I nursed Huck until he was 27 months old. I assumed I'd nurse Jemima at least that long but, at 15 months...I'm already feeling like I'm ready to stop. Or nearly ready anyway. I know there are women out there who give it up for the team way longer than I have, but I'm just feeling ready to have my body back to myself for a while. I'm trying to hang on until the snow melts and the weather turns warm here.
Toddler nursing can be...challenging. Thank god neither of my kids were biters, but Huck was a twiddler at this age. He'd reach over to my free breast and go after the nipple like he was trying to find a good AM radio station.
Jemima is more of a honker. She just likes to give me a few quick squeezes--Honk Honk. Note to self: put an old-fashioned bicycle horn on her tricycle when I start to wean. Honestly, it doesn't bother me that much.
I'll take a honker over a twiddler any day of the week.
The other difficulty with nursing a toddler is the acrobatics. This is currently Jemima's favorite nursing position.
She's also partial to this one.
It's a damn good thing I don't have much occasion to nurse in public any more since we're down to first thing in the morning, before naps and before bedtime. But every once in a while when we're out, if she falls down or gets scared of something, she wants it a little comfort nurse. Naturally, I oblige and she's usually pretty chill about the crawling around and standing on her head antics. However, she insists that no fabric of any kind must come closer than a foot from her face in any direction and if, god forbid, she sees a dog or hears a bird tweet, she must stretch my nipple five inches until it pops out of her mouth with a giant slurping sound. So...
I'm ready to buy a bra that fits--even if it's smaller than before.
I'm ready for my body to be my own again--most of the time at least.
I'm ready to have a libido--even if it's smaller than before.
I just hope she's ready, too, because I'm thinking June is just around the corner.
A little touch of techie photo wonkiness for you today...
Like the cool photos in yesterdays Pumpkin Seed Muffin post? Like these?
Believe it or not, I took them with my iPhone. It's a new FREE iPhone application called Hipstamatic. I found it through Dooce--thank you, Heather.
And speaking of Dooce--that blog has taken a major upswing since Heather had her second baby. I had gotten to where I couldn't read it anymore because it was such a downer. Like I need to travel down your road to cuckooville? I have blazed my own trail to that destination, thank you very much. But t's back to being a very funny, well-written, mommy blog again so I visit from time to time and see what's what.
With Hipstamatic you can scroll through 3 free lenses and 3 different types of "film." You can also buy many more. It's a nice way to take some fast, groovey, camera-phone pictures that look amazing.
I don't even care that this is a "Fall" recipe. Whatever. There's still snow on the ground here and more coming, so the rest of you can just roll your eyes and make cherry pie while I sit by the fire, knit and eat warm pumpkin dishes.
You know I love ANYTHING with pumpkin in it. Exhibit A: Recipes from this blog...
I'm not 100% sure because I found this recipe handwritten and stuffed into the back of my recipe folder but I think it originally came from Martha's Everyday Food Magazine. I love that magazine but had to finally stop my subscription when my collection of them filled an entire bookshelf. I've spent a lot of time tearing out the recipes I like and finally getting rid of all the mags. They were weighing me down.
On to the goodness...
PUMPKIN SEED MUFFINS
Make 12 regular size muffins
1/2 cup raw (green) pumpkin seeds
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup light brown sugar, packed (btw--I always use dark)
1 cup pumpkin puree
6 Tbsp melted butter
2 large eggs, beaten
Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes--until until slightly puffed and browned. Set the aside and turn the heat up to 375F.
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients--flour, baking powder, allspice & salt. Reserve 3 Tbsp of pumpkin seeds for topping and combine the rest with the dry ingredients.
In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar, , pumpkin, melted butter and eggs. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
Spray muffin tins with cooking spray and fill with batter (3/4 full). Top each muffin with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds. Bake 25-30 minutes--until lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes and turn out.
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