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The Last Four

In attempt to find something blog-worthy to write about, but still utterly failing, I present to you, the last four pictures I took on my phone. Grasping at straws people.

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Oh hello big boy in the shopping cart. PS the cart cover isn’t for germs. I just think it’s more comfortable for him. He seems to like grocery shopping for about 15 minutes. Then it’s all downhill. The only thing that makes him happy is trying to eat my grocery list.

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I wish this was guacamole, but alas, it’s sweet potato, spinach and peas for le bebe. Though maybe he’d like guac? I do a mixture of homemade food and organic jarred food or pouches. Much to my chagrin, but maybe a given considering my cooking, he likes the pre-made food better. He actually liked this fake-me-out guac though.

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It gotten cooler and immediately I wanted soup. So cliche, right? At least it wasn’t a pumpkin spiced latte. Oh, wait, I’ve gotten those too. Well, sort of. I actually get a soy misto with one pumpkin of pumpkin because I think I’m being healthier. Anyway, this soup was good.

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Remember that homemade baby food? This is where it went.

What’s the last picture on your phone?

Birthday

In the past, I’ve always either gone out to a fancy meal for my birthday or gone to a bar with a group of friends.  Life with a three-month old doesn’t really allow for either so this year, my birthday was much more low key.  Originally, we were going to go to Jason’s parents house for the weekend but then Jason realized he was on-call for work so we couldn’t go.

Since we were in town, I cashed in a Groupon for a massage that Jason bought for me.

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For dinner, we wanted to check out this new bar – The Imperial – in Decatur.  But when we got there, there was no place to park and it looked pretty crowded and not baby friendly.  (I realize that baby-friendly bar sort of sounds like an oxymoron, but the bars in Decatur generally are baby-friendly and all non-smoking.)  So instead, we went across the street to Thinking Man Tavern.

The sign on the door said kids were allowed until 9pm and there were some empty booths so we went inside.

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We started out with some hummus.

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And for my entree, I had the tofu torta with mashed sweet potatoes.  I kind of was thinking it was going to be a tostada (torta sounds like tostada, I guess) but it was a sandwich.

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It was good but the sweet potatoes really stole the show.

Before we went out, I was all like, “It’s my birthday, you be the designated driver.” to Jason and then I ended up drinking a whopping one glass of wine.  Don’t know if that has to do with being old or parenthood.  Maybe both.

My actual birthday was Monday and honestly, it sort of sucked.  It was a Monday, for one, but also I came down with a cold.  I did, however, enjoy a huge bowl of kale for my birthday dinner.  Exciting, no?  Happy Birthday to me?

Kale

I’m trying to be funny but I actually really do like kale.  So trendy, I know.  This was this recipe, by the way.  I spent the rest of my birthday trying not to breathe on my son, though I think he’s the one that gave me the cold.  And he spent the day trying to prevent me from getting a good picture of him.

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The Weekend in Photos

Also known as  “I haven’t updated the blog in a while but typing with one hand is hard.”

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I found him!  Where’s my prize?

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Grandma came to visit.

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Smiley baby!  He started smiling like a week ago. And this is my mother’s phone with 159 pictures.  My phone has like 2500 photos on it.  2499 of which are Alexander.  I’m only slightly exaggerating.

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Someone has his eyes on my food.  Someone would be disappointed if he ate solid food because it was bland.

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California roll with a side of baby.

And now it’s almost Monday and it’s my last week before I go back to work.  Gulp.

Return to Healthy Living

Call me naive, but before I had a baby, I kind of thought that my life would be exactly the same only I’d have a little buddy to hang out with.  You can stop laughing now.

While working out and eating healthy are still important to me (especially because I’d like to wear regular clothes one of these days), finding the time to fit them in is much more difficult than I anticipated.  I used to work out five days a week.   Now, not so much.  Though I have been slowly getting back into it.

Unlike everyone who had a #fitpregnancy, I had a #everytimeigotothedoctorsomethingelseiswrong pregnancy.  Until the weekend before last, I hadn’t exercised in any capacity other than walking since November.  And I hadn’t run since who knows when.  But I laced up my running shoes and headed out to see what I could do.

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My iPod was dead and I couldn’t find my armband for my phone, so I went out without music.  I set out to run to CVS, which is a mile from my house.  Miraculously, I actually ran the entire thing.  Not fast, but I ran it.  I took a bunch of walk breaks on the way back, but I did the whole two miles, which was pretty good for not working out in so long, I thought.

In addition to that run, I went to the gym once and did some weights and I started doing the Insanity workouts with my neighbor, who has a baby who is two weeks younger than Alexander.  So, I guess slowly but surely, I’m getting back into it, but the days of working out five days a week are pretty much gone, at least for now.

It’s actually been easier to fit in a workout here and there than to cook.  I think I just need to be more organized about it and do a lot of the prep work either on the weekends or in the mornings when Jason watches Alexander.  Of course, in two weeks when I go back to work (what?) that morning prep time will be gone, but I guess I can take advantage of it while I can.

I managed to cook a few times over the past couple of weeks.  I made Vegan Red Cabbage Bowls with Peanut-Sriracha Sauce.

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As you might have noticed, my cabbage was not red.  I just used bagged coleslaw.  Still tasted good.  Jason liked it too which is always a huge plus when I make something vegetarian.

I bought some frozen tilapia at Target and I’ve been eating that too.  I spread a filet with dijon mustard and coated it in almond meal and pan fried it.  Pretty good.

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With it, I made Momofuku’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

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While these were good, I didn’t really like the mint in them.  If I made them again, I’d make them without mint.

So that’s my triumphant return to healthy living.  Not quite as triumphant as I’d imagined, but it’s a start.

Awesome Things

I’m going to post about some awesome things I’ve found or have happened recently.

1.  This Opa salad dressing.  This stuff is so good.  I’ve only had the feta dill flavor but it’s phenomenal.  It has real pieces of feta in it and only 50 calories per 2 tbsps.  I might have eaten some out of the container with a spoon.

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2.  The Halo Sleep Sack.  This was actually a gift from Kristy (so nice of her and her family!) and it’s come in so handy.

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Alexander sleeps a lot better when his arms are swaddled.  Otherwise, he tends to startle himself and wakes up.  This is a common baby thing.  At first, we swaddled him with blankets.  Jason is good at it.  I am not.  It goes from this…

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to this in about 2.5 seconds…

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The Halo Sleep Sack has velcro so it stays closed.  Though little Houdini has managed to get his arms out on occasion.  This particular swaddle has a wide bottom which is supposed to be better for baby’s hips.  And speaking of hips…

3.  No hip dysplasia.

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That’s my poor baby getting a hip ultrasound.  Because he was frank breech (in a pike position, basically) for like my entire pregnancy, they wanted to make sure his hips were in the sockets at the proper angles.  If there was dysplasia, he would have had to wear a harness to correct it, but fortunately his hips were fine.

4.  A Keurig for formula!  I think most people reading this know that Jason is a producer at a local news station.  Apparently, they tested out this Baby Brezza on the air and afterward, they gave it to Jason!  So awesome.  Disclaimer: we haven’t actually used it yet, but I love my Keurig so I’m sure I’ll love this too.  The thing with formula feeding is sometimes Alex wants food NOW and it takes a minute to prepare the formula (though I keep some full bottles in the fridge) and then warm it up.

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5.  I won a bunch of Kind granola bars from Lauren.  We won’t talk about the 1.5 cups of granola that I ate yesterday.  At least I measured and counted it, right?  Seriously, does anyone eat just one serving of granola?

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