So, today is Monday and the last day of week 2 of our Whole30 Challenge.
It’s honestly become less and less of a deal. Prepping is definitely a huge help. If you’re currently doing the challenge, here’s what I prep Sunday night to help a bit with meals:
- Steam 2-3 sweet potatoes
- Par-cook purple cabbage
- Chop lettuce for salad
- Chop peppers (for use in salad or veggie stirfries)
- Dice an onion
I’m not a huge fan of cooking any type of protein before hand, unless it’s chili. But with the above prepped, I can easily add veggies to anything or make a quick salad.
Sunday was kind of a lazy hang around sort of day, save for my 2 hour trip to the Farmer’s market + Whole Foods. I found myself snacking on sweet potato chips a lot, which I don’t tend to do during the week. Considering what I usually do on a Sunday, I’ll call that a win.
I have a hunch that if I were sleeping well at night, I’d be waking up feeling pretty darn good these days. Eli has decided to kind of be crazy with his sleeping the last few nights, so I wake up feeling kind of left of center, but it fades after I have my green juice and is distant history after my morning coffee!
I’d love to tell you that weight has magically melted away, but that isn’t the case. I do feel that I’ve lost weight, but nothing drastic. I’m still in my same size pants and stuff, but I can tell my belly is flatter and less bloated, which is always nice.
Some exciting developments:
Babycakes loves going up stairs. As you can imagine, going down stairs is not working out, since he employs the same “going up” technique for going down. Basically, if he’s suddenly quiet, I need to RUN and find him, not walk. It’s been a blast. Especially when he learned how to pull down the gate and use it as a ramp. You can’t buy that kind of fun, people. Especially when you’re trying to watch Prison Break.
We went to the playground and it was the first time he actually played instead of just swinging in the baby swing. VERY fun! My little booger is getting so big. It’s freaking me out that he’ll be 11 months old soon…
I miss these days when he always passed out after his milk. Sigh. People said that they would grow super fast. But I didn’t realize how very fast it would be! Blink and your little creature is suddenly a little person trying to communicate with you.
Or giving you looks.
Speaking of, he also had his first green smoothie. We drank it through a straw, and clearly my man doesn’t yet get the concept yet. He did enjoy himself though. In this picture he’s giving the fist pump to show he’s finished. 🙂
I hope you all had a great weekend!
One of the first things I learned about being a new parent is that everyone has an opinion on the best way to raise a child, or your child. Some great advice is shared, some nosy advice is shared, and some people just like talking. I want to be clear when I say this: to each their own. Unless it’s some gross form of neglect, I’m of the opinion that every baby is so different, you really just need to find what works for you and your family. So I’m absolutely not judging here.
Eli has never been a good sleeper. Since day 1 he’s been making my nights a living hell! For the first five months, Hubs and I were literally living in a zombie-like state. It was no bueno. I was given oodles of advice – and believe, I asked ANYONE for advice – and the most common advice was to put rice cereal in formula and stuff the boy. As a new mom, dead set on breastfeeding, initially this horrified me. But one evening, feeling like I’d pretty much do anything for an hour of sleep, I gave it a shot. It failed miserably and only led to me feeling like a jerk and a constipated baby. Maybe this method works for some, but it didn’t work for us. Since I was up all night anyway, I researched as much as I could and of course spoke to my pediatrician, who stated this clearly:
Sleeping is a physiological milestone.
That means some babies sleep 4-5 hour stretches in the first couple of weeks. Others (lucky us) don’t reach that milestone until months later. It happens eventually. You get through it. Eli still isn’t a champion sleeper, but most nights he’ll sleep 4-5 hour stretches and it’s very doable for me.
But I digress. This post is about food.
Now that Eli is nearing 8 months, I’m constantly being asked if he’s eating yet. My answer is, “Sometimes.” Pediatricians recommend that infants drink only breastmilk or formula until 6 months of age. They also agree that prior 1 years old, babies really don’t require anything beyond milk nutritionally. Being that he has the entire rest of his life to eat, I’m just in no rush to feed him. Yes, he eats. Sometimes a tablespoon of sweet potatoes, or a whole serving of pureed bananas. But I don’t force him. If he enjoys it and it keeps his interest, we keep going; I absolutely am not going to force feed my son.
Anyone who has met him, or lifted him, will not be worrying whether or not he’s hungry. He’s a solid kid, and is currently in the 96% percentile for height, weight, and head circumference. His eyes are bright, he’s happy (most of the time), and now that he’s mobile, there’s no stopping him.
I still breastfeed, and supplement with organic formula, because I’m VERY over pumping all the time, and my milk production has slowed a little bit. Plus, I like the convenience of being able to make a bottle here and there, for those times when I’ve had a couple glasses of wine, or if I need someone else to feed him. This works for us, and I’m happy. I’m glad he’s getting as much breastmilk as I can give him, and I’m glad that he’s healthy and thriving. That’s all any mom wants, right? A happy and healthy little kid.
Am I giving Eli juice or rice cereal now? No. I’m not giving myself sugar and try hard to stay away from processed food for a reason: it’s just not good for you. Plus, anything that can potentially constipate my kid is completely out of the question – he is a TERROR when he can’t poop. Again, you have to find what works for you.