I just wanted to pop in since I know there were some people who were concerned about my family and me during Hurricane Sandy!
We lost heat and power for four days, but were otherwise okay. We did have to take my mother (who has severe RA) to the Red Cross shelter, after she showed signs of hypothermia. The shelter was actually in a local zoo and they placed her in "the warmest room", otherwise known as the reptile house!! Luckily my mom loves all animals, including snakes and Komodo dragons. ;) And wouldn't you know, about three hours after we got her all unpacked and settled in at the shelter, our heat came back on, so we brought her home anyway.
Annamaria was a real trooper the whole time. Cosleeping definitely helped keep her warm at night!
And I agree with whoever said it would be easiest to breastfeed during a storm like this - warming bottles was a pain, since even our stove is electric. (Of course, a nursing mom in a natural disaster would need to stay well fed, and hydrated with bottled water, and then there are the effects of stress on one's milk supply... but you know what I mean.)
Anyway, since then, Annamaria has celebrated her first birthday (which I need to write up in the Birthday thread). She is walking all over the place, but only talking a little ("mamamama", "dadadada", etc.) She claps, points, and waves, though, and will bring things to us. I just plan to keep minimizing her exposure to battery-operated toys and to screens, and if she doesn't start talking more in a few months, we will get it checked out then. Does that make sense?
She's also taking a music class at church (http://makingmusicprayingtwice.com), which she seems to be enjoying a lot, and she's "socializing" (really parallel playing) with the other kids. We're not exactly a model Catholic family ;) , but it's nice to have an activity within walking distance of our home, which is NOTAFLOF, and which is friendly to dads and all types of caregivers.
As far as feeding - Annamaria eats cut-up bits of most table foods (even palak paneer and Singapore mai fun!) But she also enjoys the organic "pouches" when we're traveling somewhere. She loves Greek yogurt, but I haven't given her any other dairy products yet. Might try her on goat's milk, though.
I am looking forward to hearing more about what you're all doing for the winter holiday season!