6 Is The New 8

October 19, 2012

Morning stretches!

Morning stretches

-Morning is my favorite time of day. When we both wake up and I bring him into bed to nurse and then play. He’s so much fun then and I get lots of smiles!

-In my previous life 8pm was the wind-down time. I knew I had a couple of hours to relax before bed, and I would get in bed around 10pm. These days, when the clock strikes 6pm, I know bedtime isn’t far away. Dinner pretty much ends my day and that makes it bittersweet!

-Whoever coined the phrase “don’t cry over spilled milk” must have been a mom. Because I accidentally knocked over a bottle after pumping and almost burst into tears when I lost a few ounces.

-Speaking of pumping, I made a hands-free bra by cutting holes in an old maternity bra of mine and it’s awesome!!! I’m actually pumping while I type this post. Errr…sorry for putting that image in your heads : )

-Remember the show Inspector Gadget? I used to LOVE it!! I wanted to be Penny with her awesome tablet….which she had before tablets existed. But anyway, I find myself saying “Go Go Gadget Arm” all the time when I’m nursing and my water bottle is just thiiiiiiiis far out of my reach!

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-My hair is falling out like mad. It’s quite annoying because I find hairs everywhere. I’m like a pet who you have to vacuum up after.

-I love my Camelbak Eddy so much I bought another. One for upstairs and one for downstairs! Can never have enough water by my side.

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-Mazen has started cooing. It’s SO cute!! He loves to coo and talk to the animals on his swing. He stares at them the whole 20 minutes he likes his swing! They are friends.

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-Going on a walk with a baby strapped to your chest is WAY harder than going on a walk 40 weeks pregnant. I give my abs the credit for that. I wish I could just tuck him back inside for walks sometimes – nutrition, diapers and coziness all taken care of!

-I spent years training myself to eat slowly and mindfully and that has ALL gone out the window since becoming a mom. Now I eat as fast as I can so that I can actually get the whole meal down before M needs me. Poor food is feeling neglected.

-Since losing one of my hands at all times, I have been using the speech recognition on my phone. I didn’t use it before because it’s a bit hard to get accurate, but I’ve been practicing and it’s so handy (heh heh – handy!) to use now!

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Darla October 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

Why do you like your cammelback so much? I keep contemplating one….just curious what you find to be the advantages over other water bottles?

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2 KERF October 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Because it’s hands free. I hate carrying a water bottle in my hands. Otherwise, it is kind of a pain to fill and dry after use.

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3 Tonya October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’m probably being very dim right now but—if you don’t carry it in your hands…how do you carry it? LOL No, seriously though, please explain.

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4 KERF October 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Oh my gosh…I’m the dim one! I answered these comments thinking about my Camelbak that I RUN WITH!! (Clearly I had running on the brain!)

So to answer the question again:

I like the water bottle because it’s 1 L (so less filling), has a straw (so easier to drink, IMO) and doesn’t spill if it gets tipped over on the couch (which happens a lot)

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5 Nicole October 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I also find that I drink A LOT more water when using the Camelbak than when I use a water bottle that you sip out of (like a Nalgene).

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6 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength October 19, 2012 at 10:48 am

I wrote a few posts about my hair falling out. I had it REALLY bad too. Sometimes if you keep taking prenatals it helps, but nothing was helping for this mama. It all fell out for a few months and then it starts growing back so you get these crazy frizzy things on your hairline. haha

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7 Andrea October 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

I’m sorry you spilled your milk :( That stinks, but it’s ok! You can just pump more :)

I used to LOVE Inspector Gadget! Maybe Mazen will like it when he gets a little older too!

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8 Jess October 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

OMG, whoever says “you can just pump more” about spilled breastmilk is probably not a nursing mother!! That stuff is liquid gold and pumping suuuuckss! I have definitely had tears over spilled milk too, Kath!

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9 AmyW October 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

totally agree about the “just pump more”…if only it were that easy!

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10 natasha October 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

I have been taking Biotin and A/G pro tabs (upon advice of my doctor) for my hair shedding. So far it hasn’t helped at all…my hair has been stuck in the shedding phase for TWO YEARS since giving birth. If you find a solution that works, please post it! My OB, my internist, and my dermatologist have been no help, they all say the stress of pregnancy is what has me stuck in the shedding phase. My labs looks great and it’s definitely not a hormone/thyroid etc issue. The starnge thing is that I didn’t have excessive shedding with my other pregnancies.

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11 Tracy October 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Have you had your Ferratin level tested? Most docs uses a CBC to determine your iron levels (specifically hemocrit and hemogloblin). My levels CBC levels were fine but my ferratin was a 6 YIKES! My doc called me on the phone to tell me,he was very worried. You need a ferrratin level of above 40 (ideally 90)to have good hair growth. I wished someone told me this years ago so I just had to comment….and its likely you already know but I just wanted to be safe! Another issue can be low zinc levels but that is far less common.

Good Luck!

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12 Claire October 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

Mazen is so sweet! My little girl used to coo and smile at the birds on her swing – that really brings back memories for me!

It’s funny that you find using a carrier harder on your abs than being pregnant – it’s the exact opposite for me! I was tired and achy when I’d exercise in the last few weeks of pregnancy, but I only get tired babywearing if I’ve been doing it more than 2-3 hours straight (even now, with an almost 20 pound 10 month old!). When my baby was around 10 lbs I could barely feel her in the carrier; I’d walk around with her in there most of the day. Maybe you need a better carrier? I love my mei tai and my Moby wrap. Maybe also doing some light weights to gain some ab/core/upper body/back strength?

I was able to still eat slowly in those early weeks because I had a wonderful setup with my la-z-boy rocker/recliner (the SINGLE most essential baby item ever!!!!) where, with the Boppy, I could breastfeed hands-free. I’d just hold the plate above my girl’s head while she breastfed (and she nursed all the time, like 45 minutes out of every hour and a half). It was wonderful! Enjoy these easy newborn months – now, looking back, they were SO easy!! These days with a walking, crawling 10 month old who is into EVERYTHING I barely get a chance to eat all day long, I’m always running after her!

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13 KERF October 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I think you misunderstood – I don’t find the carrier to be hard on my abs but think maybe when walking while pregnant my abs did all of the work so it was easier overall.

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14 Tiffany October 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

I spilled 4 oz of pumped milk the other day…and did cry :)

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15 KERF October 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Oh nooooo :(

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16 Lindsay October 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

I have to agree walking with a baby on you is so challenging. It’s great when I want a good workout but when I want to walk around town gosh it gets hard!

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17 Elisabeth October 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

I loved Inspector Gadget! I say go go gadget arm all the time (although I’m not a mom needing som extra reach ;) ).

I’ve been wanting to try a Camelback, but I’ve been wondering – are they hard to clean?

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18 KERF October 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Yes, they’re kind of a pain to cledan

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19 CaitlinHTP October 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

the coos are truly so sweet.

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20 Allison k October 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

Arent they? Quickly replaced by babbles and if you are my child growling and shrieking to test his vocal range.

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21 Erika October 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

I remember spilling breastmilk and it is so sad. Unfortunately it probably won’t be your last time doing that though I hope it is :)

The hair loss is so annoying! I once found one of my hairs wrapped around my son’s penis – I was sure to check his diaper every time after that.

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22 KERF October 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Oh gosh – scary! I found M holding one in his tight fist once

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23 Alicia October 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

I have been warned about toes too!

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24 Kathleen October 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Oh man! That must be so annoying! I have a friend who put together a nursing basket that she’d grab before a session with a bottle of water, a book/Kindle, snacks, and other things like a laptop or notepad and/or remotes. She swore by it!

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25 KERF October 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

A portable basket is a great idea !

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26 Monica October 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Haha, at least you almost cried over spilled milk, but didn’t actually. I seriously cried my eyes out the first couple of times I spilled milk after pumping. It is such hard work!

11 months later and I still can’t seem to eat slowly and enjoy food. Now I am watching Wrigley as he eats, taking turns feeding myself with teaching Wrigley not to throw food on the ground, it is busy busy busy.

Love this style of post!

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27 AmyW October 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

11 years later I still eat too fast…It’s so hard to retrain yourself!!

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28 aimee levance October 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

i totally agree with your comment about spilling milk! it is so much more time consuming than i thought it would be. have you guys tried giving your son a bottle yet? i feel like my pumped milk is so precious i almost want to save it ! but i am curious to see how our 5 week old will take it..

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29 KERF October 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Yes, once at night since 4 weeks. It’s been great

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30 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Handsfree pumping is the only way to go! Not thinking about it, too, and distracting yourself, I would always yield more. And oh boy, did I ever cry over some spilled milk back in the day. There is nothing worse! At least you got that out of the way for a long time and it won’t be likely to repeat itself :)

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31 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) October 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Isn’t the thirst like nothing you’ve ever experienced? It shocked me! That and the fact I kept clogging my drain with hair. Ew.
Morning stretches were always my favorite. The pics of M are presh!

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32 KERF October 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Yes and yes..

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33 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles October 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Sad to hear that walking with the carrier will be harder than walking now. I hadn’t thought about that. Was hoping it would be easier :( Oh well. At least it will be fun. I will have a cute baby to stare down at.

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34 KERF October 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

It’s still fun and fine for shorter periods of time. It’s the loooong walks that really wear on me

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35 Claire October 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Not necessarily! I found walking really tough at the end of my pregnancy (I felt huge and unweildy), and walking with the baby in the carrier was SO much lighter – remember, your baby will only be, like 6-10 pounds in the beginning (very lightweight to carry around!), and at the end of your pregnancy you’re up 20-30 pounds (with extra fluid, placenta, etc. etc.). I felt SO much lighter after giving birth, and I was going for 1-2 mile walks with the baby in the Moby 5 days after giving birth with no problem at all. All of my mom friends do extended babywearing (we tend to be a pretty crunchy group of moms) and noone complains about getting tired or sore from babywearing, even those of us that aren’t in great shape. And remember, carrying a baby around all day will build great muscles, which is another good reason to babywear and not rely on baby containment devices all day! :)

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36 KERF October 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

That’s why I’m surprised this is harder – the weight should be lighter! I think I’m just having a problem with my SI joint from something I am doing that is made much worse from the carrier.

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37 Kristin October 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I knocked over a bottle of milk after I pumped it and thought I was going to have a meltdown, so I know exactly what you mean! Our milk is precious!

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38 Tonya October 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

HA! This has to be the most hilarious post you’ve ever written! From the hands free bra to the oh so unfortunate visual to the GO GO GADGET ARM reference–haha!

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39 aimee levance October 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

how many ounces does he drink from his night time bottle?

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40 KERF October 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

3-4, depending

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41 Fancy October 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Ugh, I knocked over a bottle of pumped milk yesterday and was so upset! P.s.you look beautiful <3

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42 Megan s October 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I really enjoyed something about the tone/ voice of this post! Sort of casual or something?

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43 Kori October 20, 2012 at 9:45 am

Such a cute post! I loved Inspector Gadget, and your reference really had me giggling. ;) Mazen is so cute!

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44 Megan Infantino October 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

This post is EXACTLY how I’m feeling right now. The whole speed eating thing – yup!!! I have to stuff it in my face as fast as I can because I know Michael will need me as soon as I sit down. No more enjoying sipping my morning coffee :(

The cutting holes in the maternity bra thing – yup. I cut holes in a small sports bra. It’s perfect. However, when I go back to work I think I will actually have to break down and by a madela pumping bra thingy and throw it over my maternity bra to pump.

Crying over spilling pumped milk – oh boy can I relate??? It’s like liquid gold!! I DID cry when I spilt my pumped milk.

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45 Catherine October 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Maze is so cute!!

I just bought the same exact water bottle!! I remembered you mentioning before how thirsty you’ve become so I thought it would be good to get another water bottle in the house before baby arrives. :)

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46 Emily October 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

those water bottles come in handy :) we had the exact same one and it became the twins favorite so we had to buy 2 more! it’s the only spill proof water bottle they’ll drink from haha

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47 Vidya October 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Why is 6 the new 8?? Sorry, I am not getting it!!

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48 KERF October 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

See my second bullet point – about bedtime. 6pm is the new 8pm.

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