Saturday, July 24, 2010

The milestones towards 7th month

We celebrated Aelig's 7th month today.

As usual, we bought her a cake, as soon as we put it in front of her she tried to grab it with her hand.

She crossed through many developmental milestones this month, most obviously her first two teeth are popping out! We didn't notice too much problems during the teething process, but the sitter said she bites constantly so we rubbed some gel on her gum to ease her pain.

One of her favorite movements now is bouncing up and down. She is so active that we adult have to take turn holding her while she bounces, we all ended up with sore arms. Another movement she achieved: flipping over back and forward! Well, my mother said in Malaysia babies usually able to do this at 3 months, so Aelig is considered late in doing this. Sometimes she cries in her crib bcos she flipped over and forgot how to turn back.

We finally bought her a stroller, she looks comfortable in it.

Last several week it was very hot so we only put the diaper on her. We also let her play on the grass, she learnt to sit down by holding the grass on both side. Bad idea though to let her played on grass without clothes, she developed a rash later on but it disappeared after two days.

I still cannot believe, her grandparents let her slept in their rooms for 3 nights! Well, my in laws had never let any of their children slept in their room, I thank them for making the effort and accepting Aelig in their room. They got waken up during the nights and couldn't went back to sleep, poor them.

She called me mama several times! Later on she called papa as well (hubby is still bitter about that haha). A very important milestone for us parents, is that we are moving her to her own room today. Hope she enjoys her first night alone. Bravo Aelig for all the achievements so far! Now, let's scoop on this scrumptious looking cake shall we?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The bicycle challenge

During one of my BIL's birthday, hubby offered his brother a book: The Nantes Brest Canal. Since then they had been talking about doing this Canal on bicycle, something that I couldn't foresee myself doing. Last week, they finally put in action, concurring the 420km journey from Lesneven to Nantes within 4 days.

The guys, their bicycles and luggages along the road beside the Canal.

The bicycle is having a break.

They camped on the roadside. I don't think I ever dare doing this in Malaysia, the changes to get robed is too high!

Passing by the splendid countryside.

Canal boating is quite popular along this Canal.

There are many locks to help boats passing through the uneven water level

Another lock, some people decorated it with flowers.

Bicycling, bicycling, bicycling... for 4 days!!

Love the tranquil scenery.

They made it, I'm very proud of them!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Introduction to solid food

In Malaysia when kids start eating solid food, they usually have rice soup cooks with some potatoes, carrots or tomatoes. One year ago I had no idea what babies eat in France, now I start to have some ideas. The most common baby food are those come in jar in the form of puree, which you could find in supermarket with different favor: vegetables or fruits for young babies.

Aelig's baby sitter showed me the brand the other baby was eating, and I was going to start feeding Aelig with it. However, hubby has his own plan, he chose to prepare Aelig's food himself, it makes sense as it is more healthy and economical.

The day she turned 6 months hubby fed her some mashed carrots and ham, she took them all without problem.

When we finished the first batch of mashed carrots, hubby proceeded to introduce her mixed vegetables: zucchini, potato and carrot, thoroughly cleaned and peeled.

The vegetables were boiled and then grinded using a traditional food mill. This food mill is from hubby's grandma, so I think it is pretty old.

It yielded quite some purees for her, this could last for at least one month.

We borrowed some small jars from my MIL. We give her one jar per day.

All jars are sealed with plastic bags and stored in the freezer compartment in the fridge.

The result of the solid food introduction is imminent: her stool changes from liquid texture to paste texture. These days when I feed her, sometimes her face turns red and I see her pushing, then she would start crying. As soon as I remove the stool from her she would be a happy baby again.

I think we should prepare her some fruit purees: bananas, apples, strawberries, or maybe some durian? lol