Life is always exciting with a baby around. Xander has had a very big week! First, he started crawling last weekend. So. flippin’. adorable. He lifts his hands so high and slaps the floor, and every few steps (or crawls?), he falls over– I think on purpose. Unless you hold something in front of him and entice him to keep going, I think he just doesn’t see the point of continuing to crawl. He loves this computer mouse we have sitting in the living room, so we have been dragging that in front of him and he will chase it all over– a bit like playing with a kitten!
He started clapping a few weeks ago, which is super adorable. Clapping for just about everything. Then on Friday night, he started waving (finally!). Now he waves at me when I pick him up out of his crib in the morning.
At almost 9 months, he is finally getting his first tooth. Exciting maybe, but also not so much fun. He has never been a great sleeper, but he has at least consistently slept most of the night– but this week was a different story. It took me a few sleepless nights to figure out that teething was probably to blame for all his fussing, and now I am giving him pain reliever before bed and it’s helping a lot– unfortunately, I wore myself out to the point of delirium before realizing I could help him sleep better!
When I am super exhausted, like this past week, is when I find eating healthy, whole foods the most challenging. It’s during these times where the carb monster in me comes out.
Having some days of eating much less than ideal meals has really emphasized how much better I feel when I am eating mostly in this way.
And this chia pudding is a great morning option. With Baby X, I just can’t stand in the kitchen and whip up an omelet. I make my coffee, grab something quick, and we Skype with my mom and play in the living room together. Of course, this routine is what started the whole cookies for breakfast trend that lasted months (and months).
This recipe makes enough for 3-4 breakfasts, so having it in the fridge is easy. It takes about 5 minutes to whip up in the blender, and then it needs to soak overnight (or at least a few hours). Then, just top with fruit, nut butter and coconut, and an omega 3 rich healthy breakfast is served.
- 3 cups water
- 12 cashews
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 medjool date (or 3 very small dates)
- 6 tablespoons chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- Fresh fruit (I like sweet and sour combos, like mango and pineapple, or bananas and strawberries)
- Nut Butter
- Coconut Butter
- Add 1 cup of water, hemp seeds, cashews and dates to a blender. Blend on high speed for 2-3 minutes, until a smooth milk is made.
- Add 2 more cups of water, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt, and pulse until combined, leaving chia seeds whole.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Keeps well in fridge for 3-4 days.
- Top with fresh fruit, nuts, coconut, nut butters or coconut butter. See photos for some of my favorite combos.