In the short time I’ve been a mom, I’ve quickly learned one very important lesson:

Adapt. Relinquish control… because you don’t HAVE it. My mom always told me how I used to thrive on routine as a baby, so I figured that I could just get Jack on a schedule and that would be that.

WRONG. Wrong, wrong, wrong. As soon as I think we’ve got a nice little routine going, it all goes straight down the toilet. Jack took 2 naps a day for about three blissful seconds, then he was down to 1. But that was one great nap… we’re talking 2-3 hours. Long enough for me to prep dinner, read Perez, do a load of laundry, catch up on Teen Mom, shower, nap with Chloe on the couch. Ahhh, the salad days.

So this week Jack has just all out boycotted naps. Let me tell you: It sucks. Big time. He does his usual routine of falling asleep in the car, and I move him into his crib (still asleep)… but then he’s up and ready to go after 5 minutes, and nothing I do can get him to go back to sleep. Kill me now. My mom tells me that my brother never napped, but I refuse to accept the idea that my 15 month old has officially outgrown naps. That’s not possible, is it? He’s been a little drooly lately so maybe it’s just teething??

Moving on. I was completely sacrilegious and ate meat on Ash Wednesday (Brian informed me as he shoveled down his poached egg and blueberry pancake lunch). But- first of all- I forgot… and second, who can resist Garden Cafe’s meatloaf?? Not I.

We had book club tonight (Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society) so I tried to think of something quick and meatless to make for Jack and Brian.

Enter these:

Stuffed shells, from Aldi (of course). They’re awesome- you just spread pasta sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish, layer on the frozen shells, then more pasta sauce and a sprinkling of mozzarella. Then bake for about an hour.


I didn’t try them, but Brian said that they were really good. I think the shells were around 140 cals and 7 g of fat for 2. Not too bad.

I, on the other hand, had Allison’s delicious lasagna for dinner at book club.

How cute is Lauren’s outfit??? MY high school teachers never dressed this well.

So confession: I haven’t actually FINISHED the book yet. I’m about halfway through, and so far it’s really good. So I’m going to go read now.

Oh… and I’m hosting next month. Any suggestions on good books to read?

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4 Responses to Napless

  1. Tammy says:

    What a crazy mixed up world we live in. I would Cherish a nap.

  2. Julie says:

    cutest high school teacher I know!!!

    For whatever it is worth, Gabriel did go through this phase where he boycotted naps for a bit— I think somewhere between 15-18 months and he is now back to almost a full 2 hours. I need that boy to nap and will be so sad when it ends…

  3. Emlod10 says:

    Jonathan franzen – freedom?

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