Thursday, January 31, 2008

Baby Food!

It is true that we have been giving Sierra big people food to suck on and chew on and make a mess with, but I figured it was about time to actually feed her and help her work on that thing we all call swallowing. This week is the perfect opportunity because I'm working from home today and tomorrow so I'll have 4 full days of working on this with her until I let her Daddy and her Grandmother start on this fun new stage.

So here you have it...

Breakfast was bananas (I should have given her broccoli for breakfast but it just doesn't seem like a breakfast food to me). I know she likes them but I didn't think she would do this good. She ate the entire banana that I made for her. Yes, I made for her. My baby-food processor is the bomb (thanks mom). She downed half a banana in no time and loved every bit of it. She even opened her mouth after swallowing each bite. And the amazing thing about it all is that she would suck the food off the spoon like a big girl, I didn't have to scrap it off her gums to get the food in her mouth. She's a champ!

Then for lunch I decided to mix it up a bit. All the books say (and yes I go by the books) that I should introduce one new veggie every couple of days to ensure there are no allergies blah, blah, blah. Well, I think that's stupid so for lunch we had

Corn, brocolli, and cauliflower. Yummy!

So, yes, a lot more got on her during lunch than breakfast and she wasn't really feelin' all the veggies, but it's a start.

Gotta love her!

My 1st International Vacation!

We figured you'd want a blow by blow of our very first family vacation so here it is.

We hopped a plane in Atlanta for Cancun but there was some waiting before hand in the airport. Good thing we all LOVE food because that's what we did to pass the time - eat!

Then it was time to get on Sierra's very first airplane! How exciting! I was actually a little scared considering I didn't know how she was going to behave. She's super chill however I don't want to be "THAT LADY" whose child is screaming bloody murder on take off and landing. How terrible. She LOVED the airplane. The fact that she can stand up and smile at the people in the row behind her really made her go crazy! She was SO HAPPY about that. Someone to smile at her other than her parents and grandparents. What a treat. She loves strangers. Especially smiling ones. She did great though. Take off, landing, air pressure, didn't phase her at all. My ears bothered me more than they bothered her. She was all smiles the entire trip. She didn't even have a nap the entire day.

We got to Cancun and to our hotel with little incident, ok, there was one but we don't want to talk about it, and of course we devoured the entire room service menu when we got there. I think for the 4 of us (duh, my mom and step-dad traveled with us) we ordered 8 entrees. We are big fatties, but that's what you do at an all-inclusive resort...EAT!

The next couple of days were a blur. All we did was eat, Eat, EAT!!!

They had all kinds of great food there. I had pink grapefruit, bananas, oranges, nachos (yes, that's true), and anything else I could get my hands on. And trust me, I wanted to eat EVERYTHING. Daddy and Papa Ron LOVED the buffets and Mommy loved teh sugar french toast, but nothing is as healthy as the fruit I ate all week long. This is what I looked like every meal with all this food. A baby's paradise!

By the time we left I was stuffed, but in between meals I found time to do some other things.

I spent some quality time at the pool with my family. Don't worry, I put on alot of sunscreen so I didn't get a sunburn at all. So I showed off my bathing suit to everyone and everyone LOVED me! Perfect strangers wanted to hold me and love me and be my 'Auntie' and 'Grandma'. People are so silly. I was the talk of all the ladies at the resort though.

I learned how to swim too! It was awesome! I had my swim assistant so I could chill in the pool at not have anyone bother me. I look like I didn't enjoy it, but trust me, I did! I had so much fun. I don't know why I have such a weird look on my face. I am so silly. I would just kick my little feet and be lazy in the pool while everyone watched me. It was like being in a huge bath except it was a little colder than my bath, ok, a lot colder than my bath. I took a few dips without this thing and dunked myself underwater. Not to shabby for my first time.

I watched some cool shows and made some new friends while I was in Cancun as well. (check out that one dancers's like a ham...HUGE!)

Grandma really liked the show. I thought it was pretty sweet too. They changed their outfits like every time they did a new dance. They clucked like chickens sometimes too when they were excited. It doesn't look like I enjoyed myself, but I did!

I met these characters on my way to the beach. I wasn't even scared of them. They were on their way to a wedding. They throw fire!
And then...I FINALLY made to the beach. I had been to the beach in Florida before, twice, but I wasn't old enough to go on the sand and now I'm finally old enough! I'm big! Check me out, you better believe everyone on that beach was!

I had my sun tan lotion on, my sunglasses, and I was such a looker! I loved the feel of the sand on my toes...and my hands, the sun on my face. This is the life!
So, after all this fun we were exhausted. We had a great time and I can't wait until we can go again next year! Only 333 days until we leave!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Viva La Mexico!

Hit you up when we get back! We'll think of you while we are chillin' on the beach!

Playing Catch Up!

It has been a BUSY month! Wow, it has really flown by. So, nothing super exciting to write, But I just wanted to put up new pictures of the Bug. More to come because we are heading to Cancun tomorrow! YEA! Vacation! Beach! Sun! TAN!!!!! ...Oh the tan!
So check her out...again...!

Sierra LOVES to eat stuff that we do, or try it anyway, so we let her. Why not? She doesn't do rice cereal but she'll eat stewed tomatoes. She's so silly. She'll gnaw on it to get the juices and then she's not quite sure what to do with the rest.

Snow Day with Sierra. Her first Snow Angel (or is it Angle...I can never remember, yes I am retarded!)
And she wasn't too interested in snow, as you can see. She was trying to practice her upchuck reflex with a little help, yummy pine straw. She really did stick it all the way down her throat and gag.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


It's been TOO long because now Sierra has all these new tricks and all this stuff happening in her groovy little world that we just have to share. Check her out!

She can do it now! All by her self!

And she LOVES to eat. We haven't really started her on any food, no rice cereal, none of that, but any time we put something in our mouth she wants to do the same and since Joe is determined to have her have eating habits totally different than mine, he gives her veggies to chew on.

Joe gave her a fresh green pepper. She gnawed the heck out of that thing. "Arrrrrr".

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Look at me! Look at me!

So we are trying to teach Sierra how to sit up. I realize this isn't something you can actually teach a baby, but she's just not figuring it out on her own. We have done everything we can for her!! We got her a Bumbo seat...she likes to fold over and twist through the arm hole. We sit with her and she likes to topple over. Her grandmother got her a booster seat and she likes it, until she gets bored (like 5 minutes or less) and leans to one side and whimpers. Oh baby...well, Joe has been staying with her and to my surprise look at what he has done! She sits! Ok, don't be totally deceived. If he gets her on a soft surface at just the right depth she is supported and can usually sit up for a bit on her own. Isn't she the cutest! But eventually she will topple over and just lay there on her face, side, or back. She won't even cry if she faceplants into the bed and we don't get her up right away. She just smells or tastes the blanket...what a wierdo! =)

I sat by her today while she sat in the middle of the Boppy and that seemed to work for awhile, surprisingly. Twenty whole minutes! She's still more comfortable on her back but hopefully some day soon she'll be sitting up on her own and the new perspective on life she's been getting will be a permanent part of her day! Wish us luck!