I am in that place of calm. My 2-year old, Madilyn, is napping in her room upstairs. The house is quiet. All I hear is the sound of my window air conditioner working away.
It is in these moments that I collect myself. Maybe catch up on some emails. Even count my blessings.
I feel my baby girl on the way kick me from inside. She is due to arrive in late October. I am excited and scared as hell. Last night, I had a bit of a scare. I started to feel what I thought were contractions so Brian and I headed to the hospital. I am only 26 weeks so it was a bit scary. Turns out, it is just a stomach virus.
It doesn't matter what we plan to do for the day. Things may not go as planned. They may even go better.
When we woke up this morning, Madilyn asked if she could wear her "big girl" undies. "Hey, what the heck. Let's do it." I said. She did well. 9 pair of undies later, she peed in her potty 4 times. I will take it. She is so proud of herself.
Parenting is the most rewarding yet demanding job EVER. There is no user manual. There are no "perfect ways." Everyone has an opinion and who in the hell knows what is right.
As I sit here in silence, I start to second guess my parenting skills. "Am I do the potty training thing right?" "Did I really need to go to the hospital last night?"
"Why in the heck do I worry so much?" Because I am a mom. Because I care. Because I love the heck out of my little girl.
I love the heck out of this fritatta too.
Easy Asparagus Fritatta
1 teaspoon olive oil
5 stalks of asparagus
1 shallot, peeled and sliced thin (can also use an onion)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or dried)
1 teaspoon butter, pastured preferred
6 eggs, pastured preferred
1/3 ounce goat cheese, crumbled
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a frying pan (one that can be used in the oven), saute shallot/onion, asparagus and thyme on medium heat in a little olive oil. Add sea salt.
Add eggs to the pan. Gently pull edges of partially set eggs into the center of the pan. Do this a couple times. Season with pepper.
Place goat cheese on top of eggs and place into the oven for 10-15 minutes or until eggs puff up.
Slice and serve. Makes a great brunch!
Recipe adapted from http://www.andreabeaman.com