17 Weeks and Mommy’s home!

Goodness, here we are again…Another week down in my sweet boys life.  I really, truly can’t believe it.   I feel like I say that in every week catch up post but geez.  It makes me so sad to think that we will never ever get these weeks back but it’s so much fun to see what he does that is a new “trick” every week.  It’s so bittersweet.  I miss my little boy who would just coo and lay down on a mat and be entertained on his own.  I also miss those massive naps he used to take so that I could get stuff down during the day.  However, I am thrilled that when my baby is awake all he does is smile and talk and move around.  He is so much more entertaining then he was just a month ago!  While he doesn’t take 5 naps a day, I can always depend on one massive nap that lasts around 2-3 hours.  This is my time.  I really have to utilize this time wisely because I never know when the next time is that I’ll get time to myself again.  I usually use this time to bake, blog, make dinner, clean the house, organize or study.  I’m studying to become a Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach through ACE and I’m finding it super challenging to study unless I’m nursing or E is sleeping.  I’m not going very fast but I’m trying.  I have no clue how mom’s or dad’s go to school with kids under a year.  I have contemplated going to nursing school but the thought of studying on someone else’s schedule terrifies me.  We’ll see.  I’ve talked about it for the past 4 years.  Maybe I should just suck it up and do it already!  We’ll see how the LWMC certification goes first…Anyways, onto our week!

Like I mentioned in my last post, last weekend we took Emmett down town and to a house warming party.  I’ll go ahead and start with Monday.  Monday was my first day as a real life stay at home mom.  I got to experience a little bit of this on maternity leave with weeks 1-12 home with my little boy and I also got to experience what it would be like to go back to work for 30 days from weeks 12-16.  I honestly can say both have their pros and cons.  I wish I could say I love working or I love staying at home but I just don’t know how to choose.  My work life experience was a bit skewed since at work I literally did nothing for the time I had to return.  It was a very stress free experience.  I got to read blogs, go running at lunch, go grocery shopping in the afternoons, leave whenever I wanted and go to lunch with whomever I wanted and I got to leave work whenever I wanted.  I was not accounted for and basically everyone just left me alone so I don’t think I had a good clear idea what work is supposed to be like as a mom.  That being said, I still was looking forward to Monday as a true stay at home mom.  All through maternity leave I worried about going back and it really did feel pretty good to know I never have to go back to that job again.  That being said, I’m excited to go back to some sort of job just glad to have been able to leave that one.  I can’t wait to get back into my passion which is exercise and fitness.

So, what did I do on Monday?  I caught up!  After being “gone” for a month I caught up on all the house hold chores that have been neglected since I’ve been back to work and in Kansas City.  I did 4 loads of laundry, I made a trip to the grocery store, I cooked dinner, I cleaned the house.  I unpacked from my trip, I organized a few things.  It felt so amazing to do the things that I did during maternity leave!  Ah, I felt so refreshed and excited to finally be home and have this as my new “job”.

Tuesday the cleaning ladies were supposed to come and they never showed.  I didn’t know they weren’t showing though.  I got up early for my normal 6am run and then came home and got ready to go over to my parents house for the day.  I had already decided before going to bed that I was going to take E to the pool.  We went swimming and then to Sunflower for some groceries to try out a new recipe.  Wednesday we finally got our drain fixed in our bathroom.  This thing has been leaking for weeks now and has been wasting gallons upon gallons of water per day.  It’s also made our home extremely humid.  Awesome.  Chad ended up staying home to talk to the plumber and the dude literally fixed it in about 3 minutes flat.  I also got E and we decided to go get one of Chad’s bday gifts and to the mall to look for a swimming suit for mommy.  Unfortunately I had no such luck.  Turns out most of the swim suits are all picked over in August and you have better luck buying winter coats than new swimming suits for your upcoming trip to Phoenix.  Oh well, maybe next year.

Thursday we were supposed to get some cable but for some reason our cable didn’t connect when the guy came out here to hook it up.  Boo!  So now we have to wait until MONDAY!  Ugh.  Emmett and I also met Chad downtown for some lunch at the Civic Center Park.  Apparently every Tuesday and Thursday the food trucks come out and entice people with their eats.  How did I not know about this!?  I suppose it’s a good thing I didn’t because I think I would have gone every single Tuesday and Thursday.  Turns out this would not have been good for my waist line or our bank account.  You should see the variety of food these places have to offer!  Food truck food is some of the best street food out there.  We ended up splitting a steak sandwich and fries and then getting a cupcake for dessert to split.  When I got home I cooked yet another meal of fish tacos and I also had some fun making these for Chad’s co-workers. Look at me!  I’m just little miss Suzie Homemaker 🙂  I cooked a meal for our family every single night this week.  I feel so accomplished.  Chad should be proud.

Friday was a whole different animal.  Oh my goodness.  As my friend pointed out, being a stay at home mom is like any other job.  Monday you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the week with a to do list out the window.  By Friday you are over it and question your ability to continue.  You are very ready for the weekend and some much needed relaxation time.  For the working adult the weekends mean a time to rejuvenate and catch up on sleep.  For the stay at home mom it means much needed relief and extra hands to help out so that you can have some alone time.  I absolutely love being home with my baby but some days are very challenging like Friday was.  The morning was great.  I love my morning routine with Emmett.  I get up at 6am to run.  When I get back, I nurse him.  Then we sometimes make daddy breakfast.  After we send daddy off, I sit E down on his play mat and he plays while I eat my own breakfast and finish up the remains of coffee.  After that E usually goes down for a 2 hour nap and that is my time to blog, write emails, study, clean, basically do whatever I want (at home, and within reason).  E did this on Friday and I studied and ate breakfast while he napped.  When he woke up is when everything sort of went down hill.  Once he woke up I knew I wanted to continue shopping for Chad’s bday gifts and run some errands to start on some organization type projects around the condo.  We quickly left the house and were able to get to the thrift store, the dollar store, K-Mart, and Target.  When we were driving to Target E had a bit of a melt down indicating that he was getting tired.  I started to panic and we did a quick 5 min. spin around Target then headed home.  On the way home E fell asleep for about 5 minutes in the car.  Unfortunately that was enough of a “nap” for him not to want to sleep the rest of the day.  We got home around 1pm from our errands and I was super excited to continue studying and blogging.  E of course had other plans for me.  No dinner was made, no studying got done, no blog posts got posted.  I did however manage to make a lovely birthday cake for Chad!

By the time Chad got home, I was so worn out with trying to bake and entertain my 17 week that I told him I was starting to question my ability to be a stay at home mom after the afternoon we had.  My friend Taylor made a very good point about this.  Being a stay at home mom is just like any other job.  You feel refreshed and ready to go back to it on Monday and by the time Friday rolls around you’re over it and want to quit and are so ready for the weekend.  As long as I look at my new line of work like this, we’ll all be ok.

Happy 17 weeks!

Up all night

I’m up right now.  It’s 1:28am and I can’t sleep.  You’re probably thinking, oh yeah, well that’s a normal part of life with a 4 month old.  No, it’s not.  Not in this house hold.  I’m awake because I had too much wine earlier in the night on a fabulous date night with my husband and now my blood sugar levels are all out of whack.  This used to be a pretty normal feeling on any given weekend back before we had kids but when you are a parent this feeling is scary and annoying.  Scary because your body feels like it’s being eaten from the inside out from static cling or something.  Annoying because I know that regardless of how long I intend to sleep in tomorrow, my little man will most likely have other plans for me.  Wine and sugar…my best friends, my worst enemies.

Cucumber, Avocado and Tomato Salad

Sometimes you just want a summery type dish to serve.  Well I’ve got a little creation that may hit the spot.  Like I have mentioned, I almost never follow recipes.  Just look at stuff that looks semi decent and then create my own little taste treats.

The ingredients you’ll need to make this tasty treat are:

  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 can of white beans
  • 1/2 package of feta cheese
  • Olive Oil, salt and pepper to taste

This is basically the easiest recipe around.  All you do is chop the cucumbers and tomatoes and throw them in a bowl.  Next chop the red onion into teeny tiny pieces and throw them into the bowl with the cucumbers and tomatoes.

Next chop the avocado and throw that in.  After you are done rinsing the beans

throw those in there and then sprinkle with the feta, a little olive oil and salt and pepper.  Mix it all up and you’ve got yourself a tasty summery treat of a salad!

The above picture looks a little nasty but trust me when I say this is a great salad.  You can even throw in some walnuts and chicken and call this salad a meal!

Spaghetti Squash Fettucine w/bacon and mushrooms

Now comes a bit of a break from the baby and all of his weeks/weekends.  I wanted to share some simple recipes on this blog that I have healthified but that also taste amazing.  These recipes may not be for everyone as I don’t measure out portions but rather taste until the food seems right to me.  Let’s begin with a simple spaghetti squash recipe.

The reason I chose to do spaghetti squash is because this stuff can be used in place of actual pasta.  You can pretty much find any recipe for pasta and just replace it with this delicious vegetable and be none the wiser.  Sure it tastes a bit different and it’s not for everyone but for us it fulfills the craving for pasta with over 1/2 fewer calories.  Basically that means you can eat twice as much for 1/2 the fat and calories of pasta.  Now that’s a win for everyone involved.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 6-7 slices of bacon (or more if you like bacon!)
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 4 wedges of light swiss laughing cow cheese
  • Plain Chobani (or any brand) Greek yogurt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • milk to thin out the sauce once it thickens (I used skim)

First cut the Spaghetti Squash in half and back it in an oven set at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender.

Make sure you take out off the seeds from the spaghetti squash.  Before taking the seeds out, tend to crying, bored baby.

Ok, where were we…Oh yes!  de-seeding spaghetti squash…

Once the squash is de-seeded, scrap the inside of the baked squash into a large bowl.  You may use a fork for this or a spoon.  I like a fork because that is what give the squash it’s stringy spaghetti like look.

Next fry up the bacon.

Once the bacon is fried up, put it on a towel to soak up the excess grease.

While the bacon is sitting, stir fry the mushrooms in the leftover bacon grease and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Just sprinkle these ingredients over the mushrooms until it’s salty/garlicy enough for your taste.

Once the mushrooms are done place them in a separate bowl and crush the bacon into the mushrooms.  Set aside. Next, take that same skillet that the bacon and mushrooms were fried in and place these items in the skillet.

When you have combined these ingredients in the skillet they should look something like this

I also added some skim milk to the mixture with some black pepper.  The cheeses on their own are a little thick so adding milk until the mixture turns into a sauce is a must.

Once the mixture turns into a sauce like consistency, maybe 5-8 minutes to thicken, add the mushroom and bacon mixture.

Once the bacon and mushrooms are added stir and taste to the consistency you want.  I tend to like my sauces on the thinner side so I kept adding milk until I got the sauce to the consistency I preferred.

Once the sauce is done, spoon it over a heaping helping of spaghetti squash and enjoy!  We also added some roasted broccoli for a more colorful plate 🙂

Enjoy!

 

 

Fun filled weekend

Ah, I can finally take a deep breath and start posting daily rather than these ginormous overwhelming weekly update posts.  I suppose we’ll start where we left off.  I left you all with last Friday.  Moving onto the weekend…

Saturday’s and Sundays are favorite days around here, especially now that I am not working.  This means that I can take my long runs usually averaging about 10 miles on one of the weekend days.  During the week days I still get up early, 6am, to get in about 6 miles or so.  The weekends also mean sleeping in or not waking up with an alarm clock.

After I finished my run we decided it would be a great idea to get cable.  My husband has been talking about getting cable for over a year now and I was going to get this for him for his birthday but Chad has a great way of ruining every single gift idea I have and getting things for himself a few weeks before his birthday.  So I caved and we went to grab some cable.  It gets turned on this Thursday and I have said that if I become a hermit and never leave the house, the cable must go.  There is something I noticed when walking into the cable store.  We were considered the minority.  Now is it just me or does it feel strange that people who look like the last thing they can afford is cable are purchasing cable!  I mean we are talking close to homeless looking people in there waiting to buy their cable.  It seems absurd to me.  I shared my observations with Chad and he told me basically cable to most people is a necessity above buying groceries.  Really!?  Ok, weird.  We are doing a trial run for about 6 months and we’ll reassess after that.  After getting our cable we went downtown to catch an arts and crafts fair on the 16th street mall.  We also got side tracked.

Anyways, back to our weekend.  We also found some street music that we liked and listened to for a bit then I decided I had to go here.  Over the past few days I’ve had a bit of an addiction to frozen yogurt.  It’s funny, when I used to go prior to getting pregnant, I wanted nothing more than frozen yogurt covered in all the chocolatey candy one could find.  These days I go and all I want is the frozen yogurt plus maybe some fruit like strawberries, some granola and some blueberries.  I have no clue what happened!  Even though all my aversions are gone, I still just want the pure smooth creaminess of yogurt.  Anyways, after satisfying my addiction (and Chad’s too…He had to have Jelly Belly’s), we went home to get ready for a bbq house warming party for this girl.

It was really nice.  Delicious food and beverages and I got to see my mama again!  She gave me two tops that look great with stretch pants.   Thanks again ma!This was the only picture of me and Chad at the party, our backs.  I have no clue who that dude is who is actually looking at the camera.

After the party we went home and called it a night pretty early.  Sunday’s we usually go over to my parents for diner and lounging but we decided to nix it this Sunday since my mom was fairly busy over the weekend and we’d seen her already twice.  We decided to meet up with Taylor and Jacob for Jazz in the Park.  First I started my Sunday off with a 10 mile run (2.5 of which were run with our pup).  After I was done with my run Chad and I literally didn’t move from the couch the entire afternoon.  We watched TV and I actually took a nap with Emmett on my chest for about 45 minutes.  It felt amazing.  We decided to get Chipotle for dinner because we just didn’t feel like making anything.  Somethings going out is just easier!  We need to start asking for gift cards to places like these specifically for nights like this.  We drove over to City Park where Jazz in the Park is usually held and it was unusually quite.  We decided to park a little closer than we usually do and got great parking!  As we started walking over the park was completely desolate.  We were wondering what was going on so Chad googled it and turns out that August 5th was the last Jazz in the Park for the summer.  So we texted T and J and told them we’d just be having wine in the park instead.  We all met up and brought our food and had a wonderful Sunday night picnic with Pandora. We came home and decided it was still early so we rented a movie off Amazon called Friends with Kids.  It was decent.  After that we were pretty tuckered out so we called it a night and went to bed.

 

 

 

The lake, sickness, ENDING work and 16 weeks!

Saturday morning we woke up and I decided it was time for a run!  Linda told me that around the lake is exactly 4.25 miles.

Perfect!  It was pretty nice out so I started around 9am for my first 4.25 miles.  Once I finished that I headed back to the house to see if my brother wanted to join me for a second loop around the lake.  To my surprise he was totally in!  This is the second time I’ve ever run with my brother and it was awesome! I’m not sure he’d say the same but he did thank me over and over after it was done for getting him up and making him go on a run…You are welcome Chad!  When we got back the house cleared out and Charlie took my dad to the dog park and my mom and Linda went on a walk.  Chad and I made eggs and toast for breakfast and enjoyed some coffee on the porch.  A little while later everyone came back and joined us.  We decided it was probably about time to head down to the other lake, Lake of the Ozarks, where we were meeting the family.  I think we finally got in the car around 3pm.  Emmett slept the entire way to the lake!

He is SUCH an amazing traveler.  I know I keep saying that but I’m truly amazed at how good this little guy is!  Once we got to the lake we basically just sat around all night with each other talking, playing with Emmett, eating and enjoying eachother’s company.  E and I were in bed by about 11pm.

Again, another fabulous night of sleep for my baby.  He didn’t wake up again until almost 10:30am!

Sunday was very cloudy for part of the day so a lot of time was spent inside.  I went for a nice long 7 mile run in the morning.  Later we all headed down to the doc. to enjoy some swim time and seadoo time.  I rode around for a while but then got pretty bored.  I didn’t know where to go!  Later that night we had a nice family dinner and sat outside making each other laugh.  I only wish I had taken a video of what we were talking about.  Let’s just say my husband would have rolled his eyes and gone inside wanting little to do with everyone involved.

Monday we woke up and Kim started making a huge breakfast of cheesy eggs, chipped beef, and ham with tomato slices.  SO GOOD.  But before I dove into such a heavy breakfast I went on another 7 mile run.  It rained on me but it felt really good.  When I got home I showered and packed and then scarfed my food down because this was the morning we had chosen to scatter grandma’s ashes.  The whole family went down to the dock to help scatter the ashes.  Everyone in my family and in Kim’s family got their hands into the bag of ashes to put some in the water.  Jay’s family just watched but we all were down there.  It was the most beautiful, peaceful, cathartic experience.  When the ashes touched the water they didn’t float or sink right away but rather turned into this ghost like substance in the water with an era-descent color.  It wasn’t like anything I’d ever seen before.  I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it all.

Once we got back upstairs I found these guys asleep with my baby boy.

I let him (and them) sleep a little while longer while I finished getting ready.  This is where things took a turn for the worst.  I had felt some really bad breast tenderness starting on Friday night once we got back to Linda and Charlie’s but didn’t think much of it…maybe a clogged duct in my breast?  It didn’t get any better on Saturday and it had been extremely painful to breast feed.  Again, I didn’t think much of it.  By Monday it was still painful to breastfeed but after I got home from my run and ate breakfast I started to feel like I was coming down with the flu or something.  I figured it was because I had eaten my breakfast too quickly but after still feeling nauseous hours later, I knew something was wrong.  I was driving us home from the lake when we stopped for gas and I had to change drivers.  I was dizzy and felt like I was going to vomit every 10 minutes.  I tried eating a yogurt but that almost just made it worse.  I know when I’m really sick when I don’t eat.  I couldn’t get anything down the rest of the day.  By the time we had gotten to the airport I was so sick I could barely get myself checked in.  Thank the good lord that my mom was on my flight with me home.  I don’t know what I would have done without her.  She held E the entire way home and then also wore him in the Bjorne through the Denver airport.  When we finally did get to the airport (after almost vomiting on the plane) we went to get our carseat and stroller.  we didn’t notice at the time but the carseat wouldn’t quite fit into the stroller but again, I was so sick I didn’t even care.  When we got down to the tram to get to baggage claim I opened up one of the pockets and noticed that none of my stuff was in it.  That’s when my mom exclaimed that I had the wrong stroller!  UGH!  Really!?  Today out of all days!?  My mom told me she’d go on to baggage claim to see if she could find it and I told her I’d go back to the gate to see if ours was still there.  Long story short, I went down to meet my mom at baggage claim and she had found the person who had walked off with our stroller.  Word to the wise, somehow, MARK your stuff that you gate check b/c clearly people don’t read the labels!  It could have turned into a much bigger mess!  I was so glad to have found that thing and to see my husband.  He picked us up, we took my mom home and I crashed hard once we were home.  I made a doc’s appointment for Tuesday and had already taken the day off to have to myself so it was actually perfect.  Because my in-laws were in town from the week before to take care of E while I went back to work for my last two weeks, they took him all day so that I could go to the doctor and just recovery by myself without having to take care of a little boy all day.  I went to the doc. around 10:30am and was there for a looong time waiting for the doc.  She finally came in and assessed me for 2.5 seconds and then told me that I had a case of mastitis.  I figured that was what it was.  She gave me an antibiotic in case it returned in the future but guess that it had started to clear itself on it’s own since I was already feeling better and it hadn’t hurt to breastfeed that morning.  I was a little hungrier today but not by much.  I had eaten an egg and some toast for breakfast and the only thing that sounded even remotely appetizing was a smoothie so after I got done with my doc’s appointment I headed strait to the grocery store for smoothie ingredients.  The first thing I did upon getting home was make myself a smoothie.  Holy cow.  Was this ever delicious.  Spinach, frozen fruit mix, frozen banana, almond milk and orange juice.  That’s all it took to make an amazing meal.  After laying on the couch for the better half of the day, I went to get my husband and we went over to my in laws place to get Emmett.  It was so good to see him after being away from him all day.  I really do miss him after a day away from him.

Wednesday I went back to work feeling 100% better.  I even woke up at 5am for an early morning run.  My co-worker thought it was somehow appropriate to leave work at 11am so I decided since I only had 3 days left that I would leave around 1:30pm.  I called my mom to see if she wanted to meet up for a pedicure and she was of course game 🙂  We also were starving so we had a snack at the cheesecake factory which was right next to the pedicure place.  After work pedicures with my mom we went over to my in laws place for some delicious stir fry.  We hung out for a bit then headed home to get our evening wound down since it takes an hour to prep everything for the next day.  Thursday was another super easy day for me at work and I ended up leaving early again.  We went over to my in laws again for some amazing grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken noodle soup.  Afterwards we went to a frozen yogurt place that was near by.  It was super delicious, not to mention my second frozen yogurt for the day, first I which I went here.

Friday was my last day in the office.  I have been looking forward to this day for literally 3.5 years.  I think since day one I have hated this job so it was sort of a bittersweet ending.  Have you ever worked at a place that didn’t even acknowledge your leaving?  Yeah, that’s they type of place I worked at.  My boss didn’t even wish me well when I left.  Actually, no one did.  It’s the loneliest place I’ve ever worked at.  I may have to do a separate tangent post on this topic.  But seriously, I’ve never ever had a send off from a job like I did this one.  And by send off I mean not a single person came to say goodbye to me.  That’s ok because I came home to the people I love the most.  We had Chad’s parents, my mom and our friends Taylor and Jacob over for a feast of grilled chicken, steak medallions, salmon, Chinese chicken Cole slaw, and baked beans.  I made these for dessert and everyone went wild over them.  We served them with Vanilla Bean ice cream.  Yummy.  We also had a few glasses of wine to toast to my accomplishment and to the new chapter…becoming a stay at home mom!  Happy 16 weeks buddy!  I’m so excited to spend several months with you teaching you how to cook, going to play dates with you, doing lunch with you and much MUCH more.  I’m so glad I am given the privilege to spend this time with you.

My love.  My pride. My joy.