Thursday, April 24, 2008

Roles

I thought I'd give you some insight into Butter's Humor. He's a pretty funny guy, likes to make himself laugh (gets that from his mom) and often makes adults laugh. We had a dinner with friends and one of the boy's name is Dash. Butters was saying goodbye and he said, "Bye, Dash Potato!" This got big laughs, b/c it sounds like mashed potato and now Butters calls everyone a potato. If you call him one, he wrinkles his brow, "Hey, I'm not a potato!" He also woke up the other morning singing, "The itsy bitsy spider, climbed up the giant meatball!"




The other day we were hugging and he told me I was like his bed, "You are like my bed, mama." "That's so sweet, is it because I'm warm and cozy and I keep you safe?" "No, because this" he pushes his hand into the rolls of my stomach, "feels like my pillow!" Hmmmm, are you sure it doesn't feel like six pack?






The Other One has been rolling all over the floor. I'll put her on her belly and turn my back and she's rolled over several times and moved about 6 feet across the floor. She's got the hang of eating now and has had pears, apples, sweet potato, carrot, yogurt, banana and tomorrow we'll try avocado. I made a batch of baby food over the weekend, I promised myself I'd try not to do more for the first than for the second. I scooped out sections of sweet potato in between bath and bedtime and everything else, but it got done!

Okay, one last role-my role as a mom. Today, Butters and I made cookies. We usually bake something every week. These were from teff flour. It's an ancient Ethiopian grain that is super high in protein and iron, Husband made injera bread once and we had lots of teff remaining, he made a whole spread it was very impressive. Ever since then, teff flour has been falling out of my freezer, so I saw this easy recipe and we made this up quickly. Butters helped with every step, including licking the bowl, the spoon, the dough and the baking sheet.

My friends and I have been talking about preschools and homeschooling, someone asked me if I teach Butters anything and I shrugged it off, like, no, not really. I think women tend to diminish their work at times. *Unless you are Monica's ex-boyfriend's wife! But, actually, I'm constantly teaching him. I'm trying to teach him things that he won't see yet in school. We watch birds at the bird feeder, I don't tell him bird starts with the letter B. I ask him if this bird looks different from the others. How are the smaller ones getting the bird seed? Do they have the same beaks, etc etc. I'm also teaching him how to meet new people, how to hold scissors, Bernoulli's principle, why you shouldn't eat dirt, don't lick the window, blah blah blah. I also let him play and just have fun.

The cookies today gave me a chance to teach him something very important in life. How to dunk your cookie in milk!


Recipe for vegan Teff Peanut Butter Cookies (from Bob's Red Mill):


Turn oven to 350. Mix 1.5 c teff flour and .5 tsp sea salt, set aside. Blend 1/2 c maple syrup, 1/2 oil, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 c peanut butter. Add in dry ingredients. Roll into balls, use a fork to press down. Bake for 15 minutes. They are a little crumbly but super high in iron!

1 comment:

P. Mookie said...

There's that hand that I love so much. Is that a freckle I spy on the ring finger?