You know, it must kind of suck to be a newborn. People are always touching you, dressing you in stupid outfits, and you end up with a face full of baby acne. Today was a much better day with Jack. He wasn’t nearly as fussy as yesterday, and my mom came over to hang out with him so that I was actually able to shower (for those of you who are able to do this daily… CHERISH IT) and even make a quick shopping trip. Who would have ever thought I’d actually be excited to visit the mall a week before Christmas??  It was just really good to get out of the house for a bit.

A lot of people have asked how Chloe is doing with the new baby. Here’s a good illustration of the dynamic around here:

I think Chloe likes Jack, but she does seem a little depressed about her change in status. On one hand, mom’s on the couch a lot more… but the prime lap real estate now goes to the little guy. She’s very interested in sniffing his ears, eyes and mouth, which doesn’t seem to bother him at all. And her barking doesn’t phase him one bit = huge relief.

This morning Jack screamed if I tried to put him down at all, so I made breakfast one-handed. Archer Farms Cherry-Vanilla Yogurt with Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares:

And COFFEE (chugged, not pictured).

The yogurt kind of had that too sweet, Splenda aftertaste. Not a fan.

On the way home from the Galleria it occurred to me that it was after 2 and I hadn’t eaten lunch. I stopped at Subway and grabbed a footlong turkey sub to split with my mom. I ate it while nursing and trying not to drop pickles on Jack’s head:

Why are the turkey footlongs not $5??? It was almost $10 for the sandwich and a drink. Lame.

This afternoon Jack slept in my arms while I SOBBED watching Oprah. It was a rerun featuring Stephanie Nielson (aka Nienie). OMG, what an inspiring story. It made me feel like an ass for every complaining about anything. I’m so glad that I caught the episode.

Guess what? I actually COOKED tonight! I know, I know. Crazy. My mom left some frozen chicken tenders in our freezer, so I decided to try a recipe for Lemon Brown Sugar Chicken from Eat Live Run. The only change I made was to deglaze the skillet with white wine instead of chicken stock.  We also had brown basmati rice and steamed broccoli:

The chicken was delicious. I’ll definitely be making this again! Although it’s technically “fried” (well, pan fried), the recipe doesn’t call for all that much oil. It’s very flavorful, especially if you squeeze a little extra lemon juice over the chicken once it comes out of the oven. Yum yum yum. I should do this whole cooking thing more often :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend! We have newborn photos of Jack scheduled (baby acne be damned) along with trying to hurry up and finish shopping. How is Christmas next week??

LOL at the SNL holiday special. I love Gilly.

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0 Responses to Gillllllyyyy

  1. gammypie says:

    I am a big fan of Subway, but my biggest beef with them is not having a $5 TUNA footlong. What the heck? Lately, I’ve been opting for their salad option alternating with chicken salad and tuna. The chicken salad is not as good as the tuna, but I can’t have tuna everyday now, can I?

  2. Jill says:

    I just read the story about Stephanie Nielson and now I am reading her blog! I can see why you were sobbing watching Oprah! So sad and inspiring!

  3. Evan Thomas says:

    I didn’t catch Oprah but I think I saw her on The Today Show. Definitely an inspiring story.
    That dinner sounds awesome. I’m definitely looking foward to some Italian style chicken this break

  4. Tammy says:

    ahhh. Such a cute picture of you, Jack and Chloe.

  5. Penny says:

    Take it from a person that has a 3 (almost 4) month old. I promise, your life will get easier. :-)
    The chicken looks great. And kudos for cooking it. I didn’t cook anything for about 2 months after my baby was born. :-)

  6. Erin says:

    Oh Chloe! You’re such a patient little girl. Hard when there’s a perfect little baby boy around, huh. At least you don’t have acne. :)
    Heather, you are taking on all the life change and responsibility with major finesse. I’m so proud of you! I wish I could come to Dallas with several meals and clean or do your laundry or do something to help. I’m so happy for y’all. Jack is so incredibly beautiful.

  7. Jocelyn says:

    That is such a sweet picture of mommy, doggy and baby :) … Glad you got back into the kitchen and cooked up a yummy meal for dinner! It looks and sounds great!

  8. Tay says:

    I haven’t seen the holiday special yet but am excited!! Gilllllyyyyyyy. hahaha

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