Thursday, October 27, 2016

Malcolm's First Foods

Over the last couple of weeks we've had several conversations that went something like this: 

Isaac: "When are we starting him on solid food?" 
Me: "He's just a baaabyyyy" (snuggles Malcolm in close)
Isaac: "I think he's ready"
Me: "He's my baby!"
(Malcolm tries to redirect my spoon to HIS mouth as I'm holding him at dinner, cries when I eat the bite he had his eye on)
Me: "The doctor said we could wait until he's six months old. He just turned five months..."
(Malcolm crying and reaching for our dinners)
Isaac: "Yeah...  You see that he's ready though, right?" 

Finally broke down and listened to the men in my life... I give you: Malcolm's first solid food:

"Whatcha got there, mama?" 

"Allow me to help you out here, mama"
"It goes right in here, ma"

"Here, mom. I got this!"

Second experience with solids went at least as well as the first:

Give. me. the. foooooood.

I'd say he's a fan of sweet potatoes! 


And this is where we are now: 
"It's cool, mom. Take your time. Meantime,  I'll just feed myself." 

Too many solids too fast (he wants half a cup at a time) called for prunes.  Grossly effective.
Note to self: next time mix a tablespoon of prunes into a half cup of oatmeal!!! 

"Punkin" Carving 2016: A Tradition Is Born

We started a family tradition of carving pumpkins this year.  Is it original? No.  Is it still really fun (and messy)? Yes!!  We stripped Lucy down to her panties because we knew it was going to be messy, and got to work.  I should have realized that she could stay dressed because she doesn't like to get dirty.  Every time she touched the pumpkin guts she immediately left to wash her hands. 

Lucy was so excited to "cut shapes in her punkin with dada"

Lucy helped harvest the seeds that we later roasted and ate! 

My pumpkin on the left and Lucy and daddy's pumpkin on the right. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Pumpkin Patch

This year we planned, and cancelled, at least three trips to the pumpkin patch.  We finally decided to tough the crowds and go on a Saturday because it was the only day there was going to be a break in the rain.  It turned out to be a lovely day, on the verge of being warm and cloudy with sun breaks.  Unfortunately, it was a Saturday, the first nice day in over a week, and the only day it wasn't predicted to rain buckets.  We, along with all of Kent, Renton, and Des Moines converged on the Carpinito Bros. Pumpkin Patch.  Seriously, I have seen crowds at the pumpkin patch, but this was an entirely new level.

So optimistic at the start of the maze! 

Begging to be carried

This is true love: an auntie that carries my hefty child around the maze! 
Mom status: Achieved!

Alright, we found marker 1 without too much trouble.  Granted, it wasn't quite where we thought it should be, but we were still optimistic that we had this maze figured! 

She was NOT thrilled with me for telling her she had to stay dressed in the corn maze.

This girl and the "punkins"

Roasted corn: A Patch tradition!  Thank you to my sister for braving the line and bringing this back for me!! 

This guy! He's a big fan of food. AAAANY food! 

Trying to figure out how tall they are! 

Tradition, Tradition! 

Sibling love? 

Lucy was much less scared of the animals this year! The goats were still her favorite. She was pretty bummed that she couldn't make them come down from the top of their pen. 

Watching the geese migrate by the thousands