I made Samoa Cookie Bars to take to our small group. I thought they were just okay, but someone did ask for the recipe.
I also made sour dough bread for awhile. I got the recipe from my mother quite a few years back, but the link appears to be the same one I use. My starter went really sour, and made the bread, while edible, sour, so I tossed it and will have to start it again.
One Saturday afternoon, for fun, I made these Churro Waffles. The recipe made quite a lot. We did not butter and cinnamon both sides or serve with syrup, as recommended, but they were very good. They are definitely not for regular consumption, but they were a fun rainy day treat for us.
I was sick for a little over a week. One of those mornings I was up with Ellie around 4:40. After her feeding, I didn't have a chance to fall asleep before my turn in the shower (I shower before Justin leaves for work because...well, four children). After that I tried to lie down, but Ellie got up again. I finally got her back to sleep. Then the big kids were up. I got them breakfast and tried to lie on the couch. Three munchkins are not quiet, even when they thought they were trying to be. I gave up, but Kate did have the school books out when I came down. She evidently had been giving Gabby a spelling test. Oh dear.
More than eight years ago I became the Mama to one tiny little person. In the scheme of things babies two and three came in quick succession. Now here I am with a brood of four.
There are a few things I've learned along the way that have made manuvering the world a little easier with several tinies. The first things I've learned is every baby is different, so as much as Kate needed her alone time as a baby Ellie would prefer never to be put down, so take anything I say with a grain of salt!
Wearing these last two babies when we go out has made life so much easier. I don't have to carry the 15 lb. baby and the 10 lb. carrier. I have two free hands to do things like open doors, find my keys, and hold a hand or two. We do take the infant seat to places like restaurants in hopes that I might be able to let her sit while I eat. We don't go out to eat often, but I think this has only worked once.
Instead of an absurd tent (nursing cover), I had a friend knit me a shawl. It has regular function, so it is less out of place, so it doesn't draw attention like a huge black cape. It isn't as easily kicked off as a receiving blanket, since it is over my shoulders. It doubles as a blanket when folded over her in her car seat, so we take it every where. Seriously, why didn't I think of this three babies ago?
Some babies need schedules. Or I used to. Or both. When Kate was a baby, I knew I had 11 weeks to get her on a schedule before I went back to work. I feed her every three hours, and set her feedings for her new wake-up time, to coincide with my lunch break, and the end of my work day. This is the child I taught to read a clock when she was two because she always wanted to know when things were happening.
Ellie has no real schedule. She eats when she's hungry. She naps at some point each day. She goes to sleep at some point in the evening. I'd like a slightly more consistent evening schedule, but I'm glad she's flexible. We have different schedules on different days because of activities in which the older girls are involved. She rolls with it as well as I could ask. I don't know if these girls are so different in their need for schedules because of me or their innate personalities.
I have also learned that I am horrible at sleep training. I did finally move Ellie out of our room. Thankfully she's been good at, since I can't stand to let them cry. She generally gets up once a night now instead of the many times we had been doing before we moved her. Someday she'll sleep through the night, but hopefully she'll do it one night without my pushing it. You know, because I stink at it.
I have yet to figure out what to do when Mama's sick though. So if you figure that one out, can you pass it on?
Here is Miss Ellie's very first Valentine's Day (She kept playing with the little bows on her tights and falling over!),
And the whole crew.
I hope that you have a lovely day! We don't do much to celebrate, but there was a box of chocolates waiting for me this morning. Later I found a four pack of Frappuccinos in the fridge. Thank you to my husband! Gabby and I are baking a chocolate cake for dessert tonight. And that will be it for our celebration.