Monday, June 28, 2010

3 months







































We had an actual photographer take some photos of Judah since he 's now 3 months old, which on the one hand sounds like a short amount of time considering how much my life has changed since he arrived. But it's also hard to believe that he's already getting so big. He's finally started doing more laughing, which is probably the best sound ever. He loves when I take off his clothes, and that's when it's easiest to get him to laugh. He's also started scooting around in the bed more - he'll end up turned 90 degrees from the direction I lay him down in. I feel like he'll be rolling over before too long - he's started rolling up on his side some, too. It's exciting seeing him get all these milestones, but part of me doesn't want him to grow up so fast.

I tried leaving him in the nursery the other night. Unfortunately, the monitor wasn't working right so I only heard him when he started crying really, really loud. I got up to the nursery and his eyes were all red from crying. I felt like a horrible mommy and decided that I wasn't ready to move him up there. I'm perfectly happy keeping him in his cradle a little longer. And even though part of me is looking forward to sleeping through the night, another part of me loves our middle of the night feeding/snuggle time and doesn't want to push him into sleeping longer.

It's funny how kids inherit certain things from their parents. Yesterday, for instance, I made him laugh and then he got the hiccups. Growing up, Every. Single. Time. I laughed I got the hiccups and I never met anyone else that did that. Eventually I outgrew it, and now I get the hiccups only if I cough. But apparently Judah does it, too, which sort of warms my heart, even though it always drove me crazy when I was younger. It makes me wonder what other quirks he might have inherited from me....

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Swimming!












Judah took his first trip to the pool and tried swimming for the first time today.













He was, I'd say, fairly indifferent to the pool. It was basically his nap time, though, and I figure anything that didn't make him cry probably means he enjoyed it.













Chillin' in the shade after getting out of the pool he definitely liked.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bug

















We had a rather cute visitor to our back porch the other day.

Although you can't tell from this shot - his antennae were really, really long.

I was just amazed at his incredible camouflage. He really looked just like a leaf.

I enjoyed breaking out my macro lens and getting as close to him as he'd let me.

Friday, June 25, 2010

A year.

It's amazing to me how much thing can change in a year.

Last year, I remember pulling up to the end-of-the-year skit party and seeing several pregnant friends and friends with their new babies, and having to take a deep breathe and fight back tears. I almost turned right around and left. I didn't want to be there. We were just about to have our IUI, and I was stressed out about it and convinced it wasn't going to work. I was worried we might never have a baby.

And here I am, just a year later, and I'm getting to love on this sweet boy.












Part of me wishes I could go back and tell myself that everything would be ok. That a year is not a long time. That's God's timing is perfect and that he was about to bless me way more than I ever deserved. Of course, it doesn't work like that. And I've learned that those dark days were necessary in my life - making me see how beautiful God's work is. How wonderful his timing. And how perfect are his gifts.












God is good.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Graduation!


















Well...it's all over.

We had our ceremony today at lunch. I always thought I'd be more sad, but I guess since I'm not actually leaving, it was just a happy time to mark finally getting to the end of this long educational journey.

I celebrated by coming home and taking a nap.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Wife is Famous

As an encore to Aubrey's Letter to the Editor in World magazine this last month, yesterday she was in the paper.

Technically she is part of the "out with old" referred to here. But the article is highlighting how she is staying here in town.

(click on the image for a bigger image that you can read.)

Monday, June 21, 2010

What I didn't know....

.... that I could look back at pictures taken just 5 or 6 or 8 weeks ago and get a little misty-eyed, thinking about that sweet baby and how little he was.

... that the thought of moving him up to his nursery would make me so sad.

... that I'd love nursing my sweet baby as much as I do.

.... that I could get used to being woken up every night at least once to feed him, and get a little sad thinking about the day when he won't need me to. (a little)

... that the best part of my last call would be seeing Jeff and Judah come to the cafeteria at 7am, just in time for me to give him his morning feed.

... that I could nearly have a panic attack every. time. I think about any number of bad things happening to him.

.... that the weight of his small body would feel so right nestled up next to me.

... that such a small sound - a baby laugh - could make me so incredibly happy.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Baby shoes

I finally, finally made Judah some shoes. These have been my go-to baby gift for several years now, but I just hadn't gotten around to making any for Judah. I guess the saying holds true that the cobbler's children go without shoes....












They're a little big on him now, but I'm glad they'll fit him for several more months.

















One reason why I waited was because my cute boy fabric stash was sorely in need. So this past week I got a big order from fabricworm.com, my new favorite place for fabric on the web. They carry really, really cute stuff and even sell you combinations of fabric that would work together in a quilt. I've been mulling over some different quilt ideas for several days now. Maybe that will be my next project.

(And yes, I worked on this on my post call day instead of finishing my paper, but I decided that after being on call I deserved to do something more fun...)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Odds and ends of the end.

Tonight is my last. call. ever. (Well, last in-house call as a resident) Woo-hoo. I can't believe it's almost over.

Today I was interviewed by our local paper since I'm staying on here in town as a physician. The reporter used a recorder and everything. I felt so self-conscious in that situation - it was very bizarre. Then she took my picture, which I didn't now was happening today. Perhaps I would have done something different with my hair.

I'm almost done with my paper. Just a few finishing touches to add.

Three different people stopped me on Sunday at the church lunch to say that they had seen my letter in World magazine. I felt famous.

I still can't believe I have less than a week left.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Busy.

Sorry for the unintended slow down of posting.

In 8 days, I'll be finished with residency. As in done. As in, "Yes, I'm finally done with school and am a 100% certified, actual physician."

I've got what feels like a ton to finish before then - including one academic project I'm writing a paper for and quite a few random things I have to get checked off before graduation. (This is what happens when you are pregnant during most of third year, and have a baby 2.5 months before graduation - things get left until the very end.)

I'm also doing a little elective in Seneca right now, so we're staying with my parents, but I've been back and forth to Greenwood several times, which has also made these last couple of weeks a little busier. It's nice being up here, though. I'm having fun doing a fun, laid-back rotation. My mom is loving getting to watch Judah while I'm at work.

Hopefully I'll be posting more photos from the days to come and maybe I'll even get together a post of my favorite baby items and other new mom things I've learned in the 10 weeks (!!) since Judah was born. But before then, I've got lots to do.....

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Better Banana Bread

I experimented today with my favorite banana bread recipe and loved the results. And since it was such a simple change that gave lots of flavor, I thought I'd share it here. My favorite recipe is courtesy of my SIL, Melanie, who gave me one of my favorite wedding/shower gifts we got - a personalized cookbook with all my favorite recipes in it that Melanie or other people in my family make.

To kick it up a notch, instead of using regular melted butter, I used brown butter. I'm just now coming to realize that brown butter is way better than regular butter. It adds a deeper, nuttier flavor that is subtle, but really can make a dish stand out. To brown butter, just melt it over medium heat, then let is continue to cook until the solids turn brown. That's it. It doesn't take that much longer than melting the butter, but adds an exceedingly nice flavor. And brown butter is not just for sweet dishes. My current favorite pasta sauce is just brown butter and sage. But that's a post for another day.

So here is the recipe:
3 large ripe bananas
1 c. sugar
1 egg.
4 T. brown butter
1.5 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla (another addition I made, but vanilla makes everything better)

Bake at 350 for about 1 hour (for a 9X5 loaf) or 30-40 min (for muffins.)

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Sun hat.














I fired up the sewing machine to make Judah a Sun hat. Pattern found here. I think I'm going to shorten the straps and use a snap instead of tying it as that seems more boyish.

I'm hoping to do some more sewing for Judah-baby here pretty soon. I finally ordered some really cute boyish fabric, so expect to see some more cute projects soon.....

Monday, June 07, 2010

In which I again reveal my dorkiness...

One of the most exciting moments of my nerd life was when I made an on-air comment on an NPR talk show. I might have now topped it.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the editors of World magazine, expressing my enjoyment of a column written by Andree Seu. A few days letter, I was delighted to receive an actual email from Andree Seu herself! I mean, she's this famous person - she gets read by thousands of people in her World Columns and online, and she took time to write me.

Today, I was even more excited to discover that my letter actually got published in World magazine.

I feel so cool.....

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Hydrangea season

Although I'm more of a fall girl, I do love the time of year when the hydrangeas are blooming and I can eat fresh South Carolina Peaches. I bought my first bag on my way back from Aiken, SC, where I also spotted these beautiful bushes.


























Self-soother

Judah is getting much better using his hands. I think I'm going to have a finger-sucker on my hands. (Pun intended.) I'm not too surprised considering that he actually came out of me with a callous on his hand from where he'd been sucking on it whilst still inside me.













He mostly just sucks on his index finger, but sometimes gets both his index and middle finger in his mouth.












He's rather loud right now when he's sucking on his fingers. And sometimes he manages to get them in so far that he actually chokes. But I think this habit is here to stay.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Be a tourist in Charleston...

So I know I don't actually live there anymore, but since I spent four years in one of the most beautiful cities on the east coast, and often get asked for recommendations about what to do there, here is my first post about Charleston.

We'll start with the eating.

Charleston has more delicious restaurants that you could possibly visit during even a week-long stay there. When we lived there, we tried out quite a few, but once we'd found ones that we liked, we had a really, really hard time going somewhere new. This list is certainly not all inclusive, and there are TONS more great eating places there, but this is just what I like.

First off:
My favorite dinner place (and one I've talked about before) is called The Mustard Seed. There are two locations, one on James Island and one in Mount pleasant. The food is super tasty, and fairly inexpensive. I recommend the butternut squash ravioli. Everytime Jeff and I visit Charleston, this is the restaurant we go to.

Other great dinner choices:
1. Sermet's corner - a slightly fancier place we went once to celebrate my being done with my boards.
2. Magnolia - the most expensive date Jeff and I have been on. This was our choice one year for our anniversary. The food was incredible, but this is definitely the kind of place I'd save for a special occasion.
3. High Cotton - Although we never actually went to the one in Charleston, we recently visited the Greenville location. It was really good. They had house-made pickles, house-cured bacon, and use lots of local ingredients. I think the dinner menu is kind of pricey, but we went at lunch and it was actually fairly affordable.
4. Take a picnic to Sunrise Park. Definitely my favorite park in Charleston, it is located on James Island and overlooks all of downtown and you get a great view of the harbor as well. If you go to Charleston in the summer, it would probably be too hot for a lunchtime picnic, but any other time of year this place is great all day long.

Lunch:
1. Five Loaves - this is an excellent sandwich and soup place. Their soup selection changes daily, and they have great salads and sandwiches. It's like a trendier and more creative Panera. It's also good for dinner, and on friday they have half price wine.
2. Take a picnic to the beach. I'd recommend stopping at Whole Foods and picking something up, but Subway would work just as well. Or pack a PB&J and some cold sodas. Folly Beach is where the college students and surfers go, but it was also the beach Jeff and I went to most of the time. It was the closest to downtown, had some good waves. Sullivan's Island is a more family-oriented beach. Isle of Palms is the furthest away from downtown, but also really nice. You can't really go wrong at any of the beaches by Charleston.
3. Saffron Bakery - This place would be good for brunch or lunch. They have Mediterranean-type food and baked goods. Sundays they have a buffet that looks good. I can't remember exactly what I ordered here but it was delicious.

Seafood:
There are lots of famous seafood places in charleston. Everyone talks about Hyman's. Honestly, I'm not that big a fan of Hyman's because I think their menu is a little too limited. If you want to go somewhere in the Market:
1. A.W. Shucks - Really tasty menu and good seafood, and near all the other fun, downtown activities.
2. If you want a real, unique, southern experience, try The Wreck. They are located right on Shem Creek, but you need a map to get there. And they only take cash. But the food is awesome, and as someone who loves the hole-in-the-wall, locals-only type place, this restaurant was great.

Breakfast/brunch:
1. My absolute favorite breakfast/brunch place is Hominy Grill. It's located about 3 blocks from where I lived, and I loved going there on saturday mornings. They specialize in southern food with a modern twist. They have some of the best shrimp and grits in charleston, and their biscuits and gravy are delicious. Jeff loved the huevos rancheros. Their fried green tomato BLT is also really tasty.
2. The Variety Store is another locals-only type place located in the Charleston marina. Jeff took me there the morning we got engaged. They have a delicious, but very typical eggs, bacon, pancake type place. You can sit and look out at the harbor and marina. It's beautiful there in the morning.

I realize that many people who have visited charleston will think that I missed whatever is their favorite good restaurant in charleston. Again, this is only a list of my favorites of the places I've actually been. I could probably do another post about places I really want to go, but never have. Anyone else out there have charleston favorites?

And check out Half Pint House for great ideas for visiting St. Louis!