Hello Out There! (I’m Lost In The Newborn Fog)

by Becki D on June 29, 2010

Howdy, guys!  So as I explained previously in more detail than you probably needed, I just gave birth to another amazing little girl two weeks ago.  So far, she’s been an absolute dream of a newborn.  She only woke up every hour on the hour the first night we were home; since then she’s pretty much leveled out to waking up every 3 hours at night.  Which makes for a slightly foggy-headed Momma, but in terms of a newborn’s schedule – I’ve got it pretty easy.  Thank you, Danielle!  Thank you, God!!

Ugh.  Doesn’t this little angel just melt your heart???

Seriously.  The sleep deprivation was what I was dreading most about diving back into the Land of the Infant.  I do not function well without at least 6 consecutive hours of sleep.  Lauren’s crazy schedule of being up 5 or 6 times a night for those first couple of months was absolute torture, and I really didn’t know how I was going to make it work with Lauren during the day if Danielle decided to be a night owl, too.  But God is good, and so far, Danielle likes to sleep at night.

But I’m still stretched a little thin between the two girls (holy never-ending diaper changes, Batman!), and getting back into the breastfeeding swing of things (ugh…) and Lauren’s ever-evolving shenanigans – yesterday she learned how to remove her diaper and then immediately climbed into my bed and peed.  Lovely!  All this to say that I keep thinking about my Blog, and I have things to blog about, but I just don’t have the brain power to put together one focused blog post.  So here’s a sampling of everything that I’ve been doing lately!

The week before Danielle was born, I made these absolutely adorable Cherry Coke Float Cupcake Cones (man I’m horrible with dessert names – I just can’t come up with something short and cute!):

I got the recipe for the cupcakes from Coco Bean.  Cherry Coke is one of my favorite treats.  I try not to drink a lot of soda, but when I do – it’s Cherry Coke all the way!  Especially at the movies.  Fountain Cherry Coke and buttery movie theater popcorn = YESSSS.

I made up the frosting recipe by modifying a basic buttercream: 1 stick softened butter, 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk and probably about 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice.  I’m not sure exactly how much cherry juice I used – I know it started out at 1/4 cup and then I just kept adding little pours until it tasted cherry enough to me.  How’s that for not real helpful??  Sorry.

I love the way these looked – I seriously don’t think they could be any cuter.  They tasted good, too – but only if you like SUPER sweet.  I think I went a little overboard with the cherry icing.  The cake was a little too dense for me – I think the cones kept it from being able to get airy.  Does that make any sense?  Don’t you hate, love, hate my lack of technical terms??  Anyway, I may try this recipe again but in regular cupcakes instead of the cones.  I think there’s potential for greatness here!  Moving on…

Also before Danielle was born, I attempted to make an ice cream cake for my brother’s birthday.  With a sword-shaped piece of cake in the middle.  Ahem.  I’m not even going to post pictures of that cake-tastrophe.  I’ll leave it up to your imagination how it turned out.  It was tasty, but there was much….sword….mocking.  Oops.  But look, my Dad made a pretty salad for the birthday dinner:

I sure do love my Dad.  He puts thought and consideration into everything he does – even throwing together a salad.  And he did not make fun of my cake-tastrophe.

Finally, blueberries are in season and I just can’t get enough!  Last week when I picked up two pints of the blue gems, I got to thinking how great it would be to have a white chocolate/blueberry treat.  So I got my Google on, and found this recipe for a white chocolate sour cream bundt cake.  I dreamed of it for days, and finally got the chance to do some baking Saturday morning while Danielle snoozed in the kitchen with me:

and Lauren ran amok played nicely with her new toys (she’s been spoiled rotten by everybody since she got a new sister!)

I pretty much followed the White Chocolate Sour Cream Cake recipe exactly, with the addition of a cup and a half of fresh blueberries rolled in a dash of sugar.  I made a white chocolate glaze, using 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips and a tablespoon of milk melted together.  I drizzled that over the top of my cake and sprinkled some crushed walnuts over the top.  Voila!

Yes, I realize this was not the best photo in the world – especially with the green curtain giving things a green cast.  I had to grab the light when and where I could – and be quick before Lauren dove head first into my cake.  Which was quite good.  It would be a great brunch food, if you’re the sort of person whose life has time for attending brunches.  If you’re like me, it’s a good breakfast, lunch and snack cake. 🙂  Really, it is very good with coffee, and it is super easy to make – it’s basically a one-bowl recipe.  How can you not love that?!

Oh!  And for Father’s Day, I finally played with some polymer clay – so fun!  I will certainly be doing more with the Sculpey Clay when I’m able.

“Why a cheeseburger?” Umm.  Because David LOVES cheeseburgers.  And he’s the Big Cheese.  And because I had given birth 5 days before and was still quite medicated it was cute. 😀

OK I think that’s all I’ve got for now.

Love ya,


P.S. – he really is a great Dad.  And Husband.  <3

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

bridget {bake at 350} July 2, 2010 at 2:47 am

Oh My Gosh…..she is a BEAUTIFUL baby! Just beautiful! Wow…and in your sleep-deprived state you blog and tweet and BAKE?!? I bow to you! 🙂

And those ice cream cupcakes? Adorable!


beckid987 July 2, 2010 at 3:52 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you! <3


Paula July 5, 2010 at 12:59 am

Most importantly, congratulations on the birth of your second daughter. She is beautiful as is your *oldest* little girl.

Your baking (all of it) is wonderful. Loved your little yoda cookie pops, too cute. That sweet 16 birthday cake was massive, what an undertaking.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a moment out of your very busy life to write your comment. I appreciate it very much. I’ll be back to visit, best wishes with your beautiful little family.


Dallas Labauve at Blueberry Bushes July 24, 2010 at 6:02 am

I found your blog on MSN and have gone through a few of your other posts – do you freelance or guest write for other blogs? I have just added you to my news reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.


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