November 21, 2013

I never would have guessed

I never would have guessed... that I'd find myself sining the Wheels on the Bus while cutting out the backbone from a chicken. Yet there I was last Sunday night doing exactly that...with a little add lib here and there..."the kiddies on the bus say "we want chicken! we want chicken! we want chicken!" ... all through the town." My hands were gross and the little lady was fussy so I sang and sang and sliced and sliced until the backbone was clean and Alice calm. 

I never would have guessed... it would go by this quickly. I know, yadda yadda, so cliche, but it is going by so fast. Alice is almost 4 months. Gasp! I got her to giggle for the first time yesterday. We were dancing in front of the mirror, and there it was, a little chuckle. I nearly died. My heart exploded. (My heart seems to have a fast recovery time considering how many times it's exploded in the last 4 months.) 

I never would have guessed... I'd spend so much time thinking about Alice's sleep. On any given day I have no idea when she'll sleep or for how long. I can tell you that she'll likely take four naps, but when they occur and how long they last is only known by some little sleep center in Alice's brain. Right now she is taking a long nap, almost an hour and a half, which is lovely and amazing, for me and her. You see, Alice's sleep and the blog are deeply connected, because when she naps I can blog. So along with sleep I'd say I never would have guessed it would be this hard to blog. I miss it. I crave it. And yet, it's still hard to get to.

I never would have guessed...that homemade challah would be this good. Ever since Darcy posted the recipe I have been dying to make it. There's something about making your own bread that is incredibly satisfying. It's easy, yet it feels like such a worthwhile accomplishment. I've been delighting in buttered toast and avocado sandwiches and dreaming of French toast and bread pudding.

.... and here are a few favorites from my iphone.....
1) Alice all bundled for an excursion outside
2) yes, my baby has a bald spot - will it ever grow back?
3) my little Who from Whoville - reading Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who
4) a nice evening stroll
5) Alice and I rode the Chocolate Tram around town. She was eyeing all the treats.
6) cozy in her sleep sack
7 ) Fall! I love Fall!
8) Alice busy playing with her toy gym.

...and the little lady is still sleeping - from start to finish in one nap time - it's a blogging miracle :)


  1. Those eyes! She is so, so adorable! It must be so exciting getting to know her, seeing her personality develop and start to peek through!

    I commend you for your chicken de-boning and baby-soothing all at the same time. Fiddling with raw chicken is troublesome enough, but keeping a baby happy too? Good work, Talley. Also, the challah looks lovely--big, generous braids are the best.

  2. The beauty of this little girl - and giggling - I can only imagine how your heart must have burst. Soon enough I will learn the difficulty of working and Mommy-ing :)

  3. Oh, what a cutie! Hello, Alice! And so glad you liked the challah. YUM. I'm going to make it again this weekend - we finally had more snow and it seems like bread-making weather.

  4. What and adorable little girl! The Challah looks beautiful :)

  5. Talley - I made your apple cake this weekend for a little gathering and everyone agreed it was delicious! I did 1/3 whole wheat flour to make it a tad healthier and it was still so yummy. Also, your little one is so, so adorable! xo. Nancy