Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Shop 'til you drop


Rainy day boredom hit our household hard today.  After being stuck inside all afternoon, Ollie and I hit the grocery store to kill time until dinner. Shopping at QFC is one of Ollie's favorite activities.  There is so much for him to look at; shiny lights, holiday decorations (right now its an odd combo of St. Paddy's Day and Easter), and friendly seniors who stop to pinch his cheeks.

We killed about a 45 min going up and down every aisle, picking out just the right fruit and veggies, talking to the fish man, and pointing out all the pretty wine labels. 

What do you do to cure the rainy day blues??

Baby Spice


Inspired by the popular book French Kids Eat Everything, I've been attempting to add texture and spice to Ollie's homemade baby food in hopes he will grow up to eat more than grilled cheese and plain pasta. I know I know, pipe dreams right? Still, it's worth a shot.

So far we have introduced the following spices:
  • cinnamon (easily added to oatmeal and pureed fruit)
  • rosemary 
  • garlic 
  • basil
  • nutmeg

Surprisingly, Ollie has enjoyed eating all the spiced food with the exception of garlic (although I may have added a bit too much).  Keeping true to the book I will continue to offer garlic spiced foods in small amounts until he gets used to the taste, because who wants to live a garlic free life?? Not me!

Next on my list to introduce is oregano and dill. Have you had success with spicing up your baby's food? What spices did your baby like best?
    

Monday, February 25, 2013

Run for the Hills!

A month ago Alex and I, with encouragement from my brother and sister-in-law, signed up for our first trail race. The Lord Hill Trail Run offers runners the choice of running 5 miles, 10 miles, 20 miles or a full 50K.  We chose the 10 mile, which sounded totally doable when compared with 20 or 31 mile options.

Well, fast forward to yesterday, and I have not trained AT ALL.  I used to run quite often before I got pregnant, and always prided myself on being in shape enough to run a 1/2 marathon at any given time. I continued to run short distances through the end of my second trimester, but after a breathless 3 mile neighborhood run where I got bit by a dog (true story) I put my running shoes away for the remainder of my pregnancy.

Since Oliver was born 7 months ago I have run exactly 3 times, with each run being 3 miles or less. Not what I would call good training. So to say I was dreading running a 10 mile trail run would be putting it lightly. Nevertheless Alex and I woke up, dropped Ollie off with my parents, and headed out to Lord Hill Park in Snohomish to get our trail run on!


Ollie on one of our "training runs"

The race was very pretty, a combination of fire-roads and wooded trails that wove up and down throughout the large recreational park.  There were two gigantic hills that made your realize how the park got it's name (LORD, did you see that hill???), but after walk/running those we were rewarded with a lovely downhill descend.  While the race was tough, especially after my lack of training, I am extremely proud of myself for getting out there and just doing it! 10 miles, yeah baby! Sometimes its best not to think too hard about the distance and just run.

Alex and I at the 4.5 mile support station

Trail racing is definitely more relaxing for me then road races. The trail running community has a much more easygoing attitude while continuing to maintain the high level of skill and speed needed to accomplish the race. They seem to care more about supporting one another and less about beating each others mileage time. I would be interested in running another trail run in the near future, although my sore muscles would have me prep a bit more before getting out there again!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

CON or PRO-biotic?

Probiotics have been making quite a bit of noise as the homeopathic answer to many illnesses in adults and children, but how effect can they really be? 

Oliver Thomas - 2 days old

When Ollie was a few weeks old he became increasingly upset and fussy after he nursed, and would spit up large amounts of milk. He would grunt and moan in his sleep, waking up unhappy and uncomfortable. With the help of his pediatrician, Ollie was eventually diagnosed with a milk and soy protein intolerance.  This is not a serious ailment, and while it made him uncomfortable we were basically told it would go away on its own as he matured.  There were, however, a few things we could try to help lesson his digestive discomfort: massage, warm baths, gas drops and, low and behold, an over the counter children's probiotic.

After a week or so of taking the probiotic we saw a noticeable difference in Ollie's stomach issues.  He was no longer fussy and would rarely have pain from gas.  In addition to giving Ollie the probiotic I had stopped eating dairy and soy so he wouldn't be exposed those proteins while nursing.  It's hard to say for certain the improvement was a direct result of the probiotic, especially since a baby's digestive system naturally matures around 2 months or so, but I am convinced it made a difference. The increased amount of sleep is he was getting was enough to make me a believer!

Around 5 months of age Ollie came down with his first major cold which eventually turned into an ear infection. His pediatrician prescribed an antibiotic for his ear, and also encouraged us to give him probiotic to counter the effects the medicine could have on his digestive system. There it was again, a probiotic prescribed as a natural digestive helper.

So it was of great interest to me when I came across an article in the New York Times Magazine  detailing one family's experience with children's' probiotics.  The Boy With the Thorn in His Joints is the true story of a 3 year old boy who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, a rare disease that eventually left him unable to walk without significant pain.  His body had stopped growing, and the little boy would wake up in the night crying that his joints and bones hurt. After trying multiple medications to no avail, it was suggested he take a probiotic in combination with the medication and eliminate certain high allergy foods from his diet. The theory was that the juvenile arthritis was the result of a syndrome called "leaky gut."

"she believed that her son’s arthritis was caused by something I had never heard of before — leaky-gut syndrome, a concept that has been accepted in alternative circles for years despite a name that asks you not to take it seriously. The idea is that inflammation in the gut causes the tight junctions between the cells that make up the intestinal lining to loosen. Then, like a lax bouncer, the barrier starts letting through undesirables, various proteins or bacteria that would normally be rebuffed; they then leak into surrounding tissues. The uninvited guests, the hypothesis goes, then trigger an offensive by the body, which uses inflammation to try to get rid of them. That sustained inflammatory response characterizes autoimmune disease" Susannah Meadows, New York Times Magazine


The hope was that the probiotic would neutralize the leaking bacteria and eventually alleviate the boy's symptoms.  And guess what? It worked!! After taking the probiotic for 6 weeks the boy was pain free! I find this incredibly amazing.

While I'm pretty pro western medicine, I completely believe natural remedies exist and should be included in conversations around our health and the health of our children.  I am thankful that Oliver's pediatrician is open to discussing multiple options, and combining western medicines with homeopathic alternatives as possible responses to his illnesses.

Has anyone had an experience, positive or negative, with probiotics? How do you feel about natural medicines being a part of your child's healthcare?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Photo of the Week: Swing Time!


Alex and I took Ollie to the park for a quick swing during the 30 min sun break we had today.  I'm looking forward to summer (still so far away!) when we can play outside everyday!! Bring it sun!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sweet tooth

Ladies and gentlemen . . . we have a tooth!! 


 At 7 1/2 months Oliver has officially cut his first tooth, a front bottom chomper. 

Way to go Ollie!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Family Dinner: Linguine with Cauliflower Pesto

Look out, here comes another Smitten Kitchen recipe review!!

In keeping with my goal of having family dinners, I opened up the Smitten Kitchen cookbook and browsed for an easy recipe.  I settled on Linguine with Cauliflower Pesto, sounds good right? A twist from regular pesto but with the known ease of a pasta dish. Plus, cauliflower is somewhat of an "it" veggie right now, so it's kinda a trendy dish!

Overall I would give this recipe a 7 out of 10.  The best thing about the dish is the quickness with which you can make it. All in all it took about 30 minutes including boiling the pasta.  Another positive is the small number of ingredients it calls for, most of which I had in my cupboard already. 

While the pasta tasted good . . . it wasn't great.  When making the sauce you grind the ingredients, including raw cauliflower, in a food processor.  The sauce is then placed on freshly cooked pasta allowing the cauliflower to steam a bit.  My cauliflower still seemed quite raw so perhaps I didn't steam it enough. It also was a bit under seasoned, nothing a little black pepper couldn't take care of, but still it lacked a overall punch.  The recipe made a large amount of pasta, so when I reheated it for lunch the next day it actually tasted better, perhaps the cauliflower had a chance to cook a bit more.

I would recommend trying this dish if you are a fan of quick meals, or if you love cauliflower, but if you're looking for a true pesto taste stick with a basil based sauce!


Below is the recipe posted by the Washington Post, a close adaption of the original Smitten Kitchen recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Kosher salt
  • 6 to 8 ounces dried linguine or fine (thinner) linguine
  • 1 small (13-ounce) head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds (may substitute pine nuts)
  • 2 or 3 dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1-ounce chunk pecorino Romano cheese (may substitute Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers
  • About 8 flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, or more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons sherry vinegar, or more to taste

 

 Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add a generous pinch of salt, then the linguine (allowing 2 ounces per serving). Cook according to the package directions. Drain and keep warm, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
Meanwhile, cut the cauliflower into chunks, placing them in the food processor as you work. Pulse to form couscous-like crumbs; transfer to a mixing bowl.

Toast the almonds in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned, shaking them as needed to avoid scorching. Cool, then place in the food processor. 

Chop the sun-dried tomatoes, then transfer to the food processor. Coarsely chop the cheese and add to the food processor, along with the garlic, capers and parsley. Pulse to form a coarse bread-crumb consistency, then add the mixture to the cauliflower in the bowl, along with the crushed red pepper flakes.

Stir in the oil, 2 teaspoons of the vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to form a pesto like mixture. The yield is about 3 3/4 cups.

Add the pasta and toss to coat evenly, then add as much of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed to create the desired consistency. Taste, and adjust the seasoning, adding the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar as needed.
Divide among individual wide, shallow bowls. Serve right away.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Makin' a Splash


Alex and I took Ollie swimming in the hotel pool during our trip up to Vancouver BC, and he LOVED it!! He splashed around and would even float on his back (supported) and kick his legs. Since Alex is a school teacher and has the summers off, we've decided to look into parent/baby swimming lessons this summer.  I'm not sure what exactly they teach babies in swim lessons, but just having him get used to the water would be a good start.

Swimming was a big part of my childhood. I took lessons every summer and eventually worked as a lifeguard at summer camp.  I always felt bad for the kids who couldn't pass the swim check and had to stay in the shallow end.  Teaching Ollie to swim will also give me confidence (I hope) to let him participate water activities with friends without me hovering around.

Has anyone taken swim lessons with their baby? Did they enjoy it?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Product Review: Baby Food Storage

As a new mom I am always looking for baby product recommendations, both what works and what doesn't. So, in an attempt to keep the conversation moving, I'm going to try and blog product reviews from time to time.  I am not being paid for these reviews, and while Amazon.com does sponsor this blog with advertising, the product reviews are mine alone . . . unless someone pays me big bucks in which case my opinion can be bought - any takers??? =)


I would never have classified of myself as "earthy", but since starting Ollie on solid baby food at 5 1/2 months I have been making all his food at home.  I know, I'm amazing, the modern day Earth Mother. JK.

Actually, since Ollie eats mostly pureed foods its super easy and usually involves little more than steaming veggies or fruit and blending them using an immersion blender. I have found that I really enjoy making his food, introducing him to different tastes, spices and textures is quite fun! It also helps me think about what types of food I am eating, if it's healthy and unprocessed, and how I can prepare foods that the entire family can eat together.

I tend to make food in masses once or twice a week and freeze them for future meals. This is where my product review comes in. Neither of these products are "must haves", but they are most definitely nice to haves! I bought these products separately, but they go so well together I thought I'd share them at the same time.


First product: Beaba freezer trays. These are trays for freezing individual baby food portions, and are the perfect size for preparing individual meals in advance.  I have two of these trays and when filled they hold a couple weeks of food, at least at this stage in Ollie's development.

Second product: Wean Green cubes.  These are glass storage containers that hold one beaba freezer portion each.  I usually pop a portion of food from the freezer tray into the Wean cube in the evening, put it in the fridge, and by morning I have a thawed meal for Ollie.  They are glass containers so if I need to microwave the food I know Ollie won't be getting any plastic toxins. Truth be told, I am SO confused on microwaving plastics. You can microwave some and not others, right? Anyway, these glass cubes simplify things as I know they are ok! I also like that I can grab two or three of these, stick them in the diaper bag and have food for when Ollie and I are out of the house.

Part of the reason I love these products is simply because they are CUTE, and therefore inspire me to make baby food. For whatever reason creating mini portions of baby food in cute containers is fun.  I know, my life is just so exciting.  Its kinda like how I'm more likely to go on a run if I'm wearing a cute running top. Is anyone with me on this, or am I a freak?

What are your favorite baby food products? I'm always looking for ways to simplify the feeding process and would love to hear what works for your kiddies!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Photo of the Week

I am stealing this post idea from the Mom, Mum or Ma? blog.  What better way to remember my stay-at-home mom adventures then a weekly photo?? 

For my first weekly photo I chose a picture of Ollie and Alex's parents (aka Baba and Deda) on the train.


Ollie and his Grandparents on the Train - photo credit Andrew Gorohoff

Service with a Smile

So often we hear of service horror stories; rude waiters, dishonest cabbies, pushy sales people, that I wanted to share this tale of someone going above and beyond!

During our Vancouver BC trip last weekend we stayed at the Sutton Place Hotel.  On our second night there Alex and I returned to the hotel after  dinner to put Ollie to bed.  Alex was giving Ollie his pumped BBB (before bedtime bottle) and I was getting his PJs all ready when I realized his sleep sack was nowhere to be found.

After turning our room upside down I remembered I had left the sleep sack, which happened to be the same cream color as our sheets, on the bed. I called down to housekeeping and talked to the manager.  He told me the sleep sack must have been accidentally shipped out with our linens. Major bummer. He was very nice and said the hotel would reimburse me.  I told him I appreciated the gesture but was less concerned with the money and more worried about what my baby would sleep in as I had only brought one sleep sack with me. I don't think I sounded super mad on the phone, but I may have mentioned that "my infant son would have to sleep in his clothes " (not true, he had footie PJs, I was just piling on some guilt).

I really don't blame housekeeping for mistaking the sleep sack for a bed linen, it would be an easy mistake, and while I won't take full responsibility I really shouldn't have left a cream blanket on cream sheets.

Well, about 20 minutes after I spoke with the manager we heard a knock at the door.   A member of the housekeeping staff had come up to apologize, and to drop off a cream sleeper from BabyGap!! They were so concerned the baby would be cold they had run out and bought it. WOW! So so so nice. The manager also called to make sure the sleeper would work okay.

Thank you Sutton Place for going above and beyond, you turned an unfortunate situation around and made our stay in Vancouver wonderful!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

O Canada!


What a weekend! Alex, Ollie and I traveled north to Vancouver BC with the whole Gorohoff clan for a President's Day mini-vacation.  Alex's brother's family and our family gave the trip to Alex's parent's (aka Baba & Deda) for Christmas since we all love giving gifts that include trips for ourselves!

We took an early train from Seattle on Saturday and arrived in Vancouver around lunch time.  Tip for those traveling with small children: train travel is FAB!! Tons of leg room, you can walk around, no stopping to feed/nurse, and they serve wine!

After nap time we walked around Robson Street, did a little window shopping and capped the night off with a family dinner celebrating Alex's birthday. Sunday was spent walking around Granville Island where we had a delicious lunch at Bridges Bistro along the water before taking the passenger ferry back to the mainland. One of the best parts - we had sunshine the entire weekend!! What a treat!

Question for those of you with kiddos:

In the past Ollie has traveled fairly easily, sleeping in new locations never threw him off . . . until Saturday night.  For whatever reason Ollie woke up at 4:30 am and for the first time in his life wouldn't go back to sleep.  After trying for an hour, we finally got him up and let him play around. If we were at home I probably would have let him cry a bit more, but since we were in a hotel I was worried our neighbors would be raging. I'm not sure if he had a bad dream, or possibly a teething pain . . . but whatever it was we hope it doesn't follow him back to Seattle! Anyone have a similar experience traveling with a youngster? Any tips for hotel sleep?

I'll leave you with some pics from our weekend!

Gorohoff Family Trip, Vancouver BC

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pandora Roulette


The slowest part of my day tends to be from the time Ollie wakes up at 6:30, until his first nap around 8:30 am. It's odd because it's a short period of time, but I'm usually tired and under-caffeinated so those two hours can feel looooooong.

To help pass the time I invented a game for me and Ollie to play called Pandora Roulette.  Each morning I pick a random Pandora genre station, and we sing and dance along to whatever style of music we've picked that day.  Not only is it super fun to dance around in our PJs, but I also like that Ollie is exposed to all different types of music (and so am I!).

Some of my favorite stations we've hit so far include:
  • Motown
  • Showtunes
  • Classic Country
  • Big Band
  • Mozart (not much dancing but very relaxing)
  • 90's Hip Hop
  • Alt Indie Love Songs

What are your favorite Pandora stations?

Birthday Boy!

Ollie is 7 months old today - wow! Time is flying by, I can't believe it! This is such a fun age, I feel like his personality is really starting to show. My uncle once told me that with each child's birthday comes a new "favorite age" . . . until the 13th birthday, haha. Even though we are still celebrating monthly birthdays, so far I have to agree. Each new month seems to be my favorite baby age!

Ollie is mastering new skills everyday, some of the highlights from his 6th month include: 
  • solid foods
  • sitting up
  • developing fine motor skills
  • babbling (bababa)
  • screeching 
  • hair pulling (yikes)
What's in store of us this month?? I'm excited to find out!


Be Mine



Share it with the ones you love!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Daddy's boy?


In the morning, after Ollie wakes up and nurses, we cuddle on the bed and talk about how we slept, if we had any cool dreams, and go over the day ahead (ok, mostly I talk but he's a great listener!).  This morning I was chatting with Ollie and I  started wondering, who does he looks like? Me? My husband? A distant relative?

Since he was born my family has claimed he looks exactly like Alex, but Alex's family doesn't see much of a resemblance. And no one thinks he looks like me, haha.  Maybe he's just sporting his own unique look . . . a mystery.


Who do you think Oliver takes after?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bread & Butter

Dutch Oven Crusty Bread

A few weeks ago Ollie and I were invited to my friend Kirsten's for a play date.  After the kids goofed around she graciously served us lunch, a delishous soup with slices of rustic homemade bread. Amazing! First, who has time to bake bread?? Second, she claimed it was super easy.  Needless to say I was was skeptical, but last night after Ollie went to bed I decided to see for myself.

I chose a simple bread recipe off  AlaskaFromScratch, a website I found a while back when googling cookie recipes.  The recipe for Dutch Oven Crusty Bread leaped out at me because it had the two things I was looking for; ease and yumminess!

The verdict: SUPER EASY!!! Bread is LITERALLY flour, yeast, salt and water . . . I mean that's it! You simply mix the ingrediants together, let it rise overnight, and bake it in the morning. Wahla! Warm bread and butter for breakfast - yum yum.

Now that I've got the hang of it I'm excited to expand on this recipe.  Want rosemary and garlic bread? Simply add the ingrediants to the base recipe and you've got it! Cinnamon raison bread? Just add it in and bake. The opportunities are endless!!

Happy baking! 

Dutch Oven Crusty Bread  (AlaskaFromScratch.com)

Ingredients
  • 3c unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1t yeast
  • 1t salt
  • 1-1/2c warm water
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Add water and stir until a shaggy mixture forms (mixture will be loose and sticky; this is what you want). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours (up to 24). Overnight works great.
  2. Preheat oven to 450. Place a cast iron dutch oven with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour the risen dough onto a heavily floured surface (mixture will be sticky) and lightly shape into a round loaf.
  3. Remove hot pot from the oven and carefully set in the dough. Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes. Then, remove the lid and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove bread from oven and from pot and place on a cooling rack.

Courtesy is Contagious


Families being rewarded for well behaved children? Now that's something I can strive for! The Seattle Times recently wrote a story about a restaurant in Kitsap, WA that not only rewarded a family of five with free dessert, they also gave them a "well behaved kids" discount.  The servers at Sogno di Vino we're so impressed with the 3 children, ages 2, 3 and 8, they were compelled to do something to let them and their parents know how much they appreciated the good behavior.

Read the full story here.

What a great article! I will try to keep it in mind when Alex and I take Ollie out to dine in public. While I never get too upset with kids misbehaving at restaurants, I do get annoyed by parents who blatantly ignore their trouble making kids. 

Parents - mind your tots!!

As the parent of a 6 month old I haven't had to deal with dicipline quite yet, but I'm sure those days will be here before I know it.  Any parents out there have any tips? I am always looking for parenting books on raising polite and respectful children and would love some recommendations!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sleeping Babe


Ollie fell asleep on our walk this afternoon, he looked so sweet I had to share!

Happy Monday!

Famiglia Pasto!

Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Lasagna

I recently made one of my favorite dishes, Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Lasagna, to take down to Portland for the Fanconi Run. It's tradition for family and friends to gather for a lasagna feast the night before the run, so I brought this little ditty to share.  I also made one for Alex and I to have ourselves for dinner the night before I left (I know, its a lot of lasagna but it's SO GOOD!).  Lasagna is one of those dishes best made in multiples.  If you're going to make one, the energy it takes to make a few more is so little you might as well do it and freeze them for future meals. Or in my case, make one for dinner that night and one for dinner the next!

One tip if you try this recipe: 
Dealing with the squash can be quite a pain as the recipe requires you to peel and cube the squash. Instead of peeling, cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and place it in a pan face down in an inch of water.  Microwave it for 15 min.  After the squash has been microwaved you can can scoop the insides out, cut it into cubes, and there you go! Squash is ready and you avoid hacking your fingers off trying to peel it!

Bon appetit! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

You make my heart race


This morning was the 9th Annual Valentine Fanconi Anmenia Run/Walk, a race in Portland put on by my Godmother to honor her son Jake who lost his battle with the disease almost 10 years ago.  Fanconi Anemia is a rare life threatening disease that leads to bone marrow failure and cancers in children and young adults.  My cousin Jake and I were only a few month apart in age, and so many of my childhood memories include him cousin sleepovers, orange roll breakfasts, old school computer games, playing cards and board games, etc. Jake was always ready for an adventure!

Ollie and I drove down to help with the race, and to visit with family and friends who we're out in support.  It always brings a smile to my face to see so many people supporting such a great cause, and having such a fun time doing it! Besides the obvious prizes for the race winners, there are also prizes given for the best costumes which makes the run extra fun! I love seeing how creative Portlandites can be with their Valentine attire. If you're in the Portland area be sure to check the race out next year! 



Friday, February 8, 2013

Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo


Ollie and I ventured out of the house today and got to enjoy the 30 min of sunshine we had (woohoo!).  We met some friends and their little girls at the Woodland Park Zoo and toured around checking out all the animals. We lucked out and arrived at feeding time so all the animals were super active, we even got to see some baby lion cubs! I feel super lucky that I get to live so close to such an amazing Seattle attraction.

Musical Munchkin Toy Review

Ollie and his new toy!

When it comes to Oliver's toys I usually try to steer clear of ones that make noise.  It's not because he doesn't like them, in fact he LOVES them, but for the sake of my own sanity.  I can only take so much clanging before I want to bang my head against a wall! In college I worked at a daycare and I used to go around removing batteries from all the noise making toys (I know - I'm a scrooge).  All that being said, my mom recently bought Ollie a Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube and we have been having a great time playing with it!

Each side of the cube represents an orchestral instrument that when pressed plays classical music in the style of that instrument.  Unlike the other noisy toys we have the Mozart Magic Cube has a quiet, gentle sound that I actually enjoy! Also, you only need a light touch to make it play so it's perfect for Ollie, he loves to sit and bang on it.

I would highly recommend this toy to parents, especially those who's babies are just learning to play sitting up.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Floss-tastic



For whatever reason I felt justified skipping my dental cleanings when I was pregnant (who needs another hassle?) but after a year and a half of putting it off I finally succumbed and went in today and . . . NO CAVITIES! My negligence was rewarded, take that karma!

I actually love my dentist, he never lectures you to floss more or brush better, in fact everyone at the office seems to have pretty low expectations when it comes to their patients dental habits.  They always start by asking you how often you brush, when I give the standard "twice a day" answer they are over the moon and compliment me on how well I'm doing. I eat it up every time - I really DO take great care of my teeth! Maybe to reward myself I should have some chocolate for dessert . . .

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The 1950's called, they want their housewife back

After a failed morning jog (more on that later), Ollie and I were stuck inside with time to kill before his afternoon nap so I decided to try a recipe from my new Smitten Kitchen cookbook.  I am not in the habit of making dinner every night, truth be told we do a lot of takeout, but since Ollie has started on solid foods I am trying to make more of an effort to have family dinners where we all eat together. Plus, I love wearing an apron.

With the rain starting to fall outside I flipped through the book searching for some type of comfort food and landed on tomato-glazed mini meatloaves with brown butter mashed potatoes.  Yum! And it only takes 30 min, a huge plus for me!


Ollie did a great job keeping me company in his exersaucer.  Thanks to my friend Kirsten for lending us this seat of stimulation, Ollie loves it!!


Dinner turned out really well, although I forgot how heavy meatloaf is.  Luckily, Smitten Kitchen had kept that in mind and the mini meatloafs were just the portion control I was looking for! I really like the brown butter potatoes too, I went a bit off recipe and kept the skins on to give them a more rustic taste.

I mean, who am I? Staying home with a baby and cooking meatloaf for my working husband?? Ha!! I'll have to order Thai tomorrow just so no one gets the wrong idea.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Welcome!

After working for a major Seattle newspaper for the last 5 years, I recently left the private sector and became a full time mommy to my darling 6 month old baby boy Oliver.

 
Back when Ollie and I (and my husband, can't leave him out!) were not getting much sleep, I used to say time felt like it had stopped. On Ollie's 8 week birthday I remember a friend of mine saying "I can't believe he's two months old, he's growing SO FAST!" - WHAT??? To me the last two months felt like TWO YEARS! But, as it was pointed out to me, I hadn't really slept much up to that point so when you're averaging 20 hours of awake time per day time slows way down. Now that Ollie's doing his nights, time has sped back up and is now racing by faster than I can keep up with.

My goal for this blog is to chronicle my adventure into the world of stay-at-home moms, and to help me track Ollie's milestones in case I ever have another one of these bugaboos (can't even imagine - I applaud all you 2+ kid parents!). As someone who's spent a lot of time working in a cubicle, I know how welcome a time sucking blog is, so I will do my best to post often and with plenty of pics!!

Thanks for reading!