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Looking Back: Breastfeeding

My little baby is now a big boy.  It makes me so happy – and a little nostalgic and sad, too.  The first year of his life was such a beautiful blur, and it’s only now that I have really begun to process all the changes and growth that my little family experienced.   I’ve [...]

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Buh-Bye, Bottles

Heeeeelp. I wasn’t planning to post today, but I really need the mommas’ help.  You see, we are trying to eliminate Henry’s beloved babas.  At his one year check-up, his pediatrician told me that I should stop giving him bottles and transition him full-time to sippy cups. Henry already uses sippy cups at meals to [...]

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Stopping Exclusively Pumping, Part II

For more on the topic of breastfeeding: Why I’m Stopping and Stopping Exclusively Pumping, Part I The Plan:  I detailed my plan for stopping in this post. I didn’t want to stop cold turkey (ouch), but I didn’t want the process to take forever, either.  Once I was ready to be done, I was ready [...]

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Note: I realize that this topic – switching from exclusively pumping to formula feeding – is something that probably interests or applies to a very small percentage of readers.  While there is information about this online, I found very few personal, detailed accounts.  Exclusive pumpers are a small group, and exclusive pumpers who decide to [...]

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Eight months old! Oh, my little boy.  You seem more and more like a big boy every single day.  It makes me happy and sad all at once.  I remember when you were so tiny in my arms but couldn’t do many fun things, and now you make my arms ache from your heft and [...]

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Starting Solids

I’ve been asked by quite a few people to do a post on this topic, so here it is! You know, for something that I’ve done three to six times a day for nearly my entire time, feeding my baby solids felt… a little overwhelming.  What do I feed him?  And how?  And when?  But [...]

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Milestones, milestones.  So many milestones. My little man is now 5 months (and a week…) old.  I can hardly believe it – but I say that every month, don’t I?  It’s just amazing how fast time passes and how quickly children grow.  But in so many ways, it just keeps getting better and better.    [...]

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Being away from my baby is emotionally challenging.  I miss his cute little faces and his funny noises; I miss his snuggles and his drool smiles.  But being away is physically challenging, too, because I breastfeed.  Here’s what has worked for me so far (I’ve been away overnight twice, so I’m still trying to figure [...]

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while! As I wrote the first time that I tackled the breastfeeding topic:   One of the things that I’ve realized about nursing is that is really can be difficult and trying (both physically and emotionally), as well as totally amazing, and it helps to hear [...]

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The Breast Advice

True story:  This morning, I was at a mom’s group, sitting in a circle with four other women and their babies, when I reached down into my diaper bag to pull out a blanket.  I stood up, shook it out, and out fell a bright blue thong. Of course, I was mid-sentence so everyone was [...]

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Ride It Out

I’m so glad you all are enjoying Henry’s Birth Story (here’s Part I).  It’s fun to write!  Part II is coming shortly.   When was the last time you felt totally inadequate at something?  I was thinking about this last night.  A few times in my life I have felt inadequate:  when I started my [...]

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