Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I suck at blogging

I started out on a high note. Mia had turned 1 and I thought doing a blog wouldn't take much time. Turns out, even getting out one post a month was challenging!  I vow to do better as writing is cathartic for me and I also like chronicling Mia's life.

She's 19 months now and full of life!  Also full of no.  But her eating is excellent. She eats broccoli like candy and still shuns sweets.  She's still not a huge meat eater, but I'm not either (much to the chagrin of my husband).  I cringed when she was eating some fresh salmon that my husband caught from Lake Michigan.  Those in Chicago realize Lake Michigan isn't the cleanest spot in the city and a body or two turns up in there every few months.  Took everything I had not to throw the salmon in the trash and tell my husband she loved it.  Thankfully in the 11 years I've known my husband he's only eaten salmon from Lake Michigan once.  If it only occurs every decade or so, I'm cool with it.

This post has no theme except to admit that as a blogger, I need some work.  Although as a mom, I'm doing great. Mia is eating all kinds of different foods and she's thriving.  Stay tuned. I promise to be better at updating!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mother Shock

I just finished a book called Mother Shock. Yes, the title is a little extreme but seemed fitting as I began my second year as a mother.  The book has a bunch of essays on the different stages of motherhood.  The first few essays focused on the immediacy needed to be a new mom.  Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a doer -- I get things done and FAST.  I hate leaving anything on my to do list.  Given immediacy is my nature, I acclimated quickly to responding to Mia's every need.  But now 16 months later I find that my response is slower.  Yes, I still respond to all cries, but I have relaxed a bit.    Per author Andrea Buchanan this means I'm getting into the final stage of motherhood where you truly start to feel like a mother.  Apparently not freaking out about Mia eating Fancy Feast equates to being comfortable as a mom. I've arrived!   

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pondering the Pyramid

The new Dietary Guidelines came out this week. Cue eyes glazing over for 99% of Americans.  Not for me though. It was like the Academy Awards in nutrition PR. The Guidelines are updated every five years and they are such a huge deal for so many food companies.  So it is with giddy excitement that I bring my thoughts on the new recommendations.

Everyone is looking for the big A-HA.  Some all-encompassing easy fix for obesity.  Not going to happen people.  Eat less, move more.  Nobody wants to hear that. 

One day I will have to explain healthy eating to Mia. I probably won't use the Guidelines to do that.  In 100 pages the current report doesn't really tell you anything new.  They also call out nutrient 'bad guys' like fat and sugar but not specific foods, which is confusing (although pleases food companies).  Telling Mia to cut back on salt, sugar and fat will be met glazed eyes.  But saying "less frosting, more broccoli" with a raised voice might mean something.

So will the new Guidelines do anything to combat obesity? We have five years to find out.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pump it up

There's a secret underground competition among breastfeeding moms for number of ounces they can pump at one time.  I was pumping 3-4 times a day when I went back to work and was getting 10-12 ounces each time, which was on the high end.  I constantly compared with coworkers, other moms and read online to find out what was normal (one coworker was consistently scoring 15 ounces...the cow!).

Now that I'm no longer pumping I feel relief from the pressure.  That is, until last week when I went to Denver for an overnight trip and had to pump a few times.  I was able to get over 10 ounces each time. I was elated and had so much pride. But really, it had nothing to do with anything I had control over. But I'll take full credit for it.  Considering how little I work out these days pumping 10 ounces was like completing a half-marathon for my pride. I've still got it!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Miranda GRRRR.

Maybe I'm just a jaded (and tired) new mom, but have you seen Miranda Kerr's statement about giving birth to her son with Orlando Bloom this month?  Here's a snipit:

"He weighed 9lb 12 ounces (a very healthy and big baby boy). I gave birth to him naturally; without drugs or painkillers and it was a long, arduous and difficult labour..."  And then she attaches a picture of her angelic little boy blissfully nursing and she's got red lipstick on, is pin thin and not a hair out of place.  She had him 12 days ago. 

Why do statements like this from celebrities annoy me so?   At 12 days post-partum I was ragged. I mean RAGGED.  Tired, grumpy, elated, then sad, tired again, rinse, repeat.  I certainly wasn't glamming up with red lipstick while breastfeeding in a kimono. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Holy Molar

One of Mia's molars finally came in.  This is her 9th tooth so you'd think I'd be used to it by now, but something about this one was more painful than the others. And it took two months to surface.  I don't like the thought of over-medicating her with ibuprofen but I don't want her in pain either.  Such a struggle for a new mom!  Might need to over-medicate myself just so I can chill out about it.

From what I've read she'll start eating better once the molars are in. I'm looking forward to that as her diet consists of 70% breastmilk and 30% solids right now (not my fault, I swear!).  One of my co-workers was asking how to get her toddler to drink more milk because he was only drinking 10 ounces or so a day. Um, the dietitian's kid is only drinking 4-6 ounces of cow's milk a day.  Alas, I do have some tips though that are slowly helping Mia get better with cow's milk:

*Put it in EVERYTHING.  Homemade mac n' cheese, oatmeal, smoothies. You name it, cow's milk is in it.

*Go sweeter.  Some moms swear by acidophilus milk, which has been fermented with bacteria to create a sweeter flavor kids love. It can also help restore healthy bacteria to the digestive tract.  You can also try soymilk as its sweeter than cow's milk. I love the Silk Omega-3 & Calcium variety (client, yes, but still love it). 

*Make it fun.  Give your toddler a special milk cup that's just for him. Or start each meal off with a big "cheers" where you clink glasses and you drink some milk too. Kids love to imitate.

*Be weary of flavored milks like chocolate or strawberry milk, as toddlers don't need the added sugar and you don't want to predispose them to syrupy flavored milk.  Definitely keep it as a treat only. 

Here's hoping the 3 remaining "first" molars pop through quickly.  And then there's the canines and second molars.  So much to look forward to!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Harvard Shmarvard

What is with the guilt when you become a mom? 

This morning I was reading a study where Harvard researchers noted a 73% increase since 1980 in overweight infants under 6 months old.  This was attributed to what the baby was fed before being born.  Moms who eat like crap during their pregnancy end up with higher blood sugar and pass the glucose on to the baby -- the more glucose the baby gets, the more insulin cells the baby develops.  If the baby develops more and more insulin cells they'll be predisposed to being overweight and may become insulin resistant as they age. 

I'll admit I wasn't the most nutritious eater while pregnant.  I had been a vegetarian for years, but all of a sudden turkey sandwiches and burgers called to me.  I felt nauseous most of the time and the only thing that took the edge off was a good burger.  Did I eat unhealthy "enough" to predispose Mia to weight gain?

Guess only time will tell, but for now I'm feeding Mia as healthy as I can and trying to stave off the guilt of any pregnancy over indulgences.  She loves broccoli and hates sweets.  I'm taking that as a sign that everything is going to be OK.