As I hinted, last night was great! For some reason Mazen decided to go right back to sleep after each feeding, so soothing was minimized and sleep was maximized!
I made a big bowl of pumpkin oats to get us going. As evidenced by the camera straps in the below photographs, taking photos with a baby in a carrier is quite challenging. Mostly because I can’t bend over and squatting down low is hard to keep from wobbling. So a lot of times I’m just pointing and shooting, peering through the viewfinder from above with one eye shut!
Coach’s Oats sent a bag of oats to my doorstep “Welcome Mazen!” along with this logoed mug – perfect for servin’ em up! I made this bowl with 1/3 cup oats, 2/3 cup water (CO recipe) and 1/3 cup milk, half a banana and a ton of pumpkin – about half a cup! Plus cinnamon, ground cloves and a pinch of all spice and salt. Barney Butter and Autumn Spice on top! Definitely the flavors of the week.
We are still practicing liking our crib. He likes to play in it, but when it’s time to sleep, he needs me arms.
Little turtles everywhere!
After Second Breakfast, Maze and I went out on a walk! In an effort to minimize crying, I took both the Boba carrier and the stroller. This way I could take the diaper bag in case we needed to stop and feed, my water bottle, my keys and my wallet to run some errands. M fell asleep in the carrier in minutes and miraculously when I tried transferring him to the stroller, he stayed asleep! That is until I stopped movement at the ATM! Then crying baby went back in the carrier for a few blocks and then back in the stroller. It was a bit of a process, but we were able to walk 2.67 miles together!
Chillin’ on 3rd Street!
I must pause here and thank AnneP for recommending Endomondo! I have never used a GPS tracker with my phone to track my workouts, and this free app is awesome!! I loved how it tracked time and mileage just like a Garmin and even spoke out loud to me at each mile. Will be so helpful for stroller walks in the future!
By the time we were home (and covered in sweat!) and had stopped to see Karen and our friend Lara on the way, it was time for Maze to eat, and then my lunch didn’t happen until 3pm! Thank goodness for big breakfasts or I would not have survived. More point n shooting!
I made an egg salad sandwich, although rather than dice the eggs, I just smashed two hard-boiled eggs in a bowl with about a tbsp of dijon mustard and a tsp of mayo plus salt, pepper and smoked paprika. It was kind of like my Deviled Eggs for One recipe but with the whole egg! Served on High Five (consumed with a knife and fork!)
Alongside some sharp cheddar and apple slices
with Caramel Apple Nutty Butter for dessert!
This afternoon we started Call The Midwife (recorded from PBS) during afternoon feedings. I’m a fan already! Watching women in labor has a whole new meaning to me now. And you know what, I really can’t even remember how bad the pain was. My mind has been wiped clean!
Dinner tonight was a beautiful meal brought over by our new friend Whitney and her daughter. I can’t say thank you enough to all of those who have brought us meals!! And I can’t wait to do the same in the future for other moms. I must say that a few people have said they are intimidated to bring a meal, but I’d like to say that I love the elaborate meals and the quickies equally! You could bring us a bagel from Bodos or Whole Foods hot bar and we’d be very happy. So don’t be shy if you have a friend who needs support but you are not a cook!
Whitney’s daughter created the menu : )
We had this incredible chicken marsala that was bursting with flavor! And there was so much of it that I chopped up some for tomorrow’s lunch and we also froze two pieces to enjoy in the weeks to come!
We also devoured these sliced rosemary potatoes and a baguette from Albemarle Baking Company. We don’t make baguettes at Great Harvest and love switching up breads from other bakeries. This was delicious toasted with a drizzle of olive oil and salt – and was even better dunked in the marsala sauce!
Lastly, salad – for nutrition!
And I almost forgot – Carpe Donuts for dessert! Matt and I were full, so we shared one to end this delicious meal. Thank you so much Whitney : )