You are two months young today! Every day we have with you is such a joy and the changes and growth you have made over the past month keep us constantly amazed. To me, you still look like and feel like a little peanut but, flipping back through photos since you were born, I can't deny just how much you have grown and started to fill out. You have the most delicious chubby cheeks, second chin, yummy thigh rolls and new dimples on your hands and knees. We are in love with every inch of you!
You have found your hands and chew on them all day long - you seem to favor your right. Actually, you seem to favor your right for everything: turning your head to the right when you sleep and when you are on our shoulder and chewing on your right hand. I wonder if it's a fleeting preference or if you will be a righty for the long haul.
One of the best thing about two months, by far, is that you are finding your voice. You coo and make all kinds of noises. When you use your pacifier, you love to make lots of loud sounds and hear yourself - especially in the middle of the night! It's so rewarding for us to have "conversations" with you. We talk to you and you coo back in return. Such a delight!
And then, there is this:
You are a smiley guy and in the past week or so have figured out how to laugh! With gurgles, gums and your cheek dimple you melt us each and every time. There is nothing better to start or end a day than a laugh from our sweet boy. I pray that you can always find such joy in life.
In you 2 month photographs you are in your cute Gap corduroys. I was amazed (and a little dismayed) that the 0-3 size just barely fits you now. You are so long and filling out so well that you are sure to skip right to your next size wardrobe right at the three month mark, if not earlier! Your 2 month pediatric appointment is on March 1st and I can't wait to find your weight and length. I'm sure it's leaps and bounds from your last visit.
We love you to the moon and back, munchkin and can't wait to see what each new day brings.
All my love,
Nearly two months in, I am happier than ever. Becoming a mom is far better, harder and more rewarding than I could have imagined.
Thai Peanut Chicken (Slow Cooker)
Full Credit to: 365 Days of Slow Cooking
12 oz linguine or fettuccine noodles, cooked and drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup peanut butter (* I used 1/3 chunky, 1/3 creamy)
1 cup chicken broth
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup shredded carrot (*my addition)
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 red pepper, cut into thin, long strips
1 tbsp lime juice
1 cup chopped cilantro, divided
chopped peanuts, for garnish
Add garlic, peanut butter, broth, chicken, zucchini, soy sauce, sugar, and red pepper to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. A half hour before you are going to serve, add in lime juice and 1/2 cup of cilantro. Serve over noodles and garnish with remaining cilantro and peanuts.
NOTES: I wanted extra for the week so used 2 pounds of chicken and added 1/4 cup chicken broth to compensate. I used boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins to cut down on the prep time. This dish is very easy to put together and had excellent flavor. Looking forward to leftovers!
What I did not expect - and really should have - was to be criticized by stranger moms in public. So, what parenting crime did I commit? Read on...
G and I took a quick trip to Target this morning. I had a few things to pick up and, frankly, needed to get out of the house to see the world and walk around a bit. Running on borrowed time between nursing sessions, I was armed with a list and opted to hit the not-as-nice Target because it offers garage parking, exposing G to less of the freezing air. The infant carrier sits perfectly in the front/top of the cart, closest to me and up high enough to discourage strangers from touching, while allowing great eye contact between mom and baby. This is how we shop because the stroller just doesn't make sense in this situation. I could shop the aisles of Target in my sleep so had everything on the list in record time while G happily cooed at me and the stroller toys dangling from the handle of his infant carrier.
So far so good, right?
As I walked toward the registers, scoping out the shortest line, another mom and her kids approached from the opposite end. Mom was in the center pushing an infant stroller. Along one side walked what looked to be a 5 year old struggling with a full shopping basket. On her other side was a smaller child, maybe three years, juggling several items in her arms. As we passed each other she said to the children, while gesturing to my cart, "See? I could put the carseat like that too, but it just doesn't feel safe and good moms keep their kids safe."
Are you kidding me, lady?
I shot her a dirty look (sue me) and then noticed something. Around and over her infant carrier containing her newborn was a wind break fashioned from...wait for it...a clear plastic bag that, in red, was marked "Keep away from children - suffocation hazard."
Being a new mom comes with a lot of information and a lot less time and sleep. There are so many more little moments to record and, suddenly, a distinct lack of paper on hand or the freedom to jump up and jot down a memory. So what to do? I realized that I am actually capturing bits of information each day - on Facebook and Twitter. My iPhone is always close at hand and status updates are an easy way to communicate. But, beyond a thread to the outside world in this NY winter, the updates also record glimpses into my days and what's happening with George.
Enter Momento. I stumbled across this app and figured, well, why not? I loaded it up and was instantly impressed. It pulled together all of my status updates from both social networking sites in a neat little calendar format in just a moment. Bingo! Journaling snippets at the touch of a screen, right in the palm of my hand. No more need to figure out how I'm going to journal my Project Life backlog. I've got it covered.
Sometimes technology is a very good thing...