Third Set’s A Charm

October 12, 2012

I got lucky with a GREAT night’s sleep last night!! That pretty much means starting with a 4 hour stretch followed by lots of 2/1.5 hour stretches that required no soothing to put the baby back to bed. He was out again as soon as I was finished burping him! We haven’t had the best luck with naps, but overall, we’ve been really lucky with nighttime – give or take one or two nights a week.

I sort of got a morning nap, though, so I was able to shower, put in laundry and make hot oatmeal in record speed.


This was 1/3 cup oats, milk and water, plus 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup pumpkin (gotta be heavy handed while I use it up!), 1/3 cup cottage cheese stirred in at end with cinnamon and vanilla. Topped with coconut and Barney Butter.


Melty nut butter is the BEST!



Maze and I invented a new game today. It’s called “wrap the baby in warm laundry.” He liked the pajama pants the best!

Matt came home just before lunch and I made us each a plate.


No Bull Burger on Popeye, apple and almonds for me. Soup and a hummus sandwich for him!




We were blessed with another hands-free nap in the afternoon and were able to get the house looking fabulous before our company arrived…


M’s third set of grandparents are here!!! Matt’s dad, Mark, and Cheryl are here to spend a few days with us! They were supposed to come the weekend of September 7th, but somebody was a bit late in his arrival!

Mr. Smiles!

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We had fun playing on the porch for a few hours and catching up.


When it got chilly, I brought out another layer. Check out this hilarious mohawk jacket Stacy, Nate and Drake got us!


I wonder what Maze was thinking…


After some debate, we decided to try to go out to dinner. The ticket in a restaurant was wearing M in his carrier. He slept the whole time – whew!!


So refreshing to walk in the fall – check out my layers!


Our destination was Citizen Burger Bar, the kind of vibrant atmosphere where if a baby cried no one would be too disturbed. In fact, there were two other babies crying while we were there!

We had a lovely meal – a delicious [grass-fed/local!] burger with bleu cheese and pickles


With a Caesar salad on the side


And an order of sweet potato fries to share – SO good!


And we ended the night with some Splendora’s – butterscotch and coconut for me. Amazing combo!


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1 [email protected] October 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

He looks so happy in grandpa’s arms. Butterscotch gelato?! STOP! A scotchie cookie on there would be out of this world.


2 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

What a cutie Maze is! I love him all bundled up – adorable! And you are glowing and look awesome in that photo of you layered up!


3 Erica {} October 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

That mohawk hoodie is fantastic!


4 the 3volution of j3nn October 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

I love clothes fresh out of the dryer!

That burger looks excellent. Smart move wearing the baby! Very strategic for being out and about.


5 Laura October 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

That jacket is so adorable! Looks like Maze is getting a lot of love. :)


6 Silvia @ skinny jeans food October 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

That is one proud grandpa!


7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

Yay for sleep! Enjoy your company!


8 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

Such great photos of Grandpa and Maze! Happy Friday!


9 Elisabeth October 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

1. Love the Mohawk jacket!

2. Maze & Grandpa smiling together in that photo is adorable. 😀


10 Ali October 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

I love layering in the fall! Just curious why you didn’t wear your fleece under your vest instead of over.


11 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

I don’t think the jacket would have fit underneath


12 sara October 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

Love love love the hoodie!! Any idea where they might have gotten it?


13 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’m not sure but Stacy reads the blog so maybe she’ll see this and answer !


14 Stacy October 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

We got at Target just as the fall stuff came out this year. :) Maze sports it well! I will show Drake tomorrow! He loves Mazen pictures!


15 KathEats October 13, 2012 at 3:44 am

They need to meet soon!


16 Stacy October 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

Yes def!! Drake just said “That baby is cute!” I said “That is Mazen” He said “Aww, Mazen is funny.”


17 [email protected] October 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

Looks like lots of great food! My daughter practically lived in her baby bjorn the first couple of months…it was so convenient.


18 Karen October 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

Hey Kath, I know you mentioned it on BERF but my pregnancy brain is failing me. Which carrier is Matt wearing in the pictures? I’m still mulling over which carrier to get for our little girl. Thank you!

Maze is getting SO big and alert. He’s adorable!


19 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

The Boba Carrier!


20 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles October 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

Maze looks so adorable in the mohawk hoodie…loved his expressions you caught on camera! Pulling out warmer clothing as the chillier weather is setting in…lovely to still see the sun shining.


21 Carly October 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

When I was at home with my son I used to put him in the laundry basket with warm laundry right out of the dryer. It was the only way to get all of us from the basement to the top floor. He would snuggle right in and sometimes have his nap right in the basket.


22 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 10:28 am



23 jen October 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

Laundry time has always been “play time” for my little girl too. We used to do laundry together when she was inty and in the carrier. Then when she could sit up she would sit between my knees on the floor or on my lap while I talked to her about how we were moving the wet things from the washer to the dryer and she’d love touching the wet clothes. Then she got big enough to stand and she’d reach into the washer and pull stuff out. Now at 15 months she still loves laundry time – she pulls all the stuff out of the washer and/or dryer while I fold and we chat. (Sigh…) She’s growing up so fast. And now I’ll have fond mememories of laundry time forever.


24 jen October 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

sorry… “tiny” and in the carrier not “inty”


25 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles October 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

I ADORE the mohawk jacket. Mazen totally rocks it. What a fashionable child you have my dear.


26 kiki October 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

Need to get to Citizen Burger! Going to Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie this weekend. So excited!


27 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

We loved it !


28 Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup October 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

Matt looks just like his dad!!


29 ES October 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

Mazen is so cute!

Have you thought about installing some room darkening shades (or in a pinch, a blanket or towel over the rail works) in his room? Once I did that with my son he started sleeping much better for naps.


30 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

Yeah, I’m thinking about looking into some custom curtains that are blackout. The store ones are so drab and with the bed position, we could use a shade style.


31 Anna W. October 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

hey kath, love that you’re a posting momma now! just a suggestion (originally given to me by my friend who is a psychologist and infant sleep consultant). it isn’t a pretty option – but before you invest (bc it makes a difference for some and not for others) i’d suggest taping contractor’s trash bags over the windows to darken the room. make sure that makes a difference for him before you buy other curtains! i did this same thing in my house…elliot slept SO much better for naps with the windows covered as a baby. embarassingly i never bought new curtains and only just took the bag down about 2 months ago (he is 14 months old). lol.


32 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

Haha, wise idea!


33 jen October 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I second this. I was so sure blackout curtains would do the trick for our naptime. I hung double layers of fabric to block out my windows and it made no difference… Saved me a bunch of $$$.


34 Hope October 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

Oh man, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier grandpa! So sweet!


35 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

What fun to have family there! Especially since he’s at the stage of more interaction than he would have been in the beginning :) Smiles are the best!


36 Emily @ October 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

SO glad you got a better night sleep! Looks like you’re getting this parenting thing down!!! Great looking dinner-so wonderful that you could get out for a bit with your little man!


37 Liz October 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

They look so excited to meet their grandson!


38 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 12, 2012 at 10:57 am

That’s great that maze has so many grandparents!! I only have one grandparent, my mother’s mom (although I consider her second husband my grandfather) all my others passed away well before I was born.


39 Katie October 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

Walking is the best exercise. Especially in the fall!


40 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

Butterscotch and coconut, an amazing combo indeed.

Love the pic of Matt babywearing. And of Mazen’s hat. So adorable! Glad everyone can wear the layers, and be bundled up, and wear the baby, and not over heat :)

Hope you guys all enjoy the weekend – fun that Maze has 3 set of grandparents. The more the merrier!


41 Rachel October 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

aww that hoodie is adorable!


42 Eileen October 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

Matt confuses me. :) All this time, I’ve been thinking he looks like Karen, but now that I see his dad, I think he’s just like him!

Sweet, sweet smiles from your little Mazen!


43 Jennifer October 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

My kids love to have their pj’s put in the dryer before putting them on in the winter. So snugly. :)

I love the mohawk jacket. Too cute!!! He has the sweetest smile. :)


44 Laura @ She Eats Well October 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

That grass fed burger looks AMAZING…!!


45 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

That mow-hawk jacket is absolutely adorable and his face is priceless. It’s totally the baby version of “mom, what are you making me wear?!” 😉


46 katherine October 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

LOVE the popeye! One of my faves!


47 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina October 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Mazen is a lucky little guy to have such adoring grandparents!


48 Jenica October 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Aww what happy, proud looking grandparents! So sweet.


49 Cher @ Weddicted October 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

That jacket is way too cute! Do you know where they got it from? And despite the cold here, I’m super jealous of the gelato! I haven’t had it in so long!


50 Stacy October 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

We got the mohawk jacket from Target back in September. HTH!


51 KathEats October 13, 2012 at 3:44 am

Thanks Stacy! We love it!


52 Annette @FitnessPerks October 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

That dinner & dessert looks ammmmaazzing!


53 robin October 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Everyone looks so happy! Now my question for you, why the chia seeds?


54 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Texture! Plus extra protein/fiber


55 Rosie @ rosalicious October 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

We were at Citizen Burger Bar on Saturday night and commented that it would be a good place to eat out with the baby. Nice big booths!

(We’re starting an official baby-friendly restaurant list! Though this is the first place on it so far…)


56 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

We will have to go together! Eppies is on my list too: )


57 Melissa October 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Great pictures, it looks like a fun visit. I work with Dr. M, and follow your blog. Baby Maze is too cute.


58 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Oh fun! I’ll make sure he sees your comment


59 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles October 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Mmmm! Sweet potato fries- haven’t had those in WAY too long!


60 Sarah October 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Your breakfast and lunch looked so delicious today! (I’m sure dinner was delicious, too but the meals you were able to photograph at home *looked* better.)

Hurray for Maze sleeping through restaurant meals! I think it’s great that you’re getting out with him so much while he’s tiny. We’ve been eating out with my daughter regularly for basically her whole life (she’s 17 months now) and even now that she’s a mobile toddler, she’s pretty good about it. I think some of that is just her personality, but we also like to think that some of it is because we’ve been doing it regularly so she’s used to it. We stick to casual, kind of noisy places and have done really well. When she was tiny, she usually just slept in her car seat or stroller, and now she sits in a high chair and eats or plays or flirts with people walking by. :) We have to be pretty quick sometimes, but so far so good! We’re regulars at a neighborhood breakfast place where all the staff look forward to seeing her.


61 Cait October 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Oh my gosh that mohawk jacket is AMAZING!!

All your eats looks so incredibly delicious in this post. Especially those sweet potato fries! And agreed, melty nut butter is most definitely the best :)


62 Morgan October 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

SWEET POTATO FRIES! Yum! My absolute biggest weakness. If they are on the menu, I have to order. I


63 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I like that laundry game, too, Maze. :) And what a delicious day of eats! Mini burgers..pumpkin oatmeal…sweet potato cream-OH MY!


64 Erin October 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I am intrigued what’s in the sprinkle nut butter?


65 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Birthday cake Nutty butter made by Sarah at the smart kitchen blog!


66 Mom October 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Fun to see Maze greet a fellow grandpa and grandma, and he looks very happy to have them visit his house. I have a present to bring him from Paris.


67 Alex @ Raw Recovery October 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

That mohawk jacket is AMAZING!!


68 Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl October 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I want to comment on everything….first your breakfast looked divine. I never think of cottage cheese as an addition to a warm breakfast. But I really love it so I need to give your idea a try!

Maze’s mohawk jacket is just so cute! How creative and fun. :) Glad you got to enjoy dinner – which looked delish. I just love sweet potato fries – they have such great texture and flavor. I really prefer them over regular fries.

And last – your dessert choice sounds perfect for me. I just love reading about all the restaurants you have in your city (town?) – and seeing the brick sidewalks and shops/restaurants all lit up in your photos really makes me appreciate where you live. I would LOVE that type of atmosphere so close to home. You are so lucky!


69 KathEats October 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Come visit!


70 Whitney October 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

God, it’s good to get out! Good job, yay! Matt’s dad is beaming in these photos. When life is so busy, it’s a gift to see the joy a baby brings as reflected in the faces of others. Reminds us that all the hard work is worth it–and about something eternal.


71 Angel7 October 13, 2012 at 12:03 am

That is a cute picture of Mazen looking up at you :) Wonder what he is thinking is right :)


72 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

That Mohawk jacket is so adorable!!


73 JJ October 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

Children are a gift from the Lord. (Psalm 127:3)


74 Alicyn October 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

Wow, the roll used with your NoBull burger looks amazingly yummy!


75 Amanda October 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

When you add cottage cheese to the oats, do you do it while it’s still on the heat (i.e. to warm it up a bit and not make the oats cold..)? Thanks… :-)


76 KathEats October 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Yep! Just in the last minute of cooking


77 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 14, 2012 at 6:57 am

Looks like a wonderful visit!


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