Saturday, September 27, 2014

Loquacious Leland



While driving somewhere and directing him with the gps
Me: It says to turn left.
Leland: Let me see it.
Me: Don't you trust me?
Leland: Uhhh, don't make me answer that.


Leland: Do you ever think that maybe Esther is a genius baby and she can already talk but she just hasn't shown us yet?
Me: ....


Me: It's the bachelorette finale tonight!
Leland: I know, I'm so excited!


When Esther was refusing to take her nap:
Leland: It looks like we have a rebel on our hands.


While backseat driving me through a parking lot:
Leland: Are you sure you got this?
Me: Yes I'm fine.
Leland: I know how you have trouble with pillars.

Planning to make his "award winning" chili:
Leland: I don't want you to help.
Me: ok...
Leland: I just want it to be my baby.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's a Hard-Knock Life

Life has been pretty busy lately. Between my family staying with us for a week, visiting with Leland's family, and school starting, not much exciting has been going on. I've been a little stressed with all the appointments, classes and schedule juggling we've had to do. Also our car recently broke down, and the repairs would cost more than the car was worth, so we sold it for parts and now we are down to one car (truck). It's not the ideal situation, especially since it is hard for Esther's carseat to fit in it, but we have been making it work. As a result me and Esther have been putting many many miles on her stroller, since Leland needs the truck to get to work . 



But even though I've been really stressed about school and finding a babysitter for Esther, I've been trying to find reasons to be happy and grateful. I was so thankful that our neighbor volunteered to watch Esther at the last minute so I could make it to class. 


We made it through church so we needed a selfie. 
Esther has also been sick lately. She had a really high fever after her vaccinations, which was so sad. She also might have had something else going on, but luckily she is feeling better now. Being sick made her go on some type of a nursing strike. She would cry and cry anytime I tried to feed her, even though I knew she was hungry. She would only nurse if she was really tired/asleep. It was so frustrating, and I felt like quitting breastfeeding altogether. But she has never taken a bottle very well so that wasn't really an option either. But we pushed through it and so far today she has been doing better. She is still her distracted little self whenever I try to feed her, always wiggling, pinching, grabbing, and squirming away, but what can you do? (Seriously I need ideas haha).


She really is a good little baby, even at her sickest she will still smile and laugh. And Leland has been really helpful, getting up with her a lot in the nights/mornings. And how can I not be happy when I wake up to this sweet smile every morning? 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Homemade Baby Food

Now that Esther is 6 months old we have started feeding her solid food. Actually, we started feeding her rice cereal at about 5 and 1/2 months but it took a couple weeks for her to get the hang of swallowing the food. Now that she has we are starting to introduce her to new foods. 

For a little while I researched and tried baby-led weaning, but after a few choking scares, and Esther getting frustrated because most of the foods were too slippery for her to hold, we decided that purees were the way to go for us. Maybe we'll revisit baby led feeding when she has better coordination and some teeth.

So far Esther seems to like most things we give her, she will at least eat a few bites before the gagging starts haha. We do buy baby food from the store, but I also made her some purees at home. It might seem kind of obvious how these are made, but since I had to google it I figured instructions might come in handy to someone out there. 


                                                      

Peaches:

2-3 peaches skinned and diced

1. If your peaches are not very ripe, you will need to boil them to get them softer and to make the skin come off easier. 
2. Place the diced peaches into a food processor and puree until they are the desired texture for your baby.
3. Scoop the peaches out of the food processor and into an ice cube tray. 
4. Freeze for 12 hours, then remove and place them in a zip-lock bag to store in your freezer. 
5. Heat for 10-20 seconds in the microwave to defrost, then serve :)


Carrots:

1 cup baby carrots or chopped carrots

1. Microwave carrots for 5 minutes with 2 tablespoons of water.
2. Put carrots in the food processor (without draining) and add 1/4-1/2 cup more water, depending on the consistency your baby likes. 
3. Scoop carrots into an ice cube tray and freeze for 12 hours. 
4. Remove carrots from tray and store in zip lock bag in freezer until you are ready to use them. 
5. Microwave 20-25 seconds to defrost. 

Esther was not a huge fan of the carrots, but she loves the peaches. I mix them with her rice cereal in the mornings and that way they aren't too sour for her. 







Monday, September 8, 2014

Black Bean Soup

Soup is definitely one of my favorite foods. This soup recipe is so quick and easy, and also fairly healthy. With fall around the corner it is the perfect time to make it. I have made it at least twice a month for the past year or so and even Leland who typically hates beans loves it. Also it tastes much better than it looks.

Black Bean Soup
 -serves: 6
-prep time: 5 minutes
-cook time:10 minutes
-total time:15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans black beans (do not drain)
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth**
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
Step 1: Blend 2 of the 3 cans of black beans in a food processor or blender, do not drain before hand. 

Step 2: In a large pot bring the chicken broth to a boil. (We use chicken bouillon cubes, if using canned broth, you can just add all the ingredients at the same time.)

Step 3: Add the blended beans and all the other ingredients to the pot and return to a boil. 

Top with sour cream, cheese and whatever else you want, and enjoy!

**Some brands of canned black beans have more liquid in them than others, adjust the amount of broth you use according to how thick you like your soup. 




Friday, September 5, 2014

Six Months Old!


I can't believe this little girl is six months already! It has gone by so fast! All the other months she still seemed like a "little" baby, now she is my big baby, and soon she will be a toddler! She is sitting like a pro now, starting to eat solid foods, and laughing all the time. 

Even though the lighting on this picture is really bad, I had to post it because Esther is always sucking on her toes. About 90% of the time, whether sitting of laying down, she is folded in half to get to her toes. 

The cords look horrible in this pic, but that little profile just melts me. She definitely has blue eyes, but sometimes they look light blue like Leland's and sometimes they look dark blue like mine. 

I've heard some moms say that they can't wait until their baby gets older and starts doing more things, but I am totally the opposite. I am sad every month because Esther is that much older and I always worry that I haven't documented that stage enough, or that I will forget it later on. Hence, the very large number of pictures in this post haha. But I am trying to enjoy her as she is now and look forward to the things she will learn, instead of missing the tiny newborn that she used to be. 


She still loves baths, and going outside. She also likes being fed real food, licking/biting/sucking on everything and she is starting to love animals, especially my parent's cats. 

She doesn't like being restrained, laying on her back, or going to sleep. 

Her blonde hair is getting thicker and longer now, I love it. She has also reached the age where she can easily be distracted if she is fussy, so that is really nice. She takes 3 naps a day and usually goes to bed around 8:00. She sleeps until about 12am then wakes up to nurse as soon as I get home from work, and then she usually sleeps until 5-6am when i feed her again, and then she goes back to sleep until 7 or 8am. So she is still waking up a more often than I would like, but hopefully it is just a stage. She still has no teeth, so hopefully her frequent wakings can be attributed to teething.

She makes a ton of funny faces so it is hard to get a picture of her while smiling. 




We sure love this cute and silly girl!




 
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