Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sickies

We had our first bout with sickies this past week.

On Saturday we had lunch with some friends, came home for a nap and when Liam woke up he had a fever. He was acting very clingy and uncomfortable. I took his temperature and it was 104 degrees!

It is so scary to have a sick kid, with a higher fever. Google is not your friend.

We called our amazing pediatrician and she reassured us that Liam would be fine as long as he kept nursing, stayed hydrated, and was having normal diapers. And to call if anything changed.

For the next four days we did a lot of snuggling, nursing, and sleeping.

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Our pediatrician also recommended alternating between children’s Advil and Tylenol to help reduce the fever and give the little guy some relief from the pain.

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The meds really seemed to help him stay comfortable. I could tell when they were wearing off, as that was when he got grumpy and whinny. I would check his temperature and it would be back up at 104 degrees.

By the forth day he seemed to be in much better spirits and no more fever. Back to daycare he went…

Monday, February 18, 2013

10 Months of Breastfeeding

Liam is 10 months old today. TEN MONTHS!

We spent the morning at the park, enjoying what I hope is the start to spring!

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As his 1st birthday approaches, I realize that my 1 year goal of breastfeeding is quickly approaching. I have always known I would be breastfeeding my children, never really gave it a second thought. As I learned more and more about the benefits, my belief that it was the best for my child was only solidified.

I won’t go into all the reasons why breast is best, there are many places that can provide you with that info. Just Google it.

I did know that working full time and breastfeeding would be a challenge, but there were many forums and blogs I read during pregnancy that gave me the confidence that I could do it, if I wanted to.

There are three keys to my success at breastfeeding for 10 months:

1. Strong conviction that I want to do this. I am not breastfeeding because someone else told me to, otherwise I probably would have quit before I even got started. I am doing this because I want to.

2. Strong support team. My mother breastfeed me and my brother. My Mother-in-Law breastfeed her children. Our child care provider breastfeed her daughter.

3. A good electric double pump.

I have breastfeed in public too. I wasn’t going to be a recluse never leaving the house with a nursling. I was hesitant and scared at first…which I think is completely normal. It took some practice to figure out how to keep certain things covered and not make others uncomfortable around me. There are definitely ways to be modest about breastfeeding in public and not have your boobs hanging out for the whole world to see. The more you do it, the more confidence you gain and the easier it becomes.

Here is a picture from the 2012 Big Latch On at Riverfront Park in Spokane.

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My goal was 1 year. There is no doubt I will make it there. At this point I almost feel silly thinking that might have been hard to accomplish. Then I think back and remember the agonizing first 3 ½ weeks.

Oh My Word it was soo bad… screaming in pain bad, bloody nipples bad, stomach flipping bad, hating my body bad.

I cried. I cried at least half a dozen times. I was so close to giving up and just giving him formula. I had doubt. Doubt in my abilities as a mother and doubt in my body. Wasn’t this supposed to be natural and easy?

Why am I telling you this? Well because it got better and then it became easy. It went from self-induced torture every 2 hours to magical. Little hands caressing your skin. Fingers touching your face and playing with your hair. Drifting off to sleep in your arms. Warm breath on your chest. It is what dreams are made of. I wish I could hold on to those moments forever.

I am so so so thankful that I trusted my gut and stuck it out. I am so thankful that I have a husband and mother who knew that breastfeeding was important to me and didn’t offer any formula..EVER (we didn’t even have any in the house). I am thankful for a community of other likeminded parents who gave me encouragement and confidence that I could do it.

So if you are reading this and wondering if you could exclusively breastfeed for 6 months, a year, and beyond? Yes, you can! There might be obstacles, but it is possible! Watching your child thrive and grow on your breast milk is AMAZING. I know that I have given him the best start to life that I could.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Chicken Noddle Soup

Burr…it has been cold up here in Eastern Washington. With snow and chilly temperatures in the 20’s, I find myself longing for summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love the snow and always will, but since I don’t get up to the ski hill that much anymore, snowy weather (especially in town) just isn’t as appealing on a daily basis anymore.
On cold days, soup always sounds good and inviting, especially a good chicken noddle soup. But I am not talking about canned soup, no it has to be home made soup.
Soup is such an easy meal to make, and often my fallback meal on the weekends when I don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen and would rather be spending time with my family. Most of the time I just throw what I have on hand into a pot, let it simmer and add some spices to my likening. Since soups are fairly versatile, it is pretty hard to mess one up.
After making chicken broth I knew I HAD to make a pot of chicken noddle soup.

Chicken Noddle
Ingredients
  • 6 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cups rotelle pasta
  • 1 tablespoon Costco brand Organic No-Salt Seasoning (I didn't add salt since I was going to be serving to Liam...just salted each individual serving).
     
I put all these ingredients (except the pasta) in the crock pot on high for 3 hours (or until the veggies are soft). Add the pasta and cook for another 30 minuets.
This soup turned out phenomenal. I really think it was because of the home made chicken broth. I am a true believing that home made is better then store bought broth now. Never again will I be tossing that carcass away.
Liam also really enjoyed the carrots and noodles.
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He had TWO servings and gobbled it down so fast, I thought I was going to find half of it in his high chair…but he actually ate it all! This might be his new favorite food. I am so glad I am able to provide healthy and nutritious meals for my child.
What is your favorite home made soup recipe?
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