Wednesday, December 30, 2009
And… he got to hang out and play with his cousins, Isaac and Lauryn, who love to make him laugh. Sebastian just giggles and giggles anytime they’re around. They were kind enough to share their rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” on video. If you pay close enough attention, you can hear Sebastian trying to sing along in the background.
I received a Flip video camera for Christmas (very, very cool and exciting!), which gives me the ability to film videos in a super easy fashion… so stay tuned for more videos to come! Aunt Bev’s been asking for the videos…And one last shot – Grandma Judy with her kiddos. I think I see some resemblance in the genes of these cousins!Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
As I mentioned before, Sebastian seems to be enjoying the world of solid foods…for the most part. All of a sudden he’s started screaming while we’re trying to feed him over the past two days or so, and we haven’t quite figured out why. He continues to eat what we give him, and wants more and more and more, but he screams when the spoon isn’t in his mouth. It’s almost like we can’t get the food in there fast enough! Hopefully this is just a phase… I’m thankful for his good eating habits, because I was just speaking with two other doctor mom friends who have babies about a month and two months older than Seb, and their babies barely eat anything outside of la leche… and even that is a challenge for them at times. So, thanks little man, for being adventurous and compliant with the new culinary experiences.
I guess I’m not surprised that transitioning to solids would be a bitter sweet experience for me. I guess some moms are probably dying for this to happen sooner, and others, like me, wouldn’t mind if it didn’t happen so quickly. Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad that Sebastian likes solids and that he’s doing so well. It’s so much fun to watch him eat and taste new things. But, at the same time, it’s a total realization that he’s growing up and is not 100% dependent on me as his source of nutrition. I love nursing, and I love that I’ve been able to provide for him in this way…
In an effort to make sure he gets just good stuff in his little body, I decided to make all of his baby food for now. And I love it. I feel good about it. I know exactly what he’s eating. And Sebastian loves it. It’s a win-win situation.
Here’s a little bit of my baby-making food journey… I was given baby food freezer containers as a shower gift from my S-I-L, and then I got some more from my cousin. Hooray! They are great. And it makes producing large batches of good food a cinch.
First, I choose the food product – right now Seb is eating peas, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and acorn squash. I made a huge batch of carrots, too, but we haven’t introduced those yet.
Then I steam the veggies. For the butternut squash, I peeled it, cut it up in chunks and steamed it. And for the acorn squash, I cut it in half and baked it in the oven.
After they’re soft and near mushy, I transfer the vegetables to the food processor (NOTE: best Christmas gift EVER given to me by Timmy). Add some of the water from the steaming process, puree away…
And voila! Yummy baby food ready for the freezer trays!
Freeze for 8-10 hours, pop ‘em out, and bag them. Then, when Sebastian is ready to eat, or when we’re packing his lunch bag, we just grab the cubes and go. So easy, so yummy, and so wonderful!
Oh, the joys of cooking! Especially cooking for my little munchkin. Love, love, love it!
I’d really like to be able to make his grains as well (he’s eating rice cereal and just got his first couple of tastes of oatmeal this week), but so far I haven’t ventured into that realm. I’d love to have a mill or grain grinder… so we’ll just have to see if that shows up under the tree. If not, no worries. My birthday is just around the corner. :) And for now, Sebastian is quite content eating his Earth’s Best grains.
Happy baby = happy mommy = happy daddy = happy family!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Seriously, people… He has got to be the cutest thing alive!
I’m on call today… sitting in the hospital missing my boys. We’ve had one super quick delivery so far (hooray for fast ones!) and now we just seem to be running a special on pre-term labor rule-outs. Ugh.
But, it sounds like Tim will be bringing Seb to see me before bedtime, which is oh. so. nice. And til then, I get to look at photos and bask in his cuteness! Gosh, I love that kid!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I also began a new schedule at work which includes multiple double bookings in order to increase productivity by accounting for our no-show rate. I was the last provider to move to this schedule, because they were waiting for Sebastian to start solids. For that, I'm so very thankful... but it was a difficult transition to go back to work after a week of vacation. The mommy guilt was at a high level - I almost felt like I was going back to work after maternity leave all over again - and I had this new schedule to deal with...
In the midst of it all, I have not felt like I was in the Christmas mood or spirit at all... it's barely crossed my mind, and I recognize that it's fast approaching. We don't have any decorations, I have no gifts (let alone ideas!), and I haven't been in church for almost a month because of being on call and then vacation... so the concept of Advent floats around in my head, but doesn't yet seem a reality. Sigh... Not exactly how I'd like to feel or be around Advent... especially for Sebastian's first go-around with Christmas.
In an effort to relax a bit this afternoon (I had a very early meeting that I was NOT looking forward to this morning, followed by a long day of rounding at the hospital), I decided to play around a bit with the Jib Jab Elf videos to get some comic relief and work towards some holiday cheer.
So, here you have it - live and for the first time - the Johnsen Martin Elves performing a holiday disco dance. There were five options, but I chose to post this one, because it seemed to be Sebastian's favorite. He squealed in delight and flapped his little arms and legs when he saw this video.
So enjoy! Here's to the holiday season... may it find its way into our home and hearts very soon!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Mostly I just wanted to try posting through Windows Live Writer instead of directly on blogger… but I thought it would be a good opportunity to share another photo! (Don’t worry, there will probably be more to come.)
And to mention a thing or two about our vacation… It is so, so, so nice to live without alarm clocks and just relax and BE. Sebastian’s routine is a little off, but all in all, he’s doing quite well considering the circumstances. He’s sleeping in a different environment, eating new foods, surrounded by lots of people (12 others in our house and 11 in the house down the street), and taking it all in pretty gracefully. We’ve had two nights of struggling sleeping patterns (fortunately not consecutively), but we’re thankful for a relatively chill and easily adaptable baby.
Just to emphasize the flexible nature of our baby, here’s a snapshot of bath-time last night… The kitchen sink was occupied, so we used our bathroom sink. Sebastian seemed to enjoy it just the same! :)
Our time is quickly coming to an end. Sigh… My “list of things to do” while on vacation still has lots of items on it! I realize that vacation is a time to relax, but at the same time, the fullness of our everyday lives prevents us from crossing off some of the things on our list in a timely fashion. So, off we go to be a little productive while relaxing!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Our baby is six months old today! We continue to be in awe of God's goodness and grace as we watch our baby grow and develop. We are so blessed to be his parents, and he is such a JOY to parent. Of course we believe he's the cutest baby around...and some may say that's our parental obligation, but we know it's also just plain true!