Sunday, January 29, 2012

9 Months Old

So the time has come for my little miss to turn 9 months old. It's kind of crazy looking at the pack of monthly stickers and only seeing a few left. Each month that goes by gives me a chance to reflect back on how much she's changed in such a short amount of time.

From tipping over in the chair at one month, chewing on her hands the second month, and trying to crawl out of the chair last month, to all the fun and silly things she did this month. Time flies when you have a baby. does.  So without further ado, let's talk about this little "nine monther"

Highlight of the photo shoot this month? Climbing, anywhere and everywhere.  Whereas last month she was just interested in crawling out of the chair, this month she wanted to go over the side, up the back, and down the front of course.  Check out all the action:
"Aren't you supposed to be sitting little girl?"

She's starting sticking her tongue out like this...too funny.

Good thing Grandma Karen was there to assist with
the photo shoot...I don't think I could have "wrangled"
the girl in all by myself!

"I'll just climb up this wall okay?"

Fun with Mom at the end.

Cracking herself up.

"Yeah for monthly photo shoots!"

A funny thing she's been doing this month is using her pointer finger.  She points at people, at the dogs, at buttons, and especially at noses.  Sometimes I like to call her "Inspector Avery" when she whips out that pointer finger.   Naturally the pointer finger came out during the photo shoot...

Pointing at buttons.

Pointing with her serious face.

Pointing at the pretend kitchen.

Stats for this month: As you can see her stats for this month are: 30 inches long (up one inch from last month), and 21 lbs (down one pound from last month).  I think she's lost a pound because she's been so active this past month, from climbing stairs, walking in her walker, and just playing...the girl doesn't stop! She still in the upper 90th percentile on her height and weight so I'm not too worried about it.

Speaking of weight...the girl sure knows how to "make big thighs look good!" (Thanks for the funny shirt Grandma Cheryl!).

Wanna see those cute thighs in action? Here she is playing at my parent's house in a onesie with socks and shoes.  She got up too quick and I didn't have time to get her pants on yet.  I don't think she minded one bit.

Hair: It seems like over the past month or two her hair has really started to grow. It's gotten to that stage where some of it sticks out over her headbands, which amazingly she still doesn't mind wearing (knock on wood!).  My favorite thing about the hair is seeing her "bed head" in the morning...which you can see later in this post.  I'm kind of clueless when it comes to doing little girl hair, so luckily we have a little bit until I have to start worrying about braids, pigtails, and ponytails. A headband and a bow? I got that covered!
Here comes the hair!
Skateboard Time: Something fun we did this past month was to go visit Brandon's skateboard shop, Dairdevil Boards.  You may recall we went there back when Avery was 4 months old, and she seemed to really like it with all the different colors, graphics, and well of course...Dad.  So it was no surprise that it was even more of a hit the second time around.  Here's the fun we had....

Talking business with Dad.

Back on the board.

"Are you sure I should be standing on this?"

She always has lots to say.

Time for some tricks.
I think she's a natural.

Yeah! Clapping for the picture.

Family pic time.

Food: We're still going strong with baby-led weaning, or baby-led solids as I like to call it. We started this approach to giving Avery solid foods back when she was 6 months old and it's still working out great.  Messy...but great. Don't believe me? Check out what she did with some vegan chili and celery sticks!
"Uhh what did you expect mom?!"

Some of her favorite foods are bananas, which she often has for breakfast.  I slice them up into quarters and leave the skin on (I make sure to wash it before giving it to her).  This gives her something to hold onto while she eats the banana.  

Banana slices that I give Avery for breakfast.

Another favorite: toast...gluten-free that is.  While I don't know if Avery will be sensitive to gluten like I am, I'm not taking my chances. So until she's a few years older, she'll be a gluten-free girl like her mama.  Mainly because it's easier for me, since that's what I eat.  Here she is having some "toast squares". I just cut the toast into bite-size squares for her to nibble on while driving around in her Combi Walker (the steering wheel portion of the car comes off and this eating tray is underneath. Avery loves to "eat and drive"!).

Something else to mention about her food is that in the past month or so I've started sending a lunch with Avery, to go along with the milk I've pumped. Usually it's just a small portion of leftovers from the night before that she'll eat at lunch or at some point in the day to supplement her bottles.  We were finding that she was getting very frustrated when everyone else was eating and she wasn' we know, the girl wants her own food! 

A typical leftover lunch for Avery.

 Usually a small portion like this is more than enough.
Aside from sending a lunch, I also now send her with a breakfast. Sometimes it's the banana slices I mentioned above, but recently it's been a "Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie".  If you follow my "What I Ate Wednesday" posts, you know I have one of these yummy green smoothies each morning, and one day I gave Avery a sip and she went crazy for it... see below! These things have hemp seeds, chia seeds, rice milk, raw cacao powder, frozen strawberries, frozen bananas, and of course...spinach!

Just hanging out with my smoothie...
I've never seen her suck so hard on that straw!

Now she's hooked. I have one each morning and so does she.  Usually I'll make mine, and pour a little portion into her Lollacup (which I must say is an awesome cup for giving babies a smoothie in...I couldn't live without mine!).  I then pack up the Lollacup with her diaper bag and save it for her to have when she gets to the sitter.  Let's just say there are two of us hooked on these things now!

Now for just some fun pictures from the month.  To start off with here she is when I came in after she had just woken up from a of my favorite times of the day.  Babies are so cute when they've just woken up and have sleepy eyes.

I usually walk in to find her standing,
banging on her crib.

Happy to tell me all about it and show off her teeth.
We're now at 7! 

"Oh sure I'll give you a smile Mom."

"But you can get me out of here now ya know?!"
Bath time: Long gone are the days of giving Avery a bath in the Tummy Tub like I posted about back in this post.  After she started to fill that thing up, we knew it was time for something bigger so we moved to the kitchen sink. This was fun for awhile until she learned out to splash the water and after a few times of water nearly flooding the kitchen floor we moved her to the "big bathtub".  I was worried that she would bump her head, or that she needed some type of baby support seat while in there...boy was I wrong.  The first time we put her in there she was crawling around, splashing the water, and sitting like she'd been doing it for years.

Just playing away. Her favorite thing is usually to crawl
from one end of the tub to the other.

Also this past month, she really came to love the door to our porch. It's right in our dining room and with the blinds rolled up, she can see out to the backyard.  She seems to often look for the dogs, and when she sees one, she gets very excited and starts saying, "Do do". Sometimes she'll even wave at them.  Other words she's saying right now: anything with a "D", dada, do do, and other "B" sounds too.  No "mama" yet...that's okay though, it'll come!  ( :

Speaking of the porch, we took her walker out there one day for a little spin since our winter here in Missouri has been unusually mild, and Avery had quite the fun time.  Now just as more and more of her personality has been coming out in these past couple of months, her moods have become stronger. So when she's happy, she's really happy! She's smiling, laughing, and often snorting-he he! But on the flip side when she's upset, she's really upset. Crying, screaming, the quivering lip, and sometimes even throwing her head back.  See example below:

The good thing about these upsets is that it lets us know what she needs. Clearly when she looks like she does above, she's DONE with what she was currently doing and she wants to go do something else.  Heck, if the girl had words I'm sure she'd say, "Okay Mommy, I've been in this walker for 15 minutes now. I'm hungry and want to get out, can you please pick me up?" But she doesn't so instead that's what I get. 

It's all good though. Usually what she needs is just a quick cuddle, nursing session, change in activity, or change in diapers and then she's back to being her happy, silly self.

"Okay, this is much better now!"
See you guys next month as we move into double digits...10 months old!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIAW and the Skateboarding Baby

Well this What I Ate Wednesday was extra fun since Brandon was home to enjoy it with Avery and I. So aside from some yummy vegan food that night, you can bet some skateboarding definitely took place.  In case you're wondering- no, I do not's all him...and maybe in the future, Avery. LOL.  I'll talk more about this "skateboarding baby" later. Until then, let's get right to this nursing-mama's gluten-free, vegan eats for the day:

Just woke up: 2 slices of Rudi's Multigrain bread with
Earth Balance butter and organic strawberry jelly.

Workout: 1 hour of pilates with 10 Minute Solutions Pilates Perfect Body DVD.  Just added this one to my "Exercise DVD Library" and it rocks. I was sore for a few days after I tried it for the first time. I'd highly recommend it.

Breakfast: Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie.
It may not look mean and green, but this
thing is packed full of greens and awesome
nutrients. Did I mention it tastes like
chocolate ice cream?(  :

Morning snack...that I'm getting in the habit of having on
nearly a daily basis...Gluten-free, vegan pancakes from
Cinnamon Quill with Maple Agave Nectar as my syrup.
Does anyone else eat the same foods at the same time day after day like this? Or am I just crazy? ( :

2nd morning snack: 1 banana

Lunch: "Pressure Cooker Vegan Stoup (stew +soup)" from
Brittany @ A Healthy Sliced of Life.
Full of sweet potatoes, green beans, lentils, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and celery, this "stoup" was delicious, warming, and filling! Plus it made leftovers for days- score!

Dessert: "Chocolate Mousse Frosting" from Chocolate-Covered Katie.

Wondering what those little "crumbs" are in the mousse? I tried to melt a tablespoon or two of chocolate chips into the mix, but they didn't quite melt. No biggie...I like the little crumbs of chocolate!

Afternoon snack #1: organic orange

Afternoon snack #2: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar

Afternoon snack #3: Move over Beanito chips...
 my new favorite are: "Simply Sprouted
Way Better Snacks: Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips"

These chips rock! They remind me of Doritos from back in the day...only now they taste better and are better for you! These chips have sprouted whole grains and seeds in them like sprouted broccoli seeds, sprouted quinoa, and even sprouted daikon radish seeds. Whoa baby...and they taste like Doritos? Yeah, let's just say I buy 2 bags a week of these yummy things!

Now usually it's just Avery and I hanging out in the evening before dinner, but tonight Brandon was home. This meant she had someone to play with while I got stuff done!

Avery and Daddy time.

It also meant that Avery got to play with her favorite toy...Dad's skateboard! They went for many rides around the living room and kitchen.

That's one serious, sitting, skater girl.

Riding on the carpet? You bet.

I think she knows that the way to Daddy's heart is through
his skateboard.  ( :

With all this skateboarding fun, I was left to do one thing...cook dinner. I didn't mind one bit. It was great to have his help and Avery sure loved it. Cooking without stopping is kind of a nice thing too!

Getting dinner ready.
Dinner: "Naughty & Nice Vegan Enchilada Casserole" from
Angela @ Oh She Glows

Black beans, peppers, onions and a homemade enchilada sauce come together in this yummy casserole.  Now despite having a bit of a kick, this is one of Avery's favorite meals! She eats up those noodles faster than we can get them to her!

"This enchilada casserole rocks you guys!"

"I just can't get enough of it!"

Curious about some of Avery's dinnerware? Cup: Lollacup, Placemat: Kiddopotamus Tinydiner Placemat, Bib: Koala Baby EZ Wipe Bib.

Now Avery sure has a blast making a mess at dinner, but cleaning up...well that's definitely not the highlight of my evening! The worst part is that she hates to have her hands and face cleaned.  She will fuss, and scream, and fight you every bit of the way. 

My solution: hold her over the sink and let her watch the water while you clean her. This works every time! She's so mesmerized by the water that she doesn't seem to mind me scrubbing away at her hands, arms, and face.  Well, she probably knows what I'm doing, but at least she tolerates it more.

"What? I'm getting cleaned? Who knew?"

Now to cap off the night...dessert: "Chocolate Pudding" from Angela,
Oh She Glows. It's surprisingly good from being made with avocados!

So there you have it, a skateboarding baby and my "What I Ate Wednesday" food.  See you next week!
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