Abby went in for an early nap today because she didn't take a morning nap at all and boy was she tired! So, Sebastian and I were left alone for lunch today. Since it is absolutely beautiful today (which means we are probably a week from the temp going up to 100 degrees) I setup lunch out on our patio so we could hang out by the pool and enjoy our meal. It was a lovely meal after which Sebastian ran laps around the pool and then he was ready for a nap too!
More pictures from Abby's first meal of rice cereal. She was in a great mood, and giggled and clicked her tongue through-out the meal. I'll be interested seeing how she does sleeping through the night today. She's been sleeping through the night well for about a month now but with a change like this you just never know.
The first picture shows Sebastian in July of 2005 when when he had his first meal of rice cereal. The second pictures shows Abby during her first meal of rice cereal which she had for lunch today. She did great and squealed and giggled through the entire meal.
Today both Abby and Sebastian had well visits at the pediatrician. Abby had her 4 month appt. She is now 26" long which puts her in the 95th percentile for length. It also means we're about to graduate from the infant carrier to a convertible car seat. She weighs 15 lbs 9 oz which puts her at the 90th percentile for weight. And her head size is 16.5 inches. To compare, Sebastian was 26.5 inches and 16.6 lbs at his four month doctors visit (91st and 80th percentile) so baby girl has totally caught up - pretty amazing since she was around the 20th percentile for length at birth. She as grown 7.5 inches in four months...think about how amazing that is!
Sebastian is now 37 inches tall which puts him also at the 95th percentile. He weights 32 lbs 8 oz which puts him at the 91st percentile for weight. And his head is 19.5 inches which puts him at the 75th percentile. So, the two of them are almost exactly the same in their percentiles!
We have a small bird feeder attached to our living room window that Sebastian got as a gift from his Nana but we were dissapointed that no birds were coming. So we upgraded to this large 'squirrel proof' bird feeder that is attached to part of our patio. I was surprised by how much bird food we were going through...until I looked out this morning shortly after filling it and saw this! A squirrel that jumps over to the feeder and squeezes through the bars to get himself inside for an all you can eat buffet. Bad Squirrel!
Baby Girl Abby tried out her new bumbo today. It is a cool soft foam material and lets her sit up and visit with us even though she can't do it on her own yet. It is designed for babies age 3 month - 14 months. Even Sebastian tried it out...silly boy!
Also, I'm in the process of setting up a site within Amazon that provides links to all the fun baby stuff I've found helpful - including the Bumbo! Check it out!
Since I haven't been to the Houston Arboretum in a while, I wanted to go do a test drive there today before my shoot coming up on Saturday with a family of four. It was as beautiful as I remember with lots of great places to take pictures. My favorite place is in a field where there is a giant dead tree great for climbing and sitting on and for adding some texture to the picture. I also tried out my ExpoDisc for the first time for custom white balance in my pictures. It helps add a little warmth into the pictures so I can use them right out of the camera without an extra step to warm them up a bit in photoshop. Very cool.
After reading Eat to Live, we decided we were going to make some serious changes in our day-to-day eating habits. We are eating TONS of fresh fruits and fresh and cooked veggies, hardly any refined carbohydrates, dairy, eggs, or meats. "Cheat" meals are typically eaten out of the home and doing so means we keep very little "bad" food in the house. Last night we got a thin crust veggie pizza from Pizza Hut which even as a cheat is a major step from our usual meat lovers pan pizza (180 calories a slice vs 370 calories).
Today I had planned on taking the kids to the Katy Farmer's Market but the low temps (high 50s) and the wind kept me from visiting. Instead we drove to Whole Foods to load up on organic produce. Sebastian got to ride in their car cart and I put Abby in the front carrier and off we went. I got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes, and several items that are recommended to be bought organic because they have the highest amount of pesticides in them, such as celery, spinach, potatoes, and strawberries. After putting the kids to bed, I made myself a yummy salad of butter lettuce, raspberries, walnuts, and Annie's Low Fat Raspberry Dressing.
For dinner tonight I'm hoping to try out a few of the recipes from the new uncookbook I picked up, Rawvolution. It is by a chef and owner of a raw food cafe in Santa Monica and I thought it would give some fun ideas for using fruits and veggies in a new way. It does have a lot of nuts and oils in it, more than we would choose to eat, so I'll be adjusting the recipes a bit...plus we're not trying to go completely raw so I can incorporate cooked foods too. One thing that is surprising is that junk food just doesn't taste as good to us now, and the healthy stuff tastes better than ever.
Sebastian and I made a special trip to Target today to get some gardening supplies, including his very own snail watering can. After I planted some new plants in front of of our house, Sebastian helped me water them. Then he went next door and watered their plants too!
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