Archive for October, 2016


New food, not taking it, future plans

October 31, 2016

1. Another new recipe for dinner, this time a chicken curry from Joy of Cooking. S and I both enjoyed it, but it could have used a lot more curry powder and I could have left more of the jalapeno seeds in.

2. I’ve started pumping recently before bedtime because I thought it would be good for Baby to be able to take a bottle next time we need to leave her in the evening. We tried bottle feeding her before bed last night and tonight, and she just isn’t taking it. I think I’ll try it in her sippy cup tomorrow, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll switch to our alternate plan of breastfeeding her and showing up a little late to our meeting.

3. Today was a chatty sort of day. I missed a call from my grandma last night, so I called her back and we picked an afternoon for me to come over with Baby. Then I called my Florida sister and had a nice chat with her too, with tentative plans for swing dancing while she’s in at Christmas.


Our Sunday

October 30, 2016

1. I left Baby with a friend in the church nursery today. She did really well considering it was her first time in there without me. I loved coming down to get her. She had the happiest smile and such a wonderful squeal when she saw me.

2. I’ve started picking out pictures of Baby for her photo album. I have so many, but I’m breaking it down by month, so it shouldn’t be too bad. I’m planning on doing an old style scrapbook, with real pictures and handwritten captions.

3. Today’s new recipe was for roasted butternut squash and red onions.  It was a winner. I did use an extra half teaspoon of the garam masala because just one teaspoon sounded wimpy. We’ll see what Baby thinks of the leftovers tomorrow.


Raking leaves, chase, baby fun

October 29, 2016

1. Raking leaves with S while Baby napped this morning. I was glad I didn’t do it when I had a chance earlier in the week, since it’s nice working together.

2. Baby edging away when the robot vacuum came toward her, then slowly crawling after it when it went away.

3. We were sitting on the living room floor after dinner, S was near the loveseat and I was leaning against the couch. Baby pushed at S until he moved over so she could crawl between him and the loveseat, then she just kept crawling around behind him, pulling herself up on his back and making baby sounds. Then she’d come over to me and sort of wedge her head between me and the couch. I don’t know what she means by doing it, maybe she’s playing at hiding, but we did have a lot of fun with her antics tonight.



October 28, 2016

1. I was apparently fairly disoriented at 1:30 this morning. I heard Baby crying and thought I was holding her in bed. I got up to go nurse her in her room and thought she felt unusually light, and my mind was trying to figure out what I was going to do with the baby crying in the nursery since I already had a baby in my arms. It was my teddy bear.

2. We brought smiles to the grocery store today. Baby went in costume. I thought she should wear her costume more than once, and it gave her a nice warm layer on this chilly day.

3. I roasted garlic to go with our mashed potatoes tonight. It made the house smell so good and tasted even better.


Banana, growing, a book

October 27, 2016

1. I gave Baby part of her banana in slices this morning, then partially peeled the other half and handed it to her to see if she’d eat it that way. She promptly turned it around and amused herself by chewing on the stem.

2.  Baby’s grown so much since we lowered her crib mattress that she’s able to hang both arms out over the top rail! I guess it’s time to lower it all the way. She’s growing so fast.

3.   I took advantage of being at the library for story hour and picked up Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Pioneer Girl. I’ve been wanting to read it since it was published last year, but just didn’t take the time to go borrow it.



October 26, 2016

1. I made Baby a pair of fleece slippers with claws to go with her costume. I didn’t have any non skid slipper fabric so I used some slip proof shelf liner for the soles. This is the pattern I used for the slippers. They were so simple and I think I’ll make her more for the winter.

2. Baby seems to be throwing temper tantrums when she wakes up from her naps. She’ll be standing up in her crib when I go in to get her, then when I hold out my arms, she flings herself away and back onto the mattress and rolls around all angry. I’ve tried walking out of the room and telling her I’ll come back, and also just sitting in the rocking chair ignoring her until she is settled down. When she does it, my first instinct is to walk out, but it feels mean to leave if she’s upset, but I don’t want to give her positive attention for that sort of behavior. Sitting in there ignoring her seemed effective this afternoon. I was watching her out of the corner of my eye and she was peeking out at me. She’s been happier this afternoon than she was this morning at least.

3. Baby crawled up the stairs after S today. I went behind her to catch her in case she slipped. Now we really are going to have to keep a gate up!



October 25, 2016

1. Baby’s standard response to pretty much everything is ‘baa’, except for this morning, while I was nursing her, S poked his head into the nursery to check on us while I was nursing her and after he left, she pulled off and said ‘da’ and was craning her neck to look out the door.

2. I bundled Baby up for a walk when S got home from work, but then we decided that she was probably too cranky for a walk in the cold. She looked like a little doll with her jackets and hat and mittens on.

3. I’m looking forward to having our electrical work done. We drop the temperature in the house at night and run space heaters in the bedrooms. Unfortunately, we found out last winter that the upstairs breaker has a tendency to trip with both heaters on. S and I have a fairly chilly room for almost another two weeks.