…of a stay-at-home mom.

Picture it: 2016

Daddy is leaving for work.  It’s 7:30 am.  Baby and I are waking up.  (Baby is far ahead of me.)

I am beyond tired and whip the boob out for baby.  Maybe I can get a few more moments of rest.  Nope.

Baby spits up on sheets.  I take her to get changed.  She pees on the changing table and her jammies.  So those go on the floor and a new outfit is picked out.  We proceed to the kitchen where she happily plays with her toys in her highchair.  I stumble around like a zombie, get the coffee pot started, open the mail from the day before.  A bill from the pediatrician….We have two insurances, how is the amount transferred from primary to patient?  I don’t really want to call these people…ugh.  Always on hold and never good customer service.

I make my eggs and toast.  Suck it down with my coffee.  Then I give baby her broccoli and then nurse her.  As she’s nursing, she gets distracted and milk proceeds to leak on the couch.  Ugh.  More cleaning to do later.  She continues and falls asleep.  Do I move her so I can get some things done?  Do I snuggle with her?  All while looking at the toys strewn across the floor, the socks that need to be paired and put away, the floor that needs vacuuming, the bathroom rugs that need to be brought to the washer, the re-usable shopping bags that need to be brought back to the car, the kleenex that needs to be put away, the shoe boxes that either need to be thrown away or put somewhere to use later….You get the picture.

My coffee has gotten cold.  Phoenix is now in her swing, wide awake.  Hopefully, she’ll snooze a bit.  I’m writing now.  Not feeling like doing a single thing.  But, there are dishes to be put away, more dishes to wash, wash that needs to go into dryer, clothes that need to be hung up, baby’s clothes need to be washed, baby’s bath toys need to be put away from last night…

To be continued….going to hopefully get some of this done.

Transferred frozen breast milk to freezer downstairs, put some groceries away from last night, refilled my coffee cup.  Picked up some toys.  Feefs is now cranky so I need to attend to her.  Another pause….

Feefs is happily playing on her play mat.  Rolling around like a pig in mud.  hehe.  We were worried (no not really) that she was never going to roll.  Her chunky self just took her time.

I just fed her and now she’s sleeping peacefully in the swing.  We still use it at 7 months old.  I’m sure some people will have opinions about that.  I look at it like this…the weight limit goes up to 30 pounds so I’m going to use it up to the max.

I put on the ID channel while feeding her and am now hooked to a show called Murder Book.  Oye.  However, baby’s clothes are in the washer, and to my surprise, daddy put the wash in the dryer so that was ready to come out.  Score.  Socks are paired, clean dishes are put away.

I have ideas for dinner plans.  Cauliflower cream pasta with herbs and/or brown rice bowl with edamame and tamari scallion sauce.  Preparing that is also something on my to-do list.

I continue to drink my not-so-hot coffee.  Taking a breather as I write this and finish the show for the next 20ish minutes.  I figure she’ll need to eat around 330ish and/or when she wakes up.  I fill out my review for a dining experience I just had to earn mileage for American Airlines.

Welp.  Baby is awake and fighting to go back to sleep.

She’s asleep.  I’m hungry.  Have leftovers?  Spend time making something?  Sigh.

So, I had ice cream.  For lunch.  Baby is up again.  She is loving her little giraffe and I’m sitting with her.  It’s really windy out and I feel like she needs to be with me.  Haha.  What.  I don’t know.

The laundry is still in the washer.  It’s freakin cold down there.  Ellen is on TV.  That is one of my must-watch shows.  Jeopardy is the other.  It’ll be 5, I need to shower because we are trying to make Spanish Family Time for All Ages at the library at 6:30.  They also have Story Time for 0-2 year olds.  At 10.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I wish I could attempt to even make that.  Not a morning person and need boatloads of sleep.  Ah!

If this post seems distracted.  It is.  I feel like this every single day.  Like I can’t catch up.  Like I’m barely getting by.  Forget taking a shower and getting myself anywhere near presentable.  I feel like I have ADHD, multiplied.  I have to remind myself it won’t be like this forever, or the anxiety will get the best of me.

When all else fails and I have so much to do, I sometimes end up doing none of it whatsoever.  So. Freakin.  Productive.

 

stay at home mom

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
     Strength.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
     Courage.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
     Integrity.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"
     Service.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
     Equality.
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
     Love.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
     Loyalty.
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
     Unity.
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."
     Love.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
     Courage.

I'm glad we get a day to celebrate this man.  He embodies everything that I stand for.  I don't see the exterior when I look at people.  We all bleed the same.  We all cry.  We all smile.  We all love. We all fear.  We all are trying to navigate this crazy world.
 
Humanity, however, has a long way to go.  People are still persecuted based on religion, race, sex, sexual orientation.  You name a difference and people are discriminated for it.
 
Think for a minute.  What if we were all blind?  We would connect on a soul level and this world would be extraordinary.  Be extraordinary today and every day.
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SB50Nachos.  Wings.  Dips.  Gravies.  Beer.  What does your typical Super Bowl Sunday menu consist of?  Lots of calories and fat?  Sure, they taste good.  But do you feel good later?

How about some tofu bean wraps?  Before you sneer at the idea…smile at the new idea.  It’s an easy recipe that you can make large portions of to entertain guests.  Instead of weighing-down-gut beef, tofu is used.  Drain one extra firm tofu block and wrap in a towel for 30 minutes.  Cut it up and mash with some seasonings, like cumin and red pepper.  Fry it up like you would ground beef for meat sauce.  Add onions, scallions, spinach, kale, tomatoes, whatever colorful produce you like.

Instead of sour cream, use avocado cream sauce, which is made from 1 avocado, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, juice of one lime, salt and pepper.  Blend it until smooth.

Warm up some spinach wraps and add your tofu mixture and avocado cream sauce.  Voila!

Pair it with a glass of kombucha and you have a refreshing meal to share with your friends.

 

For what you ask?

Baby will be crawling anytime now and we have many dangerous situations for that in our home.  Coffee table: on it’s way out.  Outlets: have their covers.  Cabinets: we need to secure.  But what else?  I’m a new mom and sometimes that means feeling less than intelligent.  I mean, I have a college degree, yet somedays I question its accuracy.

A crawling baby means a whole lot of new doors opening (literally and figuratively).  Will I get ANYTHING done?  Baby is awake for longer periods now so I have less time to focus on things.  I feel forgetful.  I feel tired.  Prepping house is the last thing I want to worry about.  But prepping is what needs to be done.  Baby will remind me of that when she’s sailing down the hallway on all fours and I’m chasing her because I forget to secure the gate at the top of the stairs.

Fifi buns has just completed her 7 month on this earth.  It has flew by.  She has such a personality (and a bite of steel…ouch!).  We just raised her exer-saucer.  A friend gave her a walking toy for Christmas.  Yet, we still use the swing….yes we do…and will until the 30 pound limit.  So many different ways to do things for babies.

So I’d like to hear from you seasoned parents.  What are your “prepping house” suggestions?  I’m at a loss and want to hear from you before I google it.  Thanks!

Seasonseating

Halves.  As in snacks.  You know, half of a meal, half of a serving.

Typical holiday grub includes sugar, among other crap.  Lots of it.  Fruit loaves, sugar cookies, rice crispy treats, etc. The holidays are a time when decadence is seen as ok.  "We'll start our diet after the holidays, we'll get to the gym after the holidays…"  Well, why wait?  There are plenty of healthy (and yummy) alternatives.  Eat good, feel good, right?  So here is a list of healthy "half" alternatives.  Remember, use organic ingredients as much as possible.

Cucumber Christmas TreesCucumber Christmas Trees.  Chop up some cucumbers, arrange them in the shape of a Christmas tree on a cookie sheet.  Use some cherry tomatoes, cut up oranges, or raspberries for ornaments.  Find some colorful produce and create!  Use some brown nuts, like almonds from Nuts.com, to form the trunk.  Slice a banana and shape one piece into the star.  Boom!  Healthy and fun!

Strawberry Stockings. Use fresh strawberries here. Pull off green leaves. Save for later. Cut strawberries in half, length wise. Arrange in the shape of a stocking on a cookie sheet. Use the leaves to write your name or create a design of your own, either on the stocking or on the sides.

Lettuce Boats with Tuna

 

Lettuce Boats with Tuna.  Mix the tuna with avocado and tomato and load up on large red leaf lettuce pieces.  You can again adjust the amounts to your liking.

Holiday Oats. Fill half of a pint sized container with uncooked oatmeal, try Gluten Free Rolled Oats. Pour a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup on it. Add chia seeds, organic granola, frozen blueberries, and bananas. Top with coconut milk to fill the container. Let sink into oats. Fill again with milk to top of container. Place in fridge overnight. Greet your holiday mornings while nibbling on your oats. You could also make a larger quantity of small portions by using a muffin baking sheet with compostable muffin cups. Throw a little bit of coconut whipped cream on top. Adjust amounts to as you see fit. I know you can do it.

Nutty Noel. Get your handy dandy cookie sheet once again. Grab some nuts. (Not the ones in your family….) Choose a few different shades to make the letters stand out. Arrange them in a fashion that you are able to spell out the word Noel, snugly so they won't slide around. Small letter-shaped bowls may help here. Provide a scoop or a spoon for guests to grab what they'd like. Nobody likes grubby fingers in their food.

Wassail

 

Wassail.  What?  Just get some (1 gal) apple cider, (2 quarts) orange juice, coconut sugar (whatever you use to sweeten stuff but don't use your basic crap sugar), a few cinnamon sticks, a dash of salt, and (1/2 tsp) whole cloves.  Boil and simmer on low for 3 hours.  Strain and serve.

I used reds and greens and blues and whites. Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah. Color your holidays! I'd love to hear your snack-spiration! May we all have a merry and light holiday season, both in the food sense and the spiritual sense. Please check out healthy-snacks for more great ideas. Happy halving!