The Early Morning Hours

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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I woke up at 3:25 AM this morning. Q was fussing and hungry.

He is most definitely going through another growth spurt like he did around 6 weeks. Yesterday, all he wanted to do was eat and, like clockwork, he’d get fussy, eat, and play every 2 hours. I spent a lot of time sitting on the couch.

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(I love this kid’s smile.)

When I feed Q in the early morning hours, I typically go into the living room and flip on the TV. However, this morning, we sat in silence. I listened to Murphy snoring next to us, an airplane flying overhead, and the AC running in the bedroom (even though it’s not crazy hot here, we’ve gotten used to sleeping with it on). Everyone says I will miss these newborn days, so I’m really trying to soak it all in the best I can.

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Q takes a catnap, so I order a few things on Amazon from my phone: razor refills, Belli scrub, and freezer bags for breast milk. Amazon Prime makes it, oh, so easy!

About those freezer bags…

Mal and I have a wedding at the end of the month, and we’ve been looking forward to it all summer. Our friends are getting married in New Hampshire, so we rented a condo and my mother-in-law and her sister are going to babysit Q while Mal and I do fun wedding things. This means I need to stockpile breast milk, so I’m going to start freezing some of it now. I definitely don’t have an oversupply (there’s never any left after Q eats), so it’s going to be quite the project!

Q is snoozing in my lap, so I try to put him back to bed. The second I stand up with him, his eyes pop wide open. I guess he’s still hungry? We sit back down and hang out. I still don’t turn on the TV; I’m digging the silence. I hear crickets.

Q eats again. He’s a hungry little elf this morning! I check Instagram while he eats. My feed is full of pug photos, which is awesome. I also see lots of photos from people’s travels all over the world. I’m sad I haven’t traveled this summer, but I know that will change soon. Mal and I want to travel with Q as much as possible and we’re already talking about trips to Seattle, Oregon, and France and possibly taking a cruise. I also want to go somewhere tropical. Any recommendations for a kid-friendly resort?

I eat a chocolate chip cookie. My friend Lauren works for FlapJacked and sent me some of their products to sample (high protein pancake mixes). I wasn’t even hungry, but the cookies were so darn delicious when I made them last night, I just wanted one.

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Q finally seems sleepy enough for bed. He ate a lot. His tummy is definitely full. I love that he’s getting bigger and chunkier. The little guy was 11 pounds, 7 ounces and 24 inches long at his 2-month doctor’s appointment the other day. He’s tall and skinny. Who is this kid?

I swaddle Q and put him to bed.

I give Murphy a treat. I know he only gets up with me in the wee hours of the morning because he thinks I’m going to feed him breakfast, but I enjoy his company anyway.

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I brush my teeth (chocolate chip cookie) and go back to bed.

It’s 5:05 AM.

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