Bits of randomness…

~It’s crazy that in the life of a stay at home Mom that I continue to stay so busy week after week. Between play dates, house cleaning and grocery shopping, it seems that I find myself wondering how the day got away from me so quickly. Then, before I know it…the week is over.
~Parker turned seven months last week. I can’t believe that we’re actually closer to a one year old than a newborn now. It’s bitter sweet for sure. So, what does a seven month do you ask? Teething… yep. It’s starting with his bottom right side. So far it hasn’t been too bad. He’s woken up a few times at night grabbing at his mouth and fussing. Tylenol did the trick. He’s also starting to crawl. Yay! Not forward though. He’s pushing himself backwards and clockwise. I left him on the blanket near the coffee table, and while I ate breakfast, he worked himself all the way over towards the fireplace! He was giggling and babbling the entire way.  When I took his picture, he looked up in with a smile, proud of his accomplishment.  Let the fun begin!

~ Earlier this week we went to visit Aunt Marie.  It was nice to drive up to Marietta to visit.  In the past, that has always been difficult because Parker always had three or more naps that he needed to be home for, but now that he’s only taking two, things have been a little easier when it comes to venturing out.  Parker had a blast.  My cousin Lewie was playing with him and trying to teach him how to crawl.  The dogs Wolfie and Thor could not get enough of him, smothering him with kisses and love.  Of course Marie got her fair share of hugs and kisses too.  Parker absolutely LOVED all of the attention.

~So, Dan told me I need to watch Food, Inc. which aired on PBS last week.  My sis in law wrote about it here last year.  I’ve kind of lived by the thought when it came to this kind of stuff  that “What you don’t know can’t hurt you”.  That was until I watched this.  Um…Yuck.  I almost want to become a vegetarian.  Watching images of people chainsawing cows in half that that stand knee high in manure, then moments later it is ground into hamburger meat, was enough to make me want to loose my lunch.  It wasn’t just beef though Nooooo my friend.  It was SO much more than that.  There are so many genetically engineered foods out there, in order to produce a product quicker, larger, and one that last longer. They are pumping hormones and antibiotics into chicken, beef, and other meats.  This my friend is not only wrong…it’s gross.  I know you don’t want to know…but you should.  If you haven’t already, you should definitely watch it.  It’s mind blowing.

~On the heels of watching Food, Inc. I decided that I needed to make some changes in the way we eat.  I dug up some organic coupons by going to a few sites I found on here, and headed to Harry’s Whole Foods Market.  I found a great recipe on Mojo Chicken that I wanted to try.  It really turned out great.  I felt good about making a dish that had all natural ingredients and wasn’t loaded with sodium or high fructose corn syrup.  I’ve never been a fantastic cook, but I enjoy learning and challenging myself to try new dishes.  Next week I’m excited to try some vegetarian dishes.  Tofu Parmigiana tops the list!

~Not only are we being conscience of our own eating habits, but we are also wanting nothing but the best nutrition for Parker too.  Lately, feeding has been a bit trying as my supply has taken a big dip, and nursing has become a pain again.  For some reason, this seems to happen every time the feeding “schedule” changes.  About a week ago I decided to stop waking Parker up for a 5am feeding and just let him sleep.  I was waking him because I was concerned about his lower percentile in weight, but after talking to the doctor, I decided that I would pump during that feeding, and introduce that missed feeding in with his solid foods during the day.  He’s doing great sleeping 12hrs +/- and now we’re doing three solid meals a day and five nursing sessions.  That worked out just fine until about two days ago.  Parker tried to nurse during the third feeding of the day, and my let-down response was taking forever.  After several mins and lots of cries, the feeding began.  Needless to say, this has made feeding time very frustrating.  I’ve reluctantly introduced formula, but I’m glad that I’ve just let the perfectionist in me go, and as a result I’m stressing less about it.  I’m still pumping or feeding every three hours in order to boost my supply.  I know my supply will get back to where it was…but right now it really sucks. No pun intended.  A friend of mine gave me a book called “Child of Mine: Feeding with love and Good Sense” I’ve heard wonderful things about this book as an empowering guide to fostering a loving relationship between the parent and their child around food.  I’m only on the first chapter, but I’m eager to learn how this can help me to be a good parent when it comes to feeding Parker.

~Remember when I posted the “Forced Motivation” back in November?  Well…I’m back to my pre-preggo weight!  Woohoo!  Unfortunately, pre-pregnancy was also post-holiday too.  That means I still have some LB’s to shed, but in true Sunday Slim-down fashion, here’s my progress…

4 thoughts on “Bits of randomness…

  1. First, congrats on the pre-baby weight! That is a great accomplishment! Second, I’m so glad you watched Food, Inc.! Isn’t it so interesting/horrifying/INSANE?! We have totally changed the way we eat since then, and like you, are much more aware of what we feed to Avalon. Once you start looking, it’s incredible how high fructose corn syrup is EVERWHERE, and how almost everything in the grocery store is actually manufactured science instead of food! Crazy. Anyway, good luck with the new way of eating, and thanks for posting those links, I’m going to check them out!


  2. Alright it’s about time your big brother make a comment on your blog. First and foremost I want to tell you that you’re such a great mother. Kids and food is the most frustrating challenge you will ever face. Parker is just being Parker. If I had to do it all over again my two boys would be vegetarians. When it comes to food, Zane and Gavin make me want to pull my hair out sometimes. I never thought that they would choose dying as a better option than to eat their vegetables. In the early years it was so much easier just to pick up chicken nuggets from Mc Death then to fix them a good wholesome meal. All I have to say is that if Parker is eating healthy while he’s a toddler it will be so much easier for him to eat healthy when he’s a teenager. I love you, and I can’t wait to see you guys.


  3. Yay on the weight loss! That’s awesome!

    I agree with Spence. Had we to do it all over again, we would have eaten better ourselves and had the boys eat better as a result. Now it’s a battle, but it’s never too late to change. We are eating all veggie meals about 3-4x per week, and we’re seeing a difference. We’ve also cut out sugary cereals in the morning and have replaced with PB on toast and fruit. We already see a difference in the kids behavior and grades at school. Kudos to you for being so in tune to your health now. Parker will thank you for that later. 🙂


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