What I Ate Wednesday – March 5 2014

This morning I started going though my camera to see if I had finished photographing a full day of eats for today’s post.

I usually pick a day and just tell myself — “alright crazy, keep the camera handy, we’re doing this!” — and just snap away as I nosh all day.  I’ve honestly been doing this so long that it’s typically on autopilot.  But lately I’ve been forgetting.  I get wrapped up in baby snuggles and toe-nomming or stuck in a cloud of whimpers and sleepless nights with a restless little bird that needs her momma… I just get lost.

It turns out I had started the day off on the right foot…

…and then tripped over that same foot, into the plate of muffins, and then right off the photog train.

I’ve been screwing up a bit more than usual lately.  Some of it makes me laugh, like when I accidentally put my phone in the pantry along with my groceries or freeze boxes of pasta, but some of it just makes me want to break down and cry.  Failure used to be something I feared, but never truly felt as if I had experienced, not on a large scale at least.

Now it’s something I have to tackle on what seems like a daily basis.  While I’m not typically one to vent so openly, I’m also not one to pretend that life is perfect when it’s simply that: life.  Life is, by nature, a hot mess.  Sometimes messier than others. Right now I feel like for every obstacle I tackle, another is barreling full-speed ahead ready to take me down.

That’s kind of BS, eh?  I’m not giving up, I’m much too stubborn, but things might be a bit messy on the blog until I can get my bearings.  I love catching up with you guys as often as I’m able to and I adore the challenge of convincing even the pickiest eater to pick up a vegetable and just have fun with it: that shall never change.  I may need to shake things up a bit over here, however.  I’m not sure how things are going to go on my end with what feels like a never ending string of deployments and other hiccups tripping me up along the way, so I’m hoping to have a guest host help me keep our weekly What I Ate Wednesday party going strong.  It doesn’t seem fair for me to host if I’m unable to participate on a regular basis, so Meghan is going to help me nurture my blog baby while I ensure I’m able to nurture my actual baby in the process.  Details to come.  Yes you still have to eat your vegetables.  Yes I promise to keep feeding you recipes so you can continue to do so.  I just may try to seduce you into dish-duty afterwards.  I cook; you clean.  That’s how it works, right?

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  • Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan

    You don’t have to apologize at all for getting busy!! Life certainly does get in the way of blogging sometimes, but that’s the beautiful thing about life. And in the end it all feeds each other because it really does give you more to blog about when push comes to shove 🙂 enjoy your baby-lovin’!! The best thing about blogging is complete and total honesty, and I loved that about this post!

    Xo, Jordan

  • Ari

    Love ya babe!

  • healthloveandchocolate

    I will most certainly clean if you cook. Glad you are getting some extra help so you can focus even more attention on the little pea!

  • Ashley

    Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your site. I found it recently and have tried three or four of your recipes. Every one that I have tried has been easy and delicious! Thank you so much. My little boys raved about this fettuccine!

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    I think we as bloggers are all human but think sometimes it is not ok to portray that when doing so makes us all seem more real and everyone can relate 😉 I am glad you’ve got some extra blog help in to help you out though but don’t feel like you can’t have some extra time off too if you need 🙂

  • Sloane Pitman Yoga

    Aww! Thanks for being so honest, lovely! Being a mommy is unlike anything else, and you are still finding what works for you. I’ll miss your NOMS and your wicked wit, obviously, but a bi-weekly pic of those chickpea cheeks will ensure total forgiveness 🙂 Keep rocking, woman!

  • Jennifer

    I can totally relate. I can’t remember anything and mess things up all the time. And weepy to boot! My husband calls it pump brain. Pumping must suck all the brain cells out of us. Hang in there – you are doing an amazing job and chick pea is so scrumptious 🙂

  • You are a rockstar & don’t ever feel like you’re anything other than that! Thank you for your honesty…I know we all have less than stellar moments & it’s important to share those as well. HUGS!

  • Krysta Paramithi

    It’s totally normal with those crazy kiddos! Mine at almost two and half sucks all of my energy!

  • Hey Kp! Thanks for stopping by!
    Ok so a few questions first jut to rule them out: 1. Is the surface completely flush? What is it made of? Some cabinets have scratchy unfinished wood under them and would need. Bit of sanding/priming to work with a command strip if it applies. 2. Did you clean the surface with a little alcohol and let it dry for 10-15min? The command instructions always insist on cleaning the surface as so because any stray food bits, oil, or dust can make it impossible to stick and stay stuck. I did use the larger command strips meant to hold the medium-large hook for hanging purses and towels and such so it may just need a stronger comment strip. I believe I used two larger/stronger ones side by side. Let me know what applies and we can troubleshoot! Mine is still hanging strong after over two years! Xoxoxo

  • One of my favorite sayings is, “Why do we fall?” The answer is natural, “So we can get back up again.” Keep chugging along! We all love and appreciate your blog and will keep coming back whether you photograph your eats or not! xoxo

  • Heather

    I’d like to say that Mommy Brain goes away, but I don’t think it does. I think you just get used to it and adapt. My husband texted me a picture of bagels in the kitchen drawer that holds ziplock baggies and stuff that said, “I’m going to assume you didn’t mean to leave this here?” Sigh. All I can do is laugh now since I do stuff like this constantly. :p

  • Kate

    I call what you have “mommy brain”. I was 19 when I had my daughter I remember actually crying in a restaurant because I could not decide what to order. It was pitiful and awful. It unfortunately comes with the territory though. Just know it is perfectly normal and your brain sort of goes back to normal after a while…but just sorta 😉

  • Marnie @ SuperSmartMama

    A little newborn can definitely change your sense of schedule and priorities. The first year of my son’s life I just dropped everything else and focused on spending as much time as possible with him. By the end of that first year, I was ready to get back to taking care of me!

  • AmyC

    I love teamwork! Enjoy that baby!

  • Those silly kids really throw you for a loop, huh? You’ll get the hang of things and you’ll learn with your little one. If nothing else, they teach us how to adapt.

  • Amy Herring

    I seem to be going something similar right now (although I don’t have a newborn…just me and my strugglin’ brain!). Your honesty appreciated, and I hope that things will be on the upswing now! Make sure to take time for yourself, and don’t feel guilty about putting the blog on the back burner! Life certainly takes precedence 🙂

  • Sprint2theTable

    Good for you accepting help when you need it. You have a beautiful baby to care for and that’s a HUGE responsibility. No need to have a blog baby too. 😉 Let me know if there’s anything I can do. xoxo

  • Julie

    Bless your heart! It will get better. Hang in there. Although, I’ve mentioned more than once to my crew that being an adult is hard! My 80-year-old mother posted a thing on facebook (yes, my mother is on facebook. We’re quite the crew) that said, “I’ve been putting a lot of thought into being an adult and I just don’t think it’s going to work out for me”. There are those days. Having been a military wife with a newborn/baby, it isn’t for the faint of heart! We are there for you and are thinking about you! xoxo

  • I’m sorry that you’re struggling. I found that it took me a very long time, like a year, to get into the groove of things after having my son. He’s a year and a half old now, and we still struggle with getting things done and finding a rhythm that works for both of us. I however, can definitely empathize with the phone in the pantry, although I can’t say I’ve ever frozen boxes of pasta. I think I still have baby brain (which is actually a real thing, so I’ve read). I’ve put away groceries expect for frozen spinach that I conveniently allowed to melt away all over my hallway, have gone to my kitchen at least ten times to get one item at a time, only to forget the original item I wanted. It’s getting better though 🙂

    As my son has gotten older, he’s become much more independent and is very good at playing by himself, which allows me to have some time for chores/tasks. I remember when he was about six months to nine months old – that boy was super clingy and we had major sleep regression problems. He’s sleeping through the night now and napping, which is seriously awesome. Anyway, I hope you can find a rhythm that works for you soon. Your baby is absolutely gorgeous and those baby snuggles are so precious, it’s worth it to miss a post or two (although I do love seeing your recipes). Good luck!