July 30, 2014

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Some of my Favorites

I'm taking a little break this week from The Breastfeeding Diaries and thought I could take this time to highlight a few of my very favorite stories, in case you missed them!

If you would like to contribute your story to the series I would LOVE to have you. Please send and email to thegirlintheredshoes @ gmail I'm looking for all types of stories, so even if your breastfeeding journey didn't work out, or it didn't go how you had planned, I would still love to hear from you.

"We don’t need to judge or give advice, all we need to do is help and encourage, in whatever we decide is best for our babies. Because what you decide to do, as a mother, is best for your family, and I am here to support you in your decision. We are not alone, we are all in this together." You can find the rest of Allison's story here

"...you are already an amazing mom that just needs to follow your heart and your instincts.  Whatever you decide will be fine." You can find the rest of Sara's story here.

"You are about to embark on what I feel is one of the most wonderful and amazing journeys in a woman's life.  Embrace every minute that you can, it truly is one of the most special gifts." You can find the rest of Laura's story here

"...you see…breastfeeding was TEXTBOOK for me. would you like to know why it was textbook?

answer // everything went exactly as was NOT expected." You can find the rest of Karli's story here

"My advice to any new mom is to not let your breastfeeding experience define you as a mother. Breastfeeding is paradoxically both a sacrifice and a privilege, but your success with it is not indicative of your love for your child or your status as a mom." You can find the rest of Erica's story here

"Be kind to yourself. You are feeding your baby the best way you know how. We started supplementing at 8 weeks and I don’t feel bad about it. What were we going to do? Let him go without eating? Science is amazing and formula feeds your baby too." You can find the rest of Coco's story here

 "Being a new Mom to triplets has been the most rewarding and life-changing experience of my life. I’m proud of myself for continuing to pump so often to keep up my supply. I can’t wait to see what the ending to our breastfeeding journey will be." You can find the rest of Julie's story here

"Don't give up. Be patient. Listen to your body. Listen to your baby. And do what's best for you both. Don't be afraid to ask for help. And always trust your mama intuition." You can find Jess' story here

Love all of these mamas. 

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July 29, 2014

Bedtime Battles

Lately, someone has been putting up a fight when it's time for bedtime. And that someone isn't me. 

On a normal night, we give Hudson a bath around 6:30, then give him his milk while we read books or watch Winnie the Pooh, and then pop him in his bed and say goodnight. He usually reads a book or plays in his crib for 20 minutes or so and then is out. On a bad night, he plays/reads in his crib for an hour before falling asleep.

**Edited to add: The reason for the early bedtime (usually 7:30pm) is because he needs to be up by 6:30am the next day for my husband to take him to daycare.

But something changed two weeks ago and all of a sudden Hudson is anti-bedtime. He doesn't want to take a bath. Doesn't want to sit still to read books or watch a movie. He gets crazy hyper and just wants to jump on our bed or play with all his toys. And then when we put him to bed he screams and cries. 

I've tried moving bedtime up. I've tried moving bedtime. I've tried rocking him. I've tried singing songs. Nightlights. Laying down with him. Nothing works. I can tell Hudson is super tired and needs to sleep...he's just refusing it. And it has made our bedtime routine pretty miserable. Thankfully, he isn't fighting his nap and usually sleeps 2-2.5 hours. 

Has anyone else gone through this? I'm hoping it's just a stage that will quickly pass....any tips would be appreciated!

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July 28, 2014

Weekend Shenanigans

We had a nice little weekend over here. The kind that doesn't last long enough. But what weekend does? I vote three day weekends from here on out, don't you?

My in-laws watched Hudson on Friday and he gave them a run for their money...and thankfully they gave it right back to him and tired out my busy boy with all the fun! I also decided I would take advantage of nap time and put all of those $1 spot Target flash cards on binder rings because having the cards scattered all over my house was starting to make my eyes twitch. Well. You can guess how long that lasted. Here's a hint: it was under 60 seconds.

On Saturday Hudson and I made our way (for the second time this week) to the library to play. Our library has an amazing children's section complete with play house, grocery stand, kitchen, crayons, and more blocks, balls, ramps, and dress up clothes than we know what to do with! Oh...and BOOKS! It's seriously awesome. Hudson was a big boy and sat at this desk and colored for a while. And I tried not to hyper-ventilate picturing him going off to school one day. Oh my word, he looks so stinkin' big!

The rest of the weekend we hung out at home, watched Hudson's new favorite Winnie the Pooh, and even played in the rain (in July!!!) a little bit. It was a little slice of heaven.

Happy Monday!

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July 25, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

It's finally Friday! Let's do this!

 {one} Hudson has several trucks that used to be my husband's when he was a kid. We love watching him play with his daddy's toys...they tend to be his favorites!

{two} I finally broke down and bought these leggings on sale from Nordstrom after Sheaffer raved about them. And now I get it. They are the best leggings EVER. They have a wide band at the top to suck everything in, they are comfy, and they aren't see through. Run, don't walk, and get these leggings!

 {three} I finished reading Gone Girl this week and now I'm sad. It was soooo good and so scary at the same time. Now I get what all the hype was about! Can't wait to see the movie! Now...what should I read next?

{four} After Erinn posted about her love for Root mineral powder, I quickly clicked over and bought a sample pack. Oh my word, it was love at first swoosh.....I use #6 and it is the best powder ever. It goes on like a dream and it's only $15! I don't know what I would do without my blogger friends recommending products....I would be at a loss!

{five} Speaking of products I love, I recently used a facial from Rodan & Fields and it was so amazing! My skin is so soft! My consultant, Marcie, is offering PC Perks members 10% off all products, free shipping on all scheduled orders, direct access to lots of new insider information and products, and promotional deals all for a one-time fee of $19.95. You can email her at mcanty.randf@gmail.com if you are interested.

Today I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife!

And I'm also linking up with A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals


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July 24, 2014

Actual words that have come out of my mouth this week

"eat your popcorn" at 9:30 a.m.

"we don't throw trucks at people" 

  "nice boys share their cookies"
"don't touch the poo poo"

"we don't throw books at people"

Me: "green tomatoes are yucky...let's just pick the red ones"
Hudson: "yellow!!!!"
Me: "whatever"

"we don't throw spatulas at people"

"kitties do not like hugs"

Me: "Hudson, did you poo poo?"
Hudson: "NO"
Me: "then what smells so stinky?"
Hudson: "poo poo"

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July 23, 2014

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Wildali from These are the Times

I am Wildali the mom of one 3 year old girl named Isabel and I blog over at These are the Times.  I nursed Isabel until she was 14.5 months old. Since I am a working mama I also pumped at work until she was 12 months old. I was only on maternity leave for 8 weeks which meant that I spent a great deal of time pumping.

In all honesty, while I read a lot about pregnancy, childbirth and child care in general I was not too educated on breastfeeding prior to Isabel’s birth. My sister in law nursed her two boys for an extended period of time and she gave me a copy of TheNursing Mother’s Companion book. I never opened it until I came home from the hospital. I wanted to breastfeed simply because I thought that is what you “should do”. Thankfully Isabel’s delivery was free of any complications and she breastfed within 30 minutes of being born. THAT set us up for the future. Having that connection right away changed me. It made me want to do it. My milk came in quickly and she had absolutely no issues latching on. She ate consistently and had plenty of wet and poopy diapers.  I buried myself in the breastfeeding book, online sources and support groups. However, somehow she was not gaining weight “fast enough” for our pediatrician’s liking. We had to take her to 3 weight checkups after she was born and within two weeks she exceeded her birth weight. I wholeheartedly believe that her “birth weight” was elevated by the amount of fluids pumped in to me during labor (pitocin, IV fluids and epidural). She never had any issues eating, but unfortunately the medical field is so focused by what they can measure that they forget about the wonders of the human body. Weight gain was never an issue for her again as she still remains in the 75% percentile.

I nursed Isabel on demand while we were together. That never changed. While I felt exhausted being the only one who could feed her, I had no idea how much harder pumping was going to be. I returned to work after being on maternity leave for 8 weeks. I had stored approximately 100 ounces of breast milk at that point. When I first returned to work I would nurse her in the morning and pump after the feeding. Then I would pump 3 times in the office. Once I would get home I nursed her on demand and I would pump one more time before bed. She received nothing but breast milk for six months and I had to do some minor supplementing around 7 months due to a business trip and not enough frozen milk. For me nursing was a breeze, but pumping was a pain. I give major props to all the moms out there who exclusively pump. I found nursing to be relaxing, it is nature’s way to force us to calm down and feed our babies. I marveled at her growth and amazing little body as she nursed. It was quiet and peaceful (while she was an infant, it became sort of like a circus once she started crawling J ). It was just US! However, I continued to pump at work until her first birthday. And my last pumping session was kind of emotional.

I wanted to contribute to this series because breastfeeding can also be natural and free of major complications. It is always demanding. It is an extension of the work your body did during pregnancy. Unfortunately somehow we have been led to believe that modern medicine and progress is better than our bodies’ natural ability to birth and feed our babies.  You will be surprised how much you will enjoy nursing your little one. It is truly a magical experience. My best advice is to TRUST your body. That perfect body that gave life to your little miracle also produces the perfect milk. Do what feels right and get help if you feel lost. Lactation consultants and support groups are an amazing source of help. Your milk is perfect, it is enough and it WILL get easier! 

Be sure to catch up with the rest of the Breastfeeding Diaries at the top of my navigation bar. 

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