Thursday, April 30, 2009

Zucchini & Cupcakes

This morning Elliott enjoyed zucchini mixed with butternut squash.

This evening Papa Pauli came over with cupcakes and joined us for a family dinner.
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plus this:

Pop up toy from Jeremy Blanchard on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Elliott

Miss Elliott Louise - you are 8 months old today. Right now you are taking a delicious nap, your second one of the day. It makes me very happy when you get the sleep you need and you wake up smiling! We just need to work on the night time schedule. 10:00-11:00pm bedtimes are too late young lady! Lately you have been doing some pretty cool things. You have started to crawl-backwards! You are quite proficient at it too. You are now "getting" peek a boo and you understand that your little plastic elephant is under the pumpkin stuffed animal and you actually move the stuffed pumpkin to get to it! You love to see your self in the mirror. Who could really blame you! You continue to enjoy music - all I have is Raffi songs in my head thanks to you! You are still iffy on the whole food thing. But we try. Today you had zucchini and butternut squash - butternut squash is your current favorite, if we were to say you had a favorite. Today you actually squirmed and cried to get out of my arms to be held by Auntie Lousie. I will forgive you for that, she is pretty fun! Happy Birthday Ellie Lou! We love you!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Recently in my class at Isis I learned about a theory called "Touchpoints" by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s. They explain why we did not sleep last night.

Here are four touchpoints in the first year which provide opportunities for a clinician to
join parents in understanding sleep issues: "sleep issues" they mean we were up all night with baby rolling around like a wild child... awake all night long.

1. 4 months – learning to stretch out to 8 hours by baby learning to find a way to
get self to sleep at every 3-4 hour light cycle sleep.
2. 8 months – awakens again because of crawling mobility and stranger
awareness (cognitive spurt).
3. 10 months – standing beside crib every 3-4 hours as if can’t get down.
4. 12 months – wakes up every 3-4 hours with newfound autonomy with walking
plus increased dependence

Here are four touchpoints for incipient eating issues:

1. Newborn – decision about breastfeeding
2. 4 months – imminent spurt in interest in environment causes split in feeding
3. 9 months – needs to feed self with finger feeding with new pincer grasp.
4. 12 months - negativism of second year and setting up necessary diet so that
independence can be settled on child.

~Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s book, Touchpoints (1992)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The search for the baby swing

first let me start with a cute picture:
The weather has been so nice here the last few days. We were able to get out and enjoy it some with Elliott.

Elliott likes to swing.

Cunningham Park from Jeremy Blanchard on Vimeo.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tubs & Toe Sucking

So we attempted to put Ellie in the "big girl" tub last night. She is outgrowing her sink-tub and is now pretty skilled at turning the water on and off. Worried about her skills turning the water too hot we decided to make the move.

So, how did Elliott feel about the big girl tub?

The child hated it.

She was crying so much I (rachel) jumped in the tub with her to try and offer some comfort. No dice. Baby wanted OUT!

So, today I put Elliott in the tub without water on a towel, got in and we played together for 15 min or so. Hopefully our dry tub play over the next few days will warm her up again for a try next week.

Jeremy and I have caught Elliott being a "toe sucker". We have tried and tried to catch her in the act for the camera - finally we have proof!

(even though we took her foot and waved it in her face to happen when the camera was there)

Hating on the carrots.

Blowing raspberries.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Today was a busy day. Gym for mama and a trip to Harley with Papa...It was good timing because it was when Elliott was due for a nap. Got some cleaning done...then off to the first day of another class at Isis. This class is an hour long. it consisted of some songs, story time, the parachute (it was a success) mommy chat and bubbles. Elliott loved the bubbles!

Here are some pics of El from this evening's play time.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Depressing But Helpful?

I just read an article about parents who have forgotten their children in the backseat of the car and tragedy strikes. It reinforced the idea that it can happen to anyone, anyone. I hated reading the article. It made me sick to my stomach. It made me go into Elliott who is sleeping (yes, sleeping!) and just peek at her and ooze some love in her direction. It brought me to look up ideas on how to prevent such an incident from occurring.

*Always put something you'll need for work -- cellphone, handbag, employee badge, etc. -- on the floor of the back seat, near the child.

*Keep a large teddy bear in the child's car seat when it's not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the teddy bear up front in the passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that anytime the teddy bear is in the passenger seat, the child is in the back.

*Make arrangements with your child's day-care provider or babysitter that you will always call them if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled. Ask them to always phone you if your child does not show up when expected.

*Purchase a Baby Safety Line

Thursday, April 02, 2009