Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Week 6 of breastfeeding, and a baby update!


I still cannot believe that only 6 weeks ago I had my baby! Time sure does fly! I also can't believe that I am still breastfeeding! I could only have hoped to make it this far. I had struggled early on, but we found our way, and we are great! Baby girl is getting so efficient at latching on and doing a great job nursing. 
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Breastfeeding

It is something I was unable to do with my son 8 years ago. Partly because I was 17, and mostly uneducated about breastfeeding. I knew that it was best, and that if the baby nursed only a few times, that was still really good! We had latching difficulties on one breast, and I just gave up. I didn't fight it, it didn't hurt my feelings, I just said "Oh well, its not working" and went to formula. I did this in the hospital. Back then there weren't hospital nurses who cared so much about breastfeeding that they were willing to help. Also, my mom didn't breastfeed my sister and I, and couldn't offer much support or tips or anything. So, I did what any frustrated teenager would do: give up.

But this time. I am 26 years old (which is the same age my mom had her 2nd, my sister). I am more informed about breastfeeding, my husband (whom I met after my son was born) is super supportive, and so is many people I know. I admit, I had a rough time for a short while. In the hospital I gave an ounce of formula to my baby because my nipple hurt so bad, and I just couldn't bring myself to let her nurse from it. I was crying, and the nurse helped me out. That nurse later helped me get a good latch with the baby, and showed me what I did wrong and how I could make it work. She was so helpful!

After we got home, it still went pretty easy. Then we hit a rough patch at about 2 weeks. She wanted to nurse for what felt like all the time. She was using me as a pacifier. I hear that is normal, but it wasn't to me, and it hurt! She was nursing so much, that it was as if my nipples were raw. I couldn't handle it. I gave in and gave her some formula in between nursings to try to get her more full and to hopefully let my nipples breathe. I went and rented a breast pump (hospital grade from WIC), and that helped, but I wasn't pumping enough to get her full at a feeding. I would still have to either put her on, or give her formula. She didn't have much of it at all -in fact, the can I used (Enfamil for Newborns) is still mostly full!

I felt really bad about giving her formula. When she would look at me while I fed her formula, it was as if she knew the difference. Her eyes just said "Mommy, what is this? It tastes funny". I cried about it. I didn't want to do it, but at the same time, my nipples hurt so bad that I would cry through her nursing. I felt like a failure. I didn't understand why something so natural hurt so bad. Why would something so natural, be so hard?! Women have been feeding their children from their breasts since people started walking the Earth. So why was it so damn difficult for me? Well, when I went to my two week checkup (I had a c-section), my doctor asked if I had any post partum blues or depression. I told her that I didn't think I did, but that my husband was worried -- and then I broke down. I cried in the doctors office and told her what was going on. She reassured me and said that she went through the exact same thing. She knew exactly how I felt, and what I was going through. She gave me some encouraging words, tips, and told me that it is OK if I chose to give formula to the baby. That made me feel better. I have to say though, the thought of giving up breastfeeding this time around was a lot harder than it was with my son. And I think this is mainly because now I was educated. And I don't want to spend a crap load of money on formula! Also, she spit up - only a little - with formula. But never with breast milk. I felt bad that I was giving my baby something that made her too full and she didn't know when to stop and would throw up. It hurt my heart.

But, some how, I got stronger. I pumped a bit more, which seemed to help heal my nipples. And now, at 3.5 weeks, I haven't given her any formula at all for almost a week. We did realize though that in order to stop her from always using me as a pacifier (one night was literally from 11:30pm to almost 5am) that I needed to give her a binky. I hated that idea, but when the first night it worked wonders (almost 5 hours of sleep, then 4 hrs, and fed for 15 mins between each one) I decided that she gets to keep it. I still hold her and love her and cuddle with her. But at the same time, mommy wants to eat, and use the bathroom, and I have to work a little during the week too. I need a little time to myself to be able to do these things. And if a paci helps, then we must use a paci. and you know what --- I am OK with that!

And I have to say, the Similac Simply Smart bottle, has really been a help for when I give her breast milk that I've pumped. She takes to it really well, and doesn't seem to know the difference. (I wish they paid me to say that, but they didn't)

I have learned that like my birth plan, my "baby plan" isn't going as planned! And that it is OK to stray away from what I originally had intended. Not everything goes as planned, and we must do what works best for us. I don't know how long I'll breastfeed for. I am hoping I can make it to 6 mos at least. And then maybe just pump from there. Who knows, maybe I'll go a whole year or more!? I am just excited I made it past 2 days, and 1 week, and 2 weeks, and now past 3 weeks. I will take it one step at a time, and see how it goes. That's how you gotta take life anyways, right?

What are your breastfeeding experiences? Does any of my post sound familiar? Sound off in the comments!

---Jennifer

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Birth Story of Isabella.

The birth story for my daughter goes along the same lines as it did for my son actually. I really hoped it would have gone differently, but the labor / delivery itself, was almost identical. 
Baby Toes!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Been MIA because.....

Welp, for those of you who don't follow me online (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), I had the baby!!! :)
Isabella Lynn was born on 9/12/12 via c-section (after a long 24 hrs of labor). She was born at 12:44pm, 7lbs 1oz, and 19 inches long :)
I'll be posting my birth story soon, as well as pictures. In the mean time, you can follow on Twitter, Instagram (user name jentyree), or friend me on Facebook (please message me letting me know your from my blog, as my personal page isn't the same as my fan page). Thanks everyone!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

34 Weeks of Pregnancy.



Wow. 34 weeks already! It feels like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant. I was at my sisters house, and she got me a Walmart brand pregnancy test. And I took it. And before I was even off the toilet, the thing started showing positive.

I had no idea it would be that easy to get pregnant. I had been on the depo birth control shot for years (literally like 7 years). I know the stories, it can take up to 18 months to get pregnant - if not longer! I was only in my 6th month without the shot when we conceived. I still am in awe. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mystery Shopping Scams: Know what to look for.



I got this today in my email today. If you are a Mystery Shopper, you know this is a scam. But if your not - this is how you know its a scam.
You NEVER get sent money to mystery shop with. That is the scam. You screw your bank account for these people. And they win most of the time. Even if you can’t cash it bc your bank needs to let it clear first, YOU will be the one screwed bc now you no longer can have your bank account - and will be labeled with trying to cash fraudulent checks.
Know that a mystery shopping company would never solicit you unless you asked for information on their jobs. Certain sites will allow you to get emails from other recruiters as they post jobs in your area - but then you know you signed up for that.
Also know, that they won’t ask you to enter your information in an email, they will send you links to their company, and will have you register as a shopper. Here is the email in its entirety. Please know the warnings. 

“Business Evaluation Secret Shoppers Services has selected you
as Secret Shopper for our organisation. You will earn $200 as
our Secret Shopper. Your employment packet will include funds
for your evaluation which would come in form a check/money
order as well as instructions attached giving you details of your
first assignment. The form of payment like we stated are in
the form of either a money orders/cashier checks which would
be delivered to your residence via one of the various courier
service in a certain amount which you would be required
to cash a your bank, deduct your survey fees of $200, & have
the remainder funds used for the evaluation you would
be required to carry out as Secret Shopper.
Send your continue interested with the following details:
- First Name ……………
- Middle Name ……………
- Last Name ……………
- Tel Phone ……………
- Cell Phone ……………
- Address ……………
- City ……………
- State ……………
- Country ……………
- Zip Code ……………
We are waiting your good response, Thank You.
Regards,
ANASTACIA NELLY
Agent Recruitment@
Greet America, Inc.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Its too hot.

Literally. Its. Too. Hot. Its 88 degrees outside, which to most won't be too bad. But I'm in Arizona, which means its like an oven already. Saturday, it's supposed to be even hotter. I don't want that. Being pregnant in this heat is not going to be easy for me. I foresee a lot of complaining, cold showers, and swimming (but then complaining lol). My husband already knows this.

Plans for the summer heat? Stay inside as much as humanly possible. Wear light clothing. And best of all, drink lots of water and stay in front of the fan. Yea, we have a/c, but the fan def helps.

Ok. Off to sit in front of the fan now, and watch Ghost Whisperer, or Charmed. Whichever is on right now.

But tell me, how do you stay cool in hot summers?

Friday, April 13, 2012

The gender of the baby is......

A girl! Yes! I got my girl. I am so excited, and I can't wait for her to be here.  I am toooo excited. 


Here are some pics. 


Isabel Lynn. 




Friday, March 16, 2012

"Mom, I have to poop!"

Thats what my son said to me about a year ago or so, while running into the bathroom. So I, (being a smart mouth) say, "Thanks for the update." You know what he yells back? "Your Welcome!" Yea, he was about 6 at the time. Sometimes kids say the funniest things! And I wish I had cameras in my house at all times to record these moments. Seriously, put me on a reality show. Not that my life is really that exciting, but I would love to have all his moments recorded for me to look back at.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ending the first trimester

I know its been a while since I posted - I've been crazy busy. I went to a family function out of state in Las Vegas (yea, we actually have family there lol) for a few days. It was interesting, being pregnant and in Vegas. We also had our 7 year old with us too - trying to explain to him why he can't play the slot machines and "games" in the casino's was fun. But he had a good time. We all did. Theres a big family reunion out there next year, around the end of March, and we are going to try to go.

After we got back from Vegas we moved to our new place. Its very nice, and much bigger than our old place. And since they are actual apartments, maintenance will be performed when we ask it to be done, and also the little things like the air filters will be provided. Our old landlord really didn't do much of nothing - especially when we told him there was a bee hive in the back patio area. So, we are super excited to be here - and the baby will have its own room!

As of today, I am 13 weeks 2 days pregnant. I was 14 weeks, but yesterday at the doctors office she said that since I am measuring small she wants to go off the measurements. So, this is the last week in the first trimester. And now I am due on September 15, 2012 - instead of September 9. Only 6 days difference.  But whats funny, is Eric measured small and still was late, I was induced and still had to have a c section. Hopefully this one decides to come on its own.

I think I am past the extreme fatigue and nausea stages, starting to feel better, and thats great! I was never sick or tired with Eric, but with this one I am. So hopefully that means a girl! I really want a girl. So, 5 more weeks till I can find out!

Alright, I am going to get going for now. I have some unpacking to do...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Waiting Game...

Aw man, let me tell you. I am so tired of waiting. I got about 7 more weeks until I can find out the gender of the baby. I want to know the gender now! I don't wanna wait! I want to start buying things! I want to start telling people what I'm having. Omg.  I've already made baby registries at Babies R Us and at Target, but not giving them out until I know the gender, and can cut the registry list down some. Right now, its more of a wish list, and has both boy and girl items. Once I find out what it is, I will delete the other gender items.

Oh, how I hate the waiting game. My next OBGYN appointment is March 13, and I plan on taking my son with us to the appointment, let him hear the heartbeat, let him feel like he is a part of this experience. I think if he hears the heartbeat, it becomes more real to him. I showed him the pic from the ultrasound, and while it probably looks like a blob to him right now, the next ultrasound will look more like a baby.

Ugh. Times like this I wish we only had to wait 9 weeks like some animals LOL.

How to pass the time?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pregnancy problems.

Pregnancy problems are problems that only pregnant people have. Here are some of mine:
Nausea
Excessive Tiredness
Feeling crazy
Temperature changes
Emotional

Now, let me tell you, I never had these problems with my first pregnancy, which was a boy. He is now 7 years old. I am hoping that this one is a girl, since the symptoms are so different. But, been told maybe twins. My son says "I hope there is two in there". And twins apparently run on my biological dads side of the family. And I just found out that my maternal grandmothers father had twins in his family. Aye. But, hey, if its twins, I hope they are one of each gender. Afraid I may mistake them!

Anyways.
I go to the doctor on Feb 9, and I'll get an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat. I cannot wait. I am gonna make them double, and triple check, to make sure there's only one, or if there is two in there.

Anyways, its 1am. I am gonna go lay down. My husbands off for three days, tomorrow is the last day off for about 4 days, and I am gonna get all the rest I can get tomorrow.

Night :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Don't call it a comeback | Back to basics.

I've been MIA here on my blog for a bit, and I know I said I was going to try to post more often, but in reality, I kinda don't know what to write about anymore! I've kinda stopped with the reviews for now because I was so busy, that I wasn't keeping up. And honestly, I don't feel my readership is what I want it to be, and I don't wanna be one of those bloggers who only do reviews and giveaways. Thats not what I wanted when I started this blog! I started this blog to vent, to have my voice heard, to find other people like ME. So, I am taking it back to basics. No reviews for a while. I want to get you all pulled back into me. I will be the first to say content has not been the best, and I apologize. I got so wrapped up in the hype of giveaways and getting more readers. So, here I am.

One week ago today I found out I am pregnant. I am now 6 weeks pregnant! I am due September 9, 2012, I still have a long way to go. I never thought it would be easy for me to get pregnant after depo, but it only took 5 months of practice, and one month of actually trying LOL. So, this kinda puts a damp into my working out, and goals to loose weight, but I am working out more now than I have before, I want to stay healthy for the baby, and I don't want any complications - high blood pressure or diabetes or anything. I do not want to be on any kind of bed rest, I would not be able to handle that.  So, I am working out, eating healthier - with the occasional splurge on pizza or something. No soda (except today I had one 20oz of cherry Pepsi). I've been drinking water, and Gatorade, and ginger ale. Not too much nausea, but a lot of heart burn, something I didn't have with my first one over 7 years ago!

Another thing I want to address is Mamavation. While most of those ladies are great, and have commented in the past, I felt like its a popularity contest. I felt like only the popular mommies got attention and tons of views/comments. I didn't feel like I had the support I needed, and thus I stopped writing blog posts for it. I tried joining convos on Twitter with the hashtag, and still no replies, so I gave up. Why put my self in a situation where I am not wanted? That's how I felt. I couldn't even tell you when the last Mamavation post was -- actually, after looking, it was August 29, 2011.  Yup. So, I've thought about it. I think I will try Mamavation again, see how the support goes, and see what happens, and go from there. I will make this my first Mamavation Monday post - even though its on a Saturday night. I've worked out 2 times this week, and plan on working out at least 30 mins every other day. And I workout using Just Dance 2 for Wii, and EA Sports Active for PS3 (every now and then for that last one).

And lastly, my goals for this blog for 2012. To help document my pregnancy, I may post pics, not sure yet. On Feb 9 I have my first ultrasound, so I will post a pic of that! I cannot wait to see my baby! My son and husband is excited, but I think my husband is still kinda shocked haha.  I have already created a birth plan (I know, I am ahead of myself lol), and have been refreshing my memory on what happens later on. I have time to kill, so might as well.  My son has been watching A Baby Story on TLC with me, he cannot wait, but he doesn't understand 9 months, so this should be interesting, he also keeps saying "Mommy, I hope there's two in there" - and points to my belly! I am like are you kidding me?! If there's twins, I don't even know what I would do. I would loose my mind.

Alright, enough of my blabbing. I am gonna get off here and finish cleaning the living room and then work out a bit.

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