|6 months old growth picture.|
The week started with my baby turning 6 months old. I cannot believe he's halfway through his first year of life! To celebrate this milestone we started solid food. I mixed some rice cereal with breast milk and fed it to a somewhat confused Ashton. He really didn't seem to know how to feel about it. He didn't like or hate it. He was ambivalent. Mostly, he just spit it right back out. I also put some breast milk into a sippy cup to try and introduce the concept of drinking mommy's milk another way other than straight from the tap. Since he refuses to take a bottle, I'm really hoping this method will work and allow me some extended time away from him occasionally. I continued to feed Ash cereal throughout the week, but it wasn't until supper tonight that he actually grasped the concept of swallowing it. He ate quite a few spoonfuls. Midway through the week I introduced a Baby Mum Mum, which for those of you who aren't familiar, are a quickly dissolving cracker. He gnawed on it like it was the best thing that ever touched his gums. I'm looking forward to incorporating more baby and finger foods as the weeks go on, but it does make me a titch sad that my baby is rapidly becoming less of a baby by the day.
|2 1/2 years old growth picture.|
I'm hoping next week is the beginning of a brand new, sunshine-smiling Mahlke household!!
|Cuddling with my boys Saturday on a cold, rainy morning.|
I make the week sound like it was a big ball of stress and crabbiness when really it was a pretty good week, but often times the bad parts stick out the most. So let's sweep the ugly parts of the week away and dish about the good.
We had a lot of fun with the letter P. A few weeks ago Spencer collected a bunch of pine cones with Grandma Amy. I couldn't resist using them for a few projects. Luckily Monday was a nice day that allowed us some time outside to discover some non-traditional ways of painting. We dipped the pine cones in paint and then threw them at the easel. Spencer loved this, of course. We also dipped the pine cones in some water and rolled them down the driveway, demonstrating a creative way to paint pavement. We used a traditional paint brush with water on the driveway as well.
Wednesday we played balloon ping pong with paddles I made out of Popsicle sticks and paper plates. It was a good concept that Spencer loved, but you really need to use high quality paper plates instead of the cheap ones from the dollar store. We also had a packed lunch in the family room.
The highlight of our week was when Aunt Hopey paid us an overnight visit on Wednesday. We played outside until Daddy got off work. Then we headed to the mall for a yummy meal at HuHot before Dave took the boys and allowed my sister and I some girl time. We enjoyed pampering ourselves with some pedicures. And then later once the boys were in bed, we drank some wine and chatted the night away.
We ended the week hosting a dinner with Grandpa Dave and Barb. And then we had a realization that our lives must be a bit lame when they left to go dancing at a bar and we couldn't get our jammies on fast enough to enjoy a movie at home.