I had the wonderful opportunity to write a guest blog for Jill over at Goodnight Mush - HERE about "Adventures in Breastfeeding." Breast feeding has become such a huge part of my every day since having Chico and it's something I am incredibly passionate about. I hope you go over and have a look at it. It was such cool thing to be able to sit down and reflect on what early breastfeeding was like and how I couldn't have done it without the constant support of my husband.
When we brought Chico home from the hospital we were both really adamant about doing things ourselves and not having our moms (or anyone for that matter) come over to help us with the baby. My mom brought food but we didn't have hands on help (not for lack of offering). Adam and I both felt very strongly that we wanted that "Golden Hour" to last for as long as possible.
I am so glad we did this because it brought us so close together as a married couple and as a parenting team. There's something to be said for only having each other to lean on - by choice.
Just feeling grateful for what my husband and I have created and the life we are living.
Here's some silly pictures we took at Cue Studios yesterday to go with my blog.
"Happy Boobs, Happy Babies!" -Adam
Adam and I were laughing about how forceful he is about the whole thing and we started discussing what we should "call" nursing so that when Chico is more verbal he can ask to nurse. I would prefer he have a word for it then just yanking on my boob in public. Simple table manners right? :)
We call it "nippen" now but I'm not really sure that's something I would want Chico screaming when we are at the mall.
My other thought was to teach him the sign for "milk" this way he can "show" me. Which reminds me- will someone buy "Baby Signing Times" for Chico? Haha...
And so I'm asking...what does your family call breastfeeding? What word does your child use? Would love to hear!!
This weekend my little family will be headed to Las Vegas for my Brother-in-law's wedding. It is going to be a weekend of many "firsts!" Chico's first road trip, my first time having to be sort of "fancy" since having Chico, and the first time everyone really gets a chance to meet Chico - because the little bugger is finally safely immunized and can fend off germs now!
Finding things to wear for the weekend has given me a bit of anxiety because there are so many things to consider! I'm definitely not at my "fighting" weight and still am pretty soft around the middle. I am also exclusively breast feeding, which means that whatever I wear - Chico must have easy access to his food source. Since I have had him, I have pretty much been living in nursing tanks and wrapping my head around putting together a cute outfit feels really foreign. I also want to be comfortable to an extent because I'll be holding the baby during the wedding, reception, etc - so fabric can't be easily stained, show sweat or drool and needs to move with me.
There are two occasions over the weekend that I will have to dress up for - one is a dinner on Friday before the wedding and then the wedding itself. I have decided to wear this H&M dress from their "Conscious" collection which means that it is made from 100% recycled materials - in this case, polyester. I actually don't like the length on the model (too short!) but on me the length is exactly how I like it - it brushes the ground and has a slight train that looks really elegant without being too fancy. It also has a neckline that will allow for me to feed the baby without having to take the entire dress off! It comes in at the waist in a way that shows my shape without feeling like I have to suck in. I'm going to actually throw a belt around it to accentuate the waist.
For the wedding I am pulling an older piece from my closet. It's a Marc Jacobs dress and the only picture I can find of it is this one of my husband and I from before we were married.
As you can see - this one also has a great neckline for breastfeeding. As far as shoes go I am going to just go comfy and sport some really cute Xileration sandals from Target. As cute as heels might be, I don't want to be miserable half way through the wedding with a baby in tow. I feel like that might be challenging enough as it is and I'd rather focus on Chico as opposed to trying not to eat shit in heels. Plus it's Vegas - it's gonna be hot and you really won't see my feet with the length of the dresses.
It should be an adventure for sure - just hoping we survive the car ride there!
Found the cutest blouse today at H&M that was on sale for $15. I usually wear a size 8 or 10. They only had size 14 so I tried it on... Or wait - I attempted to try it on ... And couldn't get it over my boobs. Meanwhile my husband was standing there, hysterically laughing and saying, "That's so awesome!!" over and over.
Thanks breastfeeding. Holy shit.
So instead we bought the baby some leggings. Ces't la vie.