Eat, Nap, Eat, Nap

September 13, 2012

Tuesday.

I was nursing the baby in bed yesterday when Matt brought me a steaming cup of coffee mixed with frothy milk. Heaven in a mug, I tell you! [This was actually his – mine was a tiny mug.] I don’t really want to get hooked on caffeine again, but if he’s home to make it for me, I’ll happily enjoy it.

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Guess what else he prepared?

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Nothin’ wakes you up like a bowl of oats! I was feeling really tired from a long night and this lovely bowl enjoyed on the porch woke me right up!

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Our morning included a visit to the pediatrician’s office for a weight check. Luckily no shots or anything – just the scale and a chat with our doctor about any concerns.

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He is doing wonderfully and is nearly back to his birth weight already. From his diaper count too, he is eating very well. I am definitely feeling the pains of breastfeeding, but Mazen seems to love it : )

When we got to the office he started crying out of hunger right away and I decided just to nurse him right there. And walked with him into the room and continued with the doctor in there. I am pretty modest, so this was a big step for me to be more open about nursing in public.

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After our appointment, we decided to go for a walk around the block. The weather here is GORGEOUS – 75 and sunny fall crisp perfection. It felt amazing to be outside in the sunshine. Baby was in the Boba wrap with his father!

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I took a nap when we returned and chowed down on trail mix prior for a snack. M and dad did bakery work from home all morning, baby-wearing style.

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Next came lunch, prepared by Matt. He has been incredibly helpful to let me rest in every way possible!

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PB&J

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Plum!

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Side salad with tomatoes and cheese and balsamic

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After my lunch (and Mazen’s lunch) I went down for nap #2 while he played, then napped down with Matt.

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Tummy time!

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KK came over for some baby holding –

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The blanket she made for him!

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For dinner, our awesome neighbors brought us Thai food!! We had quite a delicious spread of green curry, tofu pad thai, beef + veggies, spring rolls, rice and broccoli.

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Chow down!

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They joined us on the porch for some chatting before we all crashed for the night. And by crashed for the night I mean eat, nap, eat, nap!

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1 Kaila September 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

Looks like everyone has been incredibly helpful! I love all the cute meals matt has been preparing for ya! Simple and quick! Perfect for a new mom!

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2 Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup September 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

Hi Kath! Looks like you guys are settling in so well as a family of three! I’m glad Matt has been able to take over baby duties for awhile so you could get some rest! I hope whenever we have a little family of our own, my husband is the same way!

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3 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

Aww..I’m glad that Mazen is doing well. :) So nice that Matt and everyone else is helping out. This is such an exciting time in your life. So happy for you.

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4 Kori September 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

My gosh Matt is the sweetest!! I just always love his food presentation. Such a thoughtful husband and dad. :) The Thai looks delicious and confirms that I need to satisfy my craving soon. Also, Kath you look incredible!! Although exhausting and certainly a big change, you both seem to be adjusting well to parenthood. It suits you both beautifully!

I cannot wait for Kaci and I to visit Cville next month and experience the city in the fall! It’s my favorite season, and I’ve been excited to come back ever since our trip summer 2011. One of the things I’m looking forward to the most (among many) is to put the lip-lock on a GH sandwich ;) and to bring home a bunch of GH bread! Have a wonderful Thursday! I guess it’ll be this morning at 3:00 that Mazen will turn 1 week old! He is such a handsome, handsome little boy.

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5 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 7:11 am

:) excited you’re coming again!

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6 Kori September 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

:) We’re counting down the days!

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7 Anna September 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

He is so gorgeous. And Matt is so thoughtful! You guys have yourselves the makings of a wonderful family : )

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8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

Awww Kath, he is gorgeous! And so tiny! I have a huge obsession with baby feet and hands… maybe it’s just because my own feet are so enormous and beaten up from running, and well, let’s just say definitely not cute like baby ones! The Thai food looks amazing, especially those fresh rolls. They’re always my go-to app when I got to Thai restaurants!

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9 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 13, 2012 at 7:11 am

You’re already doing an allstar job of being a family of three! :) …..Glad you’re getting some naps in there- but wishing the night ones would feel more like sleep for you. The pain with the breastfeeding is worth it once you realize your little one is putting on weight- isn’t it?! Glad he’s doing well- and you and Matt too!
Hooray for nice neighbors that bring supper! That is super sweet!!!

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10 Amanda September 13, 2012 at 7:13 am

You are very lucky to have Matt home. After I gave birth with my husband, he went back to work right away. With one child, he had to go out of town for two weeks. Luckily, I had two great Mothers to help out!

And I promise you, it will get better!

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11 Evelyn September 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

ok – so Mazen is gorgeous, but Kath! you look fantastic!!! I mean you clearly don’t look like someone who just gave birth!!! Looks like staying active during your pregnancy is definitely paying off!!!

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12 Liz September 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

Yes Kath you look amazing just a few days after birth!

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13 Brit September 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I was thinking the same thing!!!! :D

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14 Ann September 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

What a cozy little routine you guys are coming up with!! He is just beautiful, Kath. :)

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15 Maureen September 13, 2012 at 7:27 am

I think it is so awesome how you & Matt are such a team in this! I don’t have kids, but I can only imagine how him helping with Mazen gives you a few minutes to nap {or even shower}! :)

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16 Elle @ nutritionella September 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

I’m sure nursing in public feels strange but I think it’s wonderful. Just keep in mind you’re doing the absolute best thing for you and the baby when you feel out of place! This post makes me so happy – thrilled for you all!

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17 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

You look like you’re living in a mommy dream world! Mazen seems like such a sweet baby – and so cute!!!

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18 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

It must be so nice that Matt’s being so helpful!
Mazen is gorgeous. :-)

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19 Sarah September 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

“He is doing wonderfully and is nearly back to his birth weight already.”~This comment really confused me. Do babies lose weight after they are born? Why would they lose weight?

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20 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

Yes, they often lose up to 10% of their birth weight and the weight is the best way to make sure they are feeding ok (that and diapers). So doctors monitor it closely in the first few weeks.

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21 Sarah September 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

Totally normal – they’re born with extra fluid, start peeing and pooping immediately, and it takes a few days for mom’s milk to come in and baby to start consuming large enough quantities to gain back the weight they’ve lost. They’re not starving during those first couple days – moms produce something called colostrum immediately which is a very concentrated form of milk (kind of an oversimplification, but that’s the general idea.)

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22 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

I bet Karen is just in heaven with that little cutie! Sounds like things are getting settled! I’m so glad the nursing is working for you two! I hope you have a great day with lots of rest and sweet cuddles!

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23 Summer September 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

You go girl for getting over that hurdle of nursing in public!

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24 Brianne September 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

Awww, my mother made my babies blankets and surprised me with them at my baby shower. Such a sweet gift to have…something to hold onto forever!

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25 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux September 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

Matt makes such lovely plates of food! That “tummy time” picture is just precious–his little legs are so sweet. Congratulations!!!

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26 Liz September 13, 2012 at 7:54 am

When my boys were infants and needed to nurse at the doctor’s office I would ask the receptionist to put us into a room right away so I could nurse. It helps to have a crying, nuzzling baby in your arms at this point ! I never once had to nurse in the waiting room. The added benefit is that you are not sitting next to coughing and sick kids in the waiting room. Our office has a half wall dividing “well” and “sick” sides of the room. But I’m certain germs don’t let a little wall keep them contained. You look like you are doing great! I love Matt’s fancy lunch plates.

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27 Aimee September 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

If there’s one thing I regret from my baby days it’s all the anxiety I felt about nursing in public. I think it’s wonderful to see mothers out caring for their babies so lovingly (bottle feeders included). Keep up the good work! It will hurt less in a few weeks, promise.

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28 Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

Nursing can be toe-curling-painful in the beginning, especially for us blonde, fair-skinned women. Keep up the good work! It gets better week by week. As long as there’s a good latch, usually by 4 weeks for me the pain goes away, and nursing is then painfree and much more enjoyable! Glad to hear everything is going well!!

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29 Katie September 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

What does your hair color have to do with nursing pain?

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30 Mom September 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

Women with fair skin often have more trouble because their skin can be more sensitive–not sure why.

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31 Emily September 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

I couldn’t get past the pain, and only lasted two weeks – I know you’re way tougher than I was Kath!

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32 Becky B. September 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

It is painful to develop the scar tissue needed for the breast to be tough enough to tolerate someone sucking on it 8-10 hours a day! It took me several months (also blond and fair skinned- they say it is worse for us than darker complected people)– hang in there– usually the first few minutes were the worst and then it sort of subsided. Soon enough you will be pain free- I promise!!
You are doing a great job! Matt is DAD OF THE YEAR as far as I am concerned. My husband doesn’t even know where the plates are in the kitchen to begin preparing a meal. LOL!
Nursing in public is difficult at first, doing it in the dr’s office was a great first step- I’m sure they are totally used to it! Usually malls have lounges in Nordstrom or other nicer stores for nursing, and I often do it in the car. As the baby gets older they wiggle a LOT more so keeping them under the blanket or whatever is much harder. You end up flashing the world!! :-) So that gets easier too…keep your chin up!

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33 JessicaE September 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

Hmm I am fair skinned and have not had it be painful at all… even in the beginning. I am grateful, but have never heard skin tone had anything to do with it. And it sure didn’t in my case.

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34 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

My nurse told me this is true too

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35 Claire September 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I think that’s an old wive’s tale; I’m as pale as the come (red fair, freckles, of Irish descent) as breastfeeding was never really painful for me. I was a bit sore in the first week or two, but nothing remotely close to “toe-curling pain.” The way my sister put it (she’s also super pale) is that breastfeeding in the beginning feels like a scratchy bra chafing a bit. It may not feel great to start out, but if its actually excruciating, then something’s probably wrong, maybe a poor latch or thrush (which can be horribly painful).

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36 Ella September 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

I have never heard of it either… Here the majority of women is of fair (and by fair I mean reaaaally fair skin, we burn our skin even in the shade…) complexion with blue or green eyes and blond hair, but rarely such an excruciating pain arises with a new babyborn. For some it does when the little rosebud clutches so well that she/he literally bites! (that was my case, my little tiger knew his business) and then there we go with tons of bepanthenol cream to heal it up =)

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37 Jennifer September 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

You have great neighbors. That was so nice of them to do that.

I love the picture of Mazen on his tummy. :) I discovered my daughter was a tummy sleeper because every time I would put her on her tummy for “tummy time”, she’d fall right to sleep. (haha)

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38 Jenica September 13, 2012 at 8:01 am

Gosh is Matt just the cutest partner or what? It looks like he’s really taking care of you and helping as much as he can with the workload. I’m glad you’re surrounded by so many people who can help in these early times!

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39 Molly @ RDexposed September 13, 2012 at 8:02 am

Tummy time picture melts my heart! Enjoy all of this time with him. :)

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40 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

My first son was born at the end of August…I just loved going out for walks with him in the fresh fall weather! It was a great to get outside among the living as I started to feel a bit isolated once my husband went back to work. I commuted to work, so I was not very familiar with our neighbours…amazing how quickly one gets to know them once a baby arrives! Two of my closest friends are my neighbours who I only got to know after having my first child!

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41 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

I’ve loved reading along about how you and your cute little family are doing this week! I’m glad you’ve been able to get some naps in and rest! I just love that cute red and gray little onesie Mazen is wearing.

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42 Melissa September 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

Yay for your first nursing in public! It gets easier, promise! And as a VERY modest person, I can totally sympathize (I’m a top heavy girl, and NIP was a struggling point for us in the beginning) – but feeding your baby is your right and after all – you WERE in the drs office :)

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43 Melissa September 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

p.s. you look GREAT. :D

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44 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear September 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

First off, Kath you look GREAT! Cannot believe you just had the baby, you look so fit already. Also, your posts make me feel so warm and fuzzy lately! The pictures of Mazen make my heart melt. And I love the picture of Matt working with the baby in the distance and also how carefully he arranged the food for lunch. Seriously, too. cute.

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45 Emily September 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

It sounds like you’re all doing so well – our first few weeks were rough, but you certainly get through! Way to go on breastfeeding in public, when the babe is hungry you gotta do what you gotta do! Our little lady lost about a half pound and we were readmitted because she had jaundice levels that were too high – not fun, so glad to hear you’re not experiencing that! He is absolutely gorgeous!

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46 RDtoo! September 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

Not sure if anyone has already mentioned this, but earth mama makes a great nipple cream that I used with my now 5 month old! Wish I had known about it with my first! Coconut oil also works in a pinch. Good luck and enjoy all those cuddles!

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47 Jessica September 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

What are your views on shots for the little one?

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48 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

That’s a topic I’m not getting into, but we’re pretty much doing the normal thing

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49 Jessica September 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

Understandable!! :)

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50 Kristi September 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

I know you’re tired but you make it look easy!! And you look great! I’m really hoping I don’t have the 6 months preg look after giving birth but I think it’s luck and a crapshoot!

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51 Julie@seize the veggies September 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

I love the Ohio State (scarlet and grey) onesie…just kidding, but I would have looooved that for my boys. You have quite the collection of stripes!

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52 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

These are the best because of the claw-hiding sleeves and they’re pretty much all he’s worn all week!

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53 Brie @ Impatient Baker September 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Go Bucks!

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54 Kim Weigand September 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

Kath – remember you are Mazen’s restaurant and people eat in public in restaurants. He shouldn’t go hungry just because you are in public. You and Matt are doing an a “Mazen” job and Mazen is just precious. In a few weeks, bfeeding will be pain free and even more special.

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55 Jamie September 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

He is so precious! Your only job for the first few weeks with him are to cuddle like crazy and nurse. Don’t worry about anything else. I spent the first month trying to be perfect mom and putting her on a schedule. Right…. If only I’d staying in bed the first few weeks and cuddled and nursed, that would have been perfect…

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56 Holly P. @ A Year in Wichita September 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

It looks like you and Matt are settling in to a good routine. Looking forward to the birth story!

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57 Kel September 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

I love that Matt took the time to make sure your plate was as pleasing to the eyes as to the palate. Not just considerate but so loving!

Don’t you love nuzzling Mazen? I love baby smell :).

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58 Blessing September 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

KK looks like a proud grandparent…..that feeling must be great.

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59 Ahn Ei September 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

Kath, you look great! Love the photos of Mazen too! Absolutely adorable.

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60 Leslie September 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

I guess I’m just a sap, but I tear every time I read your posts. Love the picture of baby on Matt while he works! Takes me back. It is such a sweet time. Enjoy!
PS-Love the name KK. (It’s one of my daughter’s nicknames)

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61 Emma September 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

I love the big sweet smile on Karen’s face in every picture with Lil M. There’s nothing like a grandma!

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62 Jessica September 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

Your baby boy is precious! So happy for you.

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63 Anna September 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

I nursed in public for the first time at our family doc’s office — where else do you go with a 2 day old baby?! Good job on doing it. It’s really no big deal and my husband made a great point to me once that was he saw more boob from gals at the beach than from a mom nursing an infant. I exclusively nursed which I think made me completely become immune to showing skin. Now, that she’s been weaned for a few months I’ve regained a lot of my modesty. However, we’re having another baby soon and I am trying to wrap my mind around nursing in public again! I think mom-mode takes over and you can do anything!

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64 Stuart September 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

You’ve been spoilt rotten. Matt’s raised the bar for the rest of us chaps.

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65 Christine September 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

Just wondering if you have any concerns about eating spicy (thai food) or gassy (broccoli) and then nursing? I know from my friends that have nursed, that they tended to stay away from foods like that because it can bother baby’s tummy. Is that true or considered outdated now?

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66 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

I’m planning to eat everything until he shows any sign of discomfort. So far, so good.

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67 Sarah September 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I think that’s mostly an old wives tale (or at least that’s what I’ve been told by someone studying to be a lactation consultant). Certainly, there are some babies who do react to some foods, but spicy or gassy foods are not generally known to be a problem for all babies or anything like that. Most little babies are gassy by nature, though – their digestive systems are immature. Formula-fed babies also have random bouts of gassiness, which obviously can’t be blamed on their mom’s diet! :)

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68 Jessica September 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

Congrats Kath! I love that you are nursing in public already!! I haven’t ventured there yet – not so much out of modesty as fear of leaking all over my clothes! :) You look amazing, and Matt is clearly a wonderful husband and already super devoted daddy. Isn’t watching your husband snuggle your baby just the best thing in the whole world? :)

We’ll have to schedule a playdate for Mazen and Callie when we come to visit Cville next (probably in Nov or Dec)!

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69 Chelsea September 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

I know you were really looking forward to breast feeding! Is it all you hoped it would be?

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70 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

When it doesn’t hurt, yes. When it hurts…..ooooooI can owwwwwww. I can literally feel the oxytocin pumping through me after a long feed though, so I’m enjoying it overall. Would definitely not change it – pain and all.

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71 Anna W. September 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

It gets better as you two get better at it. Promise! It was so painful I’d cringe as he latched and eventually it was like a breeze blowing that you notice but don’t overtly realize until you pay attention to it. We made it to a year with no supplementing, best advice I ever got was just when you think you need to supplement DON’T (unless you want to) bc that is when your body will get the message to make more. Boobs are so smart, I was shocked! Cluster feeding (to up your supply) can be rough but is short lived. Anyway, Mazen is SO adorable (and looks so alert and even smiley). You also look SO amazing. You don’t look like you even had a baby. I wish we all could (or that I could) look like you post-baby. It all evens out but MAN that side profile shot of you is impressive. Love that you BF a the doc’s. I did too (modest, also) and was like you know what…my baby has to eat and so I just did it and I think it sort of set the stage for how I began to think about Elliot and my parenting/his needs. Congrats again, I am so happy for you guys. A truly aMazen family.

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72 Jen September 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I breastfed for six months and can say I have no idea what oxytocin pumping through me feels like. Can you describe it?

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73 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

The same well of emotion you might get if you saw something very moving – in a movie or at a wedding ceremony or something. Who knows if that’s what it is, but I can’t help but assume..

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74 Claire September 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Yeah, I’ve never felt “oxytocin pumping through me” in the past nine months of breastfeeding. I was super emotional in those first few weeks, but that was because I had a brand new baby I was falling in love with! ;)

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75 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Every mother is different..

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76 Carrie September 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I’ve felt that “wave of emotion” for sure!!! By the way, did the LCs look under his tongue to be sure he wasn’t tongue tied? That can come in the way of getting a wide open latch. Just thought I’d mention just in case…

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77 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Yeah, he’s good. Doing much better today!

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78 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

I love reading all of these baby posts! It’s nice that you have people there to help you out. I’m sure it makes all the difference.

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79 Katie September 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

I LOVE the striped onesies!! Where did you get them? I’m due soon and have been looking for stripes…

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80 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

They are Carter’s from Babies R Us

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81 Danielle September 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

Kath, just wanted to tell you that you look absolutely FABULOUS! If there are people out there that don’t know you or obsessively read your blog (like some of us here maybe do), they would never know you have a newborn, holy smokes!

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82 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

What a good hubby and good neighbors! Looks like you’re doing well! :-)

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83 Rachel September 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

aww that’s so cute Matt and everyone is being so helpful! You look great!

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84 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot September 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

Wow! Love your living room. So spacious :) What a cute fam

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85 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

Ooooo that dinner spread looks delicious! I can’t remember the last time I had a spring roll!

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86 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food September 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

I can’t believe I’m finally getting over here to comment. Congrats on your sweet little boy! He’s adorable. Sounds like things are going really well for you guys. Way to go getting in naps! I was so bad at that. Such a fun time for you and Matt. He seems very happy being a daddy :)

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87 Eileen September 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

Mazen is ABSOLUTELY adorable! You are doing everything right: rest when you can, eat healthfully, and keep getting that beautiful, fresh fall air! I swear, taking little neighborhood walks on beautiful days with my babies in the Bjorn (totally acceptable when I had my kids; I know they are out of favor now) were the best times in those hard, early weeks.

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88 colleen September 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

Matt is the best! Wish my husband would have taken some days off afterwards. Enjoy those naps, meals, and cuddle time.

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89 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

You are so lucky to have Matt; he seems like a great father already! Enjoy your time as your little family. :)

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90 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

The Thai food spread your neighbors brought is gorgeous & so is the blanket Karen made for him!

And nursing in public, yep, it happens. Glad you just…did it! And of all places, a pedi’s office is a great breaking-in place and woo-hoo for being back to birth weight or almost, in like what, 5 days?! That is fantastic!!

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91 Morgan September 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

Your baby is gorgeous and you are looking fabulous little mama!!! Little Mazen is such a perfect combo of mom and dad :)

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92 Tracy September 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

You look absolutely amazing!!!! Go you!! Congrats on your beautiful baby boy!

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93 Ingrid September 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

Kath, congratulations on such a healthy, gorgeous, baby boy. You look great!! After seeing that picture of you, can you believe you were in labor one week ago??

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94 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

No I can’t!! :)

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95 Ella September 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

About breastfeeding in public. I think there is no one on earth more modest and shy than me but when it came down to breastfeeding in public I had to surrender. With my scarf I made wonders to protect my privacy and give my baby peaceful feeding session =) Here in Finland it is such a common thing, people do not even notice (or they do, but pretend not to). In Scandinavia nobody bottle-feed their children.
All my best to your lovely family.
Ella

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96 Allison September 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

Kath – cute, cute baby! I too was very modest nursing baby #1, but by the time #2 and #3 came around that all went out the window. After all, baby’s head is really covers pretty much anything too scandalous and if people are offended by a natural process, they can just look away.

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97 Annette @FitnessPerks September 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

YAY! Such nice neighbors! That food looks awesome.

Baby is cute!

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98 Jana September 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

That Thai food looks amazing! You are lucky to have such thoughtful neighbors!

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99 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I’m loving all the photos of Mazen – he is adorable!
What nice neighbors you have too, bringing that round.

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100 Bianca September 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hi Kath! I’ve been reading for three years now, but I never comment because you always have a ton of comments and I don’t want to add to your Reading Pile.
Nonetheless, I wanted to extend my congratulations. Thank you for including everyone along for your journey and sharing these tremendously significant events with us.
Kudos to you for having the gusto to put your modest apprehensions about feeding in public at ease! There is nothing in the world more beautiful than a loving mother caring for her child.

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101 Tracy September 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Looks like you and Matt are taking to parenthood with ease! Glad it’s going well.

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102 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

You have an awesome husband and neighbors! Thai food, YUM!

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103 Beyonce September 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Kath, you’re looking great and sounding great. And Dads-to-be everywhere should take notes from Matt. I’m looking forward to reading about how little Maze’s personality develops in the months to come, and about what you discover as a new mom.

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104 Jenn September 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Love the photos! BreastFeeding is one of the hardest things you will ever do…at first. It was painful for almost 2 weeks for me. Levi had a tight latch and strong suck. Unfortunately for him (and me) I had to lay flat for 5-6 weeks every time to breastfeed due to multiple letdowns and his BIG appetite…he couldn’t handle the flow. As he grew older, breastfeeding became so easy. The 20 minute + feeds become 5 minutes :)

You’re doing GREAT Mama!

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105 Mara September 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Don’t discount caffeine totally. I was not a coffee drinker at all until baby #2 who kept me up all night nursing, and NEEDED the coffee to get through the day. It made such a wonderful difference! As long as I kept it under 3 cups or so it didn’t go through to my milk. (same with alcohol too, fyi!)

And your nursing pain will subside within the next few weeks and it’ll be super-easy. I would start pumping extra as soon as you can and freezing it for sitters and baby food making here in a few months. The extra supply always comes in handy for growth spurts and such.

And also- YOU AND MATT ARE DOING A PERFECT JOB. Mazen is one lucky ducky. :)

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106 emily September 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm

That picture of you kissing Mazen needs to go in a frame! You know, when you’re not busy being new parents :)

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107 Anna September 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

The Wendy’s ad on the side is very distracting…it crosses over the side section of your blog and blocks text. Is there anyway to fix that?

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108 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

It should have just been fixed…let me know if not

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109 Carolyn September 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

First, Mazen is a beautiful name! Congratulations – he’s simply adorable! I’m so jealous he’s already sleeping so well and being so well behaved! My four-month old is still up a few times a night. I swear I haven’t gotten a decent sleep since he was born. LOL Makes me wish I would have eaten more ‘real food’ during my pregnancy. LOL

Btw, you look fantastic!

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110 Ana September 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Your baby is so precious Kath, he is beautiful! And you look great! Congrats on the baby, breastfeeding, and to both you and Matt for helping each other in these first few weeks. You are such an amazing inspiration, in all you do!
Ana

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111 elizabeth September 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I like your coffee mugs, who made them?

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112 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

the big one was made by a man in Richmond who does custom mugs for us a great harvest. the little 1 was handmade by my friend Faith”s mom.

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113 elizabeth September 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

The light blue/green and black one is very pretty!

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114 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm

You have wonderful neighbours!
Your husband has the exact same food style as you, so cute! :) Also….and your bump has disappeared! The joys of breast feeding!

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115 Cait's Plate September 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a yellow plum?

So glad things are going well – can’t wait for tomorrow to read how today went! Haha :)

PS – love the last outfit he’s in! stripes are so in!

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116 Laura September 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

You look great for just having a baby so recently! Most people still look fairly pregnant!

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117 Nicole September 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

he’s the cutest little man in the world! and you look amazing!

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118 Katie September 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Can you tell us where you got that big white bowl that your Thai food is in? I have been looking for bowls like that everywhere and can’t find any! I want bigger bowls to eat salads in for my lunch. I hate eating salad off of a plate. Thanks!

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119 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

It’s pottery barn…. Great white soup bowl I believe

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120 j3nn September 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

So awesome to have the love and support of friends and family! I think bringing food to a new mother is one of the greatest things you can do.

I imagine you’re going to start doing sorts of things you didn’t think you could do before in public. In a way you have been reborn as well. So many things to learn and marvel over along with Maze! :)

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121 Marci September 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Just popping in to say hi, the first few weeks can be confusing and wonderful and frustrating. For me, 0-3 months was not my favorite time and was very stressful and frustrating. Just hang in there and feel free to email to vent or ask questions. Sounds like he’s a happy guy!

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122 Elisabeth September 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

1. You look awesome, Kath! Can’t believe you just gave birth last week!

2. I love Maze’s striped red & grey onesie! (I live in Ohio State Buckeye country ;) )

3. I also love the picture of Maze gazing up at KK :)

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123 kate September 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

How did he sleep last night? Have you tried the Miracle Blanket yet?

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124 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

He slept great and I’m still on the Halo because I haven’t bothered to try something new yet!

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125 Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing September 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Oh my gosh, I LOVE the picture of you cuddling him! Sooo sweet! And such a great shot!

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126 Angel7 September 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I love the pic. of you kissing Mazen on the cheek — so precious!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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127 Monica September 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Looking good mama! Your right, your tummy has bounced back quickly.

Mazen’s eyes are really starting to open up. That face is so sweet, such kissable cheeks.

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128 Kelly September 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I have an 9 week old (my 3rd son) and I am a bit on the modest side too. I found that a good “hooter hider” changed my life. Check out Bebe Au Lait nursing covers: http://www.bebeaulait.com/products/hooter-hiders-nursing-covers
I bring it everywhere with me.

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129 KathEats September 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

I have one and like it! It just gets really hot… So good for winter coming!

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130 Jun September 14, 2012 at 12:36 am

I think your eats only get tastier and tastier! Excellent effort on not forgoing or compromising deliciousness for nutrients! Do you by any chance, experience post-delivery cravings? Just curious! :D

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131 KathEats September 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

Nothing in particular…. But I’m enjoying the little bits of beer :) had a small glass of wine too… It was incredible!!

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132 Amy @ changing the now September 14, 2012 at 5:27 am

You look like you are getting so much great support, you deserve it after giving birth and adjusting to having little Mazen around!

I remember my biggest fear about breastfeeding when i was pregnant was feeding in public, but it’s amazing how quick you forget those fears and just accept that it’s a natural process and necessary to feed your baby (especially when you get the latch sorted and they go on straight away). I used to feed my little boy in the strangest places but if he was hungry he needed feeding! You can be so discreet also, many times i would be chatting with people and then they would see Rowan and ask ‘is he asleep?’ and i would say ‘no he’s having lunch!’ they just thought he was cuddled into me! I found wearing a vest top underneath another top very handy, it meant i could pull the vest down and pull the top up, leaving a space for baby to feed, it meant i didn’t have to buy lots of nursing tops – you’re doing great hun xxx

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133 Lisa @bitesforbabies September 14, 2012 at 6:31 am

You’re lucky to have such a supportive husband (mine was the same!). You look amazing btw! ;-)

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134 Charlotte September 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

AH that Tummy Time pic is TOO cute! Mazen is adorable.

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135 Denielle Green September 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Mazen is a cutie. I am awaiting my little girl and hoping to breastfeed exclusively but a little nervous. How is that working out for you? Is he hungry every hour of the day like they say newborns are?

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136 KathEats September 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm

He goes about 1.5-2 hours during the day and is going 3 hours at night – FOR NOW! It’s been hard, but definitely manageable and worth it

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137 Amalia September 15, 2012 at 8:37 am

He is so gorgeous! Congrats to you and your family!

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138 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

Love his stripe-y suit! How nice of your neighbors to help with dinner!

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