Rainy Day Out

September 20, 2012

Tuesday.

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Blah rainy day!! It felt like a hurricane out there today. I had Matt at home for a bit this morning, but he was sleeping in after some witching hour crying. Poor Matt’s shifts always coincide with fussy hour. We made up for that with lots of playing during dinner!

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Plain yogurt, peach, banana, chia seeds and tons of Autumn Spice granola – now obsessed!!

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And some hot tea on a crisp, cool day. I would have loved some coffee, but it is too much of a hassle to make! I might have to bring up the old programmable coffeemaker soon…

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Karen and I made plans to go to the mall because I needed a pair of cowboy boots for the wedding I’m in in two weeks!

Not the best day to go out with a baby…

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But luckily since there were two of us, I was able to drop Karen and Mazen off with the stroller and then go park the car in the rain.

Crying baby did not like it!

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VERY frustrated with how difficult it is to use the Bugaboo on the go. Not only does it require 2 (or 3 or 4) hands to open, but you have to remove the carseat adaptor to break it down. I got soaked in the 60 seconds it took me to do this in the rain. The storage basket is also not the greatest and I don’t like the handle bar. I fixed this problem on Wednesday with a new purchase!

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Shopping was fun and once we got him settled down, I found a pair of boots that were both reasonably priced and very comfy! Madden Girl for $70!

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Karen and I were both impressed with the Belk at Fashion Square Mall!

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Maze got hungry towards the end of our trip and I fed him in the shoe department on a comfy couch. Amelia gave me this AMAZING Alternative Apparel wrap that she loved for breastfeeding. (The same one in purple for my newborn photo shoot). Please note I pulled it farther over him for a modest photograph but he had plenty of breathing room while he was feeding from the side and above!

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Our next stop was our first visit to Great Harvest!! He smiled when we walked in – he loves the smell of freshly baked bread!

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I had a Turkey + Swiss sandwich, chips and an apple for lunch!

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On the way home, I got stuck in a massive rainstorm. Wish I had a garage! I ended up climbing over to the passenger side, opening my umbrella and trying to keep it over the baby while I quickly walked inside. We both still got wet!

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So excited when Dad came home!

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Please shave that scratchy beard, dad!

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Of all the foods that are forbidden during pregnancy, I missed red wine the most. A glass of wine with dinner tasted so incredible!

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Underneath, we had leftover Faith lasagna and an awesome succotash on the side.

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Matt had a few cups of fresh butter beans he got at the market on Saturday that were the base of this recipe. He seared two slices of bacon in a pan and then boiled the beans for about 15 minutes in another pot. He removed the bacon from the first skillet and then added the beans along with a tbsp of butter, Southern seasoning and summer squash. I LOVE thick, fat beans and this was so good – I had seconds!

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Early to bed for me! 8-9pm is my new bedtime. I slept until 1am with a feeding in the middle and then took over baby watch from 1-8. There was only one meltdown last night and several happy feedings, and I woke up to the most beautiful fall day imaginable!

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1 Sara September 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

I know you’re not supposed to eat cold lunch meats when pregnant, but is it really the end of the world if done on occasion and purchased at the grocery deli counter? I’ve never ever gotten sick from lunch meat…thoughts? I know you ate it while pregnant and heated it up. Thanks, Kath! And Mazen sure is a cutie!

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2 Allison k September 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

I ate non heated up deli meat when I was pregnant. I just made sure it was fresh.

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3 Nicole September 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

My doctor told me only to stay away from raw fish (and of course alcohol). I had asked about deli meats since I had heard/read about the risk of listeria, but she told me not to worry. So I would suggest talking with your doctor about it to see what their take on it is. I haven’t had any issues and my whole pregnancy has been without issues…other than being a week late!

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4 Sarah September 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’ve eaten it during my pregnancy, just only a few times. I think it’s one of those things that you have to decide for yourself, and do it in moderation.

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5 Sara September 21, 2012 at 7:31 am

Thanks everyone! I’m very early (only 5 weeks) but this kind of stuff is making me paranoid. I just want to do what is best for me and my little one :-)

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6 Danielle September 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

I keep wondering how I will manage rainy days and grocery shopping with a newborn. We live on the second floor of a condo complex and my car is across the parking lot. Do I bring baby up first or hope that the huge canopy on our stroller keeps her dry? It was great that Karen was there to help you with the drop off at the mall. I hope you got some type of snap and go for the car seat like you talked about! That should make it easier. LOVE reading about your baby days!! Thanks for posting!

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7 Nicole September 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

For you dilemma with the grocery shopping, I would recommend getting a good baby wrap (like the Moby or the Boba) and putting your baby in it when you get home so you have both arms free to carry your groceries in. You may have to make more than one trip but at least baby will be with you and not in the apartment or car alone.

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8 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way September 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

It looks like you are handling all of the obstacles that come with a new baby perfectly Kath!

It really is amazing to see the transformation your life is going through!

Regarding your coffee dilemma, have you ever thought of purchasing a tassimo or Keurig? Every morning I put in a disc of coffee, press a button and my hubster has his 1 cup of coffee in about 45 seconds! No hassle! I use it for tea as I am not a coffee drinker…just a thought!

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9 Sara T. September 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

Yes, I agree! A Keurig is worth it! I recommend any of the models higher than the Mini (it leaks water). I need my coffee in the am, but could never get the amount right for a pot brewer. Cant’t live without my Keurig now!

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10 jenna k September 21, 2012 at 2:43 am

i even love my mini! the only time it leaks water is when my roommates pour more than the allowed 10oz in the water tray. we had pools of water everywhere until i realized that’s what was happening. not a machine error- a user error!

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11 Ella September 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

Girl, you need a snap-n-go stroller! The are so great with the infant car seat, so lightweight, great for using at airports/gate-checking without worrying about ruining a nice stroller, and they roll relatively well for short distances. I am SO glad I bought mine.

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12 Jen September 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

Rain is good for your baby! Let him feel Mother Nature caressing his face with her raindrops! And then bundle him up and keep him warm…

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13 Jessie September 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

Looks like Mazen’s a baker already :)

Enjoy your beautiful fall day!

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14 Marie-Sophie September 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Just a beautiful post, Kath!

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15 Coco September 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

I love Belk! This is the first time a blogger has mentioned it. They have great clothes and shoes and home stuff for affordable prices!

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16 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) September 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

My stroller is what I love the best- one hand open and close! I didn’t realize how big of a deal that was until H arrived. But as for the rain, it’s the worst with a baby! Inevitably we both end up soaked. Haha- part of the fun :)
M really is such a cutie! Love his sweet face. And red wine. I love red wine, too.

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17 Lisa @ bakebikeblog September 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

awww he really is just adorable!!!

and yes – manouvering in rain + baby = not fun!

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18 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

Maze’s first big rainstorm!! And I love a bit of red wine with dinner but I never seem to buy it for myself! Only when I eat out with others

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19 Helen September 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

You didn’t link directly to the wrap – do they not have it any more?

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20 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

I think so… Didn’t have time to find it.. I’m sorry

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21 Helen September 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

Do you know if it is called the Stevie Wrap? I found something similar when I googled. It looks so convenient!

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22 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’m not sure, do you have the link so I can see it (nursing one handed!)

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23 Sara Palacios September 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Yeah, I couldn’t find it either. I will look up the Stevie Wrap though. I was hoping to find one for nursing too!

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24 donna September 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

Glad you got out for awhile. Those are cute boots! That meal looks amazing, but I don’t know how you eat beans while breastfeeding. Doesn’t that give Mazen terrible gas pains? (Sorry, if that’s TMI.) You may be used to them, but I would think he wouldn’t be able to tolerate the after effects.

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25 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

So far so good

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26 ds September 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I’m not sure why it would cause gas? Breastmilk is not made directly from nutrients ingested, it has to go through a lot of secondary and tertiary processes until it get to the specialized endocrine glands of the breast and components like fiber stay in the GI tract.

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27 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

I’m really enjoying these posts. :) So much to read, rather than short ones.

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28 Erica {EricaDHouse.com} September 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

The Photo of Matt holding him is just priceless! I’m so glad you feel comfortable feeding him out in public!

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29 yasmara September 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

Did you get a snap-n-go or equivalent? That’s the absolute easiest (and cheap!) newborn car seat stroller on the market. We just kept ours in the trunk of the car & used the fancier stroller for walking from home. Otherwise, if the car was involved, it was the snap-n-go all the way!

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30 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

I was going to ask you what food (or drink) you missed the most. Well I guess since you said the drink, is there a food you missed that just didn’t agree with you when you were preggers?

Sorry you and the lil nugget got wet. I love that stroller bag!

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31 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

Smoked salmon!

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32 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

what a lovely day! i’ve heard similar things about the bugaboo – but also lots of people who swear by it. to each her own!

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33 Kristin K September 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

I would recommend the BabyTrend or Graco Snap n Go for an easier car seat attachment stroller. They are so easy to use – I used mine ALL THE TIME and was the perfect thing when baby was sleeping and I had to run into the store fast. :)

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34 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

I can’t believe it was his first visit! He looks extra adorable in the photos with Matt. :)

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35 Jennifer September 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

We used an Eddie Bauer travel system and it worked great! You could open it simply with one hand and just snap the car seat in and take it out very easily. I’ve never heard of a stroller where you have to take the seat attachment out to collapse it. You should be able to hold Mazen with one hand and snap open the stroller with the other. Then collapse it later with one hand, too.

LOVE the cowboy boots and the picture of Mazen looking up at Matt! So sweet!!

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36 jane September 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

question regarding bringing the baby to public places: my sister’s doctor had her wait 3 MONTHS before she was allowed to bring her son to a grocery store/store of any kind. She was allowed to bring him to a restaurant, etc. if they sat outside. My mom and I thought this was crazy! What does your doc say, do you know?

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37 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

She said just not to let people touch him or lean over him. So far no one has tried

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38 jane September 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

lol that’s good! It’s kinda like people feeling like they can touch a pregnant woman’s tummy-hands off the baby!

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39 Nicole September 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

That’s why I loved carrying my babies in the sling–it provides a “bubble” of personal space that people do not invade. So they may peek in and look at baby but they don’t touch or ask to hold them like they would if he were in a stroller or I was just holding him. I had a new mom who was scared to death to go to her HUGE multi-family reunion with her 1 month old because she knew once one person held him he’d get passed around like crazy. I told her the sling trick and she said it worked like a charm!

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40 Ariel September 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

I saw this article today on new parents and sleeping and thought of you, especially because the main picture is of a bear catching some zzzzs.

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/gadgets-to-help-new-parents-sleep/?src=recg

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41 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

Haha love the bear!

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42 Jen September 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

I understand your desire for a different stroller, but you come across as a little ungrateful since someone gave it to you. I hope your friend doesn’t read your blog. :(

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43 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Not my intention. I’m just trying to figure out which Stoller works for which occasion. As others have said, the Bb is not good for travel (in a rainstorm) but it’s great for walking. The hand me down is also 6 years old, so there are parts that dont work (the break). I will pay it forward when we’re done with it too.

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44 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

I don’t have kids yet (and I won’t anytime in the near future) but I’ve been babysitting my entire life, and I can agree that NOTHING is more frustrating than a complicated stroller + a fussy baby. So stressful! And I love that succotash recipe… It looks so simple and flavorful.

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45 Jenica September 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

Going to bed between 8-9 sounds like the way to go if it means you’re getting rest!

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46 Kristi September 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

Not there yet re: strollers but it seems like unloading any stroller in a rain storm would be a total pain?! The Belk at our (crappy, small town) mall has a covered drive through for drop offs! Maybe a store at your mall has one too for future use.

I’m guessing you bought a snap and go! I had written it off as just another newborn purchase that will only be used for a couple of months but I found some on Craigslist for around $30 so might end up getting one after all since we have the BOB for walking/city life.

Looks like you’re a pro at public nursing! Good for you!

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47 Katrina September 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

Kath,
You seem to have been blessed with a totally effortless birth/post-baby lifestyle I guess you could say. You’re one of the lucky ones! I see some mothers struggle with nighttime feedings, upset babies, etc…ooooffff that is difficult!! Unless, of course, you just come across like that on the blog. I’d love to have a baby like Little Maze when I have kids (WAAAAY far away).
So happy for you <3

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48 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

He has his moments! Not sure I’d call him an easy baby just yet. Just trying to stay positive :)

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49 Tiffany September 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I was thinking the same thing! My 5 week old is not that easy…. :)

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50 Nicole September 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

I honestly think ALL newborns are hard in the beginning! It’s a HUGE adjustment for everyone–even when it’s your second or third baby. What I think makes a big difference with how new moms and dads handle it are two things–having a support network and having realistic expectations.

As a postpartum doula, one of my most important jobs is to teach new moms what to expect from their babies so they don’t get frustrated and upset and think their baby is the “bad one”. When you know that your baby is going to wake up every 2 hours around the clock to nurse for the first month or so, you can manage those expectations and work with it (taking naps when the baby naps is one of the best tools to deal with this). The problem is when new moms unrealistically expect baby to give them 6-8 hour stretches or nurse every 4 hours etc… Also knowing that weeks 3-9 can be very trying as baby is “waking up” from being a fetus and having tools at the ready like The Happiest Baby on the Block techniques or learning how to wear your baby in a sling and other tricks will help to get through this phase.

It’s really just like childbirth–education is the key and the more you understand your baby and their behavior, the less likely you will look at them as difficult and just see them as normal newborns having normal newborn behavior :) And just remember that this IS a phase and that by month 3 or 4, they suddenly (almost overnight!) turn into these amazingly happy laughing babies!

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51 kate September 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

what was your new purchase?

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52 Annette @FitnessPerks September 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

Yay for fun outings together! Sorry about the rain storm :(

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53 j3nn September 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Your dinner looks like the perfect end to a rainy day! The wine is an added bonus. ;)

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54 Lindsay @ Health Foragers September 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

It has been three months since my baby was born and I still find a nice glass of red wine such a treat. I didn’t even realize how much I missed it until I had my first glass.

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55 gretchen September 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

You need a City Mini or a Snap-n-Go. The bugaboo is a great stroller for going on walks, but it’s lousy for getting in and out of the car. I think of it as a Manhattan stroller – perfect for walking and lousy for stashing in the car. The City Mini folds with one hand – you just lift the handle and it collapses into a flat rectangle. It is perfect for gate-checking on an airplane, stashing in the trunk of the car on top of your luggage, or carrying it up and down stairs if you have to do that. You can even collapse it with the carseat attachment. I think of it as a Brooklyn stroller – great for walking, but also collapsible and versatile for occasional car trips. I don’t work for City Mini – just own one and love it.

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56 Vicky (Little Baby, Big City) September 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

We have the bugaboo too. It’s not a good traveling stroller! We put Milo in the regular seat when he was about 3.5 months old… The bassinet was useless to use, it became a cat bed along with the MamaRoo, it is easier to fold when you don’t have the car seat attachment. But it is an AWESOME walking stroller, would definitely buy it again. We also have the Moutain Buggy Terrain, folds easily!

Have you used diapers.com yet? If not you can use the code milostones to get $10 off…. They have everything! And it gets delivered within 2days…

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57 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

glad to hear similar sentiments. I took the new chicco caddy I bought for a walk and the bugaboo definitely wins for walking!

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58 Megan @ Megan's Munchies September 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Those pics with Daddy are beyond precious!

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59 Kerry @ Totes My Oats September 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I haven’t had butter beans in forever! Thanks for the idea. LOVE all the pictures of Mazen!

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60 Karen September 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Love the two shots of father and son…frame worthy!

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61 zoe krylova September 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Hi Kath, I’m a new reader of your blog, and have linked it to mine. Your posts are wonderful and I am so inspired by your approach to oatmeal! Your mention of taking Mazen to the bakery reminded me of a kids book I picked up from the library recently called Cinnamon Baby. I think you’d love it (http://www.amazon.com/Cinnamon-Baby-Nicola-Winstanley/dp/1553378210). I also have a question concerning diet (I read your amazing story of losing 30+ lbs). In this post you mention having seconds. Portion control (with some exercise, though I need to increase that a lot) is my weight loss method right now and sometimes it is so hard not to have seconds when something tastes soooo good! Are you really strict about sticking to one serving for the most part? Thanks for your inspiring posts and big congrats on your beautiful baby boy.

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62 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Cute!

Generally I’m pretty good about gauging how much food I need, but breastfeeding hunger has kicked in a bit. I normally don’t have seconds but try to get a balanced plate on the first round

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63 Nicole September 21, 2012 at 7:48 am

Zoe–check out The No S Diet (it’s truly NOT a diet though). No S stands for no snacking, no seconds and no sugar EXCEPT for on S days (Saturdays, Sundays and Special days like holidays or birthdays). I have tried EVERY–and I mean every–diet known to woman kind and this is one thing I have been able to stick to (and enjoy!). There are no restrictions on food groups except the no sugar during the week (which makes me really appreciate it on my treat days). You don’t even have to buy anything–all the info is on his website for free!
http://www.nosdiet.com

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64 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Those thick, fat beans do look SO good. I love big beans like that, too.

And good for you with just sitting down to feed baby. That’s what babies do, they get hungry. And you are an old pro already with nursing in public. Awesome work, mama!

Cute boots!

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65 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever.com September 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Bummer about the stroller. I have the UppaBaby Vista and love it. You can breakdown with the seat adapter on it and the basket is huge. Sounds like a hectic little outing but those boots are super cute. Your food made my already hungry tummy start to scream at me.

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66 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I like the uppa a lot too, but we went with Bob instead

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67 Ginna September 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

We have an uppa too! Love it! How the heck do you fold it with the adaptor though? We have an adaptor for our chicco car seat which has been great!

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68 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite September 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Can you let me know which stroller you switched to? A Chicco brand? Also, how are you liking it so far? I’m due in January and going to register this weekend!

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69 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

In tomorrows post!

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70 elizabeth September 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I use a melitta one cup drip filter, really easy to make one fresh cup if your beans are already ground.

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71 kim@hungryhealthygirl September 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Rainy days with a baby are no fun, unless you can stay home and cuddle. Love the boots!

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72 Beth September 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Sorry to hear about your troubles with the stroller. I’m so surprised because we have the Bugaboo Bee and haven’t had any other those problems. Sounds like that model isn’t very good.

My hunger has definitely increased with nursing and I have much more of a sweet tooth (which I never had before) which I assume is my body needing the quick energy.

Sweet sweet babes you got there!

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73 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Oh man, your rainy day makes me wonder how I could ever have a family in NYC! So many people do it (and I really don’t want to leave), but it seems so tough. Not to mention, my bf and I live in a 5th floor walkup. Yikes! Anyyyway, that meal looks delicious and I’m loving the Matt + Maze photos. I bet Matt loves it when you stop by work!

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74 Jordan @ Eat for Health, Eat for Fun September 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I don’t have a garage and have never given it a second thought, but I can definitely see why that could present certain challenges once a little one comes along! Hmm…maybe a carport would be a semi-solution?

Oh and the boots? Fabulous :)

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75 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy September 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Ah, love the Maze and Matt photos! That wrap looks comfy.

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76 Spice Chicken September 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Have you tried cold-brew coffee? I prepare a big jar and keep it in the fridge for coffee on demand. Not only is it convenient, I actually prefer it to regularly brewed joe. It’s less acidic and not as strong.

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77 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Yeah all summer… Guess I could just heat that up but it’s not quite the same!

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78 Jill September 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

UppaBaby makes a sweet stroller!

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79 Christine September 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Kath!
Your blog has introduced so many new foods to me! The first was overnight oats! And then there are the chia seeds, siggi’s yogurt, and nature’s path granola to name a few. But today, I was at the store looking for a yummy beer and I saw PUMKING beer!!! Of course I thought of you and had to buy a bottle. I’m enjoying it right now and love it! Lets me honest though…you love it for its high alcohol content?! haha just kidding. It tastes fabulous! Anyway, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for introducing me to foods I otherwise would know nothing about! Cheers to Pumking! And cheers to being a new mommy!

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80 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Haha high alcohol indeed! So glad you like it!

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81 Maria September 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Those boots are amazing. I need to go on a hunt for them, definitely.

And congrats on being a new mommy!

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82 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

LOL 8-9 is my bedtime too, but I don’t even have a baby to worry about – just myself! As for the boots, LOVE em! I got 2 pairs of Madden Girl boots last time I was in San Fransisco and they were both about $60 each. That was last fall and they’re still lookin’ good! :)

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83 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I love all of the pictures of Maze with Matt!! So precious!

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84 Andrea September 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Charlottesville question for you…..my husband is doing a rotation at UVA and we’re (my 3 kids and myself) going up to visit him. Are there any family-friendly restaurants you would recommend? I’ve heard so much about the great food and certainly don’t want to do fast food, but realistically we can’t expect a 2 year old to sit down and be quiet for long!

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85 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I would recommend Eppies! Casual, and I love their veg plate with cornbread and the Santa Monica salad

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86 Andrea September 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Thanks! :)

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87 Angie Neeley September 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I have to say I think Maze looks just like his daddy. And, thank you for what you do on your blog with food. My eating habits have changed for the better since I’ve following you. You guys make a great looking family. So happy for you.

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88 Kori September 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Cuuuute boots!! I love the photos of Matt and Mazen! So precious. Looks like you had a nice Tuesday even with the torrential downpour. :)

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89 Jackie September 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Wow Maze is going from 8 to 1 am with only one nursing? That’s amazing at two weeks old. Are you exclusively nursing on demand or is Matt giving him pumped bottles? He’s cuter every day btw!

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90 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

There is a feeding in there… I just go back to sleep after :)

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91 Betsy September 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I live in Chicago, which may explain why I’ve never heard of the “Southern seasoning” that was put on your beans. What’s in it?

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92 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 12:03 am
93 KhushbOo September 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Nice boots :)

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94 Amilja September 21, 2012 at 12:46 am

I love your long posts. Your little boy is so cute !

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95 jenna k September 21, 2012 at 2:51 am

LOVE those boots! i’m looking to buy some soon for a spring wedding that i’m in. i’m hoping to wear them towards the end of fall to break them in, and to football games of course!
mazen is completely adorable, as always. i’m so enjoying reading about the new version of your life with him :)

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96 Maria September 21, 2012 at 3:18 am

Hi Kath, it’s so nice to see you becoming a family of three. I was just wondering why you use the bugaboo with the car seat, as especially little ones are not supposed to be in the car seat for long (unfortunately I cannot find an english source for that, I just have the german sources here), and the car is what it’s name is saying – a car seat and nothing more. Pressure on baby’s back is just too hard. I hope that doesn’t sound judgemental, it was just an idea that if you use the bugaboo only as a stroller without the car seat, things might be way easier for you and the baby. Greetings from Hamburg! Maria

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97 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

He seems to like his car seat more, and our walks are very short right now. If I were walking for hours, I would be more hesitant about the car seat’s positioning. We’ll try the bassinet again soon.

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98 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) September 21, 2012 at 5:00 am

Your boots are adorable! It’s not easy finding comfy, non-heeled, AFFORDABLE western styled boots. Love your find. :D

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99 Amanda September 21, 2012 at 6:15 am

Maze just keeps getting cuter! Did you know what you were going to do with your hand-me-down stroller? I just got a BFP after a lot of time and infertility money and could use all the help I can get with baby purchases:-) And I won’t use it in the rain – that sounds awful!

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100 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 7:31 am

I don’t yet… We may use it for a few years, I don’t know. Are you local? If so, I’d be happy to pad off things when we’re finished with then (like swing or stroller) but I don’t think either would be very shipable

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101 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 21, 2012 at 6:55 am

You will soon get the hang of it all…know you are not alone in all that you are experiencing. First time through motherhood is a bit challenging…by the time the second one comes along…you wonder how you ever thought having one was an issue!

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102 Missy September 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

Yeah, Kath, as other commenters said, GET A KEURIG! STAT! I love it and use it way more than I ever thought I would. You will love it!

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103 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

I have never thought that the Keurig coffee tasted very good!! Maybe because it’s mass made? Can you put your OWN grounds into a pod? If so, I would want to do that.

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104 Nicole September 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

Yes, they have a reusable pod you can put your own grounds in.

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105 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

Oh that is fabulous to know!! I will definitely research it…

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106 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I hate shopping in the rain…I can only imagine how much more difficult it would be with a little one!

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107 Cait's Plate September 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

Oh my gosh – those pictures of him with Matt are literally the cutest thing in the world!!

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108 Amelia September 25, 2012 at 12:44 am

Glad the new wrap is coming in handy too :)

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