Thursday, January 14, 2010


It's easy to focus on the sleep deprivation when you have a new baby. Honestly, dealing with no sleep has been very tough and at times can certainly take away the joys of being a new Mom. Everyone keeps telling me it will get better, it's just something you have to work through the first few weeks of motherhood. No one really tells you how hard it is, and if they do, it's really hard to put yourself in their shoes since it's nothing you have ever experienced before. I remember when I was dealing with the heartbreak of infertility I would bargain with God that I would never complain about the sleepless nights, that I welcomed them if it meant that I would one day be a Mom. I am only human and although I prayed to God to become a Mom, I am not immune to the difficulty of the long, sleepless nights with a crying infant. I pretty much cry right along with her as I long for sleep. As hard as the sleepless nights have been, I am constantly reminded how blessed I am to have such a beautiful baby girl. Being a Mom is certainly the hardest job you will ever love.

Jeff and I have been so lucky to have such supportive friends and family helping us get acclimated to our new life as parents. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends, family, co-workers and neighbors who are as excited about our baby girl's arrival as we are. Our friend Andrea stopped by tonight with dinner and desert for us which was such a welcoming surprise. We stocked up on food before Jillian was born and that stash is slowly diminishing. Even after three weeks, I have not been out of the house to do any kind of shopping for our family. My parents were nice enough to come over earlier this week in hopes that I would be able to get away for an hour to catch up on our grocery and Target shopping. No such luck, Jillian must have sensed my urge to get out and decided to have the the crankiest day ever since we brought her home. My Mom is coming over tomorrow to try again, let's hope it works out, just don't tell Jill!!!

Here is the recipe for the wonderful dinner that Andrea made for us. It was actually a meal that I have been wanting to make from the Kraft Food magazine:

Bruschetta Chicken Bake:

What You Need!

1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken 1/2 cup water 2 cloves garlic, minced 1-1/2 lb. COOKED boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1 tsp. dried basil leaves 1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Make It!

HEAT oven to 400ºF.

MIX tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until stuffing mix is moistened.

LAYER chicken, basil and cheese in 3-qt. casserole or 13x9-inch baking dish

TOP with stuffing. Bake 30 min.


  1. I'm right there with you with the sleepless nights and crying. Pre baby I never cried. Seriously...All the talk of baby blues didn't even phase me. Now I cry all the time. I know it will get better but at 4 am its hard to remember. I'm planning to leave the house tomorrow night. Let's hope its a success. Hang in aren't alone.

  2. Girl! I just want you to know I will pray for you. I went through the same thing and at the time thought that I was crazy! I now have almost an 8 month old & praise JESUS for helping me get through it! PROMISE, it gets better. I too was up all hours, sometimes 10 times an hour and remember being on edge & wanting to scream out loud! Knowing your baby has to eat helps you to get up but I remember some nights I just PRAYED the Lord would help me survive one more night!

    Thinking about you!

  3. {{HUGS}} I'm sure it's hard adjusting to being a new mom but you will continue to do the best you can! I wish I lived closer so I could come offer you some love and support.

    Take care of yourself!

  4. I remember those nights but unfortunately they come and go. From 10 weeks until nearly 20 months, Andrew slept two longs naps a day and 11 hours at night. We were spoiled! My Andrew is soon to be 2 years old and for the past 3 months we have been up 2,3,4+ times a night with him. We are dealing with MAJOR separation anxiety. Last night, I was up from 1:30am until I finally dozed off to sleep about 6:45am. Last night, I cried - I cried 3 times. I have a post coming up on this exact topic. I am so thankful for a happy, healthy boy but that doesn't take away the fact that going without sleep is hard. Hang in there...I know we aren't the only two who are going through this!

  5. Keep your head up! Those first 6-8 weeks of life with a newborn can be very slow, and hard. Sleep deprivation is no joke! Take comfort in the fact that all new parents go through it- and that when you're up at 2 am, there's a lot of other moms out there who are up with you. Trust me- you'll soon be offering the same advice to new moms that us "old" moms are giving to you now. =)

  6. Your honesty is very refreshing Karen! I'm sure you are doing great as a new mother and Jill is so lucky to have you as her mommy! Keep only those positive thoughts! Also, I just made that same Bruschetta Chicken bake recipe from Kraft Foods this week, only I did it in the little foil packs like what their website shows. It was soo yummy and really easy to make! I plan to make this often!

  7. Oh Karen, I have so been there. It really is so hard when you're in the thick of it. All I can tell you is just continue to let people help you. The time will go by so quickly that it will soon all be just a blur. I wish I lived closer to help you out! Hang in there!

  8. Anonymous2:11 AM

    I just came across your blog and it so cute! Now following! I was so there once and it does get better.Promise!:)

  9. Ah Karen I can't imagine. I'm sure it's hard but so worth it like you said. I hope you get more sleep very soon.

    The recipe looks amazing! :)

  10. My heart so goes out to you!! I remember those days like they were yesterday. My oldest we thought had colic. Every night at 7:30 he would just cry and cry and cry and cry some more. I can remember holding him and rocking him in his room and just would sit and cry with him because I was sooo tired and I felt so bad because I did not know what to do for him and I sooo wanted sleep. It will get better. I know that gets old but it will I promise! After week 6 he was such a wonderful baby. We got into a routine. Visitors were done popping in and we were allowed to just be us.
    WIth my second he was a complete angel in the hospital. He was such a good baby I kept him with me the entire time. We would have slept two nights straight if the nurses would have left us alone. The first night home we got ZERO sleep and had to take him back in for jaundice in the am. The foot prick was the worse. Anyways, It did not take him but a few weeks to get into a groove and thankfully oldest though only 22 months old was such a big helper. He was not jealous at all and would even feed baby brother. I was truly blessed that he was such a good boy.
    Again my heart goes out to you!!


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