Friday, May 28, 2010

blueberry bliss

I got out the mesh feeder that was given to us as a gift. I put some fresh, local blueberries (YUM- I could eat these like candy...and I do.), gave it to her and watched.
Oh yeah, and I pulled out my camera, too. :)



Yep. Like givin' candy to a baby.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

next on the menu

PEAS.
I bought a bag of frozen, young, green peas, put some in the puree(er) along with a little water and...
VOILA!
Easy Peasy


The peas were a semi-success. At least she didn't cry. She finished up the little bowl, but not without trying to turn around to look at absolutely nothing, leaning over, spitting, and stuffing her fist into her mouth. Nice.

Moms, have you noticed that peas kind of um, stink?? After I feed them to her I have to make sure I wipe her really well 'cause the aftermath has a funk.
Ahem, and the aftermath the next day...well, that has a funk, too. 'Nough said.


Next...
I was convinced that this Ingram favorite would be a hit.
It was not.
We love sweet potatoes. I love to cut them up like french fries and bake them in the oven.
For Lael I just boiled some chunks, pureed them along with some water, and...

PRESTO!


I guess this picture says it all. I was baffled by this reaction to such a yummy baby food classic.
We'll just keep trying though!
Have you noticed that she hasn't been smiling in any of the "first foods" pictures?? Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
At least she likes her rice cereal and fruit.

Nevertheless, it's been so fun to watch her taste these new foods! Even when she's spitting her food in my face, she's still presh. :)

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Rub a dub dub, a baby in the tub sink.


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Friday, May 21, 2010

5 years and a rant

On May 14th Trey and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary!

I don't know about you, but for some reason the number 5 just makes me happy. It's just a solid number. You feel like you've really accomplished something with this number. Or at least I do.

Any number that is divisible by 5 gives me a, hmmm...how do I put this? A satisfaction of some sort?? If I can't have that then any number divisible by two will work.

Let me explain myself a little bit better (for those of you like my husband who are boggled by these statements). When I was expecting, our due date was November 14th. This worked for me because Trey and I became engaged on September 14th and got married on May 14th. This would work out perfect!! Well, Little Miss Slow Poke decided she would mess up the trend and stay cooped up in my belly for 3 days more. You do the math. This ended up being the 17th. I must admit that even though I would have never said this at the time because I wanted her out so badly I was about to pull my hair out was so very excited, but my child being born on any day with the numbers 3, 7, or 9 in it just bugged me. Let's just say that if I had to have a scheduled C-section I would not have chosen a number with a 7 in it. It's hard to remember, ya know? Just sayin'.
In the end I really am so happy that it ended up being on the 17th solely because Lael shares her birthday with my cousin, Katie. That is very special and I love it.

Why do I feel this way about the number 5? I really don't know. If I owed you $9 I would rather just give you $10. If the weather says it's going to be 71 degrees, just say 70 for crying out loud. Does the 1 really make much of a difference?

Furthermore, when I'm getting gas at the gas station it peeves me to no end if I get to the $30 dollar mark and go a cent more by accident. Almost sends chills down my back.

I digress.

I have gotten way off the subject now.

All of that to say, I am happy to be at the 5 year mark with the love of my life. He has been my rock, my sweetheart, and my confidant since day 1. I love you, Trey.

I made this little video as my gift to him this year. It's of my favorite memories from our engagement until now. Make sure to turn your volume up and enjoy.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ch Ch Ch Changes...

New and exciting things are going on in the Ingram household. First things first...

the girl is sitting up!

I have to be right there with her when she is sitting though because in an instant she will face plant.

If I could put her in bowl, I would eat her up with a spoon. She's "presh" as we would say 'round here. Her aunt Megan and I invented this word. Well, maybe we didn't...maybe you use it, too. Or maybe you don't and you totally don't get it. It's okay. Either way, we think it sums up this girl.



Second on the list...
Introducing


We have one little tooth poking through, and I must say (from experience) that it's a sharp little booger! I have to brag on our girl a bit and tell you that she doesn't seem to be bothered by it very much.
To that, you experienced mothers are probably mumbling to yourselves,

"Yeah, just wait until the molars come in."

And wait we shall. For now though we'll just enjoy our one little painless tooth. :)

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Half Birthday


Lael turned 6 months on the 17th! Happy Half Birthday!

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
Psalm 139:13-14

Our little "Laelie Bug" has changed so much.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

I like to eat, eat, eat avocados and bananas!

One of my goals last week was to start Lael on some solids other than our beloved fruit and rice cereal mixture.

First on the menu: Avocados and bananas. Yes, you heard right. I took one half of an avocado, and one half of a banana, threw them in my baby food puree(er) and whipped up this pretty little entree. It actually tastes really good. She ate the whole bowl! She was a fan.




Next on the menu: Butternut squash. I peeled one butternut squash, cut it up into pieces, boiled it for 12 minutes, and pureed it.


This, however, did not go over very well. I'm gonna cook some sweet potatoes to mix in it to see if she'll like it better. Here's hoping!


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lael's a girl who knows what she likes.

In this case, he's a blue eyed cutie named Sam.

She whispers sweet nothings in his ear.

And she'll be sure to let the other girls know that she has staked her claim.

Can you blame her?
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Like grandmother like granddaughter??


I recently found some of my mom's (GramPatti's) baby photos at my Memama's house. It stunned me a bit to see how much my daughter looks like her!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Child of the Covenant

On Sunday, May 2, Lael was baptized at Downtown Presbyterian Church.

"Megan Lael Ingram, Child of the Covenant."
Rev. Brian Habig and Mark Bakker officiated.



This dress was worn by me and my sister, Megan, for our baptisms.




Lael wore the cross necklace that I wore as a little girl.

What a special day it was for our family! We baptized Lael and professed our recognition that she is a gift from the Lord entrusted to us, vowing to place her in His hands and teach her about Jesus and His love for her.

A tidbit about infant baptism--

We are members of a PCA church (Presbyterian Church in America) and, as such, it is our practice to baptize our children. Now, we also baptize adults, but those are more infrequent because most of our congregation were already baptized (either as infants/children or just prior to joining our church).

Baptism is one of the two sacraments established by Jesus in the New Testament (the other being Communion). Infant baptisms at our church are slightly different from adult baptisms because the water is sprinkled over their heads as opposed to being poured out (literally... from a pitcher, poured out) over adult heads. Baptism does not "save" our child and it obviously does not bear any reflection on her own faith or beliefs or choices. Rather, it is a sign or symbol of what God does for us: he gives salvation freely, not based on our own merit but on his Love, Mercy and Grace. Baptism is also a seal over our child, signifying her place in our church family (it admits her as a member into our church) and proclaims God's covenant blessings for her while she is in our household.

We baptize our child because we believe Jesus bore our sins on himself and credited to us His Righteousness and we trust our child to Him recognizing she has the same need for Him as we do, even now though she is but an infant. We believe and pray that when she is older and God gives her wisdom to understand these things that He will also give her faith that she will trust in Jesus for her salvation as we do now.

Our pastor recently gave a magnificent sermon on baptism. It's a great general summary of a very broad and multi-faceted topic. If you so desire, you can check it out here.


And because I obviously just can't get enough of "comparison pictures"...

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Nothing better

than being a mother on Mother's Day.


Happy Mother's Day! This year I give thanks to the Giver of Life for blessing me with the privilege of being Megan Lael's mother.
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