He Doesn’t Like Oatmeal!

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Good morning.


A short poem about my weekend:


Another weekend is gone.

I watched eight episodes of Breaking Bad.

I tried to go running, but my knee hurt.

It made me really sad.


Yup.  Still having problems with my knees after the race.  My knees started to ache (that old, unfortunately familiar Runner’s Knee sensation), and although they are totally fine on a daily basis, the pain starts to come back around the 5K mark.  I think I probably just need more time for the inflammation to subside, so I’ve been taking it really (really) easy – hence all those episodes of Breaking Bad.  Shunning the gym wasn’t really in my plans for the past week, but it’s probably for the best.  When it comes to injuries, short-term setbacks are > than long-term losses.


I made Henry oatmeal for breakfast.  And guess what?  He didn’t like it!


I didn’t like oatmeal at first, either, so I’ll keep introducing it.  But still – I was shocked.  Banana oats are the bomb, Henry!  Don’t you know?


My serving:


1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1 sliced banana

Toppings: slivered almonds, raspberries, brown sugar (Henry had sunflower seeds instead of almonds)


Something to Read


I recently stumbled across this New York Times piece called “Questioning the Pelvic Exam,” which I thought was pretty interesting given my own complex history of pelvic exams.  I think this article is definitely a must-read if you’re coming up on your annual appointment, as it does a great job explaining why the pelvic exam is helpful, how often you should really get it, why doctors do it, and why it may not be something you want done every single year.


Here’s the article —> Questioning the Pelvic Exam.


Off to get things done!  Have a good one.



  • Presley @ Run Pretty November 11, 2013, 10:21 am

    My son will only eat oatmeal if I basically let it “harden” up and form it into bites. Totally cold and disgusting to me, but he loves it. Whatever works.

  • Nic Dempsey November 11, 2013, 10:35 am

    I just read that article and I’m really surprised. Seriously they do that every year? I’m in the UK, I have a regular smear test and have had my fair share of issues (abnormal cells lasered twice) but have never had a pelvic exam as described in the article and would have a serious problem if my doctor wanted to do that as a routine thing, with no other symptoms!

  • Autumn November 11, 2013, 10:39 am

    I stopped going to medical doctors years ago. Personal choice. Since my husband and I are going to start trying for a baby, I decided I should get checked out. I decided to go with a local woman who does thermography. Thermography does not emit any radiation and shows you thermal images that will detect even microscopic changes in cell abnormalities. This is generally used for the early detection of breast cancer, the thermogram will detect it before a mammogram. The results are then sent to an M.D. who is trained to interpret the results. So I guess I did see an M.D…kind of. I don’t want to discourage any one who is comfortable going to an M.D., I have just had amazing results with thermography and it’s much more comfortable than a pelvic exam. However, most times this is not covered by insurance. Just so you all know, no abnormalities were found and my husband and I are free to start trying. Yay!

  • SuperCutePetContest November 11, 2013, 11:11 am

    I didn’t like oatmeal until I was a teenager. I loved grits though!

  • Rebecca November 11, 2013, 11:48 am

    My cousin’s son used to only eat oatmeal if she put uncooked oats on top/mixed in. I think he liked the crunch? I’m not sure if he’s still that way, but that’s how it was a few years ago when he was probably two or three.
    I only eat oatmeal if it’s thinned with a lot of water. Cannot stand thicker oatmeal for some reason. And I only eat certain flavors. Quaker stopped putting as much brown sugar in their brown sugar oatmeal and I started putting actual brown sugar in. Flavor!

    I was so relieved when my doctor told me I wouldn’t have to have a pelvic exam/pap smear again for a year or two. Worst. thing. ever. I’m not sexually active, and I don’t plan to be for several more years. They did one last summer to see if I had ovarian cysts because I was having lots of pain. Turned it out it wasn’t cysts so I went through all of that for nothing. Sigh. I probably would’ve had to start having them soon, but still.

  • emily November 11, 2013, 12:30 pm

    Does Henry like cottage cheese? Because you could stir some cottage cheese (a la Kath); that has made a big difference in my enjoyment of oats.

  • Abi@AbsofSteel November 11, 2013, 1:43 pm

    it took me a long time to love oatmeal, he’ll get there 😉

  • Melissa November 11, 2013, 1:45 pm

    That oatmeal sounds tasty! It could be an acquired taste though, so he might start to enjoy it in a little while.

  • Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado November 11, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Henry!!! I can’t believe it! Oh well, more oatmeal for us 🙂

  • Ali November 11, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Don’t you hate injuries!? They are so annoying, but I guess it’s our bodies trying to tell us something. It’s convenient that you have an acupuncturist as a husband! Henry will come along and love oatmeal later I’m sure!

  • Brenda November 11, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Does Henry like applesauce? I give my son a 50% oatmeal 50% applesauce blend for breakfast. He eats it right up, vs. plain applesauce which he eschews. I know applesauce is high in sugar, but the Trader Joes organic unsweetened applesauce has only one ingredient: organic apples; so really, how bad can it be?

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 11, 2013, 4:57 pm

    I’m with ya, Henry! I really want to like oatmeal, but I just can’t do it — it’s a texture thing!

  • Sarah November 11, 2013, 5:15 pm

    As a monogamous (married) woman with no family history and a good 5+ years of normal exam results, I simply asked my doc if I could skip it. She was totally fine with skipping both the pap smear and the pelvic exam for 2 years. I just had to ask 🙂

  • Amber November 11, 2013, 6:03 pm

    My daughters don’t like hot oatmeal either (I was also so bummed), but they both LOVE overnight oats, which is even better, because there’s no dishes to do! I excitedly told my daughter that we were going to have french toast once, and she just said “umm, no thanks. Can I just have cold oatmeal?”

    • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow November 11, 2013, 6:35 pm

      I’m wishy-washy on hot oats too, but I’m so glad you mentioned overnight oats – I’ve been meaning to try them, I think I would like those better! Any favorites?

      • Amber November 12, 2013, 8:46 am

        oats, milk, plain yogurt, banana, and cinnamon! They like that it’s not too sweet I think, it’s super healthy. I also love to stir pumpkin in during the fall 🙂

  • Amber K November 11, 2013, 7:15 pm

    I hate the texture of oatmeal except for overnight oats made with Greek yogurt and no milk. Chewy instead of mush.

  • Sara November 12, 2013, 8:54 am

    I miss Breaking Bad so much. I am thinking of re-watching it … it’s just genius. Good way to spend your time healing 🙂

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