Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Good babies and TouchPads

Do you like how in my last post I wrote, "he is still a good baby?"  Still?  Boy...sleep deprivation really does a number on me.  I'm in a bit of a fog but we are surviving.  I keep reminding myself that this tough part is temporary and to enjoy all the snuggling.  This little one is sooo snugly.  

My smarty-pants husband wrote a post for his work blog.  It's about TouchPads.  I think.  
All some of it goes over my head.  

Sunday, August 28, 2011

One month and had a bath.

Noah is one month old today.
He's still a pretty good baby.  I wish he'd sleep a little more, at night.
He's starting to fill out a bit, I weighed him this morning and he was 9lbs. 13oz.
He did not like the bath least I got to use the apple baby soap.
He smells divine.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Music in the Park: Guy Louis...again.

We went to Music in the Park last week...can you believe I didn't bring a camera?!  Aside from the one on my phone.  Lucy found a stink bug and wanted to show Mr. Louis...he happened to be down in the audience when she found it...she went right up to him, "excuse me, Guy Louis...I found this bug."  He was kind enough to acknowledge what she'd found.  Such a great Guy...ha ha.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm obsessed with making pizza

Remember when I was telling you I'd discovered that Pillsbury crust and it had made me return to making homemade pizza?  Well, I found a homemade crust I love...I have been obsessed with making pizza lately.  I make it at least once a week and last week's pizza, I ate entirely by myself.  Hey, I'm nursing, I can get away with the extra calories. ;)
I use this crust recipe: Pizza Crust 
We don't use pizza sauce which I think is the secret to our pizza success.  This was Tony's discovery.  Instead of sauce we mix about 2-3 Tablespoons (I eyeball it) of Olive Oil, about a teaspoon of kosher salt, a teaspoonish of dried oregano, and 1 clove of minced garlic.  Spread it on the crust with a pastry brush.  Then cover with very thinly sliced fresh Mozzarella.  Then top with whatever you like. We've done tomatoes, pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, etc., it all turns out SUPER tasty.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Beach Day

I did the same thing to Lucy as last year and was 
afraid to get the sunscreen too close to her eyes.  
The next day she looked like a red raccoon.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Family Fun

We've had family "get-togethers" on both sides of the family in the last week so Noah got to meet some more of his family.  Next time most of them see him he'll probably be crawling.

Tony got some great shots of Lucy playing at the family reunion.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Birthday to the Cupcake Queen

I made these over the weekend, yum.  The only thing I did different from the recipe is substitute cake flour for all-purpose.  These are delicious and I'm posting them in honor of my friend, the cupcake queen, Katie's birthday today.
Happy Birthday!

Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes
*Makes between 16-24 cupcakes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 for light, aluminum or silicone muffin pans or 325 for dark, nonstick muffin pans. Line about 16-24 muffin cups with liners and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix in eggs and egg yolk one at a time and then mix in the vanilla. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Combine. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk. Mix. Add another 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Mix. Add the final 1/2 of the buttermilk. Mix and then add the final 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Mix until combined and the batter is smooth. Spoon out batter into lined cupcake pan, filling only halfway or just barely over halfway.
Bake for about 15-18 minutes (depending on the heat of your oven based on the type of muffin pan you have), until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out with moist crumbs. Don't overbake!
Remove the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Frost with Vanilla Mousse

Vanilla Mousse
from Kraft

1 tub whipped topping
1 package cream cheese
1/4 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat until smooth and creamy.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

we made it

Noah is 2 weeks old today.  Today was my first day totally alone with the kids.
We walked to the playground across the street, we survived, and dare I say, even had fun.
Noah's been sleeping and eating really well...and pooping even better.  I've never seen a more regular baby.
Lucy is still enjoying being a big sister, she's learning to lengthen her patience, thank goodness.  She has been such a huge help to her Mama.  We've had so many good friends and family around to help make this transition easier...I feel like we've been blessed beyond our deserving.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

My kidlets

People say you don't take as many photos of the second child as the first...I don't think we're in danger of that here.  Look at these two cuties.  Oh-and this blog is just gonna be pics of the kids for a while...until normal activity resumes around here.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Noah's Birth

Due to the priesthood blessing I received the night before, I started out the day feelin' good.

We reported to the hospital at 7:30am and got checked in, answered about a thousand questions and joked about Tony wearing the funny, white jumpsuit and how he had to use two booties over each foot to cover his shoes.  I went in really feeling better than good, I felt great.

Once I was in the OR, they got my spinal block placed (no tumors this time!!!) and once I was all numbed up things moved pretty fast.  Suddenly, I saw this little guy:

When they showed him to me initially, over the curtain, I thought, "WHAT?! NO HAIR?!"  
I was so surprised to see his fuzzy, blonde, bald head.  It is the most perfectly round shaped head you've ever seen.

They stitched me all up, told me how great I looked, and wheeled us to the recovery room.

That's when they told me the good news...I DIDN'T HAVE TO SHARE A ROOM!!!  I was so thrilled.  If I hadn't just birthed one of the cutest human beings ever, it would have made my day. 

Then the little guy got to meet these awesome people:

Thankfully, the rest of our hospital stay was a good way.  Full of visits from doctors and nurses of course, he passed all his tests, they looked at his kidneys and determined they'd wait another month before doing anything else.  

Here's the new family of four:

Having this little one around has been an amazing experience for me.  Faith building for sure.  I had to rely on the Lord for a lot and He truly gave to me freely of His blessings.

I've been enjoying every inch of this tiny man:

Thank you to everyone for your calls, texts, messages, meals, treats and prayers.
*More photos to come*