Umm so it has just been one of those weeks. The kind where you don’t know where the hours go.
Bean has a cold. Nothing much, just a lot and I mean A LOT of snot coming from her nose. I had no idea such a little person could produce so much mucus.
I’m definitely not a fan of sucking it out with the nasal aspirator. It’s like I’m torturing her. It breaks my heart. I have to do it though before I feed her or otherwise she can’t really breathe.
We all got a pretty crappy amount of sleep last night because of her being sick. She would fuss and stuff in her bassinet, when I pulled her into bed with us she kept getting overheated and was really restless (one of the main reasons we don’t co-sleep anymore), and she wanted to comfort nurse pretty much the whole night which is hard for me to sleep through. At about 3am I finally couldn’t take it anymore and went and got the swing from the livingroom. It worked great to get her to sleep, but I could just about kill the manufacturers because who really wants to only have their baby sleep for 30 minutes? When I turn that thing on it should just go and go and go until I decide to turn it off, in my opinion. Ugh.
Anyway, I’ll just share some pictures because that’s pretty much all I have time for being as how I leave for the weekend in 4-5 hours and I still have not packed, I’ve got at least 2 more loads of laundry to do, probably 2-3 more feedings ahead of me, etc.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
We’ve been celebrating this holiday with my sister-in-law ever since Half-Pint came along. It is so much fun. We dress up and then make and eat good food shared with lots of friends. I really love that Ruth started this tradition!
Of course, Bean has to participate in the dressing up for this festivity too. I pondered many options and even coveted a few Etsy items. In the end I was good on our budget and just wound up embroidering a onesie for her to wear to the big feast next weekend. Mmmm dumplings. I can hardly wait!
The design sketched out:
Completed laterns up close (I still haven’t washed the onesie just yet to get the Crayola marker off, so you can still see it peeking out from behind the stitches here and there):
The ox (I just love this little guy!):
Bean happily modeling my needlework:
And of course she spit up all over the front of it just after these pictures to show her love most ardently. Guess that solves the marker problem. 🙂
Today Bean is four months!
Here’s her stats this month…
Now: 17in (between percentile 90 and 95)
3 months: 16.25in (in percentile 75)
2 months: 16in (in percentile 50)
1 month: 15in (in percentile 50)
Birth: 13.75in (in percentile 50)
Now: 24 in (between percentile 25 and 50)
3 months: 23 in (between percentile 10 and 25)
2 months: 22.75 in (between percentile 10 and 25)
1 month: 22 in (between percentile 50 and 75)
Birth: 20 in (in percentile 75)
Now: 15lbs (between percentile 50 and 75)
3 months: 14lbs (in percentile 75)
2 months: 12 lbs (between percentile 25 and 50)
1 month: 10 lbs (in percentile 50)
Birth: 7lbs 4 oz (between percentile 25 and 50)
Got four of those bows at Target for $3. I’ve never been much of a baby bow person before, especially when we would get all the birth announcements for The Voices and there would be babies with bows bigger than their little heads, but these were simple and cute and everyone definitely knows she’s a girl when she’s got one on.
Sunday night, my husband served as protector and chauffer as we went all over town at night searching for things for me to photograph. It was actually a lot of fun. I think some of our best conversations with eachother happen in the car because there aren’t many other distractions. Bean slept in the back the whole way which was nice because she needed some sleep.
My plan was to take some photos from the top of the 18th & Eye parking garage, but I changed my mind about that one. I did take a photo of the Fox theater, but it didn’t turn out good at all. I tried to get some pictures of the city lights and other items, but I didn’t really like those either. The best shots were of two local churches.
St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Truxtun:
OK this actually cracks me up. I love the juxtaposition of the very traditional brick orthodox church with the neon cross on top. However, I think this picture’s lighting wasn’t quite right so it didn’t wind up being my top pick.
Canyon Hills Assembly of God:
This church is up on the hill from my house. I’ve always liked how bright and lit up their steeple is as we pass by it at night and I’ve always wanted to take a picture of it.
Actually, speaking of steeples. For years I’ve wanted to take pictures of various church steeples from our travels, but Stephen never stops to let me take the pictures. I don’t know why I’m obsessed with steeples, but I am. So it was kind of nice just going around town with the purpose of me taking pictures and me getting to decide where we would go and where we would stop.
I had fun with this challenge and it helped me learn a little more about my camera and photography. So I’m pretty satisfied with that.
Just in time for the Super Bowl, one of our neighbors decided to have a chili cook-off.
I used to have this really great vegetarian chili recipe, but I lost it somewhere. I really like a chili with lots of stuff in it like vegetarian chili tends to have. I scoured the Internet and my recipe books for ideas and then cobbled together what is essentially a meal in a bowl.
So, this was my entry:
1 lb ground beef
24 oz chunky salsa of your choice (you want one that is chunky, but also saucey or you can use a Pico de Gallo and a can of tomato sauce)
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, pressed
2 tbsp dry rub seasoning
2 tsp hot sauce of your choice (I used Chalula)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped carrots
2 yellow squash, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 cups chicken stock
1 bag Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn (you can also do this yourself, but I’m lazy)
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400.
Salt and pepper beef. Brown with, onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Drain excess fat.
In large stock pot combine remaining ingredients except squash and olive oil. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 30-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, place chopped squash on cookie sheet. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place in oven until crisp-tender (Stephen hates mushy squash). Stir squash into chili.
Serve with corn bread and shredded cheese.
This week you continued to grow more curious and observant of the world around you. Our doggies are especially fascinating lately.
You also love to watch me cook and do chores.
You love the exersaucer at church more than the one we have at home because you can touch the ground and bounce around in that one. You can just barely brush the ground in the one at home, but you’ll grow into it soon.
You can sit up with the aid of the Boppy, but you are still a little wobbly and will fall over.
You are very quiet, serious and observant in social situations. You also get shy and bury your face into my chest sometimes when you get overwhelmed. I think it is pretty cute.
Kisses on the cheek make you giggle.
You love to “talk” and make funny noises. When we copy you it makes you laugh.
I think the teething monster is back because you haven’t been sleeping through the night consistently once again and you’ve also had your hands in your mouth all day. You haven’t been more fussy than usual though which is nice.
We’ve been putting you in the nursery on Sundays and Wednesdays for a few weeks now. You’ve done a great job from the first time and we haven’t ever been paged. Tonight you even took a nap there.
You are such a sweet, sweet girl and I love you so much.
Today I got to tour the downtown fire station with one of my mom groups. Then I went to KGET to pick up Megan so we could have lunch. I only had my cell phone camera with me though. I found a couple of other gems on there when I got home to upload them…
The last Daylight Rising concert… there were five people in attendance.
Augustana at a KLLY lounge. One of Stephen’s co-workers won four tickets so we went.
I thought this sign was so hilarious. In case you can’t tell it says “DEATH TO ALL WEEDS” in blood red dripping paint.
My dad with Bean one Sunday when we went over to fix his computer. Gotta love his magenta carpet.
Meg and Bean.
Meg and Bean again.
All three of us.