Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Stats and Goals for Week 5:
Lbs Lost this Week: 1
Lbs Lost So Far: 12
Lbs Left to Lose: 18
Food Goal: No snacking after dinner. This is an old habit that has been creeping back into my life. Once dinner is over, the kitchen is closed. Well, except for dessert. =)
Fitness Goal: My goal this week is to do an exercise video 3 times. It can be any workout video. I have a couple on hand, including a post-pregnancy one that I'd like to try.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
You still cry throughout the day, but it is almost always because you are either hungry or tired.
You try to roll over but your silly arm always gets stuck beneath you, preventing you from making it all the way onto your back. I bet by next month you'll be an expert at it. You will happily stare at your bear mobile for up to 10 minutes at a time.
I love you more than you will ever know. I am so blessed to be your mommy!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Today at the store the cashier was talking to me about Ryan, and she said at the end of our conversation "So it's a girl, right?".
This is what he is wearing today:
It's true! In the cashier's defense, she couldn't see his shirt. But still. I thought it was funny that on the first day of wearing this shirt, Ryan is called a girl. Guess he'll have to wear it every day. Along with pants that say "No I'm not a newborn, I'm just small for my age"
Friday, June 25, 2010
And this morning. He napped in his bassinet! What?!I'm at a loss for words.
Preheat oven to 350. Wash and dry 1 large bunch of kale.
Tear or cut into large bite size pieces. Spread on a large cookie sheet.
Drizzle with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and a healthy sprinkle of salt.
Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Halfway through sprinkle on parmesan cheese.
Kale chips should be crispy, but not burnt. Enjoy!
Massaged Kale Salad
Wash 1 large bunch of kale and cut into bite size pieces.
Place in bowl, drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and generous sprinkle of salt.
With clean hands, "massage" the kale. Rub the salt and olive oil into the leaves. Next add a few sprinkles of lemon juice.
Add half an avocado, smushed up so that it mixes well with the kale.
I also like to add chopped tomato for some sweetness. Enjoy!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Stats and Goals for Week 4:
Lbs Lost This Week: 3
Lbs Lost So Far: 11
Lbs Left to Lose: 19
Food Goal: Find new ways to get enough calcium and Vitamin D, since I am no longer eating dairy. I've heard that dark leafy greens are a great source of calcium, so I'll have to start eating those more regularly.
Fitness Goal: I'm out of ideas of how to incorporate fitness into my daily routine. At this point, I only have time for a daily walk with Ryan. Any other exercising I do would have to be done while holding him. I'd love to find a mommy baby stroller fitness class in the area, but haven't been able to find anything like that yet. Anyone know of anything in the Newark/Fremont area?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
He was born at 8 lbs, 6 oz. At 7 weeks of age last week, he weighed 9 lbs, 15 oz. Not a big gain, right? Well apparently everyone else has noticed as well, particularly strangers. People always mistake him for being younger than he is. Yesterday at the grocery store a woman came up to me and exclaimed "Oh a newborn! How cute!"
I said "Thanks, but he's actually almost 2 months old".
She said "Oh wow. Was he a preemie?"
I said "Nope. Full term. He weighed a healthy 8 lbs, 6 oz at birth"
I think her eyes almost popped out of her head when I said this.
The more comments I get about his size, the more I wonder if there is something else I could be doing to help with his weight gain. The Dr. did not seem overly concerned, which makes me feel a bit better.
What does that mean? No dairy for both Ryan and I until he is 1. (Or until I stop breastfeeding him...whichever comes first). That's right. No dairy for the next 10 months! Stop and think about everything you eat on a regular basis that contains dairy....milk, cheese, ice cream, butter, yogurt......That's a lot of good food! But if eliminating these foods from my diet makes Ryan a happy baby, I am more than willing to do it!
Monday, June 21, 2010
I can now distinguish between his "hungry cry" and his "tired cry". I know that he will always be happiest first thing in the morning, and grumpiest in the evening. I know that he loves sleeping in his Baby Bjorn, close to his Mommy. And I can talk and make noise without waking him, but the minute I stop moving he will wake up.
Isn't it amazing that our Heavenly Father is an expert on each and every one of us? Before a word is on our tongue, God knows what we are about to say. He knows how many hairs are on our head and how many days we will live.
I love being an expert on Ryan, and I love that he's starting to respond more to me. He follows me with his eyes when I leave a room, and sometimes will start to cry until I come back into his line of vision. When I stick out my tongue at him I see him moving his mouth around, trying to imitate me. I love this beginning of our communication, and I can't wait for it to develop into actual laughs and words!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Let me know if you try the recipe!
Mini Meat Loaves
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1 lb ground turkey or beef
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp mustard
In a bowl beat together the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion and salt. Add beef and mix well. Share into 8 loaves and place in a 13-in x 9-in baking dish. In a small bowl combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Spoon over loaves. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.
You can use ground turkey in a variety of recipes that normally call for ground beef. When you buy ground turkey be sure that it says "ground turkey breast" if you are looking for a lower calorie option. Otherwise they include all sorts of turkey parts that are not necessarily lean.
Other recipes using ground turkey that I've made:
Stuffed Bell Peppers (Yum!)
Basil Turkey (Like Thai Basil Chicken, but with ground turkey)
Pumpkin Turkey Chili (Sounds weird, but it's good)
I would love to have a link at the top of my blog that takes you to a separate page of my recipes. Does anyone know how I can do that??
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Here is a video of Ryan not smiling. I tried really hard, but just wasn't able to capture his cute smile on video. I think he was so focused on my camera in his face that he wasn't really paying attention to me.
Right around 1 min, 25 seconds is the best part. Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I'm also not sure about my weight, because my scale at home is different than the one at the Dr office. According to their scale, I actually lost 3 lbs last week, and not 5. That sounds more accurate. But because I have to use my scale, I will post my weight loss based on that. (And 5 sounds better than 3, right?!). My scale says I lost 3 this week, for a total of 8 so far.
Stats and Goals for Week 3:
Lbs Lost so Far: 8
Lbs Left to Lose: 22
Food Goal: Get out of a rut! We tend to eat chicken a lot around here, so my goal this week is to eat beef, fish, turkey and pork at least one night. I am planning on posting a recipe on Friday that does NOT include chicken.
Fitness Goal: In addition to walking every day, I want to start stretching. My back has been killing me lately, probably as a result of carrying Ryan around all day. Whenever I have time each day this week, I want to do some stretches to start strengthening my back and abs.
PS: I am back in my regular jeans now! No more maternity jeans for me. Woohoo!
Monday, June 14, 2010
I'm crossing my fingers and toes that things continue to improve!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
This week has been.....tough. Ryan's fussiness in the evenings has spilled over into the daytime. It seems like if he isn't eating or sleeping (which is rare), he's crying. Not just fussy whimpering or soft crying. Full on crying, screaming and turning red.
So I took him to the Dr. yesterday. I explained his symptoms....basically crying all the time, especially after nursing. The Dr. asked how many hours Ryan sleeps on in an average 24-hour period, and I said 6. Well apparently it should be more like 12! He checked him over and said that he may have a cow's milk allergy. He also has eczema on his face, which might be due to an allergy.
So I have cut out all dairy from my diet, in hopes of calming Ryan's tummy. At 6 weeks, Ryan weighs 9 lbs, 12 oz, which is a bit lower than the Dr. was expecting for his age. We're not sure why he's gaining so slowly, so in addition to breastfeeding him every 2-2.5 hrs, I am now giving him up to 1 oz of Nutramigen formula afterwards. This is a cow's milk-free formula that is recommended for babies with colic.
So we're praying that something works soon. It is very frustrating not knowing what is wrong with my baby. We're just trying to put together the puzzle pieces right now until something works.
Friday, June 11, 2010
I try to use up leftovers from the night before in my lunch the next day. If this doesn't happen, I often "morph" the leftovers into a new meal for later in the week. Here are a few examples from this week:
-Over the weekend I made The Best Vegetable Lasagna. I had half a jar of marinara sauce leftover, so I used that on a homemade pizza Thursday night. (Using Trader Joe's pizza dough!)
-Sunday night Adam grilled london broil. I cut up the leftover steak and used it Tuesday night in Steak Tacos!
-Bell peppers were on sale at the store, so I based a couple meals around them. Thursday's pizza was topped with sliced peppers. Wednesday's Jambalaya used up the rest of the bell peppers.
Another great idea is to use leftover cold rice to make fried rice. Or use up a rotisserie chicken by shredding the chicken and making chicken enchiladas. You can really stretch this meal by adding black beans to your chicken mixture.
What do you think about leftovers....love them or hate them?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Instead of an actual post today, I'm going to cheat and link to another blogger's post. I follow the blog "O My Family" and almost always can relate to what she posts. She is a mother of an adorable 10-month old (I think?). See for yourself.
Today's post is another one of her great explanations of motherhood. I encourage you to read it.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I'm a little hesitant to post my weight loss, because I don't think it is truly accurate. According to our scale at home, I lost 5 lbs this week. Again, I don't think this is right. It might be time to go out and buy a new scale. I'm not doing it so that I can become obsessed with weighing myself all the time, but I think it's important to have a number to compare against each week to get a true idea of my progress.
I did great with the food goal.....got my 3 fruits/veggies every day, and often more than that. To make things easier I tried to prep food at the same time. If Ryan was taking a 15 minute nap, I chopped veggies and washed an entire basket of blueberries. Then I could easily munch on them throughout the week. I also bought some dried fruit. Not my first choice, but easy to just open the package and eat. As for the walking goal, I got out on a walk every day but Saturday. I'm going to continue to keep both of these as ongoing goals because I think they are important components of a healthy lifestyle.Stats and Goals for Week 2:
Lbs Lost so Far: 5 (?)
Lbs Left to Lose: 25
Food Goal: My goal for the week is to not buy food out. This is a tough one, since I am often persuaded by Adam to buy food rather than eat at home. But we all know food eaten at home is almost always healthier and cheaper.
Fitness Goal: My goal is to continue to walk every day, but this week I am setting a time goal of at least 30 minutes per day.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I am not a crafty/creative person. At all. So Adam's Mom offered to help with a project for the nursery walls. Here's a sneak peek:
It's going to be so cute when it's all done! Stay tuned for the final photo.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Most days start somewhere between 6am and 8am. I try to get out of bed before Ryan wakes up, so that I can at least put in my contacts and go to the bathroom by myself. Once he's awake, I immediately change and feed him. Sometimes I eat breakfast while feeding him, sometimes not. It all depends on how anxious he is to eat. (ie: how loud he is crying)
After breakfast Ryan is generally a very happy baby. He will sit calmly in his vibrating lammy seat for a good 20 minutes. During this time I shower, dress, put on makeup (if I'm going out of the house), make the bed and check e-mail. After that he gets fussy, so I try to get us out of the house. Today it was to the grocery store. Once home about an hour later, it's time for him to eat again.
By lunchtime I start to feel like I'm not getting anything accomplished because the house is still usually a mess. If Ryan is calm, he will go into his Baby Bjorn carrier while I do laundry and dishes. Sometimes this works.....sometimes not. Afterwards it's time for him to eat again. I try to use this time to eat myself, but again, it doesn't always happen.
Afternoons usually consist of a walk in the stroller. I think the fresh air is good for both Ryan and I. After that it's time for Ryan to eat again! (Sensing a theme here? It's about every 2 hours still). Once late afternoon hits, Ryan gets fussy and I run out of things to do to entertain him. Sometimes he will take a nap. If not, I basically hold him for the next few hours until Adam gets home.
Dinner is made using one hand. This is when the meltdown starts. Ryan gets really loud and fussy, so he is passed off between Adam and I while we try to eat, usually around 7pm. Every other night I give him a bath, which he absolutely loves. On the off nights he usually cries non-stop from 8 to 9. Once 9pm hits, I get into bed and nurse Ryan to sleep. He will generally sleep from about 10:30 until 1am, and then again from 2am until about 4am or 5am. After that it's anyone's guess.
So that's a "typical" day with Baby Ryan. Honestly, each day is very different. Some days he seems to just cry all day long. Some days he will take both a morning and afternoon nap. Other days he stays awake all day demanding to be held.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Here are some of my favorite Trader Joe's products:
Pizza dough. You can get whole wheat, regular, or garlic & herb. They're around $1 each and they are so convenient to freeze and then defrost when you feel like making a homemade pizza.
Love these! I don't actually like almonds, but for some reason these Cocoa Almonds are absolutely delicious. Doesn't hurt that they're dipped in chocolate. Lots of calories, though, so only eat a few at a time!
This is the best tasting natural peanut butter I have found. And it's very inexpensive.
I tried this Harvest Grains blend for the first time this week. It's like a rice mixture with proteins added in, such as mini garbanzo beans. So delicious and chewy!
Other Trader Joe's staples of mine are their chicken sausages and greek yogurts. What are your favorites?
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Look at my adorable yawn! Little does Mommy know....
It's 6pm....that means it's time to...
One minute he's a happy baby. Then the clock strikes 6 and he's miserable. He screams and cries, holds his breath and turns dark red. We pat his back, walk up and down the hallway, sing to him, swaddle him, talk to him, ignore him, burp him. Nothing works.
It's called COLIC and I hate it. The Baby Bible, otherwise known as "What to Expect The First Year", describes colic as follows:
"...crying turns to screaming, and the ordeal lasts for three hours, sometimes much longer, occasionally nearly round-the-clock.....Colic generally begins during the second or third week of life.....by twelve weeks it usually begins to diminish"
After complaining to Ryan's pediatrician and hearing the word "colic" uttered, I wanted to cry myself. Colic is so frustrating because absolutely nothing seems to work. It's just unexplained crying. I'm the kind of person who wants a reason. If he's crying, then there must be a logical explanation, or a problem that can be fixed. Right? Wrong.
I would love to hear advice or stories from other moms who have experienced this. Did you find anything that helps?
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
My post-partum checkup is today, and once I know what my current weight is, I plan on setting a weight loss goal for the rest of the year. It will be something that I blog about every Wednesday, in a post titled "Weighty Wednesday". It's basically going to be a way to hold myself accountable and share my healthy tips with others.
In addition, I want to get back to posting about food and recipes. I love to cook and eat, but have not had much time to do either with a new baby. Every Friday I will try to post something about food....maybe an easy and healthy recipe, or a grocery store tip. I will title these posts "Foodie Friday".
I can't guarantee I will post these every single week, since having Ryan sometimes prevents me from doing anything! But I can promise I will continue to post cute pictures of Baby Ryan, and provide updates on how he is growing and changing. Right now I can tell you that he slept from 3:30am to 8am last night....the longest stretch ever! I'm not supposed to let him go longer than 4 hours without eating, but he was asleep and I was exhausted, so I just let him sleep. Bad Mommy.