Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Minted Holiday Cards

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own.

Have you sent out your holiday cards yet? Me neither. Yes, Christmas is just mere days away, but I learned a long time ago to put Happy Holidays or Happy New Year on my cards. I'm a procrastinator, and this year we have a new baby thrown into the mix so I'll be lucky to even wrap presents.

Minted though? They've made it easy!

One of the things I hate most in trying to pick cards is choosing a design, uploading my pictures, not liking how it looks, and then staring over. Minted offers Find it Fast - simply upload your picture and see it in several designs all at once! It doesn't get much easier than that!



Their designs are just to die for. Here are a few of my favorites:












If you need your cards quickly, choose the Express option. You'll forgo receiving a proof of your card, but you'll save $10 on your order and it will ship 2 days faster.

Think it doesn't get any better? It does. Minted will address your cards for FREE!



It's as easy as importing your address book. Minted will then send your addressed envelopes along with your cards. All you need to do is put a stamp on them and drop them in the mail.

See? Minted has pretty much left you with no excuses! There is still time to get those cards out for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SnowBall Winter Bash Giveaway

Disclosure, I received two tickets to this event, but all opinions are my own. yes, I rally did freeze my booty off in Indiana for 5 years.

I did a short stint up in Indiana as a child. Snow was crazy there. I remember it snowing in April. Snow is cute and fun when it's not in your life for 6 months out of the year. If you're like me, or if you're even a San Antonio native and can count the number of times it has snowed here on one hand, then you want to check out the Current's SnowBall Winter Bash happening December 28th.


Presented by Coors Light, the first-ever SnowBall winter bash will take over La Villita on Saturday, December 28, from 8 p.m. – midnight. Revelers will be treated to music from nationally recognized performers and DJs, a laser light show, surprise guests, and thanks to some hard working snow machines, REAL SNOW! Ice cold beer, frosty spirits and the best bites in town will be available for purchase.

Confirmed lineup includes:

Big Freedia, Neon Indian, Glitoris, DJ Mel, Leonard Trujillo, Extended Play and DJ Pulp & Adam Madrigal

Tickets to SnowBall are $20 in advance, with concessions for purchase, ages 18+. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 and include swag bags, food and complimentary cocktails as well as entry into the Ketel One VIP Ice Lounge, ages 21+. To purchase tickets, visit www.SanAntonioSnowBall.com or the SA Current office at 915 Dallas St.


Or if you're looking for a little fun in the snow you can win 2 tickets to the SnowBall below:

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Monday, December 16, 2013

A Christmas Story, The Musical Giveaway

Disclosure: I received two tickets to see A Christmas Story, The Musical. All opinions are my own.

Growing up we LOVED A Christmas Story. Every time my mom made meatloaf you can bet that we chanted, "Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf, I hate meatloaf!" In reality we really did liked my mom's meatloaf.

If you love A Christmas Story as much as I did you'll be excited to hear that A Christmas Story, The Musical is currently playing at the Woodlwan Theatre!


Following its 2012 record-breaking Broadway engagement, A Christmas Story, The Musical, premieres in Texas at the Woodlawn Theatre this holiday season. With the show concurrently running in New York and on tour in the north, the
Woodlawn was selected as the exclusive producer for the southern United States.

A Christmas Story, The Musical runs on the Woodlawn main stage from November 29 through December 29. Tickets are on sale now at www.woodlawntheatre.org or by calling the box office at 210-267-8388. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays 3 pm. Tickets cost $15 - $23 with discounts for students, military and SATCO members.

Based on the 1983 film that runs round-the-clock on television every year, A Christmas Story, The Musical received rave reviews on its Broadway debut, scoring three 2013 Tony Award nominations, including Best Score, Best Book and Best Musical.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the BB gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between the kid and his Christmas dream.

The Woodlawn Theatre is San Antonio’s historic community theatre, located in the heart of the Deco District at 1920 Fredericksburg Road, just south of Hildebrand. Free parking with security patrol is available.

Military Appreciation Night:

The Woodlawn Theatre will hold a military appreciation night on December 19, inviting all active duty military, veterans and their families to enjoy the classic, A Christmas Story, The Musical at half price. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Those with a current, active duty military ID and their families will be provided tickets for $11.50/adults and $7.50/children. Just be sure to bring proof of service to will call the night of the show.

And because I want to spread the holiday cheer I'm giving away TWO tickets to A Christmas Story, The Musical. You'll have one of the following dates to choose from: December 20, 21, 22 or December 27, 28, 29. Showtimes are 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 pm on Sundays. Enter via Rafflecopter below:

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

3 Months Old!

Bud,

You're 3 months old!

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This post is a few weeks late, Thanksgiving was upon us, and then I had to go back to work.

You're weighing in now at just over 14 pounds. I picked you up one morning and you were just so heavy! You're not a super chunk, but you are a solid little boy. I think you're almost 25 inches long now, but you're usually too wiggly for me to get a proper measurement. You're in size two diapers and wearing 3-6 month clothes. There are still some 0-3s that you fit in and you can wear some 6 months, especially if they're pants. You have such long legs and arms like me so I think finding clothes that are long enough will be a battle that we'll share together.

You have started to smile and laugh so much this month. I love to just sit with you and we just smile and giggle at each other. You have two little dimples that are starting to appear more frequently and they go great with you big gummy smile. You won't let me take a picture of you smiling anymore though. You could be laughing and smiling away and the second I pull out my phone (or even the real camera) to catch a picture you go straight poker face on me. You have a great poker face too and have eyes that you can just get lost in.

Speaking of your eyes we're still waiting to see what color they are. Sometimes they look so blue, other times a little green, and even grey.

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You have gotten great at holding your head up. You don't need a ton of support when we hold you upright. You love to sit and watch TV (it's really just the lights) and to stand. You pretty much always want us to hold you in a standing position. You've almost gotten to the point to where you can hold yourself up if we support you. You get such a kick when you're laying on your back and then I help you go from sitting to standing. You're so proud of yourself when you do this and just smile and laugh. You also like it when I lift you up over my head and do SUPER BABY! You will almost always calm down when I do this though lately I have to be carefully of you drooling on me from up there!

You're getting really close to rolling over. You can do it from your back to your belly sometimes, but I'm not sure if it's really intentional or not. When you're on your belly though you can hold your legs and your head up so well! You do an awesome cobra move. You've started pushing up with your fists and tilting to one side. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon!

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You've also found your fingers and will suck away at them. Or your fist. Or my finger. Or my wrist. I don't think you know how to actually get your fingers in your mouth, they just find their way there and you get all excited about it, then you cry when you discover they're not there any more. You've also recently discovered your feet, but haven't figured out that toes are also good to suck on. You do love it when I "kick" you in the face with your feet. I'll roll you up and ask, "Why are you kicking yourself?" I'm like the big brother you won't even have! You get such a good laugh out of it though.

You're just growing up so fast. I'm so sad to leave you to go back to work, but I know that we will both be just fine. I've loved every single minute I've spent with you at home and I wouldn't trade that time for anything in the world.

Love you Bud.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Reality Check

This time next week I'll be back at work. I never expected in a million years that I would ever consider staying home. I honestly had no idea I'd enjoy being a mom so much.

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To say I was reluctant to have a baby is an understatement. John had been ready for kids since the moment I met him. He couldn't WAIT to be a dad. It was an occasional subject on contention between us because I was a holdout for so long.

Then I was a grumpy pregnant lady. I'm fortunate enough to have had a an easy pregnancy, followed by a not so fun delivery. Even with it being so easy I really didn't enjoy it. I couldn't wait to just be done already - especially there at the end when it was a thousand degrees outside in August. Let's not even talk about when I went past my due date. John worried about me there at the end because I was just so indifferent towards everything. I don't handle change all that well and it was really hard for me to just go for the flow. I knew there was no way to prepare for everything so it was a big step for me just to let it all go. We joked that the baby was half John after all so it's no surprise some of his easygoing nature passed on to me. There at the end though? I seriously went all mama bear. I was so overprotective. I didn't even like people talking about the baby or trying to guess things about him. He was mine and would be absolutely perfect in his own way.

Now Bud is here and to say a baby changes everything, it doesn't even come close. That overprotective mama bear is still around, and I do still get bothered by people trying to guess his personality or what color his eyes will be. I know it's my own weird thing, but I just love seeing his personality develop on its own. His features change every day, and I really still don't know who he looks like. I guess it's my own way of not putting any labels on him. I want him to grow and figure out who he is on his own. I do hope for many things for him. John and I talk about who he will be in school. He really is adorable and I believe he will be a good looking kid. With good looks come many things. While I'd love for him to be popular, I want him to be kind, and to stick up for the little guy. I had a close friend in high school and during his senior year, if there was a "king" for something he was it. It wasn't because he was the most handsome guy, or because he was captain of the football team, it was because he was just a genuinely nice person. He greeted everyone as he passed through the halls, he was active in all different sports and organizations, and I consider myself so lucky to be one of his countless friends. When I think of who Bud will be, that is who I hope he will be like.

I know going back to work will not be the end of watching him grow and develop. In fact he's probably going to learn so much at daycare and there will be so much more for me to see. He'll start making friends and I'll appreciate even more the time that I do have with him. I'm only going back part-time for the month of December. The good news is that my tests all came back normal and they think I just need more time to heal. I am so incredibly fortunate to have been able to have 14 weeks with him, and I'll still get a good chunk of the day with him when I am working. There are several kids in his class that are younger than him. I seriously cannot fathom leaving him any earlier than this.

Last week I spent a few days at his daycare. Totally for me and not for him. I got a lot of my questions answered and got to witness the whole, all the babies need all the things at the same time. I feel confident that I'm leaving him in good hands, but to say it will be any easier? Ugh. Last week I had several times where I just cried. I couldn't function or even go anywhere. I just want to soak in every minute I have left with him. Even when he's up for an hour at 2 in the morning screaming for no reason. I want the cuddles to never end. I want the smiles and grins and little laughs to never go away. I've cherished my time I've gotten to spend at home with him. More than I ever thought I could, and my heart is so torn at leaving him.

Staying home is not an option. I've crunched the numbers every which way and for a second thought, oh, we could do this. We could live with just $40 leftover. Then I realized I forgot things like groceries and gas. Having food to eat is kind of a big deal.

Did I ever think I'd ever sit down and look at our budget to see if something like this was feasible? No. Never. I used to tell John that I would work and he could stay home. I've never been against anyone staying home. I always said that I didn't have it in me. It's hard. It's sometimes lonely. It's often unappreciated. I'd do it in a second if I could make it work.

6 days and counting.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nursery Reveal

Better late than never right? Bud turned 2 months last week, but considering he has only slept for about 2 hours in here our gorgeous nursery hasn't gotten a ton of use. Well the glider has, but not the crib.

I chose all of our fabrics before we knew the gender but could have made it all work had Bud been a girl. I didn't want any type of theme - no baseball, puppies, or licensed anything. I just went with colors and patterns I liked and couldn't be happier with the end result!

The 360 view:

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Here are some of the details and where I found things (no affiliate links here):

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Yes, I know the cords and the ceramic birds will need to go soon. For now I like to look at them (the birds, not the cords).

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Crib is DaVinci Rivington and I bought from Target (we put felt things on the bottom of the legs because it marked up our new floor)

Side Table from Target

Orange mirrors are from Ikea and the little animals are from my baby shower

The burlap banner is his name and was also made at one of my baby showers

The Texas wooden canvas I made using Baby Rabies' tutorial - I used an all white wood canvas

Crib Skirt tutorial can be found here

Crib Rail Cover tutorial can be found here

The quilt was also made from the same fabric collection by my mother in law.

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Dresser is from Ikea as are the teal organizers (we have them in the drawers as well)

The changing pad cover tutorial can be found here

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The three prints were purchased from Etsy:

Hot Air Balloon
3 Little Birds
ABCs

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The chair is my love but was such a pain to find. It glides and fully reclines and is sooooo comfy. It's sold under about 20 different names. I bought mine from Bambi Baby.

The blanket on the back of the chair was a wedding gift from friends and the heart has our names and wedding date on it.

The curtains we made, but there's no tutorial.

Rug is from Momeni and can be found here or from other online rug retailers.

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This growth chart was a gift at my never blogged about Blogger Baby Shower and is by Oopsy Baby. It's canvas and adorable and happened to match my nursery perfectly.

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Our house has 3 of these gorgeous plantation shutters. I eventually want to build a toy chest in this area. We'll also put closet doors on this closet. The doors were broken when we purchased the home.

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Both closets are mainly storage, but I'm working on a play mat out of matching fabric to put onto the floor of this one to turn it into a little reading nook. I'll post a tutorial and link back whenever I eventually do it. We're not going to put doors on this one.

Overall I absolutely LOVE how the nursery turned out. I wanted something that was serene and comfy and that me and baby boy would enjoy spending a lot of time in. I think it's bright and cheery without being overwhelming.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Two Months Old!

Bud,

You're two months old!

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I waited to write this because you had your two month appointment today and I wanted to include all your stats from your visit. Then you were just a busy and active boy all weekend and it's delayed this post a little bit more.

I can't believe how much you have changed in just a month. You weigh just shy of 13 pounds, 12 pounds 15 ounces to be exact. You've also grown a whole 4 inches since birth and are now 24 inches long. Everyone comments that you look so tiny when they see you but I think you're getting to be a little chunk-a-munk. I think it's because you're just so long.

You really did start to fill out this month and are starting to get little fat rolls. You have grown out of all your newborn clothes and I had to pack them all up. You're also mostly out of your 0-3s and have moved into 3-6 month clothes. We also moved you up to size 2 diapers.

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You really started to smile this month too. I joke that we get the best smiles when we're at Target, but really I get them from you all the time. We start most mornings with what I call happy baby time. You just like to giggle, coo, and grin during that time. You love it when I tickle your face with my hair. You've even looked at it a few times and let out a little yell just so that I'll tickle you again. You also love to get kisses. You've started to mimic some of our facial expressions and kisses is one of them. You don't know how to do it, but will just open your mouth when we go to kiss you. It's the cutest thing. You've also started sticking your tongue out at us when we do it to you. It's just a tiny movement, but you've got the general idea. You will also blow spit bubbles like nobody's business. I tell everyone that it's your new trick.

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You have gotten a lot better at your head and neck control. You can hold your head up for longer periods of time and when we hold you. You still bobble here and there though and have given me a few good headbutts. You are still the world's biggest wiggle worm. You wiggle wiggle wiggle just all the time. Sometimes all the wiggling gets to you because you don't know how to control it. We still keep you swaddled at night because of it and whenever I can tell you're getting overwhelmed. You have discovered that you have feet, hands were last month. You have figured out that you can hit or kick things but it's more accidental rather than purposeful. You get so proud of yourself when you are able to hit something though.

I can't believe how fast time has gone. I'm still having some health things that may keep me out of work longer. We're still not for sure on it, but I wouldn't mind one bit getting to spend more time with you. If not I go back to work in just 3 weeks and that is 3 weeks too soon! I never thought I'd enjoy staying home with you as much as I do, but I just love seeing you grow and change everyday.

Love you Bud.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Postpartum Recovery

I've had this post written in my head for awhile, but have been waiting for my 6 week follow up appointment with my midwife to do so. Really it was at almost 8 weeks and happened last week. I just had to go back due to some pain I'm still having, and tomorrow I meet with one of the OBs in the practice. The pain seems localized, but she's going to try to pinpoint it and then will give me a steroid shot. Yes. A shot. Up my hoo-ha. Ow doesn't begin to cover it. If that solves it then we're good. If not then we'll have to do further testing. It seems to be located near my pelvic bone in an area that went under a lot of manipulation both during delivery and when they we shoving my lady parts back into place.

I won't lie that recovery for me has been hard. I mean, having your uterus fall out as part of delivery is really not easy, but had I just had a normal delivery I still had a 3rd degree tear to deal with. Here are a few things I tried to do to make things easier once I got home. It's not just about prepping for the baby, you need to prep for yourself.

Before we left the hospital I forgot to ask for another dose of pain medicine. We had to move rooms on our last morning (they were renovating some of the rooms) and then we thought we were going to be home a lot earlier than planned, and I just kind of forgot. If you're in pain - don't forget! We dropped my prescriptions off on the way home and then John left again to go pick them up. I was pretty much dying by that time though so don't make my mistake.

If you've been prescribed pain medications or if you're even just taking ibuprofen be sure to keep yourself medicated. Don't try to be a hero. You've got enough to deal with that first week and shouldn't be in any type of pain while you're trying to deal with it. For me this included taking meds in the middle of the night while feeding Bud.

Take all the free stuff they send home with you. I stayed in labor and delivery overnight and took everything with me from there to the postpartum floor. I had a room stocked with everything I had taken with me so I pretty much had double. I also asked for extras of the mesh undies, tucks pads, and the dermoplast. I know some people HATE the mesh undies and the hospital pads, but I loved them. I wanted to cry when my stash of hospital pads ran out and I won't lie that I washed those mesh undies to extend their life.

The first thing I did when I got home was to make a station in the bathroom for myself. I had a stack of pads always ready to go, tucks pads, peri bottle, and dermoplast set up on the back of the toilet.

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I had also bought pads beforehand. If there's something specific you need get it beforehand. You don't want to have to sit there on the phone with your husband having him describe the different pad options to you. I will say that my favorite pads were these overnight pads by Kotex. They were just about as long as the hospital ones. I've since graduated down to their regular long maxis but those overnight ones were perfect for the early days.

I set up my closet with easily accessible comfy clothing. For me this was shorts, tanks, nursing bras, and yoga pants.

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My wonderful mesh panties also lived over there and I bought a huge pack of cheapie cotton undies that I didn't care about messing up beforehand as well.

I knew I'd be spending a big part of my day in bed so I made sure I had everything I needed nearby.

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The teal box contained all my nursing supplies:
Bamboobies nursing pads - I LOVE THESE
Earth Mamma Nipple Butter - another all natural love and their baby lotion smells WONDERFUL. We also use their diaper rash cream.
Nursing cover - which I've never actually used, but bought in case visitors were coming by in the early days
Lilypadz - I don't use these as much, but love that I don't have to wear a nursing bra with these. Sometimes it feels nice to not have to wear a bra. They make my boobs look a little misshapen, but I think it has to do with the size of my boobs and I'm still in stretchy bras. I'm sure if I wore them with a more structured bra you wouldn't notice.
Water bottle - I'm always thirsty and it's important to keep up with your water intake when breastfeeding
Ipad, phone, and chargers
Kleenex, glasses (for me at least) and lotion - you'll need it with all the hand washing you'll be doing.
On the bottom of my night stand I have a book - I've never had time to read
and my breast pump - I've got an Ameda Purely Yours Ultra and so far it works great. We'll see how it does when I get back to work
I also have a hands free pumping bra - another favorite
Not pictured is a pen and note pad. This was so handy for the early days when I was scheduling mine and Bud's appointments and following up with insurance

Bud sleeps in a bassinet by our bed. Ours has a little shelf on the bottom that I've stocked with everything I need for him:

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Swaddle Blankets - We were gifted 3 sets of Aden & Anise swaddles and I LOVE THEM. They are seriously the perfect size. Bud pretty much lived in nothing by one of these blankets and a diaper the first two weeks of his life.
Also down here are the flannel blankets I made, a few outfits, plenty of burp cloths, and an extra sleeve of diapers.
We also have two little trash cans nearby and take the trash out daily.

The middle of the bed we made into our changing station. Who wants to search around for diapers and wipes in the middle of the night? (Napping baby not included - don't ask how he got his feet free. Usually it's a hand.)

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We have a little container with diapers, a package of wipes, a burp cloth or two, an extra pacifier (one is usually in the bassinet or on my night stand), and the remote - another thing you don't want to have to search for.

Bud is also napping on a waterproof bassinet sheet. One is obviously in the bassinet, but the extra is great for naps. You never have to worry about spit up, pee, or poop on your sheets. Well, you worry less than you would without it.

In those early days Bud would sometimes be up for hours at a time during the night or was just really fussy so we spent a lot of time in the nursery.

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As big of a pain it was to find and eventually get that glider, it's probably my favorite baby purchase. It fully reclines and I've slept in it numerous times. I keep a blanket on it for when I get chilly.

I keep a few things nearby for when I'm stuck on the recliner for hours.

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I had originally planned on putting a larger lamp in here, but have this little touch lamp that has three different lighting settings. It's SOOOO helpful and I love just having it on the dimmest setting.
Alarm clock - or really any clock. I don't use the alarm part, but it's easy to keep track of time, and feeding lengths when I'm in here. Plus in the early days I was never really hands free so I couldn't check the time on my phone.
Burp cloths - no explanation needed
My Breast Friend Pillow - I was given this by a friend and it's what I used in my early nursing days. It makes it so much easier to nurse and I still prefer it when I'm sitting. In bed I prefer to use my Boppy.
The top drawer of the dresser is full of diapers and the changing pad is right there for any late night diaper changes.

Obviously having lots of help is also great. John and I really wanted it to just be the three of us that first week. My mom came down the second week while John went back to work, and then he was home again the 3rd week. Around 5 weeks Bud wasn't sleeping and my mom came down again. John also took another week off somewhere in there. The more you can spread out your help the better. Don't turn help away - even if it's just to do a load of laundry or wash dishes for you. Also don't be afraid to ask for help! You will need it and you won't be failing at anything for asking or accepting.

Also, none of those links are affiliate links. I've tried and love all products mentioned.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DIY Adjustable Crib Skirt

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This is the last project and then I can finally do a full on nursery reveal. We also sewed curtains, but I have about two pictures of the process and none of the measurements. We did line them so they're thicker and don't let as much sun in and each panel is the full width of the fabric - I think it was 44 inches.

When we made the crib skirt, I wanted something that I could adjust as the mattress moved down. We sewed three individual pieces and sewed ribbons into the top seam so that we could adjust it.

First off you'll want to measure your crib. My short sides were 27 inches and the long side was 49. With the mattress at the highest setting it measured 19 inches long. We had 1/2 inch seam allowances on the top and each side, and a 3 inch allowance on the bottom. You want a larger seam on the bottom so that the skirt sits pretty.

Pin and sew your seam allowances except for the top.

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Place pins where you want your ribbons to go on the top piece. We took the piece to the crib so we could place them where the rungs would let us. To make it easy we placed the two short pieces together so we didn't have to measure twice.

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Then just tie your pieces to the outer portion of the crib rail.

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Mine did have a little bar that we had to work around, but we just tied around it and it still lays flat.

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Now as you move the mattress down, just move the ties back as you go so the skirt doesn't bunch on the ground.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Breastfeeding Update

Breastfeeding for us started off rough. You can find my previous post here.

I want to thank everyone for their support from that post. I wrote that at probably my most hormonal and I knew I was a hot mess at the time. I wanted to capture everything we were going through at that time, hormones and all, so I'm glad I have that post to go back to.

Right now breastfeeding is going fantastic. We have improved our latch and Bud is a champion eater. He can knock out a feeding in about 6 minutes flat. Here are a few things that we did to help our current success:

My nipples were so beat up that I stopped breastfeeding and started pumping and exclusively bottle feeding. He was only 8 days old at the time so my supply was still all over the place. To establish a good supply I pumped at every feeding. It really helped having my mom and John around to help me during this time. Pumping isn't fun, especially when your beat up, it's the middle of the night, you just had a baby 8 days ago, I could go on. I think this helped to make the supply I have - which is really an oversupply. Poor kiddo can sometimes pop off coughing my let down can be so great.

We had thrush. I received antibiotics while in the hospital. While I don't usually have a problem with taking antibiotics, I received some pretty heavy duty ones. This is one of the reasons why my nipples were in the state they were in. The lactation consultant that I spoke to suggested both Bud and I start probiotics and I did a vinegar wash on my nipples after each feeding. We kept this up for 2 weeks and are now free and clear.

I sought help. Our pediatrician, my midwives, the lactation consultants, and friends and family were all so supportive during this time. Breastfeeding is HARD. It requires support. This one I cannot stress enough. If you're having a hard time, get help, and keep getting help. If one route isn't working, try another. We're lucky that all our sources were fantastic, but I know many that didn't get the same help. Keep trying.

I lowered my expectations. I walked into one of the lactation appointments and said, "I just want to not be trapped under a baby all day and I want to be able to feed him when we're out." Bud was around 2 weeks old at this time and the LC said to me, "Honey. You're setting your expectations way to high for this point in time." You have NO IDEA how much I needed to hear that. That was the one thing the books and the classes never said to me. The first two weeks SUCK. You're sore. You are trapped under a baby for what seems like 24 hours a day. You're basically topless the whole time. You want nothing more than a tiny bit of normalcy and you can't get it. THAT is what needs to be in the books and said in the classes. Instead I got a lot of, "look at all these holds! You'll be a master at each!" "It won't hurt with the right latch!" For someone like me that set my expectations crazy high when that is NOT the reality. Can you eventually get there? Maybe, but certainly not 8 days in. I want to hug that LC every day for giving me that bit of advice.

Bud still gets the occasional bottle because I do need a break every now and then. Plus it lets John feed Bud and get to bond with him. The LCs did go over bottle feeding with us. Whether that has helped with him being able to go back onto the boob with no problem I don't know. He went from nothing but bottles for just over a week, to almost all breastfeeding like it was no big deal. He gets maybe 2 bottles a week now. When we do feed him with a bottle - especially in those early days we draw it out to be as long as a breastfeeding session would be. We'll pull back on the bottle, we don't just let him suck it down. So far, that's worked for us.

I also do weight checks with him to set my mind at ease. He was feeding so fast I wanted to make sure he was getting enough. Many Lactation Centers will let you go in without an appointment for a weight check. I just go in, weigh him, feed him, and then weigh him again. It just showed me he's a little power eater. I don't mind because at the longest he'll feed about 10 minutes. Not everyone is that lucky, but it does help make the 4 am feedings a little easier or when we're out and about.

I've always heard of all the ups and downs of breastfeeding, but experiencing them, especially when you're a hormonal mess, is hard. Making the decision to feed him expressed milk was hard. Anytime we were out I wanted to shout, "It's breast milk in there!" Just trying to search for information about exclusively pumping was a challenge. KellyMom is such a fantastic site for breastfeeding in general and this link and this one had great info on EPing.

Finally if you're in San Antonio I cannot speak highly enough about the LCs at the Methodist Women's Center. They were referred to me by my pediatrician. It's a free service. They were such a great help in person and would also call to follow up. Another great plus, especially if like me you're plus size in the chest department they have the full line of Bravado nursing bras in stock. I've also found them to be less expensive than I've seen online because they often have them on sale. Trying to find a larger sized nursing bra, that I could actually try on in person, was pretty much impossible. For some reason San Antonio doesn't feel the need to have a specialty bra store. Plus the LCs were able to recommend a bra that would work best for early on and one that would work better later. Definitely check them out if only for that reason!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Holiday Ole Market Sneak Peek

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Last night I was able to go to the Sneak Peek of the Junior League's Holiday Ole Market.

Holiday Ole Market 2013

Shopping days are:

Thursday, October 3: 12 pm - 10 pm
Friday, October 4: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday, October 5: 9 am - 5 pm

Strollers are allowed every day and parking is FREE! To get tickets head over to the Junior League website.

Here are a few things that are in store for you at this year's market:

Holiday Ole Market 2013

Holiday Ole Market 2013

I can't believe I didn't go back to get that teal and brown scarf!

Holiday Ole Market 2013

There are little cookie mixes in these balls.

Holiday Ole Market 2013

Holiday Ole Market 2013

Holiday Ole Market 2013

How cute are these teddy bear fish tanks?

Holiday Ole Market 2013

Holiday Ole Market 2013

Meals in a jiffy. These would make an awesome shower present.

Holiday Ole Market 2013

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I snagged one of these plates. They grate garlic, ginger, chocolate, you name it and doesn't grate your fingers!

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and finally if you need something to wrap all the amazing gifts you just bought there is even some really cute wrapping paper!

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If you get a chance go check out the Holiday Ole Market! All of the proceeds go to the over 60 organizations that the Junior League supports.


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