Sunday, January 17, 2010

RuThIe {{8 months}}

Ruthie is almost 8 months!

I held off as long as I possibly could, but Ruthie is officially eating solids. She has been eating them consistently for about 3 weeks now.

She is enjoying real food quite well and momma is not enjoying the diapers. I had to call (on the phone) for backup for the first real food poop diaper I changed. I was so ill-prepared and did not know what to do with it. The poo was smeared into the diaper so flipping the turd into the toilet was not an option. Jason suggested I go out and get a water hose after it, but really, how practical is that every single poo diaper. And besides, it's really cold outside too.

Oh the joys of cloth diapers and motherhood. Poo is definitely a frequent topic of discussion.

No worries, I think I've got it figured out now, but I'm ALWAYS open for suggestions from cloth diaper mommas out there. Just don't tell me to soak them in toilet water. I ain't doin' dat!

I haven't given her grains of any kind yet, but so far she is eating....

carrots, potatoes, avocado, yogurt, meats, raw cheese, beans, peas, apples, pears, bananas, and I'm sure other things I'm missing.

All of these foods I'm either mashing up with a fork or pureeing them in a blender. I try to give her the foods as fresh as possible, but I've also frozen big batches in ice cube trays too. I wait until they've frozen all of the way through in the trays and then pop out the cubes into a big storage bag and put it back into the feezer.

Her little personality is really starting to come out. She is definitely laid back in every single way.

Funny thing happened....right before Christmas (about 7 mo) she was sitting up on her own unassisted. I know this is late, but I'm okay with that- she is my baby and sitting up leads to crawling, which leads to walking, which leads to driving, which leads to leaving and cleaving: hopefully on the farm of course.

Well, about a week later I went to take a photo of her sitting up and she wouldn't sit up. I guess she decided it was overrated or something. Since then, she will sit up, but she'd prefer not to.

Ruthie is just so darn sweet and is a total momma's girl. When I walk into a room, she knows it. And when I leave, those still in the room with her know it.

I found such an awesome resource for starting solids- "Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron.

This book is filled with a wealth of information, practical tips, and wonderful recipes. I've thoroughly enjoyed flipping through it. I highly recommend it.

Here is a few photo of her first bite of food.

And here is one just because:).


Judy said...

Beautiful Girl! You are so big Sweet Ruthie. What a gem.
Love you guys!

Williams Five said...

So Sweet! They grow so fast. Milli will be 9 months on the
28th. And she is a momma's girl, too!

larissa said...

They make something called a diaper sprayer that hooks up to your toilet. You may try that for the dirty dipes.

Rachel said...

She's so big and precious! Way to go, making her food.

As for the diapers, don't do anything more than shake. If it doesn't shake, it will come off in the wash. Trust me, it will! You might have to wipe out your washing machine with a cloth after your final rinse cycle to get the "undigestables" like grape skins, corn, etc. Don't mess with a diaper sprayer. We have one, but it is way more mess than it is worth!

mandi said...

oh! i used that book with dylin- really good.

i totally agree with rachel, btw. just wash those babies real good!

Heather said...

Love the pics of Ruthie! She is so sweet!

Shabby Mama said...

she is the sweetest thing..i love her so much.

henry is so uninterested in holding his bottle or doing much of anything other than smiling and eating. He likes to pull up with help and sit and he will turn over occassionally but whats the point he seems to think..happy and content babies..we are blessed.

they could get married and live on the farm but they might not get much accomplished other than sitting around and being happy all day!;;;;

Megan said...

Generally we would give the diapers a few swishes around in the toilet to loosen things and then just wash 'em. At least that's what I did. My husband was adamant about getting all the poo off and would really dunk the things until it was all in the toilet. You could also get a cheap spatula to scrape it off.

The Wells Family said...

was interested to see what your friends had to say! we soak our in a "special" bowl next to the washing machine. sometimes the poo is so stuck on there - i have to scrape it off with toilet paper or a wipe into the trash can. joy. we have washed small amounts of poop and i found it stuck to the inside of the washing machine. blueberries mostly. ;/

Anonymous said...

oh what a beauty..she reminds me so much of you at that proud of her eating so well..about sitting up, she will get there soon enuf..and oh how sweet it is to see how her big sister's love there ruthie..all such a blessing from our GOD!!love all much..grandma, mom

Jonathan, Angela said...

Just stumbled across your blog - beautiful schoolroom! Loved it!

I have used the BumGenius Sprayer for over a year and a half now and love it. no problems...I was able to install's a great product. That said I have also washed out our son's diapers by hand in a series of buckets in Guinea, where there was no running water. I would sing hymns/worship songs while doing it and reaaaaally enjoy washing my hands 2-3 times afterward.:) Ha! The joys of really is all good!