What I’m Into – September 2016

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I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer and sharing some of my favorite things this month.

Wearing Clothes That Fit

I’m 9 months postpartum and finally feeling like my body has reached the point where it’s not going to change anymore. That means I can finally buy some clothes that fit. When you add together my fertility treatments, pregnancy, and postpartum, I feel like I’ve been wearing uncomfortable, unflattering clothes for the last two years. I splurged and ordered a Stitch Fix box. I’d had so-so results with the last 3 boxes I ordered, but this one was amazing. I ended up keeping all five pieces! Hopefully I can do a round-up post soon and share what I got.

But I still needed a few more pieces, and I didn’t want to break the bank. My friend suggested Swap.com to me, and I’m so glad I tried it. I got three great tops for under $20 total. I’ll try to do a round-up post for this soon, too.

Zheng Gypsy Tea Chai Tea Sampler

I picked this up at Cost Plus World Market and I’m obsessed. I’m going back to buy another one as soon as I finish the one I have. Each of the teas are soon delicious, and they all pair well with chocolate. I love the little tin, too. I’m going to keep it and re-purposed it. Bonus points that the tea is Fair Trade and organic.

Amazon has it, too.

Baby Einstein You Tube Channel

Before I had kids, I always told myself, “I’ll never use the TV to babysit my kid.” Well, never say never. I want to laugh at my former self for being so naive! Sometimes turning on the TV for a few minutes is the only way I can use the bathroom without CJ screaming or take five minutes to eat a sandwich. I discovered the Baby Einstein You Tube Channel, and if I’m going to let her watch TV, I don’t feel too bad about letting her watch this. They don’t have flashy, high-speed animated videos. Instead, music set to videos of children’s toys and colorful shapes. I’ll put one of the shorter, 5-10 minute videos on, and CJ is mesmerized. It gives me a quick minutes to eat, load the dishwasher, or just have some peace!

Sacred Ordinary Days Podcast

I’m taking a break from all the blogging / business podcasts I’d been obsessed with for the last two years. They were all starting to sound the same to me. I forgot how I found it, but the Sacred Ordinary Days Podcast is like honey to my ears. I love the emphasis on slowing down and incorporating the liturgical calendar into everyday life. Also, I want their planner so bad! Such a brilliant idea.

On my Blogs

On the library blog, I shared some free social media images I made for Library Card Sign-Up Month.

On my infertility blog, I shared a quote and some thoughts about God’s timing.

 

Photo courtesy of UnSplash

Fed is Best {World Breastfeeding Week Guest Post}

I’m guest-posting for World Breast Feeding Week over at my friend Aimee’s blog.  Here’s an excerpt from my post about my thoughts on breast vs. bottle.  

“I just wanted to let you know that what you’re doing is beautiful and courageous if anyone ever gives you a hard time for doing it in public, you shouldn’t let them,” our waiter declared.

I smiled awkwardly and said, “Thanks,” as the young man placed my food on the table in front of me.

He continued on, “I mean, I just don’t understand why people get so upset. It’s only natural and it’s beautiful. I hope no one ever makes a big deal about it to you.”

I was sitting in the back of the restaurant, facing a wall, and nursing my daughter while using a cover. I’m pretty sure no one had even noticed I was doing it before our server loudly proclaimed his approval. He didn’t seem to notice the irony of the fact that he was making a big deal out of it…

Head over to Aimee’s blog to read the rest of the post!

 

 

8 Items to Make Breastfeeding More Convenient

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Before CJ was born, I naively thought breastfeeding meant blissful hours of holding my baby in my arms and easily feeding her. The truth is that it took a few weeks to get the hang of it. And once I got the hang of it, I was still sore, leaky, and feeling frumpy. Here are a few items I found that made breastfeeding more convenient for me.

An Inexpensive, Non-Wire Nursing Sleep Bra

Before I actually started nursing, I didn’t understand why I’d want to wear a bra at night. It sounded uncomfortable to me. But once my milk came in, I realized I needed the sleep bra to hold the breast pads I had to wear to absorb leaks! (See below). I like this one from Basics Brand at Target.

Breast Pads

How come no one told me about leakage?! I spent the first few weeks with washcloths stuffed in my bra. I finally wised up and bought some Bamboobies breast pads. I use the regular ones during the day and the overnight ones at night.

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Men’s T-Shirts

Even with the breast pads, I still experience the occasional leaks at night and during the day. I bought a package of men’s moisture-wicking T-shirts to wear at night and around the house during the day. They’re roomier than women’s shirts and I don’t have to worry about my favorite women’s shirt fading from multiple washings.

Nipple Shells

I had no idea these existed until I was researching what to do about raw nipples. I wore these Medela Soft Shells for a few days and they really helped. Make sure you read the directions because there are a few instances where they’re not recommended.


Button-Down Shirts

My daughter was born in December, so I the first few months nursing in cold weather. I hated having to lift my shirt and expose my back and stomach in order to nurse. I had a nursing T-shirt and a nursing sweatshirt, but they were expensive! Then I realized that wearing a nursing tank with a button-down shirt would allow me to keep my stomach and back covered. If you’re on a budget, ThredUp is a great place to buy inexpensive button-downs.

Easy-Open Water Bottle

Breastfeeding makes me thirsty. All the time. I like to keep water by the chair where I nurse. It’s a good idea to get a water bottle that can be opened with one hand. You don’t want to have to let go of your baby to open your water bottle.

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Nursing Pillow

Some people can feed their babies simply by holding them in their arms. Not me. I was blessed with a C-section and a nearly 10-pound baby. It was impossible for me to place her on my stomach or hold her very long. I have both the Boppy and The Brest Friend and could not have breastfed without them.

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Nursing Supply Box / Bin

It’s a good idea to have a bin, box, or small bag to corral all the supplies you might need while nursing- especially during the early days when feeds can last a long time. I use a small canvas bin to hold items like the TV remote, lip balm, granola bars, my breast pads, burp cloths, and water bottle.

What items made nursing more convenient for you?  Feel free to share in the comments below.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay. This post is linked up at Imparting Grace // Shine Blog Hop // Hearts for Home

Breast Pad Ever Review

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Before I gave birth to my daughter, I didn’t really understand why a nursing mother might need breast pads. But then my milk came in (hello, overnight leakage!), and suddenly, I was on the hunt for the perfect breast pads. I honestly don’t know if the perfect breast pad exists, but The Breast Pad Ever is pretty darn good.

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I’d tried other reusable breast pads, but was frustrated that I had to change them whenever they got wet. I was going through several pairs a day. That isn’t cheap or good for my ever-growing laundry pile! Plus, wet nursing pads just feel gross.

But that’s why The Breast Pad Ever is so unique. You can squeeze the milk out of them when they get wet and then re-use them right away. Their spongey-ness makes it easy to wring them out and pop them right back in your nursing bra. You don’t feel the sticky, cold dampness that you feel with other pads. The thickness of the pads means they won’t bunch up. Plus, they give you a nice shape and slight lift.

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I did find that they were a little too thick for use with my underwire nursing bra. They gave me a little too much oomph, if you know what I mean! However, they were perfect for my wireless nursing bra and my sleep nursing bra. No more waking up in the middle of the night with a soaked shirt and sheets!

The kind people at My Milkies are offering my readers a 10% off coupon for their nursing products. Just use coupon code BPE10 when you check out. The Breast Pads Ever are also available on Amazon.

Quick Update

I just wanted to write a quick update especially for those of you who subscribe (via email or RSS) to this blog. I have several posts planned for the coming weeks, but and I wanted to give a heads-up about the content. Some of them will be about parenting, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. I realize some of the readers of this blog came from my infertility blog, and I understand if you don’t want to read about those topics. I wish there was a way I could allow you to subscribe to posts that aren’t about those topics, but if there is a way to do it, I haven’t figured it out. (If anyone knows how to do this, let me know!). All that to say I will not be offended if anyone chooses to unsubscribe!