Wow, holy blogging hiatus, Batman! You know what I’ve learned in the last 4 1/2 months? Babies. Babies are hard! Just when I think I’ve got him figured out, BAM!! Napping boycott, purple crying, 4 month wakeful period, wonder weeks.
Why didn’t people tell me about these things before I had a baby? Before I had a baby it was all “Oh, you should have a baby. They are such blessings. Babies change your life. Things will never be the same after you have a baby!”
If by “never be the same” they meant “you’ll never sleep again.” then they were right!
Brian teased me. He slept like a trooper for a month and a half just after his 10 week mark. Then BAM, 4 month wakeful period. Everything was more interesting than sleeping, which led to an overtired baby, which caused some serious screaming matches. (Vicious cycle.)
My dreams of sewing clothes, baking magnificent pies, and keeping my house pristine while he napped away like a little angel quickly faded. Actually, they didn’t so much fade as they exploded in my face. Large, loud, depressing fireworks of realization, exactly where my quaint dreams had once rested.
Now that I’ve got a handle on all of that madness, I’ve been a busy little mommy-bee. I’ve figured out how to get Brian to nap, even if he’s screaming at me so loud that I think my eardrums may burst. White noise is my friend. Very loud, very annoying white noise. I bought The First Years Sounds of Silence White Noise Machine thinking “Eh, it will be good to have. If nothing else, it has a built in night light and I can hook my iPod up to it.” Oh my. Life.Saver. You have no idea. I turn it on and stick it next to his head and he stops crying. Then he stares at the blinking power light and his eyelids slowly. drift. shut. Then, he lets out a huge sigh, throwing his head to the side. I think “Oh, nonono. Don’t wake up. Take a nap. Pleeease, take a nap.”
But it is just a final release of the tension he had been holding inside his little body. Just one final, relaxing reflex before he snoozes.
Nap times are still a crapshoot. Sometimes I get 20 minutes out of him. Sometimes 45. Then there are the glorious (but far too uncommon) hour and a half naps that appear just as I think I’m about to crash for good. Those naps. Yes. Those glorious naps. Those are the naps that allow me to take out my measuring cups and hope for the best as I try to figure out just how on Earth I can invent a delicious, vegan shortcake.
Vegan Strawberry Shortcake
Makes 6 shortcakes
Preheat the oven to 375*
Grease a baking sheet
1 Cup Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/2 Cup Butter Substitute (I used Earth Balance)
1/2 Tablespoon Ground Flax Seed + 1 1/2 Tablespoon Water
1/3 Cup Dairy Substitute (I used Soymilk)
Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
Using a pasty cutter, cut the butter substitute into the dry ingredients until it is the size of little peas.
Add the soymilk and flax mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until blended. The dough should be lumpy.
Plop the dough onto your prepared baking sheet. They look rustic and wonderful. Don’t worry about shaping them.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until they just begin to turn a golden brown on top.
Top with a mixture of berries, any kind you like! I like to sprinkle a little bit of sugar over my berries and let them sit in the fridge to get nice and juicy.
To make it really fancy, throw some Coconut Whipped Cream on top! One of my baking idols, Pastry Affair, has a great recipe here.