Awesome Autumn

October 2, 2012

Saturday night Matt let me catch up on sleep and did most of the nighttime shifts of diapers, soothing, rocking and listening for cries. I think I got 8.5 total hours of sleep! Glorious.

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We are 3 for 3 on brunch! Karen declared that while the weather is great, Mazen is young and going out to dinner is on hold we need to carpe diem and go out to brunch every Sunday.

I woke up hungry though, so I couldn’t resist a breakfast a few hours before out brunch date.

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Yogurt + banana + chia + honey drizzle

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And half of an Apple Bar!

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Totally addicted to decaf :mrgreen:

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We headed downtown and ate at Cville’s most popular breakfast spot: The Nook

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Per usual, Maze needed to eat as soon as we sat down.

Is this a laugh or a cry!?

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But after eating, he usually snoozes while the grownups enjoy the meal

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I had a havarti dill and tomato omelet

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And a side salad

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Matt’s entrée won though – crab cake, eggs, toast, homefries

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After lunch, we were blessed with a sleeping baby, so we went for a long Sunday stroll

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Welcome to fall! It was great to get in a long walk. I’m really tempted to try running, but I just don’t think I am organized enough yet (and go to the doctor in 1.5 weeks for a check-up/clearance, although I think things feel pretty normal..)

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One problem with blogging with a little delay is I don’t remember what we did all afternoon! I know we had lots of nursing – I watched Glee (LOVED Sarah Jessica Parker!) and more Downton Abbey (almost done with Season 2 – sniff). We also changed all the bedding in the house – clean sheets and fall comforters.

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Tonight’s dinner was a Matt creation! He was craving a crockpot bean soup and created this recipe using a ham steak from Babes in the Wood and a pound of great northern beans.

Recipe here –> Pork + Bean Stew

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Served with rosemary, sour cream, lots of black pepper and a side of Cville Crunch toast

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Our little foodie always wants to play during dinner. He can’t wait to taste real food!

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1 Racheal @ Running with Racheal October 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

I love Downton Abbey and cannot wait for the next season to start. I think I watched the first two seasons in two days. :)

I hope that I will be able to enjoy brunch when my little one makes her appearance.

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2 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat October 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

These are some beautiful fall photos – I like how your boys are color coordinated! ;)

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3 Jen October 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hi Kath. What kind of yogurt do you usually buy? I’m still trying to figure out my favorite brand. I assume you eat Greek, but I guess I haven’t been reading long enough to be be sure.

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4 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

I switch off between Oikos plain and Whole Foods Low Fat organic plain

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5 Lisa @bitesforbabies October 3, 2012 at 6:23 am

I loooove Oikos too! ;-)

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6 Laura October 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

That omelet looks so good! I think havarti cheese is a gift from above! :)

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7 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

No offense but yeah, Matt’s brunch wins! ;) Mazen looks like a little inchworm all swaddled up in his little blanket in those last 2 pics! Such a cutie!

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8 Life's a Bowl October 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

Looks like a wonderful and relaxing Sunday and Maze is absolutely adorable!!!

P.S. Your pictures always look so beautiful and tasty, so pretty!

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9 Carly @ Snack Therapy October 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

That stew looks so creamy! I bet it would be fantastic over rice or quinoa! And I love those last pics of Mazen looking up at Matt… So cute!

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10 Jill October 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hi Kath! Love your websites. I’ve been following BERF since the beginning – I found it before reading KERF, actually! My husband and I are just beginning to consider having a baby, so I’ve loved reading about the details of your experience so far.

This may be a silly question, but do you breastfeed Mazen at night or bottle-feed him? I’m just wondering how you manage to get 8.5 hours of sleep if he needs to be fed every couple of hours.

Thanks! And Happy Fall!

Jill

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11 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

I feed him, and 8.5 hours is VERY unusual! It was just this night because he gave us some longer stretches and my nights are 12 hours long, so I was up for 4 of those hours. But last night, I only got 5 hours of sleep and was up for 6 hours!

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12 alex October 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

I wish you’d just to a quick recap of the days that you haven’t done and get caught up! I’m less likely to read through a post if I’ve already read what you’ve done via Twitter. I read more of your posts when it was new information

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13 Ella October 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

I just want to say that I’m amazed you are posting so much at all, Kath! I NEVER could have done what you’re doing when my babe was Mazen’s age.

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14 Danielle October 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

If I understand correctly that is not the issue. Kath is not behind. Her posts publish in the early AM. Today’s post was about Sunday. So, she experienced and had her Sunday. Then she had Monday to put together her post, decide what she wanted to talk about, which pictures etc etc. Then she sets that post to publish the next morning.

If she “caught up” she would have to write about Sunday on Sunday evening. This would not give her the flexibility that I’m sure she needs at this time.

So once again, Kath is not behind she is simply using a type of blogging schedule that allows her a little flexibility to find time to sit down at a computer.

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15 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Exactly. I just can’t blog in real time with a newborn, so “catching up” wouldn’t help at all

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16 Jessica October 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

You are doing great Kath :) A few days late–heck, even a week or two late!!–is NOT “behind” if you have an infant …!

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17 KhushbOo October 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

Matt’s entree looks great…and huge! Did he finish it?

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18 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

Pretty much!

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19 j3nn October 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

Matt’s brunch choice looks KILLER!

Mazen looks like a little glowworm bundles up in Matt’s arms. So adorable!!!

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20 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food October 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

Love that laugh or cry photo!

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21 JessE @ LoveLifeFromScratch October 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

Matt’s creation looks great! Definitely crock pot weather now. Got mine going at home :)

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22 Ali @ Peaches and Football October 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

The bean soup looks wonderful – I need to make some. I’m still waiting for season 2 of Downton to show up on Netflix. I’m hoping it’s as good as everyone says it is. :) 8.5 hours of sleep? Amazing!

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23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

your omelet sounds delicious! Haha I’d take that and Matt’s homefries and be a very happy camper!

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24 Jessie October 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

Maze is like the Mona Lisa of babies! Whether laugh or cry, that face is adorable :)

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25 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles October 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

Fall already?!?! So hard to believe.

…Sometime when you have a chance, you’ll have to do a review of your various swaddling systems on Baby Kerf to let us know which ones you thinking work best (blankets vs. straight jackets with zippers and velcros and such…

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26 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m planning on it!

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27 marie October 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

Miracle swaddling blanket!! :)

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28 Ella October 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

You guys are doing so awesome! I’m so impressed. And Karen is a smart lady – especially good idea to go out to eat when you have 3 willing sets of hands to play pass the baby. That way you can actually eat your meal :)

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29 Maureen @ Organically Mo October 2, 2012 at 10:59 am

Isn’t SJP perfect for Glee??

I’m so jealous of your fall weather! I’m still dealing with high 90′s {actually yesterday hit 101}! Yikes!

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30 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

Your white bean stew looks great but the havarti dill and tomato omelet really looks good! You are the only person who could pique my interest for savory – at 9am! :)

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31 natalie @ will jog for food October 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

Maze looks so cute all wrapped up!

The food looks great. I’d love to have some of that bread with every meal :)

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32 Cher @ Weddicted October 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

Mazen looks so cute all bundled up in those pictures with your husband. Adorable!

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33 Rachel October 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

hahaha omg I love the face Mazen is giving Matt LOL! Too cute

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34 Ellie@Fit for the Soul October 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

awww Matt is such an inspiring husband and daddy! He’s so helpful :) Boys, make sure to take notes! lol. And Fall in your neck of the woods sounds and looks fantastic.

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35 maria October 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

My dr cleared me at 4 weeks postpartum to run again and it felt strange at first. By 6 weeks everything felt normal and I even threw in some interval training.

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36 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

Fall weather!! Le sigh….it was 106 yesterday here :( congrats on 8.5 hours, the average person does not even sleep that long haha.

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37 Lauren October 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

Such a great idea to enjoy brunch out rather than dinner. I love that you guys are still enjoying your usual outings, but just adjusting now according the Maze’s schedule.

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38 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles October 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

I had a craving for bean soup last week…Pasta Figioli! Yours looks delish…will check out the link!

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39 Taylor October 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Okay, Mazen is absolutely adorable. Though I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that :)
& Matt always seems to pick the most delicious sounding/looking meal!

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40 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Look at that team work! It’s nice when it works like that! Tony and I had the same system wen the kids were small and it has rolled right into their older years too! You have such a great little family there!

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41 coco October 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm

great brunch! I can’t wait to go out with the baby, unfortunately according to Chinese tradition, I need to stay at home for 4 weeks.

Kath, just to let younknow, I tried the shift thing with my hubby and it worked. she even slept a stretch of 4 hrs!!! :) thanks again for the tip!

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42 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

OH great!!

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43 Lauri October 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I love Brunch!!! Why is dinner out not doable right now? I feel like dinner ouot is the easiest at that age b/c he could just sleep on you or in the carseat! We had so many dinners out when my son was a newborn…

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44 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Because we go to bed at 8:30 : ) We could do an early casual one, but I also don’t want to risk crying in a nice restaurant. Hopefully in a month or two he might get more predictable.

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45 Claire October 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Definitely start doing dinner out now! A dinner at 6 pm, and you all can be back and in bed by 8:30. It gets harder and harder to do restaurants as they get older (especially once they really start in with the “witching hour” in the evenings around 4-6 weeks (if I remember right?) and can last for months), now really is the easiest time. And little newborn cries are so quiet (at least my little girl’s were!) that over the din of a noisy restaurant no one can really hear them. I celebrated my 32nd birthday at a super fancy restaurant with my one month old in the Moby wrap (I just shifted her around to nurse while I ate my scallops!). And if you start now it will help them get used to it, which is great when they are older.

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46 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

We’re still cluster feeding and fussy at dinnertime, so I don’t want to brave it…yet. Maybe when he’s out of the fourth trimester but before he’s a toddler we can pack it in

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47 Claire October 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Oh, that’s a bummer. My girl’s evening fussiness really didn’t kick in until closer to a month or so. At her current age (10 months) she’s great in restaurants, since she LOVES solid foods – I always just order her some plain steamed veggies, and feed her in the high chair. She loves it! But another thing to keep in mind is that as your baby gets older (out of the “fourth trimester”) their bedtime will usually be between 6 and 7 – we do dinners out very early these days!

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48 jen October 3, 2012 at 6:08 am

Yes – whether dining out or at home dinner time is so early for us now that we have a young one (15 months). It’s been hard getting used to 5:30 dinner time and 8:00 to bed (for us – 6:30 or 7 for her).

And we never went out to dinner or lunch or brunch until our girl was old enough to eat solids. At that age she became really interested in the food and all the activity in a busy restaurant (we used to pick the busier the better!), but before that she was just super fussy most of the time and particularly around dinner time.

BTW Kath – You do a great job of knowing/doing what’s good for you and your famly despite all the barrage of suggestions, comments, and folks telling you what they did (i.e. what you need to do :) ). I would guess it can sometimes be overwhelming to have so much unsolicited feedback on your every baby-move.

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49 Lauri October 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

I will also just say don’t be scared off of dining out when your kid is a toddler either! Every kid is different so it may or may not work but I thin if you get them used to it and used to sitting at mealtime from the get go (not now when they are a newborn of course!!) then it makes it even easier!

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50 Kelly October 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I totally love Downton! Didn’t you find you had a different feeling of Mary from the 1st season to the 2nd season. I don’t want to spoil but I was amazed at how different I felt about her in the 2nd season. Cannot wait until January! **Downton Abbey Season 3!!**

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51 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

A little…I’m almost done with the finale!

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52 Sharon October 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

A new series premiered last week on Masterpiece theatre called “Call the Midwives”. it is set in 1950′s London. I think it might be a fix for all of us desperate for more Downton. Might be worth checking out.

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53 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I recorded it – excited to watch!

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54 Sharon October 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Awesome…would love to know what you think of the series.

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55 Pat October 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I loved it, and then the 3 episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs to get caught up for Seasons 2. :)

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56 Katie October 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

I just bought the Call the Midwives book and can’t wait to read it. Love Downton Abbey, watched it on DVD last winter. Love historical books and television shows like these. Grew up with Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables and I am now enjoying them with my daughter. Love the looks on Maze’s and Matt’s faces, looks like quite the conversation they were having. Great picture of you and Maze as well.

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57 Cait October 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I love that blue mug! And that apple bar as well as that brunch both look so incredible.

Love the swaddler Mazen is in – that’s such a good idea!

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58 Jenica October 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Wow, what cute photos of those two together! Mazen and Matt look a lot alike.

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59 Annette @FitnessPerks October 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

8.5 hours of sleep is FABULOUS! Go you!

Love the photos of Mazen :)

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60 Abby October 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I’m sure as a blogger you want to keep things on the up and up, but Downton Season 3 has started and you can watch it online. I watched episode 3 last night and it was a good one! No one will know if you don’t tell :)

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61 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Ooo do tell where : )

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62 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

That is a good idea to go out and enjoy brunch! Matt’s food does look delicious! :) I cannot get enough of of Mazen pictures. He is too cute.

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63 Vidya October 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

OMG!! Look how Mazen is looking at his dad’s face in the last photo! He’s such an alert baby!

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64 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever.com October 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Brunch looks amazing! So jealous of the happy sleeping baby while out to eat. My girl is almost 2 and going out to eat isn’t so much fun anymore ; ( I am usually trying to one hand my dinner while she is jumping up and down on my lap trying to flirt with the booth behind us.

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65 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I imagine 8.5 hours of sleep felt amazing!

Also, Matt’s entree looks incredible.

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66 Ali October 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

How do you feed Maze while you’re out to brunch? Just at the table with a nursing cover? Or have you started pumping and feeding him a bottle at the table? Just curious becauseI ‘m currently nursing my 2 week old and I feel like I can’t do anything because of the nursing schedule. Looks like you’ve been able to do a lot with him and I guess I’m just looking for some tips!

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67 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

At the table with my cover. Since we’ve been in outdoor settings, it hasn’t been too obvious

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68 Jessica October 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Wow, Matt’s dinner creation looks amazing! Three cheers for boys that cook!! :)

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69 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Matt seems very hands-on and helpful, that’s nice. And I like the brunch rule…everyone should follow it—babe or not. And I do the same thing you did…I’ll always get the simple salad + egg dish while everyone else goes all out on waffles or homefries. I like brunch bc I can easily make a healthy choice and still feel satisfied. (And steal bites of bacon off my bf’s plate!)

PS. I think Maze is doing a laugh-yawn. :)

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70 Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Such beautiful weather-the leaves haven’t even changed in Kansas City yet!

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71 beth g October 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

The baby’s hair looks reddish in one of the photos? Is it?
My son is a redhead so I recognize it.

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72 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Matt says it looks red to him at times. I don’t think we have any redheads in the family though?

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73 beth g October 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

We didn’t have any redheads either, but it is a recessive gene and can come up if there are people who had it. WHen my son was born I was shocked to see it.iF Mazen does have it, and it looks like he may, you will see it is a big conversation piece; people love it.

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74 Angela October 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I’m thinking I need to get my swaddle on this winter. hah. It just looks so comfy!! Snug as a bug in a rug.

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75 Dennis October 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Those breakfasts look delicious and I absolutely love northern beans. All in all it sounds like a great day with great food.

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76 Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Have you seen Call the Midwife? It’s a new British series that started this past Sunday on PBS. It takes place in England during the 1950′s. The first episode was really good!

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77 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I recorded it!

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78 Emily October 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Does it take awhile for Downton Abby to get good? I’ve watched 2 episodes and so far, I don’t get the hype…

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79 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I loved it right away..

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80 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Maze looks like he’s giving Matt the “Dad, WHAT are you doooooing?!” face. Starts young, I guess. ;)

And I love Karen’s thinking – carpe diem brunch sounds perfect!

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81 Heather October 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Just curious, and you may have already answered this (I haven’t read every comment :) but are you using natural light now for your photos? I imagine setting up the lights would be a pain with all the baby stuff…

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82 KathEats October 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

For breakfast and lunch yes. Dinner is with our dining room light, which you’re right needs to be good enough !

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83 Alicyn October 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Looks like a great Sunday. And thanks for sharing the recipe for dinner! Can’t wait to try it.

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84 Hilary (Four Little Forks) October 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Gosh Mazen is a cutie. And getting cuter by the day!

Okay so this is an odd question and I’m sure you’ve already covered this elsewhere on the blog, but I’m curious: What do you put in your coffee? Cream? Milk? Sugar?

I’ve been using this fat-free chemical-laden artificially flavored crappy coffee creamer and I’m looking for some healthier alternatives… Wondering what you use?

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85 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 2:06 am

Just a splash of milk. I used to use splenda years ago but actually prefer it without now. I think the coffee flavor is better without it!

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86 Lee October 3, 2012 at 12:04 am

I’ve noticed that in many pictures, Mazen is swaddled. Is he swaddled most of the time?

The reason I ask is that swaddling is now starting to fall out of favour with some research showing that swaddling can impede motor development (because the arms are wrapped tightly against the body), can increase the risk of SIDS (because of overheating and/or too tight a swaddle), and can actually make learning to sleep unswaddled more challenging. This is in addition to the previously known risk of hip displasia from improperly swaddling too tightly around the hips.

I have a 6mos old and although I had planned to swaddle her as a newborn, she preferred her arms out. But the few times we tried swaddling I worried that making it tight enough so she couldn’t get her arms out meant it might be too constricting around her little chest.

To be honest, I am not that up on the research. And of course there are pros and cons to — and research to support — everything. Just thought I would mention it as food for thought.

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87 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 2:04 am

We only swaddle him for sleep and naps and getting him into them. I think right now the pros out weigh the cons, as all of my medical professionals recommend it.

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88 jen October 3, 2012 at 6:13 am

I’d be curious to know what “falling out of favor with some research” means. I’d love to see any articles out there as I’m thinking of having another baby soon and although swaddling was genius with our first one I’d like to consider any emerging research. I haven’t heard anything negative about it before – only super positive things about how it’s been done for ages in many cultures and helps mimic the womb, etc. Like Kath, all of my medical profs highly recommended it and they taught us how to do it in birthing class and at the NICU when our girl was born.

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89 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) October 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

There are studies that show that…
1 – babies should not be swaddled while nursing, because they use their hands to navigate and become more competent eaters, which helps build/maintain supply.
2 – swaddling too much (not sure if this means too often, too tight, or too long) increases cortisol levels in the baby’s body, which is a sign of stress.

Not saying I’m for or against, just sharing some less-talked-about info :)

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90 JoJo October 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

Yumm.. the apple bar looks amazing!!
Maze looks so adorable wrapped up in Matt’s arm! He definitely will grow up to be a foodie :D

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91 Buy glasses online October 3, 2012 at 12:33 am

The food look delicious!! and your baby is so cute! :)

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92 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

Your omelette looks so tasty…I LOVE havarti cheese!

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93 Lisa @bitesforbabies October 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

Isn’t it amazing what sleep can do to you?! I remember getting 8 hours for the first time after my son was born…I felt reborn myself!!!

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94 Molly @ RDexposed October 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

You make motherhood look so pretty!

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