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Last Call

I read a post by one of my friends about her breastfeeding woes. My sister had some similar issues and she has been using a nipple shield and a combination of pumping with good success. I have thinking a lot about breastfeeding lately because I have been thinking quite a bit about weaning.

Weaning and how there is not as much of it happening at this house as I would like. Gideon is just a few days shy of 16 months old and he still nurses often, mostly as night. I am ready for this to get the axe, but weaning is turning out to be harder than I thought. In my dream world, I figured we would just get tired of each other and one day he would turn to me and say, “see ya later Mom!” and that would be that.


Currently, Gideon gets nursed before naptime, before bed, around 2am and around 6am. That is if I am very lucky. There is usually at least one more night time feeding thrown in there. It is not the interrupted sleep that makes me cranky, though that is annoying, I just would like to have a night off once, ever.

Up until this point, I have been doing the “don’t offer don’t refuse” method which works if Gideon is busy all day and in a good mood. If he is grumpy, he actually goes to the rocking chair and cries. During the night, he would eat every 2 hours if I let him. I refuse to feed him except around 2 and 6 and he throws tantrums when I refuse him at other times. Kicking and screaming at midnight for 30 minutes is not as fun as it may first appear.

I would love to get it down to going to sleep feedings only. I think we are going to try leaving Gideon in his bed for the first part of the night and see if that helps. (side note: Gideon has a big boy bunkbed and the transition to that for naps and early evening has been awesome)

If you have any successful weaning stories, let me know.

Of course, when Gideon is weaned then I will lose all my reading time. 🙂


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This is a family recipe that I used over the weekend. The muffins are fluffy and simple.

I used to grease my muffins tins, but a few bouts of having to clean the muffin tins afterwords have convinced that muffin papers are the only way to go.

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

    1 c. flour
    1/2 c. sugar
    2 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    3/4 c. oatmeal (uncooked)
    1 egg, beaten
    3 tbl oil
    3 mashed bananas
    1/2 c. milk

Preheat oven to 400.

Add all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk until well combined. Add all the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from tins and cool on a wire rack.

Makes about a dozen and a half large muffins or 2 dozen small ones plus 4-5 large ones.

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NASA Budget Looks Grim

Ries sent me the link to an article from the Wall Street Journal this morning. The NASA budget has been under review and we have been waiting to hear some news. We knew it would not be good, but it is worse than I thought it would be.

Ries currently works on the Orion project, one of the things rumored to be on the chopping block. Much of the local economy here is tied to NASA and I know there are a lot of families in the same situation as us. When you work for a government contractor, this situation is not unique or new, but it is worse than usual because the shuttle program ramp down means that there were already a lot of people who were going to be let go and these new cuts are on top of that.

We are both going to start brushing up our resumes, just in case. We know that God provides in all things.
Please pray for all the NASA families.

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Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre

Ries and I bought Gideon a bunk bed yesterday. At the moment, it is in pieces in the back of my car, but one of the mattresses is on the floor of Gideon’s room. Pictured here, Gideon is enjoying an afternoon nap on part of his big boy bed.

I expect in a few days will will set up the actual bed and he can sleep on the bottom bunk. We will do this for a little while during naps, then for part of the night, and then eventually for the entire night.

Currently, Gideon sleeps with us. Here’s hoping for smooth transition!

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Bee Bo!


Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre

“You might not know what ‘Bee Bo’ means. Or maybe you’ve forgotten. It’s just the tiny hippo way of saying… BELLY BUTTON!” –Sandra Boynton

On Saturday, we had a bunch of friends over to play board games. Gideon got the blue balloon, pictured here, earlier in the day at Kroger. I had forgotten that one of my friends coming over to the house is scared of balloons. She said her anxiety stems from the fact that you never quite know when they are going to… POP!

So my friend arrives and is like, “Oh great, a balloon!” and she proceeded to give it a wide berth for most of the evening.

Later on, I see Gideon, who has been walking around with the balloon, run into the bathroom because the door is open (we usually leave it closed). Suddenly, I hear my friend yelling for me and squealing and then she shoots out of the bathroom with Gideon chasing her and giggling.

Gideon had cornered my balloon fearing friend in the small guest bathroom between the tub and the blue balloon. She had no escape.

The Smith House, where all your fears materialize.

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A day late, I know, and I have no excuse really.

It is still hot as blazes here in Houston, so an easy pasta salad is a good addition to the weekly menu.

Pasta with Chicken and Green Beans

    2 c. uncooked pasta shape of your choice
    2 c. fresh or frozen green beans
    2 c. cooked, shredded chicken breast
    1/2 c. diced onion
    1/4 c. chopped fresh basil
    1/4 c. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
    1 chopped red bell pepper
    4 tbls olive oil
    4 tbls red wine vinegar
    2 tbls cold water
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 tsp black pepper

Cook pasta in boiling water for 7 minutes. Add green beans and cook 4 minutes or until desired doneness. Drain and rinse pasta and beans with cold water. Combine pasta and green beans with the next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Toss to combine.

In a small bowl add remaining 6 ingredients and whisk until well combined. Pour dressing over pasta and stir until coated. Serve immediately or chill until needed. Toss before serving.

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Mop, Mop, Mop all day long


Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre

Mop, mop mop while I sing this song.

Do you see the slobs I live with?! If she leaves her shoes out one more time, I am throwing them in the trash!

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