Friday, March 23, 2012

Josephine is 5 months old

We can't believe that Josie is 5 months old now. This month Josie tried solid foods. This has worked out really well because we feed her during her unhappy hour which is usually 6-7pm and she eats dinner with us at night. She loves to sit at the table with us and so far she likes sweet potatoes, pears, and avocados, but does not like bananas.

Nicknames: Josie, Jose
Likes: Standing up - alot! Sucking thumb. Singing. Going for rides in the Ergo.
Dislikes: The sun. Wet diapers. Teething pain. Sometimes the stroller.
Accomplishments: Solid Food, Lots and Lots of giggles, Spitting (Raspberries) sounds
Nuisances: Fingernails and Toenails
Starting Weight: 13 lbs. 10 oz.
Current Weight: TBD - We don't have a 5 month well baby check-up
Current Height: TBD - We don't have a 5 month well baby check-up

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Week 11: The Eyes of March

These are not eyes, but it is March. Today I hosted 10 moms and babies to our house for a weekly meeting. These are all Josie's BFFs. It was fun to put our new dining room hutch to use and make it look fancy in the dining room. I made oatmeal chocolate chip dates cookies and hummus with fresh veggies. We ended the morning with our usual Wednesday morning mimosa tradition.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Week 10: Still Shot - Time to start seeds already?

Last year our garden was off to a great start but around July my skills to bend over were diminishing and the garden quickly fizzled. This year our hope is that Josie enjoys the outdoors as much as we do and will be happy to sit back and watch. This past week or two we have been sowing seeds and taking advantage of the heated bathroom floors.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Week 9 – Taking the Leap: Seattle Public Library

Taking this time to spend with Josie while she is a baby is so special and something nobody could have prepared me for. Part of me was thinking... "This will be great. I can get tons of knitting done and work around the house. Also my Garden is going to be off the hook this year" And while some of that might be true, the real truth is the majority of my day is spent figuring out how to entertain a 4 month old infant. The Seattle Public Library has helped more than I ever thought possible. Here's why:

1. Baby Story Time: Many branches have Baby Story Time, it's meant for babies 0-12 months. We get together, sing songs, read stories, and blow bubbles. It just so happens that Josie loves to look at other people, so these types of activities have worked out extremely well for us.

2. Free place to change and nurse: We go out for a lot of walks and to different neighborhoods. At some point Josie gets hungry and needs a change, so we go to a coffee shop. This means I buy coffee in order to use the facilities and feed Josie. Lately, I realize that I can typically find a library with a kids section where I can feed her and use the bathroom to change. No coffee needed!

3. Peppermint Patty: The downtown library has a cafe and it's a Chocolate Cafe. The Peppermint Patty is out of the world!

4. Library Book Bags: The library has these kid's book bags that can be checked out for infants and toddlers. The bags have 5 books (board books for the book-eaters!), a parents book, and a music CD. They all have different themes. It's a really cool idea.