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Peas.

Yesterday, I fed some peas to Grace – well, mostly. I took two ice cubes worth of frozen peas from the freezer trays. After heating, mashing, and stirring them, I found a baby spoon to feed her. (Note: I’ve done bottles many times, but only a handful of food feedings for her.)

Peas. They’re green, right? Our couch is also green. This turns out to be a very good thing.

At first, I tried to feed her by sitting her on the couch. I knelt to face her, scooped a spoon full, and gently approached her face with peas. I even made a buzzing sound to maintain her attention. Fundamental, but I thought it an insightful distraction.

Spoon. Smack. Peas everywhere.

Maybe she thought it was a green bee stuck in a plastic spoon? Probably not. Instead, Grace might have resented that I took her away from shaking the stuffed bear around, and she gave me payback with a peaslam. … I then thought carefully about this: “Ohhh. No, she needs a distraction replacement. Bear? No, we don’t want to throw peas in Jessica Bear’s face. What else is nearby? Hey, there’s a plastic coathanger. Is it clean? Yeah, she likes coathangers because she can grab it like a royal baby scepter and probably avenge this whole feeding process with hitting Daddy again. (I’m a tough Daddy.)”

I sat her on my thigh, braced her in my arms to maintain the peace, and let her face outward at an angle. That way, it goes on the floor rather than my favorite T shirt. Oh wait. It’s all over my shirt already. Green badge of courage. Appropriate, isn’t it? At least green is my favorite color.

Erin told me to give her apple juice as well. I had no idea how good it is for you. What color do you think the nipple quickly became? Thank goodness the tissues are nearby. I wiped my shirt. I wiped her mouth. I wiped her hands, so the bottle didn’t get further green. (Yellow + green = mostly yellow by the way.) — Ouch, that coathanger hurts. Honey, can you give that to Daddy to wipe off and hide from you?

Despite all this trouble, most of the peas got INTO Grace, yet Erin doesn’t need to find out about the tough time Grace and I both had. Quickly, I started gathering all evidence of this debacle. Wiped everything and threw away tissues. Thank goodness it’s laundry day. Well, now it’s laundry day.

Feeding plan for next time: peas + high chair + bib + soft toy + raincoat for Daddy.

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Under the table dealings

Under the table dealings

This morning, Grace and Mama hung out and played while Daddy mowed the lawn, but this afternoon, Grace is looking forward to crawling over, under and on top of Daddy while they spend some quality time together so that Mama can get some work done at the library. Yay for fun with Daddy!

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Two Graces?

Both girls named Grace

Both girls named Grace

Grace has a friend at day care, Isabella. Her middle name is Grace too. So while she doesn’t go by it, all of the tape in the room has both of her names (and so does her diaper bag), much like, when Grace began day care, all of her stuff was labeled Emma Grace. Fortunately, Grace is not much confused by this fact. She’s much more interested in playing with toys, and because Isabella is so much younger, the toys they like are enough different that by in large, Grace just ignores her, preferring to play with some of the older babies like Arush, Christopher and AJ.

Looking at Isabella Grace

Looking at Isabella Grace

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For Mother’s Day, Grace and Daddy got together to get a photo package from Olan Mills. Needless to say, Grace looked adorable in the photos, and Mama is happy to report that today is the day that the final portraits are coming in. This is perfect timing for Mama’s new office at NC State, which has nothing on the walls yet, and it’ll be perfect timing to get a cute photo of Ms. Grace in all her glory. And of course, there’s got to be a family portrait too… The possibilities are endless!

Our grinnin' girl

Our grinnin' girl

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Back at school

Back at school

Grace barely missed a beat this morning when we dropped her off at daycare. She crawled right over to AJ and said good morning and took the toy he was playing with. Now that’s our girl… 🙂

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Flying home…

Grace was sad to leave her Uncle Mike, but was excited that she’s going to see her friends at daycare tomorrow. After two flights, where Grace slept the entire time, we were home, just in time to have dinner and go to bed. Whew! What a whirlwind!

Gracie helped pack suitcases so that we could be sure to have everything we needed…

Getting all packed up

Getting all packed up

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Checking out a Mardi Gras decoration up close

Checking out a Mardi Gras decoration up close


Grace had a blast today at Mardi Gras world. She really liked seeing all of the floats, and even tried on a hat for fun. After that, we got some tasty pizza, and then a true New Orleans treat, a Snow Ball. Grace got to try out an apple juice flavored on, and announced that she liked it with loud shrieks. After a nap, we headed over to the Marse residence to enjoy some dinner, and Grace discovered that she *LOVES* dogs, or at least Andy’s dog, Cane.

After that, it was home to bed, because we fly out early tomorrow!

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