Monday, March 12, 2012

Learning Curve


Today was Thatbaby's first day of daycare. We tried to do all our prepping last night so that all we'd have to do was throw him in clothes and get on our way.

 Overall we were pretty successful.  I think that Daylight Savings had a hand in helping us out.  He slept past his normal morning wakeup, giving Thatboy and I time to get ready for work before he woke up.

Our little social butterfly took to his new school like a fish takes to water.  (How do you like those mixed metaphors?) He didn't even seem sad to see me leave as he explored all the new bright shiny toys and bright shiny friends.  He remained in high spirits throughout the day and was reported to be very interested in the other babies.  I was greeted by a big smile and several attempts to eat my ear, cheek, and nose.

I had been warned he would probably be exhausted when we got home.  He was.  He barely managed to stay awake for his final meal of the day and was fast asleep by 6:30.  I'm expecting a night of several wakeups ahead of me.

I really wasn't expecting such an easy bedtime routine, so I had a very easy dinner planned.  Fresh, raw vegetables in a yogurt dressing.  No cooking, and cleanup entails washing a knife, a cutting board, a grater and a bowl. 

Now what to do with all this extra time on my hands?

Yogurt and Veggie Salad
1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1 Tbsp white vinegar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp chopped chives
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 carrot, grated
1 beet, grated
1/2 zucchini, grated
1/2 cucumber, grated
1/4 onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper
1 bunch of watercress
1 cup cauliflower
1 cup cherry tomatoes

  1. Combine yogurt, vinegar, lemon, chives, and parsley.  Refrigerate while you put the rest of the salad together.
  2. Combine the carrots, beets, zucchini, cucumber and onion in a bowl.  Toss and gently mix.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Make a bed of watercress on a plate and pile the mixed veggies on top.  
  4. Arrange cauliflower and cherry tomatoes around.
  5. Top with yogurt mixture.

8 comments:

  1. Both you and thatbaby seem to be doing great with the transition. I remember going back to work. This salad looks so fresh and delicious.

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  2. He's so cute! Glad to hear that he made a smooth transition to daycare.

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  3. That's awesome that he did so well! How did YOU do? I cried all day on my little guy's first day with his daycare lady :(

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    1. I did okay too. I was a little teary as I drove away, but fine by the time I hit the freeway. It probably helped that I was ridiculously busy at work trying to get a motion out.

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  4. That's awesome that he did so well! How did YOU do? I cried all day on my little guy's first day with his daycare lady :(

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  5. That's awesome that he did so well! How did YOU do? I cried all day on my little guy's first day with his daycare lady :(

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  6. That's awesome that he did so well! How did YOU do? I cried all day on my little guy's first day with his daycare lady :(

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  7. Aww so glad that the first day went well! That one's always the hardest.

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