First off, thanks so much for all of the encouraging comments in the post below. You ladies are so sweet. :) What a difference a day makes! We slept in on Friday (which was glorious in and of itself), then the TV was on significantly less throughout the day. Ava watched Laurie Berkner in the morning and “The Snowman” in the afternoon and that was it. Yay! And this is what 5 p.m. looked like at our house: Both kids were napping at the same time! This never happens because it’s a cold day in hell when Ava takes a nap anymore. (She stopped nappingRead More →

I’m feeling guilty about the way I parented (or rather, didn’t) today. Julian was being particularly needy (I say “needy” in the most loving way – I mean the kid is only 7 weeks old, of course he’s needy) and maybe going through a growth spurt (Is that possible?? He weighed in at 13 lbs., 14 oz. on Tuesday.) because he was nursing a LOT and just needing a lot of mommy time today. And because I didn’t have my hands free and was pretty much tied to the Boppy or the bouncy exercise ball (which he loves to bounce on), I let Ava watchRead More →

Julian flashed us his first smirk on Christmas day and has been smiling a bit more from each day forward. He’s now (at 6 weeks) pretty much a pro at it and we get to see his smile and adorable dimple on a regular basis. This past week I was finally able to catch a few smiles with my camera. He is a happy baby for the most part, as well as a great nurser and good sleeper (whatever that means). I have my 6-week postpartum appointment with my midwife this week. Traditionally, she would weigh him, but since he’s over 13 lbs. (which isRead More →

After Ava has expressed an interest in art and, thus, received a bunch of art supplies for Christmas, I’ve been inspired to start doing more crafty-type projects with her. It gives me a chance to spend some good quality time with her while Julian sleeps in the Moby Wrap. (Have I mentioned how much I LOVE that thing?? I’ll have to devote another post to the Moby. hehe) It’s also been handy to have several indoor things to do since we’ve been having soooo much snow this winter. We got another 7 inches last night! Here are some of the things we’ve been up toRead More →

I made a couple of appetizers – broccoli tarts and artichoke spinach dip – to go along with the California Pizza Kitchen pizza and mini veggie eggrolls (both of the frozen variety) we had for New Year’s Eve. Since it’s been a long time since I shared any recipes and/or food pics, here ya go. :) Both things were delicious and I’d certainly make them again. Broccoli Tarts 1 C. cooked broccoli 1/4 lb. Swiss cheese, shredded 3 green onions, minced 1 C. light cream 3 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. salt 1 stick soft butter 3 oz. soft cream cheese 1 C. flour Chop broccoli.Read More →