Thursday, July 18, 2013

How to buy a watermelon with a 7 month old in tow!

In don't, or well I don't :(. I love watermelon! And now that it's season I have really been craving one. While I was pregnant I ate 15 whole seedless watermelons by myself! I can't wait to see if Amelie likes watermelon too. Yesterday we went to H-E-B because it rained all morning and Amelie was going crazy inside the apt all day (so was I). We didn't have much to buy but I figured I would try to get a watermelon. Well it didn't go so well. We have only tried to put Amelie in the H-E-B cart once and it was ok, but she would tip over when we turned the cart so we decided to wait a little longer with that. Currently I take her to the stores still in her carseat and I attach that to the stroller. I like it because it is easy and I like that she is facing in my direction. So we get to the huge watermelon carton and I pick one I like, then I think logistics...hmmm? I had a basket attached to hooks on the stroller, but it didn't fit in there and plus I think it would have broke off the hooks. So I tried carrying it with one arm like a football while steering the stroller with the other hand. Usually this wouldn't be a problem, but when the carseat is attached the stroller gets much heavier and it feels like it will tip over. So I advance like 5 feet by steering the stroller with one hand and pushing with my foot. I almost dropped the watermelon...that would have been fun. So I figured I'd try to put it in the basket under the stroller and that was quite funny. It didn't fit all the way and it was so heavy that the bottom of the basket was dragging on the floor. I didn't want to mess up the basket so I took it out. I wonder how hilarious this sight must have been for the people around me. Amelie was completely unaware that her mother was trying to transport 15 lbs of fruit on her stroller. Instead she had her eye on the peaches.

I was about to give up and live with my craving until the weekend when I spotted the personal sized watermelons!! I am not really a fan of these. They are usually not sweet or juicy enough and sometimes a bit rubbery plus they seem a little too engineered. But it was worth a try. I picked one out and showed Amelie, she looked like the wanted to eat it haha. I put it in my basket and it didn't tip over yay!

We got home and I washed it and presented it to Amelie. I think she will like watermelon as much as I do :).

 Well hello there...
 Can I eat you?
Nom nom nom


Thursday, July 11, 2013

7 months!


Today you are 7 months! I can hardly believe it. I intended to write updates about you each month, but time has just flown by. I cannot believe you are already more than half a year old! The past 7 months have been the best 7 months of our lives and you have made us so very happy.

Currently you have started "crawling" all over the apartment and you are a very determined little girl. We are really struggling to get you to stay still and not crawl away while we change your diaper and clothes! You don't like sitting, but you never have. You always want to be standing up (with our help of course) and jumping. This makes me very exhausted by the end of the day. Thank goodness you have a jumper! You started solids about a month ago and you LOVE food!! As of now you have tried the following: banana, avocado, sweet potato, carrots, peas, peaches, pears, apples, and today you tried mangos for the first time. You have loved everything except peas. You still ate them but you were not as eager about it. Yesterday morning you cried when the food in your plate was gone. I mashed up a banana and gave you a second helping :). We recently built you a play pen and you really like playing in there. I guess you have not realized it's a mini baby-jail. I love it as well because it lets me do stuff around the house and I know you are safe. When you are sleepy you start to "talk" a lot and sound like a drunk baby. It is really cute. Falling asleep is always quite the struggle with you. I think you are like mama and think you will miss out on something while you sleep. If we put you in a swaddle to nap you will sometimes sleep up to 2-2.5 hours! But I have to keep a close eye on you on the camera because you flip over even while swaddled! You love your little lamb blankie, you chew it's ears and stuff it in your face when you are tired. You have not gone from laying position to sitting position on your own, but looks like you soon will! You still have a very gummy adorable smile, waiting on those pearly whites to come in so that you can eat even more! Currently Mama speaks to you in Spanish and Papa speaks to you only in German. On the weekends I speak to you in English. We hope you will pick up all three languages without a problem. You had your first cold at 6 months old! It was the saddest thing to see you struggle!

As of now, you have already gone on 3 trips! One big one, two small. Your first big trip was to Cancun! You went on an airplane! Just mama and you. Mama was VERY nervous about this. Abue was supposed to come with us, but her flight was delayed. We made it safely to Cancun and Abue later arrived. The two short trips have been to Austin to visit Tia Ale and Tio Neil. We went to see their new house on your first trip. Their house is the same age as you! And the second trip Tia Ale picked us up from Houston and we stayed with her for a week. Later Papa went to pick us up. You also got to meet Bella, Amanda's baby and Leah, Vivi's baby in San Antonio that week.

You looove being out of the house. You are a very curious baby and we love that about you. Papa adores you, you are his world! He proudly displays pictures of you on his desk at work, which he changes out as you grow up. He loves coming home to his girls :).

Next month you will get to meet your Oma! She is very excited to come see you. Also, tante Petra and onkel Frank will be coming to meet you as well. We will go on another trip to Austin with them and we will go see the alleged bats under the bridge. We will also start sign language classes next month. I am excited about this. We will also try to go meet everyone else in Germany sometime this year before you turn 1. Lots of fun and exciting things to look forward to!

Weight: 15 lbs
Height: 26.25 in
Head Circumference: 16.5 in

I hope to keep writing updates like these for you each month. One day it will be fun to look back and read about your all developments.

Te quiere,

Life Updates!

Wow. So it's literally been years since I last wrote. So much has happened. We moved twice, but still in Houston. Dirk is now working and I quit my job to be a stay at home mom! Yep, we had a baby in December 2012 and we are so in LOVE with our little Amelie. It has been a really fun experience. At times difficult, but for the most part we are loving everything about our new life with a baby!!