Mama Monday- Nursing at Holiday Gatherings

Over this past weekend I went to a holiday party with my husband, our little girl and lots of friends (old and new). While at the party, a new Mommy arrived with her little one in tow, and after what I assumed had been a long car trip, she immediately stepped into the restroom to nurse.

This made me think back to the days when I was nursing– my girl was born the week of Thanksgiving, so those first weeks were filled with visits from family which then ran right into holiday gatherings. I spent much of these visits and gatherings nursing my little one either in the back bedroom at our place or in a friend or family member’s restroom, and not out and about with loved ones. I remember wanting to be out with everyone- feeling like I was missing the party, and also hoping that people didn’t think I was ignoring them. It was an awkward time– mainly because I wasn’t sure how I felt about nursing in the company of others, or how they’d feel about me doing so.

Over time, I got more comfortable with nursing, and consequently, more comfortable with the idea of nursing in front of others. The visits, (of course), continued- because any parent knows, there’s nothing that draws a crowd more than a new baby. I started with friends by asking if they minded me nursing (with a cover, because I personally just didn’t feel comfortable going without one). Nine times out of ten, they were cool with it, and those visits were so much easier and much less awkward than the visits in the early days. Interestingly, nursing in front of family, for me, took longer- but I eventually ended up nursing in the company of most of my friends and family.

With so many gatherings happening this time of year, I started wondering what other Mommies’ experiences have been with nursing at holiday parties. Have you ducked out? Nursed with a cover? Without a cover? Were you comfortable with it right from the start? Or did it take easing into?

At the party this weekend, I didn’t get the chance to chat with that new Mommy (my two-year-old went into melt-down mode because she was overdue for a nap). I had hoped to connect with her, to swap stories as a fellow nursing Mommy, and also to tell her about our nursing covers, so that in the future, if she wanted to stay out with the rest of us, she could feel comfortable nursing her baby anywhere, and in any company. I also would have told her that the nursing period goes by way too fast, and to enjoy each and every moment of that special time with her little one– whether she’s hanging out on her own or in the middle of the party.

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Fashion Friday – Dressing Your Bump for Holiday Parties

Linda Caredllini Black Dress Baby BumpI really do believe there’s nothing more beautiful than an expectant mom. That’s just as true when she’s wearing comfy, casual and cute maternity fashions as when she’s glamming it up. For this Fashion Friday- we want to know how you’re dressing your baby bump this holiday season. Are you keeping it casual or going all out?

Personally, I kept it casual most of the time while I was in my last trimester.  Since I was due in November, I didn’t have any holiday parties to attend while pregnant. The little black dress I saw Linda Cardellini wear last week made me wish I had though! What a perfect way to show off her baby bump- check out the article on people.com.

So ladies- what are your go-to holiday outfits going to be?

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Toddler Time – The Things They Say

My little girl just turned 2 a couple weeks ago, and it literally seems like she says something new every day.  Her very first word was “duck”, and since that time she’s acquired a vocabulary that includes many words and phrases but the ones I hear most are usually “mine”, “Mommy” (x100), “I go potty” and “pirates” (can someone tell me where THAT one came from?)

My new favorite thing though, is listening to her sing her favorite songs, including “Twinkle Twinkle” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. She LOVES to sing, everything from the songs that she’s heard ever since she was born, to something she hears just once on the radio.  In fact, this week she decided that “Piano Man” is her new favorite song, requesting it every time we’ve gotten in the car since. “Mommy, I listen “da dada didda da?” (Glad it’s so easy to download music on your phone now, because I was able to comply almost immediately).

I’ve been inspired to take some of my favorite phrases, mispronunciations and songs of hers and archive them for the future in my scrapbook, where I’ve created a page titled “Harper-isms”. Holding onto these gems for future embarrassment for her no doubt, but also so I can always look back and remember her being this small- because I know it won’t last for long!

What are your favorite words, phrases or songs from your babies?

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Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: December 2011 City Sprouts

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – December 2011

Store Name: City Sprouts

Years in business: 5+ years

Store Location:  6303 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130 & online at www.citysprouts.com

Contact Info: Molly Curlee

Hours: M- Sat: 10-6 & Sun: 12-5

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry? Hooter Hiders, Bebe au Lait nursing covers and the new Lille by Bebe au Lait Everyday Luxury Blankets because they are great! Plus their original nursing covers come in amazing fabrics and stylish prints.

What are your customers’ favorite prints to purchase? My customers are drawn Aero, Nest and Papillon.

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product? Hooter Hiders

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products? We have found that the Hooter Hiders are best displayed in stainless steel buckets and the Bebe au Lait covers sitting on a shelf.

What is the one thing you would like others to know about you? City Sprouts is a one-stop super cool baby & kid shop!

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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