Thursday, January 31, 2008

Big Belly!

Look at Natalie's BIG belly after breakfast, milk, and a bath. We've also started brushing her teeth (tooth, actually, since it's just one so far) and she loves the rubber tipped baby toothbrush. It makes little squeaking noises when she chews on it and she cries when it is taken away.

Also, here is Video 82 of Natalie using her new portable high chair and eating apples with her baby safe feeder.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Baby food making

On Sunday, we went to Park n' Shop international and picked up a bunch of organic fresh vegetables to make our own baby food (yay, finally! We've been relying on baby jars until now). This is great because now Natalie will be able to try veggies not typically found in baby jars including: choy sum, bok choy, asparagus, green beans, wah-wah choy, and zucchinis. We also picked up organic kiwi and apples. Who knew making baby food could be so much fun?

Step one: Wash and boil all veggies

Step two: Puree all veggies. Spoon veggies into trays for the freezer.

Do one veggie at a time (don't mix! because Natalie hasn't tried some of these veggies before and need to check for allergies). Cover and freeze all veggies.

Once frozen, dump frozen veggie cubes into freezer bag. Label the bag. Let Natalie play with it for a short time. Put it back in the freezer.

Step five: Thaw and let Natalie enjoy!
(Photo to come later.)

Yoghurt Lover

Natalie LOVES yoghurt. Watch Video 81 of her opening her mouth wide and eating huge spoonfuls. She finished the whole tub by herself in one sitting!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Natalie and the Case of the Moving Red Light

Last night, Clark's aunt and cousins Andrew and Alvin came over for a visit and to play with Natalie. Alvin brought a toy gun with a red laser. Watch Video 80 of Natalie scooting and moving around on her tummy trying to catch the red light.


Here are some photos taken from the mommies meeting last week.

Nana, Summer, Natalie, Clara, and Parker (and mommy Susannie).

Emily, Max, and Ethan chilling on the sofa.

Natalie holding hands with her friend Parker. (Actually, she is trying to eat him).

Nana, Summer, Natalie, and Parker. Natalie loves Nana's shiny, silver shoes. (She tries to eat them, too!)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Strong chubby little legs

Natalie has been trying to pull herself up into the standing position lately. With a little help to get up, she can stand by herself for a long time holding onto the side of the sofa, especially if there's something interesting to play with!

Nap time

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Natalie and Vanessa

Watch Video 79 of Natalie playing with her cousin Vanessa. Vanessa is starting to try and interact with Natalie more now (pushing and hugging her) and Natalie doesn't know what to do. She likes to look out the window, likes watching her cousin Vanessa, and at the same time, is trying to pull herself up into a standing position. We're going to have to lower the base of her crib soon!

Mirror, mirror, on the exersaucer...

Watch Natalie starting to learn about mirrors in Video 78. She's so cute. She is a little puzzled about how her mommy Tracy and auntie Carol can be in two places at the same time.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


After her mommy started making animals noises when reading an animal book, Natalie has started growling! She's really good at it! A cutie patootie should not be able to make such scary noises. Listen to Natalie growling Video 77.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Almost crawling!

Watch Video 76 of Natalie moving along the floor on her belly. She's almost crawling!

Playing with friends

On Friday, Natalie went to visit her good friend Olivia. Ethan and Summer were there, too. Watch Video 75 of Natalie playing with her friends. (The battery died before Summer came, but we'll get her next time).

Ethan and Natalie.

Olivia and Natalie playing together.

Oliva, Ethan, and Natalie playing together.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lefty or Righty?

Natalie has become curious and decisive. Watch her playing with her toys in Video 74. She's come a long way from being just a cute lump :)

We're trying to decide if she's a lefty or righty. What do you think?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Natalie hit 20 lbs today. TWENTY pounds! Just imagine tripling your weight in 7 months.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Natalie has cut her first tooth on her bottom gum. It's a very cute (and very sharp) little tooth, and it has a friend coming up beside it, too. We're so proud!
(Click on the photo to see it up close.)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

And the shopping continues...

Look what we bought today. It's a new backpack! It came with a special package inside...

It's Natalie! Now that she's getting bigger, she is almost out-growing her Baby Bjorn sling (and she hurts the back at almost 19 pounds!). With the chest and waist straps, this backpack is way more comfy for us to lug the growing beast around town.

Doesn't she look comfy too?

What did Natalie do this weekend?

Natalie tried her first bite of dairy. So far, she's eaten yoghurt and baby cheese. She likes it!

Natalie played with her Daddy's blackberry.

Had her little bald spot on the back of her head labelled a "chestnut" by her uncle Dennis. It really does look like a little chestnut!

Wore a very revealing outfit so everyone could admire her svelte thighs.

Psycho Baby

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reading with Vanessa

Watch Natalie reading with her big cousin Vanessa. Vanessa is so smart and can read along. Natalie is too young and just enjoys looking at the pictures. Sometimes, Natalie looks more interested in her cousin than in the book. Listen to cousin Vanessa said "Uh oh...oh boy!" and run away from Natalie's drool. Video 73.

Also, watch Natalie laugh and giggle to Lisa's funny sounds and faces in Video 72.

Walk for Millions

On Jan 6, Serena, Vivian, Clark, and Tracy did a 10km hike with Natalie for the "Walk for Millions" charity campaign. It took 3.5 hours (all uphill and then downhill) and Natalie was super excited to be out and about. Whew, it's tough hiking with a baby...Ok, she was in a stroller but still!

B-girl Serena with her homegirl Natalie. (She still doesn't like hats. And look at those droopy cheeks!)

Our hiking group (Natalie's in the stroller and protected against the wind). Later, it warms up and Natalie prefers being out in the open air.

Being bottle-fed by Daddy Clark during the hike.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy chatterbox and her little fingers

Natalie has found a new way to use her voice. Listen to her chattering in Video 70. She is almost saying the "D" consonant!

Also, Natalie has been very frustrated lately whenever a treat is put in front of her. Her little fingers aren't very coordinated and the treat always ends up in her palm instead of on the end of her fingers so she can't put it in her mouth. And if she does manage to grab it with her fingers and put it in her mouth, her fingers don't know how to let go so she can't eat it! That is, until now... Natalie does it for the FIRST time and we caught it on video! See her smart little fingers in Video 71.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Dancing Natalie

Natalie likes to move! Click to watch Natalie dancing to Rihana's "Please Don't Stop The Music" in her daddy's sling in Video 69.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Natalie likes peekaboo but not her hat

Natalie has begun forming her own opinions and making decisions. Her favourite food right now is brown rice mixed with chicken. She opens her mouth really wide for it, but keeps her lips closed for green beans.

And she can tell us what she likes and what she doesn't like. She loves to be held (all smiles), but doesn't like wearing her hat (which her mom tries to make her wear since it's c-c-cold now and we have no central heating). Watch her with her hat in Video 67.

Also, watch Natalie uncover herself when we cover her with a cloth in Video 68. She likes peekaboo now!

Natalie chilling with her mommy.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Little Fatty

Look at Natalie's little hands and feet. They are super cute to hold. Her wrists have perma-folds, and she doesn't have ankles.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008