You guys. I almost hate to write this, because I so do not want to jinx things, and I fully expect that this will not just be the norm from here on out. But. Last night, we put Ryland down awake at 7pm. She fussed for maybe 2 minutes and then fell asleep in her crib. And then she continued to sleep, in her crib, until 7:30AM. That's more than TWELVE HOURS. She didn't wake up once. She didn't eat once. I woke up, made my coffee, unloaded the dishwasher, all before she woke up!
I'm still sort of in a state of shock about it. And let me repeat. I am no fool. I know this may be a fluke and tonight could be a sleep disaster. But I'm pretty sure last night qualifies as that holy grail of Sleeping Through The Night. Now I know that my baby is capable of it. There is a future where mama and dada can also STTN. Even if we still have bumps ahead, that's pretty darn exciting.
But enough about baby sleep! Here's what else is going on around here on this rainy Wednesday.
The weather has finally cooled down the teensiest bit. It's still not exactly chilly, but there is at least the promise of coolness in the air. I LOVE fall. It's my favorite season. I love it all, the sweaters and scarves, hot chocolate and hard cider, Halloween and my birthday! I love boots and changing leaves and cool evenings. Bring on the pumpkins and pumpkin spice (within reason, the whole thing has gotten a little out of hand). I'm ready for flannel and fleeces and the smell of burning leaves in the air. I don't even watch football but I still love that it's football season. Autumn just feels like a lovely little gift after the heat and humidity of late summer. I really think fall is the perfect season for someone like me who is both intolerant to extreme heat and cold. It's just the best right?
I also love fall food, namely stews and soups and chilis. I think it's the lazy chef in me, because there's really nothing easier than a soup or stew. You can do it in the slow-cooker but even if you make it right before dinner time it's still basically a matter of chopping stuff up and throwing it in a pot. And it always makes a huge batch that lasts for days. A few nights ago I made the yummiest chicken chili from the latest issue of Southern Living. It was easy, fast, healthy, and super filling! Definitely a keeper.
Because it's chili (and cornbread) season, I decided to fix up and re-season my poor neglected cast iron. I have two skillets that I actually got at antique stores (cast iron lasts forever, don't buy new and expensive cast iron when you can find great deals at antique and consignment stores and with a little elbow grease make it look brand new). My dad fixed these up for me when I bought them, but I had let things slide a little and rust had gotten in. I also have a big cast iron dutch oven that was my Texas grandmother's (one of the most prized possessions I have in my house, I think Southerners pass down cast iron pieces with the same appreciation and respect as precious family heirlooms), and that too had started to get a little rusty due to poor maintenance on my part (washing with soap, not drying completely, never re-seasoning after cooking).
What I did was actually pour kosher salt in the skillets and then used a cut potato to "scrub" them with the kosher salt (I read about this potato tip online, and supposedly it gets rust and crud off better than a rag, who knows but it seemed to work great!). I then rinsed them with water, and then put them on low heat on the stove for about 10 minutes to completely dry. Then I lathered them in vegetable oil and put them in the oven for an hour at 400 degrees. And now they look brand spanking new and ready for many, many fall chilis and stews and cornbreads to come.
Yesterday was our 2nd wedding anniversary! Which is really crazy to think that it's been two years since our wedding. So the corny stuff up front. I'm more in love with my husband now than I was on our wedding day (and I loved him a stinking lot then too). I am even more in love with him after seeing the kind of father he is and how much he loves our daughter (and vice versa). I am very lucky in so many, many ways.
We stayed pretty low key and celebrated in true married fashion with a trip to Costco :) We did go to Tazza Kitchen with Ryland for dinner (definitely my favorite Short Pump restaurant and one of my favorite restaurants in all of Richmond). I had am amazing scallop and risotto dish and some good Happy Hour wine.
We sat outside and enjoyed the cooler temperatures and passed the baby back and forth while we ate. Can't think of a much better way to spend our anniversary together. We decided not to do gifts and instead are taking a trip to Charleston in November (! :) )But R did manage to sneak out and get these beautiful fall themed roses.
And a few throwback wedding pictures to end things just because I never get tired of looking at these :) It really was a perfect day.
I'm a thirty-something mom of two, wife, pediatric RN, and writer with a passion for the all the big and little things in life.