Clover is now Two!

Clover is now Two!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Clover's First Words

Yesterday, Clover and I were hanging out at home.  She was laying in the floor, looking at the ceiling and babbling.  In the middle of the babble, she said, "Mommy".  She said it perfectly.  I thought I was having audible hallucinations.  Later, my mother came over and was sitting with her while they looked at a book. My mom told her there was the cow and the cow goes "moo".  Clover pointed to a cow and she said, "moo".  I wasn't expecting her to say anything for a few more months.  She is not sitting up on her own yet, but she has already started talking.  Thats my girl!  We are so proud of her.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Over the weekend, Clover crawled for the first time.  She is still on her belly, but she is moving her arms in front of her.  It looked like she was swimming on the carpet.  The first time she did it, she moved really fast to get something she wanted.  Grandma and Grandpa King stopped by for a visit on Sunday and she crawled for them too. 

I tried my hand at making homemade baby food.  I got some organic butternut squash, organic bananas and some organic apple juice.  I baked the squash in a pan with a little water in the bottom for 1.5 hours at 350 degrees.  I peeled and mashed the squash and then put it in 4oz jars.  When it was time for dinner, I took a jar and put the squash in a bowl and about a third of a banana and mixed in some apple juice to make the consistency a little runny.  At first, she didn't like it.  She has liked everything we have given her so far.  I think the consistency was too still a little too chunky.  She made the funniest face when she tried it.  She really made us laugh.  Johnny got some great video of it and if we put in online, I will post a link later.  She did like it when she get bites with thinner consistency and she never refused to eat it.  Today, I will use a food processor instead of mashing by hand to make sure it has an even consistency.  Johnny also got another book from the library called 'Top 100 Baby Purees' from British author Annabel Karmel.  There are many recipes that I want to try out. Many look like meals I could prepare for us and make extra to puree for Clover to have for the week.  I love meal time with Clover.  It is so much fun feeding her and she is so happy.

This week, I will be going back to work temporarily.  I am not looking forward to being away from Clover all day.  Luckily, her Grandma King will be taking good care of her and Clover will love that.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Clover Turns 7 months this Week!

Clover is changing so fast.  This week she  has gotten more vocal, babbling in bed after she wakes up. I wouldn't say it is her first word, but she is saying "hay" a lot.  She is also making funny grunting and squealing noises. She is moving around a lot quicker, but not quite crawling yet. We are working on baby proofing all the rooms.  She is growing out of all of her clothes that I hoped she would be able to wear this spring and already wearing and almost too big for the summer clothes that I have already bought.  She is taking longer naps and sleeping even better than ever at night.  She gets a little cranky if she doesn't get a good nap. 

Johnny got Clover a Vtech Move and Crawl Ball .  She really likes it and she has other Vtech products that uses the same voice and some and sayings, so it didn't take much to get her interested in it.  When you turn it on, it teases the child to move forward and it will move a little, kind of a little foward and in a circle.  She was all over the place.  She is starting to put her arms in the right position to crawl. 

Clover is showing lots of expression when she is pleased with herself when she learns to play with a toy properly.  When she is happy to see someone, she makes really funny faces and shakes her arms and legs.  She is loving her high chair and is a really good eater.  Soon she will be eating real bananas and graham crackers.  She still hasn't cut any teeth, but it seems it wont be much longer. 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ready to crawl

For a long time now, Clover has been trying to crawl.  She has strong legs and moves around on the floor by rolling around or rocking to get closer to where she wants to be.  The other day, she was asleep in her crib and in her sleep, she was on her hands and knees with her head up trying to move around in her crib.  She just isn't quite sure how to move her arms yet.  We are looking into some toys that help with the arm movement in crawling. 

This weekend, Clover got a new high chair.  We have been researching them since before she was born.  I was set on getting an old fashion looking wooden one that would match my dinning room set.  We really hated the looks of all the new ones...bulky, bright colors, lots of padding that would have to be cleaned, legs that took up a lot of room.  After doing the research, it seemed that newer meant better for comfort and safety.  We also wanted a big tray.  Finally, we decided on something that I think is going to be perfect for us.  It is the Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair.  It is a booster seat with a detachable back with a pretty cover and nice sized tray.  It is great for me, because it wont take up any extra space because it sits in one of my current chairs.  Clover used the high chair for the first time this morning and she loved it. I could tell she was very comfortable and she was so happy sitting in it.  She smiled and banged on the tray as if she was checking it out for sturdiness. I'll post a pic of her in it in my next post and hopefully we will have video of her crawling soon.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easter Weekend

We had a great holiday weekend with Clover. She got to see all of her relatives. Saturday we went to Guntersville to her Uncle Mike's and Aunt Angel's house. We were going to participate in the community egg hunt, but was late. We did make it just in time for the "Most Beautiful Baby" contest and Clover won first prize. She was so excited to see all of her family on her dad's side. After the contest, we went over to Piggly Wiggly to see the Easter Bunny. The pig was there as well. After lunch, many went to Ace's ball game, but Clover and I stayed behind and spent time with little Fox (15 months), Tommy and Rochelle. After the game, everyone came back and visited while Mike prepared dinner. It was delicious. Clover loved seeing everyone and I could tell she felt connected to everyone there. She really loved it when Ava would come over and play with her. She wasn't shy at all. She also didn't take a nap because she didn't want to miss anything. Besides Easter, we were also celebrating her grandma MeMe's birthday and her cousin Madison's birthday too. I made an experimental dessert that turned out pretty good. It was a lemon cake with lemon frosting, pastel green sugar sprinkles and fruity jelly bellys on top.

On Sunday, we spent some of the day with the King family. After going out to brunch, we went to Uncle Michael's house and hunted Easter eggs (Grandma King's annual hunt) and had dessert. Clover got lots of eggs some with candy and some with money to start her savings. Afterwards we came back home and let Clover see and play with all of her gifts from the weekend...including the ones from the Easter bunny. Here are a few pictures from our weekend.