Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Marinade for London Broil

MARINADE FOR LONDON BROIL


1 c. oil
1/2-3/4 c. soy sauce
4 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. mustard
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. fresh parsley, minced
1/2 c. vinegar
4 garlic cloves, diced
Fresh basil, minced
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 tbsp. ketchup

Mix ingredients together. Puncture London Broil, on both sides, with fork. Marinate meat for one day (overnight or AM-PM) in refrigerator.


I tried this recipe over the weekend and the London broil was full of flavor and very tender. I highly recommend!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Watch Me Grow - 2 Months

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Weight: 13lbs 7oz
Clothing: 3-6 Months
Diapers: Size 1
Feeding: 4oz every 3 hours
Night time Sleep: He's waking up once a night, occasionally he'll wake up twice
Updates:
Can roll from his stomach to his back.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Breaking Point

Yesterday I hit my breaking point. After trying to be supermom and always telling everyone that I’m doing great when I’m really struggling to hold it all together I finally cracked and had a meltdown, at work, in front of my boss. And as embarrassing and unprofessional as it may have seemed I’m thankful to have a caring and understanding boss. I’m glad I was able to communicate it to not only her but to a handful of close friends and admit that I am overwhelmed and that being a “single mom” is really hard and an even bigger adjustment now with two kids.

Yesterday I took Enzo to the Doctor over my lunch hour because his belly button was still oozing and found out he has an
Umbilical Granuloma

Of course they weigh him at every visit and I wasn't expecting much of a change from his weight of 12lbs, 12oz last Tuesday but our little chunker is now 13lbs 7oz!!

While at the office the Doctor also noticed that he is still congested so they gave him a nebulizer breathing treatment with albuterol. He wants him doing the breathing treatments 2-3 times a day until he can be re-evaluated at our appointment next week when he gets his 2 month shots. Last night a home health nurse brought a home nebulizer to the house and showed me how to use it and stressed the importance of cleaning it.

I started out yesterday morning sleep deprived then after going to the Doctor for a belly button issue and coming out of the office with breathing treatments and a home nebulizer I just couldn’t contain my emotions any longer.

I realize that I need time for myself and even though I’m a parent, I’m still a person. It is easy to succumb to the roles and responsibilities as a parent and lose yourself within it. It’s really hard to step away sometimes and admit you need a break without feeling guilty about it. It’s also hard for me to not get upset with Brian that I’m doing this all by myself but he is very supportive and I know he’s making sacrifices as well. Thankfully my Dad is coming back tomorrow and will be staying indefinitely to help me out. I’m BEYOND thankful for him!

Lots of times lately I find myself going to bed asking myself “Did I do anything today to make it a fun day for Addison” I feel so lost in the daily routines, work, schedules, Dr.’s appointments and trying to raise a toddler with manners and respect that I feel like Miss Hannigan when I hope that Addison sees me more like the fun and loving Mom I’m striving to be.

Two parenting quotes I found to best sum up this blog post…

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
~ Hodding Carter

Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.
~ Ed Asner






Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Enzo's Birth Story

My Doctor had scheduled an induction for my due date of November 23rd. She doesn’t like her patients to go past their due date and also the fact that the holiday was approaching she scheduled me for the day before Thanksgiving. She called the hospital to reserve a room for 6am.

The evening of the 22nd Brian surprised me and arrived at the house early. We were able to enjoy dinner together and Addison was beyond excited that Daddy was home. That night neither Brian nor I slept. We were anxious, excited and nervous. I set the alarm for 4:30a just in case but I was out of bed at 4am getting ready and packing my hospital bag. I was incredibly sad leaving the house that morning knowing Addison would wake up, be looking for us and we wouldn’t be there but I knew Papa would take good care of her.

On the way to the hospital Brian and I talked about our drive to the hospital when I was in labor with Addison and how much different it was.

We arrived at the hospital right at 6a, got registered, and then were escorted to our room in the labor and delivery ward. The nurse had me change into a gown, do a urinalysis and they started my IV. Since I have such a phobia of needles I asked for Lidocaine before the IV (I remembered when I had Addison that the IV hurt worse than the epidural). Thankfully the nurse did the Lidocaine and I didn’t feel a thing. When they started to take blood out of the IV to send to the lab I started to get lightheaded. The nurse brought me ice and a washcloth for my forehead. After the lightheadedness passed the nurse commented that I had turned white and looked like I was about to pass out.

When I arrived the nurses were surprised to find out that I was already 3.5cm dilated and 50% effaced. I was having some contractions before we arrived but they were sporadic.

The Doctor arrived shortly after 7a and broke my water. About 40 minutes after that the nurses started my Pitocin. They asked if I wanted an epidural at that point but I told them I wanted to wait and get several strong contractions before the epidural.

At 8a my contractions were 7 minutes apart but weren’t strong. They increased the Pitocin.

At 9a my contractions were 3 minutes apart and getting strong.

At 9:15a the nurse informed us that the urine culture I gave upon admission showed I had a UTI and they started me on an IV antibiotic.

At 9:30a 6cm dilated. I received the epidural. It took two tries. The first time I could feel the pressure of her finger as she was guiding the line up my spine. She then stopped, gave me another numbing shot and tried again. Thankfully the second try worked!

10a – Noon: Brian and I slept and watched TV.

At 12:20p I was 8-9cm dilated. Bloody show emerged. The nurse predicted I would be pushing soon.

At 12:40p I called the nurse into the room due to the amount of pressure I was feeling. She said I wasn’t a 10 yet but was feeling the pressure from the baby “dropping.”

At 1p I called the nurse back in and told her I had to push. She calls the Doctor and the Doctor told her to have me start pushing and she’d be there in 10 minutes. The nurse stated “There’s no way I’m having you do practice pushes because he’s right there and you will definitely get him pushed out before the Doctor arrives.”

At 1:09p The Doctor arrives and I begin pushing.

At 1:19p Enzo Anthony is born weighing 8lbs 15oz and 20 inches.

As soon as his head came out the Doctor commented “This one is going to be a football player. It looks like we have a big baby in there.” The Doctor as well as the nurses commented on how healthy and thick the umbilical cord was. They stated they haven’t seen a cord that healthy in a long time and that he was being well nourished. My Doctor was wonderful and took a few minutes before she left to congratulate me, give me a hug and ask about any concerns or questions. I could genuinely feel her concern/warmth. Our nurse was also wonderful and I was so thankful to have her.

They bathed him in the room as well as all the testing. It was nice that they don’t immediately take the baby to the nursery. The only time he went to the nursery was that night so I could get some sleep. I tried to breastfeed him but he wouldn’t latch on. I tried and he cried for the first 3 hours as he was hungry but not latching. The nurses suspected he wasn’t latching due to his badly bruised face (bruised due to coming down the birthing canal so quickly.) 4 hours after the birth the nurses stated we would have to try supplementing with formula because due to his large size and the fact he hadn’t eaten yet his blood sugar levels were dropping.

As for me after delivery I was having lots of pain in my pelvic bones (due to the large size baby) and having bad cramping from the uterus contracting back down. I had heard somewhere that the cramping of the uterus is worse with the 2nd child but I could never have imagined how painful it was. I was in tears a couple times because the cramps were more painful than the contractions during labor.

We were discharged the following day just 24 hours after his birth.

It was such a calm and peaceful experience. The entire morning that I was laboring, Brian and I watched TV, I was texting friends and we both slept. I didn’t feel like I was there to have a baby.

My favorite quote of the day was after Enzo arrived and Brian said “Childbirth is a lot easier than people make it out to be” The nurse quickly put him in his place and said “No, it’s really not. Your wife just makes it look easy!” Kudos to our nurse…lol!!





Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Crock Pot Recipe Overload

I found this online over the weekend and had to share. This is a listing of several crock pot recipes.

Click HERE

Enjoy!!






Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy 30th Birthday!!

Happy 30th to my wonderful husband!!


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Watch Me Grow - Week 8

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Weight: 12lbs 12oz
Clothing: 3-6 Months
Diapers: Size 1
Feeding: 4oz every 2.5 - 3 hours
Night time Sleep: He's waking up once a night, occasionally he'll wake up twice
Updates: Holds his head up, rolls onto his side, has started smiling and will look for me when he hears my voice. He loves the swing and loves to lay and kick on his play mat. He'll only tolerate tummy time for a maximum of 5 minutes.

Monday night he was coughing, sneezing and was congested. He couldn't breathe well due to the congestion so I used a nasal aspirator to clear his nose. I took him to the Doctor yesterday and they tested him for RSV which was negative and the Doctor noted that his throat was red so tested him for strep (Addison was at the Doctor last week with this diagnosis) and that test was negative as well. Due to the red throat the Doctor put him on amoxicillian. If his cough worsens we have to go back to the Doctor and have a nebulizer treatment.

And on a really sad note...my maternity leave is over and today is my first day back to work :-( I can't believe how fast it went by. With the holidays, Addison being sick and doctor appointments it literally flew by.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Winter Squash Lasagna

WINTER SQUASH LASAGNA
Recipe and Image Source

INGREDIENTS:
1 container(s) (15-oz ) part-skim ricotta
4 ounce(s) part-skim mozzarella, coarsely grated
1/8 teaspoon(s) freshly grated or ground nutmeg
1/4 cup(s) grated Parmesan
2 tablespoon(s) grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and pepper
1 bunch(es) spinach, thick stems discarded, leaves chopped
1 package(s) frozen winter squash purée, thawed
6 no-boil lasagna noodles


DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, nutmeg, 1/4 cup Parmesan, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper; fold in the spinach.

2. Spread 1/2 cup of the squash on the bottom of an 8-in. square baking dish. Top with 2 noodles and spread a third (about 1/4 cup) of the remaining squash over the top. Dollop with a third (about 1 cup) of the ricotta mixture; repeat. Place the remaining 2 noodles on top; spread with the remaining squash and dollop with the remaining ricotta mixture.

3. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 Tbsp Parmesan, cover tightly with an oiled piece of foil (to prevent sticking) and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until the noodles are tender and the top is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.



To make ahead, refrigerate the cooked lasagna for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw, if frozen, then reheat, covered, at 375°F until heated through, about 20 minutes.



Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Little Gym Birthday Party

Last weekend we were invited to the 3rd Birthday party of a co-worker's son. Addison had so much fun doing gymnastics and playing with the other kids. The only bad thing about the party is that on Monday we received an email stating one of the boys at the party had strep throat and scarlet fever and wouldn't you know on Tuesday Addison's school called me and said she had a rash. I took her to the Dr and she tested positive for strep and had a scarlet rash but no fever. So once again she's sick...ugh!!



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