Snow!

It snowed today in Hoboken!  Completely caught me off guard, but I was excited because I got to test out my new toy… macro photography extension tubes.

Got this shot of a snowflake! I have others to post, but this is all I uploaded for now…

Super excited over it, I tried taking some pictures during the last snow, but it was really icy, and all the pictures were just white clumps.  We had a few hours of AMAZING large white fluffy snowflakes.  It was important that they floated nicely down, because when they go fast they get all twisted and messed up. Who knew snowflakes were so complicated?!

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Hoboken Lepre-Con 2013

Today was Hoboken’s Lepre-Con Day.  A few years back, sometime when we were living in Cali, Hoboken decided to cancel their St. Patty’s Day Parade in an effort to reduce the number of fun people/crazies/drunks who come into town once a year to party / trash the place.  The bars in town decided this was not cool and decided to instead organize what is now called Lepre-Con.  The town was still a big party, but NOTHING like what I remember.  I didn’t notice any people hanging out of windows/ off of roofs this year.  It was pretty much a lot of lines by the bars.

I walked around for a bit to see what was going on and took some snap shots.  Decide for yourself.

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Thnks fr th Mmrs

Last Saturday in Newport Beach.  It has been one busy week, and I slacked a bit on the blog.  I’ll try to be better… try 🙂

We had car #1 picked up by the shippers.  This car had to be shipped… no way we were going to attempt our 16 day adventure cross country with a baby and dog in a two door with no middle back seat.  That would have been asking for craziness.  Bye Bye car, hope to see you in New Jersey!

The apartment is getting filled up with boxes.  We are still trying to sell some of our furniture, hopefully we do sell it and its sooner than later because we really need the floor space for boxes.  

I’ve been procrastinating packing the outdoor stuff.  We sold our patio set so at least we won’t have to pack that up.  One thing I must take are my garden frogs.  I’m going to make room for these guys on our Hoboken Balcony. Hopefully next to some tomato and basil plants.  Gotta have fresh tomato and basil for the yummy mutz.  Flowers will be figured out later on.  We have our priorities. 😉

Doesn’t seem like we are going to make it to the Huntington Library Gardens… boo. 😦

We totally slacked on packing so there is no way.  Maybe next trip out here.  We are now going to be one of those who have vacation in Newport Beach, no more being locals.  But at least now we will be Hoboken and NYC locals 🙂

I’ve been getting excited about taking the path into the city with Gobo.  I am really missing the meatpacking district and chelsea market.  I’m also getting tired of driving and can’t wait to go back to walking everywhere.  Good think I’m getting tired of driving before we start a 16 day road trip. I’m guessing I’ll be whining on here about being in a car by… oh… 2 hours into the drive. Ha!

Partial Baby Led Weaning

Not too much excitement on packing progress today so I’ll address a topic brought up a lot to me.  We get a lot of questions on how we feed DS.  Most people seem to be in shock when we tell them that we never have nor plan to ever buy baby food.  He has never had formula, never had rice cereal, and we waited until 6 months for solids. ::gasp:: 🙂

We are big fans of Baby Led Weaning (BLW).  That is ‘weaning’ in the British sense… not American.  Funny how the translation got mixed up when it crossed the Atlantic.  You can google this method, or better yet, read the Baby Led Weaning book by Gil Rapley & Tracey Murkett.  It’s a good read and goes by pretty fast.

Basically, the concept is to let the baby decide what they want to eat, and how.  You offer them real food, like the same food your eating, and then they do with it as they wish.  Sometimes it goes in their mouth, sometimes it gets smashed.. whatever.  Before they are 1 years old its just for fun and exploring anyways, milk is their primary source of food. There is no forced spoon-feeding, or processed puree. You eat broccoli, they eat broccoli. You eat Moroccan chicken, they eat Moroccan chicken….

::brief pause for those yelling and screaming at me::

Now, let me just say we are doing this method, but doing what I consider doing it partially… If he gets something, such as a green bean, and tries to take too big a chunk off… we stop.  Do some mashing.  I really don’t want to test out my baby heimlich skills.  We pre-load a spoon and offer him that instead.  He still feeds himself, but doesn’t freak me out as much.  As we see his abilities we give him more leeway.  He loves eating whole broccoli.  They have natural handles and he nibbles off the small green bits. Fun stuff.

Of course this can get messy, so a long sleeve bib is very useful.

I’m looking forward to him eating with us on our cross-country drive.  He loves new flavors, and so do we 🙂

At 6 1/2 months old and has already had Cuban, Moroccan, Jewish (chicken matzoh ball soup), and Mediterranean (this boy loves his humus).

We picked up a cute Annabel Kormel masher for home use.  

This is some breakfast from today.  I had oatmeal for myself and scooped some out for him.  It was rolled oats and just mashed it a bit to make it easier for him.  I added brown sugar and honey to mine (yum!) and some applesauce in his.  We are avoiding honey and chocolate for him for the first year, but everything else is good to go.

I picked up some green sprouts travel mashers for the road… I got 3, I figured one for each meal and I’ll just wash them at night in the hotel… easy peasy.  

I’ll try to catch a feeding picture of him later.