August 30, 2011

Cancer

...is hitting a lot of people I know recently.

It's a scary, scary disease.

One of my favorite people has cancer.

He is one of the nicest men I know.

When I was driving cross country, he checked my oil, checked my tires and left $20 in the glove compartment, just in case.

When his neighbor was out of power, he ran electricity from his house to theirs.

He always has a smile. He knows how to dance away the night.

He is like a second grandfather to me, even though he is far away.

Thank you Walt, for being part of my life.




August 29, 2011

Mommy Monday

I was in the house for 30 minutes ALL BY MYSELF.

It was the weirdest thing. No husband, no baby. I am never, ever home alone.

It was nice for 10 minutes. And then I missed my baby. I only get to see him for about 2 hours a day (when I am working)...and so every minute counts!

Such a weird trade-off. Solitude and the need to hold the little guy.

How can you not want to cuddle up with this face?


August 28, 2011

Solids on the go...

We just got back from our first mini-vacation since Alex has really started eating solids.

It is quite the experience!

He ate on a picnic table, on my lap, on the beach, in a restaurant...in the hotel room.



He didn't eat as much but he made an admirable effort!

I have to say I am loving the portable pouch organic baby food (Ella's, Earth's best and plum organics) for travel!

So easy.

His favorite flavor: Carrots, Apples, Prunes and Butternut Squash mix...

August 26, 2011

Here comes the sun

Things are different these days.

When I was little, we played in the sun all day long. I don't know if I wore sunscreen. It sure wasn't top if the list...now it is the first thing I think of when I go outside.

I slather A in sunscreen. I worry if he goes outside that the sun in hitting him. I'm overly worried, I know.
But skin cancer is scary. I thought I was doing well, covering him in 60 spf baby sunscreen.

Then I read this.

The most important take-aways for me are that:

1. There’s no consensus on whether sunscreens prevent skin cancer.

2. There’s some evidence that sunscreens might increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer for some people.

3. There are more high SPF products than ever before, but no proof that they’re better


Great. More things to worry about.

So what now? They recommend that you still use sunscreen, and give you ratings for which ones to use. I have 2 kinds in my house. One is rated a 3 (1 being the best)...the other a 7. Guess I won't be using the 7 anymore...

For now, Babyganics it is...and hats, long sleeved shirts, pant, socks...and only sitting in the shade...ok, maybe I'll let him see the sun one day...




August 25, 2011

Seven Months Old

...yes, I know this post is late.

But I didn't want to forget to mark this important milestone!

A is 7 months old.

He is crawling - quickly - everywhere!


 He's standing up in his crib, starting to sleep through the night, and making funny noises!


He is smiling up a storm, laughing saying mama, dada and loving life.


 He loves, loves, loves the water - and splashing....


He's houdini - loves figuring out how to get out of his sleepsack!


He's just a cutie pie...and I can't get over how big he is!


Oh, and he loves teething toys - since he has his first tooth! All the better to eat with...He is an eating machine!

I can't get over how much he's changed...my little guy is getting so big :( Such a change from his first week! I love this little guy...


August 24, 2011

Tasty Thursday - Pesto!

So Sunday was a day of cooking! First, I made some awesome guacamole...but forgot to take pics and before I even blinked, it was gone...


So, this post will be about the awesome pesto I made next. 

I went out to my garden and picked 2 cups of loosely packed basil!

(Isn't it pretty?)


Combine the basil with:
Salt to taste
1/2 to 2 cloves of crushed garlic
1/4 cup virgin olive oil
and....


2 tablespoons lightly toasted pine nuts (in a dry skillet)


Blend...oh yes, and if you have a sleeping baby, or a baby afraid of blenders...you plug the blender in outside, in your yard, and blend, stopping to scrape down the sides adding another 1/4 cup of oil gradually.

Stir in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese right before serving


...and toss with favorite pasta...I ate it too fast to take a picture, but it is very very yummy. :)

Wordless Wednesday


August 23, 2011

Fur baby

Moosey Moose sometimes gets lost in the new baby-ness that has taken over our home.

So I wanted to give him his due! He is a wonderful dog...He was my "baby" before A came along. It's been 7 years now...and he still makes me smile :)

Moose at 1 year with his best friend!

Moose catching snowballs

with Mr. Tiger


Why do you make me do this every year?



I ate Santa

What's in there?

Cutie Pie
Making New Friends

August 22, 2011

A Will? Me?

Something we've been meaning to do...but haven't.

It just seems impossible.

But I know I need to do it.

How do you even contemplate what that really means? I have to think about what happens if I die. I know it's just a practicality in many ways, but in others, it's a huge reality. What on earth would happen if I died? If both G and I died? Who would take care of A? How can I make sure that he would be loved the way he deserves to be? That he will still have all the opportunities that I want him to have? How do I contemplate the possibility that I might not be around to see A grow up? I think this is why I have been putting this off. I can't fathom the possibility of not being there for him.

But I know that I must, so I'm off to push the button, and by software to help me write it. I want him to be taken care of, so I must contemplate the un-contemplatable. Wish me luck.

Mommy Monday

I slaved away for 6 hours in the kitchen yesterday. Some was for the adults, most was for the little person.

Last time I cooked baby food...A hated it.

This time I was determined to succeed....and I did. I baked peaches and butternut squash. I steamed some zucchini. I ran out of energy before I got to the sweet potatoes, so that will have to wait for another day!


 Lots of blending, lots of freezing (A has taken over the freezer....)


 The result is one happy baby. Which is much, much better than the previous go round. So at least it isn't my cooking!

August 21, 2011

First night with a babysitter

...and it went perfectly fine.

We saw Harry Potter, had frozen yogurt and called it a date :)

Alex was totally fine, and I was just a little worried.

I am utterly amazed that anyone ever hired me to babysit. I was so worried, and the babysitter I hired is in college, has baby CPR and has taken classes on babysitting. I just had little sisters.

We really enjoyed the movie...but movies are now a super expensive proposition! I think we'll be waiting until movies come to TV!


August 18, 2011

At then end of the day

...I am exhausted. I still haven't adjusted to working full time and being a mom. It is HARD work, I miss my little guy during the day, and feel like I'm not being my best self. But I have the most amazing son, so I can't really feel sorry for myself. I just can't.



August 16, 2011

Our backyard!

My husband is awesome :)  He is building me these...











I am so excited for awesome planter boxes...my haphazard garden will be so much better!

August 15, 2011

I made it through...

I have awesome friends.

I was away from A all weekend - and they kept me occupied enough to have an wonderful time.

Everyone was asleep when I got to the cabin, which was beautiful and remote and everything I wished for. Then I cried myself to sleep - I missed A so much. The worst part - there was NO cell phone service, anywhere.

But the next morning I took a deep breath, used a pay phone (gasp) and went on amazing hikes. Stunning waterfalls. Amazing waterfalls. We caught up on a year of being apart, we laughed, we drank good beer, made s'mores, soaked in the hot tub...and breathed in wilderness. It was everything I needed.



That said, I found a way to call home every day. And this is one of the adorable photos G sent me to keep me sane while I was away. I missed them both so so much. I was never as glad to get home as I was last night. 


August 13, 2011

Missing my little man

Right now I am in Washington State.

I am with some awesome women - hiking, napping, drinking wine, enjoying good company.

Last year I couldn't drink, go in the hot tub or really enjoy the hiking (pregnancy restrictions).

This year I can enjoy all of it. And can sleep!

However, I miss my little guy so much. So so much. I am having an amazing time. But I am not the same person I was, and my little guy is always, always in my thoughts.

I can't wait to get home tomorrow and hold him tight.

August 9, 2011

Bedtime

One day A will be taller than me.

One day he'll be a man.

One day he won't want mommy hugs and kisses.

But right now, I am his earth, his moon, his sun, his sky. He looks at me and his whole face lights up. Before he goes to bed he lays his little head on my shoulder and strokes my face. He stares into my eyes and touches my face like it is the most amazing thing in the world. I want this time to last forever, but I know it won't.

I know one day he will stop finding wonder in my face, but right now, it's the best thing in the world.

August 8, 2011

Mommy Monday - a whole weekend to myself!

I am out of mind nervous for this coming weekend.

I am leaving A for the first time overnight. I get weepy just thinking about it. Three days, three nights. I am certain that he will be totally fine with G. I am not so certain that I will be totally fine.

On the other hand I will get three, yes, three whole entire nights of sleep. At LEAST eight hours of sleep, in a ROW. This is amazing.

I had a wonderful time on girl's weekend last year, so know that I will again. But I am so scared. I will miss his face.



But then I get to go to a cabin right outside of Mt. Rainier...and it looks awesome. So I will make it so.

August 7, 2011

Unexpected Fun

We live 10 minutes from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. I haven't had any desire to go visit, but then I learned that there was a former Air Force One inside the museum. So then, I wanted to go - even though Reagan isn't my favorite....and it was actually a lot of fun!

A couldn't quite figure out why these the Reagan's were staring so oddly at him.


After reading many of the exhibits, I've decided that not much has actually changed since 1981. We are still dealing with the same issues...kind of depressing really.

Anyway, I have decided to vote for A in 2012, he'll do as good a job as anyone else :)




The grounds were beautiful as well. Picnic areas, green grass, gorgeous views. Need to remember that for future picnics. There is even a piece of the Berlin Wall. There was some interesting history here and great exhibits (even if the cold war exhibit was a little intense). Definitely worth the trip.





















p.s. they were trying to get us to buy a membership. They told me I could go anytime when my husband was at work and bring a friend. They also told him he could bring clients - but didn't mention that possibility to me. I was a little irked that they just assumed that I didn't work and the G did. Not that I have anything against SAHMs (some days I'd love to be one!). Regardless, we didn't buy the membership.

August 6, 2011

The weekend of birthday parties...already?

We have lived here, in our current home, for just under 2 years. We have been invited to a few work parties (I'm sure people felt obligated to invite me as the "boss") and some block parties (since we live on the block, they couldn't really not invite us). We are slowly trying to meet people, not an easy task...

A is now 6 months old. He has been invited to five birthday parties. Yep, 5...in 6 months. This is clearly the way to meet people. Granted, two of the invitations were part of a mommy group that I joined. But still, he is by far the most popular member of our family.

This weekend we have no less than two parties. On the one hand I am curious, since in 5 short months I will need to throw a 1 year old birthday party myself. On the other hand, that's a lot of little kids in one weekend. I am a little intimidated by the last birthday party we went to - I am not that creative, nor do I have the energy to put together such a spread. Will A even care? His favorite part of the last party we went to was the grass!


So wish me luck...on top of trying to attend two 1 year old birthday parties, we're going to the Ronald Reagan Library, having a swim play date, unpacking from last weekend, and then all the normal weekend things...laundry, grocery shopping, dishes, yard work, walking the dog etc. etc. etc.....

August 5, 2011

All the coolest kids have them!

Baby shopping is amazing.

The array of possibilities, unfathomable.

So a quick list for what is loved in our household right now...the fickle love of a nearly 7 month old goes to....

1. Scout! - still an all time favorite. His voice makes A smile, and the songs get stuck in your head. He even smiles when I sing about his favorite Moose :)

2. Fisher Price Tool Bench - He loves smacking it and even tries to use it to stand up

3. Giggle.com Halo Sleepsack - It's fuzzy, not too warm and perfect for sleep...comes in an organic cotton version as well. The next step up from swaddling.

4. Deluxe Booster Seat  - Perfect for those introductions to baby food - peas anyone?

5. Play Mat - Who knew they were so tasty?

...and anything soft he can stick in his mouth, teethers, fingers, hair...

I am always looking for new suggestions if you want to share!

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