Hungry Heart

Adventures in healthy living

October 16, 2012
by Erin

3 Months

My sweet baby is 3 months old!



Virginia is one amazing little person.

More and more I see her personality coming out. She is a strong willed baby who knows what she likes!

I’m not exactly sure how to describe what kind of baby Virginia is. My best description would be ‘the opposite of easy going’.

She is more than willing to let you know when she isn’t happy. If you aren’t holding her right, she has been playing with the same toy too long, or if she doesn’t want to be in her car seat…. You get the idea. She goes from contentedly sucking her fingers to crying in the blink of an eye!

Not that I blame her, she is just a girl who knows what she likes.


Her favorite activities include lots of time on her playmat, going for walks in her stroller, getting her diaper changed, and breastfeeding.



Her least favorite activities are napping and, well… napping.

There are two places she likes to fall asleep: while eating, or in her car seat (in a moving car). This leads to some difficult days for Mommy. I can’t let her sleep on me all day, and whenever I try to move her she wakes up immediately. And when baby isn’t well rested, she is a grump!

She flat out refuses to nap in her crib.

Right now I am fine with her sleeping in her swing.

I’m going to continue to work on a naptime routine and hope it eventually sticks. At this point I think she is a little too young (and strong  willed) to let her cry it out in the crib. Plus, she is still sleeping in 8-9 hour stretches in the crib at night with no problems.

Other than nap wars, Virginia is great baby. She is happy, smiley baby who loves to play!


I am enjoying every second of being Virginia’s mommy!

me and G small

September 5, 2012
by Erin

2 Months!


I know every mom thinks she has the cutest baby in the world. But c’mon.

Look at that face!


2_6I can’t believe the changes in little Virginia in the past month.

She has great head control. She likes to be held more, as long as she is facing out. She has discovered how to put her hands in her mouth. And she gets happier and happier by the day!


2_2 And I hate to even say this out loud, for fear of jinxing it, or having other moms hate me.

She sleeps at night for an average of 8-10 hours. Last night she slept for 10.5!

I still get up and pump in the middle of the night, but I can’t believe what a great sleeper she is! What new mom gets two solid 4 hour chunks of sleep?

And then gets to wake up to this?

2_7Aside from being in love with Ginny, Jerry and I have had a great summer.

Jer has been busy with the timing business.

We have been out on two dates. One was a fabulous dinner at Nola’s, the other to see Bruce Springsteen in concert!


The only slight hiccup in life right now is that V refuses to take a bottle. We started out giving her a bottle when she was 3 weeks old. She did ok with it, only drinking a 1 or 2 ounces. Then suddenly at week 7, she flat out refused to drink out of a bottle at all.  Like, screams whenever Jerry puts the bottle near her mouth.

Right now it is not a huge deal. I just can’t leave her for more than about 2 or 3 hours.

We will keep trying the bottle, but I won’t get really nervous until I get closer to going back to work.


Jerry and I have been eating well and cooking some great summer meals.

I am not however, back to working out.


I have a couple of posts in the works about what we’ve been eating, and one on my post-baby body.

See you soon!

August 25, 2012
by Erin



Things are wonderful here at the Tylutki house.

Virginia has started smiling! Mostly in the morning when you un-swaddle her on the changing table. It melts my heart.

First smile caught on camera!

There are even some nights we get to hang out in the backyard like we used to.

Virginia hung out in the Moby carrier while Jerry grilled us dinner.

Best tomato of the summer!


There are also days when I eat a cold enchilada for breakfast, cookies for lunch, and don’t get out of my pajamas until dinner time. But honestly, those days are still pretty awesome.

The only way to get a shower!

I wish Virginia would like to spend more time in the Moby.

Hands free baby wearing would make it a lot easier to get things done around the house. Laundry, teeth brushing, and even blogging.

But Virginia just doesn’t love it.

In fact, she is just not a cuddly baby. She prefers her bouncy seat more than anything. She also loves walks in her stroller and car rides. Her favorite place to hang out is on the changing table. I don’t know if she likes her diaper changed or being naked, but it seems to be the place she is happiest!

Snuggling is not her favorite activity, and she doesn’t really like to be rocked to sleep. It took me a while to adjust to this fact, and not to take it personally. I have to keep reminding myself that every baby is different, and mine is just very independent. Right now I am learning to be content that our bonding time takes place when she is nursing.

She is almost 8 weeks old now and is starting to become more aware of her surroundings. She makes eyes contact, coos, and of course, smiles (my favorite!).

And can even lift her little head up!

I still can’t believe I get to stare at this face every day!

August 12, 2012
by Erin

Dog and Baby

Some of you may be wondering how Sadie is adjusting to life with a baby.

alarmShe has reacted how I thought she would; generally disinterested.

She does have her moments of curiosity.


And she is more than happy when she gets some cuddling time with me and Jerry.


Surprisingly, she has only tried to lick Virginia a few times. She does get concerned when she cries. She will walk over to the bassinet and check on her.

She has also started to freak out when the doorbell rings. Sadie always got excited when people came to the door, but now she barks loudly. Maybe she is trying to protect Ginny?

Overall I think Sadie is adjusting very well. We take her on walks when we head out with the stroller.

I think she enjoys being a big sister.


August 2, 2012
by Erin

The First Month

Virginia is one month old!

I know every new mom says this, but I can’t believe how fast it is going by.

1 month2

She now weighs just over 8 pounds, and is even starting to outgrow some newborn clothes.

Part of me wants her to stay tiny forever. The other part loves to watch her grow and change.



It is exhausting being one month old!


There is no question the first month of being a parent is exhausting, too.

Besides waking up to feed Ginny, I obsessively check on her while she sleeps. I am getting used to sleeping in 2 hour increments. And Jerry is great about letting me sneak in a nap here and there.


You might be wondering what have Jerry and I been eating….

During the day, whenever I am in the kitchen, I shove some food in my mouth.

I’ve been eating lots of oatmeal with fruit and sunflower butter. It seems to keep me full for a very long time, which is clutch when I don’t have time to make lunch.

My mom brought us tons of food during the first few weeks. Milk, bread, pasta, takeout, ice cream, etc. We didn’t have to go to the grocery store for a week. It was really a lifesaver.

If you are visiting friends with a newborn, don’t bring them another onesie, bring a casserole. Seriously.

Lately, Jerry and I have been eating lots of salads for dinner. We will normally add grilled chicken or steak, fried or hard-boiled eggs, or bacon. Its easy to raid the fridge and find something to throw on a salad.

One thing that is making dinner slightly more difficult is that I am not eating dairy.

Virginia was recently diagnosed with acid reflux, and the doctor recommended eliminating dairy from my diet.Virginia just started medicine for the reflux, and we hope it starts helping her soon. Poor baby cries and cries during and after she eats.


But don’t worry, Jerry has become a pro at soothing her.


Thanks everyone for all of the well wishes about Virginia and the blog!