Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms!

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms!

Breastfeeding


I know the feeling all too well.

You’re frustrated, baby won’t latch, you feel like you haven’t gotten a minute to yourself in weeks.

You’re overly exhausted, and baby needs more food… all night long you feed..your boobs are filled with milk or maybe not filled enough.. nipples hurt ahhh!

How will you keep going on like this? Will you ever shower again…

the answer is yes! You can do it momma, and if you’ve tried it all and can’t, don’t feel obligated to. Fed is best! You’re doing great.

I was terrified to breastfeed

We did skin to skin for an hour after J was born and I felt this instant connection with my son. For that hour we bonded, and even at minutes old... he was searching for my boob! (I really like saying boob so much better then breast...hopefully no one is offended.

It was always my plan to breastfeed baby J, so even when it got REALLY difficult… and let me tell you, sometimes it was really hard. I tried my best to stick it out. I was lucky enough to only have problems for the first few months.

It will get better!!!

It’s true, I don’t know how long…

but it will get better. I kept seeing this everywhere  when I was looking for advice and to be honest I don’t really know if it helped or not. I think it can never hurt to try. So many times when J wouldn’t stop crying or when he couldn’t latch correctly I thought-this will never get any easier.

“Don’t cry over spilled milk.” Or do, if it’s breast milk.

{ I know you can relate}

There might be roadblocks

When J was born he was 7lbs 6oz which was way bigger than any of us thought he’d be! In the hospital I felt confident about our feeding, I really recommend to use the lactation consultants!! Their amazing, and so helpful. I was somewhat sure I had breastfeeding figured out. But once I got home, that wasn’t the case. J was dropping weight, even a couple weeks after birth.

We then were put on a STRICT schedule of waking him to feed every 2 hours (pumping after that) and feeding the bottle. He did gain weight this way and it really helped with getting feeding down! We also visited a Lactation Consultant again (She said J was actually feeding well, it worked as a good brush up & confidence boost)

After all though, it did in fact, get easier! Now baby J is One and it’s not even something we think twice about. He can very easily latch on his own, and my milk supply is very evened out, it’s just a normal part of every day. Seriously he could latch onto my breast upside down (yes he’s tried)

Take the help

Did you hear me?… Take the help!

Don’t forget that as a momma, you need to give yourself the time of day. Brush your teeth and hair, eat a meal (hey eat 2 meals), and accept whatever help you are offered. If you’re offered a shower so that you’re swollen boobs can relax, T A K E I T.

So many times, Marc would feed me ice cream or dinner just so that I could continue to breastfeed J. {lucky gal=me} It really meant a lot to me to have a good group of people around me. Between my family and Marc’s I’ve had a lot of help around.

For the longest time I wouldn’t accept help from anyone else besides Marc, and I was so exhausted. Not always was someone around of course, but when you’re exhausted and worn out; Even a pee alone can help. So if someone is offering to help… T A K E I T.

Do Your Research

I’m a pinterest and google queen, need a deal let me check Amazon really quick for you.

This isn’t necessary for everyone, it might even fit into the ‘ask for help’ section. However, I LOVE to do my research on things that influence my life. I’m an “overachiever” in that way I guess.

On the same token there is only so much you can do before actually having your baby and breastfeeding. Try to breathe Momma you’re doing great, if there are dads reading this… just do your best to listen and help where you can & GET SNACKS HURRY.

One thing I’d really recommend is, Lanolin Cream the hospital actually provided this to me and it was amazing! You can put it on before and after breastfeeding so it’s totally safe for baby (HUGE plus on my Parent Points scale…)

Helps with the rawness, especially if there is trouble with latching. J in the beginning had a hard time staying latched (he would get super sleepy).



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Baby J’s Favorite Books!

Baby J’s Favorite Books!

During the 30 day blog challenge, I felt inspired to share more of baby J’s favorites.

I earn a small commission for purchases made though all amazon links on this post. Click on the photo for product details!

J’s Favorite Books

So Big!

So Big! Perfect childrens book for ages 6 months - 12 months (more or less really) baby J has been "reading" this since 4 months. It was even passed down from Little A!
Baby J has been looking at So Big! since he was four months old. He loves the ‘surprise’ pop- up of Elmo at the end. It has really helped with his first set of words. Like Ma-Ma and Da-Da. He loves to throw his hands up for “So Big“. I recommend this one, by far one of my favorites!
Parent Points score- 5/5!!

Baby Einstein Neptune’s Friends Book, Box and Plush.

Neptune's Friends book, Box and Plush. A great book for a year and beyond. Interactive plush and book with sounds included.
J got this for Christmas, Neptune is the name of this cute little guy. The book that comes along with it, has a sound for each friend you meet along the way. It’s very “baby Einstein” Esque. It has just a few pages which can be on either end of the pro’s and con’s. Baby J does interact when I am reading this to him. Thumbs UP,
Parent Points score- 4/5

Find the Teddy

Find the teddy, an affordable "peek a boo" type book. You find teddy in different places, the end is a goodnight sequence. Perfect for a bedtime story!
Find the Teddy is also a duplicate from the 30 day blog challenge. However, Baby J didn’t like it near as much then as he does now at a year + old. He is beginning to point to the teddy in the book . Which is so exciting, I was wondering how long this book would stay! It ends with goodnight which is perfect for our long book reading bedtime routine.
Parent Points score 4/5 (I recommend ages 7 months and up)
“$ Looks like it’s a GREAT price right now!!”

Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see? A CLASSIC children's story. Very easy to catch on to the pattern and really encourages kids to start reading at even young ages.
This was Little A’s favorite when she was younger. It’s a super easy book to catch on to what is coming next. Now baby J is learning to appreciate it too! It works perfect for little ones like J or even those beginning to read like A. When she[A] first started learning, the images and the repetitiveness of this book really did wonders. On the same token if you are annoyed by the same song and dance just different music, this might be one for kids room only. CLASSIC
Parent Points Score 4/5




I really enjoy reading with the kids. We spent a lot of Winter Break reading books that the kiddos got for Christmas. Little A has just gotten into reading on her own, sometimes with a little help from me. I am waiting to post her list until it’s more finalized, have you tried getting a “final answer” from a six year old? Yeah it’s not easy guys!

What books are your little ones into? I would love to hear more recommendations! Do you like the Parent Points score? Let me know in the comments.

Happy New Year everyone!

Feel Inspired through Mid-December ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Slump, Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Feel Inspired through Mid-December ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Slump, Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Are you running out of Elf on the Shelf ideas already?

It’s basically bound to happen

There are 25 days to fill if you start on December 1st, and even more if you start shortly after Thanksgiving.

That’s why I am here! To scour Pinterest for the BEST Elf on the Shelf Ideas. 

In today’s post I give you my favorites, of the two sites I am sharing with you guys today. They have Easy and Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for my fellow parents out there. Please Follow their blogs as they are all credits to them. Happy Holidays!

31 Day Blog Challenge?

I am so  b e y o n d o v e r it…

It’s the holidays and I am just over trying to complete it!! If there were any days that you guys REALLY wanted to hear, I will absolutely answer!

As parents I feel like we’re always searching for other ways to get our kids to listen. I don’t know what is so different about when I was little to now,-but kids seem to have a harder time just doing what they are supposed to do.

Which I think is why Elf on the shelf was created. It gives children an extra incentive to do better at home.

I have never done it for Little A, Baby J is still young of course, but I am watching my niece do it this year and it looks SO fun. I love coming up with different ideas on where to put the elf.

Until I feel like your four days in… and then you’ve run out of ideas and still many days to go! Since I am taking a hiatus on the 31 Day Blog Challenge, I’ve decided to post a few different sites each day with Elf on the Shelf Ideas! 

“On the First Day of Elf on the Shelf”

we looked at

Smart Schoolhouse

She has a REALLY cute list of ideas. 

My Favorites


A cotton ball igloo hut (seriously so cute)


a cotton ball bathtub in the crock pot, complete with a rubber ducky and a towel (Elf hair care is important too)


next to the creamer bottle in the fridge-wrapped in a wash cloth blanket. (brrr , thanks for the ‘morning jo’ help, Elf.)

https://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/the-best-elf-on-the-shelf-ideas-ever

Holidays are the best! Such a bright time, so easy to find affordable and free events around town. With lighting ceremonies and holiday concerts, so cheery.

YourBump

Has a slideshow of creative ideas!

A few I really loved


Rock climbing up the wall with Gift Bows, SO cute and simple.


 A puzzle, that way you can put it together later. I love a reason to do things as a family!


A melted snowman,  simple but I am sure it will get the little ones talking!

http://yourbump.com/elf-on-the-shelf-ideas/1/

Are you doing elf on the shelf with your kids? What are some of your ideas? Share in the comments!

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Where do you want to be in 10 years? 31 Day Blog Challenge day 20

Where do you want to be in 10 years? 31 Day Blog Challenge day 20

Between Christmas shopping, J’s 1st Birthday quickly approaching, and my lack of sleep. I am getting nowhere fast guys! I am so sorry I have been ‘MIA’ and I will try to get a few of these out as soon as I can. Day 20 of the

31 Day Blog Challenge

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 20 Baby J and Little A

I haven’t posted the whole challenge in awhile. If you’d like to join it with me, please do!

Where do I want to be in 10 years?

Do you ever feel like you get the blues from never being satisfied? I think as a Mom I really try to strive to make everything “perfect”. I want the best memories, the best photos, I want things exactly how I’ve envisioned them.

Since I am not rich, I have to really come to terms with the fact that not everything will be that way and to not forget that there were many days I just wanted children of my own or a family of my own, it isn’t the worst if I don’t have everything else exactly how I want.

I really would love to have a home of our own that we are happy. For us to be able to do more things as a family, it’s been a really hard year or so with everything we’ve had going on and I would love to just enjoy life.

As for my blog Baby J and Little A I would love to see growth! I feel like I’ve grown a lot even just since the beginning of my blog. Here is my first post, I’ve grown since then

Where do you want to be in 10 years? So sorry I have been MIA guys! Let me know what you want to see in the comments.

Missed other days?

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What are your worst habits? Day 19 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

What are your worst habits? Day 19 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

This is a day late,

I am so sorry. I have had a really hard time with Baby J’s sleep. Thanksgiving week he didn’t have his schedule and as of today I am wondering if we aren’t just dropping a nap. SO I have had a rough couple weeks and I fell asleep before I could finish yesterday’s post so I quickly posted this morning because J wanted no part in his usual first nap.v

So, I was diagnosed about 7 months or so after J was born with, Anxiety. I have known for about 6 years (maybe more) that I have anxiety. When I finally addressed it, I started to really notice all the times it has hindered me in the past. 

I think my troubles tend to stem from that. Up until pretty recently I thought everyone felt the way I did. It was a huge eye opener for me to find out the exact opposite. Although it is a common thing [anxiety] everyone doesn’t feel that way. Which brings us to Day 19 of the

31 Day Blog Challenge

Closer to the end rather then the beginning  and I just can’t believe it. What will this blog be once it’s over ya’ll! Just kidding, but I have had a lot of fun so far so let’s keep it moving.

What are your worst habits?

Letting my Anxiety take over

Anxiety is unavoidable for many, if I can recommend anything to those struggling with anxiety it would be that you can’t get rid of it. You can only manage it. Don’t let it take over your life. Look for triggers, I have just started this ‘self-work’ it’s such a hard lesson! We’re only human though.

“Molding”

I would LOVE to hear someone else’s take on this subject. Good or bad please share in the comments. I tend to ‘mold’ into older people when I’m around them for the sake of being uncomfortable. I have realized it more as I’ve become older especially, since Baby J and Little A.

I don’t mean to be someone else. I have caught myself many of times saying oh I loved that, thinking later did I? I have been working hard to know the difference.

What are some of your bad habits?

Are you coming up with ways to overcome them with the new year closely ahead!

Let me know in the comments!!

Missed a day?

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What are you Afraid of? Day 18 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge!

What are you Afraid of? Day 18 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge!

I’m terrified to even write this post guys! I have read The Secret and I’m a firm believer in it. Simply put, ask & you shall receive. Which is great for good fortune things, not bad ones. Seriously where has this year gone. I can’t believe how quickly it went! Today’s challenge is not my favorite at all.

It’s day 18 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

What are you afraid of?

What do you fear?

Even as a little one I have had this very fear. There I am fast asleep in bed and all of a sudden I heard chewing and paper rustling. It was so ear piercing(sound not volume) that I woke up from my sleep.

I screamed for my parents! My dad rushes in, heroically carries me out of my room. My parents even let me stay at my grandparents a couple blocks over. I don’t know if you’ve guessed what it is yet, it was a tiny creepy mouse!

I have a serious fear. Even writing this post will cause me to see one in my near future and have a small breakdown. Even Little A knows my real fear, I think she comforts me more, than the other way around. Hopefully Baby J doesn’t get this fear.

What is your biggest fear? I am so interested to hear!

Missed any days so far?

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What are your Favorite Children’s Books? Day 17 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

What are your Favorite Children’s Books? Day 17 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

Baby J has a few books he really likes. I’m not sponsored or anything but I will share the link to a spot you can buy the books I list.

Your Favorite Childhood book!

Day SEVENTEEN of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

When I asked Marc this, he thought more advanced books, I immediately thought childrens. Especially since I’ve started a bed time routine with J. We read a few (okay like five or six) books and calm down so that he knows it’s time to sleep.

What are you favorite children’s books?

  So Big!Is one of J’s Favorites for sure, I’ve been reading it to him since he was six months old. I feel like it really helped with Mama and Dada, it’s also helping still, he smiles so big when we read it! Such a happy guy.

I really wish I had this set of books but baby J has two favorites in here! Bubbles Bubbles I think is his second fav, next to So Big! He is trying to say bubbles right now, he will boycott sleep some nights and you hear him saying mama ‘bubbles bubbles’ in J talk.

The other book in this set that J adores is Nighty Nite, he LOVES elmo. Little A passed down many elmo things to J and he always smiles at Elmo. This book says comforting words and is perfect for building a routine. I usually read it last.

Another one that I think he’s beginning to enjoy is Find the Teddy It has you look for teddy, hide and go seek style. It’s a good ‘mood booster’ when he has the bedtime blues. We all should know by now J hates bedtime.

Is there any books your kiddos love? Share in the comments below!

Need to catch up on the past 31 Day Blog Challenges?

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