Monday, March 25, 2013

Three Months

I thought I did a three month post, but I didn't!  So Evie is actually three months and one week today.  Still sleeping through the night, though there was a slight relapse for a few days. Also still rolling from front to back,  and giving us big smiles on the diaper table.

She doesn't seem to like baths as much, but tolerates them as long as she can suck on a washcloth. 

Evie officially comes to church now, and gives everyone serious looks with the occasional smile.  Mostly she saves the smiles for right after waking up, eating,  or getting a diaper change. 

She is still super handsy. Not surprising when you look at her ultrasound pictures,  most of which feature a hand in front of her face.  The other day she fell asleep with her hands clasped. She is also learning to grab and grasp, which is exciting.

And,  she is a giant.  Where did my tiny baby go?

Monday, March 11, 2013

remember these things.

Evie is 12 weeks old today. I am even losing count, the weeks go so fast!

She is on a two hour schedule. She wakes up, eats, and then plays until it has been about an hour since the beginning of the feeding. Then she goes to sleep, and wakes up after an hour. Usually. Sometimes she is a champ, and sleeps in the moby wrap while I am shopping for like, two hours. Or sometimes she doesn't go to sleep at all between meals.

She is now too long for her newborn-sized sleep sack, and wriggles around so much in the night that often she is not where I put her down, or has managed to get one arm out the top or bottom of the swaddle.

Evie can roll over! Only from her stomach to her back. This started on Wednesday (the 6th), after a few days of "practice," where I helped her get the roll started. This is exciting and bad at the same time. Exciting because she is growing and learning new things. Bad because she is developing a flat head but can now escape from tummy time. I'm really puzzled about the flat head... she does sleep all night on her back, and occasionally goes in the carseat, but most of the day she is being held. Poor flathead baby.

She still loves to eat her hands, and anything that gets near her mouth (table edges, mom's hands and arms, bibs, blankets, shirt collars, washcloths). She also smiles, a lot. It is terribly rewarding. I love it. Though, I think she saves most of her smiles for me and her dad, because around other people she is still sort of somber (does that mean she is an introvert?).

Happy 12 weeks, baby girl. We sure do love you, more and more every day.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Guess who?

Guess who has been able to roll over, unassisted, from tummy to back since Wednesday?
This cute girl.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dear Evie:

Last night,  I gave you your nightly bath (you wee'd on the towel, that was a first), you had a little nap, ate again,  and yawned a whole lot. I figured that meant you were still sleepy,  so I took you downstairs to your room, changed your diaper,  wrapped you in your swaddle suit, popped your binky, and held and bounced you. For an hour.

You didn't make a peep, but stayed wide awake. Finally I got serious, turned out the light in your room, and turned on the white noise,  heater, and humidifier. I held you and rocked you in the nursery chair.  I started singing you a lullaby, and rather than drifting off, you looked up at me and just smiled. And smiled,  and smiled.  It was about the cutest thing I've ever seen. By chance, your dad came in just then and witnessed the whole event.

We love you,  baby girl,  and love these little moments you share with us.

Love and kisses,


love affair

You guys, I love arugula. If there is a dish with arugula on a restaurant menu, you can be sure that I will order it.

Yesterday I made a salad from a Pinterest recipe, it had arugula, mango, avocado, macadamia nuts, and a tangy dressing. I liked it so well that I made a variation if it for lunch today. I did not have another mango,  so I subbed an orange,  and the only avocado I had was mashed, so I just mixed it into the dressing.

Here are the details:

(serves two)

1 orange
2 large handfuls of arugula
1 handful macadamia nuts

For the dressing:

(measurements are approximate,  I just eyeballed it and seasoned to taste)

Olive oil (3T)
Cider vinegar (1T)
Dijon mustard (1t)
Black pepper (dash)
Garlic powder (dash)
Lemon juice (2t)
Orange juice (1t)
Agave (1t)
Avocado,  mashed (1/2)

Cut the peel off the orange, then cut it in half and slice the halves. Use any juice left on the cutting board in the dressing.

Whisk together dressing ingredients in small mixing bowl. In a medium mixing bowl,  toss the arugula in the dressing (I only used half the dressing).

Divide the dressed greens between two plates, top with orange slices and macadamia nuts. Try not to gobble it up too fast.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Valentine's 2013

Our days of fancy restaurants with special Valentine menus may be over for awhile,  as people probably wouldn't appreciate a crying babe driving their romantic dinner.  So this year we opted to stay in said "double" with my parents.

My mom made steak and frites, and I made hot fudge sundae cake for dessert. I gave everyone a bag of treats with dove dark chocolate,  sour grapefruit balls,  and cinnamon hearts. A also got a Wii game. He brought me some beautiful pink roses and dairy free chocolate (which he went to three different store to find, thank you A and Trader Joe's! ).

It was a more relaxed day for sure,  but lovely all the same!

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