Leaving The Nest For Nest

September 30, 2012

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Because I’m using the Baby Connect app to track nursing and sleeping, I can tell you that two nights ago our night looked like this:

2 hours of nursing + fussing intervals

2 hours of sleep, nurse/soothe

33 minutes of sleep, nurse/soothe

1 hour, 32 minutes of sleep, nurse/soothe

1 hour 45 minutes of sleep, nurse/soothe

45 minutes of sleep, nurse/soothe

12 minutes of sleep, nurse/soothe

= ~ 7 hours of sleep, nothing over 2 hours

So when this happened, I was elated:

1 hour of nurse/soothe

2 hours, 20 minutes sleep, nurse

4 hours, 12 minutes sleep(!!), nurse/soothe

47 minutes of sleep, nurse

1 hour sleep, nurse

= ~ 8.5 hours sleep plus a 4 hour stretch and nearly 2.5 hour stretch!

Yee haw!

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When I was finally up, showered, dressed, baby fed again, it was 10am! I just made time for a bowl of cereal: raisin bran, granola, banana, coconut, chia, milk. So good!

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During a nap in the carrier, I managed a 45 minute walk. Unfortunately I was wearing jeans and 2 shirts and it was HOT out. Add a mini furnace strapped to my chest and that was one sweaty walk! But I wasn’t about to change clothes and risk waking him up.

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For lunch I made a variety plate of fun things –

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Leftover squash plus a salad with Bleu D’Auvergne and pecans

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Smoked salmon

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And a deconstructed butter sandwich – almond butter and pumpkin butter!

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Mid afternoon, this snack was required. A white cheddar cheese stick and an apple. These cheese sticks are so handy!

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When evening came around, we headed to the Nest Realty County Fair!

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The whole team at Nest Realty put on an awesome party for their clients. Our fabulous realtor – Karen Ball – was our host. Shown here with our neighbors, who also bought their house with her!

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Due to bad weather, the event was held in the Water Street Parking Garage, but it was very well done and impressive for such a large group of community members.

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We ran into tons of people we knew! There were also about 20 dads with babies in carriers and about 1,000 kids running around : )

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Dinner was provided by Buz and Ned’s BBQ in Richmond. Matt and I were totally impressed!!

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The BBQ was super smoky, the beans were thick and rich, and the slaw and mac and cheese, classic.

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We shared local beer – a Full Nelson – with dinner, and hung out with friends.

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And this cookie – an Oreo Cookie Cookie made my night!!

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We lucked out with baby feeding timing – I fed him before we left and we got home just in time for another. He slept on Matt the whole time we were there!

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1 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 30, 2012 at 8:39 am

So glad you were able to get a better night of sleep with longer stretches of sleep! That’s huge! And that barbecue looks like it’s to die for… Yum!

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2 Hilary (Four Little Forks) September 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

Looks like fun! We love our cheese sticks around here too!

Those first few weeks where sleeping is all over the map are so tough; hang in there mama, you are doing great! My kids both settled into a more manageable routine around 8-10 weeks. I remember how I felt like such a rock star after my first full night (6+ hours) of sleep in months! Women’s bodies are amazing, aren’t they? We can do so much on such little sleep!

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3 Lauren September 30, 2012 at 9:02 am

Cookies in cookies…creative! That bbq looks wonderful!

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4 Becca September 30, 2012 at 9:07 am

Wow, you saved the best for last in this post: an oreo cookie cookie, say what?!?!? Sounds epic!

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5 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

That app really helps when breaking down the day/schedule. Totally headed on the right direction! …isn’t it crazy how much a four hour stretch can help!
That cookie would have made my night too- yumm!
Have a super day KERF family!

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6 Laurie September 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

Yeah for the long stretch of sleep….

That County Fair is such a great idea!!! Looks like it was fun!

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7 Nicole September 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

We downloaded the BabyConnect app yesterday per your recommendation. So many things you can track! Right now we’re focused only on feedings and diaper changes (plus weight/vax/etc), but I’m sure we’ll add more as we need them. My husband loves that we can share the data.

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8 KathEats September 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

We are keeping it simple too – feedings, sleep, and starting some pumping. I gave up on diapers when we were clearly surpassing the “recommended” amount :)

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9 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 30, 2012 at 9:41 am

wahoooo for sleep! Congrats on that! And that looks like a great event, especially since there were so many kids and dads carrying babies, you fit right in!

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10 Sara September 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

Oh my goodness-you’re neighbors with Christine Stewart. I used to work with her in DC.

Small world! Is she still globe-trotting?

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11 KathEats September 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

: ) I love it when that happens!

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12 Brianne September 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

So random, but you were in my dream last night!! There was some sort of contest you had on the blog and you had winners come to your house for a night (you lived with your mom still….maize was there also) and tour your town with you, and obviously, I was one of the winners. So so random but it actually ended up being a really fun night and everyone got along great. congrats on the long stretch of sleep :)

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13 KathEats September 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

: )

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14 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite September 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

Looks like you managed an awesome day of eating in with your busy schedule! I love that there were so many dads with baby carriers :)

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15 Amanda September 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

I just love hearing these stories about Mazen and love that you document all of this for us moms-to-be-someday-but-still-too-scared. :) It’s wonderful research!

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16 Kim@hungryhealthygirl September 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

Way to Maze! All of your eats look wonderful. I still need to get me some of that smoked salmon.

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17 Emily September 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

Ive been looking for those white cheddar sticks everywhere! Where do you buy them??!

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18 KathEats September 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Whole foods!

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19 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac September 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

Buz and Ned’s!!! YUM!! Their BBQ is the best!

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20 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

That Oreo cookie and the thick rich looking beans – those are the two things I want to sample from this post!

Glad you all were able to get to the Fair! That’s an accomplishment with a little baby to go to a crowded place like with lots of walking and not knowing where you’ll be able to nurse, change baby, etc…love that you guys are just livin’ life!

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21 Lindsay @ Healthforagers.com September 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I love that you wouldn’t change outfits to go on your walk. Ahh, I have made so many of the same decisions over the past 4 months (my daughter is almost 4 months). When it is going well you don’t want to rock the boat.

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22 Tiffany September 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Great Pictures :)

Is your pumpkin butter from TJ’s? I tried their fig butter and wasn’t a fan….is this one good?

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23 KathEats September 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

It’s from Parkesdale market, but I do love TJ’s pumpkin butter

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24 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

All of that food looks amazing. Especially those baked beans!

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25 laura September 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

you look ah.MAZE.ing!!

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26 mary @ minutespermile September 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

you look great kath! and those baked beans look delish.

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27 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Your lunches are always so pretty! Need to either make pumpkin butter or get some shipped in to try! Wohoo for the sleeps!

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28 Amelia September 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Mmm….pumpkin butter. I love it slathered on warm Dakota! Loving pumpkin smoothies lately for an afternoon snack too!

Dang that BBQ looks good! Too bad we are already having chili for dinner.

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29 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Happy to hear you’re able to get a bit more sleep. It’s got to be so helpful (and interesting) to track all of the sleeping and nursing time…

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30 Cher @ Weddicted September 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Mm! I might need to make some of those oreo cookie cookies myself!

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31 kate September 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Have you had any more four hour stretches? I remember in those early days, if they slept longer than usual, waking up in so much pain because they hadn’t nursed. Something will always wake you up!

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32 KathEats September 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm

We’ve had 2 total – I think!?

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33 j3nn September 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

You never know how much sleep means to you until it’s interrupted! That plate of BBQ looks yummmmmmy. And that cookie = perfect ending

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34 Caitlin September 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Ahh I love buzz and neds. I live in Richmond, well just south-west, and they’re my favorite BBQ place. They’re beans are my all time favorite because of the variety they use and the seasonings. So much better than store/canned varieties. That’s awesome that they catered the event! I’m glad Mazen is starting to sleep longer stretches now so you and Matt are able to get more/better rest.

I don’t comment on the blogs that I follow very often but want to add in there that I really enjoy reading your blog. Don’t stop what you’re doing, you’re awesome!

Caitlin

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35 Jenica September 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

How exciting he slept for so long! Maybe it’s a new trend?

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36 jenna k September 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

i’m looking to go to med school at VCU, so i’ll (hopefully) have to keep buz and ned’s in mind. can’t beat good bbq!
i found out yesterday that my sister is expecting her second baby, so these maze pictures/details have taken on a second degree of fun :)

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37 JoJo September 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Get your sleep while you can!! :)
The smoked salmon looks delish!

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38 Michele Sparrow September 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Congratulations on the wonderful night of sleep! Here’s to many more! :-)

Just curious, do you notice that certain foods make your little guy squirmy more than others? Or are you just eating everything, regardless. I remember certain foods bothered my kiddos and therefore I avoided them as best I could while nursing.

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39 KathEats October 1, 2012 at 4:26 am

No I don’t think anything is linked to diet that I can tell.

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40 Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate September 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Yum, I love making snacky plates like that. :-)

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41 Natasha September 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Do t know where to add this so I just adding this recommendation on your most recent post. You should look into watching Bleak House when done with downton, I liked it ALOT!

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42 Sonal October 1, 2012 at 5:11 am

That’s so great he slept so long! :) And an oreo cookie cookie?? Sounds amazing :)

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43 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 1, 2012 at 5:53 am

Everything looks good, Especially the cookie!

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44 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 1, 2012 at 6:13 am

My husband would be in total heaven over that cookie! He is an oreo fanatic! It looks so delicious :)

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45 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 1, 2012 at 6:55 am

Yay for a good sleep! Well, goodish. I guess it’s all relative once you have a baby! ;)

Also that dinner looks awesome. I love baked beans!

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46 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles October 1, 2012 at 7:20 am

Homemade baked beans are the best! Those look so rich! Sounds like a great evening! I am still enjoying my roasted squash with maple syrup, cinnamon and cayenne pepper chopped up in my salad…need to roast more!

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47 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It’s so funny how babies can sleep through anything. What am I talking about…I have that superpower too. It’s kind of pathetic! I can fall asleep anywhere. I need that Oreo Cookie in my life!

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48 Monica October 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm

That cookie just blew my mind! Awesome!

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49 Mommypage March 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

That’s great you used the Baby Connect App! We hope you are able to catch up on your sleep now that you are a mom!! Congratulations!!

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