Happy First Birthday Matea

Wow–I can’t believe you are already ONE! Where did this year go?! It seems like just yesterday that I met you and held your sweet, tiny body next to mine for the first time. And, yet, here we are a whole year later.

This has been a truly remarkable year. You have grown and changed so much from that tiny cookie bundle we brought home last October. Now you are walking all over the place.For most of this year you’ve been content to stay where I put you, but now your adventurous side is starting to come out! I hope that as you grow older you are bold to take new risks–and that you learn from your journeys, no matter the outcome.

I bet you wont remember anything that happened this past 12 months but that`s why I am writing this.

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Babies grow fast…Yes they do

I’m having a hard time letting this go… Babies grow damn too fast.

I was folding Matea’s newborn clothes up to pass along a friend who is about to have her baby and let me tell you…I am having difficulties and emotional breakdowns.  There is one outfit in particular that I’m having a hard time with. When we first got this outfit it was way too big on her. And now, my little baby is in 18 months size clothes.

I’m a huge advocate of living in the moment and believe me I am, but those first moments went by so quickly.  And with no help and support here,running errands,reading baby books and trying to do the right thing,we surely missed some moments,but at least we tried and we do enjoyed the rest of it. However,I still have a feeling that I just blinked and wohoo we are about to sing Happy Birthday to her. My heart hurts… 

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Pregnant Halloween

Being pregnant on Halloween is pretty awesome,and wont happen every year. The air is crisp, there’s lots of good horror movies to binge watch and no one bats an eye if you buy candy in bulk (even if you end up eating most of it yourself). But if you’re a mom-to-be who loves getting dressed up on Halloween, choosing the right costume can be tricky. Do you go super obvious, like painting your stomach as a pumpkin? Or do the overplayed gory zombie baby coming out of the shirt thing? If you’re expecting and can’t nail down on a costume game plan, don’t panic. Here’s some DIY Halloween costume ideas for pregnant women that are almost enough to make me wish I was pregnant again.

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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

 

 

Elderberries are the fruit from the flowering plant known as Sambucus,more commonly referred to as elder or elderflower. The full scientific name of the most common variant, from which we get the majority of our elderberries, is Sambucus nigra. You will primarily find elderberries in the Northern hemisphere, particularly in Europe and North America, although some southern species are grown in Australia. The berries are black or very dark blue, and have a sharp, sweet flavor that makes them highly preferred for desserts, syrups, jams, jellies, spreads, and as the base for various cocktails and beverages. Many people think that elderberries lend their scientific name to Sambuca, but in fact, that is not true. Elderberry wine is very popular and can be made quite simply at home.

Elderberries pack a very nutritious punch, including minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorous, and copper, as well as vitamins, such as vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, proteins, and dietary fiber. Add some of the beneficial organic compounds that function as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents in the body, and you have one powerful berry!

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Visual Birth Plan

A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for things like how to manage labor pain. Keep in mind that you can’t control every aspect of labor and delivery, and you’ll need to stay flexible in case something comes up that requires your birth team to depart from your plan. But a printed document gives you a place to make your wishes clear.

A written birth plan also helps refresh your healthcare provider’s memory when you’re in labor. And it informs new members of your medical team – such as your labor-and-delivery nurse – about your preferences when you’re in active labor.

Sounds great right?

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Sleep Baby Sleep

One night, I was rocking my 4-month-old daughter to help her fall asleep. Newly un-swaddled, she had her hands free and was rubbing her face and wriggling around. Lately, I’d found myself working harder and harder to get her to sleep, which seemed odd, since wasn’t sleep supposed to get better, not worse.

That’s when I realized: I am getting in her way.

Here I was working hard to “make” her sleep — but wait, sleep is a natural, basic biological function. I realized — with her wriggling and face rubbing — she was trying to self-soothe and sleep, only she didn’t have the space to practice, because I was busy doing it for her.

This was the time when I decided to do a little research on sleeping habits…( Sources are at the end )

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Margarine VS Butter

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings…

DO YOU KNOW… The difference between margarine and butter?

       Read on to the end…gets very interesting!

  • Both have the same amount of calories.
  • Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.
  • Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
  • Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
  • Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!
  • Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.
  • Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .And now, for Margarine..
  • Very High in Trans fatty acids.
  • Triples risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
  • Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..
  • Lowers quality of breast milk
  • Decreases immune response.
  • Decreases insulin response.And here’s the most disturbing fact…
  • Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC… and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
    Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:
  •  no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
  •  it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

    Share This With Your Friends…..(If you want to butter them up’)!

    Chinese Proverb:
    When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

    Pass the BUTTER PLEASE

 

 

 

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Why I don’t have a nursery

Open any pregnancy magazine, and you’ll see that parents-to-be are expected to devote considerable time and money to furnishing and decorating a nursery for the new baby. Upscale publications even depict parents agonizing over how to apply their sophisticated decorating sensibilities to a baby’s environment by finding curtains, crib bumpers, and wall decals.

Let me tell you,I don’t have one for my daughter. It was not space problem for us. We have an extra room that basically looks like one of those,self storage spaces. It was not the finances that stopped us from having one either. If spending carefully,the furnishing and decorating a baby room won’t cost as same as buying a house. As a first time parents with no family to help us,we decided that it will be the best decision if we put the baby in our room. At least for the first couple of months until we all adjust. We have a big master bedroom with plenty of space for crib,drawers for the baby stuff,changing station. We even left our TV in there.

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DIY: Charcoal Mask for Blackheads

I am big fan of kitchen beauty but its been a long time… past few months instead of cooking my beauty masks I decided to cook baby food and buy my beauty masks. I was not impressed but It was my adjusting period so I had no choice.

But,now,when Matea is on (lets say) stable schedule I can cook some face masks and try to stable my postpartum hormonal mess.

Lately,I was reading about the benefits of Charcoal (here),and I decided to try the famous Homemade Charcoal Mask,BUT without the glue…I see people mixing glue with Activated Charcoal,but there is nothing healthy in putting glue on your skin. I made a modification and change the glue with gelatin.

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Soy Chicken w/ Veggies

Hello Mommies and Yay…finally weekend. I don’t celebrate the weekends like I used to but I am extremely excited for our family days a.k.a weekends.

I don’t think I mentioned that I love to cook. Traditional,fancy or just experimenting with salads…I enjoy while doing it. So I decided to have “Cooking Friday” posts. Just a quick disclaimer: Dont expect cakes and cookies from me because I dont eat them nor I make them.If I need them I buy them 😀

Ok,lets cook.

On today’s menu is “Soy Chicken with veggies”  

The same dish was served to me in a Chinese restaurants,but It was more watery and it came with white rice on the side. I am not a big rice fan anyway so I made modifications to fit my taste.

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