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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 ūüôā ) 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!

My Brilliant Idea & What I Ate Wednesday #14

Hey Ya’ll! Happy Wednesday!!

Are all of you East Coasters hunkering down for the next storm we’re supposed to be getting tonight?? Maybe I’ll actually have a snow day tomorrow??? I won’t hold my breath, but a gal can dream, can’t she??

Anywho, I had a brilliant idea this week and I’ve decided to share it with all of my favorite What I Ate Wednesday Bloggers.

For a while now, I’ve looked forward to Wednesdays more than any other day of the work week because of the What I Ate Wednesday link up!! Jenn at Peas and Crayons is awesome for having started such a simple thing and having acquired so many participants. I love spending my time going through blogs, drooling over delicious looking food, finding inspiration in others, and interacting with the WIAW community.

Although I love sharing what I eat in a day, my primary focus when I started Twenty-Something & Starving was not just to share my eats, but to share recipes!! I still do, of course, as often as I can anyway. Sometimes, though, convenience outweighs creativity. For the last month or two I’ve found myself stuck in a sort-of-but-not-quite-rut using the same few recipes in rotation every week. ¬†After a long day at work and a super sweaty workout I really just want to come home and put food in my belly as soon as I can. My staples, as of late anyway, include things like Chicken and Black Bean Fajita Burritos, Sesame Chicken Stir Fry, Tilapia Tacos, and Tortilla Pizzas. Johnny and I both enjoy them, they are quick to throw together (always important for me) and they are nice, healthy post-workout meals.

So where’s the brilliant idea?? I’ve decided that I am going to start my own link-up party! One where other healthy living bloggers can share recipes for some of their favorite things using real foods. I shall call it ¬†– Real Food Recipe Roundup with Twenty-Something & Starving!! It’ll be a Thursday thing, so as to not take away from What I Ate Wednesday, which I love so very much. It also gives anyone who chooses to particpate until¬† Thursday to have their recipe together. I know personally I’ll make something on the weekend and be lucky to have it ready to go for Thursday.

Now, I know there are loads of different ideas as to what constitutes “real food” out there.¬† What do I mean when I say “real Food?” The way I see it is that real food isn’t complicated. As a woman who, more or less, considers herself a healthy living blogger, I think everything is about balance. I cook with loads of veggies and lean protein, but I also cook with butter and cheese. What I’m looking for in this Real Food Recipe Roundup are real foods made with real ingredients. Other than that, the sky is the limit!! For round one of this round up – which will be next Thursday – let’s start with a recipe in your repertoire that you make again and again and it never fails you! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert doesn’t matter!! Let’s all just share our recipes!

Now, FINALLY, let’s get to What I Ate Wednesday Monday!

Breakfast:¬†I’m sure you’re shocked by my banana/chocolate chip/oat combo. If it ain’t broke, right?? Anywho, this is actually a new recipe I tried out and it’s quite simple. It’s 2 super ripe bananas (mashed), 1 whole egg and 1 egg white, 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (I used Vanilla Almond Designer Whey), 1/3 cup of whole wheat baking mix, 1 cup of lite vanilla soy milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Mix it all up and bake it at 350 for 35 minutes or until it’s set. Let it cool for 15 or 20 minutes before you slice it into 8 portions. Each portion (according to the calculations on MyFitnessPal) is¬†206 calories, 33g carbs, 4g fat, 11g protein, 4g fiber, and 8 g sugar. I was actually surprised this was under 300 calories, but I’m totally cool with it, because that leaves more room for the calories in the peanut butter I smear all over the top of it. ¬†I enjoyed this with a mug of decaf earl gray. Noms!

proteinoatsSnacks: Monday’s AM snacks were simple. I had a gala apple and some triscuits with a french onion laughing cow cheese. The triscut picture is recycled because I’m lazy and reallly just wanted to munch.

applesnack2Lunch:¬†Since Sunday wasn’t the healthiest day (though it was quite delicious) I made sure to get my veggies in for lunch Monday. I had a nice big spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, peppers, onions, and black olives with a wee bit of italian dressing. I also has a leftover turkey burger with some 2% american cheese on a toasted whole wheat english muffin. Beige food is so unphotogeneic. Oh wells, it was so tasty either way. I load my turkey burgers with garlic, garlic, and more garlic. It’s impossible for them to taste bad OR take a good photo.

salad turkey burger

Snacks:¬†Afternoon snackage included a spoonful of Mighty Maple…which I need to replenish my stock of very shortly as I am scraping the jar. Annnnd about 1/2 cup of chocolate cheerios with some skim milk…which I proceeded to drink when I finished the cheerios because calcium and who doesn’t love chocolate milk?! And later I had some carrots with chipotle hummus…which I will also need to resupply with soon. *sigh* ¬†I feel like my appetite is really starting to kick into high gear these last few days what with this whole baby growing inside me thing. I also has two hershey kisses when I got home, which are unpictured…because I was preparing apple crisp for our dinner later on.

 

pb cheerios carrots and hummusDinner:¬†For dinner on Monday we finally got the chance to check out the brand new home of our friends Ashley and Jared. Their house is perfect and adorable and I love it!! ¬†Ashley made a suuuuper yummy white pasta fagioli soup, which I’d never had before and LOVED!! Really any soup you can top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes is a winner in my book, but this was so tasty. And as it is still FREEZING outside soup for dinner always makes me happy! We also had salad with some avocado and mushrooms and apparently (this totally blew my mind)¬†there is a mix available for purchase to make your own Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits. Well… we had some of those, too. And they were amazing. And I ate two of them. Because I love them. ¬†We brought Quincy with us to play with Oliver and they were running around like little crazy men while we ate. They are too cute for words!

Ashley's soup and salad

the babiesDessert: Since I threw dessert together in 20 minutes before we left to head to their place I decided on my Honey Walnut Apple Crisp. I pretty much followed my recipe exactly except I had to use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil and I added a wee bit of brown sugar to the mix just for fun. Johnny and Jared are really cut from the same cloth, as they were more excited for the Ready Whip that went on top than the were the crisp I think. Silly Boys.

apple crisp

So there you have it!! I hope you’ll choose to partake in my¬†Real Food Recipe Roundup¬†next week!!¬†Do you have any fun plans for Valentines Day this year??¬†Do you even like Valentines Day??¬†Johnny and I are just staying home, snuggling up with some movies, and making a “fancy meal”. I’m pretty sure shrimp scampi for dinner and crepes for dessert are what’s on the menu, but who knows!! Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!