We spent actual American Thanksgiving (USA USA USA) at my aunt Connie and Sharon's new house in New Jersey. A good time was had by all. Especially by me, since Sharon made some sort of yummy cookie/oat/cream cheese/cherry dessert.
With great-Aunt Connie
With Meli and her bling. Ruth is chewin' that chain like a gangsta, yo.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Ruth has started pulling herself up to standing on things, all on her own. If you help her a bit with her balance, she's also basically figured out the one-foot-in-front-of-the-other procedure. My friend L's daughter started walking just shy of 9 months - Ruth has a month and change to beat her...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
For some reason, Picasa still doesn't like posting more than 4 pictures at once. The other thing we learned this Halloween was that there are a lot of kids in our neighborhood. I was in Iraq last year, so M kept the lights off, and we didn't participate. This year I got a bunch of candy, what I thought would be enough and leave us some to eat ourselves. Nope - I went through all that, then all the apples we had in the house, then my neighbor came over to resupply us, and I went through that. I had to turn the lights off while shouting to the onrushing swarms of children that we were very sorry, but totally tapped out.
M is convinced that Ruth looks just like me. So, this year for Halloween, we decided she could go as me. The original plan was to use eyeliner to draw black glasses on her, but she was having none of that. So, she got a little mohawk instead, and we just went as two vaguely punked-out folks. We couldn't decide which photo we thought was the cutest so - lucky you - you get all of them!
My mother lent us an old food mill, that has been tremendously useful. Since M and I are dirty hippie liberals, we've been trying to mostly make our own baby food rather than buying it - the mill has been a lifesaver for that. So far, Ruth has prunes, apples, pears, carrots, bananas, and squash. I mash/mill/puree the fruits and veggies, then we freeze them in ice cube trays and put the cubes in freezer bags. Right now, she'll eat about two cubes worth at a time.
Troubleshooting note: if you baby experiences reduced throughput, try feeding prunes or pears at every other meal, rather than apples or bananas. DO NOT FEED PRUNES AT EVERY MEAL.