Ch Ch Ch Changes

Wow. It’s been SO long since I’ve even had a minute to sit at the computer. This mommy business is pretty demanding. All my little angel does is eat(sometimes every hour!), poop, and want to be held by me. Some days I don’t even get a chance to eat breakfast until 11:00am! I sometimes just let her cry for a couple minutes so I shake up something like this:

Vega sent me some samples (which were a savior this week!) that I will tell you about soon. They also gave me something for you guys so look out for a giveaway in the near future!


Lots of ch ch ch changes going on in Laury’s world!

I am NOT one to skip breakfast. That’s the biggest adjustment…not being able to eat as SOON as I wake up. Ella eats, then she gets changed. I sneak in the bathroom to brush my teeth, then by that time she’s crying and wants me to hold her over my shoulder (her fav position).


Forget changing out of my pajamas before 3:00. It’s definitely a BIG change!!! I can stick her in my MOBY wrap but sometimes she likes it, others, she is VERY fussy about being in it. I’m trying my best to get around to catching up on blogs and responding to emails, tweets, comments…but it’s been tough!

When she is really relaxed she will enjoy sitting in her vibrating chair with some music…so cute:

she makes the BEST hand gestures. I will have to get a video…the Italian in her really shows. I talk with my hands so she takes after me πŸ˜‰

she’s a thinker πŸ˜‰


Thank you all SO SO much for the feedback on my birth story! There was so much more to tell but I didn’t think anyone had the attention span to read a novel. πŸ˜‰ I can’t say enough about how amazing Michael was and has been. Such a great coach, hubby and daddy! He went from being a little scared of holding her to picking her up, carrying her around, helping me give her a bath…just like a pro πŸ˜‰


I am also still feeling VERY sore. Sitting at my computer KILLS me sometimes. Even with the nifty little chairΒ  pad the hospital sent me home with. I’ve had a few good days…where we went out, Ella had her first trip to the mall with Mom and Dad; Mommy REALLY needed to get out of the house. She was SO good. She LOVES her Jeep Jogging Stroller that Dana for got her. πŸ™‚ It was GORGEOUS weather last week and we got out one day for a walk around the neighborhood. I paid for it later since I am still recovering, but I really needed the fresh air, Ella too!


My goal this week is to learn how to use this:

and see if I am even producing enough to create a stock pile so I can maybe run out to the store or just anywhere since she is CONSTANTLY eating. Michael can start feeding her sometimes also. We’ll see how it goes!


I feel like very uninteresting these days as far as blogging goes. Given that my life has been summed up in the first paragraph. Note, I am still loving every minute of it, as hard as it can be at times. I am doing it! Since I have felt so crappy otherwise, it’s tough to start really cracking down on operation pre-baby body. Breastfeeding alone has helped the belly go down and some weight. My ankles are back to normal which is a plus. πŸ˜‰ It’s been a LONG time since they have looked this way, they seem so skinny to me compared to before!

We also stocked me up on some healthy staples. I am still eating about 80% vegan, but incorporating more organic eggs and some tuna lately. Sorry to disappoint my vegan friends. πŸ™ I just feel right now I need more lean protein, not a ton of carb protein (beans, legumes, etc). I don’t do well with a lot of soy, unfortunately. I can only do tofu in moderation. Can’t add any other symptoms to the mix of what I already have going on (my belly needs to stay stable). I am still loving coconut yogurt, so that’s a plus! It’s just been cheap and healthy being able to whip up an egg white sandwich on an Ezekial English Muffin or Tuna and Veganaise with some spinach on my beloved brown rice wraps.


Thank the Vegan Goddesses for Overnight Oats. Even though I may not get to eat it until 11am sometimes, it’s great that I have it prepared in the morning. If I forget, it’s the shake and go Vega smoothies or Amazing Grass.Β  She is literally attached to my boob from like 7am on. I have been SO lucky, she sleeps pretty much through the night….about 6 hours at a time! She power eats during the day (so smart). So by morning she is eating a TON and wanting to be held or she gets fussy.


Thanks for your patience while I adjust to my new lifestyle with baby!


Plans for the next week for OPBB (operation pre-baby bod):

  • Eat clean and healthy. More lean protein, cut out sugar
  • REST
  • Burn Calories via Breastfeeding πŸ˜‰
  • Take short walks when I feel up to it

I already lost 7 inches in the belly just from giving birth πŸ˜‰


Moms, I heard the the first, recovery-wise, is the hardest. How long until you started feeling yourself and stopped feeling so much pain? I pretty much spent the entire day in bed yesterday I was so sore. It helped because I feel a little better today. During the week it’s tough because Michael is at work and I’m on my own.

Any breast pump advice?


Everyone else…what’s the biggest thing going on in your life lately? A race, graduation, moving, etc??


Love you all!!! Will try and stop by to say hello to some friends soon!






speaking of vegan…check out the great giveaway at Little House of Veggies!






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  • Reply Morgan

    Aw….look at what a little MOMMY you are becoming! And I do not think you are the least bit boring! I love all of it. Cause your my sista from an East coast Mista and I <3 you lots so I like any/all posts you offer me! LOL You talk with your hands too? haha I do big time, and I am not even an ounce Italian so whatcha gotta say bout that girl??? πŸ™‚
    Isnt it nice to get out of the house after having a baby and being home all the time! I felt "oh so special" the first time I took my first baby out into public. I felt like the whole world MUST be noticing how unbelievably adorable my baby was. Like I was on cloud nine! And everything revolved around her! lol Its so exciting, right?
    I have ZERO advice on the breat pump. I was never good at it. But some of my friends had it DOWN. They had a stockpile going on for sure. You have a good pump though so that will really help! Breastmilk really is the perfect food for babies.
    And you are doing super awesome eating 80 percent vegan!!!! Not many people can say that and you are making a huge difference in those efforts, for yourself, for the environment, and for all the cute little animals! I am proud of you for doing so well in that area! Some people think it has to be *all* or *nothing* but any efforts to cut back is good! πŸ™‚ And I think you do awesome for sure! no *vegan friend dissapoint* here at all! Dont you love the coconut milk plain flavor! Love it!
    And now you know why I sometimes post my comments on here late at night! haha its a juggling act trying to fit everything in with little ones running round. My schedule really has to work around them. And whats going on. So some weeks things are going extra smooht and I get several recipes on there, and other weeks I just cant post at all because I feel so busy and it can be hard! But the older they get, the less they will be attached to you non stop and the more you can add to your schedule! And kuddos to Michael for steppin it up and being an awesome new Pappa and good helper to you! I love to hear that!
    Thanks for posting about my giveaway! So appreciate it! I so wish I was closer so I could bring you some "new Mommy dinners" and hang out and give you a cooking break! Loves Yas!!

    May 16, 2011 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    It seems like you really like the Vega shake and go. How does it compare to the Whole Meal Optimizer Protein Powder?

    I was just talking to a friend on Saturday who had her baby 4.5 months ago and she said that the first couple months are a rough adjustment, but after that things get easier… but the first month is where your body really needs to rest to heal properly. I’m happy your spirits are good despite the physical discomfort! I’m sure Ella keeps you smiling all day long πŸ™‚

    May 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    • Reply laury

      I do like it. I am still in love with Vega Vanilla Chai over all but the chocolate shake and go is really good. It’s less calories too so if I have that then want to eat (and have the hands free) to eat something of substance like an hour later I don’t feel as bad about it. If I make a high cal shake with Protein powder, veggies, and other stuff it can equal a meal. This is more like a snack…I am rarely satisfied just from a shake unless it’s really heavy.

      Yes, she makes me smile often; it helps remind me that all the pain was worth it!!!!

      May 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply candice

    She is adorable! Sorry recovery is being a beast. Its so different with everyone. Just take it easy and enjoy this time.As for pumping.. I’m all for it. It gets her used to bottles so when you do stop breastfeeding it will be easier to ween her off the boob.
    And Don’t cry over spilled milk… {I had several slip up and spill which led to a few breakdowns.. ha!}
    congrats again!

    May 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oh, I have heard of mommys crying over spilled milk! I can see myself having an episode if that happens!

      May 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Your posts are NOT boring! I absorb everything! I love learning from other new moms! It definitely seems like the first month is rough but you are a champ! I can’t believe how well you are nursing and handling everything! GO Laury!!
    I know I’ll be just like you after my baby is born! 100% attendant to the baby but also realizing that you still have to be healthy!! Good for you for listening to your body’s needs and DO NOT feel like you ever have to apologize to anyone for anything you eat. You know what you need and no one else! I found that wild planet tuna/salmon and LOVE it! Thank you for the recommendation!
    Love the ella pics too! She is SO sweet πŸ™‚

    May 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks so much, Erin! You are right, I shouldn’t apologize I just feel guilty sometimes not being all or nothing with it…I know some people expect that, but I have to do what’s right for me!

      hope you had an amazing trip! I need to come by soon and check out pics!

      May 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    First off, GREAT JOB MAMA!!! It definitely is pretty exhausting physically and emotionally the first 6 weeks!!

    I religiously took ibuprofen every 4-6 hours for the first few weeks and never experienced any pain. I did forget a dose of the ibuprofen and went to walmart one day with my mom to get out of the house and I had felt like I had gotten hit by a truck, just all my muscles and everything was soo sore from labor. But I never felt any pain down there. Not sure where you are hurting so bad? It was definitely sensitive and it actually was worse when the stiches were healing and it was sooo itchy!!!

    With pumping, I would set a time every day that you decide to pump after you feed Ella (like every morning after 9:00 a.m. feeding or since she sleeps longer at night maybe pump after he last feeding at night). That will increase your supply at that time and your body will know to make “extras” for that pumping time. It sounds like Ella is doing so well and already has her morning and nights figured out!!! Great job!!

    May 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yea, I hate taking stuff then I take it when I can’t handle the pain anymore…then I feel like it doesn’t even work. The pain is “down there” I tore pretty bad I think amongst other things, fun times. πŸ™ Thanks for the pumping tips…they make sense!!!!!

      May 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Shayla

    Wow it sounds like you’re doing an amazing job Laury and I’m so happy for you and your new lil family!! I applaud you for listening to your body and eating accordingly….only you know what’s best for you and your baby and to be healthy and happy is the only thing that matters right now. And I absolutely love your posts and you will never be boring! I find these posts so helpful since we will be trying soon and all this information is so helpful…and I’m really looking forward to reading your OPBB….it already sounds like you’re making moves with it and I’m sure you’ll have no trouble getting back. You sound like you’re doing a fabulous job and you should be so proud of yourself for what you created and at what a great success your becoming as a new mom πŸ™‚

    May 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Shayla! Everyone is different but I am glad my experiences are helping you prepare in a way πŸ™‚

      Yes, as far as OPBB all I can do now is breastfeed and eat healthy. No exercise for a few more weeks πŸ™

      May 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (The Gourmetour)

    Ella is GORGEOUS!! Sounds like everything is going really well, you’re amazing!

    May 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Missed you girl! So glad you’re feeling better even if it’s happening slowly. Ella is adorable and I think the breast pump is definitely going to help you out and give you more spare time. Glad to see you’re upping your protein, you gotta do what you gotta do to recover faster πŸ˜€

    May 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    • Reply laury

      Missed you too!

      May 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Laury I love your posts!

    Ella is so adorable — I can definitely tell that she looks like you — I can’t describe it, but I see it!

    May 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm
    • Reply laury

      that’s what they say! I see it too πŸ™‚

      May 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I am just starting to try out those Vega/Sunwarrior/other vegan protein sources, so it’s good to see another review here.

    Sorry about the pain… admittedly scary to read. Keep resting until it’s better, and then you can get out and do what you need to do again! I’m sure the pumping will help you. Hope you do a review of the device for *our* future reference. πŸ˜‰

    Your daughter IS expressive with her hands… some babies totally clench their fists all day.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm
    • Reply laury

      I LOVE Vega!!

      Don’t be scared…everyone is different. Honestly no one told me about this pain before and a lot of the moms I talk to said they just had muscle soreness, nothing serious so what’s going on with me is not the norm it seems

      May 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    My little brother ALWAYS wanted to me in my moms arms! She bought a baby carrier she LOVED ( and ended up using it practically all day! I remember seeing her passing the vaccum cleaner with my brother on her lol. Great exercise :P.

    May 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm
    • Reply Charlie

      Oh.. and she had the europea baby carrier :).

      May 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Keri

    I know you said you feel boring, but I love your updates. Ella is adorable and I love that little pink and green outfit she was wearing! Sorry I can’t be of any help or offer any advice to you πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2011 at 6:23 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    I dont’ think you should be ashamed to be eating 80% vegan – you’re doing awesome Laury! You and Ella are the most important things right now and I think the main thing is that you are eventually able to find your pre-pregnancy energy. The events of my life sort of rank very low in comparison to having a baby, but I’ve re-connected with a lot of friends lately which makes me feel really happy!

    May 17, 2011 at 8:16 am
  • Reply christina

    She’s sooooooooooooooooo pretty! Aw!

    May 17, 2011 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Aw, Ella looks so cute in the thinker position. Sounds like you’ve gotten the hang of this whole mommy thing really quickly!! πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2011 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    Oh no, the “soreness” definitely scares me. Why oh why can’t it be easy? Then again, you get this perfect little being out of it, so I think it all works out πŸ˜‰

    May 17, 2011 at 9:46 am
    • Reply laury

      She is perfect so it is worth it. But I agree. Wish a stork really did deliver her keeping all my parts in tact πŸ˜‰

      May 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply IslandChica

    Hey Laury,
    We are all here because we love you! You don’t bore us!

    I love the photo as the thinker as well!

    When my kids were 5 months old and I went back to teaching, I had to pump in the storage room with a sign on the door to not enter. I had a little chair in there and a cart beside me to set my pump, bottles, lunch, etc. I ate lunch while I pumped (I didn’t have a dual pump — don’t even know if they existed) and then at second recess I had to race up there, quickly try to relax then pump for as long as I could before the bell rang! What a crack up, I was surrounded by PE equipment (rubber balls, hula hoops, jump ropes) and reams and reams of every kind of paper you can imagine, and also the PTA stuff (a huge popcorn maker, gallon size cartons of butter flavored oil -yuck- and random carnival paraphernalia!)

    It will all become second nature to you and you will be a pro in no time! The soreness will go away and it will be a very distant memory! πŸ™‚

    I totally agree with Morgan that your vegan friends are not disappointed in your 80%! You are still reducing cruelty and suffering!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:06 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you!!! Oh boy, that does sound like a funny site πŸ˜‰

      We have Phillies tickets for Friday. I bought them for Mike for Xmas thinking Ella would be like 6 weeks old already by then. He’s banking on me going but I can’t unless I learn how to pump in the next 2 days. Hopefully I can figure it out! She eats SO often during the day I just don’t know when to do it. I can’t complain because she is sleeping almost 7 hours at night. So unless I pump in the middle of the night, I don’t know what to do!

      May 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Amy

    I love your Mommy posts! I think they’re really interesting! Plus, she is absolutely adorable! I’m graduating next weekend with my Bachelor’s, so excited!!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Awwww Ella, her hand gestures are adorable. I wouldnt be able to get anything done around her, I would just stare πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to hear more about the smoothies, I am always on the look out for something new! I am in FL visiting family then going back to Charlotte this wknd. My lease is up June 30 so I have to figure out where I’m going next.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:20 am
  • Reply allison

    Loved “the thinker” pose! too cute!!! I have no baby advice;) but i love stockpiling healthy mamas’ advice for the day that i do have a kiddo (far far far in the future lol)

    80% vegan is probably 70% more then most people eat lol I’ve heard that nursing cravings are just as crazy as pregnancy cravings so eat what YOUR body needs:)

    May 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Ella is so adorable – she looks so much like you!! πŸ™‚

    I just read your birth story – and oh my gosh I had tears in my eyes! I had a c-section, so my story is a little different – but becoming a Mommy is just so amazing!! πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Alexa @ Simple Eats

    Oh my goodness she is precious! You must be so excited and happy πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Kate

    Congrats! Ella is beautiful:) Okay, here is some advice coming from a mom who had a little baby latched onto her boob ALL.DAY.LONG. lol Two things: 1) Get the Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems book (it’s the BIG one). I literally could not put my baby down (just like you) and was feeding her 24/7 until I realized that I was mistaking her ‘tired’ cries for ‘hunger’ cries. The E.A.S.Y routine (which you can start right away….it’s not a just lets you know “what’s next” Eat Activity Sleep Youtime….is wonderful. Started this with baby #2 and my experience was night and day than with my first. Life was so much easier! 2) buy a miracle blanket….actually buy two. Best money I ever spent. Esp for babies who seem to cry as soon as you put them down. Worked wonders for both my kids. Just my two cents, but I wish someone had given me this advice..had to find out the hard way!!! Good luck!

    May 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you! Great advice!! I have a couple swaddle blankets, but just have been swaddling her myself in regular receiving blankets. Is there a big difference in the miracle blanket vs. the swaddle blankets they sell in stores?

      May 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    i love that flavor of smoothie! have your tried plain goat milk yogurt? it’s really high in protein and with a pinch of stevia and cinnamon really really good and easy to digest! baby is so cute!!!

    May 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Dana

    I love it…. so HAPPY the stroller already got put to good use πŸ™‚ We need to find a day i can stop by and bring lunch for you and Ella…



    May 18, 2011 at 10:19 am
    • Reply laury

      Yes it did. I LOVE it. Soooo nice!!!! I can’t wait until I feel better and can really enjoy it. I went for a shore walk, which I kind of paid for but Ella and I REALLY enjoyed it!

      May 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm
  • Reply La.

    It really takes a good 3 months for everything to mellow out. At some point you will realize and so will SHE that she can stream in her boppy on the floor in the bathroom while you shower and stuff like that. She is so cute I have to say!!!

    May 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply blackhuff

    Don’t fuss about reading blogs and tweets. Just attend to your baby and your needs for now.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:09 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks, girl!

      May 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Thomi

    I feel you on the breakfast thing. I used to wake up and immediately eat oatmeal but not since having my little love bug. I usually get to eat breakfast around the same time as you which has been hard to get used to! I started to feel more like myself and be less sore around 4 weeks postpartum but I didn’t have a hard labor or tearing. I’m now 7 weeks pp and I still have occasional soreness if I do too much when working out but for the most part it’s all back to normal. I think all new moms feel like they need to get out of the house and do it whether or not they’re ready recovery wise. I did the same thing like going to the mall or walk around the neighborhood and was sore later on. But like you said it’s worth it!

    May 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply laury

      Glad to hear from another mama that just had a baby! Congrats to you! It’s so tough and I am now worrying because she doesn’t like to be put down how I WILL get my home workouts in when I am ready. I guess I will have to figure it out!

      May 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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