There’s nothing quite like a lazy family weekend and a fancy breakfast by candlelight for no other reason than to enjoy each others’ company. We enjoyed cheesy egg loaf with homemade hash browns, fruit salad, and gluten-free almond flour muffins, and of course tea in fancy tea cups (china cups for the grown-ups and slightly-less-fancy-but-still-special-cups for the kiddos. They had vanilla rooibos and we enjoyed good ol’ black tea. I found it quite amusing that the one and only unhealthy thing on the entire table (the store-bought jam which contains sugar – a pregnancy craving that I already regret) was rejected by the 3.5-year-old. He made us scrape it off of his muffin before he’d eat it. That’s my boy!
In other random news: I’m 29 weeks pregnant! One more week until I’m 30, and I feel like that is a really big milestone. The second trimester FLEW by and I am getting excited to meet this little stranger that’s currently making my belly roll like the wave at a hockey game. I can see it out the corner of my eye, and it makes me laugh. I’m starting to feel rather large and waddle-ish with some minor pelvic muscle pain, but nothing too bad so far.
Also – Isaac is learning his letters. I mean, he’s learning them… somehow… I’m not teaching them – he’s picking them up like a little sponge from the world around and now he recognizes almost all of them and can write quite a few of them. Crazy. He’ll say random things (after we’ve told him to come to the table for supper) like “Table! T-t-table. Table starts with T!” (We look at each other – “I didn’t tell him that, did you tell him that? no, I didn’t…” – ohmygoshourkidisbrilliant! Haha).
We are considering putting Isaac and Aliza into the same bedroom. Are we crazy? Are they too young for it? Will they sleep even less than they do now? (That would be very, very bad).
And that concludes the grandparents’ update portion of this post! On to the linkage!
From Toddlers and Tiaras to Sext Up Kids: A Dangerous Path @ PhD in Parenting :: “What is the media teaching girls about their role in society? Several things perhaps, but one of the more disturbing elements is the messages being sent on body image and sexualization.”
Fun and Engaging Activities for Toddlers :: I came across this blog on Pinterest, and thought I’d share it here too. I’m still exploring it, but there are a ton of great ideas on it that seems simple, creative, and low-key.
25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier :: Love this link! I especially love the apple idea and the gutter garden!
The Long-Term Effects of Spanking @ Time Magazine :: “The odds of a child being more aggressive at age 5 increased by 50% if he had been spanked more than twice in the month before the study began…”
Cardiologist: Low-Fat Diet “Scientifically and Morally Indefensible”@ The Healthy Home Economist :: “Dr. Dwight Lundell MD is a cardiologist who beat the drum of lowfat diet and cholesterol lowering drugs to prevent heart disease for over 25 years. He has performed over 5,000 open heart surgeries and trained with prominent “opinion maker” physicians who considered any deviation from the recommended therapy of severely limited fat intake and cholesterol lowering meds to reduce heart disease risk complete heresy that could possibly result in a malpractice lawsuit. Dr. Lundell now admits that this long held notion is wrong.”
Well, I included a couple of controversial links there… to balance out the two fluffier ones. Any thoughts? I’d love to hear them, as always!