Thursday, February 19, 2009

'Mom Thing' Lessons ... & Slow Cooking Thursday

So, I'm still a new mom. Well, maybe not a 'brand new' mom, but the child is only 21 months. I'm a realist. I'm not the type to have unrealistic expectations by any means, but nobody told me how many times a kid can get ONE month.

Even though I'm a stay at home mom (which means the baby isn't really around other kids often)...even though I'm a germ-a-phobe and keep things nice and clean and disinfected....even though we all get our vitamins, eat from all the basic food groups, etc...EVEN THOUGH...she still gets sick all the time.

I feel so bad for her. She's had a really nasty bronchial infection that causes her to cough this very sad cough. Those big blue eyes just stare at me every time as if asking, "mom, can you pleeeeease make this stop?" She's on breathing treatments and, for the past few days, they didn't seem to be making a difference, but tonight I'm seeing the light...I think. She had a cough several weeks ago that last two weeks, so I'm not expecting this to be gone by the weekend.

We'll most likely I'll need to cancel our trip to Washington state because I'm the type of mom who doesn't like to take a sick or 'just feeling better' child on a plane to very very cold weather. Oh and it wouldn't be great to take myself up there being that I'm starting to come down with it now.

Thank goodness for trip insurance. I knew it would be worth the $30.

I'm learning this whole 'mom' thing. Kids get sick. A lot.


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Tangy Crock-Pot Pot Roast

I found this sounds-so-good-I-have-to-try-it recipe at yummy and it's beyond easy.

1 beef chuck roast
1 packet onion soup mix
1 can (14 oz.) cranberry sauce, jelly or whole berry
1-2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1. Combine all ingredients (except cornstarch) in crock-pot, cover, and cook on low for 5-6 hours, turning once. Remove roast from crockpot just before serving, and set aside on plate.
2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk about 1 1/2 cups of gravy from crockpot with 1-2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken gravy.
3. Pour back into crockpot, and place roast back in to simmer for a few minutes, making sure there are no lumps in the gravy.

* Do not add any additional liquid, as the roast will make it's own gravy.
* If using whole berry cranberry sauce, you can mash some of the berries when mixing in the cornstarch.

Head over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more Slow Cooking recipes and to participate in Slow Cooking Thursday!

Question of the Day
When is a new mom officially not a new mom anymore?
I'm curious.


Mari said...

Oooh - that roast sounds good!

Sandy Toes said...

Child in grade school....but we are always learning!
-sandy toe

emma said...

it's not too difficult for me. i will try it ,thank you

Lynette said...

Hey I can cook this one!
And the lil key chain is a great deal for mom's day!
When your not a new mom???
When spitting on your thumb to clean your child's face is natural. LOL

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Okay, I think we are going through the exact same thing right now! My 21 month old son has been sick non-stop for 4-5 weeks and now has bronchitis. I also stay at home so I don't get it! I think you're officially not a new mom when you have a 2nd child. :) I feel like every stage is new and I'm constantly learning things!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Mel! And you're never not a new mom - each stage they enter is new, and even if you have multiples, each child is unique! Gives me a whole new appreciation for my Heavenly Father and His dealings with each and every one of His children!!


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Um, first of all, you were coming to Washington state? And you didn't plan to come have coffee with me?

Secondly, I am still a new mom and my oldest is almost 21. You know why? Because I have an 8 year old son for the first time. I've never had a nine year old son or a 12 year old son so this is and will be always new to me. I didn't know sons were so loud, messy, enjoyed gross humor or were so sweet all at the same time.

I want a roast.


Diane said...

From an intelligent standpoint I agree with Melissa. you are always learning something new as a mom. I have 3 boys and they teach me something new everyday. now it may not be something I EVER wanted to know, but I learn it. LOL On the flip side of that, I think the newness wears off after the first year. you're kind of "broken in" by that point. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm sorry your baby is sick! I hope she feels better for good soon!

Brooke said...

Since I am not even a mom yet, I can't offer any assistance. :) But thanks for the yummy recipe!

Just me~ Bobbie Jo said...

Thanks for stopping by. Your roast looks good and my kids love roast so I will have to try it.

CrYsTAL said...

When you have another kid ,LOL. I don't know, you don't feel like a new mom!

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

That pot roast sounds delish!! I think the first time she acts on instinct, the new mom phase is over!

Tabitha Blue/Fresh Mommy said...

Oh, so sorry about your baby girl, and your trip, and you! Kids really do seem to get sick alot, and that's not something anyone really ever tells us. Hope you all are better very, very soon.


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