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Archive for February, 2011

Here’s to sunny days!

Hurry up already summer!  We can’t wait.

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Good morning everyone!  And Lil Z-Bear wishes you a very good morning too.  He was looking particularly fetching in a yellow Fuzzibunz.

We just started our day with some amazing and easy-peasy french toast.  I’d love to share the recipe:

Never-fail French Toast

6 slices of Challah bread
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter

Cut the bread into slices.

Heat a skillet on medium heat.  Whisk together the eggs, milk, and sugar until frothy.

Spread half of the butter on to the heated skillet (it should sizzle). Dip the bread into the egg mixture and let the bread soak for a few seconds before transferring to skillet to cook.

Cook each side on medium heat until golden brown.  Slightly press on the bread while cooking.  This makes the texture inside the french toast soft while the outside is a little crunchy since it is browned in butter. 

Spread remaining butter on french toast.  Serve with maple syrup or honey.

Enjoy!

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I used to be very by-the-book on what solids to feed Lil Z-Bear.  He started with a little bit of rice cereal at around 4 months, and then around 6 months we introduced bananas, sweet potatoes and butternut squash.  We slowly kept building his repertoire with single ingredient mashed and strained fruits and veggies (although I did add spices to his food early on).  I waited longer than the required 3 days between new foods, and every time he ate something new a part of me felt nervous.  At 8 months now, I have stopped being so cautious.  Because Lil Z wants to eat whatever we are eating.  So instead of letting a chart decide what is and isn’t ok for him, I am letting him lead.  And I found out I am not unique in this; there is a whole slew of baby-led weaning mothers out there. 

Now when Z-Bear sits at the table with us, I give him little morsels of whatever we are eating and he loves it!   I have been horrified for so long by seeing what passes as ‘Country Chicken Dinner’ in a jar at the store.  It seems unnatural for baby not to know what real food should smell, look and taste like.   He has no teeth yet, but I am in love with how he chews his food.  I cannot help but wonder if chewing is a natural reflex just like sucking is for babies, or if he is imitating what we are doing.  Either way, he loves to be included during meal time.

This weekend I made curried chicken, and I fed it to him with bits of naan and he was delighted.  He did not mind one bit that there was red cayenne pepper and a sprinkling of green chilies in the dish.  He LOVED the spicy taste and he had no irritation after eating it either.  I love this new stage with the little one because now I am mindful of preparing food that is more organic and has very little salt so it is good for mama and papa as well.  And although I still continue to feed him home made baby food, he can have a few nibbles with us too.

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Three day weekend. How do I love thee, let me count the ways:

I love you because it means we get to spend tons of time with our little cub.  I love you because we finally get to try Fuzzibunz cloth diapers.   So far, I am in love with them and I keep kicking myself for not switching to cloth diapers sooner.  I’ll be doing a detailed review after we have been using them for a few weeks.

I LOVE how cute Z-Bear's bum looks in the cloth diapers!

 I love you because we get to take cute pictures with these cloth diapers.

A chocolate bunny and our cub in a purple Fuzzibunz...I just couldn't resist taking this picture!

Love the chubby thighs wrapped in the Fuzzibunz

I love you because it means impromptu trips with Lil Z.  We went to the Adventure Aquarium, and Z-Bear loved every minute of it!  (And so did we!)  He was fascinated by the colorful marine life swimming around, and he squealed when he saw the big fish (especially sharks) coming towards the glass.  I wasn’t quite sure if it was in delight or because he was a little afraid.  But either way, he was a charming baby the whole day.  (Pictures are blurry due to the low lighting.)

Z-Bear enjoyed looking at the sting rays swimming by

I love you because it allows for long Sunday lunches, munching on sushi while talking about everything and nothing at all.  And even Lil Z enjoyed a few bites of noodles.

The worst part about a relaxed long weekend, coming back to work on a snowy Tuesday!

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What I am excited about

We got the Fuzzibunz cloth diapers in the mail this week.  I love the way they look and feel!  We will begin using them this weekend. 

What I am in love with

Lil Z-Bear, you are getting cuter by the minute!  We snap so many pictures of you using my camera, papa’s camera, and our cellphones.  Sometimes about 20 of the exact same pose.  I cannot help but wonder what parents did before digital cameras.

What I am listening to on the train ride to work

Ray LaMontagne.  His husky voice and mournful lyrics are the perfect backdrop to the muddy landscape as the snow is melting and some persistent patches of ice still float upon the river. 

What has me feeling optimistic

I love this time of year.  It’s still cold and bare, but there is life underneath the barren ground almost bursting at the seams waiting to come out.  Some trees already have the tiny brown buds that will flourish into bright leaves in a matter of weeks.  That buzz of life popping around me always makes me smile.

What has me feeling nostalgic

Muddy boots.  Now that the white stuff is disappearing, there is a lot of sodden mud around.  I find my boots covered with a layer of mud after my walk from the train station.  And I find myself opting to walk through the trees and grass instead of the sidewalk because I love the squishy feel of mud around my feet.  It reminds me of childhood, when I would purposefully step in puddles just for the sheer joy of it.

Bring on the 3 day weekend!

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On Valentine’s Day

I have mixed feelings about this holiday.  On the one hand I can’t hate on any day that celebrates love.  On the other hand, it seems a little arbitrary to choose one specific day to celebrate the most cherished of emotions.  I am a lucky girl that every day I am blessed with so much love in my life.  And as cliché as it may sound, in our house every day truly is Valentine’s Day!

 Here’s to my two loves: My beloved and my bear!

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