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Nathan’s growing excitement

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The home-made batch of peas I made for John’s baby food are a hit! He totally loves them! He likes them WAY more than the store bought peas I had already fed him. They look much better than the store bought stuff too. Next on the list for baby food is green beans!

I can’t believe Christmas is already almost here. Nathan was quick to remind me when I picked him up from school that there are only 5 days until Christmas. Nathan said he wants trains and Enterprises (the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. Yes, the kid’s a trekkie!) He’s been milling around the Christmas tree, looking at the ornaments and even getting under the tree and staring up at the lights. I love him and I love how excited he is for Christmas! I can’t wait to see his sweet little face on Christmas day.

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Peas, please?

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Whew! Nathan got over his strep throat pretty quickly. Of course, he’s still on antibiotics and will have to be on them for a total of ten days, and I’m thankful that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. My mom told me that my brother and I had strep throat constantly as kids. And then she would get it and we’d all just keep passing it around. Thankfully, no one else in our house caught it! I hate, hate, HATE having a sore throat. I was gargling with salt water twice a day, hoping to prevent myself from catching it. Seems to have worked!

In other news, I made my first batch of homemade baby food today. Peas! I took a small bag of frozen peas, boiled them in 1/3 cup of water for 5-6 minutes, and pureed them in a baby-food puree thingy we have. I know that sounds funny, but I don’t know exactly what it’s called. It’s not really a blender, not a food processor. We got it at a baby store, specifically to make baby food. Actually, we got it when Nathan was a baby but just never used it! Glad I’m finally putting it to some use. So anyway, after I put the peas in the puree/blender thingy, I added the water I boiled the peas in. This is because many of the nutrients from the peas are seep into the water. For babies less than 7 months old, dowever, you can’t always use the water you boiled the veggies in because some of them, like carrots, have nitrates in them. Peas are fine to do that with, though. Then I added some pumped milk and a little filtered water since the peas were still a bit too thick for John. I refrigerated enough for a couple days and put the rest in the freezer. It made a total of about 12 oz of baby food. Not bad, huh? Cheaper than buying that processed, store-bought stuff. And I KNOW what went into it, so that’s a huge plus. Now let’s just hope Mr. John likes them, too.

Speaking of which, he just woke up from his nap, so I’m going to go steal some snuggles.

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Thanksgiving is almost here!

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We’re really looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow! We’re super excited about seeing our family tomorrow- Nathan’s really looking forward to seeing his grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and some cousins who will all be getting together for a delicious feast. I plan on completely gorging myself! Yes, I have no shame!

It’s been pretty cold here, and we actually woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning! Nathan, of course, was giddy with excitement. Even though the snow didn’t cover the ground, he begged to go outside and play in it. He doesn’t have snow gloves yet, but I found a pair of mine that I wore a few years ago and let him wear them. They were still too big, but it was cute watching him play in them. Especially when he flapped the fingers, since the fingers were a bit too long for him.

In other news, as I was feeding John his rice cereal today, I noticed a TOOTH! Yep, he has a little tooth poking out from his bottom gum. He’s six months old, and I remember Nathan got his first tooth right before his six-month birthday as well! Actually, both of Nathan’s bottom front teeth came in at the same time. You know, it’s so cool for me to see how alike and yet so different both of my kids are. John reminds me of his big brother in so many ways. I love it!

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Rough nights for the baby

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Sweet baby John has been having a rough time at night for the past couple of weeks. And when I say John is having a rough time, that means this mommy is having a rough time, too. He’s been waking up 2-3 times a night… sometimes to eat, sometimes from horrible gas pains. I’ve been giving him the gas drops and some gripe water as well, but to no avail.

Last night was awful. The baby woke up about an hour after I fell asleep, so I fed him. I was so tired, however, that as I was sitting straight up feeding him, I fell back asleep for a couple of hours. Don’t worry, he rests comfortably in my arms while he’s eating, and I have him positioned in such a way that he can’t fall out of my grasp.

At any rate, since I fell asleep while I was feeding him, I didn’t get to burp him. So about 45 minutes or so after I woke back up and laid him back down to sleep, he woke up shrieking and arching his back. Poor baby. I brought him into our bed and massaged his tummy, moved his legs around, basically doing anything to help him get the gas out. It took about 45 minutes for him to pass the gas, and he was shrieking in pain the entire time. It’s so hard to see your baby cry like that! After that, I just held him and rocked him for a while until he calmed back down.

We’re still not sure why he’s waking up from gas pains. I make sure to burp him, but sometimes even after 10 minutes of trying, I can’t get a burp out. We thought maybe he was getting really hungry, so we started him on solids (rice cereal) a few days ago, but that didn’t help either. There’s nothing new in my diet that would cause him to have so much gas at night. I suppose all we can really do is wait for this phase to pass.

In the meantime, I hope I can somehow catch up on my sleep… it’s hard to function being so tired!

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