We have been busy at our house the last few weeks. We are so happy to have a new addition to our family! Delilah is a mini long haired dachshund. We got her the day before Valentine’s Day and she is just perfect. We seem to be out of the thick of it, but oooo weeee, let me tell ya I was seriously sleep deprived and having a hard time functioning for the first week and a half. Our little girl was having a hard time going to sleep but picked that up in a few nights. The problem was if someone in the family woke in the night to take care of their own bathroom needs, the pup would wake and not go back to sleep. Therefore, I didn’t get to go back to sleep either. My husband even wore his chainsaw earmuffs and it didn’t touch the noise she could produce.
Being so sleep deprived, it was hard enough to function and be mom during the day, do laundry, take puppers out to pee and poop constantly and still make healthy meals. What we did? It was back to basics. Snacks consisted of a lot of grab and go fruits like apples, pears, and bananas. My older son loves red peppers and ate lots of them. We relied on hummus and carrots or rice thins for lunchtime and also lettuce wraps that we filled with cashew mayo. tomato, red pepper, avocado and herbamare. It was yummy, satisfying and most of all easy! I am a big fan of freezing as well. I took out a frozen container of garden burger pate to put on top of salads for dinner and felt a bit rejuvinated being able to snack on the fermented veggies Sioux and I made that look so beautiful. Baked potatoes were a hit and oh, so easy and could be topped with chopped veggies. The snack of ants on a log are fun, healthy with raw almond butter or sunflower seed butter and kept little bellies satisfied! We still had a big jar of homemade muselli in the pantry and that made a filling breakfast or snack anytime of the day.
The key for surviving sleep deprivation was really something I like to try to keep in mind and can get away from which is to keep it simple. It is easier and often quite healthful. Cut a few extra veggies next time you are in the kitchen and then you have that “oh my gosh I am starving now” snack ready to go! Frozen fruit is also a great way to have fruit on hand for those smoothies and reduces on the time needed to spend cutting up the fresh fruit. Having good nutrition during the times we need it most makes it easier to get through the tough times.
Now, Delilah is on her way to getting good nights sleep and I am close behind. Now on to potty training. Guess I better go make another smoothie and grab an apple to keep my mind sharp for that one!
Once the sleep deprivation subsides and we settle a bit more, I will transitioning my pup to a raw foods diet. So stay tuned as there will be more on that in a future post.