Saturday, October 26, 2013

After Dr Appointment

We went to the doctor this AM for a check up. Three hours later we started our errands. Surprisingly he was calm. He is so precious even if he is so tiny.

We were seeing the doctor weekly then biweekly. In August Jace weighed 17.7lbs. In October he weighed 16.7lbs. The doctor wanted to check his hemoglobin levels to make certain we didn't miss anything. 14.4 which according to him is excellent.

Doctor said what we are doing is working.

I have added fish oil, no beef, no dairy, no avocado, no coconut and no nuts.

I was surprised at how good he looked this morning. I had a grilled chicken sandwich from TGI Fridays yesterday. I cleared my plate in clouding the bread bun. The doctor said it would be safe to add but I was skeptical.

Doctor visit
Doctor Baker - PEDs
Weight: 17.1lbs
Head circumference: 46 1/4 cm
So stinking CUTE!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pumpkin Glazed Cupcakes

Recipe makes: 12 Pumpkin Glazed Cupcakes

1/2 cup multi-purpose gluten free flour
1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 cups multi-purpose gluten free flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 cup pure organic pumpkin puree
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil (or vegetable oil)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup rice milk (or hemp milk)

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1-2 Tablespoons rice milk (or hemp milk)

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Coat cupcake baking pan with oil, preferably the same oil that is used in the recipe. I recommend avoiding olive oil and any type of sprays. Coat a napkin with CANOLA OIL and gently rub the edges of each cupcake tin. Set aside.

Crumb topping: In a small bowl, toss ½ cup multi-purpose gluten free flour, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon together. Add ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce. Mix to create clumps and crumbs. Add more applesauce to get a thick paste if you prefer more moist cupcakes and less crumb. Set aside.

Cupcakes: Whisk 2 cups multi-purpose gluten free flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice together in a large bowl until combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup pumpkin, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup canola oil, ¼ cup maple syrup, and ¼ cup rice milk together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Try not to over mix the batter. It will be rather thick. Spoon the batter into the greased cupcake pan. Fill cupcakes ¾ of the way full. This will make 12 cupcakes. Spoon the crumb topping evenly on top and gently press it down into the batter. May sprinkle with loose sugar to help coat the top.

Bake the cupcakse for 25 minutes. Check by inserting a toothpick into the center of a cupcake. If the toothpick comes on clean with a moist crumb or two, the cake is done. If the toothpick has wet batter on it, bake the cupcakes for 5 more minutes. I recommend starting with 15 minutes to be safe depending on your oven then add another 10 minutes.

Glaze Topping: Mix 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 Tablespoon of rice milk together until smooth. Add more rice milk to thin, if desired. Drizzle glaze topping over cupcakes after they are removed from cupcake tin. I leave them sitting on the cooling rack for a 5 minutes before I coat and cover.

Enjoy cake warm or at room temperature. Cover cupcakes tightly and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cupcakes may be frozen for up to 2 months.

I hate recipes that have a huge life bio before the directions. I made it a point to structure mine differently. Enjoy the cupcakes and if you want to know more about us keep reading.

This recipe is Vegan (milk free/egg free/ butter free), gluten free, nut free and coconut free. If you love pumpkin, you will love this. They would go well with a nice steaming hot cup of coffee.

Jace will be turning one soon. I am determined to find him a cake that he will eat that won't make him sick or red.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Update on Random stuff

It is amazing how fast he is growing. He is quick to miss his sister. Since she loves to sing everywhere she goes he can hear her anywhere in the house. He scoots and pulls himself until he finds her. I was in the kitchen with her and this tiny head pops out from the side of the couch. His face just lit up in smiles.

He is doing very well with waving. He wants to wave at everyone and when they wave back he gets overly excited he waves with both arms. He will start to babble at certain people to get their attention especially if he is waving.

He is still fragile. I don't particularly want to say frail but he lacks muscle definition and fat on his arms and legs. His face seems to be clearing up after the breakout we had last week. I added goat cheese into my diet. This was to not only increase calories but to see if he was allergic to goats milk potentially. A disaster. He was covered in hives.

I made turkey meat balls... because we can't have beef. Instead of using any flour I added oatmeal. They turned out great plus there is just something about oatmeal that helps produce milk. I pumped 5 ounces each session.

Park Slide

Wasn't a big fan of this slide going down (with my help) but liked sitting at the bottom.

Park Swings

He loved the swing at the park. Would babble and giggle.

Shopping Cart

He loved sitting in the seat in the cart. We go to Whole Foods weekly and generally he sits in his buggy. This time I let him sit in the car. I figured he is almost a year why not. What I didn't figure is he'd try to drink my carrot juice. I let him attempt the straw which he pulled up juice fast and of course then wouldn't let go.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Soccer ball

Jace decided he loved Madison's new soccer ball. If you tried to take it away he would try to grab it will his feet.

He then tried to figure out how to crawl with the ball so he wouldn't leave it behind. The results him crawling over it and picking it up with his feet and bring it back to his hands. His feet are like an extra set of hands. It is quite bizarre to watch him figure out ways to pick up things with his feet.

Zebra head

He gets so excited to see me. It makes my heart bounce.

He gets so excited to see me. It makes my heart bounce.

I added goat cheese into my diet to see if that would make a difference. I am pumping 17-20 ounces a day to try to maintain enough for him. We thought if we could add goats milk or make a formula it'd help.

Obviously by the redness of his skin in the photo that was a bad idea.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Park Monents

He is a people watcher. Lol

Park Visit

We decided to walk to the park today after our naps. It is about a mile to the park passed the fire station.

I actually took him out if the stroller and let him slide (with my help of course) down two slides.

I have noticed parents often seem to forget to dress their children. If you are one of those parents, pay attention. I see parents wearing boots, jeans even a jacket and then they will be carrying a baby in a simple onesie. It's really common around here. I don't know why but just something I notice.

So poor Jace is probably over dressed especially for 70 degree weather. Although even with a long sleeved onesie, overall pants and a beanie his previous feet were getting cold so we had to leave.

Its the strangest thing... the walk by my moms causes mass hives. This walk made me feel like he was looking better. I suppose the allergy to the sun is perhaps once again off the table.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pink Fur

Madison wanted a pink furry bear hat. So we started something which looks more like a wig than a hat.

Jace thought it was so funny playing under it.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BumGenius Cloth Diapering

BumGenius Elemental Organic Cloth Diapers

If anyone had ever said you will be one of those moms who cloth diaper, water would've came out of my nose from laughter.

We did not cloth diaper my daughter. I tried the G diapers when she was first born and that was a complete disaster. You can imagine my skepticism when I was told that my son was allergic to the disposable diapers. We discovered the diapers were causing a lot of his problems because he is highly allergic to Polyester.

The BumGenius Elemental Organic Cloth diapers are lined with a polyester liner but the inner piece is 100% organic cotton.

I dove head first into a world of cloth diapering. I ordered enough to get started and not be confined to washing diapers everyday. We started with 32 diapers.

I do laundry every other day sometimes every day. The biggest challenge was getting the sitter on board with cloth diapers. I still haven't adjusted to washing poop off the diaper opposed to discarding it in the trash. However, I LOVE the fact that I never have to buy diapers again. I cannot tell you what a relief it is to know that I don't have to make a diaper run every other weekend. It's not as if you can go into Target or Walmart or even Babies R US and just buy one thing even if it is diapers.

Washing Instructions are available on the BumGenius website. (BUT don't do what I did with the soap)
#1 - use Soap correctly (BumGenius Cloth Diaper Brand)
When washing cloth diapers there are special soaps designed for the diapers. I bought the Rockin Green which was very expensive and didn't last very long. I think bought the BumGenius soap. The soap comes in a powder with a scooper. Had I used powder soap before maybe I would've known. I put the two scoops of powder soap into the liquid dispenser. Let's just say I spent a ton of money and hours running Afresh through my machine until the grim left behind was cleaned. I wish someone would've told me that the powder soap goes in the basin not the dispenser.

#2 - DO NOT SOAK the diapers.
This is something I would've done had I not read the directions. It seems like it would help, but the directions say do not soak cloth diapers so do not soak them.

#3 - Remove solids from diaper
This means rinse the diaper before washing it.  In other words, wash off the poop before putting the diaper not the diaper pail. This sounds simple or easy enough, but it can be difficult. I have a sick child and diarrhea and partially digested food cover every diaper. These need to be washed right away otherwise they stain.

I have found the best way for me to wash them is to run them under the facet in the bathroom rubbing the inner liner together until everything is completely removed. Yes, it is disgusting and yes my daughter swears she will never use the sink to the left of the toilet ever again, but it works. I leave the diaper pretty wet squeezing out most of the water and then place it into the pail. I have found this method leaves little to no stains. If the diaper isn't rinsed immediately, I have noticed stains will occur.

There is a cool sprayer that you can hook up to the toilet water supply. Perhaps in time we will decide to purchase one of these. I still find that I would migrate to the sink to rub them under the facet. I do of course use cleaning wipes to go over the skin facet and counters after I am finished.

#4 - Rinse cycle
We rinse all the diapers in cold water with no soap prior to starting a load. This takes 24 minutes on our rinse cycle. This is very important. I have found they smell if they are not rinsed properly.

#5 - Wash cycle
2 scoops of BumGenius Soap with Hot water. We do the 'whites' cycle which is about 1 hour and 14 minutes which also includes an extra rinse to clean off any residue left behind.

#6 - Drying
I dry the diapers in the dryer warm/medium. Generally I run the cycle twice to make sure they are dry. I have yet to hang them out to dry in the sun or outside. The reason they say to do this is because the sun can act as a natural bleach and remove any poop stains.

#7 - Bleach
Once per month it is recommended to use 1/4 cup of bleach in the wash cycle.
Yes this to me is very important. We have not had any instances with ammonia or buildup on our diapers. Although I have read stories about this. A friend of mine has been cloth diapering for 4 years now. She has two children. Her first child she did not want to use bleach. Unfortunately her daughter go the worst diaper rash and had to be given some heavy duty medicine due to a bacteria build up. Learn from the mistakes of others... use the bleach as recommended.

#8 - No additives such as vinegar, baking soda, fabric softeners)
The vinegar can mess with the PH Balance and cause your diapers to no longer be absorbent. I do not understand fabric softeners to begin with. They are simply toxic chemicals that people add to their clothing to breath in every day all day.

#9 - Dawn soap
Occasionally they say that your diapers will get a build up and require a stripping. I have also read that Ammonia can build up and cause a pretty foul smell. Dawn soap is supposed to help rid your diapers of these. However, I have been doing this for the last 5 months and have yet to encounter these problems. I did however buy a large bottle of Dawn soap to keep in my cabinet if needed. They do say if your diapers become less absorbent or you notice a ton of leaks. My friend adds a small amount of Grapefruit seed extract to assist in killing all the germs and bacteria. I have yet to try that.

#10 - Diaper Creams
DO NOT USE any diaper creams, diaper rash ointments, lotions or pastes while using cloth diapers. The idea behind the diaper creams is that they create a barrier between your child's bottom and the diaper to repel water. If you place this onto your cloth diaper it will absorb the diaper ointment to now repel water including urine and they will be ruined. OPTIONS: they have disposable liners you can purchase if cream is necessary. Otherwise disposable diapers might be the best option until the diaper cream is no longer necessary.

#11 - Diaper Pail
We purchased a simple plastic trashcan with a lid and lined it with the wet bag. We purchased 2 wet bags, one for use while the other is being washed. However I would recommend buying 3.

#12 - Wet bags
We purchased 3 large wet bags from Planet World and 2 small bags. These aren't the best purchase we've made. To be honest they gross me out. They stink and don't do well when bleach is used. One of our bags was black with flames. Let's just say it is no longer black.

They are made of a cotton bag lined with the same liner that you will find on the diapers and wet bag for the pail liner. I haven't figured out if they leak or not. They always feel damp not so much as wet, but then again they are holding a sack full of wet diapers. The wet bags with out the strap to carry are annoying, but cheaper. There are a ton of brands out there. I have considered trying a few others to see if they are comparative to what we currently use.

Keep in mind you will need a few small bags for the diaper bag aside from the large bags that are taken to the caretaker. I am a member of a cloth diapering site. I also read the cloth diapering blogs. It seems like the majority of moms who decide to cloth diaper are stay at home moms. I can see why, but I hope that doesn't discourage any working moms. It isn't that hard, the biggest change is the amount of laundry that is done. It is not as if you would want to wash your clothes with the diapers so it does take some time each night.

There are a number of different brands out there. I have heard BumGenius 4.0 is the best. However I do know they are made of 100% polyester. Before we realized my son was allergic to polyester I had no idea what it was. Now knowing what I know, I wouldn't be able to use anything other than the 100% organic cotton. It is quite disturbing. I have yet to figure out if polyester is even safer or better than the disposables. I know it is better for the environment, but I am not a hippie or tree hugger mommy. I am only after what is best for my child and sometimes that doesn't always coincide with what's best for the environment. Polyester breaks down with every wash so it will still be in the water supply. I have yet to determine what is worse... Either way at least I know my child's bum is resting comfortably against 100% organic cotton. NO telling what happens to polyester when it's wet especially with urine.

Diaper Bag

Skip Hop City Chic Diaper Bag - Columbus Circle

This is by far the best bag I own. I am shocked at the reviews about it too. I used this for 2 years with my daughter and it is still in great shape.

Every mom has to have a diaper bag. Now if they are like me they have one in every color every brand and are still in the market for another bag.

I bought 3 fancy Coach diaper bags. I love their purses so figured why not. (perfect condition maybe they were used once). They may know purses but their diaper bags aren't the best.

I will say the Kate Spade bag I have used quite often but it's bright red and spills things when you bend over. However this simple SkipHop bag is our go to diaper bag.

I think mostly because it's light weight and still holds a ton. My Coach bag is so cramped and holds very little yet is bigger than this bag. I have a few other brands as well but nothing that I'd recommend. I like the loose compartments of this bag. For some reason all the other bags have everything squished together. With this bag it's easy to get bottles into the sides especially with the larger glass bottles. Plus the option to attach a clutch purse is the main reason I bought it.

It comes in pink or blue too. Now that I have another baby perhaps I can justify buying it in blue. Not as if I need another bag but it's just one of those things we do. I cannot explain why I need 10 bags because I'm not sure myself. It just is what it is. Just like how come my husband must have every version of the same video game... something's we just shouldn't question.

Glass Baby Bottles

With the crazy hype about BPA and how toxic plastic is I am shocked more mothers don't use glass.

I used glass bottles with my daughter and now with my son. We haven't had a problem breaking them if that was your first question. I tried every glass bottle that Target, Walmart and Babies R Us carried and then I found Born Free. A lot of bottles later we found what worked best for us.

You can buy this Born Free in packs of 3 (financially the best option). I found Walmart has sales online, but be careful. It must say GLASS otherwise you will get plastic. Walmart does not carry these in the store by my house.

I found TJ Max had a few and they were half the price. You can buy them in 5oz bottles or 8oz bottles. I bought enough to go a week without washing them. I know that sounds crazy especially because individually they are $9.99 a bottle.

I have limited time between dinner, kid time, cleaning, me time and bed time. I don't want to add bottle washing every night to the list of things I need to do.

I purchased 15 bottles. 3 bottles per day at the sitters, 5 days a week. On Saturday or Sunday we wash them and sanitize them. If my husband decides he wants to do dishes, (usually he does every night) that's up to him but at least I know we will have clean bottles if he doesn't.

These bottles come with a wide top makes it easy to fill and put together. (The Dr Brown bottles were a nightmare putting together).

There is a compartment that goes between the nipple and the bottle. maybe it works and does something cool maybe it doesn't... but I can say (including my 4 year old daughter) neither of them have ever had an ear infection or thrush. That's gotta account for something.

Maybe it is the glass itself. Maybe it's the bottle. Maybe it's a combination or everything I do. I can tell you most kids get their first ear infection before they turn 1. At least according to my PEDs Doctor.

Bottle Sanitizer

This seems like a luxury item to first time moms especially on a budget. Technically one could boil water and sanitize bottles. However I would advise against doing so in the sink. The dirtiest place in the average house is the kitchen which includes the sink. So we clean ours regularly with a vinegar spray in addition to bleach and water. I don't want those chemicals on my baby's bottles so we bought a sanitizer.

The first Sanitizer I had was a Safety First Brand. It worked well. This time I bought the Phillips Avent bottle Sanitizer.

The reason I switched was because of the size. The old sanitizer had a huge dome lid that was awkward and annoying. Plus we only used Glass Bottles so that does make a difference.

This sanitizer has three compartments. Below it has all levels stacked. I liked this because I could use the different compartments individually if needed.

This is the top compartment where I clean mostly nipples bottle kids and breast pump parts.

You can see the different levels below. Lets face it with two babies and being a working mom who has time to organize anything in the kitchen. I love this because I can store clean parts in the top and still run a load of bottles in the base if needed.

Mine also came with a storage or organizing case that has come in handy as well.

Perfect Swing

FisherPrice Swing

FisherPrice Swing

Fisher-Price Cradle Swing is one expensive item I would recommend. The biggest feature I liked about this swing is that it shifted from a side to side swing to a front to back motion.

My son has no problem sleeping or sitting and playing but with my daughter that was an entirely different story. There were many days she fell asleep in this swing. The top lit up and played a delicate song that calmed her if she was ever freaking out. We had the natural one with leaves and animals that moved up top.

The biggest thing was she couldn't climb out if it or roll it over. I found with the bouncer chairs she and my son do just that. We have a low to the ground swing now that he can't wait to wiggle his way out of.

I had 4 different bouncer chairs with my daughter and I have 3 different bouncer chairs and 2 new swings for my son. I would trade them all for this swing. It was at my parents house for a long time after y daughter grew out of it. They sold it for $25 at a garage sale. Ever see one at a garage sale it's a must buy item. I noticed Walmart has them the cheapest. However I've noticed the cheapest at Walmart is just that... the cheapest and usually missing a few features.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Must have Chair

Mamas & Papas Baby Snug and Activity Tray

This oversized version of the Famous Bumbo chair is one item I highly recommend. I use this daily even more so than the actual high chair. 

With my daughter we had a Bumbo chair and LOVED it. With my son we have a Bumbo chair that sits in the garage because we have the Mamas and Papas chair. The base on this chair is wider than the Bumbo chair which creates more stability. I really like that the tray snaps on easily. I smashed my fingers numerous times on the Bumbo chairs add on tray. 

This isn't a chair you can stick your child in and walk away but it does help stabilize them at the dinner table (more like on the dinner table). Yes they do NOT recommend placing this on top of anything but we don't leave him in the chair and walk away. (COMMON SENSE when using the products is of course recommended.)

I had actually wanted another Bumbo chair when I was pregnant. Two weeks before my shower the Bumbo chair was recalled and all the items had to be removed from the shelves. We had one with my daughter so I knew the risks. I was so upset because I had given my daughters to a friend and she moved across the country. 

My parents bought us this instead. At first I was bitter because it wasn't the same. It was bigger and took up more space. Now after using it feels more stable, sturdy and safer. Plus I was given a used Bumbo chair and sadly it is sitting in the garage. 

Unfortunately they didn't have the activity tray when we had gotten ours. To me this is definitely worth every penny. It seems $$$ for a chair but if it's something you'll use everyday it's worth it. 

Toxic Chemicals

In my opinion breast feeding is clearly the best option for optimizing infant health. What do parents do who can't breast feed and their child has severe allergies? Try finding a formula that is soy free, dairy free, gluten free, and corn free. Besides allergies there are parents who want the absolute best for their children.

Besides breast feeding yourself the next best option are reserve banks where you can actually buy or trade breast milk. Unfortunately my child is so allergic to everything I'm certain that is not an option. The next step in our searching plan is to make our own formula. It sounds archaic and tree huggerish, but if you know anything about food and the FDA you might agree with me.

Infant formulas across the board have been found contaminated with all sorts of toxic chemicals. in the last couple years there have even been recalls.

For example, the CDC found perchlorate, a chemical from rocket fuel, in 15 brands of infant formula, including two brands that accounted for 87 percent of the market share in 2000. The top brands included Similar and Enfamil.

Other contaminants discovered in some infant formulas include:

Melamine (linked to kidney failure)
AGEs (advanced glycoprotein end products)
Genetically engineered ingredients

Soy formulas should be avoided altogether. It infuriates me how soy has been deemed a healthy alternative when it's causes devastating health effects.

Phthalates, or "plasticizers," are a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible and resilient. These are found in everything including packaging.

We've all heard if BPA by now but does anyone know what it really does.
Structural damage to your brain
Hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, and impaired learning Increased fat formation and risk of obesity (hence our country)
Altered immune function
Early puberty, stimulation of mammary gland development, disrupted reproductive cycles, and ovarian dysfunction
Changes in gender-specific behavior, and abnormal sexual behavior Stimulation of prostate cancer cells
Increased prostate size, and decreased sperm production
Heart disease
Liver damage

BPA is in everything.
Plastic water bottles
Plastic gallon milk bottles
Plastic microwavable plates, ovenware, and utensils
Tooth sealants
Canned foods and soda cans (most have plastic lining in the cans)
Baby toys, bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups

The biggest thing when feeding your child why would you go to all this trouble to make something or buy organic only to put it in something toxic. I mean the baby bottles, the plastic cups and the liners. They get sanitized over and over. All that heat is just leeching toxic chemicals into your child's milk. Not to mention most baby formula comes in a can of some sort that is more than likely lines with BPA.

It's unfair! That's exactly what it is. My husband thinks they can't live in a bubble but my thoughts are keep them as healthy as possible so they have a fighting chance. No one is immune to BPA and sadly it's in EVERYTHING. People have gotten smart to it in recent years but chemists and scientists only created another binding agent that's even more toxic to replace it so they can deem their product as BPA free.

The simplest solution buy GLASS whenever possible. As for formula I have yet to find anything worth giving to my child. With the food allergies we have to be even more careful and we have yet to master a formula recipe he isn't allergic to.


Medela Free style pump

This is the pump I am currently using. We pump 4-5 times a day for 15 minutes each session except when I'm trying to increase my milk.

I would NOT recommend the freestyle version. (See below for pump recommendation) While the digital clock is awesome and the hands free is exciting it is a far stretch from the Medela Advance Backpack Style pump below.

I've been breast feeding for 11 months and pumping consistently for 7-8 months (whenever I went back to work). I have replaced the motor 3 times.

I do love the fancy digital clock. The parts are super easy to clean. Much easier to clean that the other options.

I have the Medela Advanced backpack from my first child. I pumped or breast fed every 3 hours for 2 years. I have never replaced anything other than the tubing or the parts. I hate cleaning and sanitizing parts. So I would buy a couple components and wash them to use.

I recommend this one because it pulls harder and seems faster still without insane pain. I've still had days where I've pulled this out of the closet instead of using my new one.

Cambridge Medical Supply will send you a free pump. All you have to do is call them.

I paid to upgrade mine. I had to give them my insurance information and sign something and 2 days later it came in the mail.

Best secret for new moms EVER!

I also have a playtex brand cheap ($80) pump that I attempted to use. It's awkward and hurt like someone was cutting me with scissors. Lets just say that's used in the utter most extreme situations. Now that I have the two Medela pumps I don't need it. There are days when I've forgotten the pump bag at work and it's a relief to have a back up at home.

My Pump Schedule:
7:30am breast feed
9:30am pump.
12:30pm pump
3:30pm (usually turns into 4pm) pump
5:30pm breast feed
7:30pm breast feed
9:30 to 10:30pm pump depending on how tired I am and how full.

With my daughter I pumped every three hours regularly because I wasn't eating meat or dairy. She also woke every three hours on the dot. with Jace he sleeps through the night so I haven't gotten up to pump. Although in the beginning I was up every 2-3 hours whether he was or not. To me that's THE ONLY way to get your milk in and keep it up. Now if you're a stay at home mom that's a different story but working moms have to pump.

As they grow it takes more 1-2 pumping sessions for every 1 feeding. So you want to have a large reserve. With my daughter we had an abundance. With Jace I'm waiting up to pump so he will have enough for tomorrow.

Must have Barlean's Oil

In order for my milk to stay up with my little ones needs I had to start adding more fat into my diet. I'm pumping every 3 hours but if I don't eat enough my milk suffers.

I noticed with certain foods my milk was watery white and didn't weigh much. So I added fish oil. I started with the Whole Mega Salmon pills that are about $40 a bottle. That lasted a month. I didn't notice an increase in my milk supply but my milk went from watery to a thick yellow color.

I hate taking pills. I'm taking calcium. I'm taking zinc. I'm taking a prenatal and now fish oil. It was too much to remember.

So this month I decided to try Barlean's flax oil. I had tried the chocolate flavor before so I knew it didn't taste like something from the bottom of the sewer as most flax oils do. I saw lemon flavor and thought I'd try it. I had no idea the lemon swirl flavor was fish oil and not actually flax until I got home.

I figured I would try it. There is something about Salmon oil that helps with milk supply. I pumped 9 oz the next morning. I couldn't believe I got 4.5 ounces out both sides even out of my stubborn breast. There is always one side that seems to want to be difficult.

I've been breast feeding for 11 months now on my second child so it's not like my milk fluctuates like a new moms would. Generally I pump 3-4 ounces each pumping.

I'm hooked! I swear it's the added fat into my diet. Plus there is no pill to take and it actually tastes good. The best part... I've noticed an improvement in Jace's skin. It sounds crazy. I was taking supposedly the best Salmon oil paying $40 a bottle with nowhere near the results.

So I paid over $30 at WholeFoods. While I love WholeFoods their supplements are insanely over priced. I found it at The Vitamin shop on sale for $21.99.

Avocado or Hummus

After his feeding today he started to turn red which was from milk pumped last week 10/3/2013.

I was eating avocado and hummus that day. Two theories I will be omitting this week. Pray it doesn't her worse as the day continues.

Monday Breakthrough

Jace looks like a little boy rather than a baby. His skin is poking through. Praying we have crossed the barrier and things will begin to turn around.

I have removed seeds and nuts from my diet and now avocado. I added fish oil to try to replace some of the fats associated with avocado and beef (currently not eating beef either). I added wheat back into my diet Saturday night. I had flour tortillas. I noticed my stomach didn't appear happy about it. I know that stuff is extremely hard on your intestines so we may need to continue to stay away from it.

Yesterday Jace was unhappy if I wasn't holding him. It makes it difficult to get anything done when you're holding a baby. We went to a baseball game in the morning for a little bit. It was nice to get out of the house. The sun didn't seem to bother him at first but 20 minutes later he was scratching. I'm not sure if it's the sun or the plants but he does look so much better than before.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dr Apt 10.5.2013

Dr Apt today Jace gained 3oz. He weighs 17lbs 7oz.

We are allergic to coconut, milk, eggs, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, pineapple, corn and potentially allergic to beef, rice, avocados. I am to remove avocados to see if that makes a difference. I have omitted beef and rice from our diet which I can add one food per week. I started with bread. Although I'm not sure that was a good idea.

The doctor said he looks better. We are taking digestive enzymes and supposed to take a thyroid medicine with a plant echinacea supplement. This is supposed to help him gain weight and regulate his temperature. He was 97.2 at the appointment. We go back in 3 weeks. M

Covered in Vomit

We had zucchini same as we've been doing for awhile. Then the husband offered him avocado. He seemed fine until I was feeding him before bed and he threw up all down my back in my hair then on my lap then down my shirt.

I went threw the vomiting with his sister as she was hospitalized for a long time because of it. I think going thru that makes me even more freaked out and over protective. I don't want to stay at the hospital for months and months. I don't even want to drive by it that's how long I felt trapped there with a sick baby.

He threw up breast milk this last one. All the zucchini and avocado has left his stomach. Maybe how he will feel better. My heart breaks for him. Now figuring out what foods caused this is the challenging part.

Mass Hives

Wednesday night Jace was sitting in the living room with dad and started to break out in hives.

It started with his feet turning red like an angry athletes foot burning red and spread up his legs arms and face. The odd part his abs and torso were spotless. The hives were so bad they started to blister and in the center were these white dots. I was heating up his food and it continued to get worse. We gave him a warm bath which it started to calm. Then I tried lotion. The aveeno Eczema cream and the got progressively worse. So bad to the point I was ready to go to the ER. I rushed to the pharmacy and found Benadryl.

The photos are after 1/4tsp of Benadryl. I hate giving him something that clearly states do not use if under the age if 6 YEARS! However even his lips started to swell.

The Benadryl calmed it enough that the swelling and blisters oozed out everywhere. (Strange?) but they still left they mark everywhere. This was the strangest outbreak as it's been 4 hours since his last feeding. For something that severe it is odd to me it was what he ate.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sleeping Beauty

This morning Jace looked like he was on the verge of getting better. Yesterday I added Fish oil to my diet and found his skin to actually retain moisture this morning.

After not wanting to sleep anywhere but my arms he looks better than he has but not healed.

Food Allergies

My heart breaks seeing him suffer. Our last doctor's visit he had lost a pound. They placed him on thyroid medicine and digestive enzymes.

With trial and error I have discovered he's highly allergic to eggs, cashews, almonds, coconut, olive oil, sunflower seeds, cows milk and maybe allergic to corn and bread. I have yet to find a solution or for everyone who believes in formula one that would work. I am still breastfeeding. I added flax oil into my diet to try to get some fat. We will see if that helps.

I did find a recipe to make my own formula which I would highly recommend to those who can't breastfeed. The key to breast feeding that I've learned is calories. If you want to diet, you will never produce enough milk. I am in search of fat and grease and calories because I am breastfeeding. Oddly though the weight still came off no matter how much I try to eat. You have to pack your diet with calories to maintain a milk supply. I think most women are fearful of eating extra food in fear for gaining weight. It's worth it in the end.

Milk, cheese, beef, cashews, almonds, eggs, coconut milk and fish oils were all items that I noticed if I ate would help boost my milk supply. Unfortunately baby is allergic to most of them.

I will never understand formula users. I won't pretend to either. It is a choice so I will refrain from passing judgement. While I think there are better options, it just requires more sacrifice on the moms part. I can't say I'm not jealous. Breastfeeding is hard work but to me it is worth trying to ensure that my child gets the best possible chance there is.

I don't believe not producing enough milk is a reason. There is a reason your body isn't producing its because it requires consistency, dedication, calories, fat and sleepless months and months. I am on a very very limited diet meaning less calories and less fat which means I pump more than the average working mom to get enough milk for my child. In other words I am tired and don't have much time to myself but again it is worth it.

Making Baby Food

I made all my daughters food so I feel it only right that I make my son's food. Now I work full time. I have a 4 year old and a new baby so I have very little time to make multiple dinners for multiple people. I need a routine that is not only easy but effective meaning healthy.

With my first child I bought the baby food maker from Babies R Us. I also bought the steamer baby food maker "Baby Cook". 

When it is your first baby, it is fun to have the all the fancy gadgets and cool accessories. Now... I don't have time for fancy. Even though I have the actual devices designed to make baby food it's not efficient. They currently sit in dark cabinets. 

Don't get me wrong... The fancy baby food maker from William and Sonoma "BabyCook" works if you make food every day. It is actually a great idea just to small for a weeks worth if food. I believe they have come out with a new version since I last invested in mine (2010). 

MY BABY FOOD necessary gadgets:
Brand: Food network

I found this to be a pain to clean. However I can cook two bags full of green beans in 10 minutes. With the BabyCook I found it took more time because the tray was so small I was able to cook enough for one or two meals. I found myself cooking more frequently with my daughter.

Brand: Ninja 

I love this blender. We use the blender 2-3 times a day. The smoothie cups are great for the morning or if I am just making the baby one meal. The blender will hold all the items I manage to stuff into the steamer. The top of the blender lid has a spout lid so I am able to easily pour it directly into the storage trays.

Freezer Trays
Brand: Beaba

These are somewhat $$$ on the high end for storage containers, but I love them. I bought a few colors. I found that if I cook Vegetables I put them in the green containers. If I cook vegetables mixed with a fruit, we use the orange trays. I rarely cook just fruit at least this early.

Storage containers
Brand: Martha Stewart GLASS mason jars (Walmart pack of 12 less than $10)
Ziplock Freezer BPA Bags

I put the cooked baby food into our freezer trays to freeze then we transfer to freezer bags. It's important to label your food in case you make multiple batches. I am not sure if anyone would ever read this, but at least if it helps someone it is worth the time it took to write it.