Pump to boob!

Today something happened that I didn’t think would, Emmie is back breastfeeding!! I have been exclusively pumping since she came home from the hospital because it worked out better for me and my boobs needed a break!

Exclusively pumping made me so much more comfortable because I was able to see exactly how much milk she was getting with every feeding, and I was making a lot of milk being able to freeze about 12 Oz. A day at minimum! Then I got mastitis (sorry to any mom who’s had it, I know even just seeing that word made you cringe!) but after that my supply had definitely went down some.

So why start having Emmie breast feed you ask? Because I was feeding her then pumping every two hours & though I will still be feeding her every two hours I feel like I have more freedom not being hooked to a pump the whole time. Also for me, there’s just so much bonding with breastfeeding that I was missing with her, especially after going through breastfeeding with Lina and the bond that it created. How did it start? Emmie loves to fuss a lot before her feeding and with exclusively pumping I have to warm up a bottle (letting it sit in hot water for 10 min) before feeding her, this morning she was NOT having it. She was screaming even more than usual and I couldn’t stand hearing her like that. I figured I would try to have her latch and go from there. I didn’t expect much because you hear a lot about babies getting used to the bottle nipple instead of your nipple but to my surprise I put her on and she latched with ease! Of course I’m going to have crippling anxiety about if she is getting enough or if she is going to start losing weight because her latch is off and she hasn’t gotten what she needs but I need to just let go and trust my body, it made this beautiful baby and knows how to nourish her.

Im extremely excited about this but cautious as well! Not sure if this will last or if I’ll be back pumping all day but I’m going to enjoy it for now! If any of you mamas have gone from pumping to breast please feel free to leave any advice!! Wish me luck!

She seems content and well fed to me 😃

XO

From crib to toddler bed

So being pregnant and Lina being pretty advanced for her age, my husband and I thought it would be appropriate to start transitioning her into a big girl bed so she doesn’t think she’s getting kicked out of her bed because of her sister!

I wanted to start the transition now because I figured it would take a while for her to stay in bed and sleep through the night and didn’t want to be 7-8 months pregnant, exhausted and trying to sleep train. I read a lot of blogs and stories about people who’s kids never climbed out of their crib but once they got the freedom of a bed, they never stayed in it. Lucky for us Lina slept through the night the first night in her bed and has continued to do so every night since! Woohoo!!

Although the transition was a piece of cake for her, for me, it was not so much. Saturday, we got her toddler bed and I took her to the store to pick out her own bed set, of course being Minnie Mouse (could’ve bet money on that one) just like I had for my first toddler set! She was so excited about her new bed she kept saying “meeeMouse Bed!!” I was so excited for her also, but then we got home and my husband started moving her old baby room around, rearranging everything. I took one step in the room and hysterically cried for a good 20 minutes. HOW, how is my BABY getting a big girl room, did I do this too soon, is she ready, will she sleep in this new bed? So many questions I was asking myself. I also happen to be a creature of habit and hate change at first, to see her whole room different really got to me. After I got myself together I gave her a bath and we got ready for our big night!

I’ve always been extremely routined with Lina & I think this is the reason she transitioned so well, slept through the night since the first week home, and doesn’t fuss at bed time.

Our routine; first I would rock her, nurse or give her a bottle as I read her a book, say our prayers, give her a kiss, then put her in her crib and that was it she would go right to sleep. I’ve kept this the same from the day we got home from the hospital so naturally the first night in her bed, I laid in her bed, read her a book (she no longer has a bottle at bed time) said our prayers, gave her a kiss, and walked out of the room.

I waited outside her door for a cry, whimper, anything. Nothing. I watched the monitor & She laid in her new bed for about 5 minutes then fell asleep! Just like that! I was up all night thinking she’d wake up and come in our room, but nope! She stayed asleep until 8:45 and when she did wake up she just stayed in bed and “read” her book! At 20 months, I never thought this would be possible! All of my “I hope she’s ready for this” thoughts disappeared.

Transitioning her was such a bittersweet moment, but I hope her having her big girl bed will eliminate any jealousy of her baby sister getting to sleep in her old crib, we’ll see in about 4 months!

XO

The Magic Jelly Bean Garden

So the year I was pregnant with Lina I was looking for fun traditions to do with our family and I found the Magic Jellybean Garden! Basically you have the kids “plant” jelly beans the night before easter and the Easter Bunny comes and magically grows the jelly beans into lollipops! It was our first year doing it since last year Lina was only 7 months old, and it was such a success her and my god daughter loved the magic it brought (& I’m pretty sure they enjoyed the egg hunt the bunny left as well)

XO

Easter Baskets!

So with easter approaching the Easter bunny will be making his appearance soon! I’ve noticed easter has almost become like a second Christmas to kids and that’s awesome for them, but I’m not having it!

Growing up my brother and I got Fruit in our basket instead of all the traditional candy and I loved it! Of course we did get delicious Cadbury eggs but the rest was fruit! We would also get things that went along with spring coming such as, kites, rain boots, chalk, little things like that. Also if we were planning on going somewhere for April vacation we would get a bathing suit, flip flops, sunscreen, maybe a beach hat and towel! I think the idea of another Christmas for Easter is just too much!

I have been using the same Easter basket since I was about 4. My aunt made me it and now I’ve passed it down to Lina for her to use! (I’ve recently called my aunt letting her know we’d have to make another for my next daughter! Lol) I love holiday family traditions and making ones with my family has made me so happy! Between Easter bunny visits, egg hunts, coloring eggs, church on easter morning I love it all!!

Speaking of coloring eggs, this was the first year Lina actually got to enjoy coloring Easter eggs and boy did she love it! She thought it was so exciting to see the egg go in white and come out another color! At the end we dipped our eggs in glitter & let’s just say there’s still glitter popping up all over our house (not like that’s a bad thing) ✨

What are your thoughts on Easter gifts?

XO

Pregnancy Favorites

This pregnancy started off a little differently than with my first! When I was pregnant with Lina I didn’t have any morning sickness, worked out every day, and ate super clean! With this pregnancy the first trimester had some nausea (not enough to complain about), I was super fatigued and I only really wanted salt and vinegar chips! But now that the second trimester has come around I am back to working out everyday, eating clean(ish), and definitely have more energy, I swear it has to do with working out!

Exercise

When I say “working out” I am in no way going hard at the gym or doing anything crazy. I found with my body, cardio, prenatal Pilates and yoga is the best for me. No matter how exhausted I am, I still try to do at least one of those a day because it makes me feel so much better!

My favorite Pilates DVD is 10 minute solution. It has 5 10 minute workouts so even if your day is hectic and you can only squeeze in a 20 min workout, they have it! It also targets all different body parts to leave you feeling long and stretched!

Prenatal Vitamins

With my first pregnancy I remember the look and SIZE of the prescription prenatals and I was not having it! So when I found gummy prenatal vitamins I was more than thrilled, and when the taste was great I wasn’t sure that it actually would be DR. Approved but it was! So needless to say, these have been my go to prenatals from that day forward!

That’s all for my pregnancy favorites for today but I will add more when I think of them!! Now, it’s nap time!

XO

Recipes!

Ok guys so the past couple days I’ve been really enjoying to cook again! Yay! I’ve made a couple super yummy recipes that aren’t really fattening that hopefully some of you can enjoy!

  1. Pumpkin Enchiladas

If you like the texture of refried beans, you will love this and I promise you can’t taste the pumpkin! It’s a great different vegetarian alternative for enchiladas!

Ingredients

  • Can of organic pumpkin
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Whole wheat tortilla wraps
  • Black or kidney beans (I used kidney)
  • Cumin
  • Chili seasoning
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Can of enchilada sauce
  • Sour cream!

PreHeat oven to 350

First I sauté my onion and garlic in a nonstick pan with a drop of olive oil for about 2 minutes or so. Next add in some of the enchilada sauce stir. Add in pumpkin and spices (about 1 tsp chili powder, 1 1/2 tbsp cumin, and a large handful of chopped cilantro). Let that cook for about 2/3 min or so on med low. Add beans and let that cook for 2 more minutes as you use more of the enchilada sauce to line the baking pan. Fill tortilla with pumpkin mixture, roll up flap facing down, add remaining enchilada sauce and cheese on top. Pop it in the oven for 10 min or until cheese is melty!

2. Chicken, Bacon, Avocado, Ranch Wraps

This is a nice quick and fresh meal that tastes like Heaven!

Ingredients

  • Chicken breast
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon
  • Ranch
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Shredded cheese
  • While wheat wraps

First you start by frying up some bacon. When that is done, set aside. Flavor your chicken with salt and pepper and throw it on the George Forman Grill! When fully cooked cut it up! Cut up some tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado! Put it all on the wrap and drizzle some ranch on everything, top with some cheese, wrap it up & enjoy!!

3. 2 Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake

This literally is a guilt free, delicious, and weight watcher approved (for all my friends on their fitness journey!)

Ingredients

  • 20oz can of Crushed Pineapple IN JUICE not syrup
  • Box of Angel Food cake

PreHeat oven to 350

Mix 2 ingredients together with a spoon no mixer needed! It creates a frothy delicious concoction! Pour into 9X13 pan. Cook for 30 min and enjoy!! I added a cool whip topping and it was so delicious!!

That’s all for now!! I will post more when this baby gives me some other cravings!!

XO

Advice Time

I never really write about needing some advice, BUT, there’s been something on my mind a lot and I figure I’d throw it out there!

So as you know if you follow my blog, I am expecting our newest edition in early September, while I am so excited and can NOT wait to meet this precious bundle of joy, I am TERRIFIED of the thought of leaving Lina while I go in the hospital to give birth. Yes, I know I have 6 more months of pregnancy but it’s coming eventually! With Lina I had to be induced. I was induced on a Thursday and didn’t have her until Saturday afternoon, while the actual pushing time was only 8 minutes, the labor was forever. My point being we went in on Thursday and didn’t come home until Monday. At that point it was fine because my brother was taking care of our dog and I was in no rush to get home. If I am induced again, my mother will be with Lina and I whole heartedly trust her but it’s my own thoughts of leaving her for 4 days is what is getting to me. Even if I’m not induced that’s still at least 2 days without my main girl!

I know some people will say she can come visit at the hospital, but I think that would do more harm than good if she comes, sees us, then has to go back home with my mom and with out us. My plan is to have my mom bring her up on the day we are leaving, or if we get discharged early to just come home and surprise her!

I know this may sound extreme, but we are always together and it’s more of a separation anxiety issue with me. As I said in one of my previous posts, I hate being without her and to be without her in such a life changing moment is going to be extremely hard for me. So any mamas that have more than one, how did you do it?!

C’mon tell me it would be easy to leave this face ?!

XO