Parenting


a lot of the girls in the bump group mention that they make their own baby food.  i have neither the know-how nor the will to actually go through this process.  it wasn’t something i ever wanted to do anyway.  me and gerber are cool with each other as is.  and addy likes everything.  but now she’s ready for stage 2 foods (they’re a thicker/chunkier texture and mixed flavors) and the girls were talking about giving their babies mangos and papaya and watermelon.  what?! my target doesn’t have those gerber cans!

but it’s because they were making it themselves.  either that or serving them cut up and through a mesh feeder.  yeaaaaa i’m not cleaning that. i’m not steaming anything.  and the most exotic thing i saw from gerber was mixed vegetables.

so i opted to try some organic food.  i’ve seen some fairly granola-type moms squirting the food out of the pouches onto spoons and into baby’s mouth (picture capri sun).  and they’re pricey. jeezus.  but target was having this awesome baby sale AND i had a coupon so i went ahead and gave it a try.  i went with Happy Baby. on sale at target it was 98 cents per 3.5oz pouch. plus $1 off the total when i bought 4.  i figured it wasn’t TOO bad cause we weren’t going all organic. but just for comparison sake the gerber stage 2 foods are $1.09 for two 3.5 oz tubs.

we tried the Bananas, Beets, and Blueberries first.  yes all in one pouch.  i unscrewed the top and squirted the food out into her bowl.  then i was all “oooooh that’s what’s cool about just squirting it onto the spoon” cause there’s not the dipping back and forth into the container and you don’t have to worry about germs getting in the uneaten food and you can save some for later. ooooh. (they even sell little spoon spout attachments).  it was a massive success.  actually addy hasn’t refused anything i’ve given her, some stuff she just demands i feed her faster.

i also bought Spinach, Mango, & Pear. so we’ll try that out next.  then i went to a fancy HEB (with On The Run) on my lunch break to fill up on free samples and stopped in their baby aisle to see what they had.  come to find out the Happy Baby was 88 cents regular price! and they had gerber organics in a bajillonty different combos that are just as fancy and organic as the Happy Baby.  HAPPY MOMMY! i mean some of them even had granola and yogurt smoothie blends.  lur lur! so i will be going to HEB for more baby food (and free samples). AND i got an email that gerber is going to pouches.  so that means a gang of stage 2 foods in jars are on clearance at target ret now! ahhh! but now that we’re doing some organic foods and i’m all keeping my re-usable grocery bags in the car i feel some need to start recycling.  not in an OCD kind of way but i can at least recycle the baby food and finally get rid of that stack of magazines that has been sitting in the corner since we moved here 2 years ago.  the pile gets pretty high when there are 5 magazine subscriptions in the house.  i just don’t know exactly where to go. at work when i’m done with my little yogurt cup i rinse it and throw it in the recycle can.  but do i want to haul trash piece by piece from my house to work to the recycle can? brownlee will make me.  i need to find a center.  ok i know where one is but i mean i need to actually load up the car and go.  it’s in west u so maybe i can treat myself to Benjy’s afterwards for being such a good citizen.  or Ruggle’s Green! ha!

while YaYa was feeding addy a few spoonfulls she noticed addy would mmmmmmmmmm after each bite.  and when she told me i was kinda like oops i do that when i’m feeding her so she thinks (crummy) vegetables are good. ha! and also uhoh.

and me, gabby, and addy had a great brunch on the patio at Coco’s Crepes Sunday.  addy look fabulous in her gabby inspired Gap summery hat.  but she also really really wanted some of mommy’s crepe.  so i pulled out some of the strawberries and let her try them.  she really really liked them but couldn’t quite figure out what to do when i put some in her hand.  she knew something was in there and knew it was supposed to go in her mouth but didn’t get to the part where she needed to open her hand to get it out.  so i’m gonna get some of those little baby snacks that dissolve as soon as they get in the kids mouth.  for practice.  of course they come organic and they come with whatever gerber makes them as so we’ll so what decision i make in the store.

and speaking of practice i also want to get her on the cup.  not for everything because i’m still not big on giving her juice (that’s a treat for YaYa’s house) but i’m going to let her start drinking out the sippy cup, but without the valve that stops the spillage.  so yeah we’ll just be doing water for a while.  i read something about babies having sippy cup dependency issues and some parents skipping it and going right to regular cups.  i’m not ready for that big of a leap now but we’ll see how we progress.

she mostly just bites on it anyway.  like she does everything else.

 

still  no teeth.

yummy!

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apparently if you have kids then the thing to do is go to the park on a saturday morning.  i had been thinking it was time to take addy out into the open and since 86 degrees is a dramatic change from how hot it was 3 weeks ago, we loaded up Coop and went to the park.

couldn't care less face

since it was my idea i was in charge of finding park.  so im all yeah there’s a park over my Jordan’s apartment.  it is more of a track and open area.  so we went to the little park down the trail on the side of the “river” (read: bayou).  remember that time me and jenni took addy to take pictures and she couldn’t care less about being in the park? well this time the park was a big success.  she got in the swing and watched the big kids play.  we climbed up the jungle gym deal and had more fun looking down and crawling around and being up high.  we even went down the slide.  then we laid the blanket out for a little bit and she sat in the shade and played with some toys and tried to eat some leaves and rocks.  then we took another stroll around to look at some people’s dogs (while mommy eyed their big kid strollers) and looked at the trees and bushes. and then we realized it was 1035a and football started in 20 minutes and mommy is too out of shape to quickly walk the quarter-mile back to the car so if we wanted to catch kick-off we better get to going.  plus addy hadn’t had her morning nap yet so she was quickly tuckered out.

tuckered out

the park is awesome! i can’t wait until she’s climbing through things on her own and i’m just sitting at the bench watching her and getting up to repeatedly push the swing.

anyway i know you just want to see pictures. so here they go:


 

 

and i even took a quick video clip (i hate my voice on the camera)

DJ Lance (ficky ficky)

 

Yo Gabba Gabba.

Have you seen this?  Have you heard of this?

Apparently it’s not a new show but I’m a new mom so now I’m blogging about it.  I’ve seen approximately 2 episodes of this show and it’s amazing that I am here today to type this and did not bore my eyes out with the nearest spoon.  but Addy was mesmerized.

Yo Gabba Trance

from what i gather DJ Lance is a DJ.  and he has these robots that live in his radio.  and they sing the crappiest songs about don’t run with scissors or be nice to your friends (my friends should hear this song) or whatever other lesson kids should learn.  they mostly drive me crazy because they don’t rhyme.  maybe i’m not cool enough to care about things that don’t rhyme but how else am i supposed to remember the words?

and it’s not just the shitty songs that kill me.  it’s the random spazzy transitions of kids dancing really really hard for about 10 seconds.  ok that’s hilarious because i mean have you seen a kid dance? but it’s incredibly odd.  and sometimes the transition isn’t even a kid dancing.  sometimes it’s a kid riding a stick broom across the screen.  just a quick shot of a 5 year old going across your tv screen.  is that not odd to anyone else?

then in true hipster fashion there will be a celeb music guest singing an even more crappier song about sharing toys or being polite to your parents or something. one episode i saw had MGMT singing about art.  ?uestlove keeps tweeting about an episode he was on.  and i’m all “wait, i kinda like that one MGMT song that comes on my Pandora station sometimes when i don’t skip it.  is this a show that i should be liking?” cause you know how sometimes things are advertised for kids but are really for adults.  like maybe somehow Yo Gabba Gabba was supposed to be for AdultSwim and accidentally ended up on NickJr (insert trumpet sound). especially when on that MGMT song Andy Samberg came out to teach the kids a dance.  Andy Samberg?! Andy “Dick in a Box” Samberg on a kids show? this has to be for beatnik hipsters and my jeans just are skinny enough to get the joke right?

i tried it.  i just can’t drink the kool-aid.  hopefully in a few years this will not exist and some other crap tv show will invade my kids brain.  and hopefully by then i will have bought some BOSE noise cancellation headphones for myself so i can not hear the aforementioned crap show.

for now the kid will get her tv learnin from Sesame Street. just like i did.

and SportsCenter. just like her dad does.

watch this friends.  if you can stand it.

LMAO on the comments someone asks “Can I still bite my enemies then?”

 

It’s been a while since I’ve done a guest baby blog, but I’m back, I already know you all missed me.  Over the weekend, Addy turned 6 months old, of course she thinks she’s grown now, but that’s not what this blog is about.  Today Addy had her 6 month checkup and got her ears pierced.  For some reason, every time I think of getting ears pierced I think of the episode of the Cosby Show when Theo got his ear pierced and it got infected.  Hope my Addy is not like him.  Well here is how it really went down.

First of all, gender roles are VERY present in a pediatrician’s office.  By this I mean I was the ONLY guy in there that was not employed by Texas Children’s Hospital.   As if that wasn’t enough, the nurse calls for us and as I grab our stuff to head to the back, she politely asks “Oh, where’s mom, the moms usually mark the ears?”, so I replied “She’s at work, so the role of mom & dad will be played by me today.”  Maybe I read to much into it, but I don’t think so.  Are dads really not capable of being a parent?  I mean I used to joke when Addy was about 6 weeks old, that I’m not qualified to be left alone with her, but I keep her everyday while mom is away….I think I got it down now (even though I forgot to feed myself before we left for the doctor’s office).   I wasn’t offended by the nurse’s comments, because like I said, there were no other guys in the waiting area with their kids, but don’t make it sound like I’m not capable of successfully taking my kid to see the doctor.

Now that I’m done ranting about being the BEST DAD EVER, here is how the actual visit went.  The nurse told me to mark her ears, which was followed by me giving her a blank stare, so she did one ear to show me.  I erased her mark because I felt it was little high, but Addy wouldn’t cooperate…at all.  She wanted to see the marker and did not want to be held down.  So once the doctor came in, I still hadn’t marked her, so he called in a nurse to help.  She marked while I held her down…if any of you have ever met Addy, you know she does NOT like to be held down against her own will, so she fought it.  We got her marked up, then the doc was concerned that she’d wipe off the markers, so decided to do the piercing first.  The first stud they tried was too little for the gun or something because it didn’t stay, so we went up a size and tried it again.  So I had to hold her down yet again, then we did the right ear, SUCCESS!  Now the problem came into play on the left ear because I had marked it, then the nurse had marked it, so he was having a bit of trouble spotting the correct mark.  At this point, I was holding Addy’s’ body, a nurse was holding her head, the doctor was holding her ear, then he called in another nurse to hold a light.  Yup, all that for a feisty 6 month old girl.  It felt like we were trying to subdue a rowdy prisoner or something, but then we got the other earring in.  She cried a cry that I’ve NEVER heard before, but it was hard to tell if it was from pain or the fact that she was PISSED from being held down or if it was a combination of all of the above plus the fact that she was sleepy.  2-3 minutes later, she was sleep on my chest as we had to wait about 5 mins for the next nurse to come in and give Addy what she actually came to the doctor for….her shots.   She got 2 shots, an oral vaccine, and a flu shot, which woke her up of course, which also pissed her off to a new extreme.  Then I got her dressed and by that time she was somewhat calm, so I carried her out the office until we got to the car to put her in her seat.

I’m not going to lie, I almost called it all off when the doctor messed up the first try.  I couldn’t take it…she was crying so hard.  I almost shed a tear with her, but of course, I’m the tough dad.  Overall, I know she’s exhausted, because she was sleep before we got out the parking lot.  I told her being pretty is painful, but I don’t think she understood me.  She’s still out as I type this blog, so we’ll see how she feels when she wakes up.

Thanks for tuning in…..

BROWNLEE

PS:  Here is the first picture of her with holes in her ears!

She's wore out!

so remember way back forever ago when i was pregnant and brownlee was all “you don’t need a changing table” and “you don’t need that many blahblahs”? ok well what we really don’t need ever is baby toys.

ever.

addy’s current interest is in tags.  not like high dollar label things but the actual tags on things.  toys, blankets, you name it.

you're next

hand her a plush toy and she turns it over until she finds the care tag that sticks out the back. and then she gnaws on it.  and i’m on the innanet talking to the other mommy bloggers and baby bumpers and asking them what’s the what about the tags.  then i hear tale of taggie blankets that super crafty mommies make that are just a piece of cloth with different tags on the ends.  so what do i do? google tag blankets.  and learn that they sell them in target.  how awesome! an actual reason to go to target! (as if i ever needed one). but then as i sit addy on my bed to fold some laundry, i come up with the brilliant idea to just give addy a tshirt to chew on. it has a tag! its cotton and can soak up drool! i’m pretty much the smartest mom ever in life! and addy loved it.  she pulled it over her face.  chewed on the tag.  examined the shirt.  ate up the tag.  then took it out her mouth, leaned over, and spit up all over my comforter.  then i realized it was my Buc-ee’s t-shirt.  double dose of fail.

then i was in target and looked for the taggie blanket thing and they were sold out. and of course i’m thinking “oh this must be awesome i have to have a taggies blanket…for addy i mean”. but i found these plush blocks. and one had taggies! and one makes crinkly noise! and one has letters on it! and one has a rattle inside” (ok there are only 4 blocks but i mean they have lots of sides). i bring it home and whip them out for addy to play. look addy! look how awesome!

thanks for these dumb blocks mom!

she got the one block with a for real regular ass care tag on it and ate it.

here’s other things she likes to eat and play with.

but i'd rather eat your yoga pants

and the wipes box is the coolest

also i wised up and give her a baby hooded blanket or just a cloth diaper to chew on instead of my own shirts to catch the drool.  and speaking of chewing on, that’s all addy does.  everyone has been saying that she’s been teething since like may. and i coulda sworn a tooth was going to pop out overnight but i still don’t even feel anything.  and my hands are in her mouth all the time (against my will).

Naynee got some teething rings when we went to visit and addy just never cared for them but i actually read the directions and they say to put them in the fridge not the freezer. and she loves them! who woulda thought reading directions would make something work right. and who woulda thought teethers came with directions.  ha! i mostly think that she’s just better with her hands nowand wants to chew on things so that’s why they work.  Either way they will work until she eyes something else that is NOT a toy for babies and is actually a functioning items for adults like cell phones or remotes and things of that nature.  i’m going to have to do something about the coffee table because she keeps eyeing the wrought iron curved legs.  instead of baby-proofing i might just get rid of everything in the living room. it’s just easier

 

 

and cheaper.

kelly just had a baby! YAY KELLS! we went to go see the new family at the hospital and as soon as the oohs and ahhs were over kelly and i started to compare battle scars.  not a literal lifting of the shirts and showing stretch marks or scars or anything but more so a genral comparison of how the childbearing process went for us.  c-section versus vaginal.  and i swear i was going on like a war veteran just shaking my head like never ever again. and kelly was all hopped up on pain meds planning the next baby.  as i type this i’m shaking my head at the whole idea of it, but that’s another blog for another day.  she’s the type that would sign up for another tour of duty and i’m the type that would be cross-dressing looking for a psych discharge.  but now we’re moms and that’s the kind of thing only people that have been through labor can discuss. it’s a crazy awesome group to belong to.

and then i got to bestow all my priceless knowledge upon kells.  do this.  don’t do that. nurses are wrong and doctors suck! it’s your baby do whatever you want. don’t listen when people say blah blah! have your mom do this! babies are gross! and so on. i tried not to be as bad as people were to me but i mean i’m a pro at being a mom.  a whole 5 months under my belt.  i should be up for a raise soon! ha! but i did try to give practical advice and made sure i said “well we tried…” instead of strict orders to follow my way. at least in my head i did.

anywho addy has been very…active lately. we have progressed from the random goo goo gaa gaa to full on dissertations.  granted addy is the only one who can understand it but she is very adamant about getting her point across to us.  we’ve watched lots and lots of Despicable Me and i found this new show Classical Baby on HBO that’s just animated classical heres the talking and addy watching Classical Baby combined.

she’s also becoming a pro sitter upper. she doesn’t bend over in half anymore, well not all the time.  she’s starting to get the hang of it. woo! here’s her and her co-star Cup.

(she keeps looking over at Brownlee playing vidya games)

also we jumped the gun and bumped addy up to the larger nipples for 6 month old babies.  so she was flying through her bottles and then later in the hour she’d puke up a large majority of it.  there’s several cuts of the video that include massive amounts of throw up with someone (me) going “ewwwwww” every time. so we’re going to just go back down to 2 and let her take it slow. apparently the 6 month holes are for when you add cereal to the formula. yeaaaah we’re not doing that.  and Booby bought addy sippy cups! but i’m not ready for her to have juice, so we might start to put the formula in the cup instead of the bottle.  or half and half so she gets used to cups.  i was reading how the sooner you do it the more easily they are (likely) to adapt to a cup instead of waiting until they turn a year then they get all set in their ways.  who addy?! no way! (yeah right).

also i’m so mad at that hospital for not issuing us a Digital SLR camera to take home with our new baby.  i mean they already charged us out the wazoo what’s another couple hundred for a fancy pants camera?! i need it now! i have lots of pictures i want to take and i want them to be of perfect quality and taken at lightning fast speed.  so now i gotta go get me a piggy bank to save up for one. i swears i’ll take care of it and treat it good and keep it for ever and ever (in my Elmyra voice). but i have to do lots of research to see which one best suits me before i take the plunge.

speaking of nice pics, addy turns 6 months the end of this month so i’ll probably schedule a photo session somewhere and hopefully just get the pics i have a coupon for and not get tooken for a bazillion dollars of pics that addy is just too cute in.  pfft. but at least brownlee will be there to stop me from going too bananas buying poses.

that won’t stop me from getting cute outfits for the shoot though! sucka.

Hey gang, it’s been a while since I brought my thoughts to this blog, so for that I’m back.  Well since I’m in a blogging mood and because I have a question to ask you guys (and gals).

When is it safe to pierce my Addy Boo’s ears?

I’ve read mixed reviews of the topic, from people getting newborn’s ears holed-up to waiting until she’s at least 6 months, which is what our pediatrician recommended.  The problem isn’t the where to get her ears poked, because our doctor does them in his office, we just have to ask in advance and pay them there….all about the Benjamins baby!  Now the debate between her mother and I, is to do it now or wait till she can decide for herself.  Of course I’m the one who wants her to wear them because I have a girl and I want people to know she’s a girl…with her first BLING!

Here is what I’ve found from a doctor:

Some people pierce their children’s ears when they’re newborns and there’s no medical reason to wait. But the procedure is not without risk.
Not all ear-piercing operations have the proper equipment or staff trained to work specifically with young children. For example, ear piercing guns cannot be sterilized, which means that it’s possible to contract hepatitis or some other infection from them. If you’re set on having your baby’s ears pierced, it’s probably safer to ask your pediatrician if she’ll do it for you with a needle. And here’s what else you should know before having the procedure done:

Ear piercing is usually done without painkillers because the piercing itself hurts less than a shot of anesthetic would. (You can give your baby a dose of infants’ acetaminophen or ibuprofen before the procedure if you want.)

Another thing to remember is that your child will be constantly touching her ears and the pierced area can easily become infected. To help guard against this, you’ll need to clean the posts and the area around the ear with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide several times a day (or as often as your doctor recommends). Watch for increased redness or tenderness around the piercing hole and on the earlobe that could indicate infection.

There’s also a chance that your child will have an allergic reaction to metals after getting her ears pierced. If she develops a rash around the piercing, you’ll need to take the earrings out. To avoid this, you can try to make sure that the parts of the earrings that touch her ear are made of surgical steel or 14 karat gold. (This includes not only the posts but the backs as well.) If the rash doesn’t subside, your child will probably not be able to wear earrings.

 

Normally I’m the type of parent that will do what I want with my baby, because she’s mine, but since Bre has been asking everybody that isn’t bald for natural hair advice, I’m going to see what you guys have to say about when it’s safe to pierce Addy’s ears?  Depending on what I learn here, Addy may just get her ears pierced at her 6 month doctor’s visit at the end of the month.

 

 

Thanks for tuning in….

BROWNLEE

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