Forcing the Bloom

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Meataholic’s Anonymous

Along with all the things that changed when I became pregnant and had a baby, I also began eating meat.  Prior to pregnancy, I had been a vegetarian for about 15 years.  Well, actually I was a pescatarian – someone who does not eat any meat except seafood.  It’s now 8 months post-pregnancy and I’m still eating meat, especially steak!  Is it because I’m still breastfeeding?  Is it something I’m missing, like iron, or am I just addicted?  I don’t think eating meat is necessary if you have enough protein from other sources likes legumes.  It’s probably better to have a diet of whole grains, legumes, seeds, fruits and vegetables without meat.  It seems harder, however, to make meals that contain all those types of food.  It seems easier to plan a meal around a meat.  Usually when we say we don’t have food in the house, that means we don’t have meat.  Also, I try to buy meat on sale and that usually does not include fish, which is probably the healthiest meat.  Tilapia is sometime on sale but that’s about it.  So, do I try to go back to my pescatarian ways or stay a meataholic?

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Baby Jogger!

I finally bought a running stroller.  We decided to go with the most expensive brand – Baby Jogger – since we plan to do some serious,  long distance running.  It was about $400!  And we couldn’t find anything cheaper online for that brand.  The next most expensive brand is Bob, which you can get for about $320 online.  I like how the Baby Jogger has the hand strap attached to the frame as opposed to the handle.  It is very sturdy and has awesome shocks.  And yes, I am actually running!  I ran 3 times this week.  Next task, marathon.  🙂

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Magazine Review: Natural Baby

I picked up a new magazine called Natural Baby yesterday.  I grabbed it for the baby pictures.  Since Baby B loves pictures of babies, I planned to cut them out and put them up in his room.  When I read the editor’s note, I decided to actually read the articles!  (I’m not a big magazine fan to begin with.)  The editor’s note, by Annika Small, addressed homemade baby food, cloth diapers and breastfeeding.  That’s me!  Some of the information in the articles was a little basic if you’re already doing all these things but I still enjoyed it.  I really liked the list of resources in the back, which recommended different websites and blogs.  All in all, I recommend the magazine.  Give it a try if you see it in your local health food store.


Mommy Moments

Baby B is almost 7 1/2 months.  I recently noticed huge changes.  His eyes look a little darker.  His hair is coming in more.  And is sits up really well.  I’ve put alway almost all the 9 month old clothes.  Generally, the 12 month clothes fit better, especially now that it’s cold out.  Not sure what to do about gloves or mittens this winter.  Hmm.  I also noticed that he swallows better.  Not as much comes out.  The new teething cookies, however, create an awesome mess.  Things that we still need to work on: reading more books and practicing sign language.  I also need to have him try more foods.  He was not eating squash, but mixing it with plum was a hit.  He also tried brown rice cereal, oatmeal and tofu.  My favorite new adventure is the army crawl.  He can get pretty far.  One moment he’s across the room, the next minute I feel him sucking my toe!  So cute.  🙂