Sunday, May 26, 2013
We're under a bit of pressure to resolve this sleep issue because our spare room is soon to be occupied by several waves of visitors. Gone are the nights where we can take turns sleeping in a different room... Our waves of visitors are quickly followed by a fair amount of traveling, and we REALLY don't need Nikolai being woken up by the every hour crying!
Naturally I turned to the Internet. But there is way too much contradictory advice, so we tried co-sleeping, putting her in her own room, swaddling, white noise and every teething remedy known to man; now I've decided to follow the advice of this blog. So, on Wednesday we decided to take away her soothers (hoping to stop her from demanding it to be put back in place every time it fell out.) That night she cut her second tooth. I did feel a bit guilty, but we didn't let her have the soother back since we'd already started the process of weaning her off it.
Here's hoping I'm a perky Mama who's been getting enough sleep by next Tuesday! We'll be heading off to Vancouver to pick some Irish friends up at the airport... It's not the trip to the airport, nor the 4 hour journey to Vancouver that I'm worried about... it's my screaming baby waking everyone up at 3am!
Our photos of the week include one of Nikolai at the Victoria version of the Global Rally Against Monsanto. There's plenty of reasons to protest against Monsanto, but the cause that strikes me to the core is the fact that they now "own" the rights to many heritage seeds. Though I doubt they can stop hobby gardeners, like us, from seed saving, they do go after farmers.
Now for a happy recipe (because who wouldn't feel better with a piece of "healthy" chocolate cake?). I made this for a BBQ last weekend with some friends who are mostly grain free. The photos were taken on her cellphone... and are pretty good for a phone.
Orange Chocolate Cake
Add the following ingredients into the processor and blend until it is mixed: 6 eggs, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 2/3 cups ground almond, 3/4 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of cocoa powder.
Butter and line in parchment a 20 cm cake pan. Pour the cake mixture into the pan and bake at 400F (180 C) for 45-60 min. A toothpick should come out mostly clean. You may need to cover the cake with tinfoil half way through to prevent burning.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
However, my #1 issue is still sleep. Brad has been spelling me off for the first 3-4 hours of the night, but I really would just like Uliana to settle back to 1-2 wakings a night. She did pop her first tooth last Thursday (I wasn't too far off in my predictions!)! But that hasn't helped her sleep settle... yet... I still live in hope!
Now for some photos from the Victoria Day Parade. This is a massive 3 hour parade on a route that must easily takes an hour to complete. It is a parade full of homegrown floats and high school bands. It falls on the national holiday of Victoria Day (which is only linked to the city of Victoria by the namesake of Queen Victoria).
Combine the wet ingredients: 2 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups grated carrots, 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce, and 1/2 cup honey.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and pour into a prepared pan. Bake at 350F (175C) for 45 min or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Now for a recipe that can be whipped up quickly, and served as a healthy meal with a simple salad. I am served a variation of a "kasha" nearly every time I have lunch with our friends from Russia. The recipe below is basic but tasty. It is easily amended to include other vegetables (mushrooms, kale, spinach, carrots). Buckwheat is a gluten free grain that is high in protein, fiber and relatively low in starch. It can be hard to digest for anyone who is not used to a high fiber diet, but it is delicious!
Meanwhile, roast 3/4 cup walnuts in a dry frying pan, stirring frequently until toasted (about 5 minutes). Transfer to a plate.
Then saute 1 chopped onion and 2 tsp of fresh thyme in 2 tbsp of olive oil until soft.
Stir the buckwheat and walnuts into the onions, add 3 tbsp fresh parsley and salt to taste (about 1/4 tsp).
Saturday, May 04, 2013
It is a fitting theme for our week, because Uliana went from crying all the time to laughing her head off at EVERYTHING Nikolai does. He totally hams it up for her in a way that reminds me of The Three Stooges, and they both fall apart in fits of giggles.
It begs the question of what happened? Where did my crying baby go? She did not get a tooth and is still a teething monster. Regardless, the change in her behaviour between this week and the past month is dramatic.
So, what happened is that I went to the chiropractor (holding a screaming baby for hours on end wrecks your back). As per usual, Uliana screamed through my entire appointment. So the chiropractor asked to look at her, and while she was maneuvering up Uliana's back she hit a spot mid-back that made Uliana YELP in pain. After about 15 minutes of gentle maneuvering Uliana was much calmer.
I was taught how to massage the sore spot (and I can feel the knot of muscles, as it is very noticeable). So now we'll just do a monthly check up and I'm responsible for massaging her. Meanwhile Uliana is much happier, and consequently everyone else in our house is much happier too!
(Apparently quick births can be tough on little bodies, and Uliana was out in 4 pushes even though I was only 6 cm dilated, so it was epic on the scale of fast births. The reason why it wasn't a problem earlier is because it didn't bother her until she started sitting and moving around.)
In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo we have spent the week crafting a pinata. So today's recipe is a DYI instructions for a pinata. We made a simple one, but I'm sure you could get creative with multiple balloons and cardboard shapes, etc.
1. Make a simple, no-cook paper mache paste out of 1/2 cup of white flour and 1 cup of water. Mix until smooth.
3. Allow the form to completely dry, then either paint it or glue on coloured tissue paper. We added tissue paper using watered down glue (about 1 tsp glue and 2 tbsp water) which we used to paint the tissue paper onto the balloon.
4. When the top layer is dry cut the balloon and remove it from the form. Then cut a small hole in the top of the pinata and fill it with whatever you want (Nikolai stuck in a random assortment of toys and I added some treats).