travel with a baby part 1

So….we have a lot of various trips heading our way!  I am a bit nervous navigating the airport with Henry and David. Obviously prior to Henry, David and I could have been on the Amazing Race. We packed efficiently, wove our way through the crowds like champions, and dominated the TSA line-up. We were a well-oiled machine of traveling perfection! We scoped out the TSA lines and made sure to never get on line behind a family.  They just took too long and were all elbows and chaos at the belt.

And, now….we are those people! From expert DINK (double income no kids) travelers, we will now have to forgo our perfection for whatever the heck happens now at the airport. We will line up with the parents and realize that those families before us were amazing, intrepid adventurers. From packing, to getting to the airport, to checking in for the flight, to getting on TSA line, to waiting for the flight, to getting on the flight, to the flight, to getting off the flight, I am confused, worried and a bit scared. We have sought out the advice of our highly efficient and very proficient mommy traveler, Jessie!  Her advice has been very helpful, encouraging, and logical. Please keep your fingers crossed over the next few months as we try to enact her advice and make travels with H a breeze.

I am hoping I look like this at the airport, but this looks a little to easy, no?

 

Any advice appreciated!!

thoroughly obsessed with….lactation cookies

A cookie is a cookie.  But, a lactation cookie has the added benefit of claiming to help with one’s milk supply, therefore you are permitted to over indulge, no? I am really proud to have made it all the way to 6 months exclusively nursing Henry. With going back to work when he was a wee 8 weeks old, I did not have much confidence in being able to maintain my supply through pumping.  Thankfully, I have been able to.  There have been a number of days or weeks when I felt that my supply was going down or Henry’s appetite was peaking and these continue to concern me. My next goal is 9 months and then 1 year. I feel that by setting these shorter nursing goals I relieve a lot of the pressure on my body to produce what it must. I have a little stash in the freezer that provides added comfort toward making my 1 year goal, but I also know how quickly that stash can be depleted! Henry has recently started to add solids to his diet and while these do not act as meal replacement, they do help him get through the work day on what I am able to pump from the previous day and then I frantically fill in the gaps with nursing at home and still at least once in the early morning hours. Having just come off a two week vacation (where my pump retired itself to the closet) I feel as though my supply has changed.  I know my body needs to get accustomed to our old work routine and I need to be patient but I also need something to help calm my racing, frantic mind.  That is where the cookies come in. If you Google how to increase your breast milk supply a few suggestions are commonly shared: Pump more. check. Nurse as often as you can. check. Drink mother’s milk tea. Yuck, but check. Try Lactation cookies. Mmmmm check!  I have made these cookies a few times and really love them. They may be helping, they may not. But, they help give me peace of mind and that is priceless. it also helps that I think they are delicious!

I have been using this recipe (although interestingly they come out a little different each time). I know in the picture they look a bit like dog biscuits, but truly they taste much better than that. Trust me!

  • 1 cup  plain flour, add 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup low fat butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons of brewers yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • Chocolate chips
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar then add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flaxseed and water, let sit for a few minutes before adding to mix.
  • Add the dry ingredients (apart from the oats and your additional ingredients) and mix well again.
  • Finally, stir in the oats and your chocolate chips.
  • Bake for around 10-12 minutes at 350

new year resolution…sort of

I used to love making new year resolutions. It always seems like a fresh slate on my bad habits and sluggish ways. Somehow January first promises to bring everything anew. Typically my resolutions or fresh starts are unimaginative: eat better, exercise more, save money. This year, while I will probably still hold those as important, I also just want to take this year more slowly. Each year feels like a race to the next step.  So this year, I am going to adopt a new mindset around time and family. Instead of racing between events and scurrying between appointments and packing our weekends full, full, full, I am going to ease up on all of this. My priority, love, and attention will be focused on my new family unit.  Henry is this little for such a fleeting moment that it is important for us to savor, enjoy, and prioritize our time with him and as a family. I want to enjoy this year of first for us and this year of being a new family. It feels right to turn a bit inward this year and ensure the tranquility, love, and happiness of the home front. This doesn’t mean that we will forgo all relationships with friends but it does mean that we will be more discerning of our time in a way that perhaps forgoes our more flippant scheduling of the past.

K comes to town!

A week went by too quickly! Auntie Kaelin came to town this past week and we had quite the visit.  From shopping, to sharing cocktails, to playing with H, to eating way to much food, to lounging together on the couch and catching up, it was a lovely visit. I wish Madison and Boston were closer so that Kaelin and I could hang out throughout the year. Thank goodness FaceTime is so easy, but it is still not the same as a face-to-face.

Auntie K was an excellent auntie. H loved singing his repertoire of baby tunes with her, rolling around on the floor with her (showing off his new move of sitting independently), and snuggling and laughing with her.  After a week of us, I am sure K is excited to be back to life without baby chaos but she definitely enjoyed the chaos while here! I am really looking forward to our next visit and restarting the series: ‘Drinking with Baby.’ No one mixes into our life here in Boston as seamlessly as Auntie K, but every time she goes, it breaks our hearts!

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