September 20, 2012

Happy 2 Months!

Our precious baby girl is two months old! So much has changed over the past two months I can hardly believe it. She really is a different baby- wide-eyed, alert, talkative, and happy. We get huge smiles from her every morning on the changing table and lots of "ooo's" and "ahhh's" as the day goes on. I can almost see her mind working as she takes in the world around her, lifting her head off my chest to look back and forth. She still enjoys car rides, walks in her stroller, and now likes to hang out on a blanket on the floor, all by herself. I'm pretty sure she has a conversation with her mobile every day too, as she is the most "talkative" lying on her back looking up at the monkey, elephant, and zebra above.

I know I said it already, but I really can't believe two months have passed. On one hand it feels like it's been longer, like she's been here forever. On the other it feels like time has passed so quickly I never even knew it was September until recently. How is this month almost over? I have no idea. Time, days, weeks, months...none of it matters to me anymore. The days blend together and start anew with me wondering what new thing baby will discover next.

I can finally say that I get it- it does "get better." Those first 7 weeks were some of the hardest of my life. Sleep deprivation, exhaustion, emotions, the battle I had with myself daily to just.let.things.go. The laundry, the dishes, the clutter! If you know me you know I like to keep a clean house and it was actually really hard for me just to submit to the disarray. But I did and I feel so much better about it now. Dishes in the sink from last night's dinner? Oh well. A pile of laundry waiting to be folded on top of the washer? I'll get to it. Eventually! Going to bed as soon as the baby falls asleep? Necessary.

I love you my sweet girl. You've made me one happy Mommy.

September 19, 2012

So What Wednesday

This week I'm starting something new- So What Wednesday.

I'm not sure what direction this blog is going to take. Primarily it will still be a food blog- whatever and whenever I cook something new, improved, exciting, delicious, etc in the kitchen, I will share it with you. But I'm starting to view my blog as more than just a place to share food. I have a lot to reflect on nowadays, you know?

I decided to start with participating in "So What Wednesday" because I see it as a reflection piece; "so what" if I think or do certain things nowadays. My life is different- for the better, for the best, and I have to share, in whatever aspects and in whatever form that may be. 

So What Wednesday

So What....

-If I'm super excited for the iPhone 4s. Nope, not the iPhone 5. I've had the iPhone 3 for a while and now I'm getting the next one up! I guess I'm behind the times.

-If all my instagram pictures are of baby....and occasional some food.
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-If I'm so in love with Parenthood. I cry every.single.time I watch that show. I never want it to end.

-If I allow baby girl to nap on my chest sometimes. It's the sweetest/best thing in the world.

-If I'm ridiculously excited to hear back from hubby's residency programs. I'm not the one becoming a doctor!

-If I've checked out every book in the library on how to get your baby to sleep. I can't wait for her to start giving me a 4 or 5 hour stretch...she's still doing three hours!

-If a little part of me secretly wishes I was still pregnant so I could eat chocolate, cake, brownies, etc without feeling bad. :)

-If I'm dreading the colder temperatures. It was 39 degrees overnight- it's September!!

September 6, 2012

White Chocolate Blueberry Cookies

The past two weeks have been hard. Hubby's schedule has been all over the place with a rotation in emergency medicine. I can't imagine how single parents, military wives, wives of pilots, surgeons, do this on their own, daily. At least my hubby comes home every day (even if it's not always at the same time...) and I can get a minute to myself- usually a quick shower or a run to the grocery store.

Babies are a lot of work! Really, I'm just waiting for the day that I get a 4 or 5 hour stretch of sleep at night. That's all I need baby. Sleep!

Somehow in the midst of it all, I managed to make these cookies. It was several weeks ago when hubby was off for three days in a row (yay!) and I said, that's it, I need to BAKE SOMETHING!

It had been too long.

These cookies are so moist. They're chewy and have the perfect balance of buttery sweetness. The blueberries are not overpowering and the white chocolate is a welcome combination. I think they're the perfect cookie to eat your way through the end of summer before blueberry prices sky rocket again.

It was really hard not to eat these cookies in one sitting. Thankfully, they do hold up well, I'd say almost a week later and they were still pretty darn delicious. Telling myself that I gotta lose the rest of this baby weight was the only thing that kept me from reaching for another!