Finding calm

Whoa. Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like Alexander in that kids’ book? That’s been me since Sunday. And it isn’t even anything drastic or severe – just feels like a lot of things keep happening quickly. I can feel my blood pressure higher than normal, so I’m trying to repeat breathe in, breathe out, move on.

So, in an effort to decompress, I’ll try to recap here. 😉

Sunday (Whole30 day 12):

I. Felt. Like. Garbage. For as productive as Saturday was, I literally did nothing Sunday. I took almost a four hour nap, ate some bell peppers for lunch, and kind of had my appetite back by dinnertime.

We made copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets and dipping sauce, along with sweet potato fries and asparagus. What a fantastic recipe find! Hannah gobbled up the nuggets faster than I could serve them. I had a smoothie as well (spinach, cherries, almond butter and coconut) to try to recoup some of the unconsumed calories from earlier in the day.

Monday (day 13):

For breakfast I had the casserole I made this weekend along with coffee. Verdict: the taste was spot-on but I think it needs more eggs next time. Maybe 15 or 18? I think I used a bigger pan than recipe called for so the ratio seemed off. Still good though!

For lunch I had a salad with cucumbers, peppers and tuna. Simple and eaten while I was busy working!

My mother-in-law texted me earlier in the day that Hannah had a rash. It didn’t seem to bother her too much but I still called the nurse line – they didn’t seem concerned either, so I hoped (foolishly) that it would go away quickly. For dinner we modified a Shepherd’s pie recipe with sweet potato topping (using up the roasted ones from the other night!) and it was good. Served alongside steamed broccoli, which was pretty boring after having so many more fun variations of vegetables lately.

I realized after dinner (I even had seconds of the Shepherd’s pie) that I’m really struggling to get enough fats with my meals. So I had a handful of shredded coconut. I think we finished our night watching the Hunger Games while I worked a bit.

Tuesday (day 14):

Oh man. We started today with Hannah’s rash looking much worse, and spreading, coupled with another night of crappy sleep for her, so I called the nurse line to follow up. While we waited for a call, we stopped into Target for a few things, and I figured out that my baby is definitely a sassy toddler now. Rough trip! Oy. Anyway, we ended up going back to the doctor this morning (third time in a month) so I had a coffee and Larabar as breakfast in the car.

The good news is her rash isn’t Hand Foot Mouth, so it’s either viral or a reaction to antibiotics. And her poor ear still isn’t healed (or it’s another ear infection! Ugh!) so we are starting a third course of antibiotics and have a follow up appointment to test for an amoxicillin allergy. For as healthy as my babe was the first year of her life, it feels like we’re playing catch-up now. Once we got home I attempted naptime for the babe (no go), made seasoning mixes to use for dinner, got dinner in the Crock-Pot, got ready for work, and just generally felt frazzled by the time Matt got home. Then I realized today is tax day (of course I hadn’t sent our stuff in), then on the way to work my gas light came on and I was even later than planned. Work was a madhouse; finishing up a big project before we have auditors in next week, with two more projects kicking off right away as well. I did manage to enjoy a delicious lunch: tuna and veggies, hard-boiled eggs, and a sliced banana topped with chia seeds, almond butter, coconut and a drizzle of coconut milk. So good!

After work it was a mad dash to get to the post office during rush hour traffic to get our tax stuff mailed, then back to Target for Hannah’s prescription, Benadryl and a probiotic, and home for a bit of time with my family before the bedtime routine.

Matt and I finally sat down for dinner after Hannah was settled in bed. Our Mississippi roast was a little dryer than I would have liked, but I shredded it and let it simmer in the juices for a bit which seemed to help. We also made a cauliflower mash with a plain Nutpod and ghee, and topped it up with some spinach (yay greens!) and a horseradish/mayo/lemon juice/pepper dressing. I piled mine in a bowl, but Matt’s was plated better. This meal was SO GOOD – possibly my favorite yet, and that’s saying a lot because I looooooooooove Chick-fil-A. 😉

Whew! I think that sums up the past few days. I really, really wanted to start working out again this week but with the work project, my nights are basically consumed. Hopefully I can sneak a workout in during one of Hannah’s naps the rest of this week. I hope you’re having a great week!

XO, Andi

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