Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Daddy's Day y mas

Happy Daddy's Day! 
Or as I like to say to my Dad, Happy Paddy's Day! (Long story)

Today is the husband's very first Father's Day and I can honestly say that he is an excellent Daddy. He changes diapers like a champ, burps the Little One almost every time, soothes her, holds her, and loves to let her sleep on him. (She also loves to sleep on him) She can tell when he's home and generally prefers him after a long day of mommy time. This is not me saying that she doesn't love me, but that she really treasures that evening time with daddy. He has been the proud recipient of many smiles and sweet noises these days. The above picture is the proud pappa himself. I even dressed her up so that she could be specially fitted for this time.

What a sweet relationship they already have. I am one proud wife and mommy. I couldn't ask for a better husband and father than I have in this man. I would not trade him for anything! He has the touch with her (he is excellent with a swaddle blanket) and it reminds me so much of the special relationship I have with my Daddy. I pray daily that they will go on lots of Daddy-Daughter Dates and have endless walks as she talks his ear off. (That one is for you, Dad!) The relationship between a father and daughter is so sacred. I know that he will model to her the kind of husband she should look for just as my dad did for me. My dad always joked about how hard we were on boys, but that was only because the standard he set was so high.

In other news, the Babe turned 3 months old on Saturday! She is getting so much bigger and stronger. She impresses everyone she meets.

Remember how small she was just a couple months ago?

If you compare the pictures - she is still just as suspicious of the camera
She is moving her arms and legs like crazy these days and acts like she is dancing all the time. She is a pretty happy baby (when she's not hungry - don't get in the way of this baby when she's hungry) and is smiling a TON. She has even begun to bless me with some speech. I discovered it the other day as we played on a quilt on the floor. I was singing to her a song I made up (on the spot - they usually make no sense, but they rhyme!) and when I stopped to take a breath, she began to make noises. We went back and forth like this for several minutes!! Later I was showing her a book and when I would finish reading a page, it's like she would comment on the page. It's completely adorable and I love it.

Isn't this precious?

What a big girl she is growing up to be!

Lastly, the baking business has been taking off a little bit! Ever since I got hired to do the Champagne Cake, I have been getting a little more business! I got hired to a diabetic chocolate cake for Father's Day. I also got to experiment with Chocolate Souffle for a delayed birthday date with a super sweet friend! Here are the pictures!

The chocolate souffle may not look super special from this angle, but trust me.. it was heavenly. It is so light and delicate that you don't even feel any guilt for the immense chocolatey pleasure you get from eating it. I highly recommend it.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Alone Time

I know what you're thinking. You are thinking (most likely anyway) that this will be a blog post about me needing alone time or receiving alone time recently. Far from it! I hate alone time. I do not function well if I am left alone to my own devices for too long. I don't like to study in libraries because they are too quiet, I do not enjoy it when Cal goes out of town, and I am most rejuvenated by a crowd of people. I walk into a room full of people I do not know and do not think "oh no" instead I feel the opportunity to make lots of friends. My husband, however, is not like this. But this is not a blog about him either. This is a blog about the Little One.

I think that while she loves people, and she really does, that my daughter is not like me in that she needs alone time. I think that maybe even my presence is occasionally overstimulating for her. There are just so many things in the living room/bedroom/kitchen/wherever to look at and take in. Her little world is rocked daily! It's like when we go on vacation to a foreign country, but spend so much time trying to see the sites that we come how more tired than we left. But it's like that every day of her life!

We have been doing the eat-play-sleep-repeat philosophy in this house. It works really well for us, so I am not going to change my strategy for now. We even have some little routines that I think are good. We always change her diaper before she eats, we always swaddle her before bed, every time she wakes up I tell her I love her and that she's beautiful. These are things that are important to me right now. These are the little things that add to my sanity each day. So she will eat (fingers crossed - we are having a few battles now and then at the present), then we will play if she will stay awake (sometimes she goes to bed and there is just nothing you can do to keep her awake). We sing songs, we do head/shoulders/knees/toes in 3 languages (I'm determined that she will be multilingual), we dance, we make faces, we read books, we chat, we have some much dreaded tummy time, and sometimes she hangs out in the bouncy seat while I narrate my activities. But after a time she begins to act sleepy, yawny, or even starts making some occasional fussy sounds and that is my cue that it is bed time. Here's where the alone time comes in to play. I have realized that when I put her down and she stops crying, she is not going to sleep.

In fact, she stays awake looking at the things around her crib. I have a blanket that hangs over the side of the far end and it has animals on it that she tends to stare at. There's also a giraffe attached to her crib that makes soothing sounds that she likes to look at. She likes to grab her blanket and try to suck on it (though it's usually too tight for this to work). She likes to kick off her blanket and work her hands and feet. She likes to stick her tongue in and out, tasting her fingers or maybe just the air on occasion. She likes to have alone time! She likes to play with just herself! Then she gets her second round of a little fussy where I re-wrap her up in a blanket a re-position her and she takes a nap. So I suppose we really work on a eat-play-play alone-sleep philosophy. I fully support her in this endeavor, but I just never cease to be amazed at the little personality coming from my almost 3 month old baby. What a blessing it is to be her mommy.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bridal Shower

So I have been doing my best as of late to promote my cake/baking business, Claire's Confections. I'll admit I have had very little luck getting hired. I felt like I was just making headway in Mississippi and then we left, so here I am trying to start over. Anyway, I was honored to be asked to make a cake for a Bridal Shower May 26th! A good friend of mine (she did our newborn photos) was hosting at her house.

She sent me a picture from Pinterest and then let my creative juices do the rest! I wanted it to be festive, and what is more festive than Pink Champagne! Without further adieu here is my Champagne Cake with Champagne Frosting and a Caramel Drizzle (note: everything is made from scratch) with a surprise inside.

If you live in the Houston Area (or on some random weekends, the DFW area or Jackson, MS area haha) and need a cake or any other fun desserts for your next party, keep me in mind! I do cakes, pies, pastries, cake/pie in a jar, trifles, and just about any other dessert you can think of. I love to be creative, so if you can imagine it, I will do my best to make it happen!