Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome 2010!!

So this is it. The last post to the 2009 edition of The Farnsworth Chronicles. Time to start making the book! I can't wait. 2009 has been an amazing year. I started out the first several months in school and pregnant... then I received my bachelor's degree in May, welcomed Aaron Micheal into the world in June, celebrated Chelsee and Jay's wedding in July, went back to work in August and promptly gave my notice, celebrated John and I's 7th anniversary in September, settled into being a stay at home mommy in October and November, and celebrated our first Christmas as a family in December. Wow. What a year!

Though the year has been eventful, New Year's Eve itself was not so much. John had to work so I stayed up watching movies on Netflix until midnight. As I watched the ball drop, I counted down with the TV, walked into Aaron's room, kissed him on the forehead, and counted my blessings. It was sad not having John home with us but it's only another day of the year after all. I called him and wished him happy New Year and then fell asleep watching a Lost episode.

2010 is sure to be another adventurous year as John will be graduating and getting a new job!!! We may be looking to move and hopefully expecting a sibling for Aaron...

Like a TV series that's just ended it's first season we anxiously wait for what happens next, and watch as a story - our story - unfolds before us. Welcome 2010.

Baking Fool

Since coming back home after Christmas I have baked:

Made-from-scratch yellow cake cupcakes with homemade chocolate icing
A batch of chocolate chip and chopped cashew cookies
2 loaves of Toasted Sesame Cheddar Bread (Amazing!)
1 loaf of Cheesy Italian bread (didn't rise right and turned out gross)
Made-from-scratch waffles
Homemade tortillas (need some work but edible)

I really needed to go to WW this week. I wish they wouldn't have canceled it! I bought some baggies to give things away as I bake them because I don't want them in my house! Although I am learning substitutions and can make my cheddar bread for 1 pt per slice. I gave away the cupcakes and the cookies, threw away the bad loaf of bread, froze several leftover waffles for later, and unfortunately devoured the 2 loaves of Sesame Cheddar bread... I'm thinking of making my sourdough starter today. Maybe I'll give Ciabatta a try too.

Did I speak too soon?

We didn't have a very good eating day yesterday. OK, let me rephrase that. Aaron didn't have a very good eating day yesterday. I ate just fine! In the morning he had real bananas pureed with some rice cereal and B-milk. He ate a few bites but quickly gave up. For lunch I decided to try the jarred baby food version of bananas just by themselves. Nope. Not having it. Then for dinner I pureed some peaches with rice cereal and B-milk. Again, not really interested. (That is the same way I prepared the pears.) Then this morning I tried both the bananas and the peaches again and maybe got a total of 5 bites down. So does he not want to eat? Or does he just prefer pears? We'll see at lunch. I'm going to whip up a batch of pears again.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Progress of eating solids

I'm so glad I don't have to try to drive to work in this! It just keeps snowing. Monday and Tuesday were fine but we got some more last night. I don't mind, it's really very pretty to look at and I'm nice and warm here. I wonder what our total accumulation in the last week is?

Last night we added green beans to our dinner menu for Aaron. He like them it seemed. I think he was starving though because we couldn't seem to feed him fast enough and then he just got frustrated. I think I'll start nursing him 1/2 way before he eats, then feed him solids, then top him off after wards. So he's now eating rice cereal, bananas, pears, and green beans. Oh and I did try peaches once but that was before he was really eating. The pediatrician suggested only introducing new foods one at a time with a couple days in between. I'd like to have him try meat soon so he can get some protein. Maybe we'll do some chicken on Saturday...

Monday, December 28, 2009

The trick to eating solids

I'm a posting fool today! I just fed Aaron half of a pear pureed! He hasn't hardly gotten 2 spoonfuls of anything down since we started trying solids. The trick? Letting him hold the spoon! I figured since whatever is in his hands ends up in his mouth anyway that I would give it a shot. Sure enough, mouth opens wide, spoon goes in and comes out empty! After a few bites he started leaning forward like he wanted more. Yay!!! Can't wait to try other foods...

Christmas 2009

Aaron's first Christmas - and what a Christmas to remember!!!! I was wishing for a white Christmas and God just kept on giving it! Starting Christmas Eve all the way through Saturday night (the day after Christmas) it snowed off and on and we must have gotten a foot of snow. In some places the drifts are 3 and 4 feet tall!

We had a great time at Great Grandma and Grandpa's house with the whole Farnsworth clan. Then we headed over to Grandma and Grandad's to stay the night. We all got our jammies and hung out by the fire. In the morning we had biscuits and gravy and opened our gifts. We are sooooo blessed! They really spoiled us this year! Among other things, John got an air compressor for working on the Jeep, Aaron got a Radio Flyer wagon with all-terrain wheels, and I got a Kitchen Aid mixer for baking lots of goodies!

The snow had come down so much that the only vehicle that could leave was the truck and even it had some difficulty. So by noon we were finally able to pack up and take the truck over to Nanny and Papa's. We had fun opening our stockings and all of our gifts from everyone. John and I couldn't wait to get home and use all of our new tools and bake ware and Aaron was delighted to have so many new noise makers and books! He loves his popper and the balancing monkey toy that helps him learn to crawl. (I've been a baking fool since we got home and have used almost every piece of bake ware/utensils I got - and that was a lot!)

We had planned to see a movie but the snow just kept coming down. Dad and John cleared their drive way with the snow blower than grabbed Chelsee and headed to her house to clear theirs. By the time they were done it was already 6:15 and we still had to get the truck back to his parents. So we borrowed the snow blower and headed over to his parents to see if we could get their drive cleared enough to get our car home and do our own driveway. Turns out the truck got stuck coming up the drive and we ended up staying the night again. John, Matt, and Ron spent almost all day (from 9:00 - 4:00 clearing their drive and ours and we were finally able to get home. What a weekend!

My favorite time of this whole Christmas season was a little moment in our car. The drive home from Great Grandma and Grandpa's on Christmas Eve was one I will never forget. The snow was falling, John was driving, and I was completely and utterly content with the world. I told John I would remember that moment, driving in the car, for a long time. There were hardly any cars on the road, Aaron was singing to us in the back seat, the radio was playing Let it Snow... John didn't have to worry about school for a little bit, I didn't have to worry about work - no stress of trying to get time off... There was an actual blizzard going on outside but we were nice and warm and it was beautiful. In that moment I felt so much love that I didn't even know it was possible - like my heart could literally burst... It was our first Christmas as a family. How truly, truly blessed I am.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Your Baby Can Read

So I got sucked into an infomercial... This program is so cool. It's called Your Baby Can Read and it starts teaching your kid from a very early age to read and understand written words. There was a video of a 9 month old who couldn't yet talk but could understand flash cards of just words. They would say "Arms Up" and she would raise her arms or "clap" and she would start clapping.

The science behind it is pretty neat. They say babies brains develop so much and so quickly from newborn to 5 years that it is naturally easier to learn new things in this window. They recommend starting as early as 3 months old. I am a little skeptical but I can't wait to see if it works. Aaron loves to watch the TV so the DVD's are fun for him. We're supposed to watch the DVD once or twice a day, read the book at least once and do flash cards whenever we can. The results take several months to notice so I have no idea if it works. There are 4 volumes so it's not always the same DVD and simply memorizing. They say that after your child can read the first 50 words that they begin to see patterns and can then pick up words really fast and even read words they've never seen. Interesting... We'll see how it works.

Movie night

So this is more for pure history-recording sake... Tonight we saw Avatar. It was a seriously amazing movie. I give it a 10++++!!!! The graphics and effects were so far beyond any other thing I have ever seen! We got to see it in 3D and it was so real you could almost touch the ashes floating around my head in a particular scene. Someday we are going to look back at this and laugh at how amazed we were like we do now as our parents marvel over the first Star Wars movie. Though the story was a little predictable, the cinematography was absolutely AMAZING. I can't wait to see it again - and for maybe the first time ever, I want to sit close to the screen!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Aaron is 6 Months Old!

How time flies!!! I can't believe he's already half a year old. We went to see Dr. Filardi on Monday and he is perfectly healthy. He weighed 18 pounds, 1 oz which puts him in the 55th percentile now for weight. His height was 27 inches which dropped him to the 75th percentile. No worries though - Dr. Filardi says this is normal for breast fed babies. Something about how our bodies magically know to start making milk with more protein and less fat... Those weren't her exact words but it is truly fascinating how the body works!

He's ready for solids now and we got a list of recommendations from his doctor. So far, he really does not like eating from a spoon. I'm not going to force it but I do need to get better at offering it multiple times a day. She gave us some suggestions on masking the rice cereal in other foods because he might think it too bland. At first he just didn't know what to do with the spoon but now he is literally forcing his mouth closed and turning his head away! Little stinker!

He's almost able to sit on his own now. In fact the day after Christmas he sat on a blanket for a little while all by himself! He still doesn't quite have the rolling thing down but I'm working with him.

He is so much fun! He'll be crawling soon enough and then I won't be able to get anything done because I'll be chasing him everywhere! I welcome it...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Say What?

Mommy's writing Christmas cards, daddy's taking a nap, and Aaron is on the floor begging daddy to come play with him! John woke up and came in the office to find Aaron squealing with delight! He loves his daddy so much! I think he must have carried on for at least 20 min.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas has begun...

Last night we celebrated Christmas with Grandma Great at Nanny and Papa's house.  We had a wonderful soup dinner and then sat around and opened gifts.  We are so blessed!  John got all sorts of neat tools and a creeper to work on his Jeep.  I got some awesome cookie sheets and silicone liners to go with it.  I also got what I call a butter brush but I'm not really sure what it's actually called.  It's used to brush sauces on foods.  I can't wait to use my stuff.  Aaron got some fun books and DVDs of which we've already watched one and read the books.  He loves them!!! 

Today we went to see Grandma Great perform in a choir concert at the Atrium.  She did great and had fun showing Aaron off in his cute santa hat to all of her friends afterwards!

On a slightly different note, I tried again to feed Aaron some rice cereal tonight.  It's been over a week since we've last tried.  He still wanted nothing to do with it.  He doesn't get the spoon thing and when he's done, he simply won't open his mouth.  I even tried to thicken it a little more to see if that would help.  When it didn't I went to sugar free applesauce.  It was the only other thing I had on hand since I don't have any fruit to puree right now.  He made a hysterical face when he first tasted it.  He maybe got one whole spoonful down and then gave up.  Maybe he's just not ready yet.  We'll see what Dr. Filardi says on Monday for his 6 month checkup!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Da Da

I almost forgot to post this but Aaron is now saying dada...well sort of!  The morning after we got back from OK, I woke up with John laying next to me just smiling.  He said he had been listening to Aaron say dada all morning.  He babbles a lot in the mornings, talking to his little mobile friends.  Recently he's started experimenting with different tongue positions to make noises and some how figured out the sound "da."  It is the cutest thing!  He may not know he's saying dada but we don't care!  Now if he can say mama when he's happy instead of only when he's upset...

Clothes, Clothes, and more Clothes!

Well we aren't going to need clothes for a while!!!  Just after we got home from our lake trip we turned around and headed south.  We got to stay with Grammy in Wichita and visit with her and Dee Dee and Jerry.  Aaron was in such good spirits even though his nose was running like a faucet!  It was a lot of fun and I'm glad we got to have dinner together.  We forgot the pack and play so the three of us slept together in the bed!  It was kind of cute to wake up and see my little man inches away from my face just snoozing away.  He was really the only one who got much sleep though!  John and I were trying not to crush him and steering clear of his flailing arms!

The next day Grammy got to go into work late and play with Aaron some - we had some good tummy time with the new toy that Dee Dee and Jerry got Aaron for Christmas.  It's a little playschool thing that you can hit buttons and hear animals sing to you.  We headed further south to Edmond (outside Oklahoma City) to Aunt Sandy and Uncle Macky's house.  It was nice to catch up and enjoy dinner together.  They helped us load the boxes into the truck.  We had to empty two of them and shove the clothes in the cab of the truck because we didn't have room for them!  I bet they were glad to get those out of their garage!  It took two days to sort through and size them all.  They are now packed neatly back in their boxes and labeled.  There are some really cute things in there!  All and all it was a good trip and sort felt like Christmas as we unpacked and picked out what to keep for Aaron.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekend at the Lake

Had a fun time at the lake this weekend. We mostly just hung around and played Rock Band/watched movies. We were supposed to go to Silver Dollar City but the weather was not cooperating with us. It was wet and rainy and very cold. Aunt Katie took some great pictures of us though. I'm really going to try to get Christmas cards out this year! (I'm embarrassed to say that I still have people to thank for gifts given after Aaron was born so I'll be putting special notes in some of my cards.) These are some of our favorite pics:


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Honey Help!"

This is the phrase I heard at about 7:20 this evening as we were headed out the door for Bible class. I rushed into Aaron's stinky room to find John with two poopy hands and a giggling baby. Aaron's little body has not digested the rice cereal very well and he's been quite constipated. I was getting worried about it but today he jumped a lot at Grandma's and must have loosened it all up. That little diaper was not going to do the trick. He had poop all the way up to his hair!!!! I wish it was on video because I'm sure it was hilarious to see mommy trying to strip him down while daddy is using wipe after wipe to get the poop off of his hands and Aaron's bottom. Mommy ended up getting it on her hands too in the process of taking off his long sleeve shirt and the onsie below it. Once he was stripped down to nothing John raised him up while I gave him a wipe bath all over. We couldn't put him back down on the changing table so John set him down in the crib and put a diaper on him while I went to rinse out his clothes, strip down the changing table and attempt to Lysol everything to kill the stench. Solid food poo smells disgusting!! I'm not sure how many wipes we went through but I had to use a grocery bag to dispose of the diaper and wipes. There was no wrapping it up nice and neat in a little ball to put in the diaper pail. To top it all off, Aaron thought the whole thing was quite humorous. He would go from huge smiles to all out laughs while mommy and daddy scrambled around his room trying to clean him, and everything around him up. What an adventurous evening....

What's going on?

Aaron is still waking up 2-3 times per night. I thought he was hungry so I've been doing all I can to make sure he's full. Last night he was out around 7:30 and woke at midnight. Since he wanted nothing to do with eating from a spoon earlier (something he doesn't quite get or care to get at this point), I mixed about 4 ounces of milk and 1 tbsp of cereal and fed it to him in a bottle. Then I nursed him after that. I was positive he had to be full. 3:30 rolls around and he's up again. I changed him and nursed him and put back to bed, then rolled back in bed myself around 4:30. This morning when he woke he seemed to not be hungry at all. He's perfectly content just playing around. So is he really waking at night out of hunger or something else? Why has he reverted? I was prepared for no sleep in the begining and then I got used to my 6-8 hour nights. I hope he gets over this soon.

There's always two sides to every story. While I hate getting up and how it messes with my sleep schedule...I LOVE the way he looks at me when he's sleepy and happy after nursing. I got teary eyed last night as we shared what seemed like 2 solid minutes just staring into eachother's eyes. He looked up at me and smiled and held his gaze. It was like he was talking to me through his eyes telling me that he appreciated me getting up and he was happy to be right there in my arms at that moment. Then his lids started to get heavier and heavier until he fell back asleep, still half smiling. I love him so much! It's so amazing how you can't even being to describe the love you have for your child. Whatever I have to do, it's always worth it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I wish I had that on tape...

I walked into Aaron's room to check on him because he was supposed to be napping and he had been crying for about 10 min. I knew he was tired - I saw the signs. So I peeked in over the crib railing and he is sprawled in his usual manner, clutching his blanket to his mouth with his eyes closed. You know the sleepy eyes you get when your tired and trying not to fall asleep? That was what his eye lids looked like only they were closed. Meanwhile hes still kicking his feet and crying. It was as if his body had already gone to sleep but his mind wasn't going to allow it yet. Crazy kid! Mommy ALWAYS knows best. : )

Aaron's First Solids


We finally tried some solid food! It wasn't a planned thing but we decided it was time to try some rice cereal. He'll be 6 months in two weeks. (I can't believe that!) I had been keeping a sleep journal for the month of November to look for some nap and bedtime patterns and I noticed over the last two weeks he has been waking up one to two times to nurse. Not to mention I could feel it because I am progresively getting more irritable and cranky - much like I felt in the first weeks after we brought Aaron home from the hospital. We thought maybe he was not satisfied at night anymore so I sent John to Walmart last night and we gave it a whirl.

1 tbsp of ceral and like 5 tbsp of warm breast milk made for a very soupy first try. He wasn't quite sure what to expect! I think he maybe got half of it down but not bad for the first go. We'll see what happens today. Mommy's going to read up on solids. I'm thinking we'll just stick with this rice cereal for a couple of weeks and then add some other foods like nanners and stuff. I don't want to introduce too many things at once! He did sleep better though. He didn't wake until 4:00 so an eight hour stretch. Mommy was very grateful for that! He had been sleeping 12 hour stretches and then recently went to no more than 4 hours at a time. It was wearing me down! Maybe once he gets the hang of it more he'll go back to sleeping longer. He might also be going through a growth spurt. The little bugger grows so fast!

We had invited Grandma and Granddad over for dinner before we had any plans to start solids. They hadn't seen him since Tuesday and needed an Aaron fix! They ended up getting to witness his first cereal and were super excited!

Here's some pics and when I get the video captured I'll add it too.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Jump N Move

Here it is - Aaron's favorite song!!!  He's so adorable.  I love him so much!  Ironically he was wearing his frog jammies.  That was not planned.  Enjoy!  (Sorry about the quality - I wish I could make it better.)

Tired and Cranky

Me or Aaron? Both. It's been almost a week since my last post...this is starting to sound like a confessional! Today is better but yesterday was tiring! Aaron has started whining a lot if he doesn't get a lot of attention. I was working on the budget (anytime a sentence starts off that way you know my day was probably stressful) and he just wanted to play. I kept ignoring him while I hunted for the silly offage in our checkbook - which I found 3 hours later! He was NOT happy with me and for good reason. That/s how my day started and from then on it got a little better but Mr. Fussipants had set his course and nap time was slim. By 6:30 he had his bath and I nursed him. Then he conked after fighting sleep most of the afternoon.

Early bedtime was nice but nursing him at 11:30, 5:00, and up for the morning at 7:30 was not so fun. I miss the days that he slept all night and didn't wake up until 8:00. Most of this week he's been waking up in the middle of the night to nurse. We wonder if he's approaching a growth spurt. They say when he's ready for more to eat than milk he'll start becoming less satisfied. I don't know if waking up at night means he's unsatisfied but I guess time will tell. We're really close to 6 months anyway so we'll probably start solids in the near future. I'd like to wait a little longer though.

I'm going to post a video (once I make it) of Aaron's favorite song. We've discovered that no matter how cranky he is, this song always cheers him up and elicits a smile or giggle! It's so cute!