Thursday, January 31, 2013

Book review: Naturally Healthy First Foods For Baby

This is another book that my mom lent me. I do recommend it because it is full of useful information, but I would like to note that the author seems overly cautious. This may be due to the fact that her children had allergies (she mentions her daughter had a nut allergy), so if your family has a history of severe allergies, her suggestions might be just perfect.

This book is great because she details all the nutrients that babies need and where you can get them naturally from food. The main focus of the book is how to make your own baby food from the most natural ingredients. But she does when and how to introduce new foods to your baby.

She has some great recipes for baby food, and there seems to be no end to her creativity. it's fun to read. I'm definitely going to use those recipes when I start Little Pink Girl on solids in a couple of months.

In the back is helpful chart of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and what foods are good sources of them.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chili cornbread

Chili and cornbread warm you up like nothing else on a cold day. They fill your stomach with warm goodness. They're a wonderful combination ... especially when combined!

My mom came up with this recipe because it's quick and filling. My family is active and busy, and they are always hungry. So this is a perfect recipe for them.

Chili Cornbread

4 c. homemade leftover chili, or 2 15-oz cans chili
you favorite cornbread recipe

Put the chili in a 9x9 pan. Pour the cornbread batter over the top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 min., or until the chili is bubbly and the cornbread is cooked.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book review: Mother Food

If I could use only one word to describe this book, I would use "fantastic." Although it is a little technical, it is a great read and I enjoyed every minute. It would be a great read for anyone, not just breastfeeding mothers. It's all about how to eat while breastfeeding, which really just boils down to eating healthy!

It's jam-packed with health and nutrition information. I learned so much from reading it ... I learned all about what fats are healthy and what aren't, lifestyles that contribute to insulin resistance, and digestive problems such as fungal overgrowth. She also stresses the importance of a whole-foods diet, which I totally agree with.

Besides nutrition info, Hilary Jacobson (the author) also has a great section full of recipes. The recipes are simple recipes so that busy new moms will have time to cook and eat. My personal favorite is the snacks section. I think the ideas in there are brilliant!

There is also a section in the back, kind of like an herbal, on lactogenic herbs. It details what each herb does, any cautions, where to find it, and different ways to prepare it.

This book has really inspired me to eat more healthy. I've been trying out the recipes all ready. The copy I have is one that my mom lent to me, but I have to get one for myself! I highly recommend it to anyone else!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Some thoughts on motherhood ...

Being a new, first-time mom, I have been thinking a lot about how I viewed motherhood before and after the birth of my beautiful baby girl. I knew kids would be hard, but I didn't think one kid would be hard! :) Little did I know. It makes me nervous to have more!

But I have to remember something that sometimes I lose sight of among the dirty dishes, piles of laundry and spit-up spots on the couch. I think it is best illustrated by a conversation I had with a friend in one of my college classes ...

This friend wasn't a member of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But she was attending BYU-I. Being surrounded by Mormons, she was naturally curious about our faith. She learned that we believed in having lots of children, and that children are important. Why? she asked. Why would we want  to have lots of children? It's hard to take care of a couple and to give them everything they need, let alone eight or nine. Wouldn't that make it so you couldn't give the children proper care and attention?

I feel like the Lord inspired me in my answer. "That's where faith comes in," I told her. "If the Lord is really there, and He really wants us to have children, then we can do it all."

This story came back to my mind because these last couple of days I've seen some miracles that have helped me do the most important things for my family. I guess I've begun the journey, and I can't lose sight of my Strength ... and the importance of what I am doing.

This isn't to say that we as members of the LDS church believe that women are baby machines. A mother is only supposed to have as many children as she can physically, emotionally and mentally handle. This is different for every woman. We see women as the heart of the home, where the family is the central unit of society. To know more about what our church believes regarding the family and parenthood, click here to read The Family: A Proclamation to the World. It is a wonderful declaration of our belief.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Book review: Your baby's first year

My mom gave me the book Your Baby's First Year, by the American Academy of Pediatrics a couple of months ago. So far I've found it to be invaluable as a reference book.

It has chapters on that very briefly detail pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. It's kind of sketchy. But the bulk of the book covers health and developmental milestones in children from birth through a year old. It helps you kind of know what to expect as your baby grows. I like that because, although I've been around babies a lot growing up, every baby is different and I don't always remember everything that happened. It also details many basics in baby-care that are great for first-time moms like me!

It also addresses bonding with fathers, grandparents and siblings, as well as other family issues that might arise. Part two of the book covers diseases and ailments and what to do. It also has growth charts and CPR info in the back.

I definitely recommend this book for any mom, but especially first-time moms.