Sunday, March 4, 2012

Two Months Later

We're taking a break from our regular food chat today to talk a little about what life has been like for the past 2 months with Baby Colin.  Don't worry, I can't go more than a few minutes without talking about food, so we'll touch on that, too. If you are sick of hearing about babies, feel free to skip over, I'll be back with recipes soon. 

Colin is two months old.  The fastest two months of my life, but at the same time I can barely remember what life was like before he was in it.  On Sunday morning at 4 AM I told him about the night he was born and how I didn't think I could ever be happier than I was in that moment, exactly two months ago.  I was wrong, because every day he makes me happier.  I also can't believe how much he's grown!  My little 7 pound 13 ounce peanut is now pushing 14 pounds.  We have already packed up all the newborn and 3 month clothes.  We like to eat around here.  He's changed so much, his suspicious newborn looks are few and far between now, replaced by big toothless grins and lots of baby coos and squeals.  I feel so incredibly blessed.  I have no doubt that being his mom is exactly what I was meant to do.  

Even though he brings me immeasurable joy every day, we aren't without challenges.  There have been a few tears shed on both our parts over the weeks.  And countless loads of laundry.  Also, I can't keep up with trimming the baby nails and look like I've been attacked by an angry cat. 

I decided to cut out dairy in my diet after it seemed to be bothering him a bit.  After doing some research and speaking to a lactation consultant, I learned that a lot of babies are sensitive to cow's milk protein, so it's a good idea for nursing mothers to cut out dairy, at least in the beginning.  If you've been reading for a while you may have noticed that my cheese smothered dishes have been conspicuously absent, baking is nearly nonexistent, and we are eating more meat.  I found that when I cut out cheese I was craving protein and fat, so I'm eating avocados and hummus like it's going out of style.  I joke that I'm a meat-eating vegan these days.

In other news, Colin is big enough to go in the jogging stroller, but we got our first snowstorm of the year this week, so we're sticking with walks in the Ergo for now.  The bulk of my exercise consists of the hours of bouncing and swaying I do every day while holding him.  I'm not worried about my arm muscles!

I love every second I spend with Colin, I tell him all the time he's the perfect baby. I may be a little biased, but he's perfect to me.  

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