Monday, September 28, 2015

A year ago today (Life with Rose: 4 months in)

A year ago today I was recovering from a friend's wedding. I was nursing a beer/cupcake hangover with cup after cup of coffee in our small studio apartment. Today? Today I am sitting in the bedroom of our house, drinking cup after cup of coffee with a baby in my lap. This past year has been... a ride. A challenging, exciting, scary, wonderful ride. We are four months into our life with this girl and couldn't be happier. It is a little ridiculous.

Food: There is finally more cooking happening over here! I have been meal planning a little more because time (especially in the evenings) goes fast! I have found it is easier to cook a few nights a week and just make enough for leftovers so we aren't trying to figure out meals everyday. Jeff has been making different soups that we eat all week (his chicken tortilla is the best.) Rosemary doesn't seem to be bothered by dairy anymore so Greek yogurt and cheese have been back in the rotation.

Drinks: So much coffee (sometimes with a little chai tea powder mixed in for spice.)

Activity: Rosemary is so active. She has started rolling onto her belly and back so that means we have to constantly watch her. She wants so badly to crawl, she gets on her stomach and kicks her little legs like mad. Once she gets the mechanics down she is going to be off! I am not ready for that. She loves going on walks and to the grocery store in her sling. She is just taking it all in, it is fun to watch her look at things. She has also gotten grabby so we have brought out some more of her toys for her to try. Also new this month: noises. She is trying to communicate, it is pretty much the sweetest thing ever.

We tried out the Bumbo seat. Rosemary is not sure how she feels about this whole sitting thing.

Growth: We have an appointment early next week for more measurements and shots so I am not sure how much she has grown since her last appointment. She is wearing 6-9 month outfits and feels like she is gaining weight... I carried her on a walk recently and was definitely feeling it by the end!

Sleep: Rose is such a good sleeper- she has started to get sleepy earlier lately so I will put her down around 8:30 and she will sleep until 6:30 or 7:00. This is wonderful, but means that daytime naps are brief or non existent. I'll take it.

Workouts: Exercise is definitely on the Rosemary schedule... if time allows for it I am all about it, but it is definitely not as big of a priority as it used to be in my life. I am gearing up for my race in a few weeks, trying to go for one longer run and a few shorter ones throughout the week. Also walks with baby and some yoga.

I am really enjoying this stage of Rosemary's life- time is flying but I am doing my best to soak in every minute I have with her. I am starting to make her a baby book so that we can look back at photos/memories of this time. 

I think Rose looks a lot like both me and Jeff as she gets older. However there are times when she will make a face and I will just laugh because it is like looking into a mirror. Exhibit A: The Glare.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Zucchini Bread

Edible gifts are my favorite type of gift. A few weeks ago I was gifted some zucchini. I immediately turned it into bread that Jeff and I ate in an embarrassingly short period of time.

It is kind of like that book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If you give me a cup of coffee, I am going to want something sweet to go with it. Since I drink a lot of coffee throughout the day, things like this quick bread do not last long in our house.

This bread is slightly sweet, lightly spiced and made a little more substantial with the addition of whole wheat flour. It is the perfect coffee time treat!

Zucchini Bread
makes 1 loaf

3/4 c AP flour
3/4 c + 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons water
1 c grated zucchini
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
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pre-heat oven to 350F; line a loaf pan with parchment, mist with baking spray and dust lightly with flour
1. In a medium bowl whisk together flours, soda, salt, sugar and spices
2. In a separate large bowl whisk the eggs, oil, lemon juice, water and zucchini
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until fully combined
4. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and bake at 350F for 1 hour, until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean
5. Allow bread to cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan; cool completely before slicing

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kick Ass Brownies (GF)

Today is cool and rainy, the air perfumed with warm brownies that just came out of my oven. I wish my house smelled like this always. Or Rosemary's head after I give her a bath. Or buttered popcorn. Or... wait what were we talking about again?

These brownies are the definition of simple and uncomplicated dessert, easy to stir together with one hand while you hold a baby in the other. These brownies also happen to kick ass- the perfect balance of cakey and fudgy.

Did I mention these brownies are gluten free? Hipsters rejoice!

Gimme that crackle.

Gluten Free Brownies

1 c chocolate chips
1/2 c (8 Tablespoons) salted butter**
3 eggs
1 c sugar 
1 c almond meal
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
** If you only have unsalted butter add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
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1. Pre-heat oven to 350F; line an 8 x 8 square baking dish with parchment paper and mist with baking spray
2. Over a double boiler, melt together chocolate and butter, stirring gently until smooth; set aside to cool for five minutes
3. In a medium bowl whisk together almond meal, salt, cocoa, and baking powder; set aside
4. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, sugar and vanilla
5. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture, whisking until combined
6. Fold in dry ingredients to the chocolate/egg mixture
7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes
8. Cool brownies completely before slicing and enjoying!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Life with Rose: 3 Months In

This month went by at super speed. Jeff and I have opposite days off which makes the weeks fly by! We are adjusting to our new schedule but I miss Rosemary so much when I am at work. She is such a sweet baby. She is always happy (unless she needs to be fed, wonder where she gets that?) When she wakes up in the morning she is all smiles and coos.

Food: I am still getting after big salads for dinner and also smoothie bowls when it is too hot for me to cook anything. I bought a big bag of frozen fruit and it has been my saving grace most evenings when Jeff is working. I top my smoothie with some cereal and more sliced fruit. It is pretty much dessert for dinner. I found these pumpkin spice granola bars that I am snacking on at work (I know it isn't even September but it sounded good!) My schedule changed at work and I now have Sunday/Monday off which means BRUNCH! Jeff and I like to go to this diner near our house. Their green eggs (pesto) and ham is the best.

Drinks: All of the coffee. Some good beer. Gallons of water (sparkling and regular.)

Growth: Rosemary is maxing out her 3 month clothes and so we have moved her up to the 6 month outfits. They fit her length wise (maybe she will be tall...) but they are a little baggy still. I am currently obsessed with her little thighs... rolls for days.We love our little chunk.

Activity: Rosemary is so active, I love it! She is constantly kicking her legs and trying to stand while being held. She recognizes me and Jeff now and smiles and laughs at us all the time. She also makes all sorts of noises, trying to communicate with us. We make the noises back to her and she lights up. It is pretty wonderful. We are trying to give her time to play by herself on her mat and she is still obsessed with her stuffed fox.

Above: helping mama make no-bake cookies.

Sleep: Baby girl sleeps like a champ most nights. Of course there was that one night she woke me up at two AM to eat and I then I set my alarm wrong. I woke up in a panic, late and had to drive rather than ferry to work. Most nights she will sleep 7-9 hours in a single stretch, wake to eat then sleep for a few more hours before getting up for the day.

That upper lip though...

Workouts: I am running a half marathon in October so I have started running more. Each week I try to do one track workout, one long run and a casual jog. It is a slow process but I am really enjoying it. Not having much time makes me appreciate when I can carve out part of an evening to run. Jeff is so great, he knows I am happier when I run and will take Rose and kick me out of the house.On days I am not running I will typically do a quick yoga podcast. Or I will cuddle Rosemary. If cuddling were a sport, I would have a gold medal.

Seeing this girl is the best part of my day, hands down.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Life with Rose: 2 months in

Two months, BOOM! Rosemary has grown so much in these eight weeks. Jeff and I truly can't get enough of her, she is just the best thing to happen to us. I went back to work this week and it was both tough and wonderful. I only cried once right as I was saying goodbye to her the first morning. I miss her all day when I am working but it is nice to be back at my job and to have some of my independence back. It makes my evenings and days off with her and Jeff all the more special. Below: Rose the day she was born and Rose at 8 weeks!

Food: I have been really into gigantic salads for dinner. I cook off a bunch of chicken and quinoa at the beginning of the week and then toss it together with greens, sliced veggies and dressing. It is the perfect quick meal for when I am watching the babe. Bonus: I don't have to heat up the house with the stove or oven. I also made a big batch of these cookies. Can't/won't stop. Breakfast is oatmeal with almond butter. I try to make breakfast and dinner big meals because my days are busy at work. I have never been one of those people who forgets to eat but the hours seem to fly by when I am at work. I snack, but need to work on getting more to eat during the day.

Drinks: I am all about infused water these days. My dad's girlfriend got me this great bottle with a built in infuser! My favorite: a tie between lemon or cucumber. I also tried maple water. I was skeptical at first, but then I tasted it... it is so much more refreshing than the coconut water I have been chugging all summer! It is going into the beverage rotation for sure. Funny story, so the other night after Rose went to sleep I had two glasses of wine (something that would normally not be a big deal) but I woke up the next morning after five hours of sleep and my first thoughts were never again. I am officially old.


Sleep: Guys, Rosemary slept for eight hours the other night. Yes, eight hours. Like a normal human! I am not naive enough to think it will be a consistent thing, but man it was wonderful. She routinely sleeps 6-7 hours at night in her crib so overall still doing great sleep wise.

Growth: At her two month appointment she is 23" tall and weighs 11 pounds 10 oz... up over 4 pounds since birth. She is our little chunk.

Activity: Rosemary still loves her mat! She can now roll over from her back to her stomach and lifts up her head during tummy time. Every time I see her start to roll over I sing to her "they see me rollin'... they hatin'... patrollin' tryin' to catch me ridin' dirty." Because I am the coolest mom ever...

Workouts: When I get home from work I don't want to leave and go to the gym for an hour or so. Doing yoga in my living room while Rose doses in her swing is ideal, or if Jeff is home I will head out for a quick run. I am going to start training soon for a fall half marathon. I think I can train for it running only 3 days a week. While I love running and exercise, I love time with Rosemary and Jeff more so I am trying to find a good balance.

Rose has officially fallen in love with Jeff... it is so sweet. She smiles at him all the time and looks for him when he isn't holding her.

Below: outfit by Papa.

These two make me so happy it is a bit ridiculous. Things are settling down and we are getting a little more used to this whole "being parents" thing. I am going to switch from weekly to monthly Rosemary updates, though rest assured I will post plenty of photos in between!