Guys, we started solids two weeks ago which is pretty exciting stuff over in this household! As a member of a family that loves to cook, this child is destined to be a good eater….or so we hope. To be honest, the weeks leading up to starting really stressed me. Everyone and every book tells you something different. Start with rice cereal or don’t do rice cereal. There was bound to be something at any given point I was going to “do wrong.” Thanks to some tips and reassurance from mom friends and family, I decided to just go with my gut and do what I think is best for Carter.
We decided to go straight to the good stuff. Avocado. I’ve been following the guidelines and recipes of an amazing book (see below) and that’s helped a ton. I’m a big believer is fresh and natural cooking for my lil one. Why start them on processed foods when it takes me 5 minutes to whip up enough sweet potato for an army of little ones. I started with puree but he didn’t seem to be a big fan. This kid wants to real thing so I cut up whatever I’m going to give him and put it in his teether mesh bag. This calms me down from having to worry about choking and Carter gets the good stuff au natural. Ya know?
My other rule was wanting to introduce as many vegetables before fruits so we go 3 to 1. Having a sweet tooth myself this child is destined to love all things sugary. Sorry kid. This is another reason for my “natural” baby food debate. So we did avocado, sweet potato, peas, apples then yam. This week we will continue to zucchini, carrots then pear. I will soon move in to making different combinations with spices like rice cereal, apples and cinnamon or avocado, cucumber and zucchini. We shall see how it goes.
Whatever you decide to do have fun with it. It’s so exciting to see their little faces really take in a food or make a face of total disgust. Just tasting, figuring out the textures and making a complete mess is a whole new world. As much as I absolutely love the newborn stage and all that comes with it, this little munchkin is starting to turn into a little boy and it’s so much fun. He’s got a insanely adorable personality filled with smiles, giggles and a whole lot of “talking”. He’s got two little boy teeth, is moving from point A to point B in a hot minute and has this determination and pensive demeanor about him that I just admire. They warned me it would be amazing but I never thought it would be anything like this! Happy 6 Months baby boy!!!
Ready to learn the recipe for my latest addiction?
When we came home from the hospital, one of my friends dropped off a batch of these peanut butter oatmeal balls. She found the recipe on Pinterest, but changed a couple things. It was love at first taste the moment I bit into my first ball. Since then I make sure to always have these on hand as a quick snack.
After making the first batch I decided to add in some brewer’s yeast. Brewer’s yeast is known for helping with lactation and keeping a healthy supply, or possibly increasing if you need! I had made lactation cookies which were delicious but I found these balls to be “healthier” and a quick fix. When I have these regularly, I noticed I produce more milk when pumping. It’s like having a beer without getting tipsy. (this is a pro while taking care of your child) Plus, oatmeal is known to help with supply so this recipe is a win-win!
In the middle of the night when I am starving while feeding Carter they’ve become the perfect snack. Warning…they’re addictive!! And yes, you can have them even if you’re not looking to increase your supply or simply don’t add the yeast. Husband calls them my boobie balls
2 cups dry oats
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
2/3 cup honey
1 cup ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (optional)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Roll into balls.
Layer in between wax paper and store in fridge.
One of the luckiest blessings throughout my pregnancy thus far has been having my dad be involved. If you didn’t meet him in this post, no worries…he’s back! He’s been a OBGYN for 40 years so I’m pretty sure he’s seen it all. There’s no question I can ask that will throw him off, plus it’s easier to reach him than calling my doctor. I know you’re wondering, so no he will not be doing the delivery, but yes will be right outside the door. There’s just some things I think a father and daughter shouldn’t experience together and what goes on below the sheet is one of those things. Awkward.
He’s been super helpful when it comes to pregnancy eating and weight gain so I thought I would share my experience and tips.
I’ve been really fortunate to have not gained a lot of weight so far. To be completely honest, I don’t know the exact amount. I told my doctor I didn’t want to know since I’ve struggled in the past with eating issues and I didn’t want to go crazy about the numbers on the scale. The best thing for me has been how I feel and fit in my clothes. Weight gain varies for each individual based on your body type and how tall you are. I’m 6ft so the “healthy” amount according to my doctor to gain was anywhere from 30-45. Talk with your doctor for specifics. Sidenote, according to my dad the average woman leaves the hospital down 10-15 pounds (thanks to baby, fluids, etc) so I’m not totally freaking out anymore that I have two months to be ready for swimsuit season. Oh vey! Let’s keep the body butter coming….no stretch marks, no stretch marks…..no stretch marks!
I would attribute a healthy and steady weight gain to three factors. First, for a while about 75% of what went down came right back up. I actually lost a few pounds between months 3 and 5, but finally showed some gains at my 6 month appointment. (Not exactly on the healthy side) I’m giving the holidays filled with endless eating some credit on that one and the Super Bowl. (I hate basically a half Costco pizza and Mrs. Field’s cookie cake) Secondly, no matter how I have been feeling I’ve tried to consistently get 30 minutes of exercise in at least 6 days a week. Whether going on a walk or taking a yoga class, I’ve found it to be so important to keep up a healthy fitness regiment. It’s great for you and the baby! Lastly, when I first found out I was pregnant I remembered a tip my dad had told me….you really only need to eat 300 more calories a day. 300!? That’s it! Extra glass of OJ, maybe a donut (prob not healthiest) or power bar. It’s not a 10 month time to gorge and eat whatever you want because as he says “Once on your lips, forever on your hips.”
I wouldn’t necessarily say I have had “cravings” but fresh fruit always sounds amazing. From the morning until dinner I tend to be a big grazer eating small snacks frequently. As I have gotten farther along it’s been a little tough to have larger meals. Can we talk about how uncomfortable I feel when there’s a big plate full in my tummy?
The above picture is a sample of what I will consume until late afternoon. Here’s some of my favorites that are filling and healthy:
Breakfast: protein bars, whole wheat waffles with berries, Go Lean Crunch cereal, steel cut oatmeal
Fruits: Cuties, apple, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, watermelon, pineapple
Snacks: edamame, raisins, assorted nut pack, carrots & bell peppers with hummus, pita bread, pretzel slims, peanut butter sandwich
Water: goal is 5 liters minimum per day
Now keep in mind I am not perfect. I’ve definitely had my fair share of sweets or cheat days but for the most part I try to stick to healthy guidelines. True story? A few weekends ago we were pretty busy with work on the business and house so I decided it was approved to have 4 donuts in a 24-hour period. No judgement please. It was also a treat since I passed my gestational diabetes test. Maybe I should go in again now?
Anyways, hope this helps if your preggers! Don’t stress about gaining weight. Eat healthy, exercise and drink lots of water!