Friday, January 31, 2014

A new name

The impending arrival of our second child feels very different than the first. Ezra's pregnancy felt like a countdown to a huge, life-changing event. Amanda and I spent nine months obsessing over birth choices, registry lists and parenting philosophies. This pregnancy seems more familiar, more relaxed.

But, some of the anxieties I felt during the first pregnancy are still present. One of the biggest is the stress of choosing a name. Selecting a name for someone else is intimidating, and our baby name list is currently blank.

Amanda and I found selecting a name for Ezra to be just as difficult. Months into the pregnancy, we finally managed to compile a small list of possible names. We initially thought we could draw from that list for the new baby, but looking over the list again, four years later, our opinions of those names has soured. I also feel odd reusing them. The baby will have enough hand-me downs from Ezra, and who wants to be known by their parents’ second favorite name?

Luckily, this time we have extra help. Ezra is excited to pick a name for his little sibling. Whereas I take months to come up with a couple of names, Ezra immediately decided the child should definitely be named Lucas-Fucas. I was impressed.  It appears he is going to be very gifted at torturing his younger brother or sister.

Ezra immediately began referring to the baby as Lucas-Fucas, and even telling people that was the name we had selected. A few weeks later he changed his mind. Little Al was a better name he decided.

“What if the baby is a girl?” we asked.

“That’s easy. Mrs. Al.”

If only I found the naming process so easy.

When Amanda’s brother and sister-in-law were expecting their child, Ezra felt strongly that they should name their new baby Ezra. Like us they thought it best not to take his suggestions.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

27 Weeks

"Who will be the baby's grandmas?"
"The baby will have the same grandma's as you."
"Oh, good. The baby will like Grandma Wanda. She has an iPad." ~Ezra

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Glazed tofu with bok choy

This meal reminds me of picking up dinner at our local co-op grocery store's, Bloomingfoods, hot bar - tasty, healthy, balanced and comforting. I love meals like this and this one is really good - trust me.

I was looking for tofu recipes and came across this one for glazed tofu with bok choy, which seemed like a good starting point. A few things stood out as needing altered, notably starting with two cups of broth and reducing the volume by half, the absence of heat in the glaze, and topping the bok choy with gravy. After trying a couple variations on the glaze, I finally tweaked the recipe to both mine and Garry's liking, and I think we'll be eating this several more times this winter.

We served it here with brown rice and a side of mashed potatoes. It's pretty quick to throw together, especially if the tofu is pressed in advance.

25 Weeks

"When we want a family hug, the baby hugs us too." ~Ezra

Our week: Stuck

A photograph from our local paper, The Herald Times, shows a county snow plow that was temporarily stuck in front of our while trying to clear our road. We had thought maybe we would be able to leave the house later that day. Seeing this changed our mind.


Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times Adam Edwards uses sand to create traction for the Monroe County Highway Department snow plow he was driving, which was stuck on a slick hill in Stinesville.

Sunday, January 5, 2014