Journal: the struggle continues and a recipe

Yesterday was another napless day! 😦 but I think I have a new strategy to try try. There’s always hope! 🙂

I prepared this breakfast while holding Sofia in one arm because my mom was still sleeping and mommy is hungry.


A protein cake made with 2 egg whites, 1/2 cup pumpkin, 2 tbsp coconut flour, 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp cocoa powder, pinch of stevia. Microwave for 3 min. Paired with a honey crisp (love it!)


This is one of my favorite easy-to-make sweet breakfast combo.

and a cup of earl gray with milk. I wad wondering if it’s the caffeine that is making her restless and hard to fall into sleep. The day before I had a cup of tea and a small cup of coffee. Yesterday just a cup of tea. It’s a recent habit that I’ve developed, so I wonder if that’s the why. I’m cutting out all the caffeine drink for now, sticking with decaf and throwing out chocolate as well (sorry, my beloved Lindts with sea salt!) to see if things get better. (Strategy #1) Will report back!

Morning was spent trying to put her to sleep. She used to sleep 1-2 hrs well in the swing…


she looked asleep, but no, she was up after 15 min! I was so sleepy that I dozed those 15 precious minutes on the side.

Lunch time came along and I hoped food made me feel better mentally. Continuing with spaghetti squash, I made a stir-fry “chow mien” using spaghetti squash, 1/4 onion, 1/2 cup chopped celery, Tj’s chicken sausage and 4-5 large mushrooms chopped, seasoned with tamari, S+P and pinch of sugar.


it’s delicious!!! Love love love!!! 😆


Since my mom didn’t sleep much the night before, I took Sofia to the basement so mom wouldn’t hear her crying just in case. She snuggled on my chest for a while and fall into sleep :shock:. But we had to leave the house for her one-month-check up. I transported her to upstairs because I needed to change, and surprisingly she didn’t even wake up


I let her sleep for 10 more min in that awkward/uncomfortable position

She slept through the 15 min ride and 10 min wait at the Pediatric


The doc checked her weight (8 lbs. 9 oz. that’s more than 2 lbs gain since birth) and height (21 in.), everything is looking great! she’s at 50% percentile in both weight and height. Good girl! And good mommy for producing enough food for her! I was really proud about myself for being able to carry her in my belly, gave birth and now to be able to nurture her!!! 😆 Mother nature is really incredible!

She got the second hepatitis b shot and she cried!!!! A real cry with tears! Poor girl!

When we got back, I nursed her and fed myself with an apple and a sea salt caramel & almond mini bar.


and then I had to prepare the fillings for the empanadas that I promised Sarah to make for her baby shower (today, saturday!). I promised to Maggie to post the recipe, so here it is the step by step tutorial! 🙂

Argentinean Empanadas

  • 1 lb. grounded beef
  • 2-3 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp of flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raisin
  • 1/2 cup green olives chopped
  • 3 hard boiled eggs chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup of stock or water
  • oil
  • Salt, pepper, italian seasoning
  • pinch of sugar

First, heat the oil and sauté onions for 5-10 min


at the same time, boil eggs


once the onions become translucent, add beef


use the spatula to spread the beef and let it cook evenly until brown


about 10 min, add the flour and mix well


add the stock or water and let it simmer for 10 min


add the seasonings


Let it cool before adding eggs, raisin and olives.


These are the doughs that you can get from shoppers or any latin market


once filled in, here’s the final product before baking

top these with egg yolk and bake at 350F for 40-45 min until the dough is done.

After making these, I had a quick dinner, the same as the other night prepared by my mom.

I nursed Sofia around 7:30 PM and put her down at 8PM, fortunately she went to sleep. I think holding her up after nursing makes her feel better by avoid reflux and also it makes her fall into sleep. 30 min seems to be the magic number, she fall into deep sleep by the time i put her in the crib. So i am trying to do that for her naps today. (strategy #2).
It is the third day on a row that her bed time is at 8PM, I think it works well so we’re sticking to this for now. 🙂

Before giving birth I thought the biggest issue was breast feeding, now I think it’s the sleeping pattern. If we can solve this, we are all set. So if you have any tips on helping small babies to sleep, please let me know. 🙂


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2 responses to “Journal: the struggle continues and a recipe

  1. Not sure what the temperature is like where you are, but what I did with Noah (born in January) was to put a heating pad in his crib to warm it up before I put him in. I took it out when he went in, of course! I found that putting him in the crib “cold” always seemed to wake him up, but heating it first simulated my body heat.

    The empanadas look great!

  2. Thank you for the recipe! I will make it for my next party. I also love making stirfrys with spaghetti squash – so good.

    I have no idea what to do to get a kid to go to sleep… 😛

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