August 7, 2019

Currently...August 2019

Ordering... new sippy cups. Exciting. I'm trying to cut off an almost-13-month-old when it comes to the bottle. While he's not particularly attached to a bottle and isn't one of those babies who refuses to fall asleep without one, he prefers to drink laying down. Actually, he only drinks milk laying down. He likes to do it himself but he only ever drinks his water (from the Munchkin 360) in his highchair. So in an effort to get rid of the bottle, I'm attempting to find the most bottle-ish sippy cups out there.

If you have ANY advice for bottle-weaning, I will take it!

Watching... The Enemy Within. It's on Hulu. It's actually pretty interesting and not *quite* as tropey as a lot of government/crime shows, and it has Deb from Dexter so we're giving it a shot.

Also, the BIP trainwreck of trash.

I don't actually watch at night because I hate commercials. 

Cooking.... last week, I put off grocery shopping for a few days because it's a hassle and I didn't have any potatoes to make my usual sheet pan dinner. Instead of potatoes, I used zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, and gnocchi with the chicken sausage. I obviously could've done without a starch but I just kind of don't believe in no-carb meals. I didn't know if you could bake gnocchi, but since we have a pretty efficient gas oven, I figured now was the time to try. I don't know if it'd work in an electric oven, to be honest. Our electric oven in Laramie never roasted anything the way I wanted it to.

I roasted the cauliflower at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes, then I added the sausage, broccoli, and zucchini for another 15 minutes and then I added the gnocchi with another drizzle of olive oil and tossed it around. 15 minutes later, it ended up crisping nicely. I covered it all in shaved parmesan and broiled it for a few minutes to finish it off.

Wondering... I'm actually wondering many, many things and couldn't even come up with a clear answer to this prompt. However, I wonder why people don't see this:

Savoring... I know 90% of the answers to this sentence starter will probably be along the lines of "savoring the rest of summer". Personally, I'm ready for summer to be over but winter in Pittsburgh is a special kind of hell, as I discovered during January and February...and March and April. Maybe it can just stay October for awhile.

But I AM savoring the fact that Wells is still in a 6-12 month playgroup and, though he's technically aged out since he's 12+ months, he's still a calm baby and not walking/running (i.e. destructive and traumatizing to the 8 month olds) so he gets to stay for a bit longer. Soon, it will be off to Toddler Time, but I'm not taking him there until he's fully able to walk and steady on his feet. Because they will plow him over, just like the did when he first joined this playgroup in February when he was 7 months and they were 11-12 months.

Linking up with Anne!


  1. That dinner looks/sounds amazing! It's a special kind of satisfaction when being all out of groceries leads you to inventing something good :) Also, yes, I could totally get behind savoring October for a long time. If only it also came with the calmer schedules! But then again when your kid is in the 13-month category you can just enjoy that year 'round. Going into our first "real" school year with first grade here and feeling like I'm going to be tied to the school schedule forever...

  2. I busted out laughing at your BIP IG story!!! feels appropriate
    (I feel asleep before the end last night - gotta catch up)

  3. When it came time to wean Alexander off the bottles, we used the "sippy" cups with the straws and the weighted ends (we used the zoli bot, but I know munchkin makes one too). It got him off of the bottle and using straws.

  4. Hah! I am trying to savor the rest of summer, just because it's been a weird ass summer. However, Fall is my favorite, so it can get here quick!


  5. I'm so sorry you're living in Hell! Personally, I love summer. I don't want to see it go!

  6. We had a hard time getting Caleb off the bottle. Holden will be 1 next month and then we'll have to start trying with him. Not excited!

    PS I am also ready for summer to be over.

  7. We had that exact sippy cup in the picture for Cyrus's first sippy cup, and he loved it...until he got older and got more teeth and eventually bit through the silicone tip, because it's very soft. Nothing lasts forever with babies, anyways! Now we have a bigger sippy cup with a sturdier silicone tip that he drinks his milk out of, and a straw cup as well, but I don't put milk in his straw cup for my own convenience...too hard to clean milk out of, so that cup is for water. And as often as possible I'll give him real cups to drink out of but obviously that's limited to when I'm right with him or he's in his high chair to avoid random spills of water around the house...


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