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Good morning!

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Today’s goal is to organize my bedroom so it doesn’t look like a baby bomb went off.  I think if I just corral the dirty clothes, I’ll be light years ahead of the game…


I need to pull things together because my mom is leaving in the next few days – I am truly so sad just thinking about it!  She’s been here for a little over two weeks and has been the HUGEST help.  She’s really, really assisted us with the adjustment period by doing a lot of Henry’s care, a ton of cleaning and cooking, and just providing general support.  Also – she’s been on multiple wine runs.  Hah. 


I wish she lived in town! We have been so blessed to have her help.


I’ve been stocking the fridge in preparation of her departure.  I didn’t do “freezer meals” before Claire’s birth, but I’m trying to do it now. 


I used the Santa Fe Casserole recipe to make a delicious one-handed meal.

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I did some modifications, though:  I skipped the addition of milk (to firm them up), used leftover Chinese white rice instead of brown ice, and nixed the beans, onions, and peppers for shredded carrots, frozen peas, and frozen corn.  The recipe itself is an awesome base (who doesn’t like rice and cheese?!) and the modifications are endless.


Another one-handed snack/pseudo-meal:  a calorie-packed spinach, berry, banana smoothie with tons (and I mean TONS) of peanut butter. 


Okay – gonna try to organize myself for mom’s eventual exit.  Although I am planning on hiding her car keys to delay her departure…



  • Kathleen Ojo @ My Ojos December 17, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Nothing beats family in those early weeks! The only person I had to help out when my daughter was born was my mom, but she had to work, so it was just my husband and I for the first 10 days, and then me alone when he went back to work! It wasn’t too bad since it was our first baby, but I’m already dreading how hectic things will be with our second! Best of luck getting organized and ready!

  • jenni December 17, 2014, 1:29 pm

    One-handed meals – great way to put it! Watched my cousins yesterday (3 mo old & 2yr old) and one-handed meals sound perfect for when I have my own kids! Always have a baby or a toddler in one hand 🙂

    Glad you could have your mom with you to help with Henry- Moms are the BEST!

  • Erica { } December 17, 2014, 1:35 pm

    The Santa Fe casserole looks delicious! I love making mini quiches in my cupcake pan so I’ll need to try this next.

  • lynne December 17, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Do you sleep in that bed? 🙂
    I’m sure you are going to miss your mom’s help A LOT.

    • Caitlin December 17, 2014, 3:20 pm

      Yes on the far side LOL

  • Traci December 17, 2014, 3:33 pm

    I love that little elephant in one of the photos! Trunks up elephants are good luck, so hopefully your organization will go smoothly. :]

  • Cassie December 17, 2014, 3:42 pm

    I’m so glad my momma is close by!

  • Sagan December 17, 2014, 7:26 pm

    I love recipes where you can change up the ingredients so as to have a whole new meal every time! That sounds like a great one for the freezer.

    That smoothie = mmmmm.

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama} December 18, 2014, 6:57 am

    Hiding her car keys is a great idea! 😉 There’s nothing like having your mom around to help.

  • Nikki December 18, 2014, 7:31 am

    One of my favorite quick recipes are quinoa cups from Iowa Girl Eats. They’re super easy to make. I don’t include the ham, usually substitute for portabella mushrooms and they always turn out delicious. They remind me of the santa fe casserole. I bake them in regular muffin tins.

  • Lindsay December 18, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Do you know what’s amazing? That one day you’ll be called upon to help out with either Henry or Claire and adjusting them to parenthood for the first or second time. 🙂

    My mom didn’t have her mom to help out. I won’t have my mom to help me out in 4 months time, but you know darn well that I’m going to stop that cycle and help out my kids if they want me! I can’t wait for that moment and I’m not even officially a mother yet!

  • Mom/HTP December 20, 2014, 6:41 pm

    It was hard to leave my Boyle family this week. Newborn schedule is an exhausting one and when you add a precious high energy toddler – well that beyond exhaustion as all who have experienced it know. I loved being able to be with my “little girl” as she begins her life with her little girl.

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