Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snow Day!

Bryce's first snow day, November 22, 2010! This marks the first time we've had snow in our area before Thanksgiving since 1985. I was one year old then. I love snow so much and always have. I am excited to share all the fun snow holds as Bryce gets older. Until then, it is just a bunch of overbundled quick trips in and out mainly for a picture in the snow :)

I only took him out to take a picture when it first started, since these pictures we've gotten 6 inches but we are all too cozy inside to go outside! The adorable hat Bryce is modeling was handmade by his very talented Grandma!

Lilly came up and found a cozy spot to lay her head right on Bryce's lap and continued to stay and let him play with her ears. What a sweet puppy.
Watching Lilly Dog play!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Not so Glamorous

Pumping is ridiculous. I have to share the fun you'll be in for or- share a laugh if it brings back memories for you.
Just after Bryce was born, Jesse and I made plans to go to a dance show at the Tacoma Dome. Because of nursing and being away from Bryce for such a long stretch, I had to work out something for pumping. There is a handy portable, battery powered pump I was handed down and it has really been a convenience! (Thank you, again Jen!)

After we left the Melting Pot- yum, and headed to our show, I had to whip out the noisy pump on our drive over. I warned Jesse. Although, I'm not sure you can really warn someone how awesome it is to have the passenger in your car hook up their boob? She gets used to it and we are chatting away while driving. I've forgotten really that the pump is going but we are pulling in the parking lot to the pay the attendant to park and I'm still not paying attention to the fact that I'm still pumping. Jesse says, in a holding back her laugh kind of way, "Um... you might want to turn that off real quick...I don't care but..." I cracked up. Of course I need to turn it off! We head on into our show and I have to have get my purse security checked. I find the 1 line with a lady checking. I could tell she felt awkward when she saw what my purse had in store for her! Now Jesse knows first hand what she has to look forward to should she choose to nurse :)

Made With Love

It is a fascinating thought to realize that my body grew and nourished Bryce solely for so so long. I take pride in that. It has not been easy to nurse but I committed to it and since I am able to make it work, I've stuck with it. I am thankful for all the benefits to Bryce he has received from it. Introducing solids to him felt just as important. I started him out on rice, following our Ped's recommendation. Since then, he has had oatmeal, apples, carrots and sweet potatoes. I've made all the fruits and veggies for him myself.

I was excited at the thought of making baby food while I was pregnant. I got into it and ordered a book of recipes. I know there are miles of recipes on the web but sometimes having a book just makes it a little easier. My cousin Jen shared with me that it is easy to freeze in ice cube trays and that each cube is about an ounce. I've got a little pile in our freezer growing for him. It does make me nervous though that I make it myself only because I am worried there will be a chunk hidden and he'll choke. I check it all very carefully... and as you know, I worry a lot!

Introducing Bryce to different foods has not been a big show that I expected to see from him. I was wanting some funny faces, tongues sticking out, refusing to eat it because it was weird, any kind of reaction besides- keep shoveling! Nope. I got nothing. "Keep shoveling mom" is all I get. I think he swallows it all so fast that he doesn't even taste it :)

Today I made sweet potatoes and pears. I also made him a Christmas blanket :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

5 Months

Already, he is 5 months old!

Here are some Bryce updates:

He has mastered his rolling over skills from his back to his belly. His belly back to his back...not so much. He is working on it still. He just lays there with all his limbs out whimpering with frustration trying to get back over to the other side. I am sure I'll say this every month, but this month was especially fun. His personality keeps blossoming more and more!

He is full of smiles and now he is showing his bashful side when he quickly hides a smile in your shoulder from the person flirting with him. I think it is adorable.

Bryce is fascinated with Lilly. At this point, he smiles more at her than anything or anyone. She doesn't have to do anything for it either. Most of the time he spots her across the room and a big smile grows. It all started with very slow controlled reaching movements of his hands to her head to pet her. Lilly has been so sweet and most of the time will let him pet her. When he was a newborn, I never let Lilly lick him but now than he is older and his immune is stronger, Lilly will lick him on the cheek and boy does it make Bryce's moment! It is a joy to watch their relationship grow.

Anything within reach, he is grabbing. They started out as slow reaches, very studied and controlled. Now they are transforming into quick grabs. He loves grocery bags. No, we don't give them to him but he'll reach for it and hit it enjoying the sound it makes.

He screams like a dinosaur once he wakes up and gets going in the morning :)

He loves the song, "Itsy Bitsy Spider"

He tried carrots and didn't even care. As long as food is going into his mouth, I think he is happy. Our baby moose!