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Yesterday was Henry’s six-month birthday which got me thinking about the past 1/2 year and how I survived this winter with a newborn.  I was quickly reminded that much of my sanity was restored by the Internet, and not just from celebrity gossip sites.  Indeed, it was restored from spewing my thoughts onto here!  So I should at least give my faithful readers a recap of these past two months! (Although I was surprised to see that my blog is averaging about 50-70 hits a day, much more than it ever did when I updated regularly — I’m not going to think too much about that one!).

1.  As stated before, Henry is six months old!

He continues to grow much too quickly.  His hair is so long I often give him a faux hawk, and he’s blonde!  Not sure how to explain that one to my brunette husband 😉  He loves to grab EVERYTHING and put it in his mouth.  He has decided that pulling  mommy’s hair is the coolest thing ever!  His sleep has gotten moderately better, although we are still up about 3-4 times a night (I think it’s because he loves me so much.  This is what I tell myself at 3 am).  He has started solid food!  We tried sweet potatoes yesterday.  Exciting stuff!  Life is never dull with a baby, that is what I know for sure.

2.  I cut myself some bangs!  Clearly this is almost as important as the progress of my child’s development.

Pictures of me alone no longer exist!  It’s ALL HENRY, ALL THE TIME (Can you blame me?)

3.  I continue trying to be frugal and fit.  Key word:  TRYING.

Due to some money we received from the government, both from income tax assessments and an energy audit, I am almost at my $20,000 savings goal.  I am extremely proud of the money I’ve been able to save since I first got frugal in January 2009 after reading Your Money or Your Life, but I do worry A LOT about what to do for sweet, sweet cash come November 2011 when the government stops conveniently inserting money into my bank account every other week.  Sometimes I think about getting a part-time job, but due to my husband’s fluctuating work schedule, we’d still require flexible child care.  I think about taking care of a another child full-time, although this would provide us with just enough money to pay our expenses with not much left over.  Plus, do I really want to spend my days entertaining two babies/toddlers!?  Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes the answer is a booming, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?  I really have no idea what to do, so if you have any suggestions, please fire away!  Until then, I will dream about the multi-million dollar book deal I receive from simply updating this blog.

I am down to 170 pounds, which is 9 pounds less than when I got pregnant.  I would still like to lose 10 more pounds because I am a girl and that is what we do (“just 10 more pounds lost and then I will be happy!”).  But I am feeling pretty good about my post-baby body.  It helps that my husband makes comments like “Kate Middleton is pretty but too skinny”.  GOD BLESS YOU, DEAR HUSBAND.  God bless you so much.

4.  Spring is (kind of) here and Summer will soon arrive!

I am totally stoked about the change in weather, however rainy it has been, and I have grand plans for spending many of my days walking with Henry around the neighbourhood and to the beach.  I didn’t realize how difficult this winter was until we started getting out more in March.  During winter, I’d often go a full week without leaving my house!  Now I crave the fresh air and sunshine and am thankful I am but a 10-minute walk from McDonalds, where I can purchase an iced coffee for $1.05.  Life is good with affordable coffee within walking distance.

I hope to update more regularly here.  I have a few thousand more dollars to save and 10 pounds to lose, so I might as well write about it!  Plus there is always that impending book deal to attract…

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May 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm 5 comments

Hiatus?

Today, Henry is 4 months old.  To celebrate, he decided to pull an all-nighter and woke up EIGHT times (I really need to stop counting).

Thankfully, he is adorable.

Also, there is this great invention out there called coffee.

He got his 4-month shots on Tuesday which is always disturbing.  It takes him a few days to “normal up”, so he’s been more fussy than usual.  Hubby was away for a couple of days this week, too, so it’s been a tough week.  Thus, not much time for blogging.

We’ve been walking more and yesterday I took Henry to McDonalds for a free coffee and (not free) muffin!  He slept the entire way, as he tends to do once he’s in the stroller.  Once the weather gets nicer, I imagine we’ll go for 2 or 3 walks a day.  I depend on that little break of fresh air and exercise to restore my sanity!

I am not sure how much I will be blogging in here.  I am trying to do more around the house, spend more quality time with Henry and Husband, and work on things unrelated to the computer.  But who knows?  Once I decide to take a little break, I’m often right back at it much sooner than I thought!

TGIF, my babies!

 

March 4, 2011 at 9:05 am 8 comments

Steak for dinner

Tonight we had steak for dinner!

And by steak, I mean Spicy Chocolate Tofu that looks peculiarly like steak (or so says Husband!  I think he tried to convince himself he was really eating steak with a sweet barbecue sauce on it, but I’m not sure how successful this trick of conscience worked out for him).

I have a folder in my email with all sorts of emails I’ve sent myself over the years with links to recipes I’ve wanted to try.  This one has been kicking around since August 9th, 2010, but only now am I making it!  Other recipes in this folder include “Homemade Almond Milk”, “Greek Watermelon Barley Salad”, and “Cinnamon Walnut Bread”.  Sounds good, no?

I highly recommend this tofu recipe.  It is quite sweet so I recommend pairing it with veggies.  I served it with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed carrots and broccoli.

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Today was another sunny day, but too cold to go for a walk.  I was bummed because a walk (especially to Starbucks!) really brightens the day up.  By the time we are home, it’s time to make dinner and then get Henry ready for bed soon after.

He’s in bed as I type this.  It’s 7:09 pm and this is the earliest he’s ever gone to bed!  I was trying to watch The Business of Being Born on Netflix (we just signed up yesterday and I am on my third documentary already!), but he was just too fussy to stand it.  He wasn’t hungry, he wouldn’t sit in his bouncy chair, he wouldn’t nibble on his ringley, and he wouldn’t lay on his back and kick his legs.  When all else fails, I either strip him naked and let him hang out on the floor (my little nudist!) (let’s hope this is temporary!) or I do the bath/nursing/bed routine and hope he falls asleep.  So far, so good.  I should probably knock on wood, though.

Speaking of Henry, he has the same swing as Celine Dion’s twin boys!  I noticed this while participating in my favourite Stay-At-Home-Mom activity, that is, watching Oprah.

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Fisher Price: The Great Democratizer

I figure if they are good enough for multi-million dollar, world-renowned Celine Dion then I suppose they are good enough for my little boy.  Now if only our identical swings also matched our identical houses…

A lot of people are critical of Celine Dion, but I think she is amazing.

How amazing?  Just check out this video to see.

February 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm 14 comments

A Better Day

Well, our plumbing problem was easily (temporarily) fixed.  The plumber guy just plunged one of the pipes from outside and managed to clear the back-up that was causing all of the flooding.  But he says that we should replace the exit pipe from our house since it’s old and outdated (shaped like a U?) with a newer one (with a straight shape).  Cost?  About $1700.  Man oh man!  This home ownership thing can be the pits.  However, because we successfully completed an energy audit and should be getting about $3000 back from the government, it won’t be as much of a strain on the wallet (Still bites, though!).   And so it goes…

But I am writing this morning because:

1.  Henry slept great!  I made a conscience effort to make sure he ate a good, double-sided (if you know what I mean!), 20-minute meal every time he woke up, so he slept in three hour intervals and didn’t fuss after I put him down each time.  There is such a huge difference between sleeping every 2 hours and sleeping every 3!  He gets up every morning around 7 am, regardless of how much sleep he gets, but he just laid there cooing to himself.  When I looked into his bassinet, I got a huge smile.  And that, my friends, is why I had a kid!  lol

2.  I am drinking caffeinated coffee.  Oh, glorious and wonderful caffeinated coffee.

3.  I had a mango for breakfast!  Is there anything better in life than a perfectly ripe, fresh mango?

I had it along with a slice of Vegan Banana Bread.  I highly recommend this recipe!  I made the following substitutions:

– I replaced 1/2 a cup of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour

– I used 1/2 a cup of granulated sugar instead of 3/4 cup

Next time I’ll try replacing a full cup with whole wheat flour and maybe using even less sugar.

I haven’t been following my dairy-free stint very well.  You know that bag of Smart Food popcorn that husband bought for the Super Bowl but was left uneaten?  Um, I can verify with 100% confidence that it is no longer uneaten.  Oops!  There is also cream in my cup of coffee this morning.  I really need to get some soy creamer!  BABY STEPS.

We are off to visit friends this afternoon and Hubby’s side of the family this evening.  A busy day, but I’m excited to get out of the house!  Plus I like to show off my cute kid.

 

February 19, 2011 at 8:27 am 8 comments

The Great Escape

Sorry I never wrote yesterday!  I just haven’t been much in the blogging mood as usual.  Now that my Week of Vegan Eating is over, I don’t feel like I have much to talk about!  However, today was the first day that we put Henry in his stroller and went for a walk.  We’re at the beginning of a stream of temperate weather (for February in Toronto, anyway!) so I wanted to take advantage.

It was WONDERFUL.

We were just going to go for a short jaunt, but Henry fell asleep so we decided to keep going.  We live about a 20 minute walk away from Starbucks, so that became our ultimate destination.

If you know anything about me, you know that I love Starbucks!  It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you see a Starbucks you can depend on a delicious cup of coffee.  During our honeymoon in France, I had a memorable cup of Starbucks coffee before going into Versailles!  I also remember a particularly delicious cup experienced at the airport in Glasgow, Scotland.  As frugal as I am, during all my years of working in mid-town Toronto, rarely a day went by that I didn’t order a Tall Bold!

To be able to walk to Starbucks with a happy Henry was huge!  I love that I can walk since we are a one-car family.  That Henry was happy and loves his stroller is another bonus.  It was a good day!

Henry likes to sit back with a cup of coffee and catch up on his cloth books

I ordered an Americano from Starbs because I think I am going to lay off the dairy for a while.  I didn’t think my Week of Vegan Eating really affected Henry, but now that I’m back on the dairy, I recognize a difference.  For one, the redness on his tushy disappeared last week for the first time in weeks and weeks, only to return yesterday!  For two, even though he wakes every 2.5 hours, he always fell right back to sleep last week after eating.  Since Monday, he has been more finicky, waking up 10 or 15 minutes after I put him down (and have just reached that delicious point when I am ALMOST asleep).  So I will finish this week without consuming dairy and see how his butt does.  I have never changed my diet to affect someone’s butt!  Wait, that is a lie.  I have often changed my diet to decrease the size of MY butt, but have never been successful 😉

February 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm 12 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hubby and I don’t put much thought or effort into Valentine’s Day.  I had a coworker who once said that she and her husband never did anything for Valentine’s Day because every day felt like Valentine’s Day.  After throwing up a little bit, I decided I would never say anything like that.  However, I get what she means about not doing anything for Valentine’s Day because gifts of affection and words of endearment are never in short supply.

Today, though, has been a memorable V-day because:

1.  Henry slept for SIX STRAIGHT HOURS, something that has never occurred before!

I always love him, but I love him extra when he lets me sleep!

2.  Hubby took me out for lunch buffet!

To say I went crazy is an understatement

3.  I survived my Week of Vegan Eating and am back to eating cheese, glorious cheese.

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And one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is that this means the Easter chocolate is coming soon!

 

February 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm 9 comments

Vegan Eating: Last Day!

And so we arrive at the last day of my one week experience with vegan eating.  I have less than 10 hours to go!  I think I will make it.  At least I hope.  Saturday nights have a funny way of throwing all eating plans completely off track!

Along with a week of vegan eating, I’ve also been consuming one Green Monster a day (a goal for February as you may remember!).  Today’s concoction was particularly delicious because it contained 1/4 cup coconut milk.

Green Monster includes: 1/4 cup coconut milk, 3/4 cup almond milk, 1 cup frozen mango, 1/2 banana, 1 handful of baby spinach, and a side of Dr. Snuggles

I just had a quick lunch of a couple of clementines and an open-faced peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Although I usually eat natural peanut butter, I’m currently out so the regular peanut butter had to suffice (which I like to call “dessert peanut butter” because of the added sugar and oil!).  Honestly, I much prefer the taste of dessert peanut butter but usually stick to the natural.

I’m out to dinner at a friends’ house tonight.  She reads my blog so knows about my WoVE (Week of Vegan Eating) and is planning a vegan dinner because of it.  See the beauty of maintaining a blog?  Friends will know all about your quirky eating plans and will accommodate you as such.  Or maybe I just have awesome friends?

Henry is excited to be going out on a Saturday night.  I try to refrain from constantly saying LOOK HOW CUTE MY KID IS because that certainly gets old after a while, but I can’t help it with this picture especially.

LOOK HOW CUTE MY KID IS

The expression he makes when he is “talking”

It’s during the day after a rough night (such as last night!) that he is extra-cute.  I am convinced this is some sort of Darwinian, “survival of the species” thing.  I mean, look at that double chin!  It’s almost enough to get me to forget the constant interruptions to my sleep (note:  ALMOST).

February 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm 4 comments

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