Spit Bubbles and Happiness

My son is in bed, humming to himself and blowing spit bubbles. He sounds quite content, and incredibly cute. I’m trying to ignore him because it’s his bedtime, but he seems to have shifted his schedule slightly. Still, he’s not fussing, which is a good thing. Normally I would lay down with him and nurse him to bed, but he wasn’t really interested in eating.

He’s definitely interested in blowing spit bubbles, though. I wish I had something that could record audio, so I could play it back in front of his new girlfriend years later.

I co-sleep with my son. This is one of the reasons why I have a king size bed, and why I’m willing to suffer the huge amount of space it takes up in the room. It’s big enough for me, my husband, my son, and any large farm animals we may acquire later as pets. I’ve used the bassinet of the pack&play twice, but even though he does fall asleep over there, I miss that warm little body next to me. Plus he sometimes gets hungry in the night without actually waking up, and it’s much easier to just feed him without getting out of bed.

My son also sleeps on his tummy. I know, bad parent. He does prefer it to sleeping on his back-which he WILL do from time to time. I think because he’s much cozier on his tummy and sleeps more restfully. Since about 2 months, he’s started sleeping through the night, or at least for large chunks of it. As I’m usually awake until about 3 am, this lends to grogginess in the morning on my part, because for some reason, my son is a morning person.

Still, there’s nothing quite so heart-warming as slowly waking up to babble and little feet and hands pummeling my back, rolling over, and receiving a huge, gummy “Good morning!” smile from my son.

Writing this is like trying to walk a group of dogs with different leads, each pulling in a different direction. I try to keep things going in a straight line but I still wander a bit.

I’ll close with an experimental recipe that turned out well. Since my husband is the only one working, this means cheap food and making things last. The following manages to be both, and stemmed from a “reduced price for quick sale” sticker on some turkey legs. I used a crock-pot for this.

4 turkey legs
1 packet Chicken Taco seasoning
1 can ro-tel mild

Pull the skin away from the meat but do not remove. Sprinkle meat on all sides with chicken taco seasoning, pull up skin. Place two legs in a large crockpot (I think mine is 4 or 5 quarts), sprinkle with seasoning. Lay the other two legs on top, sprinkle with the rest of the seasoning. Add about 1/2 cup water, cook on low for 10-12 hours.

When the turkey is done (juice is clear, meat pulls away from bone easily), discard skin, bone and sinews and any other non-edible bits. Shred up the turkey and put back in crockpot with juices. Mix in one or two cans ro-tel. I used my hands for all the shredding and mixing just because it’s easier to feel bits of bone that might have been left behind. Leave everything in the pot to cool for storage, or else serve some up immediately by putting some on a tortilla with salsa and cheese.

Another way to serve it, which is what I did, is to put about 3/4 cup of the mix (I guesstimated) into a small non-stick frying pan. Use non-stick spray if needed. Heat thoroughly. While it’s heating, beat 2 eggs. The turkey in the pan should be quite juicy, pour the juices into the eggs and mix. Pour the eggs into the pan and let cook for a few minutes. When it starts setting, you can either attempt to turn the whole thing over to cook the top, or pick it up and let the uncooked egg go underneath, or turn it in chunks almost like a scramble. Regardless, make sure the egg is cooked thoroughly. Turn it onto a plate (or a tortilla for a breakfast burrito), and top with cheese and salsa.

I have no idea about nutritional content or anything, so don’t ask! It just tastes good.

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