What no one Told me About Babies {recipe: classic crumb cake}

19 Mar

*There is only one piece of this cake left because we ate it all before I took a picture. It is that good. It is that good because it is full of butter.

Halfway through pregnancy, I let you know about everything I had experienced but not expected.

Well, now the baby is here and there is more. I will share them with you, in case you have babies sometime you can’t say no one told you…

1. Sleep is a series of naps. People told me when I was pregnant “oh, get your sleep now because you won’t get any when that baby comes.” Now, I know that not getting any must be an exaggeration, so I discredited that warning entirely. I can also think of times where I have been really busy and gone for a week getting four to five hours a night, and I survive. I get sleep, it will just be a series of naps. two hours here, three hours there, the occasional four hours…all with breaks of feeding and diapering in between. Naps are not the same as regular sleep. If I add all of my naps together for the day and get 10 hours, that is not the same as sleeping ten hours at night. It is like my brain doesn’t rest correctly or something.

2. I lost my keys at Target. I guess that it what happens when my brain doesn’t rest. I couldn’t find them in my bag, or in my pockets, and as a feeling of “oh crap” came over me, all I could think was, “At least I didn’t misplace the baby.” Some kind person had turned them into Guest Services.

3. You can’t make up for sleep with pots of coffee. This is where life with a baby differs greatly from life without a baby. I used to make up for a ton of lost sleep with coffee and Diet Coke. Some coffee is fine, but they baby probably shouldn’t be hopped up on the stuff. Also the definition of “full night” has changed. Full night=11pm-5am.

4. There are weird sicknesses that can come post-childbirth. One of my lymph nodes swelled up to the size of half a Twinkie for a few days. Turns out it was from antibiotics. I got mastitis. That is a less awkward term for “breast infection.” It was the most sick I have ever been and I will say made me feel worse than childbirth. My fever got to 104 and I passed out in an elevator. And to all of the men I have talked to post-infection…not to worry, you cannot catch a breast infection. Yours are safe.

5. I wear two shirts. Most days when I get dressed, I wear two shirts. I put the one I like the best on the bottom. When I get spit up on, I dont have to change, i just take the top shirt off like it was my art smock during finger-painting time and say, Thank you, baby, now I get to wear the shirt I actually like.

6. Two days ago I “showered” by wiping myself off with a baby wipe. I am yet to take a real shower since. If I have time while I am not holding a baby, I would rather catch up on emails or make some cookies. Today will have to be a real shower day. This has gone too far.

7. I used to think you were crazy, but now I am pretty sure it is me. If you cut me off driving, it was your fault. If you told me I forgot something, I am pretty sure that you forgot to tell me to bring it, not that I forgot to do it. Now I am pretty sure that it was me in the car, and me who dropped the ball. Something I say at least twice a day? I lost my list. Have you seen my list?

8. I am never sure what the date is. Enough said.

9. Don’t try on old clothes. They don’t fit. Yet. Even though you think you have gotten smaller. This will only end in tears. Put. Them. Down.

10. This is really cute.

This crumb cake is awesome. I halved the recipe and made it in a 9-inch springform pan, which worked well. I served it to a group of people last week, and before cutting into it, someone asked what flavor it was. I thought for a minute and answered, “Butter.” It tastes like butter. It tastes delicious as it melts in your mouth.

Classic Crumb Cake

from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook

makes one 9×13 cake.

10 tablespoons butter, softened

2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1 & 1/4 cups sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crumb Topping (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9″x13″ pan and set aside.

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after adding each one. Add vanilla. Add flour mixture and sour cream. Mix just until blended.

Spread batter evenly into pan. Top with crumb topping. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Turn the pan once during baking. Cool on a wire rack.

Crumb Topping

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1  1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

1  3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened

Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or a fork. When well mixed, the mixture should form large, moist clumps.

Original post: https://saltimbocca.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/classic-crumb-cake


13 Responses to “What no one Told me About Babies {recipe: classic crumb cake}”

  1. Hil March 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Shilah is so happy!

    I am sure you have it more together than you think you do. 🙂

    I wondered why I haven’t seen you in so long … I guess that shower section is the answer.

  2. Amanda T March 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Ah sleep depravation…one of the joys of being a new mom. At one point in the middle of the night with a sleepless Benett, I thought “why does anyone have babies and why would you do this more than once.”

    What an adorable picture of Shilah! No matter how out of it you feel, you are obviously doing everything right, Mama.

    Hope to see you soon!

  3. Morgan March 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Hilary – maybe you havent seen me because email doesn’t want us to communicate 😦 HH next week, perhaps?

    Amanda – that is funny…especially because you are having another one 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

  4. Mom March 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    You have learned alot – and Shilah’s picture just makes me giggle!

  5. Kelly March 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    This cracked me up. And also set me back a bit in my “should we have a second?” daily debates. But I need to remind myself that it doesn’t last *that* long, in the grand scheme of things…

    Sounds like you’ve got this mama gig down! You’ve still got your sense of humor, and that’s a must. 🙂

    • Morgan March 24, 2010 at 6:19 am #

      Thanks, Kelly. A lack of sleep left me thinking…how could anyone do this again? Ever? But longer stretches of sleep and those smiles are starting to make a little bit of sense to me 🙂 I love your blog!

  6. Lacy March 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I agree with numbers 3 and 6 and I also got number 4. I know other moms will be thankful you put this out there. Cute, cute little gal you have. Our babies should meet sometime!

  7. Julia B March 27, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    I loved this blog because I can completely relate. Especially to the breast infection. I got the same one, for a second time last week. No fun and so frustrating because you feel helpless to fix what is already a pretty sensitive part of this whole process 🙂 We have to catch up soon as I am sure we are experiencing similar insanities for many reasons, but of course all worth it when you see pics like your most recent! Can Braden have some of her hair!?!

    • Morgan March 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

      Julia! I also just got a second. What is up with that? I think once you have one you are more likely to get more. I would love to catch up soon, we think about Braden often 🙂


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