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Part 7 of the Dumpster Diaries: Trying to Not Get Sidetracked- Doing other stuff and letting folks dumpster dive…

My friend came by today and brought some clothes that may fit C, some did- some didn’t. When she saw the stuff (clothes, shoes, etc) I had dropped into the dumpster, she went diving. Her teen son and daughter could fit them and I was glad for the divers. It KILLS me to throw things out and I have no time to have a rummage. I welcome any and all dumpster divers.

she'll kill me, but this is a pretty anonymous pic

she’ll kill me, but this is a pretty anonymous pic- my friend removing a few bags from the dumpster to take home

Yesterday we took the entire day off. We ALL needed the break. I planned to do laundry today and still have yet to get to it- have been feeling very sidetracked and tired. R brought home some bluing, which I desperately needed for my yellowed white linens.

The temps are about 93F (33C) today and a thunderstorm is going to be blowing in soon. That’s probably why we are all so lethargic. R is at work today and the other males have been not feeling well.

My parents were here on their daily visit, which is so good for Maisie and the boys. We fed them some Persian kebab with basmati rice that I made for lunch… and copious cups of coffee.

this kid can almost reach the keyboard

this kid can almost reach the keyboard

My oldest son is a pianist, so we get a lot of live music around here now. Maisie is OBSESSED with the keyboard/piano/music and always crawls after S when he is playing.

S picking Maisie up to let her play too

S picking Maisie up to let her play too

We still have the new sleeper sofa on the front porch- and with the storm almost a certainty- we raised it up on some wood and covered it with a tarp. I also tidied up out there and swept/threw away an entire TRASH bag of garbage.

HOW THE HELL does this stuff accumulate?! I clean out there nearly every day!

my 'helper' on the porch

my ‘helper’ on the porch

sofa ready for the rainy weather

sofa ready for the rainy weather

I also promised my youngest son cookie making, so we’re making peanut butter cookies tonight. He found an excellent recipe with great reviews.

I am having extreme guilt over not being more gung ho about this right now. I am starting to feel really burnt out, but there is no way I am going to stop this project. I just need a break.

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I’ve Given Birth To A 10 Month Old Foodie Who Demands Raw Green Onions, Persian Khoresht, And Crab Legs…

crab

crab legs all over her little baby face and in her baby fist

Maisie is a foodie, I can already tell this now.  She has been demanding everything we eat since about 5 months.  So far, there is nothing she won’t eat (except juice and milk). She sneaks drinks of black coffee or tea out of my cup, if I am not looking.

Spicy curries, Persian kebab, Vietnamese pho?  NOM NOM NOM will be her answer.

home made pho for mommy

home made pho for mommy

Pho for Maisie

Pho for Maisie

“Hey, where’s my pho?!”

 

Garlic Okra Pickles?  MORE PLEASE!!

Crab legs?:  Don’t take her to an all-you-can-eat crab leg buffet, they WILL charge you!

Strawberries and raw green onions from the garden:  GOBBLES them up.

 

 
Unless it’s the odd organic veggie/fruit pouch or some baby cereal (rarely), she eats what we eat- in amounts that are astonishing.  She’s been clocking in between 25th-50th percentile for weight- and OFF THE CHARTS in height, consistently.

If I gave her avocado toast every morning, she'd be happy.

If I gave her avocado toast every morning, she’d be happy.

Today’s Breakfast Menu:

Eggs Scrambled with Dill
Sliced Tomatoes
Medjool Dates
Avocado Mashed w/Sriracha, S & P- on toast.
Water (because she seems to dislike juice and milk.  Getting her to drink her bottles is a chore)

Spaghetti, with a side of kale salad

Spaghetti, with a side of kale salad

I generally make enough to feed her, plus enough to throw on her table so she can ‘feed’ herself.  She is 10 months old, so her self-feeding skills are not quite spectacular, but our 3 Newfoundland dogs appreciate her technique.

Make no mistake- these are HER dogs.

Make no mistake- these are HER dogs.

Maisie with 2 outta 3 of our Newfoundlands

Maisie with 2 outta 3 of our Newfoundlands

 

I often wonder if she eats such a varied (and highly spiced) menu because that is what I ate during gestation and breast feeding.  I was RAW VEGAN and juicing prior to becoming pregnant (and during the first month).  I developed an insatiable craving for avocados straight away.  THAT led to a sudden and urgent need for chicken wings, which I despised pre-pregnancy.  Those chicken wings were the death knell to my healthy vegan lifestyle…

I feed her solids 3-4 times a day, not including her bottle feedings.  I am no longer breast feeding because I had issues with milk production due to an earlier breast lift and reduction years ago.

nomm... chicken...

oooh… chicken…

I am thankful that she has no food issues- I went through TWO picky eaters, my middle and youngest son.  My eldest boy was exactly like Maisie in terms of ‘foodiness’.  By the time he was two, Sam was leafing through magazines and asking me to cook him ‘magazine food’.

What IS a first for me is that she’s not overweight.  I thank my lucky stars that she did not seem to inherit my metabolism.