Baby Constipation?

Yup, Lucy is kinda smiling now but don’t be fooled.  After mealtime, about once a day, she CRIES!  She is – well I can say this because we are all moms – she’s constipated!

She cries, bears down, her legs get stiff as a board, it’s pathetic!  We have even been able to successfully take her to the toilet since it’s so obvious when she’s trying to go to the bathroom.  What to do?  I’ve worked on her diet (taking out anything like white bread, making sure she gets lots of vegetables).

I share what our pediatrician recommended on my Losing Weight After Baby podcast.  Our doc recommended cutting back on the milk.  We were giving her 4 feedings of about 7 ounces each, and the doctor suggested cutting that back to about 16-18 ounces and giving her water instead to make up the difference.  The doctor also suggested Miralax which is a powder to help bring water into the stool for easier passage (forgive the puns).

Hope these suggestions help you a bit if your baby faces the same, um, issues.  Lucy is getting a little better, but still is crying a lot when she poos.

More about the podcast…the Losing Weight After Baby podcast will soon be coming to an end. After 3 years of podcasting, my babies are growing up!  My last podcast will be in December.  I hope you will follow me to an all new podcast that will focus on looking and feeling younger!  Which just happens to be the topic of my book coming out in January, 31 Days to a Younger You:  No Surgery, No Diets, No Kidding.


The Joy of Veggie Burgers

I’m always on the hunt for a quick, easy, healthy finger food to feed Lucy.  She loves feeding herself now which is great.  My latest discovery…she likes veggie burgers!  I was making one for myself and realized, this would be yummy for Lucy.  All sorts of veggies in each bite and I could cut it up and serve it so easily to her.

It’s a hit!  So the next time I go to Costco, I will be getting more of these veggie burgers.  (I like to eat them wrapped in lettuce, with mayo and curry powder mixed together).



Baby Eatin’ Time!

Lucy LOVES to eat!  Who doesn’t?  Here she is having a puree of assorted fruits.  I take whatever I have on hand – for instance peaches, plum, grapes, green beans – and I blend it all in my beloved Vita-Mix.  The Vita-Mix is totally a worthwhile purchase by the way.  We got ours at the Del Mar Fair years ago – it was about a $400 investment at the time – and we have used it so much.

I blend up the food for Lucy and then I just pour it into an ice cube tray.  Then voila!  Whenever I need something to eat, I just pop out 2 cubes and pop them in the microwave, or if I’m really organized, I put them in the refrigerator the day before.  It’s funny – I had so many of these ice cube trays for my firstborn Ethan.  I think when I opened the freezer back then, it was lined with frozen fresh baby food.  But 6 years have passed since then, and there’s only room for 2 trays in the freezer for Lucy.

This is an easy, healthy, cheap way to do baby food.  I use store bought baby food when I got out during meals, but otherwise, she eats these cubes or rice cereal.  Enjoy!