Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cooking Funk

I was telling my husband last night that I'm in a cooking funk.  I fell as though I cook the same thing each week and I'm bored of it.  I love cook books but I don't want to buy a bunch of new ones.  I look online, but hate printing off the recipes because I love have recipes hand-written.  I found a website with some delicious looking salads I think I'm going to make this next week (after I go grocery shopping because I have literally run out of everything I would need to make the most simple thing, like banana bread).  
On top of that, I have been looking back at the past 4.5 months with baby Navia.  At first, life was crazy and I felt as though I was feeding her all day long.  However, now I feel that I'm holding her all the time and when I'm not holding her, she screams.  I had much more time to cook in the beginning, even though I didn't feel like it at the time.  I guess it's another excuse for why I have been in a cooking funk.  Now I'm adjusting, and in about a month I will adjust again, and then again.  That's the life of a mom, right?  
With all that being said, I love to cook.  It's so relaxing.  I love the idea of organizing a meal where you have to coordinate the timing in order to have it all ready at the same time.  It also makes it more fun because my husband loves to eat what I cook.  I love the idea of having a garden that I can cook from daily during the summer.  I began doing that last year, but I want to do more of it this year.  Pioneer Woman is one of my inspirations in the kitchen, so is Paula Deen (I love butter...).  Besides that, I try anything that looks good.
What are your favorite recipes?  Cookbooks?  Ideas for getting out of my cooking funk?
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Next post coming:  Sewing 101


Friday, March 25, 2011

Momma's Visit

My mom came to visit last week.  I was very excited to see her, and she was very excited to see Navia.  That's how it goes now.  Anyways, we had such a great time.  It was relaxing, but we did a lot of stuff.  I love it when life works out that way.  We took a mini road-trip to Plimoth Plantation, went antiquing, ate some delicious clam chowda' and to-die-for cupcakes, and took walks and lots of pictures.  I had a great time and wish it didn't have to end so quickly, but am also excited to get back to normal for a couple weeks before my family comes out again in April!  I'm so blessed to have a family that puts family first.  I never thought that was how they worked.  I knew we all loved each other, but we are all so independent so what a person decides to do impacts the family, but it doesn't shift everyone else's life around (unless it is a drastic life change).  But now, I see my family does put family as a priority, and it makes me feel loved.  I'm a quality time person, which I've mentioned before, so I love spending time with people I love because it makes me feel more loved.  Even if all we are doing is watching "American Pickers".  My new fav, by the way.
On the topic of "American Pickers", I want to be a picker.  I think I was born for that kind of work, minus my terrible allergies that seems to get in the way of everything fun.  I often make fun of myself and say I'm a hoarder, but a picker is more accurate.  I love going into stores, looking at everything and finding a good deal.  I'm pretty cheap.  I like old stuff.  It just fits me.
I had a wonderful time with my mom.  Here are some pictures from the week...

Tell me she is not her daddy's girl

Friday, March 18, 2011

What I Do

Each morning I wake up to my husband getting ready for work (of course I've already been awake at least once throughout the night to feed my bay-bay) and I think to myself, "I'm so glad I don't have to get ready for my job."   I always thought I would love working at my career.  In fact, while I was preggo with Navia I was in the search for a job, thinking I would love to work even when we had a baby.  I was SO WRONG!  Never, never, never would I want to leave my baby during the day.  Honestly, I don't think I would be able to.  I'm not strong enough.  I would cry every day and hate life.  I was so humbled (my pride was squashed) by the fact when I finally had her and spent time with her I LOVED it.  I'm a quality time person so I believe by me staying home with her, we are developing a stronger relationship (even though she can't talk yet, only smile and scream).  
As for my husband, he works full-time.  He goes to school full-time.  He is a full-time husband and dad.  In all reality, he doesn't get a break ever.  I'm even more humbled when I think about how much he does to support us  and how much I do which I much less.  Yes, I know being a mom is important and a full-time job...but it's really fun so there are more times than not where I don't realize I'm "working".  
What I'm saying is, my husband is awesome!  He's the best leader I could have imagined...I'm beyond blessed by him.  
Song of Solomon 5:10-  "My beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand."
As for me, here is what my typical day consists of.  I love it.
She squirmed her legs out of her swaddle while crying.
A little dramatic?

Just too much!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What If?

I've been told that thinking "what if" is a doubtful thing to do.  When people ask those two little words, it makes them think about what we haven't been given and doubt what we do have for something else.  I'm not sure how I feel about what I've been told, but I'm willing to explore it to a certain degree.  I believe God has a plan for me...that He'll share it with me if I ask and am willing to listen.  So, let me dare and ask, "What If?".  
I've seen posts for weekends on other bloggers' sites and they allow one to daydream...I want to take that fun idea and run with it.  I'll be trying to do this on the weekends because most people have more time to look at pictures on Google, right?  Anyways, daydream...pray...think...what if you did, where would it take you?
*apparently I think highly of myself as I've said "I've" a lot in this post.  Forgive me.  
To save up for a sewing machine just like this one

To get a foot stool like this...for cheap

To binge on delicious hot chocolate

To makeover my bedroom in shabby-chic
To find a handmade quilt to cuddle up in

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sleepy Baby

So my hubby and I are sleep training.  I originally thought I could skirt the issue because Navia was such a good sleeper right away (I mean, at about 6 weeks we could put her down drowsy and she would fall asleep for a good 5 hours.  This amount of time would increase until we got a good 7 hours average each night).  Sorry for the rabbit trail.  Then 16 weeks hit us like a brick wall.  She was up every hour or so.  I wasn't sure if she was hungry so I nursed her back to sleep, then WHAM, she would wake up again.  Slowly, throughout the week she would increase her time asleep, but it was nothing like the previous couple months and I figured she wasn't hungry each time she woke up. 
p.s. I never thought I enjoyed sleep until I had a baby and it was taken away from me.  I'm a morning person by nature so sleep was a necessity, rarely a desire.

I typed in "4-month-old sleep" in Google about a week-and-a-half ago and the dreaded word "regression" was staring back at me in bold, black writing.  I decided to go to the Beverly Mom's Group I had attended earlier this winter to get a better picture of the monster I was dealing with.  I learned it usually lasts a few weeks and babies grow out of it, but I didn't want to wait 3 weeks to sleep again.  No, no, no.  I would like to sleep now.  So I did a little more research and studying of my baby girl.  

Up until this point, she wasn't emotionally attached to her pacifier.  However, at night, in her crib, I began to see that if I took it out while she was falling asleep or if she it out she would scream bloody murder until it was in her mouth again.
p.s. Navia doesn't have a baby cry, she has a diva scream.

The time had come for sleep training (but more so eliminating her need for the pacifier).  I still cringe when I say the words because I have the tendency to think I'm a bad mom for letting her cry.  I'm not though.  It works for us.  I thank the Lord I had constantly been praying for wisdom on how to deal with this situation. A month ago, I began to put her in her crib to nap so she would get used to it, and a week ago I stopped giving her the pacifier during the daytime.

Yesterday was horrible.  I was sick.  Navia was not sleeping during naps.  She would cry for an hour, sleep for 20 minutes and cry again to eat.  But last night something magical happened.  SHE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT!  Now, I'm not talking 5 or 6 hours.  I'm talking 10 hours straight!  I thanked the Lord right when I woke up.  I know it may not be like this every night, but she did it once so we know she can do it again.  

I'm so glad the Lord knows my needs, my husband's needs and Navia's needs.  He is faithful and gives us just what we need in that moment.  I'm so blessed by my God!

Matthew 11:28- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

As a little treat to all you who read this, here's a funny "letter" from written from the perspective of a baby.  Enjoy!
She's my lovie

Dear Fellow Babies,
OK, here’s my situation. My Mommy has had me for almost 5 months. The first few months were great – I cried, she picked me up and fed me, anytime, around the clock. Then something happened. Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to STTN (sleep thru the night). At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only getting worse.
I’ve talked to other babies, and it seems like its pretty common after Mommies have had us for around 5-6 months. Here’s the thing: these Mommies don’t really need to sleep. It’s just a habit. Many of them have had some 30 years to sleep – they just don’t need it anymore. So I am implementing a plan. I call it the Crybaby Shuffle.
It goes like this:
Night 1 – cry every 3 hours until you get fed. I know, it’s hard. It’s hard to see your Mommy upset over your crying. Just keep reminding yourself, it’s for her own good.
Night 2 – cry every 2 hours until you get fed.
Night 3 – every hour.
Most Mommies will start to respond more quickly after about 3 nights. Some Mommies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These Mommies may stand in your doorway for hours, shhhh-ing. Don’t give in. I cannot stress this enough: CONSISTENCY IS KEY!! If you let her STTN (sleep through the night), just once, she will expect it every night. I know it’s hard! But she really does not need the sleep; she is just resisting the change.. If you have an especially alert Mommy, you can stop crying for about 10 minutes, just long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again. It WILL eventually work. My Mommy once stayed awake for 10 hours straight, so I know she can do it.
The other night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick to it and just go for it. BE CONSISTENT! I cried for any reason I could come up with:

-My sleep sack tickled my foot.
-I felt a wrinkle under the sheet.
-My mobile made a shadow on the wall.
-I burped, and it tasted like rice cereal. I hadn’t eaten rice cereal since breakfast, what’s up with that?
-The dog said “ruff”. I should know. My Mommy reminds me of this about 20 times a day. LOL.
-Once I cried just because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room.
-Too hot, too cold, just right – doesn’t matter! Keep crying!!
-I had drooled so much my sheets were damp and I didn’t like it touching me.
-I decided I was sick of all the pink in my room so I cried.

It took awhile, but it worked. She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow night, my goal is 3:30am. You need to slowly shorten the interval between feedings in order to reset your Mommies’ internal clocks.
Sometimes my Mommy will call for reinforcements by sending in Daddy. Don’t worry Daddies are not set up for not needing sleep the way Mommies are. They can only handle a few pats and shhing before they declare defeat and send in the Mommy.
Also, be wary of the sleep sheep with rain noises. I like to give Mommy false hope that listening to the rain puts me to sleep sometimes I pretend to close my eyes and be asleep and then wait until I know Mommy is settling back to sleep to spring a surprise cry attack. If she doesn’t get to me fast enough I follow up with my fake cough and gag noise that always has her running to the crib. At some point I am positive she will start to realize that she really doesn’t really need sleep.
P.S. Don’t let those rubber things fool you, no matter how long you suck on them, no milk will come out.
Trust me.

Baby J

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Finally Doin' It

Here it is.  My blog.  I've been thinking about this for some time.  Wondering if I should do it or not, wondering if I have anything to really say (and if I do say anything, what will it be) and wondering if anyone will read it.  Each time I have thought about starting my own blog, I get those butterflies...I get nervous and excited at the same time.  I see these great blogs with beautiful pictures and words.  Finally, I want to add my own "creative" juices to the mix.  

My name is Kaylyn.  My husband's name is Mike (I call him Michael because it makes me feel unique to everyone else that talks to him) and my daughter's name is Navia Pearl...a beautiful name, right?  We live in Massachusetts (finally learned how to spell it) as my husband completes his time at seminary.  I love the Lord first, my husband and family second and daydreaming third.  I don't think I'm creative, but my husband says otherwise...I really just think I get my ideas for everyone else.  

I'm still losing baby weight, learning how to sew, love the movie "You've Got mail" as it is my inspiration in life to work in a book store and have twinkle lights everywhere and I make wreaths.  Yes, I make wreaths...I'm an old woman at heart.  Maybe I'll put some pictures of them up sometime.  As for now, I'll put pictures up of my daughter because she's cuter than anything else I have ever seen.  Enjoy your time here...let it be relaxing.  That's why I'm doing an outlet to relax.