Monday musings.

 Happy MLK day everyone! Here are 6 random Monday musings on this frigid morning.

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1. So I know I promised much less sleep talk with this baby. I also hesitate to post things like this because I know with Ryland , whenever I read about some other baby’s awesome sleep, I kind of wanted to cry and/or hit something. But…this little bean slept for almost 7 hours straight last night!! Cue trumpets blaring and angels singing and lots of dancing. He went down around 9 in the rock n play and didn’t wake up to eat until 3:30!! That is the longest stretch of uninterrupted sleep I’ve had since my first trimester! I’m experienced enough of a parent to know this may not happen again for months but still, it was pretty exciting.

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Her expression says it all.
2. R goes back to work tomorrow (he’s been off the last 8 days which has been awesome), and of course his 7 day stretch coincides with the return of super cold weather and a highly aggressive flu season (so no indoor play places, children’s museum, etc). Which means there’s going to be a lot of this:

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Sing may singlehandedly keep us sane this winter. It has also taught Ryland how to do an above the head concert clap. Which is a very valuable life skill.
And a lot of this:

3. Last night I discovered that Amazon has a Kindle LIBRARY. For $9.99/month you get UNLIMITED books. I am so sorry for all the negative things I’ve said about a Kindle. Because when you need to be able to read one handed it is just the best invention ever. I’ve read more since embracing the Kindle app on my phone like a week ago than I had in the previous year. I’m onto this book and I’m very excited about it. I love WWII books but haven’t read any set in Italy even though obviously Italy was very much involved. This one is based off a true story, and it’s been my breastfeeding entertainment choice the last 2 days.
4. ER is available on Hulu. All gazillion episodes of it! Streaming for the first time. This is a big deal for me. ER was pretty much the first TV show I remember getting really into, back when I was probably way too young to watch it. It was on back in the days of appointment television, when the only way to watch a show was to sit down and watch it, on an actual television. There was no DVR, no On Demad. This ages me but if I couldn’t watch ER at 10pm on a Thursday I would record it on our VCR. (Side bar: I know technically I’m a millennial but the fact that I remember years of recording shows on VHS tapes should disqualify me from that generation right?) Anyways it was a big deal. I remember excitedly talking about it the next day in school on fridays (if you had any doubts already, I was and always have been a big old nerd). And I’ve been craving a good old binge rewatch for years. And now I can!

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5. We went to the Maymont Nature Center last Friday and Ryland had such a blast. It’s kind of the perfect place for an almost two year old. It’s small enough to be a manageable size where they can have a little free reign to run and you still know where they are. It’s never super crowded. The employees/volunteers are super enthusiastic and helpful (this one guy who was there took a turtle out for the kids to see). And the exhibits are really fun for a toddler because all of the tanks/enclosures are at eye level and filled with “exotic” things like frogs and fish and otters. Ryland ran around loudly shouting “ooooh” and “ahhhh” over and over again. I’m really going to miss this phase where everything is amazing f and awesome when she’s an over it teenager who responds to everything I say with a “Whatever” and an eye roll.

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5. I’ve continued to love the Skinny Taste Fast and Slow Cookbook. I’ve made three dishes now including this one:

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Everything has been pretty easy and turned out really yummy (and bonus it’s healthy!). I have a list of new recipes for this week already and can’t wait to try them out. I definitely recommend this cookbook for anyone out there who wants healthy, easy meals that are also really yummy and a little more special than the average Pinterest meal.

 

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