Really Good Meals.

September 21, 2012

Wednesday.

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I woke up famished this morning and in the mood for a giant bowl of oats! Luckily Matt slept in again, so I had my hands free to make us both breakfast after depositing the baby into bed with him for snuggle time.

A big bowl of peach oats (just whipped banana minus the banana plus peach!) topped with Autumn Spice Granola and sunbutter!

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Can you just FEEL the sunshine!?

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On the one hand, I know I need to stay at home and relax. On the other, I am so eager to get out and enjoy life as a mom! Especially with this gorgeous fall weather we are having!

I got dressed and ready to go to meet with a lactation consultant at 10am. Unfortunately, we had a miscommunication and she wasn’t at home : ( So since I was up and out, I decided to go over to Babies R Us and Whole Foods for some shopping. Neither was a requirement, so I could head home if need be.

New tip I learned: park next to the cart return and get one as soon as you get out of the car so you don’t have to carry the car seat across the parking lot!

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While in Babies R Us, we tested out the Chicco KeyFit Caddy, which is a snap n go stroller for the car seat. At $99, it wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t expensive either and it’s so much easier to use for travel and leave in my car than the Bugaboo. Lightweight, one-handed opening, no removing any parts and a huge basket. Plus a built-in handlebar console and a foam handle (the foam on our Bugaboo is gone). I wheeled Stinky all around the store to test it out. I don’t want to seem unappreciative of the Bugaboo because we were so thankful to get it as a hand-me-down and option in our household, but I also want to be honest about my opinions of it as a stroller (especially a really expensive one) for anyone curious as to how we like/use it. It’s a great stroller for home use, walking, and versatility, but it’s just not great for portability, which really surprised me. When I was researching strollers, I watched a You Tube video of a woman who had 3 different strollers (an umbrella/portable, a jogging, a fancy one) and she insisted she needed all 3 for different purposes. I found that to be a bit extreme at the time, but now I understand! I am sure we’ll add an umbrella to our collection in time too.

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Look how the snap n go sits up all by itself patiently waiting for me to put it in the car with one hand!

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After Babies R Us, M was hungry when he woke up, so I decided to nurse him in the car. I am so glad I’m adjusting to motherhood in the fall and not 100* summer or this would not have worked. It was pretty nice and calm in there though.

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After he was fed, I decided to be bold and tackle the grocery store!!

PUMPKINZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

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Also – another food I couldn’t wait to eat – smoked salmon!

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I got home and in 5 minutes put away the groceries and walked to the doctor’s office for our 2 week appointment! Maze has regained his birth weight plus 4 ounces. Hungry baby! Afterwards (plus another feeding session in the office) we walked the long way home to get some fresh air.

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And then I dove head first into that smoked salmon!

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Served on toast with sharp white cheddar and capers! YUM! Best way to eat omega-3s ever.

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Apple with apple butter dip on the side

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Plus a Hugh Jass salad leftover from Katherine’s dinner. I forgot how much I like the Annie’s Woodstock dressing. Lynsie brought over a bottle with her salad, and it’s so cheesy good!

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And a caramel for dessert!

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Karen came over this afternoon and we ordered some baby clothes on sale online. I also put together the new stroller caddy and did some minor housework. Also lots of baby feeding!

We had another really good meal for dinner – starting with a little pumpkin beer that Faith brought over!!

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Matt can remember every beer we’ve ever had, but I don’t remember having this one in the past. I liked it a lot!

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Good eats included leftover chicken parmesan with noodles, cheddar garlic bread from the bakery and glazed green beans

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I promise we’ll get back to making our own meals again soon : )

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This bread was so doughy and cheesy!

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For the beans, I put them in a hot skillet with about a cup of water and let the water melt away while the beans steamed. I drained them and put them back in with some Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze and some spiced pecans – amazing fall flavors!

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This meal filled me up to the brim of satisfaction.

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I just finished So You Think You Can Dance – GREAT show! So inspiring. Not at all like American Idol (so much positivity and love for dance here) – you guys have to watch it next summer if you haven’t seen it before! The performances are so creative, and the judges are never snarky. I was happy with the winners, although I wish all 4 could have won!

I’m not really liking my 9pm bedtime, but I am appreciative for the extra dose of sleep, so I’ll keep it up while I need to.

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

I’ve never tried the “whipping” method with any other fruit, but peach sounds amazing! Enjoy your weekend with your adorable family. :)

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2 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

Shipyard is so good! Have you guys tried Left Hand’s Oktoberfest? Had it last night and really enjoyed it.

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3 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

I haven’t!

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4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 21, 2012 at 8:15 am

I don’t think I’ve ever watched So You Think You Can Dance. I was never a fan of American Idol so I tend to avoid those types of shows. Guess I should give it a try!

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5 Alison September 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

Haha. We are 6 months in and I’m still eager to get to bed at 9 or 10pm! Now I’m just excited though. :) It sounds like Sarah would agree! (http://www.theshubox.com/)

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6 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina September 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

Oh the stroller conundrums! Luckily it will be a while until you need an umbrella stroller.

Now I have a smoked salmon craving!

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7 Hope September 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

I picked up on the park next to the cart return thing quickly, too! It’s a must for mom’s with babies. :) I’m glad you guys are all doing so well!

Is Maze sleeping in his crib or did you decide to go with the RnP or another seat?

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8 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

He’s been in both – crib in early evenings and RnP with me in the late night. Likes both!

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9 Hope September 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

That’s great!

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10 Martha September 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

Glad that you enjoyed the Smashed Pumpkin! I live in the city where they make it – Portland is actually a great town for beer (we have several breweries right in the city and several more around Maine).

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11 Khushboo September 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

Those noodles look so yum!

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12 Tameeka September 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

Funny you say that about the stollers! I thought the same thing.. We will only need one but I can see now how handy the other 3 that we were given have been! We also have a heap of different options like attaching the car seat, a bassinet attachment to the prams and a cocoon attacthment too! Overkill maybe but I love having the options for different situations! :)

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13 Krissy @ Make it Naked September 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

Love all of Maze’s green! You’re looking great Kath! Impressed by your blogging/moming. Off to try some shipyard. You introduced us to Schlafly and we’re obsessed!!

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14 Amanda September 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

I just purchased the Chicco keyfit caddy this week too! With my 1st, I didn’t listen to moms who suggested the stroller frame vs a lightweight stroller that matched our Chicco carseat. I ended up unhappy and having had a csection, I found it difficult to get the “lightweight” stroller in and out of my car. A friend lent us her old Baby Trend Snap and Go but there was no real SNAP with the Chicco, just a strap to secure the seat in place. Free, but quite as secure as i woud have expected. We used it but I was very excited to see since my older son was born, Chicco came out with their own version. Like you, I tried it out in the store and was sold! Luckily BRU was having their trade-in event, so I traded in our bulky (aka “lightweight”) stroller and used the coupon and a gift card to get the new caddy!
I know we will be investing in a double soon, but while I am on maternity leave with my 2 year old at his sitter’s the Keyfit Caddy will be invaluable to me!

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15 Sarah September 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

I’m wondering, do you feel like you’ve regained your taste for veggies now that you’re not pregnant anymore? I remember you saying they just never tasted quite right during pregnancy.

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16 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

My taste seems to be back!!

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17 Ali September 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

I also had three stollers – not uncommon! One for jogging, one for navigating shopping with baby, and an umbrella for travel. You never know until you actually use them in your daily life. Thankfully the umbrella ones are super cheap.

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18 Kristi September 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

I saw you mentioned in another post your doctor saying not to let strangers lean over or touch the baby. With so much to remember as we prepare it’s totally slipped my mind that newbies are supposed to have limited contact with outsiders. Did your doctor say anything about all the neighbors/friends/co-workers who will inevitably want to meet and hold baby in the first month or so? I’ve asked my family to get flu shots and update their Tdap vaccine but I hadn’t really considered all the other loved ones who will want to meet baby (in the dead of winter/cold and flu season when I’m due). I’ll be sure to ask my pediatrician (when I decide on one!) but just wondering how you’re handling this! Thanks :)

And I totally registered for the same striped onesies…looks like they are your favorite!

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19 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

We are just having them wash their hands well first. It’s a tough call!

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20 Kristi September 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

So tough!!! Some of our extended family are already talking about postponing Christmas get togethers (which include elem. age kids) so they can wait to meet baby. I don’t want to be that crazy new mom that brings hand sanitizer but….I just may have to be!

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21 Hope September 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

Kristi- My son was born in the winter and I was so worried about this as well. His pediatrician said that we should avoid malls and overly crowded places but that was all. We had everyone wash their hands and we also had a huge bottle of hand sanitizer right by our front door. I would just make sure that no one has a cold or cough but I would hope that most people would stay away if the do. Good luck!

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22 Carrie September 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

This is so tough – we are having a Whooping cough outbreak around here and I have a school aged child plus two more in preschool and we’ve already gotten notice that kids in her school have whooping cough – so scary!!! We are all up to date on Tdap in the family and my pediatrician said just practice good hand washing, avoid grocery stores and malls, and other high germ areas as best we can and keep up the nursing.

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23 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 10:46 am

Eeek that is so scary

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24 Sara T. September 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

So glad you tried the Shipyard and reported on it! I saw it at the grocery store the other day and ended up getting the Smutty Nose over it and am sad that I did–I did NOT like the Smutty Nose Pumpkin Ale at all. There wasn’t even a HINT of pumpkin! :( I’ll be grabbing the Shipyard to try this weekend! On strollers–don’t even feel bad. There are 5 strollers between us, my parents house and the inlaws, and we own three of them! We love our Baby Trend jogging stroller for long walks and jogs but I REALLY love our Baby Trend Euro deluxe umbrella stroller. When you’re in the market for an umbrella stroller, I highly recommend going with a deluxe type model–one that reclines, has a shade canopy and a big basket. Ours was $100 and I don’t regret splurging on it. Also love that it takes up so much less room that the jogging stroller in our trunk.

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25 Maureen @ Organically Mo September 21, 2012 at 8:56 am

I LOVE SYTYCD!!! I watch it every summer & cry when it ends!!

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26 Morgan September 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

We have the Chicco Key Fit 30, and ordered the Babytrends Snap n Go stroller for it from Amazon for $60! It’s the exact same thing as the one you mentioned in your post but way cheaper. Look into it! I loved it when she was in the infant seat.

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27 Jody September 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I also have the same carseat that you have and used the Babytrends Snap n Go stroller. It works perfectly. It is $65 on amazon or $55 + tax at Walmart.

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28 natasha September 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

We are a 3 stroller household so I can totally relate.

Top reason to get an umbrella stroller: My toddler sits in it(buckled in) and looks at books while I shower. I pull it into the bathroom and pull it right up to the shower so I can still see her (I have glass shower doors). This definitely would not work in my bathroom with a bulkier stroller. She takes a one hour nap at noon so I can’t exactly wait until her nap to shower daily and she gets up for the day around 5:30 and I am not willing to get up before 5:00 just so that I can shower in peace! So the stroller solution works. Umbrella strollers are also great for bringing on airplanes and going through places like art museums where bulky strollers don’t really fit or are frowned upon.

I have a Peg Perego that I leave in my trunk to use on most outings and a jogging stroller that I leave in the garage for walks around the neighborhood.

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29 Carrie September 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

We are a four stroller family!!!!! Three as described for the new babe for the majority of day to day stuff and a Valco double stroller with toddler attachment for big city outings to Boston, NYC, etc… for the other three kids. Obnoxious? Yes. Necessary – definitely!!!!

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30 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

Girl please, enjoy having other people pamper you food wise for as long as you can!

Enjoy your weekend!

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31 Laurie September 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

I learned that packing lot trick a while ago. I don’t care how close I am to the front of the store as long as I am near the cart return!

Finally bought some fresh figs the other day yum….sitting at work bummed I forgot to bring one for a snack. Grapes just aren’t that special of a treat!

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32 Melissa September 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

We had a simple Graco stroller that went along with our carseat. It snapped right into the stroller and was collapsable with one hand. Reading this made me forget how thankful I was for it – especially the day we left the NICU and it was drizzling rain!

Go you for nursing in public…again!! You’re getting the hang of it. I love the picture of him and his striped onesie :)

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33 Melissa September 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

made me remember, not forget. Geez, the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet lol

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34 Jaspreet September 21, 2012 at 9:15 am

That’s a tough balance to strike in your blog: how to give an honest review of the stroller without seeming ungrateful. However, if I had been in your shoes and a reader or friend (I can’t remember which it was) had given me an expensive stroller, I probably would have opted for saying something like, “It was really nice of X to give me their Bugaboo but it wasn’t working for us so I’m going to find something else.” I wouldn’t want to hurt the feelings of the person who was so generous to me.

That smoked salmon looks INCREDIBLE. Now I have an insatiable craving for a bagel with lox and no way to get some while I’m at work. :)

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35 Jen September 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

I’m surprised you were ordering more clothes already. When you showed us Mazen’s drawers they looked stuffed with clothes for the next several months!

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36 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

I have a ton of onesie’s but I need outfits for this wedding

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37 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

Jackson is not a fan of riding in the cart over the parking lot- it’s so bumpy that he goes nuts. Not a fan! …..The new stroller looks like it will be a great purchase! It really seems handy!

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38 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

Definitely looking forward to when smoked salmon goes on sale – that stuff is amazing!

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39 kiki September 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

Oh, smoked salmon. I love smoked salmon so much. I could eat it every day. My mouth was watering looking at the pic. So happy for you!

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40 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot September 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

Definitely a great idea to get next to the cart return. Cars eats are not only heavy, they are so awkward to carry too!

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41 Karen September 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

So glad you turned me on to SYTYCD last summer! And let me add that the host, Cat Deely, injects so much sweetness and positivity in to the whole production!

I’m not sure if your portion of greens qualifies as a hugh jass salad relative to what my gigantic overflowing bowls look like, but…:)

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42 Jennifer G September 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

I hear you on the stroller issue. I researched and found the Baby Jogger City Mini to be all of the above. Its easy to put in the car with one hand, open and closing. It’s great for walks (not jogging), really great for around town and folds up nicely. I got the Chico car seat as well, with the adapter and it worked great. We are now just in the stroller with no car seat – she seems to really love it! (she’s a big baby, with great head control) I hope to always have 1 stroller for all our needs (with the exception of older baby with the umbrella stroller). I almost got the snap n go,(love that big basket and ease of it) but figured we may be able to put her in the stroller without the seat soon – and here we are! I am sure you’re gonna enjoy that snap and go!

FYI – Babies R US, Buy Buy Baby – all those ‘baby” stores usually have a GREAT rest room area for nursing, feeding and diaper changing. I used it and was shocked how lovely it was, even with bottle warmer, sound machine and comfy gliders! Next time you’re out and about, look for those stores. I used it as a home base on several outings!!

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43 Jen September 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Agree. City Mini is the best! I ordered it at albeebaby dot com, much cheaper than at BRU or anywhere else. And free shipping!

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44 Andrea September 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

This post seems to be so upbeat and happy :) I love it! Yummy looking meals for sure! Maze sure looks like he loves sleeping in his carseat!

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45 Rachel September 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

aww Maze.. he’s too cute :)

Yea I hear ya, I’d also want to get out and enjoy this weather :) And I’m sure he likes it too :)

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46 Claire September 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

Man, reading about all your stroller issues makes me SO glad that I live in walkable city! We didn’t even use our one stroller until my girl was three months old; we just wore our baby in the wrap and walked most everywhere. Even if we had to drive somewhere (to the doctor’s office or Grandma’s house), I would just put the Moby on before getting into the car and then just pop my daughter into it when we got to our destination! It never would have occurred to me to bring a stroller to the grocery store. We still rarely use our stroller, but I do now own 3 different wraps and carriers, ha! :)

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47 Amy A September 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

We have twins and a singleton, so we have/had strollers galore. My dad saw all the strollers on the garage, and thought I was crazy! But really, they each have their own use. As far as nursing in the car, that’s one of my son’s spots to feel comfortable nursing so I would just turn the air on during the hot summer. Welcome to motherhood, the land of “making it work!” :)

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48 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

Shipyard is so good, I love fall beers :) my cousin has 5 strollers so you are not at all crazy!

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49 Allison k September 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

This is why I love my baby jogger city mini. I knew I wouldn’t ever need a BOB for jogging, but I do like to walk for exercise. It’s light, folds with one hand, and has a huge sunshade. Anderson hated his car seat starting g at 4 weeks…so I’m glad I didn’t get a snap n go, the adapter worked perfectly for us.

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50 Grace @ Grace Dishes September 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

Food looks fabulous! I can’t get enough pictures of Maze! He’s so precious.

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51 Coreen S September 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

Maybe you’ll feel differently about the bugaboo when Maze is older and doesn’t use the car seat in the stroller. I don’t think it is strange to have different tools for different activities :)

How often in life do you get a free vacation from cooking? Enjoy it while it lasts!!

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52 Rach September 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

I saw this on my Twitter feed and thought of your beer loving family. ;)

http://wtop.com/1064/3048463/Beer-of-the-Week-Southern-Tier-Pumking-Ale

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53 kim@hungryhealthygirl September 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

I don’t mind you for not cooking…all of the meals look so yummy. Enjoy it while you can!

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54 Tonya September 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

Just got back from my first ever trip to a Great Harvest! GH Columbia, MD :-) How in the world do you guys turn a profit giving away so much free product?! LOL I had a spicy bean burger on Dakota with a cookie and brought home a 4 pack of almond chocolate chip coconut scones (scuffins??) Those things are huuuge, It’s really more of an 8 to 12 pack!

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55 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 11:49 am
56 Christine (The Raw Project) September 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Breakfast looks great and glad you had a successful shopping trip!

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57 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Kath I love the vibe of your blog since you’ve become a mom! The posts, the posting style, the whole thing…just works. I really look forward to the daily update and seeing how life’s going for you all! Glad that you’re adjusting to new motherhood when it’s not 100F either :)

And yes, diff strollers for diff purposes. Until you become a mom, 3 does seem excessive til you…become a mom. Then it all makes sense. Glad you have a better option now!

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58 Leslie September 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Hi Kath, congrats on the birth of Mazen. You both look like you are doing great!! I gave birth to a little girl on 9/3 and am also getting adjusted to life as a new mom. I am loving every minute of it so far. Just a quick question for you. I notice you are having small amounts of alcohol and I’m wondering how you are deciding how much and when to drink while breast feeding? I am also bf’ing and would LOVE a glass of red wine but I’m not sure if I should wait until I am able to give a bottle of pumped milk before indulging in a glass. Thanks for any feed back you may have!! -Leslie

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59 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

All of the health professionals I have asked about alcohol have said one drink is totally fine – so I haven’t had more than one at a time. One glass of wine, one beer, one liquor drink (although I haven’t had any liquor – that sounds a little too intense!) I don’t want to feel buzzed – just enjoy the flavors. Everyone says there’s no need to pump and dump either – if you’ve had more than one and are feeling unsure, just wait until you feel completely sober and the alcohol leaves your breastmilk just as it leaves your bloodstream (LC told me this yesterday). That said, please ask your doctors!

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60 Allison September 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Yep, when I took a breastfeeding class, the LC said that if YOU can feel it, the BABY can feel it. Otherwise it is ok.

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61 katty lea September 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm

pumpkin ales! i don’t get jazzed about pumpkin lattes or muffins or other treats…. but when it comes to fall seasonal beers, i have to try EVERY pumpkin-related ale i can find. it’s a compulsion.

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62 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I, too, thought having more than one stroller was extreme until I actually had the kids. We had a stroller for every occassion since we never found a catch all. I didn’t have the snap and go but I’ve heard wonderful things about it.

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63 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Busy day! Those beans look delicous!

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64 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I think it’s great you’re honest about your experiences with the strollers. That’s why we have opinions and the fact that you’re honest will help the company know how to better themselves and hopefully help others make choices that suit them. I’m so glad things are settling in for you guys. Sounds like life is good! I hope you have an incredible weekend!

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65 Jenica September 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

That caramel looks so small on that big table!

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66 Heather Eats Almond Butter September 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Totally with you on the stroller thing. We started out with one and now have three. Already have a 4th on my Christmas list. :)

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67 Annette @FitnessPerks September 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I love getting a lot of sleep-it’s my favorite! And I’m not even a mom! Hah.

that cheesy bread looks SO good!

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68 Jennifer September 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I was so disappointed with the SYTYCD results. I really thought the other guy should have won. I liked both girls so I was happy with the winner there. I just dont’ see how someone that’s been in the bottom 3 multiple times could come back and win the finale! :/ Oh well I know they will all be successful and I can’t wait til next year! Though I hope they bring it back to 2 nights a week, I really didn’t like the once a week format!

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69 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Your meals always look so delicious! Glad you’re adjusting so well to motherhood—looks like you’re finding your groove and I love how much you’ve been out and about and walking!

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70 Meg September 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Hi Kath! I see you talk about “sun butter” in most of your posts, but I can’t find a recipe for it. Is it a brand name or something you made up? Just curious!

By the way, I go to bed by 10 every night, and my kids both sleep through the night. We mamas need our sleep just from mama-ing all day! No shame. ;)

Meg

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71 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Trader Joe! And sunbutter brand is also great

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72 Susan September 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I remember discovering the importance of parking near the cart return. :)

You seem to have settled into motherhood so well. I’m glad you’re setting the example of getting sleep, even if it means going to bed early. Will you be doing a post on BERF about the sleep routine, night feelings, etc? (when a routine is established, that is.)

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73 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

The Toronto Star just did a review yesterday on Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin! Gave it a 3 star out of 4. I am excited to try it as you are always raving about it!

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74 seana September 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Ok. Another random bit from me. Nothing to do w/ babies exactly. I had a two week old new car. Parked by the cart drop off. Someone pushing their cart from the opposite side, missed the cart thing and smashed my car. $500 in damages. Pick a spot a couple up or down.Just sayin. I learned the hard way.

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75 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Bummmmer : ( my car is from the 90 s so she wouldn’t mind

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76 Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl September 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

The square bowl that you used for your breakfast is so cute! I want one! :)

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77 j3nn September 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

3 strollers, 3 purposes makes total sense! I’d probably have an entire fleet of strollers, in assorted colors because I’d get so addicted to shopping for them, LOL. The chicken parm dinner with green beans and the cheesy garlic bread looks perfect. I wouldn’t be in any hurry to make my own food again with meals like that! :)

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78 Aja September 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Reading this made me super hungry! I wish I had such delicious looking foods readily accessible to me.
You’re lucky adjusting to motherhood in the fall. I was born in September, but almost all of my grandmother’s kids on my mom’s side were born in the summer. That must have been something!

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79 Tiffany September 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hey Kath,

Mazon is adorable. Thanks for continuing to post even with the baby :)

When you top your oatmeal with granola, do you adjust the amount of oats you use? How do you decide how much of everything goes in? because its tempting to want to put everything in lol

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80 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I use 1/3 cup of oats if I’m going to add toppings

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81 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Grow Maze, grow!!

And mmm, I need to get more pumpkin beer – I’ve only had 1 this season!

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82 lindsay September 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

what a lovely day for u and a~MAZE~n! I loved the sight of those pumpkins, autumn is the only time i get homesick here in s. Korea, bc we dont have pumpkins and they do not celebrate halloween or thanksgiving, but the weather and hiking has been GORGEOUS! I am a dancer, and took master classes with Mia and Tyce last year~ Mia is incredible in person…so giving of hr energy and teaching tips! Dance on;)?

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83 KathEats September 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Wow, amazing that you met them!

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84 lindsay @ Fuel My Famil September 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm

you’re so lucky you have such good friends to make you meals. With my second baby, we couldn’t accept any meals since my oldest has a nut allergy. Its the best getting all those baby meals!

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85 Xiomara September 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

With my first baby I had a snap and go type stroller and I loved. From that one we went on to the umbrella stroller. We had a Maclaren. Not cheap for an umbrella stroller, but totally worth it! On thing I noticed was I would see other people hunched over while pushing their umbrella stroller. I never had to and neither did my husband. Mind you he’s 6’2″ and 5’5″. It was a very comfortable stroller for us. We didn’t get the jogger stroller until we had our second baby. We ended up with a Phil & Ted. Another amazing stroller. Loved every minute of it.

I know what you mean about parking next to the cart drop off. Been there done that! I like how some malls have “mommy parking” that’s the best!

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86 Katie September 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I have the Babyjogger City Mini and love it but we also got the Chicco stroller too, same as you. I LOVE it! And the basket on the bottom is so big for shopping at the grocery store. I thought it was not really good looking, but the utility beats the looks in my opinion. You will use it a ton.

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87 Cassidy September 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm

You should try out Babies R Us nursing rooms! I tried to make every outing near one for the first few weeks. Also, a lot of WalMarts have family restrooms with benches, where you can lock the door and nurse in privacy. And, a ton of malls have nursing rooms complete with gliders! I’ve had to discover all of this while having a baby in the summer heat of Texas! Also, we have a Baby Trend system (jogging stroller) and I love it! I use it everywhere!

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88 Courtney September 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I have to put in a good word for the Baby Jogger City Mini. We had the Graco snap’n’go for the carseat and then moved on to a Chicco umbrella type stroller for the car/travel and a BOB for more all terrain situations. I love the BOB, but I wish I’d skipped the Chicco umbrella stroller and just gotten the City Mini in the first place. Our son, who is now 2.25 and average sized, became too heavy for the umbrella stroller around 20 months which made it very difficult to steer. Also, any stroller that has two handles is impossible to push with one hand. This is an issue for those of us who travel alone with babies/toddlers. You must be able to push a stroller with one hand and wheel a suitcase with the other. The City Mini is also all terrain enough for long vacations (bringing ghe BOB on an airplane is a huge pain) and it’s super easy to collapse and carry with one hand. Anyhow, enjoy your fleet of strollers. I know I love mine!

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89 Mary September 22, 2012 at 5:07 am

Mmm… smoked salmon!

So far, planned contents for my hospital bag include prawns, smoked salmon, and a large amount of really stinky unpasteurised cheese! They’re going to love me at the hospital!

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90 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 22, 2012 at 6:42 am

You must have been so excited to eat smoked salmon again! That and sushi are the two foods I’m going to miss the most when I’m pregnant!

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91 Cait's Plate September 22, 2012 at 8:57 am

I say take the friends-made meals while you can! I can imagine it helps out a ton! :)

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92 Hannah September 22, 2012 at 11:01 am

I love how inspirational SYTYCD is too! Makes me want to dance around (if I’m allbymyself) as if I’m 1/27th as great as them. :) Still… have to watch the finale I recorded!

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93 Lori September 23, 2012 at 4:30 am

Please try / researcher the Baby Jogger brand. I have had the city mini, city mini double, and now the GT.
Best running, fancy, easy day walk prams out there! They fold with one hand-and are so light weight. Both my kids loved/love them. I had the city mini Dble when my son was born and my daughter was 2.5, and the GT for running.
You will be so thrilled with them.
PS- I think you are doing awesome sauce handling new mother hood, relationship and blogging! Don’t forget you!

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94 Leslie September 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Hi Kath, just wondering where you purchased the striped long sleeve onesies with the mittens. I am looking for something like that for my 3 week old daughter. She hates her arms swaddled but I don’t want her hands to get cold at night. Thanks!! Also, thanks for your reply back to my question about having a glass of wine while bf’ing :)

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95 KathEats September 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

They are carters brand from Babies r us

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96 Leslie September 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

Thank you!

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