Fumbling Toward Family chronicles the feats and fumbles of a quirky urban family. Ours is an attachment parenting blog, a natural food blog, a simple living blog and a working mom blog — all rolled into one! Just don't expect us to know exactly what we're doing on any of these fronts. That would be the fumbling part. And that is what we do best.
If you wondered why we’ve been too busy to blog lately, now you know.
Thankfully, Rowan recovered from his various illnesses just in time for some fall fun. Last weekend, we visited the apple orchard, carved/painted pumpkins (and roasted seeds!), baked apple crisp, and raked leaves.
An entire season in one weekend. Whew!
I'm glad we didn't wait for this weekend. I think the snow flurries might have dampened our spirits.
Next up: Rowan's triple birthday do-over costume extravaganza!
Leave it to a 3-year-old to make the best of a bad situation. Rowan spent his birthday weekend with the stomach flu. We had thought he might be feeling better by today, but the virus just made its way down the digestive tract (if you know what I mean).
This morning, Rowan woke up feeling sick to his stomach and asked in a groggy little voice, "Is today my birthday?" I told him that it was, but I also promised that we'd have a super fun birthday do-over as soon as he was feeling better.
By this evening, Rowan was feeling a little more playful. He even let me take a few pictures of him in his mismatched PJs (we've been doing A LOT of laundry).
Rowan wasn't nearly as perky yesterday. In fact, he was so tired by naptime that he fell asleep standing up!
Happy birthday, my sweet little man! I'm so sorry that you had to be sick on your special day. Daddy and I will make it up to you as soon as you're feeling better. We love you!
Unfortunately, Rowan got the stomach flu last night, forcing us to postpone his special day. What could be more miserable than vomiting in a bucket? How about vomiting in a bucket while surrounded by decorations for the party you've been excited about all week? Bummer. Big bummer.
Rowan's feeling quite a bit better this afternoon. Kyle bought him a new movie to watch while he rests on the couch. Hopefully, we'll all be healthy tomorrow and can do something fun on his actual birthday. Looks like yucky weather, though. Maybe a trip to Nickelodeon Universe is in order if Rowan's feeling up to it.
This has been a really tough fall for our family. Since ECFE started, Rowan has had pink eye, a bad cold and the stomach flu. Lovely.
Maybe we're in for a healthy winter. Think so? Bright side...
After hearing about the babies dying in China, I was actually starting to worry about our global food economy. Remember when all those animals died last year from melamine-laced Chinese pet food? Or when we found loads of drugs and contaminants in Chinese seafood? (The lead-tainted toys are a topic for another time. Toys are only toxic if babies put them in their mouths. Oh wait…)
Thank goodness the Food and Drug Administration is on top of it. The FDA will only allow the wee bit of melamine that enters food through normal factory processing to grace our shores. And they won’t allow any melamine in baby formula! Why? “There is too much uncertainty to set a level in infant formula and rule out any public health concern.” I almost get choked up thinking about how much the FDA cares about our babies.
Anyway, I'm just glad that I don’t have to worry about these things. For a while, I was thinking, “Oh my gosh! Maybe I should buy real food grown by local farmers instead of industrialized food crap grown in foreign countries and transferred through God knows how many ports and processing plants!”
I know what you’re thinking: “Move to Canada, you naïve, idealistic liberal!” Touché.
Thankfully, the FDA has changed my tune and turned me back into global food consumer. Sometimes I wonder how that pet food ever got past those guys. And did they ever figure out the source of those contaminated tomatoes/peppers/whatever? Hmmm...
Oh well, I’m not supposed to think. I'm a mom. I’m supposed to shop! In fact, shopping is my civic duty. And what's more patriotic than buying food that's grown and processed in foreign countries? Some products might even contain soy lecithin or high-fructose corn syrup derived from commodity crops grown right here in Minnesota.