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Adventures in Motherhood: Part 7 – Welcome to Toddlerhood


I think this is just going to be an ongoing list for the rest of my life… ha!

91. It’s truly incredible to watch your little one transform from a baby to his or her own little person. They learn so quickly, their sounds evolve and change, they understand so much more than you even know, and they become soooooo agile sooooooo fast – especially my guy!! 😬

92. Let’s talk about becoming more agile. I mean seriously. I have a climber thanks to my husband and we have rightfully nicknamed Gav, “monkey”. He’s climbing everything. He knows to use things as a step stool to get to higher places. And I’m constantly trying to figure out where the heck I’m going to keep putting things!!

93.  Boy energy is real. So real. Sometimes I wonder if I could bottle that energy up somehow…

94.  They become opinionated SO fast! Where did this come from?!

95.  Ugh. The wishing for my old body back. I wish for this on a multiple-times-a-day basis. The gym has terrible kids club hours, I eat the most random whatever-I-can-stuff-in-my-mouth foods. Which aren’t great. Why can’t my child like the stroller so I could at least go for a run?! Seriously why.

96.  I’m still nursing. I never thought I’d still be nursing now. But it’s so much more difficult than i thought. It’s not much but it’s still nursing. Plus he kicks my face, tries to twist around and it’s just not so fun. Nursing is complicated. It’s such a bonding experience and a source of comfort for them. Plus, the cuddle time is priceless.

97. If you have a climber like me, you’ll probably want to lose your mind about every 10 minutes. Nothing is safe. Everything is a jungle gym and you’ll go crazy trying to keep him off of things.

98. You’ll have moments of not so glorious parenting. Yes i have done some things I’m not proud of. Like tapping his leg when he’s trying to climb onto the stove. But…. he did stop after. 😳

99.  Daylight savings is the worst thing in the world if you have an early riser. The worst. Thing. Ever.

100. There’s no shame in putting your kid in front of the tv for a few minutes so you can pee. Or eat. Or breathe.

101. The house is a disaster. All the time.

102. It’s crazy how fast they pick up on things. They notice everything. Everything.

103. Being a stay at home mom (SAHM), you’ll wish you could go back to work….. numerous times a day.

104.  Throwing food is now one of my pet peeves that won’t go away.

105. Don’t wear or buy nice clothes. You’re going to get food, snot, spit, dirt, or whatever else on it.

106. “Wow your son is so inquisitive and curious!” Translation: Wow your son sure gets into everything he’s not supposed to!

107. Molars are the worst. Or canines.

108. It feels like overnight that he’s starting to imitate sounds, say words… or any word that comes out of your potty mouth. Ha 😂

109. You will waste SO much food. Not purposefully of course but the food your toddler doesn’t eat, gets thrown on the floor, fed to the dog or spit back out… it’s never-ending!

110. Having a kid that isn’t a good sleeper sucks. It just sucks. A lot. So those that have good sleepers – be thankful. Very. Very. Thankful.

111. They understand and absorb SO much more than you think!!

112. You can literally blink and all of a

sudden your toddler is mimicking you, talking and using sign language.

113. Diaper changes are still a battle.

114. You’d think we were torturing him by taking him to get a haircut. This kid HATES hair cuts.

115. Soak up all the cuddles you can get. Seriously. There is no better feeling in the world.

116. It’s so true that daddy’s get all the fun, giggles and playtime in the world. Yes, mommy’s do too. But for some reason daddy’s are the fun guys.

117. Tantrums make you want to lose your mind more than you can even fathom.

118. Along with the above, being consistent about how you react to a toddlers crazy behavior is SO hard.

119. Seriously can the food spitting and throwing stop sometime soon??

120. Toddlerhood is the definition of insanity. But you have to keep your cool and keep them from growing up to be a-holes.

121. I now know where grey hairs come from.

I guess this is it for now. Though I’m sure I’ll keep it going because there’s a constant learning curve especially with a strong willed, stubborn, super active toddler!!

Until next time 😃

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Adventures in Motherhood: Part 6


Wow. And I just keep going!


81.  You think sleep training is bad once… you’ll probably have to do it more than once if you go on vacation, baby gets sick or something else jogs the routine. Yeah. Not fun. 

82. Once the baby is mobile, he or she will have lots of bumps and bruises. They’re just unstable. And curious. Bad combo. 

83. Nothing is safe. Even baby proofed drawers etc. 

84.  Husbands will just never understand. Period. They can try. But they just never fully will. Why? They didn’t grow a human in their belly for close to 10 months. They didn’t push something way bigger than the opening that it came out of. They don’t have an automatic food source built into their bodies. They can’t help it. 

85.  Boys are thrashers. They bang everything against anything and throw everything they can get their hands on, on the floor. 

86.  As a mom, you will get beat up. Pinched, poked, hit, pushed, bruised, hair pulled, slapped and head butted. I look like I’ve been in a fight every day. 

87.  When your kid is sick and he’s absolutely miserable, which makes you exhausted, and people say… “it’s good for his immune system” you’re going to want to mentally slap them in the face a few times. Yes I know it’s good to build an immune system but you’re not the one dealing with a sick, uncomfortable, unhappy, fussy kid!!

88.  My son puts everything in his mouth. Everything. Paper, dirt, rocks, diapers, cardboard… everything. It’s normal I guess?

89.  When they start walking it’s good because they are more independent but bad because they’re constantly falling down and bumping their bodies against everything. Which means more bruises and injuries. I swear he gives me a heart attack every five minutes. 

90.  Tantrums start early. Brace yourself. 
Until next time! 


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Sorry… I’ve been hibernating…


Seriously… it has been a long time since I’ve written here.  And I am really sorry I haven’t!

See, something has come up over the past seven months.  I’m pregnant! Yes, it is true.

For all of those women that say pregnancy is a breeze, I couldn’t be happier for you!  I am also a bit jealous to be honest.  But….. don’t pretend like it was all cupcakes and strolls on the beach!  I mean, really.  For me, the first trimester was tough.  Really tough.  Let me explain my story…

I’m a foodie.  I suppose you all know this by now.  And I didn’t want to eat – a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g.  And if I did?  I was forcing myself to choke food down.  Every bite, I would hold the food in my mouth, prepping myself to swallow.  You know how that feels – you’ve gotta psych yourself up to just swallow whatever glob of food is in your mouth!  This sounds bad, but it’s true.  On a daily basis, I could maybe eat 1/2 of a meal a day, with a few crackers here and there.  I had no energy and I was extremely exhausted every day – it was a battle to get through the afternoons specifically.  By the end of a day of work, I was absolutely, completely wiped out.  I couldn’t process more than sitting on the couch and watching television. Nevertheless, I was thankful to be able to be pregnant.  It is a true blessing to be able to bring life into this world!

In the first trimester, my diabetes was a bit crazy in the sense that I would experience a ton more LOWS.  This is due to the fact that my body was taking SO much of my food and energy to grow this little being, that it was causing many more lows.  I could jump up and down for 5 minutes and my blood sugar would drop 20 points!  It was crazy!  Not only that, but I could eat more freely without using as much insulin.

Second trimester definitely was better.  I was actually able to eat and go on walks!  What a difference!  It was a amazing.  I could eat full meals and not feel sick!  I was also hungry a lot more – I needed to eat every 2-3 hours or my stomach would actually grumble! Not only that but my blood sugars were a bit more stable.  Yes, I required a bit more insulin, but it wasn’t too drastic at the time.

Now being in my third trimester, things are getting a little crazy!  29 Weeks.  WHOA time flies!  It is still surreal…. I’m definitely popping out now and am feeling a tiny bit more uncomfortable.  Appetite isn’t quite as strong as some would think but it is about normal.  Little things like… trying to bend properly, or get out of bed has been a bit of adjustment as well!  Sometime I feel a limb near my ribs which makes it difficult to sit up right away, and therefore, I perform the ever-so graceful ‘roll’ out of bed.  Literally!  Sleeping on my back is no longer an option for more than 15 minutes – maybe?  Clothes are not fitting so well, as you can imagine!  Leggings and stretchy clothing = savior.

Anyway, I apologize to all of you for not cooking and posting as much as normal.  I haven’t been the best chef lately as my appetite seems to come and go.  However, I will be posting more soon!

 

Stay tuned and thank you for reading 🙂