Friday, October 23, 2009

Video of Silly Josie

Jocelyn is quickly becoming very good at imitation. She learned this one from her Daddy. She'll do it anytime you scrunch up your face and breathe heavy (you can hear me in the background)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fun at the Fair

We took Josie to the Tulsa State Fair last Friday night. She really loved it.

The evening started out a little rocky when she got mad that we put her shoes and socks BACK on and added a hat
However she calmed down a little to look at all of the animals.


Then we headed over to the "construction zone" where she had a blast waving the blocks around. She didn't really get the idea of building, but she liked watching the other children and crawling around.

Of course, she did like knocking buildings down. Daddy didn't mind too much
(I think)
Next we headed over to the sand pit, which she also enjoyed until...
...she tried to lick the sand.

We left the children's zone and braved the weather as we walked the midway.

She loved all of the lights

and didn't mind the cold at all.

She LOVED funnel cake!

By the end of the evening she was very tired and ready to head home. She fell asleep quickly in the car on the ride home, but of course not before pulling off her shoes and socks. Again.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Games for Babies

Sticky Situation

When your baby has mastered the knack of picking up and manipulating toys, she's ready for the surprise silliness of this captivating challenge.

Appropriate for: 9 to 18 months
Skills developed: Fine motor, hand-eye coordination
What you'll need: A piece of contact paper, tape, and a few small toys

Take a piece of sticky contact paper, the kind you use for lining drawers and shelves, and place it, sticky side up, on your kitchen floor. Then tape it down securely along all four edges. (You can put some wrapping paper down first for extra floor protection.)

Gather an assortment of small toys and arrange them on the paper, pushing down on them to make sure they're firmly adhering. Then show your baby the toys and encourage her to pick them up – or try to. You'll both get a good laugh as your baby figures out how to get them unstuck.

Once all the toys are rescued, help her press her hands onto the contact paper. She's likely to be fascinated with the sensation of the sticky surface pulling at her palms as you help her lift each finger and put it down again. Of course, if she doesn't like the sticky feeling, don't force the issue.


Remember: Each baby develops at a different pace, so if yours isn't quite ready for this week's activities, don't worry — just try them again in a few weeks

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sooner Born and Sooner Bred

Even though it's been a disappointing season so far for the Oklahoma Sooners, the Blake's are NOT fairweather fans (ok, Alex is, but I'm not and as you'll see neither is Josie).

We started out before the season dressing her in Crimson and Cream


For the first game of the season, we traveled to Dallas to with OU take on mommy's most hated college football team:BYU

Here is Josie hanging out before the game with buddy Cailyn.
Me, Josie and Aunt Jessica before the game
And a good family shot before the anger and disappointment began.


Here is another picture from before the Idaho State game. It ended up being rainy for Alex and I but Josie hung out nice and dry with Thomas


We watched the OU/TU victory with Grandma, but have no pictures :( Our plans are to travel to Edmond to watch the OU/Texas game with some friends of mine from college. Josie is excited to hang out with Nash and Collier. She has a special anti-Texas onsie just for this game!

Her first words are going to be BOOMER SOONER!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Picky Eater

Ever since Josie's check up about 3 weeks ago I've been VERY stressed out about how much she is eating. She seems to me to be very picky. It seems as though she wants less and less to do with baby food, even the sweet potatoes and squash she loved last month. Lately, she's been rejecting all of her old favorites. Most recently her favorite "trick" is to chew up food and then spit it out. Last night it was bananas (usually a sure-to-eat favorite of mine) and this morning Cheerio's!

I went online to see what I was doing wrong. I found a few good tips on www.babycenter.com and also this website I found extremely helpful: http://tinyurl.com/yddvlna

Basically, I need to relax and keep offering a wide variety of food. I found out it was normal she's less interested in baby food and that I need to give her an easier time with eating because it's all new to her.

I've decided on a new strategy. THREE. I'll offer her 3 things at every meal. One that I feed to her. The other two will be finger foods, one that she normally likes and one that is new or she hasn't liked yet. She can eat as much of any of them as she wants. I'm also going to stop buy puffs because of their low calorie and nutritional content. Cheerio's and other whole grain cereals are better I think. I'll stick with the whole wheat cookies and yogurt drops though.

When she chews up food and spits it out I'm going to say "no" and then walk away. When she eats I'm going to go over the top in praise. I'll try to offer juice a couple times a week but so far juice and formula in a cup is widely unsuccessful, she just loves water.

Wish me luck.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Early Christmas Present #1

This week we went over to visit GG (my mother's mother). Josie is her first great-grandchild (my sister and I are her only grandchildren) and before Josie was even born GG was buying her presents. Finally, about a month ago she made the declaration that she wasn't going to buy anymore presents for her until Christmas and her birthday. That only lasted a few weeks.

When we went over there on Tuesday GG had a Christmas present that she wanted to give Josie early. Three months early? Ha! That's GG for you. Anyway, nobody is complaining, Josie loves it:




We named the horse "Boomer" and Josie loves him. It occupies her attention for a full 10 minutes sometimes (and if you know my daughter, that is almost an eternity for her).