NaBloPoMo | Spoken like a true Night Owl…or at least I used to be


Yes, these are the memoirs of a night owl :::in a Days of Our Lives Voice::: Okay, okay that might be a little melodramatic, but seriously I really USED to be a night owl.  Now, well I’m up around the clock. I used to despise the morning, especially getting up for work, and even more in the winter time too.  Its like my body is naturally acclimated to staying up late and sleeping in.  My mom told me years ago that one your have kids, you never sleep the same again.  She was right, more than right! It started when I was pregnant, I knew then that I’d never sleep the same again. 

Although I no longer have a big ol’ pregnant belly to get in the way of me turning over to sleep in my favorite position, my stomach, I now have a child to tend to my bed.  He’s not always in the bed with us, but 80′% of the night he is.  Whether it be to feed, change, or comfort, he’s in the bed.  This means mama doesn’t sleep much.  Daddy does most of the diaper changes throughout the night, but then I get the handoff to nurse our sweet child back to sleepland.

I seriously don’t even know the difference between midnight and 5 o’clock in the morning, because I’m just up all the time.  I’m up late, I’m up early…I’m always up.  My mom even said to me, “sleep when he sleeps”.  Yeah right!  When he’s sleeping, I’m showering, doing housework, cooking, or whatever else needs to be done.  I’ve never been a bigger napper, but maybe I need to learn how to be.  Probably not gonna happen!  I have to be up during the day, my body is programmed to be.  If I’m not up, I feel like I’m missing out on everything.  Sounds like I’m fighting a losing battle here, huh?  I don’t think I can win either way, but I know this is all what comes along with the territory of being a parent.

So yeah, I used to be a night owl, but now I don’t see me catching a break anytime soon on staying up late, waking up early, or sleeping completely through the night.  So maybe the title of this post should have been “Memoirs of a New Parent”?  – I’m thinking so!

What about you? – Night owl or early riser?  Do you prefer to wake up early and get a start on your day or sleep in and get some extra zZzZ’s?

NaBloPoMo November 2013


Breastfeeding | How to Know If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk


I decided long before my son was born that I would exclusively breastfeed.  I’d heard all of the stories of why women don’t, from baby never latching correctly to having a low milk supply.  When I was pregnant I hoped that I would have none of these issues, and so far I’ve been blessed not to.  However, it is very important to me that my son gets the proper and adequate nutrition he needs.  We had his two week check up and he is putting on weight and everything with him is good, and I want it to stay that way.

I was very excited when my daily What To Expect email had an article on baby getting adequate breast milk.  Many moms, including myself, worry that their breastfed baby might not be getting enough milk.  I thought I would share with you some of the the ways in which you can tell if your baby is getting enough milk. 

Tracking your baby’s feedings, weight gain, and diaper output is the best way to determine if your baby is getting enough milk.

1. Monitor baby’s weight. Keep track of how often you’re breastfeeding your baby (the goal is eight to 12 times per 24 hours) and monitor baby weight gain. Infants should gain weight steadily every week; four to seven ounces per week is typical, although weight gain will vary depending on age and other factors. Your pediatrician will let you know if your baby’s growth is on track.

2. Count dirty diapers. Although it’s probably something you never expected to do, keep a careful count of those wet and soiled diapers: Your newborn should be pumping out eight to 12 dirty diapers with clear to very pale yellow urine and at least five soft, yellow bowel movements over a 24-hour period. For the first several weeks, it’s a good idea to keep a written record (you’ll be too tired to keep it all in your head) of breastfeeding frequency and diaper output — you can even bring it along to the pediatrician’s at each visit so you’ll have your facts and figures handy when you’re asked about those dirty diapers.

3. Watch baby’s disposition. If your baby seems happy and content after most feedings, then chances are she’s a satisfied customer and is getting enough milk. If she’s crying and fussing or sucking on her fingers frantically after a full feeding, she might still be hungry (though these can also be signs of gas or infant colic).

What If You Need Help?

Before you leave the hospital or birthing center, a lactation consultant will likely visit you and observe you feeding your baby to make sure you’re on the right track and that your baby is getting enough milk (if a consultant doesn’t pay you a call, make sure you ask for one). She can also offer tips on caring for nursing breasts, how and when to express milk, and may provide you with literature to take home. If you’re having problems when you get home, talk to your baby’s doctor or a nurse who specializes in lactation, or find a lactation consultant in your area through the International Lactation Consultant Association or your local La Leche League (see the Resource Directory for links). Friends and family members who have nursed will be happy to offer you an ear and reassurance that the bumps of the first few days and weeks do eventually smooth out — just as the pain of your engorged breasts and sore nipples will ease.


Whether you are currently breastfeeding or plan to in the future, I hope this was helpful!


Motherhood | Life With A Newborn


I’ve been a mother for a little over a week now and I have been loving it. Even through the sleepless nights and countless diapers changes, it has been wonderful!  Every time I look at my son’s (and yes…that feels good to say!) little face my heart melts.  Its not just the cute face with chubby cheeks, big brown eyes, and ear-pleasing coos that he makes, it’s the entire gravity of being a mother now.  I’ve always wanted children, for as long as I can remember!  I’m the youngest child in my family, so I never had the experience of seeing my mom pregnant or having a baby brother or sister.  Continue reading

What’s in Baby’s Bag

WIBBI posted what’s in my hospital bag, but now you get to find out what’s in baby’s bag. Honestly, I was pretty conservative, not wanting to overpack since the hospital provides majority of what you need for baby. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share anyways, because well…its exciting! I made sure to wash everything a few weeks ago with . I refused to buy , because that stuff is super expensive, even though they just sent me a $2 off coupon in the mail.  detergent had great reviews and I’m very familiar with the brand since I used to used it years ago. I even washed my breast pads in with baby’s things, because I figured if I’ll be breastfeeding and baby will be so close to that area that I’d be safest to wash those with the baby detergent. Most of what I packed is for baby to come home in, because like I said there’s not much I’ll need for baby while we’re in the hospital. Continue reading