Sunday, November 23, 2014

a pregnancy craving?!

Tonight I think I had my first ever pregnancy craving.  So far it's been a struggle of what sounds the least unappetizing, but tonight I couldn't stop thinking about tortilla chips with guacamole and queso!  Since avocados are healthy I decided this was a perfectly acceptable supper.  (For a first supper anyway.  I generally eat supper at least two times before I go to bed.)  

I'm hoping this is a sign that I will be able to enjoy an entire Thanksgiving meal without any aversions!   So far the worst things are chicken and orange vegetables.  Eek!  I can hardly even think about them without feeling gaggy.  It's so weird because normally I love those! 

In other news, Hubby had eye surgery to repair the tears in his right retina.  He had the left side fixed in February.  This side wasn't as bad as the left, so his recovery has been a little bit easier.  It will still take a while for his vision to be back to normal, but at least he has been able to go most of the day without sunglasses on!  Cameron has been loving all of his extra time with his daddy.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cameron's Big News

Cameron has some big news!  He will be a big brother late May/early June!  

Our official due date is June 1st, however Cameron was 5 days early so I am estimating that we will have a May baby this time.  We are currently 11 weeks.  I've had this post saved since I took the pictures, so I think it's time to publish it!  :)  


As far as symptoms go, pregnancy and I don't get along very well.  I've had some people tell me that morning sickness is a sign of healthy fetal development, but that doesn't make it any more pleasant.  I'm just hoping that it doesn't last my whole pregnancy like it did with Cameron.  I've made friends with my super stylish sea bands.  They are acupressure wrist bands that people usually wear for motion sickness, but I've been wearing them for the last month and I haven't been nearly as sick this time.  We had our first real prenatal appointment today and got to hear Baby Cook's heartbeat!  That's my favorite part!  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Washing windows

This morning Cameron and I washed all of the baby hand prints and puppy nose prints off the windows.  

And then Cameron decided the windows were a little too clean.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Playing outside (16 month update)

We had awesome weather this weekend.  Cameron still loves being outside!  

Cameron found himself the perfect walking stick for our hike through the pasture.  He loves to carry sticks.  The leaves were a bit too thick for his little legs, but we still had fun! 

Pepper loved being outside, too!

Cameron is way too busy for pictures lately so attempting to take pictures of him by myself was almost impossible.  Cameron still loves cows.  Mooing is his favorite trick.  He can show off his belly button.  He loves shoes.  His shoes, mommy's shoes, daddy's shoes, any shoes he can find!  He calls them "ishish."

Cameron has been busy learning to use a fork, too.  Sometimes he doesn't want to eat without it, other times he throws it on the floor.  I can't think of any foods that he refuses to eat, although fruit is definitely his favorite.  He's getting better at drinking out of a real cup, although I only put water in it and I usually end up wiping the floor afterwards.  But hey, at least my floor gets a little cleaner every time.  ;)

Our little boy is obsessed with Thomas the Train.  It's the only show he will sit down to watch.  I don't like to encourage a lot of TV watching, but sometimes I'll use any excuse to get a snuggle!  As soon as he hears the theme song he starts to dance, and sometimes I can get him to stop and dance if I sing it myself!

Cameron has his routine down pretty well.  When he is ready for nap time, he goes to the stairs.  When he is ready for his bath, he goes to the sink.  (Yeah, that is life without a bath tub.  He's still getting kitchen sink baths!)  He heads right to his high chair for meals, too!  When he needs a diaper change he will grab a clean diaper, so that has been helpful.  :)  

We are working on getting him to sleep better, but we haven't had a lot of success.  We've stopped nursing in the middle of the night so sometimes when he wakes up I've been able to tuck him back in and start his night time music.  Hubby has been super helpful getting up in the middle of the night to help me break Cameron's night nursing habit.  We are hopeful that we'll sleep all night again soon!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Adventures

We had a fun time at the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago! 

The toy catalog came out so Cameron was busy picking out Christmas presents. ;) 

Then we went to another pumpkin patch with auntie!  We got pie pumpkins and have made two pies so far!  Yum yum!

I'm not the best at making pie crust, but it worked!! 

Today we harvested the rest of the carrots from the garden!  Some got buried in sand to be kept in the basement (the ones on the ground) and the rest got chopped and froze (the ones in the bin)!  (And we had some glazed with supper.  Delish!) 

Good thing we all like carrots.  They were the most successful part of our garden! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New record!

Last night Cameron had his first 12 hour sleep!!  And I had my first "wake up rested" since he was born.  I'm still amazed that he slept from 9-9!  He has been snuggly all morning so I'm taking advantage of it and watching Thomas with him.  Choo Choo!! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Country Tea

On Friday we had the pleasure of attending the Twelfth Annual Country Tea.  The tea this year was Mao Feng Noir.    

We started off with a roasted vegetable soup.  Cameron's menu started with cherry tomatoes and goldfish. 

Up next were the assorted tea sandwiches and savories.  My favorites were the curried egg salad with mango chutney (quite possibly the best egg salad I've ever had!) and the delta chicken salad with spiced pecans.  Cameron had his own kiddie sandwiches, but his favorite still came from my plate, the pane cioccolatta with goat cheese and raspberry jam.  He is lucky there were extras so I could share with him. ;)

We continued this delicious meal with ginger scones, Welsh scones, and crumpets.  I'm not sure I can pick a favorite, because I smothered them all in the huckleberry jam or lemon curd.  Yum! 

By the way, I was so excited to chow down that I only took pictures of my sandwiches.  The rest of the pictures are from my cousin Laura, so that's why you can see her name tag.  If you want to see her thoughts on the tea, you can check out her blog

All of the desserts were amazing, but my favorite was the chocolate cheesecake with chocolate ganache.  This was Hubby's favorite out of his goody bag, too.  Cameron's dessert menu included animal crackers, chocolate teddy grahams, and banana slices.  His favorite were the bananas and carrot cake.  

We finished the meal with Dom Pedro, a delicious blend of ice cream and kaluah.  

Oh, did I mention the champagne?  This tea party doesn't mess around.  We were served Pannier Brut.  

Cameron did really well considering he doesn't like to be confined to his high chair for longer than a quick meal.  

Here he is on the way to the tea.  We love his new hat that I scored this spring on super clearance from Gap.  

Don't mind our paint challenged house- we had been busy scraping with plans to repaint, but we've been busy with everything else so that has gotten bumped to the end of the to-do list.