What would you name your diet book?

Lee’s been playing around with some diet book titles – who knows maybe we’ll get stupid rich! Let me know what you think and feel free to add your own titles!

  1. Eat your way to thin
  2. Sing your ass off
  3. The no-day diet (the name might be a bit misleading. The diet is that you can’t eat anything on days that end in day – it’s only for extreme dieters)
Already exists...boo!
Already exists…boo!

I actually think that option 1 already exists…Damn! And she’s been on Dr. Oz. We really need to come up with our own here folks!!!

Idea #2 actually probably works better as an idea for a weight-loss reality show aka Dance your ass off – the best weight-loss reality show EVER!

Hmm, so as books go, we’ve only got option 3 as a starting point….might need to keep spit balling 😉

But if we could come up with something as awesome as this:

best weight-loss reality show ever. seriously!
best weight-loss reality show ever. seriously!

I have no doubt that we would be on Dr Oz AND getting the highest ratings on tv that season! And seriously. I really want that show back on the air. It was simply the best. And in case you missed it, here’s a great clip from the last season. And another best moment!

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Potsticker burgers

Potsticker burgers
Potsticker burgers

Ok, I’m still working on the title of this recipe but OMG it is soooo delicious!! So, I’m on this pseudo paleo sort of diet for the month of April. It mostly means that I’m trying to avoid refined sugar, starches, alcohol, legumes and dairy – which really means I’m mostly trying to avoid sugar since I dislike legumes and I’m already gluten free and generally dairy free and alcohol free. Anyway, I also try to make ground meat recipes so I can break the cooked meat apart for little B to eat.  Not to mention, I can always sneak in bits of greens for both of the boys when I make ground meat meals!

I’ve done a lot of beef lately and so I decided to branch out to ground chicken thighs –  after some recipe exploration courtesy of google, I was immediately sold on the “tastes like the inside of a delicious Chinese dumping” comment for this recipe. I haven’t had potstickers in almost three years. Sigh! Here is my modified version of deliciousness:

Potsticker Burgers (aka Asian Chicken Burgers) – makes 4

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp. dark soy sauce (tamari)
  • 1 1/2 tsp roasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. white wine
  • 1 tsp of rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c. gf breadcrumbs (or panko crumbs if you’re not gf) – you could probably omit this if you had a little more meat otherwise, it’s too wet
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 handfuls of finely chopped baby spinach
  • 1 handful of finely chopped fresh basil

Combine all ingredients lightly.  If the mixture is very wet, add more panko.  Shape into four patties, and cook in a large skillet for about 5 minutes on each side.

On a side note: I decided to bake a package of bacon per a paleo suggestion…. I did not know you could overcook bacon quite that much. hmm. oh well.

Dealing with congestion when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding

nasopureHaving a bad cold when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding really sucks because you’re not really supposed to take cold medicine or decongestant. You especially shouldn’t take decongestant if you are breastfeeding because it will likely lower your supply. Well, this week I finally got nailed by one of Bailey’s take home viruses from daycare and my head is full of snot! It aches with sinus congestion and I’m still breastfeeding so what do I do?? And then I suddenly remembered my Nasopure. This thing is a miracle worker, and it’s great for everybody. My brother in law Brian uses something similar every day to combat allergies. When I was in my third trimester of pregnancy I used it almost daily because I was so congested. It made me feel so much better even if it didn’t stop my pregnancy induced snoring (likely that went away pretty much as soon as the baby came out!)

If you’ve never tried a Nasopure, NeilMed sinus rinse or a Netipot, it will look really weird and probably seem kind of gross, but, it is a non-medicated way to help relieve congestion due to allergies, colds and other sinus problems. I really think you should give it a try or at least watch a youtube video on how it works 🙂 After one rinse this morning, a giant gob of mucus came out of my nose and I felt instantly better. The pressure across my face was gone and I could breathe through my nose again. You can bet I’ll be using this once or twice a day until this cold has run its course.

p.s. the last two mornings, we’ve asked Bailey to pick out his socks when we get him dressed and he responds by crawling over to his sock basket and picking out a pair.

p.p.s Lee wanted to make sure I mentioned in this post that Bailey is a genius. He’s a genius! That is all.

 

The ShortList of my online and printed mommyhood lifelines!

My husband commented that I’m on my smartphone a lot more these days, and he’s right. I think I check my online forums at least three times a day. You never know when you’ll read a tidbit of wisdom. So for those of you out there who feel a little lost right now about something going on with your baby or something happening postpartum…. I have to share my mommyhood lifelines. There is so much support out there is you find the right places!

My go-to online resources are:

My Birth Club on babycenter.com: I’ve heard that my birthclub (March 2012) is full of expecially helpful FTMs and BTDT moms. Sometimes, people from other birthclubs/forums will actually post to mine because we are such a responsive, supportive group of parents. I can’t even say moms because there are actually a number of dads on the forum as well. I follow my birthclub because 1) I can see when new milestones, sleep hurdles, etc. are coming soon from watching the moms with older “Marchies” posting in a panic. For example, around 4-6 months of age, sleep starts changing for a lot of babies, and sure enough, during June-July, the forum was flooded with “help! my baby won’t nap anymore…” threads. The current thread du jour is about solids and constipation. I read those avidly to learn tips like give your baby foods that begin with “p”‘ cuz those foods help them poo…pears, prunes, peaches, etc. Learn something new every day 🙂 Doesn’t matter what you’re dealing with, if you post on my birthclub, someone else has experienced it too. Anything from baby questions, pregnancy questions, postpartum questions and even OT (off-topic) stuff like sex and job interviews (typically not in the same thread mind you! We’re not that kind of club!)

www.babywhisperforums.com is my next favorite online resources. These ladies are serious devotees of Tracy Hogg, the Baby Whisperer. I’ll be honest. I read her book a few times and it didn’t sink in or help me out much, but this forum is awesome! There are several different boards including breastfeeding, bottle feeding, EASY sleep schedules, Naps, Night Wakings, etc. And what I love about this forum is that you can post your baby’s schedule or issue and there are moderators who will respond with suggestions on how to tweak your schedule to solve whatever issue you are dealing with. You do need to know what an EASY schedule is, but once you’ve figured that out, these ladies are very responsive and supportive. It’s also a great website to search although the actual search function on the site is broken, so you have to do google searchs. Just type in the phrase you are thinking of and add babywhisperforums to the phrase.

My go-to books:

Healthy sleep habits, Healthy Child by Mark Weissbluth. I read parts of this book at least once month. It’s amazing how quickly a baby’s sleep schedule changes in the first year of life. We’ve gone from napping on demand/on the go to napping three times a day to now two. And at some point in the next three months we’ll probably be down to one nap! We’ve also gone from a 10:30 bedtime to 8pm to currently 6-6:30. Crazy right? But it’s all in the hopes of maintaining the “perfect night”. What we mommies calling SSTN (sleeping through the night). We are obsessed with this idea and personally, I will do whatever it takes to get as many of those nights as possible. Cuz hell, even when we have those nights, I’m still getting up at 6 or 7 in the morning. And I used to get up at 9-10. Sigh. Anyway, I’ve read Ferber, Hogg, the sleep shuffle lady, the no cry sleep solution lady and in the end Weissbluth is my dude.

The Wonder Weeks: You can also get a decent amount of information online about the Wonder Weeks. This little gem helps predict when your baby will go through developmental milestones and how to help them develop these new skills more quickly.  Here’s a tantalizing excerpt: It’s not your imagination– all babies go through a difficult period around the same age. Research has shown that babies make 10 major, predictable, age-linked changes – or leaps – during their first 20 months of their lives.  During this time, they will learn more than in any other time.  With each leap comes a drastic change in your baby’s mental development, which affects not only his mood, but also his health, intelligence, sleeping patterns and the “three C’s” (crying, clinging and crankiness). Read more. It’s real people. I’m a believer!

 

 

Cloth Diapering my way – 0 to 6 months

I was very skeptical of cloth diapering for a number of reasons. The number one reason being that I hate doing laundry and Lee was not interested in doing a diaper service but he travels a lot which meant I would be doing the laundry more often than not. In the end, it’s not that bad. In fact, it’s quite easy once you figure out all the tricks and I feel a lot better not buying all those landfill diapers! So here it is, in great yet hopefully concise detail!

We were lucky enough to inherit Fuzzibuns sized diapersfrom Lee’s sister. Thanks Mara!! However, when Bailey was born he was a skinny 6lbs 3 oz and essentially pooped right out the legs of the small Fuzzibuns. Foothills Community hospital in Boulder only does prefold cloth diapers in the postpartum ward, which meant we got to learn how to diaper and practice with prefold cloth diapers before we even got home. And it was easy! So, we started with a three month rental service from a local cloth diaper shop. They offered us waterproof diaper covers as well as prefolds cloth diapers. It was nice to rent all the materials because once we outgrew them; we could just return them to the store and move on to the inherited diapers.

Bailey in a prefold diaper and rumparoo cover in the midst of milk coma

If you do “prefolds”, I recommend starting with:

  1. 6 waterproof covers (we used Rumparooz)
  2. 25 prefolds
  3. 1 Snappi

If I was buying my own prefolds/covers set up, I would probably go with the Econobums package to start with.

Prefold diaper tips:

  • The prefold diaper folds into the waterproof cover.
  • The Snappi helps you get the prefold snugly around baby.
  • The waterproof cover snaps or velcros over the prefold.
  • It is essential to make sure the prefold is completely covered by the cover, otherwise pee will wick straight up out of the cover and on to baby’s onesie.
  • Once you have your technique down, your covers can last weeks because, everything is contained in the prefold part. I think we did diaper laundry once a week back then.
Using a snappi on the prefold diaper, cover comes next.

I really loved using prefolds. I felt like you had more flexibility to wrap the diaper snugly around the baby’s upper thigh. They seemed less messy in general. With prefold covers, you can get sized covers or one sized covers that supposedly fit from birth to potty training. The theoretical benefit of the one size covers is that you obviously need less diapers overall. However, the one one-size diaper that I tried was too big early on, so it really depends on your baby. It’s best to try out different brands and styles before committing to buying  a lot of diapers.

Once Bailey grew into the Fuzzibuns small diapers, we switched over to those. Personally, I like them a little less. They are called pocket diapers which means you have to stuff an insert into the diaper and then pull the insert out after the diaper has been used. With prefolds, you can reuse the cover multiple times before washing it. With the pocket diaper, you have to wash both the insert and the cover after each use. The pocket diapers are super cute and less bulky though. As Bailey grew out of the small Fuzzibuns, he clearly did not fit into the medium ones, so we bought six one size fuzzibuns which I liked a lot and supposedly they will keep expanding through the rest of his diaper career. We still use the one size diapers as his night diapers because we can control the elastic at both the waist and the leg.

Pocket Diaper basics –we have:

  • 25 of each sized diaper + 6 one size diapers
  • 6 additional hemp inserts that we add for night time diapering. My fav is the thirsties insert
B in a Fuzzibuns diaper

How we diaper with Fuzzibuns

  • Daytime diapering – we use the regular insert that came with each Fuzzibun. Change diaper every 2-3 hours unless we know he’s pooped and then obviously we change it sooner.
  • Nighttime diapering – we double stuff with a regular insert and a thirsties insert. He has never leaked through since we started doing that and he is in that diaper for about 12 hours.
  • We wash diapers twice a week mostly because you don’t want the diapers to sit in pee and poo for much longer.

The Diapering station: His diapering station is on the bathroom counter by his room. We have:

  • a loose waterproof pad on top of
  • a foam changing pad (which also has a waterproof cover).
  • Several prefold cotton diapers that we use under his bottom in case things get messy, you can also use them on top to prevent accidental pee fountains! Whatever you do, don’t get one of those silly peepee teepee things – they just deflect the pee back down on to the baby which still makes a mess of his clothes.
  • Little  washcloths to clean him
  • Diaper ointment. I alternate between 100% shea butter and Honest healing balm
  • Maalox. Yep, that’s right! It works great if baby has diarrhea and gets a really icky diaper rash. Just dab it on.
  • Five gallon bucket with lid (see below for why)
  • Borax – still not sure what it is exactly but boy does it do a lot of different things!

Where we keep dirty diapers

  • We keep a five gallon bucket on the floor filled up a third of the way with water and a ½ cup of Borax. Each dirty diaper goes into the bucket. Close the lid and move on. This method works so much better than a wet bag or diaper pail. There is absolutely no smelly bathroom if you do this method. The borax and water are not critical until around month 4 or 5 when baby’s urine starts to smell more like ammonia. It also really minimizes stains and poo smell (once baby starts to eat solids).

Washing cloth diapers

  • Every Thursday and Sunday, we empty the bucket into the washing machine to wash the diapers.
  • Set the washing machine to largest load – you want all that water to get all the dirties out of the diapers!
  • Run one with no detergent  (preferably cold)
  • Add 1 tablespoon of detergent of choice and run a hot/cold wash, heavy load. Yes, it’s important to use less detergent so that your diapers don’t get detergent build up.
  • If the diapers still smell, run another rinse cycle and then consider adding more detergent or trying another brand of detergent. Just remember that diapers really don’t need much detergent.
  • Throw diapers into dryer on low for a long drying cycle – the night inserts take an especially long time to dry. You can also put the diapers outside in the sun to dry. The sun naturally bleaches out the poop stains, though it is important that the diapers are pretty wet when you put them out in the sun.

Detergents

I’ve tried Charlie’s soap – diapers didn’t smell clean; Tide original powder – recommended by dozens of CDing moms, but was too harsh for Bailey; Seventh Generation – again diapers didn’t seem clean; and finally, we tried All Free & Clear liquid – and it was just right for us – diapers smell clean, have almost no staining and we haven’t had to strip the diapers since we started using it. You’ve just got to experiment, since your machine and water is different than the next cloth diapering mama…

If your diapers don’t seem to be working…

  • If your diapers are brand new, did you remember to break them in to get them to absorb the best that they can? If not, you can wash them several times using a hot water cycle. You can also just boil the inserts in a pot on the stove for 10 minutes – that’s what I do.
  • If your diapers don’t seem to be soaking up liquid after you’ve been using them awhile, your diapers may have detergent build up.
  • Detergent build up requires that you strip your diapers. This is how I strip diapers: Put clean diapers in your washing machine and 1 tablespoon of Original Dawn dishwashing liquid and run a hot cycle, super-sized setting. Run a minimum of two more cycles to get the Dawn completely out of the diapers. If you see soap bubbles, you need to run another cycle. Once you are confident that the Dawn is gone, dry the diapers on low. Your diapers should start working better immediately.

That’s it for now. We’re just starting solids, so I’ll have an update in a few months about using sprayers and flushable inserts…til then!

Looking cute in a one-size Fuzzibuns

One last comment about disposable diapers.

I’ve always heard that Huggies are for girls and Pampers are for boys. Are you a mama? What do you think? We use Pampers swaddlers in a pinch and they work great, they just aren’t biodegradable. I’m not really a fan of seventh generation diapers. They don’t really biodegrade either. My favorite ‘sposies are Honest diapers –super cute, biodegradable and work really well.

Scent of a mama

I don’t know about other ladies, but when I became pregnant, my skin and hair started changing. It got really, really dry and  I found myself in search of new skin and hair care products. For those of you expecting the “pregnancy glow”, it doesn’t always happen. Instead, you may find yourself with a case of acne or even weird dry red rashes on your face. It definitely doesn’t feel lovely.

One of my goals during pregnancy was to look great. In fact, I think I tried harder while I was pregnant than before I was pregnant. Anyway, I searched and searched online for recommendations on face creams for sensitive, super dry skin and I finally found Origins Mega-mushroom skin relief soothing cream. A bit pricey, but it felt like heaven on my face and it had a distinctive smell that I will always associate with being pregnant and having my firstborn child.

As I applied the cream to my face last night, I paused and wondered if Bailey will associate that smell with his mama too.

The scent of my mama will always be Oil of Olay. She doesn’t even use it anymore, but throughout my childhood, it was her go-to face cream. To this day, anytime I smell it, I think of being snuggled up to my mom as a kid. Warmth, love and safety. I hope B will feel that way about me when he is grown and has his own family…