I was so excited (and appreciative!) about the participation in this giveaway that I’m choosing THREE WINNERS! Congratulations Bitt (you won with your tweet entry), Michaela, and Violet! Your names were chosen as the winners of my 24th Awesome Giveaway.
The prize: A Complete Set of My Ebooks. Simply email me so I can get the prize emailed to you.
When asked, “What is the best new parent advice you have for my husband, Greg, and myself?”… here is what they had to say:
Bitt: “advice from a teacher: read to your child! it makes a huge difference later on who was read to and who wasn’t as a child.”
Michaela: “Hallo my advice is very simple LOVE, love your girl, hug her anytime, telling her how much you love her, how much she means to you,may be she doesn´t understand words, but she understand the way how you telling her. I have 1 year old girl, I love her, she is the essence of my life I have wainting for her a lot, praying for her to become….but sometimes(not often) its happened that she cries and I don´t know why, then I still keep in my mind how much I love her, she is my and my husband, she is absolutelly dependent of us, we have to guard her fight for her, LOVE her. So when you will be tired, when you will don´t know what´s happen to her in that time, she will need even more hugs, more cuddling more love……….so just LOVE her!!!”
Violet: “Chill out! With your first you’re SOO concerned about doing everything just right, and often about what everyone else and every book and expert thinks is right. After you’re broken in you find your kids just want to feel loved by parents who are happy to have them. If a goal or expectation you have is stressing you, dad or baby out, you need to step back and be sure you are choosing your battles. Everyone can see you are a thoughtful parent who cares a great deal and is well informed, so just be sure to let the love you have for your little one be your first priority. You guys will do great, even though the 1st few months (okay maybe 6 months to 2 years to some degree) feels endless and like you can’t do anything right :). Sorry so long!”
Thanks to everyone for such amazing participation!!!
One of the things that I haven’t been able to pay much attention to is making meals right now. And, as a breastfeeding mama, I need those extra calories. So, I’m keeping things on hand for easy eating and snacking like protein bars, avocados, nut butters, fresh veggies that are cut and ready to dip into hummus, and I’m a superfood smoothie making mama! My smoothies these past couple of days have been loaded with things like: fresh (or frozen) berries, frozen banana, nut milk, probiotics, brown rice powder, hemp powder, hemp seeds, flax meal, chia meal, goji berries, greens, prunes, etc. They vary each time but they’re definitely filled with calories and nutrients! My goal is keeping my protein around 55-65 grams so the protein powders are helping in that department. Sooo…. Yay for smoothies! Here is a recent post I wrote 3 Problems Smoothies Solve!
What are some of your favorite EASY snacks?
Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Lol that last smoothie post was scheduled in advance a couple days.
I HAVE A BABY GIRL!!!!! Birth story coming soon.
My waters seem to be leaking consistently, a little bit at a time, but no gushes.
My surges are pretty consistent, but not super close, and feel fine.
Midwife says I appear to be in “early-early labor, to stop counting, and get some rest.”
For those of you who wanted to see my art work (that I wrote about in this post)… here is a picture of the piggy bank I painted for our baby. I chose primarily white, red, and black paints, because they’re stimulating colors which are supposed to be good for baby’s development. :)
Thursday, June 10th, 2010
I came across this post and must share it. I’m in quite a state right now as I type this – fired up is putting it mildly. I’m beyond angry. The sadness coursing through my veins… I just don’t understand how people can behave this way.
Update June 10: Agnes, my friend on Facebook, sent me this news article updating the status of what’s going on. View here.
I went grocery shopping today because I’m now really staying consistently stocked up with tons of fresh organic produce since I can go into labor any day. I’ve also been stocking my freezer slowly with some organic cooked vegan foods as well as frozen fruit, prepped raw foods, and a BUNCH of raw, organic, unpasteurized coconut water. (I picked up a case of it today while I was at Whole Foods, so I can get 10% off… it’s not super cheap. Then again, if you think about it… the amount of coconut water in a large bottle would probably take 2-3 coconuts to get, maybe 4(?), AND this is organic with no additives, AND I didn’t have to crack it open – am I rationalizing – lol. That being said, I do find the meat that they sell separately on the expensive side. $11 for one coconut’s worth. Still… I picked one up today so I can make raw organic coconut yogurt!!!)
Anywhoo! Back to what I’m consuming today :)
Body Ecology Raw-Organic Coconut Water
Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea (iced)
12 oz organic blueberries – I LOVE blueberries
Vanilla Banana Protein Shake (water, ice, bananas, flax meal, Manitoba hemp protein powder & hemp seeds, Sun Warrior Natural Sprouted Brown Rice Protein Powder, vanilla bean)
Sprouted english muffin (toasted) with raw cashew butter – raw cashew butter is addictive!
Organic Green Juice (cucumber, celery, kale, kiwi, dulse flakes) - I think baby likes green juice
Giant Salad (spinach, tempeh, cucumber, carrot, raw dressing)
2 Chocolate Butter Truffles (pic on right)
Raw Kaia granola or another protein shake with frozen fruit (undecided yet)