Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: November 2011

The Simple Things {Week 6}

Instead of driving ourselves crazy shopping Black Friday deals, our family enjoyed {The Simple Things} of decorating for Christmas.  I pulled out all the fun Christmas toys Baby C received last year for Christmas, but was too tiny to enjoy.  She loves her clothe Christmas carol book that Grammie gave her.



 

Thankful Thursday {Week 3}

Every year, on Thanksgiving, it is a tradition for my husband’s family to go around the table and say what they are thankful for.  Last year, at this time, I was about 8 months pregnant and with too many hormones running through my body.  So when it came to me to say thanks, all I could do was cry.

We are not with our family this year for Thanksgiving, so I will share my thanks here.  I am thankful for all of my blessings, but my top 3 are as follows:

  • I am thankful for my faith.  Without my Lord, I don’t know what my life would be like today.  He has been there for me at all times.  Giving me comfort, strength, and support in hard times and love, joy and happiness in good times.  And always bringing me the right people into my life.  
  • I am thankful for my family.  Not only my immediate family, but my extended family and in-laws, as well.  Each one of them has given me love and support in their own way.  Whether it’s providing me with a roof over my head and food on the table or praying with me, for me and over me, my family definitely loves me.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?  

Mexican Chicken And Bean Pizza

I normally do not blog about food and recipes, because let’s just face it, I’m not a good cook.  But I recently found this yummy recipe from WeightWatchers.com.  It’s called Mexican Chicken and Bean Pizza.  There are so many reasons why I love this recipe.  It’s easy, fast, healthy, fresh and delicious.  Check it out!

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 small corn tortillas 
  • 8 oz. uncooked 93% lean ground chicken (I used lean beef, I guess that changes the name of the recipe)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup fat free salsa
  • 1/2 cilantro fresh, chopped, divided (I forgot this at the grocery store because I always forget something)
  • 1/4 cup low fat shredded Cheddar Cheese, sharp variety
  • 8 tsp reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 medium plum tomato, diced
  • 1/2 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place tortillas on a prepared pan; bake until crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.  Add chicken, garlic, cumin and salt; cook, breaking up chunks of chicken with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Next, in a bowl, mash beans and salsa with a fork until well-blended and most of the beans are mashed; stir in 1/4 cup of cilantro.
To assemble pizzas, spread 1/4 bean mixture over each tortilla (slightly less than 1/4 cup); top each with about 1/3 cup chicken mixture and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon cheese.  Bake until cheese melts and topping is hot, about 3 minutes.  (Broil pizzas to brown cheese even more, if desired.)
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss together tomato, avocado, remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and lime juice.
Remove pizzas from oven and top with 2 tablespoons reduced fat sour cream and 1/4 cup avocado mixture.  Yields one pizza per serving.  
You have to try it!  And once you do, let me know what you think!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Yesterday, we packed up our snow gear and took a little trip to Estes Park.  Driving into the mountains, we turned on the Christmas music as it began to snow.  We were on our way to see Santa Claus!

Baby C all bundled up

Baby C didn’t seemed as excited as we were.  Maybe it had to do with her new winter gear that limited her mobility.  We proceeded on anyway.  We saw ponies giving pony rides and drank hot apple cider.  We listened to carolers as we stood by the fire pit.  And we even received our first family photo with Santa!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

A Proud Mommy

My sweet baby little girl is changing more and more everyday.  She is learning new skills, becoming independent and destroying mommy’s cupboards.  I’m amazed at how fast an 11 month old can cause so much damage.

And I’m even more amazed at how fast she is learning new skills.  When DDRC came to visit Cayla a couple of weeks ago, they suggested getting her a baby walker.  Grandma sent her one as an early birthday present.  At first, she was scared of it.  Then she absolutely loved playing with all the musical buttons.  And just today, she picked herself up and took her first steps with the baby walker!

I am so proud of Baby C’s determination!  What new skills has your child learned today?

Baby C Is 11 Months Old

My sweet, baby girl is 1 month away from her 1st birthday.  And she is growing like a weed.  She fits into 12 months clothing, but her pants are a bit long.  I guess she has the short jean.

She now has 6 teeth and knows how to use them.  From eating yummy foods to chewing on her favorite toys.  We are so blessed that the teething process hasn’t affected her much.  She even visited the dentist for the first time.

Baby C is always on the go.  She pulls herself up and cruises along the furniture.  She even lets go and balances for up to 20 seconds.  We had to put up those baby gates, because she goes up the stairs very quickly.  She also enjoys dancing to music.

Baby C has taken great interest in her duckies and books.

Her language skills are developing so quickly.  There are so many new sounds, both consonants and vowels coming out of her little mouth.  Including, my favorite, Ma Ma!  Yes, for the 1st time this month, she said Ma Ma.  And oh my gosh, what a great feeling that was!

Happy 11 months, Baby C!

{Be on the look out next month for a very special Birthday Blessings Giveaway in honor of Baby C’s 1st birthday!}

Ocha Baby Review

This week, I received a one of a kind, organic, cotton onesie in the mail from Ocha Baby.  This beautiful onesie was made just for Baby C!

Ocha Baby was started by two, Charleston moms, searching for unique, quality, and personalized organic baby clothing.  When they had trouble finding what they were looking for, they created it themselves.  Susan and Holly dye organic cotton with a variety of tea.  And each onesie is adorned with an initial from vintage baby blankets.  

I absolutely love the softness of this adorable onesie.  And so does Baby C.  Before I tried it on Baby C, I gave it a wash, following the simple directions on the tag.  It came out as good as new.  That’s what I call great quality.  I also like the perfect fit as it slips over Baby C’s head with ease.

This onesie is so practical, sweet and comfy.  It would make the perfect, personalized baby gift for your own sweet tiny blessing or someone you know.  Speaking of gifts, Baby C will be turning 1 very soon. She decided to share some gifts with all our friends!  We will be hosting a Birthday Blessings Giveaway at the beginning of December.  And Ocha Baby is part of the fun.  In the mean time, visit Ocha Baby on {Facebook} and at their online {store}.

Baby C Visits The Dentist

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child visits the dentist for the first time before the age of 1.  This helps to establish a dental home and provide preventative care.  So, now that Baby C is almost 11 months old, we headed to the dentist.

I found a free coupon in a magazine for children under 3 visiting the dentist for the 1st time.  So of course I jumped on it!  As we waited in the waiting room, Baby C played with the toys.  She was very laid back and enjoying herself.

I was able to hold Baby C as the dental assistant made her feel comfortable.  She gave her a toy to chew on, a tooth brush and even let her try out the dental mouth mirror.  

The dentist played with Baby C, checked out her teeth, as well as, her gums.  She said everything looked great!  I had concerns about Baby C’s teeth being affected from all the antibiotics she had early on.  The dentist said it may or may not affect her, it’s just too early to tell. 

Baby C was such a great patient and everyone loved her.  We left the dentist office with a toy turtle, toothbrush and floss.  (And I left without opening my wallet.)

  

DDRC Evaluates Baby C

As you may or may not know, Baby C had Bacterial Spinal Meningitis at 3 weeks old.  As a result, the doctors told us that she would be at a high risk for developmental delays and possibly hearing loss.  Doctors recommended she receive ongoing evaluations and a hearing test.

Before leaving All Children’s Hospital, of 28 days, Baby C had an intensive hearing test done and it came back normal.  At around 4 months old, Baby C was evaluated by Early Steps.  Early Steps checked her developmental skills and found she was right on track.

Today, Baby C was evaluated by the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, and found that she continues to strive and without delays.  My heart praises God for all He has done for Baby C.  I am apart of a couple Meningitis support groups online and can’t believe how blessed we are.

Many babies with Spinal Meningitis will often loss limbs, hearing and even their lives.  I often wonder, why was Baby C completely healed?  And God always reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God has some awesome plans for this sweet, baby girl!  And I am so thankful God chose her to be mine!

Baby’s First Halloween

Though I really enjoyed dressing up and trick-or-treating when I was little, this years trick-or-treaters kind of dampened my spirit.  I had a great time dressing up Baby C and taking pictures of her sweetness, but we stayed in and gave out candy to some crazy trick-or-treaters.

Our first group rang the doorbell about a thousand times and ran away before I could open the door.  My next group didn’t even dress up.  Do you really deserve candy if you don’t dress up?  My next trick-or-treater welcomed himself in and made himself at home (okay, he was only about 2, but still).  And another group came to my house twice!  Is that even legal?

On the other hand, there were some really cute and creative costumes that I had never seen before.  And some of them were very sweet and polite.  To those trick-or-treaters, I thank you!  But I think I’m starting to understand why my husband and his family boycott Halloween.  Maybe next year we will go to a fun festival instead of answering our door to crazy trick-or-treaters.

What does your family do?  Trick-or-Treat or a fun festival?