Thursday, April 16, 2015

Olivia: Week Five

My little one is five weeks old. They say that time flies and it does. Each day it is noon before I can even blink. And my life pre-baby is a blur. Was I really able to go to the gym every day for an hour?  I cannot even imagine. 

Life is good. We are good. 

Each day brings something different.  And just when I think we are on some type of schedule she goes and changes things up. This has been an adjustment for me, the planned out type A person that I am.  But really it just is what it is and we go with it. 

We have been fortunate to get long stretches at night. During the day, well, that is a different story. 

She is now my partner in crime. Once the day starts we clean ourselves up, sing some songs, read some stories and try to fit in naps.  

The baby wakes up between 5-6:30 am every morning. We get in a quick feeding and most days she goes back down till around 9 am. This is my work time, sometimes nap time, depending on how fast she goes back down, how hungry I am, or if I want a bit more time with Mr. J. 

Once she is up we eat, get cleaned up and dressed. A bit of organization is done depending on how the night went.  Laundry is started if need be which is most days right now. Then we chat and read. If I am lucky she will go back to sleep around 10:30 or 11, if I am really lucky she will sleep more than 45 minutes. 

Once up she eats again and we have some more play time.  I try to eat lunch, normally prepped while she naps, and we countdown the minutes till Daddy comes home for lunch.

After lunch we try to nap again. She would stay up if I didn't actively put her down. She is so alert and attentive when up. I think she doesn't want to miss out on anything exciting. Swaddles are a must. She is one active little girl and we have to lock down her arms for any chance of sleep.

The afternoon nap tends to be longer and I try to catch some sleep time as well during this stretch. I get an hour or so. Olivia gets 2-3 hours.  Once up it is time to eat again. We snuggle until Daddy comes home.  I honestly blink and it is 5 pm.  

We haven't nailed down the evenings as well as the days.  She can be fussy, she can sleep, or she can be perfectly contest during dinner.  Feedings are based on her mood and whether or not we need a bath. 

Our sweet little one does not like bath time. She arches her back so fiercely the second her skin hits the water and then the wails start.  It has gotten a bit better and I am hoping soon it won't be so painful. This 15 minute or so process leaves Daddy and Mommy exhausted. 

We dress her, feed her, and swaddle her for the night between 7:30-8:30 pm and off to bed she goes. This is my new bedtime too. Her longest stretch is always the first one and I take advantage of these hours as much as possible. 

Before I know it she wakes up, it is after midnight and a new day has begun. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Time and #WIAW

We are finally getting some sunshine and warmer temperatures.  The other day I went outside twice without a coat.  It was amazing.  I cannot wait to spend more time outside in the fresh air. 

Yesterday was a day of good eats.  I did eventually eat all of this and then some.  Cookies, an apple and an orange somehow missed the photo shoot. However, Olivia has this crazy way of waking up or being fussy right when it is time to eat.  She is fine if I hold her but I haven't master the eat and hold method yet.  Let's just say granola doesn't transfer well from bowl to mouth with a baby in the middle. 

Lunch was a sandwich with hummus and avocado.  Have you had this combination before? It is so good. The sandwich also had turkey and cheese.  Carrot sticks and potato chips. I picked up this bag of Kettle chips last weekend at the store. They are roasted garlic.  Good but not amazing.  I was really expecting a ton of garlic flavor but it kind of left me disappointed. 

Dinner was leftover lasagna.  My mom left us last weekend with a fridge full of food. We have been enjoying it bite by bite all week. Not only has dinner been a snap to put on the table but the clean up is minimal too.  We have a few more nights of being spoiled. 

And of course I couldn't not leave without a little photo of the baby. Pretty in Pink.  I am obsessed with her little hands and ears.  

What did you eat Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Garlic Flatbread

Crispy flatbread full of garlic, butter and cheese. Could there be anything better?

I am back. But just barely. 

I have some confessions.  Or really just one. 

This was Easter dinner.  Yep, and I didn't even make it. This is courtesy of Mr. J.  

We did the whole brunch thing earlier in the day and then were too exhausted for dinner. Did you know the exhaustion leads to intense cravings for bread. Cookies too but for now we are talking about bread. Flatbread to be exact. 

A few weeks ago, right after Olivia was born we had pizza dough that was getting beyond the point of use. It had been hanging out in the fridge for a couple days.  With a newborn hopes of making homemade pizza sometimes fall away to the ease of ordering pizza. Thus a we needed something to make with the dough that was not pizza.  

Mr. J decided to whip up some garlic bread to go with said takeout pizza.  This flatbread was born. That night I think we ate more of the garlic flatbread than the pizza.  I now request it regularly. And sometimes yes it is all we have for dinner. I generously said this would feed four. If you are truly having it as bread portion it could stretch to 6. Or if you are like us this feeds 2. 

Garlic Flatbread

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Keywords: bake bread pizza garlic
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
  • 1/4-1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4-7 cloves Garlic, depending on size and taste preference
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly shake cornmeal on cookie sheet.

Finely mince garlic cloves.

In a small saute pan heat butter and oil in pan. Saute until garlic is soft and fragrant, stirring regularly to prevent burning. Set aside.

Roll or spread pizza dough with hands gently stretching to cover cookie sheet. Dough is best when room temperature.

Spread garlic and butter mixture across dough evenly.

Top with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle lightly with salt.

Bake at 425 for about 10 minutes to desired doneness. Edges should be slightly browned and crisp.
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