week of firsts

This week started out with us laughing at Noelle as she did this silly arm-flapping dance while playing with us on the living room floor.  It took us a while to realize that she was WAVING!  So began a week of firsts and A-LOT of “Hi’s” from the 3 of us, trying to prompt that sweet, silly, arm-flapping wave.
If you can’t tell, Elle hasn’t found a food she doesn’t like.  However, when she loves things that I consider healthy choices, I am SO happy!  This week, beans! During lunch one day (following a bowl of veggie soup) Elle ventured into the world of clapping.  It was so cute to watch her realize that it was her tiny hands making that sound.  The delight on her face was priceless and the 900 claps that followed the first left Ava and I with a laughing-tummy-ache! This was truly a trick-a-day kind of week. Elle finally successfully drank through a straw too.

The other day Ava and I were talking and she informed me that she had the perfect job for Noelle when she grows up.  “A DRUMMER!”  In her sweet little Ava voice in true Ava form (hair flipping and matter-of-fact tone) she said, “Since she likes to drum on everything I think she would enjoy that job.  And she could be in a band like Dad.”  When asked what she was going to do when she grows up she said, “Be a Mom like you.  We can share Noelle and I’ll do Keva work during naps.”

That girl has it all figured out. Ha!

In other news, Saturday morning the three of us walked in to see what all the racket was during Elle’s “nap”.  It was her. Hanging onto the rails, on her knees, just bouncing away.  We dropped that crib mattress down so quick!  This kid is gonna keep us on our toes!

Very much inspired (continuously) with my crafty BFF I randomly decided that I would venture into the world of sewing.  Ummm.  Harder than it looks folks.  My first sewing project, a lumpy, asymmetrical, FAR from what I envisioned, blanket.  However, it turned out to be the perfect companion for my youngest girl.

AND…. SHE’S CRAWLING!!!

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Blendin’ up some Elle food

I seriously scrounge around for activities each morning and afternoon to keep Ava and I busy… When I’m out of ideas we usually just end up doing a craft (cutting up my old magazines and gluing the scraps to boxes and paper) 🙂  Today when I found myself turning to craft-time #2 I decided that rather than vacuum up the paper mess again we should try something new.

In accidentally opening up some of my junk email I had run across this recipe for making baby cereal from scratch.  So, since the kitchen needed a good cleaning anyway we decided that the experiment was worth it.   It looked easy enough for a 2 year old to help with and if it worked I knew we’d use it up on our hungry little baby!

We did it!  Not only was it a fun way to use up some of our afternoon, but I have to say I felt very accomplished with our cereal chilling away in the freezer!  I am so happy to feed Elle this cereal made with love from Ave and I!

Here’s what we learned:

Babies digest rice easily and are less likely to be allergic to it than to any other grain. That’s why it’s a perfect first food. Brown rice, which is called for in this recipe, is extra nutritious since the vitamin-packed outer husk is still intact.

Avocado makes a great first food for baby due to its texture and creaminess as well as its high nutrient content.  Avocados are often called one of nature’s perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive.  A wonderful “good fat” food for baby’s brain and physical development, try an avocado as baby’s first food instead of refined cereals.

So here’s what we made:


Brown Rice Cereal with Avocado

1 cup brown rice, cooked according to package directions

1/3 avocado

6 ounces breast milk, formula or water

Place the cooked brown rice in a blender with the breast milk/water/formula and avocado. Puree until it’s as smooth as possible. Pour the cereal into ice trays, cover and freeze overnight. Once frozen, pop the cubes out of the trays, place them in a freezer bag or container that’s labeled with the date, and return it to the freezer. Lasts up to two months.

Defrost the cubes, and add more breast milk or formula to develop a smooth consistency. For babies just starting solids, thin the cereal to a semi-liquid consistency. Warm the cereal slightly, if desired. You can change the flavor of the cereal by adding different strained fruits or veggies once your baby has started to eat those foods.

Side-note:

*I am loving this Costco find… fully cooked frozen brown rice!  You just scoop whatever amount of the frozen rice into a microwave safe dish and heat for 1-2 minutes or scoop it right into a skillet and toss it around until heated through!  I am SO bad at rice… this yellow bag has been such a lifesaver!
Noelle loved her first homemade dinner tonight! I just popped one of the frozen squares into a bowl and defrosted it, no need to add anymore milk, stirred it up and spooned it in!  As you can see she couldn’t get enough and took to licking her seat to get every last bite 😉