Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date Friday {#5}

Hey peeps!  Looks like we’re having late coffee today 🙂

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If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that it’s been a fairly quiet week around here, and that was a nice reprieve.  Albert and I went to his specialist appointment on Monday and while there weren’t any answers, it was good to know that his condition is stable.  We now have another specialist to go see as we start the process of looking for a diagnosis.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that J has been unsually clingy this week.  I’m not sure what’s going on, but every time we’d drop him off at school, he started to cry and wanted hug after hug after hug.  His teachers told us that during the day he’d tell them he was sad and that he missed his Mommy and Daddy.  Breaks my heart when he’s upset like that, but I really don’t know what’s going on.  N did bring home a mild cold last week, which she graciously passed on to Baba and Baby J, so it may be that J just wasn’t feeling all that great.

I’d tell you that I’m really excited for the start of Project Sewn next week!  There’s an amazing lineup of designers this season.  I have my first outfit done for the sew along, but just need to get Albert to take some photos for me — hopefully this weekend.  Then I need to seriously get cracking on my remaining outfits, which I haven’t started yet!  I do have all my materials though, so that’s something.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m getting really tired of this Polar Vortex crap that’s been hitting us all winter.  We haven’t had a ton of snow the last month or so (knock on wood), but this winter has been much, much colder than is typical around here.  I’m really hoping the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow on Sunday and we at least get an early spring.

Speaking of Sunday — Baby J will officially be 5 months old on Sunday!!  He’s such a sweet little doll-baby, and it’s so hard to believe that he’s almost 5 months old.  He still doesn’t roll over with any regularity yet — he did it once, kind of on accident, and hasn’t repeated since — so I’m hoping he hits that milestone soon.  He gets carried around after brother and sister so much that it’s not really surprising.  AND he still hasn’t cut that first tooth — I told you it would take a good two months for it to pop through!

Baby J is still exclusively breastfed, which is more than I could say with my other 2 by 5 months.  But Baby J and I are still plugging along just fine.  I do have to break into my stash most days to get enough milk for the three 6-oz bottles I leave for him every day, but I have a lot of stash left and I’m producing WAY more at 5 months than I did with either of my other two at this age.  I have my fingers crossed that I can make it through to 6 months without having to use formula to fill up the bottles. Then I think we’ll be home free once he starts on solids and his daily breastmilk intake starts to decline.  Wish me luck!

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

Linking up with Rags to Stitches for Coffee Date Friday.

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  1. if we were having coffee, i would tell you that i am soooo frustrated with breastfeeding. E has been on a breastmilk strike and only wants formula! i have never heard of that–i thought it would be the other way around. my supply has been much lower with E, so we had to start formula a couple of weeks ago. apparently, she loves it. so, now i am pumping all the time hoping that she changes her mind. any ideas out there?

    1. Man, I’m sorry you’re dealing with this issue! I know from personal experience how frustrating that is. Your BFing experience with E sounds just like mine with both J and N. With them, I had plenty of supply at first but then as soon as I went back to work, my supply started to decline. We had to start supplementing with formula when they were about 4 months old and then my supply just steadily declined and I couldn’t figure out how to get it back no matter how much I pumped. And J also loved formula — any type of formula and he just sucked it down. He got so frustrated with breastfeeding because my supply wasn’t keeping up and he didn’t want to wait for the let-down that he just screamed at me when I tried to get him to nurse. N of course was picky and would only drink the expensive Similac formula but had similar frustrations with nursing. I wish I had answers for you, but I don’t. You’re not a newbie, so I know that you’re doing all the stuff you’re “supposed” to do like eating enough, drinking enough, pumping often, etc. I have been taking a couple of herbal supplements — the Motherlove More Milk Special Blend and then one called MilkRich. I get both at Whole Foods. I honestly couldn’t tell you if they make a ton of difference since I didn’t take them with the other 2, but I’m continuing since I’ve been taking them since I went back to work and they’re at least not hurting anything.

      The only thing I can offer you is to say don’t beat yourself up if E ends up being a formula baby for a few months. J and N both were and they are fine. They’re happy, healthy and very smart. In the end, so long as she’s happy and healthy, it doesn’t matter how she is fed. When I was BFing J and N, it was so important to me to try to BF for a full year but I just couldn’t do it. I generally don’t do the “mom guilt” thing but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel terrible about having to switch them to formula. And there are a lot of others out there (moms and otherwise) who reinforce those feelings and can make you feel like you’re doing something wrong or not trying hard enough, etc., whether they mean to or not. And it’s not true — you’re doing great and doing everything that you can do to get your baby fed. I’m not saying not to keep trying with the pumping and BFing, but I know I got to a point where it was so stressful and emotionally-draining and it wasn’t getting any better, just worse, and it wasn’t healthy for me anymore. I felt so liberated when I finally let it all go.

      So anyway, hang in there, and feel free to drop me a line for a telephone coffee date if you need a sympathetic ear.

  2. I’m super excited for Project Sewn too! I always love seeing the amazing outfits the designers come up with! I have one outfit done…I think I am going to do the sew along for at least one of the weeks. It’s hard because I’m in school and don’t have a lot of time to sew! I have to satisfy my creative side by reading my favorite sewing blogs and following Project Sewn.

    Oh, I hear you about this Polar Vortex! I am getting sick of winter already. I just wish it would warm up a little!

    1. I hear you on not having much time! Sometimes reading blogs (and fabric shopping) is how I have to get my creative fix too. I’ll be sure to check out your Project Sewn outfit!

  3. I missed the coffee date! D’oh! If we were having coffee…I would tell you how bad I felt for the people having to deal with the crazy weather. Even though California isn’t experiencing any cold it’s experiencing the opposite. It’s literally on fire. Can’t go long before hearing about some fire or another happening due to the record-breaking droughts.

    The crazy weather needs to just simmer down. Take a break. Please.

    And I’m really excited for Project Sewn. It’s the first time I am familiar with almost all the participants. I feel more invested in keeping up this time around.

    1. Wildfires always seem so scary to me. I can deal with winter — I’ve dealt with it my whole life — and while it gets really old after a while, at least it’s not going to destroy my home! But I agree, the crazy weather we’re having everywhere needs to end. Now. Too bad Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow last weekend :/

      I had such a hard time deciding who to vote for on PS this week! I follow pretty much all of the contestants and their entries were uniformly awesome. I have a feeling that will be my theme this season …

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