Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day at the Lake

Maggie had her first trip to the "lake" over the weekend. The lake is Nate's family's lake house which is conveniently located 30 minutes from our house.

Here, her great-grandpa is demonstrating a favorite lake activity:


I think Maggie's favorite activity (at the Lake or anywhere) is riding her dinosaur:

She totally hams it up on the thing - waves and kicks her feet to the songs.


She certainly was not a fan of the life preserver, zipped....

...or unzipped



(one for the outtakes - like father, like daughter:
)

She was also a little unsure of sitting on the pontoon boat, thus lots of hand-chewing.


But how cute is that swim hat/swim suit combo?! My MIL found the suit for $2.50 on Target Clearance. Nate brought it home one day and I laughed as I had independently bought the matching hat at Target!


I think she likes it better when her dad wears it:


She does like OTHER people's sunglasses:


All in all, it was a good Memorial Day full of lots of sun...and sunblock! FINALLY!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Recipes from our Week

I am not well versed in Indian cuisine, thus I have made an effort to include more Indian recipes into our weekly rotation. This one is a keeper both of us loved it.

Chicken Curry in a Hurry
Source: America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution
2 onions, minced
2 jalapeno chiles, stemmed, seeded and minced (I only used one)
3 TB veg oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 TB minced or grated fresh ginger
2 TB curry powder (ATK recommends Penzeys Sweet Curry Powder)
1 TB tomato paste
2 tsp garam masala (I recommend Penzeys Garam Masala)
2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (I used 3 - I love chickpeas)
2 cups water
1 14 oz can coconut milk
3 TB minute tapioca
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed (I used breasts b/c that's what we had in the freezer)
12 oz plum tomatoes (3-4) cored and chopped fine
1/2 c golden raisins
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup minced cilantro
Lime wedges for serving

1. Microwave onions, jalapenos, oil, garlic, ginger, curry, tomato paste, and garam masala in bowl, stirring occassionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker.
2. Stir chickpeas, water, coconut milk, and tapioca into slow cooker. Season chicken with salt and pepper and nestle into slow cooker. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 4-6 hours on low.
3. Transfer chicken to cutting board, let cool slightly, thren shred into bite size pieces. Let stew settle for 5 minutes, then remove fat from surface using large spoon.
4. Stir in tomatoes and raisins, cover, and cook on high until heated through, about 10 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken and peas and let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stire in cilantro season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with lime wedges. We also made a side of basmati rice and naan to eat with this.

ATK's facebook page posted about Zulkey.com where two friends are cooking their way through this cookbook by writing letters about it. FUN!

This next recipe is approved by all THREE of us. Nate enjoyed it and "didn't miss the meat" and Maggie ate dinner number 2 off of my plate.

Soft Polenta with Roasted Portabellos and Snap Peas
Source: Everday Food May 2011
Quick-Cooking Polenta
2 large portabello mushrooms, stems trimmed to 1/2 inch (If making this for more than 2 people, have one mushroom per person)
2 TB extra virgin olive oil
1 pound snap peas, trimmed
grated Parmesan for serving

1. Cook polenta according to the package.
2. Meanwhile, place mushrooms, stem side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle each with 1 tsp oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 9 minutes. In small bowl, toss together snap peas and 2 tsp oil; season with salt and pepper. Add snap peas to sheet with mushrooms and roast until snap peas are crisp-tender and mushrooms are tender and beginning to release their juices, 8 minutes.
3. Divide polenta among bowls. Top each with a mushroom, some peas and Parmesan.

YUM!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Family Photo Update

This year for Mother's and Father's Day, my sister had the great idea to get a sibling photo taken for each of my parents since the last one occurred when I was in high school. (Given this, I was CRACKING up during Modern Family last night when Claire & Mitch decided to do the same thing for Jay for his birthday.)

We decided to go with white shirts and jeans since I am pretty sure that was the family uniform for over half of our pictures growing up. We booked Nate's coworker, T, who was also our wedding photographer.

T had the great suggestion to use the Richfield Nature Park, which had several nice spots for pictures. Thankfully, the day we got pictures taken was an anomaly - that is, it was nice and sunny. (Although I think T would have preferred to have less sun.)

We got the pictures back yesterday. Here are a couple of the 200 shots:




T also took pictures of Mags, Nate & me, my brother and his daughter, and then the girls which I thought was a nice bonus.




Funny story - when Toni was up in the tree she asked if she could have a picture of her holding Maggie up in the tree. We quickly put the kabosh to that idea.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Reflections on the Ipad: GAMING

I previously posted on how I like using my Ipad as an e-reader. In that instance, my favorite app is FlipBoard. "It's your personalized, social magazine." With that advertising, how could I NOT like it?! I will confess that my desire for an Ipad soared once I heard a segment on NPR about Flipboard.

My (and my husband's) other favorite use of the Ipad is Gaming. I am so not a gamer in the video game sense of the word. The one game I play on the Ipad is Words with Friends. HELLO ADDICTION. Love this game. I have to refrain sometimes from taking advantage of wireless at work and just playing a word every now and again. ;)

And Yes, I do let Nate use the Ipad - he just has to notify and surrender if a notification pops up that it is my turn on Words with Friends. Nate has a lot more games that he has downloaded and plays - Soduko, MahJong Tiles, Angry Birds, Rise of Atlantis and Tetari are some of his faves. While I like MahJong Tiles, I really do not get how Angry Birds is a top App. I think I'm missing something.

CRAFTAPALOOZA!

I have been on a sewing bender lately. I just cannot stop! With the amount of "starred" tutorials in my reader, I might really have to take a vacation from work just to sew.

Last night, Nate came home with more crack for me: fabric and tutorials courtesy of my MIL. My MIL (with help from my BIL) has been cleaning out the basement for a few weeks now. Their basement is like a treasure trove of awesome stuff. Seriously - I love going "shopping" down there. Furniture - check. Old costume jewelry from Nate's great aunt - check. Lamps - check. Every toy from our childhood that you could think of - check. Apparently she found some fun old fabric and a pattern for a quiet book that Nate had when he was little. YAY!!

I have another blog that I added to the Google Reader = more crack. Great tutorials, great fabrics...sigh. Check out The Student/Teacher.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Go Fish!

My dad organizes a fishing tournament for the company he works for and he rotates asking my sister and Nate to be his partner every year. (My brother works for the same company so he fishes with someone else). Nate was up this year so Saturday morning he was out on the boat with my dad. Nate is not that into fishing but my dad is so at least one of them knows what they are doing.

Apparently this year the fish were jumping into my dad's boat. So much so that my dad and Nate actually were the tournament winners! $100 cash prize. Woohoo!

THEN to make it even more exciting, Nate caught the biggest perch and won an additional $25.

And then...(I know I know - the excitement is almost TOO much) there are raffle prizes and Nate won the bonus prize - a coveted St. Croix fishing rod. I actually felt bad for the REAL fishermen there who were looking at the rod with envy. Nate gave the rod to my dad who was super excited. I think that keeps him on the good list for a while, ha ha ha.

Every participant in the tournament gets a raffle prize - you get to pick from this big stash that is displayed. The big thing is that you go through all the prizes so that when your name is called, you know what to pick. This whole thing is also hilarious. Unfortunately the tool that Nate wanted was gone by the time his name was called so instead he got a cordless weedwacker. On the one hand, I was excited because he had wanted one of those for a long time. On the other, I am now back to square one for Father's Day presents.

Fingers crossed that our old electric weedwacker sells on Craigslist.

I am so sad that I did not think to capture any pictures of all of this.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Yes! Another Craft of the Month: May

Ahh! I can't stop making these skirts!

Actually, my sister asked me to make her one. I agreed because she nanny of the year. Little did she know her salary would be partially paid in crafts, ha ha ha.

The fabric used here was a bit heavier than the fabric I used for the first skirt, although I think it still worked. This fabric is Amy Butler's Morning Glory Gold fabric from her Lotus Collection. It is a bit shorter than the original skirt - somewhat because my sister is shorter than I but mostly because I didn't have enough fabric to make it longer. The fabric was part of my stash so I only had a yard to work with. The fabric must have been on a smaller width bolt because I had about 2 inches less than my first skirt on the length.

I hope she likes it!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Magnum P.I.

You may recall that we had quite the list of nicknames going when Maggie was first born. Over time, we pretty much only call her "Maggie" or "Mags". Magarino is probably a close third.

My sister's BF recently came up with another one to add to the list: Magnum P.I.

Ha ha ha. I'm sad I didn't think of it.

While reading my friend HB's blog, and seeing the pictures of her hubby and son in fake mustaches, an idea came to me. I should dress Maggie like Magnum P.I.! HB's husband, W, obliged and provided us with three faux mustaches. Maggie already had a Hawaiian print dress. We dug out a baseball cap and sunglasses and voila: Magnum P.I.:


Amazingly, she did not care about the mustache. She was not a fan of the glasses or the hat though:



Oh, that was fun. Poor kid. I'm sure this will get an eye roll or two once she hits 13.

Slow Cooker Food

I have been wanting to use my slow cooker more as I have this idea that making things in it will take less time. You may recall that I bought a clearance Christams light timer so that I could have the slow cooker turn on while I was at work. A colleague wasted no time in pointing out to me that I probably wouldn't want meat sitting out on my counter for half the day. Touche. Back to square one.

America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution has been on my list for a while so I was happy when it came up on my library queue.

Wowsas there is a lot of stuff that you can make in a slow cooker! I have been intrigued by slow cooker lasagna so yesterday I made the Sausage Lasagna (p. 234) for dinner.

PROS
1. Easy ingredient list
2. Yummy
3. Did not make an entire 9x13 pan. (In a household of 2 people, you can get sick of eating lasagna real fast with an entire 9x13 pan of it. For this reason, I try to make 2 smaller lasagnas and freeze one if I make it.)
4. Easy clean up - the recipe calls for lining your slow cooker in aluminum foil.

CONS
1. Does not save time - prep time took me as long (or longer) as regular lasagna since the recipe calls for boiling the noodles until al dente, rinsing them in cold water and then spreading them out on kitchen towels to dry. Yesterday was my day off but of course I had millions of things to get done so if you would have walked into my house at about 10 AM yesterday morning you would have seen one whole counter of noodles drying and me multitasking: drinking coffee, feeding maggie and preping the rest of ingredients. I'm pretty sure I didn't give my daughter a case of salmonella by wiping her face with the same towel that I wiped my raw egg laden hands on...

So, yes the pros outnumber the cons in this instance, however, saving time is woth like 10 points so cons win. I don't think I'll be making slow cooker lasagna again.

Next up: Chicken Curry in a Hurry!

For those of you who want to take a stab at it, here is the recipe:

Sausage Lasagna
Source: Slow Cooker Revolution
8 curly edged lasagna noodles broken in half
15 oz ricotta cheese
1 1/4 cups parmesan cheese
1/2 cup minced fresh basil
1 large egg
1 (24 oz) jar tomato sauce (the test kitchen favorite is Bertolli Tomato and Basil Sauce)
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
4 cups shredde mozzarella

1. Line slow cooker in aluminum foil coallar, then line with foil sling and coat with vegetable spray. Bring 4 qts water to boil on stove. Add broken lasagna noodles and cook until al dente. Drain noodles, rinse under cold water until cool, then spread out in single layer over clean kitchen towels and let dry. (Do not use paper towels - they will stick to noodles)

2. In bowl, mix ricotta, 1 cup Parmesan, basil, egg salt and pepper together. Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce into prepared slow cooker.

3. Arrange 4 lasagna noodle pieces in slow cooker (they may overlap). Dollop 9 rounded tablespoons of ricotta mixture over noodles. Pinch off one-third of suasge into tablespoon sized pieces and drop over ricotta. Sprinkle with a cup of mozzarella, then spoon 1/2 cup sauce over top. Repeat layering of noodles, ricotta, mozzarella, and sauce twice more.

4. For final layer, arrange remaining 4 noodles in slow cooker, top with remaining suace and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Cover and cook until lasagna is heated through - about 4 hours on low.

5. Let lasagna cool for 20 minutes. Using sling, transfer lasagna to platter and serve.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes!



Thanks to my aunt JM for sharing this with me. All you scarf fans, watch and learn!

Little Mover



Maggie is on the move. She has been scooching around the house more and more. She really can only move backwards. And then she cries when she backs herself into the wall, refrigerator, etc. She sometimes will attempt to reach for things out of our her reach and fall on her face, although she is getting better with the falling on her face part. She also started rolling over in her crib to sleep on her tummy once in a while.

She is growing so fast! This morning she let me hold her and cuddle her like a newborn baby so I was happy. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bonus Craft of the Month: Flirty Skirt

Recently I brought out all of my spring/summer clothes. I thought I would be more excited about them since I did not get to wear any of them last year due to being large and in charge. Instead, my reaction was, "Eh".

We were blessed with a rare thing: a completely unscheduled weekend. Besides Maggie's swim lesson, we had nothing to do. Unfortunately it rained all day yesterday, so we took Maggie to the mall. I was looking for skirts. I found some but mostly I was thinking, "I could make these!".

So, this afternoon, I headed to Jo-Ann Fabrics. As usual, I was not pleased with the selection, but I didn't want to spend a ton of money if I wasn't going to like the finished product. I made Anna Maria Horner's Flirting the Issue skirt. This was super easy. I am likely going to make one or two more (and maybe some baby-sized ones too!). From start to finish (with some baby-interruptions) it took me two hours.

I think the pattern is well done. The only thing I would say is that you do not need nearly as much fabric as it recommends. I used about 3/4 yard (45" wide material) of each my skirt fabric and the lining fabric.

Voila:


Maggie wanted in on the action:


I am very pleased with this skirt. It is really comfy as well thanks to the elastic waistband. I think it might need to be a bit shorter but I am done for now.

Craft of the Month: May

This month's craft was part of a craft exchange I did with my friend AH. It all started when AH hosted a giveaway on her blog. She was giving away one of these fabric wreaths she makes. I did not win the giveaway...so I had to think of another way to get a wreath. Voila - Craft Exchange!

O, Pioneers!

AH made me a wreath and I made her two pillows for her bedroom, at her request. I sent a list of potential pillow tutorials I had starred in my Google Reader and she picked the chevron ones.

WOOHOO I thought. In my mind, she had picked the easiest tutorial. Bonus points because I already had the exact fabric (different color) used in the tutorial in my stash!

All I would have to do is cut strips on the bias from my striped fabric and sew them together, thereby making a pillow case.

In theory, this is what you do.

However, let me just advise that one should not take up cutting the strips if you are tired. For whatever reason, I could not wrap my mind around cutting this horizontal fabric along the bias. The tutorial has very clear instructions, with pictures, yet I felt a strong case of vertigo coming on whenever I went to cut. And a second piece of advice, mixing a vodka tonic does NOT help matters.

Once I made my way through the cutting, I attempted sewing a few strips together. My head was still spinning and I thought, "There is no way I am going to be able to finish these." I started shopping for chevron material online. I asked my sister what she thought - she thought the progress looked good. I was encouraged to go on.

I returned to the project Friday night after a full day of work and for some reason, I could see clearer. I finished a pillow in no time. It turned out I really liked these pillows!

I finished pillow number two Saturday night.

From stripes...


...to chevrons!


Full tutorial here. It's such a shame that these pillows go so well in my own bedroom :) Don't worry, AH, I will still send them to you!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Celestial Salmon

Nate has a coworker that assists on salmon charter fishing boats. Thus he eats a lot of salmon. He brought in some the other day and Nate asked him for the recipe...and was surprised to find out it was microwaved. I was very dubious about using the microwave but I was willing to try it. The temptation of the 5 minute cooking time was too great.

And I had to eat my words. The salmon was great! Even Maggie ate some.

Here is the recipe word for word. I do not know the source of this other than "Nate's Coworker, J".

Celestial Salmon
There is no better way to prepare fish than in the microwave. It is guaranteed to be moister and have a less fishy taste. That means beware of overcooking. Microwave about 4-6 minutes per pound on high power (4 minutes for fillets and 6 minutes for steaks or very thick fish).

1 TB butter
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
1 small green onion, sliced very thin
1 TB lemon juice
2 TB dry white wine
1 TB fresh parsley (1 tsp dried)
1 TB fresh dill (1/4 tsp dried)
1/4 tsp marjoram
1 pound salmon fillets or steaks
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp dijon-style mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Combine butter, garlic and green onion. Microwave on high power for 1 minute. Add lemon juice, white wine, parsley, dill and marjoram to butter mixture.

Place salmon in an appropriate size microwavable dish. Pour butter mixture over salmon. Cover and microwave 4-6 minutes or until fish flakes easily.

Pour off poaching liquid, reserving 2 TB. Mix sour cream, mustard, salt & pepper with reserved liquid. Spoon over fish to serve. Microwave, uncovered, on high power for 30 seconds to heat through*.

*We omitted this step

We bought the Market Pantry Wild Keta Salmon from Target because it was on sale and I had a coupon. Each chunk is individually shrink wrapped for freshness. I have to say that I thought they were good and I would definitely buy them again. It was really conveninet to take two pieces out of the bag, put them in the fridge to thaw and make this for dinner. Perfect weeknight meal!

Princess Mickey

Many of you know that one of my BILs, N, works at Disney World in Orlando. (N gave Maggie the Mickey for the Month-by-Month photos.) Today we took a special edition Mickey photo for N since she fits into the Disney Princess Tutu he couldn't resist buying her for Christmas. And at the rate she is growing, she might not fit into it the next time he sees her!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Additions to the Google Reader: Versus and Owlet

It has been awhile since I featured some new blogs I am reading in my Google Reader.

My new favorite (as of 20 minutes ago) blog is Versus. I first read about Versus on Whip Up (another must add for you crafters). The premise of versus is a "virtual boxing match between knitting and sewing where readers can vote on roundups and tutorials – and hopefully inspire knitters to sew and sewists to knit." Done. I'm inspired. I must figure out a way to quit my job and craft for a living!

Another new blog I added to my Google Reader is Owlet which features the inspirations (art! fashion! shoes! homewares! photography!) of my friend, MS. And of course, since she is my friend, she has excellent taste. Just check out her post on Royal Wedding headgear! MS is also the brainchild behind the online bookgroup I am in - Reading Without Borders. I was a bit skeptical about how an online bookclub would work but it is amazing. It has been fun to digest books with others while reading them and be able to do it whenever I have time. Our books so far have been: Cutting For Stone (February), March (March), The City and The City (April), Cloud Atlas (May), and A Visit from the Goon Squad (June).

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

My first Mother's Day was great. Friday evening, Nate went to Kopp's to get me a pint of Turtle Sundae custard, the flavor of that day, and one of my favorites. (The pint is now gone). Saturday night, he grilled steak and zuchhini and made they fabulous mashed potatoes, which were inspired by an episode of No Reservations (one of my favorite shoes) in which Bourdain goes to Paris. He also made guacamole, one of my favorite foods.

Sunday morning, I finally got to open the gold box! There has been a gold wrapped box in our freezer for a couple of days. I had no idea what it was - I was thinking a cheesecake because that was the size of the box. I discovered it was a whole tin of Cheryl's sugar cookies!

I am obsessed with these cookies. I was REALLY excited it was cookies and not cheesecake. I also got a gift certificate for a massage and my favorite breakfast: over easy eggs on top of sweet potato hash.

We went to my in-law's house for lunch. The men and kids took care of everything. Normally I would be in that "kids" group but not this year!!!!!! This year I got to sit on my butt and get served. My FIL even slapped my hand when I went to take my empty plate to the sink. My cousin-in-law made the most amazing French Silk Pie that I have ever had. AHHHHHHH. After lunch, the women went through all of this old costume jewelry from my FIL's aunt. I took home a little bag of fun stuff. I also took home a light-up globe and some lamps that my in-law's were planning on selling in the annual rummage sale.

One of my favorite mother's day gifts were cards from my mom and my in-laws that explicitly called me a good mom. Every mom loves hearing that they are a good mom (I would imagine) but I think the sentiment resonates very strongly with a first time mom.

So...being a mom. I will not do it justice to describe what it is like. While I did get cards and wishes last Mother's Day, when I was pregnant, at that time I definitely did not feel like a mom. Some people say that they feel like a mom the minute they found out they were pregnant. I will not argue that, but I did not feel this way. Which made me nervous - what if I totally hate being a mom? Because let's face it, once you sign up to take on that role, there really is no way of getting out of it!

It surprises me every day how much I LOVE being a mom. Sign me up to have 20 more kids. (I KID! I KID!). At the risk of sounding cheesey, it is my favorite "role" in life. I still drive home all giddy at the end of the work day knowing I will get to cuddle Mags.

Eight Months!



The biggest development in the last month is shown in the above picture - a tooth! (lower right gum you can just barely see it)

Nate and I were just talking about how the last month seemed to be filled with lots of developments, which was fun. Our baby FINALLY figured out how to roll from her belly to her back. I literally was running circles around her room freaking out when it happened. Watching her roll is very funny - she is very deliberate and dramatic about it. It is almost like watching a roll in slow motion. Along with rolling she has been pushing up more and more. I'm not sure if she is getting close to crawling or not - I just cannot imagine her actually moving!

Just yesterday I was telling some family members that she doesn't really ever move in her crib. She stays pretty much in the same spot you put her in, on her back. Literally an hour later when I went to get her up from her nap, I discovered that she had rotated herself 180 degrees! The same thing happened this morning. I guess she has figured out that she can move!

Maggie is very content playing and entertaining herself with a variety of toys. We had to go to a baby shower on Saturday afternoon and while the presents were being opened, she just sat by my feet and played with her toys. I guess this maybe sounds like we don't ever interact with her, which obviously isn't true. I do think it is a good thing that she can entertain herself though.

Everything still goes in her mouth. Some were speculating that this might be because she never had a pacifier - which probably is true. Her favorite toys right now are the stacking rings. She loves pulling them off the stacker, especially the blue (biggest) ring.

In other recreational activities, we signed Maggie up for the shrimp swim lessons at the Y. Every Saturday from 8:30-9 we are in the baby pool. She seems to really like them! Basically they consist of going into the pool and singing songs and pulling them through the water - it seriously is more of a workout for the parent. In the pool, she has no interest in playing "ball" with the other kids and she also doesn't like being pulled through the water by her hands while on her belly. The girl kills being on her back though. I think swim lessons has contributed to longer bath times. Before baths were an in and out type of thing. "Hurry up before she gets crabby!". Now she really loves playing in the bath:


We started using a blanket at nap time rather than a sleep sack. You should see how DELIGHTED she gets when you cover her up. She squeals, then pulls it all into her mouth. Yesterday we went in her room to get her up for church and she had the entire blanket stacked on her head. We may not have a pacifier baby, but I can see us having a "blanket" baby in Mags.

Maggie still continues to be a great eater. I have lost track of all of the foods she has eaten. In the last month, it often seems that she wants to be more in control of feeding herself so I think more finger foods are going to make an appearance. In the last month, I also have fallen into the trap of the store-bought babyfood. There goes my Super mom badge, ha ha ha. At this point, we probably only make about 50% of her food. However, we have started giving her more food off our own plates. In the last month, she had her first meat - turkey. She is not a fan of it by itself, but does seem to like it mixed in with other veggies. I tried giving her lentils - which i boiled and pureed myself- but she was definitely not a fan of those. And we continue our love affair with puffs.

I am still nursing. Only 4 more months to meet the one year recommendation! Yes, I am sort of on a countdown. I really enjoy nursing and find it to be convenient and easy. However, being a full-time working mom means that I pump more than I nurse. And pumping just is annoying to me. I hated it when I returned to work and my pumping friends told me, just wait it sort of becomes part of your routine. I have not found this to be the case. I still hate it. It is hard to not caught up in the numbers game. What I mean by this is when you are nursing, you have no idea how much milk your baby drinks. You solely rely on the fact that they will stop drinking when they are no longer hungry. When you pump and make bottles, you sort of take a stab at guessing how much they will drink during the day. And then that total number of ounces becomes a sort of target like "I MUST PUMP 15 OZ today". And because I am an overachiever, if I don't have a cushion, I start to get nervous. I know that I have an entire deep freezer full of breastmilk. I know that I fed another baby for an entire month on my "cushion". I still can't shake getting nervous about supply though.

So with all of that, here is our current food schedule:
6/6:30 Wakes up and nurses
Midmorning 1/3 cup of oatmeal made with breastmilk and 2-3 oz milk
Lunch 4 oz food (1 jar) and 2-3 oz milk
Midafternoon 5 oz milk
Dinner (5:30ish) 4-6 oz food (1-2 jars)
6:30/7 Nurses before bed

While we may have fallen slightly off the DIY food wagon, we still are on the cloth diaper one. When Maggie goes outside the house to family members for babysitting, we do send disposable, which works out to be about one day a week. She is still in size 3. I went WAY crazy during the last two weeks with coupons and sales with diapers so that I got them for 13 cents a diaper. At the aforementioned baby shower, someone asked me what diaper brands are the "best". I said I didn't really know because we used cloth and that when I do buy disposable, I buy what is on sale and what I have coupons for. I have to confess that I don't really pay attention to what is more "green" or "best". Another CD mom at the shower mentioned that her pediatrician said that store brand diapers have less chemicals, so that is what she uses. A bonus - they are usually cheap!

We weighed Maggie on the Wii Fit 2 weeks ago and she was 18.9 lbs. She is sort of between sizes right now - most 9 month stuff is too short for her but the 12 month stuff is a bit big. Since most of the 12 month stuff we have for her is definitely summer weather stuff, I have been hoping it gets warm out because we were running out of stuff that fit her!

I think that about sums up the last month

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Maggie and Mom







8 Months!

Guess who turned 8 months old today!

Maggie With Mickey: 8 Months


Maggie on her quilt: 8 Months


All Month-by-Month pictures can be found here.

Friday, May 6, 2011

On Motherhood: Part 2

Photos:
Grace Kelly

Audrey Hepburn

Jackie Kennedy


Jane Birkin

Princess Di

More famous mama photos: A Cup of Jo and Bluebird Vintage.

Book: My Mom the Style Icon

Card: Hey Moms - make it easy and give your family this cheeky card:


Make: DIY projects for Your Mama


Quote: "If Haley never wakes up on a beach in Florida hlaf naked, I've done my job" ~Claire Dunphy from Modern Family

Website for Mamas: Check out Babble