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I’m Not Sleeping but Sunday’s are Still Sensational :)

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Yesterday was rough! I traveled about 3 hours to NY for a cousin’s baby shower, just me and the Little Bean. In and of itself that wouldn’t have been a big deal. But getting home at 10PM and then trying to get some sleep while nursing a 3 week old just wasn’t happening. I vented a little on Baby’s First Year blog. Little Bean seems to have his nights and days mixed up. It’s pretty normal and I know it will pass but right now it’s killing me! I’m exhausted.

But I’ve been keeping up my food journal!

It’s the little things I do for me that help me stay sane. :)

Here’s my Saturday in Food….

It all started with a bowl of Grapefruit Oatmeal.

http://greenlitebites.com/2011/03/26/grapefruit-oatmeal-cup/

On the road I had a banana and a Larabar.

At the shower the meal started with a nice salad.

Then a small plate of pasta. Have I told you this party was on my Italian side? ;)

For the main course we had our choice of a few dishes. I went with the salmon.

It came with a side of fried mashed potatoes. That’s what that mozzarella stick looking thing is. I took 1 bite and left the rest. Why? Well because I knew…

The cake was coming.

After the shower I went to visit my great Aunt and Uncle. Again, on the Italian side. Of course I couldn’t escape without eating something. They bought an Italian cheesecake just for us. I didn’t really want it but I couldn’t turn it down either. SO I took a half of slice.

YES, that is actually half of what they hard portioned out for a serving. Unbelievable, right?

On the 3 hour ride home I decided on some protein. I discovered this gem a few months ago and it’s now my go to road snack when I need to pick something up in a pinch. Only 80 calories a serving and a nice lean protein!

Today started with a serving of a new experimental soup I was making for GreenLiteBites. It came out great and I hope to post the recipe tomorrow! (with better photographs as well. ;)

After the soup I straighten up in preparation for our houseguests. A couple of my friends were bringing over their kids to meet the baby. I made everyone grilled cheese on whole wheat and we tons of fruit and veggies on the side. It was a great lunch! I didn’t snap a photograph as I was too busy hosting. :)

After everyone left, Little Guy and I made some of my "Not Your Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies" Honestly, I just had a craving for them! I’m happy to say them came out great AGAIN! I’m also happy to say I stuck with a serving, unbelievably. Especially considering last time I made them, I downed at least 10. I just couldn’t stop myself.

In the afternoon, Little Guy and I went out to pick up groceries while The Husband stayed home with Little Bean. We also stopped at the candy store for a treat and I picked up this yummy chocolate bar.

It was a nice size serving for 190 calories. As you can see, Little Guy got something too. ;)

When we got home we put away the grocery. Honestly, we kind of just threw them in the fridge but hey.. at least we are prepared for the week.

I mean we are really prepared. :)

Notice the pot on the stove in the background. I made a huge batch of hard boiled eggs for the week.

Once everything was put away we made dinner. Using a package of Trader Joe’s pizza dough, I made a fabulous pizza out of leftovers and some fresh greens we just picked up tonight.

Honestly, it was DELICIOUS! I mixed some leftover taco meat and chicken in some leftover sauce I had in the fridge. I added a layer of diced up baby spinach and kale then topped it with some fancy shredded mozzarella and mexican cheese blend. The Little guy loved it too. :)

At the end of the day I sat with my two boys, nibbling on pizza and doing crafts.

There was no other place I wanted to be at that moment. It was the perfect ending to a fabulous weekend.



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Discussion

There are 13 comments so far.

    I’m a huge fan of TJ’s dough I use it for everything!

    best wishes with your new little one! :)

    Ana Myre

    April 10, 2011

    Looks like a wonderful weekend!!!

    Krista S.

    April 10, 2011

    I did an experiment I saw on another blog today…hard cooking eggs in a crockpot on low for 3 hours. I wanted to see how it compared to your method, which I absolutely love. Just to let you know, your method RULES!

    Your weekend sounds BUSY! And your boys….awww, just so stinkin’ CUTE. =)

    TamIWas

    April 10, 2011

    Okay, first of all, I LOVE the hanging fruit basket. I want one now. I made my hubby come to the living room just to see it. Secondly, I just had to say I admire your willpower SO much. I never would have been able to take just one bite of the fried mashed potatoes, especially while breastfeeding. It makes me a bit sad, because I used to have really good willpower a few years ago, then got pregnant and had my baby. I’m having trouble dropping these last 15 pounds because I don’t say no as well as I used to. :S

    Brandi

    April 11, 2011

    Sounds like you had quite the sensational sunday!!

    Michelle

    April 11, 2011

    What a great weekend! I wonder if the little bean would sleep better in the bouncy seat beside your bed instead of in the bassinet?

    Carol @ Elephant Buffet

    April 11, 2011

    Doesn’t it feel great to have the house stocked? As for the no-sleep situation, both of my boys were non-sleepers. I still don’t know how I survived it. My youngest is 2.5 and has *just* started sleeping through the night. Most of the time.

    Patty

    April 11, 2011

    What a fantastic Sunday! You really are an inspiration on how to handle a new baby and changes in your routine. It helps to read this post because I’m struggling this week.

    Aly

    April 11, 2011

    So I’ve recently become a hard boiled egg fanatic and am always searching for the best method. I went to the link to the video but it didn’t work. Can you post it again or even better, give printed instructions? (Love the hanging fruit basket! We used to have one when I was little, now I have to get one too!)

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    April 11, 2011

    Perfect weekend indeed! Wow it was busy, no wonder you are tired Roni. Hope you get caught up on your sleep soon. It is so hard with a new baby.

    That pizza looks awesome!

    Ami

    April 11, 2011

    You probably don’t want any more advice on mothering, but I’m going to give it anyway. You don’t have to take it! I’ve had 3 babies, one with colic and one who was a serious snuggler, and I had to do about the same thing with every one when it came to getting them to sleep at night. And it would always hit at about 2 or 3 weeks old when I was just exhausted.

    I wake them up to eat and make them stay awake to eat a full meal every 2 hr 15 min or 2 hr 30 min during the day. I always nursed so I’m not sure what a full meal is but at least I didn’t let them fall asleep right after they latched on. Then I would make them stay awak at least 10 minutes after eating. With my oldest I actually had to belt out Raffi songs right in his face to keep him awake. It was exhausting, but hey – you can put Ryan to work at that! My boy is 7 now and he’s just fine – no permanent scarring there.

    I just figured that if they were hungry enough to eat every 2 hours at night, then if I get them more feedings during the day they wouldn’t be so hungry. It worked with all 3, but the first few days of it were an adjustment for me because I was so exhausted during the day it was hard to make them stay awake.

    We also had them sleeping in their own room with no baby monitor by 2 or 3 weeks old. Our room is accross the hall, so it’s fine.

    I agree that you can’t just pump and let your husband feed him. If your husband is like mine, he NEVER hears the baby cry at night, so you would have to wake him up first. And even if he did wake up, you would probably be pretty uncomfortable missing that feeding because your body knows your baby wants milk. Milk is coming, whether or not the baby is there to receive it, right?

    Okay, I could go on but I’ll stop. Can you tell I’m ready for baby #4? Maybe someday.

    Lazy Personal Trainer

    April 12, 2011

    I’m mostly just agreeing with other comments here: I found the same thing as Ami: You do have to put a concerted effort into sleep training. It is soooo hard to do and exhausting, but it totally pays off. Both my girls are great sleepers now. And I, too, LOVE that hanging basket. Where did you find it? I need to get me one!

    roni

    April 12, 2011

    I got that basket at Bed Bath & Beyond. It was the only one they had and I must admit I’m not that impressed. They containers aren’t deep enough in my opinion. I used to have a better one but I left it at my old house. :( Click here to see all the ones on Amazon.