It’s A Baby! How My World Has Changed with #4 on the way…

It’s A Baby! How My World Has Changed with #4 on the way…

it's a Baby!

Right before the end of last year our life got more complicated (in a good way) by finding out we were having another baby.  Our children are currently Miranda who is 6, Kaelan who will be 5 at the end of this month, and Sophia who is just over 2 and a half.

I am just 36 weeks this past Sunday and have to say, naturally, it has been hard to get to anything to do with this blog.  Having the energy is challenging no matter the circumstances when pregnant.  But I did want to share some of the ways this particular pregnancy has been different from the previous 3.

FirstDay-of-School

I have had the challenge of homeschooling our oldest for her kindergarten year, which included finding unique ways to use our home as her place of learning.  Our son, at almost 5, is almost to the end of his potty training while our youngest is not really interested in using the toilet and is still just sitting on it and putting in toilet paper before her bath. I am yearning for the day when I will only have one child in diapers.  I am not sure that will happen anytime soon.

My husband changed jobs this year and that threw our health insurance for a loop for this pregnancy.  So many changes to our lives all at once, including the pregnancy, has been somewhat overwhelming.  But there are some good things, too.

The Way God Intended

My nausea has been more about eating this time around, so I can easily deal with it by making sure I eat enough.  I am craving fresh ingredient foods which gives me more energy to run around after the kids now.  And I have been able to have the chiropractic care that I need to help my pregnancy along to its best potential.

What about you?  Any big differences in your pregnancies?

Photos of Autumns Past

Photos of Autumns Past

Photos of Autumns Past

Being November 30th I thought I would share some of our fun memories from this year as well as from years past. 🙂

Miranda at the Pumpkin Patch in 2013

Miranda at the Pumpkin Patch in 2013

 

Kaelan at the Pumpkin Patch in 2013

Kaelan at the Pumpkin Patch in 2013

 

Fall date with Daddy 2014

Fall date with Daddy 2014

 

Miranda in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

Miranda in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

 

Kaelan in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

Kaelan in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

 

Sophia in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

Sophia in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

 

Homemade Halloween Costumes of Peter Pan and Wendy 2014

Homemade Halloween Costumes of Peter Pan and Wendy 2014

 

Homemade Halloween Costumes 2014

Homemade Halloween Costumes 2014

Christmas now officially starts for us!!! I will share some of our past Christmas photos soon! Praying you all had a blessed fall!

 

 

My 9 Best Breastfeeding Tips

My 9 Best Breastfeeding Tips

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Photography courtesy of OceanBluePhotography.com

Always try to use the bathroom before you settle down to nurse. One of the most uncomfortable feelings during nursing is the desperate need to pee! Baby is not going to starve if they wait another 5 to 10 minutes. Not to mention you lessen your chances of a UTI when you actually use the bathroom when you feel the need.  Photography courtesy of OceanBluePhotography.com

Find the most comfortable position for you and the baby to breastfeed. This is easily accomplished with a boppy or other pillows to rest your arms or support your back. There are also a number of breastfeeding positions to help ease the situation. My top pick would be side-lying position.

Set yourself up with what I call a nursing or breastfeeding station. This would include what you need right before, during and right after you breastfeed. This would include snacks, water, cell phone/land-line phone, t.v. Remote, books/magazines, cozy blanket when it’s cold, boppy (or similar product), burp cloths, and nursing cover.

Nursing covers are for the ladies, like myself, who seem to be hesitant at people gawking at you as you feed your baby. Some women can handle the stares and comments, good and bad alike. I would rather not. I sometimes do still get comments but most people notice less when I use the cover.

Have your burp clothes with you. A stack within the nursing station is great. Between spit-up, throw up and diaper explosions, they are down right handy! They are also good for when you have a let down to capture the milk coming from your other side.

One other important tip is that you want to have a variety of comfortable nursing bras and/or camisoles. Trust me when I write that you will really need the support.

Herbal Lactation Teas are great for increasing your supply. Always make sure you are getting enough water and calories before using the tea if you feel lacking in your supply. In the very early days, tea may not be necessary.

One basic rule when I started breastfeeding was to have a snack every time I breastfed the baby. Have some wholesome, nutritious snacks on hand. High quality protein bars, dried fruit, raw nuts, trail mixes can all store well.  Use a storage container of some kind for those snacks to have within reach while you breastfeed the baby. You can use baskets, boxes, Tupperware, reuse shoe boxes, etc. This is especially useful if you have more than one breastfeeding station (i.e. your bedroom, nursery, living room, etc.)  

Water. You’re body is made up of about 70% of water. It is the necessity of milk production (as well as adequate calories). First thing to check when your supply seems low is how much water you are actually drinking. Always have water available. Keep a bottle easily accessible in every room. Bedroom, nursery, living room—even the bathroom. I’m serious! This may seem silly or weird, but I am just saying you should be drinking water this often!  

What about you?  If you have any tips that I missed, feel free to share them below!