Wife, Mummy, Nurse: May 2013

31 May 2013

The Comfort and Harmony Mombo Nursing Pillow

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Comfort and Harmony for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I was pregnant, I knew I was going to breastfeed.  Since I'm tall, one of the first items I purchased for breastfeeding was a nursing pillow. I wanted a pillow to provide support for my lower back.  I also desired the convenience of having one pillow reserved for breastfeeding and even now, my daughter enjoys lying on the pillow while watching a television show.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or looking for a baby gift, consider the Comfort and Harmony mombo nursing pillow. It is a dual-sided design called Firm2Soft. One side is firm giving support to mother and nursing baby, and the other side is soft and can be used for tummy time.  The mombo is the only nursing pillow that has an optional vibration system-allowing your baby to be soothed, but if you don't want the vibration, it is removable.  You can buy a Standard, Deluxe, or Nude Mombo. I recommend that you buy at least buy at least two slipcovers and some of the slipcovers even have taggies allowing a baby to play with them.
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30 May 2013

Comments from a Loving Brother {#BFBlogHop}

Robbie holding Charis.
Breastfeeding can get lots of reactions, some are amusing, others are infuriating.  Thankfully, the comments I received were amusing or encouraging.
My brother and his wife came to visit us, in Maryland, when Charis was 2 and 3 days old.  Robbie desperately wanted to hold Charis and every time I nursed her, he kept popping his head over at me asking, "Are you done yet? I want to hold my niece." "No Robbie, I'm still nursing her, she's a newborn." He eventually held her, but it's one of the humorous things I remember about my first anniversary. 
What comments did you get while breastfeeding?
Join me at the #BFBlogHop at Sisters 'N Cloth.

29 May 2013

Baby Knits {Yarn Along}

One of my favorite television shows is Call the Midwife. My reasons:
  • It involves midwives. I always wanted to work in L&D and possibly become a midwife. As of yet, those doors have not opened.
  • I get to see many babies in knit clothes and accessories. I give hand knit items as baby gifts.
Drew's parents were visiting us at the beginning of May, and they took Charis with them back to Pennsylvania. I was without my daughter for about 10 days. I had planned on getting much cleaning accomplished. Instead, I finished knitting baby items for pregnant friends. My Grandad also died May 8th, and for about 18 hours, it was uncertain if I'd go over to Northern Ireland for his funeral. In the end, I did not go, but after that, I crashed and napped for 4+ hours. Remember, my daughter was in PA, so I was not being neglectful.

Here are a few items I finished:

Pixie hat in bunny hop.
For R's baby.

Leapfrog shorties.
For R's baby.

Baby Vertebrae.
For N's Baby.

I also have two other baby knits cast on, but I only have pictures of the first 6-10 rows.  Hopefully, I'll be finished with at least one of them next week.

I am reading Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley but have only read the first two chapters thus far.
What are you knitting or reading?
Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

28 May 2013

Homestead Farms CSA {Gratituesday}

This week, I'm thankful for friends who bought my family a small summer CSA share from Homestead Farms.  I have been wanting to join one, but for various reasons had not.  Last week, we received on e-mail saying that a share had been purchased for us.  I don't know who bought it, and I'm not going to look into it.  If the person/people wanted to be known, they would have told us.

In last week's box, we received kale, romaine lettuce, turnips, radishes, and bok choi.  I must admit that I had no clue that turnip greens could be cooked, though once I thought about it, it made sense. The nice thing is, I pick up the box on Tuesday, but we're told on Monday, via e-mail, what to expect in our box.  As one who like to try and have a menu plan, I'm so thankful we're told in advance what to expect, but I'm also excited to try vegetables that I might not go out of my way and buy out of fear of the unknown.

I'm thankful to God for giving us friends who showing us their love and realize that this good thing is ultimately from Him.

Have you had a CSA share before?
What new food did you try out?

23 May 2013

Sweet Moments {#BFBlogHop}

It wasn't until Charis was 4-6 weeks old that I actually enjoyed breastfeeding.  I nursed her because 1)I had to-breast milk is free, whereas formula is expensive and 2)Breast milk is best.  In my mind, I knew that I would be sleep deprived, but I didn't realize how exhausted I would be or that I would cry at the drop of a hat the first two to three weeks.

One of the sweetest things I remember about those early weeks is the love my husband showed me.  He cooked, cleaned, did dishes, woke up at night after I nursed Charis just to hold her so that I could get more sleep, read and sang to her in Spanish and English, etc. Less than a year after we were married, Drew was living out Ephesians 5:25:
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her...
Was he perfect in doing this? No, but I'm not perfect either.  We're both two sinners in need of God's grace.

What are some of the sweet breastfeeding moments you had?
Join us at Sisters 'N Cloth for the #BFBlogHop. 

22 May 2013

Potty Training and the Flats Challenge

Yesterday, I mentioned using a Flip Trainer Shell as one of my covers, which I actually started using 6 months ago.  Not because my daughter was potty training, but because she's large for her age.  She's 35+ lbs. and most one size diapers no longer fit her, which is one more reason I want her potty trained.

Flip Trainer Shell features:
  • Fits approximately 20-50 lbs.
  • 3 step rise system
  • Waterproof shell and easy to wipe clean
  • Easy to pull up, but they also have side snaps for accidents

You can buy the trainer with or without inserts.  The organic inserts that come with it are approximately 16 inches X 4 inches, though I usually just use flat diapers.  I fold the diaper into a pad.  Below you can compare the flat diaper with the Flip organic cotton insert.  Place the pad under the flaps, snap the trainer, and have your child use it as a pull up.  If you have flat diapers {or prefolds}, there's no reason to buy the Flip inserts, which are an added expense.

Day 3: How did it go? Let me start out by saying that I love my husband. Charis was diaperless for about 2-3 hours this morning. Right before her nap, he decides to help me and put a disposable diaper on her, but didn't tell me he put a sposie on. I didn't realize this until 3:45 PM, the time she woke up from her nap. When I changed her, I put her back in a flat diaper. I'm definitely NOT mad at him; he was helping out. So, I didn't complete the challenge, but I'm still going to use flat diapers on her and handwash them for the rest of the week because I REALLY want Charis to be potty trained soon.  Charis wearing the Flip trainer shell.
How did day 3 go for you?
Linking up at Dirty Diaper Laundry.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival {Yarn Along}

For the last two years, on the first Saturday in May, I have gone to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival; this year was no exception. 

I blogged about it in 2011, but I did not blog about it last year because I had a lady tell me that I should not bring my daughter and in turn, I called her a "bitter, old lady."  While she was bitter and old {in her 60s-70s}, I probably should have kept my mouth shut, but I should not be dwelling on it.

This year, Charis went to visit Grandpa and Grandma and Granny and Grandad in Pennsylvania, and I was free to go without her. It was enjoyable without her, but at the same time, I missed having her with me.  In 2011, I wore her on my back in the Boba carrier, and a few times, she would reach out and pull on yarn that was $50+, so last year I decided to have her in the stroller.  This year, I was able to enjoy looking at things without worrying about what my daughter was doing.  I actually went into the barns and didn't just look at the yarn.  If you're a blogger and I recognize you, I will say hello, as Mindi from Simply Stavish found out.  I hope you enjoy the following photographs.  I took more photos, but how many sheep pictures do you really need to look at. 

In Fiber Optic Yarns booth. Their yarns are
GORGEOUS, but none were bought by me.

Lunch=Lamb Gyro

Roving bought from Gale's Art for a friend of mine.

Have you ever been to a fiber festival? If not, I highly recommend going. 

In other news, I'm knitting baby items for friends, those photos will be posted next week, DV.

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

21 May 2013

Preparations and Supplies {#flatschallenge}

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Since this is my third time participating in the Flats and handwashing challenge, I did not have to do anything to prepare for the challenge.  I regularly use flat diapers, especially since we use coin operated machines
The flat diapers I'm using consist of:
  • IKEA flats, AKA burp rags, but they happen to be my favorite.
  • One hemp babies flat diaper
  • One Orange Diaper company flat diaper
  • Two Dippee Dyppees flat diapers
  • 12 dozen OsoCozy diapers
  • 1 Diaper Rite diaper, which was given to me.
Charis' covers are:
Day 1: Went well-overall.  I only had to change 3 dirty diapers, two of which were a bowel movement.  My daughter HATES going poop on the potty, but loves peeing on it.  Which is so frustrating.  It's so much easier to handwash diapers that have been peed on than pooped on.  Another thing is Charis got into my conditioner while the diapers were soaking in the bucket and a large amount got over the diapers; I think I'll have to work on rinsing those diapers off better.  Needless to say, I'm thankful to have more than 12 flat diapers.

What supplies are you using?
How did your first day of using flats and handwashing go?
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20 May 2013

Yes, I'm doing it again {#flatschallenge}

Confession: I'm participating in Dirty Diaper Laundry's 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge
Yes, I realize this my third time participating.  Am I crazy? Yes. But, Charis is NOT yet potty trained, and I know I'll be more dilligent in helping her get potty trained if I participate. I will be MUCH more likely to let her go diaperless because the idea of handwashing does not appeal to me.  I prefer throwing the diapers in a washing machine and letting my "maid" do the work.
Will you be joining me? 
Or are you repulsed at the idea of handwashing?

Fairy Hobmother

This post is sponsored by the Fairy Hobmother.

The week of May 6th was an emotional one for me.  My grandfather died on May 8th, but I also received a few pleasant surprises.  That same week, I received a visit from the Fairy Hobmother.  I read this in my inbox:
Hi there!
I’m the Fairy Hobmother, spreading light and joy across the blogosphere!
I saw a comment you left on a post about me and followed it back to your blog. It’s clear that you work very hard on it, and I think that your hard work deserves to be rewarded.

The best part is, if you comment on this post, you too may receive a visit from the Fairy Hobmother.

Is this your first time hearing about the Fairy Hobmother? 
Have you received a visit?

This post was sponsored by the Fairy Hobmother.
I was compensated with an Amazon gift card.

09 May 2013

Like Mother, Like Daughter {#BFBlogHop}

One of the many delights in being a mum, is seeing my daughter imitate me and learn many new things.  Charis loves to help me with...

Dishes. Honestly she makes more of a mess than helping, but she's slowly learning.

Putting "Dolly" in the chair and pretending she's a Mummy. She also wears her doll with a baby carrier that she got for Christmas. FYI, I have a photo on my laptop hard drive of her wearing the doll, but the computer won't start and am not able to post that picture.

Knitting. Proverbs 31:13: "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." She's very eager to learn how to knit and always wants to help when I'm knitting.

Cooking. Anytime I'm in the kitchen, Charis comes in and LOVES helping me cook and bake. Yes, it means the process is slower, but I have many fond, happy memories of my mum teaching me how to cook and bake.

What are some ways your child imitates you?
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08 May 2013

Baby Vertebrae {Yarn Along}

I am knitting a Baby Vertebrae for my friend's baby. She's due the beginning of June, so I'm knitting the 6-12 month size for her son.  I'm knitting it with Lion Brand Sock-ease and Paton's Classic wool DK superwash held together.

I'm listening to The Innocent Man by John Grisham. It's a true, but sobering story about how two innocent men-Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson-were found guilty of murder. Ron was sentenced to death and Dennis was sentenced for life.  They were exonerated because of DNA evidence about 12 years after they were found guilty.  I'm not finished with it, but so far, it's another Grisham book that I highly recommend.

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

04 May 2013

Body Parts {#BFBlogHop}

As Charis got older and started becoming more active when I breastfed her, I decided to sing songs and teach her different things, especially her body parts. The first body part she learned was "belly button." I'd ask, "Where's your belly button?" She'd lift up her shirt and point at her stomach.  "Where's your nose?" She'd then point at her nose.  "Where's your ear?" Finger up towards her ear. I did these because I wanted to have some control over the situation. If I didn't do this, then Charis would be working on her cartwheel and somersault routines.

These were the moments I treasured, even though it sometimes meant a little hand would go down my shirt or she'd say, "ba ba ba ba" in public. Even though she is no longer breastfed, I now treasure my time with her in other ways, reading, coloring, "knitting", etc.

What fun things did you do while breastfeeding?
Join me over at the #BFBlogHop at Sisters N Cloth.

01 May 2013

Summer Flies {Yarn Along}

I am still knitting my Summer Flies shawl. I'm currently casting off right now using the picket bind off. I thought I'd be finished with this by now, but the section has almost 400 stitches in a row, and it has gotten very monotonous for that section.

I borrowed The Knitter's Life List by Gwen W. Steege from the library yesterday, and I have not been able to put it down, especially with the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend. The book is divided up into 11 chapters and at the beginning of each chapter there's a checklist for things to cross off in knitting, such as, "Don't resist buying cashmere-buy one skein, at least." Of course, I'm thinking, "Hello! Have you not heard of a budget." I do secretly {or not so secretly} hope to make something out of cashmere for myself one day.

You need to be warned, if you're looking for a book that has patterns in it, this is NOT your book; there are NO patterns in it.  Ultimately, it introduces the reader to a variety of information about knitting and has a bucket list for one who knits. If my family is looking for a gift to buy me, feel free to get this book.

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