Oct 26

My experience so far with breastfeeding

Note: These are just my experiences. I understand that breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and that some people have reasons that don’t allow them to breastfeed. :) I am not biased at all.

Every mom asks the big question, to breast feed or not? Right off the bat I knew that I would want to try considering I am in the nutrition field. When Adam was born he was a couple weeks early and he was having trouble latching onto the breast and as a result he had low blood sugar, so we had to supplement with formula. Of course as a new mom I was terrified! I was thinking OMG he is going to starve and then when supplementing I was asking myself if I was feeding him too much. It was a crazy mind game.

We spent a week in the hospital because he had low blood sugar, jaundice and had to have phototheraphy. Even when we went home he didn’t latch great, he would just move his head ferociously not really grasping onto the nipple. Finally after crying my head off I called the lactation consultant, she said they could come out next week and that what was going on with Adam was very common for babies born a couple weeks early. Luckily, after a couple more days of schooling Adam got the hang of it and lactation didn’t even have to come over. ;) I am glad I stuck with it. The best position for us to feed is the “Football Position” it is great because he lays on a pillow right under your arm you bring his head and neck right up to the breast and stuff your whole nipple in his mouth! Don’t be afraid to get the whole nipple in there that is what you want for a great latch.

This week is my last week of maternity leave and after almost 3 months of being exclusively breastfed we have another monster to tackle! We have been trying to introduce him to the bottle so when he goes to his grandparents and daycare he can eat, but he is refusing the bottle pretty badly. He won’t even take the bottle from my husband. It is crazy, he cries and screams and just dillydallies not drinking it. He is spoiled. :)

Some things I have learned from breast feeding are to have confidence and patience. As a new mom you are faced with sooooo many things and it will make your head spin if you don’t stand confident and have patience. This may be your first child and you have never breastfed before but it is something we are born to do and it is instilled in us from millions of years of women doing it, so at least give it a shot and if it doesn’t workout for whatever reasons don’t let it eat you up and make you feel bad, at least you tried. You know your baby the best, nobody else. If he is crying feed him, change him, hug and kiss him, don’t worry about schedules or charts or some article online saying that he is going to get fat if you feed him to soon. Seriously. And as for patience, well patience is needed all times of the day for a million reasons.

Here are some more of my experiences, thoughts, and what has been working for me.

  • I love breastfeeding, it’s time well spent with my son. I couldn’t think of any other thing I would prefer to do then look in his beautiful eyes.
  • I let Adam drink as much as he wants, the baby’s body utilizes all parts of the breast milk so don’t limit them. They will generally stop themselves from feeding once your breast has emptied. Sometimes Adam just wants a sip or a snack. I always offer the other side just in case he is still hungry. He generally eats about 1-4 ounces per feeding and that usually takes about 10-20 minutes per breast every 2-3 hours.
  • I pump once a day and store milk for when I have to go back to work and send him to his grandparents and daycare :( I am sure I will be pumping at work so I can store extra otherwise my milk supply may dwindle.
  • My favorite websites for breastfeeding information are Kellymom.com and Bellybelly.com.au both these sites are filled with info on breastfeeding. I could sit there and read for hours, I am a BF info junkie!
  • Some people have told me to be careful of certain foods for example spicy foods but I have not had a problem with this yet, I have had a diet rich in all kinds of foods so far and nothing has had an impact on him.
  • I am all for breastfeeding in public, but have not come to the point where I want to engage in it. I don’t mind doing in front of certain family or friends but you will not find me at a restaurant with my boobie out. Maybe the second child?!?!
  • As I said earlier YOU KNOW YOUR BABY BEST! Do what you feel is right, don’t listen to anyone else. <3

Feel free to share your story below! I would love to hear it.

Adam and I

Adam and I

 

#adambomb

#adambomb

 

Adam and #georgethebasset

Adam and #georgethebasset

 

Sep 28

Spicy Turkey Chili

I love Sundays because my husband usually makes something delicious for the Patriots game. The game is not on till Monday this week but lucky for me he’s still making something yummy.

This recipe calls for habanero peppers and since we love spicy foods in this house we added them, but feel free to eliminate them.

***Important note: This chili is nicely paired with Chocolate Fudge Brownie Gelato for dessert!

 

Yummmm

Yummmm

Spicy Turkey Chili 

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 15.5 oz. (1 can) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • 2 habanero chili peppers

In a pot brown the turkey, red pepper, onion and garlic. Then add in the beans, tomatoes, habanero pepper and spices. Let cook for 30 minutes on medium. Top with some cheddar cheese. Enjoy.

The might Habanero chili pepper (hot)

The mighty Habanero chili pepper (hot)

My boys watching the Patriots.

My boys watching the Patriots. Can you see Adam in the middle?

 

 

Sep 27

First strength workout 8 weeks post-partum

This week I did my first strength training workout almost 8 weeks postpartum. And boy oh boy am I sore! It’s a good sore though.

Honestly, I was soooo scared to go back to the gym, after being sick, lethargic, and not working out most of my pregnancy and feeling like a beached whale at the end it was hard to go back not sporting my pre-pregnancy body. But then I thought, you just grew an effin human, show yourself some love! Nobody at the gym cares if you’re bigger than you were before, that’s why everyone is at the gym… and if they do care what I look like screw ‘em.

After I gave birth I really let my body recover, I rested, focused on spending every second with my son (which I still do) and I incorporate walking every single day. Yesterday when I lifted weights I felt great, I went slow and controlled and not heavy at all.

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Here is the workout I did: 2 sets of 12, took me 30 minutes and Adam was in the room next to me (daycare) so moms there’s no excuses, we need to stay strong and healthy for our kids! My trainer was awesome letting me go at my own pace and modify.

  • Seated cable rows 30 lbs.
  • Lat pull-down 40 lbs.
  • Single arm bent over rows 8 lbs.
  • Stationary lunges, holding 8 lbs. weights
  • Bicep curls 8 lbs.
  • Light deadlifts that were more of a stretch, 8 lbs.
  • Chest flies 8 lbs.  (I did these flat this time but will definitely do inclined next time, too much pressure on my back and tummy)

I was happy to focus on back work considering I feel like a hunch back with poor posture and bad alignment since I am nursing my son. Moms definitely work on your backs!

As you can see there is no ab work in here. Why? Because all these exercises incorporate your abs and sit-sups are not beneficial to the postpartum woman and can result in hurting yourself. Plus doing sit-ups and crunches are bogus and boring IMO! My focus is on clean nutrition and then when I actually lose the belly fat and I know my stomach and pelvic floor is healed I will possibly start adding in some of those exercises. But to be honest I would rather sprint then do a crunch. Sprinting is the ultimate full body core exercise!

I am going to attempt to take this same class today. I did take some pictures of my 7 week postpartum body, I am too chicken and will not be posting on social media or here, but will keep you all posted on my progress.

When did you start working out postpartum? I would love to hear what exercises you did!

xoxo

Stay strong mommies!

 

 

Sep 10

Sweet Potato & Sautéed Kale #MacMuffins

Howdy friends!

I have been doing a lot of word play lately with my last name MacArthur…as you can see I called these #MacMuffins and been calling my son a #MacNugget. hehe.

Having a new baby is such a delight, but juggling things and doing them one-handed is very hard so it’s nice to have some healthy pre-made foods in the fridge for when I am hungry. Also, as a breastfeeding mom I am trying to have a variety of foods in my diet and keep a nice balance between carbohydrates, protein and fat. Which will keep me feeling full longer and also supply my body with the nutrients it needs to feed my baby.

You all know I am no culinary expert and I like to make easy foods so it helps when I save kale left over from last nights dinner and have a sweet potato already in the fridge, BAMMM! (In Emeril Lagasses’s voice) Prepping and keeping small things on hand really helps when you want to whip up something quick.

Delicious!!!

Delicious!!!

Sweet Potato & Kale #MacMuffins

  • 4 eggs
  • guts of 1/2 sweet potato (throw away skin)
  • handful of chopped kale (sautéed or raw)
  • handful of cheese of choice, I used mozzarella
  • salt and pepper
  • cupcake pan and liners

Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 350. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until done. Eat warm or let cool, store in fridge for a grab and go breakie or snack! Recipe makes 6 #MacMuffins.

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Sep 04

1 month as a mom + my favorite baby products!

Today is Adam’s 1 month birthday, where did the time go? I just may cry, he’s growing way too fast. I feel like it was just yesterday Scott and I were driving to the hospital in the middle of the night…

As any mom would, I LOVE staying home with him, feeding him and taking care of him. Even though some nights he would prefer to stay up and party. :)

Right after an #adambomb

Right after an #adambomb

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Sadly, my little #Macnugget is out growing his newborn clothes and diapers, how can I stall time so he stays small!?!? Luckily, we got sooooo many wonderful things at my baby shower that we really don’t have to buy anything for a while.

Since I have only been a mom for one month I don’t know about every product and gadget out there just yet. But since I am experimenting and learning the ropes, I decided to compile a list of my NEW MOM MUSTS. Keep in mind these are just things I like but would love to hear the products you recommend or don’t like.

MY NEW MOM MUSTS

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  • Babies R Us Neutral 6-Pack Terry Burp Cloths. They say breast fed babies don’t spit up as much as formula fed babies, but guess what? They still spit up. Good to have these handy!

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  • Graco Stylus Click Connect Travel System Stroller. This stroller car seat combo has been great! The car seat easily clicks into the base in the car and the stroller rides very smooth. This stroller pushes up hill and through sand very nicely. I definitely plan on buying a jogging stroller for the spring but until then this will do!

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  • Graco Pack ‘n Play On The Go Travel Play Yard. This has been my all time favorite thing so far, we have it in our finished basement and he sleeps in it while we are watching tv and when he gets bigger he will be able to play in it since it goes from sleeper to playpin.

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  • Zip-up long sleeve pajamas with the feet covered. It is so easy to have him in his pjs all day, to not have to worry about him losing a sock or putting on a sweater is nice, especially since we have the air conditioning on. Just zip him up and he’s ready for the day.

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  • Dream On Me 2-in-1 Bassinet to Cradle. We put this bassinet right next to our bed since I don’t feel comfortable leaving him alone in his crib yet, it gives me such peace of mind. Definitely recommend having your newborn sleep in your room with you for the first couple months!

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  • Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump. If you are breast feeding you will most likely want to get a breastpump so you can store milk. This breastpump is awesome, it’s almost the same as the industrial one they let you use in the hospital and the best thing is that most insurances cover it!

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  • Babies R Us 2.4 inch Color Video Monitor. As a new mom I am obsessed with my son, the thought of leaving him for a second makes me crazy. If he is asleep and I need to run downstairs to put the laundry in the drier I take the monitor with me so I can see him. This brand is affordable and the customer service is awesome!

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Sep 01

Happy Labor Day + 15 Minute Fat Blaster

Happy Labor Day! This holiday is supposed to be work free right? Well, not from working out!

My hub and I were just talking about what kind of exercises we should put on this workout and he came up with walking lunges for your booty and triceps dips for those arms! Go ahead and thank him.

This quick workout will get your muscles burning and heart rate pumping. Who seriously has hours to spend at the gym? I don’t, especially now that I have a baby. Short and to the point workouts is how I roll. :)

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Aug 31

Spicy Sunday Salsa!

It’s that season again where every veggie is in full bloom so there’s lots of tomatoes and peppers coming my way from my bestie and my mother-in-law. I absolutely love it! So what’s a girl to do with all these tomatoes you ask? Make some salsa! And yes, I am going to eat it with a nacho it’s not going to kill my diet, but of course you could eat it with any veggie, top a taco or even eat with a spoon. :)

A good salsa in my opinion has to have a great texture and a little bit of kick to it. If you are not a fan of spicy you can omit my secret spicy ingredient!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • Juice of 1 whole lime
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1 small green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño (For some reason the jalapeños around here are not spicy so I put all the seeds in but you can omit)
  • 12 plum tomatoes or any amount of garden tomatoes you like
  • 1/2 tsp. salt and black pepper
  • SECRET SPICY INGREDIENT —> 1/2 orange habanero pepper (omit if you don’t like too spicy)

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You can either chop your veggies really small and mix in a bowl OR use your Ninja Blender or Vitamix like I did and just use the pulse button till you get a nice semi-chunky consistency. Plus using the high-powered blender saves time and I am all about saving time!

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Let me know if you like it!

Aug 30

Things I loved about giving birth!

WOW, being a mom is the most wonderful job in the world!

If you have been following my blog or FB page you know being pregnant wasn’t so great for me, I just didn’t feel good. I really wish I felt better so I could enjoy being pregnant. BUT, that is over with and long forgotten (kinda) and I want a million little munchkins running around.

The interesting thing is I really loved giving birth! When they put my baby in my arms for the first time, I started crying my eyes out with tears of joy. I have never felt anything like that, soooo much love right off the bat. To see something you and your husband created that grew inside you is an amazing thing.

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Baby Adam

Things I loved about giving birth or leading up to the birth:

  • The ride over to the hospital was so much fun, my water had broken and my husband just couldn’t believe this was happening! I think he was more frazzled than I was. I remember laughing and having butterflies in my stomach and I am sure he did too.
We're having a baby!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH

We’re having a baby!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • All the doctors and nurses are awesome at Lowell General Hospital. You can tell they really love their jobs.
  • Most hospitals have hydro tubs which are giant bath tubs that help relax and soften the skin to prepare your body for birth. Use it!
  • Contractions suck. They feel like menstrual cramps times 10,000,000,000. But that is why the epidural exists. I got the epidural when the cramps starts getting terrible and it made giving birth a pleasure!
  • The birthing bar is awesome, especially for us fitness chicks. It’s a bar they put over your bed, tie a sheet to and you pull yourself up as you’re pushing out the baby, makes you feel like those shoulder workouts really paid off.
It looked something like this!

I find this pic hysterical but it looked something like this!

  • If your hospital has a mirror watch your birth! Yeah this sounds weird and you make think gross but it’s really not. I am so happy I got to see his head come out of my vagina, it really is an amazing process.
  • My husband is an amazing birthing coach and we make the cutest little babies!!!! xoxo
  • In the end you have a precious little baby that will melt your heart!
Daddy and Baby Adam

Daddy and Baby Adam

If your a mom I would love to hear your birth story or things you loved about giving birth! Please share. :)

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