Just in case you are in the dark about zeppoles, they are magical and you must make them immediately if you have access to a deep fryer, which was one of my birthday gifts from Ryan this year! (Healthy living blogger, what?)
I’m sure you can find great recipes online with a quick Google search, but we’re going to try our hand at making them using our friend Pete’s recipe this evening. Assuming all goes well, I’ll report back and share the details soon because Pete’s zeppoles are in my top five favorite foods EVER. It’s zeppoles over cake for the birthday girl this year!
And now, because my mind is all over the place today, I’m rollin’ with it and embracing the randomness with a “Birthday Randomness” themed post. Heeere we go!
Random Thoughts On A Wednesday
- Chase Has TWO Teeth… And I Had No Idea
Sooo Chase has two teeth! And I had NO idea. Talk about a major Mom Fail. Early last week, I noticed Chase seemed to be drooling quite a bit. Since he’s never been a drooler, I figured that the excessive drooling coupled with some other odd behavior (skipping afternoon naps and an unusual amount of fussiness/desire to be held all the time) might mean he was teething. I kept checking his lower gums and didn’t see anything but then on Saturday, my mom said, “Julie! Did you know Chase has two teeth!?” I was totally shocked! I completely missed my baby’s first teeth!
Chase’s upper lateral incisors already broke through his gums and I totally missed it because I was so darn adamant about checking his lower gums since that seems to be where appear first for many babies. Note to other first-time mamas: Be sure to check your baby’s upper gums if you think they might be teething!
- Yesterday’s At Home Workout
Yesterday’s at home workout was a good one, so I wanted to share it with you guys! I began with the quick 20-minute treadmill run/incline walking workout featured above and followed it up with Tone It Up’s HIITy Bitty HIIT Workout. My friend Julie shared the HIIT workout on her personal Facebook page on Monday and I immediately saved it since it sounded awesome. I loved the combination of high-intensity cardio with total-body strength exercises and thought it passed by in a flash.
- My Breastfeeding Hunger Is Raging
One thing I didn’t really anticipate regarding breastfeeding was how my body would respond to my baby’s growth spurts. When Chase eats more, I eat more. When he’s hungrier than usual, I become ravenous. It’s totally different for me than pregnancy hunger, too, which is kind of crazy. When I was pregnant, I was hungry all the time, but for me eating was what helped prevent nausea. If I ever went too long without eating when I was pregnant, I would feel nauseated, so snacks happened all day every day.
Breastfeeding hunger during a growth spurt loosely reminds me of half marathon training hunger. It’s almost like my appetite is insatiable and I find myself needing to snack constantly to keep hunger pangs at bay. Gimme ALL the food ALL the time! I’ve honestly found myself polishing off the next day’s overnight oats breakfast I have prepped in the fridge a number of times after dinner because I just need to eat! Give the body what it wants, right?
- Thinking About A First Birthday Party
Truth be told, I didn’t really think I wanted to plan a first birthday party for Chase. I figured he won’t remember his first birthday anyway and we don’t have family living close by to celebrate with (and let’s be honest, they’re the ones who care most about a baby’s first birthday), but after my mom and sister seemed really excited about the idea of coming in town for a small celebration for Chase, I started to let my mind wander a little too much and now I’m way too psyched for a low key first birthday party celebration.
I still want to keep it very intimate but I am never one to shy away from planning a fun themed party and already have a theme in mind. I waffled back and forth between Dinosaurs (because we call Chase our pterodactyl dino-baby due to his crazy noises) or a “You Are My Sunshine” themed party since that’s the song I sing to him regularly (and I can often barely make it through without tears filling my eyes).
After coming up with the sunshine theme, I was all proud of myself for thinking of what I thought was a unique party theme, but after a quick Google and Pinterest search, of course I found that it’s been done a bunch of times before. Even still, I think that’s the way we’re going to go because I know that future birthday parties for Chase will likely be overrun with dinosaurs and other things of that sort, so the year I’m in control, we’re going with a sappy You Are My Sunshine theme since that song makes this mama cry and reminds me of some of my favorite moments with my little guy. Plus, it seems appropriate for a summertime party theme!
And yes, Chase is not even nine months old yet and I’m already thinking about his birthday party. Crazy lady.
Question of the Day
- What is the most creative theme you’ve seen for a child’s birthday party?
- For the parents: Did you throw a party for your little one’s first birthday? Did it have a theme?
I think the lumberjack themed party my friend Leah threw for her son last month was so cute! We loved all the plaid and woodland creatures!
P.S. I have no idea what’s going on with the in-text hyperlinked ad words on the blog right now but I’m doing my best to get them removed ASAP. They’re annoying the heck out of me, so believe me I am ON it! Thanks for your patience in the meantime!