That Mac & Cheese Recipe + My Kid Won’t Nap

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Hello, hello!

How’s your Wednesday going so far? We had a rocky morning here, but things have greatly improved!

Early-morning breakfast: English muffin with peanut butter and banana + iced coffee. I love this breakfast because I can throw it together in just a few minutes. And, of course, it’s tasty and filing!

That Mac & Cheese Recipe + My Kid Won’t Nap

After his first feeding of the day, Quinn got cranky, which, unfortunately, has become a not-so-fun morning pattern for us. He hates napping and fights them so hard, so, inevitably, he gets overtired, which leads to more crankiness and the cycle continues all day long, so I really try to make him take his first nap of the day. And this means that we go for a ride in the car. (The stroller works too, but it’s too dark and cold to venture out in the early morning hours.)

When Quinn naps, he wakes up in such a great mood and usually has an easier time sleeping at other points during the day (or I just take him out in the stroller), so I guess this is our best solution right now. Some sleep is better than no sleep, right? I’ve tried everything to get him to nap during the day (swing, baby wearing, rocking, holding, bouncing, singing, white noise machine, nature noises, blackout curtains, swaddle, pacifier, nursing/feeding), but nothing works except for the car and stroller. Quinn’s pediatrician said using these two methods are totally fine and some babies just don’t like to nap. He also said around 6 months a lot of babies start to sleep better, so maybe he’ll outgrow this? I dunno. I’m just rambling. *sigh* I don’t know what else to do.

Anyway, he’s so darn cute.

That Mac & Cheese Recipe + My Kid Won’t Nap

A positive spin on all of these early-morning car rides is drive-thru iced coffee! Haha! I went with a Hawaiian Chocolate Nut this morning.

That Mac & Cheese Recipe + My Kid Won’t Nap

Mid-morning, we headed to the park for a little physical activity. The weather is absolutely gorgeous today, so I thought we’d all enjoy some time outside.

That Mac & Cheese Recipe + My Kid Won’t Nap

And we did! We walked for about 45 minutes and then headed home. What a beautiful fall morning!

That Mac & Cheese Recipe + My Kid Won’t NapThat Mac & Cheese Recipe + My Kid Won’t Nap

And what you’ve all been waiting for… the best mac & cheese recipe ever!

Health News & Views

Now that the cold weather has officially arrived here in New England, all I want to eat is comfort food. You know what I’m talking about, right? Warm, creamy, and cheesy comes to mind, which, of course, reminds me of one of my favorite cozy meals: baked macaroni and cheese. I mean, who can resist such a decadent dish? Not me, that’s for sure!

Mac and cheese isn’t typically a low-calorie meal, but this recipe cuts calories and fat from the traditional recipe without losing out on any of the cheesiness, thanks to the bold flavors of Parmesan, Swiss, and cheddar. This recipe is so rich and cheesy, you won’t even notice it’s been slimmed down. But the good news is: A serving has less than 200 calories. Here’s how to make it.

That Mac & Cheese Recipe + My Kid Won’t Nap

Question of the Day

What were you like as a baby?

My mom said I didn’t like to sleep as a baby, so I guess Quinn’s nap protesting kind of makes sense!

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