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Vegetarians for a Week

Garren and I have been trying very hard to eat healthy since Blair was born, and it’s slowly but surely paying off. I feel amazing. This last week we decided to eat vegetarian every day during the week. We personally feel like we were relying to much on meat, to make a meal feel complete. I have blogged about skinnytaste.com before and we got all of our vegetarian recipes from her as well. (Note: I am not a professional photographer, and these were all taken in my dimly lit kitchen when I was very hungry (nursing probs) so yeah. OH well. There are prettier pictures on the actual site that I have linked as well)

Monday

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Egg, Tomato and Scallion Sandwich– I would say this was the most surprising because I generally do not like eggs. I will eat hard boiled eggs so I thought I would give it a try. It was delicious. Very easy to make and didn’t leave you feeling greasy or gross afterwards. Garren and I decided it would be an awesome breakfast (and totally worked as dinner as well)

 

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Portobello Mushroom Burgers– By far our favorite meal of the week. Who needs meat? These burgers were so juicy and savory. I never would have thought to use a mushroom cap in place of a burger but I am so glad we tried this recipe. If you try any from this blog post make it this one. We don’t have a grill and think that would have made them even better. Garren and I were dying over these. We may have eaten two each. (There’s no meat so it’s healthier right?)

 

Wednesday

 

IMG_2980Quinoa, Chickpea and Avocado Salad–  This is a favorite around our house. We have made this once a week for about a month now. The flavor is so fresh. You just feel healthy eating this, but there is definitely no compromise on flavor. This picture doesn’t do it justice. Click the link and look at her pictures. Guarantee your mouth starts to water. This was the easiest to make, which is why we had it Wednesday. Garren doesn’t get home till a little after six on Wednesdays and then I have activity days at 7.

Thursday

IMG_2995Egg White Spinach Enchilada Omletes– This was a close second to the burgers. The reason this one didn’t win was because it was a lot more time consuming to make, and because it required more skill. I love cooking, and am a very good cook, however our kitchen is a tiny hallway so I don’t love cooking here. You make “tortillas” out of egg whites and then roll the stuffing in them, pour the sauce and cheese over it, bake, then top it with avocado and greek yogurt. They melt in your mouth, they are so good. Garren was so impressed. He was a little skeptical at the idea of them, but quickly jumped on bored.

 

Friday

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Greek Nachos- We love feta cheese so we were excited to try them. These were also delicious. Let’s be honest. I have been cooking from skinnytaste exclusively for over a year now and there has been ONE recipe we didn’t like.These tasted really fresh, but was also very filling. I would add kalamata olives next time. I personally think it would be better as a lunch than a dinner though. I don’t know why. I just decided.

 

Overall it was a great week and we didn’t miss meat at all. That being said vegetarian isn’t a lifestyle choice we are planning on making. We do want to incorporate it into the meal rotation though. I honestly believe we eat way to much meat as a society but that’s a rant for a different day.

What would be an Allred blog post with out pictures of our cutest family member?

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She is obsessed with my water bottle lately. She know it’s supposed to go into her mouth, but she doesn’t understand how to get water yet.

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Playing with Lucy’s “peek-a-boo” bear.

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Garren was kissing her on he cheek over and over again. So when he pulled her away from him she attacked his nose. So cute.

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Blair Monroe- 4 Months Old

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Height: 24.8 inches 60th percentile

Weight: 12 lbs 4 oz 12th percentile

Head Circumference: 15.8 inches 27th percentile

Dr. Appointment: shots once again! We hate shots. she bled a lot this time when they gave her the shots. The doctor thinks that since Blair is on the small side that we should start solids but I have done a lot of research on this subject and we are going to wait until six months. She is very content after eating, has plenty of wet and poopy diapers, and is meeting all her milestones like a champ. She is not interested in food at all at the moment. I am leaning more towards a baby lead weaning method of feeding her, and plan to do food as a “just for fun” kind of thing before one. She gets all the nutrients she needs from breastmilk.

Nicknames: B, Squish, Squish Monster, Squishy, Munch, Munch Face, Baby Girl,

Clothing: I pulled out her 3-6 month clothing. It’s my favorite of her little wardrobes. Most of the clothes are huge on her but that’s ok. That just means she will get to wear them longer! Her huge cloth diapers help fill out the bigger clothes.

Diapers: I will say this every month but I LOVE CLOTH DIAPERS! They are so much easier than I ever thought they would be. She goes through 7-8 diapers a day and we wash every other day now. I will never get over how adorable she is in these diapers!

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Eating: Blair is still eating on one side during a feed but occasionally she will be hungry enough to eat from both sides. She averages 6-8 minutes when she eats. She goes any were from 1.5 hours to 3 hours between eating. She is still on a bottle strike. It’s like she doesn’t know what to do with it. She just chews on it and then screams because she wants the real deal. I know a lot of people start solids at 4 months but because she is exclusively breast fed we are waiting until 6 months to introduce food. We are skipping cereals all together. From all the research I have done it doesn’t seem prudent to give a baby grains. I think we will start with avocado! I am super excited to see how she reacts to food.

Sleeping: This has been a horrible month for sleep. She has been all over the place. There were some nights that the longest she slept was 1.5 hours. There was a 5 day stretch where she did sleep really well. We unswaddled her and she slept great! Then we figured out that she is such a little mover that she would hit the sides of the bassinet and wake her self up. She was getting a little to big for it. So we decided to move her to her room and her crib. I am a crazy paranoid mother so right now I am sleeping in there on the air mattress. I wish her crib would fit in our room. The first night in her crib didn’t start off well because she kept startling. I think the bed was just too big and she didn’t feel secure so I swaddled her and she slept great. Last Tuesday I bought a sound machine that has several different sounds/lullabies and projects a moving image on the ceiling for her. I figured I would try it and bring it back if it didn’t help. To my surprise it has made her a completely different baby. I can put her down in her crib with that on for naps and she falls right asleep! It’s amazing! She also is sleeping much better at night and going down easier. We also bought a little rocking chair that is making bedtime easier as well.

Social: We have a little chatter box on our hands! She is a major talker and I love it! I am interested to see how she handles being held by a lot of people. We are going home to have Blair blessed and around 50 people will be there all wanting to see her and hold her! I hope she doesn’t get overwhelmed. She isn’t held by other people (besides Garren and I) often. I hope she does well! She loves hanging out with Lucy. Every time she is laid next to her, without fail, she reaches out and grabs her hand.

Likes: New sound machine, the stroller, the ergo, nursing, having conversations with mom, when daddy comes home, baths, and being outside

Dislikes: Bottles, Binkies, being in her car seat,

New This Month: Blair has started “singing” with us when we sing or when music comes on. It’s the cutest thing! She lifts her legs up for you when you are changing her diaper. I think this is because she has a new fascination with her feet but it’s still cute. She has rolled over a ton of times! She has done it enough that I know she can do it but for some reason she chooses not to most of the time. She does enjoy tummy time a lot more now! When she is on her tummy she will get her knees up under her and push off. It’s crazy! I feel like she will be an early crawler, which I am not excited about.

Fun Things We Did:

  • Went to the Joseph Smith’s Birthplace Memorial. It was the longest Blair has had to be in the car. It went pretty well!
  •  We found a gorgeous trail to walk on.
  • Took Blair to the park for the first time
  • Figured out this napping business! She may not sleep long but at least she is going down easier.

Mama: My recovery isn’t going as great as I would like it too. We found out that I have uterine prolapse but luckily it doesn’t look like a bad case, and it should correct itself (with exercise) in 6-12 months. Every one told me that when you breastfeed you don’t get a period! Yeah right. I got my first one at 5 weeks postpartum and they are back to being every 28-29 days. Oh well at least they are consistent. Being a mom is better that I imagined and I love hanging out with my girl every day. I know I am biased but I am certain I have the prettiest, smartest, and best baby around ;)

Daddy: Garren is doing great in school. I love seeing him working so hard to provide for us and reach his goal of being a PT. Blair has started getting excited when he comes home. It’s adorable. We bought a sound monitor and my favorite thing is to turn it on while he is changing her diaper and listen to him sing to her. He makes up songs about her.

Things we are looking forward too:

GOING HOME! We are going to Utah in 2 weeks to have Blair blessed and to meet her family! I am so excited.

Pictures:

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She approves of her crib

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Hanging out with Daddy!

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This is what happens when you comb her hair down. I couldn’t stop laughing.

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Sometimes we have days where she mostly looks like this….

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Her Face

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