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Cookies, Clefts, and Cuddles

I am not a morning person, which I guess would imply that I am more of a night owl, and given my late night productivity, I'd say that's probably accurate. Last night, after I had some quiet time, I wrote out our dinner menu for the week, and got creative with my chalk writing. This was followed by baking Breakfast Muffins for the girls, which I am thankful I did, because it really made this morning easier. My late night productivity paid off, because today after some good morning snuggles, we came downstairs and my toddler was very eager to eat breakfast. While she ate her breakfast muffins, I made some coffee, and ate a muffin myself, then because my youngest was still sleeping, I let my toddler watch a cartoon while I hopped in the shower quickly. The morning shower was a luxury, as I usually have to wait for the girls to go down for a nap before I can even think about showering on my own. As I expected, my youngest woke up as soon as I got out of the shower, and so we all started our day. 



I managed to get the house cleaned, dusted, vacuumed (fortunately I have an iRobot to do that for me), laundry done, and dishes cleaned, all in time to start baking some cookies before naptime. We were having guests over this afternoon, so I thought I would bake some cookies for treats. I really wanted to make some rich, chewy, not-healthy-at-all, cookies - let's face it: not everybody may appreciate vegan, sugar-free, whole wheat cookies as much as I do - but as I started adding ingredients, I found myself saying "oh, let's add some pumpkin seeds, and the sunflower seeds would be nice too"... and because I don't even own white flour, or dairy or eggs, they were made with oats, whole wheat flour, flax seeds and applesauce, although I did add a pretty good amount of sugar to offset all the healthy aspects of my 'unhealthy cookies'. It just seems that I have an addiction to health foods - my body and mind doesn't even know how to be all the way "unhealthy" anymore. I tried, I really tried, but I just had to add some whole food goodness to the cookies. This really is not a bad problem to have, although, please accept this apologies to any friends or family who I subject to eating healthy foods in disguise. That being said, today my cookies were delicious, and nobody would have ever guessed they weren't full of butter.




After we baked our "healthy" unhealthy cookies, the girls did not nap, so they helped me chop up some veggies, and finish tidying up the house. Every couple of months, I like to host an event to meet a couple moms from our neighborhood. We live in a military community, so families come and go, which means an ongoing opportunity to meet new people. Today, I was chatting with my new friend while she was holding her baby girl, and she mentioned that her daughter had a cleft palate. This instantly made me all warm and fuzzy, because as many of you may know, my youngest daughter was also born with a cleft lip, and I had yet to meet another mother (in person) who had a baby with a cleft as well. It was comforting getting to talk to another mom about feeding, and surgeries, and to hear her story. It turns out that we also had the same doctors through our pregnancies, gave birth at the same hospital, and our daughters both have the same Cleft Team and surgeon. Our daughters are just months apart in age, so I am certain we will be staying in touch for more play dates in the near future!

Once we got the house tidied back up and settled down again, the girls and I had a lazy afternoon watching Moana. We piled all of the pillows on the floor, crawled under a blanket, and enjoyed some Sunday Snuggles before sitting down for dinner. My littlest munchkin ate some whole wheat pita triangles, and a couple slices of cucumber all by herself tonight. She only has her four front teeth as of right now, but with the way she has been munching on her hand, I have a feeling a couple more will be showing up soon. I am looking forward to introducing her to more table food when those new teeth make an appearance. 



It's still pretty early, my chores are all done for the day, and I have the kettle on the stove. I just need to decide which tea I want to enjoy this evening, and then I will be hunkering down on the couch to enjoy some quiet time, and prepare for another crazy, wonderful week ahead. 

Cheers.





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