Sunday, December 11, 2016

Yay wow so blogging hiatuses are kinda my thing I guess....

Last time I posted my wee babe was not quite 7 months yet. The last few months have been a blur but in a great way.  One thing about blogging is now I just don't enjoy it as much as I used to.

So I may post for a while, or I may not post for months or years. In the meantime enjoy the previous content :) and hopefully I will post more often.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Curse of the Internet - when it comes to parenting, and basically anything else.

One thing that is awesome about the internet is the sheer wealth of information, unfortunately this also means we have access to so much information, too much information.  For every piece of advice telling you to do one thing there is one telling you to do the opposite. Its insane. For sleeping, for introducing solids, for night weaning, for milestones, etc. Or for breastfeeding information. Or for things to do  or not do while pregnant.  And it extends past just these areas, its in every part of life. We have access to so much information its anxiety inducing!

My parents and the generations before them didn't have this amount of information, and if they did it sure wasn't seconds away.

My goal for June is not to absolutely google  and read everything and if you know me - "researching things" should be my middle name and honestly all it does is make me more anxious and really question everything I am doing from day to day. Let's hope I can meet my goal!

So if you are like me, even a little bit, I dare you to try it! And if you feel a difference by the end of the month, come back and leave me a comment :)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

There are a ton of lactation cookies out there, but for those of us who are gluten free we can’t have the primary component brewers yeast. SO instead this recipe includes oats and healthy fats in the form of coconut oil and chia seeds.

Chia seeds provide calcium and magnesium along with essential fatty acids protein, and fiber.  

Coconut oil is a healthy fat, it contains lauric acid that is great for the immune system and to help create nice fatty milk.

Dry Ingredients
3 cups of oatmeal (I used Trader Joes Gluten Free Oats)
2 cups of gluten free flour to make this dairy free I opted to use Pamela’s Gluten/Dairy Free flour if you are doing dairy, you can use Cup 4 Cup or your fav GF flour blend.
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 & 1/2 cups chocolate chips (make sure they are Dairy Free)
1/4 cup chia seeds
Wet Ingredients
1 & 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
1 cup of refined coconut oil – room temperature, (you can use unrefined but it will add a coconut flavor) *see note
2 eggs
4-5 tablespoons of water 
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350.

Cream together the sugar and coconut oil, then add in the eggs & vanilla.

In another bowl mix together the dry ingredients (minus the oats and chocolate chips).

Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well mixed.

Add in the oats and mix until well incorporated, then its time for the chocolate chips.

Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet (the cookies do not spread while baking so you can fit quite a few on a pan).

Bake for roughly 12 minutes. Cookies are done once they are slightly browned around the edges.

*if it’s a hot day, your coconut oil might be liquid, you want it to be in its solid state, so I would suggest perhaps popping it in the fridge for a few minutes to help solidify it. You want it solid but still soft.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lemon Angel Food Cake with Lemon Curd and 7 Minute Frosting (GF/DF)

So this weekend was my husband's 40th Birthday. For the last 10 birthdays I have made him a cake for his birthday, this year he wanted something with lemon. He is also a huge fan of angel food. 
Now because I'm currently not doing dairy on top of being gluten free I wanted to make a cake I could also eat because as anyone who has ever breastfed knows, it makes you crave sugar! 

It might seem like this is a lot of work, but it didn't take too long, I did spread it out over a couple days  due to time constraints with an infant so if you do that- I would suggest making the lemon curd first. 

For the Lemon Curd:
4 whole eggs + 1 egg yolk
1 cup of sugar
1 cup lemon juice
6 tbsp coconut oil (refined, so it doesn't have that coconut flavor)

If you want to make regular lemon curd using butter I always go with David Leibovitz's recipe, I have made it numerous times and it always turns out. 

Mix all ingredients (except coconut oil) in a heavy bottom sauce pan whisking constantly over medium heat until it thickens, do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the coconut oil. Strain using a mesh strainer. Stir every few minutes until its cooled slightly then place in the fridge. 
here is the curd on the second layer

For the Cake:
I used Recreating Happiness' recipe for GF Angel food cake. I added a bit of lemon extract as well. I also opted to make a layer cake instead of the traditional angel food shape in a tube pan. In order to do that, place parchment rounds in your pans, and fill them 1/2 full. Do not grease the pans. 
Bake for 12 minutes, or until brown and a toothpick comes out clean. 

1 1/2 cups sugar, divided into 3/4 cups.
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup potato starch
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
1¼ tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract 
zest of 12 large lemons

12 egg whites, room temperature

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a small bowl, whisk together ¾ cup of the sugar, the white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl mix egg whites on low speed 1-2 minutes until frothy. Sprinkle cream of tartar over the egg whites and with mixer on medium speed pour the remaining ¾ cup of sugar. 

When all the sugar is incorporated scrape the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula. Add vanilla and lemon zest & lemon extract.  Beat on med-high speed until stiff peaks form.
Sift one half of the flour mixture over the egg whites and quickly fold in. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture being sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl
Place parchment rounds in your round pans, and fill them 1/2 full. Do not grease the pans. 
Bake for 12 minutes, or until slightly brown and a toothpick comes out clean. 

For the Frosting:
7 minute frosting is what I opted to use, its pretty sweet, but with the tartness of the lemon curd I figured it would be a good balance. 

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 c cold water
2 large egg whites - room temperature (you can put cold eggs in a bowl of warm water to warm them up a bit)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
pinch of salt

In the top of a double boiler, combine the sugar, water, egg whites, corn syrup or cream of tartar, and the pinch of salt. 
Beat with an electric mixer set at low speed for 30 seconds, then set the pan over boiling water (the pan shouldn't touch the water). Beating at high speed, cook the frosting for about 7 minutes, or until it's stiff and glossy.
Remove it from the heat, add the vanilla, and beat an additional 2 minutes. Use immediately. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Why won't baby nap or FOMO babies

My son has a serious case of FOMO(fear of missing out) which means he hates napping. 
Like hates it. And believe me we have tried everything trying to get this kid to nap well actually just sleep in general, I mean bedtime he does so much better, he wakes a bunch at night but that's biologically normal so I'm ok with that but naps OMG. 
Wearing him in the ergo is really the only reprieve I have or holding him on my lap but even that its still a struggle. Why are some babies just great sleepers and others are terrible? I don't think anyone really knows.

I thought back to when I was pregnant and our ultrasounds, and every single one, this kiddo was moving like a maniac even before I could feel him kick and that basically is his personality in life, he is not patient (which I assume applies to most babes) but is also one of my traits, and he just wants to go go go. He is constantly moving and he can't even crawl yet. 

Fortunately my friend Lindsay has hooked me up with some DoTERRA oils to help him relax and I do feel like they help calm him but I also think his 4 month sleep regression also has something to do with it at least that's what I tell myself. 

And if you haven't read this article in the New York Times, you really should. It definitely helped me feel like although I tried this and that, that perhaps my lovely little one was just not a great sleeper and that was really no reflection on me as a parent but just him (and I honestly wonder if him being early and having reflux has contributed but that may have nothing to do with it)

I feel like we tend to forget babies are little people and have their own personalities and likes and dislikes and yes we are the parents but we also need to find what works for them and sometimes the solution is just to cuddle with mom or dad or another caregiver and that is ok too. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Diaper Bag struggle

The struggle is real my friends. I have been searching for the best diaper bag. And I just don't know if I am ever going to be satisfied.

I have a big JJ Cole bag that's a shoulder bag, a backpack and has stroller clips.  Sometimes I love it other times I don't.

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I also have a skip hop mini purse.

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And finally a mini backpack for baby wearing (G can use this once he gets a little older).

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But I also started using a wet/dry clutch from Logan & Lenora so I could have something that was my purse- that would be able for me to grab and go but also pop into our larger diaper bag.
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I'm hoping this finally works out.

I feel like you really have to have more then one bag to function in different situations.
All you mom's out there - what was your favorite bag?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Doing the dairy free thing!

So to help my sweet little guy deal with his reflux- I recently had to go dairy free on top of gluten free- and at first I thought it was going to be a total nightmare, but honestly it hasn't been that bad. I have been doing the dairy free thing for about 2 months with a couple accidental slip ups and I wanted to share my favorite dairy free substitutes or treats with you.  

This So Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Cream - I would eat this even after going back to dairy, it is that good! 

Daiya cheese has been pretty good, it is a little weird on pizza but for a grilled cheese sandwich it definitely hits the spot.  

Ok now this cheese is borderline amazing. Both my husband and dad tried it and didn't realize it was vegan. 

I do miss the days I can have real cheese again, I plan on using my Fiore Gut Gluten Free Flour from Italy to make my own gluten free dough - I will post my thoughts on this flour when the time comes. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

RSV is no joke people!

About a week ago our little one got sick.  At first we thought it was a normal cold, but then on Wednesday he started having breathing retractions, so I called the advice nurse and we ended up going to the pediatrician. Unfortunately ours was out of the office and we saw someone else. Diagnosis -RSV, an annoying cold for adults but can be uber serious for kiddos, especially those under six months old, his oxygen was good and I was told to just snot suck him - yes nose frieda style- and keep an eye on his breathing. 

When you are a parent you have to be the one making the hard choices.  And on Wednesday evening about 7-8 hours after seeing the doctor we ended up going to Randall's Children's Hospital emergency which was the beginning of a 3 day hospital stay. We were very fortunate he responded well to treatment and were able to go home midday Saturday.

The one great thing is that baby G kept his great spirt through the whole ordeal. He hated having the tubes in his nose but other then that he was haming it up- laughing,smiling & babbling for the nurses and doctors. We were very fortunate we had such a short stay and that he improved quickly because we could have just as easily ended up in the PICU. 

The one thing that is so hard is that you have to remain calm and not be upset because your kiddo reacts from your emotions, so while mentally/emotionally I was a mess that's not what he needed from me, he needed me to be a badass momma bear who is looking out for him. 
I do feel I was better equipped to handle this because of an earlier hospital stay we had with our little go getter when he was only 5 days old for phototherapy for jaundice- this one was much easier to manage- his age and being at a pediatric hospital I think made the biggest differences. 

I am so very glad spring has sprung and cold season is coming to an end. I hope we have hit our quota on hospital stays for a while.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

We are all perfect parents before we have kids

Babies are all different. I totally was one of those people while pregnant who was going to do things perfectly, not having my baby in the bed, do cry it out, never let them watch tv, etc.
Well I can tell you in the almost 4 months of being a parent shit has gotten real and that has all gone out the window.

Yes folks I got a high needs baby and he wants mom (or dad) holding him, cuddling him, etc all the dang time. He won't nap by himself or sleep by himself for that matter.
For weeks he also screamed non stop, then we find out well thats due to his lovely GERD and silent reflux and finally after getting his tongue tie and lip ties fixed along with being on prilosec and me cutting dairy, and going to chiropractic/CST he's a happy smily little boy but he still won't sleep on his own. I totally thought this was my fault and had so many people, good intentioned, providing suggestions on what we should or shouldn't be doing and finally I just said screw that, we are doing what works for us until it stops working and we will try something else.  And low and behold, for one we as a family are way happier but I also come to find out am not the only parent that feels this way

Basically my new motto is "Never Say Never" because ultimately whatever ends up working is what you are going to do and the new days ,weeks , months of parenthood things are constantly changing and you just need to survive!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Well helllooooo there stranger....

As you perhaps have guessed I've taken quite the blogging break. This happened for a few reasons. I got kinda bored with blogging, I lost my ambition and zest for writing and I got pretty busy with work, school, pregnancy, and recently life as a new mom, so blogging became last on my priority list. 

That being said I'm going to try it again. This time with more of a focus on moming-yup I'm pretending that's a word- I'll still post recipes and DIY when I have a chance to do them but for now I'm letting things flow and just doing it when the mood strikes. Which brings me to renaming/branding my blog to fit with more of what I'm doing now.
After struggling to find a domain name I went with something of an inspiration of when we began designing our son's nursery.  

Look for some changes around here soon, don't worry though the old content and recipes will remain.

xo, Leah