Wednesday, February 26, 2014

joys of motherhood: shit they don't tell you beforehand

Watching your baby suffer from his first stomach flu is brutal. Like gut wrenching brutal.

We're all slowly starting to feel better!

Watching any child go through the stomach flu is rough, but when it's yours and you're the one trying to make the call when enough is enough and you're crossing into an emergency situation, is one of the most nerve racking experiences I've gone through. Maybe not the most nerve racking, but it's up there.

The joy of it of course, is that this is only the beginning of many more of these adventures to come.

And then, to top it off, when you and your husband get sick on top of baby. Or even worse, the piles and piles of laundry you have to do because baby has puked on everything. Suffice to say, it's been an adventure. Not a good adventure, but an adventure nonetheless.

Thank god for grandmothers who are willing to come over and help by rocking your baby to sleep while you sleep through your own nausea.

Here's to hoping that it'll be a long time before my little man gets sick again!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Books: Feed by Mira Grant

Ok, before I start... every time I see the author's name (a pseudonym) I do a double take, thinking it's my name misspelled again, but no, it's not. For a girl who didn't grow up with her name all around her, it's a bit disconcerting.

Slowly but surely I'm getting back to reading, which is great. I've missed reading. Pregnancy and new mamahood sort of sucked away my will to read. Honestly, when the choice was between reading and sleep, sleep always won. Which is shocking given my adolescent tendency to stay up all night reading. I guess when you know you can sleep any time, you don't treasure your sleep the same way!


So a Scribd promo came up on my facebook feed, talking about how it was the Netflix for books, offering a month trial. I thought, why not, and gave it a go. I'd read a blurb on Feed by another blogger and it piqued my interest. Zombie books are not my normal go to reading material but I figured that I needed a change of pace.

The story is set in 2040, years after zombies have become a new way of life due to bacterial mutation (simple explanation). Bloggers, the new media, go on the campaign trail, following the Republican hopeful, only to discover the world isn't what they thought it was, zombies and all.

It was a good read. There were problems with the digital file conversion. I don't know if this was a Scribd thing or a publisher thing, I suspect the latter as the other books I perused don't seem to have this issue. That said, I only glanced at them briefly so I could be mistaken.

What I liked about the book was that it started off being something very different than it ended up being. I was drawn into the zombie story, only to find myself reading a conspiracy theory novel. Maybe if I'd read the blurbs (I still haven't) I would have expected that, but I wasn't aware of this being where the story would go. And it made it more intriguing to read.

I also felt like the author juggled the use of traditional narrative and blog entries nicely. Far too often the use of journalistic style entries is clunky and disrupts the flow of the story. I didn't find this to be the case for the story. That said though, there were times that the story got bogged down in details and sidelines that weren't important to the core narrative. One villain was unexpected, the other was typecast. In the end the 2 balanced each other other out.

Overall I thought it was a good read. Not great literature, but fun, lighthearted zombie conspiracy theory fiction. Perfect late night, breastfeeding reading! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

project life: february (the first half)

February feels like it's been a quiet month so far as I've spent most of it in the house. First Liam was sick, then teething. Then I had my operation and recovery. So yeah, lots of time staring at my walls (not literally, don't worry).

I've been super lucky to have both Katie and V over to help me during my recovery. Yay for friends who are willing to bounce your son to sleep! Poor Paul was on bouncing overload I think.

In the past 2 weeks Liam has perfected the art of sitting on his own and has cut 4 teeth. Yeah. Life has been fun with him teething but I shouldn't complain as he's generally a good sport in the grand scheme of things. The worst part of the teething is that it mucks with his sleep and makes him whiny for parts of the day. Even then, he's still all smiles when you distract him. He really is a sweet tempered kid.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

project life updates: january

It's been a while since I've shared my Project Life album. Partially because I had to catch up on a couple weeks (it's much harder to stay up to date with a little one underfoot), and partially because I just wasn't in the blogging mood. It happens.

Here's a little of what life has looked like since I last updated:

Breadmaking, birthdays, eating new solids, making dijon. I was in a big try new food recipes kick during the early weeks of January.

Knit circle, football,and getting outside some. We're trying to remember to get out with Liam, even in the winter, which doesn't come naturally for me. As we approached the 6 month mark, we really noticed a big shift in Liam's personality. He's so dynamic now. It rocks!

22lbs and 18inches. Our little man has grown almost 10 inches since birth and gained 14lbs. How crazy is that?

Making cards. Moving into his big boy car seat. Superbowl. Getting ready for Mark and Katie's wedding. Visits with Mati (Grandma). And surprise. My surgery was scheduled and it was quick!

That's pretty much what life has been looking like around here lately.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

introducing spices into baby's diet

A lot of people will tell you that baby food should be bland and that kids don't do spices. I'm not of that school of thought.

Introducing spices and developing a diverse eating palate is super important to me (and Paul I think... he might just think it's important cause I'm so big on it). I want a kid who will eat Indian, Thai and Mexican (as in mole sauce, not just gringo Tex Mex).

This is just the third left waiting for free ice cube trays!
In addition to the spices we've already introduced (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, oregano), I made these combos to introduce new flavours:
  • ginger, carrot and squash
  • squash and onion
  • sweet potato and nutmeg
  • squash and allspice
  • apple, cardamom and ginger
  • apple cinnamon
  • carrot, basil and garlic (surprisingly tasty)
  • pear and vanilla
  • sweet potato, squash, onion and garlic
  • apple, vanilla and cinnamon
Once we get through these, I'm going to try an Italian mix, but more importantly, stronger spices like curry and cumin! Fun!


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