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Hello! I’m sorry that it’s been a while. I’m sure you saw that the blog disappeared – I have no idea how I got hacked, but it was not pretty. Almost every file was corrupt, and after hiring one company that couldn’t fix it, I had to spend a small fortune to have the site cleaned from head to toe. Is there seriously someone who sits around and gets pleasure out of this kind of thing? Anyway, it was way over my head, and I’m just hoping everything is clean now (side note – a reader let me know about weird pop-ups and I’m trying to have those fixed as well).

A lot has happened in the past few weeks. For one, we introduced solids, and Emerson slept through the night three nights in a row last week. Then she got yet another runny nose and regressed again:( She loves the baby oatmeal and banana, but was weirded out by sweet potato and avocado.


Then she decided to eat avocado if she could do it herself. It’s been fun to see how she reacts to real food. It’s a lot of work between the prep and the spooning. I had planned to do baby-led weaning, but then got nervous like most moms, and started pureeing things. Any advice for me?


The other exciting thing that happened is my college friends came for a visit! We had a super relaxing night on Friday after some baby play time – wine and cheese and Thai takeout.


We took a walk along White Rock Lake on Saturday and then headed over to Truck Yard for some good old Texas fun.


I’m sad I never managed to snap a picture of everyone.


Saturday night was extra special because we got a babysitter and went to a leisurely dinner at Filament. I splurged on two cocktails (most amazing mezcal drink below!!), and we had deviled eggs, pimento cheese, blackened trout, and the best short ribs. Such a treat!


We had another great meal at HG Supply for brunch on Sunday, and then Emerson met her first dog over at my friend Liz’s house. It was adorable and she was practically squealing with delight. The pug was pretty pleased as well!


That’s about it. Work is getting super busy as we head into standardized testing season. But I’m starting to get excited that summer is just around the corner!

  • Brae
    April 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    You should definitely try Pure Spoon Purees. They are amazing and my kiddo LOVES them… and I put them in my afternoon smoothie.
    Not sure if they are available where you are- but from what I know- they are nationwide at Whole Foods, etc.- oh- and I think they just launched on Amazon Prime?

    • Laura
      April 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Cool! Thanks for the rec!

  • Brae
    April 5, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Failed to mention- the great thing about Pure Spoon- certified organic refrigerated HPP baby purees! Cold Pressed for babies! Only one of its kind.

  • Kat
    April 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Oh man. Here is the thing about baby led weaning. We all say we are going to do it and then you realize your baby has no idea of what the hell that orange stick you just put on their tray is (sweet potato) and they cannot figure out what to do next with it. Plus if it actually does make it to their mouth it always looks like they are about to choke on something.

    THIS IS NOT IN THE BOOKS. Also this is the experience of you, me and my whole mom group.

    All of this is to say, give Em different purees and rice cereals and whatnot so that she is exposed to a variety of flavors and gets the idea of meals as a routine thing throughout the day. Give her some finger foods at the same time and let her play with them each meal. Sooner or later the motor skills will improve and she’ll get it. For now you are doing just fine!

  • Sarah
    April 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I think it depends on when you start feeding solids- we waited until 6 months, and my daughter only tolerated purees for about a month , and then (around 7 months) she started grabbing the spoon and little by little we started adopting more baby led weaning and now (8 months) she feeds herself almost exclusively. Just takes time!

    • Laura
      May 1, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      I’m looking forward to that!