Wednesday, January 25, 2017

On nursing our little one: 5 things I've learned in the last year of breastfeeding

I wrote the rough draft (read: outline) of this post months ago.  Little was around 10 months old and I thought that my milk supply was decreasing.  I had been hoping to nurse him until at least one year and in that moment, I was so disappointed and worried that it wouldn't happen.  He's almost a year and a half and I'm excited to say that we made it!  I'm also excited to get back to the blog to finish this post with a sigh of relief, thanksgiving, and a little bit of uncertainty on how long we'll continue. Little has weaned himself at night and now only nurses when he wakes up and once before his nap.  I'll be traveling some in the spring for a couple of weddings that I'm in so I'm hoping that we can naturally wrap it up before then.

Nursing our little has been one of the most special parts of mothering thus far for me, but it certainly was not always easy.  Today I'm sharing some of the best tips that I received and learned during the past year of nursing.  I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination and while I have been nursing for a year - I've only nursed one baby so I can only speak to that experience.

I felt so functional in the first few weeks of motherhood.  Remember this post, about how hard it was for me when we first brought our little home?  I just remember sitting in the same spot on the couch for what seemed like weeks nursing.  People would come over to see the baby, enjoy him, ooh and ahh, and then he would start crying and they would hand him to me.  "Must be hungry," they'd say and then smile.  Except it wasn't that funny to me because it felt like he had just eaten (and many times this was the actual case).  I have a distinct memory of a google search in the middle of the night once, that read, "is it ok to hate breastfeeding"?  And of course there were plenty of posts that were often hilarious regarding breastfeeding and I somehow felt reassured about my exhaustion being awake at all hours with a baby attached to me.

But then a magical thing happened.  I got used to nursing and my baby got more efficient at it.  I started to really see nursing as such a special and beautiful thing.  It was time that I got to just snuggle up with the little.  And in that moment - I had all that he needed for nourishment, comfort, safety, and rest.  And I felt really thankful.  I felt thankful to be able to nurse him.  Thankful that he was doing such a good job at it.  Thankful that I had these special moments with him that no one else could have.  It was just him and me.  And so, here are the top five things I have to say about breastfeeding. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Staying Fit When Life is Busy

Soon after having our Little back in 2015, I wrote here about being strong and not necessarily skinny.  It was my resolve to focus on being strong after having some knee trouble toward the end of and following pregnancy.

If I'm honest, I fell a little off the health train with the holidays and especially once I was able to fit back into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes and the number on the scale went back down (it's SO easy to just be fixated on that one number!).  We recently got a smart scale though that helps measure not only your weight, but also your body fat % and let me just say that after taking one step on that bad boy, I am in need of some toning up.  Of course, this is just a reminder of what I already knew.

You would think that staying at home affords me lots of time to exercise.  You would think that chasing around an adventurous toddler would keep one in shape.  The fact of the matter though is that while I run around a lot, it can be hard to think about and stick to an exercise routine.  At least for me anyway and I can't believe that I'm alone in this. I started going back to the gym before the holidays, but only went a couple of times with the Little because he wasn't a fan of being left in the kids' room.  I'm hoping to keep trying with him though so that he can get used to it.

That said, today I'd like to share a few of the quick exercises that I try to do during the day at home in effort to keep my muscles toned and keep be thinking about health when I don't have time to be in the gym.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Come & See: an invitation for 2017

With the new year just beginning, we're all busy making or trying to keep our resolutions and goals for 2017.  For the last few years, I've shared my goals here on the blog and some years I do better than others at getting them accomplished.

2016 was a really good year for us.  I quit my day job and started staying home with our Little.  This is my favorite job.  Now that we're in a new year, I've been spending some time thinking about what my goals will be for 2017.  I am a list maker, so I will eventually get to writing some things down.  Hubs and I will write out some concrete goals for our family.  That said, I have one more overarching goal for this year that I'd like to share.  Think of this as my version of the word of the year thing that people like to do.

For me, this year's theme is: Come & See

This is something that stuck out to me and hasn't left as I was recently reading along with the She Reads Truth girls in their current study of John.  In Chapter 1, Jesus is calling his disciples.  He calls a man named Philip from Bethsaida who then goes and finds another man, Nathanael.  Philip tells his friend, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph" (John 1:45).  Nathanael skeptically responds in the next verse - "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip then simply invites him to "Come and see" (John 1:46).

Nathanael does and in the next verses he meets Jesus and believes.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year - New Instagram

Happy [belated] New Year, friends!  It's on my list this year to get back to the blog.  I've got several draft posts that need final touches and lots of things in my head to write about - just needing to find the time to sit down to the computer. 

That said, I finally decided to create an Instagram account just for the blog, which will allow me to share much more on the go and keep you guys in the loop more regularly.  There's a lot going on over here at the Thrift for Today house.  We continue to grow and learn and explore and I hope you'll continue to follow along.  You'll find me @thriftfortoday, just like the blog.

See you there!