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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday: Vacations

Twice a month, momfessionals, hosts Show and Tell Tuesday so I wanted to link up today to talk about best/worst vacations! 

South Africa 2013
My best vacations usually revolve around trips with my family to visit family. A very special trip to South Africa to visit family was 4 years ago (to the day pretty much) where Tommy came with me for the first time. He got to meet my granny (who is not doing very well right now. My dad is in SA currently) and my uncles as well as see what we talk about all the time. SA is a special place and always holds a special place in my heart. I usually make a trip around every 5 years so that means we are due Tommy ;) 

If you can even say "worst" vacation but maybe just "worst" part of a vacation is when you get sick. Well at the very end of this SA trip I must have gotten some kind of bacterial infection in my stomach. I was veryyyyy sick and ended up getting so dehydrated by the time I got home that I ended up in the ER in Atlanta upon my return. They did a CT scan, chest xray, and so many blood tests because my head was in excrutiating pain and I had just been in Africa. Well a few bags of saline and a lot of morphine later I was like new. Not a good feeling but I still look back so fondly of this trip. 

Pacific Northwest 2015
When it comes to vacations with just me and Tommy I think my favorite trip was our trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was not a good time for us (I had just finished physically recovering from a miscarriage and emotionally we were working through everything) and it was a much needed vacation for us to get away. We had been looking forward to this trip so much because neither of us had been to this part of the country. We ate and drank our way through Seattle and Portland. We laughed a LOT and loved exploring a new place just the two of us. It was such a healing trip for us both. You can read about our trip here, here, and here

Thanks for reading! I love to travel and we are getting the itch to plan something different for us for next year some time. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Final Nursing post

Since I have posted about mine and Emma's nursing experience along the way I figured I should do a final post now that we are DONE. Over spring break (beginning of April), I dropped nursing/pumping the middle of the day feedings. I knew I had enough milk in the freezer to make up for it for the last month before Emma turned one. I was ready to be done pumping at work. Life changing not taking my pump and pump parts to work the week following the break. Also due to this I decided to go back to feeding her myself in the mornings before work so I wouldn't have to pump at all (unless I was gone in the morning or at night). For the last month I nursed Emma when she woke up and before she went to bed. The week before her birthday I dropped the night feeding (I was going to Athens on Friday the 5th for graduation and really didn't want to have to worry about pumping or else I probably would have dropped the morning first). I still had enough milk in the freezer to give her breastmilk at night until her birthday. The day before her birthday was my last day of pumping. The last morning I nursed was the Sunday (3 days) before her birthday. I went down on minutes pumping on Monday and then I kinda just stopped cold turkey on Tuesday and hoped for the best. I hadn't gotten mastitis or clogged ducts this whole time and so Emma was really leading the charge of weaning on her own. It worked out for me. It's pretty amazing what your body does and figures out regarding milk. I knew I wanted to be done by her birthday. I was ready for my independence to come back and for me to just be mom. Everyone's journey with nursing is different and this was just my take on it. I used up the last bag of my frozen milk the day after her birthday and we have fully transitioned over to whole milk. We made it to one year! I have to say I exceeded my own expectations. When Emma was born I felt a strong/good goal was to make it to six months. At that point we were in a good groove with nursing and she was really good at going between me and a bottle. If it ain't broke don't fix it was my mentality. I probably won't be able to make it to a year next time (I just know how much harder it is when there's a toddler running around) so I just enjoyed this time with Emma while I could. 

She had a rough two mornings those first two days I didn't feed her in the morning (sorry Tommy!) but then by her birthday morning she was back to normal with taking a bottle from him in the morning.

Now I'm just mom and not her food. I'm enjoying our new nighttime routine and can't believe we made it to a year of nursing and that Emma is a year old! My how time flies!

Pictures for good measure:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

{My First} Mother's Day

On Mother's Day last year I was anxiously awaiting Emma's arrival. Emma made her grand entrance into the world two days after Mother's Day last year so this was my first Mother's Day with a baby in my arms and oh how sweet it was! We started the morning with breakfast (made by Danny and Beth) at the Robinsons. It was delicious! I didn't take a picture of the feast but there was bacon, sausage, cheese grits, tater tots, scrambled eggs, and juice. It was so yummy. Thanks guys! 

From the Robinsons, the four of us (Cooper included) drove down to Krog Street Market. We walked the beltline from Krog Street to Ponce City Market and back. We ate lunch outside at Krog Street Market followed by dessert from Jenis ice cream. Such a fun afternoon with my family. Tommy asked me what I wanted to do on Mother's Day and all I wanted was to enjoy the beautiful day with my little family so that's just what we did. We had yummy laffa's from Yalla. The beltline is so nice to walk on because it's wide and easy to get onto. It was a beautiful day outside as well. We all enjoyed ourselves!

After we ate we went home for nap time. We all laid down for a bit (still recovering from party time the day before). After Emma woke up from her nap we headed to my parents new house for dinner with my family (minus Claire who is in Europe for the Summer). We grilled out and enjoyed the pretty weather on the back deck. Thanks to all the men who cooked dinner. We felt very spoiled! 

And lastly thanks to Tommy and Emma for making me feel special not just on Mother's Day. I couldn't be half the mom I am without Tommy. We make a great team and I'm so lucky he's my partner in this crazy adventure of parenthood!