Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad – Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fusilli (spiral) pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked free range, organic chicken
  • 6 tablespoons chopped sweet Mayan onion
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup poppy seed salad dressing

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 12 minutes; drain, rinse in cold water, and drain again.
  2. Toss pasta, chicken, onion, cranberries, celery, and almonds together in a salad bowl; drizzle with poppy seed dressing and stir to coat.

 

 

 

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Delayed Bathing After Birth – The 411

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It is now standard protocol at many hospitals to wait 8-24 hours to give a baby his or her first bath, and up to 48 hours if the baby was delivered by c-section. Delayed newborn bathing is consistent with World Health Organization recommendations and based on medical research. A hospital-based pediatrician feels , that delayed bathing is the safest medical choice for babies; it just seems right.

Here are 8 reasons why doctors recommend delaying a newborn’s first bath:

  1. Reduced risk of infection: Babies are born covered in a white substance called vernix, which is composed of the skin cells your baby made early in development. Vernix contains proteins that prevent common bacterial infections. Think of vernix as a sort-of natural antibacterial ointment. Your baby is born covered in this anti-germ barrier. Bacteria such as Group B Strep and E. coli are often transmitted to newborns during delivery and can cause bloodstream infections, pneumonia and meningitis, and can be fatal. These are not rare infections– we test babies for them daily. Vernix is nature’s protection against these infections.
  2. Stabilized infant blood sugar: Bathing a baby too soon after birth can cause low blood sugar. Here’s why: in the first few hours after birth a baby has to adjust to life outside the uterus, including losing the placenta as a source of blood sugar. Bathing causes crying, stress and the release of stress hormones. Stress hormones can cause a baby’s blood sugar to drop, which can make a baby too sleepy to wake up and breastfeed, causing the blood sugar to drop even more. Rarely, low blood sugar can cause neurological injury.
  3. Improved temperature control: Giving a baby a bath too soon can cause hypothermia. Inside mom it was about 98.6 degrees, but most babies are born in rooms that are about 70 degrees. In the first few hours after birth a baby has to use a lot of energy to keep warm. If a baby gets too cold, he or she can drop their blood sugar or have other complications.
  4. Improved maternal-infant bonding: New babies need to snuggle skin-to-skin with their mom be given a chance to try to breastfeed. I have been attending deliveries regularly for more than a decade, and I love it. But those first few minutes of life are not meant to be spent with me, a nurse or any healthcare professional. Those precious few minutes are meant for bonding between baby and parents. As long as the baby does not need help breathing or immediate resuscitation, babies need to be held by their mother. Infants who are held skin-to-skin on mom’s chest have better blood sugar and temperature control and have an easier time learning to breastfeed. We even do skin-to-skin at c-section deliveries. The bath can wait.
  5. Improved breastfeeding: Studies show more breastfeeding success when moms are allowed to stay skin to skin with babies and this time is not interrupted by medical “procedures” or a bath. If you’ve ever struggled to breastfeed a newborn, you know how hard it can be to get them to latch onto your nipple. Breastfeeding can become a stressful burden on a very tired mother. But babies who breastfeed in the first hour of life—and preferably in the first 30 minutes—have a much easier time learning how to latch. Why? Because when the baby is inside mom’s uterus, she is constantly and rhythmically sucking in amniotic fluid and swallowing it. At birth, she cries, breaths air and starts to forget how to suck and swallow. If you wait more than an hour to breastfeed, babies can have a hard time latching, sucking and swallowing. If you breastfeed right away, the baby still remembers how to suck and swallow. If you put a baby skin-to-skin between mom’s bare breasts at delivery, she will be warm, soothed by mom’s voice, find the breast herself, latch right on and start nursing. The moms giggle and cry. They are so happy. This is how the first few minutes of life are meant to be. Forget the bath.
  6. No baby lotion required: Vernix is a natural skin moisturizer and skin protectant. Babies need skin protection during the transition from the amniotic fluid into the air environment. If you delay the bath, there is no need for artificially scented baby lotion. Instead, you get to enjoy that new-baby smell.
  7. Everyone will wear gloves: Hospital workers are always supposed to wear gloves when caring for an unbathed baby, to prevent exposure to body fluids such as amniotic fluid and blood. Some studies have shown that glove-wearing keeps babies safer too, by preventing transmission of common viruses and other infections from workers to babies.
  8. Parents get to enjoy bathing their baby: After mom has had time to recover, parents can more easily participate in baby’s first bath and it becomes a teaching opportunity between nursing and parents. You can use whatever special baby bath products you choose and watch your baby coo and smile.

Delayed bathing is not yet protocol at some hospitals, but you can still request it. Be sure to include your desire for delayed bathing in your birth plan. Don’t have a birth plan? You need one. Here’s an example to get you started. Before writing your birth plan, be sure to think about these 11 medical decisions to make for your baby before delivery, or someone else will make them for you.

SOURCE: Childrensmd.org

 

Twenty One Weeks ! – The 411

How My Baby’s Growing

The baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — about the size of a carrot. I may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. I may also discover a pattern to her activity as I get to know her better. In other developments, the baby’s eyebrows are present now, and if it is a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

How Mommy’s life’s changing

You’re probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You’re not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you’re feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can — the third trimester may bring with it a new crop of complaints.

That’s not to say you won’t have some minor glitches to deal with now. For example, increased oil production may contribute to the development (or worsening) of acne. If that’s the case, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap or cleanser twice a day, and make sure that any moisturizer or make-up you use is oil-free. Don’t take any oral acne medications — some are very hazardous during pregnancy — or use any topical acne products without first checking with your practitioner.

You’re also more prone to varicose veins now. As your pregnancy progresses, there’s increasing pressure on the veins in your legs; higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax, can make the problem worse. You’re more likely to get varicose veins if other family members have them. Also, they tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and as you age. To help prevent or minimize varicose veins, exercise daily, prop up your feet and legs whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear maternity support hose.

You may also notice so-called spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on your ankles, legs, or face. They may have a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating out from the center, they may look like the branches of a tree, or they may be a group of separate thin lines with no particular pattern. Though they may be a bit unsightly, spider veins don’t cause discomfort and usually disappear after delivery.

BABY STATS:

How Far Along?

21 weeks with 18 more to go !

How Big Is The Little One?

Baby girl is now the size of a carrot and she is 10 1/2 inches long.

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

I have lost a total of 27 pounds and am holding steady.  I fluctuate between 2 pounds.

Maternity Clothes?

I am STILL in my regular clothing 😦

Sleep?

Insomnia is a witch !

Best Moment of the Week?

The best thing that happened this week was honestly finding something to clear up the constipation.  I was MISERABLE !   I also figured out where I am sending my mother for her birthday this year.  I won’t post it here until later, in case she is reading my posts lol.

I also found an awesome florist in NYC to do the floral arrangements for my baby shower.  My sisters, bestie, and mom are gonna kill me, but hey… I have paid for 5 showers !

Symptoms?

For some reason, I have been gagging a lot this week and on the verge of vomiting.  I have had a few bouts of nausea.  The constipation is now under control, thanks to Coffee and Miralax in the mornings plus eating prunes.

Food Cravings?

I still do not have an appetite and the only thing I have craved this week was a nice flat burger, steamed on the stove under a mug, with beefsteak tomato, bacon, swiss and extra sharp cheddar and cajun fries.  So.. I made one the other day lol

Food Aversions?

Anything heavy, sweet or salty.  I used to LOVE Chick Fil A.  Now I can not stomach them.

Gender?

Baby girl !!

Labor Signs?

None

What I Miss?

Sleep and Moscato !

What I Am Looking Forward To?

Getting settled in NYC in a few weeks and walking along the Hudson waterfront in the mornings.

Bump?

A little one….
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Navel In/Out?

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Baby / Mommy Purchases?

I bought another fetal doppler monitor since mine is buried in storage.  I also  bought my birthing gown with matching pillow case, more baby clothing and a organic cotton gown for baby.
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I Need Baby Clothes Rehab !!

So…. Carters kept sending me these emails about $5 rompers.  I also was sent a 20% off the entire purchase coupon.  Why are they out to get me???

Okay… can someone please arrange for rehab for me please ??? I’m addicted ! 

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Most of these outfits are NB and the ones that are identical are NB and 3m.  The white velour sweatsuit it a 6m because we will be at the beach and by the time she is 4 months old, she should be in 3-6m clothing and it should be a little big, but will fit.

Okay… that’s all the shopping I am doing for her this week. 

I also bought the silver chargers for the place settings at my baby shower and silver organza chair sashes.

Twenty Weeks – The 411

How your baby’s growing

My baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — about the size of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against her torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of her head to her bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks,she’s measured from head to toe.)

 

She’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. She’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and you’ll see it in her first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How Mommy’s life’s changing

Congratulations! You’ve hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you’ve likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you’re getting enough iron, a mineral that’s used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen).

During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) also contains iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.

BABY STATS:

How Far Along?

20 weeks !

How Big Is The Little One?

My little angel is the size of a banana.

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

I have gained 2 pounds this week

Maternity Clothes?

I am still in my same ole clothing !   Maybe one day before the end of this pregnancy, I will be able to fit in my maternity pants (insert sarcasm)

Sleep?

What sleep?  The sleep I have to now get during day time catnaps because I can not get comfy at night?   Yeah….  THAT sleep !  Even pillows are not helping 😦

Best Moment of the Week?

This week has been pretty low key since I returned from the beach.  My mom and I met my sister, niece and nephew at Virginia Beach/ Hampton.  It was an amazing time. 
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I even took my little niece to the pool at the hotel one night.  My mom and I spent two days out on the beach and it was really relaxing.  This morning, I had ExamOne come out to administer a physical exam for a new life insurance policy I am getting for 1 million dollars for my baby.  I am gonna go broke paying all these premiums lol.   Well, this policy is actually a lot cheaper than my whole life policy per month.  I feel that it is so worth it.

Symptoms?

Constipation has decided to pay me a visit !  I started taking 3 Colace per day and also eating bite sized prunes.  I also feel this heaviness in the bottom of my abdomen.  Before I got the constipation under control, I could not tell which was which…  Other than insomnia, that is about it for symptoms.

Food Cravings?

I still do not have much of an appetite but I am able to stomach meat now so I have been making a lot of dishes with organic grass fed beef.
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Cubed Steak with onion gravy
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Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Onion Gravy

Food Aversions?

Salty food and sweets.  Everything tastes salty to me since pregnancy, especially my favorite Chick Fil A.   😦

Gender?

It’s A ….  Girl !  (but you already knew that)

Labor Signs?

None

What I Miss?

Sleep

What I Am Looking Forward To?

Holding my baby and seeing her little face and hearing what she sounds like !

Bump?

Still nothing.  Just bloat from the constipation that is finally going down.

Navel In/Out?

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Baby / Mommy Purchases?

I bought another baby hat for the hospital with a huge satin bow.
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Country Fried Cauliflower – Recipe

Ingredients:
1 large head of cauliflower
2 large organic eggs, beaten with 1 Tbsp water
3/4 – 1 c King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated and divided
1/8 tsp sweet spanish paprika
Peanut or Canola oil for frying
Directions:
1. Wash and cut cauliflower into thick (1/2″) slices* from top to bottom of head (the slice will look like a fan); remove all green leaves and excess root. Leave just enough “root” at bottom to hold the sliced clusters together.
2. Mix together flour, spices, and 1 tbsp parmesan cheese. Dip cauliflower in beaten egg mixture; then coat with flour mixture. Add enough peanut oil to cover bottom of skillet and heat to medium high temperature for frying. Cook cauliflower on both sides until golden brown; do not overcook (2 – 3 minutes each side). Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle on fried cauliflower the remaining 1 tbsp parmesan cheese.
3. Serve as side dish or with remoulade sauce for dipping. Delicious!
4. *Note: If some of the clusters break off into smaller pieces that is fine. Just dip them and fry!