A Day of Firsts

Thursday was a BIG day and so much fun.

First of all, Miss Fin turned six months old. We celebrated that morning by taking her six month photos. She was in such a good mood!

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After her second (short…grrr) nap, Fin and I drove downtown to pick up Brody to go see Santa! A friend told me the Santa at Hilldale Mall was free. We got there around noon and had no idea what to expect. There was no one there! I brought Finley up to the strange, bearded man, not sure how she’d react. We’ve all seen the crying-baby-in-Santa’s-arms photo, and we thought we might end up with a similar photo. But no – she did great! However, I don’t think she was exactly aware of who was holding her.

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I wonder what she told Santa she wanted for Christmas…

Because the Santa experience was over and done in about thirty seconds, Brody had time to have lunch. We walked over to Pasquals. Before our food came, Brody and Fin played with some paper.

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While we ate, Finley sat in a high chair at a restaurant – another first!

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We said “bye” to Dad and went home. Finley fell asleep in the car, and I somehow managed to bring her upstairs to her room and not wake her up. She slept in her car seat in her room for an hour, and after waking, I brought her into our bed and we both napped for another hour. It was glorious.

The last and biggest first came next – eating solids! She’s getting to be such a little person. How is this happening?

I read Baby Led Weaning, and after explaining it to Brody, we decided we’d give it a shot. *Click on the link to Amazon to read the summary. I steamed broccoli and carrots into matchstick-size pieces and had banana and avocado.

Once Brody got home from work, it was time to eat. I placed all four foods in front of her.

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She went for the broccoli first and sucked on the floret. The carrot sticks were also easy to hold, but nothing was eaten. We knew this would happen – the book explains that for a while, babies won’t really eat much. The banana and avocado were too slippery, so I broke off little pieces and fed them to her. Feeding the baby is not true BLW (baby led weaning), but I see no problem with doing a hybrid of “strategies,” especially in this beginning phase of food exploration.

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As expected, Finley made a mess of herself and needed a bath. Once clean and in her jammies, I fed her the food she’s used to and she went down for the night.

It was a great day of firsts with my little family!

Questions:
Did you visit Santa as a kid?
Do you know what your first food was? Or, what was your kid’s first solid?

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Thursday Photo and Word Dump

Good afternoon! I hope your day is going well. I initially planned on just dumping a bunch of photos into this post but the English teacher in me begged me for words, explanations, and useless details. Obviously she won.

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I bought a new shower curtain because the last one I bought was way too long. This new one was meant for a stall shower which is basically what we have. It was also too long.

Seriously? I just had to laugh. And then I got creative.

What you see in the photo is some smart, innovative problem solving. Three safety pins to the rescue.

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I killed this plant. It’s been under my care for at least eight years. After moving from the spare bedroom to the master to the other spare bedroom, I think I put it through too much. RIP plant.

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Brody and I met for lunch today. He had an intense craving for Mexican so we hit up Pasquals. The seasoning they out on their chips is delicious, and the wrap I had was so fresh and veggie-filled. The Sedona Veggie Wrap gets an A from Angie.

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Woodman’s is officially open. I was a little upset when I found out they had been open for the last two days unofficially (soft opening) because I would’ve gone. Kombuchas were only $3! At Copps you pay $4.50. #kombuchahighwayrobbery
Now my fridge is stocked with kombucha and margaritas from last night.
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If your mouth is salivating over the margaritas, you are in luck. Here’s the recipe:

1 cup tequila
1/2 can frozen limeade
1/2 can frozen lemonade
1/2 can frozen cran-raspberry juice
1 liter white soda (I used diet 7up)
1 can beer (like Corona)

Mix together and drink.

P.S. It is probably easier to double the recipe like I did so you don’t have half cans of frozen drink mix left.

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Because of the storms this morning, we didn’t get to the park until later. Instead of walking the loop, I ran it. Three times around is just over two miles. Killing two birds with one stone. Or in this case, two dogs…and they’re not dead. Just tired.

Tonight is Wine and Recipe night so expect some fantastic recipes, including one for the tres leches cake, tomorrow.

Peace out!