The Best Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

The Best Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Mommy Doesn't Share FoodHello friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in. Life has been as life usually is this time of year…busy! All the blogs I’ve been reading have been sharing their favourite holiday recipes but I’m grounded in reality lately, with no extra time to focus on holiday treats and eats. To be honest it’s probably for the best…my waistline is becoming sensitive as I get older. And so, muffins.

I was doing a much needed freezer clear out recently and noticed that I had enough bananas to make muffins!! We buy bananas at least three times a week. Isn’t that crazy? But I don’t like them with even a speck of brown and they turn so fast. Still, the kids will eat them at any phase of ripeness so it’s rare to have any left to freeze.

dsc_1196These are the best muffins you guys. Seriously. The Best. I always double the recipe because they don’t last long around our house. And they’re healthy!! There’s no oil or butter to be seen! This recipe is adapted from one my mom has been using for years, from the now defunct Homemakers magazine. It was super easy to veganize and the result doesn’t differ much in texture from the original. Brilliant!

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Vegan baking can be quite easy. Take a look at your favourite recipe and swap out the eggs and dairy for vegan alternatives. Buttermilk can be substituted with non-dairy milk and a splash of vinegar (I use rice milk so that Molly can take baked goods to school). Vegan butter/margarine or coconut oil can be used in place of butter and as for eggs? There are so many options, but flax or chia eggs are my favourite. For every egg the recipe calls for, mix 1 tbsp of ground flax or ground chia seed with 3 tbsp of water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and voila! The consistency mimics a real egg perfectly. For this recipe, since it calls for ground flax seed as one of the main ingredients, I used ground chia seed. I could have just added a bit more flax seed but I liked the nutritional addition of the chia seed.

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Enjoy!

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The Best Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
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Serves: 12 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seed
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup wheat bran
  • ¾ cup ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (look for a brand that doesn't use milk ingredients)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup rice milk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (I like to use apple cider vinegar)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, mix ground chia seed and water. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, wheat bran, flax seed, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, add rice milk and vinegar. Add ripened bananas, brown sugar and chia seed egg and blend well.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and blend until they're just combined.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. I find it will fill the liners all the way.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes clean when inserted.
  8. Cool and enjoy! If they manage to last in your hungry house, they'll be good for 3-4 days. They also freeze well and I always make a double batch.

 

Hello to the Blogging Side!

Oh My.

I`m in a whole new world here folks.

Molly, my wee baby girl, who isn’t so wee anymore, started Junior Kindergarten this week. She just turned 4! How is it possible we’ve reached the age for school already?

I took the week off just to recover emotionally.

And also to launch my new blog! Huzzah! I’ve missed blogging like you wouldn’t believe. But I just haven’t had the time to focus on it like I used to. I’m hoping that’s going to change. My work schedule is now four days a week with Friday’s off, but with Molly starting school, our day care costs will go down a bit and we decided to put Oliver in day care five days a week, instead of just the days I’m working. I’ll have time people!! Time to do laundry (that reminds me, it needs to be switched over). Time to clean the house. Time to cook, and yes, time to blog.

I’ve decided to focus mainly on food related topics, and so I decided it was time for a name change. Mommy Doesn’t Share Food will be a space for me to explore the dynamics of feeding my family healthy, nutritious and mostly plant-based meals (see below for the scoop on that). I’ll share recipes, talk about challenges surrounding food, discuss food trends and culture, and since I also hate sharing food, it’ll be a place for me to whine now and then about my kids picking off my plate and rarely getting through a meal without a child on my lap. I was inspired by an episode of Friends, as most thirty-somethings are. The one where Joey doesn’t want to share his fries with his date? That’s totally me. JOEY MOMMY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD!

So what’s up with us? Not a whole lot. We’ve been puttering through the past year of my blogging absence without any major issues. Molly, as I mentioned, just turned 4 and is excited to be in big girl school! After a rather epic breastfeeding journey, Oliver finally weaned this past June at 27 months. Dude was attached! He’ll be 2.5 this month and has been moved to the Jr. Preschool room at day care! Next up for him: potty training. Ugh.

My hubby, A, is the notable exception to the putter. Last October he entered a weight loss contest at work. He did some research, which led to more research, and long story short, he’s vegan now. Yup! My meat-loving husband, who would begrudgingly eat the veggie meals I prepared, has given up all things animal. I haven’t switched to the V side yet, nor have the kids, but I dabbled in vegetarianism years ago so it wasn’t anything new to me. Since I respect his beliefs and also believe in the health benefits of a plant-based diet, we are pretty much vegan at home. However, the kids and I are omnivores when out and about. I’ll write more on why we haven’t made the switch another time. In the meantime, I’m finding it rather enjoyable planning vegan meals for my family and look forward to sharing them with you!

Oh, and A’s weight loss? My already handsome hubby has lost 50 pounds! I’m so proud of him!

I’m going to ease my way back into blogging. Expect probably just one post a week for a bit, as I get back into the swing of things. But I’m excited y’all! It’s time to do something for me!

 

Weekend Wind-Up

Our weekend began with a trip to the walk-in clinic.

Late Friday afternoon as I was changing Molly, I noticed a rash peeking through her top and her diaper. I took off her shirt and was shocked to see her entire torso, front and back, covered in a hive-like rash and it was spreading up her neck and to her arms. _DSC4827copy (1024x1280)

I had my suspicions as to the cause, but when A got home we took her to the doctor. He confirmed what I was thinking: it was a reaction to the antibiotics. Molly most likely has an allergy to penicillin! We’re lucky she didn’t have a more severe reaction. I’ll follow up with our family doctor as soon as I can but in the meantime on the doctors advice we’ve stopped the course of amoxicillin. He didn’t prescribe a replacement, but did check her ears and said they looked OK.
By Saturday night the rash was pretty much gone!

Saturday itself was decent. We met with the leasing agent at my car dealer (Nissan) to go over the options for when my lease is up in august. I think we’re leaning towards buying out my Sentra. We also test drove a Dodge Grand Caravan they had in their used car lot. It was an amazing deal and we considered buying it, since we will need a larger vehicle when #2 arrives (not quite yet) but decided to wait until next year.

We got home and A started work on landscaping the front while Molly and I planted the last of the veggies to go in, the tomatoes and peppers. I’m trying something new this year and planting marigolds around the perimeter of the gardens.

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They’re supposed to help deter pests. Our little bunny is still making his presence known, so hopefully they work! Another bonus is that flowers attract bees and butterflies, whose presence encourages plants to fruit! I didn’t plant as many tomato and pepper plants as we have in years past. We’re learning as we go what kind of yield we can manage.

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Another tip I came across was to plant basil next to tomatoes. It’s supposed to enhance the flavour of the tomatoes. We’ll see!

After that I rested. I wasn’t feeling well. It appears I’m next on the universe’s master sick plan and have come down with a massive head cold. We just can’t win these days!

Once Molly went to bed, A and I finished watching the History channel documentary “The History of the World in Two Hours” that was on TV Friday night. It was really fun! It was basically a look at all of the steps necessary for humans to evolve into who we are today as a species and as a civilization. They started with the creation of the universe 13.6 billion years ago and ended in modern times. I learned all of that in school (I have a BA in Archaeology), but it was a great refresher. How cool were we watching something educational on a Saturday night?

Sunday for me was spent resting and taking care of Molly while A worked out front. He got all of the stones down and it looks amazing! There’s a bit of tweaking to do (he discovered a dip near the back right, near the porch, which you can sort of see in the picture) and we need to put the garden back together, but I’m so happy with how it turned out! I’m so lucky to have a handy husband. The steps were originally centred to the porch, but A moved them to be centred with the door, which works much better I think, since the door isn’t centred on the porch either. My master plan is to put something potted to the right of the new steps which will hide the unattractive portion of the porch, and to put a bench or a cute little patio set (a couple of chairs and small table) along the soon-to-be garden wall.

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And now it’s Monday. Because I’m sick, CJ has gone to her grandmother’s for the day and CK is home with my sister, who is off this week recovering from pneumonia (seriously, our family just can’t catch a break!). There’s no way I can look after more than one kid right now!

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Cuddles with mama

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Monthly Menu Planning

Quite awhile ago, I sat down to plan a monthly menu. There were a few reasons for this.
One, I needed something to help keep me from falling into the ‘what’s for dinner’ and ‘I don’t feel like cooking’ trap where you scramble last minute and end up making bad food choices. If the idea is already there and I don’t have to think about it, it’s easier for me to achieve. At least in theory it is.
Two, it’ll help with the baby led weaning process to keep us all eating healthy. Three, it’ll help with my weekly grocery shop. I’m trying to avoid us popping in to pick things up as we need them (other than fruits and veggies). I don’t have the time right now since I’m watching my sisters kids. Plus, we always end up buying more than we need, spending more money than we have to.
And finally, four, to make meals with leftovers so that A can bring lunch to work. Healthier and cheaper for him.

I’m on week three of my four week rotation and so far I’m loving it! There have been a few nights I’ve skipped or switched around, but overall I’ve stuck to it.

To make my plan, I first made a list of all our favourite meals. I had wanted a monthly plan but this list confirmed it! I have a lot of ‘staple’ dishes in my repertoire that I didn’t want to leave out 🙂
I then drew out a grid with the days of the week down the side and weeks 1-4 across the top. I filled in fixed meal days (see below) and then filled in the remaining spaces with the rest of our favourite meals. It took a few tries to make sure I didn’t have back to back protein (ie chicken two nights in a row) but I finally have a plan that seems to work for us.

The rough draft is a mess (see below), so I transferred it neatly to the monthly calendar I use. I should probably use a computer for all this but, and call me old school, I prefer paper still for a lot of things. This calendar tells me at a glance when I have the kids, get togethers with friends, any appointments I have, reminders to pay bills or when automatic withdrawals will be made etc.

Fixed nights:

Monday – leftovers/freezer night. Mondays suck, even when you’re on maternity leave and so I’m going to take the easy way out on dinner this night every week. It could be leftovers from the night before, leftovers I’ve frozen or something from the freezer. We keep a box of perogies and a box of toquitos on hand for such occasions. Just add sour cream and some raw veggies and we’re good to go!

Wednesday – new recipe night. I love recipes. It’s the board most pinned on my Pinterest account and I have oodles of recipes in my binders that I’ve saved over the years. I decided to dedicate one night a week to making something new and different. I chose Wednesday rather than the weekend because I need that oomph of creativity and excitement of doing something new mid week. Each week is a different protein: beef, chicken, pork and fish. So far I’ve made Pastitsio (Greek pasta casserole with ground beef) and Chicken Paprikash (Hungarian chicken dish). Both were amazing! I’m going to try and get my act together and blog about what I make 🙂

Thursday – pasta night. A lot of our favourite dishes are pasta based so I thought it prudent to dedicate a night to it.

Every other Friday – pizza!! We’d have pizza 24/7 around our casa but healthy eating is key with Molly eating what we eat. Still, there’s no point in denying ourselves, so every other week we’ll indulge, either with frozen or take out.

Once a Month – eat out!! This is getting trickier with Molly. She’s at that in between phase where she needs to be on the go and isn’t eating a full meal yet. We took her with us to a restaurant last week (on a night I skipped my plan) and she wouldn’t sit still! We might just make this date night from now on and recruit someone to babysit.

Have any of you implemented a meal plan? How’s it going?

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Friday Ramblings

I’m late with this today but I had all three kids today and the babies had difficulty napping, so no time for me to write 🙂

On the Baby…

Miss Molly turned eight months on Monday! She is just motoring along….literally! Now that she’s got crawling down, she’s starting to figure out cruising. Tonight she walked her baby Einstein table from one side of the room to the other and back!
She’s loving having her cousins around, following them around like a little puppy.

On The First True Week…

Other than Monday, when my sister made other arrangements for the kids so that we could get over our weekend sicknesses, I had CK all week and CJ today. Overall, it went well. I’m still in the adjustment period though and logistics of things such as nap time and mealtimes are still being worked out. Ot didn’t help this week that I’ve had a sinus headache that just won’t go away. But I’m getting into a routine of sorts. My goal this weekend is to find a double stroller so that we can go for walks. Being cooped up at home for long will become nightmarish. I have a wagon but that’s really only good for short distances. There’s no way I can pull close to 40 pounds of babies up hill to the store!

On the Walking Dead…

I finally decided it was time to watch the Walking Dead. And you know what? It’s not so bad. I was afraid of bad dreams, but while I’ve had dreams with zombies in them, they haven’t been that scary. My nightmares where Molly is in bed with us suffocating are more terrifying. We’re watching on Netflix and are just finishing up season 1.

On a Surreal Moment…

The pic below shows Molly wearing a onesie I picked up in New Orleans on my trip there with BFF B in 2010 (three years ago this month!). I bought it for CJ and it’s made it’s way back to me. I looked at Molly wearing it and am amazed at what’s happened to me in the past few years. Who would have thought my own daughter would be wearing that shirt? Life is miraculous to say the least.

Happy Friday all! Enjoy the weekend!

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Friday Ramblings

This post is filled with boogies and puke…being a mom is rewarding in so many ways but it’s far from a glam job!

On The Baby…

Molly and I have been plagued with colds this week. It’s been disrupting her sleep to the point where she’s waking up numerous times in the evening and then awake for over an hour in the nights. The other morning she puked trying to work post-nasal gook out. Poor girl!

In other Molly news, we had her follow up weight check up last night. She hadn’t shown much gain at her six month appointment so our doctor wanted a follow up. She’s gained over two pounds in six weeks!! 18 lb 14 oz. I wasn’t too worried (she’s not exactly skin and bones) but it’s nice to know she’s gaining 🙂

On Me…

My cold is slowly getting worse each day. Ugh! Luckily yesterday Molly blessed me with a two hour morning and almost two hour afternoon nap! I was able to rest. Which leads me to a rather unfortunate discovery…

On Coffee…

I think I may have to give up the juice. Caffeine may be the culprit of Molly’s short naps. I hadn’t thought of it because she goes down easily but yesterday morning I had a decaf tea and she slept much longer than normal.
I’m going to go without it for a few days and see what happens. Grr. I love my coffee! I’ll still have it if it is the problem, just in decaf form. Not the same, but it’s for the greater good.

On My First Week with Two Babies…

It actually ended up being only one day! My sister went back to work on Tuesday, but CK was sick and my brother in law stayed home with him. CK came to me on Wednesday (between him and Molly I was covered in boogers) but that night both he and my niece came down with the stomach flu and so they were at home the rest of the week (please God let us escape it). Not that I’m glad they’re sick but it worked out what with me having a cold. I had to call my mom for help on Wednesday, I was so tired. I’m quite proud though that I got both babies down for naps within 10 minutes of each other and they both slept for an hour and a half! I’m sure it won’t always be that easy but it was nice for our first full day.

On Technological Blips…

I use the reader on my wordpress app to follow several of the blogs I read. I noticed yesterday, just by chance, that the comments I was leaving on different blogs were all ending up on the same blog! So weird. So if you’ve had rather cryptic comments from me lately, apologies!! I think it’s back to normal now.

Happy Friday all! Swiss Chalet take out for dinner tonight. This sick mama doesn’t want to cook!

Tales from the ER

I spent Monday evening at the hospital for abdominal pain. Out of sheer boredom I jotted down notes as the night progressed!

With pain for the past couple of days when I press down on my lower abdomen, I decide to go to the ER. My mom comes to stay with Molly until A gets home.

I arrive at 4:15 and check in with triage. I’m given a tracking device that will alarm if I leave the hospital.

I pee in a cup

Excitement! A woman faints in the waiting room. They whisk her away and she hasn’t been seen since.

My blood is taken

A patient has the worst case of hiccups I’ve ever heard. At least I’m assuming its the hiccups. I want to throw him out the window it’s so annoying.

Go to plug in my phone to charge, only to realize I took the baby monitor charger instead of my phone charger. Loser!

Some poor guy who’s been here since 3pm asks why he hasn’t been seen. Turns out he didn’t register. They were nice and took him in ASAP once he was processed.

Ponder the idea that maybe I’m getting my first post-partum period. Wouldn’t that be embarrassing? Except it hurts a lot when I press down in that area. Not like any period I ever had, though I’ve heard they can be quite awful after having a baby. Better to be safe than sorry!

It’s 5:30! I’m taken from the outer waiting room to the inner waiting room.

Check in with A. Molly is doing fine! I had breast milk in the freezer for such emergency occasions. She won’t take a bottle but loves sippy cups.

It’s 5:45 and I saw a doctor who did a brief exam but my tests results aren’t back yet. Waiting again!

Hungry. Rummage in bag and find a baby Mum Mum. Tasty.

I find it funny that people keep asking when my last period was: Nov 1, 2011 I say. The look on their face as they do the math is awesome

It’s 6:12 and I’m still waiting. Ache is persistent.

It’s 6:30 and I’ve been given a cup of water so I can have an ultrasound. Already have to pee so the nurse will try and get me in soon

Check in with A. It’s almost Molly’s bedtime. I usually nurse her to sleep so we’ll see how that goes.

Ultrasound finished! I hate those when you have to pee so bad. Add in pain and it’s a grand time! Maybe it’s a cyst like I had when I was 12 weeks pregnant with Molly…what if I’m pregnant?

While I wait I’m reading Bringing Up Bebe. I just read a paragraph about limits for children. Give boundaries but give freedom within boundaries. I like that philosophy. Don’t sweat the small stuff either. Pick your battles. Children should be allowed small moments of defiance. Something to think about!

It’s 7:30 and it just occurred to me this is the longest I’ve ever been away from Molly. I miss her.

Listening to the couple next to me complain about the state of our healthcare system. They feel we should at least have more comfortable waiting areas. Ya. Cause THAT will fix the issues.
At least I’m walking out of here without an invoice for God knows how much!

8pm and I check with the clerk. Results are in. Just waiting for the doctor. Apparently he’s gone for supper. I wish he’d asked if I wanted anything…

I should have fainted like the lady in the waiting room.

8:30 and I finally see the doctor. The verdict? They don’t know what could be causing the pain. Ultrasound, blood work, urine analysis…all normal (not pregnant!!). Which is great, but also frustrating. I asked if it could be my period coming back and he said maybe. I guess time will tell on that one.

I leave feeling frustrated, tired and missing my daughter so much I want to cry.

I call A to tell him I’m on my way. He managed wonderfully without me, though putting her down wasn’t as easy as it normally is. It breaks my heart that she was so sad.

Still, she is asleep when I get home.

She’ll probably wake up soon to eat. I hope so. I want to snuggle my monkey.

And we’ll see how the pain is tomorrow. I have a doctors appointment scheduled with my family doctor just in case.

Off to bed for me. Night!

Friday Ramblings

On Me…

I think I’m getting sick. My throat feels funny and my head is achy. Ugh. M1 and M2, if you’re reading this, I’m putting you on alert that if I don’t feel better Saturday morning, I may have to cancel our group date! Fingers crossed nothing comes of it.

In other ME news, I had the stitches from my mole removal taken out on Wednesday and am happy to report the pathology came back normal! I’ve got quite the scar but don’t really care. No one will see it other than the hubs and Molly.

Unless I end up sporting a string bikini, as A kindly pointed out. Uh huh. Ya. ‘Cause THAT’S happening.

On The Baby…

Another tooth has pooped up with relatively little fuss. She was a bit grumpy the other day but nothing a little Tylenol couldn’t fix.

Earlier this week I was astounded when Molly did this:

What??!! Should my baby be doing this now? It’s too soon! She walked further than what I show, but the rest of the video is choppy as I lunge for her several times thinking she’s going to topple over 🙂

On Baby Led Weaning…

As expected, Molly is loving her ability to feed herself! Her appetite for solids comes and goes (related to teething I imagine). She adores peaches and butternut squash. I finally managed to get her to eat yogurt (doctor’s advice) but it took some tweaking. She won’t let me feed her. Nope. She’ll have none of that! But she will let me load the spoon and maneuver it towards her mouth, at which point she’ll grab it and pull it the rest of the way in. She’ll eat almost a whole container that way! I’m giving her Liberte Baby yogurt in the banana flavour.

On The Pioneer Woman…

I’m so excited! The Pioneer Woman’s cooking show is starting on the Food Network Canada this weekend. At least I think it’s starting. It’s entirely possible it’s been in Canada for a long time and I just never noticed. I’ve set up the PVR to record it. There’s a 99% chance I will forget it’s on.

On Child Care…

A couple of times this week, I had my sisters kids here, in anticipation of her going back to work. Both times went well! I’m so happy that CK is no longer screaming for 30 minutes after my sister leaves. His separation anxiety seems to have waned. Whew! As silly as it sounds, considering I have one, I’m not used to babies crying! I literally broke out into a sweat the times that he has cried for half an hour.
I’m going to have to work to streamline things, like nap time and meal time but we’ll find our groove. The whole experience is a learning curve!

Have a great weekend everyone! My monkey is awake from her morning nap. A whole 40 minutes! Wow. At least I got to shower 🙂

To Vaccinate or Not Vaccinate: That Is the Question.

Discussions on vaccinations inevitably become heated. It’s one of those topics that people are usually either for or against, with very few on the fence.

Well here sits someone on the fence.

For years I believed that to vaccinate was the only choice. Before I met A, I would never have questioned that. But my husband has the most amazing way of challenging me to think outside the box. Confession: It pisses me off sometimes! There I was in my own little world and bam! Bubble burst! Hello real world.

Now that we have Molly though, I’m happy for his influence. I don’t ever want to take anything for granted when it comes to making the right decisions for our children. His thoughts on vaccinations made me question everything I had ever believed about them and so when the time came to make that decision (and yes, it is a choice as far as I’m concerned), I was torn.

I believe in vaccinations, I really do. They have and continue to save countless lives by reducing the incidence of infectious disease. But I began to feel a little unsure whether it was the right decision for us when reading about what exactly is in vaccines and the possible side effects from those ingredients.

I know, I know. Health officials and organizations assure us vaccines are safe, even for babies. But how can they know for sure? What if it’s one of those things they thought was beneficial but thirty years later it turns out it’s not? Like, say, smoking?? And babies bodies are so little! How can they handle what’s injected without consequence?

It’s my job as a parent to protect my child. I’m not going to let someone make decisions for me. I wasn’t raised that way. I’m going to research, ask questions and form my own opinion. The most important question to me, when making any decision for Molly, is: what impact will this decision have on my child? Or could possibly have on my child?

Such questions need answers and so I did some research. Both sides make valid points but I found it difficult to weed through the rather extreme and negative comments each side had for the other. I looked at studies, but with a careful eye. I took statistics. Data can be manipulated. I looked up data as opposed to studies of data, such as the incidence of certain diseases in our area, the number of people vaccinated vs. the number of people not and how effective are vaccines (they don’t work in 10-15% of those immunized. That’s a statistic from Health Canada). I read documents on government sites, on non-government sites. I read the Vaccine Book by Robert Sears, which was by far the most neutral explanation of vaccines I found. I talked to my doctor and found out which vaccines she uses so that I could read the ingredients (it’s one Dr. Sears recommends as having the lowest amount of Aluminum uses as an adjuvant).

A and I had numerous discussions. We talked about not vaccinating and the impact that could have (contrary to popular opinion, in Ontario, the public education system cannot deny your child entry if they’re not vaccinated as long as you have a signed letter from your doctor stating that it’s for religious or philosophical reasons). We talked about delaying her vaccinations until six months, so that we could give her body a chance to build it’s immune system (there’s research that vaccinations interfere with this). We talked about which vaccines we want her to have and which we’d like to opt out of. We talked and talked and talked.

And after all of this, even after Molly was born, we still hadn’t decided. What to do? Either choice t could potentially expose our child to harm.

In the end, for me in particular, the decision came down to one thing. I know the possible risks of vaccinations. But the risk of Molly catching a disease that could cause her to die far outweighs those risks. We live in a highly multicultural neighbourhood and soon enough Molly will be interacting with other children and families that travel all over the world, to areas where the diseases Canada vaccinates against are prevalent. We just can’t take that chance with her.

We chose to vaccinate, following the recommended schedule but opting out of the Rotavirus vaccine and the chicken pox vaccine.

I still feel iffy about it. Whenever I take her in for her shots I feel apprehensive. The What Ifs start to take over.

Such is the way of parenting I guess. You make a decision and hope for the best! But I’m happy that I asked the questions I asked. I’m glad that I maintain that skepticism. I feel confident that it’ll help us make better choices for our daughter.

Just a quick side note, I don’t intend for this post to incite a debate. It’s more of an accounting of our decision concerning vaccinations. But I want to say for the record that I don’t think it’s right for people to criticize others for their decision not to vaccinate. They haven’t done so lightly, having done, I’m sure, extensive research on the matter. To accuse them of the hateful things I’ve read here and there is uncalled for. They are not bad parents. We’re all doing what we think is best for our children.

 

Friday Ramblings

On I Had a Boob Job…

Haha, just kidding! I did have a mole removed on my left breast though, so I like to joke that I had work done 🙂 During my physical last fall, I pointed out a funny looking mole to my doctor. She referred me to a plastic surgeon, who suggested that even though there’s a small chance it’s up to no good, we remove it. Agreed! So on Wednesday I found myself at our local hospital. It was an easy, outpatient procedure. My doctor is extremely easy going and put me at ease by pumping Pearl Jam into the room. I find Eddie Vedder’s voice calming 🙂

I’m feeling no pain at all and though I have stitches, there’s nothing holding me back from showering or even breastfeeding! I just have to be careful with Molly because sometimes she grabs at my breast when she’s particularly hungry and it does pinch a bit now and then. I go back in two weeks to have the stitches removed.

On The Baby…

My darling little girl threw me for a loop on Tuesday night! Around midnight she started moaning/crying in her sleep every 10 minutes or so until finally around 12:30am she woke up seriously crying. We dosed her with some Advil and I nursed her until she calmed down and went back to sleep. She then proceeded to sleep off and on for the next three hours, not giving me a chance to fall back asleep before she was up again. Finally, at 4:30 I gave up and woke up A, who managed to get her back to sleep for good. Neither of us were happy campers the next day, especially since I had both a dentist appointment and my mole removal to deal with. Sigh. Such is the way with babies, though never with us. In the seven months since she was born, we have NEVER had a night like that, where I was awake for such a long time. It’s hard to keep your cool, even when you now they’re not feeling well.

On Operation Organization….

It’s been on hold this week. I’ve done nothing in the way of organizing around here. It’s funny how some weeks I feel like I have tons of time, and some weeks I feel like I have none. I’m hoping to get the pantry in the kitchen cleaned out this weekend. It’s to the point where when I open the cupboards, I expect something to fall out.

On An Expensive Nursing Session…

Our wireless internet does not reach Molly’s room, which is where I spend the most time nursing her. While I nurse, I use all manner of apps on my iphone, particularly Pinterest and Safari. I’ve been pinning and browsing to my hearts content, expecting to receive a message if we’re close to going over our data limit. So it came as a surprise to me when I received a phone call asking if I’d like to change our plan since we’ve been going over our data limit for the past few months. What?? I checked our bill (which I confess I don’t review…stupid online billing…I prefer paper but they charge you for that now! Stupid ROGERS) and sure enough, we’ve been going over. Well apparently our wireless provider (ROGERS) does not do that anymore, a significant detail we weren’t told when we changed our plan last year. For February we owe an extra $120 in data overage!! We complained and the customer service people were surprised they don’t notify you anymore. Their own employees didn’t know!! The guy I talked to was kind enough to give us an extra 4 GB in data for this month while we figure out how to get the wireless into Molly’s room (which A has since done…I’m lucky to have a tech savvy husband), but I’m extremely shocked and disappointed in our provider (have I mentioned it’s ROGERS?). It’s wrong for them to take advantage in that way. We should have been told when we switched our plan. And yes, it’s partly our responsibility to check our usage, but when you’re used to things working in a certain way, you’re not quick to change. Something, I suspect, considering how much money our provider (ROGERS) is leeching off of us, they want to happen.

And that’s it for this Friday! I hear my little one stirring on the monitor. She’s sitting up in the crib now when she wakes up. Lowering her mattress is on our to do list for this weekend.

Happy Weekend everyone!