Tuesday, November 26, 2013


My husband informs me that Baby T just communicated to him that she wanted to leave her nursery.  She went to the door, went back and collected her daddy and then took him to the door.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving break

Here's some of what's happening:

  • After a couple of days with highs in the mid-80s, we had rain today and temps in the high 30s.  Brrrr.  Horse riding is cancelled tomorrow, due to weather.
  • Baby T loves her stuffed monkey.
  • Baby T is all weaned and has been for some time now.
  • The big kids are off of school for the coming week, so they have 9 full days at their disposal.
  • The cafeterias are closing down after lunch on Tuesday. Waaah!
  • A day or two ago, Baby T was trying to get into her playpen to get a toy hammer.  Once in, she grabbed the toy hammer and asked to be taken out.  It's interesting how well she communicates nonverbally.  
  • Baby T has been enjoying pushing, climbing into, and sitting in her LEGO bin.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

K-cup review

I have been enjoying my Keurig machine A LOT, but as I've discovered, the little k-cups really add up in cost.  If you use the kind that are $1 each and use 4 a day, uh oh.  So I have been exploring HEB's store brand k-cups.  I recently bought a box of HEB's decaf  "Cafe Ole" "Taste of San Antonio" (which run about 50 cents each).  They don't mention it on the packaging, but it's an interestingly coconut-y flavor, very good with milk.  If you like coconut at all, this is a great option.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Walking well

Here's some of what's happening:

  • C has a mild fever.  Poor C.  
  • D has his pull-up bar installed in his doorway now, so he can (under supervision) do all sorts of neat gymnastic stunts.
  • We walked across campus to and and from church today, with time-outs for frisbee tosses and bubble blowing.  It probably requires about 35 minutes one way with all of us walking none-to-briskly.  We had lunch at a cafeteria on the way back and they had FRENCH TOAST (we take French toast very seriously at our house).  Baby T ate 1.5 French toasts all by herself and then had a huge nap once we got home.     
  • Baby T is walking very well and has adopted walking as her default transportation mode.  She might crawl, but just for speed (for instance if a normally forbidden door or gate opens up and she has limited time to get through it).
  • Baby T can bend down from standing and pick up a toy.
  • Baby T is suddenly interested in her Little People and finger puppet animals, in the names of the animals and what they say.  She often hands us animal toys and asks us to name them.    

Friday, November 15, 2013

Busy Friday

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T had a somewhat inappropriate nap this morning.  She fell asleep in her Pack N Play while I was putting the ingredients for kheer into my Crock Pot.  It only lasted an hour, which is about an hour or two shorter than normal, but I managed to set up the rice pudding, deal with email relating to board game club, and have lunch.
  • The Indian rice pudding was a real cliffhanger.  I have made it a number of times, but I've been wanting to try it with brown rice for a healthier version, so today I used brown basmati.  I kept stirring and sampling the rice, hoping that it was going to soften up, but after nearly 3 hours in the Crock Pot, there was no sign that the brown basmati had softened at all.  Also, I was running out of time.  I kept it in the Crock Pot on low for another hour and then put it in the microwave for about 10 minutes, but nothing much happened and it was time to leave for board game club.    
  • My husband, Baby T and I went to school.  I handed out name tags to the nine children (grades 2-6) in attendance and my husband explained the rules for Quiddler to the kids (it's a word-building game).  We had two tables of players--a table for 2nd and 3rd grade and a table for 4th-6th grade (it was a very even split).  I followed along as best as I could while wheeling and toting Baby T around.  Challenges to words were resolved with the help of dictionaries on the kids' Kindles.       
  • We drove home and my husband put pumpkin muffins in the oven.  I fed Baby T and tried to resuscitate my Indian rice pudding.  I microwaved it another 15 minutes, having pretty much given up hope.  But finally, my efforts paid off--finally the pudding emerged with the rice finally edible and the milk nicely thickened.  Success!  I sprinkled on the finishing sliced almonds, we packed up our stuff and drove to the potluck.
  • We only stayed about an hour, as Baby T (who had had an abbreviated nap) was starting to wilt.  It was fun, though, and we managed to get through a long day, and Baby T enjoyed the baked beans.  We rushed home and I put T to bed in her day clothes.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


My husband thinks that Baby T is saying the following words:  give me, done and daddy.  She also seemed to be saying "s" for sheep and responded with a smile to her daddy saying "Smile!"

Monday, November 11, 2013

Playing it safe

 I forgot to mention a funny story about Baby T and her sippy.  As I have mentioned, I put Baby T down for the night with a sippy.  Normally, anything you put into a crib or playpen with Baby T tends to come flying out moments later, but I have been opening the door in the morning to find Baby T standing up in her crib and holding her sippy.  However, as soon as she sees a parent in the morning, the sippy goes flying out of the crib--but not a moment before.  She holds onto the sippy until she's convinced that it's safe to let go.

(I have been alternating sippies, just to make sure that she doesn't get attached to one that we then lose.)

72 hours

Here's some of what's happening:

  • It's been nearly 72 hours since I last nursed Baby T.  She's doing fine and eating LOTS of solids, but still dislikes cow's milk.  I'm about half-way through my antibiotics and doing OK.  
  • Over the weekend, C rode in a local equestrian competition and got a 1st and 3rd place (in a class of three).  She rode a very balky horse, which increased the difficulty level.  At the last moment, I decided to buy a ticket for the stuffed horse they were raffling off and that C had been coveting for some time.  We won!  It's huge and C loves it, but Baby T finds it terrifying.  If I carry Baby T into a room where the horse is, I can feel her grip tighten.
  • Baby T took 25 consecutive steps on some grass on campus tonight.  
  • As I have the last several nights, I put Baby T down for the night with a sippy cup tucked in the corner of her crib.  She, as has become her habit, grabs the cup as soon as I put her in the crib and lies down with it tucked under her hand.  Her bed tends to be pretty damp in the morning, but she has been sleeping through the night.  Also, thanks to daylight savings, she's going down for the night at around 8:30.  Tonight, we even got her down around 8 PM.  This is very exciting for me, as her previous bedtime of 9:30 or 10 PM left me with very little post-bedtime recreational time.   

Sunday, November 10, 2013

36 hours

Here's some of what's happening:

  • It's been 36 hours since I last nursed Baby T.  She seems to be holding up very well.  I'm feeling uncomfortable, but I slept OK.
  • Baby T still hasn't taken to cow's milk.  She loves her yogurt (Brown Cow's plain cream top) and cheese in pizza and grilled cheese and quesadillas, but she doesn't like cow's milk yet.  I'm trying to give her a taste or two from a sippie every day, in the hope that she will change her mind.  C and D drank huge quantities of cow's milk from a bottle, but that's not ideal, either.  (Baby T is going straight from the breast to the sippie cup.) 
  • At bedtime, I've been sticking a sippie with a little water in the corner of Baby T's crib.  Last night, Baby T grabbed the sippie from the corner and tucked it under her arm as she lay down, which was very promising.  Now, generally speaking, stuff that is put into her crib with her tends to go flying out pretty fast, but this morning when I came to get her, she was holding onto the sippie and the blankets were still there (damp, but there).     
  • Baby T gets excited whenever I show her a little mandarin.  
  • The big kids went to a skating party yesterday and then got to use their scooters for the first time in a very long time for a long walk to the cafeteria last night (the scooters went on hiatus when we were living in an apartment).

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Weaning for real

I had been planning to slowly, judiciously taper off my breastfeeding with Baby T, but it is not to be.  The day after I cut down to 16 minutes total, I started getting unpleasant symptoms, and the next day when I was able to get in to see the nurse practitioner, she told me I was well on my way to mastitis...again (I did a course of antibiotics back in August, also when I was trying to cut down).

The nurse told me that my course of antibiotics may upset Baby T's tummy if I keep nursing.  There's also the issue that if I keep nursing through the course of antibiotics (which is an option), then I'll have to start weaning again directly afterwards (because weaning is my plan anyway), which may lead to mastitis again, which is kind of dumb.  If that keeps up, I'll never be able to quit, and I subject Baby T to several rounds of having her gut flora massacred.  So I'm taking the opportunity of my course of antibiotics to quit, fast but not cold turkey.  I cut down quite a bit last night with the intention of from then on just doing a couple of bedtime feeds and then quitting for good, but we had a gut check when Baby T woke up last night around 1 AM.  This happens pretty rarely, so when it does, I would normally just feed her back to sleep and plunk her back in her bed.  Easy peasy.  Last night, however, I gave her Tylenol, did a very minimal breastfeeding, offered Baby T some water from a sippy (she had very little interest in it), set her back in her crib, placed the sippy in the corner of the crib, and was dismayed to see that rather than agreeably rolling over onto her tummy and sticking her thumb in her mouth, she was SITTING UP.  I left her bedroom, shut the door, and stationed myself outside her room.  I heard restless noises for quite a while, but no crying.  When I was pretty sure she was down, I went back to bed.  This whole process took an hour and 20 minutes, which is at least an hour more than nursing her back to sleep would have taken, but it did work.  

Monday, November 4, 2013

Still weaning

I've been working a schedule to cut down on Baby T's feedings, but we've had to go back to moderate breastfeeding due to illness a couple times (Baby T had a 102.5 degree fever around Halloween).  As of today, though, we're back to serious weaning and I'm doing a total of four minutes per feeding and aiming to do only 3 or 4 feeds a day (first thing in the morning, before nap, bedtime, and maybe one after the nap.  I've cut down so far that it's going to be tough to cut down further, as I'm going to have to start dropping feedings, but so far so good.  The really tricky thing is how to keep sleepy time happening when I stop breastfeeding her before her nap and before bedtime.

The good news is that my husband pointed out to me that Baby T has adopted the self-comforting strategies of thumb-sucking and tugging on her hair with her free hand when she's sleepy.  In fact, she's so into the thumb-sucking that a couple times, I've had to remove her thumb from her mouth in order to get her to finish breastfeeding.  That's very promising.    

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday update

Here's some of what's happening:

  • The kids trick or treated at the dorms as a ninja (C) and a knight (D) earlier in the week.  Then they went to a party at the Catholic student center as St. George with dragon (D--we have lots of stuffed dragons) and a Japanese martyr (C--who owns a kimono costume).  The pastor (who is Chinese-American) was a Chinese martyr.  The Catholic student center encourages edifying costumes.  Later, both C and D trick or treated in the neighborhood both as ninjas.  Why, yes, we do own a lot of dress up stuff.
  • We had only one set of neighbors as trick or treaters and then one pair of older trick or treaters in scary costumes that I just gave a (hopefully) friendly wave to and didn't open the door to.  It was 10:40.  In my book, trick or treating ends at 9 sharp.  
  • The kids have been enjoying a three day weekend.
  • Our dryer is acting up, we've had a repair guy twice, and we're expecting a part on Monday or Tuesday.  Also, our kitchen faucet is leaking.  I'm hoping life will be much better starting Monday or Tuesday.  
  • The big kids are suddenly big into Minecraft.
  • My husband told Baby T to go get a book.  Baby T crawled off to get it, saving "give" to herself, but once she got to the book, she got stuck looking at it and forgot her mission.  And this is why 12-month-old babies do not get tapped for Navy Seal duty.
  • Baby T now often repeats things she hears.  She indicated to my husband that she wanted the word for the TV.  He told her "TV" and she repeated, "TV."
  • Baby T can take up to 10 steps at a time.
  • The kids often beg to have Baby T on their laps at church by miming a rocking cradle motion.
  • Yesterday Baby T lifted up a light baby chair while standing on her two little feet.
  • Yesterday, the kids were doing BB gun target practice at Cabela's.  All the taxidermied critters made C sad. 
  • Thanksgiving approaches!      

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cottage Cheese

Did you know that cottage cheese is a finger food?