Quite an eventful day here. First there was a miraculous lunch at Panera Bread. Really, it IS a miracle when a 14 month old and a 9 month old sit quietly munching in high chairs, charming diners at neighboring tables with sweet smiles, and let their moms eat and talk and laugh for OVER AN HOUR. See? Miracle! After that, we went home and I attempted to put the Mister down for a nap. He'd taken one this morning (the first time in a week, but of course the one day we have plans to be out of the house by 10:50am, he'd decide to nap), but I pressed my luck and tried for another. He was quiet in his crib for a few minutes, then
babbled incoherently recited poetry for another few minutes, then there was some gagging. Gagging is not really unusual, he likes to gnaw on his fingers with his new molars and this often means gagging. But then there was suspicious silence for five minutes....followed by panicked yells. Up the stairs I waddled. (Yes, I've hit that point. I waddle up stairs. I accept it.)
***warning: if you've got a weak stomach, are currently in your gaggy first trimester of pregnancy, or happen to be eating, do NOT read the next paragraph. You've been warned!***
As soon as I opened his bedroom door, the sour stench was unmistakable. Like the sticky mess on a carnival ride gone wrong, the putrid scent of a frat house bathroom at 2am. Puke. Check another "first" off of the motherhood list o'fun. While there was plenty of smelly spit up during those first seven months or so, there was no actual pukage. I was afraid to look. And rightfully so. Chunky barf smeared around his face, through his fine hair onto his scalp, on his clothes, his sheets, his bumper, his poor unsuspecting teddy. Blankie. Rug. Floor. (I gather that he was standing when the incident occurred, otherwise that child has some very powerful barfing skills.) Gooooood times.
All right, now that we've discussed that disgusting thing I shall no longer mention, I have a recipe to share! This is an easy baby hotdish, and A surprised the pants off me by actually eating it willingly! I used ground turkey instead of beef, substituted a bag of frozen mixed veggies for the the separate carrots and peas to save some time, and doubled the recipe to have extra for a freezer stash. I found the recipe at wholesometoddlerfood.com. Enjoy, babies!
1 cup cooked hamburger (or ground turkey)
1 1/4 cup cooked macaroni noodles
1/2 cup ketchup (OR one full can of tomatoes)
1/8 cup tomato sauce
1/2 can tomatoes, chopped (stewed tomatoes are nice)
dash Worcester sauce
1/3 cup cooked peas
1/3 cup cooked carrots
Combine all ingredients in large skillet, cook over low heat.