Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
With Addie, it was painful and exhausting and after two weeks I got such a bad infection from my c-section that I had to go on antibiotics. The antibiotics I was on were ones that's I was unable to breastfeed on. So for nearly 2 weeks I pumped and dumped. If you've ever nursed before you know two things. First, pumping at 2 weeks old and introducing formula can have a devastating impact to your supply and/or your babies ability to switch back to nursing. Secondly, pumping and dumping for 2 weeks is a really difficult thing to do. Whoever made that saying, "there's no use crying over spilled milk" never nursed. That stuff is liquid gold!
I was able to get back at nursing with no issues. Addie didn't have any nipple confusion and she nursed until she was 13 months old. I can't believe I made it to 13 months. It was exhausting and the pumping at work got old, but I kept at it and I enjoyed being able to feed her for such a long period of time.
When Graham was born, again, no questions, I was going to attempt nursing. I was lucky enough to have zero issues nursing him. In fact, he came out with his tongue jutting out of his mouth ready to nurse. He latched quickly with no issues and has to this day enjoyed nursing, almost too much. At 12 weeks old, he nurses every 2 hours during the day. He's gaining weight like a tank.
I've been very lucky to have had two successful attempts at breastfeeding because I know not everyone has a path like mine. My advice to any new moms is always to attempt to breastfeed. You have to make the attempt for 4 solid weeks before you decide if it's not for you. It can be a really stressful time and a you'll probably want to give up quickly but I've heard several instances where it seems nursing was given up pretty quickly. Not everyone does, I realize, and sometimes there are issues with milk production. I highly recommend speaking with a lactation consultant multiple times if needed before switching to formula. If at that point you feel like you've given it all you can and used all your resources, then make the transition. What's most important is that your baby is receiving proper nutrition and gaining weight but the one thing you don't want to do is regret ever trying.
It really can be the most beautiful thing. I love when Graham pops off and looks up at me with milk running from his mouth and smiles a full smile at me. It's amazing!
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I love wine, but I'll be honest, I didn't really start drinking wine until a couple years ago. Since then I've turned that around and love trying new wines. I'm still a sweet, white drinker and love me a Moscato. Rick and I often check out local wineries in our area or any local wineries while we're on vacation to do tastings. Another great way we like to try out a variety of wines is wine tasting parties.
Usually the host requests each couple to bring a bottle or two (1 red, 1 white) and can set a theme. Last time, our theme was Wines from Around the World. We each brought a wine from a different country and each person got to taste all of the wines. It's a great way to try new wines you may not purchase an entire bottle of until you're sure you enjoy it.
If you like wine, then you need to try VinoVinti. VinoVinti removes excess carbon dioxide from wine, improving the flavor and adding years of smoothness. There's always someone at the party who brings a cheap bottle of wine and VinoVinti can help improve in seconds. It's easy to use, removes the acidic flavor sometimes found in wine in 20-30 seconds!
If you're planning to attend a wine tasting party or have friends and family who love wine, VinoVinti would be a great gift! You can purchase the VinoVinti directly on their site and you should like VinoVinti on Facebook as I recently did.
Check out this video on how to use the VinoVinti.
**Please drink responsibly, and as always, only drink if you are at least 21 years old or older**
Monday, December 9, 2013
Note: I received these products free of charge as part of a review, however all opinions are mine and are true.