Almost one year ago, at 7:53pm on Christmas Eve night, we welcomed our little Joey into the world. He was the best Christmas present we could ever ask for. However, whenever someone asks when his birthday is, it’s typically met with a response of “poor kid” or “oh no.” Sure having a Christmas birthday may make it seem as though you will miss out on presents or the benefits of a birthday on another day, but I think there’s many positives as well. As Joey gets older, I plan to just highlight the many benefits a Christmas birthday brings, so he can see just how wonderful a gift he was to our family!
Because there’s still a few days of Fall left, why not celebrate it with some delicious, and healthy, baked apples? These are so simple to make and a huge hit! Joey is a big apple fan, but at times tends to gag on the texture of fresh apples. Baking them softens them just enough so that he can enjoy them more easily. I love them because they feel like dessert, yet are packed full of fiber and low in calories.
I love to sleep. I almost always got my 8 hours of sleep before our baby was born (except during pregnancy- thanks heartburn). Because of that, I never really dealt with sleep deprivation before and didn’t know how it would affect me. Let’s just say, it wasn’t an easy adjustment.
I have never been so tired as I was after Joey was born. He needed to eat almost hourly (and would take a freakin hour to eat), which led to a never ending feeding cycle. Couple this with his lack of napping or nighttime sleeping (unless of course he was being held), and we were a mess. I don’t think I spoke in coherent sentences most of the time and my memory was entirely shot. We are still very much sleep deprived, but since every few days now Joey gives us a glimmer of home with a long nap (longer than 30 minutes with him is a win in our book) or sleeping in until 4am, we now are functioning slightly better.
But one weird side effect of being so sleep deprived is what I have been apparently doing in my sleep. Twice now, my husband has sent me a text in the morning to say “do you remember when you woke me up last night?” Of course, I don’t. But apparently one night I woke him up because I wouldn’t stop petting his arm. When he asked me what I was doing, I told him I was petting the gorilla I had brought home. WTH? This week he insists I woke him up to yell at him saying “look how you are sleeping! You will squish Joey sleeping like that!” Now, Joey was not in our bed and my husband was actually sleeping in a normal position on his back. Why I am apparently having these crazy dreams I have no idea. Possibly lack of sleep, possibly crazy mommy brain, or of course, since I have no memory of these things happening, it’s possible my husband is actually the one having crazy dreams from sleep deprivation and not me.
Let’s see what fun things tonight brings 🙂
Whether you were busy watching the kids all day, working all day, or a bit of both, finding the time to make a tasty and healthy dinner can often feel overwhelming. But before you reach for the phone to call for takeout, consider this easy-to-make recipe that’s low calorie, packed full of lean proteins and whole grains, and way more affordable than takeout.
- cooking spray
- 2 cups whole grain pasta dry
- 1 lb chicken breast thin sliced
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup whole grain bread crumbs
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
Coat the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Add in the dry pasta, water, and ½ of the tomato sauce.
Place chicken breasts on top of pasta. Next, sprinkle bread crumbs over top of chicken. Pour on remaining tomato sauce and top with garlic, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
Place the top on the slow cooker and set the cook setting to high. Allow to cook for 4 hours, then serve warm with your favorite vegetables on the side.
This whole recipe takes about 5 minutes to assemble and then cooks itself- it doesn’t get much easier than that! And it takes great as well!
Note: You can also choose to add the noodles and ½ tomato sauce during the last 30-40 minutes of the recipe cooking. The above recipe allows for faster assembly and “set-it-and-forget-it cooking,” but if you prefer your noodles a bit more al dente or will be home while this meal is cooking, try waiting to add them instead.