Sticking with your Gestational Diabetes Diet at Christmas
Gestational diabetes food restrictions at Christmas are extra hard to keep up with. I hated being on a GD diet during my pregnancy and found that a lot of the diet recommendations from my nurse made my blood sugars worse.
Just because you need to watch over how you are eating does not mean that you should be missing out on the festive foods and family traditions.
I found it extra hard to resist sweets once I wast told to stay on a gestational diabetes diet. In fact my numbers kept rising and getting pretty high until I listened to my body and followed my instinct. Adapting the diet made a huge difference in both sticking to the lower carbohydrates and keeping my numbers nice and stable.
Talk with your doctor and work with your body. When you do have a sweet treat walk half an hour after eating to lower your blood sugar levels and replace juices or sodas with water.
My nurse counted milk as a carb but I included it as a protein. I would blend up smoothies with fruit and greens and pour in milk with some live greens powder.
Rotisserie chicken was a big help to keeping fed. I would buy two, debone them and toss the slices in with lots of meals.
A handy guide on what Not to say to New Moms this holiday season
Last Christmas I got to hear these beautiful gems. They made me rethink evolution because how on earth would people that say these shorts of things survive.
My sister's favorite comment for 4 straight days. "You're wearing leggings/ sweatpants again?"
Caring friends who seem to have forgotten their manners. "We just wanted to make sure you didn't have depression and want to harm the baby. We read about it online."
Everyone, all Christmas, at every meal. "God, you eat too much."
This one is great and I still get it 14 months after I started breastfeeding. "You're nursing in front of me!"
Now, here you're thinking I'm kidding but I'm not. My premie was a slightly funny color for a while so his grandparents decided this was a good idea to say. "He's kind of a weird color, is he Mexican?"
After the baby just peed. "His diaper's wet, you need to change him more." Hands baby off to me and waits for his diaper to be changed so they can hold him more.
With these wondrous quotes to inspire us I thought those of us living the #momlife needed a helpful tip sheet to hand out on what one should never say to new moms. What have you heard that has made you laugh or cry?
1. Merry Christmas, you look tired.
2. I thought when we invited ourselves to your Christmas you would entertain us more.
3. Just a little sugar. It won't keep the baby up because newborns sleep so much.
4. You aren't really eating for two.
5. Oh, I thought your stomach would be flatter by now.
6. We'll play with the baby while you cook for us.
7. Your hair is dirty, have you tried dry shampoo?
8. Should the baby cry this much? Do something to make them stop crying.
While we await Christmas here are a collection of travel shots from the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
I took some wonderfully fun sunrise shots at the beach while the little guy adjusted to the time change.
Though a sheer terror takes hold near heights we drove up winding roads to walk along the outlooks of Kauai's canyon.
Self Care at Christmas for the Pregnant Mommy to Be
Pregnancy self care at Christmas can get put to the side while caring about others. You have work to finish before the new year, gifts to wrap, travel to uncomfortably manage your way through. Take a little self care time before you exhaust yourself running all over.
We are better people when we take a moment to hug ourselves and give our bodies a little tending. Whether you can get a massage, a manicure or sit alone by the window reading a good (or trashy) book taking a moment to recharge can change your holidays from stressful to joyful.
Pregnancy takes a big toll on our bodies and minds. Prepare for the arrival of your little gummybear by relaxing and taking it all a bit easier this year. Your life is about to change big time, the focus so shifting towards another life that you will feel lucky to shower every week. Do not feel self indulgent just for relaxing and getting off your feet while all your friends and relatives run around life crazy. Go easy, be happy and enjoy quiet moments feeling that little person move around as you watch Christmas movies.
Ways to self care this holiday:
Warm up a big mug of full fat milk and sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon into it. Sit by the tree with your feet up and slowly sip your milk.
Bundle up and take a walk along store lined streets (or the mall) and have fun watching all the craziness from afar.
Take yourself out for a movie and pre-mommy and me date. Grab a gooey, warm sandwich, some hot coco and watch a fun movie with a full tummy. See if the little bean-sprout kicks when you get excited at the film or with sips of hot coco.
Mommy Peeves TAG
1. What is the worst suggestion you've gotten on parenting?
That I do not need to watch my son all the time. "Just let him play". My son will run towards stairs, knives or cliffs like they are going out of style.
2. Worst baby clothes?
When my son was about 4 months old I got him a wrap-front shirt that had more buttons than anything I own. It was such a pain in the butt to put on him. I love zippers for a reason, they are so much easier for getting squirming babies in and out of.
3. Rudest comment about being a single mom you have gotten?
I think that my kid would wind up in jail as an adult because single moms only raise failures. I like to reply with Presidents Clinton and Obama and then walk away.
4. What is a funny disaster from the holidays with your kids?
My son tried to steal candles as I lit the shamash and nearly lit my hair on fire which meant the dog was nearly crushed by falling apples.
5. You favorite food to make for your littles during the holidays?
My son adores green beans or whipped cream so I try to include those. For Hanukkah I have been on a frying rampage with churros, donuts, latkes and legumes.
6. The worst holiday shopping you have done?
Oh god, one year I had to shop for 29 people on black Friday because my ex-spousal equivalent could not lift a finger to save their life. It was a hellish battle in the hot Tucson air between velour tracksuit clad fake teetas and spray tans.
7. Slippers or socks on Christmas morning?
Slippers for me but socks for my son because he will not keep any kind of shoe on.
8. Your baby's funniest reaction to the holidays?
Christmas tree lights blow his mind and he keeps trying to 'decorate' the tree with random household goods like hairbrushes and wooden blocks.
9. The nicest comment you have gotten about single parenting?
That is a hard one. That I'm raising a sweet and very happy little boy. It is amazing how much a few nice words can mean to a parent.
Vegan Hanukkah Churros
My parents are both vegan and it can be a struggle to bake sweets we all like. For Hanukkah I have been baking all week and decided to attempt vegan churros in my deep fat fryer.
We can find a lot of ourselves within our cooking, it is a way to share outwardly our love for others and for family. So often we forget to be open to grace and how to spread joy at this time of year. The focus can be on buying gifts, going to parties or making work deadlines and we forget that simplicity is so often where we find our grace and love.
I rarely give gifts to adults, normally I bake or cook dishes for them to enjoy and not be burdened with extra things in their houses. Churros were easy to make and fun to watch disappear as stealth nibblers grabbed them and ran around.
Pour 1 1/4 cups water over the butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a sauce pan. Bring everything to a good boil and then reduce the heat to low medium. Add in the egg substitute and 1 cup of flour a 1/4 cup at a time and whisk quickly until a shiny ball is formed.
Dust a sheet of wax paper and your hands. Pinch a tablespoon of dough and use your palms to roll out long pillars of dough. Remember that the thicker they are the softer the insides will be.
Cook in your fryer for 3 minutes. Use tongs to grab them while hot and shake in a paper bag with sugar and cinnamon to taste.
I am just now starting to share traditions with my son this season. Last year he was a peanut at two months old during the holidays and I was simply trying to care for him and get some sleep (that still has not happened by the way). Now that he is over a year and starting to really study what I am doing, listening to what people say around him and learning how he can interact with the world I get to begin sharing the joys and celebrations of the holidays.
For us Hanukkah is a time to hear the stories of our people's history. For Bram to gaze at the beautiful lights and eat new, for my son, flavors.
How do you share traditions with your littles?
I have been surprised how much it means to my heart to show my little bean-sprout the gifts and traditions of the holiday of lights and miracles. There is a grace in looking at our history and seeing the miracles of one sort or another. Sharing the simple acts of (interrupted) meditation, pray and lighting candles fills my heart more than pre-baby me would have guessed.
As a single mom it is extra tricky at the holidays. This year out of nowhere I have felt pangs of worry for my son somehow being shortchanged this time of year without his father around.
My own dad was a big part of my childhood holidays. For my son I spend time focusing on the magical history of this holiday season. The love that is so much more easily accessible during December than other months.
I include him in as much of the prep and decorating as he can handle at a year. Often I Ergo him and we have frequent dance party breaks while getting things done.
Include your little in the Hanukkah spirit:
1. Sing to them as you light the candles. Making eye contact with babies helps them engage and enjoy being a part of celebrations.
2. Babywear or let bigger kids in the kitchen while you cook. Tell them stories around the foods and have fun including them in the meal prep.
3. While nursing sing some holiday songs to them. Include words for them to pick up on later in the prays.
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