Just Me

A few good things May 27, 2009

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100_2531This is a beautiful yummy salad that I had last night.  Greens from the garden, strawberries, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and raspberry vinagrette dressing.  It was really good.  Zach’s salad had three cheese dressing instead.


Here are my charges, both with a bored, ‘so what’  look on their faces.  But I love them both anyway.

Now, you’re going to have to click on something for the next good things.  I uploaded these clips from my camera.  I’m only able to put about a minute on each clip, but he can go on for hours and hours like this:

Grandpa Burka played my piano a few weeks ago

Here’s some more.

And one more.


Being a mom hurts. May 26, 2009

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Physically, that is.  Emotionally, Wendy hasn’t hurt my feelings yet.  (I’m sure that will come.)

I’ve been experiencing tendonitis in my left wrist/thumb joint.  Did some research and found out it’s pretty common in moms carrying around a heavy child.  It’s called DeQuervain’s syndrome. I’ve been wearing a thumb stabilizer when I think about it, but it’s hard to do anything with it on.  It feels worse when it’s rainy out, like it is today.

My left kneecap hurts on the inside, and I feel it as I’m lifting Wendy up to put her on my left hip.  That, and I feel some bursitis in my left heel.

I guess my 17lb little baby is going to have to figure out how to hold herself or walk pretty soon.   Or I have to adjust how I’m holding her, or I just have to heal.

FLAN: I made flan for the first time in our Jefferson st. house this morning.   I really like flan, but not just any flan.  GOYA brand.  Yes, I know it’s not exactly homemade, but I believe it’s the best of the box brands.  Jello brand and Royal brand end up tasting too jello-ey or jiggly.  There is just the right amount of lightness and stability with Goya.  If anyone has a great from-scratch recipe for flan, I’d love to try it.  I’ve tried several flans at restaurants, and I don’t really care for those, either.  They tend to be heavy and rubbery tasting.  GOYA all the way.

And in other news, Wendy needs to learn how to sleep one more hour in the morning.  5:30 or 6am rolls around and Miss Wendy is in there alternately screaming/crying/talking to herself.  It would be nice if we could all wake up at 7.  I have heard that sleep begets sleep and that if I put her to bed earlier, it might just do the trick.  So instead of a 7-7:30 bedtime, I’ll try for 6:30-7 tonight and see what tomorrow morning holds:-)

I do love being a mom – really!  So many things for me to learn.


What Wendy’s been up to May 25, 2009

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Since her first encounter with bananas, Wendy’s had pears, avocado, and sweet potato.  Sweet potato seems to take the prize as the top food of choice (just like her mom and both grammies!)  By the way,  Zach’s mom is being called Nanna, and my mom called herself grammy once, so I’m calling her that:-)  Avocado is not her favorite.  I don’t blame her…I wouldn’t choose to eat just a spoonful of avocado without a chip or at least some salt sprinkled on.  Anyway, eating is a challenge with Teddy around.  Wendy constantly looks for him and lunges or reaches for him if they are 10 feet or closer.  Notice Teddy in the foreground:


Also, Wendy has been on her tummy a lot.  She scoots backwards and can even get up on her knees.  She also gets one foot planted on the ground.  She also really likes being on her feet and would rather stand (with my help) than sit.




We’re going to have to baby-proof pretty soon.


Mother’s Day Present May 15, 2009

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Hello.  This was a very special first mother’s day for me.  I know, last year, I was technically a mother, but this was the first one with Wendy out in the world.  Zach’s mom and grandparents were here, and that made 4 generations all in one place, and 3 mothers who all got waited on.  Gma has a great picture of us on her blog.  We went to IHOP, worked outside in the flower beds, drove/walked around F’burg, and went to an Irish restaurant.  Zach attended his first graduation as a professor, sending out a group of seniors that he will miss, I’m sure.  Zach asked what I wanted, and I told him I wanted a campfire.  So, we collected the few sticks left in the backyard and had a small fire, roasted marshmallows and hotdogs, and had a great time.100_2490

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Here’s Rose with Wendy, who is really into grabbing people’s faces…I’d like to discourage this habit because sometimes it hurts!100_2485and a little nicer:100_2484

Gpa played some wonderful music.  He just sits down and starts playing without a plan, and beautiful, creative music comes out.  I will post some of that later.