01 May 2016

Trixie: Eight Months

This past month has been one of mobility. Trixie doesn't crawl (or even army crawl) yet, but she does roll all around. She'll be crawling by next month.

This month Trixie has loved watching her brothers play. She really wants to join them, which is her major motivator in figuring out movement. She also loves the exersaucer. And all foods. I have yet to feed her something that she doesn't like. All food is good and desirable to this baby.

Also, she has two teeth! I know that's not a big deal, but the boys didn't get teeth until eleven months, so to see a tooth pop through at just past the seven-month mark was surprising. And then its neighbor followed a week or so later. I spent all month saying, "I can't believe you have teeth already!" even though having teeth at this age is perfectly unexceptional.

We took Trixie camping and hiking for the first time this month. She was a champion hiker (because really, how hard is it to ride around in a backpack?), but not such a champion camper. Once she is finally sleeping through the night, I think she'll be better at camping. I tried sleep training her this month but took a hiatus when she got an ear infection.

I am insanely sad that she has outgrown this dress. It was fun while it lasted, though.

Here she is, happy as a hiking clam.

She has really grown to love the exersaucer. She loves all the toys around it, but she also loves that she can flail her body around while she's in it and not hit her head on anything.

Ike actually took this picture of her. She was so excited about him standing over her with my phone that she couldn't stop flailing around. She adores her brothers.

15 April 2016

Felix Speaks

Felix: What's in that jam?
Me: Quickly reading off the ingredients of the jam.
Felix: I like pectin!

We arrived at the library, and Felix had fallen asleep in the car. I woke him up as I unbuckled him. As soon as he was a tiny bit awake he blurted out:
Felix: I never seen a tiger shark before!

Felix: I'm the fastest. You know why? I just am. I'm faster than a race car. I'm the fastest in the whole wide world. I'm faster than anyone else. I'm faster than an eagle flying. Or a raben [raven]. All the birds.

While looking at the night sky:
Felix: I just saw a meat-eater! It came from outer space.
Me: Do you mean meteor?
Felix: Yeah, a meat-eater in the sky! It was a fasteroid!

We were in the produce section:
Felix: Can we get some purple cabbage? Because I want some purple cabbage. Because I love it.
A male shopper, about age 30: That's not cabbage, is it? Isn't cabbage white?
Me: Well, this is a type of cabbage. There are lots of types of cabbage.
So basically, my three-year-old knows more about produce than a grown man.

Eric was at the store with both boys, and there was a lady giving out samples:
Lady: This is a dip to make vegetables yummy because vegetables are kind of gross, right?
Felix: Blank, incredulous stare.
Eric: Felix, are vegetables gross?
Felix: Still looking confused. [whispered] No.
A few aisles away:
Ike: Dad, why did that lady say vegetables don't taste good?

When Felix sees a loaf of bread that has seeds or whole grains sprinkled on the top:
Felix: Oh, let's get this bread, it has sprinkles on it!

Felix will ask me to "turn on the garage" when he wants me to open the garage door.

Felix calls silver "sprinkley gray." He also prefers to describe yellow as "golden."

His absolute favorite song is Bach's oratorio "Mighty Lord and King All Glorious," preferably the version sung by Nathan Gunn in the 2011 Christmas concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Have you ever heard a three-year-old sing an oratorio as he wanders around the house? It's the best.

Both Ike and Felix frequently mix up the words "pepperoni" and "macaroni" and request to have macaroni on their pizza.

31 March 2016

Trixie: Seven Months

Oh my goodness, I just loves this chubby baby so much. This month Trixie has become more giggly and smiley. She is starting to eat more solid foods, but her favorite thing is still nursing, which she does a million times a day (give or take), and is lately wanting to do twice per night. (I'm a tired mama.)

Physically, she is getting a little closer to sitting up on her own, but she is still pretty floppy. She has gotten from her back to her belly a few times in the last few weeks also. But mostly she's cool to just lie on her back and hang out. She's a content little-ish baby.

Trixie loves her big brothers. If they are around she is usually really happy because she just loves watching them so much. They, of course, also adore her, especially Ike. Felix thinks she's nice too, but Ike is simply crazy about her.

This month I took Trixie with me to the Family History Library for the first time, and she did okay. She's also been coming to church with us now that she is done with her RSV shots and has her flu shot. Everyone tells me that they are in love with her chubby cheeks. I love those cheeks too, and I love those people for noticing that she has the best cheeks in the world. No hyperbole there. Best cheeks in the world. Also best lips, which I have probably mentioned before.

01 March 2016

Trixie: Six Months

Some spectacular things happened in the last month. Right after Trixie discovered her nasal cannula and was constantly finding ways to suck on it and the oxygen tubing, we went to the cardiologist and learned she doesn't need it anymore. It was a very happy day. At our previous appointment the technicians told us she would probably need to sedate Trixie for her next echocardiogram. As it turned out, she didn't need to be sedated and was nice and calm. After the echo the doctor said she didn't need oxygen anymore. Even better, he is anticipating that she will be able to go for years with minimal medical intervention. We have been very grateful this whole month for all the good news. And, no more cardiology visits until August!

Also, this month, Trixie didn't get sick! Actually, nobody got sick the whole month of February. It was delightful!

I have been putting Trixie in her exersaucer a little bit this month. She thinks it's fine. She doesn't sit up much on her own, and she isn't very good at using her hands. I'm hoping the exersaucer will help her a bit with those things.

Trixie is still a happy little baby. She sleeps a lot, which is great for me. In January she stopped sleeping through the night as well as she had been, but we seem to be back on track now. I can also now put her in her bed awake, and she drifts off to sleep on her own.

She is really chubby! (Check out the arm rolls in this picture and the ones above.) I haven't really given her much in the way of solid foods. I'm trying to do more of a baby-led weaning system this time. Which is really to say, I don't want to bother with baby foods and spoon-feeding. She isn't especially interested in foods. Even when she's sitting at the table with the family eating dinner, she doesn't seem to care that the rest of us are all chowing down. On a couple of occasions we've given her something big to suck and gnaw on, and she's seemed to like that well enough. But to be honest, she would have been just as happy if we'd handed her a toy to suck on. It hasn't clicked yet that everyone else is eating food. She's totally content to nurse.

Trixie is not an especially vocal baby. She makes noises and babbles periodically, but mostly she's just quiet until she's ready to sleep. She loves her hands, both to stare at and to suck on. If she can reach her feet, she'll try to pull on her socks and has succeeded in pulling them off a few times. If Eric is around, she will do whatever she can to stare at him because she just really thinks he's swell.

She figured out how to roll off her belly this month, and she seems moderately close to rolling off her back. When she's on her back she lifts up her head and her feet and does crunches.

Everyone in our family just adores her. It has been so nice this month to marvel at her unobstructed cheeks, to hold her near the gas stove and electric fireplace, and to pick her up and lug her around the whole house without worrying about tripping on her oxygen tubing. With both boys I've felt like six months was just this magical time where the boys became really interesting, and I'm already feeling the same way about Trixie.

01 February 2016

Trixie: Five Months

My little Trixie is five months old and weighs in at about 16.5 pounds. The only big changes this month were her discovery of her thumbs and her oxygen tubing. She loves to play with and suck both.

Trixie caught another cold this month, which was a little nerve-wracking for me, but she weathered it just fine with no additional visits to the doctor.

She loves everyone in our family and gives big smiles to all of us. On the rare occasion when she encounters other people, they are usually met with blank stares.

I tried to do a little photo shoot of her after a bath a few weeks ago, but I had a hard time getting a good shot. Nonetheless, this is pretty much how she looks without a nasal cannula. I'm looking forward to the day when we can get rid of the tubing, but I'm also grateful for modern medicine.

After getting sick, Trixie's night-time sleep has not been so hot, but I love her anyway. The one night in the last few weeks when she slept through the night, Eric woke me up in the middle of the night and then quickly fell back asleep. I, on the other hand, could not fall back asleep. When I asked Eric what had caused him to wake me up, he had no memory of it.

12 January 2016

Our Favorite Vegetarian or Low-Meat Meals

I know that some of you are here because of the title of the post, so feel free to skip all this jibber jabber at the top, and go right down to the list below. But for those of you who want a little background into why we eat so many legumes, read on.

A few years ago Eric heard a snippet of a Diane Rehm show with guests talking about the areas of the world where people live the longest. In the few minutes he heard, the guests discussed that in all of the "blue zones," as they're called, the people eat a lot of legumes. (I went back and listened to the whole show later, and it really is interesting. I am not 100% sure, but I think this is the same show.) This diagram from Wikipedia is also a good summary of what the different blue zones have in common.

Not too much later we were shopping at WinCo and came upon a section of bulk foods. We bought some 25-pound bags of beans and rice. Then some friends moved and gave us some of their food storage, and we had even more beans and rice. As we gradually used up these products, we continued to buy more from WinCo.

Eric served an LDS mission in Brazil, where he ate rice and beans every day. He has said ever since then that it didn't get old, and he wouldn't mind continuing to eat rice and beans every day. Since he became a teacher, we've tried to make a lot of rice and beans at one time, package them into containers and freeze them so he has easy meals he can grab each day for work. Because I dread the idea of him eating the exact same meal every day, I've tried to have a few varieties of rice and beans or lentils and beans at the ready.

So when I say, "These are some of our favorite vegetarian or low-meat meals," I'm not saying these are things we've tried once or twice. These are actually meals that are tried-and-true for us. We eat them regularly.

Black Beans

Red Beans (or Kidney Beans)

Pinto Beans

White Beans (navy, great northern, cannellini, etc.)

Lentils - (I've used green lentils for all these recipes. Occasionally I splurge and buy red lentils, though.)

So there you have it. Feel free to suggest your own faves. I'm always looking for new ways to eat legumes.