Thursday, August 19, 2010

Battle Plan

I tried out a new recipe for dinner last night - a kind of Mexican casserole. Rob and I sampled it and said it was fine, but we probably wouldn't make it again because a plain old taco is every bit as good and doesn't require the additional 25 minutes of baking time at the end. Then Emily sampled it, got excited, and scarfed down a larger dinner than I did. Honestly, I'm still in denial that it could all fit in her stomach. Considering that the only other food I could get her to eat that day was grapes, I was ecstatic. Now I'm considering adding it to our menu cycle. Even though it is an extra 25 minutes that normal tacos wouldn't take, Emily won't touch tacos, and I'd rather make one meal that our whole family will eat than a meal I love and a pot of mac and cheese for the choosy toddler.

I've been surprised by the large number of small adjustments I find myself making as part of life with a toddler. I'm realizing more and more the value of picking my battles. It is all well and good to say that your kid will eat what the family is eating or go hungry, and then you find yourself dragging your whale-like pregnant body out of bed at 2am because your toddler is starving and needs a bottle to make it until morning, and you suddenly stop caring about the one family/one meal policy. Maybe I'll suffer in the long term, and my child will become a self-centered brat or something, but at least I'm getting a good night's sleep right now, which means I have the energy I need to get my sloth-like pregnant body off the couch and be an engaging parent during the day, which I value more. Life with a toddler, even an incredibly good natured one like Emily, is full of small battles, and it's been interesting to learn about which battles I'm willing to lose so I have the energy to fight the ones that matter most.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Has it really been almost a month since I've blogged? And two months since I've posted a picture of Emily? That's embarrassing. Before I go any farther, I've uploaded a picture of Emily on her new ride on toy from Grandpa. She loves that thing. She'll roam around the neighborhood with it for as long as I'm willing to brave the heat.

So, here are the updates about life the past few months. Emily finally hit the magical age where she is able to attend our congregation's nursery. I love it. It doesn't actually change anything for me because I'm playing piano, so Rob was staying with her anyways, but I love that she has somewhere to go at church that is made for her. I'm glad that she is learning that she can feel happy and safe at church, and that church is a place she can participate and learn.

My dad was in town on business, and we had a wonderful, relaxing time eating good food, hitting the playgrounds, and just catching up.

We also said a very bittersweet goodbye to our relatives and good friends, the Charles. They've left the mid-Atlantic for a fantastic job out west, and we couldn't be happier for them, although we are going to miss them terribly.

So that's been recent life.