Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tomorrow, we give thanks.


Can you sense Asher's excitement?


Well, we really are so very thankful everyday. But tomorrow, we celebrate it purposefully. And all day.

And this year, with the biggest blessing ever on our hips. Asher will start with Thanksgiving lunch on base in Goldsboro and then road trip to Louisburg for dinner. It's a big day and I'm so excited.

Holy crap I love the holidays. And now, I am giddy about sharing them with our son!


We give thanks with a grateful heart. Today and everyday. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

(I am so freaking thankful for those little fingers and toes. They melt me.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tonight at dinner. Yes, another dinner video.

Lots of good things happen at the family dinner table! Here's tonight's episode.

And if you work for Sprite and want rights to this for your next Superbowl ad, please see me. :)


Sprite is hilarious. Didn't you know? from Kira Ann on Vimeo.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Six month photo shoot - sneak peek at the adorableness!

OH EM GEE!

Warning: These photos may induce baby fever!

We had our six month photo shoot over the weekend. It was so fun and Asher was a perfect gentleman. He just chilled while we changed his clothes over and over in the cold outdoors. Bless his handsome heart.

I'm so happy with how the photos are turning out! Liz Cooper (my day care pal growing up, who also did Asher's newborn photos) posted a sneak peek today. Check it out!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tonight. In the sink.

Asher has had a big few days. He seems to be stretching further, bouncing constantly, rocking back and forth with purpose, scooting around and more determined than ever to get that remote control.

Tonight, it was time for our nightly bath. Asher's learned to splash. That's always fun. So, we're splashing around like usual and he turns himself completely around to grab the faucet. I think, wow good job kid.

Then, he grabs the faucet and starts pulling himself up to his knees. This is the first time he's done this. And he's doing it in the sink!

Of course, I pick up the iphone, activate the handy video app (thank goodness for this thing) and start recording. Don't worry; I was keeping a very close eye on him and was ready to sacrifice the iphone for the kid. Totally.

Check it.

Don't ya just want to snuggle him up?


-- Posted via iPhone

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pity party. You're invited.

Just kidding. You really don't want to join my pity party. But, today has been a tough one. Phew.

Some back story first. Jax is back at home after a (pricey) stay at the vet ICU. Some moments I think he's better. Others, I think he's not. Our bank account tells me to be super sure before going back to the vet. Ugh, decisions. I know he doesn't feel well, bless his heart. They weren't ever able to figure out why he was bleeding in his GI tract, so that just adds to the frustration.

Anyways, here's my day. Keep in mind this day follows multiple days of cleaning up dog vomit and poop all over the house. Throwing out our dining room rug. Yep, it was that bad. Ok, so here goes.

2 AM - Wake up to Asher screaming. And I mean, screaming. A paci fuss or stuck in the crib wimper are normal. This was not normal. About 30 minutes of soothing time. Finally back to sleep.

2 AM - Rusty thinks our room smells funny. He assumed it was Asher. Didn't cross my mind to think about Jax who was just outside our door.

5 AM/6AM (daylight savings time ends) - Asher is up. He's hungry. I get up and feed him. 35 minutes later, I put him back in his crib for more sleep.

5:35 AM - Peek in on Jax. Oh shit. Literally. There is diarhea all over the bathroom floor. Good news is I laid down puppy pads. Bad news is this means he's not better. Crap. Oh, and bad news is that I gotta clean it up. Vom. Fun stuff at 5:35 AM. This explains the smell.

6 AM - Clean up done. Walked Jax.

6:05 AM - Fed Jax. Gave him meds and fancy dog food.

6:10 AM - Join Jax on the couch to observe how he's doing. He is trembling all over every time he inhales. It's so bad it's shaking the couch. Crap. Crap. Crap. Now what?

6:15 AM - Googled the trembling. Could mean low blood sugar. Makes sense since we have been giving him tiny meals and his stomach is bothering him. Maybe he's just weak. So I give him more food.

6:16 AM - Waiting.

6:25 AM - Trembling almost stops completely. Call my mom to vent. She tells me I've done what I can now to get back to sleep. She reminds me that Jax has these issues when he has new food. She says maybe this is just the tail end of his sickness working its way out.

6:45 AM - Trying to go back to sleep.

8:30 AM - Asher's up. Again. Feed him.

9 AM - Check on Jax. No more poop. Let him out. Fix juice cup and set out breakfast for Rusty to give Asher.

9:30 AM - Crawl back into bed for nap.

All day long - No more poop action. Maybe we're on the mend.

4 PM - Leave the house. Put gate up and Jax in bathroom just in case.

7 PM - Return home with fussy baby. Met at door by Jax. Um, what? Figure he knocked down the gate. Nope, it's still standing. He jumped it. Clearly he's feeling better. Right? Wrong.

7:01 PM - Find piles of diarhea on living room carpet. Fight urge to join Asher and cry.

7:10 PM - Finally realize I need to suck it up and clean up the crap.

It's now 10:41 PM and I should go to bed. Asher's already been up screaming once since I put him down. Could be another long night.

See? Pity party. Oh, the joys.

Here's a cute Asher pic to make us all smile. Driving his car.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Go get one of these mesh feeders for your teether!


While I'm on the topic of food, let me state that I love mesh feeders. With lunch and as an afternoon snack, Asher gets a piece of fruit (usually frozen) in his feeder. The frozen fruits are great for his sore gummies. I just buy pre cut and bagged fruit at the store and pop one in. His current favorite is the strawberry. Followed closely by peaches and mangos.

Here's the lesson I'd like to pass along.

I originally bought a two-pack of mesh feeders at Target. (The brand name escapes me, but to date they are the only ones available.) They were great, until it came time to get the fruit (especially the banana) out of the mesh. It was so embedded I had to toss it. Same thing happened with the second after a few uses.

Then, I discovered these Sassy feeders at Babies R Us. They have replacement mesh bags you can buy separately. Much less waste. And much easier to clean since these feeders come all apart. The ability to chill them and put the storage cap on top is good for traveling, too.

So, lesson learned. The Sassy feeders take home the gold!

Homemade baby food


I never thought I'd have a blog with this title. I always said I'd never worry about making my own. That the stuff at the store was just fine. No need to trouble with it.

Then, I had a baby.

Then, feeding him was an adventure. A fun one. I wanted to test his tastes. Experiment. And Asher became obsessed with the organic, 'good' stuff.

Here's how it started. I sent my mom to Babies R Us for some Ella's Kitchen organic food. I mean, come on people. Look at that packaging. Don't you want to eat it, too? Anyways, it was on sale and I wanted to see if Asher reacted differently.

And, oh he did. He went from 'eh, this is whatever' to 'put that in my mouth now. all of it. pleeeeease' like a little birdie. And thus began our break up with Gerber and Beech Nut and all other things Asher coined 'dull' and 'not yummy.' Also known as cheaper items on the baby food market.

We are now shoppers of Ella's Kitchen (which is available at Target now!) and Earth's Best. I've also had much more luck with stage 2's versus the 1's.

Along the way I decided I wanted to give my smoothie maker a whirl at baby fooding. I started with green beans (fresh) and carrots (frozen). Asher loved them! Then, I moved on to butternut squash (fresh). Big score! I compared the flavor of these to those from the baby food aisle. Much. Better.

Then, I got fancy. My favorite recipe to date is acorn squash and apple cinnamin bake. (Rusty was ready to dive into those when they came out of the oven.) I also added some garlic powder to my next batch of string beans (frozen) and cinnamin to baked carrots (frozen). I've combined green beans, squash, zucchini, potatoes and carrots into a summer veggie mix. (That tasted really good but the consistency when reheating was rather odd.)

All winners in Asher's book. I got the recipes from wholesomebabyfood.com. And, I've stored each item in ice cube portions in the freezer. I felt like quite the proud mama offering Asher green beans, carrots and butternut squash tonight. And he ate all of it. Tomorrow, I'm doing something with the apples that Papa Spuds brought me this week.

Yay for baby food adventures!

Baby's Acorn Squash & Apple Bake
6-8 months+

1 acorn squash
2 or 3 Macintosh apples (I used some other unknown tasty variety and it was fine.)
Pinch of cinnamon

1. Peel and dice apples.
2. Cut acorn or butternut squash in half, scoop out seeds.
3. Place halves face up in a pan and add with an inch of water to the pan.
4. Place diced apples in the squash "holes" where the seeds were. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
5. Pour water over the apples so that there is water in the squash holes - cover pan with tinfoil.
6. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the “shell/skin” puckers and halves feel soft then scoop squash “meat” and apples out of the shell.
4. Puree as needed, adding water to thin if required. You may also chop or dice and serve as a finger food meal.



(As a side note: I know what you're thinking. I know I shouldn't put the Bumbo up on a countertop like pictured above. But, I was right there with him all along. And he was loving the activity!)
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