Let me clear a few things before you say “did she really just say that?” Breastfeeding is an extremely personal decision. What you feel is the best choice for you and your child is way more important than trying to keep up with the social norm or in this case, going against the social norm. While we all should know that “breast is best”, there are LOTS of times when it just doesn’t work out, and that’s okay. I am not here to push you into extended breastfeeding, nor judge you if you chose not to. I am simply here to provide support, facts, humor and encouragement in your nursing journey.
Tips and Tricks to Surviving Your First Trimester of Pregnancy with Kids
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS mama! Welcoming a new edition to the family is beautiful thing. Our bodies are amazing and go through so many changes. If you’ve done this before, you’re probably thinking that you’d be used to the symptoms. But even if this isn’t your first rodeo, I guarantee you’ll come across something new. If this is your first pregnancy, you probably have TONS of questions. This will be my fourth time going through the first trimester and I’ve been taking notes for you. So grab a comfy seat and enjoy!
The first trimester of pregnancy can be so difficult in itself. Full of highs and lows, symptoms can range from nausea to extreme fatigue to constipation, heartburn and indigestion. I mean, the list can go on and on amiright? Finding ways to deal with all of these unwanted symptoms can be difficult, especially if you have other children to tend to. I have put together a list of pregnancy must-haves and must-dos that will help you in surviving your first trimester because, mama, I’ve been there and I feel you.
Weaning your Toddler: 12 Simple Tips
First, let me congratulate you on coming this far in your breastfeeding journey. It’s a great achievement and should be celebrated. So, a big virtual fist bump to you mama! Now you’re interested in weaning your toddler, you’re so done. I totally get it. I was there too. In this post, I’m going to show you exactly what I did to FINALLY get my boob-obsessed toddler weaned. I’ll show you what worked for me and what didn’t so that you can find success in weaning your toddler.
Let me tell you a little about my journey and why I decided to stop breastfeeding my son. Don’t worry, I’ll spare the details for another post and get to the point shortly.
I nursed my son for 2 yrs and 2 months. My journey had its challenges, like an inverted nipple, several bouts of mastitis, the constant fear of a low supply, biting, and pumping at work. Those challenges came, we conquered. Then came toddler nursing. The acrobat nursing. The drive-by nursing. The twiddling. Oh. The. Twiddling. I was done by the time he reached 18 months, I gave a poor effort to quit, but decided against it and kept on nursing. Currently, WHO (World Health Organization) recommends breastfeeding up to the age of two or longer, so that was my limit.
Now for the good stuff.
Why I’m not happy about being pregnant
I had a feeling was pregnant but I didn’t want it to be true. I was having some cramps, much lighter than usual. Immediately I thought, implantation cramps. Crap. But there was still time for my cycle to come, so I waited. Then, I was late. I had just recently gotten my cycle back after two years and was irregular so I waited another week hoping I would have a cycle, nothing. Well s$&@. There I was, sitting on the toilet with a test in hand. Naturally, one of my kids come yelling and I throw the completed test on the counter. I come back to TWO LINES. Positive. After saying every curse word in the book and after I crying a little, I immediately messaged my husband, “guess we’re not done”. Two weeks prior, we had just decided that we were done. I was definitely not happy about being pregnant. You can read my post here about how I thought I was done but my behavior may have shown otherwise.
You’re not done having kids when…
When my husband and I were dating, the conversation of kids came up naturally. We talked about how many babies we wanted, how many boys versus girls, and possible names. Even before we were married, we knew that we wanted children. I wanted four, he wanted two. So, we agreed on three.
After our second, we kept debating whether or not to have more children. I no longer wanted four kids. We were really unsure that we wanted to continue. Expanding our family was going to be a big decision. It meant bigger cars, possibly bigger house, and a greater need for daycare. But as I toyed with the question, I realized that maybe I wasn’t done, for sure. Or maybe I was.
If you can relate to any of these than you may not be done having children either, just saying.