Monday, June 17, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
We all knew it had to happen sooner or later, a babysitter. Eventually we would HAVE to find someone to watch the LO on the rare occasion we wanted to set foot outside of the house to see a movie, go on a date, or just get some fresh air. It was extra difficult for us as we don't live near any family and the majority of our friends live pretty far away in the city and don't have children so we were pretty much out in the cold for getting help from anyone we knew personally. Thankfully i do have one friend here in my area who can watch her but we needed an additional babysitter for when she wasn't available.
So after much soul searching we finally settled on Care.com. I was highly averse to finding a babysitter on a website as its so impersonal and you don't know who or what you're getting, but we were at our wits end and needed to find someone.
After dozens and dozens of emails with local people we finally found some local people who are experienced and had good references, which means we can finally leave the house without baby in tow.
Now if i can just leave the house without calling 900 times to make sure she hasn't fallen in our non-existent backyard pool, or run into the middle of the expressway, true its about 2 miles from our house, but hey it COULD happen.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I've made this recipe for the past two weeks, last week i came down with a 24 hour stomach bug which hit JUST as i finished chopping the onions. It came on so fast that i could barely get it in the oven before almost passing out while standing upright. Obviously i didn't get to eat any, so i made it again last night and this time i absolutely devoured it.
I always try to use fresh ingredients and with a recipe like this as there aren't a lot of bells and whistles and each ingredient really shows in the final product. I'm VERY loose with my measurements, so feel free to modify this as you go and add or subtract amounts of things based on taste.
Start off by preheating your oven to 375
Loosely chop up one jalapeno, 1 small onion, half a bell pepper (i use red), and add them to a bowl.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Or am i?
Monday, May 6, 2013
Then the first tantrum happened. Well i shouldn't say first tantrum as it wasnt a tantrum, it was more of a meltdown because i had dared leave her alone and go to the other room without her. Eventually i found out that daycare is not only a necessity for parents who work, but for children to experience the world as it is away from their parents.
Until we do get her into daycare i do everything i can to ensure she gets time with other kids, Gymboree, the play center at the mall, the park, but aside from leaving her with her daddy (im Papa) she still doesnt get time away from me.
Next step: Dropping her off for some time with our new babysitter! Lets hope this is a success.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
3) Give baby something to play with so she keeps her hands out of the soiled spots
4) Remove/wipe/set aside
5) new diaper/powder/yada, yada, yada (ok that ones not Yiddish but, close enough)
6) Then the process of dealing with the pail....Pull the entire top off (which makes the built up smell come wafting out.WHOOOO!)
7) Insert diaper very carefully and replace lid
8) Wash diaper/liner if necessary (we use cloth diapers with disposable inserts)
If its just a wet diaper usually the wipes just end up propped between the lid and the trap door until i get the chance to insert them fully. The trap door is REALLY that small.
And my least favorite, however not a deal breaker if i had to repurchase, it uses proprietary bags. Which means you cant go to the corner store and buy some trash bags when it runs out....you have to buy THEIR brand. They do last a long time though and they arent ridiculously expensive, just be sure to read the instructions as its slightly complicated the first time around.
In short it works, but its a pain to use and if you have Man Hands (Seinfeld reference #2) like myself the trapdoor is null and void.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I would say it was a success, she looked, sat, and looked some more before giving me that "OK, we're done here" look.
Well technically the second if you count the ill fated attempt at playing in the snow for the first time last winter, but i swore i would never speak of that again.
Monday, April 22, 2013
How do you make them you ask?
Apparently the house sat for at least one and a half years before we moved in and the previous owners put very little time and effort into taking care of it so its been quite a chore getting it ready for fruits and veggies.
This weekend consisted of digging up every little rock in the garden (and there were more than quite a few LARGE ones as well), tilling it, putting down compost, then fresh topsoil. After that was done in went the plants!
Friday, April 19, 2013
So here we are.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Today will be no different.
When i was a kid and had my first Easter with my adoptive mother i remember waking up to a big basket of toys and goodies at the foot of the bed. Even though she probably wont remember it i want to have a similar experience to me so I bought her first Easter basket and filled it with a few 1 year old friendly items.
For eggs i just used vinegar and red cabbage which i then boiled and placed in the refrigerator overnight so the color would set then deepen.
Then 2-3 tbsp of white vinegar and 1 quart of water, or slightly more if you have a lot of cabbage.
Add the cabbage then turn on he heat til it boils. Let it boil for 10 minutes then turn it off, let it sit til cool. at this point transfer to the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you will have nice blue eggs waiting for you're L.O. to eat, hunt, and enjoy however he/she sees fit. Just be sure to let air dry as the color can be wiped off until it is dry, you can also use a hairdryer on low (or no if you have the option) heat.
Monday, March 25, 2013
As we sit here, early for a late flight, I'm forced to think about the lessons I've learned today:
1. Motion sickness spitup smells worse than regular day to day spit-up. MUCH worse.
2. Always, Always, Always pack a spare set of clothes for the baby in the diaper bag.
3. Boiled crawfish are better on Fridays.
4. Discount bins at drug stores rock for finding cheap toys.
5. Vacations are draining and only fun for the baby.
6. Apparently a bottle of orange juice next to a bottle of formula make the TSAs spidey senses tingle.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Still its one of those things that HAS to be done, and for those who aren't parents yet I've got some bad news, they get them every 3 months. Even worse is that after 2 or 3 times simply bringing them to the office they know whats coming so the screams of horror begin immediately.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Then, she stepped into my life.....
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
1) Party A decides is wants a baby and since natural birth isnt an option for one reason or another they start searching for a party B
2) Party B meets party A and decides to give them their child.
3) Birth takes place, preliminary paperwork is signed and child goes into custody of party A
4) Courts go over documents and there is a long back and forth between the Courts and the lawyer hired by party A.
5) Once everything is in order (in our case 1 year later) the paperwork is signed and our status is updated from "glorified baby sitters" to "Official fathers".
That was a long process but i am happy its finally complete. Now, time to find her a little brother!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
But i digress......CHICKEN!!!
Since i cant afford to fly to Santo Domingo every time i want to get my fix i decided to make it at home, what follows is the recipe that will turn you into an immediate Chicharrones de Pollo addict.
First you will need to make your marinade, its really the key to the whole conglomeration:
First take some garlic, about 4 cloves should do.