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Back to the Baby Seat

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


I thought my daughter, Alexandra, had grown out of her infant toys…however, it turns out that she loves her baby cousin’s bouncy seat! When Everett, who is 7 weeks old, is lying in it, she wants him out. As soon as Everett  is lifted out for a feeding or diaper change, Alexandra climbs into it as fast as she can.

Sisterhood is Not for the Faint of Heart

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Status first morning of my  annual trip to Colorado for Thanksgiving: exhausted.

This year, I brought my daughter, Alexandra along. In the past, I’ve stayed at my sister, Terri’s, home, in the room that now belongs to her eight-week-old son, Everett. Unfortunately, Everett’s room isn’t quite finished. He arrived 10 weeks early, well before his parents were ready, and has only been home for a couple of weeks – much of which is spent nearby the new guest digs: a sleeper couch in the living room. I’m not kidding. Terri was up to feed Everett and pump in the living room every three hours.

Our first night in Colorado was a mess!

I’d hardly been asleep at all when Terri’s alarm went off to remind her to wake up Everett to feed him. (Did I mention that Terri currently sleeps on the other living room couch?) She changed Everett’s diaper, took the dog out, and prepared a bottle. Of course, Alexandra woke up. I shushed her back to sleep while Terri nursed. Everett was still hungry after nursing, and needed a bottle. To help out, I offered to feed Everett a bottle while Terri pumped. Alexandra stirred every once in awhile and I continued to shush her.

While Terri pumps, she pushes the milk out of her breast to empty the milk duct, but sometimes she only manages to push air out, resulting in what sounds like a really loud fart. Even if I had been sleeping, I wouldn’t have been any longer after one of her “breast farts.” Meanwhile, I learned quickly that feeding Everett isn’t like feeding most babies. I have to be completely awake and aware in order to make sure he is breathing, sucking, and swallowing. Afterward, I held him until Terri finished pumping, and then passed him back to her. It had been an hour.

We slept for two hours and began the process again. It all blurs together, but I think we did this three times. The last feeding took place around 4 AM, by which time I’d given up  trying to get Alexandra back to sleep. Add Sam, Terri’s dog, to the mix on the bed and you have a picture that just about describes the night. (In case you can’t tell, I’m holding Everett).


Terri and I are 11 months apart. So are Alexandra and Everett. I don’t know how our mom did it. After one night, I am done. We have to figure out a better method.

Pie Anyone?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010


‘Tis the season to learn to bake!

The morning phone conversation with Juliann while in the car on my way to learn to bake a pumpkin pie from scratch…

Juliann: “You know I don’t really enjoy pumpkin pie enough to actually bake it from scratch.”

Me: “I don’t really like it too much either; I prefer dutch apple of pie, with ice cream.”

Juliann: “I can do a chocolate silk type of pie if apple is not available.”

Me: “Well, it’s chocolate and like a thick pudding…”

Hmmm. Why am I baking a pumpkin pie? Maz wanted one and I saw it as a simple challenge.

My pumpkin pie baking was a success and I learned that you don’t actually have to use pumpkins for a pumpkin pie; you can use pretty much any type of fall/winter squash!

Not only did I learn to bake a pumpkin pie. While I was already in the kitchen, I may as well make a pear tart…

Let’s see how it goes tomorrow. I may need to throw some hot fudge on one of these in order to call it a dessert :) .

The Infamous Waldo Picture

Monday, November 30th, 2009


Jeanna has been telling me for a few years now that she wants to hike Waldo Canyon and get a picture “like the one Mom has up in the kitchen, the one with the rock.” Unfortunately, Jeanna usually has this great way of bringing the most horrible weather with her when she visits Colorado. But not this year. While she was visiting, the weather was great – no snow with lots of sun. So while everyone else in the world was battling over the $10 TV at Walmart, Jeanna, Maz, Samm,y and I headed off for a 7 mile hike…

This picture was taken at the top of the loop.