Day 13 Notes

These should probably get added to my list of trigger foods because they taste so amazing I never want to stop eating them.

Bilinski's Chicken and Apple Sausage

Bilinski’s Chicken and Apple Sausage

Also, I think I’m eating too many white potatoes. Is 5 a day too much?

On breakfast and collards

Pretty proud of my Whole 30 fridge (the milk is my beau's, not mine).

Pretty proud of my Whole 30 fridge (the milk is my beau’s, not mine).

The last few days have been a rollercoaster. Day 11 I woke up with a ton of energy. I was solo on baby duty that morning and managed to get a ton of things done before daycare dropoff. I pumped, got ready for work, stripped the veins from my collards to prep them for dinner, and cubed pineapple. Lately I have been preparing my breakfast the night before and eating it when I get to work the next day. This is technically not Whole 30. The program recommends having your breakfast within 1 hour of waking up in the morning to jump start your metabolism and get your hormones working properly for the day. But Day 11 and Day 12 mornings have been critical time for me to get my shop in order. I can’t prep veggies and do laundry at work. I can eat breakfast at work.

A pretty accurate portrayal of my life right now - just trying to stay on top of it all.

A pretty accurate portrayal of my life right now – just trying to stay on top of it all.

Despite my morning energy by lunch time I am starving. I ate the salmon cakes with broccoli and avocado slices leftover from the weekend, but was not enough. I used my lunch break to make a trip to Lowe’s for wallpaper remover and ended up at Trader Joe’s buying one green pepper, a few bananas, some guacamole and a Lara bar. I managed not to eat the Lara bar, but saved it for a true emergency instead, when I don’t have the time or ability to run to the store. I awoke from my post-lunch slump when it was time to pick-up the baby and was reinvigorated by the site of her. At home my husband and I launched into a meal preparing frenzy, with him cooking up baby bottles on one side of the kitchen and me cooking collards and potatoes on the other. We threw together most of our breakfasts and lunches for the rest of the week, plus some of our dinners we have to have separately because he’s spending some nights in our new house while I’m holding down the fort in our rental. It will be a beautiful thing when he’s not commuting to work anymore and we’re all together more often.

I like collards okay. But my partner loves them and I love cooking them! Here they are served over some white potatoes with sausage.

I like collards okay. But my partner loves them and I love cooking them! Here they are served over some white potatoes with sausage.

All the crazy meal prep worked wonders for Day 12, which went off without a hitch. Baby to daycare with all her bottles, mama happy with all her Whole 30 meals, and daddy has a microwavable dinner in a house with very few kitchen supplies. And we’re equally prepared for tomorrow, which features a new Whole 30 Days of Motherhood challenge – our first Whole 30 restaurant meal with baby in tow! Stay tuned.

Now let’s just hope this sweet little baby sleeps through the night!

 

 

 

 

Day 10: a big update

I made it! No, my Whole 30 is not over. But I am 10 days in and going strong, which feels like quite an accomplishment. In fact, I think I’m going stronger than I was in any of my previous non-infant-raising Whole 30’s, but check in with me in another 10-15 days. The last week has been something of a blur but here are the highlights:

You heard from me on Monday, the first work day of the Whole 30 and the New Year. On Tuesday, my partner and I closed on our new house! It is 2 hours south of where we live now, so our day went something like this. Get up and pump. Bottle feed the baby in the car on the way so that she’ll eventually fall asleep. Then eat my breakfast in the car on the way, which was eggs over stir fried veggies with cashews again. Arrive at the lawyers office. Sign hundreds of documents and try to understand what each one is while keeping a 3 month old happy and entertained on my lap. Get the keys and drive to the new house. Pump. Spend some time walking around the house and getting excited about planning rooms, checking light switches, discussing upgrades. Enjoy a prepared lunch we had brought in tupperware – our first meal in our new home – “breakfast for lunch,” sweet potatoes, eggs, and sausage. We couldn’t stay long because we still have the drive home, and our little girl managed to sleep the whole way. We couldn’t have asked for better behavior from her that day. She was happy during the closing, she let us walk around the house and yard for sometime, was pleasant when we went back to the lawyers to sign the papers we had missed the first time, and slept or played for most of the car ride. So we couldn’t be mad when we finally got back home and she had a meltdown. We gave her a bath and were helping her settle in for the night when she decided to lose it. My partner and I had to take turns cooking dinner while the other soothed her. I ate two bananas and snitched several bites right out of the skillet while I was cooking because I was so hungry. When we finally got her calmed down she wouldn’t let us put her down in her bed or her swing so she slept in my arms while I used my fingers to pick my cold dinner out of the bowl one piece at a time. She finally got a bottle. I put her to bed, pumped again, and then finished my dinner. And had just enough time to relax before our next big adventure – baby’s first day of daycare…

Of course, I do what everyone does the first few minutes in their brand new house - pump.

Of course, I do whatever one does the first few minutes in their brand new house – pump.

So my husband is a professor and he starts back to class the next week. But we don’t want to just throw the baby into daycare for a full 5 days without a little warm-up. And, quite frankly, he needs a couple days off from caring for her to get ready for the semester. So we decide to do a half day on a Wednesday, two full days, and then she has the weekend off before going for her first full week. So Tuesday night after closing on our first house we celebrate by anxiously packing up the baby’s things for daycare – diapers, wipes, extra clothes, pacifier, and all of her food. The next morning we have an hour set aside for drop off before I have to go to work, because I had read I might need that much time to cry in my car. But we handed her over with no issue and walked away feeling more empty than sad.

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With the extra time we hadn’t planned on having, we went to Starbucks for a coffee for him and a tea for me, then went to the Harris Teeter to buy more coffee. Off to work I went. When we went back to pick her up at lunch time it was obvious she had done a ton of crying and hadn’t slept. We were so happy to have her home I did not even care that she was screaming like a banshee in my arms after 5 straight hours without a nap. Once we got her swaddled and put on her jams (she likes Prodigy when she’s really upset), she was asleep in only minutes. And I had to head back to work for my next milestone moment of the week – giving my notice at my job…

sleeping like a rock with all the creature comforts she doesn't get at daycare

sleeping like a rock with all the creature comforts she doesn’t get at daycare

Don’t let me mislead you. I was never meant to be a stay-at-home mom and I entered into this pregnancy and this parenting relationship with the knowledge that my baby was going to enter daycare at an early age. Even with my general optimism about daycare, and the somewhat difficult transition to it, I am overwhelmed by the outcome. After 2.5 days of daycare my child has slept through the night twice, fallen asleep at the grocery store, fallen asleep at the hardware store, started eating more food less often and is seemingly more content by it, and spent 3+ hours awake  without crying, all things she had not done before. So far, we’re fans.

…back to the “giving notice part.” You don’t get a house 2 hours south of your office and expect to keep your job. So we knew this day was coming, I just didn’t want to drop the news before the deal was closed. So after picking the baby up from her first day at ‘school,’ and pushing through a difficult moment with her to help her have a nap, I headed back to the office to quit my job. My boss was surprisingly supportive, and we both agreed that an interim period of telecommuting would be ideal. I could work from home and drive up one day a week for a period of time while I searched for something in my new area and they searched for someone to replace me. All and all it was a best-case scenario, but the whole thing was still fairly nerve-wrecking.

So that brings us to the Whole 30 Days of Motherhood Day 8: baby’s first full day of daycare. After an exciting full day of daycare the previous day, the baby slept through the night, woke up at 5:15 to eat and went back to sleep until 6:30am. I felt more rested than I had in a while and didn’t have quite enough time to go back to sleep before getting her and I ready for work, so I didn’t know what to do with myself! I pumped a little longer than usual, spent too much time on facebook, and plucked my eyebrows. Not exactly the glamorous “me time” I would have planned. After getting us both of on our days so successfully, I was patting myself on the back on my drive to work when I realized that I had forgotten to let the dogs out to go to the bathroom before I left the house. Fortunately they’re pretty hardy, and lazy to boot, so they likely wouldn’t have wanted to go out anyway. Work was normal. My meals were fine. And picking the baby up from daycare was so fun! My husband had made it back from work in time to come with me. Like the previous night she went right to sleep, woke up to eat, and went back down.

this is probably technically sex with your pants on (#SWYPO) but come on!

this is probably technically sex with your pants on (#SWYPO) but come on!

What a week! There is more to tell about Saturday, Day 9, where we went back to our new house and struggled to figure out about how to work on removing wallpaper, painting, cleaning, packing, and unpacking while keeping a newborn fed, entertained, and well-slept, but that will have to be for another day. Right now we’re drinking flavored seltzer waters (#SWYPO?) and feeling pretty accomplished. In a 48 hour period we bought a house, started daycare, I quit my job, and managed to ignore the double chocolate crisps on the counter at my office.

Day 8

I’m noticing more breakouts on my face. I’m not sure if this is the Whole 30, a postpartum/breastfeeding change in hormones, or the fact that I’ve been so exhausted at night and so excited to go to bed after the baby’s last feeding that I haven’t washed my face. More on that later.

Also, #somanyvegetables

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Day Four: Strategies for Meal Success

Day Four is going well so far. For some people, Days 4 and 5 are “Kill all the Things,” days. Part way through the day I was feeling smug, and like a Whole 30 pro and I thought to myself “I’m not even hangry, just hungry. Good for me!” Cut to about one hour later when I was happily cleaning up after my workout. Someone was walking with hard plastic flip-flops on the locker room floor and I wanted to leap over my gym bag half naked and throddle her. Fortunately, I restrained myself and thought, I had better make sure to eat a good lunch. Which brings me to one of my keys to Whole 30 Success (hopefully):

Strategy for Meal Success #1: leftovers for lunch.

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You might remember this amazing lemon-chicken served over roasted pineapple and avocado topped with fresh salsa from my Day One Lunch. Not so appetizing reheated in the office microwave. BUT, it was still delicious this time around. For the rest of this week I will be eating leftover dinners for my lunches as work. I would normally prepare a separate lunch for myself, but with all that we have going on, finding the time to cook once per day is probably enough. So we just throw more meat and veggies into the skillet at dinner time and set the lunch portion aside before we chow down. Then my lunch is packed before I go to bed and I feel better prepared for the next day.

Strategy for Meal Success #2: prioritize my lunch hour.

I scheduled a 2:00pm meeting today, forgetting that I had planned to run several errands on my lunch hour. Knowing that I would not be back in time to eat my whole meal before my 2pm meeting, I decided to head back to the office only halfway through my errands to eat my lunch. Otherwise, it would have been 3pm before I began my meal, likely throwing off my appetite for the rest of the day. It was hard to do, because with the little one at home my lunch hour is the prime time to do all the things that are not feeding the baby – working out, the bank, the post office, the store, the salon, the doctor, etc. So I am used to accomplishing a whole lot during that time. But if I am going to make a priority out of healthy eating habits during this program, those other things will have to wait and I will have to actually eat lunch – a slow, whole lunch – during my lunch hour.

Day Three: Hot Beverages

I hate coffee. I’ve always disliked the taste of coffee. There have been times in my life I considered forcing myself to drink it in order to benefit from the wakening properties of caffeine I’d heard coffee drinkers testify to. But even in the early days of my baby’s life, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I have become a tea drinker, though. Ever since my first Whole 30 about two years ago I’ve regularly enjoyed the restorative and relaxing powers of tea. But as any mother can attest to, finishing a hot beverage is a once-in-a-blue-moon kinda deal. [In fact, that last sentence took me about two hours to write and my tea is officially cold.] This morning my partner was making me a tea and noted that all my flavored teas containing caffeine also contain soy lecithin. So on top of the struggle to finish the tea, it’s also a struggle to stay caffeinated! It’s surprising all the foods that contain added ingredients! So I’m hoping this whole 30 will also help me focus on taking some time for myself – discovering and finishing a refreshing cup of tea from time to time. Self care is the first rule is social work – and should be the first rule of family care as well. You can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself. And hopefully I won’t need caffeine to help me with my energy levels once these new eating habits take hold. I want to be able to enjoy all these special moments that seem to pass so quickly, instead of slogging through them in a sleepy daze.

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I started this cup of tea around 3:30 and came back to it about 2 hours later.