Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Santa Fe Zoo

We took Ans to the Santa Fe Zoo for the first time yesterday. It wasn't the best weather, wet and cold, but she really enjoyed seeing all the animals.

Completely unrelated to the zoo, Jon and I are always laughing at how much Ansley likes to "neen up" (clean up). Last night, she rushed into the kitchen saying "pipe it"and tried t0 open our sink cabinet. It's the only one in the whole house that has a child lock. We couldn't figure out what she wanted. Then she came back into the living room, pointed to some milk drops on the ottoman and said "pipe it" again. It occurred to me that the day before, while having a little hissy fit, she threw her sippy cup on the tile floor causing milk to splatter all over the cabinet doors. I made her wipe it off herself, which she went along with happily. I guess she didn't see that as much of a punishment and now wants to wipe up (she was trying to say "wipe it") any little mess she makes.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ansley Eats: Spinach Cheese Dip with Roasted Carrot Sticks & Breakfast Smoothie

Concern over the variety of food Ansley ate hadn't been an issue until recently. I was kind of crazy during the start of solids with making sure she got a wide range of tastes. I even went as far as trying to give her at least one food from each category of the "Feeding Baby Green" biodiversity chart. I like to think this is what helped her become a fairly good eater, but something tells me it was probably 99% her personality, 1% my effort. She's become a little pickier lately and learned two words that I'd hoped she wouldn't for a few more years... french fry. It's our fault. What started out as "it's so cute how much she loves sweet potato fries" has turned into an obsession with any french fry in her sight line. It's really only a problem when we go out to a restaurant, but even at home she's become more particular about what she wants to eat. Fruit is no problem. She will eat any and all fruit presented. Most grains are fine too. It's just the veggies and proteins that have become hit or miss. Here are a few of my attempts to introduce some new options to our weekly rotation.

Spinach Cheese Dip with Roasted Carrot Sticks

As mentioned, Ansley has become obsessed with french fries. She has also learned the word "dip" and wants to dip her food into sauce (bbq, ranch, ketchup, salsa, etc.) if she sees us doing it. I thought this recipe might resemble sweet potato fries and dip enough to win her over.

Spinach cheese dip (modified from the "Cooking For Baby" cookbook)
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1.25 cups milk
1/2 cup cheese
pureed spinach

It's a basic cheese sauce (makes enough for multiple servings, about 1.5 cups) which I figured isn't much worse then when she gets straight cheese as a snack, but has the pureed spinach added

Roasted carrot sticks
Halved baby carrots roasted in oven with olive oil and sea salt until desired mushiness

I thought this would be a hit because she actually likes roasted carrots. Instead, she just dipped the carrots into the sauce and sucked the cheese off. She repeated this until the carrot became too mushy and then discarded it to the side of her tray, starting again with a fresh one. I may try again with whole grain tortilla pieces instead of carrots. I was happy that she got some spinach from the deal, although it was pretty marginal.

Breakfast Smoothie

1/2 cup of milk
3/4 cup of yogurt (I accidentally bought vanilla instead of plain so I'm sure it added to the sweetness)
1/2 banana
Little over a cup frozen cherries
Handful of ice cubes
1 Tbsp ground flax seed

This was almost enough for the both of us. Ansley would have totally eaten the ingredients on their own too. She loves fruit and yogurt. The only problem is it's messy for her to feed herself and takes time for me to spoon feed her. She LOVED it in the smoothie and giggled with joy at every sip. I accidentally bought a sippy cup without the spill saver a few months ago, but have discovered it's perfect for thick drinks. Lately during breakfast Ansley will eat all of her fruit and leave whatever grain or protein is there. She drank all of this though, which definitely had some protein in it. I wish I could add a little more, but I'm pretty sure you can't give protein powder to a one year old. Maybe ground almonds or peanut butter? I'm going to be making this again so I can experiment. It was a yummy breakfast for Ans and me, especially now that the weather is getting warmer.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Counting: A love/hate story

(These videos were all taken within minutes of each other.)

Some days Ansley doesn't like it when we sing or count to her. She does this to show her disapproval...

However, deep down she still really likes counting and will do it on her own only minutes later (She always skips 7 & 8)...

Then back to hating it, but clapping anyway, and finally doing it on her own again...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Music Class

Ansley went to a Tiny Tots play group at The Little Shop yesterday. She had a lot of fun with the music class theme although it took her a few minutes to warm up to the group.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Recent phone pics

Modeling her new sweater from Uncle Matt

Sitting on the couch with Noah. They were being so silly together that night and I'm kicking myself now for not taking any pictures of it with the real camera.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Snack & Sun

19 Weeks

Monday I had my 19 week appointment. I took Ans without the stroller. It could have gone really bad not being able to contain her, but she was happy as could be. Actually, I think she was happier than when I make her sit the whole time. Not much has changed with the baby. I gained 3 pounds in the last 3 weeks (7 overall) and my blood pressure is still low, 100/68. Babycenter says our little guys is measuring about the size of a large heirloom tomato (6 inches). No picture, so you'll have to imagine that yourselves this time. The doctor said I'd get the stuff for my glucose test at the next appointment. It seems early to me (I'll only be 22 weeks), but I guess they just want me to have it so I can go whenever it's convenient. I may be drinking a few more Cokes than normal these next 3 weeks just in case I'm cut off for the last 4 months of pregnancy :)

19 Week Bump

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baby you can drive my car

It was impossible to get a picture of these two that was both A. not blurry and B. had both of their faces visible.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Finger painting fun

Last week Ansley and Aubrey did some finger painting and story time at The Little Shop...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

18 Weeks... It's a boy!

So it looks like Ans is going to have a little brother :) Yeay! This profile picture looks just like the one of his big sister from 2 years ago. I should get hers out and show you... identical. Based on the fancy computer calculations he weighs 8 oz (1/2 a pound!) and measured almost exactly to my due date. Everything else looked healthy and normal.

Apparently this week our little guy is about the length of a bell pepper. I put a little visual representation below to show you what that looks like in real life :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

baby girls

Saturday night we watched Moses and Scout. Most of our time was spent in the backyard until it started getting dark. Scout is only three weeks younger than Ans and it was so cute to see them playing together... or at least next to each other. We had a lot of fun.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Payne's Prairie

Jon had his annual extra credit field trip to Payne's Prairie Saturday. We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather. There were tons of Alligators to see.

Ansley didn't really want to ride in the stroller or be held, so we spent a lot of time trying to make her hold our hands while walking. Even though she was super tired afterwards, she never actually went to sleep. About 30 minutes into nap time she started crying. I went in to check and found a naked Ansley standing in her crib with a poop filled diaper laying on the mattress. Great. After a quick bath and change of sheets she was wide awake. Luckily Mary and Steve were in town and Uncle Moose kept her happy with some books.