Remember last week’s post when I mentioned that Octavian was due to get sick any day?
Well, I was right.
Just two days after writing that post and three weeks since the last time he was sick, my child got sick again. This time last year I DREADED the rare occasions that Octavian would get sick. It would mess up his sleep, he hated cuddling, I hated putting him in front of TV and he was still nursing. A nursing 1 year old with a head cold? The SADDEST thing ever (aside from, of course, a nursing baby with a head cold).
However, now that Octavian gets sick every 3 weeks (yes, EVERY 3 WEEKS) we’ve all started to adjust to the never ending snot that seems to find its way smeared all over every single piece of clothing in the house. It’s gross, but so normal now that, aside from extra laundry, boogers don’t even phase me anymore.
Despite feeling crummy, he’s been sleeping until around 630-7am and waking with a smile on his face.
Until this morning.
This morning he decided to wake up at 5am. FIVE! Since I end up on the floor of his room, next to his crib in a pile of blankets every single night around 12am, I am always right there whenever he decides to start his day. Usually I can quiet him down and get an additional 30 minutes of sleep, but this morning he had other plans, “Mama, go downstairs? mama, go downstairs?” … “MAAAMAAA! GO DOWN-STAIRS!!!” all while jumping up and down in his crib. I tried everything to get him to just relax for a little while (singing, sushing, hand-holding), but it was over, my day had started.
Silver lining? We made it to the gym early and had no problems finding parking. Unfortunately, my over-tired toddler wouldn’t stop crying so we had to leave early.
So, you might be wondering, what does this have to do with overnight oats?
Nothing really. However, my husband did declare that these healthy energy-packed jars of goodness are his all-time FAVORITE breakfast food. So, while I may not be able to always make my child happy, at least I can surprise my husband with his favorite breakfast and make him happy.
Plus, it only took me 5 minutes. And that, friends, makes ME happy!
Raspberry Almond Overnight Oats
- 1 cup milk - almond, cow, soy, coconut, etc
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt - you can use honey or vanilla yogurt if you like things really sweet
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup raspberries - fresh or frozen, plus more for topping
- 2 Tbsp. sliced - slivered or chopped almonds (plus more for topping)
- In a pint size mason jar or other resealable container, add all the ingredients and mix well. Store in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy the following morning. Top with additional fresh or frozen raspberries and almonds and a splash of milk if desired.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)