Our appointment was a 2 this afternoon and it went great! Jack is 21 lbs, still 50th percentile and 29 inches, still 75th percentile and still a huge head, but it hasn't increased in percentile, which was just what we were hoping! He did have to get a shot (so sad!) and a finger prick to check for anemia, which was even worse than the shot! They pricked his finger and had to squeeze it to fill a tube with his drops of blood! Poor baby.
All in all, a great appointment! Dr F did ask me if he was cruising, like standing up and holding on to things to get around. Um, no. He's not. I hate it when he asks me developmental questions and the answer is no! So my quest tonight has been to get him to do that. Which he totally did...honest! He will do anything to get to the remote control, and he cruised from one side of the table to the other to get it! He also asked if he was pulling up. Well, does pulling up once count? Because he did that the other day...so it counts, right? I also used the remote to try to coerce him to pull up on the coffee table, but he does this awkward thing where he tries to pull up and ends up with most of his body under the table so his little arms and chin are the only thing peeking out! So, no pulling up...until....
Jack was taking an abnormally long time to go to bed. These days, we zip up his sleep sack, say his good night prayer, turn on the white noise machine, and he's out! Easy, easy. Every once in a while he chatters a little before he goes to sleep, and if we let him chat it out, he'll eventually fall asleep. Well, tonight he was chatting up a storm...which turned to crying...which turned to wailing...so I finally peeked in the door...he was standing up in his crib! Poor baby, he couldn't figure out how to sit down once he'd gotten up. His eyes were red and swollen...we felt so bad!! If I didn't feel so bad, I would have taken a picture to prove, my baby can pull up!
If you watch the Food Network as much as I do, you know that Cupcake Wars a new show they've been promoting lately. In the promo there is a cupcake explodes, and is really quite cool.
Last weekend there was a cupcake war on Morning Glory. There were almost exploding cupcakes and it wasn't very cool.
When I say Jillian, what do you think about? I think about 2 things.
One, a student I once had who was an only child, too smart for her britches, and frankly quite annoying. Yes, I loved all of my students, including her, she was just a little tougher to love! But really, aren't we all?
Two, I think of Jillian from Biggest Loser. Jeff and I went through a Biggest Loser phase and watched it religiously. I mean, really, it's amazing. I loved Bob, he's so nice, encouraging...but Jillian? She's so mean! Yelling all the time, getting in people's faces...I always told Jeff if she was my trainer, I'd punch her in the face.
Not only are we transitioning to table food, Jack has a few more tricks up his sleeve for his turning 9 months party!
is to completely switch Jack over to table food. I can't help it, I'm so ready to not sit down and spoon feed the little munchkin every few hours! And since yesterday was his 9 month birthday (I can't believe it) it's totally do-able. His newest favorite game, and probably the largest contributing factor to my newest quest, is having a mouth full of food and spitting it out, projectile style all over anything in his near vicinity. Um, not fun. And maybe it makes me a bad mom, but when he starts doing that, I can't help but feel anger rise inside of me...which makes me promptly decide that he's done eating. He loves to make funny spitting noises all the time, which I love! What I don't love is when he's making those noises with a mouth full of food. Hence the need to start the transition to finger foods for meals!
So, lately, his meals have consisted of the following:
Breakfast: 1/4 whole wheat waffle, a cooked egg yolk, a few cheerios and some small diced apple.
After nap snack: Yo Baby! yogurt and a vanilla wafer
Lunch: a whole banana, a few saltine crackers, a cheddar cheese stick
As you know, our first experience with chicken was a big fat FAIL, but lately, he's been doing great with chicken! Not pureed chicken, just diced chicken. Yay!
Afternoon snack: some type of fruit usually in the mesh feeder. He loves frozen oranges, mango, and apples in there!
Dinner: diced chicken, diced roasted sweet potato, diced roasted apples, a few homemade macaroni and cheese noodles, diced fresh green beans
Every once in a while, we'll throw in a jar of baby food, and it also depends on if we're out to eat or at home, but this has kinda become the standard. He's still drinking 3 bottles equaling 24oz of formula each day, so this is just on top of that!
I do try to buy mostly organic, especially with the chicken and eggs. For some reason, those two things stand out more to me than the fruits and veggies...who knows why...and I've been buying organic baby yogurt. I really do want to do my best to stay partially to mostly organic for Jack, I just feel like it has to be more healthy than serving up some hormone pumped protein or dairy! So, I'll do my best for as long as I can...organic stuff is expensive, ya'll!
Another adjustment to Jack's new self feeding adventure....it takes a good 45 minutes for each meal to go down. Not for me to get it ready, for him to eat it! He'll sit in his high chair for at least 30 minutes, usually closer to 45 minutes or an hour, just munching his way through his smorgasbord of a meal. And he's completely happy and loving it!
Jeff had a little time off this week, so we headed down to Gruene, TX for a little R and R! We found this cute little cottage really close to downtown Gruene, and it was just adorable.
Traveling with a little one is an interesting feat. You basically do the same things you do at home, except you lug all the crap you need to do what you do at home wherever you're going. Jack isn't a super high maintenance baby, which is good, but I will say he has had better days...
We ate at the famous Gristmill overlooking the Guadalupe River...
Authorities say they started receiving calls for high water rescues, lightning strikes, and fires around 3 a-m.
Three helicopters were launched to search for stranded people.
They pulled dozens of people to safety from roof tops. Many took to tree branches to avoid the rising water.
But, there was nothing they could do to save the Rockin' R Tube Rentals. It was smashed and torn apart by violent flood waters, and it is a similar story in most other parts of the small town.
Water rose above one Gruene bridge, but it could not rise enough to affect landmarks like The Gristmill or Gruene Hall.
In a community west of Gruene, known as River Bend, it was a different story. The water and the wind packed a one-two punch on about 100 homes. With trees torn apart , some residents swore a tornado had struck.
Like a colony of ants, neighbors, who could not wait for the city to come to their aid, came out to clear the debris themselves. Neighbor helping neighbor.
On land, the storm toppled boats, as the Guadalupe pushed everything but the kitchen sink down the river. -khou.com
And here's a video of what was going on across the street from our cabin...if you've ever tubed the Guadalupe, there's a big chance you've rented your tube from Rockin' R Tubes, right off the river in Gruene. I know I have! If you're going tubing any time soon, I'd recommend looking for another place to get you're tubes from.