Hi, my friends! How are you? Happy November!
So it’s almost been five weeks since Baby Brady was born, and the time is going by so quickly. We’re doing pretty darn good over here, in spite of the fact that our sleep is not what it used to be. Brady doesn’t really ever sleep a span more than two hours at night yet, which means we are up a lot, although he’s a very good boy and couldn’t be any cuter. A lot of what I explained in this post about the first two weeks of life with a newborn is still going strong, but we’re getting into a better routine.
I’m enjoying my solo time with Brady during the day, and we seem to fit in a lot of snuggling, eating, one long walk with Rudy, a shower and that’s about it. Life is good! And that’s the report from over here.
Now that we’re all caught up, I thought today would be a great day to talk about a few things I’ve been loving lately …
An easy and delicious breakfast
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I’ve always appreciated an easy and healthy breakfast, which requires minimal steps. And now that I’m a mom of a newborn, I need a simple meal in the morning more than ever. Well, my friends at Bob’s Red Mill just debuted their new organic oatmeal cups, and I absolutely had to try them. These babies are so good. You can expect to find these single-serve oatmeal cups at a store near you in the next month, but until then, they’re available on the brand’s website here.
Fun fact: I used to eat those sugar-laden instant oatmeal packets from another brand for breakfast all the time back in the day, but these organic cups with their superfood ingredients are a far cry from those packets of the past.
And they are easy too! The best part is that I can boil water and pour it into the oatmeal cup with one hand, to let it sit and simmer, while I hold Brady with the other hand. (The oats cook up in their cup and can also be microwaved in there as well.) Convenience!
These cups are, of course, organic, whole grain, gluten free and are made with flax and chia too. There are a few different flavors, and coconut and pineapple is definitely my favorite. It has chunks of both fruits, mmmm!
A tip: I also tried adding a little bit of coconut milk with the water, which thickened up the texture, and I liked that. You can even add toppings if you want, and I added a banana each time, and there was just enough room in the cup to make that happen. Overall, I’m definitely a fan of the convenience and flavor of these new cups.
By the way, I’m not a gluten-free gal (in fact, I consume a lot of gluten actually), but just so you know, Bob’s Red Mill has a 100 percent gluten-free facility, and the company offers minimally processed vegan and paleo products, as well as gluten-free products, from its Oregon stone mill.
Thanks for the delicious breakfasts, Bob’s Red Mill. I received compensation and product, but all opinions are my own.
A dinner date out
Last weekend, Dave’s parents were here visiting us, so they could meet Brady, and Dave and I decided to take advantage of their company by heading out for a quick dinner, just the two of us (our first dinner out for a very long time!). We went to Va de Vi in downtown Walnut Creek for a wine flight, a cheese platter, tartar and more. I missed all of those things when pregnant and knew it was exactly what I wanted. I’m not sure when we’ll get out by ourselves again in the near future, and it sure was great to have a little adult time.
Treats and sweets
Also last weekend, Dave and I had some visitors from Maine. They came by in the morning to say hello and meet Brady while they were in town, and they delivered not only a gift, but also a plate of delicious pastries from Sweet Affair Bakery. Embarrassingly enough, I worked on these goodies and had them nearly finished by the end of the weekend. Sugar is my friend, and even though I don’t have the excuse of pregnancy any more, I can’t give up my treats. Life is too short!
Halloween pictures and brothers
I absolutely love to see Brady and Rudy together. Brady doesn’t really acknowledge Rudy, and Rudy is still a little nervous around Brady, but it’s just so darn cute. On Halloween, I spent about 30 minutes trying to get some good photos of them both with their respective pumpkin decor, and it was a hilarious scene. I had about 35 photos total, and only a few of them didn’t have a blurry baby arm or blurry dog foot from too much wiggling.
Speaking of Halloween, Dave and I didn’t dress up, nor go to any Halloween parties, but we did enjoy some candy, and we gave out some treats to the little kids who came by our door that night. Also, Halloween is my favorite day of the year for scrolling social media, because I love to look at pictures of little kids and full-grown adults in costumes. Who’s with me?
Other recent delights
A few other favorite things …
- MOTIVATION: I watched this Tony Robbins documentary on Netflix this week and was totally enthralled. What a cool guy he is. He did “interventions” with people at his very expensive conference during this documentary, and it was enlightening to watch. I want to see more from him, so maybe I’ll buy one of his books.
- FOOD INSPIRATION: This spaghetti squash pie dinner recipe is SO good and only has five ingredients. I shared this one in the A Lady Goes West Friends group on Facebook earlier in the week, because Dave and I have had it two times, and it’s tasty and clean. We may make it again with some extra veggies and a different meat. I have to thank my friend Kicki for introducing us to this dish.
- FITNESS: I’m a millennial, and I love to see positive articles about us. We like to exercise, and we’re the fittest generation ever. Here’s why.
- PREGNANCY: There was only one post on the blog this week, and it’s all about what I did to have a healthy pregnancy. Check it out.
By the way, it took me about 10 sittings and three days to complete this post, as I was constantly interrupted by diaper changes, snuggle sessions, feedings and a wandering mom-brain. Good times!
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Questions of the day
Did you dress up for Halloween? If so, what were you?
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s your favorite quick and easy breakfast?