My huge baby, a few favorites, and weekly meal plan

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week in review

big grumpy baby
big grumpy baby

1.  My huge baby is huge. At his one month check up he’d gained just about 2 lbs above his birth weight, some of which he lost in those early few days. He’s sleepin’ great (I highly recommend letting your child cluster feed all evening… as annoying as it is, I get to sleep at night!) and we love discovering new things about him every day. For example, I now know that when he won’t eat and starts to flail around and punch my chest, it means he wants to be burped.

2.  Blogging looks a little bit like this:

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what? you don’t usually blog while nursing and eating cold oatmeal?
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Happy Chanukah, pregnancy challenges, & our suppers this week

Happy Chanukah!


Yes we are Catholic, yes we celebrate Chanukah. I grew up in a Jewish / Presbyterian household, and then converted later (which you can read about here), but still took a few family traditions with me.

So we had a lovely family dinner with my parents and grandparents, latkes, brisket, the works. Miriam loved it, she was fascinated by the lights and the new Chanukah books that magically appeared on our living room table.

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Annunciations about enunciation, 7 quick takes


Moving. Moving, moving, moving. Everything is quiet around the blog because I’m in a pregnant flurry of many loads of laundry and packing. We’re moving Nov. 1, to a house that is so many kinds of perfect.

I am a little sad to leave our apartment; it’s been our home for a few wonderful years, and though it only has one bathroom and requires that I walk down an outdoor flight of stairs with toddler everytime I want to go somewhere, it has been a great home.


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What’s For Supper Vol. 2

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Thank you to one of my favorite bloggers Simcha Fisher for starting this “What’s for Supper” link up! She started it with the premise that:

“While I’m no cooking jainyus, I do manage to feed twelve people, seven days a week, without spending a million dollars and without anyone getting rickets.” – Simcha Fisher, What’s For Supper Vol. 2

Brilliant yes? I think so too. I can barely manage to keep the three (plus one) of us fed and watered. In fact this week was one of the first weeks that I really attempted meal planning. It started off kind of rough…

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A new Sunday link up, sushi while pregnant, and my handwriting obsession

So this is the final installment of Answer Me This, which is bittersweet, because I have really enjoyed joining this link up… BUT…

I am starting something that I hope will be awesome, and I invite you all to join me next Sunday for…

sunday family meals oh the simple joys blog link up

Basically, next week, and every Sunday until we decide to quit, I’m going to host a link up where you can share your posts about a family meal you had that week. You can include the recipe or not, but I love seeing pictures of family tables and hearing about how you guys break bread with your loved ones. 

I also really hope that this will encourage others (and myself) to put some thought into making at least one meal out of the week a special time for family, with some thought, preparation, and care. But if you want to show us pictures of your hot dogs and slurpees, go for it. That’s cool too. I can’t wait.

Sunday Family Meals will start next Sunday, August 2, and I’ll probably open the link up around 8 am EST. I’m still working out the details but write it on your calendar, and follow OTSJ on Facebook for more updates.

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