My First Overnight Oats

by Kim on April 25, 2012

I can’t believe this little dude is already a month old!

The chub is definitely starting to set in! He also has quite a bit of cradle cap going on, poor kid (sad, but I guess it’s completely normal for newborns right around 4 weeks). Interestingly, the cradle cap coincided perfectly with our breaking the lens on our camera…so, shoot, not too many pictures from that week! (Bad mother alert!)

I know he’s still a newborn and I need to be patient, but being the control freak/planning maniac that I am, I just can’t wait until he’s on a more regular schedule. It’s so hard to get things done during the day when you never know how long he’ll sleep, when he’ll need to eat next, and when he’ll randomly go on a fussy streak. Plus, he’s changing so fast, I feel like I have a totally different kid every few days! One day, I’ll think I have things all figured out as far as his eating/sleeping/activity cycles, and then 2 days later, the whole routine will do a complete 180. Everyone keeps telling me that “things will settle down” and naturally fall into a pattern, but I’m constantly paranoid that I’m not doing enough to help that process along. Should I be restricting his eating a little more so it’s closer to a regular 3-hour cycle? Should I be introducing a bedtime routine? Should I be letting him self-soothe more at night??

A few days ago, we moved his Pack N Play out of our bedroom and into the adjacent room (his bedroom is actually on the lower level, but I’m not ready to move him that far away yet…mostly because I don’t want to go all the way downstairs to feed him at night!). This has been a huge improvement! Both hubby and I are sleeping better without the constant little snuffling/grunting noises, and I’m still close enough to bop in easily for night feedings. Right now, he’s getting up twice between 11 and 7 (around 2:30 and 5:30)–can’t wait to see that go down to only once!

Overnight Oats

So I tried my first bowl of overnight oats the other day! I used Julie’s recipe: oats, milk, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt. Since I was using plain yogurt, I also stirred in some honey for sweetness, per Julie’s instructions.

The verdict: well…I wanted to like them. I really did. I knew the idea of cold oatmeal and the strange chewy texture would be a little weird, but I was NOT going to let myself be deterred be either of those things, at least the first time around.

But neither of those things were the problem. It just tasted…bad. Nowhere near as sweet as I was hoping, even after I added more honey, mixed berries, and (in a moment of desperation/panic) raspberry jam.

Don’t be fooled…it’s not as tasty as it looks. Sad, sad little bowl of oatmeal.

I ended up picking out all the berries and then sending the rest of it down the sink. This was not a solid start to what was supposed to be a deep and meaningful relationship with overnight oats. I’m still not sure what went wrong–maybe it was the plain yogurt? I might give it another shot with some flavored gurt.

The next day, I tried again, this time using Angela’s recipe: oats, almond milk, chia seeds, banana, and vanilla extract.

The verdict: AMAZEBALLS. I guess I’m a sucker for bananas. Or maybe just super sweet things. Angela suggested adding a drizzle of maple syrup and nut butter (among 4000 other possibilities) but I didn’t think anything else was even needed.

I know this doesn’t look as delish, but trust me, it was.

So, last night, I picked up two giant bundles of bananas at the grocery store, and I’m now not-so-patiently waiting for them to ripen up. (Did you know you can expedite this process by placing the bananas in a paper bag with an apple? If only I’d grabbed an apple too…)

This relationship might just work out after all.

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