Nursing Friendly Diet

It was important to me that when Caleb was born I would breastfeed as long as possible. I wasn't able to nurse Liam longer than 6 weeks and I was determined to nurse at least 2 months with Caleb.

It's been a bumpy road as it often can be with breastfeeding. I had mastitis, a bad latch, blisters. It was excruciating making it to this point but it's been well worth it. Caleb is a big eater (6-8 oz per feeding and he's only 7 weeks!) and now that we've mastered breastfeeding, my focus has shifted to my milk supply. Thankfully I've only had to supplement a handful of times and though it feels like life centers around feeding him it's been well worth it.

A healthy diet is crucial to maintaining your milk supply. I've found several foods to aide in feeding my little chunk of love.

Granola: I add granola from Trader Joe's to plain greek yogurt with a little honey and eat it daily as a snack. It's delicious and the honey makes it seem a bit like a dessert. A bit. 😉 I also eat oatmeal for breakfast every day.

Flax seed: I'm still experimenting with this but so far it's a great additive to oatmeal and lactation cookies (more on that later). 

Eggs: Scrambled or fried, it's one of my favorite healthy breakfasts. Or dinners. 😜

Healthy protein: Think salmon and chicken. Even if you're not a nursing mom, this is some of the best healthy protein you can eat. I make it a general rule to avoid red meat.

Lactation cookies: This is my favorite recipe and even the boys love them. I bought these too and while they're more convenient, the homemade version is more delicious (and cheaper). Cookies are nice to have around for those hangry moments when you're starving and need a little something. Plus I feel okay about eating them since they're boosting my supply. Right?? They're particularly great at 3am. Just sayin.

Mother's Milk tea: I drink a cup a night and notice a huge difference. Plus it's been nice to have hot tea every night. 

WATER: Staying hydrated is essential; water helps your body make milk. I drink about 80-100 ounces a day and make a point to keep my favorite water jug by me at all times. As a general rule when the baby is nursing, I be sure to drink water as well. He eats, I drink.


On being the best

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I put Caleb in bed, grateful it was time for his afternoon nap. I thought I'd fit in an episode or two of Grey's Anatomy, my latest Netflix binge #maternityleave. Just as I had finally relaxed and my eyes got heavy, I turned over for some shut eye.

I heard the dreaded, Waaaaaaaa. 

It's like babies have magical powers when just as you're about to drift off to that magical land of sleep, BAM! They wake up.

I carried him to my bed, watched another episode while he fussed and tried to lull himself back to sleep. I felt my frustration rise as my eyes burned from lack of sleep. I just want sleeeeep.

And then I thought.

So? I'm tired. I'm cranky. But I'm holding this little baby who is only this little for such a short time. Three months and he's no longer a precious newborn. So I may be tired but I'm also determined to be present. I'm not wishing for time to pass nor am I willing for it to slow down. Instead we're enjoying each day together, getting to know each other, basking in his delicious newborn smell and feeling so much love.

"Adjust your expectations. Expect your world to change. Expect the tears. Expect the lack of control. Don't expect Pure Mama Bliss all the time. There will be bliss; you will be in love with this new baby (although maybe not right away, which is completely okay). But this is not the movies. This is not your best friend's experience or your mom's experience or your sister's experience. It is yours. It has never been done before. There are no expectations Just a new path for you to create. You are the best mother your baby will ever know." via here

I was hard on myself with my first child. I had post-partum depression, no idea what I was doing, and I felt so unprepared for motherhood. This time, I still have no idea what I'm doing and still feel unprepared but I'm so enjoying figuring it out. When I read the above, I was comforted. It's okay to not know. But I do know that my kids will know how much they're loved and that their mother tried her very best.

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As a new mom of two, I find myself often saying What time is it? Life seems busy and slow all at once as new routines are being created. Sometimes an 11:00AM appointment seems early and I wonder how I'll get everything done before then. Other days, I feel like a wizard. The house is clean, babies are bathed, I'm dressed and makeup is on and I don't have spit up running down my back. 

As I'm on maternity leave for the next several months, I want my time with my kids and husband to be purposeful. I've been enjoying cooking more and playing with Liam throughout the day. I'm allowing myself to sit on the couch to hold Caleb and not feel guilty about it. I don't want this special time to drift by and I look back and think What did I do with the time I was given?

This Mother's Day, I'm grateful for this new season in life. It's such a privilege to raise two boys and I want to really live and experience every minute of it. It seems like Liam was just born and I turned around and we're celebrating his 4th birthday. The days are long but oh my goodness, how the years are short.

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The first week

Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart. -Winnie the Pooh

Little Caleb's first week of life has been relatively easy. So far, though I miss sleep, he's been a dream. Thomas and I feel pretty lucky with him. It's been a seamless transition welcoming him to the family and we're so enjoying loving on those deliciously chunky cheeks.

- He is learning to follow voices. 
- He loves his wubbanub although thus far, any pacifier will do.
- Speaking of, he's learning to find his thumb. And also his whole fist, which if he can fit in his mouth he will.
- Nursing champ!
- We had his first baby well visit and he's gained 5 ounces and 1 inch. His pediatrician didn't see a need to see him for his two week appointment since he's gaining weight so well. Clearly this bebe only gets bigger.

Liam has taken to his little brother marvelously. He gets right in his face, rubs his head and says, Hi, sweetie. You're so cute. Hi, sweetie. Over and over and over. It's the best.

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