Tuesday, August 17, 2010

yanked from Molly Piper's blog...

.... this is too good not to share. These are Molly's words regarding the birth of her twins.

I’m a big fan of the epidural. Abraham always comforted me against the haters by saying, “The most natural thing for a human to do is avoid pain. Thus, an epidural is natural childbirth.” I love him.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ethan!

How do you celebrate one of the most amazing little boys ever to enter this world?  You start with filling his playroom with balloons to play with, then you add a little bit of chocolate chip waffles for breakfast - complete with a candle, of course.  Then, you add a dash of a trip to a splash pad for the morning with a whole bunch of friends, not forgetting the boy's favorite lunch - PB&J with a side of blueberries.  Top with blue cupcakes for him and his buddies.  Next add in an extra long afternoon nap.  Stir in a bit of his favorite dinner, hot dogs, cheese, and watermelon and don't forget the made-from-scratch chocolate cherry cupcakes for dessert.  Alternate each meal with a small gift, leaving the biggest gift for after dinner.  Voila!  Happy birthday, Ethan!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Honey and Cream Cheese Filled Fig Muffins

TO DIE FOR!

To make the filling:
3/4 c. low-fat cream or neufchatel cheese
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. lemon zest
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Combine well and set aside.

For muffins:
2 c. flour (I used 1 c. white and 1 c. whole wheat)
1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 egg white
3/4 c. packed brown sugar (I used only 1/2 c.)
1 c. buttermilk (or plain yogurt, sour cream)
1/3 c. olive oil
1 and 1/4 c. figs (my fig source was low so I bought chopped dates)
Combine dry ingredients and whisk.  Combine eggs and brown sugar in another bowl and whisk until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.  Add buttermilk and oil to wet mixture.  Stir to comine and then add to dry ingredients.  Be careful not to overmix.  Fold in figs (or dates!).  Fill muffin cups half-way full.  Add a generous teaspoon of the filling and then add just enough muffin batter to cover.  Filling should not be visible.  This recipe calls for a sprinkle of sugar over the tops of the muffins, but I omitted that step.  Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.  ENJOY!

I had enough batter for 12 "regular" sized filled muffins and 6 non-filled mini muffins.  This morning Ethan ate a regular size muffin (and an apple!) while Emory stuck to one mini muffin.  Go figure.  But, even the sugar addict in the house (Eric) said that these were good.  So, what a winner.  Very healthy, high in fiber, low in calories, and even satisfies those who prefer junk food!  What a winner.  This recipe came out of an Eating Well magazine that I totally swiped from my parents and am considering subscribing to myself.  I have a few more recipes to try before I make that decision, but I'll let you know....

Friday, August 6, 2010

to Gigi's house we go...

.... I did it!  I packed up two children, drove 250 miles to Mobile (which means 4 hours in a car), and have spent almost 4 days soaking up some grandparent and uncle fun.  My brother lives next door, and my sister's husband is down here completing a summer legal internship - so Emory has LOVED all the extra folks to perform for.  My favorite moment so far was when I asked her to pick up a toy Ethan had dropped in the car and she responded, "No, I am not responsible for his stuff."   Typical attention overload and sleep deprivation three-year-old style.  I've decided to expect poor behavior and only address what is truly abominable, 'cuz that just comes with the territory when visiting grandparents.

Ethan has a nice room to himself upstairs and Emory and I am sharing the "purple room" which makes her super happy.  Turns out, it is not so bad sharing a bed with her if said bed is queen size!  She loves being a "lady" and being included in most adult activities.  Yesterday we bummed around, and discovered a rockin' sale on carseats.  I knew we were going to need one for Emory since we've been borrowing one that needs to be returned.  Planning to stock up, I was thwarted when I was told the carseat didn't actually go on sale until today.  Turns out that worked out to my advantage.  I was able to come home and research the carseat and found out it was the number one rated safety seat. After checking Ethan's carseat, I discovered his expires in December, so now I was able to get 2 for a great price.  Half-off ain't bad for a Graco Nautilus.

This carseat is the ultimate carseat.  Cupholders, toy caddies, and it will be good until my children are 100 pounds.  It converts from a carseat with a 5-point harness to a high-back booster to use with a shoulder belt, then to a regular booster.  Score!  Neither child should need another carseat.  While I was inspecting expiration dates, I discovered (to  my delight!) that the infant seat is good until December 2013.  I was afraid it was expired since we acquired it 4 years ago and it was a hand-me-down.  Must not have been too old....

But the story gets better... I was under the impression that both carseats were charcoal grey, which suited me fine.  However, when we pulled the second carseat from it's packaging, we discovered it was pink with purple flowers!  My girl could not be happier with her new ride.  God is good!

I got treated this afternoon when my Mom took us to the crisis pregnancy clinic she works for and allowed me an ultrasound.  Emory even got to take some pictures.  I am 10 weeks and 1 day, and this precious baby was kicked back, one hand behind his/her head and sucking it's thumb.  Baby never wiggled once, and has a very average heartbeat, right smack in the middle of the normal range.  Good news for the Mama.

We're headed back tomorrow, and we're all anxious to see our daddy again.  Ethan just wants to be home.  He has not handled being away from home well.  Won't let me out of his sight and screams if the dog moans, the kitty meows, or anyone looks at him.  He's been sleeping A LOT, completing confirming for me that he crashes when he can't deal.  Poor guy,  he and his sister are total opposites.  This has been just what the doctor ordered for her - a change of scenery - and she's thriving.  The boy is having panic attacks because nothing is as "it should be".

Well, off to Mom's famous spaghetti, a phone call to daddy before his big poker game, and maybe to sneak out for some ice cream.  I can fudge, I've lost half of what I considered my baby weight once we got here.  Sucks to be sick, but it's good for the waist line!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

baby news...

.... heard a tiny heartbeat today - always exciting.  Got the news that there are a couple of factors in play that get me an extra ultrasound next visit!  Decided against the name Ellis and are back to the drawing board.  Ella Margaret and Asher Knox are key contenders right now.  Still haven't made the switch to maternity clothes, but my doctor declared, "You've got a little pudge!" today, so we're getting there.  Only gained 3 pounds so far, and this is by far the longest it's ever taken me to show.  Plus, I'm gaining more slowly than with the other two kids.  Chalk it up to never being able to stop long enough to eat.  And, my go-to remedy for naseau (which is all afternoon long!) is a couple of glasses of really cold water every time I start to feel sick.  Really seems to help. 

That's it on the baby front.