My Path In Motherhood

The adventures of a Christian, cloth diapering, cooking enthusiast, breastfeeding, healthy-wannabe, "crunchy" mama and daughter.

Pintersting Recipes: Carbonara

Linking up with Lisa again for Pinteresting Recipes Tuesday!

I wanted a simple pasta recipe, and this perfectly fit the bill. Simple, tasty, easy.

Changes:
Used asiago cheese instead of Parmesan.
Switched pancetta for the bacon.

My carbonara, paired with roasted asparagus!

I could have eaten so much more of this, but of course, I am a pasta lover!

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Choosing a New Pediatrician

While I was pregnant, I interviewed two local pediatricians and didn’t really like either of them. I picked the one I liked a little bit better, but I never really felt comfortable with her. She talks a lot, and doesn’t let me talk much. We’ve only seen her a few times – Molly’s 5 day appointment, 6 week check-up, 2 and 4 month check-up – and I called her when Molly was sick because I thought she had pink eye. I never really had a problem with her, but it just doesn’t feel right. I feel like everything lines up for me to like her, but I just don’t. She’s won multiple awards in our area, she’s local, gives her cell phone out to patients and will come into her office at any time since she lives close by and I love all that about her, I just don’t connect with her, if that makes sense.

Now that Molly is a little older, I have more things that are on my mind, specifically starting solids and continuing breastfeeding, which I love. At Molly’s last appointment, the Dr. told me to start rice cereal and then simple fruits and veggies this month – at 4 months – then chicken and turkey next month. She actually asked me what I thought about it, gave me a second to open my mouth and then proceeded to talk about something else. Yep, wonderful. Oh, she also told me to not buy into the organic garbage since it can’t be proven and they’re just making you pay more for the same product as conventional.

I want to write a separate post about it, but I have no intention of starting Molly out on solids before 6 months, she’s sleeping better than she was, only up at 2 or 3, then waking up about 6 to come in bed with me after the Hubs goes to work, and sleeping again until 8 or so. She’s content with just breast milk, and that’s all I’m comfortable giving her right now. That was one thing we disagreed on, but the Dr. always concludes with “you’re the mom, you do what’s best for you” which I appreciate so much.

I’ve been toying with the idea of switching pediatricians, but I’m such a chicken. The Dr. who delivered Molly, her husband is a pediatrician and so I asked her for his name, figuring that since she and I agreed on everything we talked about, he would have to be in the same boat. I finally got up enough courage today and called to set up a meeting with him. Fun for us, it’s at 8:15am next Tuesday morning, but since I’m not a paying patient, he’s meeting with me before his regular patients.

I’m nervous, I don’t know why, but I am. I think I’m scared that if I like him and switch, I have to pick up Molly’s medical records at her current pediatrician and she’ll question why I’m leaving her practice. I’m also nervous about what questions to ask. I don’t know why I wasn’t nervous to interview pediatricians while I was pregnant, but I am now. Doesn’t make sense to me either.

I can’t put my thumb on why I don’t like my current pediatrician exactly. We just don’t mesh. I went to a la leche league meeting – again, another post – and some of the moms admitted to downright lying to their pediatrician about the number of times they were nursing their babies, or when they started solids. I’m sure pediatricians know that not everyone is completely honest with them with their answers, but I’m not so comfortable doing that. It’s not like Molly even has a medical issue that I see the doctor all the time, each time we’ve been, she’s said nothing but good things about Molly’s growth and health.

Oh well, I’ll keep you updated!

What was the last time you didn’t mesh with someone?
How did you pick your pediatrician? Do you lie to them?

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Loving Cloth.

We have been officially in cloth diapers for 2 weeks, so I wanted to update you!

Well, lets clarify, when I say in cloth diapers, I mean 100% during the day, but we’re still using disposables at night. The first night we did cloth, Molly didn’t leak, but the second night she was soaked and leaked, and the third, I put her in a disposable at 1:30am. Now, with disposables, I don’t change her diaper from about 7:30pm until about 9am and I was hoping I could do the same with cloth. I don’t know if I don’t have enough inserts or what, but I don’t really feel like doing a diaper change in the middle of the night.

I didn’t have to buy any disposables, since we weren’t planning on buying cloth that quickly, I had just bought 2 small packs of disposables the week before, so I’m using them. I would, of course, love to switch to cloth full time, but I don’t know how to go about figuring out the correct diaper & inserts for nighttime.

Other than that dilemma, I do love the cloth! They’re adorable, and we haven’t had a blow out yet. Granted, we haven’t pooped during a car ride yet, so that might have something to do with it…
I love how easy they are, and I think I’ve gotten my washing routine down – cold rinse, hot wash with detergent and an extra rinse, plus another extra rinse. I haven’t dried them yet, I just hang them on the line my mom has in the laundry room, and let them go until the next washing day. I wash Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in case you were wondering.

I have a total of 25 diapers, 21 little bee company diapers, 3 flip diapers – purchased because I wanted the option of a disposable liner when we’re out for the day – and one bum genius that I won from twitter. I haven’t used the flip or bum genius, but I will say that while comparing them, I like how the little bee diapers have elastic on the front of them, it seems more “secure” than the others. I’ll let you know how they work out!

Now for some adorable pictures!

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If you cloth diaper, what to you use overnight?

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Foto Friday.

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If you follow me on twitter (link on the right) or Instagram (megangwen314), you might have seen this picture when I posted it, but I wanted to share it here, too. Molly found her foot this week! She can’t really pick it up herself, but she’s really noticing it and its adorable!

Happy weekend, any exciting plans? It’s going to be a wash-out here this weekend so nothing exciting for us.

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Pinteresting Recipes.

This week, I’m joining in the link up on Lisa’s blog. If you want to know more about what Pinteresting Recipes is all about, Lisa explains it here.

A few weeks ago, I had a few overripe bananas that I needed to do something with, so what else to make but banana bread!

 

I knew a pinned a bunch of banana bread recipes so I dug one out – peanut butter banana bread.

Notes:

  • I added 1/3 c. more peanut butter
  • I subbed 1 c. of whole wheat flour
  • I didn’t add the chocolate chips
  • And used smooth peanut butter instead of chunky

My kitchen helper!

I have no idea why I didn’t take a picture of the banana bread after it came out of the oven, but it was really good! The recipe makes 2 loaves, so you could make one for yourself and one for a friend, or eat both like my family did! I’m definitely not a baker, but this recipe was really easy to follow. Might not be the healthiest, but it’s a good spin on traditional banana bread.

Ready to go in the oven!

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4 Month Update.

My dearest Molly,

14 Weeks Old.

You’re growing up so fast – almost 4 months old, starting to roll over, you’ve done it a few times, but not consistently yet. While I was cleaning today, I knew you were awake from your nap, but I just let you play and you must have rolled over because I found you on your tummy! On Saturday, Grammy, Aunt Jeannie and I were on the table trying to get you to roll, and you did from your tummy to your back, but I don’t think you really knew what you had done and you haven’t done it since. You’re grabbing toys and bringing them to your mouth. If we wiggle our fingers in front of you, you grab them and try to eat them, too. You learned how to pop your pacifier out of your mouth. I’m still waiting for you to suck your thumb to go to sleep, and hoping that you are a thumb sucker!

You got your first cold this month, we’re on the tail ends of it. We had some pretty sleepless nights, but you handled it like a champ! A few calls to the doctor, but we never had to visit her. I was worried you got pink eye since Colton had it and he was here to visit last weekend, but I guess not. I think it was just the cold that got your eyes all goopy. I’ve been thinking about changing your pediatrician, but don’t really know where to start. I messaged Dr. Lincoln, the doctor who delivered you, I know her husband is a pediatrician and I wonder what he’s like. I asked her for any recommendations she might have for me.

15 Weeks Old.

Sleeping isn’t going so well. I don’t think you’ve slept good all month long. We were doing 8 hour stretches and then you just decided you didn’t like that anymore. It’s a little frustrating, but I know it’ll work itself out. There have been a few nights on the recliner, and while you were sick, Daddy actually slept on the recliner one night so we could sleep in the bed together, which was nice. I hope you get back to your long stretches, I know I was a little spoiled, but I got used to them for sure!

Breastfeeding is still going well! I love that time we have together. I stopped tracking our sessions this month, it was getting me crazy to make sure you were eating long enough and often enough, but I just need to trust you and trust my body. I don’t pump either, haven’t since we were at the beach, and I don’t want to pump at all. I know it will get me nervous to think that however much I pump is an indication of my supply, which I know it isn’t, and I’ll get nervous I’m loosing milk. You’re still content most of the time and don’t get cranky after feedings or anything, so I’m trusting my body and trusting you! I know Daddy wishes he could feed you, but just nursing you myself is way easier, I don’t have to wash any parts or bottles, and it’s always the right temperature. I don’t have to carry anything extra around either.

16 Weeks Old.

We just started cloth diapering this week. It was something I really wanted to do, more so to save money than anything else, but the saving environment is handy, too. We got the cloth diapers at the Bloomsburg Fair. We were going to do a trial to see if we liked them, but the company at the fair seems to be a great company and they were on sale, no shipping, that kind of thing, so we decided to just go for it! So far, I really like them, I ordered some leg warmers for you so we can show off your cute diapers instead of hiding them under pants! I can just picture you as a toddler walking around in a t shirt, cloth diaper and leg warmers! So cute!

Your hair is still red, and you still have all of it! I don’t think your hair is going to fall out. Mine, on the other hand, is coming out in hand fulls! I have to clean the drain at least 2 times during each shower. When I shampoo my hair, it’s at least 4 or 5 times. It’s crazy. I’ve decided I’m going to cut it short again, and I’m pretty excited about it! Back to you though, you only have a bald spot on the back of your head from where you rub it when you move your head. It’s pretty funny and cute.

17 Weeks Old.

We’re working on laughing, too. I got a good video of you laughing, but it’s a rare occurrence. You smile for everyone and anyone who meets you just loves it! You take most naps in your crib during the day, although sometimes I just want to soak it all up and hold you for a nap. I still rock/walk or nurse you to sleep, mostly during the day I’ll put your right arm under my left arm and hum “Amazing Grace,” if you’re tired enough, you’ll be out in less than 5 minutes. I’m usually the only one that can put you to sleep like that. Daddy tries, but it doesn’t work out unless your really tired. At night, I nurse you to sleep. Granted, you’re usually not totally asleep when I put you in the crib, so that’s a good thing. Tummy time is way more enjoyable now than it was a month ago. You don’t fuss much at all when I put you on your belly until you’re tired of it.

You still talk up a storm to everyone, it’s adorable! You were size 1 diapers, and most of your clothes are 3-6 months. I’ve been buying some 6 month stuff so I don’t have to spend a ton of money when you outgrow your 3-6 month clothes.

I love your chubby thighs and dimples on your butt and thighs. So adorable! Every time we undress you for a bath, which Daddy always gives you, I have you stand up on the sink and I just adore those dimples! Daddy thinks I’m a weirdo, but oh well. You’re the apple of our eye, and I can’t imagine life without you baby girl. Can’t wait for your doctors appointment next week to see how much you weigh and how long you are!

Love,

Mommy

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One Year Ago.

Positive Pregnancy Test!

One year ago today, I decided that I should take a pregnancy test. After just 2 months of trying, and a week or so of feeling nauseous, I thought it was worth a shot. I was going to wait until the weekend, but I was wayy too excited!

Man, I remember it like it was yesterday. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since this journey began. I was so incredibly excited that I couldn’t sleep – that’s what I get for taking a pregnancy test at 8:30pm – and I got my laptop out and began writing a letter to my unborn daughter or son, not knowing what was in store for us. I remember the Hubs waking up around midnight or so asking me what the heck I was doing so late and why I was still up. I can still hear him yelling into the bathroom as I was taking the test “It’s negative, right?” Of course we were optimistic, but didn’t want to expect it to happen that quickly.

All those unknowns – what would my baby look like? What would I look like with a hugely pregnant belly? What would our families say? Would the baby be a girl or boy? When would he/she be born? How would he/she be born? So many questions that have been answered in the last year, but there are so many more to come.

I’m just in awe of the miracle that I can hold now, that started as just a dream between two people in love, and is now a tangible, growing, lovable human being that God blessed us with. I can’t imagine what I did with all my time before Molly joined us. I know she’s just (almost) 4 months old, but I honestly can’t remember life without her. It’s like she’s always been a part of us, as corny as that sounds.

I could have never imagined the love I’d feel for her, the sense of pride, and the “mama bear” protection that I have for her. I’m amazed at each new thing she does.

 

I’ll finish up with a paragraph I wrote in the letter I started for Molly that day, a whole year ago.

“I was eating breakfast before going to Hershey Park with your cousins, I’m sure they’ll be your favorite cousins, and I was eating my bread with almond butter, and I felt like throwing up! I thought it was very strange, but I just stuck it in the back of my mind and went on to have a wonderful day riding roller coasters! You must be okay with them, because you didn’t bother me at all that day! I hope it was okay that I took you on the roller coasters, now that I googled it, I’m a little worried…

Well anyways, after feeling sick for 2 days, and not really hungry, which is very unusual for me, your daddy and I talked and decided to take a pregnancy test. Well actually, we were going to wait until Sunday, so that we could do it first thing in the morning, but I was too antsy, I couldn’t wait until Sunday, that’s too many days away! So I went and took it, after shoo-ing your dad out of the bathroom. I waited for the lines to show up, and I gasped when I saw them and put my hand over my mouth! There were two little lines there! Two! That meant that I was pregnant! Because I wasn’t making any noise, your dad thought that it was a negative, he thought I’d come screaming out if it told me that I was pregnant, but I was in shock! So, I wandered out to your daddy and said “Are you ready to be a daddy?” He just stared at me and said “Really?” I said yep, and showed him the two lines. Then he started rambling about saving money and getting bills paid off, that’s your daddy, always wanting to provide the best environment for his family.”

Happy weekend! Any big plans?
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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday, Vol. 4

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On our way to the fair Sunday afternoon. I got this bonnet from a woman in my church and it worked out perfectly for our fair outing – covered Molly’s ears since it was a bit windy and kept the sun out of her face. Although I don’t love the look of them…

Do you love the bonnet/prairie look?

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Cloth Diapers, Part 2.

If you remember back, I wanted to do a cloth diaper trial, and was just waiting for the okay from the Hubs. Well, while we were at the Bloomsburg Fair on Sunday, I had to feed Molly and I knew there was a nursing station somewhere, so after wondering around and finally finding it, I fed Molly there. After I came home, the Hubs told me that I should go check out the cloth diapers that they were selling there. I didn’t even realize that’s what they were selling there.

So I went and talked to them. They’re The Little Bee Diaper Co. and for every diaper they sell, they give a diaper to an orphan in a place where they don’t have diapers. The seller said that the batch they’re collecting from the diapers sold at the fair are going to an orphanage in Haiti where the babies are on plastic and all roll around in their own waste. It makes your heart break! I had never heard of this particular company before, but loved that the were so generous, and include a bible verse on their website about how we should help the orphans – James 1:27. They’re also a local company for me, selling diapers out of Danville, PA.

The diapers are one sized, pocket diapers, which were exactly the kinds of diapers I was looking at – Fuzzibunz, BumGenious, etc. I was pretty excited that the Hubs told me to just go ahead and do it, so I went all out – 12 diapers, extra hemp inserts, a big wet bag, diaper bag wet bag and detergent. I’m thinking next month or so I might get a few more diapers, maybe some Fuzzibunz and I’d like a few Flip diapers just because they have the disposable inserts and I think that would be super handy when on a day trip somewhere. I’ll also have to make the transition to cloth wipes, but I just bought a bunch to refill my container, so that’ll be in the next month or so.

I was nervous making such a big purchase, but I’m really excited. I keep thinking that I won’t like them and it’ll be such a waste of money, but there’s no reason why I shouldn’t like them. It’s such a savings in the long run that I’ll just have to make myself like them, there’s absolutely no reason I shouldn’t like them.

Right now, the diapers are in the wash, hopefully I’ll dry them overnight on the line, and stuff them tomorrow and we can start using them!

I’ll keep you posted, don’t worry! I’m so glad I found this company and look forward to getting their word out!

How did you pick the cloth diapers you currently use? Would you ever cloth diaper if you don’t already? 

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Molly’s First Cold.

Oh, Molly’s first cold. I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, although I would have had it happen much, much later if I got to choose. I could have guessed what was coming though, my cousin came to visit last weekend (the 15th-16th) and brought her two boys, who where both sick. Well, we knew one was sick, but the other got sick once he got here. So, of course, Molly got sick. I can’t blame my cousin, she asked if it was okay they came up, and I said yes, so if anyone’s to blame, it’s me.

Monday night, I could tell Molly didn’t feel well. It sounded like something was in the back of her through, mucous or something. It didn’t really bother her, but I kept having these visions of her not being able to breathe in the middle of the night, and even though our bed is about 3 ft from her crib, it still got me nervous, so I ended up staying up until 12:30am with her sleeping on my chest, just to make sure she was okay. She was up a lot all night, but that’s expected. Tuesday morning once we got up, I called the doctor, and she just recommended watching her for a fever and getting saline drops if her nose got stuffy, which it wasn’t at that point. She said it sounded like teething, which could be involved, but I knew that wasn’t the whole thing. I don’t love the pediatrician, but for now, she’s fine.

Eventually, of course, her nose did get stuffy. I did what I could, it was a cuddle, lay in bed fest all day long. We caught up on some TV and I let Molly run the day, sleeping and eating whenever and where ever. Tuesday night, we slept in the recliner for most of the night since I figured that might be easier for us and it was. She did have a slight fever – 99.4 – so I gave her some Tylenol and it went down. Wednesday morning I called the doctor again to let her know Molly had a stuffed nose and a slight fever the previous night. She said it sounds like a cold and I could bring her in if I wanted, but there wasn’t anything she could do. I figured I’d just let it ride its course, what else can you do? It’s a cold. I wish I could make it better. We did make a trip to CVS to get nasal spray, a humidifier and some natural Vicks-type stuff. I have a bulb syringe that I’ve been trying to suck what I can out of her nose, but those things are terrible!

Wednesday night, the Hubs took some meds (we’re both fighting a cold) and slept in the recliner so Molly and I could have the whole bed. It was super sweet of him, but it was really hard to sleep with Molly all night! I’m a hard core side sleeper, so I had to literally switch sides of the bed when I wanted to sleep on the other side in order to keep Molly in the middle. It wasn’t terrible, and of course, I’d do whatever I can for Molly, but it wasn’t my favorite way of sleeping.

The Hubs bought a swing for Molly Thursday since she wouldn’t sleep anywhere except for my arms and it got to be a bit hard to do anything. Like go to the bathroom. We had one, but it was given to us, and the battery compartment was corroded. It lasted 3 months, but the corrosion got too bad and the batteries wouldn’t connect and make it swing.

As I’m writing this, Thursday morning, I’m praying Molly isn’t getting pink eye. She did have blocked tear ducts, but they were almost gone, and now her left eye is kind of goopy. It’s not really red, and she isn’t rubbing it, but my cousin that came to visit us, her son that got sick while here, has pink eye. So I’m just watching for that now. Molly’s getting frustrated with nursing since she can’t breathe out of her nose really well. Oh well, it’s a first for everyone, and all I can do it snuggle her and wait for her to get better. And be patient. Lots of patience.

Now, Sunday night, Molly doesn’t have pink eye, I think she just got some of her cold in her eye. She’s getting better, and sleeping a little better, but I’ll be very happy when this is behind us!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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