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I didn't think we would be earning this ribbon, but here we are.  Brendan met the  World Health Organization's recommendation, although I don't think he's been getting much milk since I fell pregnant.  He still will barely touch cow's milk, though he loves cheese and yogurt.

I was beginning to get very irritated with him while nursing, so I've drastically cut down on the times when I will nurse him.  I dropped the morning and middle of the night sessions, so now he only nurses at naptime  and bedtime. And once my irritation rises, I stop him and just give him cuddles. This means he often wakes up at 5:30 a.m. now, but its worth it to me.

I never thought I'd get this far.  I don't know what the future holds.  When I have the new baby it may be Brendan will become more interested in nursing again, or he may be growing out of it. 

I'm nervous about breastfeeding the new baby.  Although things went well this time, I'm still afraid I'll have trouble with the next one.
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I didn't think we would be earning this ribbon, but here we are.  Brendan met the  World Health Organization's recommendation, although I don't think he's been getting much milk since I fell pregnant.  He still will barely touch cow's milk, though he loves cheese and yogurt.

I was beginning to get very irritated with him while nursing, so I've drastically cut down on the times when I will nurse him.  I dropped the morning and middle of the night sessions, so now he only nurses at naptime  and bedtime. And once my irritation rises, I stop him and just give him cuddles. This means he often wakes up at 5:30 a.m. now, but its worth it to me.

I never thought I'd get this far.  I don't know what the future holds.  When I have the new baby it may be Brendan will become more interested in nursing again, or he may be growing out of it. 

I'm nervous about breastfeeding the new baby.  Although things went well this time, I'm still afraid I'll have trouble with the next one.

At the zoo

Jun. 9th, 2011 09:27 pm
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We went to the zoo on Monday.  Not today, it was 97 degrees out.

Its amazing how in one year Biggie went from this:

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To this!

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I really wanted to go now because there is a baby Coquerel's Sifaka, and I wanted to see him before he got too old. I caught Otto in fine form, and nursing! I took a video because it was hard to see what he was doing from a picture.



Oh my, I don't know about you, but I think when a lemur is old enough to hang by his feet from a branch, he is far too old to be nursing.  The mother is obviously doing it for her own personal gratification.

At the zoo

Jun. 9th, 2011 09:27 pm
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We went to the zoo on Monday.  Not today, it was 97 degrees out.

Its amazing how in one year Biggie went from this:

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To this!

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I really wanted to go now because there is a baby Coquerel's Sifaka, and I wanted to see him before he got too old. I caught Otto in fine form, and nursing! I took a video because it was hard to see what he was doing from a picture.



Oh my, I don't know about you, but I think when a lemur is old enough to hang by his feet from a branch, he is far too old to be nursing.  The mother is obviously doing it for her own personal gratification.
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Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] breastfeeding .  I really love that community.  They are so helpful to new mommas.
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Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] breastfeeding .  I really love that community.  They are so helpful to new mommas.
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I sneezed for hours last night because I petted Casper (the friendly cat) on my porch yesterday.  But he's so soft and he loves me so!  Everytime I come out he runs over to me.  I like having a five-minute cat.  Its the perfect amount of pet for me right now.

13 Catholic schools are closing in the city.  I am sad, but I'm happy the one my afterschool kids go to will still be around, and will probably gain enrollment because one nearby is closing.  The Baltimore Sun is doing a good job of covering it here.  I know a lot of parents are angry, and I understand, because its not their fault the schools are closing, its all the other parents not sending their kids to Catholic schools thats causing it.  85% of the students in Baltimore Catholic schools are not Catholic-85%!  And now that more charter schools are opening up in the city (often housed in closed Catholic schools) why wouldn't these people who were choosing Catholic schools not for religious reasons but because they wanted a good education for their kids, choose a free charter school over something that costs $6,500 a year?

Last night's episode of The Office made me anxious, just seeing Pam not going to the hospital when she was five minutes apart because she wanted to wait until midnight.  And the nurse was such a b*tch, pushing formula on her.  I'm glad Pam figured it out in the end. Apparently Angela, who recently had a baby, was pitching nursing humor to the writers.
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Six months ago today I got to hold my baby for the first time, two hours after he was born.  He dove right into nursing and never looked back.  I love nursing.  Its like my breasts are magic reset buttons whenever he's upset or cranky.  I wish it could be this easy for everyone.  I've slowly sacrificed all my breastfeeding books to pregnant friends to help them on track.  Just because its natural doesn't mean it comes naturally.

Things have changed a lot since he was a newborn.  Back then it was nurse, nurse, nurse, all the time.  Now he's settled into a 4-hour schedule, more or less.  Now he wants to play and babble most of the time.

We've started introducing him to solids (Carrots, Biggie.  Biggie. Carrots).  I'm sure things will change even more in the next six months.  I'll follow his lead.

No nursing pictures, but here is his first taste of carrots.  He likes the spoon more than any food on it, so we just put a tiny bit on the end and then he'll eat it.

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Six months ago today I got to hold my baby for the first time, two hours after he was born.  He dove right into nursing and never looked back.  I love nursing.  Its like my breasts are magic reset buttons whenever he's upset or cranky.  I wish it could be this easy for everyone.  I've slowly sacrificed all my breastfeeding books to pregnant friends to help them on track.  Just because its natural doesn't mean it comes naturally.

Things have changed a lot since he was a newborn.  Back then it was nurse, nurse, nurse, all the time.  Now he's settled into a 4-hour schedule, more or less.  Now he wants to play and babble most of the time.

We've started introducing him to solids (Carrots, Biggie.  Biggie. Carrots).  I'm sure things will change even more in the next six months.  I'll follow his lead.

No nursing pictures, but here is his first taste of carrots.  He likes the spoon more than any food on it, so we just put a tiny bit on the end and then he'll eat it.

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I earned this today.



Everything is going well in the breastfeeding department. Brendan won't take a bottle, so I'm not sure how I'll ever be able to leave him. He won't take a pacifier either, but he has become very fond of his fists. He keeps trying to fit both of them in his mouth at once.

And the biggest news this week-he rolled over! On Wednesday I put him on his belly and he got to his side. He stayed there for so long sucking his fist I thought he was finished, but then when I turned my back he go onto his back. He did it twice on Thursday, but he seems to have forgotten how since then.
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It took a few times before I caught them at home, but I finally talked to my downstairs neighbors yesterday.  They had not heard about the breakins on our street, although they had heard about the samurai killing.

I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, why am I not fitting back into my size 12 pants?  Actually, they were getting pretty tight before this.  I may just have to accept that I'm a size 14 now.  Luckily I got a bunch of nice pants that size from a lady on freecycle, so I won't have to buy a whole new wardrobe.

Last week I decided to get out of the house and go to some mother's groups.  On Wednesday I went to a La Leche League meeting.  The leader was impressed with how much I already knew.  She said all the advice she usually gave to new mothers I already knew. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] breastfeeding !  The leader was nursing a three year old.  Its so different that nursing Biggie.  He would be bouncing off the walls, pause to come to his Mom and pull her shirt down, then go back to playing.

Then on Friday I went to a new mother's group at GBMC that Carrie, my friend from the Bradley class suggested.  And who should sit next to me but [profile] pink_or_blue and her baby (who turned out blue).  What are the odds?  Well, probably pretty good that I would run into one of my lj friends in real life, since I friended all the Baltimore Moms in my due date community.  But still, to sit right next to me has to be a rare coincidence.  There were three sets of twins there.  One lady told me she was afraid that she would have twins, since her father was an identical twin, and her husband's family had identical twins as well.  She was quite relieved when I told her identical twins weren't hereditary, just fraternal.  I think I'll go back next week, it was fun.  LLL is only once a month.
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It took a few times before I caught them at home, but I finally talked to my downstairs neighbors yesterday.  They had not heard about the breakins on our street, although they had heard about the samurai killing.

I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, why am I not fitting back into my size 12 pants?  Actually, they were getting pretty tight before this.  I may just have to accept that I'm a size 14 now.  Luckily I got a bunch of nice pants that size from a lady on freecycle, so I won't have to buy a whole new wardrobe.

Last week I decided to get out of the house and go to some mother's groups.  On Wednesday I went to a La Leche League meeting.  The leader was impressed with how much I already knew.  She said all the advice she usually gave to new mothers I already knew. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] breastfeeding !  The leader was nursing a three year old.  Its so different that nursing Biggie.  He would be bouncing off the walls, pause to come to his Mom and pull her shirt down, then go back to playing.

Then on Friday I went to a new mother's group at GBMC that Carrie, my friend from the Bradley class suggested.  And who should sit next to me but [profile] pink_or_blue and her baby (who turned out blue).  What are the odds?  Well, probably pretty good that I would run into one of my lj friends in real life, since I friended all the Baltimore Moms in my due date community.  But still, to sit right next to me has to be a rare coincidence.  There were three sets of twins there.  One lady told me she was afraid that she would have twins, since her father was an identical twin, and her husband's family had identical twins as well.  She was quite relieved when I told her identical twins weren't hereditary, just fraternal.  I think I'll go back next week, it was fun.  LLL is only once a month.
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Oh, my baby is a very, very good baby. He hardly ever cries. He just looks at me rakishly and licks his lips when he wants to nurse, and grunts when he's about to poop or spit up.

He never cries, that is, as long as I never, ever, EVER put him down. Unfortunately, when Matthew gets home is his fussy period, and all he wants is me and to cluster feed. Matthew tries to take him and give me a break, but he always comes back apologetically, saying all Brendan wants to do is nurse.

Nursing at keyboard, of course.

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