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Oh Hey Friday

February 27, 2015

Happy Friday! Let's do this.....

{one} I took Hudson to get his hair cut this week. Why do little boys have to grow up so fast? I'm never 100% satisfied with his matter where we go. But it's probably because the hairdresser only has so much time of him sitting still...and then it's just all down hill from there. So I guess we'll take what we can get!

{two} My friend recently introduced me to Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and oh my word, it's my new favorite product! I spray my face after my make up is done in the morning and it helps it last all day. It's not perfect, but sooooo much better than without this spray! It's light and fresh and I can't even feel it once it dries. Trust me on this one, it's a keeper.

{three} Thanks to it being winter and this pregnancy, my skin has been super dry. Enter Aveeno Skin Relief Cream. I slather this on at bedtime and wake up soft and moisturized in the morning. I've tried tons of creams and this is the only one that has worked for me. And it makes my skin feel so good. I even put it on my face!

{four} I just have to document this, so I'll remember it forever. Hudson LOVES applesauce in a pouch. We go through a TON of them each week. Anyway, we picked up some chocolate pudding pouches at Costco a week or so ago and they have a brown cow on the box. Hudson calls his applesauce "apple" and has now been asking for the pudding by saying "cow apple?" So of course, that's what we call them too. Love that boy. 

{five} These cups. We totally need them. Hudson knows how to fill up his water glass and they are just too cute not to buy, am I right?

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Enjoy your weekend!

And now the link ups....

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


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The Breastfeeding Diaries: Megan from Tales of the Trees

February 25, 2015

Hi! My name is Megan and I blog over at Tales of the Trees. I am a mom to Eli (3) and Anniston (11 months). I have had two completely different experiences with breastfeeding with both of my kiddos and I love this series and decided to share my story here! 

When I was pregnant with my first child Eli I was always shocked when people asked me if I intended to breastfeed.

Prior to having children I assumed breastfeeding was just the natural approach. Obviously I knew there was formula but I thought everybody breastfed and used formula as needed.

I had NO idea there was so much discussion out there regarding breastfeeding vs formula. I was blissfully unaware of this whole other world out there.

I was also clueless as to what all breastfeeding involved. Because of my assumption that it was just an easy choice I had no idea what went into breastfeeding. So there I sat in the hospital, my world rocked with a brand new baby and I blindly went into breastfeeding.

And it was hard. It hurt and it was time consuming. It was frustrating at times trying to get the baby to latch, stay latched and not go to sleep while eating. And I had to wear special bras and tanks and shirts that had easy access to the milk. Basically it was a rude interruption to my life. Giving birth to my first born rocked my world. He was my biggest joy but I had a bit of trouble in the beginning getting used to life with a newborn. I loved my baby with everything inside of me but I desperately yearned to feel "normal" again. I wanted life to be settled and "comfortable" and breastfeeding throughout the day and night did not help with my adjustment to a new baby in the house. However I tried to push these feelings of discontentment with breastfeeding and just power through.

Even though I powered through I sort of did a disservice to both myself and Eli.  I complained every step of the way. I dreaded getting dressed because of the nursing "uniform" I had to wear. I thought constantly about quitting. I just wasn't enjoying it and developed such a negative attitude towards breastfeeding.

I was working at the time so I had to pump at work - which I did so while grumbling and complaining. Surprise surprise. I wasn't good about pumping at work and used formula to feed Eli when we weren't home because I wasn't comfortable breastfeeding in public. Eventually my milk dried up around month five and I completely quit breastfeeding. At six months old Eli was a fully formula fed baby and despite the cost (yikes) it was a good choice and worked for us.

Fast forward a couple of years later. I was pregnant with our next child and I had a new mindset. I knew what was coming. I knew there were sleepless nights coming and I knew there was going to be pain through breastfeeding and a season of not really feeling like myself but I also knew I was about to fall head over heels in love and my world was once again going to be rocked, in the best way possible.

Two years had passed and I had time to look back at my breastfeeding experience.I had a mental list of all the reasons I didn't like breastfeeding the first time around but I also had time to realize that it was such a short season and I had the desire to breastfeed my second baby so why not give it my all?

All my negativity the first time around now seemed so silly. The saying "hindsight is 20/20" comes to mind here because I realized I didn't ever give breastfeeding my all. Yes I powered through as I said but I was just going through the motions. I wasn't enjoying it and I was only doing it to save money from buying formula. I was so busy complaining about it that I never stopped to see the beauty in it.

So in mid-March I gave birth to our second baby and I once again set out on my breastfeeding journey. And once again it was hard. The struggles of trying to get the baby to latch, the pain and cracking of my breasts, the feeling that my body was not my own and feeling like I was nursing every second of the day. Even though those factors were all the same something was different; my mindset.

If motherhood taught me anything in those past two years it was that it goes by in a flash. Everything that seemed so huge in that moment flashed by and was nothing but a memory.  I realized that while breastfeeding the first time around was hard and not something I enjoyed, it was soon over and dare I say I actually missed it.

I made a goal to breastfeed this time around. Even if it was hard and not so convenient, I was going to do it. Even if I felt I couldn't lose the extra baby weight while nursing. And here I am eleven months in, well on my way to a year (maybe more?!?!) and I couldn't be more happy.

It's such a funny experience. The first time around I had no idea what to expect so I was basically blindsided and didn't enjoy a second of it. The second time around I knew what to expect and so I prepared myself. Preparing myself seemed to be the key. I even wrote about how I mentally prepared myself for breastfeeding on my blog here

Through this past year of breastfeeding I have fallen in love with it and want to encourage other women as much as possible in this area. So many times I feel like women want to succeed at breastfeeding but they aren't prepared for all that goes into it. And really, it's not even so much about it being hard. Yes it is hard, but it's realizing that for a little bit you are still sharing your body. We give birth and think that the time of sharing our body is over, but if breastfeeding we are still using that body to support the baby. And just like pregnancy ended, it will end. So enjoy it. The hard, painful, ugly yet beautiful and peaceful moments. Enjoy it all.

The first time around I saw breastfeeding as a burden. The second time around I saw breastfeeding as a gift. Something that I was blessed to be able to do, to continue to use my body to provide for my child now outside my body. It's truly a beautiful thing.

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

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Wish List for Baby #2

February 24, 2015

Wish List for Baby #2

Since we already have a baby, we won't be buying too many things for baby #2....but I did learn some things since having Hudson, specifically what worked for us and what didn't. And, I've discovered some new products these past two years that I would love to add to our routine!

First up is the Solly Baby Wrap. Hudson LOVED to be held....and I think without some type of wrap I would have lost my mind. With this baby, I'm pretty sure I'll need to multi-task even more, so having my hands free is super important. We have the moby wrap but I never really loved it. I've heard so many great things about the Solly so it's definitely on my wish list! Plus I love the stripe cute. 

I also learned about the Ollie Swaddle blanket via instagram and it has me super intrigued. Hudson loved to be swaddled and these blankets apparently are the best. And super soft. They only come in pink and blue so I guess I'll have to wait to buy this one!

My new obsession is Bip and Bop necklaces, another fun discovery from instagram! During my trip to San Francisco last week I was missing Hudson big time. I have an "H" necklace I wear, but wanted another one that was a little I pulled the trigger and bought this one. Bip and Bop sells individual charms so once we have this baby I'll be able to add a charm to my necklace. Jon, if you are reading this (and you better be!) I just made this easy on you. 

As many of you know, I breastfed Hudson for over a year. We didn't do much feeding in public but I think that with a two year old in tow I'll need to do it much more frequently. I'm in love with this cover from Covered Goods that also doubles as a scarf AND a carseat cover. This is already on it's way to our house and I can't wait to try it out!

As for diaper pails, I think we'll probably need another one since it is unlikely Hudson will be potty trained by June. I sort of kind of am starting to hate the diaper genie. Several bloggers have recommended the Ubbi Pail so I'd like to give it a try. You don't have to buy special bags for this one, which makes it a winner in my book. 

Waterproof mattress pad. Need I say more? Hudson's are pretty worn out, so I'm going to pick up a few of these, which my favorites of the brands we have. 

We have the Baby Jogger City Select stroller and have LOVED it. I specifically got it knowing it would be easy to add a second seat. Totally one of our best baby purchases. So it looks like it's time to add that second seat. Red please!

Hudson and I both love his monogrammed bunny from Peekawhoo. It's soft and cuddly and makes a great baby gift. My friends at Peekawhoo are already standing by, waiting for a name so they can get the bunny to us. I can't wait!

We love Freshly Picked moccasins....doesn't everyone? They stay on baby's feet and are super cute. I didn't use these until Hudson was walking but I think they would make a great shoe for a baby. And stay on so much better than socks! 

And finally, I'd really like to try the MamaRoo. Hudson loved his swing but this one does so much more! Plus it takes up less space which means more room for Hudson's toys!

What's on your baby #2 wish list?

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This, That, and the Other

February 23, 2015

Happy Monday friends! I've missed you! Sorry for my absence, I left on Thursday to jet off to San Francisco for the weekend to hang out with my Pollinate Media and Weave Made family. 

Highlights totally include eating Chick-Fil-A in the Minneapolis airport (SO good), meeting lots and lots of dad bloggers, people being super nice to my pregnant self, taking an Uber for the first time in my life and not getting stabbed, 

test driving a super fancy Kia K900 with these crazies,

 meeting R2D2 at the Lucas Studio (yes, I'm a total Star Wars nerd at heart. Bet you didn't know that about me!),

scoring lots of swag for my boys at home,

and finally, coming home to this sweet face. I missed him something fierce. And I missed my husband too! 

Hudson didn't sleep well last night and just needed mommy. Totally broke my heart. I had a lot of anxiety about leaving him even though I knew he would be well cared for while I was gone. But man, the mommy guilt is hard core. I'm taking today to recover from my trip, catch up on my dvr....and do like 10 loads of laundry.

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The Breastfeeding Diaries: Paige from New Momma Notes

February 18, 2015

Hi!  I'm Paige and my blog is New Momma Notes.

My son, Carter was born in May 2012 and it was not easy.  
He screamed all day and night- talk about a rude awakening to motherhood.

don't let this picture fool you- about 2 minutes later he started screaming and didn't stop for 6 months- ha!
I read a bunch of mommy blogs and it seemed like I was the only one struggling to survive so I decided to write my blog and tell about the rough times.  I felt so alone and thought if even one person has a similar experience it could make her feel not so alone.

If you are having a tough time as a new mom my first few months of posts (June 2012) may resonate with you.

But what's kind of ironic was that although it was so difficult with Carter, the one part of new mommy life that surprisingly went well was nursing.

I went into the hospital with the thought that if breastfeeding works, great.  If not, formula will be fine.  Then just a few minutes after his (traumatic) birth he latched right on.

It felt natural.  There were no sore nipples or refusal to latch or bleeding or any other terrible thing you read about.  So then I gave myself the goal to breastfeed for 6 months.

In the beginning, nothing was easy.  I would bounce and rock him all day long and the only time he wouldn't be screaming was when he was nursing but then as soon as he was finished- back to screaming.  I talked to the lactation consultants at my hospital many times in the first few months.

 We figured out that I have an over supply and a forceful let-down that would make him choke and then scream after the feedings.  I tried many different things like leaning back, burping throughout the feedings and nursing on just one side.  I thought all the screaming was just part of having a baby, but it was absolutely exhausting and not normal.  Eventually we went to the pediatrician and started him on reflux meds.

I nursed Carter for almost 16 months, stopping then because I went back to work.  I wrote this post that gives a little outline of those 16 months of nursing and weaning.  And this post shows some of my nursing must haves.

Everyone (my doctor and pediatrician included) assured me that my next child would be much different and easier- so in November 2014 Reid was born.  His birth was very different from Carter's.  But just like Carter he latched right away.  And so began breastfeeding story #2.

Just like the first time, I have lots of milk and a forceful let-down so after just a few days I started nursing only one side per feeding, leaning back while nursing, burping him frequently, and limiting the amount of time per feeding.

He's about 3 months old now and he is now on reflux meds too.  Because of all of the spitting up and my oversupply I limit his nursing time to 5-10 minutes.  But he still nurses every 2- 2.5 hours.  (At night he sleeps about 6-8 hours before waking.)

When I started breastfeeding Reid these were some of things I forgot, but was quickly reminded of:
  • OMG-when your milk comes in- holy crap it feels like your boobs are going to explode- like 2 ticking time bombs- so big and hard and uncomfortable!
  • You definitely need nursing pads for leakage.
  • Finding a nursing bra is ridiculously hard when you are DDD or bigger- I ordered 7 and returned 7 (thanks to free shipping and returns) and I finally settled on #8 not because it was perfect, but it was ok.  And what a difference that makes- some support makes you look and feel so much better!
  • The never ending thirst- I can down a huge mason jar of water in no time and crave drinks.
  • Watching dairy intake and being careful about other foods is so limiting and no fun.  However a happy baby is so much better than a few onions or a milkshake.
***Now here's where I get all shmoozy or as my husband and I call it- "the meaningful talk"

I feel so fortunate to have this time to nurse- a time to sit quietly while he drinks and gazes up at me and holds onto my shirt or pulls my hair or wraps his fingers around mine.  We always joked that Carter was my "swimfan" because he always had his eye on me- he knew where the milk was at all times (and never took a bottle.)  Reid is the same way.  He's always watching me (and won't take a bottle.)  Breastfeeding has created a wonderful bond between my boys and me.

However, this bottle problem...this is real.  Just recently I've decided we've GOT to change that.  Momma needs a break sometimes (and a drink or a manicure or highlights or time to wander around Target!) We are working on it.  I told myself after having that problem with Carter that I'd change that for #2.  I've failed.  

Any advice on getting a baby to take a bottle???  PLEASE! HELP!

My biggest piece of advice for a new nursing mommy is to ask for help.  Call a lactation consultant or pediatrician or another nursing mommy.  That's what is so great about this blogging community- we're here to support each other.  

Thank you, Julie for having me today to share my story!  

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

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