Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mrs. Wolfgramm goes to Washington

I'm in Washington DC right now with Clean Energy America to engage in discussion on how nuclear power is a Clean, Reliable and Affordable source of energy for this nation's future. It has been a very fun and interesting trip. We have done several radio and one panel discussion at Georgetown University. That was a very interesting event with me and Timpla, the other speaker, who are vounteers, an ex-navy nuke and then two professional anti-nuclear experts. Again, very interesting.

I'm having a wonderful time and will get to spend this evening and tomorrow with Stephanie and her fiance, Dave. I do miss Tommy and John tons!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

9 Months and one Week!

Tommy is now as old as long as he was in my belly. What a difference 9 months has made! This is a picture from last weekend. It was his first time on the grass since he was only a few months old. He didn't move. Too scared to crawl, but he still enjoyed eating the outdoors!

I don't know what it is with babies/kids and technology, but Tommy loves my cell phone. I had put it on my purse and my purse on a chair in the kitchen. Tommy comes crawling into the office with my cell in his hand and a HUGE guilty smile on his face.
We got Tommy this walker a while ago and he doesn't like sitting in it as much as he likes standing on the edge.
Tommy had an early birthday present last night, or should I say his mommy got an early birthday present. His Aunt Maren and cousin Deric brought over several boxes of toys! (His other cousin, Jocelyn was sleeping in the car). As you can see below, Tommy was in toy heaven! We surrounded him in the toys and he didn't move. He also got a large box of books too! Tommy loves the toys and thanks Deric and Jocelyn for sharing their toys with him!

I could not get a picture of Tommy looking, he was too busy showing off his new toys to Deric. Thank you Kevin, Maren, Deric and Jocelyn!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


About two years ago now, actually very close to two years ago b/c it was on my birthday, all the girls in our family got together to learn how to make Grandma Angeline (Paoli) Paulson's Ravioli. It was a wonderful weekend, and now after two years I finally made them for myself. Believe me, it was MUCH easier to make with 7 women.

It took me all morning, with Tommy, to make the filling. Then in the afternoon I filled the ravioli. As I was making them John started to say something but then stopped after the third word. He said, "There are so..." many other things you could do with your time. I knew exactly what he was going to say, I just looked at him and said that he doesn't understand and couldn't understand.

I'm Italian, I enjoy cooking. I like being able to serve a good meal that people enjoy. Right now I feel like I'm so busy working and going to school that it's not often that I get a chance to be a housewife and cook! (Dishes weren't done until the next day...)Here's a picture of the first bunch I made. I had to wait until the next day to make any more b/c it did take all day to do. They were very yummy. The couple we had over John and I know the husband for work. The wife is vegetarian, so I was able to experiment with cheese and spinach ravioli stuffing. They were very yummy. I also made Gargonzola sauce which was very delicious.

You can tell that the cheese ravioli is on the left because it flattened out and didn't keep it's shape as well as the meat ones did. Although Tommy didn't get to eat the ravioli, he did have some meat and spaghetti baby food. He obviously enjoyed it!

This is one of the few times when you can tell that Tommy has eyebrows, when they're filled with food!

We also enjoyed ravioli with John's parents, brother and sis-in-law two nights later and there are about 12 in the freezer. I think it will be a while before I make them again, but they sure are yummy.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Stage in Tommy's Life

I'm kind of playing catch up with a bunch of pictures. At least these are all in the last month. This week my professor cancelled class so I have gotten more done after work this week than I have since long before Tommy was born.

If you look closely in this picture you can see Tommy's first black eye! What a shiner! John felt so bad for Tommy that he let tommy eat a candy cane. He sure loves his daddy after that one!

Just a cute family picture.

John and Tommy decided to trade thumbs for a little while.
This next picture may seem a little strange but I am proud of it.

It's a picture of my in-law's freezer. The bags are all filled with milk, breast milk to be specific, 6-7 oz per bag. I think there are 55 bags in that picture, 55 bags x 6 oz/bag = 330 oz breast milk!
I do have to note that these are all Lansinoh bags and I am VERY DISAPPOINTED! Several of these bags have leaked while they were defrosting in my fridge. What a COMPLETE WASTE of my milk!
Last week, January 27th was the day that I stopped pumping, I was down to only once a day, I had last nursed him that weekend, the 24th. Interestingly enough, that first day I stopped pumping was the day that his two bottom teeth broke through!

Tommy is now officially weaned, although I'm not sure if that's the best thing to call it. Tommy has been fine with a bottle since he was a few days old. He didn't care that his mommy wasn't attached to the nipple as long as it gave him milk. (Yes, I know, that is a very Betty thing to say).
Overall breastfeeding Tommy was a wonderful experience. Tommy didn't have any problems latching on and eating at the start. I didn't have any issues with cracked nipples or anything of that sort. Work was a little of a hassle pumping twice a day, but it was kind of nice b/c I did some reading during that time... And I was able to store up a ton, 330 oz to be exact, of milk for Tommy to have after I was finished. I enjoyed the bonding Tommy and I got from it and I know that he enjoyed pulling my hair and grabbing at my earrings while feeding.
Tommy has reached the end of infancy. He has teeth and can chew through just about anything, or so it seems.