Archive for February, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday, Gil!

My sweet William,

Today, you turn one year old. It’s a bit surreal. I remember your birth like it was just yesterday – a short, intense labour brought you into the world in our living room. Weighing 6lbs 12oz, you were bigger than Gwen, but still tiny.

What you lacked in weight at birth, you made up for in breastfeeding, gaining around 3.5oz per day for the first several weeks and doubling your birth weight by two months! When we were at the doctor last week, he gave you a quick weigh – 20 lbs! You still love to nurse … but I have no idea how frequently you do so – about every 2 hours, day and night, I think … sometimes more, sometimes less. You have started to really enjoy eating solids and will gobble up pretty much anything that I’ll offer you. It’s wonderful to have a non-picky eater! You do surprisingly well considering you barely have teeth. Your first tooth – the bottom left – appeared through your gums a few weeks ago, but you still can’t even see it when you smile! Read the rest of this entry »

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Recipe: Morroccan Stew

I whipped this up tonight for dinner – it was delicious and it made a LOT of food – could have easily fed 4-6 adults. I’ll be making this one again for sure!


  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3-4 cups diced tomato (I used a 1L jar of home-canned)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cut into little pieces
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Throw everything in a large pot or crockpot.
  2. Simmer for a few hours.
  3. Eat it. It’s yummy!


Man, I’m a sporatic blogger at best!

I was looking through my archives and noticed that I’ve only been blogging once, maybe twice per month recently. Well, I suppose ‘recently’ is a misnomer … it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Ah well, I’m not going apologize. Know why? Because I’m not sorry. I haven’t felt like it, and that’s okay!

But I am going to write about something dear to my heart today.

The needs of children.

I was thinking the other day about what it is that really bothers me about ‘training’ children – whether we’re talking about sleep training, ‘discipline’, whatever. It hit me: what really bothers me is the belief that the parents’ needs supersede those of the child.

I’m learning never to see any issue with my kids this way. Both of our needs are valid. Is there any way that we can compromise or meet both of our needs without someone needing to lose? After all, that’s how I would hope to approach it with an adult: brainstorm possible solutions to the problem and choose one that’s acceptable to everyone, hopefully meaning no winners, no losers.

Let’s co-operate and look for creative solutions, shall we?

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The Rockin’ Horse

Is now home to TWO crazy kids. Gil has been playing around with it for a few months now and figured out how to actually get on it today and rock. And off. Safely!

He’s not yet one!

Well, I guess I had to have ONE climber, huh?