Friday, February 24, 2012

Back to School

A few comments from kids I heard when I took Christian in to visit my old classroom:

***She's a lot skinnier than she was when she was pregnant...

***Can I take Christian home?

***You know when he starts teething he will cry a lot, chew on things and put his hands in his mouth.

*** Um I think she knows that... (in response to the previous comment)

***Did it hurt when you had the baby?

*** His new nickname is feather head.

***Will you come back tomorrow?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Activity Mat!

Two Months

Christian, you are two months old! Where has the time gone? You have had an exciting month!

Two Month Stats
(Since C was a preemie, we also get his stats for his adjusted age which is 5 weeks old)
Weight: 9 lbs. 10 oz.- 5th percentile, 48th percentile adjusted age
Length: 23 1/8 inches- 50th percentile, 97th percentile adjusted age
Head Circumference: 15 1/8- 25th percentile

Clothes: Christian is transitioning from newborn clothes to 0-3 month clothes. His body type is still proving to make it difficult to find clothes that fit properly! This boy is long and lean.

Play time: During Christian's play time we have enjoyed reading books as he is getting more alert and interested in looking at the pictures. Some that we have been reading recently are Barnyard Dance, On the Night You Were Born, and Runaway Bunny. Christian was introduced to Scout this week and loved hearing the music and seeing the lights on him. C still loves his bouncer but mostly during the morning time. His other current favorite toys for tummy time are his elephant and buzzing bee.

Sleep: Christian was recently diagnosed with reflux which has caused some disturbances to his sleep patterns. We are hoping this new medicine will help! Poor guy gets really uncomfortable laying down. He is sleeping in stretches of 2- 5 1/2 hours. This mom is looking forward to some more consistency! :) He is still in the bassinet in our room.

Development: It has been so fun watching Christian become more alert. He loves looking at lights and is noticing sounds. The other night, while laying on the changing table, he heard Kerry come home and recognized his voice. He immediately turned to see Daddy! The other big moment this month was C's first real smile!!! (Picture to come)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Homemade Granola

Over the last year, I have worked on becoming a meal/menu planner for our family. I plan a menu bi-weekly, look for coupons and discounts and then head to the store. It has been a great way to add variety to our meals, save money and be organized. (who wants to think about what to cook when you get home from work?!) One area I have struggled in was coming up with healthy, inexpensive and quick breakfast ideas. Add needing to be gluten-free in the mix and it becomes a real challenge!
I was scouring through my cookbook, 1000 Gluten Free Recipes, and found this gem for homemade granola. It is simple, made with natural ingredients, and you can custom tailor it to your preference. I had to share!

In a large bowl mix:
2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup assorted nuts/seeds (I used equal parts almonds, walnuts, pecans and pepitas. You could used sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. too!)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl combine and stir until honey is dissolved:
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup very hot water
1/4 cup canola coil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pour over dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes and stir. Bake another 15 minutes and stir again. Continue baking in 10 minute increments until granola is browned to the desired degree. Cook in the pan for 20 minutes on a wire rack.

Stir in:
1/2 cup nuts ( I used almonds and walnuts)
3/4 cup dried fruit (I used equal parts golden raisins, craisins and dried currants. You could use dark raisins, dried bananas, apricots, etc.)

Refrigerate up to 2 weeks and enjoy!

We have been enjoying this EVERY morning with fat free yogurt and blueberries. In fact, a batch is in the oven right now! Yum!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Photo Shoot!

My sweet little man had his pictures taken by Bella Baby Photography the day we left the hospital. These pictures are such a sweet treasure and I am excited to share them all with you! Enjoy!

Bella Baby Photos from Katelyn Day on Vimeo.