Wednesday, June 13, 2012

On raising and taking care of a baby...and a 3, 5 year old

This third time of having a newborn and raising two little kids have been mixed with tears (some mine), love, hugs and relaxed playtimes outside. Surprisingly, this time around nursing and sleeping is a little easier and I am not freaking out every time he spits up or chokes while nursing. 

Brandon and I have noticed that the third time is infinitely more easy than the transition from one to two kids. Maybe because we have learned more tricks of parenting or maybe because the girls are great little buddies who can play together most of the time.

I enjoyed this article about the common concerns after bringing your little one home. I mean, we can all relate with trying to eat relatively healthy, staying regular (yep, I went there) and trying to keep up your milk quality. 

We have been really blessed to have friends and family making awesome meals so we are lucky to not have to worry about meals! So nice. 

If you are a new mom, the best thing I have found is drinking a ton (TON!) of water through the day, eating before you are ravenously shaking hungry (so hard if your nursing and burning those calories) and making sure your getting lots of fiber and fruits and veggies. 

The girls and I love our smoothies. We have smoothie time about everyday and usually have somewhat of this recipe: 

Shmidt Smoothie time 
1 banana 
1 cup plain yogurt 
1/2 cup of oats/or nuts 
1/2 cup of ice
honey to taste 
1-2 cups of strawberries 
Any other fruit you like
1 cup of juice or milk 
1/2 cup of fresh spinach 

This is an awesome smoothie and makes me laugh because the girls don't even know they are eating spinach. Mwa Mwa Ha (insert somewhat sinister laugh). 

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