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My breastfeeding journey

In the beginning…

As soon as found out I was pregnant, I immediately knew that I wanted to breastfeed – no questions asked. When Kylie was born, she latched on right away about ten minutes after birth.  “I guess I am one of the lucky ones” I thought to myself, but in the following days I quickly learned that it was not always going to come so easy.

I honestly didn’t realize how much newborns actually slept. Like seriously,  it’s crazy.  I was freaking out in the hospital because she just wouldn’t wake up to feed. She would sleep for 6 hour periods skipping feedings. I was worried. The doctors said that she was doing fine and when we took her home we still had the same problem. I could not wake the child up, she was such a heavy sleeper (just like her father). I would undress her – Zzzzz, make noises -Zzzzz,  move her around -Zzzzz,  even pat her with a cold rag -Zzzzz.  NOTHING WOULD WAKE THIS CHILD UP! Eventually she did start waking up on her own to eat, after about 2 weeks. There was no fix all method to getting her to feed, it just gradually came.


Reflux

When Kylie was born she weighed 7 lbs 8 ounces. Her weight dropped before leaving the hospital to 6 lbs 13 ounces (dropping weight is normal). While we were in the hospital,  after feedings Kylie would throw up the doctors and nurses all said it was fine and not to worry, just to keep the suction bulb near by. I swear she would puke (not spit up after every feeding). I was terrified. I didn’t sleep for three days after she was born because I was to busy staring at her making sure she wasn’t going to choke on her throw up.

So according to the doctors, Kylie should have been back to her birth weight by two weeks old. I can’t exactly remember what her weight was at the time, but it was no where close to 7lbs 8 ounces. The doctors started getting worried. I had told them that she was vomiting about 5 to 8 times a day- Not just baby spit up but projectile vomiting. They finally diagnosed her with reflux and suggested I give her a thickening formula. At the same time they prescribed Zantac. I declined the formula but accepted to start giving her the Zantac.

She hated that stuff and would always make a nasty face when I gave it to her (confession : the yucky face was kinda cute). Eventually she learned to take it like a champ.


Opinion on public breast feeding

 I AM ALL FOR IT! But personally, I just don’t do it. Whenever I’m doing out, I bring milk with me for the baby. I gladly support any woman who will feed her baby in public but I just cant bring myself to it… Maybe one day I will build up enough courage to finally do it! We will see.

Anyways, I also wanted to post this video on the public’s view of breastfeeding. This video terrible, but an eye opener.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

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Meet my girls

Alyssa

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Alyssa is my fun loving 8 year old step daughter. She is full of life and energy. This photo was from Halloween. We got her dress from Cracker Barrel, they seriously have the cutest costumes! They have ones online that you can check out. They also have super cute every day outfits as well.

Kylie

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Kylie is my first born and is truly a blessing. She was well worth my 60+ hour labor. She is teaching me so much about motherhood. As she grows, so do I.

 

…btw I’m not too sure why the images are such low quality

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Kid Friendly Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day with what, less than a week away? I though I would post some ideas that my family will be doing and some other related things that I’ve found on the web.

Sweet Treats

Alright, so the first cake I will DEFINITELY be making. It is so simple, how have I not done this before. I tried my hand in cake decorating at one point in time and realized, I’m no cake wars contestant – but it’s still fun. My daughter Alyssa loves to be a little chef so she will enjoy it. Now, the other cake that I posted I personally wont be making because I hate those little heart candies, but hey, if you like them then this cake is for you. Its SUPER cute to where I wish I liked the heart candies =[.


 

Scavenger Hunt

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Another thing that I would like to do this year is a scavenger hunt.  This blog Adventures in Wunderland has the printables and information for the scavenger hunt.


Printable Love Coupons For Kids

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Alright so I’m obsessed with printables so we will be giving these to Alyssa. You can grab it here:

http://catchmyparty.com/blog/free-printable-love-coupons


 

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Craft Hacks

These days it seems like there are hacks for everything, some more useful than others. I am a fan of doing things the old fashioned way for the most part, but when I see a hack that will save me clean up time/my sanity, I am all for it. Here are a list of some great craft hacks that I have found.


Turn dried out markers into water colors.

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Photo Credit: outnumbered3-1.com

I know us mommas have approximately 5-20 dried out markers laying around our house at any given time. Why not put them to good use my letting the ink soak out into a cup of water and using the water as watercolor paint.


Use a lint roller to pick up glitter

This one’s an oldie but a goodie. While using possibly the worlds worst creation- glitter, combat the chaos by using a lint roller to clean up the mess!


Use Glad Press and Seal to protect tables

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Okay, so I haven’t actually tried this one yet, but I plan to. (I would love to hear input from moms who have) The hack is using the press and seal as a table cloth that can be removed after craft time and trashed.  My oldest is out of the stage where she’s a complete disaster during crafts, but accidents happen.


Using paint in a bag for toddler finger painting

So I have used this one during my time as a preschool teacher. The kids loved it ( I did it with a class of 3-5 year olds) and there was virtually no clean up.  Put a piece of paper in a Ziploc bag and squeeze out different colored paints onto the paper.  Tape the bag to the table (so it doesn’t constantly slide around). You child can squish and swirl the paint around to create their own masterpiece.  When they are done, but the sides of the bag and lift the top piece of plastic off and allow to dry. Don’t try to remove the painting through the top of the bag as it will just smudge the painting (learned that one the hard way.)

**Make sure not to over due it on the paint or else the paper becomes super wet to the point that it may tear**


Avoid the tantrum and snap a pic

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If your children are anything like mine, then you have a boat load of artwork that are expected to be used as wallpaper throughout the entire house. I’m just going to come out and say it, some art work is better than others and while some are definitly fridge worthy, some belong in your trash phone. Snap a picture of the artwork and upload them to a folder on your computer. That way they are always accessible for viewing and if you like, you could print them out.


Lots Of Dots

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Pinterest (pinned by Belle Fraser / via Clumsy Crafter)

This hack was obviously made for valentines day, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of using a cardboard heart, you could use any shape!


Food Coloring and Shaving Cream bath time fun

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I did this one with my daughter when she was around age 5 and she had a blast.  She had different colored cups of shaving cream (and it was mine so it smelled like strawberries) that she used to finger paint on the shower wall. It washed right off. A little bit of food coloring goes a long way so don’t use to much or you will run into the risk of it being a little hard to get off. I use the Wilton gels and just stick a toothpick in the gel and then mix in into the shaving cream.