July 2010


Today I was recognizing and trying to appreciate all the luxuries that come along with only having one child to care for.  Like watching him breathing after he’s fallen asleep; or holding him on my lap while Tim feeds him his fourth solid food (sweet potatoes) flashing proud grins at each other when he lunges for another bite; the wonder of enjoying each first for the very first time, with no comparison or expectation; trading off for alone time, and having it be special time for Miles too; getting another couple in our 5-seater car; and a Miles sandwich in bed in the morning.

I’m sure there are lots of things to appreciate when #2 and up come along, but I wanted to remember these special things about just having one.

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Exclaimed by 3-year-old B after seeing Miles in his “birthday suit” getting ready for a bath.

A mobile child who can stand up in the crib = parents’ worst nightmare!  But we’re proud anyway 🙂

Ah, croutons.  I grew up loading them on at salad bars and out of a box at home, on top of iceberg lettuce and lots of veggies with ranch dressing.  Then fruit, cheese and nuts entered my salad-toppers realm, and I moved over to vinaigrettes.  Croutons like creamy dressings, so when I started making pesto-ranch (mayo, buttermilk, pesto & lemon), I thought of  again of croutons.  So easy, use up ingredients, and there is nothing like freshly fried bread.  Give this a try on a salad of romaine, cucumbers, garden tomatoes and white onion, with the above mentioned ranch or your favorite, and you will never go back to salad bar ones out of a bag again.  Unless of course you are at a Friday fish fry, you have to go for the crunchy cubes or you might not recognize your salad.

Use any type of day-old bread here, but a crusty-chewy loaf is the best. Avoid using the end piece, as the crust can be a bit too hard after toasting.

Homemade Croutons

  • 4 slices bread, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Italian seasonings
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a shallow wide pan over medium high heat until melted and combined.
  2. Add bread cubes and toss to coat.  Turn heat down to med-low.
  3. Sprinkle seasonings over and continue to toss until toasted and brown on all sides.
  4. Try these hot out of the pan.  On other thought, do not or you will not have any left for the salad.  They are never as good as the first day, but you can keep some in a sealed bag or tupperware for a few days.

Barton Springs!   I ran with Miles last weekend (with some big-time hill help from my other momma friend, Valeria!) – 6 miles with the stroller!

Did I tell you all about my diversionary pregnancy quilt?  When I was 8 months preggers, I decided that instead of working on the nursery, or prepping meals, or working on a registry, learning baby CPR, or getting out to the movies, that I would make a quilt.  Hence, I have 10 yards of fabric cut into 4″ quilt squares sitting in a bag next to the sewing machine.  Miles was born before I pieced anything together.

A trend emerges.  We are moving in 12! Days! and I suddenly have an overwhelming urge to “fix” Miles’ sleep habits.  Hence, 6 baby sleep books opened, dog-eared and bookmarked next to the bed, two trips to the library, and two tired parents who were up most of last night working on the baby Whisperers version of cry-it-out.  Ouch.  Never mind that I need to pack, prep and socialize with friends we will be leaving for 18 months.  Or that Miles is having the most exciting month developmentally (crawling! plank! pulling up! solids!) and any sleep training will be out the window with jetlag.  I think I just needed something.

So, I realize I need to chill with the diversions and get down to business.  It’s becoming more and more real as I pack up the salad spinner and go to the tea towel to dry the lettuce.  I canceled my gym membership and we sold the car.  I have boxes and suitcases, and a list of first aid necessities to get from Target.  One more haircut and trip to the shoe store.  A few days left to spend with a sister within driving distance.  One more quart of chocolate coffee brownie ice cream to share with friends (T&D – this one’s for you).  A few trips to Barton Springs, loops around Town Lake, and breakfast tacos to be had.  And one baby’s sleep issues to be solved.

Miles Creates his own Diversion

We took Miles for his six month check up today.  All is well, he’s still growing:

  • Weight: 16 lb, 15 oz (50th percentile)
  • Height: 27.5″ (75th)
  • Head: 17.5″ (75th)

I guess our next measurements will be in metric!

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