Monday, March 31, 2014

Late March

I have not forgotten about this little blog. I'm still here but just very busy and very tired, so I don't have a lot of time to think or write. I wish I could add a couple of hours to each day but even then I think I would still feel behind. 

So where to start. Since it's Monday, I guess I should talk about my year of food challenge. It's still going and I'm still succeeding (mostly). Last week we tried eating super healthy and it was no fun for me. I just can't get excited about vegetables and ground turkey. Yuck. I did like that we made a conscious effort to eat more fresh produce, though. 

It is finally starting to feel like spring around here. I wish I could spend all day out in the sun, but Wilson hates the brightness. So we mostly wait until the early evening to go out. We got him lots of cute new hats but he has learned how to take them off. 

I took my first Praxis for graduate school over the weekend and I passed! Hurray! I still have to pass another in two weeks, but it should be a breeze. I'm still having trouble wrapping my mind around starting school in June and teaching in August. I don't feel ready. And I am certainly not ready for Wilson to be in daycare. Just the thought of it makes me nervous and sick and sad and upset. I'm not ready and I don't think he is ready. I'm hoping that the next few months will go by so slow and that we both will be ready when the time comes. Or that we will win the lottery and I can stay home with him until kindergarten. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


So this arrived at our door last week. A walker. How my baby is big enough for a walker is beyond me, but Wilson loves it. Walkers are pretty unsafe and I'm surprised they even still sell them. We don't have stairs or (too many) things he can get into, so I'm ok with Wilson having one. But boy do I have to keep my eyes in him. Yesterday he was chasing Sadie and the cats, trying to run them over. I'm amazed how fast he figured out what the walker is for. The kid is too smart. 

Wilson has been giving us this scrunched up nose laugh/smile nonstop lately. When he gets really excited and happy, he starts snorting. It's probably the cutest thing I've ever seen. And how precious is that outfit? 

It has been quite spring-like in the delta, finally! We took advantage and spent Saturday afternoon outside. I think Wilson likes the fresh air and exploring, but he is so sensitive to the sun. He needs some more hats and sunglasses before summer gets here. 

Yesterday was Wilson's 6 month well check and shots. The 9:30 appointment turned into a 5 hour ordeal, which was no fun for anyone involved. If I didn't love his doctor, I wouldn't ever go back to that clinic. Dr. Wells was very impressed with Wilson's growth and development. She said he has already mastered some 9/10 month old skills, which made my momma heart swell with pride. They had to prick his finger to check his iron levels and he barely even flinched. Unfortunately his iron levels were a bit low (taking after me, I suppose). We have to get them rechecked in 2 months and if they are still low, then Wilson will have to start taking supplements. In the meantime, the doctor suggested we start giving him meat and other high iron foods. Hopefully, that will be all he needs. 
Shots were terrible, as usual, but after a nap, Advil, and some cuddles, he was back to his happy self. 

A year of food #9

Caleb took off work yesterday, so I forgot it was actually Monday and time to post my food. Oops. 

Chipotle chicken chili

Vegetable yakisoba

Salsa chicken casserole



Ham, biscuits, hominy

Fried chicken (we are such stereotypical southerners) 

Greek tacos

I just need to tell everyone how amazingly good the Greek tacos were. I've admitted that I don't really like vegetables, but this taco was stuffed with veggies and I loved it! All you do is oven roast zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper, onions and chicken with a olive oil, garlic, lemon, and red wine vinegar marinade for 1 hour. Serve it on a pita with feta, Greek yogurt, red pepper flakes and peproncinis on the side. It's so simple and I honestly didn't expect to like it at all, but it is hands down one of the best things I've ever made. And bonus points for being healthy! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wilson -- 6 months

1/2 a year. My baby is 1/2 a year old. I don't even know how that is possible. In some ways, it feels like yesterday we were in the hospital but in other ways, I can't even remember our lives before Wilson. That's a total parenting cliche but it's so true. 

I could get all mushy gushy reflecting on these last 6 months, but I'm going to refrain right now. Not because I haven't been a big ole puddle of emotions, because I totally have. But I'd like to reflect a little more before I put fingers to keys. This motherhood thing is hard to put into the right words.

So without further ramblings, here is what baby Wilson has been up to this month. 

- Im guessing Wilson weighs 20 pounds 8 ounces and is 28.25 inches long. We go to the doctor next Monday, so we will see for sure then. 

- This kid is the best night time sleeper I could have ever asked for. He goes to bed between 9-10 and sleeps until 9-10 the next morning. I actually had to wake him up at 10:15 this morning. Who has ever heard of a baby who sleeps late? It's awesome because I am a total night owl and don't function right before 8 am. He will randomly wake up in the night maybe once a week. 

- Naps are a bit of a sore spot for me right now. Wilson takes a morning nap from 10:30(ish) to 12(ish) and an afternoon nap from 1:30(ish) to 3:45(ish), sometimes with a 30 minute cat nap around 6:30. Wilson fights his naps and needs to be coaxed to sleep. But once he is asleep, he is out. The thing is that I am still rocking him throughout each nap. Could I put him in his crib? Probably. But I love holding him, a lot. I know I need to break the habit soon. Not looking forward to it AT ALL. 

- Wilson takes a 8 ounce bottle at 9:30, 1, 4:30, and 8:30. Sometimes he drinks every drop but sometimes he will only drink 5 ounces. It's kinda strange and I'm slightly worried he isn't eating enough. But he is happy and doesn't act hungry so who knows. 

- Wilson is still enjoying solid foods. We do purees and small pieces of "real" food. I really want to do baby led weaning, so I'm trying to slowly phase out purees and introduce self feeding real food. Usually he eats a fruit purée or oatmeal in the morning. At dinner time, I give him puffs to play with while I cook. He surprisingly gets several in his mouth. Then he eats half a veggie purée and small bits of my food. He has tried beans, rice, noodles, celery sticks, tomatoes, beef, cheese and bread. 

- He is wearing 6/9 months, 9 months, and 6/12 month clothes. We got him a new spring wardrobe last weekend so it needs to warm up so I can dress him in his adorable new things. 

- Wilson is wearing size 4 diapers. We just got some pampers overnights for nighttime and I love them. We use target brand during the day and pampers at night. 

- The biggest achievement he hit this month is sitting up unsupported. He could for a few seconds before this month, but he can now sit by himself and play. He always looks quite accomplished and proud of himself. 

- He is still rolling all over the place. He is actually pretty over being on the floor. He wants to sit or stand all the time. Bouncing in his saucer or jump seat are his favorites. 

- Wilson is becoming so social. He laughs and smiles all the time at people. But he also hates being ignored or left alone. He will hold his arms out when he wants to be held. He does seem to get overstimulated sometimes, especially new places. 

- We got a new carseat this month. He was just about to the height limit on his baby carrier, so we got him a seat he can grow with. It goes up to 70 pounds and 45 inches, so he will be in it for quite some time. 

- Likes: Swinging, peek a boo, babbling, his toys, eating 

- Dislikes: the bathtub, diaper changes, falling asleep, too much activity 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A year of food #8

I hate failing. Which is probably why I have avoided writing this post for a day or two. I failed last week. I only cooked 2 nights. Complete failure. Ugh. 

To my credit, we were gone Friday-Sunday, so I probably would have met my goal had we been home. 

Monday: I don't even remember. 

Tuesday: chick Fil a. 

Homemade hamburger helper Beef and mushroom stroganoff. 

Chicken Marsala and Lima beans

So I cut up a full box of mushrooms and then promptly dropped them all on the floor. And then I threw a temper tantrum like a child because I was craving Marsala mushrooms. And my husband went to the grocery store twice for me. True story. This meal was not easy or fun to make, but it got made. Those tears only flavor the food more, right??? And PS- I had already eaten about half the Lima beans straight from the pot, which is why I have such a smal portion on my plate. Lima beans with butter, season salt and lots of white&black pepper are the most tasty veggie  EVER. 

Friday-Sunday we were out of town. We ate out a couple times and I had some badass tom yum soup and Thai basil fried rice that I will dream about forever. So good but so not economical and so not available anywhere near Cleveland. Boo.