February 20, 2013

Instalately...


I have now joined the "cool" people of the world and FINALLY invested in an iPhone... 
Let me just say, it is amazing! Of course, the first app I downloaded is instagram.... I am in love!
That also means I can join instalately!

 

My little dino Sunday night after his bath!

Monday night during his bath...

Tuesday night was a penguin and polar bear kind of night...

Being bashful after his bath...

His concentration lips while watching the race Tuesday night...

Holding mommy's finger while he drifts off to sleep...



Mommy's little teething boy this morning before work...

Have a BLESSED Wednesday!

February 15, 2013

Handmade Valentine's...

Got a little crafty this year and thought they turned out super cute! 
 
Daddy's

 
Grandmama's


Aunt Lynie's

 
Mommy's from daddy:)



 
 

Everyone's favorite little Valentine...


 
 
Hope Everyone had a BLESSED Valentine! :)

February 13, 2013

Breastfeeding Necessities (Part 3)

You can read Part 1 & Part 2 if you missed it!


Pump In Style Medela
 You really just need a good pump... this one worked perfectly for me: lightweight, plenty of storage, and convenient. I would not have survived without my pump!


Nipple Shield



There is some controversy about using a nipple shield. But for me, it worked! It was actually a life saver! It did not cause nipple confusion, I actually think it made Gage not so picky. He will take any bottle!




Lanolin
At first, I used Lansinoh lanolin. I would definitely recommend using this brand at first because it is very thick and creamy. Gives you much needed relief!






 
After breastfeeding for a while I switched to Medela's lanolin. It is still creamy but not quite as greasy or thick.

**TIP:I made the mistake and was lazy at first and did not wear my nursing pads after applying lanolin. I strongly suggest doing so, I ruined 2 of my nursing bras because I was LAZY! It leaves a greasy stain!


Gel Pads
During the first week or two is when you will most likely want to throw in the towel. Your nipples will be so raw and sore you can't stand it! The soothie gel pad will provide a little relief. Apply some lanolin and put these bad boys on! THANKS for the tip Candace;)


Nursing Pads
 
 I used Medella brand nursing pads at first and they were very rough. I discovered Lansinoh and they were a little more forgiving, still too rough in my opinion but better. If you all have a suggestion on a brand, please let me know!


Nursing Pillow
 Many people buy an actual nursing pillow, but I find this unnecessary. The boppy does the trick in my opinion. Tip from experience: It is important to get them in a comfortable position. I started holding his dead weight with my wrist and it got VERY sore to where it hurt to move it.


Nursing cover
 Honestly, I did not have to use my much at all. I chose to pump up enough bottles to take with me out & about. I used mine mostly at home when we had unexpected visitors. I would still have one handy though!



Hands-Free Pumping Bra


 This is a must for working moms. I actually think all mommies need one. I was able to grade papers, check e-mails, and often walk around while pumping. Definitely worth the money!



Nursing Bra

I bought 2 nursing bras of different styles: one that snapped and one you could pull down. I came across the genie bra at Bed, Bath, & Beyond (of all places) and decided to try them. I bought an x-large so they would fit loosely. They worked perfectly for me. I actually wore them 95% of the time. Nursing bras can be fairly expensive and these were 2 for $20 dollars, I'll take that!! I still wear them to this day.


Freezer bags


I am sure there is other options out there to freeze your milk, but I really liked the Medella brand. I started writing the date & what I ate at first but that got annoying quickly. Eventually, I just wrote the date. Gage does not have a sensitive stomach what-so-ever (yes, we got very lucky). I sat them upright in the back of my freezer and stored them in a large zip lock for extra "protection".


Cooler
 
I absolutely loved my cooler and it came with my pump. I would say FREE but we all know how expensive pumps are. If we were going to be on-the-go all day, this was in the diaper bag!

That's all I've got!

Have a BLESSED Wednesday! 

February 3, 2013

Weekend Highlights...

 Friday night, we had dinner with our friends Jason & Samantha and their little guy, Caleb! He and Gage are 3 weeks apart. Everyone thought they were  twins.

 (Jason thought they should "play" a quick game of checkers;)

Saturday, Mom and I headed out for a girls day of shopping.
MiMi had to get little man his first pair of tennis shoes! 
We went out to eat at Outback that night... he and daddy had to wear their Nikes!



 After his Sunday morning bath!

He sported his new outfit to church Sunday! He got all the attention in his tie!:)

We ended our weekend grilling out with my parents, brother, and his friend ,Brent! Of course, while watching the Super Bowl (just can't get into it like college football) 

 We had another fabulous weekend making memories!
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