Archive for November, 2011

Weaning woes and low blows- November 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Hey there.  Yeah, I’m talking to you, the mothers of other one-year-olds, mothers who’ve also been through the ups and downs of past year as a newbie parent.  I thought we had an understanding and a circle of support going on.  

I guess I was wrong.  
I’ve seen you exchange glances and heard your judgmental tones when you ask about breastfeeding.  You asked the other day how it was going weaning my baby off a bottle.  
Me: “Great.  I don’t give her a bottle at all anymore.  She just nurses once a day.  I don’t have to pump anymore.  That a relief!  Ha! How about you?”  
::unnecessary awkward pause::
You:  ”Oh, you’re still breastfeeding?  She’s one.  How long are you going to do that?”  
::This is when you gave “that look” to another mother.  Thanks.  That didn’t make me feel at all like an inadequate freak::
Me:  ”Oh, yeah, well I wanted to do it for the first year.  We’re working on weaning.”
I don’t think one year is “extended breastfeeding”.  Even if I was choosing to do that, what’s it to you?  It’s not really your business.   
Do you remember all the stress, frustration, and tears you experienced when you were trying to breastfeed?  Did you ever stop to think that I may be experiencing those same feelings now as I’m trying to wean?  I never once made you feel bad for feeding your baby formula.  I feel terrible for moms who’ve been made to feel inadequate because they don’t/can’t breastfeed.  Guess what?  It goes both ways.  I even blogged in defense of baby-feeding choice.  
We’re just one year into this, ladies.  Let’s support each other.  We’re going to be making lots of different choices over the years.  
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Thankful (and slack)- November 28, 2011

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Oh.  Right.  National Blog Posting Month.  I was supposed to post everyday.  Well, when the blog Gods named November the month they must have forgotten about Thanksgiving.  You know.  The weekend where you go into caloric and family overload, become sleep deprived from Black Friday, and spend the night at your grandparents where a WiFi signal is about a strong as your dessert-resisting willpower.

So I fell off the wagon.  Sorry.  When I wasn’t working over the holiday I was having a really great time.  I figure fun is a good reason not to post.

I want to take a little flashback.  Thanksgiving 2010…

Thanksgiving 2011….
I can’t stop looking at these two pictures and comparing them with all their similarities and differences.  Sometimes I think here’s no way this is the same person.  I look at the first picture and I can smell and feel my sweet little newborn.  I can still hear all her little coos and grunts.  I look at the second picture and I can smell and feel my funny, squirmy little one year old.  I can hear all her squeals and giggles.  
Then I realize it has to be the same person, because I feel the exact same way when I look both pictures.  That’s my baby.  And I’m so thankful for her.  
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving readers!    
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Thanksgiving wish- November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I don’t care that much about turkey or pumpkin pie.  I’m not searching for any great Black Friday deals.  I only have one wish this holiday.  

All I want for Thanksgiving is 8 uninterrupted, peaceful hours of sleep.

Charlotte is in bed.  I have to work tomorrow and Friday earlier than the law should allow, so this will have to suffice for my contribution to National Blog Posting Month.

I’m very thankful for your understanding.

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Good dog- November 22, 2011

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
This is Ginger’s nightly routine.  I appreciate the help in cleaning under the highchair.  She even licks the seat clean.  Now to get her to pick up toys and change diapers….hmmm….
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12 month pictures- November 21,2011

Monday, November 21st, 2011

These are Charlotte’s 12 month pictures by Three Oaks Photography.  The photographer, Jack, does this package for Baby’s 1st Year with Newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month, and 12 month pics.

He did our maternity shoot as well.  I didn’t make it some months so our 1st year pics ended up newborn (by a different photographer, the wonderful Kimber Lynn) about 4 months, about 8 months and now these 12 months all by Jack.

I’m pretty psyched with how they turned out.  We lost the coats pretty quick because it got warm.  I didn’t mean for Charlotte and I to be super matchy-matchy in our chocolate dresses, but I think it works.  Who knows, they may end up on the Christmas card so I should go ahead and say “Happy Holidays!”  Seriously, I could have posted all the proofs.  I loved how these turned out.  Be honest and tell me which ones you like best.

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