Jan 23, 2017

Purees Just Aren't Cutting It Anymore

So way back when Addie was just a little thing I had some serious anxiety about switching to table foods. How do you know what to feed them? How do you know that they are getting enough? How do I know I cut the pieces small enough? What if they have a reaction to something? What if they choke?

Apparently even though I've done it before that anxiety still showed up when we started running out of purees for Connor and I realized it was time to switch him to table foods. I always said that Addie was an eater and she still is a great eater but Connor is even more so. He will eat anything you put in front of him. He has never rejected anything.

But we noticed he was hungrier. The purees weren't holding him like they used to which meant he was hungry and grumpy. So we started giving him more table foods in addition to his purees and he loved it. He just couldn't get enough of it but we still had a good amount of purees that we wanted to get rid of so table foods for all meals would just have to wait.

Much like I did with Addison I started giving him table foods at dinner with us then he had the purees for lunch. I worried that he wouldn't eat the purees after having table foods but apparently he's easy and just wanted food no matter the form.

But then one day we ran out of purees. And all the sudden I had a 10 month old on my hands who needed actual food for every meal. And because life has gotten the better of me lately, I was completely unprepared. I didn't have much in the house to get him and realized quickly I had to start planning for a baby eating table foods again. He couldn't just eat the foods Addie was having yet so I had to think it through to make sure he was getting everything he needed each meal.

Luckily I already knew he loved turkey and deli turkey cut up to his size was easy enough. But he can't live on turkey alone, so that meant I needed more food. Of course it's not really all that challenging. I gathered a fruit and a vegetable to go with the turkey and cheese he had each lunch time. Dinner was easy enough because he has whatever we were having only deconstructed.

I don't have it all figured out. But honestly does anyone ever truly have this parenting thing figured out? But he seems to be transitioning well and loving the table foods. And I'm pleased with how things are going and how well he's taking to new foods and just table foods in general.

Comment below: How did you handle table foods? What do you feed your baby?

Jan 20, 2017

OBMS: New on the Shop // Happy Friday

Hey it's finally Friday! Is anyone else pumped about that?! I can't be the only one feeling the Fri-YAY vibe today.

So today I'm sharing some of the new necklaces now available on the shop - some just happen to be perfect for the upcoming Valentine's Day.

Umbrella Necklace

Large Arrow Necklace

Turquoise Glass Teardrop Necklace

Adventure Awaits Necklace

Small Heart Necklace

Love Necklace

Blue Glass Teardrop Necklace
There is still plenty of time to get these necklaces however most of these necklaces have only a stock of 2-4 so don't miss out.

In other shop news, I am now past 100 favorites on the shop! That was definitely an exciting milestone for me. Plus I'm inching closer to 100 sales in my shop, which is even more exciting.

Make sure to check out the shop and get your necklace ordered.

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Jan 19, 2017

How to Boil Water: Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas

So the other day I had a hankering for quesadillas. No clue why. I also really wanted to tacos and the best tacos I have ever had was in Orange Beach at Chronic Tacos. Since we don't have one of those, I went with quesadillas because it just seems easier and I couldn't find the taco recipe I wanted to try. So using that trusty Pinterest (follow me here), I found this recipe.

Dinner is Bought To You By: Damn Delicious

Here's What You Need:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 tbsp Old El Paso taco seasoning mix
1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso chopped green chiles, drained
8 (8-inch) tortillas for burritos
1 (16 oz) can Old El Paso refried beans, heated
2 avocado, peeled, halved, seeded and sliced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Here's What You Do:
 Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Drain excess fat and stir in taco seasoning and green chiles; set aside.

Top tortillas with refried beans, ground beef mixture, avocado and mozzarella, and then top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas.

Place quesadillas onto prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 8-10 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro, if desired.

There was a couple of differences we had that wasn't in the original recipes. First instead of using a tablespoon of the taco seasoning, I used the whole package. Maybe that was a tablespoon, maybe not. I didn't actually realize there was even an measurement on this ingredient until I was just typing it up above. So there's there. We also had less green chiles than called for because as I was draining - since I don't have a small strainer, I opened the lid then pushed down to drain - I ended up spilling half the chiles in the sink. Definitely didn't mean to do that but oh well. That wasn't a huge deal since I would have preferred going light on the green chiles anyway.

The next difference was two shopping errors which was done by the hubs, although it was my fault for not writing down specifics to what I wanted. Turns out he can't read my mind....

Anyway, I didn't write down the size of the can of refried beans I needed so the man bought a 31 oz can, although I'm not sure why he thought we needed so much. So a lot went to waste. Along the same lines, I didn't write down the size of the tortilla so he got the biggest size so I only ended up making two quesadillas total because that was more than plenty. But both of those things didn't impact anything really.

So my first impressions and feelings about this was definitely delicious. It had a mix of flavors and I loved how the avocado cooled everything down and even though once upon a time I wouldn't have said this, I will now confirm that I do like the taste of avocados. Yum!

I loved how easy this meal was and made plenty of food for us. This is definitely going into our favorites because it was just good and we all enjoyed it!

Comment below: What is your favorite quesadilla recipe?

Jan 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Tray Sitting

If you follow me on Instagram (or Facebook) then you have seen a picture of my munchkin in this tray. Every single time he sees this tray he turns it over just so he can sit in it. And he just sits in it for the longest time. He also took it upon himself to open my brace and sit in my brace while I had it off the other day. I love my kids' weird quirks.

Comment below: What are the weirdest things your kids sit in?

Jan 17, 2017

Currently: Winter 2017 Edition

Currently Working On // Recovering. But that's a constant. But otherwise working on shop stuff. There is always things to do, plus I just listed a bunch of new necklaces so always busy with the advertising.

Currently Anticipating // A weekend away just me and the hubs. There has been a lot going on for us since October and we desperately need a kid-free weekend away, which is in the works once I'm back on my feet again.

Currently Annoyed By // The knee brace. I really hate that thing. Yeah, I have full range of motion now but it's still hard to move around. I have the flexibility back (and almost without pain now) and my strength is coming back so having to be in it all day is pretty frustrating and annoying.

Currently Grateful For // The hubs. I think he's my grateful for every time I have done one of these but this time is even more true than normal. He has been picking up the slack for me while I've been healing and struggling. That man is a saint.

Currently Reading // Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling) - I have read this book about four times now (this is five I think). I reread the whole series every couple of years and I guess it's that time again.

Currently Staying Active // Pretty much the only thing I'm allowed to do is PT. I have about thirty some exercises now which takes me almost an hour to get through them all. I have PT that I do at home (although some of those exercises I only do once a day) twice a day and I go to PT twice a week. Can't do much until I get my leg back.

Currently Craving // Chicken wings. It's funny because I read that apparently I was craving chicken wings in the last time I wrote one of these. Still craving those chicken wings!

Currently Loving // I want to say bullet journaling again but that feels like a cheat from last fall's currently. That's definitely true though. I'm really loving my hot chocolate I have every day. All I have to do is get myself a super cute mug and I'm all set.

Currently Would Love to Travel To // Anywhere warm. I am not a fan of winter. I get the winter blues every year and I just don't like the cold. Plus it is such a pain to get everyone all bundled up just to go out.

Comment below: What is currently going on with you?

Jan 16, 2017

A Pain in the Knee: Part VI (aka Knee Surgery & Recovery + Being a Mom = Really Hard)

I probably could just about wrap up my thoughts about being a mom and knee surgery with what you just read in the title. It's really hard. Some days it borders on impossible even. But I'm doing it.

In case you were living under a rock or new to the blog, I had knee surgery about a month and half ago. (You can check out the whole story down below by following the links.) So for the weeks following the surgery I was pretty helpless. I was on crutches for about three weeks which meant I couldn't take care of my kids, definitely not able to pick up Connor. Plus I was on pain killers and my knee was hurting pretty bad so I was mostly just laid up.

For the first week the hubs worked from home doing my job and his. Which he quickly discovered was close to impossible. He was definitely ready to go back to work the next week at which my mom came out and helped out during Rob's working hours. After that week, Rob took the next two weeks off which also happened to be Christmas and New Years. It was after the New Year that we didn't have any idea what we were going to do.

I was starting to get around better but we both seemed to have some doubts that I could make it through the day alone. I wasn't on the crutches anymore but my brace was still set at only a 30 degree bend and it was hard to get around. I was able to pick up Connor and carry him around. But I wore out quickly.

But I was ready to get back to "normal." I knew we weren't going to be anywhere close to normal for awhile but this was one step closer. The first day at being home alone with the two kids was actually a short day for me because I had a PT session and a knee follow-up appointment. It just so happened to be a good way to get my feet wet. The morning went well. We all survived. I was a bit worn out but I made it. And it just so happened that that day I got full range of motion with my brace. I was also cleared to sleep without it on, which meant I would hopefully get better sleep each night. And I was cleared to do a little walking without the brace on once the kids went to bed (they have a way of taking your feet out from under you and my knee still needed to be protected some).

We celebrated getting full range of motion then life continued as normal. Rob went back to work the rest of the week and I took care of the kiddos. We didn't do much I'll confess. We watched movies and hung around the house. But I had some learning to do. During my PT session in the morning was a little tougher when I had two kids running around and icing my knee for 20 minutes after that PT was near impossible thanks to those same two kids about. I had to stand up then pick up Connor when we got off the floor. Getting up and down from the floor constantly was harder and more painful than I thought it would be. I couldn't crawl after a very fast Connor who got into everything. Basically I struggled to keep up with him.

But I decided to just focus on one hour at a time. And before I knew it the week was up and the weekend flew by. With the new week looming we had to figure out Addie going back to school. Rob took over drop off and I decided to try pick up. The first day of pick up, carrying Connor across the parking lot was pretty exhausted and I was done but I did it. We then worked out Rob working from home the afternoons I had PT in order to help me out with the kiddos after PT when my leg was pretty done.

So although I was making it through the days, I'm struggling regularly. I get worn out easily. Addie is constantly moving and talking and going. Connor doesn't stop exploring and checking out things he shouldn't be. Plus that boy seems to be attracted to my knee and has tried to hit, kick or just crawl across my bad knee many many times.

Being a mom is hard work and endless and trying to do that while recovering from knee surgery (which is no joke by the way) is really hard. I hurt a lot. I've been hit in the knee occasionally. I count the hours until the hubs get home (who am I kidding?! I did this before the surgery too!). I struggle with frustration and exhaustion and sometimes pain throughout the day.

But everyday I can do more. My knee is getting stronger - my quad is slowly getting stronger. So although so much of my focus is recovering and getting back on my feet again, I am back to being a (solo) stay-at-home mom again.

A Pain in the Knee: Part I (aka The Backstory)
A Pain in the Knee: Part II (aka The Surgery)
A Pain in the Knee: Part III (aka The Recovery)
A Pain in the Knee: Part IV (aka Physical Therapy)
A Pain in the Knee: Part V (aka Still Recovering)

Jan 13, 2017

For the Boy Who Gets Into Everything // Happy Friday

So in case you were wondering, Connor is into EVERYTHING. And I seriously mean everything. He is just curious about the world and instead of just sitting there observing like Addison, he just goes for it. For a mom with a bum knee who can't keep up, that's exhausting. I mean seriously exhausting.

Turns out when you have a full knee brace on, it's hard to move around and get up off the floor or down on the floor or walk. Crawling is impossible. So chasing a 10 month old who wants to check out the world, is really hard.

But last weekend we came up with a solution.

Yup, that's a blown up swimming pool (and really bad quality pictures, I posted a picture last weekend on my Instagram) in the middle of my living room. But ya know, it worked. That boy couldn't escape. Addie loved hopping in and out of it and filling it with toys. But Connor was trapped.

It worked great for a day. But after they went to bed, it occurred to me that I can't actually reach him. The hubs was around and his knees work just fine. But my poor knees in my awful knee brace just don't right now, so the pool disappeared by the next morning. But the hubs loved that for a day he didn't have to chase or intercept Connor from doing something he wasn't supposed to be doing.

So there you have it, a way to pen in your kids with soft walls and plenty of room.

Comment below: What are your creative ways of keeping your curious baby out of everything? 

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

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