Quarter Year

Posted by casey on May 27, 2010 in Caden, Caden's Chronicles, Family, Home

Last fall I celebrated my quarter-century birthday and joked about my “Quarter-Life” crisis…today, Caden is celebrating is quarter-year mark! Say a prayer that he doesn’t decide to have a “Quarter – Year” crisis kind of a day.   That being said, I should let you know how it started.

He woke up for his morning feeding and all was going well, he was still asleep and eating away. (Wouldn’t it be nice for someone to feed you without you having to be fully awake or opening your eyes?)  As I was getting ready to put him back down to bed he was making a little bit of a gurgling “I have a burp in here.” kind of a noise so I decided to give him another minute.  MISTAKE! Well sort of…shower vomit.  The kind that was mentioned in this post.  The kind that soaks you and the kid clear through your entire attire.  The kind that also involves milk snot.  The kind that you have to race around looking for that damn suction ball to make sure he still isn’t harboring any leftovers in his throat, mouth, or well – nose. The kind that makes you pass him off to your husband who is going to have to get up for work in 15 minutes (Oh how glorious that last 15 min of sleep usually is) so you can start cleaning up.  However, since he wanted to celebrate in style as soon as I passed him to Colter he rocketed a dirty diaper so much that Colter surely thought he and the bed were covered with baby poo.  They were not.  I was however covered with milk vomit.  Happy 3 Month Birthday Buddy!

So I should re-phrase the statement, “Say a prayer that he doesn’t decide to have a “Quarter – Year” crisis kind of a day” to please say a prayer he doesn’t decide to celebrate ending his “4th trimester” any further.  I just don’t think he or I can handle anymore excitement!

I mentioned ending his “4th trimester” because to many that is what is said about these first three months of life for them.  That it is really like they should have had 3 more months in you since around the time of 3 months babies all of the sudden wake up so to speak.  Thank goodness I wasn’t prego for another three months and I think Caden is pretty happy about it too – minus the whole having to wear clothes now thing.  I can say that I noticed a big difference with him a week or so after he turned two months. You could just tell that he was seeing more and of course the smiling and interaction really started. (Not the ones we all imagine happened on purpose.)  So at three months, here is the news…

– He has officially been evicted. No more bassinet, no more rooming with Mom & Dad.  Caden is upstairs in his nursery in his crib.  Something that surely was more of an adjustment for us, but also something that we wanted to do around 3 months – he just initiated the transition a couple weeks early.

– He has entered the “insert into mouth” phase which makes me think that he got a little bit of my niece Cathryn in his blood. :) Seriously though, he LOVES his hands, fingers, my shirts and his toys.  He will grab his toys in his play mat and immediately pull them to his mouth.

– He is a rolling machine.  You can watch him roll here if you so desire and haven’t already done so.  Rolling over both shoulders from his belly to his back and since then he has rolled back to belly once.  I think it was because of the cushy material he was laying on though because most of the time he will roll from his back to his side and almost get all the way over but then gets stuck.  Those silly arms always get in the way! Stupid arms.

- Lunchtime hours are heaven.  He is in the best mood from oh….9:30 – 2:00. Talking, laughing, playing, napping…everyone’s dream.  The “witching” hour in the evening still exists but is getting less.  He definitely has a bedtime cranky mood now which at least lets us know he is done for the day!

– Caden is still very mellow for the most part.  He hangs out well and really doesn’t mind other people holding him or messing with him yet.  I do have to be careful about talking right next to him if someone is trying to hold him because then all focus will be in the direction of my voice.

– Want to see a smile? Lay him on his changing table.  The kid thinks it is hilarious.  I think knows you are having to clean up after his mess and finds it fantastically funny.  Or you can smush his cheeks.  This will make him laugh and start “talking” to you too.

– Drool, drool, drool.  Better than spit up I suppose because it dries and doesn’t leave a mark.  He loves to drool and make spit bubbles – the works.

Lastly the answer to everyone’s favorite questions.  When you were pregnant the question you hears eighty times a day was “How are you feeling?”  Fine, I am fine.  Now, the question is “Is he sleeping through the night? How is he sleeping?” Fine. He is sleeping fine.  I talked early on about sleep patterns and how you adjust fairly quickly, but as soon as you get a taste of some longer stretches you adjust REALLY quickly to getting those back.  I have to say he has been a champ recently.  Right now he will go anywhere from a 5 1/2 to 8 hour stretch between feedings starting around 9:30.  So, somewhere between 9:30 and 11:00 he will get his last feeding and then somewhere between 4 and 6 a.m. he will get hungry again.  Not too shabby!  I don’t so much mind getting up and getting my day started then either at times because I like the quiet of the morning.  He should be having a growth spurt here in the next month so I am prepared for him to start waking up again more, but for now he is peacefully resting in his room where he sleeps harder and longer.

I had a little “mom moment” at the store the other day when I had to buy something that was 3+ months and said “Infant” on it.  Why the big deal? Right next to it was the 0-3 month version which said “newborn”.  So long as I have a little while until “toddler” starts appearing I think we will be okay!  Colter and I are enjoying our little family and sharing him with the rest of our family.  He is so lucky to have so many people who love him and who anxiously await his next round of pictures!

3 Months Have Come and Gone



Summertime Wrap – Chicken Tarragon Wrap

Posted by casey on May 27, 2010 in In The Kitchen, The Main Show

Perfect for a light summer dinner or a refreshing lunch, these summertime wraps are simple and tasty! Yes, wrap, not rap.  I’ll show you my rhyming and beat skills later.

Tarragon Chicken and Avocado Wraps
2 Cups Diced Chicken (If you’re in a hurry snag a cooked rotisserie chicken from your store.  If not, I suggest grilled or pan seared chicken breasts)
1 Lemon
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/2 Tablespoon Dried Tarragon or 2 Tablespoons Fresh
1 Avocado Cubed
Chopped Romaine
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Pitas, Tortillas or Flatbread
Grated Parmesan

To Make the Dressing:
Squeeze 1 1/2 Tablespoons of lemon juice into a bowl.  Add the mayonnaise and tarragon and stir to combine.  Set aside in the fridge while you assemble the rest.

Once your chicken is cooked whether you cooked it yourself or bought it that way chop it into cubes and toss the chicken and the cubed avocados with the dressing.  Season to taste with salt and pepper to your liking.  You can make the dressing ahead of time and even toss the chicken with it in advance but do not cut and add the avocado until you are ready to assemble the wraps.

Chop up your romaine into thin slices.  If you chop it into large salad like pieces it will be difficult to fit everything into your wrap.

Personally I think that pitas or flatbread work the best for a dish like this, and I really love “Flatout Healthy Grain Flatbread”.  In most groceries they carry these or similar types near the deli meat counter not in the bakery or bread aisle.

Now, depending on who you are serving you can either assemble all of the wraps yourself or, you can lay out the simple materials and let your hungry audience do it themselves.  I like the latter.  I’m just saying.  Also, this particular recipe makes enough for 4 wraps, so be warned if you need more than that!

For lunch some crisp fresh veggies, or fruit makes the perfect side dish and at dinner we served it with a lighter soup just to help fill you up some more.  Regardless it is a simple and cheap summertime meal which puts it up at the top of my list!

Original Recipe From Williams Sonoma “Simple Suppers” Cookbook

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