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
(thanks goes to the Rusted Chain for making me such a beautiful “nursing necklace”)
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…..
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:
***Do you have any fun gymnurstic stories of your nursling?If so hop on over to this week’s breastfeeding blog hop with sistersncloth.***
I haven’t posted with the sisters n cloth breastfeeding hop for awhile. Mainly,because the topics were covering problems as well as other uses for breast milk. I have encountered neither of these,so well, I haven’t had anything to say! I know, I know me? Quiet? Nothing to say? Unbelievable right?
This week’s topic however is right up my alley! The topic is nursing past one.
When Adrienne and I first ventured on this breastfeeding journey together my first goal was to make it to 6 months. Well,Adrienne turned 7 months on Monday!
7 months and she still prefers breast milk to anything else. She has had some baby cereal,which she quickly grew tired of. I now offer her up the food we’re eating,but a couple of bites later she is really only still interested in nursing. Which is fine by me. She is using s sippy cup with water about once a day,but we have totally skipped the whole bottle thing. What Adrienne needs during the high paced day of being surrounded by 6 older siblings,is time to just sit and cuddle with mommy and detach from the rest of the world. HEY,I GET THAT!
So why would I even want to go over a year nursing?
With my other kids I learned that babies and kids will move on when they are ready. I”m pretty sure Squishy will not be sitting around the table schooling,stressed out about learning multiplication,with a boob hanging out of her mouth for comfort.
Now though,she not only nurses for nourishment,but also for comfort. So why wouldn’t I continue that into her toddler years?
I’ve had friends and family members ask when I plan to switch her over. Or tell me I can’t baby her forever. Well trust me she is not the temperament that can be babied. As much as she loves to snuggle and nurse,she is extremely independent and curious about the world around her.
I have become to think of myself as a “homebase” for Squishy.
Also what better way to ensure she is getting her vegetables,fruits(which she does not care for in eating),and other vitamins than by nursing? I know in time she will start eating more foods and nursing less,but right now she is a healthy,nursing,7 month old who is ready to take on the world.
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
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.
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!
5 MONTHS OLD
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!
Peek a Boo I see you!
Nom Nom Nom Toes!
Last week while she was fighting off the sickness
Who could resist this face?
A little nap time with brother
5 months exclusively breast fed and still going strong.
She’s enjoying her big girl baths!
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 🙂
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.