Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Day of Pre-K

     FINALLY!!! While other moms sob about sending their babies to school I can finally exhale. FINALLY I can go to appointments without depending on family to watch him. FINALLY I won't have to drag him home with tears streaming down his face for "Nanny." FINALLY he'll eat something other than sugar during the day.
     Trace and I have both been looking forward to this day for a long time. For the first day, Trace got to get on the bus with his best friend who is in the same class. How special is that!?

     We made signs for school because we'll never have this day to do over. Hand prints for keepsake (and pictures.) He chose red and his friend chose purple.

     They were both as excited as ever to get on the bus and go to school.

Later, when they both got off of the bus I was eager to hear about their day and chimed the words, "How was school?" Their response was, "Good." Oh my gosh. How could I forget? Threenagers.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Safe Meds for Breastfeeding Moms

     I sometimes get headaches or belly aches and need something from the medicine cabinet. Who doesn't? I don't want to call the doctor everytime I have a question about a medication and whether or not it is safe to take while I am breastfeeding. Who has time for that?
     I found this really cool tool that can tell you what is and isn't safe. Go to http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm. You can type in a medication to search and it will give you many details including, but not limited to, drug levels, effects in breastfed infants, and so on. I found this tool to be VERY useful and informative. If you ever wonder if a medication is okay to take during lactation, definitely go to http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm for a sure, supported, and detailed answer.
     Today, I searched diphenhydramine. This is the Kroger Nighttime Sleep Aid you see above. After gathering information from the site about the medication, I've decided that I will be taking a dose tonight, but that I will not be making a habit of it. 
     Ultimately, the decision is up to you and it is you that needs to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks and make the final call. There is no black and white answer.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Colsen's Bake Sale Prep

     My husband and I have been struggling financially. As much as I hated to, I finally caved and decided to ask for help. I opened up our GoFundMe Page and my best friend has decided to prepare a bake sale for Colsen. She has gone so far above and beyond for me. There is no way

     I'll never be able to express my appreciation to her and to everyone involved with this event. 

        My Nanny is making no-bake cookies. My best friend and her family are cooking and providing, hot dogs, fried apple pies, chili, soda, slaw, bbq sandwiches, and nachos & cheese (and I'm probably forgetting some). My mom has supplied us with brownies and pepperoni rolls. My four year old, Trace, calls them "Mickeroni rolls." Gotta have a little Mickey Mouse branding in there, right? ;)

     Tonight is the last night before the bake sale and we've all been working our @sses off. I hope to goodness that we'll be able to make at least a little profit between tomorrow and Saturday. Wish us luck!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Happy World Breastfeeding Week

     I am so happy and thankful that I, not only, get to acknowledge breastfeeding holidays, but now I actually also get to participate.
     I formula fed my first to to lack of knowledge and pressure from the hospital nurses not to "starve" my baby. My heart hurt for so long and I felt so much guilt for giving up so easily and formula feeding my son.
     Before I even got pregnant for the second time, I knew I was going to make breastfeeding happen unless I was given IMPOSSIBLE circumstances. I even bought a pump before I got pregnant because I learned that if you can't breastfeed, you may be able to exclusively pump.
     My second son was born and I was in excruciating pain. I couldn't breastfeed. It hurt so bad. I was blistered and chapped after the first 24 hours. The second night I had 30 minutes of sleep in two 15-minute intervals. I couldn't continue like this.
     My back-up system was ready. I have my pump and a couple of bottles that came with it. I even had a few bottles left from my first-born. I pumped through the pain. It was still hard, but I wasn't giving up. I continued to put him to the breast 1-4 times a day and it still hurt so bad. My nipples were taking forever to heal.
     After about five weeks of pumping and healing, I decided this was it. Make it or break it. This is GOING to happen. I decided to switch the process around. Instead of having him to the breast 1-4 times a day, I would be on the pump 1-4 times a day.
     The first time my son had a good latch, my husband was sitting the rocking chair in the corner of the room while the baby and I were on the bed. I looked at him and said, "We did it! He latched!" and I began to cry. I was so happy. After everything we'd been through, it was worth it to have this moment.
     Beyond that point, the baby still had some trouble latching, but I knew it wasn't impossible, and he was learning and we were getting better. After about a week of weaning off of the pump and onto the baby, we did it. We finally made it! We met our goal! We arrived at our destination. He was exclusively breastfeeding!

     What used to hurt and make me jealous now brings me joy. I can participate in International Day To Normalize Breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week. I can participate in Latch Ons and so on. It really makes me happy.