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Boomerang Mama
Oklahoma City
I'm a new mom searching for a clear path to financial freedom while exploring life in a new city.
Interests: Writing, productivity, paleo, Montessori, organic living, Crossfit, travel, sewing, simple living, minimalism, family living, home management
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Congrats, Marsha, on discovering Paleo! I hope you find that it becomes a lifelong healthy habit. I'm also impressed with how long you nursed your daughter, that's amazing! As to your question, I feel like your daughter is at a great age for making a switch away from cow's milk. Yes, she might protest some, but in time it will become habit. Now what should she drink? There are a couple different routes you can go with this. My daughter's doctor said that any milk we the parents drink is fine for our daughter, including almond or coconut milk. I would, however, be wary about boxed milk and be careful to check the ingredients for additives and sugar. This post has more information: When I give BG coconut milk, it's the canned variety and full-fat. If you decide to go this route, see if you can find Native Forest brand. It can add up ($2.49/can where I live), but it is one of the only brands that has a BPA free lining. Just something to consider. I prefer coconut milk over almond for a few reasons. First, although nuts are acceptable on paleo, they tend to contain a higher than desired number of Omega6 fatty acids (grains are also notoriously high in Omega6.) They also need to go through some processing to make "almond milk." Almond milk can be pretty tasty and might work for switching your daughter, so if you decide to use it, make sure she's getting plenty of Omega3s from her diet and/or with fish oil or cod liver oil supplements. You can also make your own almond milk by soaking whole almonds overnight in filtered water. Coconut milk, on the other hand, contains lauric acid. This is the same fatty acid found in breast milk, and it helps protect the body from infection and benefits the immune system. Since the consistency is so thick, we usually add a little water to make it more like cow's milk. There are some people in the paleo world who also think goat's milk is an acceptable choice. I think it is preferable to cow's milk and might be a decent interim substitute as you switch her over. It is also more easily digestible than cow's milk which is why so many people choose it. Does your daughter get calcium from other sources beyond dairy products? As you decrease the cow's milk, try to increase her consumption of leafy greens and fish to make sure she's getting enough calcium. To make drinking water more "fun," add pieces of frozen fruit or squeeze lemon and lime juice into her water. Drinking plenty of water is such a wonderful lifetime habit! I hope I haven't given you too much information, but I wanted to provide you with a thorough response. Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions! Again, I'm not a doctor, just a mom like you, so take the above information, do your own research, and make the choice that is best for you and your family. :) Best wishes on your paleo journey! Kate
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2012 on Q&A: Paleo Toddlers at Boomerang Mama
Hi Malorie! Yes, she is still breastfeeding so she does take in a decent number of calories from that. It also serves as an additional form of hydration, although I am trying to steer her toward recognizing thirst and drinking water to satisfy it. With how hot it is here, I've noticed her drinking has picked up. Later this year (in the winter months, most likely), I will probably start to give her a little weak chamomile tea before bed. Thanks for your question!
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2012 on Q&A: Paleo Toddlers at Boomerang Mama
Hi all, I've decided to take a break from writing on this space. It's been a wonderful 8 months working on this blog, and I've enjoyed the process through and through. But I feel that my time is better spent with my family and exploring our new city. I hope... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
This morning over breakfast, Captain and I were brainstorming ways to improve our apartment kitchen. The shabby looking plywood/laminate cabinets have seen better days, and unfortunately, refinishing them is not an option. Plus, who wants to spend any money fixing up an apartment? But for the time being we have... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
I hear ya, Lindsay. It is really tough to do, but you (and I) will feel so much better once we do! Keep me updated on your progress. :)
Yesterday I was at the end of my rope, in a multitude of ways. Baby Girl had woken up numerous times during the night and topped it off with a 3 hour awake stretch at 4am. All morning long, she and I were spilling things, knocking into stuff, and both... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
Rob, I'm glad to hear that you're already feeling better! Although it's been tough, my moods are more consistent, and I'm not jittery or anxious. And I agree about the occasional cup.....I can't imagine going without coffee (or really any one thing) FOREVER. I'm too much of a social coffee drinker for that.
Sayonara coffee! Hey all, The last few weeks have been just crazy. Who in their right mind decides to move cross-country weeks before their thesis defense and graduation? And as much as we've been settling into our new place in OKC, I've also been trying to keep up with everything.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
Alternate Title: When Did OKC Become So Cool? A few days ago, the three of us went to the OKC Festival of the Arts. Every year, the OKC Arts Council holds a week long visual extravaganza complete with artwork for sale, live performances, and a food experience that rivals the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
Food? Who cares! Enjoying nature at its finest. Feeding babies and toddlers is tough. As we began experimenting with feeding BG food in addition to breastmilk, we were most concerned with WHAT to feed her rather than HOW. Over the past three years, Captain and I have maintained relatively true... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
I find this story so inspiring: Simple Mom-We Bought a House Question: is it really possible in this day and age to have zero debt and put 20% (or more) down on a house? Let me know what you think! Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
Putting puzzles together with friends makes for an exciting (and inexpensive) night. In the past, I've talked about how poor money management is typical among twenty somethings, and that perceived shame can often be the motivator behind decision making. Today, I'd like to think that Captain and I are way... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
Confession: I am a zoo fanatic. Even if I didn't have a child, I would still go and have the time of my life. So when a good friend asked if I would like to join her and some other moms and their daughters on an outing to the zoo,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
Today I'm over at The Other Baby Book chatting about finding and keeping mama friends. Come join the discussion! Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
I just updated my "About Me" page. Check it out here: Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
iPads. iPhones. Facebook. Smart phones. LinkedIn. Kindle. Blackberry. Pinterest.Gaming devices. Laptops. Home computers. Televisions. Nook. And on and on...... Whether or not we like it, technology is here to stay. It influences the daily lives of most Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status or background. We use it for business, we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
As we settle into our apartment in Oklahoma City, we can't help but dwell on the fact that it is a temporary rental. Our goal is to buy a house in the next 6-9 months, but we will happily wait longer if need be. The last thing we want to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
Our move to OKC, captured in photos Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
After reading this article, I was compelled to write my own version. I decided to start at midnight, since frankly, that's right in the middle of my "work day." Some nights, despite best intentions, this is how things really end up Midnight: Pulled BG into bed with us after she's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
I'm still packing....and packing......and packing....... My thesis chair asked for an additional 8-12 pages of text Baby Girl is on a napping and sleeping strike Captain is working late every night trying to wrap up things at his old job On the bright side, however, only a little over one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
(Alternate title: Has Anyone Seen My Sanity? It Seems to Have Gone Missing) Yes, she actually climbed into the oven drawer before I could stop her. Just another day in the life.... Talk about a triple threat: just this spring, I've seen my baby turn into a (running) toddler, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
When we were still living in South Bend I was invited to a mom's group sponsored by some women at a local church. I was a bit hesitant to go because 1) it was in the evening, which perfectly coincided with 3 month old BG's fussy period, 2) it would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Boomerang Mama
Thanks Kelly! I really wish you were still in OKC, but that just means we'll have to all meet up sometime in Tulsa. Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2012 on Our Oklahoma City Trip in Review at Boomerang Mama
Thanks lady! It's something I've definitely thought a lot about it. I would love to hear your thoughts on it as well.
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