Self-feeding. Watching my little munchkin attempt to cram 3-4 Cheerios in her mouth at a time cracks me up, and causes me to become hyper-vigilant parent. Ellie is still learning her limits, but she's so excited that she can get multiple Cheerios in her mouth that she does. And then I take them out.
|("Mommy, don't you take my Cheerios!")|
Christmas preparation. The gifts are all wrapped and under the tree. Our Christmas Eve plans are set. I even went to Whole Foods today to purchase the necessary items for a corn recipe, including a gluten free version of the crackers. Can you tell my husband is from the Midwest? This was his one Christmas food request. In case you have a Midwesterner in your life, I'll share with you, too. It's pretty good. I put extra crackers in last year, and it worked well. (Note: I'm not even close to a food blogger.)
1 1-lb. can cream-style corn
1 c. milk
1 egg, well beaten
3/4 t. salt and pepper
1 c. cracker crumbs
1/2 c. buttered cracker crumbsHeat corn and milk. Gradually stir in egg. Add seasonings and cracker crumbs. Place in greased baking dish. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over top and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
|(See, I'm not a food blogger. Instead of a picture of corn, you get a picture of Ellie.)|
Christmas tutus. Ellie received this outfit last weekend, and I love it. She's such a rock star with her "Very Merry" shirt and pink ruffles. I'm in love.
|(In the second shot, she was blowing raspberries. Love that face!)|
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
PS. I've been getting variations on these questions a lot, so I'll answer. "Do you put Ellie's hair in pigtails every day? Does she cooperate?" Yes, I style Ellie's hair in pigtails almost every day. She has a lot of hair, but just on top. (It's like reverse male-pattern baldness.) Occasionally, she gets a ponytail or just a hat, but doing nothing leads to one tangled dreadlock. She cooperates if she has something interesting right in front of her, but there are times she sees a different toy and tries to roll away. I'm not sure how pigtails will work once crawling begins. I admit, I don't want Ellie to have the stereotypical "bowl cut" for kids with Down syndrome. I'm not sure if antennae are better....