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Getting Back in Shape After Baby

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I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Ours was wonderful and Joey thoroughly enjoyed his first Turkey Day. He gobbled up turkey, stuffing, carrots, and mashed potatoes faster than I have ever seen him eat anything else! However, after multiple days of family celebrations, even though I tried to keep an eye on my portions, I couldn’t help but feel like a stuffed turkey myself!

Getting back on track with healthy eating and exercise were my priorities this week. Based on that, I figured a post on getting in shape and staying in shape while caring for your baby may be in order. After your baby was born, no doubt even if you were an avid exerciser in the past like I was, it’s hard to find the time to exercise on a regular basis with a needy baby (unless of course you have a baby who is a great sleeper and napper, and if that’s the case I am VERY envious of you!).

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The Last “1st Holiday”- Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is here and I can’t wait to celebrate with our families! But I have to say, I’m a little sad when I realize that this is Joey’s last “first” holiday. I mean, technically I still feel like this will be his first Christmas since he was born Christmas Eve night (and we were in the hospital for Christmas), but he was “here” for Christmas. So this Thanksgiving will be the last time I can say this is Joey’s “first” about a holiday.

I know this is probably a ridiculous thing to get slightly sad over, but it just highlights how fast this year went (although at times it felt like it was moving very, very slowly haha). And I am even more bummed out that I was unable to find any “Baby’s First Thanksgiving” outfits or PJs. He does have an adorable “Gobble Until You Wobble” shirt and a very cute “Grandma’s Little Turkey” bib from his Grandma, but I won’t be able to buy any more “Baby’s First” stuff. Oh well, I guess I can take solace in the money I will save 🙂

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How to Take the Perfect Picture of Your Baby

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This title is rather misleading. I have no idea how to take the perfect picture of my baby in spite of many, many tries. My goal today was to get a festive Christmas picture of Joey to send out with our holiday cards. I stocked up on decorations at the dollar store, laid down fake snow, and stuck a Santa hat on my naked baby- a perfect recipe for success right? Yea, not so much. My biggest problem is my super active, super curious baby. He sits still for about 1 second and then he’s off (I think he was a bit scared of the garland though, which helped him stay in place just a little bit longer).

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Boost Your “Baby Bread Eater’s” Nutrient Intake Easily!

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Currently, Joey would much rather feed himself than allow anyone to spoon-feed him. Because of this, his food choices are rather limited at times. He isn’t yet able to feed himself from a spoon, so choices like purees, yogurt, and cooked grains like oatmeal are out. He does a great job picking up foods, but anything sticky, slimmy, or mushy seems to end up on his body rather than in his mouth.

He loves soft bread, mostly because of its texture, and how easy it is for him to pick it up and feed it to himself. However, as a dietitian, I get concerned that he may want to fill up on bread, and only bread, and miss out on vital nutrients such as antioxidants and protein. So what better solution than a muffin that’s packed full of protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and even vegetables? And a muffin that both Joey and my husband love?! It’s a win-win!

I love Daisy Brand cottage cheese (full disclosure- I am also a member of the Daisy brand Health Network) and Joey loves it too. But again, it’s one of those foods he has to be spoon-fed, so some days he will eat a full bowl, and other days he refuses because he can’t feed it to himself. Daisy, however, has this great recipe for Cheesy Cottage Cheese and Flax Muffins with Chives.

With just a few tiny adjustments, it makes the perfect finger food for Joey and gives him a great source of protein, whole grains, and veggies J He even loves to help make them!

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