Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

I like most variety of winter squash, but Lo isn’t a big fan.  He’ll eat a squash dish if I make it (usually), but he’s not a big fan…just a good sport.  And he probably won’t eat leftovers, so I’ll be like – why have I been eating this for 5 days in a row?!  So I don’t prepare them as often as I would like.  I had a few lurking in a bag in the basement when I heard someone talking about a roasted butternut squash and goat cheese dish (theirs included faro and kale).  And it sounded amazing.  I took the two main ingredients and came up with  my own dish (which has probably been “created” by hundreds of people, because let’s face it, few recipes are invented that haven’t been done before).

I made it Sunday night even though I wasn’t even going to eat it for dinner.  I realized there wasn’t a ton of food prepped for Jenson’s lunch the next day, so I decided to make this and hoped he would actually it eat.  I separated some for him before I added the goat cheese.  I had a couple of bites that night…and I knew it was a winner.  When I was pulling out his dinner the next day, I saw that he’d eaten all of the squash that I left him for lunch, so I knew it was a winner for him too!  Yay!  I’m always so excited when I find something that he likes and that he can feed himself.  Not sure if Lo likes this or not…we’ve been eaten a random assortment of meals and he hasn’t tried it.  I was eating it last night and told him to try it and he said it smelled “weird”.  It doesn’t.  He smells weird.

The next time I was at the grocery store, I bought another squash.  I’ll be making this again soon – probably for Christmas Eve or Christmas, and/or Christmas weekend with my family – it seems like it would pair perfectly with ham.  And maybe the week after that just for kicks.  Better buy more goat cheese!

Note: for goat cheese haters, you could totally use a different type of cheese (or none), but I swear that the creamy taste of the goat cheese is p.e.r.f.e.c.t. with the flavors.  Maybe something else creamy like brie or gouda would be good too?  I decided to call it Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese, because that’s pretty much all it is (plus onions).  You don’t even really need a recipe if you know the name of it.  I’m not even going to give you measurements because it depends on how big your squash is, and your preferences.

Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 of a large sweet onion, sliced thin
  • Oil of choice (olive, canola, coconut)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Favorite spices
  • Crumbled goat cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel the butternut squash with a veggie peeler, scoop out the seeds, and cut into bite-size cubes.  It’s not as hard as it sounds.  I didn’t half of it while holding Jenson because wanted to watch.  Or buy peeled and cubed butternut squash – no judgment.

Place squash cubes and onion in baking pan and drizzle a little oil on top – maybe 2 tablespoons.  Stir squash around to distribute the oil onto the squash.

Drizzle balsamic vinegar over squash and onions. You don’t want it pooled deeply in the bottom of the pan, but there will probably be some on the bottom.  You just want the squash to have a taste of balsamic…not to be submerged in it.  If you are a measurer, start with about 2 tablespoons and increase from there if it doesn’t look like enough.  Stir the balsamic to coat the cubes.

Add preferred seasonings.  I used 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s and a garlic and peppercorn spice mix that I wanted to use up.  You could make it spicy if you prefer.  Or stick to salt and pepper if you don’t know what else to do.

Place pan in oven.  Forget about the pan while you put the baby to bed and start cleaning upstairs.  Stir cubes after 20 minutes.  Stir again after another 20 minutes.  If your cubes still aren’t very browned or tender, put back in for about another 20 minutes.  I can’t really give you a timeframe, because at some point Lo took them out once I’d forgotten about them – and it will depend on how big you cut the cubes and the size of your pan.  Either way, you want the squash and onions to be a little browned and caramelized-looking.  My onions were sliced pretty thinly and got very browned, but they are so good like that.

Remove from oven, cool for 10-15 minutes.  Sprinkle on the goat cheese crumbles and gently stir.  Use as little or as much goat cheese as you prefer.  I believe I used about 2 oz. from a 4 oz. container.

Serve warm, room temperature, or cold.  It’s good at any temperature.

If you want it to look festive, sprinkle some dried cranberries or cherries on top.  The tart, sweet flavor would pair perfectly.

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Photo Favorites: November 24 – 30, 2014

It was a very short work week thanks to Thanksgiving.  We took Wednesday off and headed to visit my family before traffic got crazy.  We had a great trip and he slept really well there – which was unexpected since he was in the pack-n-play.  He didn’t really try to take steps while we were there.  He was very active and crawled all over the house though, just exploring.  He’d do this thing where he’d start to crawl out of the room, and if I’d say “hey, where you going? you come back here!”. He’d laugh and turn around and crawl back into the room.  Over and over.  If only he’d continue to listen so well…

We headed back on Saturday and relaxed for a bit before my SIL’s family came up to go to Zoolights and stay with us.  We had fun visiting that night and the next morning.  Jenson was happy because one of his favorite things to say is “Sadie”, so he actually got to play with her a lot.  Sometimes he wakes up saying “Sadie”.  The other person he’s obsessed with is Lo.  He LOVES his daddy hard right now.  If he’s in our bed and he sees him get up in the morning and go to brush his teeth, he cries “daddy, daddy, daddy”…like a “real” cry with tears.  It’s really sweet how much he loves him.  While I’d be happy with that boy attached to my hip forever, I’m happy to share him.  It’s probably a part of his weaning process…he’s not going to be attached to me forever and its going to be great to watch him look up to his dad and copy his every move.  Including his dance moves.  Those are awesome.

Photo Favorites: November 24 – 30, 2014

Somehow I didn’t take pictures earlier in the week, so we’ll start with picking his toes on the way to my parent’s house!  He pulled on his socks and picked away until he fell asleep.  He was so excited to get to their house!

picking toes grammas house

I also failed to take good pictures in his Thanksgiving gear – he had a cute button down shirt he was wearing on top before he ate.

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Wearing Caden’s hat and playing with the exercise ball.

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Hanging out with Aunt Jackie and his cousin Brady.

jenson and jackiejenson and brady

This face.
Working on his basketball form.  It’s about as good as mine.

teeth   basketball

Sleepy face
Reading with Gramma

sleepyreading with gramma

Family photo
Hanging with Pappap
Gramma and Pappap

family pappap gramma and pappap

Watching the OSU/Michigan game….touchdown!
Zoolights later that night

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Strollering with Sadie at Zoolights.  Jenson was so tired, but he loved the lights and stayed awake the whole time.

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Posing with Sadie and Boof.  Jenson had just sneezed and was making a funny face.  Lo said he looks like a troll all hunched over like that, lol.

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Getting tired of pictures and playing in the wagon.

with sadiewith sadie

Uncle Dave pushed him around on this car forever!  Sadie was racing in front of them on another one.
With Aunt Misty and his future twin cousins.

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I loved this sequence of him throwing the ball.

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I was playing with my camera setttings and found this sketch feature.  Thought these were cute.

boof jenson

Our friends got Jenson this balloon and a card when he broke his arm.  He loves it but we decided it was time to deflate it for his scrapbook.  He got to have some last fun with it.  I was bopping him on his head with it and when I took the stick off of the balloon and gave it to him, he starting bopping himself with it and laughing.

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Photo Favorites: November 17 – 23, 2014

We had a nice calm week and weekend.  Jenson slept through the night until between 5 – 7 a.m. each night!  I keep expecting it to end, but I’ll take it as long as it lasts!  He’s been really playful before bed each night, but goes to sleep pretty easily.  Sometimes he falls asleep when I’m nursing him before bed, sometimes I lay him down still awake.  I feel pretty good where we are with his sleep now.  We bring him in our bed in the morning – he wants to nurse by then, and both of us like him being there.  We do need to figure out how to handle it when I’m not going to nurse him anymore at that time…right now if I try not to right away, he starts crying pretty quickly.  We’ll get through it though.

Other big news…Jenson took a step from the ottoman to the couch on Saturday while both of us were sitting there!  I was glad that we got to see it.  He also did a lot of walking with his walker and had a lot of fun with that.  He loves standing up and playing with his toys.  He can stand for a long time without support and while holding things.  He’s also been dancing a ton.  He has sweet moves and just can’t hold back when he hears music.

Photo Favorites: November 17-23, 2014

Jenson was hilarious this night before bed.  After reading books, he just started laughing at everything.  He would just crawl around the room and look at us and laugh…for like 20 minutes.  Eventually he fell and bumped his head, and that was the end of that.  It was past bedtime anyway, so we headed upstairs.

play play

See the glowing eyes near the stairs? For some reason, Boof was creeping on me one night.  Lo had gone to the store, and she watched me from a distance the whole time.  I was in the kitchen most of the time, and she sat and looked at me from three different rooms.

 

creeper dog

Bathtime with Daddy, and playtime with mama

bathtime mommy and jenson

I was home from work early one day, so we bundled up and took a walk.  Later for dinner, he wasn’t interested in eating much, but he loves him some beets!
walk eating

This Saturday, he woke up with hair like this…

hair

and like this… (static)

hair

So I called the Dublin Barber Shoppe and they said they had openings, so we raced to get ready and get over there before they closed.  Saturdays are walk-in only, and I guess they are usually packed.  But the roads were horrible that morning after a sudden freezing rain situation, and it was during an OSU game.  One last picture with his longer hair…

hair

At the barber shop, the guy just set him on a bench across the barber chair and started cutting.  He did really well until the end when the barber had to hold his head looking down so he could cut the back bottom.  He started crying then and we just did what we could to settle him so he could finish.  The barber did a fantastic job and was so kind and patient.

haircut haircut

It turned out great, and we raced home because he was well past his lunch time.  He was getting sleepy, and was silly.

haircut faces facesfaces

Later that night, we met my sister and her fam/friends at a hotel in town – they came for the OSU game and stayed at hotel with a pool, so we went to swim for a bit.  The water was a little cold, but Jenson didn’t mind it.  We just sat on the stairs, and he splashed around and watched the kids.  I failed at taking any pics.

On Sunday he and Lo took a nap.  When they laid down, Lo couldn’t get enough blanket because Boof was laying on the covers, so I threw this snuggie on him.  It landed on him almost perfectly laid out, so I adjusted it a little and took a picture because it’s awesome.

nap nap

Jenson took an epic nap, and woke up with awesome bedhead.

bed head daddy

Then Jenson and I met our friend and her little girl at the Worthington Rec Center to swim a bit.  Jenson really loved the pool here because it was zero entry, so he could reach the bottom in the infant area.  He was splashing and squealing and laughing the whole time.  There’s a lazy river area that we floated them around in a bunch.  He just loved the whole time we were there.  We definitely need to go back, and to get him in some swim lessons.  He let me put his face in the water a little, and also float on his back a bit (which are the two things most babies hate in the water).  He missed an afternoon nap while we were there, so he CRASHED when we got in the car.  Lo picked up some City BBQ and Meg and Grace came over for dinner and some on-land playtime.

swimming passed out after swimming

grace and jenson

That night when we went in my room so I could nurse him before bed, he grabbed a (clean) nursing pad from my stand and held onto it the whole time.  He kept holding it when I went to lay him down in the crib, held onto it most of the night (or had it near him), and when Lo got him out of the crib in the morning, he held onto it until he got downstairs and started playing!  We stopped putting his blanket in his crib because he’d wake and throw it out and then cry, but maybe he’s ready for it again since he’s sleeping through the night most nights. I’d rather that be his lovey than a nursing pad.  You can see it laying near his elbow.

sleeping nursing pad

jenson 13 months

Jenson update: 13 months

Jenson is coming up on 14 months old soon, so it’s time to recap the craziness that was month 13.  It was so crazy that I never got around to taking a 13 month photo.  That’s okay.  I kept thinking that I’d do it, and just never got around to it.  During this this time frame, Jenson had his first birthday party, 12 month appointment, broke his wrist, and he celebrated Halloween.  His verbal skills continued to increase dramatically this month.  He didn’t do as much cruising this month – whether from fear (from when he broke his arm) or because he was off balance with his cast, but he wasn’t held back in any way – lots of standing, dancing, crawling over things, etc.
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It was kind of crazy that he had to get a cast – he was so tough and we barely knew anything was wrong.  On top of that, he had his 12 month shots a few hours after breaking his arm, and he had a slight fever from that.  He did SO well with his cast on.  I was so nervous that everything was going to be so hard for him and for us with a cast, but other than bagging his arm for eating and bathing, it wasn’t hard at all!  He adapted so well too – kids are so resilient (unlike adults)

Monthly Jenson update:  October  7 – November 6, 2014 

  • Age:  13 month old
  • Weight:  approx. 20 lbs, 10 oz at his appointment on October 13 (38%) I thought he was closer to 22 lbs!
  • Length:  29.75 inches at his 12 month appointment (43ish%)
  • Size:  He’s wearing mostly 12 month clothing, but some 9 month onesies and pants still fit.  We had to cut off the right sleeve of some of his onesies and sleepers to fit over his cast, so he has a limited wardrobe anyway.
  • Diapers:  Cloth diapers, except at night.  He started leaking through his disposables this month, even after sizing up.  Lo randomly picked up Luvs one night and I thought there was no way they wouldn’t leak (the diapers themselves look pretty generic and thin).  For the first night in awhile, he didn’t have a leak!  So we’ve switched to Luvs and haven’t looked back.  He also went through a bad bout of diaper rash (but only in the front).  We still don’t know why or what caused it, but after about a week, we called the doctor for advice because it looked so painful!  The nurse said to mix aquaphor and maalox and apply liberally at every diaper change, and use lotrimin once a day (in case it was fungal).  We used disposables while he was healing up to keep him dry and because those creams aren’t cloth diaper safe, but it worked like a charm!
  • jensonHair and Eyes: His hair hair is growing quickly again!  His eyes are more grayish blue now, and so big and bright.  These are the two things that people always comment on  – how much hair he has, and how gorgeous his eyes are.
  • Teeth: He got his top two front teeth in the middle of the month – which explained why he was extra picky with food that week.  Its so weird seeing teeth there! It looks like the ones beside the front teeth will be in soon too – you can see the bumps already.
  • Sleeping:  We worked on his sleep this month, with some results.  He wakes between 2-3 a.m. and stands at the crib and cries, and we go in an lay him back down and try to settle him.  We don’t pick him eatingup, and sometimes he settles quickly, sometimes it takes 30+ minutes.  If he wakes after 5 a.m., we bring him to our bed and he wants to nurse and go back to sleep with us.  Maybe not a great habit, but we like snuggling with him.
  • Eating:  He got a little pickier this month with his food, but he got really good at eating with his left hand.  We had to “bag” his right arm so he didn’t get food all over his cast.  He examines what we put on his tray, and if he doesn’t want it, he simply throws it on the floor.  If we put something in his mouth, he often takes it back out to look at it, and then eats it.
    On work days, he normally only nurses morning and night (occasionally after work), and takes 3 or 4 bottles of 3 – 3.5 ounces while at work.  He likes to nurse in downward dog, so that’s weird.  I have to keep laying him back down so he just gets it over with.  We are planning the gradual switch to cows milk in mid-November.  I can’t wait to stop pumping at work!  Apples, sweet potatoes, avocado/guacamole, cheese, and yogurt drops (frozen) are his favorites usually.  He’s started rejecting carrots, and he’s pretty iffy with meat at times.
  • Movement:  crawling with castLots of crawling and standing – even with his cast.  He slides his casted arm along the floor like it’s nothing.  He was cruising a lot until he broke his arm, and then he stopped for awhile when he had the cast.  He dances a lot too – a cross between Chris Farley and Carlton.  He throws his arms up and says “Yeah!” when we say “touchdown!”.  He swings his cast around a lot and hits us with it accidentally – it hurts!
  • Words & Sounds:
    The doctor asked us if he was saying 2-3 words, and when we told him he repeats about 20 words, he didn’t seem to believe us, until Jenson said yellow and a few other colors while we were in the office.
    Waves and says bye bye
    Red, blue, yellow, blue, ball, boof, mama, dada, pappap, nana, cheeseburger, duck, sit, down, peekboo, Yeah!
    Sadie, yucky, mommy and daddy (instead of just mama/dada), papaw, and tickle
    Sings the “ba, ba, ba” in the right spot in “Sweet Caroline”
    Dank du (thank you), socks (and sockies)
    purple, pink, ready, wa-wa,  kitty, doggie, chicken (and the noise – bock, bock), cow
    He crawled over to a duck rattle and said “duck”, and says wa wa when he sees his sippy cup, so he’s identifying items with words now too.
  • Milestones:first birthday
    – first birthday party on October 11
    – first broken bone and cast (hopefully the last one?) on October 13.  He broke both bones in his wrist when he fell when his push toy moved away from him, and it was an angulated fracture (which means it was crooked).  It didn’t need set though.  The ER said 4-6 weeks, but at the followup with the orthopedic Dr., she said 3.5 – 4.5 weeks would be fine.  So we scheduled for him to get his cast off the day before we leave for Vegas.
    – standing up from seated on the floor without support
    – OSU women’s volleyball game on October 17 – he liked watching the game.
    – Halloween – first time trick or treating (though he did actually collect candy) at our friends’ neighborhood on October 28 and in our neighborhood on October 30 , Worthington Rec Center Halloween event on October 24.  We had a couple of different costume options…
    boo at the zoolionduck costume
    – Boo at the Zoo on October 25.  I took him later in the evening one night, and it was pretty cold, so we were only there for a bit.
    – Got his cast off on November 5.  No more cast!
    no cast
  • Favorite Toys/Activities:
    – Books with flaps…really ALL books.  He loves books.reading
    – Clapping
    – Loves kisses (giving and receiving)
    – Playing with Braxton
    – Sleeping between us in the bed
    – Likes being tickled in his armpits and his chunky thighs
    – Playing in “his” plastic container cabinet in the kitchen
    – Looking at pictures and videos of himself on Lo’s phone
    – Jumping in his doorway jumper
  • Dislikes:
    – Getting his hair washed and rinsed – he tries to climb out of the tub
    – Waiting for something he wants or when you take something away from him.
    – Wearing shoes – when we put shoes on him, his legs don’t work.  He doesn’t throw a fit, but he won’t support his weight.
    – Sleeping through the night in his crib!
    sleeping

Here’s month 1 and month 13!
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Photo Favorites: November 10 – 16, 2014

Our week started off on the tail end of our Vegas trip.  We don’t do a lot while we are out there, but there’s still never enough time to visit.  It’s hard to do much anyway, since one of the boys is usually eating or napping at any given time.  We left the house and did several things though.  When we were out there in May, Summer and I only left the house to go on a walk and when we went for our Mother’s Day brunch and massages.  Anyway, our flight home was good.  We were lucky enough to get another seat for Jenson.  And also that we were sitting near guys who liked kids and were willing to interact with Jenson.  It made him so happy.  Again, he slept for about 1.5 – 2 hours of the flight, and did pretty well.  There was definitely a time when he was getting fussy and we just kept him entertained by giving him kamut puffs and happy baby o’s.  Whatever it takes.

He did a lot of standing this week – both up against things, and standing up in the middle of the room without anything to support himself.  He acts like he wants to take a step, but doesn’t get his foot moved.  He has a strong core – must be from all of those baby planks when he was tiny.  Look how tiny!!

baby planks

He had 2 food firsts this week…the ones that made me the most nervous: cows milk and peanut butter.  We started cutting his bottles with a ounce of whole milk.  I was nervous because milk allergies can really suck (and be hard to determine because he can’t just tell me his belly hurts), and I had a milk allergy once I was weaned from breastmilk.  I had to drink goat’s milk for a period of time, and luckily outgrew the allergy.  He had done fine with it, and seems to like it enough.  We gave him peanut butter on pancakes on Saturday morning and he loved it – no reaction, so obviously that’s awesome.  I know that peanut allergies can develop after the fact, but still…

Some of his new things to say were “jumpy, jumpy, jumpy” when he was in the doorway jumper and I was saying that to him.  He also kept going “ei-ei-ei” from “old mcdonald”, but he leaves off the “o” at the end.  Anytime I say his name to get his attention, he repeats it.  Funny, but I can’t help but think he’s already mocking me…

Oh – mostly importantly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  After we returned from vegas, Jenson slept through the night!! He slept through the night until friday, when I spent about an hour trying to get him back to sleep between 3-4.  On Saturday night, we were determined to let him cry a little longer than normal in hopes that he’d settle himself (after checking on him to make sure he wasn’t wet or something).  He gets into a habit of waking up just so we can come in to comfort him until he goes back to sleep.  So that night it started around 3:45, and it took about 25 minutes before he was completely asleep again – with Lo checking on him in between once…but he went back to sleep.  He was falling asleep sitting up – not crying anymore – and finally laid down and went to sleep.  I was so excited that I took a picture.  Again, since then he’s done pretty well.  (after the fact, we realized he got two more top teeth over these two days, so that’s probably why he was waking..and that made me feel a little bad…)

sleeping

Photo Favorites: November 10-16, 2014

Sweetie babies.  Max finally stole back a toy that Jenson took from him.  The next time they see each other – when Max is mobile – it’s going to be a whole new ballgame.

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While we were in Vegas, my sister was helping to throw one of her best friends a baby shower.  I was really happy to be out there and get to go because I got to know Erin pretty well through Summer.  We (and a friend of mine) traveled to Europe several years ago, and every time I’ve been in Vegas, we’ve hung out with Erin.  Regarding the picture, I’m so disappointed that I didn’t get any shots of Jenson and Max in their outfits for the party.  They both looked adorable.  Summer may have some pictures, but this is all that I have!

sleeping in car

Someone woke up from a nap with bedhead!  Well, both of them did, but Jenson’s was much more impressive.

bed head bed head

Max is so adorable.  I miss him.
Sneaking some kisses on Jenson.  Luckily, he still doesn’t mind (usually).

Max me and jenson

Reading books!

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Hummus face!
hummus

Reading one last book together before bed, on our last night there.

max and jenson

Back to the airport.  Very lucky to get a seat again!

airport flight from vegas

Jenson playing peek-a-boo with the people behind us.  He “played” with the guys diagonal across the aisle for the longest time though.

airplane airplane

We were happy to get home to Boof, and 2 nights later we got to return the favor and keep Lincoln while our neighbors were at the hospital welcoming a sweet baby boy to the world.  I loved keeping Lincoln – he and Boof were pretty crazy for the first few hours (they always are), but once we settled down to watch tv, he curled up next to me on the couch without another bark.  When I went up to bed, he jumped up in our bed and curled up against my legs.  He curls to a pretty small ball, compared to his height, so it was nice and cozy.

boof and lincoln

Jenson playing in the morning.
I don’t know what the deal is with Boof sitting right beside Jenson – she’s usually not willing to be that close.

jenson boof and jenson

Funny pictures that Lo takes while I’m sleeping in.

breakfast breakfast

On Sunday, we had a baby shower for Lo’s sister and brother-in-law at his mom’s house.  They are expecting twin boys this January!  They already have Sadie, but with having a boy…and two of them…they were going to need more “stuff”.  I didn’t get a lot of pics (forgot the camera again!), but here are some from the party.

twins cake twin diaper cake twinkie babies twin pigs in a blanket

And I loved Jenson’s outfit.  He looked pretty bad ass.

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Newflash! Lullaby scandal.

A few months ago, I realized that the ABC song and Twinkle Twinkle share the same melody and I thought it was crazy that I never realized that.

But WAIT – there’s more!  Tonight I was singing random songs in the car to Jenson and started singing Ba Ba Black Sheep, and when I got part way through, I stopped because I realized that this ALSO was the same melody!  I was singing parts of each song to make sure it fit – like:

“Abcd
have you any wool
how i wonder what you are
qrstuv
like a diamond in the sky..”

And then I got confused on which part of which song should go next.  Plus, embarrassingly enough, there are a few letters in the alphabet that I can’t just pick up and say in order.  Yeah…just a couple between F and K.

While I’m talking about “ba, ba black sheep” and embarrassing things, when Jenson was really young I was trying to sing that song, but I couldn’t remember how that part that goes:

“One for my master and one for my dame
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane”

All that I could come up with was “one for the master and one for the slave”…and I KNEW that it couldn’t be right.  Sure it was a different time back in the 1700’s when this was written, but still.  I felt bad that I even thought that those words could be possible – I’ll blame it on baby brain.  As it turns out, a quick search on wiki shows that the song has long been controversial because some say that it alludes to the slave trade and such.  Also, Australian kindergarten teachers changed the lyrics this year from “black” to other colors.

vegas flight black sheep

This post was meant to be a 2 line revelation about the melody. True to form…I’m often a person of few spoken words (unless I had a couple of drinks), but of MANY written words.

 

playing with max

Photo Favorites: November 3 – 9, 2014

This was a busy and wonderful week for us.  Jenson got his cast off and was back to using his arm like normal.  I was nervous that it wouldn’t be healed or he’d have trouble using it, but of course, he was fine.

His new things this week are repeating his name when I say it (and he says it really funny), he knows what a sock and doggy are, and he can say Max.  I’m quite sure I’m forgetting other things that he says, because he says so much.  He is also advancing his yoga moves.  For a few weeks, he likes nursing in downward dog, but this week he elevated that to three-legged dog.  So that’s fun (it’s not really).  The plan is to slowly start weaning him after we return from Vegas.  We’ll start cutting his bottles with cows milk and I’ll stop pumping at work when possible (can’t wait!).

Finally, the biggest part of the week was our trip to Vegas to see my sister, brother-in-law, and sweet nephew Max.

Photo Favorites: November 2-9, 2014

This kid loves his books.

reading

The last pictures of him eating with his cast on – and having to bag his arm for meals.

sippy cup eating

Heading to the doctors to get his cast off!
Showing Boof his cast-free arm

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We hate leaving Boof when we go on vacation. Luckily our neighbors were happy to keep her for us.  Boof loves them and their dog Lincoln.  It was especially kind of them to watch her because they had the induction of their baby scheduled for the day we were returning!  (it got pushed until the following day – and they are all doing great).

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Heading to Vegas!  We made a stop at the airport Chili’s for a drink (I really wanted a margarita).
Jenson had some milk on the plane.

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We were so lucky.  We didn’t pay for a seat for Jenson this time because by the time we thought we may want to, his ticket would have been over $500.  We decided we’d take him as a lap child, but ask for an extra seat if the flight wasn’t booked (so we could take his carseat on).  Southwest does that because the seats aren’t assigned.  So he read for a bit, and then napped in his seat for about 2 hours.

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Part of his awake time of the flight was spent making friends with the guys diagonal across the aisle.  They were great and were “playing” with him.  He just kept looking at them and laughing and smiling.  When we were feeding him, he’d look at them in between each bite like he was showing off.  It was hilarious.

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In baggage claim.  I saw this ad and thought it was perfect for Jenson.  They do make him happy.

airport baggage claim hooters

We arrived!  The last time we saw Max was in July, so he had changed a lot!  I love Jenson’s face in the first picture – like he couldn’t wait to get his hands on Max.

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They spent so much time playing together the whole time we were there.  It was awesome.  Max isn’t mobile yet, so if Jenson took something he wanted, he couldn’t always get it back.  But they did great.  Max finally started snatching things that Jenson took when he could reach.

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Cousin bath time!

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He loves looking at himself in the mirror.

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We left the boys with Max’s nanny for a few hours (after Jenson was already in bed) and went out.  We went to Brooklyn Bowl for dinner and to listen to Dropkick Murphys.  It was a pretty cool place.  We parked near the High Roller – which is a ginormous ferris wheel – bigger than the London Eye.  This picture was taken from the rooftop of a huge parking deck, if that gives you any indication of the height of this thing.

high rollerdate night

More pics from the trip coming in the next weekly update…

Winter…blarg.

Winter is here…like not just a little, but the full-on, face-numbing, cold-as-balls winter.  Lo mowed the lawn/leaves on Saturday and let the mower run out of gas for the winter.  Just in time because it got really cold on Sunday, and it started to snow around midnight.

By morning we had a couple of inches of wet, heavy snow, and 10,000 Ohioans who don’t know how to drive in the snow (despite regular snow in the winter). Schools were cancelled (not sure why) if they weren’t already closed for in-service days, but the commute took me an hour or so.  I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised…ML took several tries to get up our driveway in the morning.  When I went to leave, her SUV had slid back down our driveway and was partway on the street!  She played it safe and just parked on the street.  I totally forgot to wear boots (instead of tennis shoes – my work shoes live in my office), so I had to walk the 3 or so blocks into work in the snow.  Oops.  I had to leave work early for an appointment, so luckily I didn’t have to deal with traffic on the way home.

Tuesday and Wednesday it got too cold to snow, which made it too cold to be outside for any amount of time.  Like 11 degrees.  So on these mornings, I didn’t get wet feet, but the wind was more miserable.  The last block of the walk into work is the most awful wind tunnel where the wind cuts through the plaza beside the building from the river.  It numbs my face and legs, and I start to wonder if it’s possible to pass out from being so cold.

The good news is that on Wednesday I finally remembered I have heated seats in my car, so my ass was warm this morning and after work.

The last two winters, I’ve ridden to work with Lo, and usually he’d drop me off at the door on the way past the building, so I was totally spoiled and never had to worry about walking in the cold further than the gym across the street.  When he got a new job and we stopped riding together in May, people kept asking (in a concerned voice) how I was doing driving myself to work.  It was kind of annoying because I drove myself for years, and I’m perfectly capable of driving.  Sure, it was nice having a chauffeur, but obviously I can handle it.  The most annoying thing about it was that since I don’t get picked up, it takes longer to get home because by the time I walk to my car and get on the highway, so is everyone else. But now…now I know what they didn’t know they meant when they asked if I was okay driving myself.  Technically yes, because I am fine driving in the snow.  But the commute takes SO long and the walk from the car to the building and back is SO cold.  So I’m just trying to accept that fact that this is how it’s going to be from now on.  I did my winter complaining now and I’ll try to keep it to a minimum (but why did it arrive so cold, so fast?).  Or I can be like people on Facebook who choose to live in states with a real winter, and then complain about it everyday.  I’ll just sit here, shivering (not really, because I’m rocking some sweet fleece jammies), jealous of Kelley for escaping Ohio winters in Florida….and my sister, who moved to the desert and never looked back (come back someday!).

Boof loves winter weather, but she doesn’t get to walk if its too cold because her paws can’t handle it (and neither can we).  Jenson doesn’t know the difference yet.  We have snow pants and a winter coat for him, but he doesn’t actually wear shoes.  We have shoes and boots that should fit him, but he doesn’t actually know what to do with his legs when he has shoes on his feet.  They kind of turn to jello when we put shoes on him.  We don’t intend for him to wear shoes regularly – from what we’ve read, it’s better for them to learn to walk and such without shoes on (“shoes on, shoes on”….a few people will get that), but I figure we need to put something on his feet if he’s going to be outside for very long.  So I think we need to practice.

The other good news is that next week is Thanksgiving, and while I may be one of the only people who doesn’t really care for Thanksgiving food (yes, I said it…and that was true even before I was gluten-free), I do have extra days off…and any extra time I get to spend with Jenson makes me so happy.

Rocking our fleece jammies before bed tonight….

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Photo Favorites: October 27 – November 2, 2014

I feel like I’m starting to get caught up on these picture posts because I’m posting in the same month that it actually is!  I don’t take a million pictures anymore…actually, I haven’t been taking enough!  I haven’t been pulling out the “real” camera that much, so I need to start getting pictures through the week.  It’s hard on weekdays because by the time I get home, it’s almost dark and then the lighting sucks.  We don’t have bright lights in our house, so I have to use the flash, and then they look weird.  So anyway…

Jenson’s new words this week were purple, pink, ready, wa-wa,  kitty, doggie, chicken (and the noise – bock, bock), cow, and who knows what else.  It’s insane the amount of words that he’ll repeat.  I know that he’s mostly just repeating sounds and doesn’t know what the words mean, but I guess it counts. Plus, he crawled over to a duck rattle and said “duck”.  He also says “wa wa” when he sees his sippy cup, so he definitely knows what some of the words mean.  He maybe wasn’t the fastest to roll or crawl, and still doesn’t walk, but he’s one smart cookie.  And adorable!

He HAS started standing and cruising now.  I think he’s used to the weight of the cast now and it doesn’t throw him as off balance.  And probably it was pretty scary to start doing that again, considering he fell and broke his wrist when he was trying.

It was Halloween week, of course.  We invited Braxton and his parents (and Grandma W is already at our house) to trick or treat in our neighborhood.  Jenson doesn’t eat candy yet, and trick or treat fell around when he needed to eat dinner, so we just went to a few neighbors houses and headed back to our house, while Braxton and Co. continued on and had a great time.  A lot of our neighbors sit outside with firepits and stuff – our neighborhood is small and is separated from others, so it’s a nice small community.  I made Santa Fe Chicken Chili and invited our  across-the-street neighbors to stop over.  It was a nice night – I know next year will be a lot of fun once Jenson can really participate.

Photo Favorites: October 27 – November 2, 2014

This kid loves books.  One of his favorite things still is to take all of the books of the book shelf on the entertainment stand.

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Some scenes from Halloween

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We finally remembered to sign his cast.  We usually had it covered with a sleeve, so we kept forgetting.  Plus signing it while he was awake wasn’t going to be easy, so we finally remembered when he fell asleep on Halloween.  My mom heart didn’t turn out that well – it was dark and I couldn’t really see what I was doing.

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Just being silly

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Boof chewing on her hedgehog.  And then Jenson chewing on her hedgehog.  Oops.

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This picture shows how he crawls with a cast – just slides that arm along the floor.  He’s pretty quick like that.
Getting brave and standing unsupported again.  (and with one of Boofs toys again!)

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Reading a new book before bed.

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Bathing Jenson while he was wearing a cast wasn’t the easiest.  We would wrap/tape his arm in a ziploc bag and Lo would wash him in the sink while I held his arm out of the water.

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Posing with Daddy in their Crew gear before Lo went to the game.

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Jenson and I had fun playing before his nap.  He was playing under a table (which means getting into a bag of party decorations that were still stashed under there).
Since it was too cold outside for a walk, I pulled him around the house in his wagon.  He loved it…and for some reason Boof followed us the whole time. I think she thought we were going to sneak outside without her and she didn’t want to miss her chance for a walk.  (she finally got her walk way later when I took her around 9 pm – cold AND dark)

hiding under table wagon

I realized that I never got any “good” pics of Jenson in his Halloween costume on Halloween, so I put him back in it and took some pics in the leaves.

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We braved the cold while Lo was at the game and went to Boo at the Zoo.  It was close to closing time and it was pretty cold, so we mostly just looked at some of the indoor things.  There was hardly anyone at the Zoo because there was a night Buckeye game.  It was kind of awesome (and slightly creepy).  I wore him in my carrier so that he’d stay warm – plus that bear outfit was SUPER heavy – I actually thought he may be too warm.  We walked around for about an hour and headed back home, as it was past his bedtime and he was falling asleep on me.

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On Sunday we spent much of the day looking at some houses.  No luck.  :(  But it was a beautiful day.

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Photo Favorites: October 20 – 26, 2014

This was Jenson’s second week with a cast and he got around great – you wouldn’t even know he had it on, except he sometimes accidentally hits us with it (and it hurts!).  While he was in our bed one morning, he swung his arm and hit me in the mouth really hard and I thought I would have a fat lip.  Lo said we couldn’t go anywhere if I had a fat lip and Jenson had a broken arm, because people would look at him weird.  His cast also started to stink after just a few days!  And of course he always laid it right by (or on) my face while he was nursing – right by my nose- so that wasn’t fun.  He also likes to nurse in downward dog now….so that’s weird.

Jenson’s top two teeth finally just barely popped through his gums.  One came through early in the week, and the other was later in the week.  He did okay with it, but he wasn’t the best eater and sleeper while they were about to come through.

His new words of the week we “thank you” (dank du) and socks.  I know there were others, but he says so many that it’s hard to keep track!  He is just constantly repeating things we say – even just the last word of our sentence.  I said “shit” accidentally one day and he kind of repeated it, but I didn’t react and luckily he hasn’t said it again!  I didn’t tell Lo for like a week, because if he did repeat it, I was going to try to play dumb (but would have probably admitted it like 5 minutes later).

I changed the formatting of this post compared to the previous weeks.  Now that I’m finally not taking a million pictures a week (usually), I don’t want to mess around with the collages.

Photo Favorites: October 20 – 26, 2014

orthopedic doctorJenson had his follow-up appointment at the orthopedic doctor a week after he hurt his arm.  They took another set of x-rays and showed us how the fracture was angulated.  She said there was still an angulation (like a curvature/misalignment), but that since he is so young, it’ll straighten as he grows.  She said that he’d be able to get it off in 2 weeks, which will only have been 3.5 weeks…and perfect timing because it was 2 days before we left for Las Vegas!

 

 

 

 

 

Boof is giving me a really shitty look in this picture.

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Reading after his bath and before bed.  We cut the arm off of an old secondhand sleeper to fit over his cast and just rotate it with a few other pajama options.  The sock over the cast is because it’s so rough.  It also helps him slide his arm on the floor to crawl.

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eatingHe adapted really well to eating with his left hand.  He ate his broccoli really well, but starting rejecting carrots this week.  I just kept offering, and sometimes he’d eat them, sometimes he wouldn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenson went to his first OSU women’s volleyball game.  He actually seemed to like watching the game and following the ball.  He also really liked our friend Julie – she has very blond hair, and he seems partial to blonds.  It was balls hot in the gym for some reason – the boiler had to have been stuck on or something – and it was a later game, so we had to leave after the 4th game because he was done.  He fell asleep as soon as I buckled him in the car.

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This kid’s smile.  Love.  People kept asking how he was doing with his cast – you would barely even know he had one.  He crawled over things, read books, played just like normal.

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He starting standing a lot this week again – he stopped for a bit after he got he cast.  The clothes laying on the floor were in a pile by the basement door, and he dragged and threw them all over the place.

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We tried to buy Jenson this creek.  It’s at the back of a property with a 100 year old house with 5+ acres that we put an offer on.  There were multiple offers and ours wasn’t accepted.  We are pretty disappointed about it, but we weren’t willing to offer more because we were going to have to put a lot of work into it.  Like a lot.  But mostly cosmetic, and it would have been beautiful.

creek road

We went to our friends’ house for their neighborhood trick-or-treat the Sunday before Halloween.  They sit out with their neighbors and have drinks and do a fire pit.  Jenson liked watching the kids and dogs come up for candy.

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