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11.18.2011

2 weeks after Baby



Hi there! Were you afraid I was not making an appearance? Well, I thought so! :-)  It has been a wonderful blessing enjoying all of my daughter's changes since leaving the hospital. I cannot even believe 2 weeks have gone by.


We have had the blessing of having my mother-in-law for 5 days, then my mother for a whole week and visits from different family members. I am not quite sure what I will do with myself next week when everyone is gone but I know I will have God's strength.




How has it been with a newborn? Very different and somewhat challenging, but oh so much fun! The biggest thing I have learned from being a mother is that IT IS NOT ABOUT ME ANYMORE. My daughter's needs are above everyone else's because she requires care and attention, but do not get me wrong, Ryan and I have needs that also need to be met. Let me explain.


I explained a while back that when I was pregnant I had no desire to keep my vegan diet.Why it happened this way I do not know but I knew there was a purpose. All desire for tofu, seitan, or all meat substitutes and dairy substitutes except beverage made me sick.




Now that the baby has arrived I have such a desire for everything I was eating before, but more along the lines of eating fruits, veggies, soups, salads, beans, etc.


I have been learning a lot about colic and how MY diet and everything I eat affects the baby. Did you know this? Not that I have been testing this out but learning how Julianne is responding to them on a day to day basis makes me keenly aware of how much I do not want my baby to go through colic. 


On days I ate spicy, tomato-based foods, beans, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, coffee, and more I noticed that Julianne was fussy and hardly rested during the day.




By God's grace we have only had one episode of colic and it last for 45 minutes, even though it felt like hours. I cannot stand listening to my daughter in pain or in discomfort so my plan is to keep a journal of all foods I eat. My diet is not any longer focused on being vegan but on what would be healthy for my baby. Articles shows that too much raw foods, onions, beans, and the foods I listed cause colic. I want to prove that my baby can be peaceful and happy without my eating the foods that make her an unhappy baby. 


Defenseless.


It is my responsibility to keep my body healthy, yes, but it is also my responsibility to have a happy AND healthy baby. So even though I will be posting vegan and vegetarian recipes, this blog will not concentrate on  these food labels but on healthy eating.




Julianne has been a GREAT night sleeper. I have been averaging 6-7 hours of sleep a night even though I am waking up every 3 hours to feed her. 


A question though. Julianne would sleep 5-6 hours a night IF I did not wake her up for feedings. My preference is for her to sleep and I notice she eats a lot more and is satisfied when she is not forced to wake up during the night. During the day I do wake her up but the night is different. What is the best method?


The last 3 days have been a dream because she has been napping well and even lulling herself to sleep! She wakes up almost automatically for feedings every 3 hours and I try to catch a nap here and there. There is not escaping it though. Julianne is always fussy or active during our dinner time whether we have it early or later, she is there waiting to be held or to be given some attention. Pretty crazy!


What have I been eating as of late? I have been eating lots of oatmeal, barley drinks (recipe to come soon), soups, meat and potato foods, empanadas, tostadas ( all not spicy at all and no beans), and an apple crisp. The barley and oats all ensure better milk production and to better satisfy the baby. So far, the evidence seems pretty true. Happy baby!



Be on the look out soon! I will have some reviews and giveaway coming on the blog. Happy weekend!

23 comments:

kelly said...

with jack, i always fed on demand, and never on a schedule i set. the only time i can think of when i did feed when he wasn't asking for it was when he was upset, or when we were on a plane to avoid his ears hurting!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I just LOVE all the precious photos in this post!
Good for you for eating what's best for the baby. Let your body (and hers!) be your guide. :)

HiHoRosie said...

aw! Such sweet pics of your little girl! She's so precious! You're doing great, mama -- just keep following your instincts and what's best for you and her.

Larissa said...

Let her sleep! :) If she goes beyond 6 hours at this point, you may want to check for dehydration. That is wonderful that she is such a good sleeper!!

Anonymous said...

The best picture EVER is of Julianne and her Daddy. I LOVE this picture (our new desktop background photo). Of course, the others are cute, too, but this is my fave!

Thank you for sharing, Noelle! So glad I stopped by.

Love,

Kayla

Fresh Local and Best said...

She is an absolute doll! I agree with Larissa let her sleep. I wish mine slept as much at that age.

Geanna said...

Those pictures are so darling. Congrats again and best of luck with your diet.

The Ball Family said...

Don't wake her up to eat! She will let you know when she is hungry. I never woke my kids up when they were sleeping. She is precious. Congrats and enjoy. My baby girl turned 21mths yesterday...time flies!

Jenna said...

What a beautiful baby girl! Congrats.

With my son, Miles, who is 6 months now, I never wake him up for a feeding. In the beginning when he started sleeping through the night I would wake up around 3 am and pump but even stopped doing that and my body adjusted to going 10 or so hours without nursing.

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

She is soooooooo pretty!! I love the pink ruffly shift, so sweet. Such a little doll!! I'm so glad it's going good for you!! She's a great sleeper!

Kirsten said...

Your lucky that you have a good little sleeper! I never worried about what I was eating with my last two, but I find Simone fussy and wonder if it's something I am eating...onions? I put them in everything! She is super cute!

Bethany S. said...

Read the book Baby Wise. My boys were sleeping through the night at 2 months old. (And I wish I had done it with my first--she wasn't a good sleeper until almost a year old and ate round the clock, every 2 hours--snacks, not meals.)

Never wake a sleeping baby at night!! During the day she can go 4 hours between feedings. And keep this order: awake/play, sleep, eat, awake/play, sleep, eat. Always feed upon waking, never before (except at night); it would seem babies sleep better on a full belly, but it's just not true.

I was too impatient to figure out what I was eating that upset my kids. My daughter had colic every evening, and the football hold/rubbing her back really helped. My boys had food allergies, so I did have to change my diet eventually (I know from experience that allergens DO pass through breastmilk).

Congrats! Just give it time and it'll come; you'll get to know her well!!

La Tea Dah said...

What a beautiful daughter you have! Simply precious as can be!

In response to your question --- if a baby wants to sleep, let her sleep! I'd never wake baby up to nurse (well, maybe I did once or twice in the case of a mother-emergency --- but expressing can help in that case if you prefer). Baby's adjust their schedules to their growing needs.

My tip for really healthy and abundant milk supply is nutritional yeast. Add it to a smoothie or a glass of milk --- or sprinkle it on toast. You will notice a difference immediately and all that good nutrition goes straight to your little one.

Enjoy these happy days!

dawn said...

She is absolutely prescious!!!! You are very blessed...

Adrienne said...

Now that she is 2+ weeks old it is totally fine (I think) to let her sleep 7 hours at night. That's great she does!! Baby and Mama's milk supply adjusts, but you can pump if you get uncomfortable. :) She is adorable!!!

Tracy Wood said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! My advice about feeding? never wake a sleeping baby.... she'll let you know when she's hungry. :) Enjoy her!

elly said...

After the baby is back up to her birth weight, you can just feed her when she wakes, rather than waking her to feed her. Enjoy the extra sleep. :)

Monet said...

She is so beautiful...and I love hearing your reflections about motherhood and parenting. So much to learn! So much to consider for both you and your sweet baby. I wish I had advice to offer you...but it seems like you've already got some great comment advice. Much love, sweet friend.

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

Your baby is looking beautiful! thanks for sharing your latest news about the baby with us! Enjoy her to the fullest!

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

Noelle--She is just gorgeous. I look forward to recipes in the near future, but until then just keep us up to date with Julianne's pictures.

Foy Update (Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat.) said...

I've been reading a lot about nursing because I'm pregnant with my first. So my thoughts are completely based on what I've researched.

Several sources have mentioned that newborns should be woken up to be fed at a maximum of every 4 hours if you are breast feeding.

Newborns seem to be classified as 2-3 weeks old. The explainations are that as a Western Society we put a lot of emphasis on sleeping through the night when this isn't biologically in the interest of the child. This idea has been re-enforced because formula fed babies can sleep longer since cow's milk is more calorie dense. Newborns haven't quite gotten it all figured out and won't necessarily wake themselves up at night if they are hungry.

Also when you are establishing your milk supply in the first couple weeks it is important to nurse every 2-3 hours.

I’ve seen data that infants have less chance of SIDS if they wake frequently.

Your OBGYN should be able to put you in contact with a Lactation Consultant (specialized nursing degree). They can talk you through any questions you have. From what I’m reading nursing isn’t as easy as popping a kid on your boob. It is very common for women to seek help with nursing.

If you are interested in doing some of your own reading look into:

http://www.breastfeeding.com/reading_room/sleeping.html

Pushed by Jennifer Block....a very intense book that has A LOT of data in it discussing the current very emotional and controversial environment that is the modern maternity world. It is very intense and political.

The Nursing Mother's Companion...awesome, awesome book about breastfeeding. This book was suggested by a friend who is a Nurse Practitioner who works in a NicU. “Breastfeeding tends to be something people assume will be a normal/natural process that will easily happen after you give birth which is NOT TRUE, most patients/mothers that I have ever meet have a very hard time getting started with breastfeeding and need lots of resources and support to get everything started well.”

This comment is a little long, but I wanted to share some thoughts that aren’t “let the baby sleep”.

Best of luck deciding how you want to feed your baby. The choice is yours.

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Sarah said...

Wow, I didn't even think about how certain foods that mom eats can perhaps cause colic in baby. Since I am currently vegan and hope to become a mom in the next couple of years, this is great information to start considering. Glad to hear things are going pretty well :)

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