The Lexingtonienne



Did you know that when you have an infant, you do NOT necessarily have to act as that person’s personal Oprah?

7 weeks

I didn’t realize that. I keep reading everywhere that you must talk to your infant all the time in order to help her develop her language skills, even though she won’t say her first word for quite a while.

7 weeks

Not wanting my kid to be the dunce of preschool in a few years, I took it upon myself to narrate every moment of every day to her, as though I were a talk show host with an audience of one. I talked to her as I changed her diaper, I discussed my next moves in Words With Friends with her, and I acted as her tour guide while we were driving.

7 weeks

“Eleanora, coming up on the right — er, your left — is the golf course. On your right are some children playing. And now we’re coming up on Lincoln Boulevard. The light is red. Are you having fun? Hey look! A dog! How does the doggie go? Oh that’s right, you don’t even know what  dog is.”

7 weeks

Have you ever had a one-sided conversation for 10 hours straight? If you have, you know it’s exhausting. This went on for a few days, and every night when Hubba Bubba came home from work, I was WORN OUT. Finally he assured me that I did not have to talk to Eleanora every moment of the day. Nor did I have to entertain her each second, or watch her like a hawk in case she yawned, indicating that we were entering a window of tiredness that provided an optimal opportunity for putting her down for a nap. If she got tired, she was perfectly capable of falling asleep.

7 weeks

Freshly freed from the Perfect Parenting Prison, I plopped Eleanora into her bouncy seat and actually made dinner. I made the whole thing this time. Lately I’d been doing things like making broccoli salad (pdf) and serving it with fried chicken from the Albertson’s deli. But this time I did the full spread… turkey meatloaf (pdf), smashed potatoes with sour cream & chives, and brussels sprouts (pdf).

7 weeks

And while I made it, Eleanora and I chatted a little… and then we enjoyed some quiet time.

Mini Yukon Gold potatoes (or other small potatoes, like redskin)
Chicken broth
Sour cream
Chives (dried or fresh)
Salt & pepper to taste

Place potatoes (skins and all) in a heavy pot, cover with chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until soft when pierced with a fork, about 12 minutes. Drain and discard chicken broth. Add butter, milk, sour cream, chives, and salt & pepper, in the amounts that suit your taste. Smash with a potato masher until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

And while I didn’t take photos of the potatoes, I do hope you enjoyed some tummy time pictures instead. 🙂



  • Comment by Erin Manna — February 3, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    It’s hard to figure out the right amount of talking… Robbie started daycare at two months, and I figured he was talked to enough there. Then it occurred to me that she only spoke Chinese, so I panicked that he’d never pick up English. It gets easier when they react to your talking. Although, I still get mostly silence when I ask how his day was…

  • Comment by Jess Caterina — February 3, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    Hannah, she is so adorable!!! I hope I get to meet her someday soon, but in the meantime it’s been really nice getting to know her on your lovely blog. xoxo

  • Comment by Christa — February 3, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    Ha! I did the same excessive talking thing with Walt (my oldest). It was EXHAUSTING. Not to mention completely unnatural! Then I figured out it was OK to put him in the bouncy seat to make dinner or take a shower. Or go to a friend’s house and talk to another adult. He could listen in!

    I did not go through this with the second one, and Merritt is doing just fine! He just gets toted along everywhere I take Walt and I guess has learned to talk by hearing me talking to other mommies and Walt talking to other kids, and of course me talking to Walt at home. Poor, neglected second child…misses out on the “Oprah” treatment!

  • Comment by Jenny Lind — February 4, 2011 @ 1:37 am

    SOOOOOOO beyond adorable and perfect and delectable. She almost hurts my eyes she is so yummy. xo

  • Comment by Allison — February 4, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    I love her so much!!!! I also love you and your amazing blog!!!!!!

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