Friday, May 30, 2008

baby food

Now that Sebastian has started eating solids, I've had to confront the question: home-made or store-bought? I didn't have a strong opinion on either side - I knew that I wanted to breastfeed the baby (if possible) for at least six months, but I wasn't sure about what would come after that. So I started with both - I steamed and roasted pears, apples, peas, sweet potatoes, and carrots, and bought some jars of organic baby food in the same varieties. I thought I'd run a little taste test, testing both my and Sebbe's palates.

So far, home-made pears and apples have been decidedly preferred to the jarred versions - they are sweeter and juicier. Sweet potatoes were more of a draw - he preferred the smooth texture of the store-bought, but ate both. The jarred peas were absolutely disgusting - I tasted them first and didn't even feed them to Seb. As for the jarred carrots - he tried very hard to eat them, which was sweet, but he really didn't like them very much. I thought he just wasn't hungry, but then offered him some banana, and he eagerly wolfed that down. So I'd say home-made is the clear favorite.

The funniest reaction he's had so far has been to spinach - he screwed up his little mouth and gave me this pitiful look. I gave him a second bite and he just let it all dribble out of his mouth. But when I mixed it in with peas and rice, he ate it with no hesitation. The very green result is pictured above. There are a couple more photos in the May album.
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Uncle Carl saw the first of these pics and called Seb a "muscle-bound freak". Mean uncle Carl. Sebastian has been rocking back and forth on his hands and knees, and scooting himself around the apartment on his belly.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Seb's friends

We are part of a moms and babies group in the Rivertowns that has been meeting since January. All of us have babies that are currently between 5 and 8 months old. I have been meaning to take some pictures of all our new friends and just haven't, but finally took a few last week.

When Steve and I first moved to Dobbs Ferry, we didn't know anyone at all in town or, indeed, anyone anywhere in Westchester county. I could go out to the grocery store or along the trail and be assured that I would meet no one familiar. Things have really changed - there are the 8 women I know from this playgroup, plus the 7-8 women and babies at our music class, as well as all the people in our apartment building. (Before we had Sebastian, we didn't know anyone who lived here, and now I recognize and speak with many of them - and they all know Seb). It's really sweet to start to feel part of the community, and to have new friends going through the same things. Of course, it also means I hesitate to throw on some ratty old thing when going out, as I was wont to do...
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

new high chair

Sebastian is starting to outgrow some of his infant gear - the BebePod seat is just the first to go. He still fits into the little chair, but he can get himself out (toppling forward and straining backward) far too easily. So we bought him a TrippTrapp high chair and tested it out yesterday. It lets him sit at the table with us and will later act as a booster seat.

I can't believe how fast he's going through things - next to go is probably the car seat, and then the Baby Bjorn carrier. We've started investigating new convertible carseats, backpack carriers, and lightweight strollers. But what to do with the old stuff? We haven't got a garage or attic (or even a spare room) in which to put old stuff, and I'm rapidly colonizing all the space under our bed.
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Monday, May 19, 2008


In a bid to break his daddy's heart, this weekend Sebastian decided that he would no longer quiet down and go to sleep for his dad. Every time Steve tried, Seb cried louder and kicked harder. Then when I picked him up, he would calm down and allow me to cuddle him to sleep. Poor Steve felt very rejected.

On the other hand, when Steve came home from work tonight, Seb started giggling and laughing the minute he saw him. He laughed more in 20 minutes than he had all day for me. This differentiation between us is new.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

6 months!: more foods, more teeth, more mobility

We visited the doctor yesterday for Sebastian's 6-month checkup. The time has flown by so quickly - such a cliche, and yet Steve and I really feel amazed at it. Half a year already!

Sebbe is growing by great leaps and bounds - he's 27 1/2 inches tall, and 16 lbs 8 oz. His height is in the 90th percentile. Our giant (albeit skinny) boy. (I am eagerly anticipating the meet-up with cousin Danica in June - who will be taller??)

As my title suggests, he's continuing to change in all kinds of ways. His second tooth, also on the bottom gum, followed hard on the heels of the first one. So far he hasn't been very bothered by them, and he's only bit me twice. We've introduced him to pears and to oatmeal, and just today to peas. Pears are by far the favorite - he went after the bowl with mouth gaping open and hands grasping. Apples and carrots and bananas and avocado are all coming up soon. It's so exciting and fun to think of feeding him our food and experimenting with different things. Mealtimes are about to become a lot messier, though - after our pea lunch today, he was a green monster, with peas all over his hands, arms, bib, onesie, face (the eyes!), and hair. To say nothing of the chair, the tray, and all of my clothes. And here I'd been thinking that nursing was occasionally messy!

He's continuing to experiment with crawling motions - today he got his bum high in the air and both legs under himself very briefly. He has started to figure out leverage - using table legs and the crib bars to move himself around. We moved his crib mattress down a level last weekend, fearing that he'd learn how to pull himself up one night. And changing his diaper has become a wrestling match, as he's constantly trying to turn over onto his belly and reach for the various things on the table. We've had to learn how to change him while he's on his stomach, which is really awkward and funny.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy mother's day!


My first mother's day as a mom... and thus (of course) the first one at which I began to grasp the faintest glimmer of everything my mom has done and been for me. (I love you, mom!)

We went out to Greenlawn to see Grandma and Grandpa Raab and the rest of the family. We got some great shots, especially one of Sebastian, Steve, Grandpa Raab, and GreatGrandma Raab. They're here.
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Thursday, May 8, 2008

alimentary musings



For a few days there, Sebastian had a new trick - he would turn his head to the side and look at whatever had his attention from a 90 degree angle. He always tilted his head to the same side - the left. He isn't doing it much anymore, but I did manage to get a picture of it.

We introduced pears this morning, which were, unsurprisingly, a huge hit. Sweet and yummy. Yesterday, his body finally got through with processing the sweet potatoes that we'd introduced on Sunday. For those of you with children, you know what I'm about to remark upon, and those of you without will probably find this utterly disgusting. (Which raises the question - who am I writing about it for???) Anyway, he had the most amazingly orange poop yesterday. Bright orange, with undigested sweet potatoes, and a much stronger smell. I can already tell I will soon miss the innocuous milky poop that he's emitted up till now. And I can't wait to feed him some green food and see how that looks! :)

We've got some new photos up.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008

a tooth!!!

Our baby boy has cut his first tooth! It's on the bottom gum and is just peeking through. He's been a bit fussier than usual this week, but not terribly upset by it - he has slept much the same as usual.

What a big week - his first solids and his first tooth!