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Baby's First Holiday

It has been a while since I've written a baby blog entry, but as I'm sure you have all experienced, this awful weather combined with the Holiday season have kept me extremely busy! 

To begin with, the deep freeze terrified me.  I was so afraid about taking Victor out in the cold - so I just didn't.  When I could get away with it, we just stayed home (which gave me a little cabin fever) - but when we absolutely had to venture out, I went to extremes to keep my little man warm!  He looked a little like "Randy" (the little brother) from "A Christmas Story" in all of his layers and his bear-style snowsuit.  When I had to carry him from the house to the garage and from the car to baby-school, I draped fleece blankets over him to protect his tiny face.  Luckily, he didn't have to be in the elements for more than a few moments at a time. 

Speaking of blankets, a colleague of mine is expecting (rather, his wife is expecting) his first child, and mentioned to me that this Christmas they received lots of baby-stuff, including "too many blankets!"  I told him, and firmly believe that you can NEVER have too many blankets with an infant.  You need: Swaddling blankets for cool weather, for warm weather, for tiny baby, for bigger baby; Floor blankets for home and for visiting; Car-seat blankets, stroller blankets for covering baby, for rolling up next to baby when strollers, high-chairs, swings and other baby-apparatuses are too big, blankets for draping over strollers and carriers when the sun is too bright or when it's raining or windy; blankets that double as burp-rags, blankets for the diaper bag, blankets for nursing...and once you have all of those, keep in mind that they'll get barfed on, peed on, drooled on, snotted on or have a diaper blow-out on it...really, you can NEVER have too many blankets. 

Baby's first Christmas went well - we showered the little guy with toys that mostly, he won't be able to use for another few months.  The best gift was a somewhat controversial one (at least so I've read online).  We got him a "Jumperoo".  Remember those bungee things that hung in doorways for baby to jump in?  This is kind of like that, but on the floor with poles.  The reason I say it's controversial is that I just heard of a certain type of certification for daycares that outlaws any apparatus that is considered "confining" (I can't for the life of me remember the name of the certification) - and my doctor said that babies should never spend more than 20 minutes using each apparatus (which makes sense), including (but not limited to) swings, jumpers, exer-saucers, bumbo-seats, etc.  Anyway, Victor loves his new jumper - it only took him a few minutes to get the hang of hopping up and down.   I'm sure that if we let him, he could go for hours.  If it's late in the evening, he's been known to fall asleep at the wheel...five minutes in the jumper and he's sacked out standing up!  He also got his first toy horse - we call it "Bucky the Wonder Horse" just like my old one (I mentioned Bucky in an earlier blog).  Mommy's little cowboy!

We've reached a bit of a milestone - cereal.  Victor is officially 5 months old, and we've started rice cereal.  He took to eating from a spoon really quickly.  As soon as he finishes one bite, he opens his mouth wide like a baby bird, ready for the next one!  We started with a 5/1 ratio (5 tsp breast milk to 1 tsp cereal) to get him used to the taste and texture, and he's already doing regular cereal consistency with 3oz of milk!  Mommy's little chow-hound!  I'm so proud and excited for all the new stages.  I got a Baby-Cook (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/e203/index.cfm) for Christmas along with a cookbook for baby.  I'm really excited to try some of the recipes...especially the mushroom risotto (that sounds good for grownups!).  I'm in the process of researching canning supplies suitable for baby-food so that I can prepare food in advance...I'll keep you posted!

As an aside, my husband has started blogging for the KHQ Local News Today portion of the website.  Be sure to check out the Morning Music Mix, and send in a request for Billy to play on the show!

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