Thursday, December 20, 2007

...because someone must teach me to crawl!

He can now get up on his hands and knees or his hands and toes!

ER Visit #1

This week we found out viral gastroenteritis is no fun, dehydration in babies is scary (especially when they have yet to discover how to drink from a sippy cup), and crazy people are regulars at the ER. We are thankful for a fabulous pediatrician, the competent staff at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and a merciful God. I am particularly thankful for a fabulous husband who stayed up all night squirting Pedialyte in Elijah's mouth (5 cc's q 5 minutes) and then stayed home and took care of us both the next day.

Yay! We are all better...and just in time for Christmas!

Staying up on current CEU course offerings:
New High Chair (thank you Scotts!):
After Bath #27 of the weekend (it happens when a child is sick) during which Mother allows child to play with a power cord:
p.s. The Double Deep pizza at Pizza Hut is amazing! Thanks MawMaw for my birthday treat~:-)

Friday, December 7, 2007


Yesterday our local news reported that a veterinarian's license was temporarily revoked while he was investigated for putting animals to sleep by injecting a medicine into their heart. His case was under review because this means of killing "without appropriate sedation" was accusedly a form of animal cruelty.

A salt-like substance is injected into the hearts of pre-born babies in order to kill them during selective reductions and other types of abortions. These babies aren't sedated. Their "aliveness" is not even discussed.

Why is a method of killing animals under scrutiny for possible cruelty while the same method is an undisputed tactic for killing babies? When did animals surpass humans in value?

'Tis the Season

- Wash, peel, core, and cube 3-4 apples.
- Place apple cubes in medium saucepan with just enough water to cover them.
- Boil for 15 minutes, or until tender.
- Puree in blender with just 1/8 cup or so of the juice in which the apples were cooked.
*3-4 apples should fill up an ice tray.

Green Beans
- Wash 3 heaping handfuls of green beans.
- Snap off all ends and discard. Break beans into 1" pieces.
- Place beans in steamer over a saucepot. Water should just barely come through the holes of the steamer.
- Steam for ~ 25 minutes.
- Puree in blender with 1/4 cup or so of the juice in which the beans cooked.
*3 large handfuls of fresh green beans should fill up an ice tray.

Even Elijah wants special Christmas foods! After confessing to my wonderful pediatrician that I sometimes let Elijah gum my pizza crusts and not being chastised, I feel a little more confident letting Elijah eat things. Today he gummed a wagon-wheel-shaped corn puff with carrots...blugh! He loved it because he could hold it and smear it all over his face, as seen below.

"Where did it go? I am not done yet!"