Our friends just had a baby. They posted pics of their first week, one of them being the father sleeping with his newborn daughter in his arms. Every new parent has a picture like this. You catch a wink whenever and wherever you possibly can because nighttime is no longer for sleeping. Babies are ready to party in the middle of the night. God knows mine was…for eight long months.
She didn’t care how long our day was, or what time we had actually gone to bed. Oh no. She was up every night as to say “Feed me, slaves. And make it snappy or you’ll know I am pissed off.” I remember the first time she slept all the way through the night. I thought something horrible might have happened. And knowing deep down that everything was alright, I busted into her room and woke her out of her beautiful slumber only to have her tell me in so many wails, “Listen lady, I am getting this sleeping thing down so if you pu-leese don’t mind and not wake me up I would greatly appreciate it!” Hypocrite.
It’s been a long time since those sleepless nights, but what do you know, they are back again. She has decided that 3 am would be a good time to do down for breakfast. She’ll lay in her crib, cry and say “Down? Down?” We try to ignore her, but after 45 minutes it becomes close to impossible. We go in there, bring her into our bed, feed her some milk and lay her back down. Super Nanny would probably shake her head and tell us that is unacceptable behavior, but at 3 am Supper Nanny can kiss my fanny.
The girl is probably waking up because she is starving. She is on hunger strike these days. Our doctor said it was normal. Her growth rate has plateaued and she not longer needs to eat as much. Her body is telling her it’s okay, and she is listening. I wish I could listen to mine that way.
I am however, not and never have been on hunger strike. Therefor I made a delicious meal for the great husband and I to eat before we sat down to watch top chef. I got an Irv & Shelly’s organic delivery yesterday, so I had some wonderful goodies to use.
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken
1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 c fresh spinach
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 c garlic
2 tsp + 2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350. In a pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Add spinach and cook until wilted, making sure to move it around the pan so it does not brown. Place spinach in a bowl and let cool. Mix in feta cheese and season with salt and pepper.
Pound out chicken to make flat breasts large enough to roll. Season with salt and pepper.
Laying breasts flat, place 1/2 of spinach mixture onto each breast and roll it up. Secure sides with toothpicks.
Heat remaining 2 tsp of oil in same pan used for spinach. Place chicken in and brown on all sides. Remove chicken from pan and place on a baking sheet. Put it in the oven for 12 minutes until cooked through.