Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mom vs Dad - Time Differences

I stumbled across this article. Why Mom's Time Is Different From Dad's Time

It takes me 30-minutes to an hour to get Liam to sleep at night. And then sometimes 5 minutes of Dad time. Last night during bedtime Jason vacuumed. It doesn't take long to vacuum, and I really really hate doing it, but I would have rather vacuumed then nursed Liam to sleep. (And he didn't need Dad last night.) 

I find that some points of the article to be true. But not completely related to my household. While I do a lot of putting to bed (I have the boobs afterall to do it,) Jason will have helped with bathtime and/or changing him into PJs and a nighttime diapers. Then while I'm sitting in the nursery playing Candy Crush and nursing Liam, Jason will finish cleaning up the kitchen or like last night, vacuum. He's also in charge of trash so Wednesday night he'll get that ready and out the door. 

I'm on Level 425 in Candy Crush. I'm over 100 levels ahead of Jason, who used to be ahead of me (before September.) I estimate I spend over an hour a day playing Candy Crush, and another two hours or so online reading crap (really, it's crap), and looking at Facebook. I wish my FB were online as much as I am during the day. I base all these numbers on the fact that I spend around average 2.5 hours a day nursing and and 30 minutes pumping. 

I used to feel very overwhelmed because I wasn't able to accomplish anything during the day, except keeping Liam clean and fed. But now, with his longer sleep schedule and nap times, I have some time to clean up the kitchen, do laundry, and even MOP. I also have a little more time to blog and job search. 

And today's naptime was a big fail. Took an hour and a half to get him to sleep.....for an hour... and he's up. 

But he's adorable. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Banana Blueberry Bread (Dairy Free)

I had some bananas and it took me a few tries to find a banana bread recipe that didn't have milk in it. I found this recipe and altered it. The recipe says it's very forgiving, which it is, and which is good because I made a handful of errors. The bread shouldn't have turned out at all, but it did and it's delicious! 

This makes two loaves.

Banana Blueberry Bread
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 5-6 medium bananas. mashed
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2-3 cups fresh/frozen blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two loaf pans with non-stick spray. Line the pans with parchment paper (see photo). 
  2. Beat sugar and oil in a bowl. Add eggs and mashed banana.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and fold into banana mixture alternately with orange juice.
  4. Fold in blueberries.
  5. Pour batter into loaf pans.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour depending 
  7. upon pan size. A toothpick inserted in the center which comes out clean is the best indicator that the loaf is fully baked.
  8. Cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Napping Protests & Parental Choices

So I started this post ages ago. And obviously, since I didn't have any free time, I wasn't able to get it done. 

My child refuses to nap. It's such a struggle. He's sleep on average, 10.5 hours a day. Everything I read says he should be getting 15. HA! 

Sometimes I can luck out, and after an hour of trying and breastfeeding him to sleep, he'll be asleep for 2 hours. Of course, that first hour was on my lap, so I wasn't able to get anything done. He takes a bunch of one-hour naps throughout the day. Usually four. And usually in my lap. If I move him, he wakes. And he is a cranky little man when he wakes.

One day he'll go to day care, and hopefully they will fix him. Or I ruined him for day care providers for the first month or so.


He's napping! It's not perfect, but he will sleep 10-11 hours at night, and then take 2-3 hours of nap during the day, usually a nice chunk in the afternoon.

He's growing, he's five months old already! He weighs 16.2 pounds (40%) and is 26.25 inches long (47%). He's started to sleep better at night, and with the aid of our new camera, it's a lot easier to check on him when he is sleeping. Recently we've had some 8 hour sleeps! It's been amazing.

Instead of spending money on a lot of a baby monitor that has video, and a little screen, I did some more research on cameras that people are using as baby monitors. I decided on a Foscam camera. It's not the best camera out there, but for the price, it works really well. And you can download the iPad app so you can use it (and control it) on your iPad.

Here's some shots we've collected.
I caught Jason taking a nap!!

We've started to be very fortunate with the sleeping. He's soothing himself to sleep. I've put him down for both naps and nighttime while he's still awake. Most of the time he will play a little, and suck his thumb and then fall asleep. Every once in awhile he'll start crying and I'll have to go pick him up and nurse him some more.

He still has a few fussy moments here and there, but he's a very happy baby. He loves his Jumperoo, and he loves playing in his crib or on his play mat.

Playing. (In color because the lights are on!) 
I do want to get rid of the Rock 'N Play, he's almost out grown it, and I'm hoping that the crib transition is permanent. And the RNP only has a 20 pound weight limit. But he's all snuggled in there, so it's nice and comfy for him.

It's nice that he's been able to be home these first few months. Hopefully by the time I find an amazing job and get him into daycare it'll be past flu season and maybe he won't get sick too quickly. A gal can dream, right?
Trying to fall asleep, by playing.

Baby Food
We had to give Liam his first foods a week ago. It was prunes. And he liked it. Luckily we were able to scale back, and he hasn't needed them the past few days. However, it was a big milestone and he'll be eating food soon. I didn't want to give him non-milk before 6 months, but I was out of choices. The doctor wants me to wait a few more weeks, but he is ready. He has all the signs, and he ate the prunes up really well.

I plan to make my own baby food. It's actually not that hard and not that time consuming. It also can be much healthier. This website is amazing with tips and ideas. I actually have both the printed book and kindle edition. And most of the info can be found on the website. Even with buying a few extra things, like some dedicated none-BPA ice cube trays, it's much cheaper to make your own. They even make refillable pouches now so you don't have to buy that squeezable baby food.

And he's awake. Napped for 2 hours and 20 minutes. :)

But he fell back asleep.... so I let him be. He needs all his energy to give his babysitter a good workout tonight!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Time & Drafts

I have four draft blogs started. Only one is food.... I'll post soon.... just trying to find time to wrap up my thoughts.