After the rather feeble attempt at rice cereal, we’ve moved full steam ahead on to the wonderful world of veggies. We’re using the Super Baby Food book to guide us in making it ourselves, which has been fun. Not that you need a nearly 600-page book to tell you how to do it: basically, you cook the vegetable of choice and then puree it to smithereens. So far, Ethan’s been enjoying this new chapter in his eating.
The first vegetable we attempted was carrots. Hans steamed, blended and then divvied the carrot puree into ice cube trays, which then went into the freezer. The next day, I put Ethan in his bouncer (we’ve yet to get a high chair), and…success! He didn’t have nearly as much trouble with the spoon this time…although carrot did make its way to most of his face and bib, which is recommended for picture-taking anyways. 🙂
“Finally, some beta-carotene! This is what I’ve been missing.”
Since Ethan started to arch his back in his bouncer midway through eating, straining to get out, I thought I’d try putting him in his booster seat on the table. He’d probably had a good serving of butternut squash when I decided to try it. Well…that was the end of the feeding. He became engrossed in his new seat, feeling all around and grabbing at the straps that hang off of it. He wouldn’t even look at me, much less open his mouth. So I just gave him the spoon and let him chew and bang on the tray with it. We’ll get there.
“Is this right? I’m not getting anything.”
In the past couple of weeks, we’ve had some good friends in town. Here are a couple of my favorite pics of them with Ethan.
Beth and Kevin Irwin
“Tonsils look good, ma’am. And the cheeks are fine, just fine.”
“I like you, Chris. But your wife lets me play with her face.”
Here’s the first family pic we’ve taken since…December.
“Mom, I said stripes. At least Dad listens to me.”
Last week, I took Ethan to the zoo for the first time, with my friend Erin and her 4-year-old. I’m not sure how much he enjoyed the animals, but he had a good time on the fake alligator. But that’s probably just because he wasn’t sitting in his 95-degree stroller. 🙂
“Baby steps…baby steps.”
Hans and I recently bought a new tub for Ethan, who had outgrown his first one, which we would set on the bathroom counter to bathe him. The last time, the counter, the floor, and I were covered in water kicked out from Ethan’s little motorboat legs. I tell you, he really enjoys bath time…
“…because I like the ‘squank, squank’ sound when I kick my tub.”
“Oh, they think they’re SO funny.”
And to close this thing out, a few parting shots…
“I believe I can fly…I believe I can touch the sky…”
“It’s huge. I know.”
“I’ve had about enough. It’s nap time!”