Friday, April 30, 2010

Maybe we're not ready for shirts yet

The video is a little long... sorry :) This is why you usually see Ansley dressed in a one-piece. Hopefully it's not a sign of things to come...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

We had a new bird at our feeder this morning. A Rose-breasted Grosbeak... and not just one, but a boy/girl pair. It may be a one time thing though because we are only part of their migratory path. They are not permanent residents :(



Yesterday after dinner, we decided to go for a family walk. It was gorgeous out all day (70's and sunny). Ansley really enjoys walks and has started rocking back and forth and side to side while being pushed.



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Smiles


Watching mommy and daddy make dinner...


We think Ansley may have said "more" today while Jon was feeding her... or at least tried to repeat the word when Jon said it. I also think she's learning to kiss, with a wide open mouth of course. She clapped when Jon clapped this afternoon and has started giving high fives. She doesn't slap your hand, but will hold hers out to be slapped. It's been a busy couple of days for the little girl :o)


Allie on the other hand has been doing a whole lot of nothing. She fell asleep while trying to hide from the squirrels...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Onions and other veggies...


Ansley and I went to the farmer's market yesterday morning and bought some onions, organic tomatoes (from The Family Garden) and organic lettuce (from Kumarie's Garden). There was a chicken farmer who'd already sold out, but I'm hoping to go early enough next week to see what he has (Laughing Chicken Farm). The organic tomatoes from The Family Garden were only $4 a basket. I was so pumped because at Publix these are $5.99 a pound and I would rather go without than pay $10 for 4 tomatoes.


After clearing out all of Ansley's BPA/PVC toys I learned that all canned foods (including glass jars, like the ones that baby food comes in) contain BPA. Great. There are some non-BPA organic alternatives, but of course they are WAY more expensive and rarely go on sale. Ansley is starting to eat mashed or soft finger foods, so I decided to try and plan our meals around ingredients she can eat too. This way I can make all of our food at the same time and save the canned stuff for when we are super busy. Here are three I made this weekend:


Organic banana and organic blueberries
Organic tomatoes, goat cheese and basil (a little watery, I ended up mixing it with the rice/chicken jars)
Organic rice, mixed veggies, organic chicken broth and organic chicken

For the last jar, I started by roasting a chicken for the grown-ups. Once we'd finished it, I boiled the rest to make broth and picked off all the pieces to add to Ansley's food. This isn't something I would normally do because I never knew what to do with all those little bits. We ended up getting 2 meals, a few cups of broth and chicken for 6 jars of baby food. Yeay! Is it strange that there was something so satisfying about using every possible piece of chicken? :o)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Baby Talk

I watched Kennon yesterday and he and Ansley seemed to be speaking to one another in shrieks :o)



And, I will say it again, I am so excited for the things to come as Ansley gets a little older. Kennon and I spent time while Ansley napped watering the plants and drawing with chalk outside. I forgot how relaxing it is to zone out and scribble on the ground :o)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sheepish

More attempts at crawling in her new sheep PJs...





And some live action of the event :o)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Let me clear my throat...


Ansley has been making this noise recently. At first I thought she was constipated and then that maybe her runny nose was itching her throat. Lindsey reminded me that Kennon went through this noise phase, just because he learned he could. That vaguely stood out in my now foggy memory so I decided it was probably the answer. This afternoon after repeating the sound a few times I mimicked her. To my surprise she started copying me too! Silly girl :o)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bottoms up!

We found Ansley sleeping like this the other night:



Luckily this isn't how she always sleeps :o) Even though we put her on her back every time, she has become a tummy snoozer.



On a side note, Ansley had her 9 month check up yesterday and is officially 18.07 lbs 28in (50th% & 65th%).

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sunday Best

Before church Sunday morning...




Look at those baby bottom teeth :o)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Rosas Farm



We met Nana and Grandpa at Rosas Farm yesterday morning. They are a locally owned organic grass fed beef farm in Citra, between Gville and Ocala. It was only a 30min drive and SO worth it. Unfortunately we were unable to walk around the grounds, something to do with the new farm bill that passed, but they are hoping to soon allow visitors to tour the farm while shopping again. Either way, we could still see the horses and the actual owners of the farm (the Rosas) were working in the store and cooking up samples. They were super nice people. Jon and I will definitely be stopping by there again... they have more than just beef :o)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

9 Months Old


Ansley is 9 months old today. I can't believe it! We had some fun at a farm with Nana and Grandpa (I'll post those pictures tomorrow) this morning, sat outside for a bit and then hung around the house. She has really become more "talkative" this last month. She's starting to use her pincher fingers to pick things up and seems close to crawling. One thing we don't have video of is her "shrug". We're not really sure why she does it, but sometimes she'll just shrug her shoulders over and over. It's very silly.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

????



I don't even know what to say about this :o)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Peace


This is for everyone who said our kids would be the peace loving nature babies of the family :o)




On a side note, we've all been a little sick here the last week or so. I took Ansley to the doctor this morning and they said she dropped to the 50th %ile for weight (18lbs 10oz). I was pretty shocked because she seems to be bigger than almost every baby her age! Maybe it's because she wiggles and moves around like a wild animal now. Or, maybe she's just taller. The doctor said not to be concerned as long as she's eating well, and if you've seen her eat, you know that's not a problem! Her 9mo check up is next week so we'll see how long she is. Now that I look at this picture she does look pretty leggy.


I was going to start increasing her solid food (it's time for her to move from the 4oz to 6oz jar) and decreasing her formula, but I guess I'll just up her solids and let her tapper off the formula on her own. She did it on her own when we transitioned to this stage. I just started feeding her baby food and she gradually stopped finishing her whole bottle. I'm sure she'll be happy about the extra food anyway :o)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hangin'


We borrowed Kennon's hanging jumper since Ansley seems to be getting tired of her own jumperoo. I think she likes the change and the fact that she can spin in a complete circle.


I have had the gardening bug lately so we made a trip to the Natural History Museum's butterfly plant sale this weekend. Here is Allie modeling a few of our new plants:


The goldfinches approve.


Sadly, in my spring cleaning, I found that something ate ALL of my seeds :( I guess I'll have to start storing them better.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Almost...

Ansley is getting so close to crawling. She still goes mainly in reverse, and we've noticed her turning around so she can back up to what she wants. With the amount of rolling and wiggling she does now, it's going to be hard to keep up once she's mobile.





All that moving around is tiring :o)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Let me start out this post by saying that I am a little crazy. And, I have a tendency to get a little crazy about this kind of stuff, spend waaaay too much time looking in to it and then get overwhelmed. I'm trying not to do that this time (although Jon would probably say I already have). So, if this isn't your thing just scroll through and look at the pictures of Ansy :o)

I was really particular about chemical free products when I did my shower registry. Now that Ansley is here and and gone through two gifting holidays I've become a little laxed. But, after seeing recalls posted in Wal-mart's customer service area for recently sold children's toys containing too much lead, I started thinking again.

I know I can't protect her from every environmental hazard out there, but who wouldn't want to try to keep this precious little thing as safe as possible (Look at that drool!)



Ansley's toys could use some pairing down anyway so I decided to use toxicity as my gauge of what to keep. I found these two websites, which were really helpful:

The Soft Landing
Safe Mama

The title of this post is a book recommended by one of the sites. Not sure how good it is, but I thought the name was funny (and the subtitle... a little dramatic).


After going through her toys, I was happy to find most of them are BPA, PVC, Phthalate and Lead free already. However, a few surprised me. Here's an example:

Which toy contains a harmful toxin?


Many of the soft plastics are made from PVC or contain Phthalates to soften the plastic, often found in Vinyl (however there are newer safer plastic softeners out there now too). I thought I was going to have to get rid of Ansy's beloved Bug Jar. The jar sides looked to fit the bill for a questionable plastic and I had never heard of the company, "Melissa and Doug". I was happy to find that this company is actually pretty good about keeping harmful chemicals out of their products. Yeay! The Baby Einstein Photo Album is another story. I thought a big well known company would be a-okay. Wrong. This soft plastic album is made with PVC (Vinyl). Perfect, she's only been chewing on this for the past 7 months. All in all I only had to remove a few things due to shady plastics.

As a side note, we have some big Fisher Price items (toys, high chair, etc.) and I found that the company refuses to give info about the plastics/chemicals used in each product. Instead they make a blanket statement that all of their products are made to the highest safety standards. Boo! Especially since being part of Mattel, they were involved in the ongoing Lead settlement. You can see a PDF of all the recalled toys HERE. None of ours are on the list, so I still have them out, but I'm a little worried about the high chair tray and whether it contains BPA. I will probably refrain from buying Mattel/Fisher Price in the future.

Now that I've ranted about hidden environmental toxins, let's all look at the sleeping baby, take a deep breath and relax for a bit :o)