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Peas, please?

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Whew! Nathan got over his strep throat pretty quickly. Of course, he’s still on antibiotics and will have to be on them for a total of ten days, and I’m thankful that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. My mom told me that my brother and I had strep throat constantly as kids. And then she would get it and we’d all just keep passing it around. Thankfully, no one else in our house caught it! I hate, hate, HATE having a sore throat. I was gargling with salt water twice a day, hoping to prevent myself from catching it. Seems to have worked!

In other news, I made my first batch of homemade baby food today. Peas! I took a small bag of frozen peas, boiled them in 1/3 cup of water for 5-6 minutes, and pureed them in a baby-food puree thingy we have. I know that sounds funny, but I don’t know exactly what it’s called. It’s not really a blender, not a food processor. We got it at a baby store, specifically to make baby food. Actually, we got it when Nathan was a baby but just never used it! Glad I’m finally putting it to some use. So anyway, after I put the peas in the puree/blender thingy, I added the water I boiled the peas in. This is because many of the nutrients from the peas are seep into the water. For babies less than 7 months old, dowever, you can’t always use the water you boiled the veggies in because some of them, like carrots, have nitrates in them. Peas are fine to do that with, though. Then I added some pumped milk and a little filtered water since the peas were still a bit too thick for John. I refrigerated enough for a couple days and put the rest in the freezer. It made a total of about 12 oz of baby food. Not bad, huh? Cheaper than buying that processed, store-bought stuff. And I KNOW what went into it, so that’s a huge plus. Now let’s just hope Mr. John likes them, too.

Speaking of which, he just woke up from his nap, so I’m going to go steal some snuggles.

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My heart

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Look at the cuteness! I love this kid!

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Nathan loves his uncle!

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My brother was in town a couple of weeks ago! It’s always so nice to see him. I miss him terribly and he is definitely one of my “bestest” friends. Whenever he comes to Knoxville, which is about 3-4 times a year, he always makes time to see me and we’ll usually meet in Knoxville and hang out. This last time, we ate some sushi (first time eating it together!), checked out some stuff at the mall, ate ice cream, and walked around a bookstore. Might not sound like much, but the whole time we’re together, we’re acting goofy and laughing like lunatics. In fact, we invariably get into laughing fits… he’ll start laughing at something, which makes me laugh, which makes him laugh harder, which then makes me delirious with laughter- can you see where this is going? We’ve both started drooling from laughing so hard! It’s always so awesome to spend time with him.

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And oh yeah, I got my hair cut! I felt like I really needed to change it up after having a baby, so I got it all cut off and I LOVE it. I’ll probably keep it short for a while and then I’ll grow it back out again at some point.

So anyway, my brother really wanted to get Nathan something special while he was here, so he decided on a Build a Bear. Have you ever heard of Build a Bear? Well, it’s this neat little store where you can build your own bear (or any of the stuffed animals they offer) by picking an animal, stuffing it, and even adding accessories. He picked out the neatest, softest bear he saw and then had a recording put in the paw where every time Nathan pressed it, he would hear “Hi, Nathan! Uncle Paul loves you!” All their bears come with a heart, and you’re supposed to hold it between both hands, make a wish, and kiss it before they put it inside the bear and stuff it. Let me tell you, it was priceless watching my brother do that. He’s such an awesome uncle.

My brother named the bear Benny, and Benny even has his own birth certificate and birthdate. So then when we got back to my house, my brother presented the bear to Nathan, and he loved it! Nathan LOVED the recording my brother made, and pressed that paw so many times that the battery died within a week! Seriously. Nathan sleeps with the bear at night. All would be quiet, and then I’d hear the recording of my brother’s voice over and over again before Nathan drifted off to sleep. I’m glad it was my brother’s voice and not some pre-recorded mechanical voice. THAT would have driven me nuts.

I bring Benny with me when it’s time to pick Nathan up from school. The very first thing Nathan asks for is Benny. And then he’d press that paw over and over again the whole ride home. When I warned him the battery would die, he then gave it about five seconds between every push of the bear’s paw.

One day I walked into the kitchen to discover Benny sitting at the table with a “meal” made just for him from Nathan’s kitchen. Gosh I love that kid!

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Such a big boy!

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He loves, loves, loves sitting in his Bumbo seat. Just look at that cute little face! Such a happy baby!

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