Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday {House Edition}

This week, I'm sharing the before and after of the nursery. I think that Luke's room is the only room that is practically finished. There are a few little things left to do such as put up the curtains and organize his closet, but other than that, we think it's done (for now...wink). It's definitely a lot smaller than his first nursery, but it's just the right size for a little guy :)

Here's what his room liked like when we moved in:

And here's what it looks like now:

(this is the face I got when I pointed the camera at him. Ha!)

What we've done:
  • Removed carpet, staples, and tack strip
  • Painted the room in Benjamin Moore's Moonshine (a light blue/gray)
  • Put up artwork (including a print from the shop). I also am thinking about adding this one somewhere)
  • Hung up his mobile and a few pictures

I'm thankful that we have at least one room in this house that feels mostly finished! :) 

(See bathroom and bedroom posts here)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I Haven't Told You about Nursing

I've chatted about a lot of momma topics during these past 15 months of Luke being around. But one topic that I haven't really chatted about is nursing.

At just shy of 15 months, Luke decided that he was done with nursing. We've only been doing a morning feeding for about 3 month now, so I knew it was coming soon. For the past year plus, Josh has brought him into the room to me in the morning, and we start the day in the bed. He would get in his morning milk; I would have a few minutes to sit with him and wake up a bit.

These past few months, it's been very sweet. But, just about a week ago, he decided that he wasn't interested. I offered. He wiggled and tried to pull away. I offered again and then he actually got a little upset. So, I set him down on the floor, and that was that.

I thought we were going to have to wean him, and it would perhaps be a struggle (that kid loves to eat!) But, in the end, he just made up his little mind. For me, it was a bit sad because it meant a season with him was leaving, but at the same time, it was a relief.

Unfortunately, Luke isn't a huge fan of milk (we've tried whole and almond), so I'm not really sure how to solve that problem. For now, we just give him other forms of dairy and lots of water :)

Now, after experiencing the full circle of journey of nursing Luke, I wanted to share a few thoughts about it.

(post-eating snooze)

Basically, in a nutshell, I loved and not-really loved nursing.

What I loved:

  • I loved many of those moments of bonding with Luke (especially when he was in the NICU, it was the only time I could really hold him) and having something that was special between us.
  • I loved having an "on tap" supply. It was nice to not have to bother with bottles and making sure that we always had a supply with us. I could nurse in the car, in a boat, on a plane, in a store, I could nurse anywhere :)
  • I loved saving money on formula.
  • I loved that I was helping him stay happy (and fat!). I know that a lot of women struggle with breastfeeding, so I was very thankful that it worked for us.

What I didn't love so much:

  • I didn't love how "on demand" I was. It was difficult to be his one source of food in the first 6 months. Honestly, even if I got out for a bit, I felt like the clock was always ticking in my ear (you have to get home by 3, you have to get home by 3...) Even if I could turn off that inner voice, my body sure was happy to remind me ;)
  • I didn't love the pain at the beginning. It hurt. A lot. Luke is tongue-tied, so his latch wasn't super great. Plus, it meant that he spent a lot of time nursing. In the first few months, his nursing session usually lasted 30-45 minutes. For a few months, I spent close to 40 hours a week nursing him. 
  • I didn't love pumping (does anyone?). Since I didn't have a fancy pump (something that I'm definitely interested in investing in next time!), it was super tedious to pump. So, that meant that getting out was even harder because it was hard to pump enough milk for me to get away.

All in all, nursing Luke until he was almost 15 months old, isn't something I take for granted. I am so ridiculously thankful that we had that time and that we stuck it through. I know many women who would do anything to do that, but their bodies/circumstances don't cooperate. On the other hand, I wouldn't say that my experience was all butterflies, rainbows, and unicorns. Breastfeeding was not always easy or simple for us. And I think that's okay :)

Would I do it again? Absolutely :)

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Friday, July 18, 2014

While the Kid is Napping {some links and such}

Luke is snoozing, so I'm sneaking in a quick post about some things that have caught my eye on the great, big internet lately:

It's hard to remember my busy boy as that chunky burrito baby! How was this Luke just a year ago? 

First of all, in case you missed it, you can now grab a hard copy of some of the prints from the shop. I'm having fun thinking of cute ways dress up the packages and excited to see what happens with the shop :)

In other news, our gas has been turned off for the past 3 days (no hot showers, oven, or fun, either!) because we forgot to call them to hook it up when we moved. Oops. But, due to only having the microwave to make meals, I discovered this recipe for cooking rice in the microwave. So easy! And now I'm pretty much never going to cook rice in a pot again.

I found this article about parenting in Ireland an interesting read.

Especially now that I feel a tiny (just a tiny...ha!) bit overwhelmed by figuring out how to really dig in and make our home "us" with a small budget and lots of ideas, this post was a refreshing read. I also enjoyed this post about using your home to bless not to impress--such a good reminder :)

This recipe was a perfect dish for summer (so good!)--it wasn't super quick, but I did double it for lots of yummy leftovers!

Everyone's been talking about this book, and I definitely have it added to my booklist :)

Aren't these illustrations just lovely? Makes me want to learn how to improve my watercolor skills :)

Happy Friday!

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