Friday, February 22, 2013

Super Salami Dip

This dip is so good!! Really, really good. I created this dip out of sheer desperation and lack of ingredients a while back when I was trying to make my mom's awesome chip beef bowl dip. The commissary didn't have any chipped beef. And they didn't have any bread that I could make a bread bowl. So my Super Salami Dip was made. It is always a hit!

Gather all your ingredients. You will need:

  • 1 bag of plain bagels
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 regular package of cream cheese
  • 1 package of salami (pre-cut)

Add sour cream and cream cheese to the mixing bowl and cut salami into small pieces. Mix. 

Put mix into a small baking dish. Preheat oven to 350. Bake dip for 30 minutes. While dip is baking cut bagels into small pieces.

Once dip is bubbly take out and enjoy!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Flying With Baby--And How I'm Going To Deal

This Wednesday, we are finally heading home for a visit--Andrew's first trip back in over a year. Unfortunately for us, "home" is Wisconsin, which means flying or a twenty hour car drive. He only has a week of leave so we decided to fly this time. Though Charleston is ranked as the #1 best tourist destination in the United States (as we hear over and over again) it has a small airport, which means no direct flights to Milwaukee or Minneapolis. So we have a layover. With a baby. Ugh.

I've only flown with Lizzie once, when we flew home for her baptism. She was three months old, and I forced my parents to drive four hours down to Chicago so that I didn't have to do a layover. She was good, but that was when she was still a sleepy little lady. Not so much anymore.

Here's some things I'm going to do to help fend off disaster on this trip:

  • Forget the Stroller. (Yes, really.)  By using a sling I can tell exactly where those little hands are, and she stays happier and gets less nervous around all the strangers when she is so close to Mommy. Plus, who really wants to haul it through the airport? No thank you. It's a much braver person than I am who does that.
  • Pack Lightly. My entire carry-on will consist of a diaper bag. (A BIG diaper bag)  Inside will be diapers and wipes, my purse, a change of clothes, a pacifier, and some snacks. Andrew will have a backpack with our electronics and a change of clothes for us. Right now it looks like a nice warm 30 degree trip for us so we'll also have to bring our jackets which annoys me but there's no help for it. I'm not going to bother with baby powder, lotion, all that crap. Just lots of diapers and wipes in case we have any trouble. She'll be okay for a few hours.
  • New Toys. I've bought a couple small, cheap, quiet toys for her to play with on the plane. A new toy usually gets a good hour of entertainment. And I found some key toys! My real keys never seem to get old so hopefully these fake ones will be enough to keep her entertained. 
  • Other Entertainment. I have some interactive picture books downloaded on my Nook that should keep her entertained for quite a while. If that fails we may resort to TV on the laptop or phones.  We don't let Lizzie watch TV as a rule, so it is a really novel thing for her.  I'll really try not to do this because I know that both sets of grandparents will have the TV on NONSTOP THE ENTIRE TRIP. 

Hopefully everything goes smoothly. Hopefully. Travel is one of the few things I get stressed about so preparing helps ease my stress.  Here's a couple other websites I've found that have some good, commonsense travel-with-baby tips. (Baby Center) (Disney Family) Wish me luck! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Baby Valentine's Day Pictures

So it was a beautiful day in Charleston last Sunday and I thought it would be a great day to go downtown and get some pictures for Valentine's Day later this week.  Andrew had one of his rare weekends off so I convinced him to come along.  

I'm not a fan of putting Lizzie in pink, and I like non-traditional colors for holiday pictures so I wanted to go with a blue tutu for these but was vetoed by Andrew.  So we reached a compromise with a red polka dot outfit with bright blue tights. 

Being the weekend, most of the streets were packed with tourists so we headed down to the battery park area. Downtown Charleston is really beautiful and we had a great view of the harbor and the bridges when we walked along.  Lizzie was a little crabby for some reason but we still managed to get some good pictures of her. 

I washed this one out a little bit with Photoshop.

Of course, she only wanted to be held by Daddy so he managed to get all the good shots.  All the shots with me were of her trying to grab my nose. Boo!

I liked this last one a lot and I thought that maybe I'd start a Valentine's day tradition of listing all of Lizzie's "loves" each year and see how that changes from year-to-year. So here's her favorites for this year.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Year's Resolution-Continued

So, it's been almost a month of my new wonderful plan of getting Lizzie to sleep in her crib and it's going...okay.  I don't say "okay" as in I'm disappointed by the progress (because there is progress!) but because I have all ready lost my move-her-to-crib resolve.  I never expected beautiful perfect sleep within a month using a no-cry-it-out solution but I have had a couple nights of (drumroll, please!) five hour sleep stretches. It's the little things.... 

Here's my log from last night.

So if you compare this to my initial log, you can see that even though she still has six awakenings, she is consistently going to sleep at 7:30 pm and I can usually get her to sleep until at least 7:00 am.  I'm still awake for the first two or three wake-ups so it's no longer as painful. Hopefully by this time next month we can cut down some of the total awakenings but right now I'm ecstatic. I've found I have hours of time at night to get stuff done! That certainly wasn't happening when she was going to sleep at 10:30 pm.

Some of the most helpful tips I've found from The No-Cry Sleep Solution are:

  • Having a Consistent Bed and Nap Time! I can't believe how much this has helped. I try to keep it within a half an hour each night and sometimes she's zonked before we're even finished with our story time. Plus if I'm not home, it's easy for someone else to handle bed time when there is a set list of what to do.
  • White Noise. One problem we have when we co-sleep is that Lizzie seems to have bat-like hearing. Every sniffle, throat-clear, and bed-creak would wake her up. Having that white-noise really reduced that threat.
  • Regular naps. I've found the better and longer she naps during the day, the better she sleeps at night. 
I'll keep updating as we continue using the tips from the book. At least I was able to get some time at night back to myself!