Seven months and growing..


Kayleigh sharing her love for sweet peas!

It's amazing how quickly time goes by when you are trying to keep up with a toddler and a baby. It's also amazing to see what new and wonderful things they do every single day. I am always trying to remember to be in the moment and to just sit back and watch them be together. Kayleigh just loves every bit of attention Abby gives her, and her laugh is so, just, full of pure joy that I can't help but laugh too!

Kayleigh is seven months old now, and is growing like crazy! She loves food. When she was four months old, she would protest at being left in her bouncy chair on the floor next to us while we ate. So Abby got a booster seat and Kayleigh moved into the high chair. She had her first taste of rice cereal and hasn't looked back. I've been making lots of fruits and veggies and even the rice cereal for her from the book Easy Gourmet Baby Food: 150 Recipes for Homemade Goodness
. This book has had a lot of use. I made most of Abby's first foods from the recipes, and I still use it to try out recipes for her to see if I can get her to eat something new. I love how it includes tips for using the recipes in meals for Mommy and Daddy, and the nutritional info is very helpful as well! Below are the pear, mango, blueberry-banana and sweet potato purees.

The things you can accomplish...


Abby has been spending a few days with her grandparents, which means I've had some time to work on some projects! It's funny how relative time can be. I thought I had no time when I had one baby, then when she became a toddler, I thought, now I really have no time. Then I had another baby, and figured, how did I think I had no time before, now I don't even have time to think about what to do. I just keep up. Well, having only a 6 month old these last few days feels like I've had tons of time! And that was only during nap times and evenings, after dishes and dinner and all that other fun stuff. Sooo... what got done..

Well, I managed to cut the pieces out for the skirt I mentionned in my last post, so it's ready to be all sewed up. I finished Abby's holiday dress, just a few months late.

I also whipped up a couple of placemats using some Michael Miller laminated cotton, and made up a cute little apron with the remaining bit of fabric. I even made the bias tape myself, using a handy little bias-tape maker tool, no less.

I like to try to bake treats on Fridays. This can be difficult if Abigail doesn't nap. One recent Friday, I told Abby that Mommy would make her cherry butterfly cakes if she had a nap. She said 'OK'. And napped. So she got her cherry butterfly cakes.

This tactic hasn't worked again. But the next week, Abby made marshmallow pops, and did a wonderful job! The idea is from the Fairies Cookbook
Abby got for Christmas from Grandma.

Visit my flickr site for more photos from our pop making session, as well as some other projects I've been working on.