Reasons Why My Baby Is Crying…

If there’s one thing I love it’s a round of “Reasons why my baby is crying”. It always cracks me up to hear the reasons why babies/toddlers are crying because it’s usually totally irrational. Imagine that right? Babies and Toddlers not being rational! There are so many times throughout the last 5 years that one of my kids were crying for a reason that made me throw my arms up in defeat. So many times it’s because we were trying to protect them or help them in some way. One of those moments I wrote about here.

Now that Mason is 5 he has started to pass the torch to his sister who is more than willing to keep the fire lit. She has been picking up the pace lately it seems. I’m trying my hardest to find the humor in it all. Because really that’s the only think you can do sometimes. Just laugh, try to diffuse the situation and move on.

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My mom’s group and I will often share the irrational reasons our kids are crying and it’s one of my favorite things to do on my Facebook which is exactly what I did here. I think the reason I love hearing from other moms about the irrational reasons their baby is crying is because it makes me feel less alone. I’m not the only one dealing with an irrational random crying machine. These are some of my favorites from the most recent round on Facebook. I would love if you shared yours there or in the comments below!

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These are all totally rational reasons to cry and freak out right!? Which one is your favorite? I think mine is the little boy who wanted to drink shampoo!

Most of these kids are toddlers and preschoolers but what about when your infant baby is crying? More often than not when they cry they’re not being irrational. There is typically a reason. Usually it’s one of a few reasons:

  1. They have a dirty diaper.
  2. They’re hungry.
  3. They’re tired.
  4. They’re gassy.

I usually address my baby crying in that exact order. First I check their diaper, then I feed them which more often than not results in them sleeping but when it doesn’t my next guess is gas. So what do I do when my baby is gassy? I have a couple of things in my arsenal.

  1. I massage my baby’s tummy.
  2. I bicycle their legs.
  3. I wear my baby.
  4. Little Remedies Gripe Water.

If the first three don’t work I reach for Little Remedies Gripe Water. It helps to calm the storm in their tummies.

Now it’s your turn! Why is your baby crying? Something irrational or a gassy belly? One is easier than the other to fix. ;) 

Disclosure: This post was inspired by Little Remedies.

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How to Freeze Pancakes

Mason starts school tomorrow. School. Not preschool. School. Kindergarten to be exact! I can’t believe that we’re already at this point. I feel like I should have prepared more for this moment. Feeling overwhelmed with everything I have to do and what’s about to come prompted me to make a huge batch of pancakes. I figured at the very least I can have a quick and easy breakfast for Mason in the next couple of weeks.

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I started freezing left over pancakes a couple of years ago, I had a bunch of left over pancakes and I didn’t want them to go to waste. So I froze them. When I reheated them they were still delicious and I knew it was something I’d keep on doing. It’s super easy to do!

How to Freeze Pancakes

Start by making a batch of your favorite pancake recipe. Once they’re cooked let them cool completely on the counter.

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Once they’re completely cooled line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a single rows lay out your pancakes.

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You can make another layer by adding another piece of parchment paper on top of the pancakes and doing another layer of pancakes. Freeze the pancakes for one hour or until completely frozen.

Once the pancakes are frozen add them to a freezer safe bag, get all the air our and seal shut.

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How to Reheat Frozen Pancakes

There are multiple ways you can reheat your pancakes. We usually do it 1 of 2 ways depending on how much time we have.  The first way you can do it is by popping it in your toaster oven for a couple of minutes. Another way is to wrap your pancakes in a paper towel and put in the microwave for about 10-30 seconds depending on the strength of your microwave. I haven’t tried heating them up in a pan yet but will probably try it soon and update to let you know how it goes.

Have you frozen pancakes before? What method do you use to reheat them? 

Next up his a huge batch of these Sausage Egg Muffins.

What breakfast meals do you make ahead of time to make your morning routine easier? 

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Cheesy Sausage and Potato Casserole

This post is sponsored by Target.

I spent this morning drafting blog posts and preparing for the end of the week while my littles played with homemade play dough we had made earlier in the week with our playgroup. Before I knew it it was 2:30 p.m. and the dinner I was planning to make needed to be in the oven sooner rather than later since it would take a bit to cook. Spoiler alert: The wait was well worth it.

Easy Cheesy Sausage and Potato Casserole

When I started to prep dinner, I quickly realized we were out of an item that is not only a major essential in our home but also a must-have for what I was going to make for dinner: milk. Instead of stressing out  we rushed off to Target for a “quick trip.” If you’re friends with me in real life—or, heck, if you read this blog you know I love Target and a “quick trip” is hardly ever that.  Today’s trip wasn’t much different (especially after running into an old college professor) but I was proud of myself that I still managed to keep it under an hour. We picked up the milk we came for, along with other staples like Market Pantry cream cheese and Market Pantry bagels.

Once we got home I rushed to get dinner in the oven. I was SO excited to make cheesy sausage and potato casserole but I didn’t want to be eating at 8 p.m.! This dinner was easy to put together; the hardest part was the wait. This is a dinner you have to prepare for; it’s no 30-minute dinner, but I promise it’s worth it.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then thinly slice about 7 medium to large sized red potatoes. Split the potatoes in half and place half of them on the bottom of a 8-by-11-inch glass pan.

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In a medium-sized pan, brown sausage over a low to medium heat. While the sausage is cooking, chop 12 ounces of broccoli and shred the cheeses. When the sausage is finished browning, drain the excess liquid. In a medium-sized bowl, toss the sausage, half the cheese, and broccoli together, and then spread evenly over the potatoes.

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Layer the remaining potatoes over the sausage, broccoli, and cheese. Spread the remaining cheese over the top. Then, in a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 4 cups of milk and 3 eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the milk-and-egg mixture evenly over a casserole dish.

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Place in the oven and bake for 90 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the cheese on top is brown and bubbly. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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With the oven on for almost two hours by the time we finished eating dinner, we were more than ready for a cool treat. Luckily, we had the foresight to pick up some ice cream while we were at Target. It turned into such a nice treat, especially since we put together the kids bunk beds while dinner was cooking! I love that, over the last couple years, Target has become our one-stop shop for everything we need, from essentials like food to toys to electronics!

Cheesy Potato & Sausage Ca

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Ingredients

7 Medium to Large Red Potatoes
12 oz Cheddar Cheese
8 oz Muenster Cheese
12 oz sausage, browned
12 oz broccoli
4 cups milk
4 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel and slice your potatoes. Split in half and use one half to layer the bottom of your 8x11 glass pan.
  3. Over low to medium heat brown your sausage. While the sausage is cooking chop your broccoli and grate your cheese.
  4. Once your sausage is browned drain the meat.
  5. In a medium sized bowl mix together half the cheese, chopped broccoli and sausage.
  6. Spread over your layer of potatoes.
  7. Top with your remaining layer of potatoes, followed by the cheese.
  8. In a medium size bowl whisk together 3 eggs and 4 cups of milk.
  9. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the potatoes.
  10. Bake for 90 minutes or until everything is baked through and cheese is bubbly.
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How to Freeze Pancakes

Mason starts school tomorrow. School. Not preschool. School. Kindergarten to be exact! I can't believe that we're already at this point. I feel like I should have prepared more for this moment. Feeling overwhelmed with everything I have to do and what's about to come prompted me to make a huge batch ... read more