Category Archives: Babies and Kids

10 Months!

We’ve made it 10 months breastfeeding! Yay! The goal is a year and I’m pretty sure we’ll make it.

Really after 3 months it became so easy. We definitely don’t have to wash a lot of bottles, and it’s always ready. The tough part is that she needs it to go to sleep and she wakes up multiple times at night. Something I wasn’t use to after being spoiled by Caleb at 3 months of sleeping through the night. Luckily she falls right back to sleep but I can’t tell you when I got more than 4 hours straight sleep. I get asked sometimes about when am I going to stop. We’ll I plan to stop pumping at work once she turns a year, but I’ll need to wean myself from the pump gradually which I don’t think will be to difficult. I don’t mind nursing her when were together after the year, to me she’s still a baby. I hopefully will start to slowly wean her and hope to fully wean no later than 18 months. I believe she has a dairy allergy so she needs my milk definitely for a year. She’s never had formula beside the first 2 days of her life in the hospital and that was through a sns feeder not a bottle so she wouldn’t get confused. So momma’s milk it is then.

Photo of the 10 month old girl

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Caleb’s 6th Birthday Party

We kept his party low key this time and Star Wars themed. He had a blast and the food was good.

Here are a few pictures.

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7 Months!

7 Months of Breastfeeding with no end in sight! Hope to make it to 1 year!

3 months today

I made it. I made it to 3 months breastfeeding. It wasn’t easy but I did it. If you make past 12 weeks I believe it gets better and easier. Thanks goes to my husband who helped tremendously with Caleb this summer, without that help I don’t know if I would have made it. Next goal is 6 months.

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5 Weeks In

Two Pregnancies and two different kinds of delivery methods. Having done both c-section and VBAC my doc asked me on Monday which I thought was better. I immediately said c-section. Well, only because I had a fourth degree tear and it seemed like my recovery took longer and pain level lasted way longer. I told her that maybe after I completely healed I’d change my mind. What helped was the padsicles I made via Pinterest – webpage reference . That greatly reduced my swelling.

This time around I’m breastfeeding, with my first I tried but I found it to difficult and gave up. This time I was more determine and had more knowledge so I’ve been successful. We’re exclusively breastfeeding. I wouldn’t say it easier in fact it’s way harder  (IMO). You don’t have the connivence of having your spouse help in the middle of the night to help feed the baby…unless you’ve have extra milk pumped. Which I do but I”m saving it for when I go back to work so I try not to use it when I don’t have to. Sometimes I feel like there’s never a break from breastfeeding only when she’s sleeping, when she’s awake I think she’s always hungry. It requires patience but we also have bond.

Caleb my first baby was formula fed and I don’t feel bad about it either. He’s a healthy 5 year old boy now and although we had to go through different formulas before finding one that he didn’t constantly spit-up with.  I think either way you go is fine, and whatever works…well works.

Haley is 5 weeks and growing, I can tell she’s already not as small as when she was born. Time flies so quickly I got to cherish every moment as she continues to grow. She smiles at me sometimes when she’s awake and it’s the best. Big brother Caleb, loves her to pieces and tells her often everyday.

Thank goodness Artis is off this summer to help me, without him here, I don’t know if I’d be this successful at breastfeeding, and I’d definitely be more sleep deprived. Luckily Haley is such a good baby she’s sleeping 5-6 hours straight at night, then up for an hour or 2 to feed and change and fall back to sleep, then down again for 2-3 more hours. Caleb started sleeping through the night at 3 months, I think she maybe the same. I hope as that’s when I go back to work. I would love to be able to get that much sleep.

Well….I’ll input another entry soon….see y’all later.

Haley’s Birth Story

Thursday May 21, 2015 was my induction day. Woke up to figure out that I was having regular contractions about 10-12 minutes apart. They definitely felt different then all the Braxton hicks contractions I had been having for a long time. Check in time at the hospital was 6 a.m. and everything went smoothly, I was only 2-3 cm dilated. They started the medicine about 7 a.m. and my contractions definitely started picking up, for about 2 hours I could handle the contractions but  then they we’re coming every 2 minutes and I couldn’t take the pain anymore so I said I’d like the epidural. The epidural came about 10 minutes later, I was only 4 cm dilated at the time. Getting the epidural was tough as I had to stay still during a contraction which was hard. Right after they gave me the epidural my water broke on it’s own. The nurse checked me about a hour later and said I had dilated to 9 cm. Which was super fast compared to my last labor. Thirty minutes later I was at 10 cm and I was ok to start pushing. I pushed for 2 hours which felt like forever and exhausting. Finally the nurse said she was going to call my doctor because I was ready. Haley kept trying to come out at an angle so the doctor had to use forceps to turn her to come out. Haley tore me quite badly but it felt great that she came out naturally instead of C-section. She was born at 3:04 p.m. 7 lbs and 4 oz.