Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fun With Sleep

In the past I would say 4 days, Cecilia's sleep has changed. Previously, she slept around 8-9 hours a night and napped anywhere from 6-8 hours a day, often taking one 3-4 hour nap and a couple of smaller ones.

Since the beginning of the week, she has gone down to sleeping 6-7 hours a night, by virtue of staying up until 10-ish rather than going down at 8 or 8:30. She still gets up around 5, sometimes earlier, like 4, though. And her daytime naps are all over the place. Today she did a couple of 3 hour naps again (the first one was with me, from 6:15-9:15 am, the second was her afternoon nap, but in between was one half hour nap) but all the rest have been 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, or one to two sleep cycles.

I'm trying to figure out the cause of it. I don't think she wants to go down to two naps instead of three yet, because she still can't be awake for more than two hours at a time without losing it. So that brings me to either teething or a growth spurt (or both). For frame of reference, she is 5.5 months/22.5 weeks, but for weekly stuff she is generally considered to be 2 weeks behind since she was born 2 weeks early. So that would adjust her down to 20.5 weeks, which puts her in the timeframe of the 19 week leap on The Wonder Weeks. By the way, The Wonder Weeks book is amazing for helping you figure out times when babies are making mental leaps that are affecting their behaviour, since you can't really see those leaps like you can physical ones).

So those of you who have been there, done that, any advice or anecdotes?

Because I can't resist adding an adorable picture, here's Miss Sassy herself:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Oat Flour and Almond Meal Muffins

I bought both oat flour and almond meal to make lactation cookies last weekend, and was scouring for good recipes to use them. I happily stumbled on this muffin recipe that uses both, and I am very pleased with the outcome!

INGREDIENTS

* 1 1/2 cups almond meal (or finely crushed almonds plus 1 tsp flour)
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup oat flour (found at health food stores)
* 1/4 cup Splenda
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
(you can use more spices if you're like me and like them a little on the strong side!)

* 1 small egg
* 1/4 cup agave nectar
* 1 1/4 cups skim milk
* 1/8 cup canola oil


PREPARATION

1. Heat oven to 350°. Combine first set of ingredients (the drys) in a bowl.

2. Whisk the second set of ingredients (the wets) in a bowl. Incorporate into flour mixture and mix by hand for a few minutes. It's not supposed to be super smooth, don't worry! Little lumps are fine. Line a muffin tin with paper cups; fill each halfway with batter. Alternatively, use baking spray (I have Pam for baking and it is wonderful) Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lactation Cookies

Today I decided to make some lactation (which I type as "lactaction" every. single. time.) cookies to try to increase again how much milk I make. I have gotten better since starting to take all the galactagogues I take (like 30 pills 3 times a day, no joke), so this is just another way to add more milk makin' power. I adapted the basic recipe to take into account my diabetes and the fact that I try to avoid AP flour as much as possible, and to cut back on the butter. This makes a huuuuuuuuuuge batch of cookies; I am going to bake half and freeze half because it's just a metric shitton of cookies. In baking today, I realized I really need new heavy duty cookie sheets....

1 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup of Splenda
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (I got it at Sunflower for the Tucsonans reading this)
4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almond meal
2 cups oat flour
4 heaping tablespoons brewer's yeast (Sunflower again)
4 teaspoons maca powder*
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups of oats (I used steel cut; would probably be better with rolled)
1 bag sugar-free chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Spices- I used a lot of cinnamon and ginger, since I love spicy cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350. Add flaxseed meal to water, let sit at least 3-5 minutes
2. Cream butter and Splenda 'til fluffy
3. Add applesauce and agave, let mix
4. Add flaxseed/water, eggs and vanilla, mix for a while
5. Sift together flours, brewer's yeast, maca, and baking soda
6. Add slowly to butter mixture
7. Add oats, one cup at a time.
8. Stir in chocolate chips, pecans, spices. You can add dried fruit, other nuts, whatever you want at this stage.
9. Spoon onto baking sheet. I used Pam baking spray first, but it doesn't call for any greasing. I just really like Pam baking spray. :)
10. Bake for 12 minutes or until brown around the edges.

So overall they are crunchy thanks to the steel cut oats but actually quite tasty. Next time I might add fenugreek so I can take less pills. I only baked two trays' full this time due to Cece nap constraints, but I have at least another half dozen trays' worth in the freezer ready for me to bake when I want to.

* maca doesn't contribute to making more milk but it's really good for general mental health, and with my anxiety issues, I find it's really helpful.


Tons of dough!


Unbaked cookies. I didn't know how much they'd spread (which turned out to be not at all) so I gave them a wide berth.


Cookies!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

4 Month Checkup, Just a Bit Late...

Cecilia had her 4 month checkup today, about a month late. The reason why is because our doctor's office does not give immunizations in any sooner than 6 weeks apart, and she had gotten the remainder of her 2 month shots around 6 weeks ago. So now she's up to date, although she certainly isn't happy about that.

As far as measurements go, she's in the same place as she was last time-- 10th for height and weight, 50th for head. She's 12 lbs 13 oz, 24" long and her head is 42 cm in circumference, which is about 16.5".

We filled out a milestone sheet, and when the doctor looked it over, she said that Cecilia has hit all of the 6 month milestones! So that makes us happy-- she may be tiny, but she's ahead of the curve!

Have I mentioned that I love our pediatrician? She is a fairly young woman who only works a few days a week because she wants to be home with her kids. She is pro extended breast feeding, is cool with us doing our delayed and selective vaccinations, is cool with us delaying solids, and so on. She's basically the best pediatrician an AP parent could ask for. :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays - 9/8/10

OK, so it's not wordless this week. But the idea is (from here out) that every Wednesday I'll upload a new picture and just that. I will generally caption them but not type an actual blog post. Here's this weeks' WW:


Love is...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

5 Months Old

Cecilia turned 5 months yesterday. I just can't believe it's been nearly half a year since she was born. I still remember my birth experience very, very vividly, and of course can't help but sometimes dwell on what didn't go well. I try to talk myself out of that, reminding myself that I got the best possible outcome-- healthy mama, happy, healthy baby.

Some of Cecilia's more recent developments: she can sit unsupported bent forward very well, and for a few seconds up straight before toppling. She also sits unsupported on her potty when I potty her. She's finally giggling consistently-- but only for her cousins!! Still, I guess that's better than not at all!! She's also finally outgrown 0-3 clothing and is in 3-6. We go to the doctor on Thursday for her 4 month (a little late...) so we'll see where she's measuring these days. She is a very chill and happy baby, and is really only fussy when she's tired and hungry (and the two really go hand in hand for her). Her eyes are basically the same green as mine now, but it's hard to tell in the photos since we don't have direct light on her.

Here are a few photos from her 5 month photoshoot: