shannon made this for everyone when marge was in town.
ronnie and i both loved it.
so i annoyingly stalked her for about a week
for the recipe.
i'm making it and thought i should share.
1 lb ground beef round
1/2 C chopped green pepper
1/2 C chopped onion
2/3 C water
1 packet taco seasoning
1 (16 oz) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 (14 oz) can petite diced tomatoes ( not drained)
6 large flour tortillas (8 inch)
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
3-4 C mexican blend cheese
brown the beef, green peppers and onions over medium heat.
add water and taco seasoning and bring to a boil.
reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins.
stir in tomatoes and black beans. simmer for 10 mins.
use a greased 9 x 13 pan. put 2 tortillas on
the bottom overlapping as necessary.
spread with half of the refried beans,
then half of the meat mixture and a cup of cheese.
repeat layers starting with tortilla shells.
top with remaining tortilla shells and cheese.
cover with foil and bake for 30 mins at 350 or until cheese is melted .
i thought maybe i could rock her in a rocking chair,
but brette would lose it if i sat down.
and funny enough, marge and shan use the same
method when getting their kids to take naps:
you lay them in bed and don't bother them for an hour.
my initial thought:
have you met brette? this is never going to work.
she will scream her head off.
my second thought:
i don't believe in letting my kid cry it out.
what about her trusting me?
what about her learning that i will respond to her needs?
so i did the ol' go check on her in 5 minutes,
then 7 minutes,
then 13 minutes,
then 30 minutes.
and this didn't work for brette and i.
she lost her mind when i came in the room.
for real. she totally got worse.
so i thought, well maybe me going in there IS making it worse.
so i went back to marge and shannon's suggestion.
they insisted that this would work
but it was going to take around 5 days
for brette to get used to it.
i started it last monday.
the first couple days were a 50/50 shot on whether or not
b would fall asleep or cry for an hour.
and i hated it.
especially those times when she never did fall asleep.
she was tired, her hair was wet from tears, her face was red and she couldn't catch her breath.
it's a sorry, pathetic sight
and you feel like a selfish mom.
on day three and four she actually didn't nap at all.
she just cried the whole time.
that was horrible and
i was officially hating this method.
but just like marge and shan said,
day five she was better.
she slept one nap and cried the other.
and from then on out she falls asleep both nap times
and is asleep within 10-15 minutes.
and now, its not crying, just her yelling.
a few times she hasn't cried at all,
just played around in her crib until she fell asleep.
that was awesome.
i'm still in a bit of shock that all i do now is lay my
kiddo in a crib and leave,
but seriously, its the best thing ever.
one - we don't do this at bedtime because A) she was already sleeping in her crib at night. B) we give brette a bottle in a rocking chair and she falls asleep before the bottle is gone, so i was never bouncing her to sleep.
two - i, personally, would not use this method on a baby younger than 9 months old. i think in those early months you are building trust and you have to be flexible to what the baby needs. i think crying it out is not good for a baby that young. just my opinion. hell, i had a hard enough time doing it with brette at this age.
not sure on her length,
we're really lacking on keeping up with her measurements.
her doctor's appointment is next week
so we'll have a full update then.
she's still sporting size 3 diapers and
is in 6-9 month clothing.
i was certain she was going to pop another
tooth through this month,
but so far nothing.
still just the two bottom teeth is all she has.
she did develop a lot more strength in her legs
and we practice standing all the time.
she took a step towards the table,
which was the first time she has been able to
move and keep standing.
no breakthroughs on crawling
which comes as no surprise.
as of yesterday,
she has also started clapping!
we went to story time at the library
and we were doing a sing-along and she clapped.
she's done it several times since,
and i even caught her mid-clap during our photo session this morning!
sleep is going just like always with two minor changes.
she sleeps through the night like a champ.
(around 10 hours, then nurses and is back to sleep for another two)
ronnie is now the one who puts her to bed
and she was having trouble falling to sleep.
we found that she really just wanted someone with her.
i would stand over her crib with my hand on her shoulder
and she would relax.
but if i left, she would start crying again.
it was starting to hurt my back to hunch over her every night.
one night, i sat by her crib and she rested her head next to mine.
i crawled out of the room once she was asleep.
i knew in that moment that i had to find an easier way.
so i finally, after a week or two,
i figured a way to trick her into thinking i was there.
i lay a pillow next to her so she thinks someone is with her.
she cuddles up next to it and she drifts right off.
i'm literally in her room less than a minute.
the next change is we stopped swaddling her.
i know i tried to do this when she was five months old,
but it didn't work for us at the time.
she kept waking herself up with her hands in her face.
but recently she started crying as soon as i picked up the swaddle
so i took it as a sign that she was o.v.e.r. it.
she's been swaddle-free for 4 weeks.
instead, she gets a breathable blanket and
has her arms and legs everywhere,
but sleeps peacefully.
brette, for the most part,
eats what we eat.
including meat, which was a first for us.
she's has chicken, turkey, pork chops, tilapia and even some hamburger.
she does a really good job of chewing everything
and we haven't has any choking issues.
her main foods are fruits and veggies
and now that she's 9 months,
i will start giving her berries too.
the only things she still can't have
are eggs and honey... or anything hard.
as long as its cooked, mushy and cut into small pieces,
she is good to go.
i am still nursing her three times a day
and takes a bottle twice a day.
6:45 - nurse
10:15 - bottle
1:30 - nurse
4:45 - nurse
8:15 - bottle
asleep by 8:30.
i am getting ready to add another bottle next week,
but so far, weaning brette has been real slow and smooth.
i think brette likes to sing.
if we're in the car or at church and everyone is singing,
she will totally "yell" along.
thank god she's cute because it can get rather loud.
i have also heard her use the "m" sound several times.
not necessarily "mama" but whatever,
we've been working hard on the sign for drink (which is different in my family - - its like a kissing noise - - supposed to be like sucking a straw - - coined by madeline.)
i think she did it the other night, but
i haven't seen her do it again, so who knows.
we're also working on "all done" and "more"
but she hasn't really picked up on sign language yet.
we do a lot of standing and playing.
my aunt bought her a piano that she can lean on
and we still put toys on the couch so she can stand and play there.
i'm trying to get her playtime to be leg strengthening as well.
we've also started going to a baby story time every tuesday at the library,
so that gives us an opportunity to check out some new books every week.
she is still loving her exersaucer and jumper
and has mastered turning on some of her own toys.
i'm really excited to take her to the park this spring and
really start getting some outdoor playtime.
she ate meat.
she can clap her hands.
she had her first month swaddle-free
i can't believe i have a nine month old.
my chunky monkey little, maybe big, nine month old.