Wednesday, April 29, 2009

There are no words...

No, we do not smother our boy, nor do we even put him to bed on his tummy. In fact, we have never put him to bed on his tummy.

This is what happens when he's playing in his crib and then just randomly falls asleep in some weird position. If you have ever watched baby pheasants, you will see the same thing at work: they are hyper, run around the coop cheeping nefariously, then randomly fall over, as if dead...only they're sleeping. When they wake up, they just pop up and start running around, and do the whole thing again. Such is life in our Fish Bowl.

As you can see, he is more interested in pushing things around with his fingers than he is eating them. I guess that Finger Foods will be an adventure!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Has Finally Sprung!

That's right - it's finally spring in Minnesota! Not all the trees are budding quite as much as this shrub, but the grass is getting greener, the birds are chirping, and the ducks are getting twitterpated!

Almost every night The Fry and I take a half-hour walk around the neighborhood. There is a small pond that has houses built all around it, and we walk along the streets by the houses around the pond. On our walk we see all kinds of creatures: squirrels, robins, mallards, Canadian geese, puppy dogs, house cats and even the occasional muskrat! We usually go in the evening so that it's just getting to be dusk around the time we get home. The Fry loves our walk and is completely mesmerized the whole time.

Lately our fridge looks like this. We make our own baby food for The Fry, and I've finally finished pureeing the fruits and veggies we bought two weeks ago. I am wondering if we will use it all up before we start giving foods to The Fry in chunks, but so far his chewing ability isn't so adept. He is not very developmentally speedy, but he seems happy at the pace he's set for himself, so I can't complain.

Anyhow, shown in the fridge is: milk, squash, green beans, pears, apples and breakfast cereal (a combination of barley, pears and milk)! What treats!

In other news, we've been trying the Cry-It-Out method as a result of going nearly insane with the lengthy and complicated nap- and bed-time procedures required to get The Fry enough rest. Our normal protocol involves getting just the right accessories: sometimes a blanket and sometimes not, sometimes a blanket and a stuffed animal, sometimes a TV or computer screen, sometimes singing but sometimes complete silence, and basically a lot of squirming, thrashing and screaming no matter how much cuddling we give or withhold. It's impossible to tell what he wants, but what he needs is sleep.

As you can probably guess, CIO isn't working. The score so far is:

Fry: 3

So I guess I'm just a bleeding-heart MamaFish. But I remember that my youngest brother went through the procedure of having to have an adult lay with him while he fell asleep until he was at least four or five years old. I suppose that day is imminent, but perhaps I'll figure something out in the meantime.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009



Here I am to give you an update on the Fry and his recent activities in the last month!

Here he is all smiley and whatnot. He is usually too in awe of the camera to smile, so this is somewhat or a rare moment!

He has started getting pretty rolly-polly.

Don't be fooled! Though it looks like he's in mid-roll, he actually laid and played like this for quite some time.

On his tummy, just the way he likes it.

Lately, he likes to read the paper!

There are so many good deals in the coupon section...

Sometimes he just needs to take a break and watch some TV.

He has also started eating solids! He doesn't sit up well enough for a chair yet so we just put him in his swing.

He loves to eat squash!

We got all dressed up for Easter Sunday!

Mom makes a strange face as she tries to smile for the camera and take a picture at the same time. The Fry is ready for a nap.

Unfortunately, we had an accident at church and had to change our shirt. Then we went out for a picnic lunch that lasted maybe ten minutes. It's still cold in Minnesota! Here we are at Hyland Reserve, out for a nature walk. We walked past all kinds of rich-people houses and there was even a manhole! There was lots of nature, it just didn't feel that...natural.

And as I promised...


Here's the recipe:

2 eggs
1/4 cup fresh whole-leaf spinach, rinsed and ripped into pieces
salt and pepper
Miracle Whip
two slices of bread

1. Fry the eggs and break the yolks, but don't scramble
2. Salt and pepper to taste
3. Put the spinach on top of the eggs
4. Put a dash or two of cayenne
5. Fold the egg in half
6. Cook on both sides, but not too long
7. Put miracle whip on one slice of bread and mustard on the other; put the egg in side the bread
8. Eat the Sandwich! It is heavenly!! You will love it.

I made this sandwich for PapaFish on his first day of his new job. Then I made one for myself for lunch on the same day. We both reported that it was an amazing success! But, you know...we're weird food people.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Welcome to our Fish Bowl

Welcome to Kitchen in a Fish Bowl! This blog is about our little family's life: our adventures, our joys, and our food!
This first post is dedicated to introducing the newest addition to the Fish Bowl:

The Fry!

His first visitor at the hospital - his pastor!

Here he is dressed for the trip home. The shirt says "Here comes trouble!" and has a rhinocerous on it...

He spends a lot of his first months at home sleeping.

He is also almost always hungry.
He likes to go for walks, though.

Pretty soon, he's ready to face forward! Hello, world!

He's very social and likes to chatter.

He starts getting interested in foods, but can't quite hold still enough to sit up straight in his chair.

He doesn't crawl, but rolls everywhere he wants to go. He's very good about pivoting and rolling; you never know where he will end up! This is one of his favorite toys in the picture.

Most of the time, though, he just spends being cute.
That's a lot of work for such a small Fry!