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A Day in the Life

There is nothing more irritating when you’re staying home with baby than people asking “What do you do all day?”

Because babies, after all, are like cacti, right? You can just totally forget about them for a month and they’ll be totally fine.

*shakes head*

I assure you, I spend my days doing more than sitting on my fanny eating bon bons or whatever it is the crazies think I do. I know that, ultimately, I plan to return to work soon and Em won’t be a baby forever (no matter how much i wish it 🙂 ) so I take the good with the bad and cherish every moment I have with my little munchkin butt!!

So in true blogger fashion, here is what a pretty typical day looks like for me and my baby bear.

 7:30 AM: I’m usually up by 7:30 each day and yesterday was no exception. Although we put Em to bed alone in her pack and play – as she currently likes it a bit more than her crib – I pretty much always bring her into bed before we wake up in the morning. On a good night, she’ll only wake up to eat twice and the first time I can put her back in her pack and play and she’s totes cool with it. She just had another tooth break through this last week, though, so we haven’t had a good night in a while. Either way, I do love the snuggles and waking up next to this is really a happy start to the day. I let her sleep for a few more minutes while I get my breakfast together and wake her up to join me.

sleepy babe

7:45 AM: Breakfast always consists of tea, please and thank you. I go back and forth lately between oatmeal, eggs, or Shakeology. This is chocolate Shakeology mixed with 1 cup skim milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, and 2 teaspoons of almond butter. It was banging. More chocolate for breakfast. Get it together, Jen. Lolz, it’s cool. Shakeology is the best! Emma had some Cheerios and sliced banana. I’m trying her out on grapes this week and so far she’s just tossed them onto the floor. We’ll get there, I’m sure. breakfast time

8:30 AM: Em takes a while to eat, what with being an adorable little baby. Once she’s all done we play. She’s still been a wee bit fussy so sometimes that means I just sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider to her over and over again for 20 minutes because no matter what kind of mood she’s in it always makes her giggle. We nurse for like 5 minutes and eventually I put her down for a nap. She’s been fairly consistent in getting sleeping and needing a nap about 2 hours after she wakes up. This nap lasts for approximately 20 minutes.

9:45 AM: She wakes up and wants to play more, so I plop her down next to me while I do my PiYo of the day – Lower Body. I’m absolutely LOVING these workouts. The longest one is  about 30 minutes and I always break a sweat. I started 3 weeks ago and I’m already down two pounds and a few inches. I can even see my ab muscles peeking through my tummy chub! I’m so excited to finish the whole program!!PiYo

11:00 AM:  I have a quick snack of 2 hard boiled eggs and try to give Em some cheese. She eats about 1/3 of it and gives the rest to Quincy who is waiting patiently underneath her high chair. Smart boy. Then the hubs comes home for lunch. I make him 4 eggs with cheddar cheese and 2 slices of whole wheat toast with strawberry jam. This is a daily ritual that I love.  He doesn’t stay home for long, because work is busy, but I always enjoy it when he pops by. When I go back to work I will miss this. Em decides once Daddy leaves that she’d like to nurse a bit more. Only about 10 minutes this time. It’s super nice out so I decide to take her and Q for a walk! Ugh – that face! We need a bigger hat for her giant dome.
me & the babe

12:30 PM: Time for lunch. I have two pieces of ezekial toast (my latest obsesh) with 3 oz of shredded chicken mixed with 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado, red onion, and baby kale. I also have a side of carrots. For my PiYo meal plan, this covers 2  grain servings, 1 protein, 1 healthy fat, and 2 vegetables. I’m allotted 5 veggies, 2 secondary veggies/grains, 2 fruits, 4 healthy fats, and 5 proteins per day. I won’t lie, I struggle with keeping to 2 secondary veggies/grains. I had 3 on this day – but I try and only go over on days where I get more exercise than just the PiYo workout. Like today, walking a mile carrying an extra 22 pounds, I was like…go ahead and have two slices of bread at lunch. But otherwise I do an excellent job keeping track of and sticking to my meal plan. It’s working out really well so far! Em has a few shreds of chicken and avocado for lunch. She loves chicken! She is her father’s daughter for certain – heh.

lunch sammie

1:20 PM: It’s play time again. This little lady is seriously trying so hard to stand and move all the time. She’s not a crawler. She doesn’t get up on her knees. She squats like a frog and it’s adorable. She also scoots forward on her butt sometimes, too. One of these days she’s just going to get up and start running I swear. Em plays with Grandma for a little while too so I can take a quick shower.caught me trying to stand

2:00 PM: Play time poops her out and it’s time for the biggest nursing sesh of the day. Usually around two or three she’ll – what I like to call – snooze eat – for about 45 minutes. She starts out eating, but then drifts off into a little nap where she’s still sucking and if I try to move her she clings to me for dear life and the process starts over again. I don’t really mind. This is when I’ll usually pop something on Netflix and just hang out with her on me for a little while. As long as she gets some sleep she’s a much happier baby, so I let her.

nom time

3:30 PM: Laundry is probably my most hated household chore. It is never ending. Because even when allllll the dirty laundry is clean, you know that what you’re wearing needs to be washed. Bleh. Emma clearly agrees with me and was not having it.

Em hates laundry

4:00 PM: The hubs is usually home around 5:00 once it gets warmer outside, so knowing that I’ve got sweet potato fries to make and how long they take to get to our desired crisspyness I start dinner around 4:00. I plop the babe on the kitchen floor surrounded by fun stuff and she is WAAAAAAAAY happier than she was at laundry time.
helping in the kitchen

I flipping love my Pampered Chef Crinkle Cutter. It is absolutely one of the most fantastic kitchen tools I have – particularly for sweet potato fries! It’s great for squash and things that are a little harder to cut into, too, since you can safely use both hands to cut it. I also used it to slice the zucchini I grilled to go along with our turkey burgers for dinner. sweet potato fries5:30 PM: The hubs and I enjoyed dinner outside. I love grilling man. Grilled turkey burgers (he ate his like a normal human on buns) with a wee bit of cheddar, on romaine leaves for me because I would rather eat a ton a sweet potato fries than a burger bun, and grilled balsamic zucchini. Emma napped while we ate dinner. For about 25 minutes this time.

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6:00 PM: Once dinner was done and all cleaned up I had a bit more laundry to do. Emma was much more into it this time. helping with laundry
6:20 PM: So, I’ve been trying for a while now to get Emma to eat yogurt. It’s not that she doesn’t like it. It’s that she doesn’t like for anyone to feed her. She is a very independent 10 month old. Heh. The last few attempts have been pretty futile. Last night before bath time I was like “Alright, today is the day.” So I stripped her down to her adorable little diaper, plopped her in her high chair, and let her have at it. I led the spoon into her mouth a few times while she hung onto it, but we has several successful bites of yogurt. I call this a win! 
Emma vs. Yogurt

7:00 PM: Bath time is literally Emma’s favorite time of the day. I could leave her in there until she becomes a tiny baby prune and she would just splash around with a big ol’ smile on her face. 

tubby time

Ugh – I just can’t. I love her so much. 
silly selfie

7:20 PM: Once we’re dry and in our jammies Em likes to play a bit more. I try to read her a story, but she just wants to chew on the book.  We’ll nurse on and off for like 20 minutes because she’s fussy and sleepy. At 8:00 I put her down to sleep “for real.” I enjoy my snack – vanilla greek yogurt with 1/2 a sliced banana in about 5 seconds flat and peruse my new issue of Cooking Light while the hubs fiddles on the computer. Eventually we settle down together on the couch and watch an episode of 30 Rock on Netflix. We’re currently watching that, and Dr. Who, but we’re nearing the end of Dr. Who and kind of don’t want it to end!!me time9:00 PM: Johnny heads to bed at 9:00 because he’s up at 4:30 to hit the gym before work. I pop on the computer and get a tiny bit of blogging in before Emma wakes up at 9:20. *sigh* I nurse her until 10:00 and put her back down. Every night is a little different. I’m pretty sure she slept in her pack and play until about 1:00 AM before she wanted to eat again. I slept from about 10:30 to 1:00, was up until 3:00, then slept again on and off  until 7:00 when I proceeded to lay in bed and snuggle until about 7:45… then we start all over again!

And not a bon bon was had!

Milk and Madness

Holy cow!!

Two posts in a week??

This is madness!!

Speaking of madness…I feel kind of like a cow. Not in an “Oh my gosh I’m huge” way…more like  an “I am a milk machine” kind of way. Ha.

Emma is definitely going through another growth spurt over the last few days and she is a very hungry little lady. It feels like I am nursing her CONSTANTLY! But it’s okay…because she’s adorable…and she’s 1 month old today!!! Oh time. Part of me wants it to stop so she’ll be a little peanut forever…but part of me wants her to eat a little less too…so I suppose I’m okay with it progressing at the rate it is. 🙂

Anywho, I’m actually sharing a new, quick, easy recipe with ya’ll today!! Quick and easy recipes are the only way I can really function these days, so this smoothie is PERFECT!! And it’s peeeeerfect for a nursing momma!! Why? Because it’s got protein and a banana for staying power, flax seed for omega 3’s and to boost that milk supply, and coffee (decaf for me…but you do you) to give you that little boost you most certainly need if your baby is anything like mine and would rather eat all night than sleep!  Bananas and coffee may sound a little weird together, but I promise, this smoothie is amazing!!

Banana Latte Smoothie

serves 1

  • 1 frozen, peeled banana
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee (mine was still warm when I made it and it came out just fine)
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon if you desire.

banana latte smoothie

 

WIAW #28 – Noms and Motherhood

Hello, friends!!

After a brief blogging hiatus thanks to this little beauty:
Emma at her Baptism

I have returned with my favorite post of the week… What I Ate Wednesday!! I figured this was my best bet for getting a post up these days, as I haven’t been cooking too much of anything new to share a recipe with you, nor have I been working out regularly yet, as I still have two more weeks until I see my doctor again (though, I won’t lie, I’ve been trying to squeeze in a few minutes of yoga every day and I’ve been taking the little miss for walks in her stroller around the neighborhood!)

As always, shout out to our lovely host, Jenn, at Peas and Crayons!! First, we shall discuss my eats from yesterday…then…motherhood!

Breakfast: Every morning is a little different lately, as Emma’s sleep schedule is still not exactly a schedule quite yet. Yesterday I was up from 4:30 to 6:30 nursing her and changing her and lulling her back to sleep but I went back to sleep and she woke me up at 9:00 with her “MOM I’M SO HUNGRY!” cry. So first thing as soon as I’m up I feed her for a half an hour while my belly rumbles. I’m starving by the time I get to make my own breakfast…which winds up being 2 eggs plus 2 egg whites with Frank’s Red Hot, a whole wheat English muffin with smart balance, a handful of sliced strawberries, a banana, and a giant mug of English Breakfast Tea. While I was making my eggs…which were meant to be over easy…I heard Emma poop from two rooms away (she is a powerful pooper) so I ran to change her and my yolks cooked all the way through. If that’s not unconditional love I don’t know what is. 😉

eggs and fruits

Snack: My first snack of the day was a Kashi Chocolate Almond and Sea Salt with Chia bar…which is mighty tasty and fairly healthy for a prepackaged granola bar…while nursing the little lady. My second snack of the day, also enjoyed during a mid day nursing sesh, was a perfect plum! It was less than two bucks for two pounds of these babies at Wegmans this weekend and I was all over it!
kashi bar
plum

Lunch: Lunch was kind of an ordeal yesterday. Just in that, in a perfect world, both snack times would have been lunch were I not feeding a hungry, hungry baby. I finally got the munchkin to fall asleep so I made this delicious taco salad. My father in law walks into the kitchen and says “it’s quiet in here”…sigh…and right on cue she started screaming. I put my salad down, change her diaper to discover she had a huuuge blow out and I needed to change her onsie, too, and of course I actually put away the laundry so they were all upstairs. I finally had her dressed again and she starts sucking her hands like a maniac ( that’s baby talk for “feed me immediately, woman” for those who don’t know) so of course, I fed her…for forty minutes…while staring at my salad waiting to be eaten.
taco salad

Snack: An oldie but a goodie…plain Greek yogurt with peanut butter, honey, and some chocolate chips. Although after 4-weeks it does feel like my appetite has finally evened out, I pretty much feel starving alllllllll the time. This snack helps. 🙂
pbchip yogurt

Dinner: Sometimes I think everyone needs some cheese and bacon. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I had my cheese and bacon on top of some homemade potato wedges with some scallions, broccoli, and a quick chipotle dipping sauce (1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/2 of a minced chipotle in adobo, and a pinch of salt.) It was banginnnnn!
cheesy bacon potatoes

After dinner it was about 8:00pm and I made myself a glass of chocolate milk before I sat down to feed the baby again. By 10:00 she was satisfied, changed twice, and snoozing…so I hit the hay, too. We slept from about 10:30 to almost but not quite 1:00am before she woke me up for more noms.

Late Night Snack: These Luna Protein Bars have been a godsend during my late night feedings. They are pretty small but pack a whopping 12 grams of protein – which means I can eat them quickly and actually feel satisfied for a while! I enjoyed this bad boy in bed by the soft glow of a nightlight, while feeding my baby girl at 2:00am. Obviously I would choose the chocolate peanut butter flavor…but the cookie dough is quite delightful, too.
luna protein


So there we have a full day of eats for nursing mom, me!!

NOW ONTO MOTHERHOOD!!
I’m not gonna lie to you…these last four weeks have been a whirlwind for sure! I am completely flabbergasted that my baby girl is four weeks old today and will be a full month old this weekend!! Even when my days have no real distinct beginning or end it’s astounding how quickly time is going by. I’m doing everything I can to soak up the moments I have with my daughter while she’s this teeny tiny person…but I notice changes in her every day and I can’t help but be excited by what the future will bring!!

ABOUT BREASTFEEDING
My decision to breastfeed is one thing I receive the most questions about and I can say without hesitation that I know it was the right choice. “Are you sure she’s eating enough?” is a common question. Here’s a fun fact: yesterday I fed Emma for a grand total of 6 hours and 24 minutes. I’ve been using a fancy app the last two weeks recommended to me by my dear friend and fellow new mommy, Desirae, called “Feed Baby” which helps me to time and keep track of feedings, diapers, sleep, and it has been SO helpful! Then we get to “Are you sure she’s not eating too much?” *sigh* Sometimes I think it’s a bigger pain in the fanny to EXPLAIN breastfeeding to people then breastfeeding is itself! Even when I’m running on two hour of sleep at a time I am very patient with my baby. I am much less patient with grown-ups. Lucky for me, I feel very blessed that the important people in my life support my decision to breastfeed! I really wish more people would educate themselves about breastfeeding…and in general…before making assumptions about the well-being of my child.

ON MY POSTPARTUM BODY
Something I find particularly fascinating about some other women, and society in general I suppose, is how often you hear that a body is “ruined” after having a baby. It’s so common to hear other women complain about how their body was never the same after giving birth. There was even a part of me that was concerned I may feel the same way after having Emma. I can tell you now, though, that I cannot for a moment understand how anyone can feel that way about their body after their baby is born. I LOVE my postpartum body. Sure, there are parts of me that are still squishy…I had a baby four weeks ago! But my squishy body was the home of my beautiful, baby girl for 40 weeks. My hips may be wider, my butt may be smaller, and my clothes may fit me differently, but I could NEVER hate my body after it gave me the greatest gift I have ever received. Once I’m in the clear to work out again, I will be doing so of course. But I certainly won’t be obsessed with “getting my body back.” What I will be focusing on is making the most of this new, beautiful body I have now, and seeing what other amazing things it’s capable of doing.