Hermione’s first birthday is rapidly approaching. I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I met this miraculous little lady and my life was forever changed. As cliche as it may sound I honestly cannot remember my life before I was her mama. This past year has simultaneously been the most fun, most challenging, most joyous, most exhausting, longest and shortest year of my life. Anyone with children will understand what I am talking about. The days are very long ( I feel like I have lived a million lifetimes by 11am) but the weeks and months are so short!
A few months ago I began introducing Hermione to nut butters and nut milks. I have to admit the reasons were partially selfish. I use nuts so often that having Hermione enjoy them along with me has made cooking for the two of us much, much easier. She and I can now share green smoothies! Along with green smoothies Hermione has also been enjoying these Almond Butter Freezer Cookies. They are an easy way to get her the healthy fats and protein found in nuts, all in a form she can grasp in her tiny hands. The “Mama” version is a take on a dessert I enjoyed often while pregnant. I love to make a big batch of these and store then in the freezer so the are ready when either of us needs a little treat!
The weather in NYC today is glorious! It feels like spring is here after an incredibly long winter. I am told we are going to have one more round of snow on Thursday but for now I am soaking up the sunshine! I can’t wait to put away my puffy coat and Hermione’s little snowsuit for good!
Well before Hermione was born I knew I wanted to nurse her for as long as possible. I am a strong believer that breast milk is the number one most important source of nutrition for a baby for the first year of life, and continues to be important in the second year. Breast milk has the perfect balance of fat, calories and protein to help a baby grow. Over the past ten months it has been amazing to watch Hermione grow from a 6 lb peanut to a chunky 20 plus pound baby on my milk. Yes, she eats three meals a day now but those are mostly to expose her to a variety of food and let her experiment with them. Milk is still her #1!
The Oscar’s are this Sunday. Even though I have barely been to the movies since becoming a mom (somehow getting a sitter so Doug and I can sit in the dark and not talk does not seem worth it), I am still excited to watch! I love all of the Hollywood glamour! The gowns, the jewels, the slightly embarrassing speeches.
When I was pregnant with Hermione I came across Nine Naturals, a wonderful line of clean, non-toxic skin and haircare for pregnancy and beyond. I used their yummy belly butter on my whole body for most of my pregnancy and am proud to report I came through the other side with zero stretch marks! I also love their travel gift set which I took with me to the hospital when Hermione was born. Labor and birth made me sweatier and dirtier than any SoulCycle class! It was incredibly refreshing to take a shower, and wash my hair with these wonderful products once she and I had settled into our hospital room for the night. I felt confident knowing nothing I put on myself would be toxic to her delicate newborn skin. We could indulge in tons of skin to skin contact worry free!
There is no doubt Hermione is my daughter. Like her mama she loves clothes, books, and vegetables! I have to admit I was scared when I first introduced her to my beloved kale. What if she did not love it? Luckily, my girl gobbles up all sorts of dark leafy greens like kale and spinach. She prefers them in a smoothie but has been known to eat a handful or two of sautéed spinach as well!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you are single or coupled, today is a day to celebrate all the love you already have in your life. Love from friends, family, your pet, your community, YOUR SELF is just as important ( if not more so) than romantic love. I hope you have a day so filled with love your heart hurts. I personally will be spending the day cuddling and playing with my littlest Valentine and the night watching a movie and drinking wine on the couch with my bigger Valentine!
Valentine’s Day is this Friday. Everywhere I look there are chocolate hearts, roses, lingerie and champagne. Doug and I gave up going out on Valentine’s Day several years ago. While I love my husband dearly and enjoy romantic nights out with him, I don’t see the need to spend tons of money on a multi course prix-fix dinner. Instead, Doug and I like to stay in on February 14th, make a delicious dinner and watch a movie. We usually then go out on the 15th or 16th to do something special when reservations are easier to get and no one is forcing you to eat an eight course tasting menu.