Sunday, July 26, 2009

Spaghetti Face (And Hands)

I was catching up on some reading from the book 'What to Expect the Toddler Years' and a discussion about self feeding caught my attention. Here is what the book had to say: "If a toddler with a spoon (or a fork or a plate or a bowl) can be considered armed and dangerous, you're going to have to learn how to live dangerously." So I decided to live dangerously and give you full control of your spoon and a plate of spaghetti. Yes, I could have guessed the outcome and yes, I know spaghetti is messy but who doesn't love a kid covered in spaghetti? You quickly figured out that using your hands was much easier and faster than using the spoon and here is how it turned out:

You have added a couple of new words since my last post about your vocabulary. You now say "mi" for "milk" and "udu" for "all done". But when you say "udu" you also sign it. It's so great! I love that you sign too. I have been signing "more" and "all done" for awhile and I just love that you have picked it up.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lemony Blueberry Muffins

I love all the fresh fruit in the summer and you do too! I am so grateful for what a good eater you are. You eat a variety of meat, vegetables, fruits, grains, etc. You will really eat almost anything I put on your plate. One of your current favorites is yogurt. You call it "du" because there is a picture of Dora on the container. I haven't given you too many sweets but I decided to make some home made muffins for us to enjoy. I like them because they aren't too sweet and they are made with fresh blueberries! You definitely enjoyed them.

Lemony Blueberry Muffins
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups sugar
4 t baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 beaten egg
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup cooking oil (I like canola oil)
1 lemon (zest & juice)
1 pint blueberries (two cups)

Mix together all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix together beaten egg, milk, and oil, lemon zest, and squeeze in the juice from one lemon. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just moistened. Try not to over mix your batter- I know it's hard! Fold in blueberries. Place in prepared muffin pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Be careful not to overcook these- they cook quickly!

Monday, July 20, 2009


Happy Blogiversary! I have officially been blogging for one of yesterday! It's been fun. I have enjoyed keeping up with all the things you do and sharing them with friends and family.

Currently, you are in the process of getting your one year molars. It took me a few days to figure out what was going on but you have been VERY cranky. Your temperature has been in the 99's off and on and you pull at your ears a lot. I finally figured it out by feeling and seeing a very large swollen lump in your mouth. It's been about a week now...I wonder how long this will last...

Buying and Selling: We are currently trying to sell our townhouse and we are looking to buy something a little bigger. Although we aren't in a rush we may be moving sooner rather than later. And though we are excited to get a bigger space I was sitting out in the sun room this morning feeling a little sad about selling the townhouse since it has been your first home. But we can't stay here forever and it's time to move on. I guess we'll see what happens...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July! It occurred to me that now that you are a year old you will be celebrating holidays for the second time around....the Fourth of July being the first. And it's fun to look at pictures to see the amazing changes that can take place in just a year!

July 4, 2008:

July 4, 2009:

So it was another quiet fourth for us. And that's just fine. Last year you were too young to do anything and this year we canceled our plans of going to Chattanooga because you got sick. You had been coughing for awhile and then you got a fever on Thursday. You are taking medicine for bronchitis so we are home taking care of you. I hope you are better soon.