The Past Five Days…

…And a bit of today. Warning, this has quite a few images through it. It’s obvious from my blog lately that I have been just a tad busy. This month is a little more scheduled than the past few months.

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I know the calendar seems empty now, but my husbands demands are on a completely different calendar.

Last week, on Monday, my cat, which we thought was spayed when be adopted her gave birth to five beautiful kittens.

Today, at a week old, they are starting to get chunky and I’m starting to consider possibly keeping one. They’re just too adorable not to think about it.

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On Thursday, after my husband got home from a very long day on the range (the field in Ft. Stewart) we went and adopted our new, and also extremely cute 5 week old rats. The tan and white is Andromeda; Kevin named her, and the black cutie is Ari.

I know you’re probably thinking ‘this couple is crazy. One adult cat, five kittens, one 4 month old, and now two rats. What are they thinking?’ I think it’s pretty clear my husband and I adore animals. Before the rats we had two ferrets. But I have to admit, we weren’t the best ferrents- ferret parents. Thankfully, I sort of grew up with pet rats. My mom would buy the feeder rats from a pet store that isn’t around anymore. We had Beth first then Buffy; keeping them both the full length of their life. Rats are amazing animals and extremely smart. Andromeda and Ari have an awesome cage, thanks to my amazing husband and my wonderful crocheting skills. I’m so happy that I have rats again. My little cuties.

Saturday, my friend Anna and I went to a children’s clothing swap so I could find some bigger clothing along with some summer stuff for Lydia. I found an amazing amount of clothing for her. Going to this swap inspired me to start hosting swaps. I haven’t exactly figure it all out yet, but I know where I could host it, and I know that I would like to have the clothing that is getting swapped dropped off at least three days before so I can try and get any stains out and make sure everything is clean. I’ll work out the details on a day I don’t have anything going on.

Today, I went through my list of daily tasks and have just one load of laundry left for me to put away. But I know I won’t have enough hangars to hang everything up, which means I have to go through all my clothes again because I have so much. I also made the dough for my tantalizing Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies but this time without the dark chocolate and substituting the egg for 1/4 cup of applesauce. Let me just say, if you make peanut butter cookies a lot, DO NOT make them with an egg. I know generally when you substitute applesauce you should use unsweetened applesauce, but I don’t eat it unless it has cinnamon in it, and it made the cookie dough amazing! At least I know because it’s made with applesauce, peanut butter, and sugar I can eat it without the chance of salmonella. Has anyone actually been diagnosed with salmonella from eating raw cookie dough? I think it’s a lie. I have yet to bake the cookies because I put the dough into the freezer (in hopes I wouldn’t want to eat anymore of the dough.) Who am I kidding? The other day I made sugar cookie dough and instead of baking cookies, over 3 days I snacked on the dough. Stay at home mom problems.

Well, I don’t want to bore you all any longer with my boring past week. I’ll hopefully have some recipes for everyone to try next week, after we grocery shop. Until then, I have kittens, rats, and an upset baby to tend to. Oh my gosh, she’s four months old tomorrow!

Talk to everyone soon!

Kittens

Sorry for not posting lately, my cat gave birth!

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It’s a long story. Last year, my husband and I adopted a cat from someone off of the dreaded Craigslist. She was and still is, a beautiful split face Torbie or a Tortoiseshell Tabby. Anywho, the woman told me she had been spayed and had her first set of shots. She had always tried to run out the front door or the sliding door to the (horribly) screened in patio. After we had Lydia, we let both of our cats, Emma and Killian come in and out of the house as they pleased.

24 days ago, I found Emma laying upstairs by the mailboxes for our apartment looking fat. I immediately brought her inside, and having had a pregnant cat when I was younger, I knew she was pregnant. So I trapped her inside only letting her out every now and again. She would only go back upstairs, so I never had to worry about not being able to find her.

Last night, after almost a month of waiting and telling her to have them before Lydia turns 4 months, she started having kittens around 4:30pm. I am so excited to be able to take Lydia’s four month pictures with some baby kittens. So far, Emma has had 6, unfortunately one passed; now we have 1 black and white, one all black, and 3 orange/tan kittens. I think she may have one or two more waiting to make their appearance, but we’ll see. The kittens will be ready for their new homes on or a few days before September 27th.

For now, I hope you all enjoy this picture of kittens!

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See you next time!

 

The Controversy: Breastfeeding

Over the past few years breastfeeding has become more and more of a controversy. You can see posts on Facebook, arguments on Twitter (and Oprah), pictures on Instagram, and hear about it by word of mouth. Many people are so uncomfortable with the possibility of seeing a nipple while out dining they have to make it into an issue.

The Center of Disease Control conducts a Breastfeeding Report Card every 2 years, and for the 2014 year, I believe the numbers are lower than what they should be at 79%. The CDC says,

“Breast feeding rates continue to rise in the United States. In 2011, 79% of newborn infants started to breastfeed. Yet breastfeeding did not continue for as long as recommended. Of infants born in 2011, 49% were breastfeeding at six months and 27% at 12 months.”

I completely understand all the possibilities as to why a mother would stop breastfeeding. The moms milk dries up, she’s unable to pump at work causing her not to be able to keep up her milk supply, formula is easier, her husband feels left out, her nipples are cracked and causing her pain, milk never came in, or the baby grew in teeth and has begun to bite her nipple. I get it, I really do.

In the report, the CDC includes the results of all 50 states. The state with the highest amount of breastfeeding reported is Oregon at 91.8% ever breastfed. Washington and Montana are trailing right behind with 91.8% and 91.2%. But the numbers significantly drop when looking at exclusively breastfed at 6 months.

State——-Ever Breastfed——-EBF @ 6 Months
Oregon——–91.8%————–25.8%
Washington—-91.8%————–20.3%
Montana——-91.2%————–19.3%
Ohio———-70.1%————–15.0%
Arkansas——-67.1%————–10.3%
Georgia——–70.3%————–14.5%

The report covers a lot of interesting information that I suggest everyone to read. I’ll leave the link to the report at the end of the post. These numbers aren’t why I wanted to write this post.

Why do outsiders feel they can judge a mother feeding her baby? Why should a mother not be able to feed her infant in public? What is the real problem here? Who is the cause of this controversy? How do we stop the stigma?
*All of the answers to these questions are completely in my own opinion and will start with “in my opinion.”*
In my opinion, outsiders feel they can judge a mother feeding her baby because they know she is already vulnerable after giving birth or they have already sexualized breasts so much that they are unable to desexualize the breast when being used to feed a child. Why question to these people is, how did your mother feed you and why?
To me, there is absolutely no reason a mother should not be able to feed her child in public. Would you eat you sirloin steak and potatoes in a bathroom stall? Would you stop an outing to go home and eat? I will feed my child whenever she is hungry, wherever she is hungry, and I will make sure I am able to finish my doings before I retreat home.
The problem here is this: we, as a nation, censor everything. Why is a mans nipple able to be shown, but a woman’s is censored? It’s because of porn in my opinion. Now I’m not saying don’t show boobs in porn, but porn has to be the reason breastfeeding is such a controversial subject, right? When boys were children they would run around outside shirtless. I remember when I was younger doing the exact same, there was never a problem then. Again, we are the problem here and we are who started the stigma. We started this. We can finish it. We have to free the nipple. Normalize breastfeeding and take the sexuality away from the breast.

In the comments leave a picture of you breastfeeding your baby and tell me why you chose breastfeeding and how long you plan to feed for.

Thank you all for reading this and I would love to hear any feedback you have. As always, stay tuned for more Day in the Life.

 

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Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

These little delectables were amazing and easy to put together. It would work as a quick recipe for a stay at home mom and even for someone who works from home. I prepped all the ingredients while my daughter napped. Taking less than 20 minutes to get it all whipped up.

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 2lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 6 Slices of Bacon
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Aluminum Foil

Please note that any of these ingredients can be substituted for just about anything. Normally when I make meatloaf I use my aunt’s recipe and use unsweetened applesauce instead of an egg and milk. Sounds weird, I know; trust me it’s great. I love cheese with anything, so I just absolutely had to add some to the tops of these mini loaves.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except the Sweet Baby Rays, Ketchup, and cheese (although you can add shredded cheese here if you wanted.)
  3. Make about 6 mini loaves and place on Aluminum Foil lined baking pan spacing then out evenly.
  4. Wrap each loaf using one Slice of Bacon then use a Toothpick to secure the strip of bacon to the loaf.
  5. If you didn’t mix cheese into the beef mixture here is where you should add the cheese onto the tops of the loaves.
  6. Mix together about 1/2 Cup of Ketchup and 1/4 Cup of SBR BBQ Sauce and put a spoonful onto the tops of each Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf. You can add more or less or completely nix this step if you’d like.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

These ended up being so good that I ate 4, yes 4 (as I walk away shamelessly) and my husband ate the other 2. I just couldn’t stand to put them into the refrigerator as leftovers.

If you have any baking or cooking ideas you would like me to test out on my husband feel free to drop a line in the comments or send me an email at snp.memiors@outlook.com. I adore trying out new things and would love to add some new recipes to my memory.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all join me next time!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are absolutely amazing. Doesn’t everyone say that about their baking?! Last night was the first time I ever made peanut butter cookies and had I known how easy they are I would have been making them for years.

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Follow these super quick steps and have yourself a delicious plateful in no time.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 Cup of Peanut Butter. You can use either chunky or smooth. For these I used JIF Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate square broken into pieces
    – Here you can use as much chocolate as you want. I only had dark chocolate, which I don’t really like, but I managed to break it up so the 12 cookies I made each had 3 small chunks on top.
  • Peanut Halves

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend 1 Cup of Sugar and 1 egg in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Add in 1 Cup of Peanut Butter making sure everything mixes together
    – Try some dough so you know just what you’re in for!
  4. Place dough on a baking sheet. I used a tablespoon to make even cookies, but feel free to make them as big or as small as you would like.
    – If you use a TBS (mounded just a bit) you’ll make about 15-18 cookies.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then pull out the cookies.
  6. Add as many chocolate and peanut pieces as you want. I added 3 halves of peanut per cookie along with 3 chunks of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate. Just place them right on top and push them into the cookie.
    – You could also chop the peanuts and chocolate finely and add them to the dough instead of cooking it before hand. Adding peanuts and chocolate was an after thought for me, so that’s why this is step 6.
  7. Put the cookies back in the oven for another 2 minutes.
    – This didn’t melt the chocolate the way I had hoped, but I’m assuming Ghirardelli doesn’t melt too easily as I have tried adding pieces to another cookie batch where they didn’t melt.
  8. Pull them out! Don’t forget to turn off the oven. Here you can either let them cool, or if you’re anything like me you bite into one right away so you can see how good it tastes.

I wish I had taken pictures when I took them out of the oven. I was like biting into a warm Buckeye. I will definitely be sending out these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies for Christmas!

I like to save any cookie dough I make so I can add the rest to a cake or brownie mix. I’m thinking for this peanut butter dough I’ll either add it to a German Chocolate cake or make another half batch, mix the 2 batches together, and use the dough as a bottom for brownies. Wouldn’t that be delicious?!

Join me next time for the Bacon Wrapped Personal Meatloaf that I’m making for dinner tonight!

Meet Lydia

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This is my beautiful daughter Lydia just before turning one month old.  She will be helping me go on this new adventure called Motherhood. Lydia was born on April 9, 2016 at 2:31pm after about a half hour of pushing. Her birth story is a scary one, but I will say had it not been for doctor intervention she would have been one of those “special” babies born in their amniotic sac. I adore my daughter. She is my best friend and I love being able to stay at home everyday with her.

Her birth story: I woke up Saturday morning with cramps that felt like I either ate way too much that morning or I had to poop pretty badly. From seven in the morning until 1:30PM, what I came to learn were contractions, became progressively stronger and stronger. In a few of my pre-labor readings I read “if you can walk through the contractions and drink water, then it isn’t real labor.” What an absolute load of crock. My husband, Kevin and I were planning on breakfast that morning. We spent 2 hours walking in and out of breakfast places because they were full and we didn’t want to wait. Still the contractions grew stronger. Finally around 10:30AM, we decided on brunch at my workplace. I ordered steak and eggs and he got our famous deep fried French toast. I wound up in the bathroom puking because the contractions were getting pretty bad and were about 5 minutes apart. I managed to eat the steak, but the eggs just didn’t look appetizing anymore. After brunch we went home for a mid-day nap. Kevin managed to nap, I on the other hand struggled through contractions until 1:30PM. At one-thirty I woke Kevin up because there was a heavy period amount of blood. I didn’t think that was supposed to happen. When we got to the hospital I was admitted into the ER. After the DR looked he said, “there are different kinds of miscarriages,” then he ordered Morphine and an ultrasound. Thankfully, the ultrasound tech got to me before the Morphine. We found out I was in labor and ready to go. I labored all 10cm at home. After about a half hour of being allowed to push, I 100% naturally birthed my 6lb 13oz and 19.75in long baby girl Lydia Jade P.

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Isn’t she just the most precious thing you’ve ever seen?! She is now an even more beautiful, cooing, trying to roll over, feet kicking, and heart-melting 3 month old. She wears size 2 diapers, though I’m sure if I wanted to now I could put her in size 3. She’s growing so fast I don’t see her fitting in 3-6 month clothing much longer. I am so not looking forward to buying 6-9 month already. Lydia loves only one of her teething toys, a wand, and this obnoxious ladybug toy that plays the tunes of nursery rhymes. We certainly need to buy her more learning toys, but until we get around to doing that she watches about 20-30 minutes of the Baby Signing Time sign language videos on YouTube.

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We hope you all tune in for our next Day in the Life post; thanks for reading!