If you’ve been around here very long, you know that nutrition is something I’ve struggled with for a long time…Before I was expecting my daughter, I’m not sure actual “nutrition” was even on my radar.
Sure, I had read all of the weight loss magazines and blogs about how to eat healthier and lose weight. But for me, it was always about that last piece – what I could do to lose weight.
You see, in middle and high school, I struggled with disordered eating, and while I was able to work through it with the support of my family and an effective workout plan and eating guide, I never really established a healthy relationship with food. I viewed it more as a means to an end rather than a life-giving substance.
But after the birth of my daughter, all of that changed. I knew I needed to learn and do better, not just for me but for her. I knew I needed to learn what nutrition actually looked and felt like so I could (1.) provide her with the nutrition she needed and (2.) help her develop a better understanding of and relationship with food than I had growing up.
We recently got back from our first big vacation with our baby girl. Where did we go? My favorite place – the beach! And, let me add despite the 10+ hour drive both ways overnight and a teething baby girl, it was a VERY successful trip! Now, I probably have the majority of my family to thank for that as everyone was so helpful in spending time with her and keeping her content, but I’d also attribute it to a little bit of prep on all of our parts. So, I thought I’d share a few of our beach must-haves for making a trip to the beach with a baby as much fun as possible.
I get questions all the time on how I make my own baby food, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips! I decided before little girl was born that I wanted to make her food because I wanted to stick to as natural as possible and know as much as I could about what I was putting into her body. And, let me tell you, I haven’t regretted it for a second! Plus, homemade is cheaper and tastes better! So, why would I not take a couple of extra minutes to prep food at home for my precious little one?
Now, that being said, I know as mamas we’re all crazy busy! So, don’t feel like you have to make all of the food for your little one, but if you choose to make some, here are a few tips I found to help.
If you have a little one of your own or have spent any time around babies, you probably know they can be quite unpredictable. One minute they’re napping like champs, eating on a perfect schedule, and as happy as a clam. And the next moment, they refuse to be laid down for even a minute, demand another feeding, and are as unpredictable as you were when you were riding the rollercoaster of pregnancy emotions. As little comfort as it is, that is totally normal, or at least I’ve come to realize it is.
When I first brought my little one home, I had very minimal experience with a newborn and had no idea what to expect. We’re still only five months in, but having been through a few sleepless nights and several growth spurts, I feel like I have a little more experience under my belt. Even with that, though, every time Grace heads into a growth spurt, it completely throws me for a loop, so I figured there are other new mamas out there going through the exact same thing. While I haven’t perfected my approach to getting through growth spurts, I have found a few things that help, so I thought I’d share. So, pour yourself a cup of coffee (or Mother’s Milk tea) and sit for a while. Remember, you’re not in this alone, mama.
I want nothing more than for my baby girl to grow up knowing her Heavenly Father and having a real relationship with Jesus, and I don’t think there is any better way to encourage that than to start diving into the word with her as early as possible.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
I’m taking this verse to heart and have started a daily devotional time with Grace already. While she may not really understand any of our reading and discussion yet, making this a part of our day sets the precedent that spending time with God each day is a priority in our lives. Continue reading