May 28, 2015

Odd Mom Out

Have you ever felt like the odd mom out? I know I have. As a working mom, it's hard to connect with other moms.....and that's probably why I love blogging so much. I've been able to meet and connect with moms who work out of the home, moms who stay home, moms who work from home, and everything in between. But in my day to day life, I do often feel like the odd one out. I'm too busy, usually too unorganized, and way too overwhelmed most of the time to be the picture perfect mom. 

And that's probably why I am in love with Bravo's new show, appropriately titled Odd Mom Out. I got to preview the first two episodes and laughed out loud so many times! (you can see the trailer here!) I love that the main character, Jill, is true to herself. She knows she doesn't quite fit in but doesn't let it bring her down. Now if only I could do the same...ha!

Jill lives in New York with her husband and three little kiddos...and is surrounded by wealthy, picture perfect, competitive moms. She sticks out like a sore thumb but she OWNS IT. And I love it. The show is smart, quick, and witty, and is definitely one I'll be watching.  Jill also has a great down-to-earth support system....her husband stands by her and her best friend Vanessa totally has her back....which I can totally relate to. Real friendships and my relationship with my husband are what keep me sane though this whole motherhood thing.

There's a scene in one of the episodes where she is doing a spinning class for charity and is failing miserably.....and oh my word, I could totally relate! I took a spinning class with my husband once and it was so stinking hard and I'm sure everyone could see how un-coordinated I was!

Odd Mom Out is easily my new favorite show and I can't wait for it to premier on June 8th on Bravo!  If I wasn't pregnant I would totally be indulging in one of these Mom-Osas! Talk about yum! But for now, I'll just be enjoying my plain old orange juice!

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May 27, 2015

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Claire from Casual Claire

Hi everyone! I'm Claire and I blog over at Casual Claire about marriage, motherhood, recipes, fashion and more. I have a beautiful 13 month old daughter named Maddie Grace who I never planned on breastfeeding - and yet here I am nursing an almost toddler. Funny how life works! 

 
When I found out I was pregnant very few of my friends had children, even less breastfed their children, and I really didn't know anything about breastfeeding at all. What I did know about breastfeeding I thought was kind of gross, and made me uncomfortable to even think about. My OB office and midwife didn't even provide me with much information on breastfeeding. I asked my midwife if I should take a breastfeeding class and she said no, that I could look up all the information on Google. I was fine with that answer as I was pretty determined not to breastfeed, except that my husband was really pushing for it. He looked up all the information on breastfeeding, presented it to me, and asked me to at least try - which I reluctantly agreed to. Regardless I stocked up on tons of free samples of formula because I was pretty certain I would be using them. Just a couple weeks before my due date an old friend from high school sent me a facebook message asking if I wanted to join a secret breastfeeding support facebook group, which I figured couldn't hurt anythign. This group provided me with a wealth of breastfeeding knowledge - knowledge I didn't find anywhere else during my pregnancy. It was reading through the discussions in this group that switched my mindset and I found myself determined to be successful at breastfeeding.


Flash forward to the hospital where I was handed my newborn baby to hold chest to chest and to nurse. My heart melted and I wanted nothing more than to bond with my baby and do what was best for her. The first nursing experience was terrible. We couldn't get Maddie Grace to latch, and I was told I had inverted nipples - a term I had never even heard before. I asked to see a lactation consultant, and was first told that I didn't need one because the nurses were all trained in breastfeeding support. I knew that the only way we were going to figure out these issues was with help I wasn't receiving from the nurses so I continued to beg and finally told I could see one... in 24 hours. For the first 24 hours all I could do was attempt to nurse Maddie Grace, which wasn't working, and pump and then spoon feed it to her. It was miserable, I didn't sleep a wink, but I was so determined. At one point I even had a nurse put ready made formula on the table right next to me and tell me I really should just feed that to Maddie Grace because I needed rest, which infuriated me and only gave me more determination to make it work. Thanks to the breastfeeding support group on Facebook I knew that giving Maddie Grace any formula, especially in the first hours of her life, would seriously hurt our chances of having a successful breastfeeding relationship. 


After what felt like eternity the lactation consultant visited me, and she was amazing. She introduced me to a nipple shield (which I know is controversial but it was the only way Maddie Grace was going to latch) and showed me different positions which made nursing much easier for us. But our problems didn't end there. We had a ton of visitors while at the hospital, and I didn't want to breastfeed in front of them or kick them out to breastfeed, which resulted in Maddie Grace not getting quite enough. They told me she had jaundice and had lost too much weight. I felt like I was failing and I terrible mom. I thought the first night was rough - the next was even worse. They had me on a routine with absolutely no breaks of nursing, pumping, spoon-feeding and nothing else. I didn't think I could make it. It was worth it though. In the morning they tested her again and the jaundice was gone and we were told that we could go home. The lactation consultant paid me one more visit before we left, and gave me more great tips and advice, we went home and I thought we were in the clear.


My milk came in quickly, which was great, and I always had serious oversupply problems, which was annoying but I know is much better than having undersupply. I found good nursing pads, always wore a bra, cleaned up milk off the floor, and it was manageable. The biggest problem was that I couldn't get Maddie Grace to nurse without the nipple shield and it was a pain. I would lose it, had a hard time getting it on and adjusting it for when I had to nurse not at home. I kept reading that Maddie Grace should figure out how to nurse without it by 3 months, but we didn't lose it until almost 4 months. So then I thought it would be smooth sailing - right? Well close. I was very fortunate to not have any worse issues, but I did develop thrush once when Maddie Grace was around 10 months. We were able to treat it at home and it only took a few days of her having a purple tongue to clear up. 

 
Now at 13 months I'm starting to try to wean Maddie Grace. My husband, who as I mentioned is a huge advocate of breastfeeding, has actually encouraged me to go until 2 years which some health bodies recommend. However, eventually I'd like to have another baby and would love a few months of not breastfeeding or being pregnant to feel like my body belongs to me. Weaning is going great for us however. Maddie Grace hates cow milk, although we just started toddler formula which she seems to like better.
 

It makes me sad to think that our breastfeeding journey is coming to an end but I 'm so thankful to have made it this far with Maddie Grace. I never could have imagined what an amazing bonding experience breastfeeding would be, and how much I would enjoy it! The extra cuddles, the closeness I felt to my daughter and knowing that my daughter was getting the best nutrition for her was invaluable. The extra calories burnt and money saved were bonuses as well! My biggest advice to moms hoping for a successful breastfeeding relationship is to educate yourself as much as possible. Take a class, join a facebook support group (I'll add you to the one I love if you ask), attend local La Leche League meetings, whatever you can to be as educated as possible on breastfeeding. Being a mom is the hardest and most amazing thing that has ever happened to me - I look forward to hopefully nursing several more babies in the future and encouraging other moms to give breastfeeding a chance!

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



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May 26, 2015

Lake Life

Three day weekends rock my socks. We spent the weekend up at my mom's lake house and it was awesome.....mostly because my mom is amazing and took care of us all weekend and I finally got a little rest and relaxation in. Mental note: be just like my mom.

And I rocked the "lake look" all weekend....aka had chubby feet and hands, didn't wear makeup, and didn't do my hair. So no cute pics of me. 

But I did manage to get a quick pic of my husband and Hudson on the kayak....Hudson lasted a whole 3 minutes before asking to get out. And then that's all he talked about all weekend. Little stinker. He also scored big time in the toy car department when my mom and husband went garage saleing while Hudson and I napped. This boy has it made. 

As if he needed any more toys. I've mentioned before that my mom kept a bunch of my old toys...and I'm so glad she did. It makes my heart happy to see him loving the things I used to love. Can you spot the pound puppy and care bear?

I also took advantage of some weekend online sales and ate my weight in homemade chocolate chip cookies. Such an amazing weekend!

I hope you had a restful and enjoyable weekend!



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May 22, 2015

Oh Hey Friday

Happy Friday my friends! 

{one} I took Hudson out on a "date" this week to Build-A-Bear....I was worried it was going to be a disaster and that maybe I was taking him there more for me than for him (which was kind of true). But he LOVED it and had so much fun building his puppy. And he's still talking about it, so I'm quietly patting myself on the back for coming up with a pregnancy-friendly activity for us to do!

{two} These babies are on sale and calling my name....wouldn't they be so cute for summer?

{three} We are officially on baby watch....even though we still have 3 more weeks and I'm not having contractions or anything. I've told my family to have their phones on and be ready to go.....I guess that means I should pack my bag too? I can't even remember what I packed last time, but I know I brought way to much stuff. I still need some more of these nursing tanks because I basically lived in them last time! 

{four} I've been craving chinese chicken salad like crazy! I think I've had this exact meal at least 4 times this week.....so so so good. 


{five} There's still time to make your Norwex order! Details here.....trust me, you don't want to miss out on these fabulous products. 

And now the link ups....


Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife!

Momfessionals



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May 21, 2015

37 Weeks

How far along? 37 weeks! And an update two weeks in a row...I'm on a roll! 

Maternity clothes? Yes.....all day every day.

Stretch marks? Not really....but I'm not really checking! 

Sleep: Much better than last week. I'm up once or twice to use the restroom but that's it.

Best moment this week: Mother's Day celebrations for sure! I've been a little down in the dumps these past couple weeks due to my hip and back pain, but on Mother's Day I felt better than I had in weeks. And my boys spoiled me with lots of hugs and kisses, my favorite bagels, flowers, maternity photos printed and framed, rest time for me, and my husband doing the grocery shopping (which is my least favorite chore!) and picking up dinner....it's the little things that make me happy. 

Miss Anything? I miss wearing normal clothes. And I miss being able to do normal things like putting on shoes or shaving my legs without having to contort my body in to weird positions!

Movement: Lots and lots of movement up in here still. Baby is head down and likes to head butt me in the bladder. 

Food cravings: Same as last week: give me all the fruit! And juice! And lemonade/ice tea!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Thankfully no...this week has been sickness free!

Gender: We still don't know, but my husband and I are both thinking it's a boy. The thought of another rambunctious little boy is kind of daunting...but I would love to be a boy mom again! And we have narrowed our list of baby names down to like 5 or 6 per gender, which was a HUGE accomplishment! It's going to be a game day decision for sure. 

Labor Signs: Nope, zero. I opted to not be "checked" at this appointment because I don't feel any different and that check is pretty uncomfortable!

Symptoms: Thank you for all of your sweet comments about my hip and back pain. I am so happy to report that I feel 100 times better this week than I did the previous week. I can walk again without pain and the pain isn't waking me up at night. I haven't had to take pain meds in over a week. I am so THRILLED to be feeling better! I still ache at the end of the day but it's nothing compared to my 3 weeks of torture. 

Belly Button in or out? Same as last week....it's starting to pop out and is the WEIRDEST THING EVER.

Wedding rings on or off? On man...they are off....finally. I mentioned on Monday that they were stuck and we tried EVERYTHING: soap, ice, Vaseline, Preparation H, Windex, drinking a lot of water, and the youtube elastic/floss trick. NOTHING worked. And my finger got all kinds of mad and swelled up even more. So.....they were cut off on Tuesday by our very nice and kind jeweler. I was on the verge of a panic attack because my finger just felt trapped. And yes, there were tears. And my finger still looks battered. So ladies....take your rings off now!

Mood: Good! 

Looking forward to:  Meeting this baby....I'm ready!

View me at 37 weeks with Hudson here.




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