Archive for August, 2012

Yay!! Miles slept 8 hrs last night! The catch is, it was from  6:30 till 2:30.. I had just started reading Ferber’s Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems.
and this happen. So I am thinking maybe I don’t need it… HA! Today I went to put Miles down for a nap and it was a total disaster. He cried and cried. So much for not needing to read the sleeping book!

These European baby sandals are a real kick in the baby butt… AND they come in YOUR size too!

Check them out on Lille Butik!

My little munchkin kept me up from 3 to 7am. He was waking up every hour wanting to eat. Not sure if he is going through a growth spurt or he is just wanting to be soothed but it was exhausting! He is going to be 5 months next week and I am definitely going to try to put him on a sleep schedule. When I was working the other night there was this Russian woman who said she didn’t get any sleep with her first child but when she had the second one she would put the baby in the crib and would close the door! Yikes! I guess I have all the markings of a 1st time mom! HA…

On Sunday, I directed a promo for the jewelry designer, Michael Green, who designed my ring. He designs for tons of celebrities, basketball players, high net individuals and moms like me.  That still sounds strange. I am so use to being called a career woman! It was great to be back in the saddle again but after about the 5th hour my boobs were expanding by the minute! :) We shot in New Port Beach for the launch of Rolls Royce’s, Phantom and Absolute OC magazine. Now the goal is to do small jobs like that so I don’t have to be away from my little munchkin.

 

Miles has been flipping back to front for awhile now but he is starting to do it when we put him down to sleep. Once he is on his tummy he forgets to flip back over and then gets frustrated so he doesn’t go to sleep. We decided to put bummers around him so he has little room to flip but now he only sleeps on his side. ARG…. all I can think about is him suffocating on the bummers because he is planting his little face in them. What to do???

This is probably the last thing you thought you’d be reading on a nutrition blog but believe it or not, potato chips are really the number one food for nausea in pregnancy.

Years ago a Registered Dietitian who worked in a high risk pregnancy ward documented what helped resolve morning sickness in pregnant woman and potato chips came in first.

The combination of fat, salt and carbohydrate is the key.  Saltines are not going to work here.  We are NOT talking about the bag of chips – just 3 or 4 – to calm the nausea and help you get on with your day.  Other foods such as a little lemon, or ginger in foods can help as well.

There are lots of other guidelines for morning sickness but this one seems to work the best so give it a try!

Sharla, my step-sister thought my niece, Aasia and Miles look like each other. Aasia is also part Vietnamese and Italian. I am not sure I see it. They just look like cute babies with big eyes! HA!

 

Out of all the advise that my girlfriends gave me about traveling, the best one was to take the Go-Go Babyz Infant Cruizer.  My step sister, Sharla, sent us one and it was just invaluable when we were in NYC. It was incredibly light and easy to use. We were able to scoot around the airport and city with unbelievable ease. People constantly would stop us in the street and ask where we got it. Miles loved it because he could see the city and check out all the hot girls!

Yesterday I visited my girlfriend Bader and her son Jack. I have known Jack since he was a very little boy, about 3 or 4. He is now 18 and all grown up. He is the closest child I had in my life until Miles. He is off to college now and I couldn’t wait to see him and have him meet my son. It was priceless! Jack said that when Miles is his age he will be a middle age man… Talk about a reality check! :)

Last night I experimented with the Ferber method. I haven’t read the book yet but my girlfriend and her husband swear by it. They explained the concept so I decided to give it a try. I stayed in the room but Miles couldn’t see me and every 4 minutes I would come over put my hand on his chest and tell him I loved him and that it was time to go to sleep. He was asleep in 20 minutes. He slept for 6 hours, I feed him and then he slept for an other 4 hours. Pretty good. We shall see how it goes tonight!

Miles could flip from front to back since about a month ago, but now he’s able to flip from back to front. He’s definitely ready to start crawling. He just needs to figure out how to coordinate his arms and legs.

 

I just became a citizen of TerraMar, a new country makes up all the unclaimed parts of the Ocean. I’m the youngest citizen!

They even made a story about me!

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently made recommendations ensuring that your newborn baby has a safe sleeping environment thereby reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

In 1992, the AAP recommended that all babies be placed on their backs to sleep which decreased the incidence of deaths from SIDS, However, sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment, and asphyxia, had increased.  As a result, 3 important changes have been recommended. First, is the recognition that breastfeeding protects against SIDS.  Second, there needs to be a greater emphasis on immunization.  If your baby is immunized its risk of SIDS drops by 50%.  Third, the AAP wanted to focus not only on SIDS but on other deaths that can occur.  They recommend against the cushions that go along the sides of the crib stating that children can be suffocated by them.

Other key recommendations are:

Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room sharing without bed sharing).
Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib.
Wedges and positioners should not be used.
Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk for SIDS.
Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
The AAP’s focus is on preventing accidental deaths. In addition to SIDS death  many emergency rooms are seeing an increase in the number of babies that have suffocated because someone rolled on them or they have ended up underneath a pillow or got trapped between the mattress and the wall.  Many feel the “adult bed” is not a safe place for an infant.

These are helpful guidelines to ensure a “safe sleep” for your infant.

Last night Ian and I both went out separately and had his parents watch Miles. He sleep feeds through out the night so we went ahead and put him to sleep early. I got home relatively early and who was up… yes Miles! I think he intuitively knew we were gone. I put him to sleep but the rest of the night was a disaster! He woke up every two hours rolling all around the bed and would end up on his tummy and not know how to turn back over… Needless to say I didn’t get a once of sleep! We have been contemplating on using the Ferber method, (Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems) and I think after last night we are going to give it a try.

Colds come to mind when you think about getting enough vitamin C, right?  But foods high in vitamin C are essential during pregnancy.

Researchers from the University of Washington examined the levels of vitamin C in the diet of pregnant women. Those who consumed very few fruits and vegetables or less than 70 mg. per day of dietary vitamin C had a nearly four-fold increase in gestational diabetes as opposed to those who had higher levels of vitamin C in their diets.

Eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis can have a huge impact on whether you have gestational diabetes or not. Make it a priority to consume at least 1-2 fruits or vegetables high in vitamin C per day such as red peppers, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables. Get a taste for a variety of fruits and vegetables. Mix it up to prevent boredom in your diet and experiment with different spices for flavor and taste.

 

I have my official birth certificate, so now I can be president! Hold on… I have to wait 35 years? Oh well, at least that gives me time to come up with my campaign strategy.

Pregnant women need to drink between 8 to 12, 8- ounce glasses of water each day whether you are thirsty or not. During pregnancy your blood volume increases by 40%.  The growing fetus demands that you stay well hydrated in order for this to be accomplished successfully.  Drinking this large volume of water helps with your digestion, avoiding constipation, prevents urinary tract infections and reduces premature contractions.  Drinking a lot of water also assists in preventing dry skin, building new tissue, carrying nutrients, flushing out wastes and toxins and helps keep excessive water retention under control.  Limit you intake of soda, (sugar full or sugar free) as well as beverages containing caffeine.  To the best of your ability, space out your water intake, steadily drinking throughout the day.   In general avoid drinking too much water after dinner so that you won’t spend your sleeping hours getting up to use the bathroom!

Fun way to wake up in the morning!

I called the Dr. the other day to discuss Miles episodes with sleep crying and she said she highly doubted it was night terrors. He is to young to have them. She said it could be gas or it could be him wanting to know that we are there. I felt relieved that it wasn’t the night terrors so now we are consciously burping him more!

Also, Miles has now flipped from tummy to back! He is now the flip flopper!! We have stopped swaddling him and last night we heard little muffled sounds, he had turned over on his tummy and looked like he was suffocating! Talk about freaking out! I was sleeping with one eye opened all night. I chatted with a few girlfriends and they told me that was okay that he won’t suffocate, he will eventually turn back over.. Aaah…. the nerves of being a first time Mom! :)

 

I met Lyra, the daughter of mom’s friend. Lyra is really nice, and she talks with an English accent. And now I can see that girls have different bits than me!

(Lara’s bits are blurred in this picture)

photo courtesy of Cat Cheshire

Miles wasn’t particularly happy being on his tummy (he used to howl), but he’s getting more used to it because we practice every day. He can now be on his tummy for a while, as long as there’s something interesting to look at in front of him.

He can now hold his head up and look around, and flip from back to front and front to back. It’s great, but now we have to keep an eye on him more!

Last night and twice today, Miles has woken up screaming uncontrollable. They say it’s uncommon for babies to have night terrors so early but I am just not sure. 3 times in less than 24 hours doesn’t seem right. That is, if that is the reason why he is screaming???  He hates a wet diaper (well who wouldn’t!) but I am beginning to believe it’s right when he pees that he whimpers. It would be a lot easier if a baby could talk!!! :) I think it’s time for a phone call to the Dr.

The other night was the first night that I went out without my boys in LA. Ian was on baby duty. We have agreed that we now need to go out together once a week without the baby and also, every so often, go out separately.  I was excited to go to an opening party for a new art magazine and see friends that I hadn’t seen since having the baby. I lasted 2 hours at the event! HA.. It was fun for about 30 mins. and then I wanted to be home… even knowing that Miles was asleep! I am sure this will change as time goes on but I am taking baby steps.. :)

This Fisher Price Cradle Swing is a hand-me-down from our friends Wendy and Manel. Their kids have outgrown it, but it’s still perfect for Miles.

He might look a bit dubious, but the swing did it’s job. A few minutes after this video he was fast asleep and stayed asleep for a while.

Let’s face it.  You’re pregnant, uncomfortable, and you want sugar.  You are not alone and many days you may just want to eat the cookies AND the jar.

Carbohydrate cravings are common and normal. Remember, the insulin your body makes is more resistant, which contributes to the cravings. Knowing the biology of what is going on helps you know your behavior is not crazy.

Your genetics and lifestyle can determine the level of insulin resistance you have and the intensity of your cravings.

Having a healthy source of carbohydrate, like an apple with some sliced hard cheese or natural peanut butter, gives you some sweet and protein to help with satiation. If the cravings are more intense, try 1-2 squares of high-quality dark chocolate (over 70 percent) with 1-2 tbsp. of natural peanut butter. A small amount of dark chocolate will not increase your blood glucose levels if it is limited and eaten with some protein.

Exercise can lower the level of insulin resistance by as much as 50% which will in turn lower the cravings.

Finally one of the best remedies is actually a good night’s sleep since sleeping lowers the hunger hormones dramatically making the insulin much less resistant.

Sleep, a walk and a little dark chocolate with peanut butter to calm the cravings can help you keep those cravings in the jar where they belong.

I am not sure what we were thinking but we went to the Dr. the day after we arrived from NY. I totally forgot that he was due for his second round of vaccines. When we gave him the first round of shots, the follow day was horrible but no fever. Well this time was totally different. After 6 hours a fever hit him and it was just horrible. It lasted until today. I do think the level of his scream has reached a higher octave. Miles was sleeping really well in NY, in fact he slept for 7 hours one night. All that went out the window these past 2 nights. I am exhausted. We have decided to start the sleep training but I think we will wait until Monday to start that… to be continued on that! :)

Miles was amazing on the trip over and coming back. I brought the My Brest Friend Pillow, and that really was so beneficial to have. He slept on it most of the trip. Ian and I would change him on it too! I highly recommend bringing one when traveling.

I was concerned about bringing all the breast milk that I pumped but it was pretty easy. The TSA has really relaxed traveling with breast milk. Thank goodness because Ian had to take care of the baby when I went to the Blog Her conference which was for 3 days so I had to bring a lot of milk! It turns out I only went 1 day but it came in handy when we went to the Hamptons so the nanny could take care of Miles.

The trip was a great success. The Blog Her was a fulfilling event, Ian and Miles were able to meet a lot of my friends and most of all it gave Ian and I time alone to just be a couple.

Miles hanging with GianLuka

Liz with Jackson gazing at Ian and Miles checking it all out!

Flying with Horacio

Adoring my baby boy

Silke and Sava’s wonderful nanny, Stephanie

Nose poke from Sophia!

Savas and Miles

Hangin with my girls! Bring on the rosé!

After New York we went out to The Hamptons. Mom hung out with her pals Silke and Janine, and I got to hang out with Alexander and Sophia. Making friends is fun!

Sophia, Alexander and me.

I’m in the middle of a Janine/Silke sandwich!

Warm in the Hamptons, so there’s no reason to have clothes.

As older women are getting pregnant in increasing numbers this question comes up frequently.  When you use hair dye or hair coloring preparations, a small amount of dye can penetrate the skin of the scalp.   Generally the dye does not pose harm to a developing baby.  Most researchers would agree that it is unlikely that use of hair products before or during pregnancy would increase risk of any problems to an unborn baby.  The Organization of Teratology Information Services, which provides information on potential reproductive risks, states that “animal studies are reassuring and that there are no reports of hair dye causing changes in human pregnancies”.  Furthermore they point out that very little of the chemicals in hair dye is actually absorbed into your system.Some women wait until the first trimester passes until they have any hair treatments done knowing that this is the time when the most harm can occur to a growing fetus.  Hair treatments using chemicals for highlighting, streaking, painting or frosting have little contact with your scalp and are safe alternatives to the all-over hair color process.  Vegetable and pure henna dyes are safe to use during pregnancy as opposed to synthetic chemical agents, containing p-phenylenediamine, dihydroxybenzene, and aminophenol, which are not.  Many hairstylists notice that the various coloring processes during pregnancy can be unpredictable due to the strong hormonal affect on the hair itself.  In terms of chemical based hair curling or straightening processes, it would best to wait until after pregnancy to use them.In general when you chose a hair dye consider these precautions from the Food and Drug Administration:
·         Follow package directions carefully if you are doing it yourself.

·         Work in a well-ventilated space to minimize exposure to the chemical vapors.

·         Wear gloves when applying hair dye.

·         Leave the dye on your hair no longer than directed.

·         Rinse your scalp thoroughly after using hair dye.

If you’re concerned about the use of hair dye during pregnancy, consult your health care provider or consider postponing any chemical hair treatments.

I got to see the Big Apple for the first time. It was great! Except I never saw any apples. Lots of people though!

Checking out the city in a yellow cab.

Lunch with Jackson at the park. Jackson eats carrots. I can’t wait until I get to try carrots.

Chillin at the pad on the upper east side. Mmmm, my fingers are tasty…

Checking out the new World Trade Center. Which way is it again…?

Plane ride. Why do people complain about the leg room in coach? Seems comfy to me!

Constipation is a frequent topic with my pregnant women.  Pregnancy hormones can contribute to it, and taking calcium and iron supplements can exacerbate it.  Before you go eating large bowls of fiber cereal which just provide unnecessary carbs here’s some ideas for naturally helping to relieve constipation and feel comfortable during your pregnancy.

  1. Keep hydrated:  this is one harped upon but it is true that if your system is not hydrated stools become hard which increases your chances for constipation.  Drink till your urine is mostly clear, except first thing in the morning.  You don’t have to drink 8 glasses a day unless that is what is needed for your particular body.  Since food can contain a significant amount of water the key is to go by what your individual needs are.  If you exercise daily, or live in hotter climate you will need more fluid so hydrate accordingly.
  2. Fiber and Diet:  natural fiber is the way to go.  Why spend extra money on supplements that your body will be dependent on later?  Include:
  • 2 cups of vegetables per day (preferably 1 dark green leafy and one yellow/orange/red)
  • 3-4 servings of fruit (a banana is 2 servings so add 1 cup of berries)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed for your omega 3’s and fiber (add to your morning yogurt or cottage cheese)
  • 1-2 servings of one monounsaturated fat:  1 tablespoon of olive oil or ½ avocado (add avocado or olive oil to your salad)
  • 1 ounce of nuts/seeds per day (about 20 almonds for a great snack)
  • Add a probiotic to your routine.  I recommend just 1 cup per day of natural plain or Greek yogurt since it contains natural probiotics and provides calcium.  It is a great vehicle for adding fruit, nuts and your ground flax seed.
  1. Exercise:  exercise increases transit time in the gut so it’s a great natural way to keep both your gut and body regular and healthy.  Just half an hour per day for walking, or being active can make a difference.

What about it you are doing these things and still experiencing constipation?

  1. Time for gut health – this may sound crazy but do you take the time to actually slow down and give your body time for digestion (eating mindfully) and elimination?  If you’re always on the run this might be one to consider.
  2. Old Remedy – try drinking a little warm water with a touch of lemon squeezed in to stimulate your digestive system first thing in the morning before you start eating or doing other activities
  3. Magnesium– magnesium is an important mineral for optimal health and may be low in your diet.  Foods high in magnesium include nuts and berries.  Since magnesium is a natural stool softener taking a little at bedtime (200-400 mg.) is very safe and can naturally put your gut on the course to normal activity.

 

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