welcome, baby

Posted: August 20th, 2014

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Baby Evelyn was born almost two weeks ago on August 7, which just so happened to be our fourth wedding anniversary.

We are overjoyed with her, and also completely overwhelmed.  It is so true that you can read everything you can possibly get your hands on about parenting and you will still be completely unprepared.

I was not prepared for some of the ways this was going to be hard.  I was not prepared for how long it would take for both of us to get the hang of nursing or how it would feel like I would be feeding the baby all.the.time.  I was not prepared for how hard would be to figure out what kind of schedule we are on (if one at all) and how to work feedings and diaper changes and naps into everything else that goes on in life.  I was not prepared for how the baby blues would hit me for no good reason at the same time every evening.  Those are the biggest surprises so far.

But I was also not prepared for how much I would love this baby girl, how she can do absolutely nothing and I just adore her and how I just want to rock her all day.  I was not prepared for the dreams I would start having at night about how protective I feel of her.  I was not prepared for the joy she would bring everyone around her.  I was not prepared for how I want to have her to myself, and how I know I need to share her with her grandparents and all the lovely people that come to visit us, but really I just want to monopolize her.

I’m not going to lie–these past couple of weeks have been hard.  (I was so scared about labor and delivery, but that, aside from a bit of a traumatic epidural experience, was apparently the easy part.)  But these past couple of weeks have also been transformative and renewing.

I’ll be back at some point with some food.  But for now I have a baby to go cuddle.

{Photo by Bella Baby Photography}

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cinnamon streusel muffins

Posted: August 6th, 2014

cinnamon streusel muffins

I’m still here, just baking away and trying to be patient.  Really I’m not even 40 weeks yet, so I have no right to be impatient; but we are ready for the baby to be here, and I am beyond ready to not be pregnant anymore.  I know a lot of women love being pregnant/miss being pregnant, and while I’m grateful that I am because of what it means, to be honest it has been a pretty miserable experience for me and I’m ready to be done.

To pass the time, Gerrit and I have been trying to come up with fun things to do every day–ways to distract us and kill time.  We went out for ice cream this weekend.  Last night we went to browse around the bookstore.  Tonight my parents are coming over for dinner.  Tomorrow we’re going out for our anniversary (!) Read more »

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peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Posted: August 1st, 2014

peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

So it is August.  Which means we are officially having a baby this month.  At this point I mostly feel like we are just in waiting mode, and I almost don’t know what to do with myself.  Work has been kind of winding down for me as I’ve prepared to be gone for awhile and passed my work along to other people.  So mostly I’ve been at home just kind of waiting and trying to come up with things to do.

I suppose you’re supposed to call it nesting, and perhaps I have felt some of that.  But really it’s been less of the nesting urge and more of me trying to come up with ways to occupy myself so that I stop thinking about how impatient I am for this baby to get here. Read more »

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oven fried okra

Posted: July 29th, 2014

oven fried okra

Far and away one of the most viewed post on this site is the recipe for oven fried chicken.  It seems to make the rounds from time to time on Pinterest, which surprises me because the pictures really aren’t good at all (early days of this site right there).  I also feel bad about the fact that this post is so popular sometimes because it feels a little bit misleading.  While it is “oven fried chicken” it is not “100% baked in the oven” because you do fry it the regular way first and then finish it in the oven.  This is, of course, still healthier than completely frying the chicken in the oven because it doesn’t have as much time to soak up oil.  But to be honest, sometimes I feel a little guilty about this unintentional deception. Read more »

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chicken pesto panini

Posted: July 24th, 2014

chicken pesto panini

This is a less of a recipe and more of a reminder in case you have forgotten (or, for some god-forsaken reason, are unaware) of how delicious simple homemade panini can be.  Gerrit and I have been eating these non-stop, as evidenced by our conversation the other day when I was trying to come up with a dinner plan and he suggested panini, which I reminded him we had had just a couple of days before.  His response–”And the problem is?” Read more »

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