Mi Vida Excitante.

Babies are so fickle.

I tell you that he’s rolled over from tummy to back, and he did — twice! But now he won’t do it again for me. It’s like he knows I have my iPhone camera ready or something. Jeez. Also, the next taste of avocado, he didn’t seem to mind (reference below pictures — sorry for the blurry one, I was dodging avocado puree). But the next morning? Back to screaming. Maybe it’s more of a dinner food.

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One thing has remained consistent and that’s his easy bedtime. He still falls asleep on his own. Tonight, he was talking to himself until he fell asleep. Chris and I got a kick out of that one and couldn’t stop giggling. Please Lord, if you read my blog, let this be something that continues forever and ever and ever. Sleep is not something I mess around with.

BUT wait. Now he wakes up at around 1 – 1:30 am. No, not to eat. To get in bed with mom. It’s like clockwork and it’s probably my fault. But hey, like I said, I like my sleep. So if it means putting him (safely) beside me so we can get a few more hours, then I’m gonna do it. Surprisingly, I sleep great when he’s in bed with me so it’s not horrible.

This week will be a busy one. The in-laws are coming into town for a few days, which means lots of trips to Costco! And next Monday is Henry’s 4 month well-baby check and round 2 of immunizations. I am so not ready for that.

But look, he can read! The doctor will be UH-MAZED! Ok not really. But I love the serious look on his face like he’s concentrating. He closed it and put it in his mouth 4.2 seconds later.

henryreadsMom knows this book by heart.

In case anyone’s ever noticed his birthmark on his forehead, it’s called a stork bite. Henry’s is in the shape of a “V”, which I say is for victory. It’s a shame that it’s not lightning shaped. That would spice up our afternoons.

Sooo yeah. That’s my exciting life.

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Avocadon’t

See what I did there??

The adventures in baby food continue. We’re done with bananas at the moment. No allergies, so we’re in the clear there. They were starting to make King Henry a touch constipated though, and even the slightest exertion on his part and his day is ruined. Chris bought 3 huge, beautiful avocados, so I decided that would be his next food.

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Yeah, not so much. He wasn’t just disgusted, he was piiiiiiiissssed that I dare offend his senses in such an abhorrent manner.

I’m going to try out some more foods: sweet potato next, pears, and butternut squash. After he’s introduced to those with no allergies, I’ll start making some mixed concoctions. Maybe I can hide the avocado in some banana or something. This real food thing is kind of overwhelming, but fun. I really enjoy making it for him.

Teething is also a major thing going on right now. Last night, he cried more than he has since he exited my womb. I’ve never dealt with a Henry that couldn’t be soothed by a bottle or snuggles (one of the two always does the trick) and I never let him cry more than 30 seconds if I can help it. So to say my nerves were frayed would be an understatement. He also wouldn’t take the teether, but that’s because he was at that point-of-no-return kinda mad. I’d waited too long to offer it to him. My husband got home with food and took the baby. He told me to go eat and he’d cuddle Henry. The baby stopped crying immediately. He put his hands in his mouth and watched TV on dad’s lap.

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This made me start crying, feeling like I’m an awful mom and the baby just hates me. It was at that moment that Henry looked over at me and gave me a huge grin. Ok, ok, he loves me. Chris reassured me that I’m doing an excellent job (I married the sweetest man in the world), and the rest of the evening was uneventful. In fact, all of the crying helped Henry sleep 12 hours (!!!) last night.

My friend Derek dropped by this morning to give us gifts from his mom. One of the gifts was a stuffed turtle that I have given the moniker “Squirtle” because why not give the baby some hard words to learn? Henry loves this thing. He’s got the baby vice grip on its back right now. I tried to take it away during his nap. No. Not going to happen.

henryturtleGetting our money’s worth out of that Easter onesie. Don’t judge.

And lastly, I can’t forget a major milestone achieved yesterday. Henry rolled over from his tummy to his back. Yep. The kid hates tummy time, so he’s figured out a way to never have to do it again. Smart boy. I’m so proud.

 

My baby is growing up.

For the past few days, Henry has been waking up from his naps just SCREAMING! At first I thought it was teething since he has a tooth cutting right now. But, I quickly learned it was just hunger. He would down a full bottle like mommy drinking wine (your supposed to drink a half a bottle at once, right?) Anyway, after my mom witnessed it yesterday, she told me to give him a little cereal in his bottle. Yeah, did nothing. Then she told me to give him a little banana. I hesitated and then decided to call his pediatrician. The doc said 4 months old is when he likes to start introducing solids and Henry is showing all the signs of being ready, so go for it. I smashed up half a banana and fed it to him with my finger (we didn’t have the baby-feeding supplies yet). He ate all of it and was reaching out for more.

This morning, I made him his first little puree that consists of a full banana, baby cereal, and formula.

First, I mashed the banana up in our food processor:

bananamixThen I added two tablespoons of baby cereal and 4 liquid ounces of formula:

bananapureeIt should be apple sauce consistency, and this was except there were lumps of banana still. Next time, I’m going to mash a little bit longer.

This made six 1-ounce servings, so I divvied it up into little containers. I popped two in the fridge for today and the rest in the freezer for later.

bananaservingsSince we don’t have a high chair yet, I stripped him down to a diaper and put him in his Bumbo chair. He ate a full container (ok, about a quarter of it ended up on his face) and seemed to enjoy it. When I’d pull the spoon out, he’d get pissed until I gave him more, if that’s any indication.

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henrybanana2This is a huge milestone for the baby, but also for me. Feeding Henry has been such an area of strife for me since he was born. Now that he’s moving onto real food, I feel relieved. I’m also excited to make all of his food. Have you ever tasted the canned baby food? It doesn’t even taste like what it’s supposed to be. Unless carrots are supposed to taste like poop. Making the food will be a breeze with our food processor.  I’ll make sure to post some good recipes as I come across them and test them on baby.

He’s growing up too damn fast.