I once heard excess weight is not about what you are eating but what’s eating you. To become an intuitive eater, I must first acknowledge the fact I cope with feeling bored or anxious by eating. I had to find ways to cope with these feelings in a different way than heading toward the kitchen. Truly, my hope is my daughters will sidestep the diet/weight trap I feel every woman gets tripped up with at some point. Read on to learn more.
Last week you learned about my personal history with food, eating and weight. I must say, I am humbled and grateful for the feedback I have received. I am not alone in the journey to find peace within myself and finally put an end to the internal war to achieve and maintain the “perfect” weight. There is no such thing. So, moving on… here is part 2 in this 4 part series.
I need to be fully transparent here. My friends call me Fertile Myrtle because I have been incredibly lucky and blessed to get pregnant… this blog post is about supporting a friend dealing with infertility. Fertility problems can be alienating and friendships may alter because of this. When you experience trouble in the reproductive department, it often becomes taboo conversation or something “you just don’t talk about.” I would like to view this blog post as a safe place to discuss this subject…
People are often surprised to hear I had three babies under the age of three and I went back to working full-time. As the mother of three small children, I would like to elaborate on my choice to continue to work outside of the home.
I have three young children, a toddler and twin baby girls who all sleep 10-12 hours straight through the night. They each also take a 2-3 hour nap during the day. I am living proof your child CAN sleep, even when her twin sister is screaming in the crib next to her, less than two feet away.
Sleep deprivation is a cruel form of torture new parents experience. Get your sanity back by giving your baby the gift of sleeping through the night. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Being successful at anything, especially breastfeeding, is all about attitude, support, and setting realistic expectations.
Committing to exclusive breastfeeding meant I signed up to having my baby (or babies) with me or within approximately 20 feet of me every hour of the day at first.
It takes about 3-5 weeks to establish your milk supply and the best way to do this is nurse your baby every time they are hungry or even just a little hungry or fussy, even if they just nursed 10 minutes ago. You are literally within his/her physical presence ALL THE TIME. Being the main source of food for another person is a lot of work, but breastfeeding is what I wanted to do and I would not have it any other way.
This may come as a surprise, but I was not really interested in breastfeeding before I had my oldest daughter. I did not want to have a baby hanging off of me. I was not breastfed as a baby, I did not have breastfeeding role models growing up, it just seemed foreign, unnecessary, and plain weird. It was my husband who encouraged me to just give it a shot. He knows better than to tell me what to do, so his gentle suggestion was just the right nudge I needed.