Friday, January 25, 2013

A boy and his play mat

Dylan has recently discovered the wonders of his play mat. Even though he rolled over last Saturday (yay!) he will lay under his mat and talk and talk and talk for a long time - sometimes almost an hour! This is unheard of for our recently fussy Dylan.  He loves to grab the toys that hang down and also grab his feet. Today I went to get him ready for dinner and he had one of the toys ripped off of the bar and around his ankle....?







Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cousin Hudson's Birthday Party

Hudson turned 2 a few weeks ago so we all got together on Sunday to celebrate. Dylan definitely has a fan club everywhere he goes - and Ethan is the President of this fan club around the Rogers' family.  No joke, the second we rang the doorbell I heard "BABBBYYYYY!" from inside the house. Ethan was very sad to see that BABY was sleeping when we got there.  So he had to wait about 10 minutes before Dylan BABY woke up.

Just hanging out


Hi Baby!
                                                                    

Let me put my arm around you.
                                                    


Kisses!
                                                                         



Rolling over is so easy, Dylan!
                                                        


Aisy loves to hold Dylan, but he's getting too big to enjoy this position.

    

               
Hi Mom!
                                                                        

Dylan is a pretty good sport around the Leetch/May kids.  Sarah and Abby are a little amazed.  I am not sure why he's so tolerant, but he is and I am not complaining.

Hudson's birthday party was complete with a chili/hot chocolate/ice cream bar. And some pretty cute pictures of Huddy Buddy




BEST HUDDY PICTURE EVER!!
                                                  

We took a few more pictures but Dylan was getting hungry/tired so we had to take a break!  Then it was present opening time. Hudson seemed to just like ripping into things.  Which is how most 2 year old birthday parties go.




All in all, it was a pretty nice little Sunday :) On to another work week!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dylan tries Oatmeal

The Doctor told us to do cereal for a week, then oatmeal for a week, then barley for a week.  After that, we get to choose which one he wants to continue.  Cereal was ok, but I think he likes oatmeal better...

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And here are some pictures....






We also discovered that he likes it when we warm up the breast milk we add to the oatmeal/cereal....a duh.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My Friday Night....

It's hard to believe that my Friday nights used to spent in a bar with my girlfriends dancing until we couldn't see straight anymore. And now..






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Friday, January 18, 2013

Baby Food Day

At Dylan's 4 month appointment, I got the go ahead to give him cereal, oatmeal, barley, for January, add veggies at noon in February, and then fruit in the AM and fruit in the PM in March. Enter my money saving hobby needing personality.  I immediately knew my entire weekend would be full of baby food making.  Now I am the Queen of getting a project ready and not finishing it or having it go horribly wrong and then end up spending a bunch of money to fix/replace it.  None the less, off to Jewel we went this weekend armed with google, pinterest and my mile a minute racing mind.

After doing a little bit of research in the produce section of Jewel, I decided I would do a mix of frozen veggies and fresh.  Frozen actually can be better if they're veggies that aren't currently in season.  For fresh, I got carrots, yellow squash and sweet potato.  For frozen, I got green beans, zucchini, broccoli and peas. We'll start with the fresh (minus the carrots)....


I washed and peeled the sweet potatoes and squash.  I've never had squash before and I don't like sweet potatoes unless they are loaded up with brown sugar (#fatty) so I've never worked with either of them.  I cut off the ends of the squash and hallowed out the seed part.  First I dropped the whole thing into the already boiling water (after much research, I read that boiling the water first is really good because you're basically sterilizing the water.  Remember, they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true, right?)  Removing the seeds before took about the same effort as after.  The only difference is you have to wait to handle it after you cook it, and that's not fun because I have no patience.  I'm not even entirely sure if you have to remove the seeds (I've seen sites that say both things) but since seeds are difficult to digest sometimes, I thought I'd cut them out.

The squash cooked for about 10ish minutes.  I just would check it every once and a while and cooked it a little bit longer than I would if I was going to eat it.  It did not need a lot of water to puree up.  I used a single serving blender (Thanks Santa!) to blend it all up.  I also used the water that it boiled in when I added the water.  

The sweet potatoes were difficult to cut.  I didn't realize how hard they were going to be because I've never worked with them before.  Halfway through cutting up the first one I remembered I had a mandolin (Thanks Santa 2011!).  This made Dan incredibly nervous.  I am notorious for cutting/burning myself pretty much every single time I'm in the kitchen.  (I did burn myself during the blending of the peas this time.  Whoops.)  The sweet potatoes cooked for about 15 minutes.  They needed a lot more water (about 2 ladles full...and I blended it in 2 batches).


 Dylan did some work at his work bench (thanks Santa!) while I did the cooking.
   

 When I blended it all up, I tasted it as well to make sure that it didn't taste like flavored water.

 The sweet potatoes gave me about 18 "ice cubes" and the squash only gave me about 6.  I plan on making some more squash next weekend to even it out.  Also some more sweet potatoes because the greens that I did gave me a lot more.

I let them all freeze and popped them out, tossed them into some zip loc bags, labeled/dated them, then put them into another giant zip loc bag to add them to the breast milk we have stored up in the freezer in the basement.

Now, for the frozen.....

I boiled them in boiling water, just like I did the fresh. Here's what I learned....

*Green beans - didn't need to boil a lot, but needed a couple ladles of water to thin it out.

*Peas - Needed a little more water as well.

*Zucchini - Hardly needed any water! I added one ladle and then needed to add more vegetables to it because it was so thin.

*Broccoli - needed maybe 1 ladle of water.

*Carrots - needed a good amount of water.

Since I only had 2 ice cube trays, I pureed everything and put them into bags and put them in the fridge until I was ready to put them in the trays.  Then I had an amazing idea.  I am really proud of myself for this one.  When they were ready, I snipped a little hole in the corner of the bag to squirt them into the trays.  Pretty smart, huh?!



 

 So, in the end, the frozen bags gave me 24 cubes.  So I have a total of 144 cubes of food for $9.50. Can't beat that!!!!! Good luck :)



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Firetruck

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At school, we were sitting Dylan at the table with a firetruck and we started rolling it toward him.  He laughed SO HARD and so did we.  It was hilarious. So naturally, I ran back to get my phone to take a video. The 2 laughs that I got in this video are not even close to what we heard initially but it's still cute :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dylan tries cereal

This was an interesting experience.

At first, he loved it.  He ate it all up.  But now he is not a fan of it in the morning - a trait maybe he gets from Grandma? She hates breakfast :)

He usually eats it all up for dinner, though.

Enjoy the pictures and video  (but please excuse the paparazzi flashes in the video) :)




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Monday, January 14, 2013

My Strong Willed Sister

I can't diet. I love food way too much.  I love salty, delicious, fattening, greasy food.  My sister just decided to make some changes in her life and she chose to start eating better.  She's juicing like crazy and I am so proud of her.

Anyway, here is her blog for you to follow.  I am amazed at every single one of her posts.  I can not imagine drinking all 3 of my meals. You go girl.

Vegan, For now.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Photoshoot with mommy

Dan has been working late lately so Dylan and I have been doing a lot of hanging out.  A few nights ago we had a little photo shoot....and the night after that :) I am not a fan of these pictures of me but he is so darn cute.