It was a day of firsts!

We had not one, but two awesome firsts today!!!

This morning, LB and I both had a new experience – I took her out for a run in the jogging stroller! Courtesy of my mom and her bloodhound-like ability to sniff out awesome deals at consignment stores, we have a Baby Trend Explorer jogging stroller in pretty great condition that we got for incredibly cheap (I’m not sure things get much cheaper than having Grandma buy them…). LB is technically still too young/small for it, but she has phenomenal head control and I decided to try her in it anyway. And she did so well!!! She actually fell asleep by about 10 minutes in and slept until I finished and tried to snap a quick photo. (At which point she woke up as she always does when I try to get surreptitiously get photos of her. Damn you stupid camera noises!)

I, on the other hand, am not used to running without pumping both arms, nor am I accustomed to pushing a stroller complete with 18+ pound baby up and down hills. I alternated between pushing her with one hand while moving the other and trying to push the stroller with my stomach while pumping both arms (neither effective nor attractive, I’m sure). Needless to say, I was not running my usual 9-10 minute mile and there were definitely more walk breaks than usual. I’m going to take her out again tomorrow to give both of us more time to get accustomed to it. Once I learn how to actually run with the damn thing, it’ll be awesome to be able to take her with me whenever I want to go for a run as opposed to working it in around DB’s schedule.

Here’s a pic of LB in her stroller:

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And here’s a pic of the two of us, post run (please pardon my super red face – it gets like that whenever I work out. I’m fine, I promise):

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The next first LB did today was extra super exciting – she tried her first solid foods!!! We started with rice cereal because a) someone gave us a box of it and it was handy, b) our pedi recommended it as a first food since its unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, and c) we don’t have to use it within 3 days or toss it (highly unlikely if we open a 2.5 oz jar of baby food for an infant eating a teaspoon of food at a time).

The plan is to make our own baby food, but that’s pretty hard to do for rice, or so I believe. I’m going to get a squash at HT tomorrow and try making some to have on hand for next week. I’m sure there are many posts on making baby food in your future… I know you can’t wait!

LB didn’t seem too impressed with the rice, though. Most of it ended up on her chin and her hand – she kept trying to grab the bowl and spoon, which is why I’m locking down her hand in all the pictures. We’re going to try making it a little thicker tomorrow – I think it was a little too thin to eat easily from a spoon. (I also tasted it and it wasn’t all that yummy… I think we’ll get through the first bit with rice and probably never have it solo again.)

Here are some pics of the Littlest Brewster’s first foray into solid foods:

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I can’t believe how far LB has come in just a few short months. It’s amazing to watch her and compare her to the little lump (adorable, but a lump nonetheless) she was in January. Time certainly flies, to my delight and horror.

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