Sep 3, 2015

Talitha Joy {2 months}

Growing // Talitha weighed 13 pounds, 7 ounces at her two month well check. Compared to Z, she is a wee little thing. Compared to other infants, she's in the 90-95th percentile. Russums make big babies.

Eating // Talitha has finally figured out how to nurse without choking and with far less squeaking. The sad part about this is we don't get to use her "Squeaky T" nickname very often. The good part is that nursing in public is far less awkward now that she's quieter.

Wearing // Baby girl is officially in 3-6 month clothing and will probably move to 6-9 month soon, since I'm pretty sure she's at least 15 pounds by now.  Her wardrobe is a perfect mix of sister's hand-me-downs and a few new items as well.

Doing // Making lots of eye contact. smiling with glee after every {short} nap, sleeping through the night, trying to roll over, crawl, and sit up on her own. She is super strong, so if she doesn't like her position, she will try to grunt, wiggle, and push her way out of it.

Loving // Being held, baths, watching sissy's antics, the ceiling fan {still}, and better yet... the ceiling fan reflection in the mirror, her playmat for short stints

Loathing // Going to bed after 8:30pm, taking long naps, when sister yanks her feet

Nicknames // Talitha Bean or T-Bean {this has become the dominant nickname around the house}

Mishaps // No significant mishaps this month, except for the ups and downs of sleep training. Z was perfectly content with a later (9pm-12am) bedtime at this age, but Talitha likes to conk out at 8:30pm on the dot. I was trying to dream feed her at 10-11pm for awhile, but she would barely eat. Now she simply goes to bed at 8:30pm and sleeps like a champ all night. Her downfall is naps. For the most part, they are only about 40 minutes long during the day, and they make mama's work/school life very difficult.

Milestones // Talitha had a busy month. She took her first plane ride to Washington and met her great-grandparents, plus lots of uncles, aunts, and cousins. She went camping at seven weeks old and was a pro at sleeping in a tent and lounging around our campsite by day, even though it was 100 degrees outside. She also started swim lessons this month! Hoping both our girls are safe and confident in the water...

Sep 2, 2015

In the Kitchen: Hatch Chile Queso

Hatch chiles y'all. They are so good, but only in season for a few weeks a year. However, that season happens to be right NOW, so go get some hatch chiles from your local grocer. Step one: buy all the hatch chiles you can. Step two: Roast all of them and throw some in your freezer so you can have hatch chiles in your life for months to come. Step three: Make this queso recipe right this second, because it's so quick and so delicious.

What you need:
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped
4-6 Tbsp milk
8 oz white American cheese, shredded
4 oz Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

What you do:
*** To roast chiles, place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees. Chiles should brown slightly. You can do a bunch at once and freeze some for later use.

1. Heat oil in small sauce pan over medium heat.
2. Saute onion until translucent, 3-5 minutes.
3. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
4. Add chiles {remember to remove seeds} and 4 TBSP milk, stirring until heated.
5. Add grated cheese one handful at a time, stirring occasionally to mix cheese and milk. 
6. additional milk by the tablespoon, if necessary, to reach desired consistency.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
8. Serve warm with chips. Eat until it hurts!

*** Dip will thicken as it cools but it can easily be thinned with a short trip through the microwave. 
*** To re-heat the following day, add a tablespoon of milk and reheat on the stove or in the microwave. Heat partially, stir, and then continue to heat until you reach desired temperature. 

Sep 1, 2015

September Goals

Sharing a few achievable goals on my blog each month has been incredibly beneficial for me. I feel extra accountable to get things done when I know I will report back to my readers in this space. I don't always get everything accomplished on my monthly list, but I'm usually able to knock out the majority of my goals, and I consider that a very good thing. You can see my BIG 2015 goals here.

Last month's goals:
Encouragement notes to Micah and a friend
Date with Micah
Date with Zianne
Weekly girlfriend visit
Order pics for Z's baby book
Talitha's two month letter and two month update
Finish Glitter and Glue
Read Girls Like Us
Memorize Romans 8:12
Write down prayers for Micah, Zianne, and Talitha

This month's goals:
Encouragement notes to Micah and a friend
Date with Micah
Date with Zianne
Talitha's three month letter and update
Read a book for fun {Currently working on Girls Like Us}
Write Romans 8:12 on a note card and memorize while nursing
Write down prayers for each family member
Weekly girlfriend visit
Set up an academic website
Revise one chapter of my dissertation
Send out one chapter for publication
Clean out and organize baby clothes

Aug 31, 2015

Dear Talitha {two months}

Dear Talitha,

We took the newborn insert out of your car seat the other day. You are a big girl now. Maybe 15 pounds? And you were starting to look quite silly with that little cushion around your head. 

You sleep through the night. You like to go to bed around 8:30pm. Your eyes get droopy at that time, you fall asleep while nursing, and you transfer into your crib without a single fuss. For awhile, I was trying to dream feed you around 11pm each night, but you would barely eat. Now I just put you down at 8:30, slip out of your room, and I don't come back until I hear your gentle little hunger sounds in the morning.

You also rolled over the other day. I didn't see it, but your dad {who is in charge of your physical exercise such as tummy time and standing practice} placed you on your stomach and you rolled right over onto your back. You were so startled you cried, but we were all very proud of your unexpected accomplishment.

I ponder all these things you are able to do - sleep through the night, stay awake for an hour during the day, smile at anyone and everyone - and it seems like you are so big and advanced. But then I remember that you are two and a half months old. You are not a newborn anymore. With Zianne, the hazy, tired newborn days are etched in my memory. I remember napping on the couch with a baby on my chest, the pain of first time nursing, all the novelty of going out and about for the first time - to the doctor, to church, to the fair. But then the next few months are a blur. I honestly barely remember when Z was two, three, four months old. The fog starts to clear around month eight or nine. Then I can remember again.

But with you those newborn days flew by. They weren't novel. They were calm, peaceful, and productive even. We had lots of family visitors. We traveled. I finished a chapter of my dissertation when you were just two weeks old. I wore you on my chest and typed the afternoons away. And now suddenly you are over two months old and you are blossoming into a little girl. You have a tiny dimple when you smile. You love to be held. You have gone to swim lessons twice now. You are outgrowing your car seat and your swaddle. I've packed up all your tiny clothes.

I want to remember these days. I want to remember months two, three, four. I want to pay attention each day as your eyes become more alert, as you hold your head up higher, as your constant smile turns into a giggle. May the days of you being a big {yet tiny} girl be forever etched in my memory.

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