Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A windy day at the Zoo

So this post is a little old but all well I havnt posted in a while and this would be something fun to share. Feb 8th Me, Josh and Zeke loaded up and drove to meet my mom and my brother and his family in Abeline. My mom had spent the week with my brother while his wife was gone for classes for her job. She was helping out with their soon to be 3 year old daughter. We where meeting them so my mom could then spend a week with us and Abeline is about half way so it just seems like the perfect spot. Never having been to Abeline google maps was a necessity, or at least I thought. We where going to be meeting at the mall so I got directions and wrote them down so we could find it easy enough. Well first the off ramp to enter Abeline that we where suppose to take was closed for construction. Great! But following the detour signs we found our way onto the correct road. But as we where driving along we passed the Mall!! "Did we miss our exit?" "No we havnt passed it yet!" Needless to say Clack St exit is NOT the exit to the Mall no matter what google maps tells you!! Once again we have to make a detour but finally end up at our destination. EL CHICOS. We all make it, eat some ok mexican food, and have a good visit and catch up some while we ate. Zeke by the way Loves his older cousin, he was just fascinated with her. After lunch we decide the zoo would be fun to check out. And we had a lot of fun but is was SUPER WINDY! The zoo itself was small but had several good exhibits. It had a reptile building, and a fish building that you could walk through and look at the animal behind glass. It even had a small open area with birds that you could walk through (and get pooped on like my brother HA). On the outside they sold graham crackers that you could feed some of the animals. There was an area with flamingos, ducks and geese. A area with a big black bear that hung out by the wall so people would throw him a cracker or two. A Jaguar, Buffalo, rhinos, and lions where all different animals you could check out while walking around. I think the best attraction this place had was the giraffes. They had a walk way over the top of the exhibit where you could stick crackers through the bars and the giraffes would use there tongues to eat them out of your hands. Pretty cool if you ask me. Over all the zoo was very cute and if you happen to be in the Abilene area I would go check it out. We will probably go back once Zeke is a little older and can enjoy it more, and hopefully it wont be soo windy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Baby Food Blues

Ok so about 2 weeks before Zeke officially turned 6 months I started feeding him rice cereal mixed with formula. He loved it. By the time the 2nd week was up he was eating 2Tbls (or more I always seem to overflow the measuring spoon) of cereal twice a day. So on Dec 21st I thought we would celebrate the start of his 6th month with Green Beans! I knew he wouldn't like them right away but I figured I would get the beans out of the way and then move on to something better. Well of course he hated them and for the next five days he hated them. So then I moved on to carrots. I heard most babies like carrots. Well not my baby. Granted the gaging and puke faces where not there but the want to eat the carrots was not there either. And by the end of the 2nd week of eating flavors Zeke decided that he didnt want to eat rice cereal either. So I laid off the flavors for a few days till he decided that he was good with eating just the rice again. Then we tried applesauce. Thinking hey that sure be a winner! WRONG AGAIN! Gagging, crying, etc...So I didnt feed him anything but rice for a week or so. But since starting all of this I still fight him to even eat that. For example three days this week he just didnt feel like eating cereal. Nope not going to do, bottle to save my nerves (which are not good) I just let him have a bottle and save the frustration. Yesturday we tried Sweet Potatoes but those where no good, but I am going to finish out this week even if he only takes one or two bites of them each meal. The kid has to like SOMETHING, doesnt he?!?!?! But I am pretty discuraged. I guess I was really looking forward to feeding him food and he just isnt going along with my plan. Dr. Marsh said not to worry to much, right now he is just wanting milk. If he isnt interested, just give him rice for a couple of weeks and try again. So irritating. I guess it wouldnt be so bad if I hadnt spent most of his life fighting with him to eat anything. Even getting him to eat bottles are a challange. The kid just doesnt like to eat. He is doing better with bottles now but a month or so ago it was a nightmare. So there are my Baby Food Blues. Maybe next week when I try Bananas he will like those. I hope. Keep your fingures crossed for me!