Wednesday, February 03, 2010 Edit This 1 Comment »
A few random pictures from over the weekend. Eli being a goofball with his spork :) This was his first time trying baked Mahi-Mahi and he ate it with peas, brown rice and some avocado. He loved it!

Eating pizza for the first time. Yummy!!

Playing in Gap and wishing he could get away with throwing all the piles of clothes on the floor. I think not, kiddo :)
Checking to see if Daddy was looking before he climbed under the rack of clothes.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Edit This 3 Comments »
Yes, my turkey is probably a little cold right now but that's not what this post is about. hehe :) Eli is such a big boy and went cold turkey off of all of his bottle feedings yesterday. And it was a success!! When I got to daycare last night, they told me that he cried when he saw the babies get their afternoon bottles. He then stood at the doorway near where they get fed and whined and refused to play with the toys or kids. This broke my heart when I heard it. They went ahead and gave him an extra sippy of almond milk and he was back to normal.

So, this got me thinking...Eli's 6oz formula bottles are 120 calories. A 6oz sippy of almond milk is 48 calories. It stands to reason that the almond milk can't "replace" a bottle. The whole reason we're transitioning from the bottle/formula is so that Eli can get 100% of his nutrition from solid foods and water. I can't expect this kiddo to keep his same feeding routine and simply exchange the bottle/formula for the sippy/almond milk. We have to start a new routine!!

Tada, mama finally figured it out :) So we got home last night and Eli went straight into his highchair for some dinner. During the bottle days, Eli would fall asleep on the way home from daycare and go straight to bed for the night around 5:30 p.m. Maybe 1 out of 7 times waking for a bottle before we went to bed. Last night, this ravenous boy ate a very large half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, half of a fresh peach and half of an apple Lara bar. He also drank 4oz of warm white tea and honey in a sippy. He started to fuss a tiny bit and I could tell he was really tired so off to lube up with Aquaphor (poor kiddo has bad eczema on his elbows, knees and lower legs) and put on jammies. He went straight to sleep - not a peep. 7 pm

I got up at 5:30 this morning and he was just laying in his bed with his paci. I warmed up a sippy of almond milk and gave him the other half of Lara bar in his highchair. He gobbled up both without complaint. Previously during the bottle days, he would cry for a bottle immediately and never ate breakfast at home before he went to daycare during the week.

We're off to a happy 2nd day of no bottles or formula and having fun starting new routines :) I'm so thankful that Eli is such a great little transitioner. He really makes being a mom easy and we're so blessed. I'm excited at the prospect of Eli staying up later at night and having that time with him.

Here is a pic of Eli eating his peach last night. He was having a hard time picking it up off his tray so I gave him a bowl. He didn't dump it all out, throw it or anything. I was so proud of my little big boy using a bowl. I love you so much turkey butt!! :)

Rusty's Graduation

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Edit This 0 Comments »
Finally, I'm getting around to posting some pics. Bad wife! Rusty graduated with his Doctorate in Chiropractic on December 18th. The tears floweth like wine several times :) I couldn't be any prouder of my husband. What an accomplishment!!

Eli & his Ganny

Eli & Javin Meade waiting on their daddies to graduate

Josh, Tony & Rusty

Rusty & his proud parents

The fam - Rusty's brother Ryan and parents

Rusty & his best friend Corey

The recent grads & their sons :)

Whew, we've had a lot going on :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Edit This 0 Comments »
I've been absolutely horrible about posting lately. Here's a brief recap of what we've had going on....Rusty's birthday, Christmas parties, Rusty's graduation and party, Christmas and family in town for the Holidays, light snow, ice & record setting freezing weather and finally the little man's first birthday and party, whew, we're tired. I've declared this weekend a PJ party for me and Eli. We're just going to play and veg out!

Here are a few pics from this morning. Eli is playing on his truck that Mimi and Grandpa Jim got him for his birthday. For now, I think he thinks it is some sort of kid recliner that he sits on while mommy pushes him around :)

A pic of my tired boys heading out to daycare and a few pics of Eli trying to get himself into trouble this morning.

Follow-up To Previous Post

Saturday, December 12, 2009 Edit This 1 Comment »
Here are a few more pics of Eli helping Daddy. This time they were building the rolling shelves that go under the activity table. I don't know what it is but Eli sees a box and goes totally nutso like a hyper little spaz. It cracks us up :)



Tuesday, December 08, 2009 Edit This 4 Comments »
Eli had quite the busy weekend putting his activity table together (with some help from Daddy of course), climbing shelves and trying to leap over toys :) He also turned 11 months old yesterday. Wow! This is such a fun age and we're enjoying almost every minute of it. What isn't fun at 11 months is getting professional pictures taken. This kid wanted to call all the shots and those shots just weren't purty. teehe

Needless to say, we had to move this toy AWAY from the shelf. The climbing adventures:


Friday, December 04, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Look at me below using not one but TWO hyperlinks in my post SUCCESSFULLY!! I finally found a website that my virgin HTML brain could understand. I'm so happy with myself AND the hyperlinks open in a new window vs taking you from my blog to another site :)