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I am eating baby food! Ha! Ok not REALLY. I just finished off a bowl of my homemade apple sauce. I can call it baby food because I fed it to my baby an hour ago. It is versatile. It can be a healthy afternoon snack for me and Jackson or a yummy bowl of food for my little guy.

I made all of Jackson’s baby food. I am doing nothing different with this baby boy. I remember at one of Jackson’s pediatrician appointments they asked me what stage food he was on. I was VERY confused for a moment. She started to say, you know what number is on his jars? I laughed and explained I had always made his food so he just eats whatever I whip up. At least this time around I won’t be caught so off guard.

Making homemade baby food is SO simple. SO SO SO simple. My freezer currently has pears and sweet potatoes in it for Alexander. Plus this giant batch of applesauce. I will freeze some of it for him and the rest we will eat ourselves. Jackson and I cut up all the apples and baked them. It maybe took us 10-15 minutes.


Homemade Apple Sauce

  • Apples. Amount can vary on how much you want to make. I believe I used about 5 large/medium Honeycrisps. Feel free to use whatever variety apple is your favorite
  • Water

Preheat oven to 375

Cut up apples into chunks/pieces. Toss them in a large rectangle glass baking dish. I ended up using 2 for this batch because it was larger than the last time. I used a square glass baking dish for the overflow.

Once all of the apples are in the dish(es) pour some filtered water over them. Enough to line the bottom of the pan, so they do not burn or stick to the bottom.

Pop in oven and bake until they are all tender/mushy. I would say around 30-40 minutes. I was not watching exact time because Alexander decided he was not going to nap longer than 20 minutes.

Take out from oven, let cool for a few minutes. I scooped mine into my Vitamix. I then added the reserved water from the bottom of both dishes, and used the puree setting.

It is simple as that. It barely took me any time to whip this together. It was also a fun afternoon activity for just Jackson and me to do together. Anyway you can get your kids helping you out in the kitchen will help to foster a love for healthy and nutritious foods!

These apples are Alexander approved!

A boy who just finished eating his apples!

A boy who just finished eating his apples!

Today I decided to make some healthy homemade mac and cheese for my little man’s lunch. It was a hit! I have been working on expanding his pallet. Trying new flavors and combo.

Today’ recipe I originally found through the Baby Bullet cookbook. I altered it a bit. I added spinach for added veggies and nutrition.

  • Whole grain pasta shells. I used Barilla. They said a cup of cooked but I just guessed and sprinkled some in the boiling water.
  • Steamed, one yellow squash
  • 1/4 cup mild shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 3 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • handful of organic baby spinach (not cooked)
  • When the squash was tender I combined it with the cheeses, milk, butter, and sspinach. I pureed that all together to create the cheese sauce. I then put it in a small sauce pan to heat through. Only for a few minutes.
  • When the noodles were done I combined it with the cheese sauce in a bowl and stirred together until it was all well coated/mixed.

Green mac and cheese

It looked a little greener in person, but you get the idea. As you can see below I served it with some strawberries.

mmm momma!

I didn’t hear much of a peep from him during the entire meal. He loved it so much. He was covered in cheesy goodness by the time he was done. Every time I looked at him he would just smile at me. That is how you know a man loves his meal, he is quiet and if you do make eye contact he smiles!

cheese face

I tried some of the sauce. I make a habit of trying the meals I make for him. That way I can understand his tastes and know if there is a reason behind his hatred for certain things! Sometimes I thoroughly disagree with his protests and sometimes I think oh yes, this is awful. This sauce was yummy. I think I am going to make it into a family dinner soon. My hubby could use the sneaky veggies as much as Jack can!

I think I need to be talked off the ledge. The quitting breastfeeding ledge. I am fairly certain I either have about 4 or 5 clogged ducts or I am developing mastitis again. This time on the left side. I am in excruciating pain. At times the entire left side of my upper body hurts. I don’t have any flu symptoms this time though. There may be a red splotch but I also just tried pumping (rather unsuccessfully) and I have been massaging it.

Jack is 9 months old. I have never given him any formula. He has been strictly breastfed and now his solids. But he is always a fan of nursing and getting his milk. I want to go until a year but I am just tired and feeling particularly stressed about dealing with this now. Our household was sick for nearly a month. We all had various viruses. We are finally feeling better and getting back into our routine and now THIS? What? Why can’t I just have a few weeks of not feeling like crap? I know there are worse things in the world but I am having a why me moment! I am and I admit it. I just don’t feel like dealing with it. Is that selfish? Sure. But it really hurts. My boob is even shaped differently than normal. It feels as if there is a solid cylinder in there. Too much info? Perhaps, but if you have never had mastitis or clogged ducts you have no idea how it feels.

I have let Jack nurse the last two nursings on the left side. Before bed and then to try to settle him around 11pm when he woke up screaming. Turns out he had some gas. No help, no relief.

I just tried pumping. First thing in the morning. He is still asleep. I didn’t even manage to get an ounce out. I wasn’t striving to get a full bag of milk. I had no expectation of that. I just wanted to help get something out to relieve this pain. That did not happen.

So I think I need to be talked of the ledge. Because as of this moment I want to throw in the towel. I know that I will be angry at myself later if I give up now, but it is hard to see past the stabbing feeling I am experiencing as I just sit here upright, typing.

Jackson has his 9-month well visit today. We are seeing the nurse practitioner, whom I love! I think I am going to talk with her about this. I have a feeling she will talk me down. She has a way of just explaining things so well. She always makes me feel awesome when I leave there. Even if I am having a good day already. She is so encouraging.

But extra support from stepping back off the ledge is always helpful. Jason says if I do decide to give up now we will get through it as a family. That I have done an amazing job already. I am trying to tell myself that. But a little thing about me, I have incredible mom guilt. I always want to make sure I am doing my best for Jackson. I am a bit of a perfectionist with most aspects of my life. I have always been hard on myself and the mothering department is no exception.

For example, lately I have been giving Jack instant oatmeal. Plain instant oats, instead of old fashioned ones, cooking that, then putting it in trays, freezing it, then defrosting it each morning. Instant oats are the same just less work when I have a 9 month old demanding his cereal. I feel SO guilty that I am taking the easy way out. I still make all of his food. Last night I prepared fresh for him this zucchini, yellow squash, and tomato puree. I served it over turkey with some cheddar/jack cheese. Along with whole grain all natural Italian bread. On the menu to make today, homemade whole grain banana bread, probably some broccoli, sweet potato fries, and maybe these broccoli cheddar baked fries…from scratch. But I still feel guilty that each morning I microwave his oatmeal and then mix it with homemade apple sauce or pears or plums etc. Which I am aware is ridiculous of me. The kid eats like a king constantly. I work very hard to keep track of and prepare all of this food for him.  I am just kind of hard on myself with the mom guilt. My mom told me to not feel guilty about the oatmeal, that I do so well with his food. But this morning when I am getting his food ready I will feel just a tinge of guilt. I know it!

I know down the road I will be mad at myself. Oh, so that should make the decision easy, right? Don’t quit then! No, because as I sit here, even after taking advil, it feels like the pain is getting worse. My energy to deal with it is non-existent.

So here is my ledge rant. I want to  be done and just not deal with this right this second. I want to feel good for a while before dealing with the next crappy feeling moment. I don’t think that is too much to ask, but perhaps I am wrong.


Ha! Excuse my humor. I just thought this title was too funny. That is what my baby is, a silly little weaner hahaha. Ok…on to my post….

I went to the Baby Bistro Ice Cream Social yesterday at my hospital. Jack had been doing really well with nursing so I just briefly mentioned my issue. It was packed there too. The LC thought it could  have been that I was very sweaty the one day of the “incident.” That he may have not liked the taste because sweat tastes salty. I felt that it was so busy that I didn’t want to try to explain it all. Then last night he had a bad feed, very fussy. He tried eating for about 20 minutes, which is odd for him these days. Unless it is bedtime. Then he sometimes luxuriously nurses. He was still grumpy after. He had a hard time staying latched. Very distracted. I had just made him some apples so I fed a bit to him and he was happy. Sigh….just when I thought things were going better and that I had made a big deal over a small bump in the road. THEN last night before bed, an hour and half or so after that fussy feed and the apples it was bedtime.

He did not have to nurse to fall asleep! WHAT?!?!? I was in shock. I tried to nurse him but I think he wasn’t hungry after his apples. He snacked for a few minutes then pulled off and wanted to try to look around his dark room. So I gave him binky and put him in the crib and he put himself to sleep. He did not wake up at all last night and as a matter of fact he is still asleep.

So he is doing his own things these days and I feel like I am running behind him saying, “wait, slow down, you’re still a baby. Right??? You are still a baby?” I am going to regular Baby Bistro on Monday again to talk with her. I don’t think it will be quite the celebration it was yesterday at a normal meeting.I just want to some tips on how to deal with self-weaning. I want to go 6 more months!

Anyway on to a way more awesome note. I had not been to Bistro since Jackson was over 2 months old. I had a pumping question so I went. I really have not had a hard time with breastfeeding compared to most women. Other than now, that it seems my little man likes my cooking for him as much as his milky. Which it isn’t a constant feeding issue yet either. It is less than once a day that he has a fit about this. So I can breathe a bit easier. He isn’t on a full blown nursing strike! He is just growing up and is becoming more interested in solids sometimes. He does generally still nurse about every two hours during the day. Sometimes it is clearly just a snack, he will nurse for 4 minutes and then be done. I have decided I will be here on demand for him because I do not want him to wean. So if he wants to nurse, he gets to nurse. I truly do not believe it is a bad thing for my son to snuggle with me and nurse even if it is just because he is thirsty, stressed, lonely, or even just bored. There is nothing wrong with bonding time, and keeping my milk production flowing!

Ok back to my awesome point. So I was talking to the LC and she couldn’t quite place me. She asked if I had been there before and I explained I had and when and how long it has been. Before I left we were chatting briefly again and she said “You look SO great. I mean really fit. I think that is why I didn’t recognize you at first! You really look great!” What a compliment! It felt nice to have someone say something about how different I look already.

Jason asked me, “so was she saying you were a fatty the last time she saw you?” I said, “I don’t think so. I had just had a baby two months before that. I still had some of the mushy baby weight on me. It is a GOOD thing that someone whom I have not seen in some time notices the difference in me. If she didn’t, then it would mean all of my hard work was for nothing.” He then agreed that my analysis was true. As a note, Jason never ever once said I looked fat or big or unattractive while pregnant or after! Quite the opposite actually. He always has been unable to keep his mitts to himself when it comes to me. You have to understand his sense of humor, which is dry and sarcastic, and sometimes gets him into trouble. So when he made that comment to me, I knew that he wasn’t saying he ever thought that. He was just being funny. So don’t worry, he doesn’t and hasn’t thought I was “a fatty” because I grew and birthed him his son! I wouldn’t be married to a man who treated me that way.

It just felt nice to hear someone that I do not know say that about me. She had no reason to say this to me. She didn’t know that I work out regularly. She didn’t know that my passion is fitness. She just thought I looked that way.


Before we get to the heavy stuff, let’s just have a nice little update!

Jackson is an outdoorsman. He loves being outside. Since we have been home we have gone on a run around the lake, to the park to play on the swings, and to the spray park (where he lasted for an hour, happily!)

Before our brisk run around the lake Wednesday morning!

I am very happy about this. Jason and I both enjoy outdoor activities. I guess it is no surprise that the little man we created also enjoys outdoor activities. But you know, sometimes kids like to do the complete opposite of what their parents like to do.

I am so happy I took him to play on the swings the other day. We took him on July 3rd and he did not cry but he didn’t seem to enjoy it. So I gave it a rest, I don’t want to force things. I was super bored the other day, even after going to Gymboree, so we left and went to the park down the street. The photos do not do his happiness justice.  You would have to see the videos, but you do get the idea. He was experiencing pure joy. There was laughter and squealing. It was simply precious.

On another more serious note, I am afraid he is beginning to self-wean. I have been incredibly emotional about this lately. I am not ready to stop breastfeeding. However, he is way more interested in solids lately. (Although he did wake up at 2:30am, which he hasn’t done in a while, and I happily nursed him  back to sleep! I rubbed his face the entire time too. I enjoyed it) While we were in Lake Geneva we had an incident. He wouldn’t nurse from me! And he wasn’t happy either. He was hysterical actually. If you know Jackson, you know moments like that are few and far between. If he is unhappy or frustrated he tends to whine, not scream. If he is screaming, something is seriously wrong.

I had one last pumped bottle in the fridge. Jason fed it to him and he gobbled it up and was happy as a clam. I was absolutely devastated. I even had a meltdown in the restaurant we went to after this incident because they put mayo on my Reuben Sandwich (really, MAYO!?!?! Who has even heard of putting that disgusting stuff on a Reuben sandwich. I could have looked past the terrible corned beef and how thin of a sandwich it was, but I saw the mayo and it just really upset me. Clearly I was displacing my sensitivities. sigh…) Monday I am attending this ice cream social to celebrate World Breastfeeding Month at my hospital. I am going to speak with a Lactation Consultant about this and go from there. Jackson’s doctor did say that he would become more interested in solids and less interested in nursing. But like I said, I am not ready! I want to nurse him until he is a year. I love our time together.

I remember early on feeling like I just wanted a break from it. I was so tired and he was eating every hour but would eat for 20-30 minutes at a time! I wish I could go back and take those feelings of wanting some freedom back. I really do. I think it was adjusting to motherhood, healing from delivery, exhaustion, and learning how to nurse all rolled into one big ball that made me feel like I just wanted to be able to run to the store alone for 20 minutes. Now, I hate going anywhere without him. I can nurse him without any effort really. I just love everything about being a mom. I have 100% adjusted (ok, that is for now, I am sure as he enters a new stage I will stumble around again for a bit…for the rest of his life most likely!) But as of this morning I wouldn’t change a thing, except the fact that he may be ready to wean or my milk may be drying up. Either is awful in my book and I am not ready, not ready at all! I hope the LC has some good advice for me on Monday. I know I could call but I prefer to speak in person about this. I am not sure why, but I just do. Maybe it is the person to person contact and support that comes from being in person. It feels a bit more reassuring to me.

I am not going to give up on this without a fight. I will go down swinging. I am not going to just say, “ok, so he won’t nurse anymore. oh well!” and move on. No way, I will try every trick in the book, visit the LC a hundred times, and I will make phone calls if I have to. My goal was to make it to 6 months. Around month 4 or 5 I decided to go to a year. I have even considered going longer than a year, something my hubby does not support me on. He has been my biggest supporter of breastfeeding, I have mentioned that before. But he just doesn’t support it over a year. He thinks if Jackson can ask for milk from me, he is too old to be attached to my boob. No rude comments please, those are my husband’s feelings and he is entitled to them. I respect his opinion and he is allowed to feel how he does about OUR child. We have not even gotten into a nasty argument about it, so there is no need for anyone else to get upset about it. We will deal with those decisions when it is time to face them. The big issue now is that we may not even make it to a year! It looks like Jackson may end this first parenting disagreement for the two of us though.

I have been noticing that he will nurse for 5-6 minutes and then want to eat his solids. He will pull off and smile. But if I don’t get his solids going quick enough he will get whiny. Then he will gobble up his solids. The other day this week he nursed like I said above. Then had a melt down in the highchair because I didn’t feed him spoonfuls quick enough. Once he was done eating he was giggly and happy Jackson. So I know deep in my heart he is loving the solids and is just using milk a little now. I am trying to take solace in the fact that I also make his babyfood. There have been times I have spent over an hour preparing his food for freezing. I am still creating his nourishment from scratch, just in a different way. I think that this nursing issue may throw me even more into preparing every meal for him. I don’t think I will even buy those puffs that a lot of babies and toddlers eat. I will likely make all of his finger foods.

Last night I had a dream or nightmare I guess that I was searching for ripe plums for him. There were no ripe plums and barely any plums at all. I needed plums to make for him. He was out of them and he needed more. I was devastated to discover the store had barely any and the ones they had I couldn’t use because they were too sour. HA! These are the things that weigh on a mom’s heart.

So that is the battle I am facing right now. I will continue to blog about my journey here and there. When I am ready to come to terms with each event that occurs. This all started about a week ago and it has taken me some time to gather my thoughts on it. I do know I am not ready and I will not just give up. I am a stubborn person and when I do set my mind to something I will succeed. I have been trying to drink more water, which I normally drink a lot anyway. I have been trying to pump if I have the time. I am not normally a big pumper. It is a rare occasion for me to pump, but I have been trying to. I nurse him as soon as I see hunger cues. We will see what else I can do…Until next time…

Yesterday was sweet potato day for Jackson!

they were pretty tasty!

He has become a little pro at eating his solids. It has become a part of his daily routine at this point. So he was in his chair all ready to go. He is a good little birdie and opens up his mouth as soon as he sees the spoon. He wasn’t paying attention to the color on the spoon though.

wth mom!

His reaction was rather hilarious! I still had the flash off from taking photos of the sweet potatoes. But I think the photo still speaks volumes. He was expecting avocado or pears. I have waited to introduce something new because we have been so busy. He does fine with the pears and avocado and I didn’t want to chance an allergic reaction. So far so good though. We aren’t allergic to foods really. Well I am a bit lactose intolerant but it doesn’t cause anything more than gas really. Too much info? So we are not overly concerned that he is going to have severe food allergies or anything. Now, seasonal or allergies to animals, most likely. We both have those.

Anyway. He was initially a bit shocked at the difference. Not quite sure what to make of this new flavor and texture. It is a bit thicker than anything I have given him before. His faces crack me up.


The second bite was still a bit confusing for him. He eventually warmed up to the entire experience. They are tasty, I tried some. There is a bit of sweetness to them. They do not taste awful, that is for sure.

I do love how vibrant the sweet potato is though. Such a beautiful orange.

I was happy to get another color into his diet. I have mentioned before that food colors are important to me. He is getting a whole new world of vitamins with the sweet potato. These were also easy to make. I have read that you should bake them. I decided to steam them. I cut them up into small pieces. I used two sweet potatoes. They steamed very quickly. They certainly did not take as long as a normal potato would take to cook.

As I mentioned I did not make them as thin as I have been  making the pears and even at times avocado. He is 5 months old now and has been eating solids for a month. I am ready to start making things a bit thicker for him. Next month I plan to introduce some spices to things as well.

a small smirk???


He did warm up to all of this. He realized they did taste good! He ate just about the entire serving. I think he had one or two spoonfuls left. I try to not force him to finish things. We were both raised that way, to finish what is on your plate. However, we both firmly believe that is never the way to eat.  I understand how this has been passed down through the past couple of generations. Especially with my grandparents being born during the Great Depression. You shouldn’t be wasteful. BUT, really, you should only eat until you are full. I try to only take a bit of food and go back for more if I am still hungry. With him, it is hard to gauge still. No big deal. But we do not want to instill that he has to eat even if he is no longer hungry. So if he is no longer interested I don’t fight him. If he isn’t interested in the beginning I stop and we try again later. Not worth fighting or getting stressed over.

see, he loves to eat! I am not lying!

If he is hungry, he will eat. I know my child. He loves to eat, so if he is avoiding it, there is a reason. I cannot get over how funny and fun he is during all of this solid food eating. Today should be interesting again. I wonder if he will remember that they are yummy, or if he will be initially shocked?

On another note. Jackson is over 5 months old now. I cannot get over how quickly he is growing. We have started getting him to stand. Not on his own, but his leg muscles are very strong. He enjoys being on his legs. I am starting to get nervous. He is going to be running around here soon. Jason cannot wait…..and me, well I miss my little newborn!

My hands are just there so he doesn't fall over....all his weight is on those perfect chubby little legs

We have moved from avocados to pears. Jackson loves pears like he loves avocados.


He is doing SO well with eating big boy food. He opens his mouth when he sees the spoon, he is smiling, gobbling it up, and he is really neat lately.


Barely any mess from the food. It is hard to tell who is having more fun, him or me!

I am starting to think about introducing some spices soon. I am serious about making sure he has an easier adjustment to meals I cook for our family.

These are GREAT momma, thanks for making them!

I also think he needs a bigger serving than I am giving him. The past two days he has gotten 1 1/2 tablespoons, but he still seems hungry. I also may add an additional meal to the mix. We will see how he does after a little larger of a serving. I find myself getting lost in reading information about all of this. I have a couple cookbooks which I always refer to as well as all the sources online. I do fret a bit over making sure I am doing this all correctly. But I think he is happy and enjoying our food time.

Doesn't want to miss a bite!

I have introduced 3 fruits, I think the next food may be a full blown veggie. We will see how well he does when we do that. Both Jason and myself are big fruit eaters and in all honesty we probably do not eat as much veggies as we should. I am better about it than Jason is, but I HAVE to start incorporating more veggies into our dinners. We really prefer to cut up some melon and have that as a side with our chicken and rice. Thinking about that meal makes me hungry mmmm!

The pears were so easy to make. I pealed them and cut them up, obviously not including the seeds or core! I steamed them. I have a nice steamer which I received as a wedding gift. I love it. I seriously think that everyone should invest in a steaming pot. It is the best way to cook veggies, and now fruits. I then used some of the water from the pot below to add to the pears. Since nutrients fell into that water.

I cannot get over how simple this all has been. I don’t find it to be work or hard at all. I have so much fun. I love cooking though. I suppose if you hate cooking in general you may not enjoy this process. But I love it just as much as I love nursing him. I have decided I am nursing him for the entire first year of his life. At least as of today.

all done momma!

I found this article fun. I knew most of the points already because I have been reading about this since before he was born, but it is a quick and easy read. Baby Food Revolution. I have referred to this site, Wholesome Homemade Baby Food many many many  times already. I can usually find the answer to any question I have. They have many recipes and tips. I love how they break down food categories into age stages. It is my go-to site when I have a quick question.

If I have not emphasized this enough, I am having a blast. And it is so easy. A smooth transition into my daily schedule. I know that grabbing a jar of food seems so easy, but I suggest just trying to make a batch of baby food before you try the jarred stuff. If you don’t want to do the storing process right away, try making banana puree or avocado puree. Just try it out, see what you think. If it isn’t for you then move on. However, you may be surprised and fall in love with the whole fun and healthy process.

Yesterday I introduced avocado to Jackson.

mmm avocado puree

I was not sure how it would go over. He wasn’t really into the rice or the banana I made for him. I was pretty sure it would be another grimace session. I was totally wrong. He absolutely LOVED it. He has never been so eager since we began a week and a half ago! He was all smiles.


He kept opening his mouth for more. I was by myself, since he eats solids around lunch time. I kept trying to take photos and video, so Daddy could see his excitement. Jack kept getting impatient with me if I didnt get the next scoop into his mouth quickly enough!

more please!

It was so precious. I am not sure who was more excited, him or me! I even heard him make the “mmmmmm” sound a few times. He ate the whole serving of food too.

mmmmm momma! mmmmm

I was actually scraping the sides of the bowl trying to get as much out of it as I could.

I have so much fun making his food. I really enjoy it. Because avocado should be made fresh I bring him into the kitchen with me after he has some milk around lunch time. I give him toys to play with. We put on music too. I sing and dance while I prepare his food. It is a nice time together and I am cherishing these moments so very much. I LOVE doing things with him and this is just one more activity I can add to the list. He is happy just being in the same room as me. I am lucky to have such an easy happy go lucky baby boy! We will be doing more avocado today, tomorrow, and Saturday. I think I will introduce pears next! Then I may go back to bananas. I may even try a banana-avocado puree.


Got a run in today. I didn’t yesterday. I did do a really challenging pilates session! I was dripping. My mom came over last night to visit with Jack, so I skipped a run.

This morning I got a lovely side cramp, but I did 2.90 miles. I wanted to do at least 3 miles but I stopped because at the end it was just unbearable! Oh well!

On a great note, I did my daily weigh-in and I AM IN THE 120’s!!!!! 129.8!!!! I will take it! This feels soooo good. I am sure I will level out for a few weeks soon. It seems to be how this has been going. I lose a pound or two and then I stay there for a few weeks. But I am thrilled to be back in the 120’s. Slowly but surely I am getting there!

Also, I don’t think the Mastitis is back. This morning I woke up and all symptoms were gone. So I canceled my Dr. appointment. They think maybe it was just a clogged duct and it passed. phewf!!!

Today is our 3 year wedding anniversary. Time sure flies by. I cannot believe it has already been 3 years!

Today is the last day for bananas for Jack. I won’t be giving him a banana/rice combo either. Just bananas. Tomorrow he will start a new food, AVOCADO! mmmmm 🙂 I hope he likes it!

We had a pretty good weekend here at our home. It wasn’t very busy or anything. Saturday I took time for myself. I got my hair highlighted and cut! Then I stopped home and felt like getting a pedicure. Jason told me to go, so I did. I hadn’t gotten one since Jack was born! When I went to my usual place the guy there said “You had the baby!!!!! The last time I saw you, you were huge!!!” haha so it really hit me how long it has been since I treated myself. I mean, I do workout and take that time for myself. But that isn’t a treat really. Sure, I happen to love working out, but for me, physical fitness is a part of life. It isn’t an option or a treat, it is a must. As much as eating, breathing, and bathing are musts in life. But a pedicure, now that is a treat! A wonderful relaxing treat. My toes look so pretty again. I think I am going to try to keep up with this treat from now on. It is getting easier for me to leave Jack for a while. Ha, not because I LIKE leaving him, but I worry less now that he is older. Now that his feedings are father apart I feel more relaxed when I am gone. I don’t watch the clock… much!

I still checked in with Jason. Jack gave him a hard time about napping. It was a 40 minute battle I heard, where Jackson was victorious. But I think it is good for Jason to see that side of taking care of him. It isnt always fun and games. AND when you are alone with him and he is upset, it is hard and very trying on your heart. So, I don’t always have to be the one in the trenches! I still missed him though. I mean, I miss him if he sleeps for more than 6 hours! Sometimes when he takes his long naps, in his swing….I want to wake him and kiss him. haha

We are BFF's and lovin it! 🙂

Sunday we went to church and then just hung out at home all day. I wanted to go for a run last night but I think my Mastitis is back. In the same boob. (yes I say boob. I like it better than breast, don’t ask why. Perhaps I am still 10 years old lol) So maybe I never really beat it? I am not sure but I am and was exhausted. I don’t really have the stomach flu symptoms I had the other week but the exhaustion is out of control. I am sad I didn’t run yesterday. I should have sucked it up. I did do pilates. Today I plan to do pilates when he goes down for his nap. Then my goal is to go running when Jason gets home. It is a goal, so we will see how I am feeling. Or if I decide to call the Dr and they want me to come in….I will see what they say it is then.

But overall it was a nice family weekend. The three of us just spent it together, not doing anything too crazy. I think we all enjoyed it. Jackson is in a great mood today. At least for now. I think I will be coming up with out weekly menu after this. Then we will head to the store after he gets at least one nap in. I have to decide what veggie I am going to introduce this week. Very exciting!

Oh and this little dude found his toes this weekend! I am so excited about that. Since I absolutely LOVE his baby feet! AHHH they are so cute and pudgy and I kiss them all the time. He thinks it is so funny when I play with them, and now HE has discovered them!  I am anxiously awaiting for the moment he puts them in his mouth! Being a mom is so exciting. Every day there this something new happening. He is learning something new and fun each day. I generally wake up wondering what new thing he will do today. He is amazing.