February 21, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday: Volume 67


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We have had so many snow days this winter, and it's been AWESOME.  Mainly because Thomas was off of work most of last week and we got to spend a lot of family time together!  We took baby O out into the snow very, very briefly...we seriously spent at least three times as long getting ready to go outside than actually being outside! 


We took advantage of one of his snow days to go out to our favorite Indian buffet to celebrate me passing my board exam!

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Valentine's Day this year was a good one.  Different, but good!  One more person in the house means a lot more love to go around!  It seems fitting to have had baby Oliver with us on the day of love. :)  We went for a family walk, had dinner and sparkling grape juice, and once Oliver went to bed we played board games (as always) and watched a movie. 
Thomas and I talked about presents before Valentine's Day.  He said he prefers receiving practical gifts to sentimental gifts and I said I prefer sentimental gifts to practical ones.  He made me a beautiful personalized newspaper (4th edition), and I made him a Black forest cake, got him a sweater, and am taking him to a birds event (he loves birds).  We both think we received the best gift, so I'd say we were successful! :) 


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My husband's brother came to visit this past weekend! I'm so glad we were able to spend some time with him and that he was able to meet Oliver for the first time! 


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I've been trying to get out of the apartment more with Oliver because I think it just helps me to feel fresh and have a better mindset.  Yesterday I was feeling pretty good...I put on some regular clothes (as opposed to the sweatpants and t-shirts I've been rocking since Oliver was born), curled my hair, and headed out for the 50 minute drive to meet Thomas at work to have a family picnic....only to realize I left my lunch in the refrigerator.  FAIL. How long can I continue to use baby brain as an excuse? Haha!

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I could just eat baby Oliver up.  Thomas and I were talking about how when he smiles we feel just as giddy as we did when he gave us his first smile!  Here's some recent cuteness! 




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Does anyone have good vegetarian, dairy-free recipes? I gave up dairy for a few weeks to see if it would make a difference with Oliver's reflux, and it made a huge difference!  It looks like I'll be eating dairy free or at least minimal dairy (< 1 serving a day) until he weans.  

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I am so excited for this weekend because we're going to see my parents, sister, and two of my best friends from college! :) Any tips on long car rides with a baby?

22 comments:

  1. I had to give up dairy with my 2nd baby, but once he turned 4 months old and his digestive system matured, I went back to eating it no problem. Just wanted to give you hope that you you might not have to do it for long!

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    1. That is GREAT news that definitely gives me hope! I am missing milk...especially with cookies!

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  2. With my baby sister we kept her awake as much as possible before so she slept most of the way from NC to Ohio. Another thing that worked was traveling at night when she slept and having someone in the back seat with her as much as possible helped.

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    1. Thanks Megan! That means the long nap he's taking right now might not help...! I may need to go wake him up! :)

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  3. We have taken two 15+ hour long road trips with Gabriel so far and these are the things I've learned that work for us:

    Always have someone sit in back - even if the baby is sleeping - so that you can better tell what he needs when he is awake (and/or can hand him toys, distract him with songs, goofy faces, silly noises, etc.). Plus, the person in back can probably feel the diaper if you think he may be wet and it's time to pull over. Every single time we stopped to change a diaper I attempted to nurse Gabriel just in case he was hungry (he usually was). As long as he has a dry diaper, has been fed and burped, and (because he is teething) has been given Orajel then we know we can press on even if he is crying. He WILL stop crying eventually if you distract him the right way OR he tires himself out and falls asleep.

    Time-saver tip: rest areas are great because you don't have to get all the way off the road. But regardless, I usually changed and fed him in the car instead of wasting time going inside somewhere.

    Also, we just had to learn to mentally prepare ourselves for lots of stops. The first time we had no idea but by the second trip we knew that (for us) we added about an hour on to each 4 hours of driving due to stopping (so a 16 hour drive became 20). Plus, we had to learn that the baby WILL cry so you have to be patient and cut yourselves some slack (and pray for patience lol). We had to learn to distinguish between which cries actually communicated real needs vs. which cries were simply Gabriel hating being in the car or being tired. Oh! And he loves to be bounced to sleep for naps (not possible in the car!) so the only thing we found that helped him fall asleep was the constant noise of shaking a rattle (or I suppose a white noise app helps some people).

    And it was definitely true for us that it's a LOT easier to drive when the baby is sleeping. ;) Sometimes we felt we needed to stop and use the restroom or eat but if he was sleeping we just held on until he woke up because that can be a huge time-saver (driving as much as possible while he naps).

    GOOD LUCK! :)

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  4. His faces are hysterical. Love it. Good luck with the long trip. If worse comes to worse comes to worse, I found that it was possible, albeit very uncomfortable, to nurse while the baby was in the car seat. And here is a one pot chow mein that is really good. You can leave out the chicken to make it vegetarian. Good luck with the trip. http://thewholesomedish.com/one-pot-wonder-chicken-lo-mein/

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    1. Yum! I've tried the other one pot recipe, and will have to give this one a try! Thanks Ann-Marie! :)

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  5. I know last year when my best friend came to help go wedding dress shopping, she had to bring her baby girl. We timed her trip with when the baby would be napping or not hungry so that she could drive no problems. I know that really helped her!

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  6. Oliver is adorable! Have a fun trip and good luck:)

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  7. I just love the picture of the three of you...I recall the pictures of the two of you...and now...there are three!
    Don't worry about the car ride...babies sleep.
    He is a sweetie, Caitlin!

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    1. I was thinking the EXACT same thing about the picture!

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  8. That cake looks amazing!! Your pictures you post are always so clear and professional looking:)

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  9. What wonderful, special times these days must be. Love how thoughtful your husband's Valentine's gift was. And little Oliver's face in that green shirt - he's so cute!

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  10. Girlfriend, your Oliver is toooo cute!! Such personality!

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  11. Wonderful celebration, beautiful pictures (loved the one with Oliver and his uncle) and the baby brain?? I'm not sure one can ever fully recover HAHAHA!

    BTW, I left my answer regarding Fulton Sheen back on my blog. I love it!

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  12. I've never had to give up dairy while breastfeeding, I'm not sure if I could handle that. I love dairy so much! Love all the pictures...right now I think Oliver looks a lot like you. He is so precious!

    A good vegetarian recipe we enjoy is Vegetarian Pizza with garlic sauce, it's a copycat of Papa Murphy's pizza. http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/08/papa-murphys-copy-cat-gourmet.html

    Hope you have a great trip over the weekend. Instrumental music helps calm our crying babies down in the car.

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    1. That sounds good! I'll have to try that without the cheese!!

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  13. Seriously Caitlin... that first photo is my favorite photo of your little family of three yet! The hats, the natural light, the winter background, and of course that puff of blue snuggliness in your husbands arms... it's delightful! xoxox tara
    PS~ How come you don't look over tired like you should? You are beaming!

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  14. PS~ on the dairy thing... my six year old is dairy free (all dairy) So we don't have cows milk in the house. Unsweetened, vanilla almond milk I think is the best alternative. But cheese.. that's another story. There are a few dairy free cheese that we use when we cook for her. I could go on and on... maybe I'll email you... yeah, that's better

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    1. I would LOVE to here more about what you cook for her! I will have to try vanilla almond milk. I've tried the regular kind, which is just okay to me. Thank you Tara! :)

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  15. Thanks so much for all of the tips! We made it and even found a mall that had nursing/diaper changing rooms, so it went well! He even slept most of the car ride which was a huge relief! :)

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  16. I've been dairy free since Simon was 2 weeks old. I've been improvising some of our favorite recipes to make them mama and baby friendly. Would love to share some of them with you!
    raisingbarnes@gmail.com

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