Question Of The Month:
can I eat foods, such as protein and vegetables, which I know contain important
nutrients, but that I just cannot stomach while being pregnant?
--Jennifer, 8 weeks pregnant
the smell of chicken turn your stomach? Does the sight and taste of vegetables
send you running in the opposite direction?
These are typical food aversions
that many women face during pregnancy. It is important for you to listen to
what your body wants while you are pregnant. Do not try and force yourself to
eat something that you have an aversion to! Instead, try to look for
There are many ways to handle your aversions without compromising
your nutritional needs and the health of your baby.
During your pregnancy, it
is essential that you get enough protein. The amino acids that make up protein
are the building blocks of your body and of your baby's body. If you are having
trouble tolerating chicken, beef, fish, or eggs, try other great sources of
protein such as beans, lentils, soy (e.g., tofu, tempeh, and edamame), nuts and
nut butters, and low-fat dairy (e.g., cottage cheese, sliced cheese, Greek
yogurt, and milk).
If it is just the sight of animal protein that disgusts you,
consider hiding the protein in one of your favorite dishes. For example, use
ground turkey breast to make a whole wheat turkey lasagna. Similar to protein,
vegetables provide essential nutrients, such as vitamin C, folic acid, and
beta-carotene, which are crucial to your baby's growth and development.
are ready to completely "toss" your salad and any other vegetable that appears
on your plate, consider choosing non-traditional forms of vegetables, such as
vegetable soups, veggie burgers, or vegetable juice. You can also hide
vegetables in some of your favorite dishes. For example, add vegetables to
soups, pizza, or pasta and rice dishes. Try to eat your vegetables when you are
feeling your best. You will be more likely to tolerate them. If you feel
nauseous, aim for raw instead of cooked vegetables. Vegetables have a strong
odor when they are heated, which may make nausea worse.
One of the most
important things to remember about eating during pregnancy is to try to eat
regular well-balanced meals and snacks but do not beat yourself up if you
cannot tolerate certain protein-rich foods and vegetables (note: a prenatal
vitamin helps guarantee that your body gets all the nutrients you need). The
stress of beating yourself up will do more harm than good."
of Cameron, 19 months
Certified Dietitian Nutritionist
A Nutritious Life: www.nutritiouslife.com
212.414.4077 ext. 6316
Big City Moms NYC Nursery School Seminar
Come hear leading experts
discuss everything you need to know about the process. If you are
planning to send your children to Nursery School in NYC you will not
want to miss this incredible seminar.
THE PANEL INCLUDES:
Wendy Levey, Director, The Epiphany Community Nursery School
Stephanie Katzman, Director, The Rhinelander School
Roxana Reid - Smart City Kids
Date: Thursday, August 13th
Location: Kidville - 163 East 84th Street
Cost:$30 per person, $40 at the door
Free for Big City Moms Mommy Pass holders!
Join Big City Moms and
Smart City Kids for a seminar on
Public or Private School Education
This seminar is a must for parents who want to learn about the different types of schools in NYC
Date: Wednesday, August 19th
Location: Kidville - 163 East 84th Street
Cost:$30 per person, $40 at the door
Free for Big City Moms Mommy Pass holders!
Sign up at www.bigcitymoms.com
Storytime By Design, a unique story hour designed for children 6 months to 5 years old.
Want to have a private story hour in the park this summer? Get a group of your
best friends together and call StoryTime By Design (917-533-4201).
We will meet you in the park with all our props and
entertain moms and tots with the power of prose.
Email Cori@storytimebydesign.com or Call 917-533-4201 for more information
Every Day's A Party At Moey's Music Party!
Birthdays, Christmas, and Chanukah come only once a year,
but every day's a party in this outrageously fun, interactive music class with beloved award-winning Off-Broadway songwriter, Moey!
Each class introduces children to songs, dances, letters, instruments and props based on a weekly party theme.
Plus a weekly puppet show,bubble bonanza, & take home party favor.
Moey's Music Party Classes for infants - 4 year olds
(the perfect class for siblings!)
CLASSES MEET 9:30 & 10:30 am (new times)Big Daddy's Diner UES
(E 83rd St & 2nd Ave) Wednesdays & Thursdaysand starting September 15 Tuesdays at Big Daddy's Diner UWS (W 93rd and Broadway)
For information call 917-680-6739 or email Moey@moeysmusicparty.com
Next Month's Notes:
Stuff We Love: Rona Jewelry
Do You Have Post-Partum Depression?
Separation Anxiety: How To Handle
How To Fix Common Sleep Problems
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What's The Deal With Early Wake-Ups?
By Deborah Pedrick, Sleep Expert
Why do some kids get up
super early? If your child has always been an early
riser but overall sleeps well and is well rested then I'm sorry to say you just have one of those children. As a parent you can try to establish a "reasonable" wake time as a rule of the house and if that
child tends to wake before that time they learn to stay quiet so others
can still sleep.
On the other hand if this is a sudden change
or gradually the wake time has become earlier, you should be able to
find the culprit. In the world of sleep science the phrase that always
stands true is "sleep begets sleep". So, when we start losing sleep
from one end, eventually the other end starts to go as well. If your
child is waking earlier for the day, you will need to investigate.
yourself these questions:
1. Is my child well rested during the day?
If your child is still taking naps, have they become shorter and less
restorative? If the naps are not restorative and not keeping your
child rested until bedtime then that would be a cause for the earlier
2. Is my child going to bed too late? Has the bedtime been
creeping later and later? sometimes a difference of a 1/2 an hour later
can affect the wake time. Does this mean that your child will get up
even earlier? No, it may not be logical, it's biological.
that if you can answer yes to any of those questions, then chances are
one is either starting to affect the other or has already snowballed
into the other. It's a balance that we keep. If day sleep is not restorative then we have to make up for it at bedtime. Keeping the
balance means better overall sleep and none of those sudden or creeping
early wake ups.
--Deborah Pedrick, Founder, FamilySleep.com and mother of Soren ,age 12
Familysleep is a
consulting service and informational web site with a roster of experts
(all moms) who consult with parents, face to face, over the phone and
even via email. Familysleep's
philosophy reflects that of renowned sleep expert, Dr. Marc Weissbluth
,who was Pedrick's son's pediatrician over a decade ago, and is focused
on helping parents become familiar with their child's healthy sleep
rhythm and incorporating it as best they can into their schedule. For
more info: call 203-559-4674, or visit www.familysleep.com.
Are Babies Bad For Relationships?
By Laurie Puhn
Relationship Communications Expert
You would think that a baby brings a couple closer together, think
A shocking new study reveals that 90 percent
of couples say their relationships are worse after their first baby.
The researchers followed more than 200 couples for eight years after their
wedding and found that the birth of the first baby was followed by more
problems in communication, including increased criticism, withdrawal and
self-reported lack of communication.
In addition, couples suffered from
decreases in confidence that the marriage would last and declines in overall
satisfaction with the marriage, said Brian Doss, assistant psychology professor
at Texan A&M University
and one of the authors of the study.
Romantic Couples Suffer Most
When I interviewed Dr. Doss and I asked him which types of couples suffered the
most, I held out hope that couples who had a good relationship before the birth
were less likely to suffer afterward. Not so. The study found that spouses who
were the most romantic before the birth of their child found the transition to
parenthood the most difficult. "Couples who were really enjoying a lot of the
quality time they were spending before birth had a lot more to lose," Doss
Couples with Girls Do Worse
Couples who have girls had a greater deterioration in their relationship. Doss
said that other studies attribute this to fathers being generally less involved
in the care of a daughter as opposed to a son. Since division of labor is often
one of the biggest obstacles couples face after a baby arrives, a father's
reduced involvement in the care of a girl just exacerbates the issue.
Doss points out that household chore conflicts also tend to get worse
post-pregnancy. "During the pregnancy, men are suddenly more involved in
household duties because the woman can't physically do all that she did before.
That honeymoon period ends after the birth."
Is There Any Hope?
Yes! There are certain factors that make a couple more likely to survive the
new baby period. Read the full article here to
find out whether your relationship is likely to fare better or worse than
Excerpted from Laurie's blog www.expectingwords.com.
--Laurie is a relationship communications expert, family
lawyer/mediator, best-selling author of "Instant Persuasion: How to Change Your
Words to Change Your Life" and is the mother of 1 year old Blake. She writes the blog www.expectingwords.com
, which is
sponsored by ViaCord.
Try It!by Justine Elliott, mom, foodie and amateur toddler chef
Dhal, a Lentil-Based Dish for Finicky Toddlers
As the mother of 16 month old Freddie, I truly enjoy making all of my
It allows me to control the amounts of salt and fat as well as
being able to adjust the consistency and texture to his liking. I would
love him to grow up with the same
passion for food and eating that I have. I moved here from the UK three years ago where I was
an MD so I take a particular interest in healthy eating and diet.
appreciate that not everyone has the time
or necessary know-how. I don't make fresh food daily, I am an
aficionado of the freezer and that makes it much quicker on a daily
basis to provide my son's meals.
Dhal is a type of lentil 'curry' but curry doesn't always mean spicy and although it sounds unlikely, children
seem to love the flavor. Lentils are a great source of protein and if you feel
inclined you can always disguise some small chopped veggies in there as
well. My version is simple, really
nutritious and can be easily frozen.
Once mashed it can be served as a stage two food or as they
get older and like to feed themselves, it can be made firm enough not to fly
off the spoon.
absolutely adores Dhal. Some of my Indian friends recommended it. I
was skeptical but eager to broaden his horizons and taste buds in an
attempt to make him less picky later. He
has been eating dhal since he was about 9 months (as a stage two food)
and loves it. It is a great vegetarian alternative because lentils are
rich in protein.
hope you enjoy making the below recipe for dhal and that your kids will enjoy eating it!
6 cups boiling water
1 vegetable stock cube
2 cups of lentils (any variety)
1 cinnamon stick
1 large onion, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
3 teaspoons of curry powder
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of turmeric
Rinse lentils under a running tap to remove any grit.
Dissolve stock cube in boiling water, add lentils and bring
to the boil. Add whole cinnamon stick and simmer until the lentils are tender.
(Varies according to the type of lentil.
Use packet instructions as a guide).
Meanwhile, fry onion, garlic and all other spices over a
medium heat and cook until onions are tender and translucent. Add this onion
mixture to the cooked lentils and stock.
Stir through and continue to cook for a few extra minutes.
Remove cinnamon stick and mash lentils together with the
Can be also frozen in portions for future meals.
Travel Light - Even With Baby
When there's a baby to consider, the preparation for a
family vacation can be so daunting that it's hard to look forward to a week of
family togetherness. You could fill a
skycap's cart with bags packed just for your little one - forget packing for
your own needs!
Here are some tips to help you travel light. By following these helpful hints, you'll be
able to focus on the pleasures that your destination offers once you arrive,
rather than the stress of just getting there.
Don't schlep it, ship it!
In a time when airlines are sticking to strict weight limits
and charging passengers for extra checked luggage, it's important to keep
baggage to a minimum. Think about bulky
or heavy items that you could ship to your destination ahead of time (be sure
to call your hotel or your host to let them know to expect the packages). Diapers.com is a great resource to purchase a
week's supply of diapers and formula at a discount - but before you box up your
spare Pack'n'Play, call the hotel to ask if they have cribs available.
Consistency is key
By now, you
and your baby have developed certain routines
- bath and bedtime rituals, naptime schedules, songs you sing every
night. Whatever your routine, try your
best to stick to them, even on vacation.
Purchase small toiletry bottles and travel with baby's favorite bath
products and lotions. Bring along the CD
that never fails to soothe. Most
importantly - never forget the security object.
A busy baby is a happy baby
need to take along every toy your
baby has ever had an interest in, but it's a good idea to travel with a few
items to keep baby occupied. Think about
things that can fit easily into your carry-on:
board books and bubbles are great options. Don't forget that almost anything can entertain your child - got a near-empty Altoids tin in
your purse? Throw in some pennies, close
it securely with a rubber band and voila!
A brand new rattle!
Make time for Mommy (and Daddy too!)
Vacation is a wonderful time to spend with your family - but
if you spend all of your time as a
caretaker, the relaxation aspect is lost.
Try to plan some time for yourself - whether it's an hour at the spa or
an evening with your spouse. Visiting a
relative? Perhaps they can watch the
baby one evening. Traveling to a hotel? Most concierges can put you in touch with a
reputable babysitting service - calling ahead will give you the chance to check
the service's references and credentials.
Brandoff is the founder of Chaos Theory Inc.,
a professional organizing service.
Crib Notes: How did you come up with the idea for Fun Munchkin?
Spotlight on Mompreneur:
Illustrator of Children's Art
our occasional series, Crib
Notes highlights women who,inspired by motherhood, went on to launch
their own business. Candice Perlin is the founder of Fun Munchkin
(www.funmunchkin.com), a collection of whimsical artwork for children available in a variety of formats including ready-to-hang, placemats and greeting cards.
Candice Perlin: I have always had a passion for illustrating children's art. I am a teacher, and earned my master's degree in Early Childhood Education.
Though I love teaching, I was fortunate enough to become a
stay-at-home Mommy after I had my son, Benjamin. During the day, I
enjoyed spending all my time with my son. But during Benny's naps, and when he
decided to sleep at night, I began to concentrate my love of
illustrating into creating an art portfolio. As my portfolio
progressed, I realized how much fun I was having and how serious I felt
about pursuing my passion. That's when I decided to go for it!
CN: When did you realize
your idea might be a viable business?
got a lot of positive feedback from family, friends, and children's
store owners. I also saw how well children connected to my art. My
son and his friends love to look at my pictures and point to the different animal characters. I had my work displayed in my favorite local cafe, Cafe Haba, for a few months as I was starting out, and the employees there told me
that the children who came in were excited by my work and would take
pictures of it on their parents' cell phones. This positive feedback
made me realize that my art was commercially viable.
CN: What advice would you give to other aspiring mompreneurs?
you are passionate about creating a business, go for it!..but
go at your own pace. Being a Mommy is so much work, so if you are
just starting out with an idea for a business, take time to plan it
out, and don't overwhelm yourself from the get-go. Take it one step at a time and
organize your thoughts. Make sure that your idea is viable before
investing too much of yourself into it. For myself, it was about
learning to balance my time. Once Benjamin began to have a consistent
sleeping routine, I knew that those hours when he slept was my time to
devote to my artwork. Once you do get started, always believe in your
work and be persistent!
Thanks for reading! See you next month!
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