It was 57 degrees when I woke up yesterday.  Glorious!  Sorry Suzie, but I love this cooler weather.  I am just pissed that this cough is preventing me from doing anything active.  I’d say I am about 75% back to normal.  Just sometimes out of nowhere I’ll start coughing my head off. 

I made a breakfast hash yesterday for breakfast.  4 ounces of baked potato, 2 ounces deli ham, 1 egg, 1 cup baby spinach and 1/2 an ounce of cheddar cheese.  On the side was 1.5 ounces of bread I made over the weekend with a pat of butter.  Breakfast comes in at 486 calories, 20 fat, 46 carbs, 4 fiber and 33 protein.

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Still no exercise for me yet – it would have been a perfect day to go on a walk. Sad smile  The other bad part about not working out is that my work day seems about 10 hours long – I miss the break of going to the gym.

I had leftovers for lunch.  And it was delicious!  I took 3 ounces of the leftover turkey breast from the weekend and tossed it in a ziploc bag with about 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning and 1 teaspoon of water.  Then I took 1/2 a cup of leftover baked beans and added 1 tablespoon of Frank’s hot sauce and mixed that together.

On the bottom, 2 corn tortillas, 1/4 cup of baked beans per taco, split the turkey breast, then a sprinkling of cheddar cheese and put them in my office toaster oven until everything was heated up.  Topped with lettuce and grilled cherry salsa, and had 1 ounce of chips and more grilled cherry salsa on the side.  This plate of deliciousness comes in at 487 calories, 11 fat, 73 carbs (wow!), 12 fiber and 26 protein.

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I have Tony to thank for dinner.  Now ladies, if your husband can’t cook (mine definitely can though!) this is a meal for him to make.  Take a package of smoked sausage and 1 box of Zataran’s red beans and rice.  Put them both in a rice cooker and run it through one cycle.  So simple and I loved that dinner was ready when I got home from work – thanks Tony!

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I had mine on a bed of baby spinach.  Dinner comes in at 550 calories, 26 fat, 64 carbs, 10 fiber and 25 protein.

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And I am proud to say, no night time snacking!  So while I did good yesterday calorie wise, 1523 calories, um guess how much sodium I had yesterday?  (Skippy, you should skip this next sentence!)  5,941!  Holy shit, no wonder I’ve been so thirsty lately!  I plan on drinking a gallon of water today to flush out all that sodium, I really need to put that on my radar.

Alright, I may be upsetting the apple cart with this next topic, but can KERF have her f_cking baby yet?!  I’ve never known anyone to research more about giving birth, or how her uterus feels, or buying maternity pants 8 weeks into pregnancy in my life.  Her latest BERF topic was how to prepare for the mother, which including buying stool softeners, because you never know.

I’m trying to be conservative introducing the tea. The tea is thought to tone the uterus and prepare it for efficient contractions – it isnot supposed to induce labor.

Really?  She’s drinking tea so that her uterus can have more efficient contractions?  I know she’s super Type A, but she’s going to have a rude awakening if she ends up giving birth to a colicky baby. 

She’s also talked about potty training:

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But perhaps the answer to the question of how to handle the poop is to not using either disposables or cloth. I was recently introduced to something called Elimination Communication. Have you heard of it? Parents train their infants to go to the bathroom in the toilet while they hold them over it. And to put it simply, it’s kind of like dog training. You watch your baby closely for cues that they have to go and hold them over the toilet, make a ‘ssssssss’ noise and they let it out. They do still wear diapers because there are usually some “misses,” as they call them, but the diaper changing is much, much less of a strain and potty training usually happens much earlier.

There is information on this site, and I also met a woman in Cville who started doing it at 4 months at a baby fair. And Pregtastic did a very helpful episode on it that explained it in everyday language.

It makes a lot of sense to me. According to the episode, babies are aware of when they are going to eliminate. They are in control of their bladders and bowels. But we train them to ignore these cues and go in a diaper whenever they want. That makes real potty training pretty difficult because we have to un-train the behavior of going whenever they want and re-train what was natural to begin with!

The experts recommend starting EC around 4 months, but you can start earlier, and there are a variety of ways to do it. Since an infant can’t sit on the toilet yet (or even a potty chair), the parents sit with the baby backwards on the toilet and make the sounds (ssss). Watch this video to see it in action!


How the hell are babies aware that they are going to eliminate? 

So here’s the question of the day:  KERF fan or not?  I am definitely not.