Mama Monday – One less thing!

This is how my Monday morning started:

This is everything that needed to be packed and brought to school/work this morning. Notice it doesn’t even include the baby (in an infant car seat) and the three year old! What is all that you ask? Let’s see, a school bag for each girl, my laptop bag, breast pump, lunch, grocery bags from last night and my purse!

When I saw that ridiculous pile this morning I realized that I might be taking things a bit too far and need to figure out how to consolidate. If anything, to make things easier for myself. Realistically, all I could have removed from that pile are the grocery bags but where can I simplify my life in other parts?

The first thing I can do (and my husband reminds me to do this all the time), is to simply do one thing at a time. I know it sounds crazy, right? But it’s true —  I get super stressed out and it’s because I am trying to do three or more things at once and not very well. For example, last night instead of holding the baby, cleaning up after dinner, and making zucchini & carrot bread (check back on Wednesday for the recipe… It’s delish!), I probably could have just held the baby and done the other things after bedtime. I tested this new approach out this morning after seeing that pile and mentally drafting this post…. The three year old was asking for milk, oatmeal, a specific song from the CD we were listening to, and I was trying to get all three of those things done plus make oatmeal for the baby and pack her lunch. I took a deep breath (key for most things) and told the three year old mommy can only do one thing at a time. I finished the oatmeal (for both girls), got the milk, changed the song, and sat down to breakfast. All without freaking out – yay me!

So, I did schlep all those bags out to the car but I didn’t try to do it all in one load like I typically do. I did it in two while the girls were finishing their breakfast and then I only had to carry the baby! That felt like a refreshing change. My “Zen” morning lasted about 10 minutes but I will take it. Let’s see how “Zen” after work can be…. Fingers crossed!

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Mama Monday – Getting back to it!

Losing baby weight….Ugh! In some ways I have had an easier time this go ‘round than with the first baby. To start with I only gained 38 pounds. With the first one I gained, 60! I have almost lost it all except for about 5 more to go but geez, everything is so squishy! Since it takes 9 months to go up, I figure I will be kind to myself and allow 9 months to come down…. So where did the last six months go?

With the thought of “bathing suit weather” and a couple of summer trips,  I am newly inspired to transform squishy to svelte or at least acceptable to frolic in the pool with the girls! Prior to their birth, if I wasn’t feeling my “hottest” I could fake it with wraps, sarongs, and cute cover-ups. I could lay perfectly positioned on the chaise lounge sipping a Mai Tai.. However, now I actually have to get into the pool and play with my girls.

Realistically, I only have three months and am still breastfeeding so no diet yet since personally, I don’t think it’s fair to the babes. So here is my plan:

Step 1: Find a partner in crime – an exercise buddy is essential for making me accountable. (Check!)
Step 2: Find low impact exercises to get things started. I have some residual issues from pregnancy/labor that haven’t allowed me to get back into my regular exercise plans.
Step 3: Do them! (I took a 90 minute yoga class yesterday so check!)
Step 4: Am scheduled to take a Zumba class tomorrow, Tuesday night, with said partner in crime!
Step 5: Continue to eat sensible meals and drink LOTS of H20!

Wish me luck!

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Mama Mondays

The girls are sick! For the months of October through April, it seems like every other week you have sneezing, running nose and coughing kids! It’s hard with the baby being sick and sounding so sad with her little cough. My eldest, did the spike in fever all weekend (with the typical spike happening around midnight to 2 am). Poor girls and (can I say it?) poor me? I know that I shouldn’t but I did. I am exhausted and I felt terrible coming to work today but the fevers are gone and the cough will linger for a week or two no matter where I am.

I realized this morning that I had done nothing to try and help ward the sickness from me. The funny thing about being a mama is that you get to “get sick” you just don’t get to “be sick”. So, I down about 6,00 mgs of Vitamin C powder and realized that I should get a tactical plan together to not get sick myself.

This seems to have worked in the past….let me know what you do to keep the kiddo germs away!

  1. Every three hours, 1 scoop of Vitamin C powder
  2. Wash hands every time I get up from my desk
  3. Drink 10-12 glasses of water
  4. My mother in law believes that an herbal supplement, called ColdSnap will knock anything out of you.
  5. Eat double dose of fruits & veggies (especially fruits with antioxidants like blueberries)
  6. Sleep (if you can)

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3.23.11: What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Chicken & Mushroom with Grilled Veggies & Risotto

This was the husband’s turn for dinner, he always manages to make everything better than I do and he never uses a recipe – just his instinct. I can follow a recipe like nobody’s business and make a great dinner but on the nights that we have to “wing it; he is the boss in the kitchen.

For dinner the other night, he served:

Chicken with Mushrooms
Grilled Veggies (Asparagus & Zucchini)
Herb Risotto (Trader Joe’s – boxed)

Chicken
Three breasts
¾ bag of pre sliced white mushrooms
Garlic Salt
Montreal Steak Seasoning (we both have a thing for this spice!)
Cast Iron Pot (this has been awesome – be sure if you get one to never use soap or soak it)

Put the pot on low to med heat, add EVOO, coat chicken with garlic salt and Montreal and add to pan with mushrooms. Cook about 8-10 minutes on both sides, there should be no pink in the middle.

Veggies
Zucchini (2 large – sliced)
Asparagus (we used about ½ pound to feed three)
EVOO
Garlic Salt (my husband gets a bit carried away with this so use sparingly since you already have on the chicken)

Toss veggies with EVOO and garlic salt, place on pan and put in broiler for 8-12 minutes (length depends on “al dente” preference of your veggies)

Risotto
Cook according to instructions on box or be very fancy and make your own J

Plate up and serve hot!

Delicious – even the three year old enjoyed all of it!

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