October 5, 2012

3 Weeks Old

Am I really typing this right now? One thing is to say, "my baby is 14 days old" but it's a whole different sound when I can say he is 21 days old! We still can't believe that God has blessed is with such a little treasure. He's starting to laugh in his sleep (not while any of us have a camera on him, though) and stare deeply into our eyes when we talk to him. Santi is even getting a little used to all things in the baby carrier world - we have tried the Moby wrap once each day and I'm sort of getting the idea, while my friend, Janae, gifted us with a Bjorn baby carrier.

He likes the Moby as long as he is well fed, clean n' already content. I even got him to fall asleep in it while I did some computer work the other day! The trick, for all you ladies and gents that find themselves in tears while tackling Mr.Moby, is to put it on suuuuper tight - tighter than you can imagine - so much so you'd think not even a small doll would fit inside, let alone your 5-10lb newborn. Once I accepted this tight concept, we had our first successful wrap, and I was filled with joyous thoughts. Hooray! With the Bjorn carrier, I love how snug it is, so baby feels comfy right against my chest, and it's a lot simpler than the Moby wrap. I haven't actually left the house with either of them, so that's when the real test will go down. We'll see!

Morning time bites (oh goodness apple pie oats! oats, almond milk, applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, hemp hearts, apple & a microwave! topped with almond butter):
 In other news... Breast feeding has had its ups and downs this week. He definitely knows how to latch, although he can trick anyone into thinking otherwise since he has moments of painful nibbles, bites and half sucking... If that makes sense... and it's hurting this mommy much so. Recently he began something new and exciting: cluster feeding! But it's not like what you hear on TV, friends, it's much more intense. He goes to town on one side for a good 15-20 minutes or so, then I burp him if he lets me, he sleeps a moment, wakes up startled and screaming like I haven't fed him in weeks, and goes to town on the other side. Bring on sleep, or drunk-off-mama's-milk faces and stares, and soon enough... Whaling! "FEED MEEEE!" So I do. And I don't know how he finds any milk left at all. This goes on for a full hour, maybe a diaper change occurs somewhere in there, and then he's out. Sleeps for 3 hours or more. Oh, cluster feeder, your cute, but mama's milk suppliers ache. Le sigh, at least he's eating, right? Right.

expressive: this monkey has gotten so dang expressive lately! When he is awake, he'll not only stare at us directly into our deep, profound souls through our eyes, but he's making so many new faces. We're kind of in love, and Santi is making everyone else in this world fall in love with him, as well. It's so much fun to be able to kind of sit him down on his Bum Genius cloth-diaper-covered bottom and watch him try to hold up his head! His neck muscles are out of this world strong and he is surprising us more and more with how long he can hold his head up during tummy time, as well. I cannot wait until the day his neck is one giant muscle and we no longer have to worry about holding up his head while we hold him and play - it seriously makes handling a newborn a very cautious verb. I was burping him just the other day and only holding his bottom, simply because he was resting his head on my shoulder in a very snug fashion, when suddenly he lost all control and with a slight lean found himself, his head, and his learning-to-be-stronger neck all lopsided and unsupported, off of mommy's shoulder and almost clearly down to the couch. Whew! Way to be a great mom, Nicole, and cause your baby's neck muscles to go into ruins! I'm learning...

Santiago continues to show signs of loving himself a power nap mid-feed. and I enjoy the quiet chance to take dozens of photos of his milk-drunk face during these moments. His limbs are serious dead weights when he's out like this! Which simply begs us to mess with him, lifting his arms only to watch them fall dramatically back down - and he's completely out - no clue we're even in the same room with him. True, fun love.

 Afternoon's lunch (leftover vegan calzone from Sherri at church, pinto bean chili, kale salad):
 We had mucha family n' friends over, today. Auntie Kristy stayed over for part of the day and filled Santi with lovin' and joy, and it was great to catch up with her! I love simply spending time with my sister, because even though she lives pretty close to us, we don't see each other very often. We also had Santiago's great aunt and great grandma come over - they hadn't seen him since his first week of life, so he's definitely changed since then! Of course he decided to sleep almost the entire time family was over, or he ate and ate so all they saw was the back of his head. Once grandma came over after work, though, we both got our mommy and mommy's mommy fix and Santi was wide awake! She does such an awesome job of keeping him happy and full of joy, even when he is kinda in the mood for some food in the form of breastmilk and kinda wanting to fuss - she'll kiss him and hold him in all sorts of different ways and I can grab a bite to eat (see: kale salad and watermelon) and even be a part-time photographer! Pure bliss.

 Nighttime yummies:

On to a recipe! Today's mega-loaded chili was unbelievably good, so I need to share it. It was so simple, even a mom who is carrying her 3 week old baby in the Moby Wrap can do it! Alas, that is just how it happened. So grab every vegetable in your fridge and let's get to cookin'!

Veggie Loaded Pinto Chili
serves 4 monsters

  • 1 bell pepper, any color, diced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 handful of carrots, grated or minced
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 2-3 cups pinto beans, cooked + rinsed
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into thick match sticks
  • 3 serrano chilis, diced
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground ancho chili
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp dried garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • fresh cilantro (half a handful)
  • water, if desired
  • salt n' pepper to taste
  • coconut oil
  1. Bring pot to medium heat, add a tablespoon or so of coconut oil, and toss in all your veggies except tomatoes and serrano chilis along with all of the seasonings n' spices. Mix to coat, cover with lid, and let them soften for a few minutes (you can cut up your tomatoes while the other veggies cook a bit)
  2.  Add your tomatoes, beans, serrano chili, some water if you wish, and the beans, mix to combine with the vegetables and coat the beans n' tomatoes with the delicious flavors that have marinated with the veggies.
  3. Throw your mini-handful of cilantro on top of everything, add half a cup of water or an 8oz glass' worth, cover pot with lid and let it simmer for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy with a vegan calzone, or tortilla chips, or a sprouted corn tortilla that you browned in a pan so it's turned into a tostada magically, or with some fancy bread. Just eat it.
Rejoice in hope, 
be patient in tribulation, 
be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12

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