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January 2, 2013

Hello! Happy New Year and all that jazz.

What’s that you say?  It’s already January 2nd?


Now that you mention it, the end of 2012 is kind of a blur.  Is it a blur because we drank too much champagne, partied in too many VIP rooms, hit up too many clubs, slurped too many body shots?


It’s a blur because one of us got sick.

It was me.  I’ve been hopped up on Nyquil and something called Umcka for four days now.  In fact, this whole post might just be a hallucination.

It’s a blur because…well, after you have kids, everything is kind of a blur. 


Lila’s jeans are decidedly less “Napoleon Dynamite” in person, I promise.  GOSH.


Don’t look at me that way, Dudley.  I can’t do anything to help you.

It’s a blur because our New Year’s Eve celebration included driving 8 hours, unpacking RIGHT away (because that’s how the craziest partiers do it, yo), putting a fussy baby to sleep, undecorating the Christmas decorations (yeah, you read that right), and watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother. 

2013: Watch. The Fuck. Out.

Because obviously we’re on a roll.

Anyway.  Wildest New Year’s Eve it certainly was not, but we’re happy to be home, unpacked, reunited with the dogs, and (gulp) about to start the spring semester.

This semester, our schedules are a little different.  On MWF, I’m teaching an 8:00 class (that I CHOSE to teach, over a 10:00 class.  What was I thinking??) and a 9:00 class.  Yes, that 8:00 class will be rough, but it also means that I’m DONE teaching by 10:15. Not too shabby.  I’m also teaching two night classes—poetry on Monday nights from 5:30- 8:20, and fiction on Tuesday nights from 5:30-8:20.

Did that make you tired just reading it? Me too.  Let’s not think about it!

Anyway, we’ll be settling into the routine of the new semester for the next few weeks.  So you can expect me to be bitching a lot about that.

As far as New Year’s resolutions go, I’ve made really just one (other than the token lose five pounds, stop drinking wine at 3 pm, yada, yada, yada): MEAL PLAN.

I’ve gotten so bad about just throwing meals together, visiting the grocery store upwards of 5 times a week, and spending way too much $$$ on food.  I really want to start planning our meals around a weekly menu, and attempting to make only one or two grocery visits a week.

This, coincidentally, ties in nicely with another resolution that I’ve made: cook more for Lila.  I’ve gotten into the habit of buying ALL of her food (pouches, jars, etc.).  Yes, it’s easy.  Yes, it’s organic.  No, it wasn’t that expensive when she was only eating half a pouch of food, twice a day.  But she’s quickly bumped up to three meals a day, and she’s tiring of the purees.  I want to start making more of OUR food HER food, but I’m a little intimidated in terms of where to start.

Most of the books I’ve read have said to just to reserve a little bit of what the family is eating, pre-seasoning, so that the baby can have a non-seasoned version of the family meal. 

So, last night, Ryan and I had brown rice pilaf, mixed with black beans, salsa, and cheese, served over spinach and topped with sweet potatoes:


For Lila, I reserved some of the sweet potatoes, cut up a bit of apple, and steamed it all in the microwave, then mashed it together (plus a few black beans thrown in, just to see if she liked them):


This was her reaction:


Obviously, it was a HUGE success.   I think it’s a texture thing more than anything else.  But damn it,  she can’t go to college eating only purees!!

Eh, it’s a learning process.  I’m going to try to post more of our nightly meals so that you can see more of what she’s eating along with us. 

Okay, now this post is officially too long. 

Happy January 2nd!! 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2013 10:17 pm

    I’m dying over the last shot of Lila gagging (because I know she was ok) – I know that face all too well these days! Although Wes loves sweet potato; it’s basically every other vegetable that gets that reaction 😉

    • January 2, 2013 11:06 pm

      Hahaha…I hesitated about posting that photo, because it definitely looks like she’s choking to death and we’re just snapping pictures of her. Which I guess was kind of the case, except that she wasn’t CHOKING, she was GAGGING…and somehow, these days, I know that those two things are different. 🙂

      The thing that kills me is that she does that with avocados and bananas– how did I give birth to a child who doesn’t like those two things?!?!

  2. January 2, 2013 11:17 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better!!! Our new years was equally as wild. Crazy parents we are. Keep trying it with the solids. She’ll find something she likes and get hooked. Whole wheat pasta and cheese were kay’s early favorites

    • January 3, 2013 1:48 am

      We gave her a few bites of string cheese today, and she seemed VERY pleased. Not too surprising that my child would like cheese. 🙂

  3. January 3, 2013 12:38 am

    Those pictures of Lila made my night! That is classic! I think she needs to work on her New Years Resolution of being more open minded with the food mom makes! I hope you feel better and I hope it’s an incredible year for you and your family!

    • January 3, 2013 1:48 am

      Haha…I know, I told Ryan it’s a good thing I’m pretty confident in my cooking abilities; otherwise, my feelings would have been hurt!!! 😉

  4. January 3, 2013 1:46 am

    Happy 2013 to you! Sounds like a busy schedule ahead – not sure I could teach those night classes. I always dreaded them as it was after a long day of work. And my NYE was so wild and crazy I never got out of PJs the entire day and was in bed by 11 (super late).

    • January 3, 2013 1:49 am

      I always come out of teaching those night classes and think, “What did I just say this whole time?? Did I even make sense?!?” 🙂

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