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Why my maternity leave rocks with a toddler and infant

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I’m the first to admit, I was scared of the idea of being at home with a toddler and infant. I was stressed out about breastfeeding Katie, while trying to keep Isabelle busy. I was worried Isabelle was going to lose her French and that Katie wouldn’t have most of my attention.

I was wrong.

 

We do have our share of bad days, but here are a few reasons why my second maternity leave rocks with a toddler and infant:

  1. We take advantage of playgroups. With Isabelle, I didn’t do any playgroups at all. We did do mommy and baby yoga and did a lot of shopping, but with Katie hating the car seat, we aren’t going very far. I’m also very fortunate that a lot of my very good girlfriends are stay-at-home moms and on maternity leave. I’ve also made a lot of new mom-friends at these playgroups too.
  2. Isabelle keeps things interesting. We do crafts, play house, sing, read books. Katie is great, but she can’t sing “something in my shoe“, so we sing it to her.
  3. I get to see Isabelle grow up. She’s learning at lightening speed. I’m at the point now that she needs to slow down on the growing up. She’s such a kind soul. I don’t want that to change ever.
  4. Isabelle is as excited as I am when Katie learns a new skill. Watching her roll from side to side or making her laugh just makes our day.
  5. My mom has been at my place, (almost) every day with the girls. I still haven’t mastered the art of the nap for the girls, but that’s okay. I love having my mom come over and help me with them. I’ll never have this kind of time with her again when I go back to work. I’m very appreciative that she’s taken the time to come help me.

I’m sure there are a lot more reasons why I’m really enjoying this maternity leave, but I’ll save those for another blog post.

10 things that made my breastfeeding journey easier

For those that have followed, I’ve had a lot of difficulty giving my 4.5 month old a bottle. At 6 weeks, I started to introduce a bottle with no luck. Recently, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have a baby that just won’t take a bottle.

Now, I’m just happy to have a #fedbaby.

I have such a love hate relationship with breastfeeding. During this difficult time for me, I have found a few tools along the way that have made my breastfeeding journey a little easier for me. Here is a list of a few of my favourite things:

Jolly Jumper Nursing Pillow

There is a variety of nursing pillows that you can purchase these days, but this one is my favourite. The shape and thickness of it, makes breastfeeding easy on my back. I did try to get one of the free nursing pillows, but it just wasn’t as comfortable in my opinion.

Nursing pyjamas

You would think that any old shirt would do, but yes, I found that nursing pyjamas make a difference. Motherhood maternity and Thyme often have sales on nursing clothing. Keep an eye out for sales while pregnant. You’ll thank yourself later for picking something up.

Medela sleep bra

So comfortable. That is all.

Disposable nursing pads

The last couple of days, I’m giving washable nursing pads a try, but I don’t find they give me the same confidence that I won’t soak through the pad as the disposable ones. I’m not a cloth diaper type person, probably not a washable nursing pad type person either. I love me my disposables.

Nightlight

When I’m getting up for multiple feeds in the night, I’m half asleep. I appreciate having a little bit of light to help me nurse. I really like the flickering candle night light. It’s just bright enough for me to see, but not enough to get the baby stimulated.

Water bottle

Speaking of night feeds, I’m always so thirsty at night. I always have a bottle of water beside the bed.

iPhone

I use my iPhone all the time while nursing, it’s probably the only time I have to check emails, think of future blog posts, post about Buskins … but I have to admit, as I am typing this blog post on the computer and nursing Katie right now. Look at me multitasking.

Lactation consultant

When Katie wouldn’t take the bottle, I hired a lactation consultant. She was very aware of my goals and tried to help me problem solve. Although, Katie is still not taking a bottle, I still feel like I learned a lot and would recommend hiring a consultant if you feel you need one.

Nursing cover

I really love my nursing cover that I got for free. You can get your own free Udder Cover too clicking here.

Good baby

As difficult as this has been for me, Katie has been a real treat to breast feed. She latches on well, she’s always in a good mood, only cries if something is wrong, smiles and laughs under the cover. She’s an easy baby to breastfeed. I am thankful for that.

That’s it for me. What are some of the things you found the most useful while breastfeeding?

Mimijumi Bottles Adventure Ends & Need Night Breast Feeding Advice

Katie and I’s Mimijumi bottle adventure has now ended. I am waving my white flag and have given into the fact that my baby just won’t take a bottle. We are the 3% of babies that will not take a Mimijumi bottle. I’m sad, but now at peace with the fact that I will have to continue to be breast feed her for at least the next 6 months.

So breast-feeding mama’s, how do you do it? Really? I need your help.

With Isabelle, I stop breastfeeding her at 4 months. Personal decision. She did take a bottle on and off prior to that, so it was an easy transition for us. However, we did have to sleep train Isabelle at 6 months, because it took us at least 45 minutes of rocking, singing, walking, soothing, swaddling… and then she would get up 45 minutes late. I went mad. I couldn’t live like that anymore. We did the SleepEasy Solution (a version of crying it out) method and haven’t looked back.

Katie is now 4 months old. I don’t think she’ll need a CIO, BUT I need to stop these night feeds. Katie is co-sleeping with one of us every night. My husband takes the first shift and I take the second. When she sleeps with my husband, I can get 4 hour stretch of sleep at a time, but with me, we’re up every 1.5 – 2.5 hours to feed. I don’t think she needs to feed, it is more of a sleep association. How do I stop this?

Please help!

 

6 Online Stores with Nursing Tops Under $30

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(image from Gap Canada)

Since Katie, doesn’t seem any closer to taking a bottle, I’m starting to look into getting more nursing wear. Now that I have some fabulous leggings to wear, I now need to update my tops too. I’m using the ones I have so much, that they’re starting to fall apart. I don’t want to spend a fortune on these tops. I would like to keep my entire outfit to under $55. The leggings are ~$23, so now to find tops under $30.

My requirements: They must be either long sleeve or a tank top so I can cover up with a fun cardigan. I’m not keen on t-shirts.

Here’s what I found so far:

Amazon.ca

Motherhood Maternity

Thyme Maternity

Nurture-Elle

Gap Canada

BumbleWee Nursing Wear

My favourite top of the bunch is the one I posted a picture of above from Gap Canada. I’m going to “attempt” to go shopping again tomorrow. I’ll see if I find anything before I order them online.