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  1. Everyday Life

    July 24, 2015 by Victoria

    After a ridiculous weekend high of 95 degrees, it’s cooled back off to the 70′s around here, thank goodness. I barely tolerate the sun and anything above 70 degrees anymore. I wilt without A/C. The good news is that I finally feel safe turning on my oven so I’ve actually been cooking. Monday I made a batch of the master recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes. I used that to make some sesame seed buns and threw some chicken in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce. 20150721_005531000_iOS Shredded the chicken, added a bit more sauce and piled it on a bun. Topped with some coleslaw because it just goes together. I repurposed the same ingredients for Tuesday’s dinner and made some pizza crust with the leftover dough, topped with the barbecue chicken, and added some roasted corn, scallions, cilantro and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. 20150722_002659567_iOS I just baked this in the oven on the pizza stone at 500F for 15 minutes. I thought it was one of my better recent efforts in the kitchen. Tuesday my friend Sarah came over for a play date with her son and because she’s so thoughtful, she brought us a bag of plums from their tree. Obviously when someone gives you delicious, fresh produce, the best thing to do is to take away any trace of health by adding butter and sugar, right? 20150722_223150500_iOS I had seen this recipe in my feed in the morning and decided it sounded like a perfect summer dessert. We had cherries on hand, but I thought it might be a nice way to use some of the plums. You guys. Seriously. It was so tart and delicious. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything, but Brent is kind of obsessed with this pie. 20150723_222152153_iOS I’m a little surprised we have any left, actually. Though we did polish off like 3/4th of it in two days. Yeah, so as you can see, I’ve kind of been killing it in the kitchen this week. I’ve also been making our Blue Apron meals as usual. Wednesday we had these stuffed poblano peppers, which I think was a repeat recipe for us, but still easy and delicious. 20150723_002502725_iOS And last night I made this Squid Ink Linguine, which I didn’t dislike, but it was not my fave. Maybe it was too rich or something? I don’t know. It’s pretty visually striking though.
    And outside of the kitchen, we’ve been staying pretty close to home this week, mostly hanging out at Green Lake and walking over to the beach and wading pool.
    I think Cormac could throw rocks in the water and say “Hi” to the ducks pretty much all day long.
    We spent a couple hours at the wading pool yesterday, trying to wear Cormac out so I’d get a nap out of him (it worked).
    Teddy just mostly hung out with me in the tent shade, but he did some feet dangling on the edge.
    Cormac eventually wore himself out enough to head home, and Teddy was clearly pooped too.
    I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of July! In less than two weeks, we’ve got my, Brent’s, and Cormac’s birthdays, and our Oregon coast vacation. August is going to feel pretty busy around here.

  2. Theodore’s Three Month Update

    July 20, 2015 by Victoria

    This is a bit late, but we had computer-related issues (laptop finally died), and I worked all weekend, but here we go. My baby is already three months old. I guess that makes him no longer a newborn, which makes sense. He’s huge, and on the move.

    Let me just take a quick moment to gush. I’m not sure if it was just because Cormac was so miserable and unhappy with his reflux and allergy issues, or if Teddy is just that awesome, but guys, I feel like I literally have the world’s most happy baby. He is always smiling, seems thrilled to see me every time I look at him, and he even laughed yesterday for the first time. He literally stops in the middle of eating sometimes just to stare up at me and smile. He’s really brought so much joy, both to me personally and to our family.

    image1 (1)Of course, I think no one makes him smile more than his big brother, Cormac. Cormac isn’t too interested in him yet, but I can’t wait to see these guys play together in the future.
    image1There are so many new things this month! Teddy is rolling from back to front and front to back. And when he’s on his back, he kicks and digs his heels into the ground and scoots backward, which means he can really move around. Just last week I left him on his play mat while I checked on laundry and came back to hear him squealing and found him making a run for it.
    image2He’s starting to get the hang of his play mat toys and likes grabbing the rings, but he especially just loves to be sitting up and looking at people.
    image2 (1)At 3 months, he’s 14lbs 1oz, and “really tall.” I forgot how long he was at the last doc’s appointment, but his percentile just says >99%. His 6month onesies are already getting tight on him due to his length. Cormac was such a skinny baby, always struggling to gain weight so I just love seeing Teddy’s little chub rolls.

    Healthwise, he was cleared by the brachial plexus clinic on July 8th, which means they don’t need to see him anymore and they think his arm will make a full recovery. He holds his right arm a bit differently than his left and definitely uses it less, but we’ve been working on strengthening it and encouraging him to use it more. His next kidney ultrasound will be in September, but we’ve been continuing to monitor him for signs of a UTI and everything looks good so far.
    image3His sleep also improved dramatically in the past month. It’s not amazing, but I can’t complain. He goes to bed around 7:30, wakes up around 12:30/1:00, then again around 4/4:30, then up for the day around 7:00, with some minor variation. The biggest change is that he eats and then goes right back to sleep, which means the wake ups take 15-30 minutes as opposed to three hours. Big relief. His naps aren’t too bad. He usually take three naps, one longer one (about 1.5 hours), and two shorter 45 minute ones.
    image4His current favorites are his piano play mat, his Fisher Price chair/seat thing, and bath time. He doesn’t have too many dislikes, and really only seems to fuss if he’s hungry or needs a diaper change. We have a lot of traveling coming up in August, so I’m hoping his laid back personality translates well to planes and roadtrips!