Hi, friends! How are you? Well, I’m having my first painfully sleepy day. I am not really complaining because, well, I could’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. We’re still working to sort out some of that daytime/nighttime reversal stuff; I think it’s as resolved as it can be for her age. I’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 it’s helping, maybe it’s not.
Her sleep and eating patterns give me hope, though – it’s like I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel!
I thought I’d share some recent eats and treats. I’ll be honest; my diet took a total nosedive during the last few months of pregnancy. I wasn’t great about eating vegetables, and I ate a *LOT* of potato chips and chocolate and desserts (yummmm). I kept on telling myself, “You can clean up your diet when the baby is here!” So that’s what I’m trying to do.
I’ve made it a goal to have at least one salad OR one green smoothie with protein a day. And I’ve been making huge sheets of roasted veggies to have with lunches or dinners. I’m eating small but frequent meals because I’m pretty much hungry round-the-clock due to breastfeeding. I keep Larabars and bananas next to my bed for late-night snacks, and I’m trying to nosh on snacks with a good protein/fat combo during the day, like apples and cheese or almonds. You know – basic healthy food stuff. I keep reminding myself that the better I eat, the more energy I will have.
… But I’m still finding room for treats. Can’t eliminate them completely and would never want to!
OMG. WINE. When I was about 38 weeks pregnant, I suddenly “remembered” that I WOULD BE ABLE TO DRINK WINE SOON and was so happy. Claire’s eating and sleeping has been so regular that I can safely savor a glass in the middle of the day – it’s pretty awesome.
Henry and I also made these delicious cupcakes – 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 – a straight replacement for the Candy Cane Lane tea. For the icing, I didn’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.