Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date Friday {#31}

TGIF!

Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee today, we’d be drinking crappy hotel coffee since I’m spending my entire Friday in a CLE (continuing legal education). On bankruptcy litigation no less. I know that sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry, but I actually like it. What can I say, I’m a dork litigator.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the kids start back to school on Monday, and they are really excited to get back on schedule. J will be in his second year of pre-K (No, he’s not starting kindergarten even though he’s 5. His birthday is late May and his pre-K teacher agreed that he would benefit from an additional year to develop his emotional maturity before starting kindergarten). N will be in her very first year of preschool. At open house yesterday, she immediately found all the princess toys and books and tried them all out. She decided preschool would be A-ok.

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that one of the little boys in N’s preschool class has a severe nut allergy, which means that her class is a nut-free zone. No nuts, peanut butter or any other kind of nut butter in lunches for the whole year (and let’s face it, probably next year too). I totally get the importance of not having peanut butter in the classroom when a kid has a severe allergy, but I’m currently at a bit of a loss about what to pack in her lunch. Particularly since she doesn’t particularly care for meat. I know there are lots of you out there who deal with nut allergies on a daily basis — I’d love to hear your suggestions!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I suspect Baby J is starting to cut his molars and canines. His poor gums are hard and swollen and he’s been waking up at the crack of dawn the last few mornings. Those early mornings make for a pretty cranky boy by the time his morning nap rolls around. At least he took two naps yesterday — he had been refusing his afternoon nap for about the last week. It’s always liberating when kids drop a nap, but the process to get there can be a little painful. :/

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I finally feel like I’m starting to emerge from the first-year baby fog. The first year after having a baby can be really rough and with all the demands on my time on top of sleep deprivation, I found it really hard to concentrate or focus on anything. This week I feel like I made a breakthrough. I deleted Facebook from my iPhone, started confining my social media to specific times of day, and started making task lists for myself when I get to work in the morning. The result is that I’m much more focused and productive during the day. It would be nice if I could translate that newfound work productivity into home productivity as well 🙂

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you that I’m looking forward to spending a nice weekend at home. I finished my very first two-piece setacular this week, which I plan to photograph over the weekend. The kids have several unphotographed outfits as well, so I might even try my first-ever planned photo shoot! Fingers crossed!

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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  1. we run into the nut allergy thing in my kids’ school. i’ll sub cream cheese for the peanut butter, and mix trail mixes w/o nuts. sometimes almonds are okay, my daughter’s best bud who is allergic can have almond butter, so you might look into that. i feel for the allergic kids, can’t imagine that kind of stress as a parent of one!

    it’s always great to emerge from the baby fog, it’s so hard to function until that happens. good idea about designated media time, i’ve done that before too and it definitely helps. i always return to bad habits though…

    1. I hadn’t thought about subbing cream cheese — I might give that a try! Unfortunately all nut butters are out in her classroom, even sun butter. Something called Wow butter is allowed though. I’ve actually tried sending almond butter on their sandwiches before and they always come home asking me not to give them “that yucky peanut butter” again. Kids!

      I can only imagine how terrifying it could be to send your allergic 3-year-old to preschool with an epi pen surrounded by all the other clumsy and oblivious 3-year-olds. I’ve always felt blessed that we don’t have to deal with food allergies.

      I’ve tried designated media time before too and always returned to my bad habits. Usually on maternity leave :/ Hoping I can stick with it this time because it helps SO much!

  2. After reading your post I jumped the gun and deleted Facebook from my phone. I woke up today really needing to get myself sorted: scheduling workouts, cleaning (we used to have a cleaning service but gave that up to save for a house…booo), and other little things.

    I’ve been wanting to limit my social media intake for months! I am planning on moving my computer from downstairs to upstairs. Here’s hoping all these little changes will lead to a better quality of life! Thanks for reminding me of my long lost goal!

    1. It’s amazing how those little things can build up until they’re almost suffocating. It has been so liberating to rid myself of some of the social media distraction!

      Sometimes little changes can make a huge difference, and we have to start somewhere right?

  3. We ran into this problem too. Here’s what I came up with:
    1. I’ve had luck getting my kids to eat a mock chicken salad sandwich made with chickpeas. I mash up the chickpeas slightly and then mix them with mayo, mustard, etc. They like it better than a PBJ!
    2. I have also served soy butter at in place of nut butter.
    3. Sprouted grain bread with plain jelly or honey would still provide a good amount of protein.
    4. I have also made “pizza muffins”. Mix a plain muffin mix with a little pizza sauce and some kid-friendly pizza toppings.

    Good luck getting it all figured out!

    1. Thanks! I’ll have to give some of these a try. The pizza muffins sound particularly interesting.

      Today I sent her with scrambled eggs and cheese for her protein. She loves scrambled eggs so hopefully they will keep her full until she comes home!

  4. What good ideas everyone’s shared. Other ideas may include: raw veggies with dip, yogurt (with a spoon, of course), hard boiled egg (if she likes them?), crackers with cubes of cheddar cheese, whole wheat pasta salad, cheese biscuits/buns, whole wheat pita triangles with grated cheese and other things that she likes on pizza to make a mini pizza, rice crackers with egg salad, pumpkin muffins with add ins that she likes (raisins?), a cold pancake roll up with maple syrup dip. My children like small portions of things that they can put together, along the lines of a bento box. Good luck with this challenge.

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