Monthly Archives: October 2017

One Month!

Or actually I’m a few days late but whatever.  Second baby.  Roll with me. 

Glitter had her one month checkup today. Our darling dear is growing like a weed – she is 10 lbs 13 oz now!  Related/unrelated she slept eight hours straight last night which was her longest stretch to date. Blessings to all people on Earth. 

So there is some stuff that is just easier with Glitter. Like, we can go places and she’ll sleep the whole time!  When Billy was in town last, he, Glitter and I went to lunch onat 6Smith and it was perfect and glorious. 

I didn’t think a glass of wine on a patio on a lake was going to be in the cards for me this year but thank you 70+ degree days in October!

I am still working on getting out of the house to go places with both children that are not other people’s houses. I did succeed in taking both children to library storytime and no one (read: Critter) ran away.  To be realistic, mostly we’re just trying to work a playdate heavy schedule at this point. 

I started pumping and now have enough milk stashed away to buy myself some freedom if I want/need it. I really don’t plan on escaping Glitter for at least another week (first stop: hot yoga) but, hey!  Having milk to give her is a start!  Related/unrelated: feel free to start placing bets on what kind of bottle she will actually take!

I ordered more pacis (Nuk and Mam) because after leaving the hospital Glitter decided she was not into the Soothies and we would really like for her to take a pacifier. She is not into the Mam and so far Critter is more excited about getting into mischief with the new pacis when he finds them in the nursery.  Fun!

Critter is finally cutting at least one of his two year molars thank God. Only three more to go!  He is also starting a course of antibiotics because he has the toddler plague and it has not resolved on its own. He is otherwise healthy but has just a terrible cough. It needs to go. 

Critter is starting to be more interested in Glitter. The funniest moment to date is when he went over to her “nest” (rock and play) while she was sleeping and ordered her to “stand up.”  Which we all know to be impossible since she is an infant.  He was very disappointed when she did not in fact stand up. 


Friday Food Round-Up!

We spent part of the week afflicted by (and recovering from) food poisoning so we ate and then…we didn’t. 

Saturday – Chocolate Chip (oat) Banana Muffins 

Frankly, this was a day where Glitter wanted to eat and then nap on me. Period. For the whole day. But I could assemble the batter for these in five minutes. So I plopped her into her rock and play and I did.  This time, I substituted one cup of oats for one cup of flour. 

Saturday – Turkey Chili


Sunday – Spaghetti with Meatballs, Garlic Bread

A dinner I cooked!  Rejoice!

Marcus threw a salad kit together as well but I could not handle vegetables. 

Wednesday – Tamale Pie, Salad

THANK YOU ERICA!  Not pictured: cut fruit, lacation cookies. 

Thursday – Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup, Salad


Friday Food Round-Up!

Just another week living off of the meals made by family and friends. 

Also unpictured: the Jimmy John’s that Jillian #blessed us with for lunch. 

Friday – Cheesy Potatoes, Quinoa Salad, Salad

THANK YOU MADELYN. She also brought some chicken but I was in the mood for…cheesy potatoes. If you live in MN, the cheesy potatoes are the Lunds pre-made and they are AMAZING. 

Sunday – Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja, Rice, Salad

Another crockpot meal I prepped in July. I pulled it from the freezer, thawed it and let it cook for 8 hours. MAGIC. 

Monday – Chili and Cornbread


Tuesday – Salad with Goat Cheese, Beets, Red Onion and Candied Walnuts

I had a lunch visitor!  THANK YOU AUNTIE LISA. 

Tuesday – Stuffed Peppers, Salad


Not pictured: the giant frosting-covered cookie I also ate. 

Wednesday – Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Pasta Bake, Salad


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. 

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


Sunday – Chicken Pot Pie


Monday – White Chicken Chili


Tuesday – Lasagna Casserole, Garlic Bread, Salad


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


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.