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The Vivsters

8/24/2011 07:17:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »

Vivi has had an exciting summer and did a few things that call for celebration.

First, she got rid of this.

I am very proud of her. And of Reed because he's the one that actually took the leap. One evening he was putting the girls to bed while I was at a meeting and he couldn't find her "fire". He just told her he couldn't find it and she would need to go to bed without it. She kind of whimpered a little bit and at times I could hear her in the night crying "I miss my 'fire'". But she put herself back to sleep and we've never gone back. She does, however, look longingly at Mariella's "fire" at times and if I find her face down in a pillow I know it's because she's stolen it and is getting her fix. I swear it's like a drug!

Second, she started getting potty-trained. We're not fully done but that's ok, she's made great steps! The best thing about her getting potty-trained- her pants and shorts fit her better without the chunky diaper :) Yay Vivi!

2 Months

8/18/2011 06:01:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »

Mariella at 2 months- 10 lbs, 13 oz and 23 inches
50th percentile in both height and weight

Methinks that Mariella will be more of her big sister Lara's body type.

Mariella Still Has Her Head

8/14/2011 08:09:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »

Yesterday I took Lara grocery shopping since we had NO food in our house after vacation. I had fed Mariella right before I left but apparently she knows when I'm not around because she immediately started wailing and didn't stop the whole time I was gone. Reed called me and said "I'm done" and I could hear her just screaming in the background. I told Lara "We have to hurry and get home because Mariella is screaming her head off." When we got home, Lara rushed over to Mariella and took a good long look. "Mom, I told you that Mariella wasn't going to lose her head!"

Potluck Recipes

8/05/2011 11:28:00 AM Edit This 0 Comments »
Reed and I recently discovered 2 recipes that we are convinced are our staples for potlucks. They are DELICIOUS! The potato salad was made by Reed's cousin's wife who is from Armenia. The sopapilla cheesecake pie was found on Allrecipes around Cinco de Mayo. I made it 3 times that week and most recently made it for Reed's birthday. I have brought it to 2 potlucks and have been told that I'm not allowed to bring anything else but that for the next ones :)

Armenian Potato Salad
5-6 medium sized potatoes boiled
3-4 carrots boiled5-6 hard boiled eggs
1 can of peas
1 can chicken
Dill to taste
10-12 Pickles(I use the tiny ones from Costco, so probably 2-3 big ones) depends on how much you like pickles.
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop everything up and mix it together.
Add mayonnaise and sour cream before serving. Decorate with olives and/or lea
ves of cilantro or parsley.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2.Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
3.Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each piece into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one piece into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
4.Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.

Belated Post but Oh Well

8/02/2011 08:45:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
What I Learned From Mariella's Delivery-

1. Triage nurses can be loud in the hallway and I don't really think they care if you hear them talking about you. "Well, she says her water broke but the test came back negative and she doesn't have any contractions." (They did the second more in-depth test which showed my water did indeed break so TAKE THAT!)

2. After a 3rd delivery having to be hooked up to pitocin, I am pretty sure my body just doesn't have contractions naturally. We were admitted into the labor/delivery room around 11:30pm and I immediately went to sleep because I knew that nothing was going to happen until they decided to start the drip. I was right.

3. Again, after a 3rd delivery where the baby's head was turned, I am convinced that I will never have a natural birth. I just can't stay in the positions that I need to in order to turn the baby properly without a drug.

4. I am in the 11% of women whose water spontaneously ruptures for multiple births. OK, don't quote me on that percentage because I can't quite remember the number. Just know that it is pretty rare to have your water break naturally for more than one delivery. Thank goodness that it does happen to me otherwise I would have to be induced for every single labor! (See number 2).

5. I love Riverside's labor and delivery nurses and it is the number 1 reason I will go back to that hospital for every single delivery as long as I live in Ohio.