Being a mommy is the most rewarding job around and most likely the the toughest job out there. I hope you will enjoy reading about my journey as a stay at home mom, wife, friend, Christ follower and fitness lover. Here's to play dates, DIY projects, walking faithful, living a healthy lifestyle, trying new recipes and "keeping it all together."
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Medicine Memory Games... No more
The mornings are a crazy time in our house and so are the afternoons and nights and well, I guess it's always crazy. Particularly the mornings though as we are usually trying to get out of the house. The vantage point I have right now is that P wakes up an hour earlier than O. This gives me time to change and make a bottle for P, make a cup of coffee for me and make O's lunch for school. Sometimes, I even manage to give P his breathing treatment in this time frame if I am really on the ball. The craziness begins when O wakes up. He likes to take it slow in the morning and ease into the day. I have to give him a few minutes to wake up before I can even ask him what he wants for breakfast. Once I get both boys settled with something to eat, I turn my focus to dispersing everyones medicine and vitamins (including mine). The Mister is great. He always leaves my Zyrtec and Vitamin C on the counter. This then reminds me to get my Vitamin D and anything else I need to take. Then it's onto the boys... vitamin gummies & Zyrtec for O and Zantac for P. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well unfortunately, not always the case. There is always a curve ball. Lately, we've had a slew of oral steroids for bronchitis and most recently an antibiotic for an ear infection. How is one to remember all of this? Who got what and when. Did I give P this or O that? This morning, I gave P his amoxicillin only to glance in the sink and see a syringe with residual amoxicillin in it. Shoot, I thought! Did I already give it to him this morning? Turns out it was the syringe from last night, Whew! How did I know this? My handy, dandy cheat sheet. I simply mark the bottle each time I give him his dosage. We are suppose to take it twice a day for 10 days. I wrote 1-10 on the bottle leaving enough space to write an X each dosage under the corresponding day. So simple and so easy.
So far it's kept me on task and from guessing. I will continue to use my cheat sheet moving forward for sure!
Here's another quick, easy and healthier meal option to try. This was my first time preparing and I have to say, it was pretty easy. I will definitely make again, but would make a homemade enchilada sauce instead of store bought. Time and preparation were not on my side when I was shopping for this meal. Like a lot of my recipes, I like to cheat to make things easier. In this case, it was buying a rotisserie chicken and store bought enchilada sauce from Fresh Market.
I found this recipe at There's Always Time 4 Fitness. It's a 21 Day Fix recipe. Mine is a slight variation. She does a great job of breaking down all the containers. I encourage you to check out her post if you are following the container portion of the 21 Day Fix.
Adapted from There's Always Time 4 Fitness
*I used all of the white meat from the rotisserie
**2 enchiladas is 1 serving
1 red container of shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken from Fresh Market).
1 tsp of Southwest seasoning …
I have recently become a big fan of pesto. Yum-O. I am going to be completely honest and tell you that this recipe was inspired by the "Chicken Pesto Toasted Flatbreads" at Tropical Smoothie. I ate there for the first time last Friday and was blown away by the deliciousness of this flat bread. I knew that I would have to replicate it very soon...and I did just that tonight.
What you'll need:
-Chicken: I used cutlets since they were thinner and smaller. I actually oven baked my cutlets in foil pockets at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
-Flat bread: I found 5 Grain Foldit Artisan Flat bread in the deli section at Publix. It was delicious and the best part, only 90 calories!
-Pesto: I was originally going to make my pesto, but then stumbled upon Monterey's Basil with Almonds and Pine Nuts Pesto. It was in the refrigerated section near the eggs and refrigerated pastas (at least in my Publix).
- Mozzarella Cheese: I used Publix brand low fat.
- Optional: lettuce, tomato, cuc…
So it turns out I am more of a sissy then I had originally thought. Sleep training is some serious stuff and this girl had no idea just what she was in for. So before I admit to you that we had the strategy all wrong and share our new strategy, I'll recap how nights 5 & 6 went down.
I was under the impression this would get easier as we went along...not the case. I think it's actually gotten worse. No wait, I know it has gotten worse. P was up at 1:00 a.m. like clockwork. We went through the soothe, put down, walk out routine 3 times, for a total of 39 minutes. On the fourth trip to his bedroom, the sissy (mommy) inside me gave in. I just couldn't take it anymore. I fed him. He slept till 6:30 a.m.
I started to give my strategy some thought. Since he seemed to be truly hungry at 1:00 a.m, maybe I should switch the feeding I was trying to eliminate. Feed at 1:00 and soothe at 4:00. Easy peasy, right? Wrong!
We were determined to win this little ea…