Archive for September, 2009

Gideon knows when he is wet or dirty. He lets us know. He also alerts us when he thinks he has to go to the bathroom. Because of this, we have been “potty training” for a couple weeks now. I put it in quotes, because so far we have just been sitting on the potty with no success.

Well, Gideon has learned a couple things, but not how to go in the potty.

He has learned that if he is on the potty, Momma will read to him. He has a captive audience to request entertainment and request he does. We read and read and read. And read some more.

Gideon has also learned Itsy Bitsy Spider hand motions. I do not normally sing traditional toddler songs to him, but it is hard to make up hand motions to Lily the Pink. Songs with hand motions are more amusing during potty time.

It amuses me how quickly Gideon learns how to manipulate us to do certain things. Children are very crafty. I do not mind reading to him on the potty. I know eventually he will figure it out. Tantrums on the other hand are a new manipulation technique he is trying as well. Sadly, they do not work on me the way Gideon expects they will.

Other than complete ignoring, eye rolling and sighing are my two responses to tantrums. I know why kids get spoiled. It is much easier to forgo parenting and give into that annoying whine or all out fit. Anything to shut the noise up. Unfortunately, for Gideon’s short-term happiness and my ears, I want him to be a productive, lovable, and loving adult, not a spoiled brat that still acts like a 5 year-old at 25 years of age. That means, whining and tantrums get him absolutely no where.

Living with an almost 17 month old sure is not boring.


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Recipe: Pumpkin Oatmeal

I got this recipe from a friend last week. I tried it out on Gideon and he ate his portion and then begged me for mine. This recipe makes enough to feed 2 people. I think it is originally from Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.

Because this recipe uses such a small amount of canned pumpkin, you can freeze the rest in 1/4 c batches for later use in oatmeal or muffins.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

    1 c. milk
    1/4 c. packed brown sugar
    1/4 c. canned pumpkin
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/4 tsp.cinnamon
    1 c. old fashioned oatmeal (not quick oats)
    2 tsp. peanut butter

Place all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Stir. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir. Microwave 1 minute.

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New Dress Shoes

New Dress Shoes

Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre

I get most of Gideon’s clothes from two places: gifts and garage sales. I hate paying full price for clothes that are worn for such a short time and Gideon does not care where his clothes are from. Heck, he would be happy to wear his birthday suit all day, everyday.

I usually hesitate to buy used shoes because they are often very worn. I was very lucky this weekend though when I found these almost brand new suede dress shoes for $4. Awesome!

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Imagination at Work

It is a bit of a joke with our friends and family regarding Gideon’s lack of toys. He does have toys, but they all could easily fit inside a single laundry basket, with room to spare. There are different reasons for this, but Gideon is illustrating the biggest reason right this moment.

For the last 30 minutes, he has happily been pushing around the empty laundry basket. Upon giving up this activity, he has decided to sit underneath one of the dinning room chairs and occasionally drag said chair around the room.

Who needs expensive toy structures when household equipment is so much fun?

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I am sorry if any of you get this post filtered since I do discuss breasts in the context of breastfeeding.

Weaning has unexpectedly taken a turn for the better.

Because of a busy schedule Tuesday of morning Bible study and lunch after, Gideon fell asleep in the car on the way home. This resulted in no milkies before nap. Then, my Tuesday night ladies came over and Ries did the bedtime routine resulting in no bedtime milkies. Gideon only fussed a minute or so around midnight and then slept until 4:30 am when I fed him.

All that means that Gideon went 24 hours between nursings. Whoo hoo! Today, he fell asleep on the way home from HEB so he again skipped his milkies. Perhaps we can get down to just that early morning feeding and an occasional bed time one.

I have realized that boys and men of all ages have trouble ignoring breasts in their face. I mean really, who can, but…

I have noticed a couple times when I am either wearing nursing tank top or (for whatever reason) not wearing a shirt, Gideon has tried to baby bird me. A few times, I have been changing his diaper, putting the desired objects right in his face. He cranes his neck, opens his mouth, and tries to reach me by sheer force of will. It is quite funny to watch.

Once, he had completely ignored milkies all day and then I got out of the shower. He saw me naked, pointed, and asked for “more.”

Ah, boys. Some things never change.

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One of my librarian friends taught me how to make hummus. She did not measure the ingredients and thus neither do I. I am sure my type A readers hate many of my recipes for this blaze attitude. The Internet is wide, go find a hummus recipe elsewhere.

The thing about hummus is that it is ridiculously cheaper if you make it as opposed to buying it at the store in those tiny overpriced tubs. If you are making plain or garlic hummus, making it yourself is definitely the way to go. However, I have never gotten sun-dried tomato or red pepper hummus to taste just right and adding those ingredients significantly ups the price. If those two flavors are your preference, I would still buy them.

The garlic in this hummus is strong enough to keep away hungry vampires, pesky husbands, and anyone else with a sense of smell. You can always reduce the garlic if it is too much.

Keep the Vampires at Bay Hummus

    1 can chickpeas (garbonzo beans), drained
    fresh parsley, rinsed
    1-2 lemons
    2 tbs. tahini
    2-3 tbs olive oil
    4-5 garlic cloves, peeled

Place the chickpeas in a food processor. Pinch off about a cup of the leafy bits off the parsley and place them on top of the chickpeas. Juice one lemon and add that to the chickpeas and parsley. Put the remaining ingredients in the processor as well.

Blend everything together until the hummus is smooth. Taste the hummus and add more lemon juice if it is too nutty or more olive oil if it is too dry. If after trying it, garlic is all you can taste and smell, you got the ratio just right!

Serve with bread, pitas, or on the end of a stake!

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Bits and Pieces

This morning has not been a great one and after three cups of coffee, things are finally starting to settle down here. Gideon has become a toddler extraordinaire so he pushes all the boundaries he can, preferably all at once and firast thing in the morning, so I feel irritated and frustrated with him.

He is currently sitting in my lap, sycophantically watching videos of himself on my phone. His favorite one is of him at about 7 months as my sister-in-law’s dog, Kylie, hops around him. In the video he is giggling uproariously.

A few days ago, Pullo was licking his leg and Gideon sidled up to him. Before I could stop him, he leaned down and licked the dog’s leg too! I guess he just wanted to see if Pullo was tasty.

One of Gideon’s favorite things to do is look at the Animal Planet Flickr pool on slide show. I call out the names of the animals and and he yells, “Oh, Wow!” every time the picture changes. It is hilarious and it keeps him still for about 10-20 minutes at a time.

The thing in my lap is getting restless, so I think I am done with this post.

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