Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana.

Annalynn started daycare this week. Cue all of the mom tears.


I feel like life with a kid is made up of many different stages and we just entered a new one – the daycare stage. Up until this point we were lucky to have one parent at home with her during the day. Not only was that parent able to take care of our beautiful baby girl, but they were also able to do laundry, clean the dishes, and prepare dinner for the evening while at home. Now that there are two working parents who leave the house at 8:00 am and don’t return home until close to 6:30 pm – followed by a limited time to play, a bedtime of 7:00 pm, and another 30 minutes of nursing/rocking/soothing – finding time for cleaning/eating is going to be interesting.

To streamline the process a little, I’m going to try and do something I’ve never done before: weekly meal prep. On Sunday I created a loose meal plan of dinners for the week then spent Annalynn’s afternoon nap shopping and prepping. I pre-chopped all of the vegetables (which is honestly the most tedious part when it comes to cooking) and sorted everything for each meal. I usually walk in the door starving, so my goal is to make meals easy enough so that we can spend the first hour home loving on our girl then enjoy a quick and healthy meal once she’s asleep.

Speaking of sleep, Annalynn is still sleeping in the pack ‘n’ play in our room at night. Instead of moving her from her nursery to our room, I tend to put her straight in the pack ‘n’ play to sleep while we stay up a another couple of hours. Up until very recently, we didn’t have a monitor in our room to watch her. Instead I would leave the door cracked and we would listen and check on her every so often. This lead to some anxiety (sometimes I swear I would hear phantom cries and run to the room, only to find a baby who was resting peacefully), but since we usually turned all the lights off in the house and watched TV on the couch after Annalynn went to bed, it really wasn’t an issue. However, now that we’re cooking dinner after she’s asleep (and are a bit noisier), we’ll need to close the door and a monitor to watch her.

So you can imagine how excited I was to recently receive the Levana Ovia Video Monitor to review. Finally a monitor that can stay in our bedroom so I don’t have to come running every time I hear a phantom baby crying.  I can also do more knowing my baby is safe, all I have to do is look down and I see her sweet face.


The monitor is actually pretty sweet, too. With a huge hi-res 4.3” LCD screen, crystal clear night vision, and robust battery life that exceeds several days, it’s the cadillac of baby monitors. I also like that I can wirelessly adjust the camera from the handheld portion, that way you don’t have to tiptoe into to the room to manually adjust the camera after you’ve set the baby down in a different for the evening.


Levana uses ClearVu digital wireless technology to deter potential hackers. They transmit all video and audio data on small, private and local networks. For extra security, paired monitors and cameras hop between 19 channels simultaneously so attempts to access the signal are disrupted. This increases the overall security of the monitors and ensures they are only used for their intended purpose.

Now Derek and I can cook and actually enjoy some time just the two of us knowing she’s safe. I can’t even tell you how nice it is to turn to the video with every peep she makes (or doesn’t make – those darn phantom baby cries).


So what’s on our meal plan this week?

  • Monday: Meatloaf and salad
  • Tuesday: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
  • Wednesday: Chicken sausages and steamed green beans
  • Thursday: Roasted potatoes with black beans, cheese, and diced tomatoes
  • Friday: Beef stir fry with brown rice

I’ve also started prepping my oatmeal the night before:

Lactation Oatmeal

  • ½ cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Brewers Yeast
  • 2 tsp Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter

I place all of the dry ingredients in a Pyrex container and store in the fridge overnight. The next morning I pour the content of the pyrex in a small pot, then add the water and milk. I bring everything to a boil and stir until the oatmeal is the right consistency. When it’s done I’ll pour it in a bowl and add peanut butter. Super easy.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.

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