Meal Plan Monday #6

Monday already? Meal Plan Monday #6 already? Wow, time has been flying for me lately. Christmas comes slowly for kids, but for people like me who love every second of the holiday season, it goes by much too fast.

We didn’t do to much holiday stuff around here, but I’m still getting in the spirit. Thanksgiving turkey, ordered. Christmas jammies, wore ‘em last night. Christmas shopping, we’ll I’ve at least made a list. Red cup, thoroughly enjoyed.

red cupI like my peppermint mocha curvy. I order it skinny (sugar-free syrup and non-fat milk), but I still get whipped cream and chocolate shavings. All the right junk in all the right places.

It’s a good thing we’re looking ahead at the food for the week though instead of recapping what was eaten. We had some pretty pitiful noms this weekend, including a lack-luster pizza, my mediocre attempt at Ethan-friendly Pad Thai, not-so-great baked ziti, and barely drinkable wine. Oh well, I guess that’s bound to happen from time to time.

But speaking of food, here’s the plan for this week:

  • Sunday: baked spaghetti squash with a lil’ cheese and sundried tomato chicken sausages
  • Monday: chicken tortellini soup
  • Tuesday: beef chili
  • Wednesday: ratatouille polenta bake
  • Thursday: baked turkey breast, sweet potato, and green beans
  • Friday: duck at my parents’ house (maybe)
  • Saturday: date night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <– very exciting stuff

Also, there’s a breakfast of French toast and apple slices, which I will share with Ethan. And I made Chelsey’s loaded cabbage soup for lunch. I also plan to have fruit for snack, though I’ll also be working through some of Angela’s pumpkin gingerbread loaf (sans the spiced buttercream) that I made yesterday.

sweaterIn other news, I cannot wait to get the pictures back from our family photo session on Saturday. You don’t realize how impatient you are until you’re waiting on a photographer. Ha, but really – Kevin and I never got engagement photos or anything, so these are our only non-wedding pics. Gaaahhhhhh, I want ‘em nowwwwww!

ethan haircutAt least I had the forethought to get Ethan’s hair cut before our shoot. It was his fist cut. He didn’t love it, but the outcome was so worth it. How cute is this kid?!?

  • Have you had many professional photos taken?
  • Charlotte readers, where should we go for date night?
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Baby Making 101

Welp, I never thought I’d write a post on baby making, but believe it or not, I’ve actually had a few reader emails on the subject since Ethan was born, which is totally cool by me.

The topic has resurfaced in my brain because Kevin and I are having the big debate of one child vs two children. Ugh… I hate making decisions.

But the controversial only-child debate is not why we’re here. Back to Baby Making 101: 7 Tips to Getting Lucky. Go ahead, light a fire. Dim the lights. Pour yourself a glass of wine. We’re about to get personal.

wine**Disclaimer: This is a lighthearted post that is in no way meant to be insensitive to those dealing with infertility. That is a hard battle, my friends. This post is a collection of info from scholarly research, mom-friend chatter, and my own experiences meant for those just starting TTC. If you’ve been at it a while, just chuckle and know that this is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing.

1. Get Healthy. This is all-encompassing. Stop smoking. Get to a healthy weight. Exercise, but not too much. Eat some real food, yes, green things, but woman cannot exist on veggies alone. You know, the usual. Bonus points for upping your healthy fats and having a pre-prenatal checkup with your primary care doc.

gym selfie2. Take Prenatals. About 1-3 months before you start TTC, get yourself some prenatal vitamins. I don’t care if they’re the cheap kind or not, just getcha summa dat.

3. Limit alcohol/caffeine. You don’t NEED to cut these until you are actually preggers, but I found it helpful to limit them while trying. I went half-caff with my coffee so that stopping all of a sudden wouldn’t give me headaches. I also limited alcohol when trying because you never know when you’ve successfully baby-made. I didn’t exclude it entirely though; a night out and a glass of wine certainly help with baby making, IMO.

coffee4. Ditch Pills. If you’re already trying, then ditch medications that wouldn’t be good for a pregnant woman. If you’re not already TTC, then ditch your birth control pills at least a month or so before you start. First off, you want to make sure you can cycle regularly. Secondly, your body can sometimes release two eggs for your first cycle or two off the pill by mistake, thus increasing your chances for twins. This was something I learned after the fact from my doc – whoops.

5. Check your finances, but don’t freak out about them. This varies so much from person to person that I’m not going into big detail here. Just make sure you’re comfortable.

6. Sex. And sex. And yes, more sex. I read that it only needs to be every 2 days near ovulation, but I think 1 or 2 days is better odds. Plus, it’s hard to know exactly when you’re ovulating; I think I ovulated 1 or 1.5 weeks early when we were gifted with Ethan. Just do it all month. No, your husband did not pay me to write this. Major bonus points if you make yourself stay in bed for at least 10 minutes after.

walkToo sexy for words, right?

7. Relaxxxxxx. Stress is huge. It can be work stress, busy stress, or even OMGwe’reTTC stress. Just try and relax, and try to make it a special time for you and your partner, baby or no baby.

  • Anyone else got tips to share?
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I was going to have a post for you yesterday, but a saved episode of The Mindy Project and some peppermint ice cream won that battle.

It probably shouldn’t have won though. The Breyer’s peppermint cookie ice cream I recently picked up at Target isn’t nearly as good as it sounds. Don’t be fooled; it’s not like cookies n’ cream in peppermint cream!

Anyway, enough about ice cream, after not checking in for a few days, I have a few updates to share. The whole working/daycare thing is going well. Kind of. Mostly. Okay, lemme’ explain…

MOM: I relatively happy working, but I can’t even begin to explain how hard it is to admit that. Mom’s aren’t “supposed” to be happy working, or ::gasp:: say it on a blog. It’s not that I don’t think of him the ENTIRE time he’s gone, because I certainly do. I feel a distinct emptiness without my buddy. But for the sake of time, I’m just gonna’ throw out the law of comparative advantage here and leave it at that; plus, I’m generally less frazzled and angry by the time Kevin gets home from work.

The drop-offs are soooooo hard though. Really hard. He didn’t cry the first few days, but now that he knows I’m not coming back for a long time, he gets screamy. On Monday, I dropped him off then waited 3 minutes in the lobby. The lady at the front desk then checked on him and told me he was already playing. That has helped me feel better on subsequent drop-offs and is something I recommend to other parents.

Oh, and Leia is happy to have her old lap back for a while.

01ba9d784692dd95286788d3986163d122180e8ef1ETHAN: I think he’s getting something out of school, though there’s no way for me to tell if he enjoys it. He takes naps there that last over two hours, so they must keep him pretty busy. He has also started sitting and playing with a single toy for a little while, which is fun to watch.

ethan I can tell he misses me though. As mentioned, he’s sad when I leave, but he’s also close to me when at home. He has always liked being cuddled, which I love love love, but now he doesn’t even want Kevin to hold him sometimes, which is odd. He’s even giving me kisses I didn’t have to ask for, but that totally melts my heart! Awwww he’s just a sweetie!!!

So that’s about it for updates. He got a cold on his 3rd day of daycare, which is to be expected, but then he gave it to me. Luckily, I think we’re both feeling better now. Thank goodness; I can’t wait to get back to normal workouts!!

coldSide note: Kevin picked up throat spray and a cookie for me on his lunch break Monday. He was thoughtful enough to get sugar-free spray but a deli cookie loaded with mini M&Ms. I’m so easy to please.

  • Parents: Got tips for easier drop-offs?
  • Regular Readers: Want to see more dinner recipes, quick workouts, day-in-the-life, or packable school lunches?
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Meal Plan Monday #5

Guess who’s back with a blog post? This tired mama! Ethan and I have both been a little under the weather, so I pretty much went to bed as soon as he went to bed every night last week. Yeah, that’s about 8pm.

playAn 8pm bedtime leaves little time for blogging. In fact, I’m going to bed right after I prep up this post for Monday. Yawn.

pancakesBut at least Monday brings more coffee, yes? Since we weren’t as energetic as usual, it was a pretty relaxed weekend around here. Kevin and I watched Catching Fire on Friday (much better than I expected), and we met up with friends on Saturday, with Ethan in-tow of course.


Sunday = messy kitchen, sleeping baby, mom juice

It may not have been an amazing weekend, but it surely wasn’t a bad one either. But let’s move onto the eats, shall we?


  • Sunday: pumpkin, butternut squash, & kidney bean enchiladas (Yum!)
  • Monday: baked chicken with bell pepper, zucchini, and potato
  • Tuesday: kale cabbage and quinoa casserole
  • Wednesday: pork tenderloin, peas, and sweet potato fries
  • Thursday: out with the fam
  • Friday: veggie pad thai
  • Saturday: ???

I’ll also be having banana nut oats for breakfast and pasta with kale and sliced chicken sausage for lunch.

  • What are you looking forward to eating this week?
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We Survived

Thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement on Ethan and my first day. I think it went pretty well. Kevin was extra helpful, which made things a bit easier.

Ethan is still adjusting to the time change, so he was up at 5am. Kevin watched him while I completed this quickie pilates workout. It was my first time trying it, and I thought the routine was great. We then switched so that he could get ready for work while I cooked some eggs for the E-man and myself.

time changeI was a bit nervous in the morning. I left the house without his lunch and had to turn back home for it, and I missed the turn to the daycare. I also had a very anxious and nearly nauseating feeling.

alladin, aladin, gif, start panicking, hectic, busy

Luckily, all of that cleared up once I saw him happily playing with his new friends. Whew!!

I did pretty well without my buddy most of the morning, and I even squeezed in Jess’s HIIT workout on my lunch break, along with a quick shower. (I used this countdown timer and did 45 seconds of each move followed by 15 seconds of recovery, which came out to 20 minutes even since I completed 4 rounds of it.)

It wasn’t until the afternoon that I started worrying about my little guy. Is he okay? Did he eat his lunch? Did he nap well? etc etc. Once Kevin and I picked him up, his teacher had only good things to say about him and his behavior. Thank goodness!!!

hallelujah gif


At home we played and played and played, though he cried a lot at dinner on account of a stubborn new tooth. Stupid teeth. Mama decided to just let him have a peach Chobani for dinner, which was easier on his gums.

me at bedtime

Yawwwwwn! It was emotionally exhausting, and I was in bed at or before 9pm. I hope everyone is having a good and hopefully somewhat laid-back week!

  • Fav flavor of yogurt? pear for Ethan, pumpkin for me!
  • Have you adjusted to the time change?
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