Posts Tagged ‘breastfeeding’

We Are Okay

If it seems quiet over here, you can catch a few posts I’ve written on milk banking and breast pumps, but yeah, we’re still around.

May the Fourth Star Wars fundraiser event

I’m a terrible cold season survivor, and life’s everyday decisions seem SO MUCH HARDER when the sun is hiding. But we’ve managed to find joy among them!

If I look back at my January resolutions, I cringe a little. Work/life balance is a struggle, and it’s especially hard to transition to part-time work and then to part-time work-from-home work. Teetering between priorities, that old friend, guilt, hovers and lingers.

I said I’d say “no” more often. So difficult for a “yes” person who only wants to be helpful and avoid conflict. But, after a few tough situations, I am learning to dig in my heels and do what’s best for my family.

Maisie’s baby dedication Sunday

With so many changes and adjustments in 2018, I needed to find community and accountability. We started regularly attending a different church in October, and like any new environment, it’s taken a while to settle in. However, with my flexible schedule, I’ve been able to be a part of a mother’s group within the church, which is refreshing and encouraging. And I can’t say enough about our neighborhood. It’s wonderful to have friends down the street who look after you so well.

Date night shenanigans

How’s Steven? These days he’s grateful to open the windows and turn off the heat. He secretly loves cold, dark weather and is starting to complain about summer approaching, but for now, he likes the cooler evenings and spring air. He and Wes share a love of rain and thunderstorms, and they looooove watching Interstellar. I mean, it’s on nearly every Friday night. (Friday night is our sacred family time with homemade pizza, sometimes breadsticks and a movie past bedtime.) Steven is home from business travel for a while before more fundraising conferences start to pop up again.

How’s Wes? Well, first grade has been challenging. Not academically, no, but his friendly demeanor has gotten him into occasional trouble. He serves in a leadership role in his classroom, and he doesn’t like the responsibility. (We’ve had many discussions about Moses, the reluctant leader.)

He is quickly progressing in Taekwondo, and when he’s not too busy goofing off or tired, he is very good at his form and continues to get stronger. In fact, he just passed his promotion test the other day and now wears a light blue belt (white-> yellow-> orange-> light blue-> green-> purple-> brown-> red-> dark blue-> black).

He speaks top-notch Spanish, reads and spells at an advanced level, wants a career as an artist and loves his sister well.

How’s Maisie? The little nugget is petite, fair and charming. She was hitting milestones left and right until recently and seems to be in a comfortable rut. She can get around by spinning and pushing backwards, and sometimes she’ll get on all fours and rock, but no crawling yet.

She signs “milk” and “dog.” She loves solid foods (I still enjoy making baby food!) and is perfecting fine motor skills to pick up puffs and soft, melty baby crackers. She prefers to “comfort-nurse” instead of true breastfeeding, so I’ve been pumping-to-bottle more often and combating terrible milk blisters, blebs and clogged ducts.

Her pediatrician is watching her weight, but isn’t yet alarmed. She may have doubled her birth size, but she’s nearly half of gigantic, 8-month-old Wesley! Maisie’s new babble is “bop,” she discovered clapping, and she likes to drop items from a height. Her bright, sometimes goofy-looking smile features two front, bottom teeth.

What about the sleeping trouble? Regarding Maisie, it’s still challenging to get her to nap throughout the day, but she’s become a rock-solid night sleeper. She definitely parties hard before bedtime — eating a ton, nonstop wiggling and squealing — and then crashes.

Wes moans and groans about being left alone in the dark, but he’s better. Melatonin helps tremendously when needed, and I usually cuddle in with him under his bed tent until he gets sleepy enough that I can leave without protest.

I’m coming out through a wintery, end-of-rainy-season/tunnel, and we’re alright. We are okay. (Bring on the sunshine!)

Easter 2019

Posted: May 4th, 2019
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Om nom nom

Food belly = bliss

Our kid is an eating machine. He’s up to 9+ lbs and is quickly outgrowing newborn sizes. His pediatrician didn’t need to see him at 2 weeks because of how quickly he’s gaining weight and how well he’s eating, so I don’t know what his official weight is quite yet – we’ll find out at his one-month appointment.¬†Wes is going to be a chunker, for sure. He’s already developed a little poochy belly. Adorbz.

At first I was concerned that I wasn’t producing enough “food” for him, since he has been eating every 40 minutes. After doing some research, I’ve found that he’s right on par, eating between 12-18 oz per day. I’m sure every mom reading this can relate to an extent, but it’s just so strange and foreign to us – no one has given us advice or told stories (amazingly enough) about the frequency of nursing when they’re so little. You hear all about the aches & pains of breastfeeding, of course. But every 40 minutes? And some feeding sessions lasting 2-3 hours? Geez. I’ve already come to terms with the fact that we’ll probably have to supplement with – GASP – formula. Oh, the horror! The fact is, my husband, his siblings and many other babies & toddlers I know were/are exclusively bottle fed for various reasons, and they’re all fine. I know, “breast is best,” but sometimes you have to use other means necessary when there’s a desperately hungry baby and your body just can’t keep up.

I probably won’t continue doing these weekly updates, just so I’m not held accountable. But here’s what DID happen this week. I feel like there’s so many new things happening in his life at such a rapid rate in his first month of life!


  • Second trip to Joy’s House! Plus a fun lunch with coworkers.
  • SS card and birth certificates issued and on file! He’s now a true citizen.
  • Aflac monies issued. Score.
  • Bought Apple TV. Now we can watch Netflix without using a laptop or the Wii.


  • Stayed awake & alert the majority of every afternoon.
  • Followed my hand with his eyes as I moved it in front of his face.
  • Consistently slept 4-5 consecutive hours each night. He deserves many kisses for this accomplishment!
  • Moved up to Size 1 diapers. Too many blow outs…
  • Took a bottle with ease.
  • Almost, but not quite, has a schedule that we all can semi-guess if it’s a good idea or not to have visitors or go out.


  • Watched Wes twice for at least an hour as I ran errands. And he survived the desperate cries and hunger pains!
  • Finally figured out how to button those silly sleepers. Why on earth would someone design newborn sleepers with such complexity? The poor babe is aghast and annoyed beyond measure by the time you get the diaper changed and the ridiculous pattern up the legs snapped and ready. Ever heard of zippers?!


  • Figured out the pump. I won’t go into more detail. It still grosses me out.
  • Survived (barely) errand trips with and without baby.
So far, Wes has had 3 long afternoons out and about since birth. They have been within an hour of home – mostly around town. We’re going to take it to the test and drive to Columbus, OH, later this week, which is about 2.5-3 hours drive. My mom rented a van so that we can bring all her grandkids plus myself, sister and mom. I think it will be fun to visit my aunt and cousins – one of which just had a baby in June! We may also visit with my grandparents on the way if we have the time. I suppose my biggest concern is how to deal with the likely event that Wes will get severely hungry several times, some of which may be while he’s in the car. I’m trying to get my supply built up and I’ll probably bring formula, too. If I can survive this trip without being too anxious, I know I can handle going back to work armed with bottles.
Posted: August 9th, 2011
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