Over the past 5 weeks, there have been many instances when I have thought to myself that motherhood is the hardest, most selfless job in the world, but, boy, did I ever realize it yesterday! The best part about being sick is being about to stay in bed for 10 hours at a time, but when you have a baby, this is just not possible. My hair is disheveled, I’ve got Kleenexes in my nose, my muscles ache, I’m coughing up phlegm…and I’ve got to cater to my wee boy, he who wakes up every 1.5 hours, he who thinks it is fun to stay WIDE AWAKE between 4 and 5:30 am, he whose favourite thing (aside from eating) is being held by someone doing lunges. No joke! He loves being held by someone doing deep, wide squats. I realized yesterday that I did squats on a daily basis when I was pregnant in an attempt to strengthen my legs for childbirth. I guess he got used to them in utero and has decided he wants me to keep up the good work. He is like a pint-sized personal trainer!
In other news…
Because I am sick, I had every intention yesterday to eat as healthfully as possible. I ate fruit salad for breakfast and drank my weight in green tea. But there is something about being sick that makes me want to eat junk, and I ate A LOT. Christmas treats have infiltrated my house and I am powerless against their righteous forces! Of course, all of that sugar and fat just ends up making me feel ten times worse in the end. WHEN WILL I LEARN?!!?
So I begin today – again – with the intentions to eat as healthfully as possible. Somehow, I managed to make myself oat bran for breakfast. This involved putting Henry down, racing to the kitchen for 30 seconds, then racing back to him because he, of course, was crying (I wasn’t doing squats after all!). I managed to make this in these 30 second increments and I ate it while nursing. Multi-talented!
Just plain oat bran with raspberries, blueberries and a bit of cinnamon. This is lacking in protein so I will probably have some milk for a snack. Unlike other hot cereals, I like to eat oat bran without any milk, yogurt, or sugar. Oat bran is a great alternative to oats because it offers more soluble fibre which soaks up and eliminates harmful LDL cholesterol. It is also lower in calories than regular oats and it has a slightly better nutrient profile too, with higher amounts of protein, iron, vitamin B and vitamin E. And, no, I did not just know this off the top of my head. This is courtesy of the January 2011 issue of Chatelaine magazine 🙂
I have already made a giant green salad for today’s lunch so I am good until suppertime, binges on Christmas treats not withstanding.