34 weeks (take 2) + matteo images.

a friend recently challenged me to balance my tea on the belly...no go.
but it inspired me to send the image to her and therefore i have a 34 week picture to share.
because of nicolai's scary birth, the midwives have wanted to keep a close eye on this little guy, so we have ultrasound images late in the game (today was probably our last...we have a c-section planned for late december).
matteo seems to move and groove a lot more than d and i recall nicolai moving in the womb.
these images look a lot different than nicolai did, too, but one never knows.


kids' lit: little cub.

on a recent library trip we noticed this book, little cub by olivier dunrea.
it is such a cute story about little cub and old bear, both in need of the same thing but for different reasons.


recent read.

the feast nearby: how i lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on forty dollars a week), by robin mather.
another non-fiction tale with recipes at the end of each chapter.
robin walks us through four seasons in her little michigan cabin...it's a homey, friendly, and delicious read.
i was comforted by her fortitude and resourcefulness as we've been greeted by wintery weather suddenly.


thinking towards thanksgiving.

this year we'll be celebrating with local family and friends, as we typically do.
recipes start to swirl in my mind and online this time of year so in an effort to create a large meal without all the responsibility falling to our host, we've taken on some parts of the meal.
we plan to make our cranberry sauce  (tradition since 1999 when i hosted my family in my apartment sophomore year in college because a retail job kept me six hours north of home).
d will bake fresh rolls.
a spinach and persimmon salad my mother-in-law brought to the feasting table in tahoe a few years ago.
a dessert...still up in the air on this one...any favorites you'd suggest?


2.5 years old.

nicolai is most definitely two years old, finding great humor in himself when he's testing his parents.
he is a helper in the kitchen: cracking eggs, adding ingredients to the mixing bowl, stirring, looking through the oven door to check the cooking progress, or washing/peeling veggies (with help).
he seems to know most of his colors, though red and yellow are often both called yellow.
some of his favorite things to do lately are playing with blocks, trains, cars, play dough, painting, drawing, leaf pile jumping, hitting balloons back and forth to someone and reading books together.
he likes checking in on the firehouse near our playground to visit the firefighters and twice now he's been given a little fire truck tour and once an ambulance tour.
at the library, dentist, playground, grocery store...you name it, other parents comment on his speaking ability...he speaks quite clearly in complete sentences.
if he doesn't remember a word, he'll stop mid-sentence and tell us, "i don't know that word", so we try to brainstorm together to figure out what's missing and only once has he been left completely frustrated when we were no help.
we have just entered the constant "why" line of questioning...oh my.
he remembers past experiences with surprising detail, sometimes things i wouldn't have recalled that are indeed true.
recently he's asked if he can hug his brother, so he hugs my belly.
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