She’s Baaaaaack!!!!

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Hi everyone! Boy, has it been a while!  A year in fact…I see that the last post I wrote was post Broad Street and this Sunday guess what is coming up?  Yup…Broad Street!  So, it seems like nothing but EVERYTHING has changed.  I now have TWO precious baby boys

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And while it was questionable whether there was ACTUALLY a child in there,

One day before I gave birth

One day before I gave birth

Gabriel David was born on January 9th, a healthy 6 pounds 4 ounces via c-section.

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And while I have never felt more blessed, I will tell you…the struggle is REAL!  This ish is hard!  Ha!  So wait, how about THIS for a doppeldanger?  Guess who is who…

guess who

guess who

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Guess who

Guess who

1.  Zachary

2.  Me

3.  Gabriel

Hahah funny, right!?  So, as I said, not much has changed, but everything!  I have a TON of exciting posts coming your way including:

Broad Street this year (should be fun considering I have not trained more than 8 miles which including hopping on and off the torture mill to pop in the pacifier several times, my kid doesn’t sleep, and breastfeeding saps the life out of me)

Zachary’s third birthday party

Gabriel’s birth

What else do you want to hear about?!

SO glad to be back!

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Catch ya on the flip side!

Still Breastfeeding…A Toddler

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Zach will be two next month.  When I was pregnant, I was turned off by breastfeeding and not sure if I was going to do it at all.  I had anatomical issues (I will leave it at that) and many bouts of mastitis to get through, but I can honestly AND PROUDLY say that we are TWO YEARS going strong with breastfeeding.  And I will say, I realize it is not for everyone.  But I am TRULY from the camp of “whatever works for you is the right thing.”  PERIOD.  So, haters, move along or leave a comment. Both will be equally accepted 😉  Honestly, though, it seems to offend some people that I am “still” breast feeding Zach (although I am seriously not sure why…it is not anyone else’s boobs but mine).  But as I have mentioned before, once you are a parent you seem to automatically hand yourself over to unsolicited advice and criticism.  This one though, I am not budging on.

In case you are wondering, bfeeding does NOT interfere with his appetite.

In case you are wondering, bfeeding does NOT interfere with his appetite.

Zach LOVES “mama bee” and has not shown ANY signs of wanting to wean.  He feeds 2-3 times daily.  The two “must haves” for him are before bed and in the morning. The noon-time pre-nap feeding sometimes doesn’t happen if I am out or something.  Can he do without my milk?  Sure. But am I withholding it from him?  No way.  It is SO easy for us and is remaining a fixture in our lives for the time being.  Does it interrupt his sleep?  NOPE!  Thank the good lord, Zachary began sleeping through the night ON HIS OWN ACCORD a couple months ago.  He no longer eats during the night or cries for us.  And he did this in his own developmental time-frame.  I can do a post on this later (sleeping through the night; cry it out or no?) but the point is, my son wasn’t going to wake up in the middle of the night until high school and he certainly isn’t going to breast feed when he goes off to college.  But he is HAPPY,  KIND, HYSTERICAL, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE and most importantly, HEALTHY. So, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it right?  Man, what a HIPPIE I have become!

Let’s Talk About “Extended Breastfeeding”

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…or not.  Warning: if this is a sensitive subject to you or you just don’t care, come back tomorrow for more on “those bars.”  I have talked about breastfeeding a bit on the blog before but have kind of curtailed the discussion since we started “extended breastfeeding” (beyond a year old).  I have had an interesting relationship with b-feeding for the past 17 months.  I have had, at this point, FOUR bouts with mastitis including the most recent this past week, a mere three months after the last, but have overall LOVED it and have been unwilling to quit. Plus, my son is, and has always been, a “boob man.”

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Ha.  Men.  So anyway, I have shied away from talking about breastfeeding lately, even though there is much to share, because I have received a lot of “kick back” from people for continuing on with it.  Common arguments are: “He will sleep through the night if you stop,” “he is too old and shouldn’t be able to ask for it (he calls it Bee),” and “it is causing you to get sick all the time so stop.”  It makes me kind of upset when people are so seemingly against it, especially people who are close to me and whose opinions I generally consider.  To me, I feel like whatever works for a mom and a child, be it breastfeeding, sleep, eating, etc., so be it.  Only a parent knows what works for them.  OK so moving on, I am getting over another mastitis; the last one was a short three months ago.  Bummer.  This one, at least, isn’t as bad as the last but nonetheless painful and frustrating.  So I finally had a highly esteemed lactation consultant come over, because a. I am not planning on weaning right now and b.  even if I was I do not want the same thing to happen with future babies.  Something obviously isn’t right. Here are some of the thoughts she had:

1.  The anatomy of that “side” is contributing to it; something dunno what, but when you get mastitis on on one side it becomes more prone to it in the future.  Awesome.

2.  It tends to happen when I get run down (running a lot, getting a cold, not getting a lot of sleep, etc.); take better care of myself and pop a lot of vitamin c, and possibly soy lecithin

3.  Go to a dermatologist to have it looked at- Update, my derm won’t look at it, so I am going back to a specialist. I will update 🙂

ANYYYYYWAYYYY…that is my thing with extended breastfeeding.  Glad I got that” off my chest” 😉 LOL.

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