Toddler Time – “I Love You Too, Mommy”

“I love you too, Mommy”- the words that I have been waiting to hear finally came out of Harper’s mouth last night while I was tucking her into bed. I literally cried with joy. My heart is totally overflowing with gratitude and pride and overwhelming love for this child that sometimes I don’t even think I can take it!

Her vocabulary has been steadily increasing over the past months, and up until last night, she’s usually responded with a barely audible, whispered “yuv Mommy”, but last night it was loud and clear. (Ok, the “love” may have sounded more like “yuv”, but I know what she meant!)

I am so over-the-moon excited about this new development– more so than I even expected I would be. Obviously I was excited for the time when she would clearly communicate with me but so much more now that she’s communicating feelings, and not just needs. Moments like that make every second of worrying or stressing over what’s best for her worthwhile. I’m just in awe of the amazing little person that she’s becoming right before my eyes.

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What’s for Dinner Wednesday – Oven Fried Chicken

I love the internet. I love that I can decide what I am feeling like for dinner, do a quick search, and find a new and inspiring way to cook an “old” standard. My most recent find is a recipe for Oven Fried Chicken.

I’ve always been a fan of fried foods. Now that I’m in my 30′s though, those foods have been catching up to me- so in addition to finding new ways to cook old favorites, its also become about finding healthier ways to cook old favorites, which is why this Oven Fried Chicken recipe was perfect for dinner last night.

So what are you going to need to whip up some healthy fried chicken?

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, plus 2 whole sprigs
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 pounds bone-in skinless chicken legs and thighs
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, (3-ounces)
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Got everything? OK- now check out the rest of the recipe on foodnetwork.com to get instructions! While you’re there, search for a healthy new way to cook up your favorite dish and share it in the comments section below!

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Travel Tuesday – Family Vacation or Couple’s Retreat?

It’s amazing to say it, but my husband and I have never actually gone on vacation together. We’ve taken trips– in fact, we’ve crisscrossed the country probably 5 times together, but always to visit family. We’ve gone to other states specifically to go to weddings, etc., but we’ve never actually been on vacation together.

With our five-year wedding anniversary coming up, we decided we were going to finally take our honeymoon. The first question was one of location, which was quickly settled on: Hawaii.  Neither of us has been, and we’ve both always wanted to go, and since its still in the U.S., we wouldn’t necessarily need to file a bunch of paperwork in advance. But then the second question came, and it was more difficult to answer- will we bring the little lady along?

My first answer was absolutely- with visions of our girl playing on a beautiful Hawaiian beach, wearing a flower lei and grass skirt dancing in my head. My husband, on the other hand, voted for her to stay with her grandparents: how could we expect to snorkel, hike, kayak– basically do any of the activities that drew us to choose Kauai in the first place, if we brought her? Good point, I said, but countered with: can we really be away from her for that long (5 days)? And that far away?

And so we debated the family vs. couple vacation conundrum for a couple weeks and finally decided that we would go it alone. We had briefly entertained the idea of scrapping Hawaii all together, and going to Disney World instead, but I guess the selfish parts of us won out. It sounds weird calling the decision selfish, because I know in the back of my mind that it’s perfectly reasonable to want time to ourselves, in this case, a much delayed honeymoon– but I guess the front of my mind always takes the role of my biggest critic when evaluating my parenting decisions.

Have you had to decide whether to make a special trip a family trek or a couples retreat? What did you decide and would you make the same decision again?

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Mama Monday – Parenting Under the Weather

It happens about once every “winter” season. Somehow, someway, a cold or flu makes its way into my house.  Last year, it was the flu, and my beautiful daughter was the culprit.  She picked it up at daycare, and whether its because she got her flu shot, or because she’s SuperBaby, she beat it after only a couple days of crankiness and sniffles. But my husband and I got it BAD. Three weeks bad. So bad we had to send that kiddo to the in-laws for a few days because we were too sick to even move bad.  And that almost happened, AGAIN this past week.

This time it was a doozy of a cold– and it hit me and my husband at pretty much the same time. The little lady was unaffected (thank goodness). But the experience reminded me of how difficult parenting and enforcing “the rules” can be when you’re not feeling 100%.

A week of quick and easy meals and allowing our little one to watch TV on weekdays led to a meltdown today when we returned to “normal”– which consists of lots of veggies and no TV (except for weekends). What’s crazy though, is she wasn’t even watching that much TV, and it was only for that one week, but apparently it was enough for her to fully expect to watch an episode of Mickey Mouse upon arrival from daycare, and her shouts of “I WANT MICKEY!!!!!!!” while sprawled out on the floor, complete with stomping feet and rivers of tears were enough to make me want to cry right along with her.

It really is amazing how such a short period of time can influence a child’s perception and expectations, which makes me stress even more about whether I’m getting it right. Is there damage done when you coast for a week on the rules, for whatever reason (in this case, being under the weather?) I know that it’s unrealistic for parents to be 100% on their game, 100% consistent, 100% of the time, but what’s the right mix to strive for?

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