April 24, 2014

Everyday I'm hustlin'

Everyday I'm hustlin'. Hustlin' to get everything done. Hustlin' to take care of my family. So today, I'm taking a mama vacation. Just when I started to feel like I was going to loose my mind from the demands of motherhood, work, blogging, and cleaning the house I realized that I had several vacation days saved up at work...and I haven't had a "me" day in a long time....so this little day off is totally deserved.
I need this mug, don't you think? 

 This morning I dropped Hudson off at daycare (and I'm not going to feel guilty about it) and now I'm sitting at Panera enjoying my favorite bagel and a little uninterrupted me time. Every mama deserves to take a little time for herself.

I know that the days are long but the years are short....and things wont' always be like this. But today, I just need a break. Know what I mean?

I'm going to run some child free errands, take Wrigley for a walk, possibly paint my hallway, and just enjoy a little break.

Happy Thursday! 

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April 23, 2014

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Taylor from A Princess, Made Mommy

Hello! I'm Taylor from A Princess, Made Mommy. I am a first time Momma to my beautiful 16 month old daughter Harper Jane. I am a stay at home mom/ newbie photographer. I have exclusively breastfed Harper for 15.5 months which I am beyond grateful for. It has been one of the best experiences of my life and I feel so blessed to have a positive "easy" breastfeeding journey.

I am a young mom, (I had Harper when I was 21) but I knew from the moment I was pregnant I wanted to nurse. (I hate that I have to add in that I am a "young" mom, but every time someone knows that I nurse my baby I get weird reactions like, "what? YOU do?", or "I can't believe you've done "that" so long"... I do not understand why younger moms get that stigma but just because I am, doesn't mean I don't want whats best for my daughter.) I had no idea about anything breastfeeding related when I was pregnant. My mom didn't nurse my sister and I so she didn't really had know idea about it either. I was going into this blind. Luckily a friend let me borrow THIS book and I read it front to back and it really helped me prepare for what was to come. I chose to breastfeed because of the health benefits for my baby and also to keep the cost of having a new baby down. My boyfriend and I were both still in school, just starting out in the world, and oops, here comes Harper! (Which of course was the best thing that ever happened to us). I knew breastfeeding was my way to contribute to my new family financially. I had amazing support from my whole family which I am so grateful for!

I had a very easy pregnancy and labor (you can read my birth story HERE.) Harper latched on right away after she was born and it was pure bliss. I thought to myself, oh this is so easy! Yeah, until the next day when I was in excruciating pain, my nipples were bleeding, I couldn't find the right position and I felt like I it just wasn't going to happen for us. Luckily our hospital nurses and lactation specialists were amazing and very supportive and helpful. I finally found that the football hold was the best position for both of us and she was eating great! My milk finally came in about 5 days after she was born. I will never forget that pain and discomfort though, especially on top of the pain from her nursing, it was pretty terrible. I found that the gel soothies really helped ease the pain from my nipples which helped a lot. The first few days were definitely the hardest just finding my way and finding a routine for feeding but I found that nursing on demand worked best for both of us. I never had her on a "eat every three hour schedule" because she was healthy and gaining weight just fine and it just worked for us.

After my milk came in, I was overflowing so I bought a manual pump and would pump a couple times a day when I would feel engorged and I was also creating a stash for when I would return to school but the little miss would NOT take bottles. I ended up not going back to school until she was seven months old and I rented a hospital grade electric breast pump so I could pump at school because I was determined to not give up breastfeeding just because I was away from her! I hated pumping but I knew I had to do it to maintain my supply and obviously so Harper could eat, but I could tell my supply was getting low. I found that drinking mothers milk tea really helped boost my supply and I always recommend it to all my breastfeeding momma friends!

The most challenging part of breastfeeding for me was just the demand of her eating from me ALL the time! Some days I felt like she never unlatched. She also never slept through the night until she was over a year old and I think it was because she nursed and it was comforting for her. We co-slept for over a year also because it was just easier for all of us! Also at around a year old, I was experiencing the same pains as if she was a newborn again. Dry, cracking, bleeding nipples and I could not figure out why. She wasn't biting me or sucking harder. That will always be a mystery to me but Lanolin cream became my best friend for the last couple months of nursing.
Harper and I just recently ended our breastfeeding journey together which is a very bittersweet feeling. I feel so unbelievably blessed to have had such an easy positive nursing experience but after 15 months of exclusively breastfeeding, I am ready for the independence! We weaned very slow and on her terms. I cut out one feeding every week until she was no longer interested so it was an easy transition for both of us. The bond that we formed while nursing is something I cant even put into words or describe. I love that she needed and wanted me all the time, and she still does, but the feeling of providing food, nutrients, everything for your baby is just beyond amazing!! It really does make you feel like superwoman ;)
My biggest advice for new Mom's is just to relax, be patient with the process, and to not give up until you have tried everything because all the struggle and pain is worth the bond and health for you and your baby! (Lets not forget how much money you are saving too. ;) I have a baby fashion addiction so that one really helps justify my purchases! Lol.)

Thank you Julie for letting me be apart of your amazing series!!

Be sure to catch up with the rest of the series at the top of my navigation bar!

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April 22, 2014

Twining

Allow me to introduce you to my twin....

People always ask who Hudson looks like and everyone has a different opinion! It kind of depends on the day....but most people think he is a redheaded version of my husband. However, anyone from my side of the family just sees a boy version of me...

See what I mean? There is no doubt that boy is mine!

I'm afraid he's also inherited my sassy look.

Hudson has lighter, straighter hair, than mine and has blue eyes (yay!)...but other than that he is totally my mini me. 

I'm so thankful for my little twin!


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April 21, 2014

Bunnies and eggs and some hunting

Happy day after Easter! Our little family had the best weekend. 

We all traveled up to my mom's lake house for Easter...and of course had to attend the Easter egg hunt the association puts on for little kids on Saturday! The eggs were scattered everywhere and Hudson had a blast hunting them down and plopping them in his basket like a pro. Once it was all over he kept asking for more eggs...so we did what any good parents would do....siphon eggs out of his basket when he wasn't looking and then hide them for him to find all over again. Win win.

Hudson wanted nothing to do with the giant Easter bunny that was at the hunt...but he was head over heels in LOVE with the two really bunnies that were there! And he didn't pull their fur or ears. It was an Easter egg hunt miracle. 

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And of course we have to talk about Hudson's Easter basket full of fun! Not pictured: all the fun goodies from his grandparents! Hudson got a truck puzzle and alphabet letters for the bath tub from his Gigi and a bubble lawn mower and a John Deere tractor shirt and socks from grandma and grandpa. #spoiled #OnlyGrandkidOnBothSides

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Hudson LOVED his goodies from the Easter bunny.

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And I was thrilled he loved his monogrammed bunny. He slept with it last night and has been carrying it around every since. Melt my heart.

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We ate our Easter lunch and then after a nap (for Hudson, not us!) it was time to play with the new lawn mower and wear his new shirt, of course. This kid had a blast all day!

 photo IMG_6303.jpgThe rest of the weekend was spent hunting more Easter eggs in my mom's yard and eating lots of yummy food. We are so thankful for a wonderful weekend with our families...and for 70 degree weather and lots of time outside!


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April 18, 2014

5 on Friday

{one} He is Risen! (print by Little Baby Garvin) Happy Good Friday! As usual I'm linking up with the lovely ladies of The Good LifeA. Liz AdventuresCarolina Charm, and Hello Happiness for 5 on Friday...and you should too!
{two} Look what the Easter bunny brought me! And by Easter bunny I totally mean myself. My long awaited hunter wellies. I'm in love. You can now refer to me as the girl in the red rain boots. Because I am Never. Taking. Them. Off.

{three} It would be nice if the Easter bunny also brought me this bag. Because it's all kind of awesome. And by Easter bunny, this time I mean my husband. hint. hint.

{four} Hudson moved up to the big boy room this week at school....it hasn't been a perfect transition but I know he will have more fun in his new room. I've been spying a lot on him using their video feed....which mostly causes major anxiety in me for some reason...but I did catch him sitting at the table with all his friends eating a snack. And he's not strapped in. Holy cow.

 {five} I put together these succulents as a thank you gift for Hudson's teachers. They are the only plant I haven't managed to kill!

Happy Easter! p.s....don't forget to check out my "we like clean bums and we can not lie" post!


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