Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We Are Ready for Halloween

Hi there!

I'm not a huge Halloween person.  I loved it as a kid and in college it was always a great excuse for a good party, but in recent years I haven't gotten that excited about Halloween.  I do love the candy (last year's post: Halloween Candy - Cruelty-Free & Animal Friendly!)
and watching Hocus Pocus though!  And this year I am having a blast dressing up Sage.

Thank goodness he puts up with his mama.  This weekend we have a pumpkin carving party and I'm so excited to bring our little munchkin.

In other news, I have been taking advantage of this glorious fall weather and running close to every other day, two miles with the dogs.  I took Lincoln, our yellow lab, for the first time yesterday and boy did he give me a workout!  He dragged me along with him and I appreciated the push to keep on going. At 14 years old he is in incredible shape.  Thank you for the workout, Lincoln!

Jax is fun to run with too if you want to be lazy.  He sniffs a lot and isn't as fast.  They are good boys.  I can only take one at a time though because it just wouldn't flow all of us running together.  I might lose an arm or something.  My knees have felt tight lately which doesn't make me happy, but I'm staying positive and jumping into running again slowly.

Today, we are visiting the babysitter again for an hour.  I'm making a routine of this over the next two months to get acclimated.  Sage still won't take a bottle so each week we're going to have the sitter try.

I think I might go sign my husband and I up for the gym by our house today too.  I want this nice fall weather to last for a while, but I want the gym to fall back on if it turns. 

Sage is holding my hand while I type this post... No words to describe how that makes me feel.  He's overdue for a morning nap. Sweet boy.

This post is random, but I wanted to say hi!  To sum things up:  Halloween is super fun with my baby boy, I'm running again, and I love autumn.  There we go!

What are you doing for Halloween?

What's your favorite candy?

Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Weeks Later with Baby Sage

Hi there!

Just a few minutes ago Sage turned 10 weeks old.  It's close to 6AM and he has just fallen back asleep in my arms.  Baby boy slept from 8:30PM to 5:00AM last night! I'm so impressed.  That is by far the longest stretch of sleep for him and myself yet.  I think I slept close to eight hours last night...that's CRAZY!  It's probably been close to a year that I've slept that long.  

I wanted to do a post on life 10 weeks later with our beautiful baby boy.  It's a way for me to remember little details in time.  I'll be doing a three month update for Sage soon so this is more about me.  Here I go!

Ten weeks later...

I'm getting substantially more sleep than those early weeks of 2-4 hours each night of interrupted sleep.  I'm not even sure how I was functioning then. Well, I didn't leave my house for a month at first.  The female body is incredible.  If you had told me I'd be getting by on that little sleep (which I suppose people did) I would have been a bit scared.  Taking care of another life and being crazy sleep deprived is no joke.  However, I found energy reserves that seemed to not exist prior to becoming a mama.  It's remarkable where you find the energy when you feel like you have none.  It's all worth every sleepless night.

Sage is sleeping in the Rock n' Play next to our bed.  I'm not sure when we'll try to move him over to his crib.  I'm certainly not ready yet.

I'm cooking and baking a lot again.  So much of these updates relate to sleep.  Less sleep meant lack of desire to cook because I just wanted to sleep every chance I got.  Now, I'm constantly looking for new recipes to try. I'm really having fun cooking and being home with Sage.  He often hangs out with me in the kitchen.  He likes watching me bounce around and talk to him.

I'm so grateful that I'm home on maternity leave for another two months because I do not feel ready to go back to work yet.  I'm just not ready to leave Sage.  I love spending my days with him. It's such a special time and he's a blast to hangout with.  Watching him develop and grow each day is the most precious thing.

I'm almost back to my pre-baby size.  My clothes fit.  Pants are just slightly tighter.  I'm guessing I'm a few pounds heavier.  I have noticed with running though that my stomach has gotten tighter the last few weeks.

There's plenty of laundry each day.  Who knew such a beautiful little person could go through so much laundry.  

We're loving our cloth diapers.  They are the best!  We have 18 Bum Genius 4.0s and I highly recommend them.  Sage hardly has any diaper rash from them, very rarely do they leak, and the best part is we haven't spent a dime on diapers in 10 weeks.  

I still get overly emotional at times.  Being a mama is hard work.  Sage was crying Saturday evening really hard for just a few minutes and I think he was just really overtired.  He was so worked up that he wouldn't eat.  I knew he just needed to relax.  My husband scooped him up out of my arms and I just started to cry.  I too was overtired and drained and my body just needed that release.  Sage maybe cried for five minutes tops, and then fed and went to sleep.  Looking back, it was no big deal, but sometimes those moments are tough.  We both just wanted to comfort him.

I'm running again!  Sadly on my two mile run yesterday my knees hurt. Boo!  It felt great otherwise though.  Jax had fun too.

The house doesn't feel like a disaster.  No energy to clean in those early weeks. With my husband's help, our house has been looking good.  We are not clean freaks and our house definitely looks lived in on a daily basis, but that's ok.  We even got a new rug yesterday.

We grocery shopped as a family for the first time yesterday as well.  Just a week ago I'm not sure I would have been up for that.  Sage does not like to just hangout when he's awake.  He loves to be watching his mobile or playing with a blanket or interacting with his parents.  I can already tell he will be a little boy that can't sit still. However, the Moby Wrap has been comforting to him on our last few outings.  He can look around and he has been falling asleep in it.  Plus, I love having him close to me.

I feel blessed everyday to be a mama.  Sage is our little angel.  He's been sleeping in my arms while I typed this post on my phone.  I cherish these moments and hold them close to my heart.

How was your weekend?

How have the last 10 weeks been for you?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Enjoying Fall & Happy Friday

Happy Friday! 

It's supposed to rain all weekend, so I just had to get out on a walk with Sage this morning.

Jax joined us and posed so lovely for my picture.

Sage started out awake but sleepy...

And then the little dinosaur drifted off...

Yesterday, my mom and brother visited so Lincoln got to join us on a walk as well.  More hands to handle the stroller and the dogs.

I'm soaking up this gorgeous weather while it lasts because the leaves are rapidly falling.

I'm also eating as many pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes as possible because before you know it I'll be onto peppermint cookie truffles.

Have a fantastic weekend!

How was your week?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Day in Food (Vegan)


Ready for another day of food?  This was my Tuesday eats.  It's all vegan and all super tasty.


Butternut squash pancakes topped with earth balance and maple syrup.  My first time eating these!  I wanted to use up some of the roasted squash from the day before.


Lemon ginger tea in my $1 Starbucks cup.  I love these reusable cups.  Have you seen them?  Seriously, only a buck.

While baby boy napped...


This chocolately smoothie filled with chia seeds, oats, almond butter, banana, and spinach, oh my!


Butternut Squash Mac n' Cheeze and tempeh (fried in Frank's Red Hot for BLTs over the weekend) with avocado and tomato to go along.  Basically I don't like to waste food and these were leftovers from the weekend.  Still just as delicious.

And a few minutes after I finished lunch...

Not the whole container, I swear.  Just a solid third of it.  Notice the sleeping baby in the background.  He sleeps, I get to eat.

Then it was time to visit the babysitter Sage will be going to when I go back to work.  Mama and Sage selfie!


Time for some more tea.  This time Kukicha tea.  Speaking of which, I haven't talked about my interest in the macrobiotic diet here in a long time, but it's still very influential in my life.

Sage and I then made a quick trip to Wegmans to pick up just a few items.

I got home and needed a sweet snack.



And then a sweet smile...


Handful of cashews to hold me over until dinner.


And finally dinner.  I'm starved by this time. 

Scrambled tofu with greens (collards) and raspberry chipotle sauce over green rice (made from sautéing spinach and scallions then pureing and mixing with short grain brown rice).  

This meal is all about the flavor.  It may not look appetizing but it's so crazy good.  This recipe is from Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers cookbook.  Moosewood restaurant is in Ithaca, New York with fantastic vegan meal options. My husband and I have eaten there a few times on special occasions.


Dessert time.  Two chocolate chip cookies from this book.  

It's a one bowl simple recipe that gets me my cookie fix in less than 20 minutes!

I just eat my way through the day.  I'm a hungry mama between breastfeeding and running, and that's good because I love food.  

What's the best thing you ate today?  

What do you think of my food day?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rebooting with Running, Relaxation & Retail


How was your weekend?  I realize it's already Tuesday, but yesterday was still considered the weekend for me since my husband was off from work.  Mine was filled with three of my favorite things as noted by the title of this post.

Jax and I started Saturday out with a run.  My day actually started like four hours earlier when Sage first woke up but, hours later, it was wonderful to get out on a cool fall morning with my favorite pup.  He needed some quality time and special attention.  He's definitely been a bit jealous since Sage came along.

We ran two miles together!  I thank Jax for the sporadic breaks he gave me while he stopped to sniff something or, well, the other thing.  This run felt much easier than Thursday's.  I'm just enjoying running again so much.  It's like a best friend I haven't seen in a year and we are having a blast reconnecting.  I hate running in my glasses but my contacts have been bugging my eyes, so that's the deal there. Boo.

(I got in another run on Monday because my husband was watching Sage.  This run felt better.  Three miles conquered.

I returned home to this cuteness.  I'm told he fell asleep almost immediately after this picture.  That explains the tired face.  The hat is so cool.)

Ok, back to earlier in the weekend when we made an impromptu decision to start our Christmas shopping.  We like to get it done before Thanksgiving then I spend December wrapping the gifts and sitting by the tree enjoying the beauty. I never used to shop so early, but it's always a very happy thing paying off Christmas by the New Year rather than starting it in debt.  

Going to the outlet mall with Sage was a huge adventure.  We weren't sure how it would go.  The mall is 40 minutes away so just getting there added to the mix.  To sum it up:  there was some use of the jogger, I nursed him twice in the car (learning experience for sure), two diapers were changed, we moved Sage over to the Moby Wrap, and he then fell asleep and we were able to shop for over an hour more.

I loved walking around with my baby boy!  This was the first time that he really was so content in the wrap.  He eventually just passed out.

He was awake for the Nike store though. I think he loved all the bright lights and colors!

So the relaxation aspect of the weekend was mostly on Sage's part.  We are halfway done with our Christmas shopping.  Woohoo!

Then we drove home four hours later.  Sage has officially found his hand and it was so cute (and funny) listening to him suck on his fingers on the drive home.  Vegan chocolate chip cookies were made while Sage chilled with us in the kitchen.  My husband read him Goodnight Goon that Sage got from his aunt.  And before we knew it, it was bathtime for Sage.

It was a very good weekend.  Just what I needed to reboot.  I only got four broken up hours of sleep Saturday night, but it wasn't Sage's fault.  He slept like a champ.  I was just wide awake after his midnight feeding and couldn't get back to sleep for hours.  I think I was just all energized from the day (or maybe too many cookies before bed).  However, Sunday night, I got close to 7 hours of sleep with only one feeding at 2:30AM.  And last night Sage slept from 7:45PM-2:45AM and then went back to sleep around 4AM until 5:30AM!!!  That's a lot of sleep for this mama.  Turns out pushing Sage's bedtime to 8PM (we kept him up a bit) was a good choice.  So I guess I did get some relaxation as well.

Have you been running?

When do you start your Christmas (or any holiday) shopping?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sage: Month Two Baby Update


Two months with our beautiful baby Sage have gone by.  Yesterday he officially turned two months old.  It's amazing and yet I can't believe he's already that old!  His personality is truly shining and he's a funny and happy baby boy (most of the time).  He makes me laugh constantly and I just love hanging out with him and getting to know all his quirks.  It's been a very good month.  

A lot of development took place this month and man has Sage grown.  I packed up all the newborn clothes.  At his doctor's appointment he weighed 11 lbs. 13 oz.  That's four pounds heavier than at birth.  I'm so glad I'm still home on a maternity leave because I couldn't imagine going back to work yet.  I'm cherishing every moment home with Sage.

Likes:  Sage loves to look into his parents eyes and have their attention.  He coos and makes little noises talking to us and we talk back.  His grandma visits every week and he smiles and adores having her play and talk to him.  Basically Sage loves being the center of attention. He definitely knows my husband and I very well now and smiles at us, so happy to see his parents!  Seeing all his smiles lately is the absolute best.  Also, Sage likes the fresh air and being outside.  He sleeps on most of his walks in the jogger, but once in a while he wakes up and is curious about the world around him.

Dislikes:  Unfortunately Sage dislikes the bottle now.  The last time he happily took a bottle was when he was one month old.  He has been rejecting the bottle ever since.  This is something we are working on in the hopes that his daddy can then help with more feedings.  My mom did get him to take a few sucks from it this week though.  

Sage also does not like getting out of the bath as he gets cold.  He is unhappy being in his car seat sometimes when he wants to eat or play and gets very upset in the car when this is the case.

When Sage gets overtired he becomes quite cranky.  He gets upset if I take too long changing his diaper and he's hungry. 

Sleeping:  During week seven Sage slept a 4-5 hour stretch almost each night but then regressed to only a three hour stretch.  He's been a light napper lately, sometimes napping for just a half hour, and awake a lot more during the day.  This last week he's been going to bed around 6pm and sleeping for 4-6 hours.  I need to somehow push that stretch more into the night.

Sometimes it's hard to get him back to sleep at night.  He's a really happy guy in the middle of the night who is ready to play!  If I swaddle him, I find it's easier though to then lay him down to sleep on his own.

Eating:  Sage loves to eat!  He's been nursing every 1-4 hours.  As mentioned, he does not dig the bottle.  Stubborn baby boy (like both his parents).  I really do feel so lucky that he took to breastfeeding so easily though.

Playing: Sage's favorite play toy is his mobile which he stares at in his crib each day.  He enjoys watching the mobile spin and giggles and kicks his feet while watching.  A funny thing that we discovered is that Sage loves to play with a little blanket on him.  He loves to move his arms and kicks his legs to get the blanket off, and suck on it.  He gets such a kick out of it.  

His alertness and interest in playtime has increased substantially.  He is not a baby boy that likes to sit around, he wants to play when he's awake.  He'll often happily sit in his swing or carseat starring at the light and toys that we have hanging.

New this month:  Sage has discovered his hands.  He puts his fist in his mouth frequently and I've seen him find his thumb as well.  

After getting advice from a friend to swaddle Sage, I discovered that he likes to be swaddled when sleeping.  He didn't like this weeks ago so this surprised me.  The trick is swaddling him after he's asleep or when he's really tired as he doesn't like having his arms trapped when he's awake.  

Another development happened during tummy time.  Look how he holds up his head!  

Watching Sage grow and become so much more alert has been wonderful this month.  I love interacting with him.  His personality is playful and friendly and I just adore our baby boy.