Thursday, September 04, 2008

Goings On

First of all, here's a picture of Bubby's toddler bed. I made the quilt, the pillow and the pillowcase. It was pretty much my first time quilting (I've dabbled before, but never finished a project) and I rather enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to doing more quilting.

It's been so busy lately with no signs of slowing down. Today, I went grocery shopping, picked a bowl full of wild cherries, made kombucha, sourdough starter, yogurt, whey and cream cheese, and catfish with brown rice cooked in turkey broth and grilled zucchini for dinner. I have a chance to sit down this evening while I have a load of laundry in and I'm waiting for my daughter's 9pm feeding.

I finally bought Celtic Sea Salt and I'm hooked! I'm not a person who usually goes for salty things, but the flavor of Celtic Sea Salt is so good!

It was a hard time finding multivitamins for Bubby. All the ones in Walmart had nasty stuff in them like aspartame and words I couldn't pronounce. The local heath food store had all-nature multivitamins for children made out of whole foods. They were costly, but worth it in the long run. It drives me nuts all the bad stuff that's in stuff we consider good for us, especially infant formula. Why in the world isn't there an infant formula on the market that contains absolutely NO soy!?
Speaking of formula, my nursing has it's up and downs. There's occassionally days when no matter how hard we both try, I have to give my little girl formula because she's so hungry. I hate doing it, but it's most important to make sure she's getting the food in her tummy. So, I've had to throw my weight loss to the wayside because it just diminishes my milk supply. These last few days have been better with exclusive nursing and definate signs that she's getting plenty.
Oh, and yes, I did manage to make a homemade SCOBY and kombucha. I picked up the goopiest kombucha at the health food store and made a batch of sweetened black tea and dumped the whole bottle in and let it sit for 2 weeks. I'm hooked now! It's nice to have something other than water to drink, and I know it's healthy for me.
My homemade kefir didn't work out, though. I think my mistake was I didn't let the milk warm up first. I just dumped some store kefir in a glass jar of cold milk and let it sit for 24 hours on the counter. All I got was icky milk with a skin on top.
Remember, next Monday starts Plastic Elimination Week!


prayzgod said...

Wow, I wonder of the store kefir didn't have living probiotics in it anymore, because that's how I make kefir - I use the milk straight from the fridge - cold.

I did this with the grains as well, but my grains died. I "lost" them in my fridge for a while. When I finally found the jar they were in, the grains were yellow. :-{

Tiffany said...

Hi! I regularly read your blog but rarely comment (it's been a LONG time since I have) - but I just wanted you to know that sometimes eating quinoa will up your milk supply. Every time I eat a good portion of it my milk just about doubles. It's prized in many cultures for being good for nursing mothers. Just thought you might want to try it!! -Tiffany

Bethgem said...

Yay, you made a quilt, too! I think Honeybear (M) has that same bed.

With Sunshine (E), I had to let my postpartum weight loss regimen go about 15 pounds before I would have liked, for my milk supply, too. But it still dropped very slowly as Sunshine started solids. Of course, due to having a history of preterm labor, I weaned her when I found I was pregnant with Twinkle.

Anyway, I heard somewhere that there was a study with results indicating that good breastmilk required a certain amount of body fat.

And you know, I don't find that those dear men mind a *little* extra.

I think you get good workouts keeping your home and children, if you really give yourself to it (and I know you do). I have personally come to the conclusion that it's the job that has the best workout built right in. I prefer to take walks for relaxation, rather than briskly for exercise, at this point!

Was that just a long way of saying I agree with you?

Stephanie said...

Sounds like she is going through a growth spurt.

You might want to read this very informative article on growth spurts:

Growth spurts are not just limited to the specific time periods that the article states but are as individual as each baby is...breastfeeding once an hour and relaxing enough to allow letdown to occur seems to be the key to gettin over with it as quickly as possible.