Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chipotle burrito bowl

This one of my favorite things to make I think.  And it's so easy.  Instead of going to Chipotle and spending money, make one at home.  You can do any kind of meat.  We used some left over beef from a crock pot meal that Dan's sister Sarah made for us after we had Dylan (thanks Sarah!)

So I didn't take any pictures along the way (read: I was holding my 6 week old while he cried) but I did get one of the end.  I don't really know about measurements because you can kind of do whatever you like.

2 cups cooked rice (I hate making rice so I use the boil in a bag rice)
The juice of 1/2 of a lime
2 Tblsp chopped cilantro
1 can of black beans
Your favorite salsa
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
1/2 Avocado - diced
Shredded lettuce
Meat of your choice - When we make our own, we cook it and add taco seasoning as if we're going to make tacos.

After cooking the rice, add the juice of 1/2 a lime and the chopped cilantro.  Mix it together while it's still hot.
Spoon the rice into bowls and top with what you like. I like to eat mine with chips.  We always have leftovers so one of us will eat it the next day.  And I will eat this - and I hate leftovers!

Here's a picture of mine - no cheese or sour cream.  :( I called the doctor today about Dylan's fussiness and the nurse wants me to remove dairy from my diet for 10 days and see if it works. SUCKY...

6 weeks old

Dylan is 6 weeks old! Where has the time gone?

We have learned that Dylan is a high maintenance kind of kid.  Sometimes he wants to be held, and sometimes when I put him down he couldn't be happier.  It's difficult figuring everything out.  This past few days he has been eating weird - for like 5-6 minutes every hour. And fussing while he's eating.  I thought it might be reflux so I called the dr's office.  The lactation nurse called me back (because I am strictly nursing) and she confirmed my worst fear....she told me to remove dairy from my diet. NOOOOOOO!! Cheese and ice cream are my 2 favorite foods.  I had been cutting down on ice cream because I had a feeling this was going to be an issue. Boo.

On a better note, he has been sleeping like a champ at night.  We went to Arkansas this past weekend for a wedding and he slept 10 hours on Sunday night after we got back.  I think the drive wore him out.  He was fine for the beginning of the trip but for the last 5-6 hours he just cried every hour so we would stop and get out and play with him for a while. I don't blame him.  I was done being in the car, too.

We left Thursday night and drove about 3 hours.  We got to a hotel at around 11:30 and they had no cribs.  So we hoped over to the 24 hour wal mart (thank GOD) and bought a pack and play that we will return because we already have one at home. Then on Friday when we were finishing our trip, a rock came up and hit our windshield and cracked it.  Dan probably wouldn't have gotten it fixed if he made the trip on his own but for my piece of mind, we got it fixed Saturday morning before the wedding festivities.

The wedding was great (it was one of Dan's friends from EY). There was another couple there who had a baby about 3 weeks before Dylan.  When I was pregnant, I always told myself that I wouldn't be one of those new moms who constantly talks about their kid to the point where it sounds like they're bragging about their 6 week old - can you really brag about a 6 week old?  But as I was talking to the other new mom, I realized that I was doing just that.  It was all I could talk about.  It was like word vomit.  It had taken over my life.  This sort of made me realize that I need to get back to work and have some more adult interaction :)

Only about a week and a half left of maternity leave.  I have a few more things I want to get done before I go back.  Sometimes I feel like it flew by but sometimes I feel like it didn't.  I am excited to get back into the working world and with my co workers - I miss them. I also am excited to start getting a paycheck again :)

Well, Dylan is sleeping so I better be productive with my time! Gonna put dinner together - beef burrito bowls

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Italian Layer Bake

So, I tried out a few pinterest recipes.  This one was last night.  It's an Italian Layer Bake and it was tasty!

I was a little nervous about the eggs because it calls for 4 so I didn't want it turning into an omelet but I used them all anyway and it turned out great.  Also, we put some gardinara (sp?) on top before we ate it. I put it all together during lunch time when Dylan was sleeping - all except the eggs on top - and then just popped it in the oven when Dan called to tell me he was on his way home from work. I think maybe next time I would use pepperoni and add the gardinara as a layer with the red peppers instead of on top. Enjoy!

Italian layer bake


Everyone loves to give advice. Especially with giant life changing events like planning a wedding and being pregnant/having a baby. So I thought I would share all the advice that was given to me (and whether I found it helpful or not) and add some of my own...

*When you're pregnant, people say "get your sleep now!"  Did not follow. Dan and I never understood this one.  It's not like I can bank sleep during my pregnancy to pull out a few hours here and there when the baby is waking up at 3am.
*Register for a Nap Nanny.  I followed this, and I am glad I did.  It's this baby sized lounger and is quite possibly one of the greatest gifts we got.  Dylan loves it and he sleeps for a while in there when he is not feeling the swing.
*When he sleeps, you sleep.  I did not follow this.  Now that I have 3 weeks left of my leave, I kind of wish I had.  I just had this huge list of things I wanted to do around the house when I was on leave so I just did it all when he was sleeping. I am tired. But I'm going to be tired when I go back to work, so I guess I have to get used to it.

What would I like to add?
*Enjoy your time at home when your husband is off of work.  I did not take advantage of this and it was defintely the fastest week of my maternity leave.
*Don't go to Target the day after you get home from the hospital.
*Buy a cheater swaddle blanket. We got one and he started sleeping through the night. One night it was dirty and he got up at 3am.  I went to Babies R Us the next day and bought 2 more.
*Breastfeeding can sometimes be considered rocket science.  I won't get into the details...
*Babies don't always know what they want.  Sometimes Dylan wants to be held tightly to fall asleep during the day.  Sometimes he wants me to leave him alone on the boppy pillow or nap nanny to fall asleep. I don't think he even knows what kind of mood he's in.
*Contrary to popular belief, being a mom doesn't always come natural.  And that's okay.
*No matter how tired you are when you're in the end of your pregnancy, make frozen meals for when you're on leave. Dylan (and most babies apparently) has a witching hour from 5-9 and just cries.  This makes it difficult to make dinner. I wish I had more meals that I could just throw in the oven or crock pot. I am trying to put things together during the middle of the day when he's taking his afternoon nap and then throw it in the fridge until it's ready to be cooked.  Thank you, pinterest.

When I have my next kid, Dylan will be at school from open to close.  I did too much in the beginning of my maternity leave and I sort of regret it.  I wish I would've taken it a little easier. But, you live and you learn.

Hoping to update more, and add recipes I've tried from pinterest. :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

3 weeks old

I really really wanted to be updating more often but this little guy hates to be put down :)

We are still getting to know each other.  It's so strange that this little guy that was inside of me for 9 months is now here, and I have to know exactly what he needs.  Well, I don't.  I don't know anything about babies younger than 6 weeks.  So in the first 2 weeks, (it seemed like) he was crying constantly.  I was under the impression that he would be on a feeding schedule (HA!) so I was feeding him every 2-3 hours. Yeah, no.  He eats about every hour and a half. So far, my "maternity leave to do list" is out the window until further notice :)

This week we seem to be getting the hang of each other.  He finally likes his swing and I think he is enjoying the music and white noise that we put on for him.  Here are some more things I'm learning about him:

- He LOVES the car.  He falls asleep as soon as we get in.  If he isn't tired, he will wake up and scream at every red light..  Which leads me to - when you have an infant that likes to move, red lights are the devil.

- He eats often but not for long each time. He has only had formula a few times - I have been nursing him 90% of the time.  He gets a bottle at night so Dan can feed him once a day and hang out with him.

- He loves the darkness when he's tired.  We've learned that to get him to sleep at night he needs to be swaddled, clean diaper, pacifier, pressed up against your body, swaying, in the dark.  High maintenance?

- He doesn't mind Shadow's kisses at all!  I am really glad about this.  I was worried.  But Shadow will come over and kiss him and he just stares at him.

- Laser still doesn't care much about him.  Which I am totally okay with.

- He really likes to be held. 

- He is already starting to grow out of his newborn clothes! Only some of them.  Some of the shirts are turning into total 80's shirts and coming off of his shoulders. 

It is a rare moment that I am able to sit down and write a post! This week we are finally figuring each other out - and it feels good!