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Ms A has gotten to the fun stage of breastfeeding. She has always been a very engaged eater making sure people knew she was still in the room,getting upset if I spoke to others,or even just hitting my other breast.

I got a beautiful necklace for Christmas from Brandon with all of our kids’ names on it.It has four hearts with two names on 3 and only one on the other heart. Thankfully,it is very sturdy because it has been Adrienne’s favorite thing to hold onto while nursing

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(thanks goes to the Rusted Chain for making me such a beautiful “nursing necklace”)

 

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Until lately….now she likes to nurse while shoving her whole hand in my mouth. I have no idea why this is even comforting to her,but it is. The kids think it’s funny because they will ask me questions and try to get me to answer with my mouth full of hand.

Her latest breastfeeding trick though totally caught me off guard the first time she did it.She has done the motorcycle kick with her foot,she has attempted to hold onto my other breast while feeding,she has even managed to get up on all fours….and then,out of the blue,the other night….

She sat back on her knees,took one good look at my breast,gathered up all of her gusto,and…..

DIVE BOMB!!!!!!!

The look of pure joy on her face made me crack up in my crazy cat lady laugh.This of course led Squishy to think she was the greatest thing ever(which duh she is.),and practice it repeatedly. Both of us were thoroughly worn out in giggles,as she would dive bomb,feed,then unlatch to try again.

Of course now that she has perfected her technique on the left side,she is trying it out on the right side as well. I know I’m in for it when Squisihy gets up on her knees and starts to bounce with that big ol gummy grin.I can almost hear her shouting:

“INCOMING!!!!”

***Do you have any fun gymnurstic stories of your nursling?If so hop on over to this week’s breastfeeding blog hop with sistersncloth.***

 

 

Booby Love

It is week 6 of Sisters N Cloth Blog hop and so far I’ve only missed one week! That’s pretty amazing for me. This week is all about booby love. Ok maybe it’s more about nursing and what you love about it.

For someone like me who has only tried once before to breastfeed and failed miserably, I was entering this whole booby time very cautiously.My first goal make it till my milk comes in. yes the first time I didn’t even make it that far.

Then the whole nursing in public….or not running to my room when we have guests over(hey this is my house after all).From there …..well I now feel like I could take on the world!

So here are a few things I have fallen in love with regarding breastfeeding Squishy

1.I love that Squishy is now at the age that she knows exactly where her JJ(short for Jug Juice) is coming from. I will hold her and she will pull at the straps of my nursing tanks.

2. Those nights where really all she wants to do all night I can snuggle up on the couch with her and both of us just drift back to sleep.

3. The way that she brushes my left breast when she is nursing on that side….only on that side does she do this.

4. The hours we have spent gazing into each others’ eyes.

5. When she suddenly pops off at the breast and I become a gigantic milk sprinkler…some may not love this but it usually provides me and the kiddos a good giggle at just the most needed time.

6. Her listening to me sing numerous genres of music and not covering her ears but just still contentedly nursing.

7. The smiles….ohhhh the smiles….enough to melt your heart.

8. Seeing her completely and utterly relaxed

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For all the hard work it has been as well me and Adrienne have developed the perfect nursing relationship and I’m so proud of both of us! Never did I think I would love breastfeeding as much as I do.

Your Daily Dose of Squishy

With all the sickness going around Casa La Crazy I sort of forgot to mention that last Friday our resident Squishy turned 5 months old!

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Really time is going by too fast! She is sitting up for short periods of time and in the last couple of days has become MOBILE!!!! She scoots backwards and boy is she good at it. You can walk into the kitchen and then walk back into the living room and she’s half way across the room.

So in case any of you are suffering from the sickness,or just the winter blahs,here’s your daily dose of cute!

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Peek a Boo I see you!

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Nom Nom Nom Toes!

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Last week while she was fighting off the sickness

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Who could resist this face?

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A little nap time with brother

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5 months exclusively breast fed and still going strong.

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She’s enjoying her big girl baths!

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Honestly who WOULDN’T want to wake up to this face every morning?

When she had her last Dr. apt. I was asked if she knew her name…..ummm she answers to her nickname but not so much to Adrienne. Poor Squishy,good thing she’ll be homeschooled 🙂

 

 

My favorite and first place to nurse in public

What a week this has been! It began with Deanna being sick,then me, and now that momma is on the mend….BAM Holly is sick. Unfortunately she goes to her dad’s this weekend so I guess I will spend today cuddling and loving her as much as possible.(oh the joys of a blended family.)

I am finally starting to feel better and just in time to join in on SistersNCloths breastfeeding blog hop.

This weeks topic?

Your first time nursing in public.

Not that I’ve ever been known for my ….ummm modesty. I do remember embarrassing my bestie one time by basically giving her car a lap dance when she pulled up to pick me up bumping PitBull’s “You Know You Want Me.” No I didn’t take take my clothes off but you get the general idea….and I’m sure all my neighbors did.

But actually risk exposing part of my body?

I figured my first few week I would stay at home to get the hang of this whole nursing discreetly thing down no biggie. However by the end of week 2 I was going stir crazy.So,Brandon decided we should head out to our favorite buffet to go eat.

Adrienne has never been one to be covered. She just hates it.

Luckily the buffet we went to is very family friendly and loved it when we brought our whole group (plus Kenna’s) best friend.Yes all 9 of us. Most the attention was on the other kids so no one even paid attention that I was nursing. In fact we even have our own table there now.

Because of how friendly everyone I got over my fear of nursing in public very fast. Very rarely do I even cover now. I figure people would rather deal with maybe seeing a nip slip than listen to a crying hungry baby.

We’ve been back to that restaurant almost weekly.

As far as nursing in other places in public. Feeding her here first and being so supported has helped me to see it is not that big of a deal. Everyone deserves to eat comfortably.

 

Learning To Eat Left Handed and other Goals for 2013

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t jump up and down a little bit and maybe even squeal inside my head when I stumbled upon this Friday blog link up. Squealing inside my head because if I really squealed then I would wake up Ms Squishy and she would want to feed and I’m just not talented enough yet to breastfeed and blog at the same time….

Which leads me to the week 1 link up for the breastfeeding blog hop over at Sisters ‘n Cloth

Goals For The New Year

Squishy turned 4 months on the 1st! 4 MONTHS!!!!!! That means for 4 months straight several times a day and night. I have been doing something I have never done before in my life. Something because of previous hangups,lack of knowledge, and lack of support,I have never done with any of my other children.

For 4 months straight…17 weeks)almost 18) I havebeen breastfeeding my beautiful daughter Adrienne Danielle.

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(one of my favorite breastfeeding pics. Squishy at 1 month old)

I have absolutely fallen in love with breastfeeding and can’t imagine not doing it. This of course is my own personal opinion for myself.,but really in my eyes there is nothing else like it.

So I found this blog hop that focuses solely on breastfeeding. How awesome is that? I am making a resolution to myself and a heads up to everyone else that every Friday in 2013 will be dedicated to breastfeeding.

So to kick things off and to finally stop babbling….here are my breastfeeding goals for 2013

1. To breastfeed to at least Squishy’s first birthday. This will fall in September. Ideally I see me going at least 6 months past that but that would be into 2014 and I think setting my sights for one year is pretty awesome for a newbie.

2.To be quicker and swifter at the whole unhooking nursing tank,covering up baby,while in public. Not that I’m even against not covering while nursing in public but there are some places we go that I do feel more comfortable covering up.

3.To get better eating left handed. Every time I get ready to eat Squishy realizes what I am doing and says “oh hey momma I’m hungry too” which usually leads me to eating with my left hand instead of my right.

4. To be of support to at least one other breast feeding momma out there. If I can help someone else with something I was once scared to do then I will feel as if I have come full circle.

5. And lastly to find the most perfect breast milk stain remover for my poor nursing tanks. Either Squishy is a sloppy eater,or I’m a sloppy nurser but oy very my poor nursing tanks!

6. To keep practicing the keeping my mouth shut and smiling nicely, as I listen to others go off when they express their opinions to me on : Extended Breastfeeding,Supplementing with formula, Sneaking baby a french fry,or any other opinion they feel the need to share with me in a not so nicely way. We all have our feelings and opinions. There are the right way to share them and the wrong way. I’m hoping I can just brush things off and,as with homeschooling, show what works for us through example,not by me popping off at the mouth at getting caught in some huge debate that most likely would not change the other person’s mind anyways.

I am so excited to be part of this link up every Friday. I know I haven’t blogged too much about it yet but breastfeeding has honestly changed my life. I have learned so much not only about my baby but about myself as well during this partnership. Yes it is a partnership,it takes team work between you and your little one.Once it gets going though it is totally worth it in my eyes.

 

2 months old photo shoot

Dare I say it? Since Saturday Squishy and I have slept in our bed and she has only woke up for a quick 10 minute feeding here and there! I am so thankful. Most of my babes have not done this until 6 months!

On Thursday Squishy turned 2months old. She is so full of personality and happy most the time.

I had Kenna snap some pics of her on Fridat while I was holding her. She took the photos and I edited them….all from my phone. I love my phone.

Happy Two Months Adrienne Danielle

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Kenna did a great job. Here are a couple more of our sweet baby.

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Baby Piggies!

And it’s hard for me to believe I have been exclusively breastfeeding for 2 months. This from a girl that if a baby even once looked at my boobs I shuddered in pain.

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I can’t even imagine anything more beautiful right now.

Happy Two Months Squishy we love you!

My Inner Dialogue This Morning

So far this morning I have made breakfast brownies,put one chicken in the crockpot for dinner tonight(I have another I’m going to shred and freeze),showered and put full make up on,oh and drank half a pot of coffee! These are the things I get accomplished in the mornings instead of blogging,when Adrienne wakes me up at 4:30 and doesn’t go back down until 6.

The whole time while I’m doing all of these things though I am having an inner dialogue with myself that sounds a little like this one from this morning…only difference is this morning I got to BLOG!!!

(Starting from when it’s Squishy wakes up at 4:30)

4:30 Me: OK It’s 4:30 she’ll eat for half an hour then go back to sleep and then I can blog.Oh I need to try those breakfast brownies that I found the recipe though since ummm I kinda forgot to buy any cereal.OK put those together and THEN blog!

5:00 Squishy: I’m so busy smiling and laughing I haven’t even realized how much I’ve eaten! Oh wait…here it comes back up!

5:00 Me: Oh she’s so cute when she smiles and giggles I just love her…not so much when she pukes everything back up…here we go starting the nursing all over. Ok so we’ll be done by 5:30 then if she goes back to sleep I’ll whip up breakfast and hop in the shower.THEN I’ll blog.What to blog about?Halloween?A Late Monday Listicles?My Boobs(oh yes there is a post about my boobs coming) or Kate plus 8 which I’m currently watching on Netflix.(If I hear her say one more time why she needs an extra person at home because she has 8 kids I’m going to scream)

5:15 Squishy:Happy to be back on my mom again…oh wait what’s that feeling yup I gotta poo

5:20 Me:ok baby changed let’s do this finish eating little one so I can bl….ohhh I love your smile.

6:00 Me: OK she’s done nursing and back to sleep must get more coffee. I can whip these brownies up no problem and well then a shower…sigh…I need to put the chicken int he crockpot too. OK I MAY get to blog.

6:15 Me: When was the last time I EVEN shaved my legs??? I’m so glad she is sleeping so I can shower. I’ll throw the brownies in when I get out of the shower then make the girls’ lunches and get the chicken in the crockpot…then maybe just maybe I’ll blog!

7:00 Me: Yeah she’s still asleep and I even had time to put on makeup.Now let’s get this chicken going…oh wait girls’ lunches first.I’ve got this I am TOTALLY gonna have time to blog before the kids get up.Oh wait brownies need to go in NOW!

7:45 Me: ok everything is done and ready I can sit down and…oh shoot gotta wake up the kids for the day.

8:15  Me:I’ll serve them up their brownies and Squishy is still asleep!!!!! Computer check Coffee check correct passwords check! I am sitting down to BLOG!!!! WOOHOOO happy dance…who cares if the kids match or not I get to blog!

8:38 Squishy: Ok mom I’ve been asleep long enough I’m gonna start making noise and making your boobs ache! I wanna be awake with the rest of the kiddos I just know I’m missing out on SOMETHING!

8:39 Me:Holy cow I actually got to BLOG!!!! Now to just hit publish. Thank you Squishy for giving me some me time!

 

 

 

Yeah I’m a little all over the place!

Is it bad when you go to your wordpress site and have to re log in and pray please please please auto insert my info because I can’t remember it?!? Thankfully as you can tell by the fact that I AM blogging it did auto fill in my info for me! PHEWWWW!!! The world is saved.

Of course we’ve been busy busy busy here at Casa La Crazy.I have found that it I aptly named this house. School is in full swing here for both the bonus girls as well as my kiddos. We are starting a year long study of the Chronicles of Narnia so I’m hoping to be able to blog a bit more about our homeschooling adventures!

Speaking of homeschooling a group of us finally started our own homeschool group and it has been such a wonderful resource for me. We all gathered together on Friday and just to be around other moms while all of our “unsocialized” kids sit staring at each other(insert sarcasm here) is awesome! All the kids seem to get along as well as all of us mothers!

Here’s a pic of me and two other mommas of fairly new littles. This was last month at one of our field trips:

On top of homeschooling we had not one but TWO birthdays last week! Yup it’s October again!I can not even believe that Holly is now 8 and Lane has finally reached the double digits of 10!!!!

The temps have finally dropped here and they just seem to keep on dropping. We were supposed to go on a fieldtrip earlier this week but it got cancelled due to the weather.This week we’re supposed to hit up an Alpaca Farm! Please let it be pleasent enough to do so.

I have so many posts on my recent re entry into motherhood,floating around in my tiny little mind.Let me tell you a 9 year break between having babies has given me so much time to form my own opinions,learn more about different “methods”,help me to understand my baby more,and honestly given me time to grow more patience!

Wait Wendy you’re not patient?But you HOMESCHOOL…….ohhhh bwahahaha yet another myth of the homeschooling community!

Well Squishy is doing the squishy dance in her bassinet which means she’ll be up soon so I suppose I should be going for now.This is me waving hello to all of you! Hope you have a great weekend!

A Gift from a Friend…

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This adorable hat along with 4 hand knitted socks arrived sometime in the last week from one of my oldest friends.(See what happens when you don’t check your mail for a week you miss out on pure awesomeness!?!)

We have known each other since 4th grade when I moved to Yakima. We had lost touch but through the power of Facebook have reconnected!

She also has her own Etsy shop and if you love handmade goodness you really should go check it out. She’s amazingly talented and always has been.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ottermoondesigns

What a great way to start my day yesterday!!!

 

Where has the last month gone?

Ms. Adrienne turned a month old on Monday!How is that even possible?!? Time is going way too fast and I barely I have time to sit down at the computer. Although if you’re on my Facebook at all you will see me posting from my phone all the time as well as on Instagram.

I only have a few moments while Squishy sleeps and the kids work on school so I thought I would do a post in pictures of what we’ve been up to!

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We started back to school this week! Hurray for homeschooling and taking breaks when needed! We are studying the life of Helen Keller and all the fun “rabbit trails” that go off of it.

We even got in a field trip last week to Tomato Street restaurant,and next week our field trip is to Krispie Kreme!!!!

YUMMM!!!

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Can you find the Holly?

Heck we’ve even taken mornings just to play Uno
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There’s been beautiful nights here at Casa La Crazy as well.

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Mostly my days are full of schooling,feeding Adrienne,cooking in the crockpot, and baby spit up. I’d be lying if I said I showered everyday or even shaved my legs more than once a week…but none of that really matters in the morning when you are snuggled up with this,

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It’s hard for me to imagine our days without her in it.

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