Bake Your Day http://www.bakeyourday.net living simply, loving fully, eating deliciously Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:15:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 15 months of motherhood http://www.bakeyourday.net/15-months-of-motherhood/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/15-months-of-motherhood/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:32:37 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=9321 Newborn Lucille Bringing an actual person into the world, who is 100% dependent on adult humans, is one of the scariest and most rewarding things I will ever experience.  After 40+ weeks of preparing for her arrival, I was surprised at how unreal this feeling was.  This tiny human was counting on me to not […]

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Bringing an actual person into the world, who is 100% dependent on adult humans, is one of the scariest and most rewarding things I will ever experience.  After 40+ weeks of preparing for her arrival, I was surprised at how unreal this feeling was.  This tiny human was counting on me to not screw it up.  There is so much pressure just in that sentence.  And of course, I have screwed up plenty thus far.  But looking back at the last 15 months, I think I have done some good things too.  I, along with tons of help from Paul, our parents, our friends and other family, have managed to keep her fed, mostly healthy, clean and pretty darn happy, or so it seems.

She is thriving, actually.  She is in the 80th percentile for weight – girlfriend loves food.  Obviously she would love food.  Of course, because she is my daughter, I think she is extremely advanced.  She is probably right on par educationally, but hey, I think she walks on water.
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Lucille – One Year http://www.bakeyourday.net/lucille-one-year/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/lucille-one-year/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:23:48 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=9274 Lucille turned ONE!  What a year it was.  People say it every.single.day but you can’t really understand how fast it truly goes by until you wake up one day with a brand new baby, and the next day that baby is a sweet little toddler, walking all over the place, saying new words everyday. Her […]

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Lucille turned ONE!  What a year it was.  People say it every.single.day but you can’t really understand how fast it truly goes by until you wake up one day with a brand new baby, and the next day that baby is a sweet little toddler, walking all over the place, saying new words everyday.

Her birthday was on a Sunday so we had family here all weekend and celebrated with a bright, sprinkle-y cake that she LOVED.  She hadn’t had a ton of sugar up to that point but she devoured it, and then later when seeing the cake on the counter, she insisted on more.  And she only turns one once so of course, she got some more!

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St. George Island http://www.bakeyourday.net/st-george-island/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/st-george-island/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:02:46 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=9252 We took our first vacation as a family of three a few weeks months ago to St. George Island, Florida.  I haven’t actually written a post in MONTHS and then I finally draft one, only to not actually publish but until MONTHS later.  Such is life these days! But!  I wanted to say, regarding our vacation: […]

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We took our first vacation as a family of three a few weeks months ago to St. George Island, Florida.  I haven’t actually written a post in MONTHS and then I finally draft one, only to not actually publish but until MONTHS later.  Such is life these days!

But!  I wanted to say, regarding our vacation: It was blissful!  We drove – 14+ hours each way.  The drive had its challenges but all-in-all it went extremely well, considering we were traveling with a nine-month old.  She was mostly a rock star in the car.  We watched movies, read books, ate snacks, and napped.

We arrived on the island on a Sunday and unloaded a weeks-worth of stuff into our home for the week.  As much as I tried to pack light, it’s just not so easy with a baby.  I did the best I could but our van was loaded down and there were only three of us!

St. George is a barrier island off of the panhandle, across the bay from Apalachicola.  It’s super quaint and while there were a lot of people vacationing there, it was not at all over-crowded.  The only chain-anything on the island is a Subway.

We spent the week lounging in the sand, cooling off in the ocean, reading books in the sun, biking to shops, eating our WEIGHT in fresh shrimp (oh my goodness, the shrimp!) and other amazing seafood.  We also took a sunset cruise to Little St. George Island.  One day we walked around Apalachicola and explored and had an amazing lunch on the bay.

Paul’s family has been vacationing on St. George Island for years and now I know why.  I was so excited to introduce Lucy to the ocean and cannot wait to take her back!

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Lucille Jane – 6 months in http://www.bakeyourday.net/lucille-jane-6-months/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/lucille-jane-6-months/#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 21:28:34 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=9198 I’m finally getting around to sharing some six month shots of Lucille, annnnd she turned seven months old on Monday.  Such is life these days! I keep thinking each stage is going to be my favorite, and then the next just gets better.  Right now Lucy is sitting up like a champ.  She is scooting […]

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I’m finally getting around to sharing some six month shots of Lucille, annnnd she turned seven months old on Monday.  Such is life these days!

I keep thinking each stage is going to be my favorite, and then the next just gets better.  Right now Lucy is sitting up like a champ.  She is scooting backward and I feel like she is going to pop up and crawl at any given second.  She is sleeping anywhere from 10-12 hours at night, takes a few naps during the day, and is typically a happy, smiley, easy-going girl.  On Mother’s day, she said “mama” and I almost died.  My heart grows every single day!

We started her on some food around 4 months but it took us a while to really figure out what we were doing, and which direction we wanted to go.  We started with purees, but I wasn’t convinced that was the best.  So we tried a little baby-led weaning but she never really caught on to feeding herself, so in the last few weeks we have gone back to purees and it has worked extremely well the second time around.  She LOVES sweet potatoes, avocados.  She’s not too crazy about green beans and bananas.  Other foods she will take or leave but mostly leaves.  She also absolutely loves water, especially when she can take a sip out of mom’s or dad’s cup.

Bath time is her favorite.  Since she is sitting up now I have added some toys to bath time and I swear she could sit in there forever and play.  She loves being outside and we have been taking lots of walks lately during which she enjoys sitting in her stroller taking in everything that is going on around her.

She also loves paper ANYTHING.  Like, she wants to chew on it until it’s nothing.  Also loves her toes and Emma the cat.  She’s also waving “bye bye”

We are so so so much in love with this girl.

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Cloth Diapers 101 http://www.bakeyourday.net/cloth-diapers/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/cloth-diapers/#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=9126 When I started my food blog I never (ever!) imagined that I would write a post about cloth diapers.  But I guess that a lot happens over the course of five years and here.we.are.  I am, by no means, an expert.  I just know what I know.  I did a ton of research before Lucy […]

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When I started my food blog I never (ever!) imagined that I would write a post about cloth diapers.  But I guess that a lot happens over the course of five years and here.we.are.  I am, by no means, an expert.  I just know what I know.  I did a ton of research before Lucy was born and I asked a ton of questions.

At three months pregnant, I shared that we were almost 100% sure that we would use cloth diapers.  They are economical, yes, but they are also so much better for the environment and for baby.  A lot of people ask us about our diapers, and whether or not they actually save us money.  Um, YES.  Yes, they do.
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Currently: My Favorite Podcasts http://www.bakeyourday.net/currently-my-favorite-podcasts/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/currently-my-favorite-podcasts/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:00:51 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=9135 Let’s talk podcasts!  Podcasts are a sort-of new thing to me.  For the longest time I just didn’t “get” them but now looking back I have no idea what was so confusing to me!  For my job I spend a lot of time in the car and listening to music only goes so far.  A while […]

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My Favorite Podcasts

Let’s talk podcasts!  Podcasts are a sort-of new thing to me.  For the longest time I just didn’t “get” them but now looking back I have no idea what was so confusing to me!  For my job I spend a lot of time in the car and listening to music only goes so far.  A while back I found that audio books are a good alternative.  And then early last year, when the world was reeling over the first season of Serial, I started listening while on a long drive and from then, I have been hooked!  So, I thought I would what is currently keeping me entertained.

 


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The Difference a Year Makes http://www.bakeyourday.net/the-difference-a-year-makes/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/the-difference-a-year-makes/#comments Sun, 21 Feb 2016 23:41:27 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=9112 I have just spent a glorious weekend away with Paul and Lucille and now that Sunday is winding down, and we prepare for a new week, I decided to sit down and put into words this blog post that has been swirling in my head for a month solid. A couple of weeks ago, I […]

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The Difference a Year Makes

I have just spent a glorious weekend away with Paul and Lucille and now that Sunday is winding down, and we prepare for a new week, I decided to sit down and put into words this blog post that has been swirling in my head for a month solid.

A couple of weeks ago, I realized that it’s been FIVE years since I first published a blog post here.  Now It’s been over a year since my last recipe post.  Blog posts in 2015 were sporadic, at best.  I most-certainly took full advantage of having something else (growing a human) occupy the space in my life which had previously been occupied by prop collecting, recipe development, food photography, and blog posts.  And in hind-sight, I have absolutely no regrets about taking the last year (mostly) off.

When I wrote my first pregnancy post, I shared that I had absolutely no idea what becoming a mother would mean for the blog and honestly, I still don’t know.  What I do know is that I would much rather spend my evening and weekends with my husband and daughter, rather than cranking out several new recipes for the following week.  I know, without a doubt, that I am done with the hamster wheel of blogging.  Blogging is so, so, so great.  And for those of you who are making a great full-time living out of it, I am so happy for you.  I tried it and found that it just wasn’t for me.  Please know that I’m not knocking what you are doing.  I just found that it’s not my thing.  The endless social media, the constant comparison trap in which I found myself lingering, the never-ending race to create unique and exciting content…that is just not what I started my blog for, and those things just totally drained me.  And I don’t have time or energy to spare on things that drain me.

I continue to follow and read lots of blogs, when I have a few free minutes here and there.  I still make recipes from my favorite blogs. I still check in on social media, but mostly Instagram which as become Lucy-gram and I am not sorry for that!  She’s kind of cute.


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