Apr 9, 2014

Chicken Soup, 2 ways

Well, here we are in late spring, the end of the cold season. After finally getting over the cold that laid both Bug and I low for a while (OK, not fully over it, but I always have a cough after a cold), I figured I would share some chicken soup. I do it two ways... the long and slow, all-day way, and the quick & easy way. I wrote out the fast way after my husband admitted he was intimidated by simmering a chicken carcass, and seasoning everything perfectly. What is nice about the fast version, is that you can pre-measure your spices and leave them sealed in containers. This makes it fool-proof for even the most kitchen-intimidated spouse.

Mar 26, 2014

Keeping up with supply & demand

Who knew that breastfeeding could be so hard? I did! Or at least, I thought I did. It was nothing at all like I had expected, yet once we got there, it was just as rewarding as I had hoped.

All I can say is that if it looks like your little guy or gal will never latch... do not give up hope! We almost lived at the lactation consultant's office for the first week, learning to retrain Bug's swallow reflex with a leaky orthodontic nipple. After that, we had to get him used to having a boob in his face again - AND get rid of his lazy suck habit. It took about 4 weeks until Bug would latch on with any sort of regularity - but when he did... ouch. He had a shallow latch. Back to the lactation consultant. He is now nearly 6 weeks old, and nurses quite well. That's a far cry from waking my husband up in the middle of the night with a screaming baby, and giving him said screaming baby, and a bottle of formula, and going into the other room to cry, myself.

Mar 25, 2014

The big 3-0

Birthdays. Hmmm, yikes. I don't really ever do much for mine, but this year, I turn 30. Is that old? I don't think so, but still, ouch. Maybe 30 is a bit old to be only just starting what my husband and I would like to be a large family. It certainly won't get any easier with subsequent pregnancies.

The great thing about turning 30, however, is all of the knowledge that I have now, that I did not have when I turned 21, the last "milestone" birthday. I'd say I am a hell of a lot smarter now. I am also more responsible. This is a good thing. To celebrate, I get some of my favorite things in life - sushi (Spicy tuna, anyone? Hell yes, please and thank you.) and a nice flavorful drink... something nice to sip through the night, I haven't decided what yet, though. And then there is the ever present snuggles received from the Bug. I would consider him to be worth every second of every year old that I am.

Normally for my birthday, I get a new book (or two... or three... hell, just give me All The Books, and we will be good). Not sure what to get this time. I have a long, long list of books that my mother still has physically, that have not been bought on our Kindle account. or, I could try something new. Decisions! What are your favorite books, or authors? This year, my husband and I are also going to be looking for a nice, petite amethyst, Bug's birthstone. That was a happy surprise, as I am not usually one for jewelry, but I am big on the sentimental things. When we find one, I will be wearing it happily.

So, here's to a nice, low-key, sushi-filled day of reading. And Bug-snuggles.

Mar 24, 2014

Laundry Soap & Cloth Diapering...

Sweet! Cloth diapers! I never imagined I would be so excited about washing out pee-soaked fabric, and spraying poop off more fabric. But, I am. I am enjoying my cloth diapers - at the moment, I have BumGenius and gpants. I plan to order more, from Alvababy.

But it is so not what I had imagined it to be. I didn't think about how hard it would be to do laundry nearly every day with an infant, and hang the diaper shells to dry, and stuff the shells, and.. oh my. My work is really cut out for me, isn't it?

Mar 19, 2014

All The Things...! (pt. 2)

He's here!!! It is my pleasure to announce to you the birth of my son.

February 9th, 2014 @ 6:24am
9lb 6oz - 22in

The full story is posted. However, it is the full story.

Mar 18, 2014

All The Things...! (pt. 1)

Oh boy, there is so much to catch up on, here. For starters, I am no longer pregnant, yay! This post will share my baby shower, and catch you up a bit on the bulk of the reason I've been MIA since November. So much has been gong on, and I feel bad about not posting anything here, at all.

Dec 24, 2013

Catching up...

So much has happened this month, I do not even know where to begin.

For starters, my first attempts at homemade body butter had mixed results. On one hand, I rather like it. It is a little oily at first, but absorbs rather quickly into the skin, leaving soft, supple hands, elbows, legs, arms, etc. But I do not like that I have to "melt" it in my palms first. I will be working on that with the next batch, tweaking the recipe a bit. The smell is divine, I let the cocoa butter be my scent. I smell faintly like a chocolate bar every morning, now. It's wonderful!

My solid lotion bar attempt? Let's just say I have used it so much during these winter months that I already need to make more. I added a slight hint of peppermint to it, so it smells like chocolate mint - a great pick me up! It's making my cracked heels a thing of the past, and I always rub a little bit into my cuticles every morning when I wake up, and every night before bed. For the first time I can remember, my winter skin is not dry, flaky, itchy and tender. It is soft, smooth, and whole. I love this.

And finally, my first try at lip balm... mostly a success! I cannot get the honey I wanted in it to stay incorporated, it sinks to the bottom of the jar. However, the solid part, that I have remelted and poured into a sterile chap stick tube, is damn near a miracle. My lips are not cracking in the winter weather, and the cracks that were already there have healed over nicely, and quickly. I can see making more of it, I'm quite happy.

Nov 29, 2013

OK, a day late, but... Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow. Yesterday was such an incredible day. We woke up at 5am to put the turkey in... yep, 5 o'clock in the morning... I had a 30-pounder I needed to have ready to eat by 2. Well, we got it into the oven only half an hour late, which was great, considering the previous night, during prep, I had forgotten completely about cutting the bread up for stuffing... whoops! After the bird was stuffed and set to roast, we did a whole bunch of last-second cleaning and straightening, things like dusting (yet again), arranging tables, vacuuming "just one more time," hosing the chicken poop from the deck (although it amuses to mention that we now have a poop deck), and setting up the hot cider, mugs, napkins, plates, and silverware ahead of time. By the time it was all done, family was arriving!

The house was full, and that made me so happy. The house also smelled amazingly tasty, with everything cooking. Some things did go wrong - I forgot to cook the corn, and the potatoes didn't cook long enough before we drained them to mash them (...oops. The potatoes I had checked looked nice and mealy, but I guess I just checked smaller ones.), and we killed the yeast in the bread on accident, so we had some pretty dense rolls, that burnt on the bottom. For my first time hosting, that wasn't too bad, but I am planning to make new mashed potatoes for the leftovers, and new rolls as well.

Despite the mishaps, the whole house fell silent as people dug in to their plates, even going back for second helpings. The sound of silence is a beautiful thing, when people have food. It's music to my ears, and I take it as a compliment of the highest order.

Nov 22, 2013

2/3 of the way there

Today, I roll into my third trimester. Really, I am rolling, not walking. I have a giant ball in my belly, and it moves, and wiggles, and causes all sorts of things to happen. Really great things, like feeling kicks and flutters, swishes and nudges, to the less-than-fun aspects. This gas thing is pretty terrible. Until you belch (or otherwise release the gas buildup) it hurts to sit, hurts to lie down, hurts to breathe. And then when the gas is released... it hurts your husband's nose (sorry honey, it's the baby, I promise!)

People warned me about things, but I have discovered it is impossible to warn somebody accurately. The bloating, for example. Early on in the first trimester I had to remove my wedding band and engagement ring. I thought "well, this isn't so bad", but now... there are days when I have a hard time pulling my wrist brace on, and some shirts fit when I put them on, and then don't fit as well later... Center of gravity is another thing I had been warned about. I didn't realize that even a small shift can be cause for alarm. I am unsteady on my feet now, which makes for walking around with my dog and cat less fun. Stairs are a trial (especially since my knee gave out and I fell a few days ago. Baby and I are fine, however), and it certainly makes getting out of cars, off couches and out of bed more interesting.

But other things that people either forget to mention, or cannot accurately describe, is the sheer love that I feel. I still tear up on occasion while talking to the baby. Smiles so huge they could tear my face in two still creep up on me when I feel it moving. I am starting to differentiate between fists and feet, rolls and flips. When the baby begins moving to the music I play, I find myself turning it on a tiny bit louder for the wee one - and this kid has taste, too! It moves for AC/DC, Guns & Roses, Bon Jovi and Creedence Clearwater Revival... just to name a few. I would do anything for this child. I thought that the love I felt for my husband was intense and complete... it is nothing like the feeling I have for my unborn baby, and it warms my heart to know my husband feels the exact same way.

Nov 21, 2013

Mushrooms, nesting, & other stuff!

Whew. What a day. We knocked out the last major room on the cleaning list. Well, mostly. Now it is a matter of the husband cleaning his desk area, and straightening it up, and me re-arranging little things here and there. We have a carpet cleaner coming to attack the carpets on Tuesday, and then the house is set up for Thanksgiving! Well, minus the windows needing to be washed again. And the bathroom cleaned again. And the carpets vacuumed again. And the tile floors mopped again. While I'm at it, I should probably also vacuum the couches too. And dust everything. Maybe I should wash the mugs that are hanging, I haven't used them in a while, they are dusty. And-... oh, hell. Does this need to clean everything thirty times over ever leave??

Tomorrow is a HUGE shopping day. Whoops. Today is my huge shopping day! I took too long writing this post out... I am getting things for Thanksgiving, but I am also getting what I need for Saturday. There are only 3 2 days left until the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, and I just when I thought I couldn't be any more excited, an interview lets the proverbial cat out of its bag. You see, my first Doctor was Tom Baker. He was the 4th Doctor, known for his ridiculously long scarves, his fedora (See? Robert Englund wasn't the only person who made fedoras cool!), and his love for Jelly Babies. he also holds the current record for longest-running doctor (7 whole seasons! Yikes!). And he informed us, his adoring fans, that he WILL be showing up in the special. Even if it is only for a grand total of five minutes, he will be there. I went into a total fangirl-squeal. I startled the baby (and felt it jerk) with the force of my fangirl moment. I even renewed my search for a deal on jelly Babies, and I found some on Amazon. I think this will be the only time in my life where I want something so bad that I actually pay for overnight shipping. I will have Jelly Babies to celebrate my favorite Doctor on Saturday - how freaking cool is that?

And speaking of shopping, I feel the need to put a shout-out to my favorite shopping list app. Yeah, I have an app for a shopping list, but I think it is worth mentioning, and even getting. (Please note: I am not getting paid to share this info, I am not getting any money what-so-ever from these people. I just think this app is pretty neat) It is called Out of Milk, and it lets you create shopping lists, and organize by custom categories (Do you shop at only one store? Want to make the categories correspond to aisle numbers? Feel free. Do you shop at multiple stores, but have some items you can only find at certain stores? Make an "X-store only" category, so you know you need to go there.) It will remember anything you put into your lists, and it allows you to scan barcodes as well. The more you use it, the more comprehensive it is. Want to know what makes it even better? You can share your shopping lists with others that have the app. So I share all of my lists with the Husband, and when he goes to the store, and I need to add something, I just add the item to the list, hit sync, and it syncs on his phone as well. It is pretty handy, since he can always checks the "Pregnant to-buy" list for anything his pregnant wife might want before coming home from work or school.