Monday, November 17, 2014

Tomato Tortellini Soup

The cold snaps seemed to start early this season. All this cold weather calls for warm sleep sacks and soup for dinner. I particularly love this tomato soup because it has Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. I was skeptical at first, but you can't even tell the difference! This soup is already a favorite at our house and I know it will be in our regular dinner rotation through these cold winter months! 
Tomato Tortellini Soup
Recipe adapted from Closet Cooking
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup of onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
red pepper flakes to taste
1/4 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
8 ounces of cheese tortellini
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of basil, chopped

  • Puree the diced tomatoes in a blender or food processor
  • Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add onion and cook 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about a minute
  • Add the flour and cook for another minute 
  • Add the broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, and tortellini. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the tortellini is tender, about 10 minutes. 
  • Add the parmesan, let it melt. Add the yogurt, season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add the basil. Top with Parmesan cheese. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

6 months

Dear B,
It is so hard for me to believe you have been in our lives for half of a year! Even though the days and weeks have flown by, it is hard to remember our lives before you. Being your mom has been the greatest joy of my life. Your dad and I can't believe how fast you are growing up, and we are doing our very best to soak up every minute with you. You have such a bright personality. You love people! You don't mind being passed around, and you love watching those around you. The church nursery and Mother's Day Out teachers adore you...but then again, how could they not? You only fuss when you get bored...your dad says that is because you are so smart. Your favorite toy is your jumperoo. Sometimes you stay in there 30-45 minutes and jump nonstop. You love dogs, especially LuLu.
We are trying to teach you not to pull her hair, but she is patient with you when you do.

You like to wake up slow and snuggle, and this is one of my favorite times of the day with you. You like to read books. You are always trying to turn the page, but for the most part you sit still and listen.You still love the bath, and these days after you eat your rice cereal you always need a bath. You are quite the wiggle worm, and love to roll. I know you will be on the move before we know it! Your favorite song right now is "Shake it Off." I should probably apologize that I don't have more sophisticated music taste....but you love Taylor Swift just like I do.

These past few months you have taught us a lot. Right away, I learned as much as I could about taking care of your needs...eating, sleeping, soothing, etc. But beyond the daily needs, you have taught both of us so much. You have taught your dad and me new things about ourselves, new things about our marriage,  and most importantly you have taught us more about the gospel. We thank the Lord for you every day. You are the greatest blessing and we are so thankful that the Lord put you in our family 6 months ago. We love you more than you know!

5 months >>> 6 months
  • Size 2 diapers
  • 15 lbs, 5 oz - 25%
  • 26.5 inches - 75%

Friday, November 7, 2014

5 months: A Day in the Life

This post is a little late, considering we are now at the 6 month mark. In the coming week we are going to work on transitioning to a 4 hour schedule, and I wanted to get this "Day in the Life" post in before we make that transition. These posts are more for my own record keeping. It is fun/encouraging for me to look back and see how things have changed and to see where we have made progress. We sure have made a lot of progress since my last post. One of the things that I am so glad I did was to pick a start time. Our start time is 7:30, give or take 30 minutes. If she wakes up at 7, we start the day, and if she sleeps until 7:45/8 I let her keep sleeping. But usually she wakes up really close to 7:30. I went back to work part-time, three mornings a week. Having a consistent "start time" was huge in that transition. I know I can get up at 6:30 and be ready for the day before she wakes up. Right now, she is starting to get restless between 5 and 6, but I do not get her up because I don't want to start the day that early. I have read that she needs 12 hours of sleep, and I would really rather not start our day at 5:30. I am hoping that soon she works through the restlessness and keeps sleeping until 7/7:30. Here is what our day looks like on the days that I am home and don't work...

5:10 am - Peanut starts to stir/fuss. I go in and make sure she has her paci, and that she is in a comfortable position. Since we took off her bumpers, she likes to throw her arms out of the bars. So I make sure is comfortable and in the middle of the crib.

5:15-6:00 am - She rolls around in the crib, quietly, but is restless for a little while before falling back to sleep.
7:30 am - She starts to "talk" in her crib. She doesn't cry when she wakes up in the morning, she just starts to talk and roll around. Fletcher and I take turns going to get her out of bed, because she is so happy in the mornings! After we get her up, we change her diaper and then it is time to eat.
7:35-7:50 - Eat
8:00-8:30 - She plays in her jumperoo while I eat breakfast, take care of LuLu, etc...8:30-9:15 - Walk
9:20 - Fresh diaper, put her in the sleep sack, and read a story. After the story we listen to Jesus Loves Me, and I lay her down awake (no rocking).

9:25-9:30 - Fusses on and off, but falls asleep quickly

9:30-10:15 - Morning nap. Her morning nap really varies in length. This day she woke up earlier than normal. On average, she sleeps about an hour. But it ranges anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

10:15-10:30 - playtime

10:30-10:45 - Eat
10:45-12:15 - Errands. Lunchtime is always when we get out and about. Our favorite errands are Target and the grocery store. We can now run 2-3 errands at a time before she starts getting sleepy and it is time to get back home.

12:20 - Sleepsack, Story, Jesus Loves Me, Lay down awake

12:30-2:15 Nap. I had to wake her up from this nap (probably because she took a short morning nap). I woke her up, so that she could still take another afternoon nap to get her to bedtime.

2:15-2:30 Eat

2:30-4  Play...jumperoo, play with toys, play with Lulu, etc...

4:00 - Fresh diaper and down for nap (sleep sack, story, Jesus Loves Me)

4:00-4:45 Nap...Because she took a long nap in the middle of the day, the afternoon nap was short. Typically we do the short nap at lunch and long afternoon nap, but today they flipped!

5:00-5:15 Eat
5:15-6:00 Playtime, usually with Daddy-o while I fix dinner, he recently introduced her to Baby Einstein

6:00-6:20 Rice Cereal

7-7:15 Bath time
7:30 - Bottle & straight to bed

Our days vary a little bit, but the main things are the same - she eats five times a day, and takes 3 naps. We had to go through "Cry It Out" to get to this point with sleeping, but now she is a good napper and I am thankful!

Monday, November 3, 2014

October...Scenes Around Our House

October was a mixture of fun trips and quiet weekends at home. The Saturdays we were in town we enjoyed lazy Saturday mornings watching Gameday with Daddy-o, or just stayed in bed and soaked up extra snuggle time.
We started rice cereal...
 Took advantage of the cooler weather with lots of morning walks...
 Waited way too late to find a size-appropriate Halloween costume...
 But luckily, Honey found us one two days before Halloween!
We went to Susu's house and went trick or treating with ALL the cousins...
And we did our very best to soak up all the precious moments with our peanut girl. These days are sweet!