October Levi

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

October 31, 2008

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Categories: Family

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

This month has been a busy month for the little bug.  We’ve been getting up later, thanks to Peter’s late schedule.  So our days typically look like this:

Levi sleeping at Sauvie Island Farms when we picked out pumpkins.

Levi sleeping at Sauvie Island Farms when we picked out pumpkins.

Levi gets up around 9, and we get out of bed around 9:30 or 10.  He has breakfast of a banana, a handful of Cheerios, and a sippy-cup full of milk.  Then, we play.  Sometimes we watch Baby Einstein’s Baby Bach.  Or we did until a few nights ago when he jammed it in the DVD player, and he has been unofficially grounded from watching his beloved DVD until we can corral his button pushing a bit more.  Interestingly, the desire to watch the DVD has wained.

Levi navigating through the corn maze after he woke up from his nap.

Levi navigating through the corn maze after he woke up from his nap.

Then, it’s nap time where Levi will sleep for an hour and a half to 3 hours.  This means, we often have a late lunch.  Usually lunch comprises one cut up hot dog, some grapes or other fruit, and some type of grain, which could be a slice of bread, part of a muffin, or maybe some more cereal or a leftover pancake.  The afternoon activities vary, but there is always dancing throughout the day.  Levi has many musical toys that either sing or make music in some other way.  Sometimes we’ll go for a walk, and sometimes we’ll go to the park.  Sometimes I’m baking so we just dance.

Levi working on fixing the heater.

Levi working on fixing the heater.

Next it’s dinner time.  Dinner varies from pasta to casseroles to vegetarian dishes to a straight-up meat and potato dish.  We have learned that Levi loves small pasta that he can wrap his fingers around.  He seems to always taste everything.  We even give him a half a piece of garlic toast, which he tastes every time, and every time makes the same surprised look when he realizes how tangy the garlic powder is!  He is still a ferocious meat eater, so when we do have a chicken or beef dish, he will gravitate towards that first.

Levi showing Mommy how to use the computer.

Levi showing Mommy how to use the computer.

After dinner, Peter usually goes to work, and kitchen clean-up begins.  After that, we dance some more, maybe watch Baby Bach, maybe the News Hour with Jim Lehrer.  Usually though, from 7-8, there is much chasing, hiding, and dancing.

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