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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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Aquarium!

Here fishy, fishy, fishy!

Here fishy, fishy, fishy!


Today we’re heading to the aquarium. Grace likes fish, or at least she thinks so… It should be fun, and the penguins and otters will be good to see too!

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Today we’re going to walk to the French Market to see all kinds of fun stuff. After that, we’re thinking about a tour, or, if it’s raining the aquarium or the Ogden art musuem. We’re also planning on catching a few acts at the Bogaloo, and maybe getting turtle soup for dinner! If that doesn’t work out, the Greek festival sounds like fun… So much to do, so little time!

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At the zoo with Daddy & Uncle Mike

At the zoo with Daddy & Uncle Mike


Grace likes animals. Grace also likes riding on Daddy’s back in the baby back pack. So today was a perfect day to see the zoo with Uncle Mike (who took the day off to play with us). There were Bengal tigers, elephants (here’s the video Mama took, but she put in music so you didn’t hear the silly comments of the family behind us)
a nap near the chimpanzees and two albino aligators! It was a day packed with fun, and just to see local culture, we stopped by a local grocery store and Grace got to see a crawfish up close and personal!
Mmmm, crawfish...

Mmmm, crawfish...


After a nap, we headed out to dinner at Felix’s where the po boys were pretty tasty. Everyone’s excited about seeing the local talent at the Bayou Boogaloo tomorrow!

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This morning, Mama & Grace went to see Uncle Mike’s warehouse and the house that he’s working on with some volunteers from New Jersey. Grace crawled into the room where the volunteers were working, and tried to help lay tiles, but once a tile spacer almost made it into her mouth, Mama realized that it was time to head back to the hotel. Because we’d had such a late night, Mama and Gracie took a very long nap.

Upon waking up, we were all ready for lunch, so we took the streetcar to the Camilla Grill and enjoyed a greasy burger (Grace had carrots). After that, we walked through the Audobon Park, then headed back to the hotel to catch a nap before Uncle Mike’s friend Renee came to take care of Grace and Uncle Mike took Mama & Daddy to have authentic Cajun food, and then for dessert at Cafe Doumonde. After some bignets, we were off to hear zydeco music at the Rock and Bowl (AWESOME!) and then home to bed.

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Looking out the window of the plane

Looking out the window of the plane

So today Grace and family hopped on a plane to fly to New Orleans. When we got to Nashville we stopped to eat lunch. Unfortunately, due to Grace being quite fussy (she was very tired) and pitching a bit of a fit in the resturaunt, we missed our connection to New Orleans. Fortunately, we were able to catch another flight to New Orleans (via Houston) and we got in late, late, late. Grace was a very good flier, and didn’t really pitch any fits until our very last flight– the last 20 minutes, and then she PASSED out. She didn’t even wake up to say “Hi” to her uncle until Mama went to change her diaper at the hotel. We’re all looking forward to seeing Uncle Mike at work tomorrow!
Grace couldn't wait for the in flight peanuts...

Grace couldn't wait for the in flight peanuts...

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With her favorite toy

With her favorite toy

So somehow, Grace knew that today was her last day at daycare for a while and she needed to make it count. Directly upon being placed on the ground, she crawled to her favorite toy on the shelf and started making the music and lights play. There was no time to say “Hi” to AJ or Ms. Victoria, play time was first on the list of priorities.

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Pushing up on the wall of mirrors

Pushing up on the wall of mirrors

Grace is busy pushing up on everything she can reach. It doesn’t have to be sturdy, it just has to hold still long enough for her to grab hold of it. Once she’s up, however, she’s not always happy with that… Upon getting upright, she wants to move forward, so anything that’s under about 10 pounds will be pushed along the floor. Her toybox is a current favorite in her room, and at day care, she’s moved cribs (they’re all on wheels), small chairs and other objects. This fun new skill is a trick that her Mama knew long ago, one that earned Mama the nickname “Tank” in her family of origin for moving furniture around to where it best suited her. We’ll see if Grace has that habit in a few months, I expect.

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Grace thinks that the top of stairs gate is very interesting. She found out that using a spoon, she could make fun noises, and she also thinks that if she chews hard enough, she might be able to eat her way through. Mama thinks that this behavior is funny, so she picked up the camera and caught a little bit on tape to share. Enjoy!

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