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Monday, December 12, 2011

15 weeks old



     Wow, it has been crazy lately.  Sorry I'm late with this post.  Matt has accepted a job offer in El Paso, TX so we are gearing up for a move and along with Christmas and everything else, things have been hectic lately.  Adrian is doing great!  He's trying to sit up and has done it for a few seconds.  I was able to get him a Jumperoo on Freecycle and he absolutely loves it!  He bounces and "dances" all day long.  I think it is really helping with strength and coordination as well.

     So last week my good friend Steve Cooksey and I decided to try an "experiment".  We decided to eat "high carb" for a day or two.  I wanted to kick start weight loss, and shock my metabolism (read about this here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/carb-refeeding-and-weight-loss/) and he wanted to test the effects on his blood sugar.  Check out his results here: http://www.diabetes-warrior.net/2011/12/07/date-with-the-devil-my-high-carb-experiment-day-1/  So the plan was to continue no bread, grains, flour etc and no sugar or "junk" and to keep fat around 50g.  I added back in milk, rice,  fruit and starchy vegetables.


      At first it was ok.  I started off with a banana for breakfast.  Blood sugars stayed decent and my post meal bg was 109.  For lunch I had greek yogurt, a handful of almonds, some tuna and an orange. I did well with that and for dinner I made Rotisserie chicken, rice and vegetables, and sweet potato fries.  I tolerated this well.  The next morning I decided to try a combo of yogurt and a banana.  Big mistake.  I spiked to the 280's and could not bring it down.  I remained in the 200's all day and it took a couple days to get back to normal numbers.  I called off the experiment at this point.  I was missing my fat big time!  Matt and I went to the Chinese buffet and I loaded up on meat and veggies.

     I think the change in diet affected Adrian.  He had some digestive upsets and was very fussy.  Won't be doing that again any time soon!

Thursday night was Diana's school talent show.  She sang "Tomorrow" from "Annie".  She had a great time and not a lick of stage fright.  She also had a wonderful time getting ready and putting on "makeup".  Daddy gave her a special surprise.  A new necklace and earrings.  We did take a video but it did not come out well due to lighting.  You can listen here:

     Friday was Christmas tree day.  We drove to Midway to Brewer's Christmas tree farm.  We went there last year and had a good experience so decided to go back.  The children had a great time picking out a tree, as well as feeding the goats and bunnies.








Wednesday, November 30, 2011

3 months old!


     Adrian is 3 months old!  We had his (late) 2 month check up yesterday, and he is up to 15lb3oz and 24.75 in.  His head was 17 in. (I think it's' due to his ginormous brain :)  ) He is over his sickness and everything looked good.  He had 3 shots.  I opted out of the rotovirus one since he isn't in daycare and it made Diana vomit when she got it.  Seems pretty pointless.He is doing everything he is supposed to do at this age.  He can hold his head up and do a "mini pushup".  He has started laughing and is getting good with his coordination as well.

     The doc wants us to start cereal between 4-6 months, but I'm considering skipping it all together.  It seems like empty filler calories that are not necessary (plus have you ever read the ingredients on a box of rice cereal? Ick).  The ped thinks it is important because he needs the iron supplementation that is in the cereal because babies at that age have a drop in hemoglobin, but what did people do before baby foods were iron fortified?  I think there has to be something we can use instead.  I would like to start him on pureed vegetables around 6 months.  I also want to make my own baby food and give him the best start possible.



     Thanksgiving went well, and Adrian surprisingly did well on the trip.  I was able to make a few sides to go along with the turkey so I could enjoy the yummy Thanksgiving stuff with everyone else.  I made a cranberry sauce with erythritol  and it came out pretty decent.  Also made stuffing that was delicious.  Found the recipe here; http://blog.yourlighterside.com/2009/05/get-stuffed-savory-turkey-stuffing.html.  I think I used too much butter though (or not enough oopsies)  as the stuffing was floating in butter.  It tasted wonderful though.  Just like the real thing.  Did a pumpkin pie with walnut crust.  I also used erythritol to sweeten here but it did not bake well.  It wasn't very sweet at all but definitely edible (great with whipped cream).  The recipe for that is here:  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-paleo-pie-crust/.

     This was our first time having Thanksgiving in Starkville so we were also able to be there for the Egg Bowl (rivalry game between Mississippi State and Ole Miss).  Matt was generously offered tickets by his Aunt Barb and Uncle Danny, so we decided he should take Diana.  She had a blast.  I'm so glad they got to do that and spend some quality daddy/daughter time together.

  On Sunday we had Adrian's baptism.  We went to Jackson to Saint Richard so Father Mike could baptize him.  Father Mike has baptized all our children so it was pretty cool that he was able to again.  Adrian behaved very well thank goodness.  Due to some camera malfunctions, we didn't get many pics, but here are a few.

    

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

12 weeks old


     This post will be short as I am packing up for the family to drive to Mississippi for Thanksgiving.  This will be our first long road trip with Adrian.  Hoping it goes smoothly (can wish anyway).  Adrian is finally starting to get over his illness.  We went back to the doctor on Friday because he wasn't any better and was running a low grade fever.  They said he had bronchitis and one of his ears was still inflamed.  He had to get a shot of Rocephin in each thigh.  The needles were ginormous, I wanted to cry.  They also changed his antibiotic.  He got a baby equivalent of a z-pack.  I'm so relieved he's finally getting better.  This visit he was 14lb15oz.  The doctor said he is in the 80-90th percentile for height and weight.  Big boy!

     I finally found a reasonably priced Bumbo seat!  I found a local sales group on Facebook and found one for $10.  Yay!  He looks like such a big boy in it.

     I lost another lb after plateauing, though my weight has been fluctuating.  I'm back in my 8's (jeans) so not too far to go.  I'm in between sizes in all my clothes and have nothing to wear to Adrian's baptism (which is Sunday), so guess I'm gonna have to go shopping (oh darn).

     I'm still experimenting with pumpkin recipes so here is a yummy one:

Easy Pumpkin Custard

2 eggs scrambled
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (or coconut milk if you like)
1/4 cup of pumpkin pack
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp sweetener

Combine ingredients and cook on low 5 min, stirring constantly.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11 weeks old




     We are still sick.  :(  I finally took Adrian to the dr on Mon because he kept coughing so hard he vomited.  It turns out he had conjunctivitis (which has since cleared up), a double ear infection and a yeast diaper rash, poor baby.  They tested him for RSV and Flu which is not fun at all.  They put saline in Adrian's nose, then suctioned down to his throat to get a sample of mucous.  He was not too happy with that.  The Dr put him on Amoxicillin for the ear infection and Nystatin and Bacitracin for the diaper rash which has since cleared as well.  They said he is too little to give anything for cough and I am to just nurse him often and suction his nose as needed.  They weighed him at the appointment and (fully clothed with a wet diaper) he was 14lb13oz and 24.5 inches!  I can' t get over how much he has grown.

     I've been sick as well.  I've had yucky sinus drainage and cough.  I've been taking mega doses of D3 and finally broke down and took some cold medicine and finally got some decent sleep last night.  My blood sugars have been much better however.  I think I have my insulin adjusted for the moment.  I found some liquid D3 at the commissary and it's great.  It contains no soy or corn starch like the capsules and tablets do.  I've been putting it in my coffee.  I've been giving a little to Adrian as well.

      Yesterday I made an awesome pumpkin soup. I've been researching the nutritional value of common vegetables.  Did you know that corn has pretty much no nutritional value whatsoever?  Read the can next time you make it (if you make it that is).  It is pretty much good for fattening up cows and that's it (not good for them either).  Anyway, I found that pumpkin is jam packed with vitamins and minerals.  So here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Soup

1 can pumpkin pack (read the label and find the one with the lowest carbs, this one had 4 net grams per serving)
1 can coconut milk (again read the label and make sure there is no added sugar)
1 can chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp minced garlic
1tsp grated nutmeg
2 Tbsp curry (my new favorite spice!)
1/2 tsp maple flavoring (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients and simmer
   


Thursday, November 10, 2011

10 weeks old


     It's been a yucky week.  Adrian has been sick.  :( He's been congested and coughing.  He seems to be feeling better now, but still has a little cough.  I've been giving him Vit D3 so hopefully that speeds up recovery.  He's been in good spirits for the most part.  Yesterday was bad though.  He screamed for hours.  I was also running high blood sugars and I'm thinking there is a correlation, since this has happened in the past as well.

     I've had horrible blood sugars for the past week.  It's been extremely frustrating as I'm doing all the right things.  I'm not sure if it's due to illness (I keep feeling like I'm getting sick, scratchy throat etc), or if my body has finally adjusted to nursing and needs more insulin now, or I don't know what.  I've steadily been increasing basal rates.  I think part of this is because since lowering my carbs even more, I've become more intolerant of them, so even a small amount spikes me.  A cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream and Splenda spiked me to 173 this morning (though this could be combined with dawn phenomenon).  I was feeling horrible last night.  My blood sugar was well over 200 and I had max ketones.  It's a constant struggle.

     On a brighter note, I made an awesome tiramisu the other night!  Here is the recipe:  I adapted from a recipe on http://www.lowcarb.ca/karen/recipe037.html .

butter
4 oz almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 large eggs
1/2 cup Splenda (or stevia, whatever you like)
1 tsp vanilla extract


Grease a 15-by 10-by 1-inch pan with butter. Line with parchment paper and grease with butter again. Preheat the oven to 350 ° F (175 ° C).
Combine the almonds, baking powder and salt. Separate the eggs. With an electric mixer, beat the yolks and Splenda with an electric mixer until thick and lemon coloured, 3-4 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Fold in the almonds. With a clean bowl and beaters, beat the egg whites to firm peaks. Stir 1/4 into the almond mixture. Fold in 1/2 of the remaining whites until barely combined and then the remaining 1/2 until thoroughly combined. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top springs back when pressed lightly. Let cool.
  • 5 eggs
  • 5 Tbsp. Splenda
  • 1 500 gr. Container mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 3 Tbsp. rum
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
Separate the eggs. Beat the yolks with the Splenda until thick and lemon coloured. Add the mascarpone and beat it into the yolk mixture on low speed, scraping down the bowl. Do not overbeat or the mixture will curdle.
With clean bowl and beaters, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Stir 1/4 into the mascarpone mixture. Fold in the remaining 3/4. Choose a large straight-sided dish, such as a soufflé dish to assemble the Tiramsu in.
Cut the almond cake into 16 fingers by cutting in half crosswise, then lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 8 fingers. Combine the rum and coffee in a shallow dish (I used imitation rum). Place the cocoa in a sieve over a bowl. (Yeah I just sprinkled)
Sprinkle the bottom of the dish lightly with cocoa. Quickly dip a few of the fingers into the coffee mixture and line the bottom of the dish. Do not get them too wet or your tiramisu will be runny. Spread on 1/4 of the mascarpone mixture and dust the top with cocoa. Repeat the process 2-3 times so you have 3-4 layers. End with a sprinkling of cocoa. Cover and refrigerate overnight. ( I just put in the freezer for a couple hours because I am lazy).

     It came out amazing!  Everyone loved it, including my pickypicky son.



Friday, October 28, 2011

2 months old!

     I can't believe it's been two whole months since I had my baby boy!  He has grown so much.  He is officially in size 3-6 months size.  I was trying to stretch out the 0-3's but he looked so uncomfortable I finally broke them out.  Adrian is doing wonderfully.  The colic is just about gone (one bad episode the other night).  He is cooing and gurgling and blowing bubbles.  He loves talking to Grandma Ginny on the phone.  He actually responds to everything she says to him.  He puts weight on his legs and has pulled his chest up a few times.  I'm still keeping my eye out for a Bumbo seat so if anyone knows where I can get one cheap, please let me know.

     I'm doing great as well.  I have lowered my carbs even more and on some days I'm almost at zero.  I finally lost another pound after being stuck for weeks.  I'm at the weight I was at on my wedding day.  Seven more to go!  As we speak, I am packing up to get ready to go to Greenwood to see the family and friends and to celebrate Aidan's 5th birthday!  Can't believe it.  Matt wasn't able to come along, but I'm sure he'll be loving the peace and quiet for the weekend (as well as a break from my cooking haha).

(Here I am rocking my Diabetes Warrior shirt thanks to Steve Cooksey.)




Go here to get one of your own http://www.diabetes-warrior.net/2011/10/19/diabetes-warrior-net-t-shirts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Diabetes-warriornet+%28Diabetes-Warrior.net%29 My awesome brother Mark Bleckley designed the logo.



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

7 weeks old




     It's been kind of a rough week.  Spent Thursday night in the ER with Matt and Diana.  Both kids were sick all weekend.  Diana is better, but Aidan is still under the weather.  I've been feeling like I'm trying to get sick, but have been taking mega doses of vitamin D3 and am feeling better.  Matt is much better now thank goodness.  Adrian seems to have escaped it, though he has been fussy today and had a temp of 99.3 earlier, but I'm not sure if that's just because he was crying.  I made him really mad today.  He spit up milk and it came out his nose!  I used the nose sucker thingy and nothing came out but a booger!  He was extremely mad and screamed for close to a half hour. Poor baby.

     Adrian has been much more alert lately.  He loves being read to and absolutely adores his brother and sister.  He smiles and coos and looks back and forth from Diana to Aidan.  Diana swears he says "hi".  He loves playing "where's Adrian?" and "how big is Adrian?"  I'm trying to find more things to keep him stimulated.  I want to get one of those little play mat thingies with the toys hanging down, and am looking for a Bumbo seat as I think he will love it.

     I'm continuing to experiment with new recipes and they have turned out pretty good!  Yesterday I made a broccoli salad with broccoli, mayonnaise, slivered almonds, apple cider vinegar, crumbled bacon and a little splenda to sweeten.  It was awesome!  I also tried out a new "gripe water" recipe.  I'm sick of paying $15 for a bottle.  I boiled water and poured over 1tbsp of fennel seed and 1tbsp of anise seed, steeped and strained. I added a little breast milk for good measure, and Adrian chugged down 2 oz and cried for more.  He slept really well afterward so I think it worked.  I drank a cup myself and it was pretty tasty.  I also slept well. :)

     

Monday, October 10, 2011

6 weeks old



     Adrian is 6 weeks old!  The time is going too quickly.  He is doing great.  He is still nursing well and I weighed him a couple days ago (weighed myself with and without him) and he is 12lb2oz if my scale is accurate!  He has almost outgrown his 0-3 months clothes already.  His feet are bigger than the little sleeper feet and he can barely straighten his legs.  Big boy!  He holds his head well and even pulled himself up a couple inches (like he was trying to sit up).  He does not like tummy time, but he still loves his bath!

     I had my six weeks check up today.  Everything looks good!  I saw the midwife/np and then the dr came and talked to me as well.  They both went on about how bad of a vbac candidate I had been and how low my chances of success were.  They said I really defied the odds.

     I was starting to get really frustrated with my lack of weight loss.  I've continued to eat low carb, but had stalled out and it was suggested that I try a coffee fast.  So, for the last two days, I have eaten nothing but coffee, heavy whipping cream, coconut oil and Splenda until 3 or 4 pm and then kept my carbs under 20g.  Yesterday I made a batch of deviled eggs and today I had chicken livers cooked in bacon fat and breaded with coconut flour.  I also had some pulled pork. I cannot get over the difference.  My belly has gone down and my pants are loose!  My blood sugars have been amazing.  I've been staying between 60-90.  I would still like to lose a few more and lose the love handles, but I'm very excited about making progress.


     I've been trying out some new recipes this week and thought I'd share one.  I thought I'd try a Sausage Broccoli Chowder.  I left out the pasta and added ground beef, and it was amazing!


Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (my family are not onion fans so I just used dried onions)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds


Brown the meat and set it aside.  Cook the veggies in the chicken broth and when they are tender, add the meat,  then stir in the other ingredients and let simmer.


Monday, October 3, 2011

5 weeks old

     Adrian is 5 weeks old!  We are doing great.  He is still fussy but is doing much better.  Thanks to the person who suggested "Happiest Baby on the Block"  I'm not sure what your name is.  It has helped a lot and after struggling for a minute, he loves being swaddled.  Between that and the Gripe Water, we are much improved.

     I am however not getting much sleep.  Adrian has been nursing a lot lately.  I keep falling asleep nursing and he continues eating through the night.  I've been so crazy sleep deprived.  The other day I pulled out a new onesie, pulled the tag off, threw the onesie away and kept the tag!  Coffee is my friend. Adrian has been cluster feeding today as well.  I wonder if he's hitting his 6 week growth spurt a few days early.  His face seems to be filling out so I'm sure he's gaining weight.  His appointment is not until the 27th so we'll have to wait and see how much.






    I've had some wonky numbers this week.  I somehow forgot that my pod had expired and went hours with an inactive pod (no insulin).  When I figured it out I was around 400 and it took hours to come down.  Then a couple nights ago, I spiked to 300 during the night for seemingly no reason.  Things are better now though and hopefully will stay that way.  I got my hgbA1c back and it was 5.8 so just about the same as before.

     I've been trying out different recipes and trying to vary my food while increasing fat.  I made a really yummy Paleo sausage gravy the other day.  Recipe can be found here: http://robbwolf.com/2011/01/05/gluten-free-sausage-gravy-paleo-biscuits/  I've been eating lots of heavy whipping cream, butter, sour cream, cheese and bacon.  While dairy is not *true* paleo, I would have a hard time giving it up!  Today I sauteed mushrooms in butter and bacon grease.  So good!  My weight loss seems to have stalled out, but I'm not doing anything drastic while nursing.  I'm thinking the nursing might very well be the problem.  I've heard that some women hang on to the last 5 or 10 lb until they stop breast feeding.  Diana has started gymnastics so I'm hoping to work with her and get back into shape.

     

Saturday, September 24, 2011

4 weeks old

     It has been a pretty uneventful week.  We are doing well, though Adrian is still very fussy.  The Gripe Water helps, but he still cries a lot.  I got my sling in the mail and it's been very helpful.  It frees up my hands so I can cook and help the kids while still holding him.  Nursing is still going well and he appears to be gaining weight.

     One thing that does calm him is his bath.  He absolutely loves it!  He kicks and splashes and is very mad when I take him out.  Big sis Diana likes helping with his bath too.


     My blood sugars have been wonderful.  I also got my blood work back and everything looked good.  My total cholesterol was 217, which sounds high, but total number means nothing.  My triglycerides were 40, my HDL was 89 which is phenomenal, and my LDL was 120.  They would like it under 100 but I would bet money that it is fluffy LDL, the good kind.  Read more about this here:  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cholesterol/  I would like to have an NMR Lipoprofile test run.  It actually differentiates the LDL particle size and shows how much of the good (fluffy) and bad (hard or dense) LDL you have.  This is not a test that is routinely done, because it is a send-out and it is expensive and dr's can just give you statins, but I say why take a pill if you don't need to?  I asked about this blood test and my dr. told me that she would only run it if there was a problem with my LDL.  Guess we'll see if she considers 120 a problem.  I would really like to know my numbers.

My cgm graph.
     I'm getting really impatient with the weight loss.  I am holding since last week.  I do think I'm seeing more definition in my belly, but I want to wear my sixes again!  I've upped the fat big time.  I'm eating lots of eggs and cheese and of course, my favorite-bacon!  I'm really hoping this does the trick.


4 weeks post partum