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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Goodbye Chocolate, Ol’ Pal

So I hadn’t really been watching what I ate as far as breastfeeding goes with Levi because he had been so mellow. And maybe subconsciously I was just a little tired of all the restrictions. With Samuel I couldn’t eat so many of my favorite foods because they would give him gas or upset his reflux. When he turned one and I was no longer giving him my milk, I was so ready to load my Mexican food with hot sauce once again and my breakfast tacos with Tabasco. I was also ready to not have to order the non-chocolate desserts at restaurants again. And don’t get me started on alcohol. Much to my surprise, I lost my tolerance for spicy foods and became a very cheap drunk (calm down, I’m exaggerating).

Well, Levi’s reflux issues are getting worse, so it’s time to start enforcing restrictions on my diet once again [defeated sigh]. I would do anything for that sweet little boy, though, so it’s not going to be all too difficult [I say trying to convince myself that the chocolate brownie I had at On The Border tonight was really overrated]. At this point, though, his colic has gotten so bad I feel like it would be child abuse to not make a few dietary changes. He’s on medication, too, but that doesn’t clear it up completely.

So I looked up the list from The Baby Book of foods that aggravate reflux. I used to keep this list on the refrigerator with Samuel, and I just printed it up so that I could repost it to the frig door. Here it is:

  • Acidic foods, citrus fruits and juices (orange, grapefruit, lemon), tomatoes, peppers, onions
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine – coffee, tea, soda
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Chilies
  • Chocolate :(
  • Fatty foods
  • Fried foods
  • High sorbitol fruit juices (prune, pear, and apple)
  • Meats with a lot of gristle
  • Peppermint and spearmint
  • Spices
  • Stringy foods: seeds, skins, stringy fruits and vegetables

So I’m going to leave them out of my diet. It’s not too bad; I already leave most of them out of my regular diet anyway. Although, if that doesn’t work then I have to work off of the gassy baby fuss food list, which is much more restrictive:

  • Dairy products
  • Caffeine – coffee, tea, soda
  • Soy products
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Wheat
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Corn
  • Prenatal vitamins (The iron may be irritating to baby. Ask your OB for an alternative if this is the culprit.)
  • Gassy vegetables:
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Cabbage
    • Onions
    • Green peppers
    • Tomatoes

If I have to resort to this list I think I’ll cry.

Ah, the sacrifices of motherhood. I’ll be sure to remember to tell him of this to use as ammo as needed when he gets older.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New Do

If daily baby spit-up in your hair isn’t incentive to get a short haircut, I don’t know what is. I’m getting my hair cut and highlighted next weekend, and I’m so excited. It’s been the same way for a long time, with very minor variations. I was growing it out, and, as is the case every time I grow it out, I realized that my hair is too thin and straight to be long and look good. I kept growing it out, though, because Michael likes it long. Why do guys like long hair, even when it doesn’t look as good as say a cute bob-cut?

Anyway, I’d like your opinions of whether or not I’m going in the right direction. I tend to go with the tried and true cuts that I always get, but I’m feeling a little adventurous. So please tell me simply if you like this one or not. Imagine it with highlights, too. I chose it because my hair is thin and flat like this picture, so it might work well for me. If you don’t like it, then I invite you to suggest something else. Just go to the poll on the top right of this page and select your choice. Thanks!

New Rules for Lifting

Well, I’m back at the gym again, and it feels SOOO good. I quit working out at probably 34 weeks pregnant as I got increasingly fatigued from the enormity of my growing belly. I hate not working out; it makes me feel so gross. To those of you who have had a C-section, you can attest to the fact that things will never again be the same in the abs department (even some of you who had natural deliveries), but I’m still going to give it my all in hopes of at least shrinking the incriminating overhang. That has got to be the worst part of having a C-section. Yeah, the recovery sucks and the fact that you don’t get to experience childbirth is a bummer, but the flap that doesn’t go away is really the worst of it.

We’re going on a family vacation to Florida in May, and I hope to at least fit into my bathing suit by then. At the recommendation of a new friend of mine, I got The New Rules forLifting for Women, and it’s really a good book. The workouts are only about 30 minutes long, but they’re so good. I saw Salma Hayek on Oprah yesterday, and she just had a baby and was talking about losing the weight. I was so thrilled that she finally said what I’ve been thinking all along. Yeah, when you’re breastfeeding it burns a lot of calories so in theory you could lose the weight more quickly, but it’s NOT good for the baby! So slow and steady is the way to go.


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