Updates

Its been a while! 

Summer has passed, and fall is coming close to its end, my how the time has passed!

Bud will be 9 months old next week – it’s amazing all the things he is learning and discovering. It seems like there is something new each day!

He is crawling around every where and getting into mischief – and making me realize just how bad my house keeping skills are!

Now that he’s so much more mobile, I needed to step up and start baby proofing – I covered over our TV stand with clear vinyl a few months ago when a toddler was visiting – however, Bud has figured out how to pull it down to reach the cords he wants. I’m worrying that a whole different TV stand would be the best bet – but we need more storage anyways, it could be a good investment.

Over the summer we also started going to a new church. One of the girls iny baby group, invited us to her daughter’s dedication, and we instantly felt at home. We had been looking for a new home church for a while, and God must have felt it was time to settle again. The overwhelming welcome we felt when we started going, it was mind boggling. We have made many new friends, and have found ourselves entwined in church life so quickly. I took over posting on Facebook for the Church,my husband has gotten involved with worship and we’ve both joined a couple Bible study and prayer groups. I’ve stepped up the baking recently just for Bible studies!

Bud is enjoying it, since there’s many babies around his age. He loves to fall asleep during worship, and play in the baby room during preaching.

I also started taking part in NaNoWriMo again this year – although I’ve had to change my creative focus for a few days to prepare for D&D this weekend. I’ve taken over again as the DM of our little group. Paul graciously managed the group for me, so could adapt to life with our little Bud, and now that I’m starting to figure it out, I feel comfortable doing this again. Planning out an adventure is certainly challenging!

One other challenge I’ve been facing is getting everything done. I feel like I need 6 more hours in every day. Bud goes to bed at 7:30, and Paul goes to work at 10… So I stay up and write, read, play games, catch up on house work and so much more. I end up going to bed at 1 or 2… And Bud wakes up a short time later. My sleep is certainly lacking in the last few months.

Once Bud starts sleeping through the night, it will be alot easier, I think. I still crave the alone time after Paul goes to work, but I need to limit the extremely late bedtimes to once a week I think.

I’ll figure it out!

In the mean time, I’m planning on some cute Christmas gifts for the grandparents, and I’ll see if I can make a guide for them if they turn out okay!

Are you planning on DIY gifts this year?

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Writing for Women

I’ve always wanted to write a novel, and maybe get it published. I’ve started a few dozen stories over the years, but never finished them.
My Father, a published author (in magazines and newspapers), shared this contest the other day, and it could be just the incentive I need to get a tale finished.
The Half the World Global Literati Award.
The award is encouraging writers of all genders, and anyone 13 and older, to write tales featuring women as the main characters.
Over the last few years, it’s been brought to my attention, that awards like The Hugos, and others like them, are dominated by men. Both the writers, and the characters they write about.
So this, even if I don’t actually enter, is my incentive to write.
Now, I just need to have time around a baby to actually do so.

Great Fluffy Butts – it’s a Baby!

In the last 2 months since I last wrote here, my little baby boy “Bud” came into this world.*
He is my precious little one, but it’s certainly been a challenge getting used to taking care of a baby.

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He was born Feb 9, at 10:32 AM, and weighed 8lbs 7oz. I had an emergency C-section, as my pelvic bone was too small to let him through – his heart rate was dropping and no matter how hard I pushed, he wouldn’t have made it through.

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I was too out of it by the time I went into surgery to really remember what happened – but my husband says he came out crying and then peed everywhere!

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He’s now 2 months old, and he’s grown so much!
He loves cuddles and eating – both breast milk and formula.

He’s started enjoying playtime on his play mat. It has a bar with animals and things to grab on to, attached over his head.

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Our dog, Star, is still unsure about him – but she sits at our feet while we’re changing him, and acts protective when other people hold him. He, on the other hand, has finally started recognising her. He smiled at her today when she was sitting next to him on the playmat.
He’ll be running around with her in no time!

*”Bud” is what I will be calling him on this blog. Simply for safety, and possibly not embarrassing him too much down the road. 😉

Baby Waiting Game

Feb 2 was my due date for Cuddle Bug (what we’ve been calling the baby, while they’re hanging out in my belly.) – so now I’m playing the waiting game!

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Not actually my belly.

At my weekly checkup today, I was told I’m not quite dilated. Which tells me it’s something under 1 cm. Which is better than last week, when there was nothing at all.

I’ve had random contractions on and off the last few days though, so I’m crossing my fingers and hoping CB makes an appearance in the next few days. Preferably Friday or Saturday.

Husband wants baby to outright not show up on Sunday – because Superbowl is that day. However, since none of his teams are actually in this year, I’m sure the world won’t end if baby does decide to show up then.

If baby waits till Monday, they’ll be born in the new Chinese New Year – they’ll be a Monkey Baby! Before then, they’re a Sheep! Monkey’s are supposed to be smart and clever, and Sheep are supposed to be quiet and artsy – I’m not sure which I would prefer, haha.

Until baby does show up, I am keeping myself busy, organizing their room, washing baby clothing, and making sure the house is as ready for a baby as I can make it… I don’t know how to prepare us for baby, aside from reading lots of blogs and books – so we might as well be ready in other ways.

Every day also involves a walk, usually with the dog, and constant reminders to drink plenty of water. As much as I want to be a lump on a log, and just play video games, there are too many things to get done before CB arrives, and I’ve put them off too long already.

If you have had children, what did you do to distract yourself until your baby (or babies!) made their appearance?


 

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Important words.

Probably one of the most reassuring things I have read in a baby book since getting pregnant:

“But too many parents don’t seem to understand this. They fear that if they’re not keeping up with the latest books and theories on parenting, and applying them to their children immediately, they’re negligent somehow. They’re not.
So we want to make a point up front, because if we’re about to give you more than a hundred pages of parenting ” advice,” we want to make sure that you understand that, should you not follow our advice, it would not imply you are a “bad” parent. Because chances are, as long as you are a thoughtful parent with positive intentions, your child is going to be just fine.”

From The Newborn Sleep Book, by Dr. Lewis Jassey and Dr. Johnathan Jassey.

Home cooking – Success and Fail

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Since we’ve been eating at home more, I’ve been trying expand my repertoire of dishes that I can make. While I enjoy cooking, and am generally good at it, I’ve found that my imagination for food doesn’t always keep up with the rotation.
So last week I tried my hand making Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff. Boy, it turned out so good!
I followed the recipe found at Chef in Training, with a few small changes.
First, I was out of Worchestershire sauce, and wasn’t about to run over to the grocery store to get some. So I did not add any in.
And second, I actually cooked it about 2 hours longer, on high at the end. This is due to my slow cooker not always cooking things thoroughly, and the beef had not cooked through at the 7 hour mark.
I may have added a tiny bit more sour cream and half and half, but not enough to make a huge difference.

The end product you can see above – it was so tasty me and my husband both had seconds!
I had LOTS of sauce left over, however, and so next time I will probably half the recipe. As it is, its more than enough for 4 people, easily.

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Husbands hands, making dinner

The other night my husband made dinner – we share cooking, so this is not unusual. He’s usually pretty good at this, although he’s less eager to experiment, so he generally sticks to what he knows well.

However.

He had found a video online of a monkey bread type dish, and was very eager to try it. I am not about to dissuade him from trying new things.

Basically it was dough, stuffed with meat and cheese, and baked in a bundt pan.
When we were picking up ingredients for it, during our bi-weekly grocery trip, they were out of the Pillsbury Biscuits (The kind that come in a can and you bake yourself). So we settled on using the hotdog wrapper dough instead.
This may have been a mistake.
As well, the store where we were picking up our supplies, didn’t have a proper deli, so we used pre-packaged deli meats. Also a mistake.
And, while I love havarti cheese, and even more love havarti with jalapeño bits in it – this was the wrong choice for this dish.
The end dish, while tasty, had the wrong texture (wrong dough), was very salty (prepackaged deli meats are always too salty), and not… cheesey enough.
It had so much potential. Next time we’ll be sure to pick out the right type of dough, shop somewhere with a proper deli, so we can get meat that’s less salty, and we’ll use mozzarella instead, so we can get the gooey, stringy cheesey-ness that was missing.

What’s your best cooking achievement? Your biggest flop?

In with a bang. And tea.

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They say the first day of the New Year, is an indication of how the rest of your year will be.

Well. January 1st was pretty relaxing. Until I went to do dishes. And realized there was water pouring onto the floor, from the cupboard below the sink.

Lots of it.

The pipes connecting one side of the sink to the drain, had broken.

I was supposed to have tea with some fellow geeks the next day, so only having half a sink was going to be… difficult. To say the least.

But, instead of melting down and crying pregnancy tears, I decided one important thing.

At least this happened before baby showed up.

At least the dishwasher works without relying on the pipes that connect to the sink.

At least the water still runs, and we can still wash and bath.

Yes it will be expensive to fix – and money is tight – but I can be thankful that our entire house didn’t explode, and that my friends are sensible and gracious, and were just happy to come over and drink tea and talk about Mamahood and Geek things. They didn’t care our sink was broken.

Speaking of which, do you see the lovely spread up top? My friend Lisa, also pregnant, brought a tin of Christmas baking to fill it out. I made cucumber sandwiches (because, tea parties need cucumber sandwiches). And the lovely Tardis Teapot was given to me by my in-laws for Christmas. It works quite nicely… although I may crochet a tea-cozy for it, as we talked so long, that the tea was cold by the time I went back for more!

So, if the rest of the year is going to be anything like the first two, it will be this:

Love. Friendship. Laughter. Thankfulness. And that we will get through everything, no matter how difficult it might seem, because of those first 4 things.