Hi, friends! How are you? Well, Iâ€™m having my first painfully sleepy day. I am not really complaining because, well, I couldâ€™ve been painfully sleepy this whole time! But Claire is proving to be a pretty great newborn sleeper, capable of a few long stretches at night. Weâ€™re still working to sort out some of that daytime/nighttime reversal stuff; I think itâ€™s as resolved as it can be for her age. Iâ€™m also doing a few things differently with Claire than I did with Henry (swaddling from the start, not being afraid to use the pacifier occasionally, not rushing to pick her up at every single peep); maybe itâ€™s helping, maybe itâ€™s not.
Her sleep and eating patterns give me hope, though â€“ itâ€™s like I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel!
I thought Iâ€™d share some recent eats and treats. Iâ€™ll be honest; my diet took a total nosedive during the last few months of pregnancy. I wasnâ€™t great about eating vegetables, and I ate a *LOT* of potato chips and chocolate and desserts (yummmm). I kept on telling myself, â€œYou can clean up your diet when the baby is here!â€ So thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m trying to do.
Iâ€™ve made it a goal to have at least one salad OR one green smoothie with protein a day. And Iâ€™ve been making huge sheets of roasted veggies to have with lunches or dinners. Iâ€™m eating small but frequent meals because Iâ€™m pretty much hungry round-the-clock due to breastfeeding. I keep Larabars and bananas next to my bed for late-night snacks, and Iâ€™m trying to nosh on snacks with a good protein/fat combo during the day, like apples and cheese or almonds. You know â€“ basic healthy food stuff. I keep reminding myself that the better I eat, the more energy I will have.
â€¦ But Iâ€™m still finding room for treats. Canâ€™t eliminate them completely and would never want to!
OMG. WINE. When I was about 38 weeks pregnant, I suddenly â€œrememberedâ€ that I WOULD BE ABLE TO DRINK WINE SOON and was so happy. Claireâ€™s eating and sleeping has been so regular that I can safely savor a glass in the middle of the day â€“ itâ€™s pretty awesome.
Henry and I also made these delicious cupcakes â€“ I have to share the recipe with you! These cupcakes are Gingerbread Spice with Hot Cocoa Icing.
I used the Candy Cane Lane Tea Cupcakes concept but made the cakes with Gingerbread Spice tea â€“ a straight replacement for the Candy Cane Lane tea. For the icing, I didnâ€™t add any tea at all but mixed into packets of Swiss Miss hot cocoa (and a touch more water).
They were gone within the day! I, for the record, only had two. Hah.