Christmas Memories

Merry Christmas Eve everyone ūüôā I just finished putting Ellie to sleep and I couldn’t help but tear up¬†a bit while she fell asleep in my arms. ¬†Parenthood is full of ups and downs, but the last seven months have completely changed me for the better. ¬†I never knew I could love someone this much. ¬†I also never knew how strong motherhood would make me.

Today marks seven months to the day, and tomorrow her first Christmas. ¬†I’m just so thankful for¬†every moment. ¬†This is what the holiday is all about, love and family. ¬†Merry Christmas! ‚̧

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Onesie…Thursday..?

Well I had to postpone Onesie Wednesday due to a trip to urgent care. ¬†The hubs fell down some stairs and broke two ribs ūüėź And it happened the night before we packed up and shipped off for Ohio for Christmas. ¬†Busy 48 hours, and I’m managing¬†about 4 hours of sleep per night. ¬†Thank goodness for grandparents and naps!!

Today’s onesie picks come¬†courtesy of¬†NewbornBabyClothes¬†on Etsy. ¬†This shop makes custom personalized adorable onesies. ¬†I love how many styles and fonts they have, and they are high quality onesies. ¬†On our first Father’s Day as a family, I bought the one below for the hubs. ¬†It arrived quickly and even cuter in person. ¬†He was so surprised! ūüôā

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Here are a few others they sell…

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Ahhhh I want them all!!!! ūüėõ

Baby Foods

So even though our little one has suddenly turned picky and will only eat store bought food, I enjoyed making homemade for a week or two. ¬†It’s really super easy, and you don’t need to use a recipe of any kind. ¬†Just throw into a blender and add some water, formula, or pumped milk. ¬†Here are the foods I made…

Avocado –¬†I scooped the insides of¬†two avocados into the blender, and added water to reach desired consistency. ¬†I learned the hard way, make sure the avocados are ripe! ¬†If they aren’t a little squishy, you get a really chunky puree. ¬†The second time I made this, I bought the avocados and waited a few days to puree. ¬†The end result was much smoother.

Banana –¬†I mashed up three bananas and mixed with three ounces of pumped milk. ¬†Creamy and smooth texture, perfect for an introductory food.

Pumpkin –¬†This was the easiest one to make! ¬†I popped open a¬†can of pumpkin, mixed in a little water to reach desired consistency, and viola. ¬†This one is a little chunkier, so I recommend starting with a smoother puree as a first food, and introducing this one afterward.

Sweet Potato – This one didn’t go over so well…it’s definitely chunky like the pumpkin and I think Ellie just wasn’t quite ready for that. ¬†First I washed and peeled the potato. ¬†Then I cut it into small cubes and steamed it for about 10-15 minutes, until I could mash it up in a bowl. ¬†I mixed in water to make it a little “soupier”, but this would also be great to mix with formula or breastmilk for a more creamy texture.

Prunes – Thank God for prunes…they’ve really helped “loosen up” our babe! ūüėČ ¬†I found dried pitted prunes at Wegmans and boiled them for about 10 minutes to add water back in. ¬†Then I mashed them up and blended them with some additional water.

With each recipe, I poured the puree into a NUK tray, stuck in the freezer overnight, and then popped out the cubes the next day. ¬†The tray isn’t airtight, so I stored the cubes in ziploc bags labeled with type of food and date made. ¬†Each compartment is a one ounce serving, so there’s no guess work in measuring our your prepared food.

When To Have Number Two?

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The discussion has begun ūüėõ¬†Making lists, weighing pros and cons, discussing finances. ¬†Exciting stuff! ¬†So when to have baby number two…?

My employer will allow me another year of unpaid family leave whenever I’d like to take it. ¬†I think I prefer the idea of having baby number two sooner rather than later and taking off an additional year next year. ¬†I’m not in denial here, I know that having two under two will be extremely tough. ¬†But I think in the long run it’s the better decision.

The thing is, I’m not quite ready to give up breastfeeding yet. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a rough road. ¬†But it’s also feels like a huge accomplishment that Ellie and I have come this far. ¬†We had a lot of trouble in the beginning. ¬†Thank God for our lactation consultant. ¬†She seriously saved us. ¬†And now, six months later, we’re still going strong. ¬†It’s really too bad that it takes nine months to incubate a human. ¬†Hasn’t science learned how to shorten the process yet?!? ūüėõ J/K.

I also miss teaching as well as daily adult interaction.  The other night I had a classroom dream. LOL.

Alright, back to the list making.

Onesie Wednesday and Baby Food

A week without an entry?!? ¬†Yikes!!! ¬†Anyway…Onesie Wednesday! ¬†Today’s pick is a nod to what I consider my hometown, Columbus, Ohio! ¬†We bought this onesie for Ellie jus tin time for football season. ¬†It’s soft and comfy, plus adorable. ¬†Available on Buckeye Corner’s website.

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We’re still working on increasing Ellie’s solids intake and getting her weight up. ¬†When we began introducing solids, I wanted to save some money by making my own from fresh produce. ¬†I figured it would be a little healthier than buying store bought as well. ¬†The first few attempts were successful. ¬†Ellie enjoyed avocado, banana, and pumpkin. ¬†Then, we introduced sweet potatoes and everything fell to pieces. ¬†She pretty much stopped eating any and all foods, even the ones she liked. ¬†In an attempt to help her constipation, I bought some Gerber pureed prunes. ¬†She LOVED them! ¬†I tried a few more Gerber foods…green beans, apples, bananas, and even sweet potatoes. ¬†She can’t get enough!! ¬†I guess I’m not as good a cook as I thought ūüėõ

I’m not a huge fan of the cost of buying baby food, but I suppose it’s working. ¬†I’ll stash my NUK freezer tray away for now, and hope that maybe once we’re over this hump I can reintroduce some homemade foods. ¬†Here were a few of my (and Ellie’s!) favorites…

  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin
  • Banana
  • Sweet Potato
  • Prunes

Onesie Wednesday!

Whew…The past 48 hours in our household have been a hot mess. ¬†During¬†Ellie’s six month checkup last week we found out she wasn’t gaining weight as quickly as she should be…again. ¬†We struggled a lot with this in her¬†first two months, but finally felt like we were in a groove around month three. ¬†Now we’re back at the bottom of this roller coaster. So per doctor’s order, we’ve gone from solids once a day to three times a day. ¬†That’s the fun part. ¬†I like offering her new foods and she seems to enjoy most of them (not sweet potatoes though!) ¬†Except now the increase in solids has caused a great deal of constipation. ¬†She’s not happy. ..Yesterday she howled so loud you would’ve thought she was getting a round of vaccines. ¬†So after she wakes up from her nap, we’re off to Wegman’s to look for some dried prunes ūüėź

Anyway, ONESIE WEDNESDAY! ūüôā

Today’s pick comes from Target, my favorite store in the world!

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How freakin adorable is that?!? ¬†We bought it for Ellie, I can’t wait for her to wear it!!! ūüôā

Tilapia and Ranch Tacos

Well this morning I was in the kitchen washing dishes, just like any other day. ¬†The water in the sink started to back up, so I reached for the disposal switch. ¬†But when I turned it on, the disposal didn’t start. ¬†Instead, the lights in the kitchen and dining room shut¬†off, in addition to the microwave and oven…? ¬†Some kind of electrical short which now has us waiting on a call from an electrician. ūüė¶ I had planned to do some cookie baking tonight, guess that’s not going to happen!

Anyway…I was able to whip up these super easy¬†fish tacos for lunch. ¬†Thank goodness for a gas stove! ūüôā

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Tilapia and Ranch Tacos

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tilapia filets per taco
  • 1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning per taco
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†cilantro¬†per taco
  • 1/2 tablespoon¬†lime juice¬†per taco

Pour olive oil into a skillet and cook tilapia filets until white and flaky, about 4-5 minutes on each side.  When finished, mix tilapia, taco seasoning, and lime juice in bowl, shredding tilapia into small pieces while stirring.  Fill taco shell with tilapia, and top with shredded lettuce and cheddar jack cheese.  Drizzle with warm ranch dressing and enjoy!

I made two tacos using four pieces of fish.  Just remember to adjust the amount of ingredients you use according to how many tacos you need.