Adventures In Babysitting

February 13, 2012

Would you look at this cute little wiggle worm!?


He was my pre-Valentine’s date. I gave his mama a little break so she could get housework and errands done. And I had fun playing with Finn.

Although I have to say it would have been easier if my breasts produced milk :) Little guy was hungry! We had fun in between feedings though (and when Holly left I fed him with a pumped bottle). We read stories and played with toys and made funny faces together. He even learned to stick his tongue back out at me! Lots of smiles too. I just love babies!!! Always have.


When le bebe was napping, I ate an apple and read some Hunger Games. (I read some aloud to him too but my voice gave out before Finn’s attention span for Katniss and Peeta did!)


Holly sent me home with some BISCOFF and York Patties!! I had a patty on my ride home :)


I raced home just in time to make it to date night. Hopefully our last childless Valentine’s Day!?


When we went to Orzo a few weeks ago for restaurant week, they gave us a golden ticket to come back any night for the 3-courses-for-$26 deal. It wasn’t valid on V-day, so we just went a night early!

Love the complimentary hummus + pitas!


Matt got a wine flight. I took a sip of each to taste them out.

Gosh I would LOVE to drink a whole bottle of wine right now – hangover and all! I miss it so much. We were talking over dinner that even though I don’t really want to get drunk, even when the baby comes I won’t be able to have more than a glass or so – unless I want to waste breast milk. And it’s also probably not very responsible to be too tipsy with a child. So our days of wild beer festivals might be over – unless a grandma volunteers to babysit!

But that is OK, really, because I’m sure that giving up that lifestyle will be 100% worth it when the time comes.


Course I was Calamari and Shrimp Beignets in a dipping sauce. These were awesome!! Like seafood hushpuppies.


Matt had the mussels, which I got last time!


The best part of doing restaurant week all over again (and Orzo is the BEST because they offer nearly their whole menu) is that we know just what dishes to order!!


Case in point, I heard raving reviews of the Hangar Steak last time. I’m not normally a big steak person, but I decided to take a risk and get it. And it was FAB!! Juicy and tender and the carrot coulis on the side was excellent.


Loved the potato gratin too – it was a good match for my cheesy potato craving.


Matt had Pork Belly + Shrimp, which was divine, but not as good as mine!


Last time Karen had the Lemon Cake so I knew I’d like it despite rarely ordering lemon desserts. Really I just wanted the whipped cream!


Matt had a [blurry] chocolate chip cookie with vanilla gelato and gave me the best bite!


When we returned home, we exchanged gifts.

A sweet cart from Matt [hand painted] that even mentioned babies!! Needless to say he knows how to make my heart flutter : )


I also got this one from my parents. Babies on the brain, huh?


Matt and I aren’t big gift givers, but we decided to do something small for Valentine’s. I got him a bike shirt from Blue Ridge Eco Shop


And a peanut butter buckeye from Feast, which I get for him whenever I go there – he loves them!


I told him all I wanted was my very own box of chocolates.

I’m sure this will make many of you angry, but I love to take one bite of all of them and then go back for a second bite and a third in rounds. It’s the best way!!

Matt got me Gearhart’s Chocolates, a famous local Cville chocolatier.

Unlike Jim Gaffigan’s Gamble Chocolates, none of these contained toothpaste! [Listen to 3:38 on! Most hilarious comedian ever.]


TWO LAYERS!!!!!! What a fun surprise!


And in true V-day fashion, we tasted one bite of a handful of them. Can’t wait to go back for that second bite later!!


Happy Chocolate Day!

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1 Sana February 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I only put back the chocolates I don’t like 😉


2 Cat @Breakfast to Bed February 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

the first FULL GLASS of wine or beer after you let a baby explode your ladybits is so wonderful I can’t even describe.


3 KathEats February 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm



4 Gretchen February 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm



5 Marla February 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

“Explode your ladybits”?!!
What an expression,yikes! Kinda nasty description for
a beautiful but painful experience…


6 Wendy Heath February 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

ROFL! You know, from someone who’s witnessed but not experienced childbirth… I kinda gotta say it’s apt, unfortunately… It is a beautiful experience, no doubt, but on the factual level, yep! ‘Splosion city…


7 Clare February 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Hahahaha! Love it!

Yes, indeedy. Explosion is about right and that first glass is MAGIC.


8 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not February 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

That second picture of the baby is ridiculously cute! Just makes me smile :)


9 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach February 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I miss your veggie meals and cannot wait until your palate adjusts to love them again. Also, Finn is irresistibly adorable! Enjoy those chocolates!


10 Mai February 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I love doing that with chocolates too! I’ll just slice a bit of each piece so I can taste them all. 😀


11 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

That’s so nice that the restaurant offers pita and hummus instead of a bread basket – what a good variation! I wish more restaurants did that. I’m super impressed that Matt hand-painted that card, it’s so pretty! And I LOVE buckeyes – my mom and grandma always make them at Christmas. I’ve made them once but they just weren’t as good as when someone else makes them :)


12 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

little finn is just too cute! how fun that you got to babysit him for a bit! so glad you had a great date night with matt – looks like some delicious eats. i love the way you eat your chocolates!


13 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot February 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

That Finn is going to be a heart breaker for sure! So adorable!!


14 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

That food all looks so delicious, especially the potato gratin! And I love the idea of taking a bit of each and coming back to them!


15 Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Every single picture looks amazing! I’m like you – not a huge steak fan, but that dish looks like something I wouldn’t mind sinking my teeth into! It looks like it had a wonderful crust.


16 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio February 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day!


17 Colleen February 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

This is your firsy V-day with a baby, he/she is just finishing baking! I dont drink, but I could not wait for over easy eggs…how I missed them.


18 Maureen February 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

It should be illegal for a baby to be THAT cute! Totally unfair to the “not-so-cute” babies out there!


19 Clare @ SweetnSimple February 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Ahh that baby is SO gorgeous! Adorable little thing he is – and your food looks beautiful :) Drooling at those chocolates..


20 kaila@ healthy helper blog! February 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

WHAT A LITTLE PEANUT!!!! Omg he is SO adorable!!


21 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Your dinner looks outstanding! I love mussels :)


22 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Haha my roommate has the same chocolate eating habit!! She’ll offer them to me (and in a genuine way, not a hahaha you could have one but look what I did kind of way) but every single one will have a bite taken out already! thank you?


23 Jennifer February 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

What a cutie!
I always followed the rule of thumb that as soon as I couldn’t feel the effects of the alcohol any more then it was OK to breastfeed. Hopefully you’ll get a good sleeper so you’ll be able to have more than a drink after bed time. Neither of mine slept through the night until 10-11 months. But you are totally right that it’s all worth it! I don’t think I would have let my husband drink wine in front of me though–thankfully for us he’s the beer drinker and I’m the wine drinker and neither of us usually order the other, so I never got jealous.


24 JosieT February 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

That was the rule I got told too, from everyone from my pediatrician and midwife to my mom lol. For me that meant if I fed the baby, had a margarita or two I could nurse within 2-4 hours depending on how strong the drinks were. Once your supply is established you do not need to pump and dump. Total myth there. If you’re lucky enough to have a baby that actually sleeps at night (or at least 5 hour stretches) there’s not much to worry about.

Plus they sell breast milk testing strips if you’re super paranoid! My congrats on the new baby gift has been a bottle of wine and a box of those since I found out the existed.


25 Jennifer February 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I’m a pretty laid back parent, especially the 2nd time around, but I don’t think I ever drink enough that I’d feel the need to pump and dump. I just don’t drink that much. And beer is supposed to be good for your supply! :)

That’s a great gift, I may have to keep that in mind for baby showers.


26 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs February 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

What a great date night, you two are such a cute couple! The lil guy is cute too, I’m sure his mama enjoyed some time to get stuff done.


27 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Those brussels sprouts stole the show for me! You won’t miss the partying. You’ll wonder why you ever enjoyed it in the first place.


28 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

LOL, I do the same things with boxes of chocolates! Luckily, no one in my house complains. 😀

Dinner looks so delish. I like all of your selections. This time next year… WHOLE NEW WORLD! Yay!


29 Alaina February 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

What a wonderful Valentine’s Day together!! You guys will make such a beautiful baby. :-)

I LOVE Jim Gaffigan! He’s coming to Boston this weekend and I am very tempted to get tickets.


30 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Oh my word, that chocolate looks AMAZING!!!


31 Sylvia @ My Attempt at Balanced Living February 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Finn is adorable, dinner looked amazing and that card is gorgeous :) Good job Matt. I totally do the one bite thing too. It’s the only way to enjoy them and really make them last. Happy Valentine’s Day!


32 Angel7 February 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Chocolates.Are.A.Way.To.A.Woman’s.Heart <3 :)


33 Joss February 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

looks like a sweet Valentines day dinner..and I love that you sample all of the choccies and then go back for more 😀 P.s adoorrrable baby!!


34 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

What a great post…ok I had no idea Matt could draw/paint…the hand-painted card is gorgeous. Wow, impressive!

And Finn…what a cutie patootie!! And I swear, little babies can “smell” the milk on a pregnant woman or the hormones or something. Soon enough you’ll be a milk machine :)


35 BethT February 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I haven’t had more than a glass and a half of alcohol since having Lucy 15 months ago because I am very, very afraid of a hangover with a baby!


36 Meredith February 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

“even when the baby comes I won’t be able to have more than a glass or so – unless I want to waste breast milk.”

Oh hey! Great news on that front. Breasts aren’t just a receptacle of milk– they’re full of “alive” breastmilk and most of the milk you make will be while baby is on the breast (especially after 12 weeks). Alcohol passes out of breastmilk just like it passes out of the blood– after one hour per glass, you’re good. If baby’s out for the count for two hours, go ahead and have two glasses! Conservatively you may wish to wait longer than that. Do some googling and see for yourself.

The concept that one need “pump and dump” while drinking is a fallacy– and a good thing, too, because you don’t want to be on the pump any more than you have to be. :)

Congrats and keep up the great blogging.


37 Jenn February 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

I was just about to post the same thing! Although I have to say, after nearly a year of not drinking, one glass does me in for the evening! (currently nursing my 9mth old as I type this!! – Kath, you’ll prob get really good at 1-handed typing!)


38 Amy February 14, 2012 at 6:45 am

I was going to post the same thing too!

No need to pump and dump

In general, if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk. Alcohol peaks in mom’s blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking (but there is considerable variation from person to person, depending upon how much food was eaten in the same time period, mom’s body weight and percentage of body fat, etc.). Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels.


39 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

This is great news!!! Thanks for the info guys


40 Dominique February 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I’ve never thought of eating chocolates in that fashion as a way to enjoy them round after round. I quite like that idea. I usually eat the ones I don’t like first–or give them away–and then enjoy my favourites one by one.

And Finn is one ridiculously cute baby! All this baby talk on various blogs has got my brain in baby mode but the fiance and I aren’t quite there yet. Someday, maybe.


41 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Well that little guy is just ADORABLE! I’m sure he’s super fun to babysit! :)


42 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 14, 2012 at 12:06 am

*sigh* i miss wine too! It has been a LONG 9 months lol!


43 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

I’ve never actually had a box of chocolates! Clearly, I’ve been missing out :)


44 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles February 14, 2012 at 12:13 am

Awww, I love Matt’s hand painted card!! Means so much more when someone puts that kind of time and effort in to a gift =)


45 Janelle February 14, 2012 at 12:28 am

AWWWVthat is the CUTEST baby I have ever seen in my life!


46 Cara February 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

Kath, I lovelovelove your blog. You seriously have thee best outlook on being healthy and eating various foods (that look mighty good ;)). You are literally my role model for healthy, intuitive, and balanced eating!


47 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

Thanks so much Cara!


48 Emily February 14, 2012 at 12:52 am

Oh, I’ve always eaten chocolates that way. What if you accidentally saved the worst for last?! It’d be tragic.
Man, what an adorable baby!! I am so looking forward to meeting BERF – he or she is going to have some majorly good genes :)


49 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

You know when a family shares a box and you go in the pantry to shake it and it’s hollow – there is only one left and it’s probably a toothpaste-filled chocolate with a bite out of it!


50 Sydney@ Nutrition with Sydney February 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

Love the fancy box of chocolates!


51 Kiran @ February 14, 2012 at 1:09 am

Finn is absolutely gorgeous — my heart flutters looking at that cute little face 😀


52 Angela February 14, 2012 at 1:41 am

You are a girl after my own heart! I totally eat boxed chocolates the same way! My husband doesn’t understand that I just want a little taste and then there is more to savor later so he just buys me a separate box for myself so guests or him do not inadvertently come across half eaten chocolate.


53 Holly February 14, 2012 at 3:31 am

I love all the nice comments when you post pictures of my son. Reading them makes this 3am feeding seem a little easier :)


54 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

Your son takes after his mom!


55 elocin February 14, 2012 at 4:24 am

What a sweet baby boy. Very good start to your V-Day =)


56 Mom February 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

Darling baby, lovely cards, and gorgeous chocolates. How about a box for the mother-in-law? Maybe not, because Matt wouldn’t believe I could stand to eat them in three bites (instead of one.)


57 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 9:34 am



58 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic February 14, 2012 at 6:51 am

Oh wow, what a sweet baby! Sounds like a great early Valentine. I like to eat chocolates in the same way. I also like to have tiny bites so I can really savor them.


59 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 14, 2012 at 6:52 am

Cute pics! Happy Valentines Day :)


60 Hillary February 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

Cutest baby ever.

And I eat chocolates the same way. My boyfriend hates it, but old habits die hard!


61 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

What a gorgeous meal out…the pita and hummus, the mussels your lemon cake! Yummy! My hubbie and I have plans to go out tonight…we rarely go out! Unfortunately, I am under the weather and hope I will make it! Rotten when the taste buds are knocked out!


62 Erin February 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

They are your own box of chocolates, you are allowed to eat them any way you want!


63 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

That’s an interesting way to deal with a box of chocolates. I try NOT to have one of those in the house.


64 Amelia February 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

Mmmm…calamari and shrimp beignets! Those sound incredible.

You two are so cute and romantic together. Love the chocolates! They remind me of Jacques Torres from NYC.


65 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

I hate to say this but it is comforting knowing even good bloggers don’t eat veggies and don’t run much when they are pregnant. I felt like the worst mom ever when I couldn’t stomache veggies and warmly had enough energy for a walk. Dinner looks amazing!


66 Emily February 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

I was trying to google your baby page to see if you made it yet and came across this page. I thought it was pretty disgusting that people talk about bloggers like this on a public forum. I just wanted to make you aware if it if you are not already!


67 Karen February 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

Aren’t there some legal remedies for you, Kath? The comments sure seem defamatory in nature…


68 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

not worth my time pursuing


69 Jen February 14, 2012 at 8:59 am

Call me naive, but I had no idea such a place even existed. Why do people have to be so hateful? Does it make them feel better about themselves or something? I seriously don’t get it.


70 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

Emily, I know you had good intentions, but please don’t ever post anything from that site again.


71 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous February 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

What a delicious looking meal!


72 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

Happy V day to you two! :) Looks like an amazing restaurant.


73 Andrea February 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

Love how you called the little bebe a “wiggle worm”…haha! Your dinner looks amazing, yum!


74 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 14, 2012 at 8:25 am

Awww! That baby is super cute! :) Looks like a great Valentine’s Day date!! I love getting a box of chocolates like that! I always take a bite out of ones that I think look good and pray that it’s one that I like. It’s fun that way.


75 Gillian February 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

Happy Valentine’s Day Kath! That baby is adorable! Looks like a fantastic and delicious date night.


76 Maria@Sinfully Nutritious February 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

I always enjoy chocolate that same way. I bite, come back for seconds after my next meal!


77 Emily February 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

I had to do a double take at some of the stuff I was reading! I couldn’t believe it!


78 Sarah February 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

I eat my chocolate the same way, it’s the best! Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!


79 Patty @ Foodie and the Beatz February 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one who eats my chocolates like this! Everyone thinks I’m nuts. But it is the only way to go, I 100% agree.


80 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

I totally love doing that too-best WAY to eat chocolate in my opinion!


81 occula February 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

That’s hilarious! I honestly never thought of eating chocolates that way. It’s funny how ingrained stuff is – like I know we would have gotten in trouble for that as a kid, so it just never occurred to me as a viable option as an adult. But what’s the harm? Have fun!

Don’t forget, your baby has two parents, so you can take turns getting drunk. :-)

Finn is one cutie patootie!


82 occula February 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

Hah, I was going to say – I DID used to take a bite out of a chocolate, and if it was one of those weird flavors, I’d just give it to my brother! HE’D eat any flavor! 😀


83 Vivi @My.Beautiful.Air February 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

hahaha i take a bite and put it back too – that is the best way!


84 Johanna B February 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

Heck fire, they’re your chocolates – eat em the way you like. Happy V day.


85 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life February 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

Wow , I have never thought of eating a box of chocolates like that before but LOVE the idea! I bet my hubs would hate it tho!


86 Helen February 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

Just curious how well done your meat was. It looks pretty pink but it could be the lighting. One thing I missed while pregnant was eating stek as rare as I usually get it. Not tht you need to follow all the ‘what not to eat hen pregnant’ guidelines. I swear if you did everything ‘they’ say you wouldn’t feel safe eating anything!


87 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 11:54 am

Yeah it was medium rare. Probably a little pinker than advised.


88 ES February 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Oh it’s FINE.


89 Jenn February 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I do the same with chocolates. I can make one last 2 days! And, we lattes and cappuccinos…they’re so sweet, so I’ll get one on the way to school, get a 1/2 cup of coffee and add the the sweet drink to it for 2 days!


90 TeenyLittleSuperChef February 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

What a fun date night! Especially being able to end it with your very own box of chocolates. I’m all about tasting each one first before deciding which are worth eating the whole piece. Life is too short to waste it on yucky chocolates, if I do say so myself. Hmm, maybe I should have had a Valentine’s Day shirt printed with that saying :)


91 veggiefoodie February 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

gearhart’s is my favorite. i get a box every time i come back to town… and i don’t like to share! 😀


92 ASecretLoginName February 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

ha! This pg lady also requested a box of chocolates for Valentines Day. I’ve never wanted one before and can’t see myself making my way through a whole box next year but I’m enjoying this as a treat.


93 ered February 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I just have two things to say:
1. Congratulations (so much!!) on the bebe a-coming and
2. I do the same thing to my chocolates :)


94 ered February 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

maybe make that 3 things –
3. “Don’t give me an errand!” (-J. Gaff. So funny. I was going to post about hot pockets but I’m pregnant too and don’t want to think about those things right now lol)


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