Wife, Mummy, Nurse: October 2012

25 October 2012

Photo of Charis and I {#BFBlogHop}

Breastfeeding pictures.  Did you take them or not?  I did not and have no regrets about it.  I love my daughter, and I breastfed her because breast milk is best for babies, cheap okay free, and easy.  But, I also don't need breastfeeding photographs to show of my love for her.  This week, I'll be linking up a few photographs of just the two of us.

March 2011: Charis ready for bed after getting a bath.
October 2011: Sleepy Charis. We were in PA to surprise
my mum for her birthday, and I woke her up, hence the
groggy look she has.
January 2012: Still breastfeeding
August 2012: After she was weaned and enjoying a
hot, humid Maryland summer day.
Did you have photographs taken while breastfeeding your children?

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24 October 2012

Audrey Neckwarmer {Yarn Along}

Back in June, I wrote about knitting the Audrey Neckwarmer.  I finished casting off on it within 24-48 hours, but needed to buy snaps to sew on. So, it sat on the back burner   I FINALLY finished it tonight, while Charis was taking her bath.  I knit while watching her, that way it doesn't feel like I'm twiddling my thumbs.  I changed my mind and will be giving it to my sister for her birthday, instead of Christmas.

What are you reading or knitting?
Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along.

17 October 2012

Market Bag {Yarn Along}

Once again, I have discovered why I never finish knitting projects as soon as I like. It's because before they're over, I start another one.  A girl from church is having a bridal shower on Saturday, and I'm knitting her a market bag and will be filling it with a bottle of wine, chocolate, salt, spices, and a recipe for bread.  This wedding gift idea is mostly from It's a Wonderful Life:
Bread... that this house may never know hunger. 
Salt... that life may always have flavor. 
And wine... that joy and prosperity may reign forever.
The knitting is very easy and monotonous, which works nicely because I can watch Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife while I knit a few rows before picking up another project.  On a side note, I'm trying not to be jealous of my friends and family over in Northern Ireland and Scotland who are able to watch season 3 of Downton Abbey; I'll try to wait patiently until January 2013.

What are you knitting or reading?
Join Ginny's Yarn Along.

16 October 2012

Pinterest Gift Swap

Back in July, Marine Parents Blog announced they would host a Pinterest gift swap where we were paired up with another person, exchange e-mails, and send a package of homemade goodies.  I was paired with Stacy; I sent her bunting and a small clutch filled with a tin of Altoids and a small bottle of Dr. Bonner's castile soap.

When I received my package, I loved how it was wrapped up.  I also noticed Stacy not only sent something for me, but for my daughter as well.  Charis received a hair clip and LOVES it.  Every single time, she gets the clip out of her bag, she immediately finds me, and says, "Hair."

I received an infinity necklace made out of t-shirt yarn.  I have worn it a 5-10 times, more so the last month now that it's cooler.  I'm wearing it in the photo below.  Note: It's VERY hard to get Charis to look at the camera, stay still, and smile.

Have you ever participated in a craft swap?
If so, how did you like it?

15 October 2012

Vote for Bert {Plus a Fluffy Prize}

Vote for Bert, Cloth Diaper Blogger

A Cloth Diaper Contest!

Remember how, after your baby came along, you had to weed through your closet to find clothes that still fit? If you had a hard time getting back in your favorite jeans, you're definitely not alone! Most of us have been there! Babies change your life for the better, but it can be so hard to find time for a shower, let alone a work-out!

Every now and then, someone comes into your life, and reminds you that taking care of yourself is important, too! For many of us, that person is Elizabeth "Bert" Anderson! Bert is participating in the Steele Fitness Challenge, and what she's doing has been so inspirational!

Bert Anderson, image from
Steele Fitness Challenge

About Bert!

Bert is a mommy just like you and me! With two children under the age of 4, she struggled with her health and weight after her children were born. And, like many of us moms, she put her family ahead of her fitness! Just before she turned 30, she decided it was time to get fit, and she joined the Steele Fitness Challenge! You can find out more about why she wants to get fit here !

Bert got married in 2005, and started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with post-partum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who struggle with the same things! Bert's got a quirky sense of humor and an up-beat take on life. You can follow her adventures in mommyhood on her blog at FTM , where she maintains that no matter how many children you have, you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything.

Why Should YOU Vote for Bert?

Mommys Unite! We would love to see her win this challenge! Over the past 3 months, Bert has inspired many of us through-out the cloth diaper community to think about what type of fitness examples we set for our children! Let her inspire you too!

In typical Bert fashion, she tells us frequently that she's so happy to have changed her life for the better, and that she doesn't need to win this challenge because she's already won back her health! And that's why we would love to see her win - what an awesome way to end such a challenge!

So, please, vote for Bert!

About the Challenge

10 individuals are competing for 90 days as they attempt to change their lives and win an awesome grand prize. The winner will be selected by a judging panel based on how hard they work at the challenge, and by a popular vote!

We know how hard Bert has worked, but she is a bit behind right now in the voting, and we would love to give her a boost! Please vote for Bert and help us spread the word about her participation! You can place your vote for her here! I've gotten together with a bunch of other cloth diaper bloggers the contest below as our way of thanking you for supporting our friend during this journey to fitness! Be sure to enter, because you can win a mommy and baby prize pack!

Don't forget you can vote daily!  Enter to win a wonderful cloth diaper prize package.

Disclaimer: Bert Anderson did not ask us to help her get votes, nor is she soliciting votes. Neither she nor FTM have played any role in sponsoring, soliciting, or administering this giveaway. As members of the #fluffybloggers group, we put this event together without any encouragement or support from Bert as a way to spread the word about the contest and hopefully help her get more votes! You are not required to vote for Bert, but we would love your support to help her win.

Please note: Neither Thinking About Cloth Diapers nor any of of the participating blogs are responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations.

11 October 2012

Breastfeeding Goals {#BFBlogHop}

When I was pregnant, I did not have many breastfeeding goals other than to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and breastfeed Charis at least a year.  I also wanted to avoid formula.  The reasons I choose these goals is because of the many benefits of breastfeeding, such as:

  • Health benefits: immunity, decrease in asthma and ear infections, decrease in my daughter being sick, etc.
  • Immediate comfort and bond with my daughter
  • Ability to nurse on demand
  • Plus many more.
How did I do with these goals: I was not able to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months.  Why?  Because of work.  Sometimes I had to stay late and finish up charting and did not have enough breastmilk in the freezer. Sometimes the liquid gold was spilled by the person watching her.  Or the breastmilk had to be dumped because I was cancelled from work {this happened 2-3 times} and could not get caught up in pumping before my next scheduled shift.  I'm thankful for the 3 cans of free formula that was sent to us.  Did we plan on using it? No, but we held onto it for moments like these-though my husband originally forgot about the formula the first night he needed it, but thankfully remember 10 minutes after holding Charis and bouncing her up and down.  The only times Charis had formula was when I worked.  I was thankful my supply was able to keep up with all the other demands.

My second goal, I was able to keep.  Charis nursed for 23 months and when it ended I had little to no discomfort.  

What goals did you have?  Were you able to keep them?
Link up for this week's #BFBlogHop at Sisters 'n Cloth.

Irresistibly Green {October Giveaway}

Welcome to the October giveaway sponsored by Irresistibly Green! This month's giveaway is all about wipes. Do you use cloth wipes? If not, you should definitely consider switching. If you already cloth diaper, cloth wipes just make sense. They work better than disposable wipes, often only needing one or two wipes for big messes. Plus, you can roll them right up in the diaper and drop them in the diaper pail. If you would love to start using cloth wipes or need to add more to your stash, you are in luck! We are giving away a set of 10 Planet Wise Flannel Wipes in winner's choice of color, PLUS a pack of Baby Bum Drops Wipe Solution cubes! Planet Wise Flannel wipes are soft, cotton flannel and measure 8x8 inches to fit perfectly in your wipe warmer or wipe box. Each 10 pack has five wipes in two coordinating colors.

  planet wise cloth wipes

Baby Bum Drops Wipe Solution cubes are glycerin based soap cubes with essential oils of tea tree, lavender, and mandarin. Calendula and aloe are also added for soothing skin irritation. Baby Bum Drops are made exclusively for Knickernappies by Natural Family Botanicals.

    wipe solution soap bits

One lucky winner will receive one 10 pack of Planet Wise wipes and a box of Baby Bum Drops. Giveaway runs 12:01 AM EST October 11 - 11:59 PM EST October 31. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older and a resident of the U.S. or Canada. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway *Irresistibly Green bloggers are not responsible for providing prize. Prize will ship straight from Irresistibly Green.

10 October 2012

Christmas Knitting & Kanoko Pants {Yarn Along}

After frogging Charis's Kanoko Pants and becoming frustrated because I reached the point where I have thought, "If I didn't frog and start over these pants, I'd be finished with them by now," I decided to take a break and knit Christmas gifts.  Unfortunately I can show the most recent completed present, because the recipient sometimes reads this blog.  So to the left, you have a glimpse of the final gift.  Hopefully after Christmas, I'll post photographs of people wearing their gifts or just the gift itself.  We'll see.

I am back knitting the Kanoko pants.  I have been taking my knitting projects to the park where Charis and I walk.  After we walk, I go into the bathroom to wash my hands and then take Charis to the playground so she can run off some energy.  I'm able to knit 2-5 rows of whatever project I brought.  Yesterday, I brought Charis's longies and knit a few rows between the interruptions of a toddler saying, "Help," since she can not climb onto the sea horse or fish, but is able to climb off.

What are you knitting and/or reading?
Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along.

09 October 2012

Thankfulness {Gratituesday}

Today, I was thankful for...

My husband.  I was EXHAUSTED this morning, and he told me to go back to bed for an hour or so to nap a wee bit.

My daughter.  I love her smiles, increasing vocabulary, inquisitiveness, her love of almost everything, and the fact that she still takes naps.

Walks at the park with my daughter.

That Charis is able to play at the playground after I walk.

Cooler weather which motivates me more to go walking.

That I have now finished three Christmas knitting gifts.  Now, I just need to knit at least 8 more things.

What are you thankful for?  
Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers.

04 October 2012

Weaning {#BFBlogHop}

Back in July, I wrote about my reasons on why I breastfeed my toddler.  Little did I know that within five days after writing that, she weaned herself.  It's bittersweet.  My baby girl is growing up.

The closest model we "followed" was child led weaning.  We did this because this is what worked best for us.  Since Drew works 50-60 hours/week, I was not wanting to be a struggle.  I also wanted my daughter to know that I was there for her.

I nursed her from August 18, 2010-July 17, 2012.  699 days; we almost made it to 700.  I did not force her to wean.  In fact, the last six weeks, I have suspected she was getting closer to weaning.  She no longer wanted me to breastfeed her every single night.  There were nights, I tried, but she refused.  Other nights, she only nursed right before bed, but did not want nursed in the morning.  She would often only stay on for less than 5 seconds at other times.  So, it did not come as a surprise.  Thankfully, I did not have too much discomfort-very little engorgement.  There were not any struggles.  It was rather peaceful.  Instead of wanting to be nursed before bed, I would sing with her a bit longer.

Have you weaned any children?  If so, how did it go?