snapshots, oct 26-21

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post-nap smiles, shopping with mommy, first time in a high chair, first high school football game, first pumpkin patch, hanging out with Rilo the dog

sitting at the table like a big girl, walking home from yoga with mommy, belly laughs with daddy, yummy pumpkin cake from Laurel, duplicate Evie/Rilo pic (just too cute), quality time with Uncle Chris

classic fall in oakwood, first solid foods bought from the market, out to brunch with daddy, all tuckered out.

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all hallows eve

Our little koala cutie.

I would say she tolerated the costume.

My pumpkin & Evie’s pumpkin.

Michael’s pumpkin … which said “8-0” before the squirrel got to it. (Little did we know, we should have just done a “12-0” pumpkin.)

and some pics from the iPhone –

Before going to daycare that morning.

Koala in her Daddy tree.

(less-than-impressed Evie)

and the only one I have of her & Grandma on Halloween. Too bad it’s so blurry!

Maybe next year, we’ll venture over to the neighbors’ houses with our little girl!

pumpkin picasso

so surrrious.

(assessing the situation)

… and so happy.

I would say her days consistently fluctuate between the brightest, 

open-mouthed smiles

and the most serious, brow-furrowing visage.

(singing)

hi, dimple.

That look only happens when Daddy is jumping somewhere off-camera.

You can see her pulling away. She gets stubborn when there’s something she does or does not want to do.

“Mommy, you do know this is not washable kid paint, right?”

I do now. Everything washed out except her hoodie … thank goodness is was a cheapie from Target.

chicken corn chowder

Sorry for that horrible picture – it’s all I had! I needed to post this recipe, though. It’s my favorite fall soup & is the perfect comfort food for brisk days.

The main recipe is from my mom – the only change we’ve made is to add chicken. That was Michael’s suggestion, and it’s a nice way to make the soup even more of a meal.

Now, a warning … when you’re making this soup, it seriously feels like you’re pouring everything that’s unhealthy on this planet Earth into a stock pot & heating it up. It feels that way because … that’s what you’re doing.

This is really awesome served in a bread bowl, or with a chunk of warm baguette. With most soups, this is even better reheated in the days after you make it … and it’s also good to freeze.

Enjoy!

Chicken Corn Chowder

3/4 lb bacon
3 cans creamed corn (14.5 to 17 oz each)
3/4 lb chopped, cooked chicken (you can cook the chicken however you’d like … crockpot, grill, bake…)
1 cup chopped onion [we omit this because onion is gross]
1 quart half & half
2 cups milk (use at least 1% milkfat)
1 tsp salt (optional) [we leave this out … it’s plenty salty without it]
1/4 tsp ground pepper
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Thaw the bacon about halfway & then chop into small pieces, about 1/2 square. It’s easier to chop when it’s still a little frozen. Cook the back in a large dutch oven, then drain & reserve 2 tbsp of grease. Saute the onion in bacon grease until tender.  Stir in remaining ingredients, except cheese and bacon.  Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low and add bacon, chicken and cheese and simmer until cheese is thoroughly melted.

our little pumpkin princess

At the front door, looking outside. She likes to watch the people & the cars go by.

(This is her, singing/talking.)

“Whaa? You mean fall doesn’t last forever, Mommy?” I wish it did, Evie!

Don’t you worry your pretty little head. It’ll come back next year.

(Oct 28, 2012)

 

Evelyn: 6 Months Old.

Age 6 months

Weight 18 pounds 10 ounces

Length 27.75 inches

Clothing size 9 mo is starting to get tight … 12 mo clothes fit her better

Hair Longer & a bit fuller. Her new hair is blonde with a slight reddish tint in the sun.

Teeth None yet! No signs of teething, either. She isn’t like most of her baby friends, who drool & have something in their mouth at all times. Evie just doesn’t have that object-to-mouth urge yet. Her gums don’t seem swollen yet, either.

Sleeping We’ve learned this month how important it is to keep her on somewhat of a schedule. She takes 2-3 naps per day (depending on when she wakes in the morning). At night, we feed her downstairs around 6:30, play until about 7:15. Then one of us takes her upstairs to her room, puts on her jammies, reads her a book or two, and puts her down (after some singing, too … ). She’s starting to get better about knowing it’s time for sleep & soothing herself. Other times – not so much. The nights are very unpredictable. Sometimes she’ll sleep until 4:00 … other times, she’ll wake 2 or more times. We’re hoping once she eats more solids, she’ll sleep better at night. (Please?)

Eating We started solids! It took some practice, but she eventually realized that sticking her tongue out & wiggling it around wasn’t getting her anywhere. Once she realized that she liked the food, she got really good at it. She opens her mouth, leans forward and swoops down toward the spoon. When we try to clean up the excess around her mouth with the spoon, she tries to eat the spoon before we can clean up. It’s pretty funny to watch.

Movement Not crawling yet – and not really making much motion to do so. She gets around by rolling. I would say she prefers to sit on her toosh & have a better view of things. We’re trying to make more of a point of putting her on her tummy so she needs to try harder to get what she wants.

Milestones Says “dada.”  Reaches up when we say “up.” First solids. First Halloween (cutest koala ever). First school picture day. Laugh/coughs (it sounds like a fake laugh).Grins with her mouth closed (shows off her adorable chubby cheeks).   … cue grin:

Favorite toys/activities Wooden shape puzzle. Stacking blocks. Board books. Colored wooden shape-sorters. Sophie the giraffe. Snack the monkey. She likes to play in her jumper, but doesn’t really jump. She just gets really focused on moving the toys. Anytime she’s playing, it’s as if she has a lot of things to do on her to-do list, and she’s intently knocking off items on her list. Bang the blue square on the yellow triangle 10 times, check. Hit the lion 15 times, check. Turn Sophie left & right 20 times, check. Now back to the blue square…

Likes Interacting/playing with anyone! She is extremely social. When I pick her up from daycare, she gets excited & vocalizes. Then, as I walk about with her in my arms, she tries to catch other people’s eyes and starts “talking” to them even though they may not be looking at her. I (like to) think she’s saying, “Hey guys! Look! My mommy! She’s here! The one I was telling you about!”  She likes when Michael does anything goofy, and mostly when it involves jumping. That’ll get a great belly laugh. She likes Ms. Jennie & Ms. Bre at daycare. She also likes stroller rides. She doesn’t always fall asleep, but she’ll just go into a trance-like state. Ever since she was born, being outside has calmed her.

Dislikes Sleeping through the night, apparently. Getting in her car seat, as usual. Being stimulated when overtired. Interrupting her while she’s nursing.

Words & sounds She still “sings” herself to get ready for sleep … she vocalizes while we pat her back. She has started a (very) high pitched scream. She starts at the very top of her register, before it even makes a sound … then she brings it down into the moderately-high range, then right down into a … growl? I don’t know what to call it, really. Bottom line: she loves to hear her voice.

What we love She likes her solids! … that, and she’s just a very happy baby. We were especially proud parents when Ms. Bre said she’s the happiest baby they have in class 🙂

What we don’t love Not sleeping! I rarely get more than 4 consecutive hours of sleep. It’s really starting to wear on me. Michael helps out where I let him (he’s amazing), but I’m stubborn and usually handle the night feedings.

What we’re looking forward to next month … sleeping longer? and introducing more foods!

(photos taken Oct 21, 2012)

fall in the front yard

We used to have a big, beautiful tree out front. It was between the street & the sidewalk and was at least 40 years old (our neighbors have been here for 40 years).

However, we noticed a good part of the trunk was hollow, so we called the city to inspect it, hoping it was OK. Unfortunately, they had to cut it down. I know it was the right thing to do (so no one got hurt), but it was still a very sad day when they cut it down.

After they cut it down, I took these pictures of Evelyn sitting in the leaves. It’ll be a while before we have leaves like this in the front yard again.

(“singing”)

Arm rolls. I love them.

So focused on the leaves.

The Look. She is one intense little girl.

(Yes, yes, I know, Mom – She IS my daughter 🙂 )