Today is Baby Boy’s 5 month birthday. He celebrated by going to bed at 7pm (What a good boy!). We celebrated by having the rest of the Snickerdoodle Bars I had made earlier in the week using a delicious recipe Miss posted on her blog Miss in the Kitchen. Miss makes these cinnamon sugary delicious bars for her boys, so it seemed fitting that for this week’s Taste Test Thursday we share her recipe with you. Eating our Snickerdoodles, we reflected on our first five months of parenthood.
Four months ago we thought we would never sleep normally again. Newborns, for the uninitiated, wake up every 2 to 3 hours (if you are lucky!). They have no concept of time. They don’t care if its 3am and you have to get up for work in a few hours. They want to be changed, fed, and comforted. I can’t blame them.
Baby Boy was not collicky. He was, and is still, a snuggler. There’s a difference. A collicky baby has an unknown reason for fussing, a snuggler does not, he knows exactly what he wants and that is to be held. And so he was. We know the books say not to spoil your child, but at one month old, even 5 months, we don’t believe they know what spoiling is. And besides, how could you not want to hold that cute little bundle of joy, resting so peacefully in your arms, even at 11pm?
**Rachel’s note: Can you tell we no longer have a newborn? Four months ago, at 2am, that cute little bundle of joy would evoke a “Could you get him this time? I just fell asleep 30 minutes ago because he kept waking up every time I put him in the bassinet. Pleeeaase!!!”) reaction from his adoring parents. Back to Chris’ story…***
Putting Baby Boy down to sleep was like disarming a bomb. First, make sure the area is clear and secure. Next, make sure he is completely out. Then, ever so carefully and while holding your breath, gently lower him into his bassinet or crib. Finally, after taking a very quiet breath, slowly extract yourself without setting him off. If you succeeded, congratulations, you can now go to bed yourself and get some much needed rest. If not, reset the clock and repeat.
Baby Boy goes down now, knock on wood, so much easier. He is over twice his birth weight, and is a tall little boy who loves to kick, kick, kick those legs. He can be put down drowsy and soothe himself to sleep at night. He’ll sleep until 2 or 3am before waking for a “midnight” snack, then promptly fall back asleep until 5:30 or 6. Getting an almost full nights rest feels wonderful, though sometimes it’s a little bittersweet. He doesn’t need us as much as he once did. He can put himself to sleep, he doesn’t need to be held and snuggled for hours on end.
Five months have gone by very quickly. We’ve enjoyed watching our tiny newborn grow into a strong and inquisitive infant. He likes watching cars go by, he giggles as the dog does silly tricks, and he loves to stand on the table to dance and kick if you’ll let him (which we do). And we look forward to seeing him grown up even more, as bittersweet as it may be.
Recipe: Snickerdoodle Bars
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixer bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat until combined. Add flour and baking soda and combine.
- Pour into a greased 8 x 11 1/2-inch baking dish, spreading into an even layer.
- Combine 2 tablespoons sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over dough.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool slightly before cutting into bars.
Cooking time: 20 – 25 minutes
Recipe from: Miss in the Kitchen