Taking a break from our regularly scheduled food programing today to sit down and chat!
You know when you haven't seen a really good friend in a while and the two of you finally get together and it is an explosion of catching up on each other's lives? You could talk a mile a minute for hours filling each other in. And after your chat you feel like you did something good for your soul?
Those are my favorite type of conversation and we are attempting to conquer one blogger style today! Let's catch up!
We're a family of 4!
I cannot believe that it has taken me so long to introduce the newest member of the fam to you guys! Sawyer is here and he is the absolute best thing to ever happen to Reed and I. We are smitten.
Sawyer was born on March 4th making him nearly FOUR MONTHS old at the time this post drops. FOUR MONTHS! Where has the time gone. Like seriously. Where?! Everyone and their mother is always talking about how time flies, but it took me becoming an actual mother to really get this. Babies grow FAST and I am loving all the stages so far.
In addition to being a happy little guy, sawyer is full of coos, smiles, the most perfect rolls and chubby cheeks.
Cue the baby spam:
What we've been eating:
This month can really be summed up in three words: Beyond Meat Bratwurst
Have you tried them yet?! They are so ridiculously good tasting and also semi difficult to find. We have been living the summer BBQ life with these dogs at least once a week. I love the Spicy Italian flavor and Reed loves the Original. You really can't go wrong.
Other than that it's been a toast loving month. The flavor of the day is either avocado toast with homegrown sprouts or peanut butter and fresh strawberries (best PB&J EVER!).
P.S. I posted my first What I Ate Wednesday blog this month! You can stalk my daily eating habits there.
Becoming a Mom:
All of you with kiddos out there know you don't just have a baby, you become a MOM. Someone who can survive on shockingly little sleep, multitask like never before, and be both softer and stronger than you ever were. It is the hard and most rewarding work and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
And becoming this new version of myself has taught me a lot even in these four short months.
I have learned to be more efficient with my work time, how to suck boogers out of little noses, and how to swaddle a squirming baby. But most importantly I have learned (and am still learning!) how to be in the moment.
My new years resolution this year was to slow down and enjoy the moments. Stop measuring my days by the number of items I checked off my to-do list. Stop constantly thinking about the next thing that needs to be done. I have been working on this for years (maybe forever?) and nothing has been able to break this bad habit like becoming a mother has.
Sometimes there are bottles in the sink to be washed. Three weeks worth of laundry to be folded. Recipes to be tester. And dinner to be made. But there is no better place to be than in this moment with my smiling baby.
Ignore all the stuff. It's HARD work to do so, but some things in life are bigger than our lists. Let's give ourselves permission to be in the moment.
This bouncy seat. Sawyer is fascinated with the motion and brightly colored mobile. I am fascinated by the fact that I have 20 minutes to get stuff done with two hands.
When I have to pump and Sawyer is awake I will set him in this chair and read to him while I pump. I'll often read to him right out of whatever book I am reading at the moment. Right now it's this (I'm pretty sure this one is Sawyer's favorite) and this.
I recently had to take antibiotics and then needed to rehab my gut. Taking antibiotics is something I try to do only when absolutely essential since they can kill off the good bugs in our digestive systems. I am drinking this probiotic lemonade (disclaimer: this is my husband's company) every day and definitely feel my gut returning to normal. And I love that I get to drink a delicious glass of sweet and tart lemonade rather than popping pills!
And that wraps up our first ever Taste of Life post! Thanks for sticking around to catch up.
Chris Crawford says
He is beautiful . You have come a long way from Lincoln. So proud of all you have done.
Thank you so much Chris! Hope you are doing well!
Deborah McNeill says
Congratulations on little Sawyer! He's fabulous! And thank you for sharing your menus and recipes!
Thank you so much, Deborah!