You guys, the baby is trying to kill us, I swear. Sunday night, I flopped on the couch willing my body to either fend off illness or to fall subject to whatever is heading my way…ASAP. Vacation is so, so soon and this will be my first vacation since 2013 that I won’t be pregnant or breastfeeding/pumping. Without sounding like a total snot, I feel like I have earned this trip! (Okay, I sound like a snot but I trust you think otherwise.)
So, Sunday. I was supposed to play hockey, but instead laid on the sofa, dozing off and on. My throat was sore, the kids wore me out all weekend, and I just didn’t feel up for playing in my hockey game. Instead, we got caught up with This Is Us – my fave – and hit the hay by 10pm.
By 11:45pm, Piper was SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER. You guys, this child. She is so strong willed. I went in, offered her water, gave her a quick little snuggle and put her back to bed. She proceeded to SCREAM BLOODY MURDER for the next hour. Neither of us slept. Every door between she and us was closed and the baby monitor had long been turned off. And yet it was like she was screaming directly into my ear. I swear this is all payback for Shea having what a caregiver once called “a silent cry”.
I went back into her room at 12:45am and firmly told Piper that it was not okay to scream, everyone was sleeping, and it was time to go night-night. No-go. At 1:15am I caved and gave her 2 ounces of milk from a bottle. This happened a while back and she wanted the same thing. MILK MONSTER, I TELL YOU! Cry-it-out is a waste on that chick – she is something else.
Thankfully, her mood seems to be just fine since, sooo…who knows. It’s Piper. My little stinker.
We’re counting down the days and becoming increasingly overwhelmed with all that needs to be packed and done before leaving. Planning for the week? My specialty. Planning for vacation? Huh? People do that? I’m more a pack-the-morning-of kinda girl….except that doesn’t end well when kids are involved.
My favorite way to plan for the week? COOKIES! Srsly, though. As long as my kids think breakfast cookies are a total cheat for breakfast, I’m in business. These hardly pass for cookies as they’re oh so subtly sweet with all the wholesome fiber, omega 3’s, and heart healthy fats that are also so helpful for those little growing brains in my house. We’re thoroughly enjoying these Cranberry-Seed Breakfast Cookies…especially when dunked in milk!
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white wheat flour
- 1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup ground flaxseed
- 4 eggs
- ⅔ cup honey*
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine oats, coconut, flour, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed; mix well.
- In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until well-combined.
- Scoop ⅓ cup heaps of batter onto the baking sheets, and form into a ¾-inch thick round.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the bottoms begin to turn golden. Allow to cool completely before removing from the baking sheets..
*use pure maple sugar or agave to make vegan