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Sunday, September 27, 2015

The End of Our Nursing Journey



My original breastfeeding goal was 6 months. 3 or 4 months in I loved breastfeeding and decided I would likely nurse at least a  year. As the months continued I intended to make it to at least 14 months, weaning before my 30th birthday in January. 

At around 8 months my pump output started to decline, so I had to increase my number of pumping sessions to keep up with what she needed during the day at daycare. Although my pump output went down, when she nursed directly from me she was satisfied. 

Around 9 months my pump output became so low that we had to begin supplementing with formula at daycare pretty regularly, usually one bottle a day.  At this point she was still satisfied nursing directly. 

By 10.5 months my pump output was so low that I no longer wanted to take the time to do it for just a few ounces. I was still nursing her mornings, nights, and weekends. Because breastfeeding is completely a game of supply and demand, I knew that no longer pumping would decrease demand, and therefore further decrease my supply. 

At about 11.5 months, one week ago, she was no longer satisfied from nursing sessions, and I knew our nursing journey was coming to an end. It was time to wean.

Weaning was extremely easy. She has been off bottles for months and already taking sippy cups. Because she's been having formula at daycare already she had no problem continuing. She's also begun transitioning to almond milk which will be our milk of choice once she's one. She eats table food regularly so her milk intake in general is decreasing in favor of more solids. On my end I didn't get engorged or have any pain, I didn't even leak! My supply waned very easily, thankfully. 

Emotionally I was sad for a few days. I really enjoyed breastfeeding, and I had hoped to make it a few more months. Initially I felt like a failure for not making it as long as I wanted to, but then I had to congratulate myself for making it as far as I did. The commitment to breastfeeding is not always easy, and I made it 11 months. I'm proud of me. 

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites 9.25.15


I'm trying to begin a practice of being more thankful and mindful of all that is good in my life, even the little things. I am so very blessed, both big and small. My new Friday Favorites series will be dedicated to the small things that make my life happy.

HAIR: Having my crotchet braids have made mornings this week SO. MUCH. EASIER.

TV: This week kicked off Fall TV premiers. I enjoyed the return of Black-ish, Empire, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, and The Mindy Project. I have a lot of TV to catch up on also. I still haven't finished the last seasons of Fresh Off the Boat, Scorpion, or Gotham.

BABY: Hubs got Sage a walker toy and she's just starting to actually stand up and walk with it. It's so cute.  I posted a video of her picking up speed on my Instagram.

LIFE: My mind has been racing lately, so I picked up a journal to write down thoughts, questions, hopes, dreams, goals, etc. Journaling has really been helping me sort through my thoughts. And my journal is so cute and was only $3 at Ross!


What were your favorite things about this week?



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Friday, September 18, 2015

Crotchet Braids and the joy of not having to do my hair



I enjoy doing my hair. I enjoyed it even more pre-motherhood when I had a little more free time on my hands. With that being said, I also adore the relief of having my hair in a long-term protective style. Not having to worry about styling my hair in the morning for a few weeks is definitely a luxury I greatly enjoy. 

My friend Keisha recently installed Senegalese twists via the crotchet method for me. It only took 2 hours and 15 minutes in comparison to the 6-8 hours installing individual twists takes. If you aren't familiar with the process, crotchet braids are installed by using a latch hook tool to crotchet hair into your corn-braided hair. 

Below you can see the braid pattern of my hair underneath my twists. 


For maintenance I plan to moisturize my hair and scalp underneath the twists every other day or so with Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist

What styles do you employ to give yourself a break from doing your hair?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Toy: Step2 Sportastic Activity Center


BabyCakes is really into climbing nowadays. She'll climb all the way up the stairs if I let her, and sometimes I do, following closely behind her of course. I wanted to get her some sort of climbing toy to keep her climbing interest away from the stairs and more in her play area. I landed on the Step2 Sportstastic Activity Center.

Here's a vlog from when we first got it, put it together, and started playing:



Of course because I bought this for climbing, she doesn't climb on it lol. Every once in a while she'll climb up the slide, but what she really likes to do is dunk the basketball, and not just the basketball, but any of the balls from her baby ball pit, and pretty much any other toy that can fit through the hoop, spherical or otherwise. Could we have the next Sheryl Swoopes on our hands?! Hubs sure hopes so, he's been saying she was going to be a basketball player since she was in the womb lol
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

To First Birthday Party or Not to First Birthday Party?


That is the question. 

Pinterest would have you believe that your child's first birthday party must be extravagant, complete with a candy bar, tutu clad highchair, and an extravagant theme.

I've gone back and forth about what to do for Sage's birthday, which is in A MONTH, which is CRAZY because I feel like I just had her. While I know people want to celebrate her birthday with her, she doesn't like loud noises or a lot of attention on her, and it takes her a couple hours to warm up to people she doesn't see often. A birthday party would stress her out and by association stress me out as well. 

Instead of a traditional party we're going to take cake smash pictures and go on a family trip to Linvilla Orchards - hayride, harvest story, pumpkin picking and her first apple cider and roasted marshmallow. 

Perhaps for her second birthday she'll be more amenable to a Pinterest worthy affair.
 
What did you/will you do for your child's first birthday?
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Postpartum Hair Shedding Update


I shared before that around 14 weeks postpartum my hair starting shedding, particularly in my edges/hairline. I styled around the shedding and eventually the shedding stopped. Now I'm in this awkward phase where my edges are growing back, so those spots are no longer bald, but they are much shorter than the rest of my hair. 



To help with growing my hairline back I've been using Jamaican Black Castor Oil and the Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment. As of right now it still requires strategic styling (mainly headbands/scarves) to hide the shorter pieces in the front if I have my hair back, but I am happy that the postpartum shedding stopped and I'm on my way to a full hairline again! 


Strategic headbands and scarves: 


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Summer Vacation

This past week has been pretty amazing. Last week was our daycare provider's summer vacation/maternity leave so I had BabyCakes with me at work. At first it was slightly overwhelming to have Sage 24/7 while also trying to keep up with work. Kudos to full time work at home moms!

She wanted to type on my keyboard, so I gave her her own on my chest so I could use mine for, you know, work lol
But as the days went on it was such a blessing to have so much quality time with my daughter. I feel like in just a week I saw her grow so much. She's playing peek-a-boo, starting to wave, mimicking facial expressions and sounds.

We just returned from our summer vacation to Virginia Beach which was her first time flying and her first time at the beach! The trip went so well, despite our unwarranted first time parent anxiety. She slept most of the flights and loved the beach.  She ate sand, and had a grand old time.
Chillen in the back row with her Dad. 

For me now it's basically Fall. I have no other summer activities planned and I'm feeling very refreshed and ready for a new season following our vacation. Although it's HOT and we won't be seeing any Fall weather for at least a month, my mental state is renewed and ready!


How's your Summer treating you? Are you ready for Fall?


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