Meal Replacement Shake

61610BC8-B319-4E65-B3B4-2188F41CD602This mornings breakfast was a protein shake! Being a stay at home Mom I first thought I’d have all this time to make myself healthy meals during the day and get stuff done. Wrong! No one prepared me for how time consuming it is to take care of a baby! It’s a full time job! Props to those moms who have twins, triplets or more than one child! There is always something to do. Your baby needs to be fed, changed, played with or you’re working on crawling/standing/etc. Some days I just don’t have time to sit down to eat a meal let alone one that’s well balanced. Rather than just grab a granola bar I make myself a protein shake. This is the perfect meal replacement. And I can throw it in a shaker bottle and take it with me. Some days after dinner if I’m craving something sweet I’ll make one rather than having ice cream or sugar! It’s definitely a healthier alternative and I don’t feel guilty after eating it!
Recipe:
•1/2 a cup of berries
•1/2 a cup of kale or spinach
•1 tbsp of peanut butter
•1 scoop of chocolate protein
•1 unsweetened vanilla almond milk
•1/2 cup of ice
•Add water if you don’t want it as thick

Dogs and babies

1C506738-95A6-4997-AB07-FFAE545F9B79When I first got pregnant with ryder I was so worried how the dogs would take to him. People kept telling me pit bulls are not good to have around kids. Both dogs are older and pretty set in their ways. My dog Sadie is very protective of me. She follows me everywhere. When I first brought Ryder home Sadie would growl and pace a lot. I decided to take an approach where I made sure to only pet her when I was holding ryder or he was close to me. When I didn’t have him I pretended she wasn’t there. I wanted her to know that he was ok. So when he was close she got attention. After about 2 weeks she started to relax. By the time he was 1 month old she would actually lay next to me when I held him. As he got older and I would lay him on the floor to play or do tummy time, she would come over and lick him or just lay and watch him. Now that he’s 8 months old she follows him everywhere! She has to know where he is all the time. She gives him kisses all the time, lays her head on him and watches him play. It’s the most beautiful thing to see. 

Don’t ever listen to anyone when they say you can’t teach a dog to love and be ok with a baby. Like people, every dog is different. Sadie is a pit bull lab mix. When I tell people she’s part pit they freak out and can’t believe I let her around ryder. She’s a dog! Forget what type and ignore the stereotypes. She’s always been a sweet loving dog to me so I knew I could get her to love ryder too. Despite the bad rap they get, pit bulls can be the most loving and kind dogs if they are brought up correctly! 

Southwestern quinoa bowl

FD876C0F-9494-494C-AE61-75A3222F249BFor lunch I decided to go with something healthy and easy. Below is the recipe for my southwestern quinoa bowl!

For the bowl:

•1 sweet potato steamed or baked

•1 tbsp cumin

•1 tbsp chili powder

•Salt and pepper to taste

•1/4 cup of black beans

•1/4 cup of corn

•1 cup cooked quinoa

Dressing:

•Half an avocado

•1/4 cup of greek yogurt

•1/4 cup of water

•1 cup of cilantro leaves

•1 clove of garlic

•1/2 tsp salt

•Juice from 1 lime

Recipe:

Before baking or steaming your sweet potatoes make sure to cube them and sprinkle them with the cumin and chili powder.

While sweet potatoes cook. Pulse all dressing items in a food processor until smooth.

Layer bowl starting with quinoa on bottom. Then top with corn, sweet potato and beans. Drizzle with dressing.

Add salmon or chicken for more protein!

Losing friends after baby

944CE5C9-56E4-4FEC-BC6E-CB0901423412No one prepared me for the truth about losing friends after a baby. It’s sounds bad I know. But you’d be surprised how many “friends” you had that don’t want to hang around as much once you have a baby. Yes I know the saying “then they weren’t your friend to begin with.” But let’s be honest, you never want to think your friends aren’t really your friends or that they won’t be there forever. Especially when it’s ones you’ve had for years and shared so many life moments with. But I guess that’s part of “growing up.” People come into your life and people leave.
After I got pregnant I “lost” a few friends. Some slowly started distancing up until the day I had Ryder. And then they just weren’t around anymore. I get it. We don’t have the same goals and wants in life anymore. Our topic of discussion changed. I wanted to talk about Ryder, how I was feeling, my health and fitness. They wanted to talk about their latest hookup, what they did last weekend, etc. (Note: not ALL my friends are this way) While I’m totally ok listening to their single life stories; I find a lot of them entertaining; I know they had no interest in what I had to say. That was eminent based off the glazed over look I got whenever I talked. It ended up being a one sided conversation where they talked and I just sat and listened.
Others weren’t big on the fact that I would bring Ryder to dinners with me. My husband works late some days and can’t be home in time to take Ryder before I need to be at dinner. So I just took Ryder along. I guess to some of those friends, having a baby at dinner is an inconvenience. I get it, kids can be distracting and can make conversation hard sometimes. But you’d hope these people that are supposedly your friends would be understanding rather than judgmental. I got invited to less dinners by them. Regular weekly dinners became once monthly dinners. Monthly dinners became once every few months. And now I rarely hear from them. When we do talk it’s very short. Mostly just your casual “how have you been, what’s new with you, etc.” While it’s sad to think about losing a friend due to differences in lifestyles, I’m ok with it. I’ve hit that point in life where I realize I truly only need people around me who are supportive and actually care about what’s going on in my life. I have a handful of “single” friends that I still see and talk to regularly. I appreciate their friendship more now days because they don’t let the idea of me having a child be a burden to them. The thing I love most about my friendship with these people is that they are so loving and caring towards my son. I’m so appreciative of those friends that don’t mind Ryder tagging along to dinner or events. I know it’s not an ideal situation for some because a lot of my attention is going to him whether it’s feeding him or trying to keep him entertained and not making a scene in the restaurant! But, they’re good sports about it! It’s those people that will be in it for the long haul.
I’m beginning to understand why they say it’s better to have a few close friends than twenty plus “just friends.”

Baby meds

37FFEFF1-1FE7-4EC4-BB8C-CDAA84AE787AI’m really particular about what I give ryder. I’m not big on medications unless absolutely necessary. I feel now days doctors are so quick to prescribe something to people. I am so grateful I found Ryder’s doctor because she is a big advocate of building your immune system and making it work before just taking something to fix it. These are three items she recommended for us. One is a multivitamin. It’s made by Upspring. It’s a multivitamin plus iron. Most people don’t get all the supplements they need from their food alone. By 4 months babies need iron to help their bodies produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen to all cells in the body. 

The next item is a roll on essential oil by Oilogic. Ryder got a stuffy nose during the winter months and it made it hard for him to breathe at night. I would roll this on the back of his neck and the vapors helped clear his nasal passage so he could breathe better at night. 

The third item is a night time gripe water by Mommy’s Bliss. Ryder gets really bad gas and it would wake him up at night. He actually would wake up crying like he was in pain. The gripe water helps with digestion therefore eliminating some of the gas caused by breast milk and food. I’ve tried 3 different kinds of gripe water with him and this is the one that worked best!