22 Days

I am a ninja. 


Glitter rolled back to front during tummy time. In the spirit of opposite siblings, since it took Critter FOUR MONTHS to do the same, I was expecting an early roller.  She has not repeated the feat but we know she has it in her!

I lost two more pounds. (yay)

Over the weekend Marcus and I managed to tag-team clean our entire house.  And we took joy in running the Terminator. It never gets old!  I am never less amazed!  It cleans and we do nothing besides remove large obstacles from the floor!

I went to the lunch portion of the American Brain Tumor Association walk. It was 40 degrees that morning and after walking six blocks and feeling it, it was the best “fit” for Glitter and I. Y’all helped me to raise $172.00 which from the bottom of my heart I appreciate it. I know M appreciates your support too. 

We also did some normal stuff. Like playing at Wayzata Beach.


And going to the Wayzata Brew Works, which we haven’t done since I found out I was pregnant.  


It is a great Sunday afternoon place with kids because it is not crowded and they don’t mind if the little pups frisk about.  Will go again soon. 

It was nice. 

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Friday Food Round-Up!

Another week living in blessing care of our sweet friends and on occasion, from the bounty of our freezer. 

Friday – Grilled Chicken, Acorn Squash, Salad and Challah


THANK YOU SONJA!

Sunday – Chicken Pot Pie


THANK YOU SUE!

Monday – White Chicken Chili


THANK YOU ELI!

Tuesday – Lasagna Casserole, Garlic Bread, Salad


THANK YOU MICHELLE AND JARED!

Wednesday – Green Chile Enchiladas, Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice


THANK YOU PAST KAT!

More seriously, I popped these out of the freezer, threw some rice in the steamer, and some beans on the stove. 

Thursday – Noodles

I totally failed Jenelle and Tamara here because I neglected to take a snap of this beautiful meal we did not have to cook. THANK YOU GIRLS. 

Favorite Crockpot Meals

Someday, I will actually have to cook again. Like more than grilled cheese and a salad kit.  I thought I’d write out a list (with links) of the crockpot meals we make (and like!) with any frequency, that way if you are someome who needs them too, they are easy to find?

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Soup

Easy Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Green Chile Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Lasagna Tortellini Soup

Bits and Pieces of an Update

I got mastitis a full seven days after giving birth. A personal record!  It also means once again I am drinking No Beers because I am on heavy antibiotics.  But I just wrapped up 41 weeks of sobriety so what is 10 more days in the scheme of things?

Glitter now weighs nine pounds because she is a growing lady.  I’ll be interested to see how her growth tracks over time, relative to Critter’s. 

I have seen Moana. The coconut pirates are possibly one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.  They are So Cute!  I’m also halfway through Last Chance U on Netflix. When I am not watching TV I am making the most of the Kindle app on my iPhone. 

I can wear my moccasins again and between that and my non-maternity yoga pants, I feel like such a goddess. 

I lost 27 pounds in 10 days and now my weight loss has stalled out and WHAT IS THE POINT OF BREASTFEEDING EVEN IF THE REST OF THE WEIGHT DOESN’T JUST FLY OFF TOO. I jest. It took me a month to lose 30 pounds with Critter so I have no complaints. 

Glitter continues to distinguish herself in the area of sleep. Most nights we’ll get at least one four hour stretch in, sometimes two. Even on the nights she is a “bad” sleeper she is still doing better than Critter did for probably six months. This makes everything (having two children), caring for a newborn, etc. worlds easier.

Critter also goes to “school” three days a week which gives me a “maternity leave” and makes everything simpler because I am not home with two tots full time. He is otherwise working on being a Really Good Big Brother. He is generally indifferent to Glitter though he loves the animal feet (which he calls “shoes”) on her pjs. He is testing some boundaries but not to the point of headache.  He “helps” put her in her car seat, push her stroller and change her diapers.  Honestly he is most upsetted when Marcus is holding Glitter only because he sees me do it all the time, but when Marcus is home, he is generally Critter’s designated parent.  It will be interesting to see how/what else changes in the next few months. 

Fundraising for Brain Tumor Research

No, friends, I have not been hacked.  However, as we are still adjusting to Glitter’s arrival into our family this will lack the narrative flair I am usually given to but please read on. 

Very long story short: my friend M (since this is getting blasted across the internet, I’m trying to give him some privacy) discovered he had a brain tumor in 2013. I remember visiting him that weekend in the hospital and as I wheeled him up and dowm some of the halls, to the cafeteria and back, I remember thinking This Shit Makes Absolutely No Sense, We Are 26 Years Old. 

His cancer went into remission. 

In January of this year they discovered tumor regrowth during a scan.  Four months before his wedding day.  Currently he is undergoing chemotherapy. 

I have known M for more than half of my life. He is one of the best people I know, he is one of my oldest friends.  So if somehow, at 30 we now need to walk for brain tumor research and awareness, I am there. If we need to fundraise for that (and I will be honest, I made a vow a long time ago as a runner to not fundraise on my own, but to give generously to my many friends who do), I will ask you all to give. 

The page is HERE. (I’ll be honest, I didn’t jazz it up because the whole story is here).

Some items: when the walk happens, I will not even be three weeks post-partum. Physically I cannot walk a 5k right now. If I can walk a mile with Glitter that will be great. With that in mind, since I have a newborn, all walking is weather dependent. However, our whole family is registered as are my parents. At a minimum some combination of us will be walking. 

Anyway, if you have it in you to give $5 or even $10, I know we’ll all appreciate it. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

This week our meal train started and I wheeled more food out of the freezer.  It is such a blessing not to cook right now. 

Sunday – Borscht, Caesar Salad


Mom dropped off some borscht on Thursday and it was more than enough for two meals. I had some extra salad kits in the fridge so it was perfect. 

Sunday – Shrimp Creole over Rice, Salad, Bread


Billy was home so we had family dinner at Mom and Dad’s house.

Monday – Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef, Rice, Steamed Broccoli


I can definitively say there was nothing about the beef that was “Mongolian” but it was good. Honestly the most complicated part of the meal was washing the two dishes we used to cook. 

Tuesday – Greek Salad, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Breadsticks 


I call this fusion cuisine: my Auntie Kim gave us a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce when we moved, Paula sent a meal over as a First Day Alone With Two Children Honorarium (THANK YOU). Since the entree was already taken care of, I froze THAT lasagna for later and we ate the sides. And then I boiled some noodles!  Teamwork!

Wednesday – Pizza and Salad


THANKS BECKY. 

Thursday – Chicken Tacos


THANKS MARIE. 

Dispatch From The Other Side


It is Sunday. Critter was a naptime fighter. We have kids. 

After exactly three days in newborn clothing, Glitter graduated to size 3 months because she is a tall lady.  She also gained four ounces on her hospital discharge weight because she knows how to eat, which is a real blessing. 

I have lost 18 pounds. All through the third trimester Mom was telling me, Katherine you are going to feel so much better. You are going to get your body back. 

And I do.  I was suspicious. She was right.  It helps that my labor was only nine hours (once again formally started by lunch at Bacio with Mom). Glitter seems to like her sleep. Same same.  I can wear my yoga pants again. My pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel is gone. 

Did I mention my bed?  After all of the support pillows and wrist braces it is a pillowy nest. I love it. 

I have managed to catch up on the Real Housewives of Dallas.  I still need to get caught up on The Crown. If anyone else has TV suggestions (because I have a lot of it in my future!) please share them in the comments. 

Marcus goes back to work on Tuesday. I an terrified to be home with two children. But it will be okay!  Because everyone else survives this!