Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 43 Weeks

October 17, 2014

Dear Asher:

You have not been your usual chill self this week; this wonder week has taken its toll on your sleep and mood for sure. You have to be carried or sit in someone's lap almost all day. But you are figuring toys out now suddenly. You are fascinated by a driving toy that has a key, you have been trying to get that key in the slot for days. You work so hard! You hate laying still to get your diaper changed which is fun, to say the least. You scream bloody murder when we have to pin you down to get the fresh one on. Child, it would be so much easier if you just laid still! But you're back to playing the second you can roll away. You're showing major signs of wanting to walk. You have even let go a few times a stood. Briefly, but still! So big. Making my heart break. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 42 Weeks

October 10, 2014

Dear Asher-

You are changing so quickly the closer we get to your birthday. Or so it seems, at least.  This week you've started hating laying still for your diaper changes. Daddy and I fondly refer to it as "wrestling an alligator" and it's not far off. You want to roll away and take off. One day before I could get you pinned down your naked booty was halfway down the hall. You don't want to miss anything, you stand up with minimal assistance and chassé yourself around furniture. Get any taller and you'll be konking your head on the table when you stand up. I can't keep up with you these days honey!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 41 Weeks

October 3, 2014

Dear Asher-

You got sick for the first time this week and it was just terrible seeing you so miserable. You ran a really high fever for a few days and just wanted to camp out on mommy and nurse. Your little face was so sad, we didn't hear your wonderful laugh for days. You're on the mend though and while still a bit drippy from crazy weather we have had, overwhelmingly you're returning to normal fairy quickly which is good to see. I suppose we are pretty lucky this is your first illness of any type, you are such the little soldier even when you feel bad. Lots of cuddles sure made you feel better though and we were happy to provide them.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 40 Weeks

September 26, 2014

Dear Asher-

This week has been quiet. We think you've said Dada but it's so hard to tell with baby babble. You do signal for "up" now, we will sign it then you will wave your hand mimicking it. It's pretty cute. You love playing with your brothers play toy balls, anything round you will chase after. You are also wicked fast little speed demon with the crawling and all we listen for is your thunder-hands, as Daddy calls them. Your face has started to thin out and you have a neck now for the first time ever. Makes me sad! I've also put almost all your one-piece 24 month outfits in the too-small bin because the buttons will pop the second you start moving. So I grudgingly got the 2T bag out and washed a few items. You're making me sad honey bear! 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gluten Free Scones

I've posted my moms scone recipe before but I thought I would repost it with my gluten free adaptations. If you want to make it vegan you can easily use a chilled butter substitute.

I'm a personal fan of using tart dried cherries and blueberries. My mom loved dried apricots. Coach, of course, likes chocolate chips with cherries. Play with it! It's part of the fun!

Gluten Free (Dairy Free) Scones

1 1/2 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Xanthan gum
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
2/3 cup cold milk substitute (we use coconut milk)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup (chopped) dried fruit(s)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine milk and vinegar and allow to combine into your vegan buttermilk. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with your paddle attachment, combine all the dry ingredients except the fruit. On low, add cold butter cubes and turn speed up to medium.  

 Allow butter to crumble in, but there will still be flakes interspersed. Do NOT over mix, you want those butter flakes! Slowly add milk in and stir to combine, scraping down the bowl.
Mix in dried fruits of your choosing. I'm using mango, golden raisins, and blueberries today.  But get creative!

On a greased piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, form the dough into a ball.  Cut into 8 pieces with a knife and separate. 
sorry, forgot to photograph the cutting.  Then someone stole 2 *sigh*
Chill in fridge if the dough has started to warm, if necessary. Bake on middle rack for 12-15 minutes, until edges are starting to brown.  

Serve with butter and jam, clotted cream (for you people not allergic to dairy), or just by themselves! Yum.

Note: I've also made them using various sized ice cream scoopers. Adjust time as necessary, you don't want them overbooking and drying out! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 9 Months

September 20, 2014

Dear Asher:

Our photo this month is from the beautiful breastfeeding photos I had taken of us. I so desperately wanted to capture this sweet time in our life together. You still have that delicious milk smell when you wake up, and I know that soon that smell is going to disappear and make its way for all kinds of toddler mischief.  You started crawling this past month and it only took you a few hours to start making it quickly around the house once you finally did it. Your hair is also really filling in and starting to curl up in back as it gets longer; all day the comments about your red hair get us stopped by people. It's so you though, so spunky and unique. Your curiosity is really fun to watch. You also know your name and are hearing "No, Asher!!" a lot as you (constantly) manage to be exactly where you shouldn't be. You just look at me with those huge eyes and a beautiful smirky smile. Oh honey bear, so much adventure in your future!


Mommy Diary Take Two: 39 Weeks

September 19, 2014
Dear Asher:

This week you have been hilariously chatty. Constant babble and bouncing around the house as you pull up on every surface you can manage. You tried spaghetti squash this week and couldn't shovel it in fast enough, the same with butternut squash. I love watching your chubby fists get after your veggies. You've got banged up knees from all the quick crawling you've been doing. This includes booking it to the bathroom when daddy or I are showering, ripping open the curtain, and managing to almost completely crawl in to splash the water. Every time we end up pulling your already partially soaked body in with us and letting you splash to your hearts content. You just want to be where the action is. You are always a little lost when big brother is at school; I don't think you know what to do in the quiet, just us!