Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Changes in eating habits and keeping strawberries


It seems that Hayden’s taste buds or eating habits have changed quite a bit lately.  In the past, I would  describe him as a GREAT eater.  Now, I am struggling with finding things he will eat.  In the picture above, he is eating one of his favorites (for now)…grilled cheese and fruit.  He is lovin’ some fruit these days…grapes, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe, mangos, blueberries, etc.  But, he can’t have grilled cheese for every meal!  At least, I don’t want him to.  I am sure he would love it!  He loves having his oatmeal cereal in the mornings with applesauce.  But, I tried fixing him some scrambled eggs the other day (which he has previously tried and liked) and no such luck.  Spit them right out.  Pancakes…nope, doesn’t like those either.  Also, he would eat green beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, peas and carrots, etc. straight out of the can.   Now, he will turn his little nose up and spit them right out after he tries them.  On the peas and carrots, he will now just pick out the carrots and eat those and pick at the peas.    Baked potato and mashed potatoes…used to love it.  Now, he won’t eat it.   Boxed Mac and Cheese…nope!  Homemade …well that is a different story.  He likes that pretty good-who doesn’t?  We are still using some “baby food” veggies but he really is getting pretty picky about those too.  With only 4 teeth, I feel like we are still somewhat limited on what he can eat.  We do still pretty much let him try anything we are eating if we think he can tolerate or “chew” it.  Basically, it is really hit or miss on whether he is going to like it or not.  I don’t know…is this normal?  Do babies taste buds change like this?  It almost seemed like it happened overnight.   Maybe he has had some “good stuff” and figures why should he eat nasty peas and carrots, when he can have a grilled cheese?  Ha!  So, I guess I am asking  for “healthy and baby with 4 teeth friendly” suggestions or any advice you might have to offer!


On a totally different (and random) note…Do you have trouble keeping strawberries?  Meaning, from turning bad quickly?  I have!  It seems when I would get them home from the store and wash them, they would turn yuck in the fridge.  Or, if I left them on the counter (like they are in the store???) they would turn bad.  Like in a day. 

So, I started trying something new.  I started washing them and laying them out on a towel to completely dry.  Then, putting them in these bags…


And Viola!  It worked!!  It kept them fresh for about a week (until they were gone).  I have used the Debbie Meyer green bags, but these Hefty bags seem to work just as good or better, they zip, and they are cheaper!  I am not sure if letting the strawberries dry after washing them or the bags did the trick, but I am excited that I don’t feel like Hayden and I have to scarf a whole pint of strawberries down in one day (although I probably could since one time I broke out in hives I ate so many strawberries…I love them!) or throw them away and waste money.    These bags also worked great for my “bagged” lettuce.  

Ok, so again…if you have any suggestions for the eating habits craziness, I would love to hear them!


Monday, April 26, 2010

This boy likes to swing!


Hayden’s Nanny and Granddaddy got him a new swing for his birthday.  We swing  just about every evening.  I think this might be one of his new favorite things to do! 


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Thursday, April 22, 2010


Before                                                                                      After

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I have been looking at vinyl online for quite some time and never could make up my mind what I wanted.  I ended up ordering this from a girl here in town.  I was able to pick out the font I wanted and I just love the way it turned out!  I love me some vinyl!  It can totally transform something, make it look great, and it is so easy!  What do you think?

Now if I could ever make up my mind on what I want to do in Hayden’s room!  :-)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A One Year Old’s Birthday Party

DSC_0472 On Saturday, we had a little over 30 of our friends and family at our house for Hayden’s 1st birthday party.   It was a tight squeeze at times in our little house, but we had so much fun!

We visited…


Visited some more and ate a few snacks…


Got ready to eat some cake…




DSC_0489 Ate some cake…

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(Now this is the way to eat a cupcake…lick the icing off!!  Definitely my favorite part too Parker! Not sure if you can tell  but she is licking her lips.  So darn cute!)DSC_0501 DSC_0506 DSC_0512 DSC_0514

Opened some (ok…a lot) of presents!  Hayden’s friends and family were very generous!  He got so many great new things to use, play with, and wear!

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Played with the new toys…



I think Kaden liked Hayden’s new motorcycle that his Nana and Papa got him.  Kelly, you might need to get him one!

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It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to!  We had our first motorcycle wreck.  Wrecks happen…they only make us stronger!

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A little outside time…

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Many of our friends drove quite a ways to get to our home and we are so thankful they were able to come!   Thank you to all our friends and family who made this day special for Hayden (and Hayden’s Mommy and Daddy!).  We love you!


Monday, April 19, 2010

1 year well visit


Today we had Hayden’s one year well visit.  Other than getting three shots and Hayden getting his hand mashed under the door (poor baby), it went great! 

Here are his stats:

Weight-20.14 lbs (25th percentile)

Height-28 1/2 inches (10th percentile)

Head-18 1/2 (75th percentile…that big brain of his!)

Our only real concern was some little bumps Hayden has on the back of his arms.  Dr. Pflieger just attributed it to eczema.  Not too much you can do for it.  I did get some Aquafor to try on it.  I had already changed his bath soap to Aveeno but haven’t seen much, if any, change.

Hayden and his Daddy waiting…

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The bad stuff…


The good stuff…Hanging out with Dr. Pflieger…

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We love our doctor!  He is so good with Hayden!  His nurses are fabulous too!

And for fun….What a difference a year makes…

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After our doctor visit, we went to see our sweet friends at Nebbie Williams.  I miss those girls!

Then, off to Babies R Us, Chick-fil-a  (Have you had their grilled chicken and fruit salad with the berry vinaigrette???  DELICIOUS!!)  Target, and Ross.  I drug my poor baby all over town and he was simply worn out!  He just leaned over and fell asleep in the buggy at Target.


Hopefully no more doctor visits for us until the 15 month well visit.