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M, the Three-Year-Old

It’s been a long time without writing! I’m not getting much sleep these days (nights?) and nap time is elusive, too. Gotta love that month-long sleep shift for babies, right? But I have a few minutes, and I wanted to share an update about M, because she’s at a really delightful age and doing all kinds of amazing things.

She completed her first season of skating about two weeks ago, culminating with an ice show. I was honestly unsure if she woulda actually make it out onto the ice, because her love for skating has run hot and cold since she started last fall,

A at Four Months


We did a quick measurement estimate at home because I’m actually worried this kid is gonna grow out of his car seat soon! We figure he’s around 17 lbs. and about 24 inches long.


Nothing new!


He had a super grumpy stretch for awhile, there. He’s more cheerful lately, but will protest loudly and immediately if he wants attention and the person giving it to him dares look away even momentarily. Dude holds a grudge. He’s usually happiest first thing in the morning and often wakes up with a smile.

Enjoying the Kitchen Again

During my rough year pre-baby, I ate a lot of comfort food and was too tired and down to really get into cooking. When I was pregnant with A, nausea took over, followed by exhaustion, and I still didn’t cook a lot. And then, in the early months with him, it was impossible to try to cook anything beyond a simple meal, and I gravitated to eating pre-made, packaged, processed things that were fast and easy.

In the last few weeks we’ve been making concerted efforts to eat better, all around, for everyone in the family.

Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged Chocolate

One of my latest Cocoa Couriers boxes had some really interesting bars, including the Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged bar:

“The first chocolate featuring cask-aged cocoa beans. To make this bar, we crack Bolivian cacao beans into cacao nibs, then age the nibs in empty Berkshire Mountain Distilling bourbon barrels for four weeks. During the aging process, the nibs soak up the essence of bourbon stored in the oak. After four weeks, the nibs are ground, mixed with a house blend of cane and maple sugar, and made into a deliciously deep dark chocolate with notes of caramel,

VintagePlantations Dark Chocolate with Raspberries

I opened this one up by myself and ate a piece of it, and a few days later M waltzed into my room with a chunk of it in her hand — I leave the already opened packages up for grabs in the cupboard, and Matt offered her some. To my surprise, this is kid-approved!

The bar is stuffed full of dried raspberries, so it’s tart, and has an almost puffed rice type of texture. The dark chocolate is really good — maybe a touch too sour for my taste, with the tartness of the berries,