All the sleep deprivation in the world is made better when I see this face. I do miss my sleep. Before Sagan, I was the type of person who needed her 8 hours. You see, I have a really active dream life (read: a lot happens, many people show up in them and I remember them clearly) and if I don’t get my 8 hours, I will feel utterly unrested. Now, even though I only get a couple of hours here and there, I still have the same vivid dreams. Thus, on most mornings at 6.30am, you’ll find me quite a zombie. But how can you get frustrated with a face like this one?
He is growing like a weed. Two weeks ago at his 2-month well-baby check, he weighed in at almost 13lb. I’m willing to bet that he is almost 15lb right now. I really hope my arm strength will catch up with his growth rate. I don’t know how folks can pick up their toddlers but if they can, I probably should be able to, eventually.
It’s almost time to think about going back to work. Most mothers go back to work after 12-16 weeks. I am, however, in a unique position where I have to find a new job. The last one was only a contract position. I know that it’s going to be difficult for me to go back to a full-time work schedule or to keep the schedule I had before. I am going to want to have time for the boy because I would hate to miss those milestones. I feel lucky that we can afford for me to spend the rest of the year at home, I am truly grateful for this time off. I hope the new year brings new opportunities that will allow me to work fewer hours.
By the way, it is my favorite time of the year – fall. I love all the smells, colors and tastes. I’ve baked 3 pumpkin pies in the last week and I have to say that adding 2 tbsp of brandy to your pumpkin pie filling makes your pie taste deeeeeee-leeeee-cious! I blind-bake store-bought crusts, follow the recipe on the Libby’s can except for the brandy and an extra pinch of nutmeg. Next on my list, sweet potato pie.
I’ve also been enjoying some cocktails lately but nothing says colder weather like a Dark & Stormy. Spicy ginger beer with spicy dark rum. Ooh la la!
Other exploits in the kitchen – Buffalo Wings and Yong Tau Foo. The latter is tofu/tofu puffs stuffed with a fish meat paste and steamed. You can it in a clear broth that contains soy beans or you can have it with hoisin sauce and chili sauce on rice vermicelli (bee hoon).
I’m looking forward to making more stews and definitely try my hand at braising.
On the creative front, I’m trying to find some time to sew more burp cloths and maybe a pair of pants for the boy. We’ll see. Right now, I’m having fun checking out patterns and selecting cute fabric here, here and of course, on Etsy.