Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I feel the need...

The need for speed!

Elizabeth's new favorite game is chase. Whether she's chasing the dog or me or having me chase her, it's all hilariously funny to her. She'll stop mid-chase and dissolve into giggles. She also likes to play a variation on my sisters' and my old game of "Oops, I'm Sorry." She goes one way around the downstairs and expects her co-player to go the other. When she sees the co-player, she bursts out into laughter.

I'm ready to toss all the baby feeding manuals that say that babies prefer bland foods. Elizabeth has decided that nice bland bananas are no longer delicious. When bananas come near her, she clamps her lips shut and turns her head away. She prefers things like black bean soup, applesauce with cinnamon, and corn chowder. We tried her on the corn chowder tonight and she scarfed down almost an entire bowl replete with black pepper and thyme. She looked interested in her dad's asiago peppercorn bread, but both LB and I thought that the bread was a little too chewy for her four teeth.

In New Baby News, my doctor thinks he's probably going to come early like his big sister did. I'm okay with that as there isn't much I can think of to recommend about being pregnant in Georgia in the summertime...provided he doesn't come till after Saturday afternoon. We're having company then and I'm looking forward to seeing them!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Summer is i-cumen in

Tomorrow is officially the final day of the school year. I have a faculty meeting in the morning followed by a luncheon, and then I'll be a stay-at-home mom until the end of August.

I'm excited to spend these last few weeks before William is born having lots of one-on-one time with Elizabeth. She is a ton of fun these days. She has learned to crawl -- FAST -- and thinks that being "chased" by Mama or Daddy around the downstairs is utterly hilarious. She's also learning to eat "real people" food. We went to lunch at Swallow at the Hollow yesterday with her Grandmama and Papa, and she had barbecued pork (no sauce yet), homemade mac 'n' cheese, and a taste of a french fry. She's a big fan of chopped pork like a good Southern girl should be!

She also loves HappyBaby organic puffs and Joe's O's (the Trader Joe's answer to Cheerios). Both these treats have the benefits of being something she can feed herself and something she can drop for Bowden. He has figured out that she drops things now, so every time she is in the high chair, he is right there under it, waiting with bated breath for a morsel to hit the floor.

I think that William might make an early-ish entrance (or maybe I just hope he will!) because I'm starting to nest. I'm checking things off the to-do list rapidly and am cleaning odd things, which I did about two weeks before Elizabeth was born. If he's on the same timeline as his sister, he should be here sometime after Father's Day. Since both grandmothers have said that the week of June 29th is off-limits for his birth (one is going to Texas to help with LB's sister's move and the other is hosting the annual family golf outing that week), he'd make them both happy if he came early!