Monday, April 30, 2012

on weaning and daddy's little boy

Breastfeeding Isaac has been, hands down, the most rewarding thing I have done. Especially since it was hard in the beginning and a process that required a lot of patience/long suffering.
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You know what was almost as hard as getting started? Weaning.

And not because Isaac had trouble transitioning, or because I was engorged, or because he didn't like switching over to Almond milk. We had none of those issues. It was because I struggled with letting go.
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For 13 months and 2 weeks, Isaac breastfed; like a champ. I could not be happier that we made it a whole year. I thought it would be more challenging than it was, but mostly because I listened to all the nay-sayers. We had absolutely no trouble sticking with it for as long as we did. I credit a lot of that to sleep training and a feeding schedule.

But when it came time to wean, I was not a happy mommy. I think it's just one of those things that, unless you've done it, it's impossible to explain. You form an incredible bond with your baby and it's so tight-knit for so long. And then, one day, it's severed.
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Weaning for us looked like this: by 12 months, Isaac was already down to about 3 nursings a day. He would nurse first thing in the morning, some time inbetween nap 1 and nap 2 and then again when he woke up from nap 2. When it got closer to weaning time, I dropped the middle of the day feeding. Then a couple weeks later we dropped all feedings, cold turkey. The only part of the day that he had a hard time was the morning, and really only if he came into our bedroom (because we always nursed in my bed first thing after we woke up). Other than that, about a week into it, he didn't seem to even notice. He was on to bigger and better things: a sippy cup full of Almond milk!

I say all of this, not because I have regrets. I do not. We planned to nurse for one year. We went 13 months. We wanted to give my body a time of rest and recovery before we start trying for another one. I say this because it's a part of the process. And thankfully it wasn't that bad for very long. I quickly adapted to my freedom. I want to encourage other moms who are on the verge of weaning. It can be hard. But it's a part of the natural progression of life. Be proud of the time you invested into your baby while you nursed and cherish the connection you built. It will last a lifetime.

And you know what happened almost immediately after Isaac was weaned? He become the hugest daddy's boy. Almost to the point where he acts like he doesn't need me anymore, which makes me sad sometimes, but he still gives me kisses amd hugs so I know he still loves me. The kid is obsessed with his father. He follows him everywhere. He wants to do what he's doing; eat what he's eating. It's the cutest thing ever! And I love it.
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The 2 of them are the best pair. Ben is incredible with Isaac. He is so patient with him. He teaches him, plays with him, makes meals for him, reads to him and they love to run errands together.
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I'm one lucky lady. I mean, to have these 2 guys in my life, who love each other and who love me. What can I say? I'm blessed beyond words.

For those who are interested: Isaac is now 15 months. He drinks a cup or 2 of Almond milk or Hazelnut milk each day. We just believe that cow's milk is for baby cows, not baby humans. He gets plenty of protein and calcium throughout the day in his food and he has been on a Vitamin D supplement since infancy. He first transitioned to Coconut milk and then to Almond when we determined that he didn't have any allergic reactions to nuts. He loves all three kinds of milk; especially chocolate coconut milk.

linking up with Finding Beauty in the Ordinary and bits of splendor and lowercase letters and Casey Leigh

Friday, April 27, 2012

week in the life: friday

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baby breakfast // fridge magnets // breakfast with dino // cucumber plants are blooming // DIY project in the works // my little helper // shoes // Veggie Tales // more laundry // what I wore: shirt- LOFT, skirt- Target, bracelet- IN PINK // after nap snack // heading out the door // ready for movie night! (we watched MI: Ghost Protocol)

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday

Thursday, April 26, 2012

week in the life: thursday

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impromptu backyard photo shoot // playing on the floor // toddler lunch // new glasses // presents for a friend and her new baby // project life // reading time with daddy // book pile (created by a certain toddler) // eating apples at the bookstore (while mommy visited with a friend) // dinner!

monday, tuesday, wednesday

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

week in the life: wednesday

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woke up to find a birthday hat!! // morning baby snacks // what we wore. me: shirt- abort73.com. shorts- Old Navy, thrifted. hat- made by my husband. him: jumper- Carter's, thrifted // woke up with a headache // eggs tossed onto the floor // cleaning out my wallet // laundry // afternoon bath (which never happens) // fruit bowls for me the kiddo // hung newest project, framed fabric // bath time for a baby // prepping for dinner // thai peanut noodle salad // birthday cheesecake

The low quality photos are from my camera phone. It was all I had nearby at the moment.

monday, tuesday

thoughts on 26 and looking forward to 27

26 was an interesting year. Alot happened. We had just moved to Texas the month before. So it was definitely a year of transition, adaptation and settling in somewhere new. Usually that is my forte. But with a brand new baby, it proved to be more difficult that I anticipated. More than anything, 26 for me was characterized as growing into my new role as a mom. And I loved that part of it.
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I'm not going to lie. 26 was not my favorite year, but it wasn't a terrible one either. I learned alot, which seems to happen more and more the older I get. I discovered strengths that I have but also plenty of weaknesses.

I completed only 12 of my 26 things @ 26 list. And I'm more than okay with that. Because I accomplished plenty of things that weren't on the list. Some of my favorites are:
*visit San Diego with Isaac
*sew a quilt
*successfully grow a garden (that one is one the list again this year!)
*make a headboard
*take Ben to San Antonio

Going into 27 I am now the mom of a toddler. Ahhh! When did that happen!? I really am looking forward to what this year has in store for me and for our family. My goal for this year remains the same as it is for 2012: be intentional and simplify. So far, that has been a process and one that I struggle with. I am terrible at time management and I am Mrs. Procrastinator. But, it's something that I know is do-able and it's something that I pray over all the time.
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Other than that, I think I am going to stay away from a list of goals for 27. I still have goals in mind, but what I discovered with my last list is that my priorities change as time goes on. I had on my 26 list that I wanted an iphone. I've since decided that getting a smart phone is just not important to me. I said I wanted to master baby wearing, but I found that I preferred to use a stroller with Isaac. So while I don't have one big list of 27 goals all planned out right now, I will set goals as I go throughout the year. Because, well, I love goal lists.

So, here's to another year; one that I'm looking forward to with anticipation. Here's to 27. Bring it on!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

week in the life: tuesday

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good morning!! // drawing on the wall (in pencil) // funny photos with the web cam // 7 day forecast // tickle, tickle, tickle! // toddler lunch: toasted english muffin with peanut butter, dried strawberries, grapes // the most unflattering photo of what I wore (jeans: gap. tshirt: Target) // watering the lawn // reading and journaling outside // afternoon snack // impromptu pool time // celebrating 8 years of marriage with our favorite: a pizookie

see monday here.