Monthly Archives: September 2009


Dylan has branched out from rice cereal and bananas and has started eating in earnest.  He now eats 1-3 times a day, depending on our  schedules.  He flaps his arms up and down and opens his mouth and leans towards the spoon to show he wants more.  He definitely has a preference for very smooth foods, so I am streaming, pureeing and then smooshing all the foods through a wire strainer by hand.  I also buy some jars of baby foods, since they have a super smooth texture.  Here is Dylan’s current menu of foods:

  • applesauce
  • winter squash
  • sweet potato
  • carrots
  • pear
  • oatmeal

For his next food I am envisioning whirled peas (hahahahaha).  We haven’t given him any juice yet; just water.  He drinks out of a shot glass which is both adorable and easy for me to control.  At this point 1/3 to 1/2 still ends up on his clothes or the floor, but he’s getting better every time.

Words of Wisdom

It’s wonderful to rediscover Free To Be… You And Me! It’s so beautifully idealistic and hopeful and just exactly like you want your child to be.  As one reviewer’s child noted “Listening to this record is like listening to my heart laughing.”

“Your mommy hates housework,
Your daddy hates housework,
I hate housework, too.
And when you grow up, so will you.”

“Parents are people, people with children.”

“A sissy is somebody who doesn’t cry because he’s afraid people will call him a sissy.”

“Ladies First” = getting eaten by tigers first


SORRY!  I’ve heard from several people that the video link does not work, and I’m not sure how to fix it.  But I’ll try again later…

What a difference a week makes!


Click on “DylanSits” above and the video will open in its own window.  There will be a black background and it may take a minute to start playing.  If it doesn’t work for you, let me know.

Notice the MPR on in the background.  It’s pretty much our constant soundtrack – either the news, classical music or the “new music” station.


Rice cereal is acceptable, but Dylan shows no real love of eating it.  Bananas are intriguing but make him grimace.  He hated his applesauce yesterday, coughing and spitting it right out.  Dylan actually enjoyed eating sweet potato this afternoon, but only a tablespoon, so I don’t think he’ll be weaning himself anytime soon.


Almost!  Dylan can keep his balance pretty well when sat up.  The laundry basket is a great place for him to practice sitting, because if he falls over he just slumps against the side.  I’ve noticed that he won’t sit up first thing in the morning – he’s too tired to use all those muscles.

Baby in a basket!
Baby in a basket!

Singing Out

Dylan has been getting singing lessons for the past two weeks courtesy of the wonderful faculty and staff at St. Catherine University.  I choreographed some dances for their Opening Celebration and Dylan comes along to all the rehearsals.  He has been adopted by the alto section and happily sits among the singers for hours.  He now sings a high “Aaaahhh” all the time – in the grocery store, the backyard, and restaurants.  He sounds totally joyful, if a little squeaky.  He gets annoyed if I don’t sing enough at home, so I’m trying to remember the words to folk songs, oldies, show tunes and Christmas carols.