30.3.10

6 months

Israel, 6 months
new
Six months ago today you were born. I was in labor for about 20 hours
before you finally came out to meet us. I remember that day so well.
I woke at 3 am with the smallest contractions but I paid no attention
because I was 16 days past my due date and I had been through this before.
As the morning progressed, so did the contractions.
At about 10:30 that morning I called our Doula. She wanted us to check back
with her in a couple hours to let her know how I was doing. Your dad and I
went for a walk, stopping so I could breath through "another one." We went to
the store and I tried very hard to act like I wasn't in labor as we bought
a sports bra for the labor. I baked banana bread, to keep my mind busy but
not tire myself, plus it filled the house with a wonderfully familiar aroma.
Our doula arrived around 3:30, just in time to watch my contractions go from
5-4 mins apart to 2-3 mins apart. Within an hour we were in the car and on
our way to the birthing center.
I was so excited. After two and a half weeks of thinking you could come at
any moment, I was so happy the time had finally come! Your daddy was so
perfect, calm and encouraging. I don't want to get into all of the little
details of the real labor but let's just say that a little over 5 hours at
the birthing center, and 40 mins of pushing with all my might, you arrived
8 lbs 2 oz and 22" long. Long and thin you were, with the biggest feet!
I remember that moment of swooping your naked little body up in my arms
and holding you to my neck. It was a feeling full of so much adrenaline
and relief at the same time! I finally got to look at the tiny person who
had been moving and kicking around in me for the past 9 months. You were
perfection, bald perfection! I can remember laying next to you, now clothed
and swaddled, memorizing your every shape. Smelling your head over and over
again. Rubbing your little back as I listened to you breath. Smelling your
sweet breath.
And here we are now, 6 whole months later. Once the tiny, helpless little
person now wants to sit on his own, and turn the pages of books when we read.
You get upset when I take anything from you but smile every time daddy walks
in the door from work. You laugh a lot, smile a lot, roll a lot and sleep little.
You watch everything we do, reach out to pet Fiona when she walks by. You
hold my hand and play with my fingers, eyes shut, while you nurse. The cutest
in the morning, you babble on and on and smile the second I lean over the crib.
You hold your arms out when you want me to pick you up and help me dress you.
You've changed our lives in so many ways. You've made us much more patient,
loving, playful, messy, carefree, appreciative people and we thank you for that.
Israel, on this 6 month anniversary of the day we met you, know that we love
you more than anything else and excitedly look forward to many more anniversaries
with you!

book of the week-Little Cloud

Book of the WeekBook of the WeekBook of the Week
We have a little collection of Eric Carle books going. My husband
and I have fond memories of reading his books when we were young
but the illustrations are still contemporary enough for today. The
simple images and shapes are great for Israel and I don't mind them
either. Short and sweet, the story of this little cloud is perfect
for your little one too!

29.3.10

here

Saturday
The weekend, as it always does, just flew by. Now that I'm not working,
the weekdays and weekend just blurs together. I thought Sunday was Monday
all day!
I've got a few new images of the house to share this week along with
a series of food images sent in by you so stay tuned in!

25.3.10

more wood + I'll be back

Mjolk
I've been a little preoccupied this week and haven't been a great
blogger. I will be back next week with something much more exciting!
Until then, here is part of the Mjolk showroom-an all wood interior
much like last Friday's post but beautiful nonetheless.
Have a great weekend!

24.3.10

merry happy

IsraelIsrael
Most of the time, you look like this. You're such a happy, curious
boy who loves to roll off blankets and out of rooms. I can hear
you shaking your rattle violently from across the house as you hit
the ground or your other toys with it.
You love to rock back and forth excitedly when I try to feed you your pears.
Not to mention you love to spray said food all over me as I try to get it INTO
your mouth! Even if I'm across the room, you stare and make noises to get my attention
and as soon as I look over you send me this huge grin and all is right in the world.
You are a perfect little blend of your daddy and me and you've made us the happiest
people. I lived in black and white before you were born, now I live in color.
I love you!

23.3.10

what are you eating?

pumpkin flax granola and almond milkpesto chicken with campari tomatoes and fetadinnertoffee covered almonds
I wanted to do something interactive with my readers-you!
How would you feel if I asked you to photograph 1 or 2 of your
meals and send it to me?
I'm very curious!
I will surely post them!
Email me here at jennhagler[@]gmail[dot]com

22.3.10

favorite

ranunculus from my husband
Husband bought these Ranunculus for me yesterday and I was gushing almost
uncontrollably! I went on and on about how beautiful they were
and couldn't stop glancing over at the coffee table. I wish they'd last
forever!

21.3.10

baby's chef

wake up to Pears
Now that Israel is eating solid foods regularly, my that was quick, I'm
making his food and freezing it. I've looked all over at different storage
containers but I can't nail anything down. I recently read about the dangers
of freezing plastics so I'm trying to use glass containers.
Any moms out there have suggestions?
I'm thinking of just reusing the glass jars from his first foods but if there
is something better out there, please, let me know!

19.3.10

official

Flora Douville\
Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and I'm excited at the thought
of being outside again. I don't know what our plans for this weekend
are quite yet but I hope it involves something outdoors!

wood wood

House KHouse KHouse K
Found this house last night while right after I had put Israel to
sleep for the 3rd time. What an amazing house! I don't know if I could
live with so much of the same walls, floors and ceiling but I think the
concept would be wonderful for maybe just one or two rooms. More here.

18.3.10

one pan

one pan mealone pan meal
A variation on an old favorite around here, I love that I can throw everything
together and cook it at once. Prep and cook are a maximum of 30 minutes.
If you'd like to try it out you'll need
green onions
cashews or almonds
minced garlic
cilantro
low sodium soy sauce
peanut butter
bean sprouts
carrots
jalapeno
water chestnuts
ground turkey
butter lettuce
I diced everything up, adding handfuls of each. I mixed everything
by hand, except for 1 tbs peanut butter and 1/4 cp soy sauce.
Cook the meat mixture while whisking the butter & soy in a separate bowl.
Pour sauce mixture over meat while cooking.
Let cook for a couple minutes. Pour over lettuce.

17.3.10

help

clockclockclock
I'm looking for a clock to go in our office. It's to hang above a white
sideboard on a beige (yuck) wall. Naturally I want to choose something
black but the record clock is my husband's favorite and the crossword
clock is just sort of fun.
What do you think?

16.3.10

book of the week-Miffy puzzleboard

book of the weekbook of the week
This just arrived this morning. Of course you all know by now what Miffy
fans we are here so this comes as no surprise I'm sure. Each page comes with
a little removable character that can interact with the scene on the page.
Israel gets so excited to hold each new shape and we love the consistent
color palette in all the Miffy books!

15.3.10

the sun came out

Paul Barbera
It's a very sunny day and I can tell Spring is not far off. I've missed
loads of warm sun beams streaming through open windows, kind of like
this!

11.3.10

follow up: recipe

I suppose I should have just included this in my last post, but
since you all asked, I'll give it to you.
I did make this up yesterday morning so I have to think real
hard about what I did, goes something like this:

I bought a frozen, pre-made pie shell, because I cut corners when possible
I beat 1 8 oz package of cream cheese with 3/4 cp half & half, then added
4 or 5 eggs-let's say 4, beat again
to that mixture I added a handful of roughly chopped basil, a handful of
cooked, diced bacon and then grated half a block of parmesan cheese-I'm guessing
about 1/2 cp and a bit of s & p. I beat that all together for about 30 sec and
poured it into the pie shell
the entire thing into oven @ 350 for about 20 mins
remove to top with tomatoes and back into the oven for another 15-20 mins
I grated a little more parmesan on top before serving

All in all the whole thing, from start to finish was less than 1 hr

Good luck!

10.3.10

21 years

birthday quichebirthday girl
My only sister turns 21 today. I made her this breakfast quiche
and it turned out great! It was inspired by a toasted baquette
sandwich I had years ago and I've never forgotten this combination
of tomato, basil and parmesan.
21 years went by so quickly. I remember going to the hospital to
meet her for the first time. I was such a proud sister, and still
am! Happy birthday hermana!

9.3.10

right now

black wallsblack walls
If I could, I would paint at least 1 wall black today!
More here.

8.3.10

toy maker

toy housetoy house
I've been wanting to finish some projects I started while I was
pregnant and today I got one checked off my list. I try to buy
wooden toys for Israel, whenever possible because I'd rather him
sucking on that than some foreign made plastic object. I also try
to sew little grasping objects and rattles for him since I can wash
the fabric and contents. I put this little house pillow together
for him today. He likes to grab it with his hands and feet.
See more of the process here!

4.3.10

new poster-Beauchamping

beauchamping poster
We originally chose this poster for our son's room.
When it arrived my husband and I decided we liked it
for ourselves! I love the inky shapes and thick, textured
paper Greg uses. Now to find the right place for it...
Find more of his great prints here!