I swear, I blink and it’s August. I can hardly believe it. I’ve been completely MIA again, I know–even after I swore I wouldn’t! But let’s face it, I have a fantastic excuse. Here it is:
I have been devoting these last few months (well, basically all of this year) exclusively to this little nugget, who turned six months old back on July 15th! A lot happens when I blink! I feel like so much has gone on since I posted last I need to recap.
WE MOVED INTO A BIGGER APARTMENT!
Two bedrooms, guys. After our teeny place in Boston, and our larger-but-much-too-small-for-a-baby place we were in last year, we have two whole freaking bedrooms. You know what that means? Extra closets. And a living room that’s just a living room. Not a home office/living room/dining room. Well, ok, the living room is also a play room but I’m okay with that. The TV is in that room, and mama needs her Netflix.
I’VE LOST 55 POUNDS!
Thirty-five were from pregnancy, and I’ve lost another fifteen on top of that from breastfeeding and possibly a wonky thyroid. I have a history of Graves Disease, which has been in remission since 2011. It hasn’t shown up since until recently when I got a thyroid test back that was kind of weird. My thyroid hormone levels were showing as normal, but my TSH (the hormone that directs your thyroid to make more or less thyroid hormone) was low, indicating that my body thinks I have too much thyroid hormone and wants it to back off. However, like I said, my thyroid hormone levels are normal. So it’s kind of weird.
The good news is my TSH isn’t horrifically low like it was last time I had Graves and I have no hyperthyroid symptoms save hair loss (which hasn’t been dramatic and can also be attributable to being postpartum) and weight loss (which could be attributable to breastfeeding and the fact that my diet has changed quite a bit in the last month), and none of the other symptoms I had last time. They’re going to test me again in a month and see what happens. If you’re the praying type, I’d appreciate prayers, as the idea of going back on thyroid medication is REALLY not something I want to have to do!
I LEARNED I’M A CRUNCHY MOM
I didn’t realize this before, but it’s true. So I’ve embraced it. Particularly in the last couple months. I would have rolled my eyes (privately, because I wouldn’t want to be rude) a bit at me if I saw me now, but perhaps it’s something having a baby does to you, at least a little bit? In college, one of my majors was human development, so I was already familiar with the benefits of attachment parenting, baby wearing, breastfeeding, etc., and knew they were things I wanted to implement as a parent. But it wasn’t until a major shift in my eating (more on that in a sec) that I decided to hell with it, I want to rid my whole life of all the toxic everything that they put in, well, everything. I stopped wearing mainstream deodorant (don’t worry, I’ve been wearing an all-natural homemade version that actually works!!), my grocery list is almost 100% clean, I switched out all my chemical-laden cleaning agents for natural alternatives (this way I can clean the bathroom with the baby nearby and without her breathing the fumes), all that good stuff. It’s a transition I’ve been making slowly (one or two changes a week–I want it to be a sustainable shift and it’s too expensive to do all at once) but I find myself really enjoying how I feel and the knowledge that my home is a bit greener. I’ll be sharing more about these changes in posts to come.
I DON’T EAT DAIRY OR SOY, AND I’M TRYING TO GO GLUTEN FREE
This is what prompted my total crunchy shift. It’s REALLY hard to eat out or any of the usual processed foods I was accustomed to eating AND avoid dairy and soy, because it is in EVERYTHING. Except fresh veggies, meats, nuts, healthy fats and oils, etc. So I’ve been eating a lot of those things instead. And cooking, which I used to hate but am starting to enjoy. You can blame this shift in eating on that beautiful girl pictured up top. Without getting into too many of the gory details, we learned she is sensitive (possibly allergic, but I don’t think so) to dairy and maybe soy, so her pediatrician recommended avoiding these foods so the proteins do not pass through my breast milk. Most babies outgrow these sensitivities eventually, but for now mama is pretty much eating Paleo. Not 100% (I still sometimes eat gluten) but like 80%.
I tried my hand at these scones (she calls them biscuits but they’re really more the consistency of corn bread and look like scones to me, so I’m going to refer to them as such) and they were EXCELLENT. The best part is, they freeze well too! So make a batch at the beginning of the week, stick them in a freezer safe container (I love me some pyrex) and then reheat them for 30 seconds at 10 second intervals. She says the batch makes four, but they’re four giant ones, so I make 8 smaller ones so the carb count of each is a little less.
LITTLE BO IS GROWING UP!
I could write a novel about how much she has changed and grown these last few months. But I’ll spare you the details, of which there are many (although I won’t spare you for long, so you’ve been warned!). She went from basically being a really cute bump on a log who could only cry to a precious person who smiles, laughs, sits up, tries to crawl (she can scoot backwards and in circles but has yet to master the art of propulsion), and even eats some big people food!
I hope you have had a wonderful summer! What have you been up to?
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