Blogging With Baby

Oh my goodness.  That blogging once a week goal I set a few weeks ago didn’t exactly pan out, did it?

In terms of time management, this baby business is so much harder than I expected it would be!  Turns out Baby H is a pretty clingy little guy and wants to be held almost all the time.  Now that he’s almost six weeks old, he’s becoming more aware of his surroundings and is more interested in playing, so I have increasingly more opportunities to put him down while I play with him, but he still seems to prefer to spend the majority of the time in my arms.
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I’ve discovered that he loves to be in his baby carrier, so at least once a day I try to strap that on and get some stuff done around the house.  Eating and tidying up his areas usually comes first, followed by catching up on emails (especially as we continue our search for a nanny for when I go back to work in just six short weeks), followed by trying to finish up the endless amount of thank you cards and birth announcements I still have to send out.  After that, I would probably next turn to blogging, but unfortunately, I have to consider it a victory if he sleeps long enough for me to do even one of these things.

Nevertheless, today I find myself with a few extra minutes and dying to check in with the blog world!

As you can imagine, my eating habits have been less than ideal during these whirlwind past few weeks. Sometimes I don’t even realize I haven’t made time to eat at all until I find myself absolutely ravenous while breastfeeding at 3:00 a.m. and have to make myself a quick bag of microwave popcorn just to stay upright. The majority of the time, I just eat whatever is available, quick, and *clean* (take my word on this one…trying to eat spaghetti with one hand while holding a sleeping or nursing infant in the other does not end well).

One thing I’ve been eating like they’re going out of style lately is lentil dishes.   They’re cheap, filling, and taste good warm or cold…all wins for me at the moment. Finding time to cook has been one of my biggest challenges of all, so I’ve been buying most of my food pre-made, but I did also actually make two dishes myself!

Store-bought:
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So good. Exactly what you’d expect from TJ’s.

I also got a really tasty lentil soup from a local cafe called La Provence, which has a bunch of great veg options:
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And finally, I whipped up a batch of the tried and true Veganomicon classic, Snobby Joes.
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These were a lifesaver, as I was able to scoop them up with tortilla chips using only one hand. I definitely want to make another batch ASAP.

I also made a Lentil Celery Root Soup using this recipe from Fit Pregnancy.
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To veganize, I just subbed agave nectar for the honey and left off the parmesan cheese. The soup came out pretty good–it’s pretty sweet (in fact, you could probably leave out the honey/agave entirely), and very thick. Definitely best enjoyed with some crusty bread. The recipe also made a TON so my freezer also found itself with some new additions.

I’ll be back again just as soon as I can find the time 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Blogging With Baby

  1. Welcome to the Mommy club! I had so much trouble making time for blogging during my 2nd son’s first months! Whew! Smoothies were my life saver when I was first nursing. Don’t worry, it gets better and so much easier! At 10 months we nurse 3-5 times a day. So much more manageable! But man are those early weeks rough!

    • Thanks! I never realized how much of a fulltime job nursing would be! I have grown to like it though. And yes, smoothies have made many appearances in my mornings…and afternoons 🙂

      • Isn’t it amazing? It is totally a full time job! But I manage to keep busy on my phone. And I’ve been known to drape a dish towel over my little guy so I can eat. For the early weeks when he didn’t sleep through the night I set myself up with some junk tv shows that really helped. Now he’s down to one wake up (at 10 months—yeesh!) and it’s not so bad!

  2. Ahh he is so adorable! And I hear ya on finding balance again after having a baby. And the sleep deprivation. Holy crap, the sleep deprivation. It gets easier, I promise! And don’t beat yourself up! You’re doing an awesome job, mom.

    • Thank you 🙂 It is already getting easier, although there is still the odd super-tough night here and there. I think we’re handling it okay though!

  3. What a sweet baby! He won’t be a baby for long so hold him as much as he wants! You won’t be sorry, and the blog will be there when you have more time. I love lentils and never get tired of them — and the fact that they cook so fast is a major plus.

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