Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pumpkin Spice Latte…psych!

Pumpkin Spice Latte…psych!

Pumpkin SpiceLatte

OK, so I am definitely one of the many that have become crazily addicted to Starbucks and their lattes.  But let’s face it, I know I am not the only one that really can’t afford them.  I mean at all!  And of course there is also the fact that caffeine, sugar and chocolate are not really something you want your children taking in overly in the breast-milk.  To do so right before nap-time is not the brightest idea.

So here is a little idea I had today that brightened my day without costing me $3.50 plus tax (just for a tall caffe mocha http://www.fastfoodmenuprices.com/starbucks-prices/).  I have bought the Starbucks Christmas blend (or Thanksgiving Blend is good, too) in decaf along with International Delight Pumpkin Spice creamer and Reddi-Whip.  You just brew your coffee, add the creamer to the sweetness and creaminess you prefer and add a bit of whip on top for an comparable replica of the real deal without making the process overly involved.  I have had a truly delightful morning enjoying my treat at home with my kids.  🙂

You don’t have to buy actual Starbucks brand coffee to brew for such a treat.  Just make sure you are drinking decaf if you can help it and watch your whip intake.  Some people even enjoy the sugar free whip cream.  Most importantly, it’s just making sure that you make your coffee the way you like it.  Don’t be afraid to experiment, though, if you want!

May make a great Christmas present.  Ask for some great quality coffee for this treat if you are into coffee as much as I am.  Starbucks brand is pricey but worth it in my opinion.  Other quality brands include Seattle’s Best (same company as Starbucks), Lattitudes, Green Mountain, and usually local or small coffee companies are able to roast their own coffee beans in small batches.  The smaller the company the better the coffee more often.

There are of course a number of pins on Pinterest that are worth trying for those of you wanting a more involved approach or an actual Starbucks copycat recipe. Here are a few to check out.

Tomorrow I will try this with the Peppermint Mocha creamer by International Delight!  It’s going to be sweet…literally!

Success!

Success!

So we started implementing our plan for Kaelan to sleep in his crib.  It has gone well.  We put him through his bedtime ritual of bath, breastfeed and burp.  Then we sing to him and put him in his crib for the night.  He seems to go to sleep just fine!  Most of the time this is before Miranda goes to bed for the night as well.  We start him before or by the time she begins eating her dinner.  She then does her ritual as well; bath, breastfeed and down in the crib with a song.  They have practiced going to sleep at the same time as well.  In fact, she seemed to go to sleep before him on that occasion.

Now he sleeps from about 6 pm to about 3 am.  He is then fed again and I just tried last night putting him in the crib again.  It took a bit of time for him to sleep again, but he did.  He’s been waking up in the mornings some time between 5:30 and 6 am.  So–so far so good!!! 🙂

The Little Co-Sleeper

The Little Co-Sleeper

Our son, Kaelan, is now 4 months old.  He has slept with us in our bed since he was born.  We had done the exact same thing with his older sister, Miranda, from the time she was born until she was 4 months old.  Then we began to train her to sleep in her crib through the night.  Starting her there in the evenings after her bedtime ritual and bringing her in with us when we would settle for the night was the beginning.  Gradually she went to one feeding a night and I would breastfeed her in the night and return her to her crib.  Went ok and had a bit of a trial with letting her “cry herself to sleep” (only because we had a hard time not going in to her).  But eventually it smoothed into a great arrangement.  Now she has no problems with going down for naps or the night.  Unless she’s overtired which is another subject altogether.

Enter the scene comes Kaelan.  They will have to share a room and we already have his crib placed and ready.  Now will come the tricky part of them learning to sleep in the same room.  It was no problem when Miranda was alone to rise in the night to deal with her.  The issue will be when he starts staying through the night, will she wake up and be unable to return to sleep when we deal with her younger brother?  Will she sleep like a rock and not even stir?  Will she demand to be breastfed as well and keep her brother awake if we refuse her?  We have come up with a starting strategy: start him sleeping in our own room after his bedtime ritual and then breastfeed him when we go to sleep (which is when he wants to feed again anyway).  Then place him his crib for the night.  When he cries in the night for a feeding, we will oblige.  My husband will soothe and deal with big sister while I will breastfeed and change little brother’s diaper.  Hopefully we will be able to send them both back to sleep without any problems….we shall see and I will keep you all updated!