Everyone pretends it’s only the first few months of parenthood that leave you bleary-eyed and dazed from lack of sleep. Wrong. Most babies I know regularly wake up during the night for a long, long time. I don’t know if it’s collective amnesia or willful deception, but nobody ever explained this to me in advance.
Last night my almost-one-year-old slept all night long for the first time in her life. I was overjoyed, because my older girls didn’t do that until they turned two. So it was probably a freak occurance that won’t be repeated for a year. But still–still!–multiple consecutive hours of sleep are always a welcome gift after five years of sleep deprivation. (I am like to think of this period of my life as the decade of babies, to be immediately followed by the decade of sleep. Does it work that way?)
Breakfast Tacos with Eggs, Potatoes, and Greens: Slice an onion thinly and dice a potato into tiny pieces. Saute both over high heat with a pinch of salt until well browned, then lower the heat a bit and cook a few more minutes, adding water if needed to avoid sticking, until the potatoes are tender. Stir in a big handful of thin chard or kale ribbons and allow them to soften. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add a little more water and scrape the bottom of your pan to get up all the nice brown crispy bits. Meanwhile, warm tortillas and cook eggs to your liking. Assemble tacos with vegetables and eggs and top with salsa and cilantro.