the first spoonful. He rolled it in his mouth with a heighten amount of suspicion that this was not his regular squash, sweet potato, or carrot mix. He then promptly spit it out with a look of “ew. gross”. I decided that it wasn’t mashed enough, so I went back to the food processor. This didn’t work either. So I decided to mix it with carrots his favorite. Not even this fooled him! Every bite he spit back out trying to eat only the carrot and not the avocado if that was possible. We finished the meal with plain carrots. Perhaps avocado apathy is genetic. Hopefully it’s a recessive gene!

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