Wednesday, July 04, 2012

He likes to move it, move it

About 3 weeks ago, Thatbaby decided he'd had enough with the sedentary lifestyle.  He started crawling. 

And crawling wasn't enough.  So excited to be mobile, he started with the other hallmarks of near-toddlerhood.  He started exploring.  Exploring our dvds, exploring the bookshelves, exploring under the crib.  So far he hasn't caused any trouble, but we know those days are numbered.  So we spent this past weekend baby-proofing.

Thatbaby was very helpful in the "keeping track of packaging materials" department
Gone are the days of open garbage cans and open bookshelves.  Now all our books and dvds are in fabric shelves.  Our garbage has a lid and stepper. The furniture is securely attached to the wall.  And all the cabinets are locked.  I only managed to break one the first night we installed them.  Obviously the kitchen is now Thatgirl-proofed too.

Don't worry, I can still work my way around.  I just have to remember not to yank open the doors.  Which means I can share in today's festivities with a truly All American dish.  Meatloaf.  It's one of Thatboy's favorites, and it seems like Thatbaby is following suit.  And while it may not be my favorite meal, sometimes I bend to the will of the majority. 

Happy Independence Day Y'all!

 Oatmeal Meatloaf
2 eggs beaten

1 can tomato paste
3/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
 1lb ground beef
1 cup of oatmeal
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, tomato paste, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in peppers and onions.
  3. Add beef and oatmeal and mix well.  Place in a pan and bake for 1 hour.


  1. YUM! Very similar to how I make mine, but we also poke holes in the top and pour V8 or tomato sauce over the top of the meatloaf with about 15 minutes left. Gets a nice, caramelized crust and keeps it extra moist.

  2. Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

    Meatloaf is one of my favorite comfort meals.

    Cheers to thatbaby! Your world is going to rock now that he is on the move.


  3. Oh my gosh, so cute!!! Love it.

  4. Hope you had a wonderful July 4th chasing after That Baby!

  5. I live in fear of ThePorkChop (aka Future Food Critic) crawling. He's been threatening this for days. Rocking back and forth on his hands and knees. Scooting and rolling towards stuff he wants (usually phones or remotes).

  6. Aww so cute! Love how he looks so innocent in the midst of chaos. :P