Sunday, February 24, 2013

EC Log: Week 39 - Off and On

Age:  11 months, 2 weeks, 2 days

Lily loves the camera 11 months old
Signals
Lily has often been signaling when she has to go.  She usually says "potty" or some form of that and sometimes uses the sign as well.

Potty
We try her potty, the "big girl" potty (where I sit far back on the toilet and let her sit on my lap), the bathroom sink and the kitchen sink.  Sometimes she will go in one of these places - sometimes she will not go in any.  The silly thing is that she'll often pee on the floor soon after we've tried the potties!

Conclusion
EC is not a straight climb of achievement.  We take it one day at a time, keep her out of diapers as much as possible and encourage her at every turn!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Long Nights, Living Sacrifice

Lily is not walking...she's running!  It is now
impossible to get a not-blurry picture of her.  :)

Last night was good compared to the last week or so -- three night-wakings, about 30 minutes each.  After nights of 3-, 4- and 5-hour stretches of "awake," I was so happy to get some much needed rest.

I've been thinking about how these long nights are my way of worshipping God.  In the Old Testament, God repeatedly invites Israel to set aside their animal sacrifices and offer up a sacrifice in the form of justice and mercy.  In the New Testament, Jesus says that whatever we do for "the least of these," we are actually doing for Him (Matthew 25.40).  And Paul instructs us to offer ourself as a "living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship" (Romans 12.1 ESV).

It's not easy some nights, but of course no sacrifice is.  I think that as a parent I advocate (justice, mercy) for my child (helpless - one of the least of these) in a culture that may try to pressure me into treating her harshly.  It's my way of teaching her by example that Jesus will always, always be there when she needs Him because He promised He would (Hebrews 13.5).  I believe and I pray that this is not in vain, but that it pleases God, benefits my soul, and nourishes my daughter's body, mind and soul.

Long nights?  Bring 'em on!

Friday, January 25, 2013

EC Log: Week 35 - "Potty!"

Age: 10 months, 2 weeks, 3 days

Baby wakes up tongue out eyes closed
I love going in to see my princess first thing in the morning!
So, I go in to get Lily this morning and she looks at me and says...

"Pawww-deee.  Paw-dee!"

She's been trying to mimic me when I say it, but it's been coming out as "daddy" or "ditty."  But, this was just as clear as day.  She also waves her fist to sign "potty."  So cute!  And she sure *did* have to go potty!  She was holding it for me!  We didn't make it to the bathroom before she started going, but I consider it a catch.  :)

And, to add to the cuteness, once she saw her pee had hit the floor she said, "Uh-oh."

Thursday, January 24, 2013

EC Log: Week 34 - Sitting On Her Own

Age: 10 months, 1 week, 6 days

Baby sits on the potty in the bathroom with a book
Lily loves books so much!  Her favorite book while
she goes potty is Goofy Goes Fishing.
Well, the pooping issues have returned.  My poor princess is struggling to poop and we're working through dietary changes to help her through that.

But, on the EC side of things, she's doing great!  I've been sitting her down on her potty and holding a book in front of her periodically.  She seemed to enjoy it and I would just let her sit as long as she wanted and I'd make the cue sound and say "do you have to go potty?" ever so often, but not a lot of pressure.

Yesterday, she pooped and peed on her potty!  The poop was painful and she fussed a little.  :(  But, she stayed sitting until she was all done.  I was so excited!  Then today she peed on her potty three more times.  Yay!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Recipe: Sausage Quiche with Quinoa Crust [Gluten-free]

First wheat-free meal I made in 2013!  Quiche is versatile - substitute sausage for bacon and veggies for spinach or any number of combinations.  This crust recipe is "the lazy mama's crust."  It's not the prettiest, but if you are like me and hate dealing with cold ingredients, chilling the dough, and dragging out the cutting board and rolling pin, you'll love this recipe!


Crust:
 - 1/4 cup unsalted butter
 - 3/4 cup quinoa flour (if your local grocery store does not carry this, you may order here from Bob's Red Mill).
 - 1/4 teaspoon salt
 - 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
 - 2 tablespoons water

Filling:
 - 1/2 pound Italian (or other) ground sausage
 - 2 tablespoons oil
 - 1/2 of a sweet onion, diced
 - 1/2 of a red pepper, diced
 - 1/2 of a green pepper, diced
 - Salt and pepper
 - 1 cup shredded cheese
 - 4 large eggs
 - 1 cup heavy cream (or substitute half and half or milk)
 - 1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)
 - Dash of chili powder

For the Crust:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  Melt butter on the stove over low heat.
3.  Remove from heat and add dry ingredients mixing until incorporated.
4.  Add water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix until incorporated.
5.  Press dough into 9" pie plate (or 9x9 casserole dish).
6.  Bake for 10 minutes.
7.  Set aside to cool.

For the Filling:
1.  Oven should be at 375 degrees F.
2.  In a large skillet, brown sausage in oil.  Remove sausage using a slotted spoon leaving oil and drippings in the pan.
3.  Return skillet to medium high heat and add onions and peppers.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Continue cooking until soft, stirring occasionally.
4.  Meanwhile, combine eggs, cream, parsley and chili powder in a bowl.  Set aside.
5.  Add onion/pepper mixture to sausage.  Add cheese.  Stir to combine.
6.  Spoon sausage mixture over crust.  Pour egg mixture over sausage mixture.
7.  Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until eggs are set.  Let cool 20-30 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

EC Log: Week 31 - A Breakthrough

Age: 9 months, 4 weeks

It would seem the Potty Pause has lifted.

Grandma and baby Lily
Grandma comes to visit!
It started with a pee in the bathroom sink with Daddy running cold water over our little angel's toes.  Then he caught another one!  Then I caught one!

Then, yesterday was quite possibly our best day yet!  She was miss-free every waking moment (meaning she went during naps and nighttime, but was dry otherwise).  She even went in the public restroom sink at a restaurant.  Yay!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Year's Resolution #1: Wheat-Free in 2013

wheat-free gluten-free symbol

What do ya mean "wheat-free?"
Lily has never had wheat.  I think I'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible.  I, myself, would also like to eliminate wheat from my diet as much as possible.  I don't intend to go gluten-free as we would consume other grains that contain gluten.  But, ultimately my gluten intake would greatly decrease.

Why avoid wheat?
For more on this company, visit
organicconsumers.org/monsanto.
I think Americans over-consume lots of things: wheat, corn, sugar.  And I think we under-consume whole vegetables and fruits.  By cutting out wheat, you automatically avoid lots of unhealthy things, such as white flour and processed foods in general.  Switching to whole grains can be helpful, but it is still easy to over-consume whole wheat products!

Wheat has changed drastically from its ancient form having been hybridized over the years.  Monsanto (and others?) now genetically engineer wheat to be better, more plentiful and more resistant to enemies.  These manipulations have dramatically changed the gluten content of wheat and how it is digested by the human body.  Other grains have significantly less chance of being modified.

So, no bread...ever?
Well, I'm hoping to start making my own bread with other flours.  I don't currently have a bread machine but I always see them at the Goodwill and on Craigslist.  So when I have $10-$20 extra dollars to spend I'm going to try my hand at bread-making.
Bread is hard to give up!
But bread doesn't have to be made
of wheat.

Other alternatives I've considered include:
 - Wheat-free tortillas
 - Homemade crackers (recipe soon to follow)
 - Planning meals and snacks around produce and protein instead of carbs

Also, I fully plan to indulge in pizza and muffins whenever the opportunity arises.  But hopefully these will be rare treats rather than weekly conveniences.  I'm hoping that I will be able to focus more on made-from-scratch meals - surely, recipe posts will follow!

Wheat-free Flours (not an exhaustive list):
With gluten:
The bulk section of your local natural foods store is a
great place to start looking for wheat-free alternatives.
 - Barley
 - Rye
 - Spelt
Gluten-free:
 - Almond
 - Brown Rice
 - Buckwheat
 - Coconut
 - Corn meal
 - Flaxseed
 - Millet
 - Tapioca
 - Oat
 - Potato
 - Quinoa


For an exhaustive list and glossary, check out this site.