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October 3, 2012

Mondays are always a little hard to face after having Matt at home all day on Sunday. We miss him! Knowing I’d be on my own, I prepped as much of breakfast in advance as I could – overnight oats plus programmed coffee meant no dishes to do (well, I did have to wash the coffee pot!) and no cooking.

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In the jar – 1/3 cup oats, milk and yogurt, 1 small banana, 1 tbsp chia seeds, pinch salt and sunflower butter residue (not too much – this jar was well scraped!). I added about 1/3 cup Autumn Spice Granola this morning.

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It was one of our coldest mornings yet! I am so not looking forward to freezing winter mornings, but I am loving these chilly fall ones : )

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I’m learning how to make the most of naptime these days, and had everything ready to go to leave the house on a walk as soon as Maze was done with Second Breakfast (a little hobbit, he is!) I strapped him into the Boba carrier and called my mom on my phone. We walked for 50 minutes – quite the accomplishment!

Baby clothes love!

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I had a few sweet potatoes in my pantry that needed to be cooked and put them in the oven before we started First Lunch feeding. By the time we were done an hour later, so were the taters (precious..) I just rubbed them in olive oil and salt and baked for an hour at 400*. We have 2 extra for dinner later this week!

Topped with pecans and buttah!

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Salad on the side – hard-boiled egg, spinach, bleu cheese, pecans, avocado, olive oil, honey and salt. Loved all of these delicious toppings together.

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And an apple – topped with THIS! I got a text on Sunday morning that there was nut butter waiting on my doorstep. What fun way to start the day! This might be my favorite Nutty Butter flavor to date! The texture is like cookie dough : )

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I had the baby in his carrier and Country Living to read for lunch. So exciting to see Quinn Popcorn featured! I sell these delicious natural popcorns through my OpenSky store [although it’s been popular so bummer it’s sold out right now…I think Whole Foods carries it too]. My favorite is the lemon!

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The only way I can get Mazen to nap is in my arms or in a carrier. Bouncing on the exercise ball with this playing is mandatory most of the time too. I am working to see if he will sleep other places. He slept for 20 minutes in his crib today after I rocked him to sleep for 20 minutes, but I would not really call that a success. He misses me too much to stay there any longer :  )

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Our afternoon was filled with nursing, shushing and some computer work during naps. But late in the afternoon we did manage a trip to Babies R Us that went pretty well. LOVE the Chicco Caddy – so convenient!!! And the purpose of our trip…..I bought the Medela Pump In Style. We gave M his first bottle the other night after I used my manual pump and he gulped it down in about 10 minutes. The thought that it took me over an hour to pump that by hand and it was gone so fast made me realize how much this was a need not a want, so off I went with a 20% off coupon in hand. [I sort of knew this purchase was coming, I was just avoiding it until I deemed it necessary.] I’d like to give him 1 bottle a day so I can get more sleep, so that means pumpking pumping once a day and an hour is a lot of time to take!

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Later on, dinner was a glorious mushroom pizza packed with North Cove shitakes!

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Also topped with our homemade tomato sauce and fontina cheese

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And served with a baby kale salad topped with peanuts and Woodstock dressing

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Hope you are all having a good week so far!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat October 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

I’ve been oven roasting whole sweet taters lately and smothering them in almond butter! Love the texture.

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2 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

Mmm I need to add some of that!

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3 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

Ohh my, I’m in LOVE with that onesie! Where is it from?

Your lunch looks delicious too – so fall themed!

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4 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

Old Navy! They have tons of cute ones – all on sale.

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5 Johanna B October 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

I’m so glad you shared this information. I have a new grandson due the week of Thanksgiving and he must have one.

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6 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife October 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

I know you’ve heard it a million times, but one more time can’t hurt…your baby boy is SO CUTE! And your food looks amazing as always. So inspired by your ability to stay healthy in the face of new mommy craziness. :)

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7 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

: ) Moms never get tired of that

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8 Elizabeth October 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

This book changed my life as a mom and has set a wonderful precedent of sleep that has lasted for YEARS. I give this book to all my new mom friends. It will change your life for the better too & give you time for exercise, work & adult time. I PROMISE. I found it when browsing at the bookstore one day feeling frustrated with how hard it was to get my son to sleep and followed the program and in less than 2 weeks I had a totally different life!

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9 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

I’ll check it out!

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10 Elizabeth October 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

Good Night, Sleep Tight
by Kim West LCSW-C, The Sleep Lady

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11 Jeri October 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

Yummy!!! Whole Foods will be opening soon out here in Va Beach. Drove past it yesterday. Poor Kroger. It’s been real, but… LOL

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12 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

Note to self…get sweet taters. :-)

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13 Jessie October 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

Loving all the LOTR references, lol. What a little hobbit he is! Also love the baby kale salad — I’ve been getting my kale fix by blending baby kale into my smoothies in the morning. So good :) Have a fab rest of your day!

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14 Lindsay October 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

Where is that blanket from? I love it!

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15 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

The leaves? It’s a set of twin sheets from Target

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16 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

I cannot wait to try the caramel apple! I’m begging Sarah for a mocha salted caramel flavor. :)

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17 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

salted caramel would be awesome!

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18 Sarah October 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

Ha ha, taters precious…love your sneaky LOTR references :) Maze in the video monitor looks so pensive!

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19 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles October 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

I fell in love with the Country Living Magazine this summer at a rented cottage…they had a pile of them that I dove through. I also used the Medula Pump with my second child…except I got the dual pump to fool my body into thinking I had twins as my son was a weak feeder…he was not gaining weight well (but was ever so happy) and the doctor thought he wasn’t getting enough of the hind milk…he wanted me to start formula but I had to remind him of my first son with the multiple food allergies and how determined I was to breast feed only with my second son. (he did eventually, in grade 2, be diagnosed with a peanut/tree nut allergy…he had a reaction to a cake from a bakery)I pumped and froze my milk to use later in his cereals. My son would not take to the bottle at all!

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20 the 3volution of j3nn October 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

That pizza looks glorious!

Good for you semi-automating feedings. Momma needs some rest, too. :)

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21 jessica October 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

May want to double check with your insurance company re: the pump. The cost of mine was covered. All I needed was a prescription from the doctor. She happily wrote one for me after a phone call.

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22 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

I did call and it was unfortunately not that easy. Just wrote another comment about their response.

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23 Jen October 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

My insurance wouldn’t cover a pump unless it was an extreme medical necessity, like inverted nipples or something similar. However, thanks to health care reform they have to be covered beginning January 2013.

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24 Katie D. October 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

My insurance (Priority HMO) doesn’t cover a pump either….yet…..
However my work offers a deluxe Blue Cross/Blue Shield and that plan covers it. But with a $200+ price difference per month, it is cheaper to pay out of pocket for the pump!

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25 Bobbie October 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

My daughter is 5 months. Since she was 2 months when I started giving her a pumped bottle before bed. Then before I go to bed I pump a bottle for the next night. It works really well for us and for whatever reason the pumoed bottle before bed helps her to sleep longer stretches.

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26 Alys October 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I agree! When I was training to be a midwife one of the old school midwives used to tell us to advise new mothers to express after each feed from week 3 (or when nipple soreness had diminished) and to use this EBM to supplement feed at the before bed and first wake feeds. The theory is that the expressing immediately after a feed captured hindmilk and that by supplementing just prior to sleep encouraged longer stretches. This was considered a crackpot approach when I did my training (in the late 1990s) but the midwife who taught us was the only person I’d ever seen deliver a footling breech without any intervention so I trusted her judgement and would pass on the advice to anyone struggling with sleep. When I became a mother, this tip saved me. The expressing kept my supply strong (even through the 12 week slump) and the EBM supplementation truly helped with give us longer sleep stretches. I continued the supplement feeds until 1 with my four but I don’t think that that is a must. Good luck! Sleep is so precious.

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27 Lisa Langenfeld October 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

I’m in love with sweet taters and butternut squash lately – Can’t seem to get enough! The pizza looks amazing – I think I need to make some tonight LOL! Have a great day :)

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28 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

He is too cute in his little baby clothes!! And how nice of her to drop by some nut butter, I need to find a friend like that!

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29 Alison October 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

Oh Boo. Did that mean that the insurance for the pump didn’t work out? Regardless, it will be worth it, my pump has more than paid for itself… Hope it goes smoothly!

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30 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

Yeah they gave me the only 3 websites I could buy it from and 2 didn’t even sell pumps and the one that did didn’t have the pump in style (they all looked very medical). Too bad our hospital’s lactation store couldn’t accept insurance… That would have been so convenient. I might still try to submit a claim.

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31 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

that pizza looks divine! love the mushrooms and gooey cheeeeeese :)

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32 Carrie October 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

My little one who is six weeks is not napping on his back yet (like two of my three other ones -i.e. in the crib or bassinet) We are having luck in the bouncy seat or swing and of course in our arms or in a sling ;) . I remember it clicking for the others around 12 weeks and we just did what we had to for survival until then. I think we are hitting the six week growth spurt b/c we’ve had major regression at night and crazy nursing sessions.

Hang in there – you are not alone!!!

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33 Cher @ Weddicted October 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

That pizza looks great! I can’t stand mushrooms, except on pizza. No idea why. Perhaps the texture? They aren’t “slimy” on pizza.
Also just checked out the website for the nutty butter – wow!! I must get my hands on that caramel flavour! Thanks for sharing!

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34 Allie October 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

Just a bit of advice from a mom who has breastfed two kids. Since it is so early in your breastfeeding, I wouldn’t try to skip a feeding yet just to get more sleep (I mean, skip nursing or pumping for 8 hours just to get more sleep). It is important to keep up consistency right now to keep up your supply. If you go a long stretch without nursing or pumping, it sends a message to your body that it can slow down production. You could pump after a feeding to have a bottle handy when you might need it, but I wouldn’t just plain old skip a feeding right nowl. Jut my two cents. Supply and demand is the name of the game with breastfeeding,

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35 Claire October 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

I agree completely! Right now is an incredibly important time for breastfeeding – your body is learning what your baby needs and is establishing supply accordingly. I know the nighttime wake-ups are rough, but you don’t want to risk your milk supply at this point – if you start skipping feeds at this point, your milk supply may never fully recover – this happened to my sister :( . If you can wait until 12 weeks when your supply is better established, then you may skip a feeding every once and a while to sleep and your milk should be okay.

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36 ES October 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I agree. I wouldn’t pump/replace a feeding until your supply is well established around 6 weeks. Not too much longer, you can make it!

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37 Lindsey October 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

You may want to pace the bottle feedimgs a little bit, so they take closer to 20 minutes which is how long it take to cue the brain that it is full. Here is some good info about bottle feeding a breastfed baby http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/

I have to say after having no choice but to pump when at work, I am not a fan. It just is so much easier to lift up my shirt ;) but it us nice that I can leave the baby when I have to/

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38 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

Thanks for the link!

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39 Keri October 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

The electric pump–my most used baby item–it made it through feeding two babies!!! I also wanted to say that I love your meal ideas. I googled your blog name for the link the other day and ended up on some crazy site bashing your “recipes”. I love your “plate recipes”–simple, wholesome. I come here for ideas often–some of these meals never crossed my mind (I discovered I LOVE oatmeal–that is a miracle!). I love how you work with what you have and keep things simple. As we try to eat more “real food” at our house, you make the jump more manageable. Thank you!!! Keep the pictures coming:)

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40 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

: ) thanks for reading !

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41 Verenique B October 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

excited for all your amazing variations on overnight oats! cant wait to experiment! now is 1/3cup granola on top a good amount?
also, for the yogurt can you use vanilla greek yogurt or does it need to be plain??
or mabye i am asking to many questions and just need to experiment myself lol:)

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42 Carla C October 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

Hi Kath – You may have already thought of/investigated this, but you should check with your insurance company if you can get reimbursed for your breast pump. (I used to work at a medical supply company, and so many people didn’t know their insurance covered or partially covered it, so it’s worthwhile checking out, if you haven’t!)

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43 katrina October 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

Not sure if you’ve tried getting him to nap in the swing or bouncy seat? Set them on the lowest rocking motion and give it a tray… it can be a lifesaver in the early days… but it’s a habbit you want to break by 5/6 months… good luck.

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44 jen October 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

I planned on staying at home after baby was born so I didn’t get a pump either. Put if off forever and hated it when I finally got it – BUT, came in so handy. When I became desperate for a little longer sleep stretches, I started pumping every night before bed and she’d get a bottle with dad once every other night or so so I could sleep a bit more. Sheer heaven, and well worth the pumping!

I got the Pump in Style too and it’s been super.

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45 Coco October 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

Wooo! M really doesn’t like napping, does he? So how many naps does he take during the day? Was e like this since he was born?

I can’t imagining manual pumping. I have the medela freestyle, tried it once for 20 Kim on one breast, got only 1 oz. how much did you get? I know M is 3 weeks older than mine and probably eats a lot more, therefore you have more too.

Did he get nipple confusion after having the bottle? I’m afraid to introduce too soon.

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46 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

I have no idea how many naps – maybe 4-5? But most are pretty short – less than an hour. I’ve been getting about 1 ounce per side per pump, but I hear that should increase with time. No nipple confusion yet – we have the Breast Flow bottles and the nipple is really big and wide. Like ‘em

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47 Coco October 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

Oh… Then it makes sense that he can do so much activities with you. Mine sleeps 1-3 hrs during the day, and shorter naps 20-40 min after 5 or 6 pm until she sleeps again long stretches, that’s 10pm-12 am.

Let us know how the new pump helps you to pump. :)

I’m so glad that we have babies at similar age! :) so much to share!

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48 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

New pump is great!

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49 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

Sweet Potato with Nut Butter….I want one now! Loving Pecans at the moment, favourite nut most definitely! Love the monitor! Is it on your phone? An app? So far behind clearly!

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50 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

Nope it’s a Motorola one

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51 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

Hand pumps are great to have in a pinch, but nothing beats the electric pump to get the job done fast!

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52 Amanda October 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

Mazen is such a cutie pie! His little smiles! And I just love how all your meals have some green with them. Reminds me that I need a little more green too!

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53 Mandie October 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

I thought the BRUS coupons excluded breast pumps! They wouldn’t let me use them when i tried.

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54 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

Mine was a receipt coupon from a previous purchase… Maybe they’re different?

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55 Tara October 4, 2012 at 6:48 am

Mandie, I was thinking the same thing… The 20% off coupons I get when making purchases (the ones that fold up) say that pumps aren’t eligible. I think the completion coupon will work for pumps but it’s only 15%.

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56 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

It’s amazing how long it takes to pump and how FAST it goes. Like 10 to 1 sometimes! Hope the new P.I.S. will speed things up for you. Hand pumps – omg…Not easy!

The pizza and the potatoes look perfect and freezing cold winter mornings…I loathe em!

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57 ds October 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

Kath, I was thinking about making those date balls, but can I sub something like almonds, walnuts, or cashews for the pumpkin seeds? Once I get an orange from the store I should have all of the ingredients. Thanks!

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58 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

Yep I think I used sunflower seeds. I’m sure any nut would work.

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59 natalie @ will jog for food October 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

The pizza looks amazing!!! After reading all these good things about the Chicco Key Fit, looks like that’s what I’ll be adding to my baby list :)

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60 Laura October 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

Maybe you can try swaddling him and putting him in the swing? This has worked really well for our baby–early on, we put the swing on low, maybe level two, and as she’s gotten bigger we’ve increased it. She naps 2-3 hours 2x/day in it.

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61 Hilary October 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

Just my experience…it takes awhile to get used to the manual pump. I’m sure the electric is faster regardless, but if you don’t really need to pump very much, you can do it with the manual, it just might take awhile for your body to get used to it. Plus, depending on the time of day it is, what you can pump will be different. If you are ok with the expense, I guess go for it. But if you really want to save the money for just getting one bottle a day or so, maybe try the manual for a week or two and see how it goes. Just like anything, it takes time to figure it out and how to get the most milk. Another tip – pump while nursing on the other side. The letdown will happen in both breasts and you will get lots of milk much faster.

I pump several times a day so I can donate breast milk to my sister in law to supplement her baby with, plus nurse my own 4 month old. I am ok pumping multiple times a day to get 1-3 oz per pump. For $20 it gets the job done!

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62 Lauren October 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

Love Quinn Popcorn. Just met them at the Natural Products Show a few weeks ago. I think they won best product which was pretty cool to see.

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63 Allison October 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

I’m sure you’ve already researched this and maybe talked to a lactation consultant about it, but he is so young do try and watch out for sign of nipple confusion when you start giving him a bottle. This happened with my first when we introduced a bottle a day at 6 weeks. It caused a rough patch in the actual breastfeeding which took a couple of weeks to get over. Apparently the two sucks are completely different (and milk from a bottle comes out easier making their suck “lazy”).

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64 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen October 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

Any time I get multiple e-mails in a row from names I don’t recognize requesting Nutty Butter, I think, “Did Kath blog about me today?”

Sure enough. :)

Glad you love it! I’m working on a marshmallow one for you….

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65 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

O M G… My favorite flavor! ( PS the next time you have one, can I buy a jar of the birthday cake?! I have yet to taste that 1 but I bet I love it!)

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66 Laura October 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

I am amazed at how often you get out with Maze (beyond the walks)! I am not a mom yet, but I imagine that running any errand this early on is a huge accomplishment and you should feel really proud of how often you two get out and get things done together. I would bet that it is making Maze easy-going and keeping you from going too stir-crazy. :)

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67 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

It is quite the challenge : )

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68 Rachel October 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

Such a cutie! lol Looks like you’re having a good handle on things when it comes to food/baby :)

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69 Jessica October 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

You always have the cutest placemats and napkins!! Do you get them anywhere in particular?

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70 Allison W. October 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

My mom got the Quinn popcorn in the Parmesan and Rosemary flavor, she said it was gross. I told her to get lemon!

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71 Annette @FitnessPerks October 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

Your lunch/dinners both look awesome! YUMM! I love pizza. So much.

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72 Melissa October 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

It’s obviously too late now, but in case anyone else is looking for a place to buy a Medela pump, I purchased 2 here – one for first baby and another for baby #2 (they are only meant to last about a year w/ most everyday full time use, e.g. working and pumping). Anyways, they have the BEST pricing on pumps hands down so hopefully someone else can save some money as well. They don’t list their pricing (you have to email them) but I got my medela freestyle one for $254 which is well below what anyone else would sell for. http://www.lactationcare.com/index.cfm?event=ProdDisplay&SubCategoryID=28

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73 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever.com October 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

Your gonna love the pump and getting a freezer stash going so that Daddy can do bottles and soon you guys can enjoy an evening out. What worked best for me is take an old cotton bra and snip holes in the nipple area to put the pump cups thru and then put on the bra and you have hands free pumping. I would do the first morning feeding when I was big and full, then put baby down in the bouncy chair next to me and pump the rest out. Worked great! Your supply will know to catch up and keep things moving. Plus you are going to want to pump out any skipped feeding when he is on the bottle.

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74 jacqui October 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Love the pump in style it was a like saver for me. They make bras that you can work and pump as well, those are the best!

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75 Carly @ Snack Therapy October 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Mmm… I love all of the fun nut butter combos that people come up with! I’m too cheap to buy anything other than plain peanut butter or almond butter : ). Mazen looks so happy and curious in the picture of him in the yellow + gray onsie! Adorable!

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76 kim@hungryhealthygirl October 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I had a medula pump with my daughter that I used after going back to work. Although pretty pricey, it was totally worth it. The caramel apple butter sounds amazing!

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77 Emily Malone October 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Haha I told you the hand pump wasn’t gonna cut it. :) Glad you got something faster! He is too cute.

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78 Grace @ Grace Dishes October 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I think Maze looks bigger! Babies grow so fast! I remember when my brother was born how wrinkly he was in the beginning but by the end of the first month, he was so much plumper and wrinkle-free :)

Food looks delicious!

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79 Jen October 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I was never a great pumper, but I got the most when pumping right after the first morning feed (which I’ve heard is really common) and while pumping on one side and feeding on the other (I usually did this in the early evening…first feed after work). My ped suggested we do one bottle a day starting at two weeks (but my baby was going to daycare, so I knew she needed to be able to take a bottle.) Sometimes if you wait too long they become too attached to the breast and will refuse a bottle. Even if you don’t want to give a bottle yet (as someone above suggested) I think it’s good to start pumping now to get a freezer stash going. You never know when you’ll want to go away overnight or develop mastitis and have to pump and dump for three days (I don’t recommend that last one if you can help it. :) )

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80 Allie October 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

You shouldn’t have to pump and dump if you have mastitis. I have had it a total of five times with two kiddos and never had to dump. ????? Doctor always gave me an antibiotic that was safe for the baby too and the infection doesn’t get passed to the baby.

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81 Jenica October 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Your lunch is such a beautiful mishmash of colors; always a sure sign of healthiness. Mazen looks so adorable!

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82 Mom October 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

He’s so cute on the monitor!

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83 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I love Mazen’s little outfit and how it matches the crib bedding! So cute :) That caramel apple nut butter sounds fantastic! Yum!

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84 Life's a Bowl October 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Looks like life is treating you veryyy well :) A beautiful VA fall, tasty eats, and an absolutely adorable baby!

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85 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Your lunch looks like a lot of my dinners. I always say, if there’s a sweet potato, eggs and spinach in the fridge, you have yourself a meal! Those are my favorite staples.

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86 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way October 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I love love love your mug! Is it a Great Harvest mug? How can I get my hands on one???

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87 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

It is, and we sell them in the bakery. I’m sure Matt would consider selling/shipping you one if you called the store? I’m not sure what the shipping would be. They are hand made in Richmond for us!

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88 Chrissy October 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

You should try hand expression! I found it much more effective and comfortable than pumping. I think my body responded to a natural touch better than plastic. Very little cleanup (once you get the hang of it).

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89 Abby October 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Your posts make me smile since I have a five week old little girl. Our days look very similar except I have a 19 month old little girl as well! We are enjoying fall walks as well. Last night I had 1 in the ergo carrier on front of me, the other one in a wagon I was pulling, and our chocolate lab on the leash. A passerby smiled and said it looked like a parade!

Sorry about not having your pump covered by insurance. We had a lengthy discussion about it in prenatal yoga a couple months back. A woman passed her insurance written policy about this exact thing along with the policy from the health.gov website and it was the EXACT same wording except one line and it was about breastfeeding pumps. The health.gov said the affordable care act would cover bp’s and this woman’s company said only if deemed medically necessary. Hmmmm??

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90 barefootgirl27 October 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

love the outfit:) he’s such a sweetie!

I sampled the Quinn popcorn and my Whole foods last month and fell in love.. that stuff is ridiculously awesome!!!

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91 colleen October 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I friend just posted this to me…Downton Abbey season 3 !
http://utahsweetsavings.com/2012/09/dowton-abby-season-3-watch-it-now/

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92 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Hope that pumping works out great for you! I’m trying to build up stock and my Medila works great– even though I’m not the biggest fan of pumping… It’s such a calculated equation to build a supply!!!

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93 Christine (The Raw Project) October 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Adorable pics and wonderful eats, the salad looks divine!

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94 Emma October 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Loved your Hobbit references! Our cat always wakes us early up crying for breakfast, so we started giving her a bedtime snack – which we call “second dinners”!

I wanted to say thanks again for your kind words a couple of weeks ago (you probably don’t even remember, but I appreciated it!). I had my laparascopic gall bladder surgery a week and a half ago, and while there was a lot of discomfort the first week, I’m back at work and feeling much better. I can’t wait to have pizza again, now that my appetite is nearly back to normal! (I’m easing back into the cheesier/fattier foods gradually.) The best part, of course – no more gall bladder attacks without a gall bladder to attack me!

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95 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Glad you’re feeling better : )

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96 Christina October 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Is the Woodstock Dressing the same as the cheese dressing you like? If not, what is the brand/name of the cheese dressing you’ve mentioned on your blog? I can’t find the Woodstock dressing yet but I’ll keep looking. It’s sold out on the Annie’s website so maybe our stores are sold out, too. Thanks

Maze is so precious! And your food looks fabulous as always!
– Tina

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97 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I believe so…. It is cheesy

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98 Cristin October 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I’ve gotten Woodstock from Harris Teeter, if there’s one around you. :)

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99 Katie Baron October 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Kath,

LOVE your site, but have never commented. Today I felt compelled. Life gets SO much easier as a breastfeeding mom if you bring Mazen in to bed with you. I did it when my first was 6 months old. I kicked myself for not doing it sooner. You and Maze will get so much more sleep. People will tell you that “they will never leave your bed.” Both of my kids did. And now, at 13 and 17, I never, ever see them. I cherish those moments in our family bed.

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100 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

He sleeps 12 inches from me in his rock and play :)

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101 Katie Baron October 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

The nice thing about the family bed is that there is absolutely no transporting the baby once you are done nursing. He is laying down and you are rolled over on your side. You sneak away, by either rolling over and going to sleep or getting up and going about your day. My kids napped for hours and through toddlerhood this way. Nursing in a chair and putting him in a crib or side car crib (like you have) is a whole different ballgame. Of course that could have just been my experience.

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102 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I love the concept, but it just makes me a little uncomfortable. Maybe I will feel differently when he’s a little older and can throw off covers or roll over himself

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103 kate October 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I don’t want this to seem rude, it is only my opinion — when my husband was getting up at 6 to go to work, so I could stay home with our son (I know you do work at home), I didn’t think it was fair to ask him to get up and give the baby a bottle. I had the opportunity to nap and he did not.

Side note, if Matt is giving him a bottle of pumped milk, in these early weeks you will need to still get up and pump in the middle of the night to keep your supply up.

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104 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Matt slept until 10 today : ) We are balancing it all out.

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105 jen October 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

Just wanted to share another perspective on this, as I struggled with this some early on as I only work 2 days a week. Maybe not true for all babies and all couples, but we found that our little one was so high need that the person staying home for the day was actually more tired (even if they did manage to sneak a nap – which we frequently couldn’t because baby wouldn’t nap without being held/walked) than the person who left the house to go to work – maybe because we both have mosly office type jobs so there’s not much physical exertion.

Of course, every family has to find what works for them, and that might be very different for some than others. We still share any nighttime waking duties pretty evenly (easier now that she’s weaned) and both feel good about it. And I’m still amazed that I can work a 10 hour day at the office and feel so much less exhausted than at the end of a day at home, even now that my girl is 15 months and a joy to be with.

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106 Hope October 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

“we found that our little one was so high need that the person staying home for the day was actually more tired” This.

My son screamed so much during the day (acid reflux and later a milk allergy) that I was beyond exhaused. My husband admitted that going to work was like taking a break. He was tired too but he wasn’t dealing with a non-stop screaming baby.

It is rude to imply that Kath is doing less that her fair share of the work just because she is home with the baby.

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107 Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl October 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I have never purchased fontina cheese. Looking at your pizza I am now asking myself WHY??? It looks so melty and delicious. Can you tell me if it is a salty cheese?

Loved the fall breakfast photos. I can’t believe I am saying this but…I actually think I am ready.

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108 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I think all cheese is salty : ) But I wouldnt call this one super salty?

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109 Christa October 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

You should read Healthy Sleep habits happy child. The day I started implementing the eat, activity, sleep was the best day ever!! My son took better longer naps and I was able to literally notice the first yawn, take him to his crib, swaddle, and walk out the door without crying. BTW my son, has been sleeping from 7- 6 ish since he was 10 weeks old!

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110 KathEats October 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Just finished it! It was one confusing book. Most of the books say “good luck” until they hit 6 weeks and then some patterns start to develop, so we’re just hangin’ in there!

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111 jen October 4, 2012 at 7:44 am

I found Healthy Sleep Habits confusing too. Loved No Cry Sleep Solution though. It seemed less like a rigid “thou shalt” and more like a quick list of tips and ideas to try to encourage more/better sleep for the whole family at different stages in baby’s life.

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112 KathEats October 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

Ooh good I have that 1 too, although I’ve heard negative reviews of it. But I’m still going to read it.

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113 jen October 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

I don’t mean to imply it’s the perfect “save the day” sleep book. In fact I think it could have been a 10 page pamphlet instead of a 100+ page book. But… I thought it was an easy read, with lots of approachs and tips that I could use and that were flexible depending on where our sleep was at. And the not forcing baby to cry was important for me, so I appreciated the gentler ideas.

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114 KathEats October 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Tips are always good!

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115 Jess. October 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Maze really is adorable and I so love all the grey and yellow! Both your lunch and dinner look absolutely delicious….makes it hard for me to stay out of the kitchen tonight lol….

p.s. the almond butter on sweet potatoes idea is really really good!

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116 Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Looks like another great day at home! LOVE Mazen’s little outfits-so cute!

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117 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Ha! I love the Lord of the Rings reference thrown in there!

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118 Diana October 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Aww, Mazen is such a cutie patootie! And eek!!! Caramel apple nut butter? I die! Lol.

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119 how to shop for retro glasses and fashion glasses October 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I haven’t tasted sunflower seed butter. Wanna try this one :)

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120 Hayley October 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Just got the Woodstock dressing today after seeing it so many times over here! Can’t wait to try it

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121 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 4, 2012 at 4:44 am

I am needing some of that mushroom pizza! Even though it is only 10am here!

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122 kate October 4, 2012 at 5:32 am

Have you tried bouncing/rocking to sleep and them put him in his swing (while asleep), have it go as fast as it can side-to-side

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123 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

Lunch and dinner look absolutely delicious! Just got some sweet potatoes and I need to keep them in the house!

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124 Molly @ RDexposed October 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

I have 3 nearly empty sunflower butter jars in my fridge for just this. Must get on ‘em!
Please keep the Maze pictures coming. :)

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125 Alyssa October 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

Mazen is already so big!!! He is growing into a beautiful little boy. Good job Mom!

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126 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

Mazen looks cute with his lil outfits!

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127 Chantal October 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Nice Lord of the Rings references!

I had my first Pumking beer last week and it was everything you said it would be! I thought it was similar to the Shipyard Pumpkinhead, which is a-maze-ing.

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128 KathEats October 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

: )

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129 christine October 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Great post! I always find myself rushing to make breakfast in the morning and the overnights oats sounds like a great idea, are there any brands you highly recommend? Replacing regular potatoes with sweet potatoes is something I want to try, and the meal you made is perfect for this fall season. I have been looking for more ways to incorporate kale into my meals for myself and my boyfriend, and I think pairing it with some homemade pizza is just the trick!

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