Monday, May 16, 2011

Chub and pie (not related, though one might think otherwise)

First of all, I have an 18-pound baby. He is not even four months old yet, and he is 18 pounds and 26.5 inches long. As in, over 90th percentile for a four-month-old, an age that he is still eight days away from attaining. He is solidly in size 6-12 month clothing, and you guys, we own so much clothing for this child. His entire dresser is stuffed with 6-12 month clothing. The whole thing. I mean, the drawers barely open, they're crammed so full. And we paid for almost none of it; we have been so plied with lovely, generous gifts and hand-me-downs. I'm pretty sure this kid could wear a different outfit every single day for the first year of his life. And that seems to be my goal--he has a few outfits that I love and use regularly, but for the most part I try to make sure all the different items get a turn. Yes, I do care about fairness to inanimate objects, why do you ask?

Secondly, we had dinner with friends this weekend, and for it I made a lemon meringue pie. I used this recipe, except with milk instead of water, and I improved upon the last one by making my own crust this time (this one), and it turned out delicious. I always thought of lemon meringue as a fancy pie, but it's really not, and it's also one of the only non-chocolate pies that I like, and I think it will be one of my go-to desserts in the future, because yum. And also, it's not as greasy and unhealthy as some desserts. And the lemon filling is so tasty, and it looks so satisfying. See?

It's actually the egg yolk that makes it so yellow, not the lemon. And doesn't it look even better with the meringue on top? I like the contrast of the yellow and the white, so I took a photo break before I sealed the meringue up to the crust line for baking.

And the finished product was nicely golden and still fluffy:

Thirdly, we've done a ton of yard work, and things are starting to look really kind of lovely around here. My hands are not so lovely--scratched to crap from some bushes I pruned a little too zealously, with a couple of nasty blisters on my fingers--but I suppose that's just a sacrifice you have to make, right? And I should mention right here that Torsten was able to get our sprinkler system functioning by replacing heads and digging up pipes and whatnot all by himself, and we should really all note how incredibly handy he is, because he did awesome work and would probably like everybody to know about it.

Lastly, Callum has become increasingly annoyed about the concept of nursing recently, and at this point I'm more or less exclusively pumping. I can maybe get him to nurse for a couple minutes once every day or two, but that's it. I suppose I should be glad he hasn't decided to do this with his bottle instead of with the boob, given that if he gave up the bottle he would starve, but it's a little annoying to be pumping all the time when I only produce a couple ml, if that, at every session. My plan is to keep trying the nursing until his four-month birthday. After that, if he's still screaming every time I try, I think I'll be done. I'll stop trying to nurse him, and just pump a couple times a day for as long as I pull a few ml, and I presume my supply will dwindle pretty quickly, and then this breastfeeding adventure will be over, and that will be fine too. But we'll hope it goes a little better with the next kid, shall we?

Speaking of the chunkster, here he is, for your viewing pleasure. Clearly, his refusal to nurse isn't hurting him in the slightest.

Note the thigh rolls.


  1. Aw, love the thigh rolls! WTG Torsten on the sprinklers!

  2. What cute spaceship clothes! He is VERY handsome. You're so lucky!

  3. Thigh rooooooolls! LOVE. I am so impressed with Torsten! Well done!

  4. He is so darn adorable. Love that oh-so-serious expression.

    I'm glad that the yard is coming along so well - you should post pictures of all your hard work! And kudos to Torsten for his sprinkler genius!

  5. I wish Torsten could come fix our yard... :)
    That is the cutest baby in the world. I mean, present company in my lap excluded. And I cannot believe how fast he's growing, holy crap! Jameson still isn't even seventeen pounds, and he's close to eight months old!

  6. It is my dream to have a handy husband. And my husband is handy...with technology. So, while our yard may be lacking, we have kick-ass toys. Still, that metaphorical grass looks pretty green. Perhaps Torsten can give lessons?

    And your nearly 4 month old has a whole pound on my nearly 10 month old. :) Baby is in the 10th percentile, where all of my kids seem to hang out. The Husband comes from teeny bird people.

  7. Chunk is right--cute chunk at that! I love it. We actually don't have *that* many clothes for Hannah because I didn't tell people her gender until the shower. Don't get me wrong, she still has more she can wear, and her grandparents help with that.

  8. On the last point, B hated breastfeeding, and I had to give up after 10 weeks (though I was barely breastfeeding at that point). With the new baby, she figured out breastfeeding right away and we've had no problems! She's over 10 weeks already, and she's exclusively breastfeeding. So you may be right - the second kid may just get it!

    I am impressed with your pie cooking skills!

  9. DANG he is cute. Also, Ella STILL doesn't weigh 18 pounds. She's like. . .16.

  10. Awwwh, I love him!

    My girl was a big baby too. She has since turned into a normal sized toddler, but she does love food more than any other toddler I've ever been around, ha!

  11. Gosh, he is so stinkin' cute! You guys make cute babies :) I love that you guys got so many hand me downs and actually use them. I never understood why people would spend $30 on a pair of baby jeans that will fit for maybe 3 months. I hope I have friends that will give me hand me downs too!

  12. Awww his thigh rolls are adorable! And your pie looks delish!!

  13. Your bfing journey has been such a frustrating one! You should get some kind of award for stamina and patience. I'm sorry it was such a bumpy ride, but I'm glad that you seem to be at peace with it. And I think you'll be surprised at how very different EVERYTHING with the 2nd baby is... hopefully bfing included.

    Also, I'm sort of in love with your baby. What an adorable little doll he is!

  14. As sweet as the pie looks, I'd say Callum looks sweeter!

    What an adorable baby!!