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A Working Mom and Her Pancakes

I’m not going to lie to y’all – I have been BUSY!

But since I’m being honest, I can say that I kind of love it!!

Being back to work has been an adjustment, of course, but I think we’re finally… sort of… almoooooost… in a groove! This groove does require being in bed by 9:30 (if I’m lucky) and waking up at 5:00 – but it’s totally a groove!! Hopefully this week I’m going to try and give you an updated “day in the life” kind of post. I always think those posts are super fun! But for now – here’s what’s been up with THIS buttercup!

I’m very lucky that the staff at KinderCare have been so accomodating and willing to send a fairly nervous Momma photos of her babe. Of all the one’s I’ve received, this is the one where Emma is the happiest lol.

Emma not hating daycare


Obviously, Emma hasn’t been thrilled at the prospect of being dropped off with strangers. But after three weeks – she’s downing at least two bottles and eating bits and pieces of solids, too, which makes me very happy! Dropping her off is kind of rough, but I’ve kept it together!! Once I’m at work, though, I hardly even have time to check my phone to see how she’s doing before it’s time to head out again! Time has seriously gone by so, so quickly! I can’t believe it’s been three weeks back to work already. I’m loving every second of my new job! (I’m a Project Manager for an Internet Marketer in Harrisburg). I kind of just got thrown right into the fire and am already working with clients – but I can’t imagine it any other way. I learn best by doing, so I think it’s working out pretty well.

I’ve resorted to some serious meal prepping since I’m so busy. I’m all about salads in a jar for lunch. I’ve done an Asian one, a Greek one, and a Southwest one. This week I’m thinking Strawberry Spinach. I plan to write a post on them soon – so we’ll see how that goes. 😉 Hardboiled eggs and string cheese are my snacks of choice – as are grapes, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, and the occasional rice cake with peanut butter and banana on top.

Breakfasts have been protein smoothies, overnight oats, and eggs and avocado toast.

eggs and avo toast

On a good day – I’m up at 5:00am, I feed Emma who then goes back to sleep for a bit (on a good day), I shower, get ready and have time to eat some breakfast before I grab the babe head out the door. Having a flex start time is amazing because I don’t need to stress if I’m running a few minutes later than I’d prefer because I can show up anytime between 8:00am and 10:00am…it’s pretty glorious. Obviously as an early riser I do what I can to get there for 8:00am. So far so good!!

emma and her drawerEmma bear is seriously on the move, lately!! And getting into everything! We’ve officially had to start baby proofing…but this drawer just has oven mitts in it…so it’s hers now lol.

And o0o0o0o0o!!!! I had a lovely first Mother’s Day, thanks for asking!!! The hubs and the babe took me to brunch at a place in the Burg I’ve been dying to try – Home 231. I got not 1…but 2 mimosas (I know, I’m wild) and huevos rancheros which were effing delightful. I struggled to pick something, but it’s pretty much a guarantee that if a menu has huevos rancherors Imma get it.  Hubs got a burger and fries with some Troegs Perpetual IPA – of course. We brought Emma cheerios so she was a happy camper!


Being back to work really does make me appreciate the weekend again!! Last weekend, I made Em and I matching banana oat pancakes for breakfast. There is something about mini breakfasts that just make me happy inside. She at about half of one of these babies and thoroughly enjoyed the peanut butter on top. I ate all of mine…and one of hers. But I don’t feel bad about it lol. We still haven’t given Em chocolate, so I reserved the chocolate chips for me. Mu-hu-hahaha.

mommy and baby pancakes


Gosh, don’t you just love breakfast food?! All I want to do now is eat these pancakes. Here is the foolproof recipe!!

Mommy & Baby Banana Oat Pancakes

  • 1 ripe banana, smashed
  • 1 egg (if you haven’t given your baby a whole egg yet, i suggest two yolks.)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cook on a griddle over medium heat… like you would any other pancake… and serve!!

I know, that recipe isn’t the most specific. But if you don’t know how to make pancakes I’m sure there is a video on youtube that will show you how… in fact….here ya go! Have at it!! The internets is great, isn’t it?

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


Eating for Two: Emma’s Birth Story!

So yesterday my baby girl turned one week old. I’ve come to discover that it’s quite difficult to comprehend how long you’re pregnant for and how quickly, in comparison, you have a baby. I’ve been told by a number of people how lucky I really am, particularly because this was my first baby, that my labor was only 11 and a half hours from the start of my contractions to baby. It’s so crazy that Emma has only been on the outside for just over a week and she’s already just so awesome and I love her more and more every day. Here is how it all went down.

(Warning: This is a lengthy post…and I talk about all sorts of icky things you may not be used to reading about on my blog…where I talk about food. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

I woke up at 2:00 AM to pee on Wednesday, June 11th. The day before baby was due. I didn’t notice anything too abnormal at first. I noticed a bit of blood, which everything you read about babies tells you she could be anywhere from an hour to a week away. “No bigsie,” I thought. I got back into bed and my back was bothering me a bit – again – not unusual at this point in time – but I also felt a liiiiitle crampy. Like period cramps. In my brain I was just like “Whateves” and the cramps went away so I just wanted to get back to sleep.

“But wait, did they go away? I think they’re back…no they’re gone…wait they’re back again.” After about an hour of my dazed sleepy brain trying to decided if I did or did not have cramps a light bulb went off “Wait a second…I think these might be contractions.” Johnny was asleep, and it was 3 o’clock in the morning, so I sure didn’t want to wake him if this wasn’t the real deal because he had work to get to. I downloaded a contraction timer app on my phone (sometimes, I love technology) and off I went. Time, time, time.

By 5:30 AM – my contractions were already almost a minute long and five minutes apart. If they stayed that way for an hour, it was time to call the doctor. I nudged Johnny to let him know that…well…I wasn’t sure he was going to get to work today…but to keep sleeping and I would get him up in a bit. I hopped in the shower and my contractions were getting noticeably more achy, but nothing too bad, so after I sat down and ate a tasty filling breakfast – just to be on the safe side. If this really was it, I needed energy and I wasn’t getting it from sleep.

Sure enough, by 6:30 AM, my contractions were still going strong at 1 minute in length and 5 minutes apart. I called the doctor’s office. I’m pretty sure this is how the conversation went:

Lady on Phone with Southerny accent: “Cumberland Valley OBGYN Emergency Services. How can I help you?”
Me awkwardly: “Hi there. How ya doing? I’m…uh…I’m pretty suuure I’m in labor.”
Lady on Phone: “Alright, miss, did your water break.”
Me: “No. At least I don’t think so. But I’m pretty positive I’ve been having contractions since about 2:00 AM, and they’re currently about a minute long and 5 minutes apart.”
Lady on Phone: “Oh my. Alright. I’ll have the doctor call you right away.”

The doctor called me back in about 5 minutes. I said the same thing and was told to head to the hospital to get checked!! Time to wake the hubs!!

We both didn’t really think there was much of a need to rush, what with this being first baby and all, plus I wasn’t in too much pain or anything, so he hopped in the shower. I double checked our hospital bag, made sure we had some snacks and our phone chargers, and off we went. (Obviously, Johnny stopped to pick up a bagel and coffee for himself on the way. Lol. I’m just sitting in the car waiting/having contractions.)

By the time we got to the hospital it was about 7:30 AM. They brought me to a room to check and see how far along I was and I was already 5 centimeters! The nurse, Leah (whose praises I will sing a bit later), was surprised by my progress since when she asked on a scale of 1 to 10 how much pain I was in I said “I don’t know…maybe like a 3 and a half.”  She told us she’d be right back with the doctor’s orders to admit me. It was really going to happen today!

So Leah came back and brought us to a Labor and Delivery room. She said the doctor, who let’s just call “Dr. Bologna,”  instructed her to get me on some pitocin to get things moving along. When Johnny and I told her that we’d rather avoid pitocin…since I was already 5 centimeters…and really that I wanted a drug free labor and delivery entirely she was all for it. She also reiterated how impressed she was with the fact that I was up walking the halls and not keeling over in pain.

Upon Dr. Bologna’s arrival around 11ish he said his howdy do’s and decided to check me. During this check…he proceeded to break my water…with no warning whatsoever. Needless to say this caught me off guard. I actually teared up a little, not from pain, but because I was so shocked that he didn’t even say “You’re going to feel a warm rush of fluid.” or “I’m going to break your bag.” Nothing. Zilch. Just POP. Good news was, though, that I was 7 centimeters already!! He, too, said he was impressed that I wasn’t showing more signs of misery.

Dr. Bologna: Okay, so do you want any pain meds. You don’t need to be a hero. You need to let us know now and we can get an epidural ready for you.
Me: No thank you. I’d like to keep this as natural as I can.
Dr. Bologna: Are you sure??
Me: Yes. I’m sure.
Johnny: We both really want to try and do this naturally. Jen doesn’t like to take unnecessary medications.
Dr. Bologna (Skeptically): Ooookayyy. Well, let’s get her on some pitocin to move things along.
Johnny: Do we really need that at this point??? She’s already gotten this far, this fast on her own.
Dr. Bologna: Well it will just speed things up and make her contractions more intense.
Me: Can we wait a little longer for it at least??
Johnny: Give us another hour.
Dr. Bologna: Fine.  Another hour.

Mind you, the conversation above is all from my memory and not EXACTLY word for word what happened. But you can gather that Johnny and I were both a little irritated at Dr. Bologna’s insistence on the use of any medication during the birth. After he left the room, nurse Leah turned to us and said that she really believed that I could do this on my own and that she would do everything she could to keep Dr. Bologna from using the pitocin and said that – legally – he cannot make us do anything we don’t want to. She said to stand my ground and she would do everything in her power to get things done the way we wanted them unless, of course, there was an emergency. We were totes cool with that. Leah – you are amazing.

So we waited another hour and things were finallllly starting to get painful and much closer together. I hung out in the whirlpool tub a bit, since my water was broken and I just felt like I was leaking while I walked around. The hour flew by and when Dr. Bologna came back to check me at noon he said:

Dr Bologna: Well, you’re at 7/8 centimeters and haven’t really progressed. We need to get you on pitocin.

I was really starting to get pissed off. And I was really starting to feel my contractions more. I was pretty resigned to the fact that this guy wasn’t going to let up. Thank goodness Johnny was able to speak up for me.

Johnny: Look, Jen really wanted to keep this as natural as possible. She’s made it this far on her own. We’ve only been here for 5 and a half hours. Can’t we just wait one more hour?
Dr. Bologna: Well fine then. We can wait an hour and if she doesn’t progress any more we’ll have to give her a cesarean.
Me: What?! No. I would rather have the pitocin than a cesarean.
Johnny: Dr. Bologna, that doesn’t make any sense.

At this point in time, I don’t really remember what words were exchanged. I just know that when he left the room I was so mad, Johnny was even more mad, and I think our nurse Leah was maddest of all. She told us that she thought he was being ridiculous, that my progress was beautiful, and that she knew I was totally capable of doing things on my own. She left the room and told the doctor she wasn’t giving me the picotin. Who knows how that went. When she came back she checked me and I was already at 9 centimeters. I was laying on my side so one side was a bit more dilated than the rest, so she suggest I hop on a birthing ball to let gravity speed things along. I did for what felt like forever and no time at all (Johnny said I was on it for almost an hour. This was the most painful part of the contractions.).  She checked me again a little after 1 o’clock.  I almost immediately felt the most ridiculous pressure and need to push. She told me I was at ten centimeters and ready to go!

She called the doctor…who took his sweet time to arrive…and 5 sets of 3 pushes later (Johnny said I pushed for 10 minutes ) Emma was here!!!  They plopped her beautiful little self right on my belly and she hung out there while the doc stitched me up, as I tore a wee bit. I genuinely think getting the anesthetic down there was the most painful part of the whole day. I’m not joking. That was awful. But at least I had my beautiful baby girl snuggled up on my chest and my incredible husband by my side to make me feel better.

The doctor congratulated us both and let me know how happy he was I had proven him wrong.  You’re welcome, sir, that’s what this was all about. *sigh*

And now, the fun part, PICTURES!!! These are all from the day after she was born, and she is the cutest little thing I have ever seen in my life. Sure, I’m biased, but I don’t care. I made her. I love her. And here she is with her family!

Emma1 Jen and Emma Emma, Mommy, Daddy, and Grandpa The Yoder's and Emma Daddy, Grandpa, and Emma Emma Grace


Eating for Two: Week 35

Wow, man, I can’t believe it’s been almost 6 weeks since I shared a real bumpdate!!! Time flies the fastest when you’re pregnant, I’m telling you!!

I am in such a weird place lately. I feel like everything I feel lately is always extreme. I’m either suppppper happy, or I want to cry my eyes out. Or I’m perky and full of energy…or I want to curl up in a ball and sleep for a week. It’s definitely a unique feeling, and I’m doing my very best to not let it get the best of me and enjoy the 5 weeks I have left to prepare for my little muffin to show her beautiful face!!!

The nursery is coming along great and I hope to have everything washed and hung up this weekend. I’ll share some pictures when it’s all done!! I already started washing sheets and blankets and bibs and towels and they’re all folded and put away. I have the sheets set up in the crib and it’s too flippin’ cute I can hardly handle it. Sure, they’ll be covered in poop and spit up soon enough, but right now they are soft and pristine and adorbs. 🙂

This weekend I’m going to do what I can to plan out and get started on a few freezer meals, too (I hope!), to just have a few things ready to go for once baby is here. Anyone have some fave’s they’d like to share with me??

Anywho, the hubs is busy watching the draft tonight so I don’t have an “official” chalkboardy bump picture, but I took this one a little while ago for funsies and it will have to suffice. 😀

35 Weeks Pregnant
How far along: 35 weeks!!

Total weight gain/loss:  I’m tipping the scales at 150 lbs these days, so that’s what, 32 pounds gained I think? I’m still very thankful it’s pretty much all in my belly. My lower back is becoming less thankful for that everyday, though.

Maternity clothes? Oh gosh, I’m really at a point now where it’s like…I only have 5 weeks left…and I do not want to buy more maternity clothes. However, it’s starting to get much warmer out, and leggings are starting to become less and less fun to wear. I have a few dresses that are not maternity but I can still wear quite comfortably. I’m just about done trying to squeeze myself into jeans even with my belly band.

Stretch marks? Nada!!

Sleep: It depends on the night. I’m not waking up to pee at all, which is nice, but even when I just sleep in a tank top and underwear I’ll get into bed cold and wake up at 2:00am sweating!! I’ve also found that for me to get a good night of rest I need to sleep on the opposite side I slept on the night before. I know it sounds weird…but it’s working for me.

Miss anything? Lol how about bending down without having to spread my legs like I’m about to hop on a horse. Otherwise, I’m good. 😀

Movement: So much, in fact, I’m curious when she sleeps!! I know I’ve read quite a bit about babies sleep cycles being the opposite of their mother’s but I’m telling you I feel her all day!!! It makes me wonder if maybe she just sleeps when I do.

Food cravings:  Not craving much these days. I’m all up on citrus fruits again lately, I guess. I smelled oranges at the farmers market and decided I needed them.

Food aversions: Nope!

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m not queasy or sick but I have coined a new term for what I experience the most of lately. They’re called “hiccurps”. I do it a million times a day. It starts off feeling like a hiccup, and ends in a burp. Freakin’ adorable, I know.

Best moment this week: Meh, this week hasn’t really had one of those. It’s not like this week has been AWFUL, just really long and stressful at work. I guess actually I was quite excited this morning when I FINALLY got in touch with the pediatrician’s office after a week of phone tag and got my appointment scheduled lol.

Labor signs: I feel like I mayyyy have had a few Braxton Hicks contractions over the last week, but who knows really. It was just like all of a sudden my belly went from squishy to rock solid and back after a few minutes.

Symptoms: Some lower back pain that I’ve been trying to take care of with yoga and a heating pad. It’s definitely helping. Though sitting at work all day certainly isn’t. *sigh* And I pretty much feel like this…all the time:

EmmoooootinallllBelly Button in or out? In, but it’s definitely stretching to maximum capacity.

Wedding rings on or off? On! Since it’s gotten warmer out, though, I’m definitely noticing that they are more snug than ever before.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Please see above lol.

Looking forward to: The weekend of course. This one should be pretty chill and productive. We’re probably going to see the new Spider-Man, too, which is prettttty exciting. And hopefully getting froyo with Ashely and Jared on Sunday. <3


How far along: 35 weeks!!

Total weight gain/loss:  I’m tipping the scales at 150 lbs these days. I’m still very thankful it’s pretty much all in my belly. My lower back is becoming less thankful for that everyday, though. :D

Maternity clothes? Love them!!! Though I was quite excited yesterday when I slipped on my green Gap khakis and they still fit great everywhere but my belly!! This belly band was probably the best investment I’ve made throughout this whole pregnancy!! I’ve got a shopping cart filled with maternity stuff at Old Navy.com, too, that I may or may not buy this weekend. It’s spring, ya’ll, and I need some dresses!!

Stretch marks? Nope!!

Sleep: I actually slept for like 9 hours last night. I’m getting it while I can I suppose.

Miss anything? I’m back to really missing my runny yolks. I love me a plate of eggs benedict. I’m pretty positive at this point in time my post baby diet will consist of smoked salmon eggs benedict, sushi, and melty brie and sangria.

Movement: Oh goodness yes!! All week this little lady has been tumbling and somersaulting like a little nut!

Food cravings:  I really only ever want to eat chocolate and peanut butter and only eat other things for nourishment. I’m actually sooooo sad that I left my bag of chocolate chips in my desk drawer at work today so I can’t have my chocolate chip peanut butter banana oatmeal tomorrow. :( Eggs it is I suppose.

Food aversions: Nope!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Best moment this week: Signing back up to be a Pampered Chef consultant!! I’m so excited about it!! There are so many amazing new products that I can’t wait to have in my personal kitchen and I look forward to helping whoever I can earn free and discounted products for themselves, too!!!

Gender predictionGIRL!

Labor signs: Nada.

Symptoms:  I’ve been pretty emotional this week. Or maybe just for the last 24 hours. Last night, I’m pretty sure I started crying because I was bored. I don’t even know. I just started bawling out of nowhere!!! Oh hormones!

Belly Button in or out? In!

Wedding rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Moody pants McGee over here.

Looking forward to: SO MUCH!!! This weekend will be productive and relaxing, next weekend we get to see Bill and Susan again, the next weekend we’ll be in South Carolina, and the next weekend I get to see my Momma and it’s my baby shower!!! Ahh!!! So much happiness!!!!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday


Heh – can you tell I’m excited? I decided that this week, since I didn’t cook anything new/noteworthy and I don’t have a recipe to share I would join in the fun Thinking out Loud party – brought to you by Amanda at Running with Spoons!! Here’s just a miscellaneous array of things that I’ve been thinking these days. And really, by “miscellaneous array of things” I think what I really meant to say was mushy, gooey, hormone-y things that have everything to do with baby. You have been warned! 

I’m sure a lot of married women think that they have the best husband ever, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I really think I win. No one is perfect, of course, but I am so effing happy that Johnny and I together (for 7 years this month!) and I am so effing happy that he has discovered that no matter what mood I am in or how crazy I’m feeling all he needs to do is rub my belly and I instantly feel better and I can’t believe that in 10 short weeks we’re going to be parents. And he’s going to rock.

me and the hubs

Also, some of ya’ll may think that you’ve got the best friends ever….but againnnn…and I hate to break it to you…I’m pretty sure I win there, too. My baby shower is a week from Saturday and I know that my beautifuuuul sister-in-law Melinda and my gorrrrrgeous bff Susan have been planning their faces off to make sure it’s perfect. My girl, Ashley, has been helping, too…and dealing with my crazy and accompanying me to farmers markets whenever I need it! I haven’t even had my shower yet and I’m already so grateful to have such a tremendous support system. Sometimes there really just aren’t words to show true love and appreciation. So instead, here’s an adorable photo we took over the weekend.

my galsAlthough I enjoy all of the time I spend with the hubs and my dear friends, I have really come to discover lately that I enjoy some solid “me” time, too. Of course I would really start to enjoy it right before my baby is born, but c’est la vie. I’ll take what I can get for now. Prior to my last doctor’s appointment, I dropped Johnny off at our friend’s place so they could get to work together, and I sat at Panera for an hour enjoying a breakfast powder sandwich (with spinach added to it, because spinach), some decaf english breakfast tea, and a nice book (has anyone else out there read all of the Southern Vampire Mysteries aka the “True Blood” books? I’ve read ALL of them and I’m currently reading one of the companion guides a friend lent me). There was definitely a time in my life where I wouldn’t be caught dead eating anywhere alone. I’m not sure when it happened, but now I feel like if I could start every morning this relaxed I totally would.


You know how I’ve mentioned before that I miiiiiiiiiight have a small problem when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter?? Well over the weekend, we grabbed some frozen yogurt, annnnnnnd this problem really came to a head!! Usually when I get froyo I’m all “yay yay healthy treat” and I’ll get a tiny plop of strawberry and a tiny plop of cheesecake flavor and I’ll cover it in fresh fruit and graham cracker crumbles. Not this time. This time my problem reared its ugly head… and I had half a cup filled with chocolate and peanut butter flavored froyo… and topped with peanut butter chips, peanut butter cups, peanut m&ms, and drizzled it with peanut butter…and it was perfect.

Finally, I’m just soooo excited to get the nursery together. We have all of the furniture sitting in the garage waiting to be put together. Johnny is just about done painting it, too. Here’s a little sneak peak.
Yuppers! It’s baby blue for my baby girl. Some folks are all like “but bluuuue is for booooysssss” annnnnnnnnd I want to kick them in the shin.  I, personally, think that this particular shade of blue is just so perfect and pretty and feminine without being too over the top girly and, most importantly, it’s relaxing. Also,  I plan on decorating the nursery with lots of white and subtle baby pink. The bedding we registered for looks like this:


aaaaaand all of the furniture is a pretty espresso colored wood. I’m going crazy waiting to see what it all looks like put together…with a baby in it. Lol. Now I have my fingers crossed, of course, that Miss Emma Grace is going to love to sleep as much as her parents do, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

I think that just about covers everything for today, folks. I’ll be back next week!!!