To all parents out there, let’s talk sleep regression. I know I’m not alone. Baby Boy slept pretty well for the first 4 months, waking once or not at all each night. Four months hit, and his sleep changed overnight. He now wakes up twice a night and I feel like I have no choice but to feed him again the second time. I’m no fan of the crying and for now anyways, I say no thank you to all the advice telling me to avoid feeding him and to try to put him back to sleep. That took us a couple of hours one night.
Advice is given almost every day by everyone. Don’t feed him at night, give him water instead of milk, dream feed, soothe him on the boob…it goes on and on. And I find myself looking for even more advice, or maybe it’s reassurance that others have gone through this, online. Googling ‘4 month old sleep regression’. Yup. Apparently it’s normal. They’re developing rapidly at this age. Sleep will go back to normal. Sigh. Too much info.
I’m actually dreading going to his 5 month appointment because I know his doctor will tell me I should’t have fed him the second time per night and that I probably developed a new habit.
But you know what, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep your sanity. And then you read blogs and articles that make you feel a bit better. Like this one sent from a friend and fellow parent. The article also links you to a series on infant sleep written in Psychology Today, basically saying that infant sleep has no pattern.
So I say do what feels right, whatever works for now. That’s what we decided to do. And you know what? I’m ok with waking up twice a night to breastfeed my little man. It makes him happy and soothes him back to sleep. That makes me a happy maman.
Baby Boy got his 4-month shots today–poor little guy. He wasn’t in a good mood all day, so we took a few walks to help him sleep it off. I hope he sleeps through the night as usual.
A few weeks ago I wrote about starting the 30-day HIIT challenge. About a week later, I felt like I pulled a muscle during one of the workouts. I mentioned this to the Mom & Baby bootcamp trainer and she thought that the pregnancy and breastfeeding hormone relaxin may be the culprit, especially when doing non-symmetrical exercises (which is how I got injured, during 180 degree jumps). I’ll have to come back to the HIIT challenge in a few months. So to switch things up and keep myself injury free, I moved on to do the Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred challenge. Today was my second day, and it feels great! There are 3 workouts, 1 at level one, 1 at level 2, and 1 at level 3, each 20min long. So I planned out to do 10 level 1 workouts, 10 level 2 workouts, and 10 at level 3. I also scheduled active rest days every four days of workouts. Mom and Baby bootcamp is also going on once a week. Hopefully the 30-day shred challenge will help me lose some more baby weight!
On to today’s recipe: Sesame devilled eggs. These are so tasty and a great protein-packed snack.
Sesame Devilled Eggs
- 5 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp tamari
- 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- Peel the eggs and slice them in half length-wise. Carefully remove the yolks and place them in a small bowl. To the yolks, combine the tahini, tamari, chill garlic sauce, and sesame oil. Mash it all up and carefully spoon 1 tbsp or so back into the egg whites. Finish off by sprinkling the sesame seeds over top. Enjoy!
You can tell I had some trouble peeling those eggs!
Oy. Last night was a doozy. Baby boy went to sleep at 9am, woke up at 12am and it took the husband 1hr to get him back to sleep, then at 2am, when I fed him and it took me 1.5 hrs to put him back down to sleep. Then he woke up at 6:30am, fed him, and back to sleep until 8:30am. I don’t like those nights, but as long as they are rare, I’m ok. This morning’s nap also took me an hour to put him down. We had no idea what was going on until I stuck my finger in his mouth–and there it was. A tooth was poking through his gums. Poor little guy. Just when you think you have it down, they throw you a curve ball.
Today’s workout was Mom & Baby bootcamp in the local park. Mid-day snack: avocado on brown rice cakes, cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper.
I also did some batch cooking this weekend:
- Caribbean burgers (beef, jerk seasoning, spicy mango chutney, onion bouillon cube, egg, panko bread crumbs)
- Hoisin burgers (I subbed out the onion soup mix for an onion bouillon cube with ingredients I can pronounce)
- Quinoa with diced zucchini and raw basil pesto (I like to keep a batch of quinoa in the fridge–I add it to salads or eat it with some veggies and leftover protein for a quick meal)
- Grilled sausage with arugula pesto (you can probably reduce the salt in the pesto)
For dinner, we had grilled halibut on a cedar plank, with a side of grilled peppers and portabello mushrooms. Yum! Now time for bed–hopefully the little guy will sleep through the night!
Anyone have any tips to reduce teething pain?
Another day of Mom and Baby Bootcamp and it was HOT out! Burpees and bunny hops in 30C weather. Fun times.
I was at my parents’ for the weekend, as the husband was in BC for work. It helps to have extra hands to help out during the day with Baby Boy. Every time I go to my parents’, I seem to learn a new way to soothe him. My mom just seems to have the magic touch. So this weekend was no different. I learned a new way to hold him when he needs soothing, looking outwards and on his side. We walked around my parents’ garden and looked at plants and trees, and he loved it. Sleep time was pretty good as well, and I’m currently following the gentle method of sleep training from the Sleep Lady. I know that every baby is different, and not all methods work for all babies, but Baby Boy seems to be responding really well to this method. There were a few instructions that I avoided because I thought would be too tough to do, like not letting him sleep in the swing, or putting him down drowsy but awake. Once I tried it though, it wasn’t that bad, and the results have been really great. He slept all night a couple of nights ago, and last night he slept from 9:30pm to 4am, fed him, then back to bed until 7:30am. Not bad. And finally in his crib! I was getting worried, as he was outgrowing his bassinet fast. We’ll see how he does tonight.
On to dinner. I stopped by the fishmonger on my way home from bootcamp and grabbed some wild sockeye salmon for dinner. I made a cumin and spicy mango chutney crust, alongside asparagus with a honey lime vinaigrette. I subbed basil in for the mint. Yum. We started off with sesame avocado boats as appetizers–so tasty! The boston lettuce leaves are so delicate and buttery you have to try it. This recipe was an adaptation of Kimberly Snyder’s lettuce wraps.
Sesame Avocado Boats
- 8 boston lettuce leaves
- 1 avocado
- 8 green olives
- 1 tbsp tamari sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
Cut the avocado into cubes, place in a bowl and drizzle the tamari sauce and sesame oil over it. Fill the leaves with the avocado mixture, add an olive to each lettuce, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. That’s it! Hope you enjoy them.
Today we started off our day with a Mom & Baby Bootcamp. We’ve had some pretty good nights lately, even a full night sleep once (yay!), but of course, last night was a bit tougher. Baby Boy woke up at midnight for a feeding but had some trouble falling back asleep. I’m convinced this happens on the days I have coffee. So I’ll be avoiding caffeine again. So waking up this morning was a bit tough, but I had to push and get us out the door for bootcamp. It was a tough workout, but I feel so amazing once it’s done! An after workout smoothie topped it all off. This smoothie is delish and is an adaptation of Kimberly Snyder’s summer smoothie. Enjoy!
Coconut Bliss Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup green grapes
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp shredded dried coconut
- 1 tsp bee pollen granules
Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend away!
Last night was a toughie–Baby Boy woke up at 3:30am for a feeding, which was great because that gave us a 6hr stretch of sleep, but he wouldn’t go back to sleep for hours! By the time we got him to sleep, we were wide awake and it took us another hour or so to fall back asleep. Sigh. Tis life with a 3 month old! So of course, I woke up tired and didn’t go to my Mom & Baby bootcamp. But I’m hoping I can catch a nap today and do Day 2 of the DailyHIIT 30-day challenge. I did Day 1 yesterday and it was definitely tough, but you keep going knowing that it’s only for 12min. Gotta get that body back!
Once I changed and dressed Baby Boy, I put him in his little reclining chair and made a quick breakfast–egg in a hole! It’s a super quick breakfast, easy to make, and the toast actually makes it easier to flip the egg. Start with a slice of toast and use a wide glass to cut out a hole.
Heat some coconut oil in a small frying pan, place the toast in the pan, and crack an egg in the hole.
Easy peasy! I ate my toast with some pickled hot pepper slices and honey mustard. And can’t forget about my nursing tea either.
Next up: Kimberly Snyder’s recipe challenge–making my own version of her sweet potato salad.
Sweet Potato Salad with Cashew Sauce
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch chunks
- 1/4 red onion, diced into small pieces
- 1 small yellow pepper, diced into small pieces
- 1/2 batch of my cashew sauce
Steam the sweet potato chunks until soft. I usually cook the potatoes in about 1-inch of water in a pot, boil, then simmer for about 15min. Place the potatoes in a bowl, add onion and yellow pepper, and mix in the cashew sauce. Serve at room temperature.
Another week, another adaptation of a Kimberly Snyder recipe. One of my favourite combos is kale and garlic. They are delicious sautéed together as a side, or mixed in with other ingredients, like I did below.
Kale, Quinoa, & Sweet Potato Salad
- 1 cup dried quinoa
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1-inch pieces
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups water
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp pure sesame oil
- 2 tsp tamari
- 1 tsp honey
- Pinch hot pepper flakes
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 small bunch kale, stems removed, leaves torn into small pieces
Combine quinoa, sweet potato, salt, pepper, and water to a small pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20min.
Meanwhile, combine lemon juice, sesame oil, honey, tamari, and hot pepper flakes in a small jar and shake vigorously. Set aside. Smash the garlic cloves into a puree.
In a large frying pan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat and add the garlic. Stir for 30sec and add kale. Sauté over low heat for about 4min, until the kale turns a bright green.
Comine the quinoa mixture, dressing, and kale into a bowl. Serve as a side for 4 people or as a main meal for 2. This salad is delicious served warm or at room temperature.
We had some crazy weather last night–torrential downpour, thunderstorm, and no power for 5 hours. Of course this happens on the night friends were coming over for a BBQ. In the end, it all worked out and a BBQ in the dark was actually pretty fun! I prepared some steaks, shrimps marinated in a chili-garlic-orange sauce, Kimberly Snyder’s quinoa, avocado, and corn salad, grilled asparagus and peppers, homemade lemonade, and vanilla ice cream with sprinkled Skor bits. Deelish!
I snacked on this cucumber salad while preparing the food for the BBQ, which was part of Kimberly Snyder’s blog assignment. I hope you like it!
Cucumber, Corn, & Radish Salad
- 2 middle eastern cucumbers, sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen organic corn, thawed
- 4 radishes, sliced
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Pink Himalayan salt, to taste
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
Combine the cucumbers, corn, and radish in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the vegetables.
Mix, and enjoy!
It’s BBQ season! That means less dishes and enjoying our patio more! Our first patio dinner consisted of salmon skewers and grilled veggies. Baby hung out in his chair and let the hubby and I eat, just like the good old days! This is a super easy and quick recipe, perfect for a weeknight.
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp dried dill
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 lb wild salmon, skin removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, and pepper in a bowl and stir in salmon. Marinate in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Remove salmon from the marinade and thread the pieces on thick wooden skewers. Grill for about 10 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily. You can baste the salmon throughout with the remaining marinade. The hubby likes his fish well cooked, so we leave it on the BBQ for a little bit longer. Depends on how you like it. Serve with a side of grilled vegetables.
There’s nothing better than walking around a farmer’s market in your hood, on a warm sunny day. That’s just what the hubby, baby, and I did. I get so inspired by all the fresh produce!
This week I adapted a Kimberly Snyder recipe using some market produce.
Spicy Roasted Vegetables
- 2 small onions, peeled and cut into small chunks
- 3 small sunchokes, scraped and cut into small chunks
- 2 small purple potatoes, cut into small chunks
- 2 beets, peeled and cut into small chunks (I used rainbow beets!)
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
- 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 tsp Jaffna hot curry powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 3 tbsp basil, sliced
Preheat the oven to 350F. Place all the ingredients in a roasting pan, except the last 3 ingredients.
Roast in the oven for 2hrs, or until desired doneness. Take the vegetables out of the oven and sprinkle to the last 3 ingredients; mix well.
You can play around with the vegetables–use what you have. You can also decrease the amount of curry powder, as it is SPICY!