Five on Friday 9/27

Friday, September 27, 2013

It's been a while since I've had time to put together a post for Five on Friday.  This working full-time thing is getting in the way of my blogging.  Thankfully I try to find a little time at night to catch up on some blogs so I'm not totally out of the loop with what's going on and what the cool kids are up to! ha!  Thanks to Darci, Natasha, April, and Christina for hosting!

Spa Day
On Sunday we had our annual spa day with my mom and sister, my bff and her mom.  We've done it for years and this may have been my favorite year ever!  We met for brunch with mimosas and champagne and then went to the spa at Hotel Hershey.  I'm usually pretty picky about spa services, but I had a great massage.  I think being non-stop everyday from 5:30am-8pm would make any massage seem heavenly!  The best part of the Hershey Spa is that after your service you sit around in your robe, read magazines and chat.  

this is exactly how we looked on sunday!
Fall Fairs
On Wednesday evening we decided we should muster up all of our energy and take Carter to a local fair.  We met our friends and watched a tractor parade.  Carter ran around and climbed on construction equipment, and saw cows, goats, sheep, and pigs.  Luckily Christian was holding him for the live animal part and encouraging him to feed the cows and touch the sheep.  That's not really my thing! ha!  

There's another fair this weekend that we may go to as well and that one is less farm-focused and more about the fried foods and games.  Funnel cakes and corn dogs sound good to me!

Toddler fall clothes
I totally took advantage of the gap 40% promotion the other week.  I got Carter some cute new clothes.  But-----big problem.  The 12-18 month pants are too short!  What?!  The waists are big but he's stuck in a flood.  Not cute.  I've been dressing him in shorts and long sleeves for a few weeks trying to avoid the pant problem.  But I think it's time to put the shorts away and figure out these pants.  
Colorblock TUtility knit-waist original fit jeans
I also got him his first pair of Toms, I actually ordered two pairs because I couldn't decide on the brown or navy.  And he's between sizes in those too!  This weekend I'll decide which ones we'll keep. 

Our neighbor has mini pumpkins in a planter and every day at least once a day Carter runs over and says   "ap-pul" as he hands me every pumpkin and then puts each one back.  So I broke down and bought Carter his very own small "ap-pul" at the grocery store.  I broke my own rule and bought a pumpkin before October at the grocery store.  We'll definitely be making a trip to a pumpkin patch and buy a bunch more in October!

Daily iced coffee(s)
Now that I'm no longer nursing and I go non-stop all day I treat myself to 2 cups of iced coffee- Starbucks French Roast or Starbucks Vanilla.  I started adding a little cinnamon for a little change and since reading an article about how Splenda is not so good for you, I've been experimenting with Truvia and sugar.  What do you use to sweeten your coffee?  I don't know what I'd do without our Keurig!    

Our Nursing (and weaning) Story

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's been almost a month since Carter has stopped breastfeeding. 

Here's a little journey back through our breastfeeding story:

The  beginning:
I had no idea what I was doing.  About an hour after he was born, I remembered that I should try to breastfeed.  So I asked the nurse, "How do I do this?" and then he latched right away!  A lactation consultant came to my room at the hospital a few times before we went home.    

Around 4-6 weeks his screaming was nonstop and the only thing that stopped his screaming was to nurse, so I nursed him alot.   That's when I finally called the pediatrician and asked for help.  

They thought it could be reflux so I started to pump so we'd have a bottle and add some rice cereal in it.  That's when I found I had alot of supply.  He took one bottle a day and it went ok.  It took a few days until he accepted the bottle.  Meanwhile I hated every second of pumping.  

We noticed the rice cereal helped, but he was still screaming alot.  We went to a chiropractor for him, I tried eliminating dairy, swaddling, bouncing all the time.  I called the lactation consultants often and tried nursing on just one side at a time, trying to slow my letdown etc.  This baby was just not having it.   

I asked the pediatrician if I should stop nursing and try formula and she said NO! We stopped the rice cereal bottle and started on reflux meds.

And I kept on nursing.  Except when we stopped giving him the bottle I rejoiced and stopped pumping.  WHOOPS!  Big mistake!  He would never take a bottle again (it didn't matter how many I tried!)  UGH!  

Eventually he stopped screaming all the time.

3-5 Months
I nursed Carter all day and all night.  I would nurse him to sleep.  

6-12 Months
He nursed about 4-6 times a day.  At 11 months he nursed 3 times a day.  

13 Months
I stopped nursing before bed and nursed just in the morning.
He would sometimes scream and point to the glider or hand me the boppy when he knew it was time to nurse.

15 and a half months/weaning
On August 21st he didn't motion to go upstairs or hand me the boppy so we left the house without nursing.  But the next day he nursed.  But 2 days later he didn't nurse again.

Sunday morning, August 25th was the last time he nursed.  Monday morning was the first day of school.  Christian and I decided it would be best if he would get Carter up in the morning and get him dressed so that I wouldn't go into his room.  That day we left for school and we never looked back.  And now the Boppy's are put away.

It went much more smoothly than I ever could have imagined.   

Lessons Learned:
1. The Bebe Au Lait's (hooter hiders etc) are cute, but totally unncessary.  It was so hot under them, we would both be sweating.  Eventually I would just use an Aden & Anais Muslin blanket to cover, or nothing at all.  It's funny how comfortable you get with it.  (I never nursed in public though)

2. If you start a bottle, DON'T stop!  

3. Next time I will give one bottle a day (maybe breastmilk, maybe formula)  

4. Nursing bras are a must.  I had a few and they weren't cute but I wore them everyday.  I eventually got a cute one.  I wore a nursing bra for 15 months.  

5.  Find a breast milk bank right away.  Unfortunately I had a freezer full of breastmilk and a baby who wouldn't take a bottle.  By the time I realized he wasn't going to drink it, it was too late to donate it.  It felt so terrible to have to throw away soooo many ounces of breastmilk but I finally made myself throw it out last week!

September beach weekend

Sunday, September 15, 2013

It was such a beautiful weekend to spend at the beach.
We drove down after school on Friday.
On Saturday Carter spent the morning with his Gram while I got a pedicure! 
Then when my sister's family arrived we went to an air festival at the airport. 
 Carter ran around, mesmorized by all the planes and helicopters.
  Every few minutes we would watch a plane or helicopter take off or land!
 Later we went to Wonderland to ride on some rides with Ian.
so sad to leave wonderland
On Sunday morning we rented a surrey to take a ride on the boardwalk. 
Then we watched an air show before our drive home.
We love September weekends at the beach house!

Carter's Nursery (Room)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I think now that Carter's 16 months his "nursery" is really now his "room."

This has been a work in progress since I was about 20 weeks pregnant!  It's funny, when you're pregnant you are so into decorating the nursery and then the baby comes home and you don't step foot in there for months!

When he started sleeping in there (at 4 months) we had it pretty much together.  But then he started growing up and things had to change and be baby-proofed!  And before you know it, I'll be ordering him big-boy bedding.

So here are just a few pics of the latest version of Carter's room.  

look who's in the corner reading?!?!

I really want to get a picture when the room darkening shades aren't showing, but I'm not sure when that will happen so this has to do until then!
His name above his bed:  I couldn't justify $18 per letter from Anthropologie so I went the budget way with $1.99 (on sale) letters and $1.20 bottle of Martha Stewart silver paint!  This project cost $13.20.  Thank you Jo-Ann fabrics and Pinterest for the idea!  Oh and Command Strips are the best!  No holes in the wall and super sturdy!

Pennant Banner: Land of Nod 

Prints: Etsy
Birth info print: MosiePosies
How Wonderful Life is: HouseofTenderBeasts
I Love you to the Moon & Back: RawArtLetterpress

Bedding & C pillow:  Serena & Lily

Crib: Costco

Bookshelf and nightstands: PB Kids

Glider: Gus Modern (Sparrow)

Growth Chart: Oopsie Daisy

Baskets: PB Kids

Lamps: PB Kids

One day I'll update this with the pictures of the other side of the room with his dresser and changing table!

Labor Day Weekend

Monday, September 2, 2013

Here are some highlights of our beach weekend.

He loved the merry-go-round this time and smiled and waved every time he came around!
Watching the waves and everyone on the beach with Gram
Another attempt at a family photo

Not being too cooperative

All he wanted to do was watch everyone on the boardwalk 

mommy & me

Working Mom: Part 2

Sunday, September 1, 2013


the first few weeks of first grade are always exhausting. and this week was no different.

The first day was great!  I felt like I didn't skip a beat and it all came right back to me.  The kids were all intimidated and that leads to great behavior!

But by day 2 the kids are all tired and comfortable and the non-stop chatter begins.  And that's no fun. Day 2 was painful.  (Luckily the day 2 thing seems to be pretty universal and most other teachers agree that it is an exhausting day.)

Luckily Day 3 was much better!

Carter has settled into his school routine.  Drop off has been easier, but every day just as I am about to hand him to his teacher, his lower lip quivers and he cries out for me. It is so sweet and sad.  But luckily it's just for a few seconds and by the time I walk out of the room I can't even hear him crying anymore.  Every day this week on his report card he got "cheerful!"  And I love reading about everything he does there.  

My nights have been spent prepping for the next day.  Lesson plans and school work, packing lunches, laying out clothes.  Breaking Bad and blogging have moved to lower priorities.

After one week I have mixed feelings.  I'm happy to be back at school and teaching and feeling like my "old" self and I'm happy that Carter is doing well at daycare.   But I miss my time with Carter too.  I don't like rushing around and having to rush him.  I'm definitely reminding myself "the grass is always greener..."

We'll see what next week brings (and luckily it's another 4-day week!)