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how i broke our freezer

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July 7th, 2014 · Print Print

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Here is the thing about having a newborn:

Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation.  Maybe it’s the crying.  Maybe it’s just frazzled hormones left over from growing another person in your body.

But, whatever the reason… it makes you a little nutso.

Not in a bad way, necessarily.  But in this way: If my child is crying, there is literally nothing on this earth that is allowed to get between me and me ability to make him stop.

Unfortunately… our freezer tried to.

Remember how our first grocery store trip was fraught with peril?  Well, baby Bear is several weeks older at this point, and we’ve had a couple of successful trips in between.  So, at the beginning of this week, I took him to the grocery store, once again.

And you know what?  It was fine.  He was fed and lulled to sleep by the drive over, and I spent a solid twenty five minutes grabbing things off the shelves, piling them into a cart, and then paying for them without a peep.

I was feeling quite proud of myself, to be honest.

But… then we got in the car to go home. 

And let me throw in a bit of background here: I have a new car, which is very exciting, but it’s not a car that I’m familiar with — it has this push-button to start, which apparently doesn’t work if you haven’t properly closed the trunk, which is not a big deal in 99.9% of situations, but when you are sitting in a hot car with a newborn in the middle of a Texas summer and your car won’t start, you get a little frazzled.  To put it mildly.

So, in case you haven’t guessed where this story is going… I couldn’t get my car to start. 

And when it finally did, baby Bear’s grocery store nap was decidedly over. 

Cool, ok, right?  Five minutes home, I can put away the groceries and feed this little baby.  Everything is fine, I told myself.  How far can he devolve in five minutes?

Fast forward to our arrival home, at which point baby Bear is starting to scream in the carseat, telling me in the clearest possible way he can that he is hungry, RIGHT NOW, LADY.

But I still have a carload full of groceries — including a whole bag of frozen items that had already sat in my hot car long enough to start melting.  And, obviously that’s not the worst thing that’s ever happened… but this girl loves her ice cream.  Preferably unmelted.

So I decided to put the frozen stuff away, as fast as I possibly could.  I’d made it all the way to the grocery store; I really didn’t want our ice cream in my car trunk for another an hour. 

So I started. 

And let me tell you, putting away a single bag of frozen food takes literally twenty seconds, but do you know what I managed to do in those twenty seconds?

Pull our freezer drawer off its hinges, and then dislocate the plastic cover.

Yes, I single handed-ly trashed an entire freezer drawer in twenty seconds.

Because the baby was crying.

Last week, we had a similar incident: Chad came into the baby’s room at night and realized that one of our curtain rods had been pulled halfway across the room.  When he asked how I possibly used that much force to open a curtain, I looked at him helplessly: “The baby was crying.”

Because, you see, when that baby cries, I lose my mind a little.  (A lot.)

And here’s the thing, you guys: I am not normally like this.  I’m more of a laid-back, calm and relaxed, go with the flow type of person. 

But when it comes to that baby crying?  I am suddenly like a wild beast, tearing down everything in my path.

So, this is being a mom, I guess.  Blissful newborn caretaker half the time; Godzilla the other.

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happy fourth of july!

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July 4th, 2014 · Print Print

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Obviously I had to break out an old pic of my flag shorts.  They are thisclose to fitting me again post-baby!  Hope everyone has safe travels or a low-key, relaxed staycation these next few days!

In other news, I need some advice.  Baby Bear either sleeps well at night or takes naps — not both.  What do I do?  For weeks, he’d sleep 8pm to 8am only waking up once or twice (amazing!) but refused to nap during the day.  Lately, he takes a long nap in the morning most days (like, up to 3 hours) but won’t sleep at night anymore!  We put him down at 8pm and he’s up again at 11pm, then 1am, then 3:30am, then 6:30am for good (BRUTAL).  I feel like he slept better as a newborn than he has lately!

Anybody have any ideas for me?  Will this just pass with time?  Daytime naps are great because they give me a chance to work/straighten up/answer emails, but nighttime sleep is crucial too!

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baked quinoa and eggs

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July 3rd, 2014 · Print Print

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I haven’t always been a breakfast person, but I find that as I get older (and, more importantly, busier), breakfast has become my favorite meal of the day. 

Let’s be clear: I’ve always loved eating breakfast foods.  I regularly go out for dinner and order omelettes and bagels when they’re on the menu, but somehow eating a big meal first thing in the morning has never been my thing. 

That changed a lot when I got pregnant — to avoid morning sickness, the first thing I’d do after waking up was to make myself a few slices of toast for breakfast.  And eventually, it became a bit of a habit — after the first trimester was over, I still found myself craving something healthy and delicious in the mornings.

And this is the perfect recipe for those cravings — it’s a boost of protein, vitamins and whole grains in a single dish.  It’s a yummy, nutritious way to start your day! 

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Baked Quinoa and Eggs

INGREDIENTS
2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked according to package instructions)
4 cups spinach leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chives
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375.  In a medium saucepan, saute the spinach and bell pepper in olive oil, adding Parmesan cheese, sea salt and ground pepper to taste (approximately 5-8 minutes).  In a medium-sized baking dish, spread cooked quinoa across the bottom of the dish, and then top with the spinach and bell pepper mixture.  Carefully break four eggs on top of the spinach mixture, keeping the egg yolks intact. 

Bake until the egg whites are set, about 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chives and additional ground pepper.  Serve warm.

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