There are many things that Lucy finds funny these days. The newest is brushing her teeth. We’ve instituted a new part of the bedtime routine wherein Lucy washes her hands and then brushes her teeth (sans toothpaste). She thinks it’s HILARIOUS. Obviously, she doesn’t know yet that she’s not supposed to like it. Shhhh…..I’m not telling.

The Numbers

Lucy had her official one-year check up at the doctor’s today. Although she was quite fussy beforehand, she managed to be in a shockingly good mood for the duration of our appointment. Of course, our doctor was “wowed” by her amiable nature and pronounced Lucy to be in excellent shape both in terms of health and general development. L weighed in at 20 pounds 7 ounces, and is just shy of 30 inches long. That puts her at just under the 50th percentile for weight and 75th for height. Her head is also in the 75th percentile- the first time it has been below 90th! The doctor praised Lucy’s early rejection of a bottle (in favor of a sippy cup) and called her “fearless” with regards to exploring and movement. I’m not sure I’d call her “fearless”- she still seems a bit timid when it comes to walking and standing, although she has taken an interest in climbing things. In any case, despite the various illnesses of late, Lucy’s managed to gain a pound in less than a month and is generally thriving. We’re happy to see her progress and, I think, just the tiniest bit sad to see our baby growing into a little girl.

Polenta with Smoky Eggplant Ragout

I’ve been meatless since the start of 2008. No real reason, and I don’t expect to keep it up for the long term, but it’s been nice for a change. And it’s caused me to seek out some new vegetarian entrees, as my repertoire is really quite limited. Tonight I tried a polenta recipe which was supposed to be made with mushrooms, but I adapted for eggplant to suit G’s tastes. I also subbed a tube of polenta rather than making it from scratch- it was all I had. It was pretty darn good, if I do say so, although it could probably use some tinkering. G suggested more cheese next time. That’s never a bad idea!

Polenta with Smoky Eggplant Ragout
Adapted from a recipe on cookinglight.com

1 tube of prepared polenta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2″cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Côtes du Rhône or other fruity red wine
1 tablespoon chopped drained canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 cups (4 ounces) crumbled queso fresco cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare ragout, heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add eggplant and salt; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine, chiles, oregano, and garlic. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 1 minute or until liquid evaporates, stirring constantly. Stir in tomatoes, and cook over low heat 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.

Slice polenta into 1/2″ thick slices and arrange in the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish. Spoon ragout over polenta; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Serves 4.

Happy Birthday, Beautiful!

That’s right, Lucy is now one year old. Amazing, right? Little one, I’m wishing you a year full of discovery, wonder and delight. And good health, of course. (Note: We all got a good night’s sleep. The world is a brighter place today!).

Enough Already!

I’m getting really tired of Lucy being sick. And when I say tired, I don’t just mean “fed up”. I mean “exhausted”. Seriously. I am fried from the sleepless nights. It seems like December was one long series of bad nights (between jet lag and illness). The girl has just gotten back on her feet and then came down with something again yesterday.

G and I had a night out planned. While in the car driving to the friends’ house where she was to spend the evening, the vomit started. I’ll spare you the gory details. Suffice it to say, there was a lot of clean up and laundry involved. We took turns being up with her throughout the night. This is after several poor nights of sleep earlier in the week. She seems mostly OK today. She’s had a fair bit of breastmilk and it has all stayed down. She’s also in the midst of a HUGE nap. If only I could nap for 3 hours, as I sorely need the rest!

Ah well, according to our doctor, there is a 24-hour bug going around. So the plus side is, she should be A-OK in time to ring in her second year. That’s right, Lucy’s big birthday is Monday! Cross you fingers that she’s healthy and mom and dad get some rest.

She Stands

In latest Lucy news, she now stands on her own! She’s been able to pull herself up on furniture for months now. But in the past few days she can push herself up using only her legs and no other support. She looks a little frightened once she gets up there, but she’s practicing at least. I have a feeling those first steps may be taken soon…