Friday, August 30, 2013

....In My Cup!

Every nursing mama knows you must stay hydrated.

While I was pregnant, I drank 1-2 gallons of water every day. Now that Blaze is here (literally in my arms as I type), I still aim for a minimum of one gallon of water daily. I do not count coffee, tea, or other beverages as fluid intake since many of these actually dehydrate instead of re-hydrate the body.

I notice that when Blaze nurses, I almost immediately get thirsty. I keep water with me at all times!

Now that you are reminded to drink up if you are pregnant or nursing, let's talk coffee and tea!
I enjoy coffee and tea as much as some people enjoy dessert.
My husband jokes that I would rather drink than eat. He is right.

Some strike coffee and tea off the "healthy foods" list; I consider both to be part of a healthy, balanced diet when consumed in moderation. Most days I drink one cup of coffee and one cup of tea.

My very favorite tea is chai, and I enjoy it hot or cold.

Since I am nursing, I am careful about caffeine consumption as it can affect my baby. Blaze does not seem to be very sensitive to it, but I choose to drink half-caf coffee as a precaution.

Recently, I have begun drinking my own version of "Bulletproof" Coffee. There are several reasons I drink it.

1. It is packed with protein.
2. Loaded with good fats.
3. Tastes delightful.
4. Has vitamins and minerals.
5. Wakes me up!

Here is how I fix mine:

Pour all of your ingredients in your blender. Blend. Sip. Enjoy!!!

Another wonderful recipe I enjoy is a homemade Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte. I no longer buy Starbucks coffees and teas, but even if I did, this beats theirs by far! Autumn is my favorite time of year and this tea is an explosion of all things Autumn.

Blend in the blender. Sip. Enjoy.

Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for my next post....
It will be a GIVEAWAY!!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

While He Will Let Me

These past few weeks are a blur...

I hold in my arms a sleeping  SEVEN MONTH OLD (minus 4 days)!
Park days
Pardon me for yelling, but golly, I can hardly believe it.

Blaze moves like a pro now.
He gets around our living room by getting on all fours.
And throwing himself belly first towards his intended destination.

25 pounds and 4 ounces at his 6 month visit.
Exclusive breastfeeding for 27 weeks!

I walked into his room last week and he was standing up talking to the ceiling fan.

My best friend Blaze's godmother spent a few days with us.
She leaves for China in a couple weeks.
Good byes are hard when you know life is moving so swiftly.

Foster children are no longer a dream we discuss around the dinner table.
Two gadzillion home visits. Check.
Double that amount of paperwork. Check.
Drug test. Check.
Fingerprinting. Check.
Physicals. Check.
Getting our home up to state codes. Check.
Teething days
Approved and open to receive children as of August 16, 2013.

Lazy lake days.
Roaring river days.
Playful park days.
River days.
Terrible teething days.

At only 6 months old my son signed "milk" and "mommy".
And he says "ma ma"...when he feels like it.
Kisses are provided on demand.
Open mouthed, wet, and perfect in every way.

A is for avocado.
P is for pear.
S is for sweet potato.
W is for watermelon.
Now you know Blaze's food alphabet.

Two teeth marks have become like tattoos on the "milkies". 

If you ever wondered, yes, breastfeeding can be painful.
Especially when your baby gets teeth.

So much for blogging once a week.

Instead I am soaking up the moments.
Holding this angel baby.
Singing him lullabies.
Rocking him to sleep.
Tickling his back.
Laughing with him.
Kissing his head.
His cheeks.
His toes.
His lips.
Nuzzling the top of his head.
Praying over him.
Watching him play.
Nursing him.
Listening to him.
Napping with him.
Bathing him.
Enjoying every little moment I can.
While he will let me....