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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 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!


  • 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:  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.