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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How Do You Save on Baby Clothes?

Everybody knows that hitting up the thrift stores, rummaging through clearance racks, getting hand-me-downs, and using coupons are great ways to save dough.  But what about recycling?  Princess grows so fast, sometimes I can't keep up with her wardrobe.  What I can do is find ways to have her wear her clothes for as long as possible.  This dress was gifted to her by daddy's co-worker.  It's size 6-9 months and she's 18 months old.  I managed to turn it into baby doll top.  When paired with jeans, a long sleeve onesie and cute kicks, you have a bangin' outfit!

Forget about seasons!  I've been known to dress her in summer clothes during the winter too.  It's all about pairing garments the right way.  The longer she rocks her baby gear, the more mula we save!  How do you save on clothes for your little one?

Weather Anchor Mama

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday Best

I wouldn't consider myself a religious person, but I do believe in God.  I won't lie and say I go to church every Sunday shouting "hallelujah- praise the lord!"  But, I would like to change that.

It's pretty sad that the last time I went to church was Christmas Day.  The time before that was Princess's baptism.

My baby girl's baptism was definitely a proud moment.  But I can't say the same for our infrequent attendance.  Looking back at my childhood, my mom had us in church every Sunday.  It didn't matter which one, just as long as we went.  I must confess -it became more of a chore and I hated going.  I had a hard time focusing on the service.  Plus, I found myself questioning everything in the Bible.  I grew frustrated when the Sunday school teacher would give me any 'ol answer just to shut me up.

I also attended a Catholic University and again had many of those same questions.  Sure enough- the nun would answer, "just have faith."  That became the generic answer for everything.  Despite my feelings, I still want to give Princess the opportunity to attend church.  Whatever she chooses when she gets older, would be totally up to her.

After a long hiatus, we finally made to service this past Sunday.  Here's Princess all dressed up in her Sunday best!  This is the first Sunday of many more to come!
Do you bring your kiddies church every Sunday?

Weather Anchor Mama


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Do You Know Your Hair?

I thought I knew my hair.  As it turns out, I really don't.  But in my journey to go natural, I've learned a ton.  I know it's only been a couple of weeks since I made my special announcement.  But after researching hair stories, I'm finally starting to figure it all out.

In a recent post, I chatted about hair that hooks.  For some reason my hair has been curling and crinking up mid-strand.  I couldn't understand why.  However, another blogger by the name of Goldenangel graciously referred me to Hairlosophy.  I also stumbled across a detailed description and illustration on  Both sites break it all down.  Hair that hooks, mid-strand knots, and tresses that crinkle all point to the same problem...not enough moisture.  I used to add moisture by greasing my scalp and hair a few times a week.  But ever since I started my television career, I've limited the amount of oils I use.  Why you ask?  Well, I noticed that the more hair grease meant the more weighed down my hair looked.  It just didn't look or feel right.

Ditching the grease for a more bouncy look was a huge faux pa on my part.  It's done nothing but damage my hair.  With just one sweep of the comb through my hair, causes my mane to chip away.  I know that it's normal to lose 100 to 150 strands each day, but I've been losing a lot more than that.

So, I'm on a mission to get to know my hair better.  Right now it's screaming, "I'm thirsty!"  Number one on my list is to combat dryness by regaining moisture.  I have a few products that I'm trying out, and I'll be sure to share my newest hair care regimen.  Stay tuned!  Don't forget to dish yours!  Sharing is caring!

How well do you know your hair?  

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Nursing Diaries (Part Seven)

"Change of Heart"

I used to be one of those people who would get grossed out at the site of mother nursing her toddler.  Now that I'm a mom, I take it back.  Princess is 18 months and I can't believe we've made it this far!  She still loves the boob and has no desire to give it up any time soon.  She's so hooked, I think I may have to send her to booby rehab.

The original plan was to breastfeed for a year.  Even though nursing was a bit challenging in the beginning, I was able to keep up.  Nursing and pumping came easy after a while.  I never had to substitute with formula.  I felt like I conquered the world!  Princess dined solely on my milk for the first 6 months.  At that point I began adding solids to her diet.  By 9 months she was pretty much eating 3 meals a day.  I thought she'd eventually wean herself because she loved food so much!  Boy was I wrong!

When she turned 12 months, Princess was still attached to the boob.  In fact, she still wakes up for her nightly fix.  There's no set schedule for our sessions.  But, she randomly undresses me and reaches in for the kill.  So here's the kicker...the other day she asked, "booby?"  I used to feel that if a kid can ask for breast milk, then it's time to call it quits. However, now I have a completely different take on the whole thing.

I won't lie and say breastfeeding is easy breezy.  There have been times when I've had to calm her cries by whipping out a boob in a random public place.  It's been 18 months and we're still nursing strong, and through it all I've learned so much.  The most valuable lesson here is to never say never.  So the next time you see a mom nursing a toddler, don't react the way I did before.

Oh, as for boob rehab...not a chance!  I'll be nursing until whenever.

Weather Anchor Mama

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hair That Hooks

 Does your hair do anything funky? Mine does. Check it out!

Weather Anchor Mama

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Learning Made Fun

I have to admit I wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed growing up.  Don't get it twisted, I always had common sense.  But when it came to school, I had to work hard for those A's and B's.  I wonder if Princess will have the same problem when she starts elementary school.  I know it's kinda early, but I'm a planner in case you haven't noticed.  I breezed through subjects pertaining to the arts such as English.  However, I struggled in classes like Math and Science. 

You're probably thinking that it's a bit ironic, since my profession weighs heavily on Math and Science.  The truth is that I never planned on being a weather anchor.  A news director at a local station in New York offered me a gig forecasting the weather out of the blue one day.  The opportunity fell right into my lap.  How could I have said no?  We made a deal that required me to do features and entertainment in addition to signing on as the weather anchor.  My agent at the time- encouraged me to take classes to help with weather forecasting.

I signed up to take some online courses, which I thought would be pretty easy.  Boy, was I wrong.  I didn't realize that there was so much numbers and symbols involved!  I had to hire a tutor to get me through my calculus courses.

All these math classes have got me thinking about my daughter's education.  We're so fortunate to have such a great daycare.  Princess actually learns lessons having to with cognitive, language, social, and physical activities.

In just a few years she'll be starting kindergarten, and I hope that her education will be just as detailed and enjoyable as it is at daycare.  I found this great website that incorporates differentiated instruction. It teaches kids math through fun computer games.  According to technology is now considered by most educators and parents to be an integral part of providing a high-quality education. 

Obviously sites like didn't exist when I went to school.  In fact, learning math was tough and my teachers didn't exactly make it fun.  Most times I'd stare at the clock until school ended.  If there was a site like this one that combined learning and fun, maybe I wouldn't have had such a hard time with math growing up.  Princess has a while before she starts elementary school, but I hope that her school will take advantage of free sites like this when the time comes. 

Does your child's school incorporate websites that build math proficiency into their curriculum?

Weather Anchor Mama

Babysitting While White

We've all heard of the expression, "driving while black."  But how about, "babysitting while white?"  A white grandfather and former journalist blogged about his experience of being detained by cops while walking with his black granddaughter.  The black person in me thought finally!  It's not a black man!  But, then I had to really think about this situation further.

We often hear about five-o pulling black people over for no apparent reason.  I've had black friends  tell me they were stopped by cops because they match the description of a criminal on the loose.  So when I read this article, I was kinda pleasantly surprised.  Then I thought about how this man's five year old granddaughter must have felt, and I had an about face.  How insensitive could I be?  I have a daughter of my own.  We count on the police to keep our children safe from child predators, but I hope that they'd do it with caution, and not scare our little ones.  It seems like that was not the case here.  The grandfather revealed how terrified the little girl became after being questioned by the officer.

Speaking of sex offenders, this guy could have been one.  But, he surely didn't deserve being cuffed. In his blog, Grits for Breakfast he also detailed having gone through being stopped and questioned while babysitting his granddaughter - not once, but twice.  Despite offering phone numbers to confirm their relationship, the cops ignored his plea.

This story does hit close to home.  While I haven't been detained by the boys in blue, I'm always asked if Princess is mine.  If I were to get held up by police like this guy did, I'd probably freak!

White or black, I'm sick of hearing about stories like this.  There are too many reports of innocent people being wrongfully detained, shot, and killed- all because they are racially targeted.

How do we stop this from happening?

Weather Anchor Mama


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Transition to Natural

I've struggled and researched long and hard about this decision. But, now I'm ready to take the plunge!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Are Mixed Marriages Likely to Fail?

Every little girl dreams about her wedding day. As a kid, I remember telling my friends that I wanted to get married at 22, have a kid by 24, and have a fabulous career. I thought I had it all planned. But I never really placed a face on the guy standing next to me at the alter. My husband-to-be changed according to whoever my crush was at the time. But let’s face it- we don’t know exactly who or when we’ll marry, until it’s time.

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is white and I’m black. I didn’t foresee marrying outside of my race. I just met a great guy-who happened to be white. We fell in love, got hitched, and had a beautiful daughter. Now it seems like there are a lot more interracial couples exchanging vows.

According to a Daily News article written by the Associated Press, the number of integrated marriages has reached 4.8 million. The Pew Research Center claims that marriages across racial and ethnic lines have more than doubled in the past three decades.

It’s pretty refreshing to read that people are becoming more open minded about finding a partner outside his or her race. I’ve always been a firm believer that one shouldn’t marry a person based on skin color or ethnicity. But when I read that divorce rates are higher for interracial couples it made me question why mixed couples choose to join hands in holy matrimony. According to the Associated Press,

"One study conducted a decade ago determined that mixed-race couples had a 41 percent chance of separation or divorce, compared to a 31 percent chance for those who married within their race.

Another analysis found divorce rates among mixed-race couples to be more dependent on the specific race combination, with white women who married outside their race more likely to divorce. Mixed marriages involving blacks and whites also were considered least stable, followed by Hispanic-white couples."

While this study seems to imply that people are getting divorced because they are in a mixed-race marriage, I question whether or not the rise in interracial couples tying the knot is such a huge accomplishment. If the rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved- according to Cornell University Professor Daniel Lichter- then divorce rates among mixed marriages may cancel out that theory. Don’t you think?

I can’t speak for all multicultural couples. But as a black woman married to a white man, I do agree that there are racial differences. I don’t expect my husband to fully understand my black struggles, but he is sensitive to them. He’ll never be able to relate to many racial experiences I’ve had, but he listens. He’s able to sympathize with whatever it is I’m going through. In general, I think all marriages have ups and downs. Sometimes you’ll have to make sacrifices, but that’s true for all marriages. As long as there’s love, communication, and understanding that all that matters. I would love to sit down with these integrated couples and find out why they decided to sign those divorce papers. I think the implication of marriages ending because of race seems quite bizarre.

My hubby and I have been married for 7 years and still going strong!

Are Mixed Marriages Likely to Fail?

Weather Anchor Mama

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Simple Works Best for us on Valentines Day

It's Valentine's Day and I have to be honest.  My hubby and I really didn't have anything elaborate planned.  Since we both had to work, we celebrated early by going out to lunch with Princess over the weekend.  We agreed that we wouldn't get each other gifts.  But, I woke up this morning thinking maybe I can just pick something up at the mall on my way back from dropping Princess off at daycare.  But how the heck was I supposed to go to the mall, finish up my quizes, make dinner, get dressed, and make it to work on time?  It boggles my mind how I'm able to fit all that in.  But I managed just fine.

It was easy to pick out a tie and card, but making dinner was probably one of the biggest hurdles.  Skipping it on Valentine's Day was out of the question.  So I whipped up a simple dish that I know my hubby and hopefully Princess would enjoy- chicken and pineapple with brown rice and plantains.  I had less than 30 minutes to haul ass and make it in to work on time.  

Here's the Pineapple Chicken recipe:
4 slices of boneless skinless chicken breast cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons of honey dijon dressing
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
2 teaspoons lawry's seasoning salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons diced onions
fresh pineapple (use as much as you like)
2 teaspoons brown sugar

I find that I can cut preparation time in half by using foil.

Prep time, cooking, and clean up is a breeze with foil!
I combined all the ingredients, wrapped in foil, and let it bake at 350 degrees.  While in the oven, I got ready for work.  It was done in about 35 minutes.

Sometimes all you need to do is whip up a simple dish on Valentines Day.  I'm sure your honey would appreciate it.

What did you do for your honey on Valentines Day?

Weather Anchor Mama


Monday, February 13, 2012

Addicted to That Creamy Crack

I'm an addict!  There...I said it.  I'll even shout it from the mountain top!  But, does my addiction mean that I'm a bad person?  Does it mean I have no self love?  No.  It just makes my life easier.  In my line of work appearance is extremely important.  Just turn on your T.V, and flip through magazine pages.  How many women are rockin' their natural locks?  Okay, maybe there are a few actresses out there.  However, anchors and reporters sporting natural do's are pretty rare.

I can see it now.  I walk into the newsroom with my beautiful natural kinky mane.  It wouldn't take long for my boss to call me in the office.  Some women choose to wear a wig to conform to what T.V. heads consider to be "acceptable."  Sometimes I ask myself, "why isn't natural hair common in the news biz?"  I've seen people not get hired because of their kinky locks.  It's pretty sad.  If I decide to get off the creamy crack, do I put my career in jeopardy?

Since becoming a mom, I've noticed a big change in my hair.  When I was pregnant, it grew like weeds.  Now almost two years after giving birth, it's been shedding like crazy.  I've been researching ways to go back to my roots, but I'm a little apprehensive.  It'll be a long process that I'm not quite sure I can manage.  I'm mostly concerned about the in between process.  My hair is already falling out.  Would it get worse?  Would it be difficult to style?  If I wasn't on-air, I wouldn't have to worry about how it looked.  I'd just put it in a ponytail and bounce.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to do that for work.  I don't think the bosses would go for that.

I have a lot to think about.  For now, I'll continue to deep condition and take vitamins to prevent more breakage from happening.  I'm not ruling out going back to my natural roots.  I just have to figure out how I'll be able to balance working out and styling my hair for work everyday.  So, I'll keep getting my creamy crack fix until I can figure out how to make the transition back to my natural roots.

Do you rock a natural do?  Have you gone from perm to natural?  Please share your story!

Weather Anchor Mama


Friday, February 10, 2012

Will My Next Baby be a Home Delivery?

As I've mentioned before, I am a planner.  So when I found out I was preggers, preparing for my bundle of joy was a no brainer.  I found a great ob-gyn, and a fantastic hospital.  I read up on everything involving being pregnant.  From diet and exercise to everything leading up to delivery.  I wanted to make sure I had all my i's dotted and my t's crossed.

I was especially curious about the labor process.  I remember asking my doctor if it was ok to deliver my baby in a different position.  I didn't plan on getting an epidural and researched ways to cope with child-birthing pains.

The conversation went something like this:
Me: "Would it be ok if I move around during labor?"
Doc: "I don't think you'd be in any condition to move about much, once those contractions get strong."
Me: "I know.  But, I've read that moving around will help with the pain and dilation."
Doc: "You're free to walk around.  But once we're ready to push, you'll have to be in bed."
Me: "On my back?  Would it be ok if I pushed kneeling down, if I were more comfortable?"
Doc: "Absolutely not!"

I  later learned that hospitals would allow you to walk around before being 10 centimeters dilated.  But once you're drugged and ready to push, you have to lie on your back with your legs up and spread eagle during the pushing phase.  I wondered if I made the right choice of giving birth in the hospital.  I read about the risks of getting the epidural.  All the side effects made me extremely nervous.  Besides, I wanted the liberty of moving around without being tied to machines the entire time.

I researched at home deliveries and considered changing my birthing plans.  But later stuck with the original one, since I was so far along in my pregnancy.  Sometimes I wonder how my experience would have been, if I had given birth at home.  I recently stumbled across this article on CNN Health which states that home births are on the rise.   It's most common in women over 35 who have already experienced child birth.  While there's no clear cut reason as to why more women are choosing to deliver at home, one doctor theorizes that home births cost less than hospital births.  Also, some moms-to-be may be dissatisfied with hospital care, and feel more comfortable with one-on-one attention.

I have a ways to go before I even reach 35, but a home birth is something that I would consider.  Since I've already experience child birth and don't have any health concerns, maybe this could be right up my alley.  I'd be free to roam about, deliver in any position, and I wouldn't be medicated.  I wouldn't have to deal with those hospital rules.

Even though I'd have more freedom during delivery, there would still be a lot to consider.  For me, safety is numero uno.  What if something goes wrong?  What if I can't hold out on getting an epi like the last time?  My midwife may end up having to send me to the hospital anyway.  But, what if I don't make it and go into cardiac arrest or something.  Then what?!

If it's one thing I've learned since becoming a mom, you can plan everything leading up to d-day.  But you can't plan your delivery.

Would you ever consider giving birth at home?

Weather Anchor Mama


Teach Your Kids to Fight Back!

I don't take Princess to the store often.  But when I do, I don't take my eyes off of her.  As a parent, you can't always be there with your child.  However you can teach them how to fight back, if someone tries to attack.  A former colleague of mine did a story about a brave 7 year-old-girl who fought off a potential kidnapper.

Have you taught your kiddos how to fight back?

Weather Anchor Mama

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It's a Curl Review

I'm always on the hunt for the latest beauty finds for myself, but lately I've been searching for the right products for Princess.  A couple of other mommy bloggers recommended that I try "It's a curl."  As I mentioned before, her mane is beginning to come in.  As you can tell by the photos below, her hair is straight in the front and at the sides.  But, she has some small curls in the back.  

I've made some bad mistakes in the past, and now I'm extra careful about what I put in Princess's hair.  I chatted with the folks at "It's a Curl."  They were a huge help in identifying my baby girl's hair texture, and selected a few products for us to try.  

The great thing about this line is that it doesn't contain harmful ingredients like parabens, sulphates, silicones, mineral oil, or animal by parts.  It's all natural!  I received the peek-a-boo tearless shampoo, patty cake baby curl conditioner, ring around the curlies leave in cream, and the itsy bitsy spirals moisturizer.  I couldn't wait to try them out.  Each product is very light and doesn't coat her hair which means no heavy build up.  I like the fact that the itsy bitsy spirals moisturizer isn't greasy.  If you do decide to use it, you may need to apply a couple times during the day.  Since Princess is always running around, her curls tend to flatten out in the back.  

So if your little one has tendrils, you may want to give this line a try.  The peeps at "It's a Curl" will help you find the right product for your baby boy or girl.

What kinds of products are you using now??

Weather Anchor Mama

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creme vs. Powder Blush

Which do you prefer?

Products used in tutorial:
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Creme Blush (Tropical Glow) 
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics: Crushed Mineral Blush (Cabernet) 
M.A.C Dolly Mix Powder Blush


Monday, February 6, 2012

From Strawberries to Cherries

My baby girl has moved up from strawberries to cherries!  It seems like a bit of an oxymoron, strawberries are bigger.  But one things for sure, Princess is growing up fast.  In cherries she has a lot more room to move around.  Plus, she'll be learning a lot more!  She already knows how to count to six.  Talk about advance!  I don't think I learned numbers until much later.

I tried to take video of her counting, but she stops as soon as she sees the camera.  I did take this pic of Princess in her new classroom though.  Check it out!

Is it just me or are kids more advanced nowadays?  What do ya think?

Weather Anchor Mama

Are You a Stage Mom (Dad)?

When you hear the words, "stage mom," you probably think of those parents we see on "Toddlers & Tiaras."

This clip made me think of a stage mom I recently met.  The only difference is this woman's kids are not involved in pageants - they swim.

Princess has been swimming for about eight months now, and I get excited when I meet other families in the program.

Princess can't swim on her own yet. But here she is kicking away!
Standing on water!
I struck up a conversation with a parent, who was drying off her adorable 7 month old.  They just started the mommy and me classes.  She asked me some questions about our experience so far, and I explained to her that we also began with the mommy and me classes when Princess was 10 months.  But, now she swims with an instructor.  Out of left field another mom chimes in by saying,

"My daughter started at 2 months.  I skipped the mommy and me classes.  She worked with the instructor and was already diving at 2 years old."

I don't mind people joining in on a conversation.  But, I found this lady to be a bit braggadocios.   She went on to say that she lived a few towns away, and chooses to drive the distance so that her daughter could swim with a particular instructor.  She said that both her son and daughter- who are about 3 & 6 years old, are excellent swimmers and will be competing soon.  I wanted to say, "Hey, lady this is a A & B conversation.  C your way out."  As she continued to brag about her daughter's awards, I smiled, knotted, and kept it moving.

I can't understand why people feel the need to brag about their kids.  I'm a proud mama, but I would never want to give off the impression that my kid is better than everyone else's.  I enrolled Princess in the program because I wanted her to learn how to swim.  If she chooses to continue when she gets older that's ok.  If she later decides it's not for her, then that's alright too.  I understand that there are some parents who want their kid to be the next star athlete.  But, it's also important to keep in mind that they should be having fun.  Mommy and me classes are great for bonding with your child, and getting them used to being in the water.  You don't have train them for the Olympics right away!  Save all that competitive attitude for the professionals.  Kids should just be kids and parents should just be parents.

Would you consider yourself to be a stage mom or dad?

Weather Anchor Mama

Friday, February 3, 2012

My New Food Discovery

I love trying new dishes.  I also enjoy experimenting with different types of baby food.  Princess is going through a stage of eating only cheese and pasta.  When a friend of mine recommended that I try making tofu for her, my ears perked up!  

She said that her baby niece loves tofu with avocado!  I wasn't quite sold on the idea of pairing the two together just yet.  But, I did want to give tofu a try.  It's rich in protein, calcium, iron, and has plenty of B vitamins.  Since Princess is a little fickle when it comes to drinking her milk and eating poultry, tofu would be the perfect substitute.  I like that you can prepare it anyway!  You can boil, grill, or even stir fry tofu with pretty much anything.

Here's what I did:

I cut the tofu in small pieces like this.

I seasoned it like how I'd season chicken.  I used garlic, black pepper, a little seasoning salt.  I then poured about a tablespoon of olive oil in the pot with a little curry powder, added some onions.  Let it sauté.  Mixed in the tofu, and let it cook for about ten minutes.  This is the finished product.  

It didn't look appetizing at first.  Once I tried it, it was pretty tasty.  I decided to give Princess a little for dinner with some pasta and plantain on the side.  

My mom later called and said she smashed it all around.  I guess she didn't like it.  I even added cheese, and Princess still didn't want anything to do with tofu.  On the flip side, I loved it!  I get sick of eating chicken all the time, and this is a great alternative.  Today I'll be having tofu and quinoua for dinner.

Have you ever had tofu?

Weather Anchor Mama


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Giving Gluten Free Another Whirl

My nursing experience started off on shaky ground.  As I've mentioned in my Nursing Diaries, it was a bit of a challenge.  Whether trying to get my daughter to latch correctly, coping with sleepless nights, or pumping at work.  I was prepared for all of these situations, but I wasn't nearly prepared for how my daughter reacted to my breast milk.

The only thing I was allowed to munch on was those stupid ice chips during labor.  After 17 hours, I was so hungry I could have eaten anything or anyone in sight.  The nurse offered me lunch, along with a small can of soda.  I remember telling her that I wasn't able to drink soft drinks, since I'd be nursing.  She assured me that it was ok to have.  So I scarfed down the entire meal and washed it down with Sprite.  It was so nice to finally have food in my stomach.  But, the relief that I felt didn't last.  Following a nursing session, my newborn baby girl cried uncontrollably.  My hubby and I tried everything to calm her down.  Nothing worked!

What I thought was a one time thing became like an everyday scream-feast.  Her peaceful demeanor would be followed by low moans, pushing, and a load cries.  Not even the pediatrician could give me a clear cut answer as to what was going on.  I began writing everything down, and my further investigation led right back to me.  That's right!  I realized that the food that I consumed was affecting my baby's stomach.  Every time I ate something, Princess would cry out in agony hours later.  She became so gassy that she wouldn't sleep at all.  I started to wonder if my daughter was allergic to my breast milk.  

I called a lactation consultant who broke it all down for me.  She said there was no way that my baby girl could be allergic to my milk.  However, there is a chance that she was developing gripe as a result of the food I was consuming.  She recommended that I start from scratch which meant completely stripping down my diet.  I began omitting dairy and certain leafy veggies which lead to some improvement in her condition.  A friend of mine from work recommended that I try a gluten-free diet.  Even though I don't suffer from celiac disease, I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a whirl.  

Low and behold, Princess's gas subsided.  On top of that, I felt less tired and bloated.  I couldn't believe the difference.  Once her digestive track matured (around 6 or 7 months), I began slowly adding dairy and eventually went back to my old eating habits.  

Princess is still nursing, and is doing much better. I no longer follow a strict gluten-free diet. But, I'm beginning to think maybe I should go back. For those of you who aren't familiar with gluten. Here's some info for ya. In a nut shell, gluten is a type of protein found in foods like wheat, pasta, and rye. It can affect the intestines in those who suffer from celiac disease. Gluten can prevent vitamins and minerals from being absorbed which can lead to fatigue, bloating, and bad skin.  Even though I don't suffer from the condition, I am still very sensitive to gluten.  With that said, I've decided to go back to my old gluten-free diet.

Who would have thought that nursing would lead me to a gluten-free path?  As I mentioned, it's been a  hard road.  I've taken many detours along the way trying to alleviate my daughter's problems with gas, and mine too.  But, I've finally reached my final destination.  It's only been a few days and I'm starting to feel much better.

For more information on Celiac Disease visit PubMed Health.

Do you suffer from digestive problems?

Weather Anchor Mama