Saturday, December 27, 2008

A short post

Amelia fell asleep....

Then...Daddy did too!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Today is Amelia's first Christmas. We have been busy, busy, busy!!! After the hustle and bustle and the dust settles we will fill you in on all the details. Until then...have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and a safe and happy New Year!!!


The Mattson's

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Miss Amelia is all action, action, action these days. Nonstop moving and wiggling. Diaper changes are darn near impossible. I dread the super duper poopers! Not a fun mess to clean up off of her hands, feet, back as she twists and turns in it. Ack!

Our little gal is changing SO fast. Each day it is something new. Last Friday at ECFE Amelia pulled herself up to standing on her own. I sat quietly and relished in my little one's accomplishment with her as she gleamed back at me over her shoulder. I was beaming from the inside nearly ready to burst!!! I wanted to squeal with delight and say, "Look! Look! Look at her, she just pulled herself up for the FIRST TIME!!!" I didn't want to boast or seem competitive.
Amelia has been pulling off this feat several times now. Each time her face is shining with pride. We applaud her and say, "Yay, Amelia!!!" This morning she used the laundry basket. She loves to take the clean laundry out of the basket. Who knew??? It really is quite inexpensive to entertain a baby.

Amelia is starting and let me repeat...starting to get over her aversion to food. She and the spoon are starting to become friends again. Tonight I made her an organic potato, corn, carrot and onion skillet. I coarsely mashed it up and she was in heaven. She was eating it so fast and smiling. I doctored up my portion with garlic and black pepper. Quite tasty. For more baby recipes go to and click on recipes for babies. Lots of really great ideas. Many of them sound really good and I want to make them for the whole family for dinner. YUM!!!

Today Guy, Amelia and I (Kristina) went over to Leslie and Andrew's (Leslie's Boyfriend) place for lunch/brunch. They made my inner foodie very happy. We had goat cheese and spinach souffles, fruit salad with caramelized pears and pomegranate seeds, and homemade scones. After lunch we had french press coffee and cookies I brought over. Everything was outstanding. I told Guy after I felt like Garth in Wayne's world. "I'm not worthy..I'm not worthy..."
I am going to have to steal the souffle recipe from Leslie...that was seriously SO SO delectable.

Amelia LOVED Sofie Leslie's cat. She squealed with delight everytime she saw it. Her idea of petting is grabbing a chunk of fur. (We'll have to work on that.) Sofie was so good for the most part calm around Amelia. Everytime she sees a cat she goes NUTS!!! Felines are not Guy's favorite animals; so hopefully this is just a phase for Amelia. We are both allergic to cats, Guy more than I.

We are looking forward to our first family Mattson Christmas just the 3 of us on Christmas morning. Even though Amelia is too young to understand we are being mindful of the traditions we want to start and memories we want to make for Amelia and our future children. Having an intimate Christmas morning is something both Guy and I desire. Christmas Eve we are spending with Bette (Guy's mom). I am excited for Amelia to be around a real tree even if it is for one day. Bette really makes it special for Christmas and decorates her home beautifully. We plan on attending church in Buffalo depending on how late service ends. Christmas morning just the three of us and Christmas afternoon with my parents at my maternal grandfather's. After Christmas afternoon we are inviting people (grandparents) to our home for a Chrismas snack and movies. Later in January we will have our Christmas with Guy's dad's family. We hope this will accomodate everyone without spreading us to thin or compromising our desires for the holidays season.

I want to thank everyone for the cards and I HOPE to have mine out soon...perhaps they will be Happy New Year cards!!! :-)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Adventures in Babyfood

Amelia has had an aversion to solid foods since "Puke Fest I & II" in early October. Lately it has gotten to the point where she won't even taste it off of my finger. She really dislikes "her" babyfood. (I'd eat it as I homemake her babyfood) . Tonight enough was enough, I decided. I broke out the manual baby food mill and just milled her my dinner. I was eating whole wheat angel hair pasta with garlic, peas and garbanzo beans, it was a recipe from 'Real Simple'.
Amelia LOVED it! She was letting me feed her and also feeding herself. (See picture left). Breakthrough!!! I don't know if it was a different texure or if it was more salty. BUT she ate it. So tonight Amelia was introduced to garbanzo beans, garlic, chicken broth and pasta. I am a rebel. I hope I don't get "Puke Fest III" tonight.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bruticus, Jr.

So recently Guy and I have noticed Amelia showing preferences for certain toys, pictures, etc. One toy in particular has caught her fancy. A stuffed tiger. She LOVES him. She squeels with delight everytime she sees him. Amelia pulls him into her face and babbles to him. SO insanely cute! Ironically enough Guy's favorite stuffed animal growing up was Bruticus a stuffed tiger. So we have named Amelia's new best friend, Bruticus, Jr. We hope they have a long and memorable friendship. Thanks Amelie for the wonderful gift all the way from Germany. I was at Target tonight looking for a doppleganger just in case we ever lost Bruticus. No dice. The Germans know how to make a quality product.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Yoga baby

Downward dog, cobra, bug, cat stretch and child's pose. These are the many yoga positions I have seen Amelia in over the last week. She is unaware of her little inner yogi. I see it. Makes me smile as I join her moving and stretching. I never realized the innocence of yoga until now. Yoga keeps your body limber and young. No better example than a baby unaware of the poses using them to learn locomotion. I try to be as centered and present with her as possible.
But a part of me is excited for the day she says..."Mom let's do yoga together." And I will say, "Did you know you have been doing yoga since you were 7 months old?" (Smile)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Storytime Fun

For the past two Tuesdays Amelia and I have attended the Red Balloon Bookshop for baby story time. What a delight the story teller Sara is! It's a great free fun activity for us to enjoy together.
If you ever attend come early because it is packed!

Breaking News!
Amelia is FINALLY cuting her teeth. We heard them "clink" on a drinking glass. I felt in there and sure enough, I felt the little buggers! I can't see them though. Guy was home at the time of discovery which was an awesome family moment to share. Our little gal is growing up!
In addition Amelia's favorite thing to say is..."ba ba bab bab bab ba aaaababa". So we are learning our b words. Bottle, bath, boy, bun, bird, brrr. She often sings back up on "Barbara Ann". "Ba ba ba baaaa" then I say "arann". She just laughs and giggles! SO much fun!