I just felt like I should say happy World Breastfeeding Awareness week. In the spirit of this week, I wanted to post this video of Salma Hayek who breastfed a baby that was not her on while on a trip to Sierre Leon because the mother had no milk. This video really touches my heart. There are many children around the world who are starving as I type this, and it's nice to think that she did something so small to comfort a small baby.
I'm back to work in 10 days. I have had one heck of a maternity leave. Sort of... 12 weeks (3 months) of it was actual maternity leave, the other 2 months is the summer break I get from work anyways. Somehow Nola came at the perfect time, and allowed me to go straight from maternity leave right into the summer that I get off anyways. It has gone by so fast. I can't believe she's almost 5 months old. That is ridiculously old. I have an old baby. Darned near a toddler. Not really, but she's definitely not the infant I brought home from the hospital. I am going to miss not having to divide my attention between her and work. I am incredibly lucky in that I will not have to put her in daycare. So I am very grateful for that. I will basically be able to keep her with me while I work. I will of course need a baby sitter for a few hours a week, but nothing more than 5, maybe 6 hours depending on what I have going on with work.
The summer has gone by so fast. I feel like it's just got hot a week ago. Perhaps because I just had my A/C installed a week ago. Before that we were using one fan. Believe it or not, it wasn't a big deal. It was warm, but it was barely as long as there was no oven cooking, or running marathons. I'm going to miss my lazy days with Nola. Oh well. I can't complain. I have had 5 wonderful months alone with my baby girl. Getting to know her personality, and enjoying every minute of it.
Here is a pic of my Nola on the 4th of July looking like miss Liberty. The little red star in the middle flashes. That's Daddy in the background holding her. She is such a drooly little baby. Too cute.
There is a new toy on the market in Spain called Bebe Gloton. It is a doll baby that breastfeeds. Basically there is a little top that a child will wear, that has little petals where nipples would be located, and the doll "latches on" to the petals. You can literally hear gulps, burps, etc. The baby was brought to my attention on my local news this evening. Apparently people are outraged. I can kind of see where people could be upset. In my opinion, there are many dolls that poop, pee, eat, drink out of bottles, and Barbie has boobs and long skinny legs. Why not teach girls an alternative and more natural way to feed babies other than a bottle? Perhaps if more women were exposed to positive examples of breastfeeding as children, then they would be more likely to breastfeed their own children which is the most healthiest option for babies.
I'm not sure if America is ready for this particular doll. Breasts are so sexualized in this country. People are so easily offended by everything. Including seeing a mother feeding her baby in public. Babies have to eat. In my opinion, if you don't want your child playing with it, then don't buy it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. We can agree to disagree. I'm ok with that.
Nola received three books in the mail last week from my good friend Anna who lives in TX. Anna one of those people who will just randomly buy something and put it in the mail, and poof! You have a new book or a card with a gift certificate. She's good like that. Whereas I am awful when it comes to cards and such. I love making cards. I will make them, and never get around to sending them out. I guess thats the flake in me. The three books are all super cute, and we love them. I can't wait till Nola actually understands what is being read to her. The books are Happy to Be Nappy, The Suns Daughter, and Oh Lords, I wish I was a buzzard.
J'adore cupcakes!!! I made these cupcakes for my friend ShaQuans wedding "party." I say wedding party because she got married a few weeks ago in a very small intimate ceremony, and had a big party this weekend where she invited friends and family to celebrate. I made a cupcake tower based on a design by Louise at Cake Journal with vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla and chocolate buttercream. The R's on top of the cupcakes are handmade with fondant. I really enjoyed making this, however I have one suggestion for anyone thinking of doing something similar. You might want to omit the fondant on humid days. The moisture in the air almost killed the R's. I say almost. I was sooo nervous, but everything worked out.
A few days ago I recieved a phone call from the Target pharmacy indicating that my birth control pills persciption has expired, and in order to get a refill I needed to get a new scrip from my doctor. I was genuinely confused, but then after more thought I remembered that at one point I had to take BC pills to regulate my cycle which was well over a year ago considering in the past year I have been pregnant, delivered, and as of Sunday I will have a 3 month old baby. I somehow feel like even though I have this beautiful little person lying next to me right now, I am still somehow haunted by the fact that I was not able to concieve her on my own, and may not be able to concieve a little brother or sister without the assisntance of modern day technology. With that being said, I certainly have no interest in taking birth control pills which would definately prevent me from at the very least having an "oops baby." I admit, and agree that getting pregnant right now would be extrememly soon after having Nola, but given what we have been through to have her, any additions to our family would be a welcome blessing. So my answer to Target pharmacy was "no thanks." It should have been "leave me alone!!!" I already have no control of my fertility, and what little control I have, I don't want to give it over to a pill called THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL.
So, I am still leaking. The socks worked one night, but then not the next. I purchased a crib pad from Baby's R' Us and slept without a shirt altogether. That didn't work. Boob juice leaked straight through onto the bed. Amy at Crazy? or Pregnant suggested Lily Padz. I'm not quite sure how I feel about something that basically plugs up my nipples so that they don't leak. That scares me, and my imagination is giving me vision of clogged ducts. Which is definitely something that I do not want. Someone from my La Lache League meeting suggested Hemp Pads because they are more absorbent. Once I find some good ones to purchase, I will be checking those out, and I will let you know. Do NOT go out and buy cotton pads. Those are not good ever. Awake nor sleeping. Personally, I soak straight through. When I nurse on one side, the other boob is activated and immediately begins to leak. So I have ruined many shirts and bras in the middle of the day trying to use cotton pads. Perhaps the ones I have aren't thick enough. I'm not sure. Wool is ok, but cotton sucks. The saga continues. Still in search of a solution, hopefully I will find it soon.
Today was a beautiful day. In fact it is actually the first really nice day we've had in a while. This entire week, with the exception of most of last Monday has been really cloudy and drizzly. Not rain, just random water sprinkles coming from the sky. So depressing. So when we woke up this morning and saw that the sun was actually showing it's pretty face we decided that we must go out and enjoy it. Besides the fact that I believe children should get as much fresh air as possible. Also my husband's daughter Alexis is visiting us for a couple of weeks. It's a shame that already half of her time with us has passed and the entire time we have been stuck in the house because of the poor weather. Don't get me wrong. I totally understand that we need rain. I love rain sometimes. But when you have an infant and an 8 year old being in the house all day is the last thing that you want to do. Ok... I'm rambling. The whole point of this post is to post pics of our day picking strawberries at Belkin Farm. It was so much fun. We plan on going back when the peaches and nectarines are in season. Can't wait. I can already taste the peach cobbler. YUM.
So I am really at the end of my rope when it comes to the constant leakage I am experience in my bra. My boobs are constantly leaking. I wear mulitple pads in my bra, and still. I leak. Up until the past couple of weeks, I was purchasing disposable pads, however they cost about $11 for 60 pads. I have two boobs so that's 30 wears. I change it about 2-3 times a day. New pad in the morning, and new pad before I got to bed, and sometimes I just have to change because it's so soaked. That's about 10 days of pads. You do the math. That's about $33 bucks a month. Before TAX. Disposable Pads Pros: Throw them away Convenient Sticky backing so they don't move around in bra Cons: Expensive Wasteful. It doesn't make sense for me to not fill landfills with baby's diapers, but instead fill landfills with boob pads.
So what I have decided to do was just use the washable pads that I already have. Unfortunately, they are not as absorbent as disposable pads, and I go through them so fast. In the middle of the night last night after completely soaking through my last pair of pads, I ended up putting my husbands gym socks in my bra. What I found out is, if you fold over a long gym sock into four you have some really nice absorbency. More than if you just use the pad that is made for nursing bras. I love it. I may continue to use all of his socks to catch milk from my leaking boobs. Only at night thought which seems to be my most difficult time of day when it comes to leakage. Reusable Pads Pros: Affordable Just throw them in the wash Cons: Leak Have to double/triple up Shift around in bra
Breast Pad Substitutions: Cloth Diapers folded (I think they would be a bit too large) Triple up washable pads (I've done this, and they still leak) No pad/No bra sleeping (I've tried this too with a towel under me. I soaked straight through the towel) Man gym socks folded Any other ideas?????? I need them. I may try to make my own and have like 10 ply wool or something. It might looks crazy, but at least I won't leak through any shirts.