Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Eggs

The other day I received a note from my grandma.  It had instructions on how to make Easter eggs!

Doesn't she have lovely writing?

"Dear Rebecca:

    I thought you might like this recipe for "Easter eggs".
        White uncooked eggs
        Brown onion skins
        Tepid water
        Cloth - size to cover egg
    Put onion skins in tepid water to soften and make pliable.
    Cover uncooked egg with skins.
    Cover with cloth to keep skins in place.
    Tie cloth around egg
    Hard boil eggs in cloth
    Cool to handle - then uncover
    Now you have (light) brown goldy eggs, all motley and quite pretty.
          This is a recipe from your great great grandmother.
          Try it, have fun.

                   Love from
                             Grandma G.
                                          xxx "

I did as instructed.  I used both brown and red onion skins.  I used cheese cloth and twist ties to cover eggs.  I'm sure that's what my great great grandmother used too.  Well, cheese cloth, not green twist ties.

I had to look up how to hard boil eggs again.

Cover the eggs in a pot with cool water.  Bring to a boil.  Turn off water and let sit for 12 minutes.  Worked like a charm.  No green yolk!

Happy Easter!

the top 2 are the red onion skin, and the bottom 2 are the brown.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Trying to be more organized with dinners...
I was in a rut, then I remembered all the stuff I pin onto pinterest!!

My breakfasts will be granola, sort of following that recipe, and yogurt.
Lunches will be leftovers or soup, or sandwiches.
Snacks:  smoothies, kimchi, carrots, hommade gummies?  I'm going to make my own sauerkraut!

I'm making my own almond milk too.  Sound ambitious, but it's really easy.

What we will eat:

Friday: Quinoa chicken chili
Saturday: bbqed sausage at P+P's b-day party
Sunday: leftover chili
Monday: Chips and dips - Baked hummus and spinach dip, guacamole, fresh bean 'salsa'
Tuesday: meat of some sort, Cilantro lime quinoa
Wednesday: quinoa, avocado chickpea salad (using the quinoa from Tuesday, cooked chickpeas and guacamole from Monday!)
Thursday: Shrimp alfredo
Friday: Easter weekend...we will be fed

week 10

At this rate I'm going to blink and he'll be 16 and surly.  (just like his brother is now!  16 is tough)

He LOVES me.  He is always tracking me when I'm in the room. 
He's really quite happy in other peoples arms too though, and I'll happy to pass him off.  I try not to hover too much.

He's not grabbing much yet.  He has seemed to figure out hand mouth coordination now though.  Although sometimes he misses his mouth.  I've been encouraging thumb sucking.  He likes soothers, but soothers fall out and when he's cranky and trying to fall asleep and the soother falls out, I have to put it back in.  He will eventually be able to consistently get his own thumb in there.
LeoB has been chewing his tongue too.  It's quite cute!

I haven't started 'sleep training' yet.  We do go to bed around 10 every night.  That's as far as I've gone as far a a schedule goes.  We do our 9:30/10:00/10:30 nursing laying down in bed with the lights out.  9/10 nights we both fall asleep.  I've learned to swaddle LeoB as he is a flailer and wakes himself and me!) up with all his movement.  I can also put him in the co-sleeper if I don't fall asleep right away.  If he's not swaddled he wakes up when I move him.  I get a deeper sleep if he's not right there.  We often have about 4 hours of sleep (10ish-2ish).  LeoB starts whimpering and grunting and I pull him over and we nurse in our sleep a couple times.  Often around 5 he gets really restless and we ajourn to the living room so Dada can get some uninterrupted sleep as LeoB is *really* loud with his grunting and kicking (he shakes the bed!).  I'll often pop him in the swing and he'll fall back asleep and I'll nap on the couch until 7 when he eats.  I generally get 6 hours of good sleep now a days.

Soon I'll start my research on a method I feel good about since LeoB doesn't sleep alone yet unless he falls asleep in the swing.  I'm not in a rush though.  I love having him sleeping on me.  Unless I have to pee or am hungry!!

He's started laughing!  It's a 'hur hur hur' laugh.  It's great.

He's enjoying sitting up with our support.  He looks proud!  We also have a Bumbo seat.  His head lolls back a little when he's in it, so I don't leave him in for long, but encourage him to have his head up.

We've discovered the mirror too.  We've had a couple fun times chatting thought our reflections.

We're doing well.  Happy the weather is getting warmer!!

speaking of nice weather.  Out for our first walk while LeoB was awake! 
Oh, and I got my hair cut.  I went to the west end (at West Salon) and wrapped Lionel up with Auntie S.  Got my head massaged and my hair cut.  It was about 45 minutes all alone.  He was good, and so was I!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

day 6: 100 happy days

My friend and clown teacher Dave announced his candidacy for the Mayor of Toronto yesterday as Sketchy the Clown.  We where able to get out and support him, is no joke!  Read about his platform here:

and look!  I'm famous again!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

day's 4 and 5 happy days

I don't have a photo for Day 4:
My dad came over on his way home from visiting my Grandma.  He was dropping off the cradle my Grandpa made for my cousin when he was born.  We had had sad news from my Uncle, that he has been diagnosed with cancer and the prognosis is 12-18 months, and my dad was over to help support Grandma, who scoffed, not at the support, but at the implication that she was 'emotionally crippled' and needed looking after lol.  I wouldn't call my grandma feisty.  she is very gentle, and I guess that's why all her children thought she'd need someone there.  Regardless, she didn't 'need' the support, although it was welcome.  That made me feel better, because my heart hurt for her since my Grandpa passed.  (wait...I don't think I've written about that...He passed early March, I'll talk about it soon)

Day 5: LeoB's first walk while he was awake.  And thankfully, it was a beautiful day as he had his hear thrown back and was taking it all in.  I also want to my first mommy group.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2 months!!

wooosh!  How in heavens name did *that* happen?
How has it been a whole 2 months since LeoB arrived?

He is now 14Lbs (or more!) almost doubling his birth weight.
At birth he was 51cm long, and is now 57cm. He is wearing 6 month sleepers and onsies.  The are a tad too big, but most 3 months don't fit anymore.
We are getting regular smiles (see below for photos!!) and he recognizes both Jason and me.  He has conversations with us, and the butterfly mobile above his change table.  He sure likes those butterflies!!  He also enjoys his play mat and swats at the toys hanging there.  I've taken to calling them "those funny guys", and sing songs about the "butterflies and funny guys".
He's started pushing his legs to standing, and has been trying to sit up on his own.  No indications of rolling over yet, but we're being extra cautious now as the Midwife said it will be soon.

We had our last midwife visit.  That makes me sad.  They where all so lovely.  They have a summer picnic, so we'll make sure we're available for that.

LeoB had his first shots on the 20th.  And an oral dose that he threw right back up.  It smelled like orange...I would have puked too if all I'd been exposed to was breast milk.

I'm getting cabin fever.  It's a chore to get us bundled up, so I'm not getting out as much as I'd like.  Soon though!  the 14 day forecast says things are looking up!!  I'm looking forward to being able to just strap LeoB on if he's fussy and get out.

Speaking of fussy, it seems as though he's started teething!  Drooly, cranky, face rubbing, sucking and chewing.  The problem I have at the moment is that #1, he's not on solids, and a lot of the 'remedies' include using frozen food and teething cookies, and #2, he's not grabbing yet, and his hand mouth co-ordination isn't great.  We'll try homeopathic teething remedies, and an amber necklace.  And the good old frozen wash cloth.  He likely won't get teeth soon, but could have the symptoms for months!

nap time.  I love co-sleeping!

this was almost the first smile.  so close!

my snuggly guy

dada can multitask too!

bath time!

that really warm day in mid March

sweet face!

Visit with Oma

favourite sleeping position

smiling and chatting with the butterflies

sitting up

more smiles

after the shots he wouldn't let me put him down, so I stuck him in the Moby wrap

chatting with those funny guys

100 happy days

I have been thinking of when I did my "today I" posts, where I mindfully went though the day and tried to find one thing I noticed with each of my senses.  It didn't have to be prolific, but just me being present in my day.  I'm not feeling sure that I have enough going on in my days for that (and as I type that I think..."um, nice excuse lady")

A friend joined a project called 100 Happy Days.  You post a photo on Facebook of a happy moment in your day, with the hashtag #100happydays (when you click on a hashtag in facebook, or Twitter you get to see all the posts likned to that hashtag.  Neat eh?)

I thought I'd jump on that bandwagon.  These past 2 months have been consumed by LeoB.  Not that that is a bad thing in the slightest, but I'm feeling the need to look outside our bubble of 2 and notice the world again.  With that in mind I added an extra challenge:  to try and find things outside of LeoB's beautiful smile and gorgeous face!  He certainly makes me happy!  But that isnt going to stretch me very far.

So, I'll be keeping a record here.

Here are my last few days:

day 1.  Cuddles in bed

day 2.  I was worried I wasn't going to have a 'happy day'.  But the sun came out and then Jason bought me flowers!
day 3.  Brunch with friends