Sunday, March 29, 2009

More Parenting Tidbits

A continuation of my earlier posting about things I have learned as a parent:

7. Wearing the same outfit two days in a row is not socially uncouth unless you will be seeing the same group of people both days.

8. Showering every day is beyond decadent. Showering alone once a week is even more of a luxury.

9. Bodily fluids are not gross. Eau de Spit-up is a very powerful cologne. Vomit, feces, urine... it's all good and wipes off, IF you can get time for a shower, that is. If not, grab a wetwipe for your skin, change your clothes, and get on with life.

10. Eating kids' food is better than not eating at all. Let's face it. Kids' foods are mostly quick and easy to prepare so that you can get it to the screaming toddler before you go deaf. You may plan on putting together a meal for yourself AFTER feeding the kids, but is it likely to happen? Sometimes you're better off sucking it up and eating the hotdog with grapes and carrot sticks than counting on it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My Morning: the visual aide


Murphy's Law Morning

Today I am having a Murphy's Law Morning. We've all had them. They suck.

In review:

- despite the fact that the 7-week-old baby slept through the night (9-5!), the toddler did not. She fell out of bed at midnight, raising holy heck while howling.

- the baby chose not to fall back asleep after her 5:30am feeding, leaving me to juggle the baby, the pacifier, the breastpump, and the cat who was howling for his breakfast.

- the toddler woke an hour early, while I was juggling the above mentioned items. Add the toddler to the mix, who keeps insisting on "helping" me pump. Meanwhile, I'm hoping she doesn't pee in her pants because, oh yes, I did not have the mental capacity to insist that she pee before "helping" me.

- the cat switched from yowling to chewing on the tubing for my breastpump WHILE I"M USING IT! Guess what. I have to buy new tubes for my breastpump now.

- oh no! Too much milk! I underestimated the amount of milk I would need to pump and now it's overflowing the bottle and squirting out the air vent!

- after finally managing to get us all fed and dressed, I realized that there are still no clean diapers in either of our changing stations. I realized this last night, actually, and started washing them. BUT I didn't manage to finish them before falling asleep. They're wet and still need another rinse before I can dry them. I'd like to leave that to the husband to finish, but we all know how awful it can be to try to get anything done when the baby's poopy and you just realized that there are no clean diapers to put her in. I won't risk it. I have to get the diapers clean and dry before I leave for work.

- meanwhile, the toddler is repeatedly questioning everything I say. Her new catch-phrase is, "but, Ma!" "But, Ma!" nothing, girl. What I say goes. A was sitting on time out before 8am.

- lunches! I have to pack lunches for myself and for the toddler! But the fridge is empty. C has been waiting for his boss to get back to him about what foods he should eat in order to reach his goal weight by June. We've been waiting on him for a week now. Which means that despite my desire to get groceries yesterday when I had the day off and the toddler was away, it didn't happen. Our fridge is rather empty. I managed to get lunches made, but not to pack my morning snack.

- The weather this morning sucks. It's raining and 40F. I have to choose between my winter coat (warm and wet) or my rain jacket (cold but dry.) I chose the rain jacket.

- I made it to the car, finally. Halfway to work, I realize that I had forgotten to get gas yesterday afternoon. The idiot light is on. Great. And gas prices went up by 10 cents a gallon overnight. Yeehaw. I'll have to stop for gas. Oh, wait, did I pack my purse?

- It's still raining when I get to the gas station. I manage to get gas, but not after dropping my credit card into the sludge on the ground by the pump.

- Is that... NO! Crud. Road construction. I forgot that University Ave is all torn up right now. And it's too late to take the back roads. Sigh.

- And yes, I did forget to stop at the PO and drop of the envelope of pictures I was supposed to mail to my MIL on Thursday. Grr..

I hope today gets better!!!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Parenting, Times Two

There are a number of things I have learned since my younger daughter was born. I've decided to write them down and post them here, just in case my sleep-starved brain forgets them.

1. I was spoiled before I had children. Spoiled ROTTEN.

2. I was spoiled when I had only one child. Spoiled ROTTEN.

3. Having children really kills your personal interactions with your spouse. This may seem like a "duh" but really, it bears stating. It's not that it's so hard to find a small chunk of time for some one-on-one time. Both kids are in bed by 10pm and neither is up for the day before 6am. That leaves 8 full hours without children. BUT are those eight hours going to contain even one minute in which both parents are awake, feeling well, and reasonably clean? Not likely. One of us is always losing sleep, or fighting a cold, or hasn't showered in so long they can't even stand their own smell. And let's face it- sometimes eating dinner is more of a draw than a little nookie.

4. Eating warm foods warm and cold foods cold is highly overrated.

5. Wearing clean clothes is a luxury. For a family of four I do at least 6 loads a week, plus 3 loads of diaper laundry. If it's not stained or smelly, put it back in your dresser because I'm not washing it! Oh, and if you have daughters, you sort laundry into darks, whites, ans pinks.

6. When one child sleeps through the night, the other won't. It doesn't matter how old they are. Both will not sleep through the night. It just won't happen.

I'm sure I will learn a lot more along the way and need to update my list with new entries. Life is nothing if not a learning experience!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More Adventures in Cooking

I wanted to make banana bread last weekend. I REALLY wanted to make banana bread last weekend the way only a pregnant or nursing mother wants a specific food. I had three ripe bananas and walnuts, so the only thing stopping me was my lack of white flour. I had some, yes, but was it enough to make banana bread?

But wait! I had a whole bag of whole wheat flour! Surely the moistness of the bananas could overcome the dry nature of whole wheat flour and make a good bread, right? I got online and found that yes, indeed, whole wheat banana bread is easy and good. There were a LOT of recipes to choose from, so as usual, I picked the best parts of each and combined them into MY recipe.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

3 large bananas, over-ripe and mashed
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/4 C molasses
1/4 C honey
1/4 C sugar (white or brown)
1/4 C oil
1 1/2C whole wheat flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C nuts

Mix the moist ingredients together until blended. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the moist and fold them in just until moistened. Do not over mix. Allow batter to rest for 15 minutes.

Spray a loaf pan with cooking oil, add batter. Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350F. Toothpick will be clean when done.


Our other culinary experience to share with you:

Chad says I am never to make meatloaf again. I must always make meat muffins... ie Meatloaf Mountains. I can't take credit for this recipe as it's not mine. BUT I can take credit for introducing it to you.

Meatloaf Mountains
1lb ground beef or turkey
2 eggs
1 package of dry soup mix, vegetable flavor
1 squirt ketchup (about a tablespoon)
15 saltines, crushed
2-4 servings of instant mashed potatoes, cooked according to package instructions.

Mix all but the potatoes together. Spray the cups of a muffin tin and divide the meat mixture amongst the cups. Cook at 350F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and divide the potatoes amongst the cups, making peaks on top of the meatloaf. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes.

Everyone in the family loves them and they are completely toddler-friendly as far as cooking goes. So quick and easy!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

What I wouldn't give for a nice little nap right about now. Unfortunately, M decides to nap about 10 minutes before our company is due to arrive. Sigh.