by, 01-07-2017 at 09:17 AM (143 Views)
I've come to a realization is that my new tummy is like a baby. I have to take care of it and treat it well to ensure it doesn't get sick or worse. I talk about it in weeks. My "baby" is 9 weeks old. I have to make sure it is getting the proper nutrition because it doesn't know any better. I like to brag about it to people who show interest. I like to be in "mommy groups" with others so we can discuss our "babies"! Do I need to go on??
Ok, so I know that is cheesy but it really is like this new life form. So very different than from our old tummies. So many things we need to do to ensure we are nurturing it and not ruining it. It is work. I know people keep talking about how others have called this the easy way out. While it is a more successful way to lose weight, I would not call this easy. There is a lot of planning and thinking that goes into this new way of life. Especially in the beginning when you can barely eat. Eating is crucial so you don't get sick. We need our nutrients that are not always easy to get in.
There are things that are important to me right now. I say right now because my baby is only 9 weeks old and we all know as babies develop things change. I can't say what it will be like with my baby at 6 months or a year because this is my first baby. So right now, being able to sit down for a meal and have ample time is important if I am eating solid foods. If I do not have the time to sit and allow myself to eat slow and digest, I will not be able to get in enough food. I cannot just eat in 5 or 10 minutes and call it a meal. The exception being is that I can have a protein shake on the go or possibly a low carb protein bar. So that is a major change for me. The good thing is my husband does not mind sitting down for a long meal. He likes to drink a beer and relax as he is eating so it works.
Another thing is that I have to always be prepared to have a plan to have foods available to feed my baby. The worst thing you can do is try to give a baby something it shouldn't have. Like I wouldn't give a real 9 week old a candy bar, I am not going to give my new "baby" foods that don't provide it optimum nourishment. So protein and veggies are the new "formula" or "breast milk" if you will. Always need to ensure you leave the house with food or a plan so that your baby can be fed properly.
Back when my real babies where babies I always had a ton of things in the diaper bag. What if the baby gets sick? Needs a change of clothes? Is cold? Is bored? We kind of have the same thing going our with our tummy babies. I always have some kind of protein in my purse. Nuts, protein bar, pouch of tuna. I have also learned to bring antacids and anti nausea meds just in case. Don't want to be out and have acid reflux or nausea kick in. Can completely ruin your time out.
And the last thing about my baby, is it dictates my socializing just like a real baby. I have to think how my baby will act in that situation. Is this a good situation to have my baby in? Obviously as a good mother I don't want to do anything bad for my baby. Don't get me wrong. I socialize. I go out. I enjoy time with my friends but I have to adapt. Going out to happy hour? I do not want to go there and munch bar foods. If I know there is nothing I can eat on that menu then I have a shake before hand. Went to a NYE party that was all appetizers, finger foods, sweets, and booze. I knew that going in. Made sure that I had my dinner before hand. I still had a nibble of cheese and other things I could have but did not have to worry if there was food for my baby. I already took care of her!
So I want to tell all you new parents out there congratulations on your beautiful babies. Enjoy them! Treasure them! Love them!! Because all the love and affection we give our babies now and as they continue to develop will ensure they will take care of us in our golden years!!