A Day In The Life

May 2, 2013

Slice of life posts are my favorite! Obviously, because I wrote them for 5 years Smile But as the years went on, my posts omitted a lot of the mundane details of life. I especially love these posts written by moms – so I know what to look forward to or look back on with Mazen. [Note I’ve used some older photos so I didn’t have to re-take them all – hence the many outfit changes!]

6:22am – Mazen begins to stir. Matt has already left for work. I open the curtains in my room and then go to the nursery to get M. We go back to my bed to nurse and then snuggle a little. Lots of “Da Da Das” this morning. We make the bed together and then head back into the nursery for a diaper change. I can smell the coffeepot brewing in the kitchen, so we follow the aroma.

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6:50am – I put M in his high chair with some toys and start working on breakfast. Yogurt with applesauce for him and eggs with toast and fruit for me – plus coffee! We eat together, alternating bites, and listen to Z-95’s Impossible Trivia on the radio.

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7:30am – After cleaning up the breakfast dishes and washing out the coffeepot, we head downstairs for play time. Mazen plays in his jumpy seat and on the rug with his toys. Mama watches Call The Midwife. Since our TV is quite secluded, this is our only TV time all day. Cloth diapers go into the washing machine!

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8:30am – M starts to get fussy, so we head back upstairs to wind down before morning nap. Diaper change, nurse, sometimes a book. I put him in his crib around 8:50 and he’s asleep by 8:55.

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9:00am– Work time for me. I tidy up anything that needs it around the house (cloth diapers go into the dryer) and sit down at my computer. I try to remember to fill up my water bottle! I empty my inbox, approve a bunch of comments, edit some photos for my Saturday post, and proof read two posts for Real Health. I get 75% of the way through writing the Saturday post when I hear stirring.

10:00am – Diapers out of dryer; next load in.

10:15am – M is up on his arms and laughs when I come in. He is always so excited to see me after naps! I give him a milk snack and then get him dressed for the day. Another diaper change.

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10:35am – We head out in the BOB to the gym. I’m already 15 minutes late for Pump, but I’ll take a longer nap any day. After running there and checking M into Kids Zone I make it to Pump 30 minutes late and slip into the back of the room. Luckily our class has a lot of moms so we’re used to people coming and going. I get a good workout for triceps, biceps, lunges, abs and shoulders. Squats, chest and back will have to wait another day.

11:15am – Just before class is over someone from Kids Zone calls me out of class. M was overwhelmed by the 1,000 kids in there and was crying hard. Sad face – he is usually so happy! He was calm again by the time I got there.

11:25am – I talk to my mom on our walk home. So happy it’s sunny and warm too! Diaper change upon arrival.

12:00pm – Lunchtime can’t come soon enough. Mazen plays on the porch while I assemble our lunches. Big salad for me with tofu, avocado, peppers, carrots, bleu cheese and Dakota bread on the side.

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Avocado and Happy Puffs for M.

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We play for a while on the porch after lunch

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12:50pm – Naptime approaching. Another diaper change and nursing session. I close the curtains and he squeaks out a cry – he knows what’s happening. He cries for a minute when I put him down, but it’s short lived and he is asleep by 1.

1:00pm – Time for a shower! Finally. I make the water extra hot and have a hard time getting out. I get dressed, put on make-up and go clean up the dishes from lunch.

1:30pm – More work. I’m emailing a brand about a sponsored post and checking out a new website that came through my inbox. I also have to email FM about some wonky ads that are showing up and fix a few links on a page that are reportedly broken. Really want to start on my canned fish post (ha!) but never get the chance.

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2:20pm – M is awake! 1:20 is an awesome afternoon nap. We sort through some laundry before heading out. M loves fabric and lying in a cloud of it is the highlight of his day : ) A diaper change is the lowlight.

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3:00pm – Meet up at a friend’s house. The kiddos play games and the moms snack on banana bread. M has some milk while he’s there.

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5:00pm – Back home and ready for nap #3. Diaper change, nurse, asleep after 5 minutes of rolling around in his crib. Some people advise against such a late nap, but I have no idea how we’d get him to bedtime without meltdowns otherwise. Luckily it’s working for us for now. I work on a few more things on the computer and schedule a BERF post for the morning.

5:30pm – Matt is home yay!!! We start to think about prepping dinner and talk on the porch.

5:40pm – M is awake. He and Matt play on the porch for a bit while I work on dinner. A chicken stir-fry.

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6:00pm – Matt takes over the stir-fry because he wants to make a beer sauce reduction so I move on to get Mazen’s dinner ready.

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M goes into his high chair with some puffs as an appetizer. He still can’t feed himself though, so I have to put them in for him every now and then.

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M is having lentils + sweet potatoes from the freezer, which I thaw in the microwave. He gobbles them down.

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6:15pm – Dinner is served.

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Chicken stir-fry with noodles, sprouts, broccoli and a beer reduction sauce

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6:45pm – Family playtime on the porch

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7:15pm – Bathtime! Matt usually gives the bath while I clean up the kitchen.

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After bath, we do jammies and then some books, if he’s in the mood. Nothin’ cuter than a baby in PJs!

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The Bears look on and request some stories

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7:30pm – Matt reads a few stories while I fold M’s cloth diapers and then go down to work on this post. Clip-Clop is a favorite of all of us!

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7:45pm – Matt calls me that it’s bedtime (i.e. M has had enough of the books!). We nurse once more and snuggle together in the bed. I close the curtains and put M in his crib with a kiss.

8:10pm – M is almost asleep and faintly babbling on the monitor. Finally time for an episode of Mad Men!!! We settle into the couch with a little Noosa yogurt for dessert.

9:15pm – Upstairs I put away the last of the dishes drying from dinner and fill the coffee pot for breakfast.

9:30pm – In bed, I read some of my book club book while Matt reads a beer magazine, but we don’t make it very far. We’re still catching up on sleep from the first 6 months of parenthood! I turn Mazen’s monitor screen off and lights are out.

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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

I am trying so hard to get to bed before 10 PM but it is a definite challenge! Fun post today, Kath :)

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2 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! May 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

Love all the Mazen pics! He is just so adorable! THOSE CHEEKS! :)

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3 Jenn May 2, 2013 at 8:01 am

Love! Are you down to nursing him at sleep time only or with meals too?

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4 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 8:14 am

Throughout the day – I mentioned it a few times.

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5 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon May 2, 2013 at 8:05 am

I love these posts where we get a taste of your daily activities. Mazen looks like he takes after his momma in his food tastes.. or at least you’re doing a great job of introducing him to your favorites!

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6 Robyn @thereallife_RD May 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

you are such a busy lady but make it look so effortless!!
Mazen has the prettiest porcelain skin, must get it from his momma :)

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7 Casey May 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

You’re kidding about her being busy, right?

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8 Casey May 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Let me clarify why I am asking. I would LOVE to be able to hang around the house and do whatever with my baby. Watch tv, go for a walk, do laundry, play. That to me isn’t being busy. As a single mother who works full-time, comes home, rushing to make baby his dinner, play with him, soak up all the evening time I have with him before he goes to bed. Then once he’s asleep, wash bottles, make my dinner, get his breast milk and solid foods ready for the next day for daycare, pack my lunch for work, rush to eat dinner because somehow it’s already 9pm. Then, work overtime on the computer for a bit just so I can make ends meet. Go to bed at 11pm and get up at 6am (and throughout the night if baby wakes up) to do it all over again. THAT is what I feel the definition of busy is. I guess it’s all relative.

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9 Grace May 3, 2013 at 7:35 am

I thought the same thing – I’m pretty amazed at people that think this is a busy day! This is the most idyllic relaxing day ever – a baby that sleeps through the night, goes down easily for 3 (!) naps, with only trips to the gym and a playdate in between, and a little laundry and work thrown in? This is the kind of day I daydream about, lol! And Casey, HUGE props to you for making it work as a single mom. I feel overwhelmed sometimes working full time and parenting my toddler because my husband had to take a lot of business trips, but I’m married with family nearby to help out. You are doing an awesome job!

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10 Claire May 3, 2013 at 8:02 am

Kath is busy. You are VERY busy. There’s no need to get braggy competetive about it.

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11 Lisa May 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

Different moms, different lives. I don’t think she was bragging or trying to be competitive.

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12 Jane May 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

I’m not a single mom but my days sound excactly like yours Casey. Kath is pretty blessed to be able to stay home with M. I would do anything if I could stay home with my baby girl but it’s just not possible. :(

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13 casey May 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

Claire- not sure what you are talking about. Stating my normal daily routine and my experience as a mom thus far is not bragging or being competitive. I don’t think being busy is even something to brag about. Who wants to run themselves ragged everyday just for the sake of saying “I’m soooo busy!!”? What a blast!

I will say it again: Kath’s specific day she outlined today was NOT BUSY. I second what Grace said; This is the kind of day I would daydream of and consider very relaxing. I’m not sure what is so wrong with putting things in perspective of how different all of our lives could be, and to be thankful for what we do have. I am very grateful to have the means to be able to take care of my son on my own and that both of us are healthy and thriving.

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14 jen May 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

For most of us, I would imagine that life feels hard/busy sometimes or all the time. And I’ve yet to meet a fellow parent who ever felt like their life was a cakewalk even if it looks like one to you. If we look around there’s always somebody who has it harder/worse/busier than us no matter how much we might think we’ve got it rough. I wish mothers could show each other a little more kindness and understanding — we’re all trying to do a tough and important job the best we can under our own unique life circumstances.

Of course everybody has their own definition of busy and their own challenges. I work two days a week, 10 hour days, at a demanding professional job that requires out of office work as well. I find my working days to be the easiest. That’s not to say they’re the best — I love my days home and am so grateful for them. But I think that full time parenting of a toddler or infant is nothing to be sneezed at or disparaged as easy.

You’re busy. Kath’s busy. I’m busy. Life is busy. Hopefully we also make life happy.

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15 Karen May 4, 2013 at 6:55 am

C’mon ladies – Kath was merely recreating her day for our enjoyment. There was no hint of competitiveness or superiority in this post, so why turn this into yet another battle? If there’s one thing I know, it’s that the grass is always greener…we ALL have distinct challenges as well as blessings in our lives; let’s just be grateful for our personal joys. Jealousy is the unhealthiest and least productive emotion; just let it go.

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16 Nikki May 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

Well said, Karen. And as someone stated above, different moms, different lives. Busy to one might be relaxing to another, but does it really matter?!
My days look a lot like the one Kath posted about here, and I feel very lucky to be able to stay at home and worry about not much else other than making sure my family is healthy and happy, but that’s not to say a SAHM can’t feel busy or overwhelmed at times!
What’s most important is that Mazen is being cared for, and that shows in his huge precious smiles!
Good work, Kath :)

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17 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux May 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

So fun to see a snapshot of your life right now! Thanks for sharing :-)

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18 Amy May 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

I notice you mention milk a few times throughout this post. Do you mean he has breastmilk from a bottle or are you slowly introducing cow’s milk? Just curious. My little boy will be 8 months tomorrow. With my first (now 5.5 y/o) cow’s milk didn’t come until 1 y/o.

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19 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

No I just mean breast milk : ) We’ll do organic cow’s milk at 1.

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20 Ali @ Peaches and Football May 2, 2013 at 8:19 am

These are terrific posts! I get almost exhausted just reading them – even though I know what goes into a day with a little one, I am still always amazed. :-) Mazen is a yogurt lover – just look at that happy smile! :)

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21 Kim May 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

Thanks for a great post Kath! I am a new mommy and love seeing how other mommies structure the day! How old was Mazen when you put him into the gym kids care?

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22 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

You’re allowed to take them at 6 weeks, I think, and we started around 8 weeks. But then the flu hit and I kept him out all winter (Karen helped so I could still get to the gym once per week for Pump and we exercised outside a lot). We’re back in though, and he enjoys it.

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23 Hope May 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

My son used to nap from 5:30-6pm around that same age. He eventually worked his way out of it.

I adore his chunky thighs!!!

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24 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

Ahhh mazen has the life! I want naps and avocado!

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25 Rebecca May 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

Great post, and thank you for sharing! My husband and I are trying for a baby, and I always forget how much babies nap.

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26 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

This post was adorable – something you’ll look back on fondly in a few years, I’m sure!

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27 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body May 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

Ah, it really is all about the little things. I have a ten year old and a 1 year old. I was trying to look back and remember what daily life was like when my oldest was as old as my youngest. I was surprised to find that so many of those moments are hazy. You’re going to love looking back at your blog when Mazen gets older. They really do grow up so fast :)

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28 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl May 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

Looks like a very busy, but fun day! Love these posts and your lunch looks amazing!!

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29 Barca Mama May 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

Love how you went to your Pump class even though it had already started. One of my goals lately has been to adopt the something is better than nothing attitude!

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30 Ashlee@HisnHers May 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

I’m tired just reading that! Ha! And now I suddenly dont feel so busy.. ;-)

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31 Nan May 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

I loved this post!!! I have a little guy who is just about a week older than Mazen so I found this post incredibly interesting!! How similar our schedule is but how different it is as well! Also, my son has a few of the same clothes as Mazen so I always think its so cute when I see those pictures. Mazen is so precious and you are such an amazing and well-balanced Mom!!

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32 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin May 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

You’re a super mom!

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33 Ann May 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

You mentioned that you give Mazen yogurt. What type of yogurt are you giving him? Curious because I have a little girl that is almost 7 months and we have not given her any yogurt yet. Thanks!

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34 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

The Stonyfield YoBaby plain (they sent me a coupon – going to just get a big tub of their whole milk plain next time I think)

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35 A.S. May 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

Good choice – we started our son off with the same yogurt (YoBaby plain) and to this day, he still eats it almost every day (he’s two now). After a few weeks of buying the baby containers, we started buying the larger tubs too and go through 1x/week. :)

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36 Jessica May 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

We buy plain full fat Greek yogurt and my son LOVES it. Any brand will do.

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37 Erin @ The Grass Skirt May 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

Our days are so similar- right down to the same high chair and firetruck baby pjs. :) I think that I need to start putting my son down for a 5 pm-ish nap. He’s always SO tired by then but never seems ready to fully settle for the night.

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38 Laura May 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

What kind if video monitor do you have? Anything you dislike about it? I am having a really hard time choosing one to buy!

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39 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

We have this Motorola one. It’s amazing and might be my MVP baby item we bought

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40 Laura May 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

Thank you! It is so much better to hear about a mom’s real experiences with an item!

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41 Danielle May 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I have that monitor too and absolutely love it! I agree…MVP baby item!

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42 Kat @ Kat's Health Corner May 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

You must have the most photogenic baby ever! And I feel guilty saying this because I have so many babies in my life…but Mazen is one of the cutest I’ve ever seen!

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43 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries May 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

So fun to read! As much as I love the newborn stage right now, I won’t lie, I’m looking forward to having a little bit more of a schedule!

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44 Sam May 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

Let me just say this – PLEASE do not take for granted how happy and easy-going your little guy is. My earlier days with my son never, ever, ever, went that smoothly and he was never content (or asleep) long enough for me to do the things you are able to get done on a daily basis. However, most people I know seem to have had experiences more similar to yours so I think we were just the exception. :)

Btw, M is adorable!!

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45 Jennifer May 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

This has to be one of my favorite posts by you. I really enjoyed it and felt like I was actually there throughout your whole day. Well written. :)

The picture of Mazen looking at himself in the mirror of his toy is adorable! I also love the one of him lying in his crib and you took the picture of him through the crib slats. :)

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46 Grace May 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

Mazen is such a cutie… I was reading your latest babykerf post and it’s crazy – he weighs as much as my 17 month old!!!! It’s amazing how they all grow at such different rates. I particularly love the picture of him through the slats of the crib, those cheeks are just to die for!

And what a nice, relaxing day, it sounds lovely! This is the kind of day that I hope for on my weekends – doing a little work during naps, going to the gym, having a playdate… but we always end up so busy trying to catch up with errands and chores we can’t do during the work week. And it must be so nice having Mazen sleep through the night! My LO has only STTN 4 times so far (we still co-sleep and nurse on demand); most of the time I wouldn’t have it any other way (I love cuddling with her all night long) but on occasion I can see the appeal of sleep training. :)

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47 lindsay May 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

I have so much respect for moms. I don’t know how you do it day after day. I bet you’re excited to celebrate your first Mother’s Day :)

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48 Maureen May 2, 2013 at 10:44 am

I am tired just reading about your day! Glad for both you AND Mazen that you try to make it out of the house as much as possible!

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49 Tiffany May 2, 2013 at 10:59 am

A very cute post! Thanks for sharing!

Do you ever dream what it will be like when Mazen is older? I can imagine you and Matt would be the class’ favorite parents! You would supply all the sweet treats for the class parties :)

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50 Sarah May 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

RN here- no cows milk before 1!

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51 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

All milk here = breastmilk

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52 Christina May 22, 2013 at 7:25 am

I’m confused – cow’s milk is not okay, but yogurt (made from cow’s milk) is? I am considering starting to try to conceive this fall and am trying to learn all I can :)

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53 Bekah July 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Christina, I didn’t know this before having a baby myself, but apparently there is a difference in the lactose w/ yogurt and cheese as opposed to milk. The former are ok before one year old, and the latter is not. That’s as deep as I dug into the explanation :).

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54 Sarah May 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

Is Mazen sleeping through the night now? No feedings?

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55 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Yes – more on this post!

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56 Liz May 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

My favorite post on your blog!! I want a baby now :)

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57 Claire @ Health Nut Claire May 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

Quite a day! Matt reading a beer magazine makes me laugh — especially after taking over dinner to make a beer reduction sauce, haha!

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58 APRIL DJIBONON May 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

He is a cutie!!! :)

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59 Christiana May 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

I’ve been hesitant to feed my son puffs as I love the fact he only receiving organic whole foods I make for him, but he isn’t a big fan of any textures that aren’t super smooth…we had difficulty with mashed avocado and pureed chicken mixed with veggies, so I think the puffs would definitely help him move towards new textures and finger foods. I was curious what brand you feed Mazen? Thanks!!!!

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60 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

This brand sent me a coupon and we bought the green ones. They are great. I use them more as an appetizer/teacher than a part of his meal. He gets maybe 5-10 per day to “play” with

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61 Jennifer H. May 2, 2013 at 11:37 am

Hey, Kath! Just wanted to let you know – I’m not a mother, and (at 35) have no plans for kids, and I found this post FASCINATING! I’ve always wondered how moms fit it in on a day-to-day basis. Of course, I know moms and am an aunt myself, but I don’t see the nitty-gritty of everyday life. Thanks for sharing! And, in my opinion, you’re amazing!

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62 Sara @ sarasmiles May 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

This was so enlightening! Motherhood really is a full time job. Mazen absolutely glows. What a healthy, happy baby!

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63 JennieM May 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

LOVE that Clip Clop book….my kids are 9 and 12 now but that was one of their favorites! Actually I only saved a couple of books from their earliest years and that was one of them…it is so worn out, but worn out with love….

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64 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane May 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I’m so glad you still do BodyPump! I have moms being pulled out of class all the time to go check on their kiddos from the daycare at the gym. I always tease them that it happens to be during the hardest tracks :)

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65 Tracy May 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I loved this post, Kath! Thank you for sharing. He definitely has your beautiful skin!

What is the book club book?

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66 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Thanks Tracy! It was Two Girls Fat and Thin. Sadly I did not finish it

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67 Karen May 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

What a fun post!! The photos of Mazen are some of the best I’ve seen – loving the one with him dressed in stripes/stripe socks sitting on the stripe porch rug w/green goop (avocado?!) spilling out of his mouth – too cute!!!

p.s. I can’t wait ’til you catch up to the current season of Mad Men – you know it’s currently running new episodes, right? (AMC, Sunday pm, 9:00 pm.) This season’s tone/content is heavily influenced by cultural events as it takes place in 1969, which was such a turbulent year.

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68 Ray May 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

This current season is in 1968.

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69 Emily May 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Is there a recipe for the beer sauce Matt made or just something thrown together from “inside his head”?

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70 Matt May 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

There’s no specific recipe. In this case I seared the chicken in some safflower oil until it was done. Then I removed the chicken and poured in 8oz of brown ale. As it’s coming to a boil I added maybe 1T brown sugar, 1t tamari, 1t rice wine vinegar, .5t minced garlic, and a dash of red pepper flakes. All of these things were estimated. I then boiled it on high for probably 10 minutes, stirring constantly with a spatula to keep from burning. Once it gets to a syrupy consistency it’s done. This is a good time to taste for salt and add more if you need. Beer’s great for reductions because it has some sugars for caramelizing and some protein for extra body. I thought it would work well with this recipe because cooked beer to me tastes like it has a little of that soy-sauce or fish-sauce taste and aroma. But beer sauces can also be made to work well with any barbeque-type recipe.

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71 Emily May 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Thanks Matt! Excited to try it out!

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72 Shel@PeachyPalate May 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

How on earth you manage to squeeze in the work over the day is beyond me! Seriously inspirational! I’m starting to think you’re superwoman!!!

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73 Mandy May 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Lol I thought you were talking to Matt at first!

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74 Alyssa @ Road to RD May 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

What a fun day!

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75 Randy May 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

What a busy schedule Kath, but you have it all organized so well and it works well for you.

Mazen is so cute, he is sure growing fast.

We really like “Call the Midwife” and “Mr. Selfridge” on PBS, really good shows to watch and I am glad you enjoy “Call the Midwife” as well.

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76 Chrissy May 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

What a cute, chubby little man! So jealous of what a good napper he is. I’ll bet when he gives up his third nap, his other two will become longer. That evening one is a tough one to cut back on. In terms of fitting it all in, when do you do stuff like grocery shopping, heavier cleaning, yard work, etc? Or do you and Matt take care of that stuff on the weekends? Oh and thanks for the beer reduction recipe- it sounds great!

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77 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Grocery shopping and errands would likely take the place of my afternoon trip out. I usually go out in the afternoons because they are easier to tackle with naps and meals. Weekends are also a great time for us to get things done – Sunday is usually an around-the-house kind of day

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78 Janet May 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Hi Kath,

Thanks for sharing your day with Mazen. It always helps to see how other moms spend their day. We’re still in the early days at only 7 weeks!

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79 Libbie May 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Kath, Loved this post! Probably one of my favorites of yours. Being a new mom (and working mostly from home like you), it is comforting to know someone else’s day looks similar to mine and this is normal :D Thanks for sharing!

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80 Amanda - Small Home Big Start May 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Absolutely love this post! It’s so fun to see how someone else’s day pans out. We don’t have kids yet, but it’s always fun to live vicariously through another, especially when they have a babe as cute as Mazen.

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81 Jeanie May 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I love day in the life posts. I find it so interesting to see how others spend their day. If I may make an itsy-bitsy recommendation although an important one? It would be a good idea to get into the habit of turning the pot handles on the stove to the side or rear, instead of them hanging in the front. Little kids have been known to reach up high and pull a hot pot of food down on themselves. When my son was nine months old, he did something similar. My mom was babysitting and had just poured herself a cup of hot coffee and put it on her kitchen table. Todd came rolling up in his walker and reached up and caught the saucer the coffee cup was on with his little fingers and was scalded. He spent ten days in the hospital. I hope you’re not offended by my suggestion, but I felt it was worth taking a chance to offend. :)

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82 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Ouch! Yes we need to get in safety mode before Mazen even thinks about walking. Thanks for the reminder!

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83 Rebecca May 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

What kind of material is your porch rug? I’ve been reading about the chemicals in a lot of rugs and looking for a good one, but wanting to go as natural as possible.

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84 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I’m not sure but it’s probably not very natural

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85 char eats greens May 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

The picture of M on the porch at lunch…my heart melts!!! ( he reminds me of my daughter…is that weird?! lol)

Do you wash cloth diapers everyday? We’re STILL working on building our collection and I was trying to figure out how many I still need to get!!

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86 KathEats May 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

We have about 24 of them and I wash them every other day but we can go three days if we need to

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87 coco May 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

we also started to give my 7 months old baby puffs to practice picking up food by herself. It’s still too small for her to pick it up so I got her mum mum cookies too and she manages to eat it by herself.

great idea to add lentils. I made an aduki bean/banana puree and my girl likes it. Good source for iron and protein.

love all the pics of Maze smiling. he’s sooo cute.

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88 Lisa C. May 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Ahh, the simplicity of one child. LOL! I really did enjoy this post. It brought me back to when our first son was Mazen’s age.

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89 Eileen May 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Ditto! Mazen is adorable, and this post really made me miss those days with my kids … in fact, I wish I had clearer memories of my time with my first child, because the sweet quiet, mellowness of those days really can never be repeated. You are heading into my FAVORITE baby stage — 9 to 18 months.

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90 Amy W May 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Me too!!! Although its easy to fall into the “grass is always greener” thinking but I do pine away for the days of naps and feeding and laundry routine. Bigger kids=bigger, more complicated problems and school drama. Enjoy these days, Kath!! So fun to read this post!

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91 Melissa May 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

I totally think 2 1/2 naps is normal for Mazen’s age and he’ll grow himself out of that 1/2 nap real soon!

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92 Tiffany May 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

Hi kath, I forgot to ask earlier but what do you think of the earth balance coconut peanut butter? Is it healthy on a regular basis or just occasionally? So many people have been commenting in how good it is lately. Thank you!!

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93 KathEats May 3, 2013 at 3:10 am

I haven’t tried it but it looks pretty good to me.

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94 Tiffany May 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

Thank you so much! i wasn’t really sure about it because it had added oil, sugar and natural flavors (which often make wonder how natural the product is?)

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95 KathEats May 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

It’s probably one of those “get it once for the deliciousness” items : )

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96 Tiffany May 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

Thank you :) I like that idea

I hope you have a beautiful Friday and weekend!

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97 Tiffany May 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Okay so I bought it today and it really wasn’t all that its hyped up to be at least for me anyway. It was peanuty but the coconut flavor felt like it was not natural so I returned it :(

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98 KathEats May 4, 2013 at 8:15 am

Bummer

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99 Sue B. May 3, 2013 at 5:51 am

I loved this post!! My “little ones” are 18, 15, 13 and 13 and I sure do miss the days as you just described!! Now we have a crazy busy morning, calm day when they are all at school, and then a crazy busy late afternoon and evening filled with homework and sports!!! Enjoy every moment!!

p.s. Loved the old crate as your board book holder!! I saved all the kids board books and might have to copy your idea when the grandkids come along :)

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100 Eleanor May 3, 2013 at 6:04 am

maybe this is a silly question, but why is yogurt okay before age 1, but not cow’s milk?
thanks and loved this post…fun!!

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101 KathEats May 3, 2013 at 8:06 am

Here’s a good answer on Wholesome baby food. The answer has to do with the fact that it is cultured and easier to digest – and also that they are worried milk will replace breastmilk whereas yogurt is more of a “chewing food” if you will.

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102 Christina May 22, 2013 at 7:26 am

ahhh thanks!

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103 BethP May 3, 2013 at 6:13 am

Kath, You are one organized Lady & what a beautiful family you have! You so inspire me in so many of the things you do in life, you can’t possibly imagine!

Btw…I’ll be headed to Pier 1 this afternoon… no! of course it doesn’t have anything to do with the post from the other day! ha ;o) Excited about my shopping trip, haven’t been there in ages!

Have a fabulous weekend Girl,
Beth?

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104 Liz @ iheartvegetables May 3, 2013 at 6:48 am

Aw I loved this! I think day in the life posts are so cool, especially when a baby is involved! You’re so productive!

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105 Nancy May 3, 2013 at 7:17 am

Hi Kath, so fun to hear how you fit it all in! I have a little one M’s age as well and my days are very similar except I feel like I am constantly cleaning! Wondering if you could share any tricks for how you manage that aspect of your busy life because I could use a few pointers or shortcuts! Thanks, and keep those cutie pictures coming!!!

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106 Lisa @bitesforbabies May 3, 2013 at 7:30 am

That pic of Mazen looking at himself in the mirror is ABsOLUTELY PRICELESS!!

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107 Williamsburg Baby May 3, 2013 at 7:55 am

Ha! We definitely shopped the same Old Navy sale. Love that neon green shirt with the hood.

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108 KathEats May 3, 2013 at 8:02 am

Our boys have all the same outfits : )

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109 seana May 3, 2013 at 8:48 am

I just wanted to comment on Mazen’s late nap. He will definitely let you know when he no longer needs it :) I remember my kids when they skipped one and just like Mazen, they were beside themselves at bedtime. I’d forgotten all about that until you mentioned it. Now they are old (18 and 22) and are back to naps whenever they have a chance ha ha. You have an adorable baby and family!

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110 Viv May 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

One of my favorite posts! Mazen’s adorable! My kids are 6 and 9 — it still seems like yesterday they were little. I kept a blog the first few years, chronicled my son’s activities, milestones in-between the naps, feedings, cleaning, cooking etc. That first year goes by so quickly. Keep taking pictures and writing those memories :)

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111 Sergio Anacleto May 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm

It sure does go by too quickly. Ours are 11 and 9 and I scratch my head (whats left ) and try to remember of the hard & good times of raising them.

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112 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

Now that’s a full day!!

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113 Jaime May 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

Hi Kath,

I apologize, as I know you’ve answered these questions before, but I can’t seem to find them ….
can you tell me (or perhaps link to) the crib and high chair you have in these pictures? I am doing some baby shopping of my own (20 weeks at the moment), and really like the ones you have here. Thank you! Mazen really is the cutest :)

~ Jaime in Boston

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114 KathEats May 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Here’s the high chair: OXO Tot Sprout (we love it!) and the Baby Mod crib (also love – esp for the price!)

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115 Jaime May 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thank you so much!

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116 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) May 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

What a full but fun day!!! Mazen is just adorable as always. And I love that he’s eating avocado with puffs. Looks like a yummy snack to me! :D

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117 Victoria May 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Mazen is literally the happiest baby I have ever seen!!!

Sooooo cute Kath! Thanks for sharing your day :)

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118 Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog May 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Wow! What a day – as someone who hopes to be a mom one day, it’s nice to see how it all breaks down. Looks like a very busy, but rewarding day :-)

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119 Valerie May 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

While a full day, it does sound like a relaxing quality time filled day. One day I hope to be able to stay home with my kids as well and have days like that.

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120 Ashli @ But What About Protein? May 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

What a happy little boy you have there – so sweet! Love the fact that you’re feeding him lentils and sweet potato!

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121 Sergio Anacleto May 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Wow great photos. A very buys day that’s for sure. I remember raising our two little ones when they were little, I had no idea what day it was, you guys are doing well. What is important to remember every baby is different no matter what. So too all mums and dads, have faith in yourselves no matter how hard it gets. We all different and its never a competition.

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122 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) May 4, 2013 at 6:48 am

M is on such a nice little routine. Way to go, momma! I love all the smiley pics of him from his crib. :)

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123 Lauren May 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I never blog anymore but this sweet post makes me want to do a few day in the life posts to look back on and remember!! I always say that I never want my baby girl to grow up, but then I LOVE each present stage she is at so much. Your blog will be such a blessing for even Mazen to look back on someday! Do you ever back up posts/pictures in case there was a blog crash? That would break my heart!!! I back up my photos on an external hard drive that I keep in a fire proof safe. Photos mean soo much to me!

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124 KathEats May 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I do back up both the blog and my computer from time to time : )

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125 Amelia May 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hi Kath

I’m a 27 year old female working out in the middle of nowhere in Central West Queensland in Australia, on a pipeline doing a roster of 28-days-in-a-row (straight) and 9 days off. Having lived closer to the city for most of my life, it is a strange adjustment out here, where food is provided to us by the camp services (we live at camps, and have our own rooms etc) – vastly different to when I used to be able to pop outside my work building in the city and grab a salad or sushi on the go! It’s isolated out here, and after working 12 hours days for nearly a month in a row, it can become difficult to find inspiration and that connection to the real world that becomes increasingly more important the longer you are out here.

Anyway, the point I was eventually getting to was – I have only recently discovered your blog (I follow about 150 or so blogs on Bloglovin) and yours was one that really stood out to me. So much so that this is the first time I have ever commented on a post! There is something about your photos and stories and the way you share your life which is really refreshing, with a heartfelt and genuine nature. Reading blogs like yours and the stories you post about food, which I love, family and the everyday, has really helped me through some tough days. When you don’t get to eat your favourite foods out here, I live vicariously through your delicious photos! Your posts about family are also a wonderful reminder of the significance of family and friends, and how we should never overlook those little moments in the everyday.

I know this is probably an obnoxiously long comment, but I just wanted to say thank you. It’s funny how someone so far removed and on the other side of the world can touch your life, even in the smallest of ways :)

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126 KathEats May 12, 2013 at 5:03 am

Thanks so much Amelia ?

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127 Natasha V. May 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Your family is so amazing! It’s really tough to juggle all those activities, taking care of your baby, doing the chores, working and staying fit! You really are good at time management and multi-tasking. Your husband and Mazen are so lucky to have you. Now I realize how hard it is to be a mom and a wife but I also see how enjoyable it is. Just seeing your baby’s smile back at you is priceless. I wish I have my own bundle of joy coming soon. That salad you had for lunch looks so delicious and healthy too! For me, eating healthy is difficult but you make it seem so easy! I really admire you. You are such an inspiration to all mothers out there.

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