Establishing Baby’s Daytime Routine

From the early weeks of having Charlotte, I did sooo much Googling and blog reading on baby schedules/routines/sleep/etc. I had no idea if or when to try to establish a schedule. I saw so many mamas’ stories of young babies being on these awesome routines, so I felt pressure to do the same. Thankfully, after doing all the aforementioned Googling, I found plenty of mamas who said “wait until baby is older” and “don’t let a schedule mess up breastfeeding – feed on demand” which were two bits of advice I was happy to take! Furthermore, as much as I craved some sort of routine, I did not want to be married to a set time or schedule she (and therefore we) had to do things. It came down to this: I wanted to give our sweet girl some routine and order to her new little life, but I still wanted us to have a life too.

We slowly found our groove, so I wanted to share what worked for us. As with any baby advice, I share this only in case it might help other mamas and with the huge caveat that every baby is so different and I firmly believe that every mama knows best for her baby.

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Pumpkin Oat Lactation Bites

When I was in the hospital after giving birth to Charlotte, I had the most wonderful lactation consultant: Lactation Sue.  She was old school and to the point,  which I appreciated.  She told me to eat whatever I wanted – spicy food, etc. – because after all, woman all over the world with all sorts of cuisines breastfed their babies! She did say that while not to avoid any certain foods, there were certain foods that I could incorporate that *may* help my milk supply.  She gave me a lactation cookie recipe, which looked delici0us, but was full of butter and sugar. Not exactly what I wanted to be filling my body with. So, when I got home, I used that as a starting point and tried to find a lactation boosting recipe that was a little cleaner.

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Whole Pork Loin

During a recent trip to Costco, I came upon the deal of the century on whole pork loin.  I Their pork loin is usually a great deal ($1.99/lb), but on this particular day, they had an additional $8 instant rebate!  Therefore, this nearly 8 lb pork loin was just under $8. I usually just buy pork tenderloin at Trader Joes, but at this price, I figured I would give this cut a try.  I did a little research and realized I could butcher the piece of meat pretty easily to make a few meals.  I found inspiration for this here.


I decided to make two roasts and eight boneless pork chops out of the whole loin.

 

So far, I used the first roast to make the Carnitas from Against All Grain’s Celebrations Cookbook and they. were. delicious.  I highly recommend the recipe, but most importantly, I recommend giving the Costco pork loin a try.  If you have suggestions for the other roast or the pork chop, let me know 🙂

 

Paleo Meatloaf

Yesterday was the first snowfall in Milwaukee and the first snowfall for little miss Charlotte.  It is hard to believe that we made it to December 4th before seeing snow!  (I’m not complaining on the delay!)  The cold, blustery weather called for comfort food for dinner. We love meatloaf in this house.  Growing up, we always had the Lipton Onion Soup Mix meatloaf recipe.  It always yielded a delicious meatloaf!  However, through the years, I had to modify it to be gluten free and now paleo.  The new version is still delicious and is clean.. a win win!  I paired the meatloaf with the Roasted Garlic Mashed cauliflower from Against All Grain’s Celebrations Cookbook.  We made this for Thanksgiving and it was such a delicious hit that I have been waiting for the opportunity to make it again.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Paleo Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup paleo friendly ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup water (use a little less water if you opt for tomato sauce over ketchup)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in large bowl.  Form mixture into a large rectangular loaf in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until golden brown.  Let set for 5 minutes after removing from oven and enjoy!