It’s Her Right

Tove and I went to the women’s protest at the state capitol here in Oklahoma City again today. If Roe vs. Wade gets overturned we have decided as a family to make a plan to leave this country.

Hopefully by the time Tove is sexually active/menstruating I will have a resume that allows for me to seek employment abroad.

There were some great signs and speeches made this AM, I’m just ashamed I birthed a daughter here in Oklahoma of all places. 🙃

“White, religious, cis, men do not represent me.”

“There is something greater than gods will and that is my will.”

Grateful

That’s it. That’s the post.

Random Okie sky photo for your viewing pleasure.

… just kidding. But for real, I am grateful. I have been on a rollercoaster of emotions these last two weeks with my new role at work and today it’s finally starting to click.

Not that I know what I’m doing, but it’s clicked that I am grateful to have this job! I am grateful to get to work from home. I am grateful to be employed.

We went on a family walk with Tex this morning and it really just helped set my mind right. It’s not “ugggggh woooork is hard” anymore, in fact I’m happy to have a job.

That being said, TGIF 😝

Oklahoma State Capitol Abortion Ban Protest

Today, for my first Mother’s Day with Tove being outside of my womb, we went to an abortion ban protest at the state capitol.

I can’t look into Tove’s eyes and tell her that she doesn’t have the same rights as a boy and that she doesn’t matter, because she does.

There were about 50-60 people at the protest. It was heartwarming hearing the cars honk on the underpass as we cheered them on with our signs.

I loved what one woman had wrote, “a quality man does not fear equality.”

I’m so proud for Tove to have a father that understands she should have bodily autonomy, and that it’s her right as a woman to make whatever medical decisions are necessary to her.

It’s terrifying thinking about how women might be punished under these new laws and it’s so unjust I couldn’t just be a keyboard warrior anymore.

#itsnotrighttimetofight #bansoffourbodies

9 Months

This post is a day late but Tove was extra fussy and stayed up an hour past her bedtime last night. I’m pretty sure I start every monthly post off the same way, “man it’s a wild ride..” but for real watching a little human who grew inside of you find her way in the world is the biggest trip.

Tove is able to sit on her own but cannot sit up from lying down yet. She’s begun army crawling around and to whichever nearby object she can find. She enjoys crawling to Tex and stealing his 🧸 toys- and he’s sweet enough to let her.

We’re in the shrieking phase- I do not love it, nor does Ben. Tove is finding her voice but currently it involves screaming at the top of her lungs at almost everything. It’s an ear piercing shrill sound but it’s not because she’s upset. Cute and funny when it’s at lower registers but when she gets you in the ear it’s definitely less cute.

Tove has started mumbling and babbling so the race is on to see what her first words will be. Tex, pappa, or hat are my guesses 🤪

Food wise, Tove is always hungry it seems! She loves purées and has been enjoying cut up fruit recently. Much like mom, Tove also enjoys bread and pasta!

She outgrew her first sleep sack and she’s pretty close to being done with her 9 month old pjs as well. Tove’s got them long legs like her pappa.

Prosciutto Egg Drops

Santana made these when we watched the Formula 1 race at their house a few weeks back and Ben got the recipe from her since we both enjoyed them so much.

They’re super easy to make and so far everyone I know who’s tried them can’t get enough.

We had leftover thyme from when we had Sierra and her family over for a BBQ so I decided to make a quick lunch/snack for Ben and I on Sunday.

You’ll need:

  • Olive oil to grease the pan
  • Muffin pan to cook in
  • Prosciutto (12 slices or ~6oz.)
  • Eggs (12 count)
  • Gruyère cheese (1 cup grated)
  • Heavy whipping cream (1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 365(F) degrees. Then start by lining the muffin pan with olive oil. For this batch I used half the amount of prosciutto (not as recommended because they don’t keep their shape as well nor have the eye appeal) to line the pan like a cupcake wrapper.

Then grab a tablespoon heaped with Gruyère cheese and drop into each cup. Crack an egg into each (without breaking the yolk) and then drizzle with roughly a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream. Top each cup with a sprinkle of thyme as well as salt and pepper.

Pop them into the oven for ~15 min or until set (adjust time depending on how you want the yolk cooked). Then take them out and let them cool. I haven’t had an issue letting them cool in the muffin pan but I’m sure a wire rack is optimal.

…super easy!

Bricktown Canal

Ben and I took Tove to Bricktown yesterday afternoon and took a stroll around the canal.

A bit windy like always but the spring weather was quite nice!

We stopped at Heyday for a refresher and thought we lost Tove’s pacifier for a good second. ALAS it was under her stroller and we were all good.

Work From Anywhere

Decided to meet Michael at the Dell campus in OKC today to work “in person” since we’ve got the option to do so.

Was a bit of a ghost town but good to get out of the house nonetheless.

I’ll be back up there again on Tuesday next week to meet some of my classmates in person for the first time …after having been on zoom together for 8 hours a day the last THREE months!

This virtual world really is becoming reality.