I've been a bit neglectful of the blog this week, primarily because I've been on holiday! Hooray!
One would think, with all my free holiday time, I'd have plenty of moments to blog.
One would be wrong. I've been too blissfully, happily busy.
This past weekend Luke and I had our one-night getaway. It was lovely and is deserving of a post all its own, so I shall leave it for another date.
Yesterday I went to Brampton with two of my siblings to visit my grandparents. The result was an epic loveseat quest, which is also deserving of its own post, so you'll have to wait for the details.
For today, I shall focus on a few select, love-hate moments from our week. They are as follows:
Love #1 - Judah's skydiver reflex.
Judah has several reflexes that have yet to be documented in developmental psychology or postnatal discourse. For example, when attempting to put Judah into a car seat, his back will automatically flex into an arch, making it impossible to secure the straps around him. This reflex also seems to be accompanied by a secondary reaction of a grimaced face and, often, a scream.
Judah also demonstrates the roller coaster reflex (picture arms suddenly thrust above the head and held there). This reflex manifests itself in any number of circumstances including: going down a slide, sitting on the couch, standing on mama and dada's bed, seeing a bus ... etc.
Judah's latest reflex is an entertaining one. A favourite past time for he and Luke is the daily toddler toss, in which Luke tosses Judah into the air above his head, Judah assumes his new pose and I once again mutter thanks for the high ceilings. What is this new pose you ask? We have affectionately named it The Skydiver.
It looks something like this...
Super cute, no?
Our one and only hate for the week...Judah's new animal wild-childness. Judah loves animals, he always has. His first 15 or so "words" were all animal sounds. He makes a very proficient bear growl. And now he also bites. Not just anything, oh no, he only bites his mother. They aren't angry bites, in fact they often occur when we're having a great conversation:
"Judah, would you like to read a book?"
"Ok, let's snuggle!"
"I love you."
Luckily, he restricts the bites to my clothing, but even so, my poor sweaters!
And the final love for the week, my dad's banana muffin recipe. This recipe is my ol' faithful stand by. It's what I make when I want something that tastes totally indulgent and delicious , but can also pass for breakfast food without too much guilt. I took dad's original recipe and added chocolate chips and cranberries- tastebud heaven!
This one is too good not to share, so go! Go rot some bananas and try this one out!
Judah/Len's World's Best Chocolate-Cranberry Banana Muffins
In one bowl:
mash up 3-4 overripe bananas (when ours go bad I just toss them in the freezer. Then, when I feel like whipping up some muffins I run hot water over them in a bowl, peel and go nuts).
Add 1/3 cup of oil and
In another bowl mix together:
1 1/2 cups of flour (I use whole wheat - white works too)
1 cup loose brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Combine the two bowls. Mix.
Now add in the extras of your choice. I like to add chocolate chips and frozen whole cranberries. You can add a lot. It should look like too much. Seriously. That's when you know it will be delicious.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes (in our oven it takes the full 22).