Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

Now that Nash is 6 months old and much more active, it’s become increasingly difficult to find the time to make myself a meal.

For breakfast I always have Shakeology, which is an easy superfood shake that I can make in under five minutes. Lunch is where I’m struggling. It’s just a busy time! I literally can’t even find time to scoop some yogurt and granola in a bowl for myself. So what’s started to happen is I just grab something, anything, that’s easy and requires no prep. It could be an apple. It could be a protein bar. It could be a handful of nuts.

I said to my husband the other day, “This is going to go one of two ways. I’m either going to get really fat from just grabbing anything. Or two, I’m going to get really skinny from not having time to eat.” I’m not thrilled with either of those directions and I needed a solution.

Enter make-ahead sandwiches. We used to make these a while back for my husband to have before work, but completely forgot about them. They’re so simple and are done in no time at all.

First, assemble your ingredients…we went with:

  • Whole wheat English muffins
  • Reduced fat pepper jack cheese
  • Turkey bacon (we like Applegate Farms)
  • Eggs

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Crack eggs into full sized muffin tins. We were making 6 sandwiches, so we did 6 eggs. *When we’ve made these in the past, we’ve also added in veggies to the egg…peppers, onions, etc.

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Line your bacon on a baking sheet. Put both the muffin tin and the bacon sheet in the oven. It took about 20 minutes for our eggs to be cooked and about 25 for the bacon. *We prefer our bacon to be super crispy, so adjust the time to your preference!

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While the eggs and bacon were in the oven, I got the muffins set up. All you have to do is pop them open and lay a piece of cheese on top.

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Once your bacon is done, place on top of the cheese.

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Then, put your egg muffin on top.

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Close up!

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Wrap in tin foil and pop in the freezer.

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When you’re ready to eat, remove the foil and pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Lunch is served!

Need a Good Laugh?

Nash is currently in the stage of constant exploration. He rolls rolls rolls until he hits something that makes him stop.

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He touches, grabs, eats, gnaws, crinkles. While this is such a fun stage, it also has its challenges!

So here’s a little story to hopefully give you a little chuckle. A quick excerpt, if you will, from what I like to call: The Chronicles of Things Other Moms Never Tell You.

I had just done of load of laundry. I put a fresh changing pad cover on the changing pad. Put Nash on top for a diaper change. Take off old diaper. He immediately pees all over the changing pad. OK. That’s why I have three. Change the changing pad cover. No biggie. Proceed to finish diaper change and then on to playtime.

A couple of hours later we need another diaper change. Big time poop. Nash won’t stay still on the changing pad. He’s rolling rolling rolling. He’s flipped himself over so that his foot is caught behind the dresser. There is now poop everywhere. Roll roll roll. Get food unstuck. Now his toe is bleeding. How in the world did this happen?

I finally secure diaper, but now he’s kicking his feet frantically, trying to scoot backwards. Blood from toe getting all over the changing pad cover, which is already littered with poop.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Ok. Grab a blanket from the fresh laundry basket. Put it down on the floor and put Nash on top while I change the changing pad cover. Again. That’s two down in a matter of hours. As I’m changing the cover, Nash spits up. All over the blanket I just washed.

And that’s where the talking to myself begins.

No. Nope. That didn’t just happen. Nope.

End saga. Text my husband, “DOES THIS HAPPEN TO OTHER PEOPLE?!”

But seriously, could he be any cuter?

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Ten Baby Registry Must Haves

When my husband and I registered for our bridal shower, we went with a lot of items that we FELT we should go with. Just because we had seen other people do it or read about them on stupid registry lists. Now we’re left with knife sharpeners, bundt pans, and carafes that we’ll never use. I wanted to be a little smarter with the baby registry.

We poured over every item. Researching brands, reading reviews, considering if it would really fit with what we needed. But let me preface all of this by saying:

THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF YOUR BABY’S LIFE WILL BE A MONEY SUCK!

Different things work for different babies. You have to try things out. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. And it sucks because you’re literally dumping money into stuff your baby might hate!

With that preface, I will say that these 10 items were LIFE SAVERS the first few months of Nash’s life. They come highly recommended from a first time mom who had no idea that more than one type of onesie existed until the day Nash was born.

So here we go, in no particular order:

1. Rock and Play: I saw this on probably every “registry must-have” list and had no idea what it was. Basically, it’s heaven sent. It’s the place where you put the baby when you have to pee. Or make yourself something to eat. Or just need to rest your arms for a hot second. For 2 months, this was the only place Nash would sleep. He HATED being flat and preferred the incline of the Rock and Play. At two months, we transitioned him from the Rock and Play to his crib but still used it for naps. God send!

rp2. Side Snap Onesies: At our hospital, this is what they dressed the baby in. A side snap onesie, diaper, and a swaddle blanket at all times. We had bought the most adorable ever take home outfit. When it came time to go home, I was terrified of putting something over the baby’s head! Go ahead, laugh it up, but we were new parents and the shirt hole just seemed way too teensy tiny to fit over Nash’s head without doing serious damage. So we literally took him home in the side snap onesie from the hospital, pants, and lot of blankies. Then immediately went out to buy copious amounts of side snap onesies in every size.

sso3. Dr. Brown’s Formula Pitcher: A new mommy friend recommended this to me after I had given birth. This is probably the most used item that is on this list. We use it every single day to make a large batch of formula. This way, we can make several bottles at once or just pour from the pitcher when needed. Saves us soooo much time. Plus, then we weren’t shaking every bottle as we made it, creating all that extra air which leads to HICCUPS. And hiccups lead to WAKING UP YOUR NAPPING BABY. No thanks.

fp4. Wubbanub: Another one that popped up on registry lists everywhere. Nash loves this thing. He actually doesn’t take a pacifier, but he enjoys chewing on this and playing with it. He often naps with it and cuddles up to it. It’s become a cannot-leave-home-without-it item in our house and we actually just recently bought a second one.

wub5. Salt Lamp: The salt lamp is a genius item. When you have a new baby, you’ll be getting up quite often in the night. SO SLEEP NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE. Sorry, had to get that off my chest. But yea this is a great item because you won’t have to put on the blaring light at 3 a.m. We’d put on the salt lamp before bed each night and it lets out a rather soft glow that was just enough for diaper changes and feedings.

sl6. Onesies with Mitten Cuffs: Little babies have sharp, fast growing finger nails that you will be terrified to cut with little baby nail trimmers. As the baby starts exploring with their hands, they scratch themselves in the face, sometimes pretty deep! These onesies were great for our winter born baby because they took the place as mittens to keep him warm, but also kept him from gouging scratching himself.

mc7. Playmat: We were really big on buying items that would grow with the baby. We knew we wanted a tummy time mat and loved this option that changes into a ball pit when your baby is old enough to sit up. Nash loved looking up at the hanging sea creatures, practicing tummy time, and playing with his toys while on this mat.

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8. Diaper Genie: This was an item that we debated. We kinda thought….do we really need this thing? Can’t we just throw them in the garbage? Sure. If you want your house to reek of pee! Trust me, YOU NEED THIS! It totally keeps the odor at bay and is easy to use.

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9. Microwave Sanitizer: We use this EVERYDAY! Sterilizing bottles stressed me out when I was pregnant. I’d hear stories about boiling bottles each time after use and would wonder when I’d ever sleep again. Luckily, this sterilizer came into my life! It’s so easy to use. Rinse all the bottle parts, put in the sterilizer with 6oz of water, and put in the microwave for 2 minutes. Done!

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10. Cloth Diapers: EVERYONE told me to buy cloth diapers. I was like, um that’s weird I’m using disposable. But we don’t use them as diapers! We use them as a cloth to cover the changing pad cover. Hmm you’re probably wondering, “Why do I need a cover to cover a cover?” BECAUSE YOU DO! Because babies pee and poop all over as you’re changing them and you’d go crazy if you had to change the changing pad cover every two seconds. Because they’re expensive! These are cheap! Buy a couple of 6 packs and you’ll be good to go. I’m talking about beer of course.cdSo there ya have it! These were/are our essentials and I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped us.

What were your registry must-haves?

Finding My Mommy Style

I’d like to think I was pretty darn fashionable before pregnancy. My closet is 90% J Crew with the other 10% being Madewell, Express, or Banana Republic. I’d pride myself on putting together cute outfits with some Pinterest inspiration, of course. My go-to uniform that always worked was a pair of skinny jeans, a cami, and a blazer.

Now? I’m lucky if my shirt doesn’t have drool all over it. Or so stretched out because Nash grabs the neckline and pulls. V-necks? Low cut tanks? Forget it! Unless you wanna see my boobs all over town, those shirts are out.

As far as “beauty” – I’ve never been one to wear makeup. Have never owned it. I’ve never dyed my hair. Always lived with the hippie mentality of showing your true, inner beauty.

Now? Post-pregnancy? My hair is thin and falling out all over the place. My face is a breeding ground for acne. Grays are popping up all over the place. Finding time to do my eyebrows? HA!

In my eyes, I’m basically a hot mess. (My wonderful, doting husband would beg to differ though – love you babe).

So. I did what any self-respecting person would do. I completely cleaned out my closet and drawers and declared that I needed a personal stylist.

Ok. All of that is true except I definitely cannot afford a personal stylist. But something needs to be done here!

I need to find my “mommy style.”

I’m not sure exactly where to start, but I know my mommy style needs to include the following:

  • Clothes that are easy to wash. No difficult directions or dry clean only.
  • Shirts that won’t reveal too much when I’m holding the baby. Every time I lift him up, it seems to drag my shirt lower and lower.
  • Simple, but still stylish.
  • Classic pieces that are versatile and will stand the test of time.
  • Pants. Pants. Pants. As much as I love skirts, I am sitting with him on the floor A LOT.

So far, I have a couple of pieces on my wishlist.

1. A classic, sleeveless Chambray dress. Yes, I recognize that I just declared PANTS PANTS PANTS but this is just so simple. Perfect for the summer but can also be worn in the fall with a blazer and booties or even in the spring with a light cardigan. Chambray never goes out of style.

chambray 22. Button downs/popovers. While I can never seem to look as fashionable as the J Crew models do, I’m really liking the simplicity of this gingham popover tucked into pants with the sleeves rolled up. I think I can pull that off.

green3. Muscle Tank and Jeans. YES YES YES. Shirt has a high enough neckline that my tots won’t be in yo’ face. And there’s nothing wrong with adding another pair of skinny jeans to my collection, right?

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So I’m going to start there. But I’m definitely waiting for a sale before making any moves, ya heard?

What constitutes your “mommy style”?

I Want to Punch My Old Self in the Face…

My old self before having a kid. I want to grab her and shake her by the shoulders and say:

GO ON THAT VACATION

SLEEP IN TODAY

SPEND THE MONEY AND TRAVEL

GET AWAY WITH YOUR HUSBAND

GO GO GO!!

But I can’t and that’s reality. Most of the time when I have these thoughts I feel ashamed. That I’m a bad mommy for feeling that way. But they happen.

I’ll glance at one of the pictures in the house of my husband and I in St. Lucia. On a balcony in Italy over looking the island of Capri. In Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist. Drinking wine at a local vineyard. And there’s a little part of me that cringes and thinks…hmmm, how many years until we can take another picture like that? Ten? Twenty? And my heart sinks a little.

What I’ve come to realize is that these thoughts mean one of two things: either (1) I totally suck at being a mom, or (2) everyone has these thoughts but they’re too embarrassed/ashamed/scared to share them. And I feel the need to preface all of this by saying I LOVE MY SON AND LOVE BEING A MOMMY! But it doesn’t mean these thoughts don’t pop in my head!

There is SO MUCH mommy shaming out there. I’ve experienced it first hand a few too many times for only having a 6 month old. I’ll probably be judged and catch heat for a post like this but I’ve come to the point where I need an outlet. I truly feel there are mamas out there who struggle too and hide it. I want to be on the front lines of honesty.

Because let’s be real. Either everyone I know is just the perfect mom (which I really don’t think is the case) or people just don’t tell you the truth when you’re pregnant! They don’t tell you that it’s really freaken HARD!

I get asked the question “So how’s it going being a mom?” weekly. And there’s the standard, expected answer of, “It’s going great!”

When really I want to say, “Dude I love the kid with my whole heart but it ain’t easy!”

I should just end this post now before Mila Kunis calls to ask if I wanna be in the sequel of Bad Moms.