Kath Eats Cold Food

September 19, 2012

Monday.

It was a nice cool morning to bring out the rice cooker! Matt had to work from 6am-6pm so I was alllll bbbbyyyy myyyysellllf.

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I put Coach’s Oats in the night before with cinnamon, raisins, a pinch of salt and water. Kept it simple to dress up in the AM. I put it on the porridge setting and set the timer.

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Dressed up with cottage cheese, banana, sunbutter and apple butter KERF reader Cathy sent me from Canada in addition to a beautiful baby sweater!

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Mazen wanted to eat halfway through my bowl so I had to go back and eat the rest cold. You guys always think taking photos of food makes it cold, but not so! I am fast. But baby however, he was not fast : )

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My new office:

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He is so-so about his swing. He has to be happy first to be happy in it. Hoping he learns to like it more. I sure wish I could climb in and swing the afternoon away!

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Mid morning I was getting a bit of cabin fever and decided to go on an outing. I desperately need nursing bras and our hospital has a lactation corner with all of the Bravado brand ones, so rather than ordering them blindly I went in to try them on.

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You guys were right – the Bravados rocked!!! I got the Body Silk Seamless Bravado, which I was shocked at how supportive it was for being so stretchy, and this Medela one that was also very very supportive. Plus one of those uber expensive Bravado tanks – it was very comfy too!

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Maze was VERY good in his car seat on the drive there (although I hated not being able to see him!) and he slept while I tried on bras. It wasn’t until the ride home when I had just decided that I was brave enough to make another stop by the bakery that he screamed bloody murder in the back seat. Sitting through red lights was terrible! I bolted home and fed him right away. The car is probably the worst place to be stuck with a hungry baby because there’s no way to feed them! That and maybe on a stroller walk far from home. I need to keep that in mind…

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Quick reheated lunch! Lynsie’s bean + greens soup

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Plus half a PB&J and an apple that I saved for a snack

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Handful of choco-peanuts we brought home from the hospital. I was bored and snacky!

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After I finished my few projects for the day, Maze and I went to hang out in the basement. We nursed, watched SYTYCD (WHO WILL WIN!?!? I love them all!!) and took a 30 minute snooze.

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Outfit change #3 – I don’t think he’s ready for these pants yet!! Haha.

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McScreamy takes a while to settle down sometimes, but then he’s happy in his wrap

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My friend Jessica came over for a visit and we attempted a walk around the block in the stroller, but M was too hungry for it and we had to come right home. Date ball to tide me to dinner. These are my favorite homemade snack ever!

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Dinner tonight was another from one of our awesome friends – Katherine brought over Chicken Parm and a fabulous salad!

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I mean this in the most complimentary way possible, but my friends cook like moms. Their food tastes so much better than ours! It has an extra layer of delicious inside.

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Katherine’s salad had so many goodies inside – bleu cheese, pear, almonds!

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Still trying to figure out how to eat with a baby strapped on me : )

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So scared I’m doing to drip down on him! I do a lot of turning 90* and leaning in.

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For dessert, Matt had me taste test two kinds of Autumn Spice Granola they created at the bakery. It’s AWESOME! We’ll definitely add it to our online store when it’s time!

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1 Alice September 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

Why would you not put him down when you eat?

It looks supremely uncomfortable to try to bend enough to not drip on him (and I’d be afraid of that too).

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2 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 8:29 am

often he is napping and i dont want to wake him

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3 Anne Weber-Falk September 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

He’ll be fine if you put him down while you eat your meal. I know it’s an adjustment all this new baby stuff. I’ve been there, three times. Have you tried feeding him just before your own meal? Then he would be more content to sit with you while the two of you are eating.

When my gang was fussy during a drive I just found a place to pull over, a parking lot or something of the sort, and fed them. Same with our walks and park outings. I found a bench and if there wasn’t a bench then some grassy area had to suffice. It takes some time to get used to and to find a routine but you’ll get the hang of it.

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4 jen September 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I had to chuckle about this comment because it points out just how different babies can be. It’s great that for some babies and families it’s true that baby will be fine being put down while you eat dinner. But sure as heck not true for all! :) I can count on one hand the number of times I was able to put my little one down to eat when she was under 4 months old. Classic high-need baby, lots of screaming and crying and reflux fun. Content? Rarely, but pretty much only while nursing or snuggling in the baby carrier (and most often in motion). So I can totally relate to the struggle of trying to eat with the baby on… it can feel pretty precarious!

And oh, the screaming-bloody-murder in the car. It nearly drove me to wits’ end. Pulling over to nurse is definitely worth trying, but some babies just hate bring in the car. Good news is, after trying different carseats and limiting car trips as much as possible for a while, she grew out of it. So far that’s one of the biggest thing a mom-friend told me that’s turning out to true: no matter what you’re struggling with at any given moment, chances are they’ll grow out of it.

Glad to hear Mr. Maze seems to be such a happy-go-lucky guy. Hopefully he doesn’t grow out of that!

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5 Nicole September 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Because as soon as you put a newborn down, they wake up :) Remember that they come out of mom used to being “held” 24/7 in the womb so even if you held them for 12 hours out of 24, to them, they’re still getting the short end of the stick! It takes time (about 3-4 months) for them to become more of a baby and less of a fetus and that’s why they say you cannot spoil a newborn.

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6 Claire September 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

SO true! At the time I felt a bit tethered, holding my newborn at the time, but now, looking back, I really miss those days where all I had to do was sit, hold and nurse my sweet little girl! Those early days are so, so fleeting (and so EASY from this perspective, now that I have a crazy busy walking, crawling, teething 9 month old!), enjoy them while you can!!! :)

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7 Susan September 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm

These days do fly. There seems to be a lot of debate amongst moms about holding babies … it’s so strange to me. Hold them babies!!!! Use common sense, wean them off of your body slowly and transition when it’s appropriate. I don’t know of ANYone that looks back 20 years later and wishes they hadnt held their newborn so much. :)

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8 Jessica September 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I totally agree with Susan–never feel bad about holding your baby. People may look at you funny and say funny things, but you can never overhold. And never wake a sleeping newborn just so you can eat dinner–or else no one will eat dinner!! You are totally right on that one! You are doing great Kath, motherhood suits you. :)

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9 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

I want friends like yours! I think our friends, while very well intentioned, would probably bring a gift card to a restaurant or a pizza. You should put your nursing cover over as you eat like a big ol’ napkin! :)

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10 Jessica September 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

OMG, I have dripped SO much food on my three kids.
I always made sure to take the Boppy with me if there was any chance one of my daughters would be hungry while we were out and about, I couldnt handle the crying in the car :(
That supper looks delicious and the granola sounds SO good!

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11 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 19, 2012 at 8:33 am

Your office neighbor is WAY cuter than mine. ;)

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12 cathy September 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

glad you had a chance to try the apple butter, kath!
also: mazen’s blue knit cap that you showed yesterday is adorable! he’s acquiring a nice collection of knit and crocheted items!

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13 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

:) Love the apple butter!

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14 Eating 4 Balance September 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

I’m loving these long posts! I don’t care if they are posted a few days later :) For the rice cooker, do you make one or two servings at a time?

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15 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

I just made one

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16 Jen September 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

I remember my maternity leave fondly, and often found myself out and about in the car when I realized the baby needed to eat (it takes a long time for breastfeeding to ever be on any type of predictable schedule.) I just pulled in a parking spot somewhere, hopped in the backseat, and nursed her. No biggie.

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17 Jennifer September 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

I forget if you mentioned this but are you going to try using pacifiers or no? We never did with any of our kids. Well, I should say we tried but none of them showed any interest.

The reason I’m asking is because sometimes they just want to suck and aren’t really hungry so that might be a quick solution while you are driving or can’t get to him right away. Then again, at his age he might be just plain hungry. :)

I love how his little hair is sticking up in that outfit picture. So cute!! One day he’ll outgrow that outfit and you’ll look back at that picture and not believe he was ever that small.

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18 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

Waiting until breastfeeding is all good… Hopefully soon!

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19 Jennifer September 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

Good idea! :)

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20 Ali @ Peaches and Football September 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

You know, that picture of Maze in the long pants? I’ll bet he’ll be outgrowing them before you know it. Babies grow much faster than anyone expects – kind of like how Summer flies by faster than we can believe.

I never thought about the turn and eat thing, at least he’s tiny so you don’t have to lean too far!

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21 Erin September 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

Kath. You’re doing great. Almost eighteen years in to this motherhood gig and I vividly remember the nervous energy that emanates from my computer screen when I read your blog. Be easy on yourself. Screaming babies change into chubby, happy kidlets in the blink of an eye. Snuggle him. Kiss him. Nurse him on a park bench or in a coffee shop if you’re far from home on a stroller adventure. Forgive yourself for not always knowing what to do. Don’t try to be perfect; just be Mom. I know it’s particularly futile to tell you to enjoy it because how can you when you’re feeling your way blind and the stakes are so high? The truth is that when those words are uttered it’s by women who know how fast it flew by, how truly terrified they were too and how idyllic it was when they look back. You don’t have to do your best, you just do what you can with the time and the energy you have. You already have an amazing boy. He’s going to continue to be amazing in spite of all the things you and Matt do to screw him up (because we ALL do things to screw our children up). I look at you and realize I’m not so many years away from watching my own daughter go through these things. I want to hug you in her place. Best wishes! Erin Nugent, Hudson, MA

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22 Erin September 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I know this was directed to Kath but I needed to read that. Thanks. :)

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23 Allison k September 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

:-) 19 weeks later, I can barely recall those early days. Cherish them now, enjoy all the snuggles! Soon you will be taking outings no problem! Stay flexible…his preferences and tolerances will change almost constantly in these first months.
A tolerated his carseat until 4 weeks. Then all outings/walks had to be in the carrier until 10 weeks when he started tolerating his stroller sans carseat (at a full recline). I can finally run an errand with out him screaming in his car seat….but usually only one or two stops. But he still has to be worn if our errand involves being out of the car for longer than 5-10 mins. :-)

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24 Mari @ Wine Required September 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

You should pick up a mirror for the back seat. I know that it really made life easier for me when I was out and about with my little one. I also dripped on my son plenty of times. It gets them used to when they make a mess on their own. :) You’re looking great by the way!

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25 elizabeth @ chronic venture September 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

maze is such a cutie! I can’t get over it!

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26 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

I’ve heard only good things about the Bravado bras too! And Mazen is seriously getting cuter and cuter by the day. :)

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27 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

that’s funny – I never though about it but i guess blogging/picture taking is good practice for having your meals interrupted by the baby!

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28 Morgan @ moments of mmm September 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

Haha he could swim in those pants! So cute :) You are so lucky to have friends that want to bring you food! How much easier for you and Matt while you are really getting comfortable.

Have a great day!

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29 Christine September 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

McScreamy? Ha that’s funny!

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30 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot September 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

Haha this post title made me laugh :) I’m sorry Mazen was crying in the car- that’s soo hard! Do you have a mirror over his carseat on the back where you can see him? I usually just try and stick my hand behind me so they can see that I am right there.. Doesn’t always stop the crying but makes me feel less sad for them

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31 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

Ugh…sitting in the car while the baby screams bloody murder…I’ve been there. :-( No fun!

Lila didn’t really dig the swing until she was about a month old– I think it freaked her out before then, but all of a sudden she LOVED it…and we still use it on occasion, even though we totally shouldn’t, haha.

Have a good day with bebe!

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32 Nicole September 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

I’ll have to check out those nursing bras. I got a few at at Destination Maternity a few weeks ago and they certainly don’t hold up well. One has pilled like crazy. I love how those ones you linked to come in all sorts of fun colors. The fun part will be figuring out what size to get!

Still waiting for my little girl to come- was due last Thursday! At my appt yesterday we did the non stress test and an ultrasound to check fluids- everything is perfect, so we were able to put off induction a few more days in the hopes that she’ll come on her own. I got back Friday for the same tests to see if we can put induction off until Sunday/Monday. I really wish she’d come on her own! Having to be induced means more time spent in the hospital. :(

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33 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

Good luck !

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34 Kim@hungryhealthygirl September 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

Screaming baby in the car….been there done that! Sometimes you’ve just got to pull over. ;) Love your baby wrap! It looks so cozy.

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35 kelley September 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

Haha i get crumbs on adele all the time. Haha you are doing awesome!

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36 Maureen @ Organically Mo September 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

I love the huge pants! You are so lucky to have family & friends cook for you – I am sure that helps out a ton!

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37 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 19, 2012 at 9:14 am

I love that picture with M in pants – ha! definitely not ready for them yet but so freaking adorable!!

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38 Colleen September 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

I’ve pulled over into parking lots w/ a nice, shady spot to feed our baby – granted it was a bottle, not nursing – but sometimes she just can’t wait for home to eat.

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39 Karen September 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

I’ll just give you a little hint and say that the outcome of SYTYCD is perfect! :)

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40 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna September 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

all the food looks so yummy!! and maze is so cute in those pants.. just a wee bit big for him ;)

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41 Jamie @ StudioEats September 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

That is the cutest pic of him all tucked into your top! :)

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42 Erin Shmidt September 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

I bought some of the Bravados when I was in the hospital and had to be wheeled upstairs because I was so dizzy. But, those bra and nursing tanks are amazing. Totally worth the price and well made compared to Target bras/nursing tanks. Great investment. Does anyone know if you can wear normal bras or ones with underwire at month 4?

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43 Allison k September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I have been wearing bras with underwrites since 6 weeks postpartum with no issues.

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44 Lee September 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I’ve read to be cautious with wearing underwires because they can cause pressure points in your breasts leading to the risk of blocked milk ducts. Blocked mild ducts = pain and increased chance of mastitis. Obviously that’s not going to happen to everyone, but just something to keep in mind. The LC who facilitated my new mothers group said some women are just prone to blocked ducts and/or mastitis and she knew one mother who would get blocked ducts on her right side just because she tended to carry her little on on that side.

TL;DR … if you’re going to wear underwires try to be more conscious of how your breasts feel during and after

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45 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

Aww..I can’t get over how adorable Mazen is! Haha..those pants are a little big but it makes for a cute picture.

So nice of your friends to make you dinner! It looks delicious!

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46 lulu September 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

I just put a napkin over the top of my little guy’s hair but he often got a few crumbs in his wrap! I also was careful never to eat anything too hot in case something were to dribble on him. It was actually one of the only ways my partner and I could eat together though – because the only time the baby wasn’t crying was when he was asleep in the wrap. I don’t think he slept without me holding him or him wrapped on until he was 6 months old!

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47 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

Hot drinks I couldn’t do… Partly why I haven’t been having them for breakfast!

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48 Lee September 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I’m so paranoid about spilling hot drinks … the ER where I work actually cared for a little guy who’s dad accidentally spilled hot coffee on him.

The Contigo travel cups (http://www.amazon.com/Double-Vacuum-Insulated-Travel-Stainless/dp/B001N4O4OK/ref=pd_sim_k_2/175-0923171-5513007) are awesome! They are completely leakproof so you can drink your coffee (which, as a new mom, you totally need) and not worry. Just one piece of advice; always do the tip-test: after I’ve closed it, I tip it upside down just to make sure I’ve closed it completely and there are, in fact, no leaks.

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49 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

Haha I’d be worried about dripping on his little face too, but he looks so cute and happy wrapped up in there!

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50 Vicky (Little Baby, Big City) September 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

I actually keep a Boppy in the car to feed my little one, just pull over and feed…. Plus learning how to feed them in a sling or Ergo, in my case, makes feeding AND walking possible! Oh, and just put a dish cloth over his little head while eating…. Just make sure us little nose and mouth aren’t covered! Oh the things we do for our kids!

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51 Diane September 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

How do you like the baby carrier? He looks so snug and cozy in there and it seems to fit a newborn perfectly. Do you mind sharing where you got it? thanks!

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52 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Like it a lot! It’s a Boba wrap and I got it as a BERF product to review – I’ll be doing that soon.

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53 MG September 20, 2012 at 6:53 am

Oh, goody. I’ve had a Moby and a K’tan, and I’m interested in the Boba. I’ve heard great things about its stretchiness. One thing I’d be interested in hearing about in the review you write is your opinion on handling all the fabric and wrapping it (the main reason I switched from the Moby to the K’tan) – does the ease of stretchiness make the body origami worth it? Look forward to reading your reviews.

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54 MG September 20, 2012 at 6:53 am

Also – if there are any other Boba users out there, I’d be interested in your thoughts too!

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55 KathEats September 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

I haven’t ever tried the Moby but I can put on the Boba in about 15 seconds!

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56 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

Target has nice nursing tanks- they are some of my favs- especially for the price. They are perfect for around the house……. McScreamy- seriously, too funny!!!! :) Made me smile! ……Have a wonderful day!

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57 Jess September 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

You are the cutest mama ever!!! It looks like motherhood agrees with you.

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58 Kristen Waby September 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

I loved this post, what great photos. It looks as though you are really getting a hang of photographing that little cutie. Photographing a baby is harder than it looks, don’t ya think? Nursing bras rock, glad you found one that works for you. Hope your nipples feel better. It will get better. Breastfeeding is an amazing experience and it’s more rewarding each day! Good luck :)

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59 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

Your daily routine brings back so many memories for me…the first time spending an entire day alone with my son, trying to figure out showering, cooking, eating, going to the bathroom etc. Each stage creates new challenges…enjoy them! Despite the struggles I endured raising two boys with eczema and multiple food allergies…I do have some very fond memories that I will cherish forever! My favourite being my boys snuggled up on my chest sleeping and being able to kiss the top of their heads.

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60 Jordan September 19, 2012 at 10:06 am

Mazen looks SO CUTE in that swing!

It’s really nice of your friends to bring you such lovely meals. :) Do you think you’ll ask for any recipes, to “cook like a mom” as well?

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61 Melissa September 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

I didn’t have a wrap for my daughter, but I remember eating MANY, MANY meals while nursing and dropping food on her head LOL. :) You gotta do what you gotta do! I can’t wait to have another squishy – he looks so, so cute! And I forgot all about the screaming baby in the car. But for me, it was different – I don’t drive, my husband does, and I can’t tell you how many times I would lean over the car seat to nurse my daughter. Not safe, yes, I know, but it was better than taking her out of her car seat while we were driving down the road, and if we were going anywhere longer than a few minutes, screaming newborn + over lactating mom = puddles in the bra haha. And so glad you were able to get nursing bras! My nursing tank tops were a lifesaver!! I loved them, and actually still wear them despite my daughter now being almost four! ha!

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62 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I still don’t know how this would work!? Go go Gadget Boob!?

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63 Claire September 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I’ve done this as well, once, late at night on a back road (no parking lots or driveways or even shoulders to pull over on to nurse the babe) and I just unbuckled my seat belt and leaned over the car seat (I was already in the back seat next to my baby). Not safe, at all, but it was a last resort after listening to my poor girl scream for 20 minutes! :(
When your baby has to eat, they have to eat, especially in the beginning when they are establishing your milk supply! I pulled over many a time to nurse while out driving with my newborn. It’s easy to be discreet in the backseat no matter where you pull over.

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64 Erin September 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

You will figure it out as soon as it ends up being necessary. I am not well endowed AT ALL and I remember nursing in the backseat while both baby and I stayed buckled in.

And get used to the cold food. I still eat mostly cold food and my kid is almost 3!

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65 Courtney @ I Am A Mess! September 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I have nursed in a parked car more times than I can count. Its so convenient and makes getting out of the house for long stretches possible. We had problems with the car, though, when he started to get distracted and needed to be nursed in a dark room for months…

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66 Melissa September 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

haha – I’m well endowed, plus I was almost always engorged from feeding to feeding, even with pumping, for about 4-6 months. I was just that much of an over producer. So if I didn’t want my shirt ruined – I’d leak every time I heard her cry – I had to do it if we were in the car lol.

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67 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

Love the title and so perfect for how things will be for right now. Everything looks delicious! I love that cary you have to wear him in. It looks so cozy.

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68 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina September 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

Woot Woot for getting proper support for the twins! ;)

Those screaming times in the car are the worst, but it will get better. Breastfeeding takes so much planning, and this early on you don’t really have a schedule or quite know his feeding habits yet.

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69 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Haha – at first I was like twins!? Then I got it.. :)

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70 Lauri September 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

I don’t think I could go without our mirror in the car, even when she is sleeping I like to be able to see her. It’s just comforting. I still don’t get what all the concern was about, our mirror attaches to the seat so there is no way it can fall off, and it isn’t actually a ‘mirror’ that can shatter… Brantley didn’t care for her swing at first either, but she has warmed up to it now. Are you planning to pump at all? If you plan to,you can start building a ‘freezer stash’ so you can take a bottle with you whenever you are out. I take a bottle w/ a reusable, travel bottle warmer anytime we are going to be away from home for more than an hour or so, just in case we are somewhere that would be inconvenient to breastfeed.

In my experience w/ Brantley, the fussing started around 2 weeks, everyday in the afternoons. The only thing(s) that would calm her down were stroller walks and being carried. She settled down around 8 weeks and she has been a pretty happy baby ever since (Fingers crossed it stays that way!!)

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71 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I do want to pump, but still not sure if insurance will cover the electric or if the hand-held will work…I’m not going to introduce a bottle just yet, so I’m still brainstorming!

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72 Lauri September 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Well, I guess it all depends on how often you plan to pump too… I have to pump twice a day 5 days a week bc of work, so I needed the double electric pump (NO WAY a handheld would be efficient/fast enough). But if you only plan to do it every now and then for back-up supply the hand held might be okay. I purchased a used pump from a friend (I know the lactation consultants advise against this, but they also aren’t spending their $300 bucks either! I did by ALL new tubing, shields, and any other parts that were replaceable.) So that might be an option if youplan to pump fairly often and if you know someone… I’ve never heard of insurance covering pumps unless there was a medical issue?? But I could be wrong!!

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73 Rachel September 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Beginning next year, health insurance providers will be required to cover breast pumps!

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74 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Mine already does – I just have to figure out where/how to order it

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75 BB September 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

I bought mine at a durable medical supply. (Where you buy wheel chairs, air casts & that sort of thing.) They were equipped to bill directly to insurance and I only had to walk in with my copay and out with the pump. Took about 15 minutes!

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76 Marie September 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

I got a “prescription” for one from my OB and took it to the medical supply store located in my hospital the day after my son was born (before I was discharged). They took care of it all and after 30 minutes and $39.00 (10% copay) I was on my way.

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77 Amanda Darby September 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

Did you notice if the bras fit true to size or ran small/large?

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78 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

They fit pretty true to size. I got my pre-pregnancy bra size and it fit perfectly

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79 Khushboo September 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

Is GH hiring any more taste testers? ;)

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80 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Actually yes :)

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81 Lauren September 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

If my child was that adorable, I wouldn’t want to ever put him down either. I can’t get over how much he looks like Matt right now. :)

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82 Elizabeth September 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

Kath, where did you find that great bra selection?

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83 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

At our hospital – it has a whole lactation shop!

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84 Julie September 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

Did you ever track down the recipe for the beans and green soup? It looks really good and I’d love to make it! Thanks!

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85 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

No, I will ask her next time I see her

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86 jenna k September 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm

yes, i agree! the broth looks so rich and amazing!

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87 AmberGale September 19, 2012 at 10:48 am

Kath – congratulations on Maze! I’ve been a reader for a couple of years now, and it was exciting to watch your pregnancy – it turned out that Maze held on long enough to be born on my daughter’s birthday! So while you were celebrating a new life, we were celebrating a whole first year of fun. It’s been awesome — I think you will love having the blog to look back on as a record, because my 3-month maternity leave is a bit of a blur to me now!

Great picks on the bras and tanks – I am still using my silk seamless as my daily bra a year later! And the bravado tanks are fantastic for around the house and are my go-to pajama tops.

Question – I searched the comments and posts, hoping that you posted a link to Lynsie’s beans and greens soup recipe, but couldn’t find it. Is it available somewhere? It looks fantastic.

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88 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

: )

I haven’t posted the recipe – I will ask her how to make it next time I see her

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89 Carrie September 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

Yay- so glad you got the bravado :) I have two bras and that same tank and am obsessed with them…

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90 Katie September 19, 2012 at 10:52 am

When my little guy was a few weeks old, my mom asked me if I ever put him down…I vividly remember thinking “No. Not often…is that bad?”. He’ll learn to like his swing (etc.) more the more time he spends in it. That’s where my guy sat/slept while we ate dinner. It’s also amazing how much better they start sleeping when you consistently lay them down (in the same place) to sleep…as opposed to holding them all the time. Also, to each his own, but we began using a paci from day 1 and it never affected breastfeeding. I nursed for 12 months. Those things can be a God send when you’re stuck in the car or in a place that you’re unable to nurse! Congrats!!!you seem to be doing great!

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91 beth September 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

You could try eating dinner out of a bowl. Cut up the pasta and chicken (or whatever), and then you can hold the bowl higher and sort of above him. Not the fanciest way to eat, but the days of him snuggling on your chest are so short, might as well treasure them and work around them!

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92 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear September 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

the big pants on him crack me up!

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93 Stef September 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

Autumn spice granola sounds fantastic!!

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94 Shannon @ My Place In The Race September 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

He’s so stinking cute! :D

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95 Cait @ Cait Strides September 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

I literally laughed aloud at “McScreamy”. That’s the greatest nickname for a baby I’ve heard in awhile!

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96 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

Mazen is so cute and snuggly in that wrap! Like a little baby burrito. All of your food looks amazing! It’s great that you’re finding time to get actual meals in. I’m sure it’s difficult, but so worth it.

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97 Rachel September 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

aww too cute! It’s like a little kangaroo sack :)

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98 katty September 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

I love that Maze has forced to to blog once a day! Now we have all the goodies in one post! I don’t know about other people, but I really enjoy seeing all your meals of the day in one post, plus a bit of life and some bits of Maze! It feels like a wholesome life now. (and I love Maze the Raisin). Makes me think back to when my now 15 y-o was that little!

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99 Annette @FitnessPerks September 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

Awwww what a fun groove you all have! Yay for good bras :)

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100 Megan September 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

My husband and I have five kids and by the time we got to #5 I had definitely mastered the art of eating while baby-wearing!! I always just pulled out a burp cloth (or a dish towel if at home) and laid it across the top of the baby. They were even absorbent enough to eat soup or chili safely (as long as it wasn’t scalding! I’d never risk that!). After the meal, just fold it up dirty-side-in and put it back in the diaper bag or the laundry basket. You’ll find a way!!

Congratulations, and good luck!!

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101 Ashley September 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

Just eat on top of them and make sure your food isn’t too hot, babies, clothes, and carriers wash! I wouldn’t ever eat if I didn’t eat while nursing/baby wearing/holding the sleeping baby! :) I also agree with the others who’ve pulled over somewhere to nurse in the car, it’s far better than hearing the screaming in the back seat. :)

you’ve got such a cute baby! Any chance for a post in the next few weeks on how things have changed since you planned them initially, or not gone the way you thought? For myself, our nursery changed completely within a few days and our sleeping situation is nothing like we planned, but it works for now. Would love to hear yours!

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102 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Sure I can try to do a BERF post on that. Things have pretty much gone as planned nursery, sleeping and things-wise :)

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103 Elisabeth September 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

The new granola sounds delicious! Can’t wait ’til it’s on the website :)

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104 mary @ minutespermile September 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

maze looks like eminem in his pants! hahaha. glad you two are living the life together

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105 Diane September 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I remember the torture of hearing your newborn scream in the back and there is nothing you can do and you can’t even see them because they are facing backwards. At some point they get used to the car or your just get used to them screaming. Bravado bras are seriously the best – I tried so many other brands and they didn’t compare. Also looks normal under a t-shirt, even with nursing pads in there.

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106 Rachel September 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Just died laughing at McScreamy. Funniest thing ever :)

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107 Kim Weigand September 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Little Mazen is just precious!! Relax and enjoy every minute, they grow up way too fast.

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108 Marie September 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Britax makes a back seat mirror that has been crash tested and safe. I know you said you didn’t want one due to safety, but you should check that one out and see if it meets your needs.

You are so lucky to have friends bring you meals! We moved right after my son was born (like 1 week after- that was FUN!!!) so I didn’t have anyone to bring us meals and it was just an insane time period in our lives. So glad to be done with that and hoping to have a more peaceful time next time around.

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109 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Oh that’s good to know it’s been tested! I’ll check it out

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110 Richard September 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Yes, had our baby crying in the car when we got stopped by the police (some sort of survey), and he kept crying and crying and the policemen didn’t pay a blind bit of notice or let us go quicker!

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111 eliz@thesweetlife September 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Congrats, KERF family! My baby girl was born 9/6 and I’m loving reading your stories and comparing to our own. Welcome to the world, Maze!

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112 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Congrats to you too!

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113 DiYes September 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

First of all, Mazen is adorable! I’ve been reading for a while and just wanted to congratulate you on the little guy’s arrival.

One of my favorite things to cook is dinner for a new baby’s family. Yes, it tastes better, because of the love and care put into it. Wish I lived in C’ville, and that we were friends so that I could make you a home-cooked meal!

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114 Beverly Aragon September 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Awwww, I just love him nestled in the wrap! He looks so cute & cozy.

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115 Nicole September 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

All three of my boys HATED the car! And you’re right–having them scream while you drive is surely a torturous task. One thing I found worked for my newborns (and it goes right along with Happiest Baby) is to find a radio station with static and turn it up loud enough to meet their crying. Didn’t always help but often did the trick. I also did a lot of pulling over and nursing in various parking lots if we were more than a few miles from home :)

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116 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way September 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I am all over that autumn granola!

I’ve been meaning to ask you, I know FOREVER ago you didn’t ship to Canada but has that changed? I constantly look at your store, wishing and hoping ;)

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117 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Sadly, no :(

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118 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way September 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Shucks! Well maybe someday! :)

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119 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Eating while baby-wearing is definitely an acquired skill and I always felt like I was going to drip…lol

You are going to LOVE the Bravados. Lived in them for over 2 years and loved them. They just worked for me better than the Medelas or any other brand but whatever you end up loving, once you find The Right Fit, it’s just…heaven :)

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120 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I like oversized sweatpants too, Maze. ;) Too cute. And yay for friends who cook you meals. Seriously jealous! Everything looks delicious.

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121 Marci September 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

the car is so bad when baby is screaming. worse in traffic or stuck at a train! try rocking your car by tapping the brakes. i get very flustered when the baby is screaming or unhappy out in public and still do.

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122 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Your top for holding Maze is incredible, never seen anything like it!!! Lots of yummy eats, you have some amazing friends!!!

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123 Christine (The Raw Project) September 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Breakfast looks wonderful and adorable pics, impressive you can even eat at all while wearing him! I would spill for sure! :-)

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124 Amelia September 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I can’t tell you how many times I dropped blobs of hummus on Lucy’s newborn noggin …and she had a full head of hair ;)

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125 Karan September 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Hi Kath,
I really enjoy your blog. Congrats on being a new Mom. Just a point on being out walking/at shops etc. and having to stop for feeds. It may be a little early for you to feel comfortable with feeding to do this but I just fed my bubs in the sling as I walked around. They are hidden by the sling so nobody even really knows you are feeding. They are happy and then you can continue with what you are doing. I know its sometimes tricky with your first bub to get attachment etc. but the bigger he gets the easier it is. Maybe have a practice at home, when you feel comfortable try it when you are out.
:) Kaz

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126 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I would love to figure out how to do this – hoping when the latching and leaking gets easier it will work better!?

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127 Lorraine September 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Congratulations on Maze! I’ve been following your blog for awhile, along with the pregnancy. He is beautiful!

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128 Jenica September 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I bet he gets more accustomed to the swing as he gets a little older–he’s still probably generally pretty freaked out not being close to you or Matt at all times, so that probably plays into his indifference toward the swing.

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129 Jin September 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

He’s a precious one. congratulations!

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130 Seth Waite September 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Incredibly appetizing images and great recipe/directions. I have loved going through your posts and seeing all of the things you have made and talked about. The comments on your posts area also very engaging. Love this blog!

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131 Danielle September 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

When I looked at the pic of you eating with Mazen strapped to you I had a thought. How about some sort of adult sized bib? It would just lightly lay over the opening to catch little drips if they happen and you can occasionally peak under to check on how the nap is going.

Also, when my nephew was an infant my husband called him “Mr. McScreamy-Pants”.

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132 Kim September 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Hi Kath! Just looking at your swing and remembering how we had the same one for my daughter (she’s 3 now) and how she loved it (although not right away). She ended up sleeping in it until she was 3 months old. I was afraid she was going to grow up to be a hunchback, but it was the only place she would sleep without one of us holding her. Such good memories- enjoy every minute!

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133 Robin September 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

This is one of your most wonderful posts. It has real joy and some fun, hilarious lines. How beautiful. Your son is truly adorable. I happen to think that advice and books are great for parents, but you can also just trust your instincts. You’re doing great and exude happiness. I really look forward to your posts.

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134 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Autumn spice granola? Yes please! I’m sure it won’t be long before Maze is ready for those pants. His bee blanket is so so cute! As for “alllll byyyy myyyyselffff”, I immediately had memories of the opening bit of Bridget Jones’ Diary… SUCH a great film!!

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135 Alissa September 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Mmmm the Autumn Spice granola sounds delicious. I love fall inspired foods.

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136 Tiffany @ She Loves Yoga September 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Loving how presh Maze is! You’re giving me some great ideas for easy meals that I can bring to my new mommy friend. Yumm…

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137 j3nn September 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I can tell that you guys are getting into a more relaxed routine. That’s the vibe I get from your posts! :) maybe you can wear the public nursing cover-up while you eat, like a giant bib?

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138 Amy September 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Oh my goodness!!! My “baby” is 32 years old, but still – all this nursing talk is bringing back all the nursing feelings to my body! I may have to stop reading if I start leaking. I SO SO wish I could have had all the information and encouragement this blog provides when my babies were born. (no computers then)

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139 Katie September 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Hi Kath,

I saw this picture online, and thought you might think it was cool!

http://i.imgur.com/9MJA0.jpg

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140 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Aw that is cool!

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141 Emily @ Life on Food September 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Autumn spice granola! Yes, please!

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142 Cait September 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm

i look forward to the spice granola!

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143 Micky September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

LOL @ McScreamy! :) Is there any way you can get that bean and greens soup recipe and post it? It looks delicious!

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144 KathEats September 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I would like to make it again… I will try

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145 Pam September 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

You look so cute with Mazen strapped to you at the dinner table, but I can see how difficult it would be to lean over and eat.
Homemade food from friends or family always tastes so good! You’ve got some great friends :)

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146 Ellie@Fit for the Soul September 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

hahahah he looks so cuuuuute with those pants! Too funny. :) And I don’t blame you for having him strapped when you’re eating in fear that he’ll wake up Kath!

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147 J September 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Kath,
I never leave comments, but I’m reading your post while nursing my three month old to sleep for the night, and wanted to say keep up the good work. Being a mom is scarey at first, but then it becomes second nature. Also,you can read all the books in the world, but ultimately trust your mother instincts over anything else.

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148 maria September 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm

It takes some getting used to, but I eat with my baby while wearing the Moby. It’s usually something like breakfast or lunch. At dinner time, I put her in her vibrating chair and she usually snoozes while we enjoy dinner. Also, the crying baby in the car: this happened to me for the first time yesterday. We spent some time at the mall and she slept like an angel the entire time. As soon as I got her into the car she started crying! I felt so bad because I couldn’t pull over on the side of the freeway to give her what she needed, so I started talking loudly over her cries just telling that “when we get home I’m going to feed you and change you, etc” I also started singing crazy made up songs and she stopped crying shortly after. I think it was just hearing my voice that soothed her.

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149 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 20, 2012 at 5:19 am

The new granolas sound delicious! So nice that your friends are still helping with meals!

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150 Jen September 20, 2012 at 6:18 am

He looks like you in the first pic! But then Matt in the second! Cute patooty :)

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151 NJMOM September 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

Both my boys did not like the swing. I had a matt that had Sesame Street characters hanging
from the top. That they loved. Kept them very content so, I could shower and eat with no problem.

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152 Cait's Plate September 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

Ahahaha – Mazen in those pants really cracked me up. He looks swallowed up by them! :)

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153 Brett September 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

Maze is the cutest. The sweatpants? I died.

I have dropped so much food on Simon when he’s in his Moby. I would love to put him down while I eat but he won’t have it!

Isn’t it funny how much advice people want to give you on every single one of your posts? I’m sure it gets annoying.

You’re doing an AWESOME job, Mama. It sounds like you’re following your instincts, which–in my opinion–is much better than following someone else’s advice!

hugs,

brett

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154 KathEats September 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

:) we should walk soon!

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155 Alexa October 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Are you finding the bravado tank useful? Do you wear it under clothes for going out and it’s good to just wear itself around the house? I’m trying to see if it’s worth it, or whether to just do the bra.

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156 KathEats October 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

i wear it under things in lieu off a bra. Like it alot for certain situations.

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