Tips-y Tuesdays: Flying with an Infant

So, this is kind of a joke. Today we are flying again cross-country with our infant. 5 nice long hours with a baby. When we flew out the first time, people told us all sorts of things. Some were helpful and true, and some were wrong for our baby.

Us on the plane...early morning flight meant we were all sleepy.

Us on the plane…early morning flight meant we were all sleepy.

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Merry Christmas Eve 2014!

This year, we flew home extra early to celebrate the holidays with our family, and to introduce everyone to the Fudgelet! I am writing this ahead of our trip, so I am really anxious about how everything will be happening. By the time this postย posts I will have already been there for over a week! But, we will still have another couple challenges: how will he do with a big Christmas party? How will he do when we drive several hours to NYC to see K’s extended family? Will we get good naps out of him there? So much uncertainty. Fingers crossed that it all goes well and that I will only be in a moderate state of panic at this point. ๐Ÿ™‚

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In the meantime, here are some Christmas pictures and a present idea.

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Brined Turkey Breast

For Thanksgiving (yes, I know I’m a little late here) I made my first turkey. Well, turkey breast. There were only three of us eating it, so a whole turkey seemed both silly and scary. Normally K and I go home to Maryland for Thanksgiving. This year, with the baby, going for Christmas seemed stressful enough. (And future Aly, you’re already there, so hopefully you’re not freaking out…yet…?) We talked about having a big dinner, but that also seemed stressful. Then, we realized that Melissa and her husband (with their toddler) also were not going home for Thanksgiving, and it would be fun to get together and combine forces. So, I teamed up with Melissa to have a Thanksgiving feast. We each contributed some food, and then ate with our husbands. (And you might wonder about the math, but her husband is vegetarian, so he didย not eat the turkey!) It was nice to be able to have all of the normal dishes, but only have to make some of them!

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Fudgelet is 5 Months Old!

Weeeelllll. Not quite. The Fudgelet is turning 5 months this weekend. So, this is pretty close. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, you might have been wondering what he has been up to over this past month. It seems like the month has gone quickly! He has definitely been improving some of his previous skills. Now, I pretty much never need to hold his head. (This makes holding himย much easier.) You can tell he is getting close to rolling from his back to his belly, but he just isn’t there yet.

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lovers

I’ve mentioned before that having help from people is awesome when you are both preparing to have a baby, and after the baby arrives. Someone that’s helped a lot is my friend Melissa. I’ve known Melissa for a little while now since our husbands work together. Unfortunately, we have always lived a little ways away from each other, which makes it tricky to visit. Add two kids to the mix, and it should be harder, but somehow we have hung out more since each having a kid. And it definitely has been great for me, because it gives me a chance to learn from her and see where the Fudgelet will be in another year or so. (Getting more sleep, ideally! Haha.) Melissa has shared knowledge, but also shared lots of food! She gave us meals which helped after my dad and M left. And, because she is so thoughtful, she even included dessert! There was a cake (how did she find time to make us several meals and dessert with her toddler!?) but also chocolate and peanut butter cookies, specifically for me.

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Yep. Another cookie recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully you’re feeling up for them since it is cookie gifting season. I was excited to try this recipe because it was straightforward and I had all of the ingredients. The cookies didn’t quite turn out as I expected, though. They are soft and chewy, and also spread a lot! That meant that they didn’t hold their shape as I hoped they would. But, they were still tasty and something I would make again.

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Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

I had actually been in the mood for Indian food. And then there was the need to restock our freezer with ground chicken. Whenever we do that, we like to leave at least one package out because freshly ground chicken is awesome to cook with. I also happened to have come across this recipe at the same time. I told K I wanted to make it, and he was on board. So, I gathered the ingredients I didn’t have on hand (tomato sauce, Greek yogurt, and cilantro) then got ready to make it! It was really easy. The meatballs require very little work, and the sauce just needs a couple steps to get started. Then, you can basically walk away and do things like play with your baby while it finishes cooking.

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