Happy 6 Month Birthday, Scarlet!

Scarlet turned 6 months old today!

To celebrate, she got shots. Yeah, not too much of a celebration. She got her Polio, Hep B, Influenza, MMR, and Pneumococcal shots at her 6 month appointment today. The doctor wants to see her again in one month because her head was measuring large, but we're pretty sure they measured it wrong. The nurse measured it on a diagonal, putting her at 73% all of the sudden. When we measure it around the largest part of the head, in a straight line around the head, she's exactly at the 50th percentile, which would be perfectly fine and in line with her past growth charts. So we're going off of our measurements so that we don't have to worry too much. We're sure she'll either measure normal next month, her body will catch up, or we're correct and the measurement taken at the doctor was off today. Her head looks perfectly in proportion to her body.

She weighs 13 lbs, 3 ounces and is 25" tall (2 ft., 1 inch). Petite little thing!

After the doctor, we went to McDonald's for breakfast, where she slept through Jeremy and I eating hot cakes. Then we dropped Jeremy off at work and Scarlet and I headed for Wal-Mart for baby formula and Draino (yay...) and then the grocery store to stock up on baby food supplies. By the time we were done she was awake again and fussy from the shots, so we came home and spent the day snuggling, putting warm compresses on her legs, and reading books and playing with toys.

Then tonight, we went to visit Santa!! I'm sure she was very excited inside and just didn't want to let on that she was bubbling over with enthusiasm at the prospect of seeing Santa. She asked for a Laugh and Learn Puppy and a Fill 'n' Spill Hippo. I'm pretty sure Santa will oblige.

In line to see Santa with Dad and Mom

We dubbed this the "Elf Disco Dance Room" because of the disco ball

Scarlet and Santa!


Making Homemade Baby Food!

When I was pregnant I didn't plan to make my own baby food because:

1) I thought it wouldn't really save any money
2) I don't really care about the whole "organic" thing

I still don't care about the whole organic thing and that's not going to change, but man, is it cheaper! So I've started making my own! It's so easy. And I actually enjoy it since I got my Cuisinart food processor and blender. I just cook until soft, puree, and put into ice cube trays to freeze!

Apples, Carrots, and Sweet Potatoes


The Wonder Snowsuit

So, when my guinea pigs are really nervous and/or angry about having their nails trimmed, I just wrap them in a towel like they're babies and they tend to quiet right down.

I've discovered this works for Scarlet, too. Only for her, I use her snowsuit instead of a towel. It's like magic. I'll probably be threatening her with a snowsuit when she's 16 and throwing a fit because I won't let her stay out all night. "You calm down or you're going in the snowsuit!" :)

Our 2011 Christmas Ornament

Every year we buy a new ornament for our tree with the year on it. We have everything from Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas dressed as Santa in his "sleigh" to a snowy owl standing on a 2008 made of ice. This year we got an ornament that reflects Scarlet and our new status as parents:

Today we all slept in until 12:30 p.m. Man, it felt good and it was very needed. I'm just glad that Scarlet cooperated! Then we got up and went to the mall to finish the last of our Christmas shopping. We found this completely unnecessary winter "decoration" (the bench that I run into that makes me say "Owww" is the bench I stand on to wash my face because our bathroom countertop is freakishly high and I'm not that high of a person) (if you're receiving this blog by email, click here to view the video):

Scarlet is feeling better after the rice cereal stop up problem. We switched her to oatmeal with some prunes stirred in and she's doing much better. She's a happy baby again! And she likes the taste of the oatmeal with prunes better than the plain ol' rice cereal.

And now, since she is reaching frantically for the keyboard, a word from Scarlet:

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Have a great Sunday, everyone!


Just Some Pictures and a Video Today

Jeremy got a great video of Scarlet laughing while we were in Minnesota! (For those of you receiving this blog by email, click here to view the video.)

Now I need to get up to date with pictures, so here are some recent ones!

First experience with rice cereal


Decorating for Christmas

We decorated for Christmas as soon as we got back from Minnesota! It's our favorite time of the year! We had a great time putting up the Christmas tree, the Christmas village, and I got a few new decorations from Target (Their $1 section? Awesome.). I'm still planning on adding some lights to the windows on the side of our house, but Scarlet was feeling under the weather today (introduction to solid foods for the first time = constipation and a sad baby) so we mainly just cuddled today instead of finishing the decorations. Here's what we have so far!

Our front window; Our Christmas village; decorations in our office, including a new Mickey stocking for Scarlet and two mini "D" and "E" stockings for Darwin and Einstein

My Christmas centerpiece for the coffee table; our Nativity and poinsettia

The paper poinsettia wreath that my mom and I made last week, thanks to Martha Stewart