The Swing Of Things

September 15, 2012



Thanks to a shift takeover from Matt, I slept amazingly well on Wednesday-Thursday night. We are really happy with our set up with the bed in the nursery. One parent sleeps in there and keeps a fraction of an ear open for peeps and handles the diapers, swaddling and soothing after each feeding. The other parent gets to sleep in what I’m calling The Palace – our master bedroom (which is 6 feet from the nursery). This set up is such that the person in The Palace mentally can just zonk out while the person in the nursery sleeps less soundly. I had been doing most of the nursery shifts after midnight, but last night Matt let me stay in The Palace until 5am and I slept so well. Of course I had a few feedings in there, but it was great sleep when I did sleep. We’ll probably rotate this shift every few nights or so.

I woke up so refreshed that I wanted to make something special for breakfast – a sense of my old life and new mixed together. I put Maze in his wrap where he promptly took a nap.


SIDEBAR: The White Noise Lite app on our phones has been an AMAZING soother. M will often be a bit grumpy after a feeding or when he’s procrastinating a nap, and if we put this app on he instantly goes into a trance. I think the terrible phone speakers make the white noise even more uterus like! If you haven’t heard of Happiest Baby On The Block, the book’s soothing techniques for a crying baby are magical. White noise or “shushing” is one of the 5 s’s. I tuck my phone into the front of the wrap with the white noise on and it settles him to sleep in less than 2 minutes.

SO – french toast with figs!!


I soaked a big slice of Honey Whole Wheat in a beaten egg with cinnamon and vanilla and plopped it into a medium low skillet  until it was all cooked through. Little figs danced around in a circle until they began to brown and sweeten.


Topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and chia seeds and sunbutter!


Served with a side of mom pills. Any idea what the two in the back are? Winking smile


When Matt woke up we gave Stinky a bath. He hated it!! But it was over in less than 5 minutes (4 hands = efficient)


He generally does not like being wet or getting his diaper changed


But some dry clothes


And one of dad’s great swaddles


He was back to sleep in a few minutes.

Check out his little chick-a-dee hair!


I haven’t done too much snacking. Breastfeeding has made me incredibly thirsty, but not really all that hungry. I’ve just been eating balanced good sized meals and having a few snacks here and there. Like a few handfuls of trail mix to tide me to lunch:


I miss him when he sleeps!


But also enjoyed the time to make lunch myself.


I heated up the white bean and greens soup Lynsie brought over – it was really really good! I’ll have to hunt down her recipe…


and on the side I had a Rosemary Garlic Roll from our bakery and a green plum


Maze likes greens too


Afternoon I caught up on a bunch of blog work during nap #2 (or 3?) and folded laundry


Then Matt came home!!

And we had a visit from Auntie Faith followed by my doula, Jen, for some birth debriefing. It was great to hear her perspective on the birth. I’m going to sit down and write my birth story this weekend (I hope!)

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We had told Jen all about the Pumking during [early] labor and so we had a toast to a healthy baby and successful delivery


Karen brought us a delicious dinner. Baby played with Matt while we cooked!



We had big fat beans with sundried tomato pesto, garlic bread, green beans with bacon and baked sweet potatoes topped with butter and candied pecans.


Incredible flavor combos Karen!



I ended up crashing on the nursery bed around 8pm and our long night began early! The good news is, I am once again well rested and thankful. Rather than napping during the day, we are just making our nights last 12 hours. It’s working out well.


In case you missed them, there are posts on BERF about Mazen’s name and also Matt’s perspectives on labor and delivery.

Also, Mazen’s Birth Story has been posted!!

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1 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself September 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

I was about two seconds away from buying figs for the first time ever yesterday and decided against it, but your breakfast makes me regret it!!

Maze’s little plant hat is adorable!!!


2 luv what you do September 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

That soup looks fantastic…you’ll have to share the recipe.
I love the picture of Mazen with his greens. So cute and creative!


3 Spice Chicken September 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I concur. Super adorable. Already looking forward to seeing his Halloween ensembles.


4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

That soup does look delicious! And Maze is so cute with the stuffed lettuce! Haha he loves his veggies already!


5 Micky September 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

That crying picture…lol! The sleeping pictures are adorable. He is sooo cute (and I am not a baby person!) :)


6 Marci September 15, 2012 at 8:54 am

sounds like you are in the swing of things! and you’re getting so much done during his naps. i just remember not wanting to spend time on the computer–i’d rather shower, eat, nap or do things around the house. they end up loving the bath soon enough!


7 Brynn September 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

Those look like placenta pills?


8 Justeen September 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

Love the picture of Mazen with the greens on his head! Adorable.

Your meals are looking as lovely as always – especially the French toast with figs!


9 Brie September 15, 2012 at 9:09 am

So many cute Baby pictures to start the day!! I’m loving the sun dried tomato paste… Must hunt some down after my move to England tomorrow!


10 Karli September 15, 2012 at 9:09 am

I am so impressed with how together you are! I remember after my boys (3 & 4 years ago) feeling like a zombie and barely able to get anything done. I wish I had read Happiest Baby on the Block! I’m now referring pregnant moms and moms with newborns to your website; it’s such a great resource! Mazen just gets cuter every day and you and Matt truly are incredible parents. Keep up the good work and thank you for continuing to share your journey with us!


11 [email protected] September 15, 2012 at 9:09 am

Maze is a doll all wrapped up after his bath. Glad all is going so well! Figs are just the best, aren’t they? I had some on my pumpkin pancake this morning….great combo.


12 Kelsey September 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

Thanks for sharing his birth story, kath! It’s so fun to be able to read:) You’re superwoman for juggling a newborn and two blogs! I hope you keep it up, though, because I’m loving all the posts!


13 jen September 15, 2012 at 9:21 am

these posts are not helping my baby fever :) that sweet newborn face is making me think it’s about time to shoot for baby #3 soon.


14 Erica { } September 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

Thanks for the update and plethora of adorable baby photos!!


15 Nicole September 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

I haven’t met a baby yet who doesn’t melt the second they are put in the Tummy Tub! It’s well worth the $$–especially if Maze hates the other kind of tub (most babies do because it puts them in a position they don’t like–flat on their back and feeling vulnerable–plus they can get chilled). I use the Tummy Tub in my infant massage classes with great success :)


16 Leslie September 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

I’ve been excited to get online each morning to read how things are going for you. Sounds like this transition has been pretty smooth. I am so glad!
I am recommending that book to my sister in law’s sister, who is expecting identical triplets next month! She is on bed rest so has a little time to read right now.


17 Cait September 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

where do you find fresh figs at the grocery store? I have looked multiple times (at different stores) & still cannot locate them. I guess I should just ask the store!!


18 KathEats September 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

in the front, with the fruits


19 Cait September 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

thanks :)


20 Ann September 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

I don’t know where you are Cait, but here in my area of Ontario they aren’t in regular supermarkets … I find them at farmer’s markets and smaller, independant grocery stores in the fruit section :) They are sooo good right now, just made my family a fig, pesto, roasted red pepper grilled cheese on foccacia the other night – they are also great in oatmeal (my mom is from Scotland, and that is how her 101 year old grandmother used to eat them – every morning in her oatmeal, with a sprinkling of nuts. If he lived that long there must be something to it, right? 😉 ). So versatile, and they are so yummy! Good luck in your hunt!


21 Katherine September 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

that would be 2 ibuprofen, 1 prenatal, 1 docusate sodium?, and 2 placenta pills, with a side of pumking beer!

I can’t wait to have a little pumpkin brew! Due wednesday but will probably go over since I did with my first. I’m kinda surprised that chasing after my 16 mo old and working 12 hr shifts in the Peds ER has not sent me into early labor!! Oh well! Mazen is so handsome!


22 KathEats September 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

Haha you got it!


23 Jordan September 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

I’m so glad everything is going well. I hope you continue to be able to get some rest and have fun with the little guy. I was wondering about your sundried tomato pesto. Do you have a recipe or some pointers? I understand that your time is very precious right now, so no need to rush to reply :)


24 Williamsburg Baby September 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

A tip for bathtime? I take a bath and my husband hands me the baby so I can breastfeed him in the water. Then I put my knees up and let him lie back against them while I splash him with water. He loves it. He also oves to float on his back (supported by two hands, of course) and gets super calm and alert in the water. We haven’t tried a bath in the small baby tub yet because, like changes, I am sure he will hate it. With me in there (his food source) he seems to be like “Ok, this is what we’re doing now!” Afterwards, I hand him over for a coconut oil massage.


25 KathEats September 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Fun! I don’t think I’m supposed to take a bath yet but this will be fun eventually!


26 Jessica September 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Why would you not be able to take a bath?


27 KathEats September 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

due to the bleeding and maybe a risk of infection? My doctor said to wait until the bleeding had stopped to sit in a tub


28 Jessica September 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

That’s interesting. I have three daughters and after each birth I was told to take a sitz bath (sitting in shallow warm water) a few times a day to help heal things down there.


29 Lauren September 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

Our son also hated getting his diaper changed and baths in the first few weeks. It’s funny because now he LOVES them both. Anytime he is really cranky we know those are our go-to things to calm him down. Looks like you are doing great and I loved the birth story!

Also, we finally got PUMKING yesterday! So good!


30 Ann September 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

Cool! Been branching out to more specialty beers as per your suggestion Kath, I LOVE belgian brews I have discovered … they have a weird, different taste that I have discovered I love (tho that is not a nice description!!! haha). I’ll look for pumpkin beer at the LCBO today when I’m out and about. Thanks for helping me to see the light 😉


31 Ann September 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

oh, and Mazen is gorgeous as ever!!! Sorry for letting beer talk derail baby talk! xo


32 Silvia @ skinny jeans food September 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

Kath, I want to caution about using your phone for white noise sounds placed so close to the baby. There are strong electromagnetic fields and radiation around mobile phones (also computers) and him being so little and vulnerable that can be really dangerous (cancer!).

If you place in safe distance (several feet) there is a lot less radiation. Better be safe.


33 KathEats September 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I hadn’t thought about that… Thanks


34 e. September 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I was going to say the same thing. Also, put your phone on airplane mode if it will be anywhere near him (even several feet away)…


35 SSP September 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

I loved HBOTB and white noise was a huge success with us as well. Are you not at all concerned with having a cell phone so close to your newborn’s rapidly developing brain? I’m usually not an alarmist about those kinds of things but I think I’d be a little anxious about that one. Even just a few feet between my baby and the phone would make me more comfortable but I guess it’s up to you! Anyway, he’s a cute baby and I wish you the best!


36 KathEats September 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I hadn’t thought of that before


37 Jen September 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I was thinking the same thing about the cell…

That photo of him crying up close for the bath is an AWEsome shot!!! So cute…although it probably didn’t SOUND so cute :)


38 Jenica September 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

How nice that you’re starting to get enough of a routine that you can make yourself meals again! I bet that’s one of the hardest parts, is losing that sense of consistency. Glad you slept well last night and hope you can keep resting!


39 Lisa Langenfeld September 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’m so curious about the placenta pills – a friend of mine is also doing that. Do you find it helping w/ energy, hormones, etc?

I made overnight oats last night, but now i’m thinking french toast!! :) Love all the cute outfits for the little man! Have a great day :)


40 Simply Life September 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

I love this! looks like you both are adjusting really well – love to see how your whole family is working as a team! just beautiful!


41 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

That french toast looks amazing!!!


42 Lindsey September 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

Going to bed early really worked for me too. I found it difficult to nap enough during the day. If your baby is anything like mine he will start to like baths and diaper changes about week 3. I hope it is sooner rather than later for your sake. So glad to hear everything is going well.


43 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

I’m so excited to head over and read his birth story- I’m still working on Jacksons…. Happiest baby on the block seems to be working really well for you! Yay- what a blessing that must be! …..I miss my little one when he sleeps too- or when he goes more than 4 hours without waking– I’m ready to see him again!


44 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

The part in the middle of this post where you say you’re going to write his birth story this weekend…you already did, right? That post on Berf is amazingly detailed and seriously put me back to the throes of my own birth. It was just an incredible post, Kath!

And I am thrilled for you guys that you have the nursery bed and the palace bed. My husband was not one who could be trusted to sleep with one eye open. He was an out-cold guy so I was the one-ear open sleeper for…a couple years :) But he was a great bouncer! He bounced our daughter in his arms on our exercise ball for hours sometimes!

P.S. I love one big post per day from you like this and that’s it til the next day


45 KathEats September 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Oh yeah oops! I wrote this earlier :)


46 Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl September 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

I really enjoy reading your new family happiness. You are both enjoying this experience and I love what you are sharing.

Your breakfast looked amazing….really tasty looking and photogenic! :)


47 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’m guessing… placenta? : ).


48 Heidi September 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

Was it hard at all to get the hospital to let you take your placenta? Do a lot of women do this now? It seems like it is worth trying for the potential benefits, but curious if hospitals ever have rules on it.


49 KathEats September 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Yes actually, there was talk of a new policy… I think thing s are changing to be stricter : (


50 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

You know, I am still yet to try a fig. I’m not sure what is holding me back. I will buy some next week and give them a go.


51 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear September 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

*gasp* the itty bitty hairs on his head are too cute! My mom always used to call that ‘peach fuzz’.


52 Emily September 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

that’s quite a holler he’s got going on! You should rename the “Baby Kerf” section “Raisin’ Mazen”!


53 Christine September 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

I have a bath time suggestion for you- try swaddled bathing! Works wonders to keep babies calm and warm. I work in the NICU and this is how we bathe all our babies. Loosly swaddle baby-wash face first then unswaddle one extremity at a time- wash- then cover back up. Hope this helps!


54 brianne@ pootimestwo September 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

I have been wanting to try Pumking since you blogged about it last year! I was pregnant at the time so I wasn’t able to and promised myself I would this Fall…thanks for reminding me :)

Now, off to read the birth story! I’m such a sap for that stuff now 😉


55 Molly @ RDexposed September 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

Leafy greens are already doing wonders for his complexion!


56 j3nn September 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm

White noise actually puts me and Dustin to sleep, too! We have the apps as well. It’s very soothing. I also like rain and thunderstorms and wind; especially useful in hotel rooms.

Karen’s dinner looks fantastic! Love all the yummy veggie options. So filling and nutritious. :)


57 linda September 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

the soup looks so creamy delicious! placenta pills? wow


58 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm

My guess is that those are placenta pills. :-)


59 Ashley September 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I would be very nervous about putting a cell phone next to my newborns’ head as well. What would be a better option would be an actual noise machine. They sell them at Target in the baby section for about $20. It has several different types of music, and also includes a white noise function.

Another thing is a big box fan. Both of my kids have them in their rooms (and have since birth) and they love them. I just turn it away from them so it doesn’t blow directly on them, but they still get the noise. Works great!


60 natasha September 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I have a white noise machine that I bought through a therapy supply catalog. I am a social worker– it’s the kind you put outside your door while in session to protect confidentiality and it works wonders in the nursery as well!


61 KathEats September 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

We have one, just haven’t used it yet, but I’m using it right now for naptime!


62 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Wow! Looks like Mazen has a good set of lungs! He is such a ‘sweet pea’! Sleep is key to staying ‘sane’! I ended up sleep deprived…it was not a pretty picture! Enjoy your little one and hubbie!


63 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Maze is so adorable and I love the lettuce as a hat! 😉


64 jen September 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm

White noise saved my life! For real. It’s amazing how much deeper and longer it helps my little one sleep. We still use it now that she’s 14 months. My dad worries that I’m training her not to be able to sleep without it, but I figure she’ll outgrow it like pacifiers and many other things.


65 Lindsay September 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Thank you for your honest and lovely pictures, there is so much beauty going on in your home, and it is very comforting for a two maybe three-someday baby couple! My sister kept a bed in her nursery too and it worked out awesome for them;) So happy to see your happy family and please hunt down that delish looking soup recipe!!


66 robin September 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

well life seems to be going good for you all. Nice healthy eating as always:)


67 Kathy W. September 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

aww, Maze = Cabbage Patch Kid


68 Jun September 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Funny how different babies have different liking’s! My mum told me that when I was young, I loved being bathe. I’d spend quite a time in the tub and enjoyed splashing water followed by wails and cries when my mum wanted to get me out of it.

I grew up favouring vegetables though, and I’m sure Mazen would take after your healthy eating lifestyle.


69 Amy Wiginton September 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Invest in a white noise machine…at 10,9, 6 and 2 they are still one of the best investments we ever made…The phone is great for on the go but at home its also helpful bc it blocks out other noise during nap time too.


70 JG September 16, 2012 at 3:41 am

I know I’m late to say congrats and I’m sorry. You have such a beutiful family. Glad everyone is healthy and happy. I have really enjoyed following your pregnancy, the birth, and I look forward to this stage. I don’t have kids so this has been very interesting. I think you are doing great with all the changes. Though they are good ones I’m sure it is a change which can be hard.
On a side note for white noise I use a fan it is a large box one. Also since I have to try to sleep during the day black out shades. They are super cheap at home depot but very helpful.


71 Emily @ Life on Food September 16, 2012 at 5:21 am

Looks like you are still eating marvelously. No need to let that slip. Mazen is quite handsome!


72 Susan September 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

LOVE that you are able to share your baby and continue blogging about food too! Sounds like you guys are doing wonderful as new parents! Not easy to juggle everything, but you guys make it look easy! Team tagging is a great idea and besides Matt being so helpful for you, it’s a wonderful connection for his son! Your days will really fly by with a little one – enjoy!


73 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

love the berf posts! He is so precious. I love when babies start to enjoy baths and water, they turn into fish! haha


74 Katie September 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

Way to rock the placenta pills! :)


75 Jodie September 17, 2012 at 5:16 am

Hi Kath, which “happiest baby on the block” did u read? Was just checking it ou & a few different versions came ou. Many Thks.


76 KathEats September 17, 2012 at 5:28 am

And this one:


77 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

So nice that you’re having company!


78 Kiki September 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

Look at those placenta pills! I entertain the thought of starting a practice in Cville…


79 Erika September 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

My husband was always a better swaddler than me. And those 5 S’s were amazing! I was always afraid of my cell phone being by my baby’s head though – that whole brain wave thing made me nervous :)


80 Alyson September 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I am loving figs these days! Great idea to add them on top of french toast! YUM!


81 Delishhh September 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Love reading your updates! My little one is turning 7 month next week and started crawling this past week. It goes by fast. I don’t comment a lot just enjoy your posts and love all your baked goods. At night i write a food blog, but during the day i work in wireless technology. And i just wanted to let you know that what i know from cell phone radiation i will not put my cell phone close to my head or my little ones body. I always use an ear piece and try to keep the cell phone away from my growing baby, that radiation is not good for us. I just thought i would share with you since you said you tuck your cell phone into your wrap. If you are doing that turn off the wireless and put it into airplane mode.


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