Mamas Tell All: Never Would I Ever...

I'm linking up today with Everyday ThoughtsSo Called Homemaker and That Southern Mama for today's Mamas Tell All! 
I'm a first time mom, and the biggest lesson I have learned over the past 7 months is that our babies come with their own little manual. All babies are different and all mamas are different! Motherhood forces us to be flexible. 

Lesson One on Breastfeeding: 
When I sat down for my first breastfeeding class, I was super excited about breast feeding for atleast a year! I knew all the benefits, read tons of articles, I was ready! Anybody whose read our experience knows things did not go as planned. My lactation consultant told us not to give a newborn a pacifier, so his first night Little Monkey didn't get one and was brought to me every 2 hours to nurse, and nurse he did! Till we got home. It was a nightmare, as all first nights home are... We were google searching types of binkies and that morning he had one in his mouth! We were all much happier! I agonized and cried over giving him formula until one day I read a blog from I think it was Lucie's List that said "formula is not poison". That helped me relax a bit, for the first 6 months of his life he got exclusively pumped breast milk, after that it's been all formula. And guess what?! HE IS GROWING!!! 

Lesson Two on Grandparents: 
Pediatricians recommend no TV for children under 2 years old, they say it makes them passive. Anybody who's seen a baby in front of a TV can agree with that, they stop exploring and just sit there. Not good for a growing tiny human! We are still attempting no TV, but it is really hard when we live with my parents... my dad is a news junkie and he will humor me and at least mute it for a little while... When he was little it was easier to control the influence of TV, now that he is a crawler it's really hard to keep him completely away from it. Muting is a nice compromise until we move. 

Lesson Three on Clothing
I said our son would NEVER wear camouflage of any kind. At two months old he had brown camo pants that his aunt bought him... he was super cute. He now has some camo boots I can't wait for him to wear this Fall! I'm not a fan of the hunting gear I see all over Georgia, I didn't want a baby redneck on my hands, but when your baby gets free clothes anything is better than nothing. 

Lesson Four on Solids: 
Homemade baby food. So I did good on this for about 2 weeks, then a growth spurt happened and between working full time and wanting to spend quality time with him instead of in the kitchen, I couldn't keep up. So we started buying baby food. Beechnut is all we buy, so many flavors! I still give him a bite of whatever I'm eating so avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas, pancakes, scrambled eggs. He loves it and is not a picky eater thank goodness! 

Lesson Five on Loving Your Body: 
Weight loss. goodness gracious, this is tough for me. The reality is more things change in your life than your body when you become a new mom. I've always been into working out and thought right after I had our baby I would jump right back into my gym routine. I walked 4 miles 5-6 times a week when I was pregnant, I walked 6 the day I was scheduled for my induction! We are saving money not paying for a membership, so I've been walking/running with Little Monkey around our 2 mile hilly circle. I go to the college gym every now and then to lift weights, but still haven't graced the doorstep of our local gym. Don't ask me why... I can't tell you. 

Take it easy on yourself, in the end we are all just normal moms trying to do our best!  


Georgia War Veterans Home

We went to the War Veterans home for the 1st annual Veteransfest. They had music, food, and of course all those yummy baked goods. I jump at the chance to support our veterans! This is the same place I've been visiting for the past 11 years (7 as a cadet, 4 as an employee) for the Veteran's Day Parade.  
I'm proud to live in an area where country is still important, where our vets are honored like this, I hope to bring Little Monkey back to visit again and again. 
Veteran's garden  

 I'm a sucker for arts and crafts booths! 


Weekend Recap

Did y'all have a nice weekend? 
Friday we didn't do much. We spent most of the morning in the bed with Little Monkey. Nobody was sick, I just really needed some down time. After a week of running around like a chicken with my head cut off I have to take a day to let my body recover. If I don't it could lead to a flare up and when that happens I become disabled. Yes, me. Unable to walk, crying, pain all over my body. Then I have to take hard core meds and it just goes on and on. Thank you rheumatoid arthritis, you are the best... 
SO I take a day to restart. After laying in bed, I popped some ibuprofen and we went for a run/walk around our 2 mile block. In the afternoon while the baby slept we road 6 miles around our local park. The weather was beautiful and perfect for outdoor time. 
When we got home I cooked dinner for the fam and The Big Dawg ran out for an ice cream run. The request was for 2 mint chocolate chips (dad), a tiny pecan praline Ben and Jerry's (mom), and strawberry cheesecake for me.
You can see what he brought back, the requested, this and some Rocky Road.
Our freezer is packed. 
Saturday we slept in and in the afternoon went to the Deep Roots Festival. There were vendors, a Kidzone (which we stayed clear of, not ready yet for that area in my life), and our friend's daughters danced on the main stage. 
We took a nice drive after the festival and I got this shot of our local lake. 
Beautiful ending to a beautiful weekend. 


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