Alisdair’s new thing is “running.” He was capable of moving very quickly before, but now he likes to announce that he will run, and then run around in big circles while moving his arms like he’s doing the breaststroke. A few weeks ago, he also announced every time he was getting ready to crawl. I am trying to get the running on video, but he likes playing with the camera more than anything so as soon as it comes out he forgets whatever he was doing before. I have to be sly about this kind of thing.
Of course, maybe he will be more careful with the camera than I am, as I dropped it the other day. Miraculously, it survived.
Both Alisdair and I are getting over colds. I don’t think he’s ever really had a cold before (he did have one ear infection about a year ago), and I certainly don’t remember having one this bad for a long time. He seems to be a day “ahead” of me on it. I am looking forward to the day our noses stop running and we stop coughing. We both sound horrible when we talk, but aside from stuffiness and coughing we are feeling a lot better. But I’m sure anytime I open my mouth I am inviting people to give me a wide berth. Probably not a bad idea as I’ve already been sick enough this pregnancy.
Ravens, blech. On the upside, though, we had a fun Super Bowl party at our house and Alisdair loved saying hi to everyone (and recruited a few of my sorority sisters to be his new favorite buddies.)
But still, blech on the Ravens. I don’t care if they are named after a great poem. My dislike of them is only slightly less than my hatred of the Flyers (for those of you who haven’t been roped into sports fanaticism by their spouses, the Flyers play hockey and their fans cannot come up with more creative cheers than “Crosby sucks,” which is not even remotely true.)
I have been giving a lot of thought to my grocery shopping lately. Now that I have a chest freezer and a functioning oven, I really want to be well-stocked when McBaby arrives. But I am finding that my grocery budget is really meant for one month, instead of, say, the one month plus an extra week that I would like (so by May, will have a bunch of food ready to go). With Alisdair eating more, and my appetite returning (and approaching the mythic pregnant lady levels), I am having some…fun…finding ways to stretch. I am finding that I have less and less to do with traditional grocery stores, and do more of my shopping at discount stores (canned, boxed, some frozen stuff) and Costco (meat and fish, dairy, fresh and frozen produce, paper and cleaning products.) Wednesday was my monthly Costco trip. I always spend more than I expect to there, but then, I also end up with food that lasts longer. Not on the list was avocados and blueberries (I was going to buy those at another store), but they were cheaper at Costco than the sale price at a regular store and I found some good info on how to freeze them (since I bought in bulk.) I freeze milk in quart jars, and then almost all of the meat is cooked within a few days into freezer meals. I also found some vitamins for Alisdair since he can be very particular about what he eats. The vitamins I bought today will last almost two years (and no, they don’t expire before then.)
One thing I have to be better about is incorporating larger amounts of veggies and legumes into meals. They are inexpensive but I have no idea how to cook them. A friend gave me a great recipe for making my own veggie burgers that I can freeze. Ian wouldn’t want them, but at the very least Alisdair and I could have a very good Friday lunchtime since we are now meat-free on Fridays year-round. I want to get better at cooking with beans in general – I like eating them, but as I said before – not good at cooking them. I do put kidney beans in chili, and I have used pinto and black beans in cooking Mexican dishes, but I’d like to expand that a tad. And by a tad I mean a lot. Plus, before now I’ve really only used the canned kind, but dried beans are much, much cheaper (though longer prep time.)
Speaking of self-improvement, Lent begins next Wednesday, Feb 13th. I can tend to be ridiculous in my expectations for spiritual growth during Lent, and then I get discouraged when I don’t immediately qualify for sainthood and give up. So I am trying to be a bit more moderate. I am giving up sugar. Fruits are okay, but cakes, cookies, etc. are not. I am going to replace the sugar in my bread recipe with honey (which might be kind of fun anyway!) Besides being good for me, it will also be a sacrifice as I do have a strong sweet tooth.
In addition the traditional “giving up something,” I am also going to take up something. Some time ago I ordered a brown scapular but I have not yet been “enrolled” in it (meaning that I have not had the scapular blessed, which is required before a layperson wears it.) So, one of my “goals” for Lent is to actually enroll and begin wearing it, in addition to my Miraculous Medal. In addition, our parish has a new Adoration chapel and I think it would be good for me to participate. I have only “done” Adoration once and it was only for a few minutes after the parish school Mass, since Alisdair was with me and started fussing to leave. It was a powerful experience though and I’d like to “try again,” so to speak. My goal is one hour a week.
So, three things. The original list in my head was about 100 so I think I’m doing okay!
Yesterday Alisdair and I ventured to my prenatal checkup. This was the first one I went to with Alisdair and without Ian. Alisdair fussed a little, but my midwife allowed me to hold Alisdair the whole time and was able to do the whole exam very quickly. As soon as Alisdair heard McBaby’s heartbeat, he settled right down. Guess it’s not just me who finds that sound so soothing!
I made my appointment for my glucose test in a few weeks. Yuck. Nothing like swallowing Gatorade syrup and then sitting for an hour wondering if how awful you feel means there’s something wrong with you, or it’s just that you consumed five days’ worth of sugar in about a minute. (I don’t think the glucose test violates my Lenten sacrifice…I think I would have to actually like it for it to count.)
More fun videos! I gotta do more of these. Alisdair loves Dr. Seuss. Here he is “reading” Hop on Pop (apologies for the darkness in the video):
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