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Savoring the moment

Paige is asleep… yup, she’s still sleeping! I nursed her to sleep, as usual, then transferred her to her crib (which is beside our bed, like a side car, but with all 4 sides up). Shortly after leaving the room, I heard her moan softly, then cry ever so slightly; I waited. A little more soft crying, then her familiar “ahhhhhhh-ahhhhhhh-ahhh” that she does when she is trying to put herself to sleep. However, this is usually when she is in the car, or we are carrying or pushing her during a walk or outing; this is not what she does when she is left alone in her crib. But lo and behold, within 2 minutes I heard nothing; just utter silence.

I should add that I had started doing dishes the minute, nay, second after I left Paige, and only hesitated to go directly back to her because my hands were dirty and wet. I only continued to do dishes because she did not cry or scream out in sadness or fear; she simply tried to put herself to sleep without me!

So now, after doing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, the living room and her bedroom, I read about our new Premier. I would have to say I am excited and impressed for many reasons. First off, she’s a woman!!!!! Secondly, she has a good track record of representing human rights, fighting for gender equality and obviously cares about education for all. And she has already stirred up seats at the Legislature. Hurray for Alison Redford!

What led me to read, in more detail, about our new, female, Premier was this trailer: Miss Representation. A documentary I do not want to miss.

And now for something completely different (I should watch more Monty Python…) I have (possibly…) invented quite a successful way of getting Paige to eat pureed prunes. Being a baby who was never spoon fed, or fed pureed foods at all, Paige was adverse to me feeding her so I had a difficult time trying to get any prunes into Paige when nature wasn’t doing its part. Being a non-waster of food, I wasn’t about to toss a jar of prunes, I did what most people do with homemade baby food: I froze it in an ice cube tray, in nice, equal portions.

The next day, I took one cube out, ready to attempt spoon feeding again. When I popped a cube out, I realized that they do not freeze solid, but are rather the consistency of a firm banana or cooked carrot, albeit very cold (soothing to sore gums) with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Not giving it much thought, I chopped one into pea-sized pieces and put them on Paige’s tray; to my surprise and utter delight, Paige tried one, then another and soon had gobbled them all up! I gave her another cube, cut up, and then another. Before I knew it, she had eaten about half the jar and was wanting more still!

And so a new way to feed pureed foods to a baby who prefers to self feed. Perhaps this is a common practice that I was unaware of, or perhaps I am a genius :)

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A Vacation to Remember – Part 2

We woke earlier on our shopping day, but not by much, and we had a lot to do before shopping. We needed to get ready, pack up and check out. The hotel was nice enough to let us store our luggage while we went to eat breakfast.

We ate at a lovely, colourful cafe called Sabrina’s. It was crowded but we got a table right away, and a highchair for Miss P. I could not resist something from the special menu: sweetened cream cheese stuffed french toast, smothered with a white chocolate sauce. We should have taken note of the portion sizes of the customers around us however, because they were gigantic and we all had leftovers, being only able to eat half or less of our dish.

After we went back to our hotel and grabbed our bags. Luckily our new hotel was only 3 blocks away. I wheeled Paige and everyone else pushed one and pulled the other piece of luggage down the sidewalk. Although it was only 1 pm, our room was ready for us and we were able to put our leftovers in the fridge and freshen up from the humid walk.

Then, finally, we set off for shopping. Our first stop was Zara. Lots of clothes to see but only one sister bought much at all. I bought a very cute, short, summer dress, that I later changed into. Next stop – Steve Madden for shoes. We each bought a pair. Mine were some lovely sandals – Cabezza – that were on sale, but, of course, are cheaper now! They were so comfortable that I wore them most of the day and walk around town in them now still.

Another familiar store we hit ended up  being a huge shopping success: good ole’ H&M. Our arms, and Paige’s stroller, were overflowing with clothes on the way to the change rooms. Fortunately for our arms, and the stroller, not everything was our size or style. I was able to check off the clothing items I needed from my list, which was a bonus. By this time however, we were very thirsty and in need of a rest. At Barnes and Noble we found a Starbucks and greedily ordered a drink and treat; or in my case, a treat-in-a-drink, aka a Frappuccino® (I got a caffe vanillaplus a treat. But I was sorely disappointed by the whip on top not being real whipping cream. Oh well. I did very much enjoy my chocolate cheese cake though, and drank most of the Frappuccino® later anyway.

After that we stopped at another shoe store, Aerosoles. Again, we almost all bought a pair of shoes. Only my youngest sister did not get any shoes from there. Mine were again on sale! Now I had 2 new pairs of shoes and they totaled only $100 American. Pretty good deal if I do say so.

Our last stop for the day was of course, Macy’s in Center City. It was the first of many trips to Macy’s because 1- it’s a giant store with a wide selection of everything, and 2- it was a perfect meeting spot in central Philadephia. I got a much needed new wallet with strap (so I can now have my money, cards, phone and keys in a handy carrying wallet while still being able to lug Paige :) and a nice, new, brown “leather” belt.

For dinner we ate at a fancy seafood restaurant; the name escapes me now. But I had some delicious fish and chips, and was even able to polish off the exceptionally large serving of deep fried fish and mound of tasty fries.

We arrived back to our new hotel room exhausted and ready to veg on the couch with the tv on.

That concludes part 2 of our trip. I wish I had more time to complete the entire story today, but alas I do not. Hopefully I will get to it soon!

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