chugga, chugga, chew, chew

The boy is chewing on anything and everything. Still no teeth. Something’s gotta give soon. He’s been sleeping really well for the past week, until at least 4am. Bedtime is still 6:30. It’s awesome! We really need a webcam, so that you can hear him laugh. It’s just too much. The cuteness is killing me.
nom, nom
nom, nom
the key to cutting a tooth?
the key to cutting a tooth?
hey, these things are attached
hey, these things are attached

More pics in the album.

 

101 uses for receiving blankets

Everyone told us, “you can’t have enough receiving blankets”, which is true. What they didn’t tell us was how quickly the smaller and rectangular ones would become obsolete. When we first brought Liam home from the hospital, we rolled 4 or 5 small flannels into tubes and surrounded him in his car seat so that he was snug. We used the same size to swaddle him back then too. Unbelievably quickly (read by January), they were too small for swaddling, so we found Dwell Studio at Target, 36″x36″ blankets. Those got us through month three. Fortunately, Target also has Circo 42″x42″ flannels, which held out into April.

full coverage
full coverage

Meanwhile we accumulated 12 or 15 or 20  or something receiving blankets in various sizes. The smaller ones have sat unused since January or so, at which time we began relying on the larger ones. Now that Liam is eating big boy food the small blankets have been re-purposed as bibs.

Each blanket made two “bibs” (just serged the raw edge with rounded corners to match the existing corners). The recangular ones are especially nice as they are longer, providing serious coverage. We use kitchen clips or clothespins to hold the bib in place. It’s been working very well so far.

I don’t know who those teeny store bought bibs work for, but they were pretty pointless with our feeding machine. Add avocados and bananas to the Liam approved foods list, by the way.

i love food!
i love food!

In other Liam news, guess who’s rolling over. We never know what we’ll find when we get him from his crib in the morning. He’s all over the place.  Big fun.

sitting pretty

check me out
check me out

So, 24 weeks. Can you believe it? Our big boy can sit all by himself and occasionally sleeps through the night. Sweet! Speaking (typing) of sweet, Liam loooooves applesauce. He gets a total sugar buzz. Hilarious. All frantic arms and legs and gigantic wide eyes.

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Liam's favorite tree

He is a big fan of the great outdoors. He loves taking walks, so we walk. A lot. BOB is fabulous. He is also mesmerized for minutes on end by a tree blowing in the wind. We lay on the ground under this tree and he totally cracks up every time the wind blows. It’s rather adorable.

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mummy, you’re weird

So, am I one of those unfortunately misled moms who is blind to reality or is he really the cutest thing ever?

birthday cake

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only 3 layers, but who’s counting?

Made a lemon layer cake for B’s mom’s birthday. Had to post because it was yummy and pretty despite the disaster of a leaking springform pan. Talk about a mess. Half of one of the cakes leaked onto the pizza stone in the oven, hence three layers instead of four. Also, I think our baking powder is past its prime. The cake was a bit chewy. Opening and closing the oven door to deal with the leaking pan and pouring the warmed batter into a new pan certainly didn’t help matters.

Forgot to take a photo of the cake before we cut in, but here’s what’s left. Well, what was left anyway…

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7 minutes of heaven

As usual the recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated. And, as usual, it was a bit fussy. The lemon curd filling is made first and chilled for several hours. Then the white butter cake is baked and cooled. Next the cakes are cut and layered with the curd and chilled while the 7 minute frosting is made. BTW, 7 minute frosting is awesome! It’s like lemon meringue pie, except with cake instead of crust. Tart and sweet and ridiculously decadent with a dozen eggs, two and a half sticks of butter, and four and a quarter cups of sugar. 

Here’s the recipe and you can watch a video here.

That reminds me…I never posted a pic of the bachelor party cake made for B’s coworker (red velvet, natch). So, tada.

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kicking and screaming

magically delicious

serious business
serious business

So, it turns out that Liam likes to eat. Surprise! So far he’s enjoyed rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash, each to a varying degree. We made the veggies by either steaming or boiling them, then running them through the fine sieve of our new OXO food mill – 15 minutes of effort for 4-5 days food. Bananas are next on the hit parade. I’m excited to give him fruit!

more please daddy?
more please daddy?

Like our own very hungry caterpillar