Thursday, August 25, 2011

mastering the art of being at home.

I'm ever so slowly mastering the art of keeping two babies content. They are coming into their own routines...and I need to keep notes!


(Afton, in the Moby, always pushes her head into this position. At first I kept repositioning her but figured, hey, she can breathe so it's fine...)

The girls come into bed with me when Andy leaves for work and they eat, around 5:30 or 6:00 am. We sleep together until 9 am, and after they eat again, sometimes I'll keep sleeping with them and sometimes I'll get up and run around trying to do a few things before they wake up and want to eat again.

One of them usually gets restless of being in our room at around 11 or 12, so she'll come out into the living room with me for a change of scenery while the other one keeps sleeping. When the second one wakes up, I'll pop Afton in the Moby wrap and put Ruthie in the swing. This arrangment seems to keep them very happy for now.

When Andy gets home around 2:30, I am seldom dressed and usually have only eaten breakfast. I'll pass off a baby to him for a cuddle, lay one down to nap, and I'll get us something to eat and maybe even a shower.

What am I eating for breakfast nowadays? It's all about the milk supply baby. No dieting, unless I want to see the liquid gold go Bye-Bye! The calorie requirement has actually increased, which is hard to believe and sometimes gets me down. At least no more heartburn, thank God! I still avoid too much sugar and caffeine, just like when I was pregnant.

Breakfast: This week I've been eating a big piece of baked oatmeal with coconut milk poured over the top, and if I have time, 2 farm eggs with spinach, zucchini and/or kale mixed in, himalayan sea salt and pepper. Super easy, takes about 5 minutes to make. I soaked and baked a big pan of oatmeal before this week started and I pull it out of the fridge and heat it up in a pan with some coconut oil. I'm still trying to avoid caffeine in general, so a few mornings I'll make my own concoction of half Inka - half unsweetened cocoa drink with some organic half and half and about a tablespoon of pure maple syrup. Yummo.

Also, if I have even more time, I'll make juice: 1 carrot, 2 pieces of celery, 1/2 beet and the greens, and 1/2 an apple. Sometimes a piece of ginger. I stir in a little sour cream to help the bioavailability of the vitamins. It's so good. That only happens about 3 times a week.

In the afternoon, I try to make a big smoothie with 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 raw milk, banana, frozen organic berries, and some fresh ground flaxseed. Once again, super easy, takes about 5-10 minutes to make.

A few times, since it's been so hot in our house, Andy has brought home some fresh shots of espresso (decaf for me) and he'll make us iced mochas. They are g.o.o.d!! A really nice treat to look forward to while the girls are napping in the afternoon.

We are still having friends bring us meals 2-3x per week, which is amazing, so lunch is usually these leftovers. When MealBaby is done, I'll have to get on my next project - meal planning on a budget, since I'm no longer bringing home any bacon or winning any bread! I'm definitely going to need some ideas.

*Linking up with Thirsty Thursday over at For the Love of Blogs!*


  1. Good job on keeping up the calories. I found it a hard balance of eating enough for the babies, but not too much ya know!
    I too stayed away from caffiene thoroughout my pregnancy and while nursing!
    You are doing AMAZING!!!!!! Wish I could snuggle them!

  2. Oatmeal was always one of my go-tos for a quick milk supply increase (that and tandem nursing always helped as the older was a power-house LOL)

  3. Kim - glad to know it actually works! I'm not pumping at the moment so I don't really know exactly how much I'm making...but they are still going 2-3 hours so I suppose it's enough for now. I have a power-house, too, and takes the other by surprise and she gets really noisy.
    Krystle - I want to make lots of milk but I also want my pre-preg body's a very hard balance! :)


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