June 28, 2013

5 on Friday

It's FINALLY Friday! That means I'm linking up with A. Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, Hello! Happiness, and The Good Life Blog for 5 on Friday. Go check them out!

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{one} I'm so excited for 4th of July! I'm a little behind at my decorating lately (blame it on a busy almost 10 month old boy) but luckily Andrea from Aidie's Hideaway sent me the cutest star garland! If you follow her on instagram (aidieshideaway) she has amazing flash sales and specials!

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I'm sort of obsessed with it!

{two} I got this dress the other day to wear to a wedding this weekend. It's my first high-low dress and although I was nervous about it at first, it's super cute on!

{three} I really want to see The Heat. Sandra Bullock AND Melissa McCarthy? Yes please!

{four} I don't often talk about my political or personal beliefs on this blog. But I love this blog post: I Love Gay People and I Love Christians, I Choose All:

"...care for the poor and sick and lonely and hungry and imprisoned and widowed and orphaned and recently immigrated. Maybe we should all be required to pick an issue that requires US to change  and not OTHERS to change. I think that’d be good"

Trust me...it's worth the read.

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{five} Hudson thinks he's a puppy and carries his blocks around in his mouth. I am in love with this boy.

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June 26, 2013

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Megan from Mackey Madness

Oh breastfeeding, where do I even begin...haha. First off, I'm Megan from Mackey Madness and I have a 5 month old precious little girl named Emory. We are still exclusively breastfeeding and I feel super blessed that we have been able to continue for this long. My goal has always been 6 months and it's nice to see it getting closer and closer. That being said however, make no mistake, we did not have an easy road and in the beginning I didn't think we were going to make it. But we did...and I am so glad. 

My first few days of breastfeeding in the hospital were great. Emory latched on right away and we did fine every single feeding. I was thinking that I was one of the lucky ones. Once we got home, though, things took a turn for the worse during the second week...my nipples started hurting SO bad. I'm talking worse than contractions, I promise. Or at least it felt like that at the time. I began to dread every single feeding and I would start crying when I knew it was time to feed her. The latching on was the worst and the pain got better as she nursed, but it was still so painful. I tried a lot of things to get relief and nothing really helped. On top of the pain, I felt like the worst mom because I was dreading her feedings. And trust me, when your hormones are crazy postpartum, the last thing you need is something making you feel even worse! 

It took about 3-4 weeks for the pain to completely disappear, but it did get a little bit better each week. I reached out to friends who had breastfed or were currently breastfeeding for support and encouragement. That was the biggest key to us making it through the pain - the encouragement. I knew that if I could just keep hanging in there, the pain would go away. I took it one feeding at a time...I would think, "if we can just make it through this feeding, we are doing good." I spent a lot of time praying while she nursed, too, which definitely helped to take my mind off of the pain. 

Now here we are, 5 months later and doing good. I don't want to scare anyone with writing all of this, but I do want to prepare anyone who wants to breastfeed. I definitely wasn't fully prepared for how hard it was going to be. On top of the pain, it's hard to get used to the schedule, dress for nursing, leave the house in time to do something before it's time to feed again, and get the courage to nurse in public. But y'all, it is so worth it. The bonding time, the snuggles, knowing that I'm giving her the healthiest thing...it's so worth it. If anyone ever needs any advice or encouragement, I'd love to help! Feel free to contact me! 

The biggest things I've learned: it's okay if you don't just LOVE it in the beginning. It's a little awkward and takes some time to get the hang of it. Just because you have pain, doesn't mean you are doing something wrong. My pain was severe and we had the perfect position and the perfect latch. My lactation consultant said sometimes you just have pain. Try not to pump too early. You don't want to create an oversupply. Buy nursing bras!! You need them. And some tank tops to wear around the house. Easy access is nice. : ) It gets better with time. It becomes more natural and there's no pain at all. You can do it!!

One thing I do want to add, though...is that everyone's story is different and we should never ever judge a mom for whether she chooses to breastfeed or not. It's hard enough being a mom without all of us judging each other! Plus, there's no telling what problems she might have had with it. We are all doing the best that we can! 

*all pictures via Lindsey Caroon Photography

Thanks Megan for sharing your story! Make sure you catch up with the rest of the Breastfeeding Diaries at the top of my navigation bar.

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June 25, 2013

I'll eat you up, I love you so

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A few weeks ago we met with the fabulously talented Ashley Slater for some updated family photos. I am beyond thrilled with the results and can't wait to display them in every room of our house!

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You probably know Ashley from her blog, The Sweet Season. And if you don't....well....get on it!

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She captured Hudson's constant arm waiving (when he gets excited) perfectly!

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I mean seriously. 

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Little feets. 

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I love that she captured his grey/blue eyes and red hair!

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Model baby.

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Now for the hard part...which one should we blow up in to a canvas print?

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June 24, 2013

Fun Looks Different now

Over the weekend the husband and I met some friends at the water for drinks and a night out. It was our first  real night out together since having Hudson. So of course I had a peach sangria (or two!). 

One of our friends asked if I ever just let my hair down and get crazy. And I guess I don't. And I didn't before we had Hudson either. It's just not my style. But it made me think about how "fun" is so much different now. What our friends didn't see is how much planning it takes for a night out. They didn't see the stress of getting ready while tending to a cranky teething baby. They didn't see me getting everything ready for my mom to take care of Hudson for the night. They didn't see us scrambling to get out the door on time while also dealing with landscapers who accidentally cut our sprinkler line causing our yard to flood. They also don't understand that that cranky baby of ours will be up and ready to party at 5:30 a.m. the next day and doesn't care that mommy and daddy are tired. And because that cranky baby missed you the night before, he will refuse to take a nap longer than 30 minutes. 

And he'll develop an eye infection and make you cancel your other plans for the day. All that will also make him overly tired and fight bedtime too. 

So....our idea of "fun" has changed big time. And I'm okay with that. It's nice to get out of the house and see friends. Everyone needs a break. 

But it's also nice to stay in, order pizza and watch a movie too. 

And when you finally get that baby to sleep you miss him. It's kind of awesome.

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June 21, 2013

5 on Friday

Linking up again today with some of my favorite ladies for 5 on Friday!

{One} We ordered this Chatham table and chairs from Pottery Barn....cannot wait for it to arrive so we can start enjoying some time outside. Our backyard is in desperate need of a makeover and this is one of the first steps!

{Two} Sometimes I strip Hudson down to just a diaper when I feed him so that he looks like my squishy little baby again. He is growing up so fast, but it doesn't get much better than this.

{Three} I've tried and tried to like Greek yogurt and I just can't stomach it. Tastes totally nasty to me. Can anyone recommend a yummy one?

{Four} Forget toys. Give this boy a remote, slipper, water bottle, or spatula and he's happy as can be!

{Five} Pretty Little Liars is back for the summer and I am so excited! I'm really just a teenage girl stuck in an almost 30 year old's body. But I do need another summer show to watch.....what are you watching this summer?

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