Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Addison Month Two

Our little Addison is 2 months old!  I totally understand now when parents say they don't want their babies to get older.  I obviously want her to be healthy and happy but at the same time, stay small and snuggle with me for life!  

This month has been a little more of the same since really the majority of the day we eat, sleep, play and poop.  She does more of all of that than I do. I digress…month two! 

We discovered that Addie girl likes to sleep best in fleece pajamas!  No more swaddles, this (little) big girl likes real jams. Thanks to my coworker Amy for her first pair so we could try them out! :) 
We pop a tight onsie underneath to keep her sensor on.  Love that thing.
We like to hang out in the morning, daddy usually feeds Addie her bottle and I pump.  I'm still worried about getting mastitis again and she isn't all that hungry in the morning so daddy bottle feeds and I make sure that I pump everything out.
Overall this baby sleeps like a champ…
Which we tried for the first time in her crib at 7 weeks!  She LOVES her crib that her daddy built with papa's help! 
I was a lot less anxious about putting her in her crib than I thought I would be.  I think it was the combination of a. she is the loudest baby EVER…I'm not kidding b. her sensor and c. the video monitor for convenient baby stalking 
All of us are getting great sleep now that she is in the crib.  Addison sleeps from about 9:30-6 or 6:30! I know we are spoiled! 
We also love love love going on walks. It is so good for all of us! Sometimes I pack her int he Ergo which I love but some of the days have been too hot and that makes for a sweaty mama and baby.
Other days we take the stroller which she typically falls asleep by the time we get around our corner.
We even try to make it out when it is windy and cool, a little fresh air goes a long way! 
On to the eating portion of the program.  Clearly my production is not lacking.
I pump abut 16 oz every morning and have been stashing it away.  We joke that she will be eating breast milk until she is 2.  I'm only kind of kidding, is that weird? 
She likes her mama milk…a lot.
I like that her daddy can give her a bottle and there aren't any issues with going back and forth every day.  Addie eats between 4-6 oz at a time when bottle feeding.  She has to maintain those cheeks! : ) 
Onto pooping.  That's going fine as shown in this picture with her Nana.  We were laughing so hard we cried at this one. 
We have also been celebrating our favorite season starting with Halloween! No better way to celebrate than footie cozies and holiday themed books!
Sleepy little skeleton .
We also got to see our big cousins two weekends in a row.  Ava and Mya were working on making signs for their daddy (my brother's) 10 mile race!
The little pumpkin observed
The big girls also made acorn treats, seriously the cutest thing ever!  They were really easy to make too, maybe I will do a tutorial on them for thanksgiving? 
Addie also loves her some tummy time and her neck is getting super strong
The "kids" like to hang out at the edge of the kitchen while I make dinner. Rem makes me nervous for no reason besides the fact that he is a huge animal but he is great with her!
I see this a lot. Ps. her pajamas are HUGE! She is in-between 3 and 6 months in size, who knew there was such  big jump!
Addie and I also have been trying to soak up the last of the warm weather by laying outside! 
Her favorite place: the changing table looking up at her clock. 
Wearing the outfit mama came home from the hospital in : )
Addie also had her 2 month appointment because well, she is 2 months old :) She was in the 80th percentiles for height and weight and 56% for her head.  She looks apprehensive but she didn't get shots during this apt…mama's brain fell out and scheduled it too early so we had to go back to get her immunizations. 
We could not be more blessed to have such a sweet (and easy) baby! 
She has been an absolute blessing to our whole family 
I want to eat her on the daily. 
  We can't wait to watch you learn and grow little one.  


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy Cajun Chicken Alfredo

The last few days of my pregnancy I had what I think was my only real food craving.  For 9 months I was sick…not throw-up sick but on the verge of throwing up all day every say sick.  It was miserable.  I tried not to complain about it because I was just so happy to be pregnant but now that that's over…it sucked.  Since I felt crappy the entire time, food really didn't appeal to me.  Until those last few days.  I think my body knew it would need it's strength and craved….Cajun Chicken Alfredo.  Obviously.  

I whipped up this super quick and easy version because I was on bed rest and was instructed to lay down.  I figured my doctor would okay it since birth is basically a marathon and then some.  And I needed to cargo-load.  Here is how I did it 

 Started with a drizzle of canola oil in a large skillet, popped in some red pepper
 Cut up a very small onion (onions along with everything else that was consumable didn't sound appealing)...
 Tossed it in with the pepper, to be BFFS.
 While the pepper and onions sautéd, I seasoned my chicken with plenty of Cajun seasoning
 Took the veggies out once they were just turning tender and had some charred bits.
 Cooked the pasta
 Had my husband grill the chicken.  You could also cook the chicken in the large pan, just until no longer pink in the middle.
 To start the sauce, popped some butter in a pan
 Along with some heavy cream, and brought to a simmer
 Drained the pasta
 Once the butter and cream are bubbling, added in some parmesan cheese
 Gave it a good stir and let it simmer again
 Had my husband slice up the chicken
 Added a bit of cajun seasoning to the sauce
 Added in the noodles
 I know, so strange, I added in just a bit of white sugar.  I thought it needed some sweetness.  Secret ingredient!
 And pepper
 To plate I added the noodle mixture into a bowl and gently fanned the sliced chicken on top.
 Pretty perfect if you ask me.
Then I stirred it all together and pregnant devoured it in about 10 seconds.  No joke.

Easy Cajun Chicken Alfredo

2 chicken breasts
2 1/2 Teaspoons (or more to your taste) Cajun Seasoning, divided
1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil
1/2 large onion, sliced into thin strips
3/4 lb fettuccine pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated or shredded will work)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon white sugar

Start by rubbing 2 teaspoons of the Cajun Seasoning onto the chicken breasts.  Set aside for now.

Place a large skillet on medium high heat, drizzle in the oil as well as the red pepper and onion.  Sauté for 3 minutes or so or until they become tender and have some color to them.  Remove from the pan and set aside for now.

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.

While the pasta cooks, cook the chicken in the skillet (or grill it--up to you) for 3-4 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the middle.  Remove from the pan and set aside to rest before cutting.

Add the butter and heavy cream into the skillet on medium heat.  Whisk until it begins to simmer, add in the parmesan cheese, stir to combine.  Add in the 1/2 teaspoon (or more depending on your taste) of Cajun seasoning and sugar.  Give the sauce a taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.

Pour the pasta and veggies into the skillet and toss into the sauce.  To serve, plate the pasta, slice the chicken and fan over the pasta.


Recipe By: Mrs. Schwartz