Monthly Archives: November 2008

thanksgiving success

Today, after a day of cooking, I produced my very first family Thanksgiving dinner. Hey, after all, I’m a married woman now, with a baby, a husband, and a houseful of visiting relatives (one mother, two parents-in-law, and additional brother, cousin and aunt in law).

After a long day of preparing and cooking, I produced the following meal:
– Baked mashed yams with honey & lime
– Butternut squash grits with sage and cheese
– Mashed Yukon Gold potatoes
– Glazed carrots
– Green peas
– Green bean casserole (using low fat cream of celery soup)
– Cranberry sauce (canned, of course)
– Buttermilk biscuits
– Cornbread stuffing (made with real cornbread, not a boxed mix)

and of course:
– A sixteen pound turkey, with from-scratch thyme-infused gravy.

While I was cooking, I even managed to set out appetizers, including:
– Low-fat hot spinach dip
– Cut up vegetables on a tri-level serving dish (it’s secondhand plates glued to wineglasses)
– Cheese and crackers

And I even baked pies from sort of scratch! I bought organic graham cracker crusts and made:
– two pumpkin pies
– one apple pie
– real whipped cream

It was a LOT of work, but I had help from everyone that made it a lot easier. Paul’s aunt cut up the carrots and potatoes for me. My mom helped me with the turkey. Paul’s mom helped me with stirring pots and keeping things under control during the super complicated part near the end, where I was trying to finish all the dishes and get them served so nothing got cold. And the whole family pitched in to do dishes and clean up afterwards, so my kitchen is now back to its previously clean state. I was able to sit down and rest after dinner, which was good, because I was too exhausted to do anything else.

I’m proud of myself now, because I DID accomplish a Big Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Also, I served the whole thing on my good wedding china. I feel a little more grown up now.

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thanksgiving

Tonight, I am thinking how thankful I am that I did have Ben earlier than I planned. My dad was only able to meet his grandson just that once – but he got to meet him. Dad was also able to see photos and videos that I sent to him of said grandson. According to many sources, he was so proud of the little guy Paul and I brought into the world that he showed anyone willing to watch – the neighbors, our housekeeper, etc – the videos I had distributed to his TiVO.

So, while the Thanksgiving habit saying what you are thankful for may be cheesy, that’s just what I feel most grateful for right now. That my father got to see Ben, while Dad was still with us. I am sad that Ben will not get to know his granddad, but at least I can say to my son, when he is bigger, that his granddad loved him – and thought he was a fine wee lad.

The second thing I am thankful for is for all the friends and family that have reached out to me and my mother and sister in our time of grief. Friends have expressed their sympathy in the last two weeks through phone calls, emails, comments, posts, and even flowers. I am eternally grateful to have friends who care as much as mine do, and who have offered to help in any way they can. So thank you, all of you, for being there.

Now, I must go curl up with the husband I am REALLY thankful for (seriously, my husband is the BEST HUSBAND EVER and I don’t know what I did to deserve him) and get some sleep, before Mr Ben wakes up for his next feeding.

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omg look at the angst!!!

It’s the world’s littlest goth!

From 08-11-24 Ben's Weekend

The moping! The angst! The Nightmare Before Christmas T-shirt I bought him at Bats Day!

Yes, I think he’s mine.

baby pix are better with lol

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OMG sleep

Ben has been asleep now for nine hours. This breaks his previous eight hour record set last month.

Last night, I nursed Ben, but it wasn’t quite enough. My supply has been low lately, since I haven’t been pumping for the last week, and tonight, it just wasn’t enough. So Ben woke up an hour after being put down, complaining that he was hungry. Paul gave him a bottle of formula, and put him back to bed.

That was at 8pm. It’s 5am now. Ben has been asleep for nine hours. I woke up at 3:30am and decided to just get up and pump, both for comfort, and to keep supply up. But if I didn’t have to get up and pump in the middle of the night, so long as I go to sleep by 9pm, I may be able to start getting eight hours of sleep again a night. (Breast feeding is TIRING)

I think I’ll go try to take a nap now.

OMG I CAN SLEEP AGAIN!!! Seriously, I thought this day would never come.