Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Today, was hard on both of us... somehow we made it through the day... I redirected her attention numeous times, read her books, took her to her first day of gymnastics, handed her off to Daddy and even left early for work tonight. I called my mom on the way to work, a mix of emotions. Usually when I get off work, I get home just in time to get Addie out of bed, cuddle & feed her, then sleep for the day before heading off to work again... tomorrow morning I will be skipping that feed.
My husband asked me today, "do you think we should wean our next baby earlier so it won't be as hard?" My answer, "absolutely not ~ I am so happy to have breastfed her for the past 22 months ~ I am just ready to stop."
I am a lucky mama ~ many women have a much more difficult time feeding that I did. I have an excellent support system. I have a job that gives breaks for breastfeeding and a husband that is behind me 100%. I have a midwife sister (Brittani, who does most of these blog posts!) that always told me that she admired that I was still breastfeeding, that she thought it was amazing and she was proud of me. I have coworkers that said, "are you still breastfeeding that baby girl? GOOD FOR YOU!" But of course, there were still so many people that said, "when are you going to wean her?" "Isn't she getting too old for that?" and "You're going to have to go feed her at recess when she is in Kindergarten."
So, take the chance, whether is be a coworker, friend, sister... and let them know that you support their efforts. The benefits of breastfeeding are enormous for both mom and baby but in case you need just a little reminder... this is from the American Academy of Pediatrics website...
Breastfeeding is good for your baby because...
It's easier for your baby to digest.
It has all the nutrients, calories, and fluids your baby needs to be healthy.
It has growth factors that ensure the best development of your baby's organs.
It has many substances that formulas don't have that protect your baby from many diseases and infections. In fact, breastfed babies are less likely to have
Pneumonia, wheezing, and bronchiolitis
Other bacterial and viral infections, such as meningitis
Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and some cancers.
and my favorite
Breastfeeding provides warmth and closeness. The physical contact helps create a special bond between you and your baby.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I think the breastfeeding logo should be an awesome color- like purple tie-dye. Because, after all, hippies like tie dye and only hippies breastfeed their babies, right??
p.s. how do you spell tie dye? is it tye dye? one word? two words? tie die? tyedie? <---- totally not the last one.
Monday, May 23, 2011
How often do you use the crockpot as a mom? As a working mother I try to use it once a week. That is one time a week I KNOW my family will have a home-cooked meal.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
"I took having kids for granted because a 13-year-old girl can do it, because a 75-year-old man can do it. You know who can't do it? ... An overeducated, talented, strong, powerful woman in her 40s. How ridiculous is that?"
I <3 Private Practice (and Gray's Anatomy)... and I really loved Addison's quote from last weeks episode.
It's hard to wrap my head around the thought that some people, for so many different reasons, are not able to have children. I'm thankful today that I have two beautiful children.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Mom Gives Botox to 8-Year-Old Daughter: How Young Is Too Young?
It sounds too unreal to be true, like a storyline straight out of "When Stage Moms Go Bad."
It's real life for an 8-year-old
We spoke with the girl, Britney, and her mom, Kerry, to learn exactly why they turned to Botox, and exactly how young is too young when it comes to using medical treatments for the sake of beauty.
Kerry, who asked that her family's last name not be used, told "Good Morning America's" Lara Spencer that it was actually her daughter, Britney, who wanted to try Botox, a beauty treatment more normally requested by aging women than growing girls.
"We were getting into the pageants," Kerry recalled. "I knew she was complaining about her face, having wrinkles, and things like that. When I brought it up to Britney she was all for it."
So Kerry, a San Francisco, Calif.-based, part-time aesthetician and no stranger to Botox herself, having done the treatment on her own face, began injecting her daughter with the anti-wrinkle solution.
"She had watched me do it before," said Kerry. "So when we first did it she was fine with it."
Kerry typically administers the Botox to Britney through a total of five shots, in three different locations on her face.
But can Botox really make a difference on a young girl who has not even had time in her life to develop the "worry" lines or age creases Botox is typically sought out to erase?
"The few times that we did it, it would lessen the lines," said Kerry. "They wouldn't completely disappear, she's a kid. And we don't do so much to where it's going to make a big difference."
But it's enough of a difference for Kerry and Britney to continue on with the treatments, despite the pain.
"It hurts sometimes," said Britney. "It makes me nervous. But I get used to it."
While Britney thinks about the physical pain, critics in the medical community contend that administering Botox this early raises another type of more lasting pain: the potential for permanent psychological damage.
"Well, when I first heard this story, I think my initial reaction is to be a little bit in disbelief, and a little bit horrified," said Dr. Charles Sophy, a psychiatrist. "There's a lot of psychological damage that can be caused."
Responding to Critics: How Young is Too Young?
Kerry, however, argues that her daughter is a normal 8-year-old, not fazed emotionally, or physically, by the cosmetic procedure.
"Do you see anything wrong with my daughter, psychologically?," she asked. "I don't see anything wrong with her. I have a normal child. It's not breaking her spirit. She's happy. She runs around. She's smart."
And Kerry also takes point with critics in that same medical community who say the Botox could cause adverse reactions in her young daughter.
"I don't do enough on her to make a big difference," she said. "Just on the lines."
The potential for both emotional and physical damage makes critics like Dr. Sophy hesitant to prescribe or administer Botox to children, so Kerry must rely on her own methods to gain access to Botox for Britney.
"I do have a trusted source where I get it. He is a behind-the-scene doctor," she said.
And where there is one "trusted source" for Kerry and Britney's Botox, there must be more. Kerry says she is not the only mother giving Botox to a child.
"I got influenced by some of the moms when we went to one of the pageants," Kerry said about what prompted her to begin Britney on Botox. "They were telling me about the lines on her face. A lot of the moms are giving their kids Botox. It happens."
The tough competition of the pageant world also prompted Kerry to try another type of cosmetic treatment on Britney, one that even middle-aged women find painful: waxing.
"I just don't think it's ladylike to have hair on your legs," explained Britney. "I did that one time. It was super, super hard. It hurts."
"They call it little fluffy hair," said Kerry. "They get judged on all that stuff. It's a tough world, the pageant world, I'm telling you. The kids are harsh."
But even the toughness of the pageant world can't persuade Britney to continue waxing.
Asked if she would do it again, the normally talkative 8-year-old was ready with a one-word answer: "no."
And Britney's mom, Kerry, is similarly defiant when it comes to defending herself against critics who question what she is doing as a mother to her own daughter.
"I'm a great mother. I've taken care of her by myself my whole life," she said. "And nobody can really tell me what I'm doing is wrong. Because it's me. I live in my shoes. And she lives in hers."
"She's a happy kid," she added. "And that's the bottom line."
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
New Episodes Premiere Weekdays at 2/1c
About the Show
A Baby Story takes viewers on an intimate and emotional journey by profiling couples' experiences from the final weeks of pregnancy through the first weeks of a new life.
A Baby Story would not have been right for my birth.Enough of my ranting about the show- I don't trust it. You may if you wish., just please keep your eyes open and educate yourself- Watching A Baby Story should not replace childbirth classes!!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Did anyone notice the cute updated blog background?
Oh, you did? Thank you for noticing. It is quite lovely.
Who do we credit our new design to?
The wonderful Lindsay at Run Lucas Run
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Let her know how impressed you are with the way our blog makeover turned out!
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
My labor nurses were AMAZING! It did help that they were close friend's who I previously worked with when I was working at the hospital. My darling nurse April, missed my birth with Cara. I called her when I was on my way to the hospital. She got in her car at the same time and she came in a few minutes after I had welcomed my sweet girl earthside.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Thanks to all the Boonies that submitted their "No Mommy is Perfect" stories. Here are our top 5 picks - now you get to vote for your favorite! The winner will receive a $200 Spa Gift Certificate. Congrats and good luck to the finalists.
- On a rainy day, I had to rush out of the house with my two boys in tow. I fumbled out of the front door, toting my plump two month old in his carrier and my two year old by the hand, I tried to race down the walkway to the car. My toddler seemed resistant and focused more on dragging his feet than scurrying to the car. I reminded him that we need to move quickly in the rain and wondered out loud why he kept looking down. Once I got him in the carseat, I realized why. My poor little guy was wearing nothing but soggy socks on his feet! I managed to put his dress him in a hat and coat but forgot his shoes!
- After my daughter was born as all new moms know, it’s VERY hard to get a good night sleep. One night during a diaper change, I must have been so tired that I was half asleep while changing her diaper. When I woke up in the morning I remember feeling the sheets and they were damp. Then I looked at my hands and there was crap on it! Yes “number 2”!! I put her diaper on inside out so all of her “number 1” and “number 2” came out the side, on the sheets and on my pajamas! I couldn’t help but to laugh and run the both of us into the tub.
- In the past almost 9 years I have had plenty of Mommy moments, but one in particular stands out. In the wee early morning hours of Christmas Day, 2005 I went into labor with my second second daughter, Meghan. We were very surprised since I wasn’t due until January. My then 3 year old, Tara, was home in bed expecting the next morning to be Christmas- complete with Santa and presents. We had called my Mom to come and stay with her at our house while my husband and I went to the hospital. My husband and I decided that when Tara woke up, we would have my Mom explain to her that we were at the hospital having the baby and that it wasn’t Christmas yet. When she woke up she was shocked to find my Mom at the house without us. When she said Merry Christmas to my Mom my Mom told her it wasn’t Christmas yet- thankfully, she was just confused and said, but Nana I had the strangest, really, real dream that today was Christmas and Santa came! Biggest lie ever. And it came from her parents.
- Back in January, our family was under a lot of stress (death in the family, a miscarriage & changing jobs). I was trying to handle it, along with my husband, as best as possible. He was working late one night, and that left me at home for one of the first times in awhile with all three of our children. The night started out okay- with our not-so-healthy dinner from the freezer section of Trader Joe’s, and hanging out. Then, my 6 year old daughter fell and cut her head- while trying to handle the wound (and blood pouring out), I hadn’t realized our 1 year old had gotten my sleep-aromatherapy spray off my night stand. I noticed as she was holding it, spray nozzle popped off & attempting to drink it. As quick as I could, snagged it way, took her to the sink to wash her mouth while calling poison control. If calling poison control, handling a wound and juggling still trying to hold it all together wasn’t enough… my 9 year old son interrupts to say he broke his TV. At that point, I couldn’t do anything else, except cry & laugh at the same time. I’m not perfect… I don’t always keep it together emotionally, but I try to be as good as a mama as possible. Luckily, my husband was able to come home shortly after and all was fine. No trips to the ER…(from the wound or aromatherapy spray!!) and the TV was able to be fixed.
- I’d spent my day dropping my daughter off at school, taking my son to a zoo playdate, having a meeting, and doing errands. I had a volunteer meeting that evening, after feeding and bathing the kids and putting them to bed. I was tired but satisfied because I thought I had the two kids thing down, finally. I brushed my hair back and realized that there was a lollipop stuck in it. We’d had lollipops at the zoo, which meant that it had been there all day and no one had mentioned it. Such a mommy moment.
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Select the story you liked best (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) and vote via the poll question posted on the Boon Facebook wall.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Have you seen this? Teething Necklaces that are cute! I actually have the one below and I used to wear it ALL THE TIME. Not only did my girls bite and chew and play with it, but when they were nursing it was something to entertain them.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
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One of the reasons we celebrate International Midwives Day is because that we need to recognize all the good that trained midwives can do for women around the world. There are many countries where they cannot deliver their babies at a hospital. They don't have access to the healthcare that many of us have. A trained midwife can save thousands of lives. Knowing these life saving measures and using them as needed is what saves women and children in childbirth.
Some day I hope to help train foreign midwives. I think my first trip will be to Haiti. I want to also spend time in other areas. I have been blessed with such a great passion for knowledge and I need to share what I know. And that is why I posted a picture of myself for you today (sorry- it was when I was getting ready for work this morning!), so that you can say you saw a midwife on International Midwives Day and you celebrated with her!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Model mother Miranda Kerr breastfeeds baby Flynn behind the scenes of photo shoot
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 2:07 AM on 29th April 2011
Life as a working mother can be quite the juggling act - just ask Miranda Kerr.
The Victoria's Secret supermodel posted a picture on her Twitter page today that showed her bonding with her baby boy Flynn between takes while on a shoot.
The 28-year-old, who is dressed in red high heels and a gaping satin robe, appears to be breastfeeding her three-month-old as she sits in a make-up chair.
Along with the picture, Miranda wrote: 'Another day in the office xxx'
Bonding between takes: Miranda Kerr posted this picture on her Twitter page today
The wife of actor Orlando Bloom, who returned to work two months after giving birth, has been working on several new campaign in recent weeks.
On location: The model at a shoot for Have Faith Swimwear in Malibu last week
She was photographed on location in Malibu earlier this week, where she put her post-baby curves on show in a purple bathing costume for Have Faith Swimwear.
Miranda has become quite the advocate for breastfeeding and the first picture she released of the newborn showed her nursing him.
'The photo was one of the first photos Orlando took,' Australian-born Miranda later said.
'We both loved it and we wanted to share it. The pleasant surprise was that it also had the added benefit of promoting breastfeeding which to me is the most natural thing in the world and I love it.
'I intend to breastfeed for as long as I can,' she continued.
Meanwhile, Orlando, who is busy promoting his new films Sympathy for Delicious and The Good Doctor, has revealed the inspiration behind their son's name.
The actor revealed his grandmother Evelyn passed away while his wife was pregnant and Bloom said that they wanted to pay tribute to her.
Appearing on Live With Regis and Kelly on Wednesday, he said: 'I was convinced we were going to have a girl because my grandmother actually passed when Flynn was conceived and she was really dear to my heart.
'Evelyn was my grandmother, on my father's side... I was thinking Evelyn. We're going to have a girl, it's going to be called Evelyn. And it was a boy. And so Flynn! Evelyn, Flynn. Flynn, Evelyn.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1381669/Model-mother-Miranda-Kerr-breastfeeds-baby-Flynn-scenes-Victorias-Secret-shoot.html#ixzz1Ksi6kz6d