Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and 9 months for Ivy!

A cold, snowy day in Minnesota made a lovely Christmas.

Ivy turned 9 months old today. Her biggest milestone this month is eating solid foods. She began with little tastes a few weeks ago, and now she's an enthusiastic eater. We do solid foods the lazy way and feed babies little bits of whatever we're eating. No mushing or pureeing, no nasty flavorless prepared baby foods. It's easy and exposes young children to a large range of flavors right away.

Here's a peek at what she ate today:

Breakfast: homemade waffles, strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, blackberries, grapes
Lunch: vegetable chowder, homemade bread, clementine, lebkuchen (German spice cookie)
Dinner: bell pepper, cracker, pomegranate seeds (I popped them inside her mouth to get the juice out), homemade macaroni & cheese, roast beef, sparkly grape juice (because it's Christmas!), more fresh fruit

She loves having cousins and grandparents around. She's super mobile and cruises the furniture very quickly. We don't have smartphones or tablets at home, so she's enthralled with all the electronic devices her relatives have. Touchscreen technology is amazing and so intuitive. Maybe some day we will get a tablet or a fancy phone...maybe...


  1. Happy 9 month birthday little Ivy! (Apparently I've been living under a rock and didn't realize you had another baby in 2013. I'm still thinking of your early 2011 baby as your "baby!" Wow, I need to get with it.)

  2. I'm curious what is the Mormon take on Christmas/how is it celebrated/what does it mean for you? Also, if I may, were you and your husband raised Mormon, or you converted? (No worries, I'm not an internet troll looking to start a religious debate, just a little honest curiosity, as I know very little about Mormonism and have never met a Mormon to ask :)

    1. Mormons generally celebrate Christmas like the overall culture they're living in...of course every family does things differently so you can't generalize too much. We're a Christian faith so it's primarily a celebration of Jesus' birth, but there's also the fun parts like Christmas trees/presents/advent calenders, etc. Mormons in France follow French traditions, Germans follow German traditions, etc. My own family has some German traditions passed down from my German grandmother...things like what we eat for our traditional Christmas meal (rouladen, rotkohl, lebkuchen). Our family never did Santa Claus but there are lots of Mormons who do...depends on each family. My husband and I were both raised Mormon.


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