Thursday, February 25, 2010

working mom

It was hard to leave my little angels today. Even though B is sick, I had such a nice day off with him yesterday. And Parker, well, it's hard not to have an enjoyable time with that little guy. ugh. damn work.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Mirena experience

I have to blog this, I am finding this to be crazy and sort of funny.

Disclaimer: TMI! you've been warned to stop reading in you dont care to read about cervix's uterus's and vajayjays.

So. I thought the IUD mirena was the way to go for birth control. We are not sure if we are done having kids. We think we are, but not sure. So I went last wednesday to get it "installed" as I was affectionatly calling it. I know lots of happy mirena ladies who had no problems with it at all. Well, no go for installation on wednesday. My cervix wasnt letting anything in (after about 15 minutes of prodding it and pissing it off). I was instructed to get a prescrip for a cervix softener and come back the next day. Did so (cramped all night btw.). Thursday better luck, mirena went it. It was painful. so painful. It sucked. Dr. sent me to u/s to make sure it was in right, it wasnt. I have a very tilted uterus. Dr was willing to try again, I was not. It hurt too bad, and my cervix, vajayjay and uterus were all pissed off. Had it removed.

Woke up friday morning with a rash. That went away. Had bleeding and cramping for a few days, and an achey uterus, cervix and vajayjay. Got a bacterial infection and discovered I am allergic to iodine. (use your imagination were the iodine was used and the discomfort that caused).

G*d. I can take a hint. I must be destined to have more children.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How to Pump Handsfree.

This is sort of my public service announcement for pumping mom's. It changed my life, and chatting with other pumping mom's out there, I cant believe how many havent figured out how to pump hands free! So easy...

OK. Get a sports bra and cut holes in it. That way is super easy and requires no skill and little cost. Nuisince for pumping at work because you have to take the bra off and on.

2nd option, requires little skill. But a Medela Nursing bra. (not the sleep ones) All the medela bras I bought have these tabs in them. They are between the two layers of fabric on both cups. one on each side of the breast. Hook rubber bands to them, (I like hair ties, because they stay put, dont itch, and can be left on for washings!) and use the rubber bands to hold it up.

3rd option- use your imagination! Find a solution using what you have onhand to pump hands free. I sewed multiple tabs in one of my nursing bras so I can pump standing up getting ready for work in the morning. (yeah, changes how you look at pumping!)

Life becomes so much better when you arent sitting there holding the little bottles pumping. You can blog, ;), write, read, nurse one side while pumping the other, hold hands with a 2yo, the options are endless. Gets you darn closer to having pumping time be me time (but dont tell ur husbands!) I am still considering if I should figure out how to pump and drive......

Now I am waiting for someone to invent a way to pump and go on with your normal life- like 100% discreetly pumping in public.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Maternity leave is over!

I am so sad. Back to the grind tomorrow. At the least, this was a GREAT time off with my new baby, and I got to spend some nice time with B too. I even got some ME time and did some things I love- like sewing and scrapping. Got some closets cleaned out.... Excellent time off work. Feel recovered and satisfied.

Way different then my last maternity leave. That one wasnt this long and I was so sleep deprived.

Cant believe I am going back to work. Time for a whole new ballgame of stresses and busyness. I already feel like I am busy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

sleeping babies

Here's a little dialog of what I think my boys thought as babes.

"ahh, love to be held"
"you know if yoy put me down I will scream!!"
"dont fall asleep, dont fall asleep, I know she will put me down, I cant fall asleep"
"AHHH!!!! she put me down!" ~screaming~ "come get me, come get me now!" ~more crying and louder~
"ahh, I love to be held"
(repeat multiple times thru the night and day)

"hmm. Mom put me in this crib and turned the lights off. hmmm. I cant see anything. At least I got this nuk in my mouth"
"hmm. must have doozed off and l lost my nuk. Oh, but here is my thumb. nice!"
(repeat thru the night an unknown amount of times because mom is sleeping and Parker is just barely grunting occassionally)
"wow, I feel good!" (8-10 hours later)

Monday, February 15, 2010

pictures below

finally can type a bit- the dresser was made by chris, for parkers room. I get 2 pick out the pulls. :) the other 2, my boys- 3 months and 26 months.

quick picts

Friday, February 12, 2010

Brady melts my heart when he says:

Thank You MomMom. He is SO polite. in the middle of the night he try to get into bed with us and i will help he- then he says thank you mommom. I cant help but smile.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I'm quite crunchy really

Havent really thought of myself as being a "crunchy" mommy- but I have become one.
Cloth diapers- is my prefered diaper and use them as often as I can. (not at night and going someplace over the weekend)
Glass Baby Bottles- Brady didnt use glass, but Parker is/will.
Breastmilk and only breastmilk.
Freezing Milk and Storing Milk in Glass. Did that with both boys.
Co-slept with Brady. Only way that kid would sleep and I would sleep. Parker is naturally a crib lover- it is so weird after a kid like B!

However, Chris isnt really on board. I can get him to use cloth by constantly doing the math of the money we are saving. But if I am not throwing a cloth diaper to him at a diaper change he almost always grabs a disposible. Glass bottles, he doesnt really care except they wash way easier then plastic. He is pretty much with me on the breast milk, but if formula was handy he would probably grab it and use it. He is with me on the freezing/storing in glass- he has never bucked that one.

So, other crunchy families out there- how do things work in your house? Both of you in agreement?

a hot and a cold

This is working out quite nice- all the outfits that B did not get to wear because they were too hot for him- Parker is enjoying! B sweats in fleeces, they seem to be a favorite of Parkers.