So gorgeous at 51!
Maisie is a foodie, I can already tell this now. She has been demanding everything we eat since about 5 months. So far, there is nothing she won’t eat (except juice and milk). She sneaks drinks of black coffee or tea out of my cup, if I am not looking.
Spicy curries, Persian kebab, Vietnamese pho? NOM NOM NOM will be her answer.
Garlic Okra Pickles? MORE PLEASE!!
Crab legs?: Don’t take her to an all-you-can-eat crab leg buffet, they WILL charge you!
Strawberries and raw green onions from the garden: GOBBLES them up.
Unless it’s the odd organic veggie/fruit pouch or some baby cereal (rarely), she eats what we eat- in amounts that are astonishing. She’s been clocking in between 25th-50th percentile for weight- and OFF THE CHARTS in height, consistently.
Today’s Breakfast Menu:
Eggs Scrambled with Dill
Avocado Mashed w/Sriracha, S & P- on toast.
Water (because she seems to dislike juice and milk. Getting her to drink her bottles is a chore)
I generally make enough to feed her, plus enough to throw on her table so she can ‘feed’ herself. She is 10 months old, so her self-feeding skills are not quite spectacular, but our 3 Newfoundland dogs appreciate her technique.
I often wonder if she eats such a varied (and highly spiced) menu because that is what I ate during gestation and breast feeding. I was RAW VEGAN and juicing prior to becoming pregnant (and during the first month). I developed an insatiable craving for avocados straight away. THAT led to a sudden and urgent need for chicken wings, which I despised pre-pregnancy. Those chicken wings were the death knell to my healthy vegan lifestyle…
I feed her solids 3-4 times a day, not including her bottle feedings. I am no longer breast feeding because I had issues with milk production due to an earlier breast lift and reduction years ago.
I am thankful that she has no food issues- I went through TWO picky eaters, my middle and youngest son. My eldest boy was exactly like Maisie in terms of ‘foodiness’. By the time he was two, Sam was leafing through magazines and asking me to cook him ‘magazine food’.
What IS a first for me is that she’s not overweight. I thank my lucky stars that she did not seem to inherit my metabolism.
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Prior to my (accidental) conception of this child (at age 45), I had been going through a month-long juice and salad cleanse. I started on ubiquinol supplements about 3 months prior. I was also taking regular vitamin D3 (for my lupus) and lugol’s iodine drops (2-3 drops in my water, 1x a day).
Supplements prior to conception:
- Naturewise Ubiquinol 100 mg 1x/day. For more info, see this previous blog post.
- Lugol’s iodine, for good thyroid health. 2-3 drops 1x/day in my water.
- Vitamin D3 10,000 ius 1x/day
Supplements taken AFTER conception/during pregnancy:
- Lugol’s iodine 2-3 drops 1x/day in my water. Great article on fetal intelligence and higher IQs in babies because of iodine supplementation HERE. Another article about why iodine is so important during pregnancy HERE.
- Maca (first 2 months of pregnancy, to prevent miscarriage) 2 tablespoons per day, usually blended in a green juice. Article HERE.
- Vitamin D3 10,000 ius 1x/day. Cuts down on pregnancy complications and risks (like pre-eclampsia), article HERE. More reasons why D3 is vital for brain development HERE. High doses also lead to better muscle mass and less type 1 diabetes- article HERE.
- Prenatal vitamins these are pretty standard.
In addition, I was also on high blood pressure medication (Labetalol), progesterone, and heparin for my high blood pressure, progesterone issues, and Factor V Leiden blood clotting disorder.
Even with my 65 lb. weight gain, I did NOT get gestational diabetes nor did I develop preeclampsia, something they worry about in older pregnancies.
My child was born at week 37 by scheduled c-section and weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her Apgar score was perfect.
Knock wood, she has been uttering words since 2 months and is very intelligent and strong. At nearly 10 months, this child is already very advanced in speech and growth. She’s my little social butterfly dancing fool. 🙂