Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cooking For My Family

Since I'm home all day I've been pretty good about putting a freshly made meal on the table every night of the week that Jon is home for dinner (aka not Thursday or Friday since those are game-nights).  I eat leftovers for dinner those nights, but I've been pretty successful at keeping this up.  And I forgot how enjoyable it was to create new recipe's and try new things out.  I'm newly addicted to Chucks Day Off and have a few recipe's I can't wait to try off his show (p.s., he's smokin' hot and makes me want to move to Montreal and seduce him with alt-rock).  I definitely have new celebrity chef crush on Chuck Hughes. drool.  

But I digress. 

Last night we had a totally dorky themed dinner that Coach scarfed down.  The roasted, herbed chicken was nothing I haven't done before (boneless skinless chicken thighs, S&P, herbs de provence, done), but I made a lazy ratatouille like Remy. :)  

It was pretty dang good considering it took me like 5 minutes to put together. I don't have a slicer so I just got them as thin as I could.  Here's how I did it, yum.

1/4-1/2 cup tomato sauce
1-2 cloves garlic
2 yellow squash
1 zucchini squash
3 roma tomatoes
1 small onion (optional)
Herbs de Provence

Preheat over to 375 degrees.  Put the tomato sauce and garlic in the bottom of a small roasting dish.  Cut the squash, tomatoes, and onion as thinly as possible and alternate layers, creating a circle or pattern that fits your dish.  Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and herbs de provence (or basil, thyme, and rosemary if you don't have it).  cut a piece of parchment paper (or tin foil if you don't have it) to fit over just the vegi's. Bake for 45 minutes until sauce is bubbling through the pieces but the vegetables aren't browned.  Serve with a dab of goat cheese if you have it. 

Mommy Diary: Week 15

Developments This Week:
  • We are through our 3 month growth spurt, thank goodness!  We're both exhausted! But he grew over 1/2 an inch in a little over a week! jeeze!
  • Getting back on a schedule.  Naptime is full of tears these days but he's a better baby during the day now that I'm sticking to a 3 1/2 - 4 hr schedule (eats, plays for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours, then sleeps for about 1 1/2-2 hours, repeat).  It's harder for Coach to hear him cry it out than me, but we both have noticed a huge difference in his attitude during his wakeful times.  Plus he's already back to sleeping super well at night.
We're still recovering from the huge growth spurt last week (wake up every 2 hours to guzzle a ridiculous amount of milk during the night made us both grumpy), but when I measured him I had to kind of chuckle because no wonder he was cranky and hungry -- a half inch in a bit over a week is a huge spurt!  No wonder he looks longer! haha.  We're mostly still in 6 month clothes but a few 9 months are starting to fit.  And I finally found a package of plain white socks (thank you target), and while I got the 6-12month size they're... well they fit.  As in, if his feet get bigger again we'll have to check out the next size. I'm glad I only got one package. 

I need to find a bunting bag once it gets a little cooler out, but who knows what size I should get!!  9 months definitely, but maybe 12 months so he'll use it through February-march? Good lordy.  Plus, I swear there is really a very limited amount of stuff out there that is gender neutral. I try no to buy ANYTHING that a little girl couldn't pull off with a cute hairbow.  And the selection is crap! I even have my sister looking at the PX and stores in Oklahoma.  How frustrating. I know I'm not the only person out there who has this problem.  It's so frustrating, especially considering the price of baby stuff--I should be able to find something that doesn't make me gag, roll my eyes, or laugh out loud.  Maybe I'm just not gender typical (sports stuff for boys, pink/princess stuff for girls), but I want things that are cute and could be both.  Frustrating. I don't want to rebuy all this stuff for #2! Especially since I think we'll probably not find out the sex for the next one (I just love the idea of being surprised next time).  Anywho, I'm keeping my eyes peeled.

I also started getting back into working out.  Well I should say that loosely.  I've started walking every morning.  I've gone every day this week, which has been easier since Lloyd is sleeping so well at night I'm now not waking up exhausted.  We walk the same route in our neighborhood, which is between 1.5 and 1.75 miles (my runkeeper ap is amazing, it tells you how fast, how far, and how long you've been exercising!).  It's a perfect distance. I tried running a little bit and holy jeebus I'm out of shape.  I walk at a pretty brisk pace, which considering I have a 16 pound baby and a 25-35 pound stroller is better than you think.  Lloyd seems to like checking everything out too.  So, considering I wasn't allowed to work out my entire pregnancy and I found out I was pregnant about October 1st of last year.... yeah no wonder.  But I am soooo close to being back to my prepregnancy weight (if you consider 15 pounds close)!  I have a friends wedding in January I'm aiming for, and I think it's totally attainable.  I got a smokin' dress and some very sexy heels that are waiting for my thinner self to arrive in.  Walk walk walk!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 14

  • Rolling over from his back to his front, all the time!  He can pretty much make a full revolution and is constantly trying to roll over anytime he's even remotely flat on his back.  Changing diapers is getting to be challenging because he thinks it's funny.
  • First giggles. For Daddy.
It's incredible, just the past few days he's become a rolling over fool.  He rolls pretty much exclusively one direction but he will do it over and over again if you continue to roll him back over.  He thinks it's fun, then he gets frustrated and his legs start moving and pushing but his arm strength isn't there yet.  But holy moley just based on his back end activity and his desire to get places I think it's fair to say we'll have a crawler in the next couple months.

He is also hit a growth spurt. He's thinned out a little in the middle and seems longer in the legs.  As if he could get much taller for his age!  His 6 month things are fitting really well.  I need to start keeping my eye out for jackets. Also I need some plain white socks, I get so frustrated with all the designed socks people gave us that are beyond cute but match nothing!  So he always has crazy sock/outfit combo's.  Why is finding a package of plain baby socks so hard?! Makes zero sense!

But or 4pm nap is getting easier and easier.  Thankfully. Minimal crying.  But he needs it!  Poor little boy.  Speaking of, guess who is up?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Developmental Book Overload

Holy baby book overload batman!  There are so many out there!  I feel like I don't know anything about what Lloyd should be doing, but somehow he seems to be following all the developmental timeline's I've read (although we, of course, think he's a genius).  But after he was born and started being fussy and I couldn't figure out why or how to appease him.  There are a handful of really helpful books I have and I've just added a new little one that is on it's way from Amazon.

  • I bought The Wonder Weeks, my all time favorite book so far. It's easy, it's helpful, it made me feel like less of a failure.  
  • I bought Babies First Skills, which is also helpful for entertaining your little blob when they can't do much and you've run out of stupid songs to sing them (although the way the exercises are laid out is beyond annoying).
  • The Nursing Mother's Companion has been really really helpful for boobie related questions.  I wish I had read it before having Lloyd because I haven't been able to read it cover-to-cover, but I have used it as my "go-to" question and answer (aka when I had a plugged duct, what meds I can take and won't get in the milk, etc.).
  • Your Baby's First Year Week by Week, I loved the Pregnancy Week by Week so I picked it up at Half Priced Books for about $3. I haven't really read it because I get the BabyCenter emails and they're shorter, easier to read, and cover the same junk.
And I never though I'd make it through breastfeeding.  People tell you the worst horror stories!  But, holy jeeze, it's been 3 months already!  I'm halfway to highchair!  And, uh, no surprise I have no idea on how to start the foods! I've heard a lot about Baby Led Weaning and how people either wish they'd done it, or have done it.  And the idea of not having to puree everything for a baby that is already a huge food whore, just sounds awesome because it doesn't cause too much time between pot and table.  I'd already had plans to give him our food in mush form, but it sounds like I can do this without the food processor.  So I was intrigued.  I've got 3 months before we are there, yes, but it would probably take me that long to read this book!  So I figured it'll be my new nightstand friend.  Bye-bye trashy novels for a little while. I'm excited to watch Lloyd get food all over himself. I think it'll be hysterical!  But I need to start on fixing his highchair.  3 months to fix it sounds do-able.  :)  

Motherhood makes you feel like an absolute idiot.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mommy Diary: 3 Months Old

Wow.  This month has been full of firsts (flying in an airplane, sleeping 8 hours (albeit rarely and inconsistently), swimming).  He's also figured out:
  • How to hold his head up.
  • His thumb. Yum yum.
  • Talking/cooing.
  • Sitting up (with help).
  • Rolling over is scary.
  • Grabbing and batting at anything and everything.
  • How to put those grabbed objects directly into his mouth.
  • That we're familiar and loves to turn and smile at us when he hears our voice. He also smiles when you get him from bed.
  • He giggled at Coach tonight when he got home from school!  Just one little one, but yeah it was still awesomely cute!
Also, I forgot to mention this yesterday, but my hair has started to fall out in massive amounts from it's pregnancy fluffiness.  It's so gross. But considering how thick my hair was before being pregnant it's a relief to be losing some!  However, all the hair that is falling out seems to be the remaining black/brown bits leaving an increasing number of my premature grey's behind.  Oh well.  

I can't believe he's 3 months old! Wow!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 13

Developments This Week:
  • We found our thumb!  It's our new favorite snack.
  • Holding our head up all by ourself, all the time.  He now spends time daily in his jumperoo and bumpo.  He's not really sure about the Bumpo but loves the jumperoo.
  • Started our acid-relfux medicine and it's helping greatly, putting us in a much better mood most days. 
  • He noticed the dogs and is now intrigued by them. So now the feeling is mutual since they've been trying to figure him out for months now.
Things We Have Learned:
  • Sleeping through the night is still not guaranteed.  It happens, but not consistently and I haven't figured out what the trick is.  Also, he's hit another growth spurt and wonder week simultaneously so that could be another issue.  Senior CrankyPants is back. 
  • Getting dinner on the table every night is getting easier.  We had grilled chicken and veggi's last night, tonight is pumpkin curry. Last week I cooked 4/5 nights.  So I'm liking getting back into cooking even if I have to do all my prep-work in 5 minute intervals and it's super difficult to make anything with many components. At least Coach comes home to a hot meal.
  • Sitting up is our new favorite position.  If he's tired of laying down he will grab your fingers and try to pull himself up, which he's pretty successful at doing all by himself.  He loves looking around and doesn't want to miss anything.
I'm trying desperately to figure out a nap time for this little guy.  For 3 days I've gotten him to go down between 3 and 4pm.  Yesterday I accidentally let him cry it out and he passed out for an hour, the day before he did it on his own almost. Today I tried to let him cry, he went at it for a while and when I picked him up and rocked him he passed out.  So maybe it's working?  He does so much better with a nap and I am really good about not letting him fall asleep at the boob any more--I don't want him to associate food with sleep.  It's one thing when they're tiny and all they do is eat and sleep, it's a whole different thing now that he's up and playing all day.  

This week has been quiet. Recovered from my sickness, doing stuff around the house.  I'm desperate for it to be cool enough that I can open windows and finish painting.  I painted the living room while pregnant and couldn't get on the 12 foot ladder to do the cut-ins so those still remain, ditto to our bedroom ceiling cut-ins, the accent wall in our bedroom needs to be painted (it's white, blah blah), and there are 2 walls left in our dining room that never got paint either before I got pregnant.  I also have the urge to paint the 2 remaining rooms in the house without a speck on them (boy do they look grimy).  I think I'm going to go ahead and paint (what is now) the guestroom whatever color I'd like for Lloyd's toddler room since he'll go in there once #2 arrives and I don't want to paint twice.  And I want to paint the study a color for #2's nursery since I think we'll put him/her in there since Lloyd's nursery will work for a study/guestroom when we have 2 little ones.  Our bedrooms are really strangely shaped so it makes furniture placement hard even though they're large.  I just don't want to have to repaint any rooms come my next pregnancy because that smell made me vomit well into my 2nd trimester last time.  Plus why paint twice?  Maybe once nap time gets more solidified.  Also, I have plans for a quiet Saturday once Coach is recovered from football to put him on baby duty while I at least finish the cut-ins on the already painted rooms. Driving me NUTS.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Baby Diary Photo Book

So after writing Lloyd every week of my pregnancy, I finally completed my version of his baby book.  I cannot wait for it to get here!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 12

Developments this week:
  • Loving to sit up.
  • Recognizing and smiling at you when you get him every morning and after his nap.
  • Our first flight and trip.
  • Tons and tons of talking, new noises and sounds.
  • Able to bat and grab everything you put in front of him--including your shirt, hair, necklace, you name it.

Things we've learned:
  • Air travel with an infant is rough.  Going there wasn't so bad, but coming home was definitely exhausting.  And I came back with some kind of funk.
  • Always have at least 3-4 extra outfits when you travel. 
  • Make sure your extra outfit in your diaper bag fits.

Los Angeles was great although we're all exhausted.  I came back with a sore throat and some sinus thing that's given me a little fever.  Which makes taking care of a baby exhausting and just ridiculous. Tomorrow and Friday will be the real sucky time since at least right now Coach is entertaining the baby and able to let me sit down.  But wow Tomorrow will be hard and by Friday I'm sure whatever I have will be worse just from not being able to take it easy.  Being sick with a little one makes being sick even worse than it was before.  Something that never occurred to me before. yipes. 

Our visit to Cook Children's was reassuring.  He does not have pyloric stenosis but they did find really bad reflux, so my doctor called in some medicine that will help him keep his food down.  But looks like we're on our 2 hour feeding schedule permanently, because when I stick to it he does much better and doesn't spit up or throw up.  Which is hard to do and get anything done out of the house, but hopefully he'll grow out of it.  

Well I'm going to go lay down.  Ugh.  feel like ass.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Giving Thanks #5

#5: Because sorting and folding laundry would not induce such thought and wide eyes.  We take our time and feel all the fabrics, look at all the colors, and enjoy our time on the floor in the bathroom exploring all the new things in the laundry basket together.  Laundry would be a chore: boring and repetitive.  It wouldn't be another fun game we get to play so he learns.  

Lucky Mommy. Lucky Baby. Lucky Life.