Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet’s Arrival

First off, if you missed it last week, I shared that the Chiplet had arrived!

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Meet the Chiplet

As I expected, the Chiplet arrived early. Even earlier than I expected, especially since I had started to doubt myself. I had no indications he was coming anytime soon, so I figured I was just being overly hopeful. Here I was with so many things ready (although I still had a couple tasks I hadn’t done since I had been feeling poorly the week prior to his arrival), and I figured I had jinxed myself. That he was not only coming later, but maybe even late!

So, Happy Thanksgiving and here is something I am thankful for this year that I didn’t even predict last year:

Come back next week for more pictures and the birth story!

Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 6

Dear Fudgelet,

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written to you on here. Over a year, in fact! But, it’s not like you haven’t been all over this blog anyway. So, I hope you don’t mind. Besides, I now get to have full conversations with you in person, so I don’t need to share everything to some future Fudgelet. (Will I call you just Fudge on here when you get older?)

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Corn and Cheddar Strata

We are getting really close to baby time. Even though I am writing this a couple months ahead of time, this still feels close to baby time. I am doing lots of preparation for this birth but still feel kind of behind. We are still figuring out what to do with the crib situation…do we move the Fudgelet to a regular bed or order another crib for the baby? I am leaning towards new crib but the ones we like are pricey and maybe I am being overly cautious? I don’t know…and I still need to buy some other stuff for the baby, like a new baby monitor. Ours is fine…a bit buggy, but all of the video ones seem to have bugs and not last very long. Regardless, our current one is okay but probably won’t last much longer (hopefully until next summer or so when I plan on being done using it for the Fudgelet). By the time this post is live, I’m hopeful all of this will be sorted out and I can just worry about the stuff I can’t fully prepare for (when labor starts, how the Fudgelet will be when I’m at the hospital, how the new kid will handle newborn things, how we will handle two kid things…).

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Waiting for Chiplet

It’s been awhile since I mentioned the almost-here baby, so I decided to write a little about our wait for him. To start, I have decided to name him Chiplet on the blog. Of course, outside of the blog, we still haven’t finalized a name for him, but I think Chiplet is appropriate. It goes with chocolate (chip) or potato (chip) which are favorites in this house. And, it goes with Fudgelet. Fudgelet and Chiplet. Maybe when they are teenagers I can call them Fudge and Chip, haha.

So, we know he is a boy, we know he is very active inside of me compared to the Fudgelet, and he enjoys spreading out across my entire belly (the Fudgelet used to just curl up on one side or the other). In a month, he should have arrived already, but of course there are no guarantees for that.

This pregnancy has not been easy, but it hasn’t been as difficult as it could be. And of course I feel lucky to be able to have him at all. The Fudgelet is very excited about meeting his brother. He talks to him and about him constantly. We might have to work on his sharing skills (sometimes he does great with it, but other times is kind of a jerk like most toddlers). I’ve been trying to plan for the scenarios I know about, like the rough first few months. With it being the end of the year, we usually save most of K’s vacation time for the holidays, so it works out for us. We can have him use sick time/vacation time to be around for most of the first month or two, along with some grandparents visiting. Then, we can have him around for more time the following year because his work extended paternity leave, which is great! Normally I take care of the Fudgelet in the morning while he gets ready for work, but K will take over most of those duties (especially at the beginning) while I am feeding the baby and getting myself up. We’ve already switched to where K does most of the bedtime routine for the Fudgelet so that won’t need an adjustment, and we have been trying to prepare him for some of the challenges (like training him to be more independent with getting his shoes on/etc.).

I’m more nervous this time than last time, I think, because I worry about taking care of two kids, night wake-ups, exhaustion, dividing attention, feeding everyone, etc. And that’s all outside of the actual labor/delivery part which I’m kind of blocking from my brain right now because there isn’t much I can do for that ahead of time. I’m just hoping it is as short as last time, or shorter, so that the Fudgelet won’t get too worried.

Some preparing I did this time better than last time (#fridgedrama) is making meals. This time I am doing some big trips to the stores ahead of time (stocking up on meat, etc.) and prepping some of the stuff, too, like slicing the beef for stir fries. I have different meals that mostly just require heating (or maybe making something simple like pasta and/or a veggie to go with them). I also set aside some sheet cake in the freezer, as well as some frozen cookie dough. Dessert might seem frivolous, but sometimes it can cheer you up with a long week. Although you can always buy store desserts, they are not always as good, or are tricky to get with a baby (and a toddler).

I have been making sure I have blog posts ready for the start, as well, but there might be a lag or limited posting. When I can, I will update about life and food. You can also always check in on some social media sites in case I post there before I have time to write something official on here.

Fudgelet Adventures (part 10): Third Birthday Party!

As you (might) know, my posts tend to be a bit delayed on here. I usually can’t make a recipe and have time to write about it immediately, so that’s how it goes. I actually am writing about this party only a couple days after it happened, but just posting it about 2 months after the fact. The Fudgelet normally parties at home for his birthday. This year, since it was his last birthday as an only child, I decided to go somewhere. Since he loves blueberries, we were going to do a two part one…pick blueberries, then go to a park and play/eat. Well, as you see, I said “we were.” We had a rainier and cooler spring this year which meant berries weren’t ready until near the end of July (normally they are ready around July 4). And then the park part had to get cancelled, too, since it ended up raining that morning for a bit (the first rain of the entire month, and then some). Siiiiiiigh. So, back to hosting it at home! He was a little disappointed at first, but then recovered when he knew that everyone was still coming here. He cared more about seeing his friends than the park.

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Fudgelet Adventures (part 9): Elephant Hand Craft

Awhile back I realized that the Fudgelet and I hadn’t made any crafts recently. With such nice weather outside, we had been spending our afternoons playing with chalk/bubbles/sand/etc. Not that any of that is bad, but the Fudgelet himself mentioned that he wanted to do some crafts, specifically related to animals. So, we looked on Pinterest and bookmarked a bunch that looked cute. The day came when he said he wanted to make something and he wanted it to involve painting. He picked an elephant craft we saw where you make elephants out of your kid’s hands. But here was the problem…there were no directions and the picture was really small. So, I needed to improvise.

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