Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies (Husband-Friendly!)

When you're breastfeeding or pumping milk for a baby, at some point you're probably going to have some worries about your milk production and whether your body is making enough. There are lots of solutions... fenugreek supplements, drinking extra water, etc... but my favorite by far is making these cookies! The oats, flax seed, and brewer's yeast are the perfect concoction for milk production support, and they taste delicious! And don't worry... it's perfectly okay for husbands and friends and family to eat them too.


These are perfect for taking to a mom who has just had a new baby (or a mom who had a baby a few months ago and could use a little surprise from a friend!), or if you're pregnant you could make a bunch to put in the freezer for after the baby arrives (I definitely plan on doing that next time around!).

Recipe adapted from here.

Makes a LOT of cookies, like 4-6 dozen depending on how small you make 'em (but you can freeze some and they freeze/thaw really well!).

1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 tbsp brewer's yeast powder

1. Mix flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
2. Beat butter and sugars until smooth. Add eggs and mix well.
3. Add flaxseed/water mixture and vanilla. Beat well.
4. Whisk together flour, brewer's yeast, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture gradually and mix until combined.
5. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
6. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto baking sheet (lightly greased, or use parchment paper or a Silpat).
7. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

This recipe is super adaptable... I've tried all of the following with excellent results:
(1) Substitute white whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the flour.
(2) Substitute 1 cup of apple cinnamon instant oatmeal for 1 cup of the oats, skip the chocolate, and add a little extra cinnamon.
(3) Add in a cup of coconut flakes.






Monday, June 29, 2015

Elderflower Sangria

I thought I'd share my new favorite summertime adult beverage recipe today! It's the perfect make-it-by-the-pitcher drink for hot weather and daytime parties, and it even sounds fun because you get to say "elderflower" when you serve it.


Recipe adapted from here.

1 bottle dry rosé wine, chilled
1 cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 lemons, thinly sliced
1 cucumber, thinly sliced

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, stir, and serve!



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Connor at Six Months

Time flies when you're having fun! We're having such a blast watching Connor grow up and develop his own personality and independence. Even though six months is half a year (!!!), I'm feeling okay with the passage of time this month because I can see all the progress he's making toward becoming his own little person, and isn't that the goal of parenting anyway?


Connor's Stats:
Birth Weight: 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Current Weight: 18 pounds, 2 ounces.
Birth Length: 19.5 inches. Current Length: 26 3/4 inches.
Clothing: Wearing 9 month clothes and size 3 diapers! 

Sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, apples, pears, bananas, and rice cereal.
His feet.
Mommy and Daddy talking in Spanish.
The "A, You're Adorable" song.

Nursing under the nursing cover.
When we won't let him drink out of our cups.

New Tricks:
Sitting unassisted.
Making G and M sounds (ga, go, ma, etc.).
Standing on his own with an ottoman or something to hold on to.
Sitting up in shopping carts and restaurant high chairs.
Sleeping through the night (usually from around 8:00pm to 7:00am, with a quick feeding around 4:00am).

Happy six months, Connor Beckett! We are so blessed that you're our little boy!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Connor at Five Months

Umm, didn't I just do Connor's four-month photos like... last week? How is time moving so quickly? I'm just in awe of everything right now. In awe of how he's constantly learning and doing new things, in awe of how so much joy and so much perfect could fit into one little boy, in awe of motherhood, and in awe that this is my life. I'm trying to soak up all these little baby moments, but they just go by so quickly!


Connor's Stats:
Birth Weight: 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Current Weight: 17 pounds, 3 ounces.
Birth Length: 19.5 inches. Current Length: 25.75 inches.
Clothing: Wearing 6-9 month clothes and size 3 diapers! 

Screeching and squealing.
Putting things in his mouth.
Rice cereal.
Diaper changes.
Being tossed in the air or swung around.
Standing up.

Waiting in between bites of rice cereal for Mommy to reload the spoon.
The noise the fridge ice dispenser makes.

New Tricks:
Rolling front-to-back and back-to-front.
Sitting unassisted for about a minute.
Reaching out and grabbing things.
Standing against furniture/walls.
Taking steps if you hold his hands (and trying to even if you don't!).
Playing with his toes/feet.
Eating rice cereal from a spoon.

Happy five months, little one!



Friday, April 17, 2015

Connor at Four Months

When I mentioned to a friend yesterday that Connor was about to be four months old, he said "A third of a year!" and I just about cried because I hadn't thought of it that way before and how is time moving so, so quickly?! But every month with Connor seems to be even more fun than the one before, so time moving quickly isn't really such a bad thing after all. It's just such fun to see his little personality develop! Here's our happy little boy at four months:


Connor's Stats:
Birth Weight: 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Current Weight: 15 pounds, 12 ounces.
Birth Length: 19.5 inches. Current Length: 24.5 inches.
Clothing: Wearing 6-month clothes and size 3 diapers! 

Laughing and giggling.
His new chair
Chewing on blankets, towels, clothes, etc.

Wearing his life jacket. 
The Bumbo chair.
Sun and wind.

New Tricks:
Pushing his head and chest up during tummy time.
Sucking his hands/fingers (and Mommy's hands/fingers).
Being wide awake all day despite Mommy's best efforts at trying to get him to nap!

We love you so, so much, Connor Beckett!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Seven Quick Takes

I have another seven random things for you today, so I'm linking up with Kelly again! They're mostly cute baby photos, which is all anyone wants to see on this blog anymore anyway, right?

1. Give me a baby and a glass of cabernet and I'm a happy, happy girl.


2. Here's Connor in one of Jeff's old baby outfits. Smocked decades-old adorableness! And y'all... that smile!!


3. I didn't realize how much Jeff needed a son until we had Connor. That sounds funny... but I just mean that these two were so meant to be a father-and-son pair. Watching them together makes my heart so happy. Jeff always said he'd be totally happy, boy or girl, and I'm sure he would have been, but I'm so, so glad he got to be a daddy to a little boy (particularly this little boy). I can't think of a better role model for Connor than my sweet husband.


4. We made gnocchi, sweet corn, & spinach in cream sauce the other night and crossed #5 off my 30 Before 30 list. I loved it.




5. I'm also crossing #8 (Get a dSLR camera and figure out how to use it) off of the 30 Before 30 list. I've had the camera for years, but I was holding off on officially saying that I "know how to use it" because there's a LOT of technical stuff to learn about photography. But since I'll never know everything and I'm happy with how far my photography skills have come, I'm going to go ahead and say that I have officially figured out how to use the camera! I still know nothing about editing/Photoshop though... maybe I'll put that on my 40 Before 40 list? Haha.

We saved so much money doing our own newborn photos! One more baby and the camera will pay for itself! Haha.

With this one crossed off, I've completed over half of the items on my list. I have a few of them currently in the works, and I have a little over four years left to finish the rest!

6. Babies yawning = the cutest.

"Airplane outfit? Boooring. Taking pictures in this chair? Boooring."

7. I know I just said that babies yawning = the cutest, but actually... babies in hoodies = the cutest. 

"Don't mess with me, bro. I outgrew my 3-6 month socks at 2 months."

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

2015 Bluebonnet Photos!

There are lots of little things I just love about Texas. One of them is bluebonnets. And bluebonnet photos! The bluebonnets recently started blooming, so we headed out to take some photos one day last week. We found a great spot just 15 minutes from our house, set up our tripod, and snapped a few photos! 








In the interest of presenting a realistic picture of our life, I'll just leave this photo here as well...


Shall we zoom in?


That's what we get for trying to take pictures too close to bedtime! Don't worry... Connor was quickly whisked away to his car seat, where he giggled at me every time I asked "didn't you just love taking bluebonnet photos, Connor?" Hehe.