Helping hands

Marco was quite the assistant over the winter holidays, helping his mommy make lots of goodies for friends and family.

He helped roll the molasses ginger dough in raw sugar:

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He and Daddy lined up the cookies on the cooling rack (after they were already cool, don’t worry)

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Marco pinched the pie crust for a pumpkin pie

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He also poured dried cranberries into the oatmeal cookie dough without spilling, and tried to clean up mommy’s messes.

Orange

Yesterday Tim and I decided to find out how tall our boy is, and Mama almost couldn’t believe the tape measure… our boy is 3 feet tall! (if that whole urban legend is true, Marco will be about 6 feet when he’s an adult).

He also weighs 32 pounds. He’s actually lost a little weight since the last time we checked, but Mommy and Daddy think it’s because a certain 2 year old has decided that dinner time isn’t for eating, it’s for playing at the dinner table…

When he does eat, his favorites are:

Cheese (“What do you want for breakfast, Marco?” “Umm…cheese!”) – in all forms and types. Mozarella, cheddar, gouda, feta, fontina, gruyere, he’ll eat it all.
Watermelon (uttermelon)
Strawberries
Blueberries (Blue strawberries)
Blackberries (Black strawberries)
Canteloupe (Canlope)
Toast with jam
Yogurt pops – I throw yogurt and sliced straberries into a popsicle tray and freeze them, mostly so I can see Marco jump up and down and say “OGURT POPS!!!”
Pancakes

Other fun facts:

  • He loves trains (“Choo choo train!!”) and fire trucks the most, but trucks, tractors, cars, trailers, etc are all exciting.
  • Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird are still pretty popular.
  • He has peed into his potty a couple of times, but we’re not pushing him on the potty training right now.
  • I am a Bunny remains his favorite book, but lately he’s wanted us to read a lot of Skippyjon Jones and Curious George.
  • ‘That’s so funny!’ is his go-to phrase.
  • He can count to six, and knows most of his colors by sight – blue, orange and purple he knows the best.
  • This kid loves flash cards. He loves his Dr Seuss flash cards Grandma Denyse gave him for his birthday (numbers, shapes, and colors) and he loves the flash card apps Daddy downloaded onto his iPad. Tim downloaded one that not only says the animal name, but also makes the sound too – Marco is a big fan of making animal noises.
  • Marco wants to be just like Daddy, so in the morning he follows Tim into the bathroom to put on deodorant. Tim rubs a little on his underarm, then Marco runs to mommy so she can tell him how manly he smells. 😀
  • Marco also wants to be just like Mommy, and will sometimes steal her makeup brush and apply blush to his face.
  • Also, he likes to try on our shoes:
Snack time is definitely one of his favorite times of the day, as evidenced by this face:
And Independence Day might be his favorite holiday. This year, Marco watched Daddy light sparklers, and we woke him up from a deep sleep to climb on our roof and watch fireworks. He was giggling the whole time, pointing out the colors of each explosion. “Mama, orange!! That’s so funny!”

This boy

loves his soy ‘chik’n’ nuggets.

He also is 33 inches tall and weighs 29 1/2 pounds. WHOA.

New words (previous list HERE)
Instead of ‘otter’, he now says WaaWaa (Water)
Me
Mine
Pees (Please)
Nana (Banana)
Elp (Help)
Dow (down)
Up

Marco now tells us whenever he wants or needs a diaper change.

He’s been out of the high chair for awhile, but now he’s tired of the booster seat with the tray attached; we’re starting to leave off the tray and let him eat from the big boy table. 🙂

Marco loves to read his books, and lately his favorites are:

I Am A Bunny by Richard Scarry
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle
Mr Pusskins: A Love Story by Sam Lloyd
any of the Sesame Street board books (he likes to point out the characters)

Marco is starting to like Caillou on the Sprout channel, and the other day he was trying to sing the theme song. So cute!

Eating habits

Marco loves food. He will eat anything put in front of him, which makes his parents very happy! We try to keep Marco on a healthy, organic diet whenever possible (which it isn’t always – sometimes a peach is just a peach).

It appears my plate is empty, Mom.

BREAKFAST FOODS (always accompanied with 8 oz of organic, unsweetened soy milk)

organic mini waffles (he loves these for breakfast)
sliced bananas, plain whole wheat toast
scrambled eggs (organic hormone-free cage-free brown eggs)

LUNCH FOODS (accompanied by 8 oz water or 100% carrot juice) and DINNER FOODS (accompanied by 8 oz organic, unsweetened soy milk)

grilled cheese on whole wheat
organic, unsweetened peanut butter and raw honey on whole wheat
organic, unsweetened peanut butter and organic berry conserve on whole wheat
cheese quesadilla on whole wheat flour tortillas
Dr. Prager’s Spinach Littles, Sweet Potato Littles, or Broccoli Littles – these we get from Whole Foods, and are SO tasty!
sliced fruit salad, made up of 2 or 3 of the following: watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, peach, oranges, banana, and grapes)
cheese pizza on whole wheat crust
grilled organic cage free chicken and string cheese (he loves cheese!)
sliced tomatoes, avocado, and a handful of Annie’s organic whole wheat bunny crackers
grilled veggies (mushrooms, tomatoes and corn)

SNACKS (accompanied by water, 100% apple or 100% carrot juice)

Annie’s Organic whole wheat bunny crackers
fresh fruit
Annie’s Organic fruit snacks
Sunny Days organic fruit snack bar
Plum Organics Fiddlesticks (organic fruit and grain snack sticks – pretty tasty)

PB & Honey!

8 MONTHS!!

Measurements

Height: 28 3/4″ (85th Percentile)
Weight: 18 lbs 2 oz (25th Percentile)

No teeth (4 months of teething and drooling, but nothing to show for it!), and no crawling. He has absolutely no interest in crawling. He loves to pull himself up to standing, but if he’s on his tummy he’ll just roll around until he can get himself into a sitting position. He gabbles to himself and practices his screeching abilities; he’s becoming quite loud, LOL. He loves to play with finger paints, and chews socks. WEIRD.

Marco’s starting to wave at people. He smiles and laughs all the time, and gives his Mama and Papa hugs and kisses; he wraps his little arms around our necks and opens his mouth wide for drooly kisses.

He’s eating EVERYTHING! Thank goodness he’s not a picky eater. His palate has approved of all of the following (most of it homemade, using the Beaba – we don’t buy jar food):

Chicken mixed with peas, avocado, or tomatoes
Turkey
Sweet potatoes
Butternut squash
Bananas with strawberries or blueberries
Pears
Carrots
Unsweetened applesauce (organic from Whole Foods) that I mix with blueberries, strawberries, or bananas
YoBaby Peach or Blueberry yogurt
Whole grain oatmeal
Cooked macaroni
Peas
Happy Baby yogurtmelts
Cheerios
Organic veggie puffs
Rice rusks

Finally, here are the pictures you’ve been waiting for 😉

Can I check my email on this?

OMG ROUX!!

Hugs!

5 Months

Marco is 5 months old!

Here’s what his feeding and nap schedule is like now:

8AM – Wake Marco up, feed him 7 oz bottle of formula
10:30AM – Down for a nap
12PM – LUNCH! Usually 3 tablespoons of rice cereal mixed with 3 oz formula, and some type of fruit or vegetable. Lately he’s loving Butternut Squash. I make his food using the Beaba Babycooker.
2:30PM – Down for a nap
4PM – 7 oz bottle of formula
6PM – fruit in his mesh feeder (banana or a strawberry)
7PM – Down for a nap
8PM – 7 oz bottle of formula before bed. We read him a story and put in him pajamas. He finishes his bottle by 8:30, but he’ll stay up in his crib talking to himself for about 30 minutes. Marco is such a goober. 😀

Measurements (done at home, percentile information taken from the CDC website)

Weight: 14 lbs, 6oz (10th percentile)
Length: just over 27 inches (95th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16 1/2 inches (75th percentile)

More pictures coming soon, but here’s one to whet your appetite:

Have you ever seen such beautiful eyes?

Rice

Marco has now had rice cereal everyday for 2 weeks, and so far, he seems to love it. I do one feeding a day with 2 tablespoons of rice cereal mixed with 2 ounces of formula, and then he has a 2 ounce bottle. He eats every 4 hours now, and is eating about 6 ounces of formula at his other feedings.
He’s also tried avocado and bananas in the past weeks, and while he’s unsure, he never spits it out. He’s had mashed avocado 4 times, and mashed banana once.
Here are some pictures and a video! 🙂
Mmm!
Hmm…not sure about this avocado, Mom

4 Months

Marco turned 4 months old on Monday!!

He had his wellness checkup at the pediatrician’s, and was given a clean bill of health.

Marco’s Measurements:
Length: 26 3/4 inches (98th percentile)
Weight: 14 pounds, 2 ounces (50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16 1/4 inches (75th percentile)

He had to get 3 shots and one liquid vaccine, but he was so brave! He cried for a second, then stopped when I picked him up.

Marco is teething right now, so he’s been a bit cranky – but the Orajel seems to help with some of his pain.

Dr. Carillo also gave us the official go-ahead to start him on rice cereal! Here’s a funny picture of Marco after trying the rice cereal for the first time: