Our Memorial Day

Our Memorial Day weekend was filled with some special guests visiting us in Texas for the first time. Katie and Andrew arrived late Thursday night to spend the weekend with us. While the weather here in the Houston area has been horrendous lately, this weekend especially,  we still managed to have a great time!

Friday morning Addy was thrilled and somewhat perplexed  to find out that we had guests visiting. It was pretty amusing watching her take in the fact that it just wasn’t Mom and Dad around the house, but other people were here too. Andrew and Taylor went off to work for the day and Katie, Addy, and I spent the morning and early afternoon shopping. Once we got back home, Addy napped and Katie helped me with some unpacking and organize our house. It rained most of the evening so we stayed put hanging out around the house.

Saturday morning we started our day relaxing around the house and unpacking a few more boxes. Later in the morning Addy, Katie and I visited Old Town Spring for some shopping while the boys took a trip to Home Depot and Lowe’s. Old Town has unique, cute, little stores that we browsed. We all met up for lunch at the Black Sheet Bistro where we had some sandwiches. As we were finishing up lunch it started to rain. It rained on and off most of the evening. More sorting and organizing happened around the house. We cooked a nice dinner at home and enjoyed some cocktails. Katie also showed us a new way to shuck corn that eliminated the corn silk from getting everywhere, mind blown.

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Sunday started off as Sunday Funday! We had a yummy breakfast of hash browns and blueberry pancakes along with some mimosas. It was once again a pretty gloomy day so we mostly stayed indoors. Katie and I organized my closest and finished some other organizing around the house. We watched the race and bought some plants later in the afternoon. For dinner we tried a BBQ place near by, Ruby’s. It was pretty good and I see us getting it again.IMG_0406

Monday started out with sunshine, we quickly put on our bathing suits and headed to our neighborhood pool. Addy loved the water! Addy loved that our pool has a zero entry side and she walked right in with our assistance all the way to her belly. She’s a little daring. She also enjoyed watching all the other kids swim! Later in the afternoon we took Katie to the airport for her disastrous trip back. Shortly after leaving her a storm rolled in. Needless to say, after many delays her flight was eventually cancelled and Andrew pick her back up in the late evening. It stormed all through the night. The thunder, lightening and rain were very intense. We are lucky that we have not been effected by the flooding happening around the area, we continue to keep our fingers crossed it does not get bad by us. There is more rain in the forecast. IMG_0413 IMG_0420 IMG_0422

Katie managed to fly home Tuesday. She had a long day of travel with a long layover and some delays, but she made it home safely. Andrew headed to work in the Houston area and so did Taylor! We loved having our visitors and are so thankful for all of their help!

On a side note, today marks a special day for one hardworking Mom and Nana! Today is my Mom’s last day of work, she’s retiring from the Post Office. First on her retirement agenda….a visit to Texas! We can’t wait to see her next week.

Happy Retirement, Mom!

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Our Little Garden: Part 1

Our first home project was completed shortly after we moved in. Our sea container had not arrived yet, so there was not much to get done indoors so a garden was the perfect first project.  We(Taylor did the bulk of the work) set-up a small vegetable garden in our side yard.

Growing up, my mom always grew vegetables in our backyard and I loved helping. I remember growing surpluses of tomatoes and cucumbers that I would sell at my lemonade stands on the neighborhood corner. I think the produce sold better than the lemonade!  I think there is something gratifying to growing your own food and knowing where your food comes from.

Taylor built our garden and mixed the dirt, I planted and Addy  napped or played in the grass while we worked. We are following the square foot garden method from this book.  Being new to Texas, we are doing a trial in this garden box for the time being. We’d like to what grows the best then possibly make another box for this fall for a late harvest. A plus to living in Texas is that we have a much longer growing season so we can’t wait to experiment!

We have a mix of things growing and some things were put in our gardens as plants and others we started from seeds. We are growing roma tomatoes, red, yellow, orange and banana peppers, cucumbers, two types of beans, onions, small carrots, romaine, spinach and broccoli.

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We have had a lot of rain the last 2 weeks and our garden could use some sun. Hopefully, there will be less rain in the forecast soon! I’ll post another update soon as our garden grows. Fingers crossed for success!

Addy: 7 Months

It amazes me how much one little person can grow in change in one month! The jump from 6 months to 7 months was a big one around our house. We had a doctors appointment at the end of April and Addy weighed a tad over 17 pounds and was 27.5 inches long.

Addy now has two teeth!

We’ve added to meat and eggs to Addy’s meals and introduced more fruits and vegetables for her to try. IMG_0271 2

We love going on walks to our neighborhood playgrounds. Addy especially loves the swings. Our neighborhood has a splash pad and we enjoyed a visit there a few weekends ago. She loved it! We can’t wait for an upcoming nice weekend to try out the pool!IMG_0257IMG_0290IMG_0337FullSizeRender 3

Addy is finally starting to get a little bit more hair!

Our last big leap happened on her 7 month birthday….we’re crawling! IMG_0363IMG_0353We are slowly unpacking. IMG_0300

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What Addy Eats

Addy LOVES food! Starting back in March, Addy started exploring with food. She was a bit shy of 6 months, but was eager to get what Mom and Dad had on their plates and to explore. It has been a fun process for us to watch her explore and she has enjoyed exploring food options.

Taylor and I decided to follow the Baby Led Weaning approach to introducing solid food to Addy. The BLW approach lets Addy take the lead in her interest and exploration with food. We are not experts, but are using the book as a guide, following Addy’s cues, and biassing her nutrition after our beliefs. Breast milk is still her main source of “food” and the rest is exploring and playing and the more of the she does the more she continues to consume.She has never been given rice cereal or baby purees.  It’s ok if she doesn’t actually eat any “real food” on some days, we put more of an emphasis on exploring taste, texture, color and smell as she paces her self through her own meal.  Addy feeds her self from what we put on the tray in front of her. We love eating together as a family for meals. Addy typically eats breakfast every morning and the last few weeks we have added lunch in. She usually is in bed when Taylor and I are eating dinner, but has joined us on a handful of occasions.

By taking this approach to eating we hope to encourage Addy to enjoy a wide range of healthy and tasty foods. She is also self-regulating how much she eats. She has clear signals that she is finished and we are also working on sign language for ‘more’ and ‘finished’.Also, an added benefit is that we also get to sit at the table as a family to eat meals. This is especially important for safety as early in the learning process there was a small bit of gagging and spitting out food, plus its important to watch for any signs of chocking. (Gagging is a natural response and pretty typical in the learning process.)

Addy’s first breakfast foods were banana,  avocado and strawberries. Initially, she was only given one food at a time, but now I will offer her a few choices. Two weeks ago we introduced scrambled eggs at breakfast and those have been a hit. So far she enjoys, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, baked apples,pineapple,  plums, clementines and eggs for breakfast.

Lunch is typically leftovers from our dinner the night before. Addy has enjoyed eating protein and is usually the first thing that she reaches for on her plate. She has had beef, chicken, pork, and salmon so far. We also offer her one or two vegetables at this meal depending on what we have on had. She enjoys broccoli, cauliflower, cooked carrots, sweet potato, cucumber, peppers, green beans, and peas.

I offer Addy most things cut into strips or large disks so she can easily grab and have something that she can chew on. It has been amazing to watch her learn how to pick up food and get it to her mouth. Each day she surprises us with something new she can do. For example, this week she has demonstrated her ability to clean up after herself! I’m somewhat joking, but the hungry baby now enjoys picking up her droppings from her bib and eating them. She is demonstrating her love for some of mom’s cooking at a young age!

Here are some pictures(iphone) of what we offer our munchkin’!

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IMG_0193 Apple SauceIMG_0197 Plums and StrawberriesIMG_0247EggsIMG_0266 Chicken and BroccoliIMG_0271 Salmon, Sweet Potato and CauliflowerIMG_0318 Peas and ChickenIMG_0328Apparently, she wasn’t finished eating!
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Yes, this is much messier than if I was spoon feeding her. Yes, I do wish we had a dog to help clean up the mess!  Most of the time I try to feed her  only in her diaper or only wearing her bottom half of clothing.

I’ll be sure to share another update in the coming month of what Addy is eating. With summer just around the corner, we can’t wait to introduce her to more summer fruits and veggies!