Claire was being so funny today. She has found her little laugh and we can't get enough of it. We have also found out that she is ticklish and we are having a lot of fun exploiting that new found discovery. She is getting so big and we estimate she is over 12 lbs now. She is getting nice and chunky. She has a funny sense of humor too; she likes to tease us. If one of us is holding her and the other one of us tries to give her a kiss, then she will lean back to try and avoid us. Then she'll get this little grin on her face and she thinks it's sooo funny. She's going to fit in nicely with our family. We are all little tricksters around here.
thats what i said to this happy, sleepy little munchkin this morning. why? because she slept for 8 hous straight last night! i'm pretty sure this isn't totally normal, but it made me happy. joe and i each woke up this morning freaking out because we had been asleep for so long without her waking up, and we each had to go check to make sure she was still breathing. the trick to getting her to sleep for this long? only taking 1/2 hour naps all day. i am convinced that she just doesn't want to ever miss out on anything, and has to know whats going on.
and she loooooves watching football with her daddy. really, she gets transfixed on the tv sometimes. future football cheerleader?
claire turned one month on wednesday- i can't figure out where the month went, but it flew by!
christmas is only 19 days away- 19 days! can you believe it? we're staying in utah for christmas this year, sad :( but it will be nice to just have some down time to oursleves and gear up for next semester. its gonna be a crazy few months while we are both in school and he is working, but we'll make it work somehow.
little bundle of joy!
she just sleeps and eats.....
normally babies loose a little weight after they are born. not out 'little bug'! she is 9 lbs. 5 1/2 oz now and grew to 21 1/2 inches. (we didn't measure after the cone head went away....) she can eat like its going out of style, and then some. she only wakes up a couple times in the night to eat, and then she's back down in no time.
.... and eats and sleeps! sometimes she eats a little too much....
sorry this has taken sooooo long. i've been enjoying spending time with the newest love of my life! its incredible to think that i already love her so much, when she's only four days old! she is the sweetest thing, and she has her daddy wrapped around her little finger already!
i'm recovering pretty well! keeping busy with a newborn makes you forget about all the hard work that went in to getting her here! one of the few things that i remember really well from the delivery was the strange sensation of having a baby kicking around inside, and then the next minute she's in my arms. so wierd, but amazing all at the same time.
i'm sure there will be plenty more where this came from! be sure to check out my sister lindsay's blog and my mom's blog for more pictures and updates!
she actually doesn't mind bath time too much! just the cold after she is done. but then she loves the attention she gets from everyone because we all LOVE the smell of a newborn freshly bathed!
such a proud grandma!
she has arrived! cone head and all.....
my doc- richard holmes. love the man. amazing.
i am the lucky wife of a guy who was 12 lbs at birth, and i was 9 lbs 10 oz, and generally you pass those traits on. i knew this was gonna be a big baby, but i somehow hid the weight really well. they thought that claire would only be about 7 1/2 pounds, and the hospital won't let you be induced unless you are a week past your due date, so there was no getting her out earlier. they had to use the vacuum to get her out, and in the end had we known she would be this big the doctor would most likely have done a c-section, because she was not wanting to come out on her own!
she is truly a little angel, and barely made a peep when she came out. all she would do at first is whimper a little and give up. even after smacking her heel while the nurses were checking her out almost didn't get anything out of her! she has since changed her tune a little, but she is still a calm and peaceful little bundle of joy. she is also a great little eater- she came out and started sucking on both her hands almost immediately! what a blessing that has been.
lucky for me (right?) i am still 'prego' and huge! but by monday night- hopefully- it will all be over.... or just beginning? we are 'scheduled' for an induction on monday, and it couldn't come sooner! i use scheduled hesitantly because there is not a set time, i just have to wait til they call me and say there is a bed available. which could be any time of the day..... which also means she may not be here til tuesday.
and so you know.... i have tried basically everything anyone has suggested, and still no luck. walking the aisles of every store i can think of, different foods, physical activities, more walking, a pedicure, cleaning the floors, even hiking the Y for crying out loud. but no such luck. it must be really comfortable in there!
next post will hopefully have pictures! i might post one last 'prego' pic, but if not we'll see ya on the flip side! my mom will keep her blog updated, so check here on monday! also.... before monday you should click over to my mom's blog and leave a comment with a guess of how much she weighs, and you might win a prize!
oh and don't worry- we went in for a non-stress test at the hospital on wednesday and they did a quick ultrasound and confirmed that yes, we are still having a girl. :)
we've been having a grand time ever since she got here two weeks ago! she came for the birth of her first grandchild, but since that hasn't happened yet, we've had to keep ourselves busy with..... well lots of things.
here's the latest pic- pretty much all belly, and a lot of swelling. don't judge!
To build or occupy a nest.
To create and settle into a warm and secure refuge.
To hunt for birds' nests, especially in order to collect the eggs.
To fit together in a stack.
To place in or as if in a nest.
To put snugly together or inside one another: to nest boxes.
and i've been growing. exponentially. i've got a squishy basketball attatched to my belly that gets in the way and kicks whenever she wants. i promise i'm nine months pregnant- the scale confirms this, the million trips to the bathroom remind me, and the contractions that leave me sore for several hours won't let me forget.
but we are happy, healthy, and cheering on our byu cougars this weekend- top ten baby!
yesterday linds was craving cookies. so we decided to try out a recipe for the famed "black and white cookies" found only in NYC. her roomie carly came over and we got to work like the gourmet chefs we are, and slaved for three hours to make these cookies. and three hours later, none of us could finish a single cookie. they were straight sugar! we didn't realize the frosting would be so thick! we used about twice as much as we should have..... haha at least we had a good time doing it, right? now i'm sure these cookies are really good- so i'll give you the recipe. BUT with this caution- make the frosting thinner than you think you should, and don't put too much on! if it starts to get too thick, reheat it and add some more water. (if you REALLY want to know, ask lindsay where the recipe came from....)
Black and White CookiesAdapted from a bunch of places, but mostly Zabar’s
Traditional black and white cookies are BIG and LOUD, not unlike the New Yorkers that made them famous. Preferring everything on the daintier side, I’ve made them very small before, but this time went for a nice medium size.
Yield: About 2 dozen very large cookies, 60 medium (I used a scoop 1 3/4 inches in diameter that yielded 3-inch cookies) or so many cookies that you might lose your mind frosting them if you go tinier. I’m just saying.
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature4 large eggs1 1/2 cups milk1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon lemon extract2 1/2 cups cake flour2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt4 cups confectioners’ sugar1/3 to 1/2 cup water3 ounces very bitter or unsweetened chocolate1 teaspoon light corn syrup.1 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray, or line with parchment paper.
2. In large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Mix by machine or hand until fluffy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla and lemon extracts, and mix until smooth.
3. In medium bowl, combine cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until mixed. Add dry mixture to the wet in batches, stirring well after each addition. Using a soup spoon, place heaping spoonfuls of the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake until edges begin to brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool completely.
4. Boil a cup or so of water in a small pot. Place confectioners’ sugar in large, heat-safe mixing bowl. Gradually stir in enough boiling water to the sugar to make a thick, spreadable mixture. Err on the side of caution because a too-thin frosting is hard to undo. Leave remaing boiling water on the stove.
5. Spread frosting on half of the flat side of each cookie. Once all cookie halves have been frosted, place the bowl of the remaining frosting over the hot water and bring it back to a simmer (creating a double-boiler). Stir in the bitter or unsweetened chocolate until melted, as well as the light corn syrup. At this point, depending on the chocolate you used and your preferences, you might find the chocolate color to be a little lighter than the “black” of a black-and-white cookie. If so, I find that a tablespoon or so of cocoa mixed in darkens the color nicely.
6. Ice the remaining half of the cookies with the chocolate frosting. I find that the chocolate–especially with cocoa in it–is especially prone to getting too dry, so don’t worry about whisking in an extra teaspoon of that hot water from time to smooth it back into a shiny frosting.
7. Let the frosting set. Store in an airtight container. These cookies keep for a few days, but I think they’re best on the first or second. Because of the cake nature of the bases, they can get stale quickly. However, this is really a non-issue as I have yet to make a batch that didn’t get polished off in no time
hopefully someone can do this faster than the three hours it took us!
lindsay- shouldn't you be looking where you are driving?
friends i miss you!
these make it sooo much easier to know where i am going! anyone who doesn't like mountains is crazy!
home is currently under construction. will post later!
59-0. need i say more???? (i will say that joe thought i was going to go into labor during the first game against washington, thats how excited, tense, nervous, etc. i was! i really love cougar football!)
rhode's frozen rolls- cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, dinner rolls, caramel rolls.......
really, these are just a few of the things that i have missed. now there are plenty of things that i didn't miss- but this is a happy post so i will leave it at that. oh utah, how i have missed you! now all you have to do is keep up the weather pattern that we have enjoyed since getting back here and you will be perfect.
in the stocks!