If you've seen my homepage, follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you probably know that I'm expecting boy/girl twins any day now. I'm 35 weeks along and they're measuring fine so they could literally come at any moment (a *huge and overly stretched* girl can dream!). With that being said, we finally got around to packing our hospital bags. Yes, bags (plural).
August 1-7, 2018 is World Breastfeeding Week and August is National Breastfeeding month so I figured I'd do a series of blog posts about my breastfeeding journey with my son.
If you've read my other posts, you know I have a son named Kitt who was born in September 2016 via cesarean. Prior to becoming pregnant with him, I really never thought twice about breastfeeding. Like many Americans, I was only used to seeing babies being bottle fed. I'd never known anyone who breastfed.
Sleep is the #1 issue parents of newborns report the most trouble on. In our culture of fast-paced, keep-up-with-the-Jones's mentality, it's no wonder we try to make babies conform to our schedules. However, it's time society and parents realized that babies are born with biological instincts, not with learned schedules. These instincts just don't fit into our modern day world so it's time to shift our thinking. Here are 5 Infant Sleep Facts and info to back them up!
Here’s a little preface before I jump right in. Starting in January, I vowed to take more control of my fertility and begin charting and tracking my ovulation. I hadn’t been on birth control since October and, although we were pretty “careful”, I didn’t want to take a chance. Our plan was to start trying in August/September in hopes that we would get pregnant on the first or second try and when baby was born, Hubby would be off for the summer (he’s a teacher).
As I mentioned in My Birth Journey Part 3: NICU, I never really processed my birth story.
I mean, how could I? I was a new mom focused on caring for a newborn. All of the hormones were keeping me on cloud nine and, anyways, it was “normal” for me to cry one minute and be happy the next. To fear my child’s death one moment, and kissing his perfect face the next. Again, hormones, right?
September 9, 2016
I’m FINALLY allowed to go down to the NICU but only once I prove to the nurse that I can stand on my own. GOOD GOD WHY DOES IT BURN?! No one ever prepared me for a c-section. It wasn’t an option. Now, my legs barely work and my incision burns like the fires of hell!
September 6, 2016
Hubby and I go for an early dinner since I can’t eat so many hours before my induction. Total hospital BS, but whatever. We end up at Macaroni Grill to get me some pasta so, hopefully, it’ll hold me over until I can eat again. Who knows how many hours that will be.
August 10, 2016, 7:00PM
Settling in for the night, I sit down on the couch to start kick counts. I’m 35 weeks pregnant and getting perfect kick counts daily. Little boy is ACTIVE!
Except for tonight.
One of the biggest issues with how today's maternity care goes is patients aren't fully informed. That's why the unnecessary c-section is astronomical in this country. Here are five planning mistakes pregnant women make prenatally. Know better, do better!
Allesanda received her Bachelors in Behavioral Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2013. She now lives in North Texas with her husband and children. As a doula and educator of infant sleep and eco-friendly living, she blogs about pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting.