Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bootheel trip

Here are some more pictures of the trip Amelie and I took to the Bootheel.

There was cake for cousin Cameron's birthday. Amelie mostly just licked the icing off of her piece.

There might have been some crabbiness.

There was a lot of (pretend) talking on the phone. She liked to get two phones going at once -- one for each ear.

There was some card playing with Nana Jana.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


It was worth braving the heat to see Amelie play with soap bubbles for the first time.

What's this stuff?
Nana Jana, this was a very good idea!
Amelie is pretty sure she should be able to catch one.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More Pictures

Upon going through my camera, there aren't a whole lot of pictures from our weekend except from the wedding, so the "more pictures to come" bit was perhaps overly optimistic.

But there were a few. This baby-sized bench invited a photo.

Caitlin lends some perspective.

Surely we'll get her a cell phone sometime soon.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


We were all sitting on the couch today with a wedding invitation from our friends Ian and Sherry when Sam made the comment that next year, Amelie would probably grab the ink pen and draw all over it.

It sparked an idea:

Someone looks mighty pleased with herself.

First masterpieces:

Skinny Baby

Amelie went to visit a pediatric dietician on Thursday because our doctor was a little concerned about her weight. Sam and I had to write down everything she ate for a week and take in the log to the appointment. We found out that Amelie weighs 18 pounds, 11 ounces (6th percentile) and is 2 feet, 4.5 inches tall (15th percentile!). So it looks like she hasn’t gained very much since her first birthday, but she’s grown an inch and jumped up to the tallest percentile in height that she’s ever been.

The dietician said it looked from the food chart like she needed to eat about 100-200 more calories a day, and she suggested that I give her a sippy cup of juice a day and an extra tablespoon of fat (so maybe butter on all of her vegetables, since we already hand her a spoon loaded up with sunflower seed butter pretty frequently) to get those extra calories in. She also wants us to do a weight check once a month and give her ½ of a children’s multivitamin.

Sam and I aren’t too concerned about it, since we know Amelie’s burning calories all the time walking and running and climbing on things. I didn’t want to give her any juice yet, just because I don’t want her teeth to suffer, but I bought a carton of V8 Fusion at Schnucks today, thinking it might be a little better since it has tomato and carrot juice in it, too. I think she got her extra fat in the form of butter and syrup on a waffle this morning for breakfast :)

Amelie's first cup of juice:

This stuff is good!

Silly baby

And if you're interested, here's an excerpt from the food log.

Day One


Breakfast: scrambled egg (1/4 egg)
Applesauce (3 Tbsp)
Whole goat milk (2 oz)

Snack: 2 bites weight watcher’s ice cream bar
12 blueberries
1 Ritz cracker
Sunflower seed butter (2/3 Tbsp)


Lunch: 12 noodles (lg shells) in cream sauce (2 Tbsp?)
Tbsp peas & Tbsp corn
Shredded mozzarella cheese (1/2 oz?)

Snack: 2 slices summer sausage
Peach yogurt (2 oz)


Snack: 1/5 banana
½ Ritz cracker

Supper: 12 raspberries
1 crouton
3 Tbsp. corn w/ butter
1 slice cucumber & 1 green pepper strip w/ poppyseed dressing
Lamb (1 oz)
Goat milk (1/2 oz)


Day Two


Breakfast: Scrambled egg (9/10 egg)
Goat milk (1 oz)

Snack: ½ banana
1 oz peach yogurt
17 blueberries
1 frosted mini wheat


Snack: 2 bites carrot w/ butter & agave nectar

Lunch: 1 slice Colby jack cheese
1 slice deli turkey
½ chunk cantaloupe


Dinner: 40% of a chicken breast, 1 Tbsp olive oil
1/8 cup fried rice (carrots, rainbow chard, bell pepper, onion, egg)
2 ounces goat milk

Snack: 3 oz yogurt
1 ounce of goat milk


Day Three


Breakfast: ¼ cup of oatmeal
1 Tbsp goat milk
¾ tsp butter
1 Tbsp sunflower seed butter


Snack: 1/3 banana
¼ cup pineapple

Lunch: ½ cup kidney beans
2/3 slice turkey
½ cherry tomato
1 chunk cantaloupe
tsp avocado on mum-mum
Tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese


Snack: 1/4 apple
12 blueberries
3 chunks of cantaloupe

Dinner: 3 grape tomatoes
1/10 of a medium flour tortilla
Bite guacamole
2 oz steak
6 chunks cantaloupe

Snack: 2 oz. yogurt
¼ cup cheerios


Saturday, July 2, 2011

June Update

Okay, well, I know it's July 2nd, but I thought now would be a good time to update all of the baby Buffaloe blog readers about what's been going on with us this month.

I’ve had a wicked respiratory infection and was out of commission for a few weeks and so we kind of let the blog slide. Luckily, Amelie was only a little bit sick for a few days, and Sam didn't come down with anything at all.

Amelie did get her first real diaper rash and we've switched to disposables (for the first time in a year!) until it clears up. Sam might be the only dad in the history of diapers to be annoyed with the disposables and want to switch back to cloth.

I’ve started writing freelance articles for Advisors Edge Marketing and Sam’s been hard at work taking a bar review class and studying for the upcoming exam. He's been going to job interviews and we're all anxiously awaiting news of where we'll be and what he'll be doing next year.

Amelie still isn't really talking yet, but she did yell "Dada!" when Sam came walking in from class yesterday and she has been saying "Ma-mam-ma-ma" when she's upset.

Amelie has started eating sometimes with her own spoon or a fork, though it's sometimes a messy process. A new food she likes is yogurt:

Amelie's started taking great delight in giving Schroeder things. She'll offer him her toys, her pacifier, and any food she can get her hands on, then she'll laugh uproariously at the thought of him taking the pacifier or eating the food, even if he ignores it like the good dog he is.

I’ve been out walking the trail and Amelie's come along in the stroller several times. She likes it best when there are lots of people and dogs and bikes to look at. If there isn't a lot of visual stimulation, she insists on getting out to walk part of the way. She's started trying to run some, too, but that trips her up and she falls down.

Last weekend, we went to Little Mates Pirate's Cove for our belated Father's Day celebration. Amelie had a blast walking all over in the foot-deep water, playing in the waterworks, and going down the slide. She wasn't too happy about wearing her hat, though. The bad news is that Sam put the camera in his wet swimsuit pocket and it hasn't been quite right since.

The good news is that we were racking up credit card points and finally bought a new one today, so hopefully there’ll be some new snazzy pictures up soon.