hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week
This morning, I searched through my blog archives looking for a post. I rarely do this. It is strange and kind of wonderful to remember, to see and read what I was thinking and doing. I like blogging.
A year ago, I was still terrified for Ruby’s life. She was off the apnea monitor but we were still doing heart monitoring. I don’t think I had slept in months. It took a while to bond with Ruby because I had distanced myself when she was on life support and kept worsening. She lived right there close to my heart for months, all day, every day. And slowly, cautiously and eventually, like a powerful wave, she plunged right into my heart.
Two years ago, we returned from a two week vacation to Portland and northern California and I felt chubby and tired. I wondered….I didn’t say anything to Andy and took a pregnancy test about 23 seconds after we got home. And, lo, little Ruby Jane registered as a plus sign. I gave Margot the test and told her to go show her papa. He asked Wait, what? Really? at least five times. Really.
Three years ago, I was wonderfully blown away by the love I felt for a four month-old Margot. I had just gone back to work at the museum and she came with me every day, nursed while I worked, played while I was in meetings, slept under my desk. She met Obama.
Four years ago, I dug in the same garden, cooked in the same kitchen, ran with the same dog, held hands with the same husband. The difference? Cells were dividing in my uterus. Oh man were we ever surprised at that information. Digging, cooking, running and hand holding forever changed.
:: Everything is messy these days. The everyday activity seems to be amped up about 17 notches. Painting turns into piles of color and little red footprints around the kitchen, puzzle pieces find their way into every one of my shoes, at any given moment there are at least three socks on the floor in every room, muddy boots lounge in corners, garden tools are inside and my jewelry is outside. This morning I found Margot’s easter basket under our bed. It was full of chopped carrots.
I think it is because I don’t have a baby and a kid anymore. I have two kids.
:: Last year I made these felt eggs for the backyard hunting.
And, this year, I am making them to sell! There are only
10 15 sets available (wow! sold out right away…I added 5 more and that’s really all I can do by easter. thanks!) They work great, don’t break and land in the trash. They are colorful and securely hold jelly beans, erasers and other such items the easter bunny brings. And, they are made by a mama in her basement instead of a machine in a factory. What’s not to love?
:: Ruby talks to the hens in this cockacockacocka chant that melts my heart.
:: Having two bipedal children is so freeing while outside. I feel light as a feather as I flit about the garden, while bug runs busily from rock to rock to see if any ants live underneath and Ruby swaggers behind, her faithful follower.
:: Speaking of bipedal, sweet potato glows with all that is beautiful in the world as she moves forward on her own two feet.
:: A big, fat welcome back to dig sponsor Soapwalla Kitchen. I have talked before about my allegiance to the deodorant and body oil.
Newish to me are the Restorative Face Serum and the Organic Lavender and French Clay Facial and Body Soap Bar. I use the soap bar only on my face and I completely adore the smell, the consistency, the clean. And, the face serum? It completely cleared up this annoying dry skin rash thing (dermatitis) I had around my eyes all winter. Also, her stuff works so well that you need so little. Everything lasts a long time.
Rachel is awesome and makes all of these things in her wee New York City apartment. She is offering you all 10% off your purchases this month! Coupon code: DTC11. Thank you Soapwalla!
:: We made more of the figgy bars and I have the satisfying stats all ironed out. I updated the recipe with this info: The store bought fig bars are $6/pound and the recipe yields three pounds for $6!
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except for the first three, all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com