Life Lessons & Cauliflower Orzo Salad

I’m going to take a vegan detour here and get sentimental. I’ve been a parent for 2 weeks now and it’s been the most intense learning experience ever and I thought about starting a journal but realized I had a blog and could share my biggest lessons here with you!

Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned From 2 Weeks of Parenthood

1. Even the coldest and blackest of hearts (like mine) become weepy messes. I’ve cried with pride after our daughter pooed and there is a 60% chance that I will  cry before I’m done writing this post.

2. They aren’t f**king around when they tell you to say goodbye to sleep. All the parenting books tell you to sleep when they sleep… sounds easy right? Umm no. You’re listening for every breath, every cry, and then you’re also poking them in the face every 15 minutes to make sure they’re still alive.

3. TV Dinners are your best friend. No one, NO ONE loves spending time in the kitchen creating something delicious and fresh more than me. Yeah, a baby will make you dream of the hour when your spouse comes home so you can eat a microwaved dinner hunched over the coffee table at rapid speed because your new bundle of joy is essentially a ticking time bomb but no one knows when it will go off.

4. You will never repay your friends & family. People will bring over food by the truckloads, listen to you be a crazy person for hours, and say nothing when you become obsessed with poop. Cling to these people for dear life because your survival depends on it and you will never every be able to repay their kindness.

5. You will never love your partner or want to smack that coffee out of their hand more. As my friend has put, the first couple weeks are ‘the war zone’ and your partner keeps you afloat and deepens your love to new levels beyond what you could have predicted. But seriously if you tell me how to push this stroller one more time I’m going to check myself into a hotel for the day.

6. No one will ever love you as much as your mom and dad. *annnnnnd cue the tears*

Alright, so I did have time to throw something together and I’m not going to lie….it took me all day. But it was the first non-frozen, non-donated, and non-takeout thing we’ve had all week!

Cauliflower Risotto SaladThis was an easy salad but it had great texture and taste, simply toss:

  • Chopped cauliflower
  • Cold pre-cooked orzo
  • Chopped purple onion
  • Crushed pecans
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped chives
  • Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Marcia says:

    Even though we don’t have any children, most of our friends do so I plan to share today’s post with them. As I type, my BFF’s son and daughter-in-law are at the hospital for their little bundle of joy to make an appearance. I think they will probably truly appreciate this most of all! While reading your message, I found myself laughing (or at least smiling) and crying right along with you. Thank you for sharing your pearls of wisdom with us all and just think: it’s only been two weeks! Think of how much more there will be to learn and treasure each and every moment.

    PS. The salad looks luscious and I can hardly wait to make it, thank you! Congratulations Lindsay and I know I’m not alone when I say that I’m sending you strength, happiness and warm thoughts.

    1. What a fantastic comment, thank you for writing and for reading! Congratulations on the new addition to your family (I consider my BFF family 🙂 ) Thank you again for your well wishes and for reading!

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