Hanging up my Hooter Hider….For Now

Recently I’ve been counting the days until I’m done nursing and can wear a dress again. I hated that I was limited to two piece outfits only – pant and shirt, short and shirt or skirt and shirt. Seems like such a small thing to miss but I’ve finally started to feel a little limited with my wardrobe. Maybe it ‘s because the pants are still a little tight from the baby weight and the dress seemed like it would hide the excess weight a little better. Whatever the reason, I ‘m looking forward to the end of nursing.

My goal was to nurse my son until he was a year old and switch to regular milk and skip formula altogether. My son is now 14 ½ months and we are down to one feeding a day, typically before bed. We’ve gone back and forth from 1-2 feeds a day for the past two months. It has been a struggle for me because he had surgery right after his first birthday and it seemed mean to not give him what he wanted when he didn’t feel well. Then a couple weeks ago he had a bad cold and he needed the extra snuggles more than the milk, but it also helped him go to sleep faster without a fight from a sick baby.

When I first started weaning I tried to give him a bottle instead of nursing, but he just wasn’t having it. The only thing that worked for him was a sippy cup. The trick that has been working for me so far is changing up our routine before I put him in his crib for a nap. Instead of nursing him, I sit with him in the rocking chair. I offer him his Sippy cup – even though he declines it when he knows it is naptime. Then I either read him a couple of books or I sing him a song as he holds his blankie. Then I lay him in his crib and he takes a nap. I know I just have a few more rough nights of refusing him and we will probably be done.

I think at this at point it is about me struggling to let go of my baby and accept the toddler he has become. I struggle when he looks up at me with his big brown eyes and long eyelashes. He just melts my heart. The only thought that makes it easier to wean my son is the fact that we are planning to have another baby at some point and more importantly I am confident Bebe au Lait will have new fabrics that I will just have to have with the next baby.

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Made With Love

Meet Laura. She is one of my dearest childhood friends.

Me (left) and Laura in my backyard circa 1990

Though we’ve grown apart and come together and grown apart again throughout our middle and high school years and have now carved lives for ourselves in different states, I have had the good fortune of rekindling a friendship with her thanks to Facebook. Though it’s not the same as being there in person, through her status updates, messaging, and photo uploads I’ve been able to follow and support her recent milestones: engagement, marriage, pregnancy and birth of her first baby!

Doesn’t she make the most radiant mama-to-be?

Just last week she became a beautiful, strong mother to Baby Eden.

Laura has always been extremely gifted when it comes to anything arts- and crafts-related. When I was five I was taking my drawing cues from her. As part of Laura’s preparation for Baby Eden she taught herself to knit. Just try telling me you don’t have baby fever after scrolling through these.

How cute are those little booties?! And the little coveralls with the fish buttons?! Her photos just make me melt. Then she had to go and post photos like this below of Baby Eden wearing her knitwear and my heart almost burst from swelling with joy for her and her family.

Congratulations, friend! Yours is one of the richest lives I know. Thank you for sharing it with me and allowing me to forward it on.

For Baby Eden’s birth story you can visit Laura’s blog here. In fact, I encourage you to read it. It is the most eloquent, insightful, beautifully-primitive birth story I’ve ever read.

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Health Care Reform

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We’ve been talking in the office this week about the Health Care Reform and the inclusion of rights for working, breastfeeding moms. Employers are to provide a ‘non-bathroom area’ in the workplace for the mom who needs a quiet, private place to pump breast milk. Regular (unpaid) breaks are also to be allowed until their baby turns 1 year of age.

We don’t currently have any breastfeeding moms at the Bebe au Lait offices, so we talked about previous places of employment and the provisions for this important time in a new mom’s life. Pleasantly, we seemed to agree that in our experience U.S, as well as U.K companies are way ahead of this law.

For more reading on this part of the Health Care Reform go here and for more reasons to breastfeed go here. And please send us any stories you have of breastfeeding/pumping in the office.

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