Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pic Post

Just a few pics from today. I had to make several of the shots black and white so you wouldn't see the sunscreen on her face and body that I apparently didn't rub in well enough. Poor child had little white areas all over her when I uploaded the pics to the computer. I promise she didn't look like that in person, LOL! The camera picked it up for sure, though. Happy Hump Day! (Oh, she LOVED the sweet potatoes! The first food she's ever liked on the first try.)

Amazed at the cars riding by.

What you talkin' bout, Willis?
Daydreaming, I guess.

Acting silly with her daddy.
Okay, I'm ready to go home now.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Probably the Last Food Post

This will probably be the last food post since I've realized how ridiculously boring it must be for you to read. Or maybe you look at the title and go, "Blah. I'll check back in a few days." and never even read it. :) In the future, I'll probably just make them short, by-the-way additions to my other posts (sly, aren't I?).

Well, how did she like the butternut squash? We went through similar episodes as we did with the green beans -- she hated it at first. Then she sort of liked it. Then eventually she demands it and acts like I'm not feeding her fast enough. No allergic reactions.

So now, sweet potatoes. :) Just like the other stuff, they were super-easy to make. And they smelled really good in the oven -- no nausea this time. :) And for all two of you that care, here are some pictures. Yes, the pics are nearly identical to the butternut squash post. Which was really the thing that made me realize these new food posts may be blog-fluff.

Want some?

In other news, Morgan went to see her teacher at daycare today. She really loves Mo and it makes her day to see us drive up. I've been taking her every week so that she will remember her teacher and stay familiar with the place.

I also went to work in my classroom for a little bit today. I remember on the last day of school, a couple of my co-workers and I said, "Y'all, let's go eat. We'll all come back next week and work in our rooms." Of course neither one of us went back. It's easy to stay away if you know the place won't be used for another two months.

But I must be finding the organized Gerri because it's been sort of bothering me that my room wasn't "put up" like I wanted it to be. I still have a little work to do (okay, a little more than "a little"), but today I went up there to get a feel for what all I need to do. I'd say three or four more hours are needed to get it where I want it. Thank God I can do it when I feel like it.

Have a good week!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

We had a great Father's Day. After Morgan gave her daddy his gifts this morning, she treated him to lunch at Firebirds. We reeeally wanted to make her daddy feel special because he deserves it so much. Morgan is blessed to have him as a dad, and I'm blessed to have him as my husband and the father of my child. I made a little slideshow with a few pics of Morgan and her daddy over the past few months...these two are so sweet together.

This weekend, we also got a chance to hang out with Honey Gran and PaPa Coach as well as Auntie Ashleigh. Here are a few pics...have a good week, everybody!

Having Fun W/Honey Gran

Auntie Ashleigh Getting Her Ready for Bed

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Accomplishment for Mama and Six-Month Pics

I'm gonna be all over the place in this post, so bear with me...

Okay, so this past week was a big accomplishment for ME. :) You see, DK worked a camp and was away from home a couple of nights. Usually that's when my mother-in-law stays with me because I hate staying at home alone at night -- especially since Morgan is here. Why? 'Cause I'm a scared-y cat. And I've always been that way. I've only lived alone once in my life (for two semesters when I first started grad school) and I can't say I loved it...

Well, anyway, we stayed at home from Monday to Wednesday alone. That first night I was a little afraid (that's the night I stayed up making squash - LOL). But the second night wasn't bad at all.

Anyway, what did Morgan and I do while her daddy was away? Well, we read a lot of stories, sang some songs, played, made food, and shopped for Father's Day. And in between those, Morgan napped and Mama cleaned.

And how did she do with the squash? Well, she hated it at first. I think she's slowly starting to like it, though. Funny story (well, not really): When I was baking the squash that night, I didn't like the smell. It wasn't a bad smell, obviously, but I guess I don't like the smell of butternut squash in the oven. Well, I got a little nauseated. So of course I start thinking: "Nauseated? Why the heck am I NAUSEATED? I was never sick with Morgan, so I couldn't be...!"

Anyway, of course I am absolutely NOT _______. The thought of having two under two has me even afraid to type the word!

Anyway, Morgan and I also got a chance to see Martha this week since she was in town for work. Martha and her husband are the couple we were visiting in Florida when we were pregnant with Morgan and didn't know it. Their baby KJ was born on our wedding anniversary, too. So that makes them extra dear friends. :) Here's Morgan with Martha.

So today, I'm EXHAUSTED. I'm sure you can't tell from this extremely wordy post. But I am. We took Morgan for her six-month pics today (here). Of course they were very busy because of the upcoming Father's Day weekend. Our appointment was at 1:30; we walked out of the building at 4:10. We waited probably a little over an hour. Morgan wanted to nap, so that ended up working out well. When it was our turn, though, she was still sleepy, so she never really warmed up to the photographer. We got a few half-smiles, but that's it. Hey, we'll take what we can get. At least she wasn't crying. Wait...this is dejavu.

Anyway, this is the second time we've been to that studio, and I always walk out of that place feeling rushed. And quite honestly, the pictures are just okay. And I am not one to talk negatively about a company unless they do me wrong -- and obviously they haven't (so I feel sort of bad even posting this)... But if anyone can suggest a photography studio in the Birmingham area that has a more intimate environment, please let me know...if we spend our money, we may as well be completely satisfied, you know?

Anyway, told you I'd be all over the place in this post...Here are a few of the shots. Have a great Friday, everyone!

This was the first pose. The first pic says is an extremely accurate display of her mood at the time.

We got the CD w/the package, and it has ALL the shots on it -- including bloopers. Here's a pose we didn't buy because there were no good pictures of it. My extremely curious daughter wanted to play with the bear (which we had to move behind her). And then when we moved the bear, the block was of a sudden the most interesting thing in the world. Silly kid! So no one will be getting pics with this background! LOL!

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Food Post

After one day of liking green beans, one day of hating green beans, one day of sort of liking green beans, and a day or two of "I think I may like green beans," I can safely say we're good on the green beans. No allergic reaction, either, so we're moving on to the next veggie.
Hello, butternut squash.
I'd originally planned for peas to be next -- trying to stay in the green -- but it looks like we're going to start on the oranges. Tomorrow will be her first taste, so we'll see! Hope everyone's having a great week.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Family Visits, Winning the Eczema Battle, and "Who Are You?"

We had a good week and weekend. Morgan got to spend time with family: Auntie Ashleigh on Wednesday, Cousin Jasmin on Thursday, Cousin Alteria on Saturday, and Honey Gran and PaPa Coach Saturday and Sunday. :)

This week we've also been focusing on getting her little baby eczema better. We had to alter her diet -- which resulted in some amusing picky-eating episodes -- and try a new skincare regimen. Things are looking better, thank God. You may even be able to notice from the pics below that her face isn't as pale. The good thing about this all is Doc said she'll probably grow out of it.

I also noticed this weekend that Morgan is starting that typical stranger anxiety babies get. No longer is everyone her friend -- she has to check you out first. And if she hasn't seen you in a while, she has to re-evaluate you before she warms up. It makes me think about daycare -- when she goes back in August; it will break my heart if she cries when I leave. I've taken her to see her teacher once a week since I withdrew her for the summer, so maybe it won't happen. (The more I stay at home with her, though, the more I believe it will be ME having a hard time in August! I LOVE being with her 24-7!!)

Anyway, here are a few pics from the last few days. Have a great week, everybody! :)

Having fun with Alteria.
Hanging with Jasmin.

Chillin' with Mama.

And loving on Daddy. :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Food Post

I figured since Morgan's starting fruits and veggies now, I would begin New Food posts to share her little reactions...

Because of Morgan's eczema issues, we were advised by the doctor to wait to start veggies or fruits (so it's been cereal and oatmeal for a month). At her six-month appointment Monday, we were given the okay. First veggie: GREEN BEANS. (I've always wanted carrots to be her first food, but my favorite source had some information that makes me want to wait until seven months for carrots...I read too much!)

Well, remember when I bought a food processor? Here's why:

Yep, homemade baby food. It's actually a bit of a trend in the mommy world right now to make your baby's food, but it's too easy and cheap NOT to. And for those of you that don't know me well, I am not the most domestic chick. So you know it has to be super-easy. And I like saving money (it's amazing how much you save). More importantly, though, it can be healthier for your child -- particularly beginning in food stages 2 and 3.

Now, am I one of those women that will proclaim that my child "will never have a jar of Gerber or Beechnut!"? No. As much as we're on the go, I'm not sure I can even say that with a straight face. (And if you read about the most recent incident where I left my child's food at home -- two hours away -- then you definitely would understand my need to stay away from such extreme statements.) But I hope with proper planning, even when we're on the go, I can provide Morgan with the healthiest option. That certainly includes when she goes back to daycare. Is being a mom making me a domestic chick? Maybe a little. But I'm diggin' it.

Hare are some pics from Morgan's first experience with green beans.

I think she misses her cereal and oatmeal.

Apparently it sometimes takes a few times for them to decide if they like new food. So we'll see!

Prepared for the next few days, thanks to Baby Cubes and my freezer.

Happy Hump Day!

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