February 28, 2013

Four Smoothies in-a-day

You know the (exciting) feeling, when there is not a whole lot food in the fridge except for fruit and greens and you realize how much this could really, easily, work for you. You have a full day tomorrow at your job, and maybe using a microwave or a fork just isn't an option you care to have. Maybe you hope to bring a few straws, or take from the employee lunch room random straw stash.


Well. I know the feeling. So after 6:45pm or so, I emptied this ol' fridge of its belongings and made some new-ish creations. It was a good evening, a good one indeed. Feel free to add less water to each recipe for a thicker smoothie, or more water to thin in out. Also, I always add about 5 ice cubes because I love my smoothies super cold!

Smoothie #1


Fruity Collard Greens
1 banana
1 apple
1 kiwi, peeled
1 pear
4-5 collard green leaves, stems removed and discarded
1-2 cups water
Ice

Oh darling, that is a good one. Moving quickly onto...

Smoothie #2
 

Beet n' Orange
1 orange, peeled
1/4 cup coconut, shredded + unsweetened
1/2 cup beets, raw, peeled and cut into little cubes
1-2 cups coconut water or water
Ice

Smoothie #3



Coconutty Pineapple
1 + 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into cubes
1-2 cups kale, stems removed and torn into pieces (about 4-5 large leaves)
1/4 cup coconut, shredded unsweetened
1 tbsp chia gel (chia seeds soaked in water)

Smoothie #4:
 

Banana Greens
2 bananas
1 orange, peeled
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
4 kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup almond milk

Hey, notes: feel free to use ANY green. I fancy beet greens, spinach, kale and collard greens. I sometimes use romaine but it has a distinct flavor that I prefer in salads. Also, any nut milk can be used but we always buy almond milk. I have also soaked almonds overnight in water and blended those up with water in the smoothie with success! Also, you can soak a grain overnight and blend it in these bad boys to make them more filling. I use steel cut oats, soaked in water or nut milk overnight, buckwheat, soaked in water then rinsed and drained, and sprouted quinoa. Love 'em all! The raw, sprouted quinoa has a strong nutty flavor, though, that has messed with my mind while drinking super sweet, citrus smoothies. So I haven't used it as often as I would like. Will continue to experiment!


And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, (Hebrews 10:24 ESV)

I need to remember this verse so, so often. How to stir up, or motivate one another while living on this earth, to love and good works. Instead of being a grumpy head, which inevitably makes those around me into grumpy heads, why don't I break that so-easy-to-fall-into trap and cast my frustrations to God, leave it in His hands, and share joy with those around me? If someone is talking about another person, and I'm in temptation mania, about to open my mouth and add in my "2 cents" of there's-no-point-to-this talk, I need to roll that conversation around to love. Otherwise, who will? Love. Love. Love. Speak it, think it, breathe it - all to the glory of God, not to the glory of me. So that those I know would be caused to think of their Creator, to think of life after this one, to be led to ask questions, to, if it be God's will, find their Savior! Amen.

February 27, 2013

Silky Beet n' Orange Smoothie

In Mexico, my papa-in-law, hubs and I would walk every day to a nearby juicing stand for our morning fruity fix. Sometimes I stayed home, sometimes mami-in-law or brother Pablo went instead. Yet the liters of juice would always find their way to our bellies, no matter who picked them up that morning. The classics are: freshly pressed carrot, beet, or orange juice. The particular stand we always go to has a juicer for the veggies and a citrus juicer for the oranges, which they do separately of course. You can make any combo you wish, whether it be beet and carrot, carrot and orange, or beet and orange. My personal favorite? All three, mixed up and hanging out together, for ultimate sweetness and deliciously bold flavor. The juices go into bags, of which you can add a straw if you desire to sip all the way home (I do!) otherwise the bags are tied up and into your grocery bag they go for soon, but not-right-now, consumption.

Recently, we have been sort of recreating this drink at home in order to make our beet intake more regular since they're loaded with great nutrients. We don't have a juicer, so any juice recipe we find and fancy we simply add a bunch of water to and blend the fruit n' veggies real good. It has been quite successful, must say! I was on the hunt for a good beet smoothie recipe, and found many that included berries. I didn't want to buy berries just for our daily beet drink (also because Costco doesn't sell their organic bag anymore, boo!), so I improvised and used a small handful of frozen cherries in their place.

Oh my goodness we have done it!


Silky Beet n' Orange Smooooothie
serves uno.  

1/2 cup cut up raw beet, stems removed and peeled
1 orange, peeled
1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1-2 cups coconut water or water
5-8 frozen cherries or berries
1 banana, optional *makes it silky, creamy and sweet(er)!

The result is silky, smooth, rich, orange, refreshing, beautiful inside and out - smoothie in a jar. Add a straw. Consume. Start your day.


“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life". (John 5:24 NIV)

This is Jesus speaking, the Son of God is reminding us of a beautiful promise: if you hear His Word (read His holy book!) and believe in God, who sent Christ to this world to redeem us from the slavery of sin, you have eternal life! You have crossed over from being spiritually dead (without Christ in your life, as the center) to ALIVE! Amen, amen. Praise God!

February 26, 2013

Tofu Broccoli Stir Fry with Cashews

Again, using garlic and onion -not in powdered, sad business form- is turning out to be so much fun in the kitchen! I am not used to having to mince garlic, so thankfully these past recipes have included a blender - no garlic smelling hands for me! As well as a food processor - I made lentil meatballs while putting together this dish and used that machine to mince the garlic and dice onion, saved me so much time!

This recipe, also courtesy of the inspiring Dreena Burton, was over the top. There was so much more broccoli than you will ever find served in a stir fry at a restaurant, and you could easily add more veggie variety: double or triple the bell pepper, carrots, bamboo shoots, mushroom, etc! The teriyaki sauce, ohhh sweet Caroline, that there teriyaki sauce gone and blown my taste buds' mind, consisted of:

1/3 cup Liquid Aminos
5 Garlic cloves
2.5 tsp Fresh ginger
2 plump, pitted Dates
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp Sesame seeds, unhulled
1 tbsp cornstarch
Splash of water for blending.



The flavors consisted of: magic, delight, ginger-burning, garlic-breath and richness. This meal cost me probably less than $8 total, and it feeds three people easily, more if you add a few sides (grain, huge salad). I found there was nothing lacking even though I took out the agave and molasses, sesame oil and Tamari and substituted other ingredients, I also water sautéed my veggies, and dry-pan fries the tofu cubes, added no extra salt and marinated the tofu in just red wine vinegar.

I think it made it happier in our bellies and may have just changed mai liiiiife! The only thing I would change for next time, because there most positively will be a next time, is to half the Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce equivalent) since this dish be high in sodium and you sure can taste it! On this same day I made a loaded kale n' spinach salad with red cabbage, apple n sunflower seed dressing (sunflower seeds, balsamic vinegar, mustard, ancho chili powder, water, raisins - based off of this recipe!)



Here is Dreena's original recipe. Please make this. Please edit as needed. Please add more vegetables, and serve how you wish. Over buckwheat noodles? Sure. Atop steamy brown rice? Do it. On its own with an entire rosemary baguette on the side? Why not. Enjoy!


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

I don't have to be like my old self. Better yet, I shouldn't be like my former self. Because since the day I gave my life to Christ and decided to live for Him and not for myself, asking Him to come into my life and wash away my sins, I am NEW! Praise God for a clean slate, for the ability to start fresh and live a purified life through Christ who cleanses me.

You can live this way, too. Christ was sent by His Father, the Creator of the world, to live among us and then die on the cross for the punishment of our sins. He died in our place, and rose again to LIFE - so that we could live eternally with Him after this life is over. We can be freed from the chains of a sinful life and be completely forgiven by Jesus Christ. Let's do it. Let's enjoy this new creation we have in Christ. The old has gone, the - beautiful, joyfilled, hopeful, promised - new is here.

February 25, 2013

Sweet Potato Lentil Chili

This chili used to be a staple around my home, until my husband got a hold of this dish and wasn't a fan of sweet taters in a savory bowl. Cutting a recipe that feeds 5-6 into 1-2 servings wasn't the easiest of tasks, I never have black beans on hand (it's easy to switch 'em out with pinto but that always changes the pretty color theme of a meal from blacks and bright colors to brown...everything) and I don't use garlic or onion much so with all of this editing I simply stopped making this thick n' hearty chili.



Until now.... I am going to start making a meal or two for family members outside of our squad that is spouse, baby and myself, to share some delicious-tasting recipes with love. I am overly excited about this for many reasons, one of them standing out a little bit more than the others:

I can use fresh garlic and onion in the kitchen! I mean, 5 cloves of minced garlic and a whole onion, diced. I can add those to recipes for the first. time. in forever.

I, I, I am singing from the joy this is causing me to feel. Anyhow. For this week I pulled out Dreena Burton's, Eat, Drink and Be Vegan cookbook and started marking up the pages. I'm going for this sweet potato and lentil chili, a tofu n' broccoli stir fry with cashews, and maybe a lentil loaf! (recipe for the lentil loaf is from Angela at Oh She Glows.)



Here is her original recipe. I would post it here but for the first time in 8,000 years I didn't really make any modifications. Okay, that's not true... I used half green lentils and half sprouted beans (from TruRoots, we get a bag at Costco). Also I used 3 medium-sized tomatoes, and crushed bay leaves instead of one whole one. Also, I soaked raw black beans overnight and cooked them in water the next day for this dish, instead of using canned beans. Lastly, I sautéed everything in a little water instead of oil, and added no extra salt since my chili powder contains salt. The end!

Dreena Burton's delicious, filling, loaded with nutrients, Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili!


Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty. "(John 6:35 NIV)

Jesus makes such a powerful statement here. If I go to Him, I will never hunger or thirst. This is so true, I feel how real this is since recently I have been reading His book more often, trying to memorize scripture and equip myself with tools to share all He has done for us with others. If I don't spend time with Him and the bible each day, I feel a strange sense of weakness and lack of joy for the time following. I really do need the bread and water that He supplies, in the form of communion with Him through constant prayer, the reading (and applying what I read to my life) of His magnificent book, and giving thanks throughout the day, realizing all of the blessings He has poured into my life's cup - in order to feel a hunger and thirst that are truly satisfied.

My prayer is that whoever reads this would look to Jesus Christ to fulfill that hunger and thirst in them that has never been filled to the brim. He will give you to eat and drink in ways you never imagined!

February 24, 2013

Minty Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Pineapple. Pre-soaked chia seeds. Sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat. Massive potassium (massive bananas) and kale. Peppermint, ice cubes... it was such a great idea (original recipe here). Yet it went (I have to use the same adjective...) massively wrong. You see, when a recipe calls for a handful of fresh mint leaves, it is for a reason. It isn't a suggestion, it shouldn't be substituted for nonsense, and if you do decide to mess with that special ingredient, only bad things will follow. Bad things followed. They followed me for about 10 minutes of slurping green smoothie through a straw.


I thought, hey, I'll use some of this peppermint extract I bought oh-so-long-ago to make some raw thin mints from Purely Twins' website. I mean, the little jar cost about $4,000, so shouldn't it be put to good use? Hey, wait, I said as I reached for the little bottle, this says, "peppermint flavor" while the vanilla sitting next to it says, "vanilla extract" - why do those nouns seem so, so different? Because they are. Extract = real. Flavor = science. Le sigh, you see where I am going with this? It gets worse. I flip the little guy over and read the ingredients (that, mind you, should simply say "peppermint flavoring" or something, no? No.

Peppermint Flavor
Ingredients: Sunflower oil, peppermint oil

Do you know what that means? To me, it means the jar could be 99% sunflower oil and 1% peppermint oil. Because companies are allowed to do that to their customers and they often do. It's the reason I, when looking for quinoa pasta, never bought any boxes of it. The ingredients usually read something like this: corn flour, quinoa flour, water. The first ingredient listed is always the "more of" in the product. Example: this smoothie would read banana before chia seeds, since there were 2 entire bananas and just a tablespoon of soaked chia seeds. You catch my drift?

Peppermint oil is gross in smoothies. I'm disappointed. I need mint leaves.

February 23, 2013

Avocado Creamsicle

I'm not going to lie on the internet, this here smoothie just didn't do it for me. The recipe is based off of this one, and I had high hopes for it. I'm not one to use avocado in smoothies, mainly because I love it on its own and don't want it to be masked by a bunch of fruit-heads. Yet I decided to give it a try this time.


The result was creamy, and I enjoyed that. Yet, from there things just got hazy. I don't know if it was the coconut water, which has a distinctive flavor, or the sprig of parlsey, or if I ended up with bitter collard greens. Maybe I needed a second orange, or a whole apple, or some lemon zest. Perhaps I could have had more tasty luck with spinach instead of collard greens, or water instead of coconut milk.

Just throwing some ideas out there, since I know Kathy is a superb recipe-creator. I must have done something wrong, since the flavor was so, so odd. Nevertheless, I sipped the whole jar clean. It kind of grew on me, but I won't be making this one again. I'd rather dice up that avocado and add it to a bowl of black bean chili.

Cute baby alert!


...that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21

February 22, 2013

Easy Veggie Soup


You know the situation: when you recently began eating more vegetables than ever before and half way through the week you discovered the lack of produce in your fridge. The ingredients in the following soup were the only items we had in our fridge besides salsa, yogurt, greens and fruit. We're working on preventing this from happening next week. I'm working on not eating my hand if this does happen next week. Eat your soup, add extra water, you will have a full belly shortly, don't worry.



Easy Veggie Soup
Serves 1, or 2 as a side

2 medium zucchini, chopped
1-2 carrots, peeled
1 green onion, minced
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 pinch of pepper
1 pinch dry rosemary
1 bay leaf
2 cups veggie broth

Sauté veggies in a little water, add seasoning. Sauté until tender but still firm. Add veggie broth, rosemary and a bay leaf. Simmer for 10 minutes, up to 20. Until some of the broth is absorbed by the vegetables, and you're left with a thick, delicious stew! I served it along side 2 slices of cauliflower pizza bread.



This soup is suitable for five month olds. I'm lying. He thinks it is, though.

February 21, 2013

Cherry Smoothie: Secret Ingredient

Goodness me, is this even allowed? Should I continue on writing, disclosing this valuable information? Will I regret it, will it come back to bite me? I'm doing it, I'm so going to do it. There is simply too much awesome involved to not spread the secret.



There's broccoli in my smoothie, and it still tastes like cake in a glass, with ice cubes (inspired by this broccoli & blueberry recipe, try it!).

Now that I have given you this little light of food guidance, my advice is that you grab the nearest blender, and get to work:

2 bananas, frozen or fresh
1 cup cherries, frozen
1 cup almond milk
1 cup broccoli



My plan is to gift these three awesome people in my life with this drink (as well as my hubs, my sister, my brothers, my uncles, my aunts, my grandma, my cousins, my friends, my co-workers, my neighbors, the people at the grocery store, the people sitting in traffic in front of me, complete strangers...), 3 cups of raw broccoli goodness into each of their bellies. That's the least I can do for such a great team of grandparents and a goofy, loveable baby boy. Eat your cruciferous vegetables, friends!

February 20, 2013

Easy Romaine Salad

If you ever thought to yourself, "making salads is a complicated task," or, "ranch is the king," or, "eating green leaves is gross." Then think again! Today I bring to you a salad that is like no other, a meal that will fill you up and make your heart happy, a plate of greens that will bring your taste buds to extreme levels of contentment. It isn't complicated, it doesn't contain ranch, and it tastes like greatness!


Step one: chop up a lot of romaine, a whole head if you're feeling up to the challenge.

Step two: mash half an avocado, add half a lime's juice, and a dollop of your favorite salsa (up to 6 dollops total) and whip around with a spoon.

Step three: grab a tomato and cut it into bits.

Step four: plate your greens, sprinkle the tomato pieces all around in orderly fashion, top with guacamole business.

Step five: serve with a side of piping hot beans, I prefer pinto or black beans - with more salsa, but that's a given.

And you thought it was so hard, didn't you? Silly rabbit.


You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11

February 19, 2013

Green Thickie: Cookie Dough


Okay, this is my last Green Thickie post, I promise. I figure, if I'm eating them I should give them a formal review and share their rich flavor with everyone, right? Right!

This particular smoothie takes the cake (ha. ha.) for many reasons: it is filling, it is rich, it tastes like a cookie, it has "cookie" in its name, it contains cinnamon and nutmeg, it is fabulous over ice & you can add water to your jar after the smoothie is gone in order to not leave behind even the slightest trace of Cookie Dough glory - slurp up that watered-down sweetness, you won't regret it.

To keep it extra rich, leave the 2 cups of almond milk. For one giant serving, I cut the oats in half and did half water, half almond milk. I used kale for this one once, and collard greens for the second time, both have resulted in a yummy smoothie. I have also used sprouted buckwheat, again with great results.

You will be full. You will be pleased. You will make it again. Unless, of course, you don't like cinnamon nutmeg comes. In that case, go make an Orange Julius instead!


Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord , The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

February 18, 2013

Green Thickie: Key Lime Pie


Another absolutely delicious, filling, yum-tastic way to start the day: a lime delight recipe from Green Thickies! Head over to Katherine Natalia's website and make this drink.


The lime flavor stands out so well with the limes' juice and zest, the creaminess of the banana makes it a whole lot like ice cream and the addition of vanilla - whew! It will truly remind you if eating a refreshing slice of key lime pie. Which, come to think of it, I don't think I have ever had! I never was much of a lime-girl, but my Mexican husband changed that. Lime juice over tacos, lime juice in salsas, lime-aid with chia seeds, lime after lime halved and squirted atop soups - and now, lime in my dessert smoothie (that I eat for breakfast or lunch, mind you).


Here is the recipe link again, if you missed it! I would post it here but I have to give her 1,000% of the credit for this smoothie, she is genius, and it seriously is SO good. In a very, very serious way. That's why I said, "seriously."


Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17

February 17, 2013

Green Thickie: Orange Julius

Football peak-a-boo!


So recently I met this lovely lady's website, and my life in regards to smoothies was forever changed. I like to think of her as inventing what is your basic green smoothie, doubled in size with the addition of oats, quinoa, or my favorite, buckwheat.


Her smoothies will fill you up, make your taste buds dance, and are nutritiously powerful (nutritiously powerful = they are loaded with vitamins and minerals that our bodies love!)

So these next few posts will be dedicated to Green Thickies (dot com) and the awesome gal who puts them together for all the world to try!

The Orange Julius smoothie drew my attention from the start. As a child, I loved me a classic "Strawberry Banana" from that place. They sure were creative with those drink titles, huh? Of course, Orange Julius did and does what most companies do, and decided to use a bazillion weird ingredients (that almost all come out of some kind of laboratory where people probably wear eye protection just incase there is an explosion from so many those-are-not-actually-food substances being mixed together for human consumption) that aren't super great to eat.


So to sip up this whole-food delight, made with the fruits that God Himself gave us as food, and immediately feel like I am a child again with Orange Julius in hand, was a real joy.

Please visit Katherine Natalia's Green Thickie website for the recipe. I usually consume the entire 2-serving portion but with only half the oats and I used 2 peeled oranges instead of orange juice.


But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

February 16, 2013

Cheezy Cashew Kale Chips

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from Your commandments! Psalms 119:10 ~ I seek God with my whole heart, hoping to bring glory to His name with my life. I pray that I would not wander or stray from His commandments, which He placed for good-that we may be more like His Son, Jesus Christ, and less conformed to this world.

Onto food: Raw. Dehydrated. Soaked cashews. Nutritional yeast. These are along the lines of: I could eat three pounds of kale in a 24 hour period... type of good.



Cheezy Kale Chips
Recipe adapted from Dehydrator Review

Ingredients:
2 bunches of kale
1 cup of raw cashews
1 red pepper*
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp cayenne

Directions:
Soak your cashews for a couple hours (I had soaked mine overnight). Toss in a food processor with the remaining ingredients (except the kale, silly). Wash the kale and dry it with a paper towel, or a salad spinner (which I have yet to own, no big deal if you don't have one). Remove kale stems and rip leaves in to bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl and cover with cheezy sauce. Toss kale and sauce with a large spoon or spatula, or your hands, until evenly coated. Eat the entire bowl. No, don't do it. Place kale leaves on a few dehydrating trays and dehydrate at 115° for 4 hours or so. I think mine needed around 6 hours to get really crisp, each dehydrator is different!

Alternatively, you could throw them leaves onto a baking sheet and bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes, watching them closely so they don't burn.

* I only had green bell pepper in hand and they still tasted great!



Even Santiago liked them. Well, he looked at them, at least once, during our Superbowl party. Maybe.


February 15, 2013

Santiago James: 5 Months!

And then this happened!


Santi boy, who gave you permission to turn five months old? Should we start applying to colleges now, too? Should we start planning your baby brother or baby sister's arrival now? Do you want my car keys? Okay, fine, you can grow up. As long as you still fit on the Mexican blanket, I'm thankful.


Really, though. I know I'm going to have 8,000 of these quite soon... and I'm referring to monthly photos of Santiago, not the numbers of babies we are going to have! Or, am I?



So let's take a look at how he is growing, milestone-ing, and developing.

  • Chewing on everything fiercely 
  • Still enjoys airplane, even though he is quite heavy for it
  • Discovered his bottom lip *suck, suck suck*
  • Discovered his toes *grab, grab, pull
  • Discovered textures: scratches wall & scratches rocking chair while nursing (he has been a professional at scratching and grabbing human flesh for a while now. Yes, that broke-the-skin scrape on my neck is from my five-month-old, thank you for your concern.)

  • Talking constantly, if you include screaming, shouting and yelling while being happy
  • So distracted while nursing- looks all around at the world that he lives in, reaching for anything nearby (including my face, glasses, and smoothie that I might be attempting to chug while he eats)
  • Swaddle: weaning, half swaddle with arms free *don't know if this is really "weaning" or simply getting rid of it completely in a way. We really only use it to keep him warm at night, and I think it comforts us as the put-to-sleep-squad more than it really helps him nap. I mean, there is a little snug wrap around his chest, but other than that he is pretty free, as if he weren't swaddled at all. Hmph.

  • White noise: weaning, sleep sheep for 45 mins, hymns playing in the background continuously
  • Reaching and grabbing toys, but they still fall from his grip often
  • Laughing with belly/neck tickling
  • Bedtime begins: 7:45 to 8:00pm
  • Asleep for the night: before 9pm, usually
  • Awake for the day: anywhere from 7:30-8:30am
  • Wakes 1-3 times a night to eat
  • Naps 3 times/day for 30-90mins (20 minute naps are discouraged, but we understand their possible happenings and let them be so.)

  • Stands well with help, thinks standing is the greatest idea ever.
  • Elimination Communication: every diaper change (after naps mostly), goes #1 and #2 often. Sometimes we time it wrong and the floor gets dirty!
  • Stopped freezable chewing toys because of the cheek rash that followed
  • Sits in bebePod happily while we dine
  • Enjoys extended tummy time
  • Introduced to exersauser, loves it for around 10 minutes then wants freedom!

  • Goes to sleep with stair walking, dark corner hushing or nursing
  • Naps usually were in swing or on couch (danger?), made the transition to crib napping only for the sake of routine, and maybe better nighttime sleep since all sleeping takes place in the same room?
  • Sleeps in crib in his room, since 3 months old
  • Rolls to the side, but rarely
  • Wears 9-12 months clothes
  • Lathered in coconut oil for eczema, cured his skin like a magical wonder
  • Coconut oil for diaper rashes
  • Bum Genius one-size diapers (3.0?) on middle size
  • Loves the company of his mama and papa (or so he seems to)

  • Enjoys daily walks around the neighborhood while scowling at nature (he likes it, he really likes it) 
  • Doesn't mind out-of-no-where photoshoots with mom & a camera phone
  • His hair is starting to thicken up on the top, causing poofy feather hair to become big-boy, partially-tamed hair

He is a gift from God, and we are amazed at how our Creator formed this little guy and placed him in our care. To God be the glory for His incredible workmanship!