Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Personal Paleo Code

It's been about a year since I discovered that eating Paleo works for me.  In the past year, I've gone from trying to follow the guidelines as strictly as possible to relaxing the rules completely (during my pregnancy).  Now I'm working on getting back to eating Paleo.

I choose to follow eating Paleo 80% of the time.  I couldn't figure out why that worked for me, but I would allow certain non-Paleo foods in small amounts and I wouldn't get headaches or brain fog or any of the other symptoms that other non-Paleo foods would cause.  For example, when I first tried Paleo, I found it was very difficult to go 100% without any grains, so after a week or so, I allowed some brown rice in my diet and didn't suffer any adverse issues.  However, if I eat pasta or bread nowadays, I'll usually feel a little "off" when I do.  So why did that happen?  I couldn't find an answer until I read Chris Kresser's book The Paleo Cure.

Monday, February 23, 2015

While I Was Away...

Wow, taking a break from blogging was the best thing ever!  Who knew that a blogging vacation was just what I needed?

What did I do with my two weeks away from SuperSmartMama?  Good, good stuff:

I Spent an Entire Saturday with My Son

Hubby got sick last weekend, which completely changed that day's plans.  Hubby ended up watching Baby O (armed with a bottle and some pumped milk) and the three year old and I spent the day together.  We had a birthday party to attend so we hit the local mall, 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Time for a Break

Hey friends, I've decided it's time for me to take a little hiatus from blogging.

I've been burning the candle from both and ends and we all know how that turns out.  After some reflection this weekend, I decided I need to take a break from SuperSmartMama so that I can focus my energies on some key areas of my life that need a little extra attention:

Child #1
Bottom line?  I need to spend more time with this cutie.  He's my first kid and he knows it.  Spoiled with mama's love, now he has to watch me spend all my time with Baby O and I'm still working on the right formula to find time so that we can hang out on our own at least a couple of times a week.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thinking Out Loud...Asleep?

I've been writing my latest Thinking Out Loud post across several sleep training sessions this week.  Baby O is now two months old so we've decided it's time to start moving away from co-sleeping and towards independent sleeping.  The sleep training started on Monday and let me tell you it is alot of work!!

Any moms out there want to trade/share sleep training stories?  I've been on the hunt to read about other moms and their sleep training.  If you know of any blogs I should visit, please please please share in the comments below.

OK, so let's talk about something other than babies.  Here's what I've been dreaming about lately.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Return to Paleo

It's time to return to eating Paleo.

Seriously.  I've been mentally psyching myself up for an entire week.  After all, February marks my one year anniversary of when I started eating Paleo!  I gave myself a bit of a break during my pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.  It was too hard to not eat some carbs (read = crackers) as I had the worst morning sickness.

So the plan was hatched: I was supposed to get back on the Paleo bandwagon on February 1, and then I realized that that was Super Bowl Sunday.

So I told myself I would start on Monday.  February 2.  It didn't quite happen.

So here we are, I have to share my eats from Tuesday.  Thank you, Jenn, and the What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) link-up!  I finally found some motivation to kick me in the pants and get me moving in that direction.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Raising a Child with Hearing Loss: Support and Resources

I am mother to a three-year-old who wears hearing aids.  It's not unusual for people to stop me when I'm running errands with my son and get asked, "What's he wearing in his ears?"  I'll explain he's wearing hearing aids and the next question we often get is, "Can't they fix that with surgery?"

About this Series

I'd like to share with you the story of what it's been like these first three years, raising a child with mild moderate sensorineural hearing loss.  It's been a long but educational journey, so I'm breaking it up into the following posts:
Part 1: Detection in Newborns
Part 2: Getting Hearing Aids
Part 3: Support and Resources - this post
Part 4: Developing Language and Communication
Part 5: Speech Therapy

Note: I am not an audiologist, speech therapist, or any sort of professional with training in hearing.  I am just a mother sharing my story of raising a child with hearing loss.  I am including references throughout my posts for those who wish to look up more information on hearing loss!

Support: Who Can Help?

Depending on where you live, there are a myriad of people who can help you and your child once s/he has been diagnosed with hearing loss.  Think of this group of people as a "team" that will support you and your child:
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