Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Fast forward to now, and after taking my seriously sick, vomiting baby back and forth to the doctor, I was told fenugreek was NOT ADVISED to take with lactation. Surprised, I argued back and explained the literature I read/was given, backing up its safety, positive effects on milk production. My sweet doctor decided to show me what her medical factual read. "fenugreek adverse effects: allergic reaction, asthma, diarrhea, hypoglycemia, wheezing and loss of consciousness in peds." ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! I was shocked! Shocked that I had been taking it for several weeks, shocked of the side effects and shocked that the world, well the ones who rely heavily on internet medical knowledge are TOTALLY mislead...hell the International Breastfeeding Association advised fenugreek.
Needless to say, I stopped taking it. And I hope all that read this, that are taking it or have mommy friends that take it, STOP! A HUGE breastfeeding advocate, I was completely bothered by my findings. Breastfeeding has so many benefits for momma and baby; my heart hurt that misinformed mommies and myself, could be passing along harmful additives without even knowing it!
I shared this with one of my best friends, who at the time was taking it. Her baby was also having extreme belly issues. As a mom of two, nurse and breastfeeding pro, she was just as floored! (she has now stopped!)
From what I have learned and what I believe, even more now, a mommy's body makes exactly what your baby needs...no need to intervene. I'm leaving tonight with a fabulous article I found on one of my favorite blogs. Nursing mommies, this will make you proud:)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
It’s hard to say those words. With those words, come so many different emotions; excitement, the unknown, and the over whelming sense of “sharing love”. How am I going to share my heart that’s already taken by the most precious little man in the world? My husband and I talk about it all the time and I know I will love her with every stitch of my soul, but it’s hard to fathom the world not revolving around my Crew. I also know that the day she arrives will be another “best day of my entire life”.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Ekkkkkk here comes Spring Fashion Week!! One of my favorite times of the year…and I CAN NOT wait to see all the new trends, read the new buzz and screen shot all of the outfits I want to try and dup. To top it all off this year, JCrew’s former head women’s wear designer is debuting her new line; the anticipation is going to kill me. (I’ve found the best info about this year’s goodies, like always, on Harper’s Bazaar website and photos have already started showing up on Pinterest). This year, like last, I have to frown a bit because I can’t shop for “regular” clothes yet being that I’ll still be in the maternity department BUT I can still drool over the goods. We all also know that the new trends won’t reach our stores for at least a year, if we are lucky. H&M will come close..but I’ve found one to beat it. ASOS, a UK department like store, always carries the latest and greatest when it comes to current trends…and I’m not talking about North Carolina clothing/accessory trends. It’s so funny to me that trends are so regionally specific. “What’s in” in Asheville is not the case in Charlotte nor “what’s in” now in stores is “in” in the fashion current cities across the ocean. That being said…I’m gearing up to celebrate one of my favorite weeks of the year! Toasting to new looks and new do’s….and patiently awaiting the time when I can shop in the women’s department again. In the meantime I will start a collection in my basket at ASOS.
Here are some sneak peakers…I love the street fashion shots!
Friday, February 22, 2013
For the entertainment value of my son and also for my enjoyment, I have to admit I still jam out to my favorite songs while driving down the road. It brings back so many memories of college, friends, and moments in my life (funny how songs/certain music can do that). I almost can always think back to where I was when the song was popular and experiences I shared during that time period. I will also admit that it’s still one of my favorite things to do. But yesterday, something happened. While Crew and I were jamming out to a Justin Bieber song (yes…I like him…the word love might apply), I realized I was out of breath. 1. Pathetic 2. That’s pregnancy for ya and 3. Really…who gets out of breath dancing/singing while only using arm and torso movements?!?! Instead of feeling bad about myself, I’ve decided that drive dancing is a form of exercise…for me, prenatal exercise. And since I haven’t walked/ran, done ANYTHING related to aerobic activity during this pregnancy; I began to smile. I’m getting a work out…it’s fun, my child laughs at me and the little one is my belly will appreciate the musical ride! Yesterdays play list is as follows:
Mariah Carey’s You’ll Always Be My Baby
Little Big Town’s Tornado
The Band Perry’s Better Dig Two
Blues Traveler’s Run Around
Cee Lo Green’s Forget You (yes, it’s the edited one)
Reba McEntire’s Why Haven’t I Heard From You
Justin Bieber’s Baby
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Which brings me to this…If someone would have told me that I, at 28 almost 29, would have a toddler and one on the way, I would have called bluffs; told them they were crazy. It was not a dream or at least not a dream I had that I knew existed. I never said I didn’t want to have children as I never day dreamed about onezies and baby kisses. Now it’s all I wake up for.
About a year before Crew was born, actually on Jarret’s 30th birthday, I found out I was pregnant. I remember every aspect of that day, that week…the panic, the confusion, the unknown. We were not trying to conceive and in no way did I think I was ready to have kids. I probably cried every day the first week. Just as I had accepted that I was going to have a baby, I was going to be a Mom, I received horrible news. I miscarried at 6 weeks. My first thoughts were “ok, so I’m not having a baby in October, Ok I can deal with this”. I was upset but not devastated. I viewed it as a missed chance. I thought I was just fine until several weeks passed. New thoughts of parenthood crossed my mind and that panic I once felt with the possibility of being a mom turned to panic that I would never be a mom. The fear grew and grew. I began to think I would die if I couldn’t have babies. (I cry every time I think about this and where I am today). As my doctor suggested, we waited one month after my cycle resumed to start trying again. God’s blessing; I was pregnant again that next month. And I too can remember every aspect of that day and the exciting weeks to come. The urge to have a baby was so great; I couldn’t wait to find out. It was a Friday, I was at work, and I knew the following Monday I should either start or miss my period. I cornered my family physician in the hallway (a perk when working at a hospital) and begged him to run an HCG blood level test on me. My office phone rang an hour or two later. It was the lab calling…my HCG level was 37. To those who don’t know, HCG is the pregnancy hormone indicator in blood/urine, >25 is positive for pregnancy. It was VERY early on, but I was pregnant!!!
Fast forward to now…I have my sweet, wild Crew and my “she baby” (that’s what we have been calling her…the name game has played us both) due in April. The miscarriage was a blessing in disguise. I often think about where I would be now, and the blessings I would have missed, if it wasn’t for that shortcoming. It was a kick start of the best dream I’ve ever had come true.