Thursday, January 18, 2007

Business as usual

In case you're curious, here's how the cats have responded to Lilah's arrival:

Yup, they don't care that much. (Mirando is snuggled into the Boppy, which is a breastfeeding pillow, a fantastic invention. And also a good cat bed.) I guess from their perspective, not much has changed. They still get fed and petted. Mirando still snuggles with us in bed. Geronimo still gets brushed once a week. They don't care much for her crying (which fortunately she doesn't do much of), but other than that, they don't mind her at all. Every once in a while they'll sniff near her head or feet, but they don't get that close.

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed my birth story. The main reason I decided to share it is related to Areli's comment--all the birth horror stories out there. When I was eight months pregnant and flying back from visiting my family at Thanksgiving, one of the flight attendants told me all about her emergency c-section during which she almost died and her baby had to spend two weeks in NICU. Um...thanks? Seriously, what would possess someone to share that with a pregnant woman? And I had such a great birth experience that maybe my story can help balance out the horror stories some idiot has told you.

Knitting: Thank you to everyone who felt ripping out the HP sock was unnecessary. I love you guys. I'm still on the leg, but almost to the heel flap. Speaking of which, my next pair of socks, I want to try a short-row heel. As I was catching up on my blog-reading, I fell in love with these stunning socks by Turtlegirl. I like my Gryffindor socks (which are more or less from Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns) but the look of her short-row heel is lovely. I have some Sunshine Yarns sock yarn in Strawberry Banana that will be my next pair of socks.

Reading: I'm about halfway through The Thirteenth Tale. The word "unputdownable" gets thrown about a lot in literary criticism, but it is no exaggeration here. This book is riveting. I'm a little bummed that there are only 200 more pages to read. Oh, I forgot to mention that when I got to the end of The Fourth Bear, I was delighted to see the following: "Thursday Next returns in The War of the Words, July 2007." I squealed and jumped up and down. I am not kidding, I did. Yay! A Harry Potter movie, possibly a Harry Potter book, AND a Thursday Next book all in the same month? Best. July. Ever.

Writing: We had a couple of rough nights without much sleep. Last night was better. But at any rate, laundry was almost above my capabilities the last couple of days, much less creative output. Back to revising today, though.

Cooking: Hey, I cooked again! We had almost nothing in the apartment so I improvised Bean and Cheese Enchiladas with Fiesta Rice from random stuff in the fridge and pantry. Matt and I agreed that they were really quite good, and the filling for the enchiladas would also make awesome bean dip. I probably would have used black beans instead of kidney if we'd had any, but it was good this way. Cilantro would have been a nice addition, too. I've never made my own enchilada sauce, but that might be fun sometime.

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

1 can refried beans (14.5 oz.)
1 can kidney beans, well drained (14.5 oz)
2 cups shredded cheese, divided
2 cans enchilada sauce, divided (I think these are 12 oz.)
2 cloves garlic
12 corn tortillas, warmed according to package directions
sliced green and black olives for garnish
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and cover with a thin layer of enchilada sauce. In a food processor, combine beans, garlic, 1 cup of cheese, and 1/4 cup enchilada sauce. Process well. Divide evenly among tortillas, rolling and placing seam side down in the pan. Cover with remaining enchilada sauce, reserving 1/2 cup for Fiesta Rice (if making). Top with remaining cheese, then olives. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.

Note: I used 2% sharp cheddar for filling and 2% Mexican cheese blend for topping, because that's what I had.

Fiesta Rice

1 cup white rice
1 can diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved (14.5 oz.)
1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
About 1/2 cup enchilada sauce (left over from enchiladas)
1 cup frozen corn
1 tsp cumin

Combine all ingredients except reserved tomato juice and enchilada sauce in a small saucepan. Pour tomato juice and enchilada sauce into a measuring cup and add water to total 1 1/2 cups liquid. Add to pan. Bring to a boil. Cover tightly and reduce heat, simmering 20 minutes, or until liquid is mostly absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve.


Rachel said...

I'm glad to hear your cats are adapting well. They look fairly unperturbed.

Good point about the birth story. It can get to the point where you think that 56 hours of labor followed by a botched C-section is the most common way to have a baby. I'm glad yours was far from that experience.

Anonymous said...

The next time I don't think I have anything to put together for dinner, I'm going to compile a list of my ingredients on hand (such as milk, can of pumpkin, fat free cheese slices, and flour) and see if you are able to come up with some sort of tasty recipe I can make with it. I am amazed by how you are able to just put things together and create awesome meals!

Annie said...

I love hearing good birth stories! When I was 4 months pregnant and still dealing with the whole reality of being pregnant, muchless giving birth, a woman went on and on to me about her 91 hour labor. It was all I could do to keep from covering my ears and screaming STOOOOOOOOP! It was basically a mean thing to say to a newly pregnant woman. I shudder everytime I see her.

Glad to know there is hope out there! :-)

Anonymous said...

I am so with you on the birth story thing. That's why I tell everyone who evidences even the tiniest bit of interest about my four non-medicated homebirths. Sheesh. We're so used to absolute horror stories -- "So I went in and got pitocin and then they broke my water and then my baby was in danger and they had to do an emergency c-section and I was so glad I was there because we could have died Aaaaiieeee.

Emergency surgery is great. For emergencies. As Rachel pointed out, though, it is all too often the "most common" way to have a baby. Like our bodies have just forgotten how, somehow.

Well. That's a nice way of making your blog about me ; ) sorry.

yarnthrower is right. I'd like to see you wandering around my kitchen and making gourmet things while juggling a newborn. We didn't eat that well when I was newly postpartum!

So I guess we should all tell people the most wonderful things we've been through and reset the paradigm so that it's normal to tell/experience good and wonderful things.


Rain said...

My Mum was such an old hand at giving birth that by the time I came along (no 5) she didn't bother going to the hospital until she absolutely had to and gave birth to me within 5 mins of arriving. The midwife was still in the middle of washing her hands. My 11 lb brother was a whole different story...

It's great that the cats are adapting so well to having her around.

Anonymous said...

My cat loves to lay on the baby things, too. Drives me a bit crazy, but it's not too big of a deal.

You are really getting back into the swing of things quickly, your dinner sounds like it was very yummy.