Archive for April, 2009

Birthday Bash!

There is so much I could blog about from the past week, but for now, I’ll stick to the big event of Emma turning 1 year old!! I can’t believe my little girl is already one. The past year has gone by so fast (the first 6 months definitely dragged at times, but the last six flew by!!) And the one year mark seems to have been the turning point for a few things, namely SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! We have gone a whole year with her waking up multiple times a night. I was starting to lose hope. But since Friday (her actual birthday) she has slept straight through each night. We’ve had a night of that here and there, but definitely not ever five in a row. I think that was her own little present for Mommy!! It’s amazing what a good night of sleep can do for the both of us.

We had lots of family come in town this past weekend to help us celebrate Emma’s year of life. Jacob’s brother Hunter came in from NYC, and my parents and sister, Misha, were here from MO/Guatemala. Throw in her local grandparents and a few friends, and we had quite the little party. It was great! I could go on and on, but I think this video pretty much sums it up. Enjoy!!

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You don’t have kids, do you?

Emma and I went to the allergist yesterday for some testing.  She has had four ear infections since November, plus with her eczema and a few other symptoms, I was starting to think she had a food allergy of some kind.  So we went in to find out.  I think she is going to really hate the doctor from now on.  After getting 24 “scratch” tests, we found out that, no, she doesn’t have any real allergies to speak of.  Well, at lest we know that’s not the culprit.  But this is not really why I’m writing …

In order to get Emma to lay on her tummy for the tests, I had to lay down on the examining bed and clutch her to my chest.  It was really awkward and kind of heart breaking.  Once the tests were finished, the nurse left the room, Emma composed herself in record time, and wanted to go play with the board puzzles on the floor.  So we did.  And waited.  Not having done this before, I wasn’t sure what to expect next.  At one point the nurse poked her head in (to check on us, I guess) and seeing Emma playing, barked, “She’s supposed to lay flat on her stomach for 20 minutes!”  “You didn’t tell me that.”  “Yes, I did.”  No, she didn’t.  And I almost started laughing, because HOW THE HECK TO YOU EXPECT A ONE-YEAR OLD TO LAY STILL ON HER STOMACH FOR 20 MINUTES.  I’m pretty sure I mumbled that under my breath as she left the room.  So, back to the examining bed we went, me on my back with Emma on my chest, trying to distract her in any way possible.  Did I mention I wasn’t supposed to touch her back?  So all I could to was hold her down by her arms and legs.  It was ridiculous.  I half expected someone to bust through the door and say, “Surprise!!  You’re on Candid Camera!”  Finally, after about ten minutes of this, the doctor came back in and acted as if it was all completely normal.  Maybe it was and I’m the crazy one.

When Daddy babysits . . .

I got this call today from Jacob:

J: “Hey honey.  Just wondering what I should feed Em for lunch.”

M: “Give her some peas from the freezer and make her a little grilled cheese.”

J: “OK, sounds good.  Oh, and I’ve been letting Emma run around in her diaper today.  I stripped her down after a blowout and put her down for a nap in just a diaper.  And she slept for 1 1/2 hrs!!  Then I heard her talking a little bit.  When I went in to get her, she was playing quietly in her crib, butt naked, with her diaper in her hands!  But don’t worry, she hadn’t even peed in it.  Guess I shouldn’t do that again, huh?!”

M: Speechless.

Crisis averted, for now.

Whew!!

That is exactly how I feel right now.   I woke up this morning actually feeling rested for the first time in a long time.  There’s a story behind that too, but another post, another time.  In this burst of energy, I decided to spend the morning making some food for Emma.  That “morning” turned into “day” and here it is 4:45 and I’m just now getting the kitchen back in order.  But I have a lot to show for it, and hopefully Em won’t turn up her nose at what I’ve made.

Kroger had sweet potatoes on sale this week so I stocked up and made (1) Sweet potatoes “fries” — peeled the taters and cut them into small strips, then tossed them with olive oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and baked them for 15 minutes.  Mmmm . . . already a hit.  (2) Sweet potato puree — froze some in cubes and used the rest to make Sweet Potato Pancakes.  These freeze great, make a quick breakfast or snack, and Emma loves them.

Next on the agenda was Carrot Rice Casserole which I added some ground chicken to.  I’m not sure if Em is going to go for this one — it tastes great but I think the texture might not be a home run with her.  Finally, I saw this recipe yesterday for Yogurt Cereal Bars and thought they sounded delicious.  We haven’t tried them yet, but they smell great.  Now that I have the fridge and freezer stocked for Emma, the last thing I want to do is cook dinner.  Chick-fil-a??