Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Miss January

I feel like I have SO much to blog about and so little time.  But I had to start with these photos of Clara that we took on January 2nd.  She was given this blue coat with snowflakes from her great aunts Judy & Renita for Christmas.  We don't have snow around here, but the warm jacket was perfect for a photo shoot in the park.

I love how the little girl on the shirt looks just like Clara with her dark hair.

I kept getting caught in the photo shoot though because Clarabelle is so mobile these days that she doesn't sit still for more than a few seconds at a time.  The ground was muddy and if I didn't grab her quick she would stick her fingers into the wet dirt and make a mess (it happened a time or two). 

Last night we decided to try something new and let Clara feed herself.  Actually, I was feeding her and turned away for just a second, only to turn back to a very messy little miss who had grabbed ahold of her green beans and was desperately trying to get them into her mouth on her own.  Since I had overcooked the broccoli that went with our dinner and it was mushy and gross, I gave Clara small clumps of the soggy, limp vegetable.  She was in heaven, which just shows how discriminating her palate currently is.  Incidentally, don't try the beef stroganoff from Our Best Bites - it is the first recipe of theirs that I actually don't like and I am even a fan of beef stroganoff.  By the end of the meal, she had green beans and broccoli everywhere.  Her look was priceless too: her little shrug and worried eyes suggest the words "I'm sorry about the mess mom?"

She managed to get the spoon in going the right direction a couple of times, but more often than not she just gnawed on the opposite end.  We think she is teething with the way she has been chomping down on absolutely anything and everything all the time lately.  Tonight she got to try tiny pieces of chicken that I cooked in the crockpot all day (the Our Best Bites Fauxtisserie Chicken was a hit with Mom, Dad, and Clara alike, unlike the stroganoff), mango (dessert) and steamed carrots (for Paul - I had broccoli that I cooked much better tonight. 


  1. She is truly adorable. I don't know if I've ever seen a more beautiful baby! Love the January pics. Love her sweet personality. Maybe she should marry Noah someday!

  2. Hi Amy, I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to comment on your last post. I saw it but decided to wait and read it until I actually had a moment to enjoy all of your thoughts put to writing. I'm so happy for you and your family. We rejoice with you in your blessings, such a joy to see on your blog. And really neat to see you with her birth mom. It's seems great that you can have a relationship with her, and that she can get to know Clara.

    This post is so cute too. Love her new jacket. Just precious.

    Also, if you really want to know where these places are in the city let me know, I will give you exact directions and locations.

    Take care,


  3. Ha ha...the messy eating picture are my favorite! What a little doll she is! Seriously, she could be a baby model!

  4. Cute little miss January! I need to be better about doing actual photo shoots with Luke instead of poorly lit snapshots with the iphone. The messy green bean pictures are the best!


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