Breastfeeding My Toddler

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One of the greatest joys motherhood has brought me has been breastfeeding Eli. It’s the one thing that has been easy and went the way I wanted it to. I’m so thankful for that. A lot of women struggle with breastfeeding or are unable to at all, so I know what a blessing this journey has been. Eli is 16 months old now and I plan to continue to nurse him until he self-weans. Of course, as he gets older, plans could change, but right now we are both perfectly happy with our breastfeeding relationship. Here’s part one of a Q+A video where I answered some questions about it.

Did you breastfeed? For how long?

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What Eli Ate Today | 9 Month Old’s Meals

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I recently filmed Eli’s meals for a day. He still nurses several time throughout the day, but is also eating 3 meals and 1 snack. We do a combination of purees and solids. He is a great eater and we haven’t had any problems getting him to eat anything! He does prefer to feed himself chunks of food, which is good for us since it keeps him occupied while we eat! 🙂

Watch the video here – https://youtu.be/0cEP2strcz4

Eli is 9 Months Old!

18194858_10103459120372252_8583558767517432414_nIt’s already been two months since I last posted an Eli update and what a busy two months it has been! At his 9 month appointment he weighed 19 pounds and  was 28 inches long. Eli is mobile, and while he’s not crawling on his knees just yet, he is one fast army crawler and can get anywhere he wants to go! He loves getting into the cabinets, opening and shutting doors, chasing the cats and Marni, and basically just going where he shouldn’t. He’s sitting up from all positions now and pulling up, too. He’s eating a lot of solids now. We’re still giving him some purees still along with soft foods. I just recently bought him puffs for the first time and he’s a big fan. He mocks our expressions and our noises, we can’t cough or sneeze without him joining in. It’s so cute! He’s still nursing on demand. We started a music class and he seems to be really enjoying it. He has started moving his arms to the music and “dancing”. The biggest news is that HE IS SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! Glory, glory, hallelujah! It took just a bit of training, but he is a sleeping champ now. Or at least at night, naps are still iffy. This is such a fun age. It’s amazing how fast they learn and grow and change. He’s definitely not a little baby any longer and will be a TODDLER in just 3 months. It’s so bittersweet.

Watch Eli’s 9 month update video – https://youtu.be/Cu8m8L4uZxg

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Eli is 7 Months Old!

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Oh, my sweet, sweet boy is somehow 7 months old. I can hardly remember when he was a newborn. I often go back and watch videos and look at pictures to remember how small and fragile he was. He’s always seemed so big, even back then, but when I go back I see how small he really was. To say that I’m in love with Eli would be an understatement. He consumes me in the very best way while exhausting me at the same time. I can’t get enough of him. I long for him to sleep through the night, but miss him when I put him to bed. We are so attached to each other that I worry about him being “too” dependent on me. But is that so bad? I don’t know, I don’t think so. He’s sensitive and loving. He has to warm up to new people, but will love on them once he does.

He has 7 teeth already and bites me a lot. He’s sitting up and rolling around and scooting across the room and trying his best to crawl and gets to frustrated when he just can not reach what he wants. But it won’t be long until he can, until he’s mobile and all over the place and doesn’t want me to hold him quite as much as he does right now. So I try to soak up each moment. I put my phone down more often while he’s nursing and nursing and just stare at him staring at me because some day soon he won’t be nursing and nursing. He’ll be nursing in the morning and at night and maybe for naps. But I won’t be his main “num num”.

I bring myself to tears every day, right now even, thinking about what a whirlwind the past 7 months have been. They’ve been the hardest of my life, mentally, physically, emotionally. They’ve been the best of my life and they’ve been the fastest of my life and part of me wants to go back and do it all again, just to remember it better. To write down each day or to take video each day so that I can remember what I don’t right now. The other part of me is so glad that we’ve made it through the “fog” and I feel like I’m a little bit of the person I used to be, not that I’ll ever be her again or that I even want to be.

I love Eli so much it hurts. It’s the best feeling in the world.

Here is the video I made for Eli’s 7 months – https://youtu.be/V2dymfOQH_0

Here is the video I made for my 7 month postpartum update – https://youtu.be/Fb2tD6_eI7g

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Cloth Diaper Routine & Storage + a Quick Haul

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We have been part-time cloth diapering for a few months now & have a pretty easy routine down. In today’s video I show you a quick Thirstie’s haul from Christmas, our cloth diaper routine, & our storage.

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The Thirstie’s Outdoor Adventure Collection is ADORABLE! I love the all of the prints and so does Eli it seems!

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Duo Wraps in Mountain Bike, Midnight Blue, & Fin

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All-in-Ones in Happy Camper, Adventure Trail, & Cactus Garden

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My wash routine is so, so simple! I do a pre-wash, a hot heavy duty cycle, & an extra rinse cycle. I’ve used both Rockin’ Green & Charlie’s Soap detergents & both have worked great so far – no lingering smells. I’ve had a few stains to deal with, but they came right out after a few hours in the sun! Easy!

Our cloth diaper storage:

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These drawers attached to Eli’s crib have given us the perfect amount of storage we have needed for cloth diapers and extras.

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We moved this dresser into our living room in place of two large chairs during the Christmas season to make room for the tree, but it gave us such good storage that we left it in there. This is our diapering drawer and it fits exactly what we need it to.

Other cloth diapering items we are enjoying:

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Naturally Nature Cloth Diaper Liners, Honest Bottom Wash, Thirstie’s Organic Cloth Wipes, & BumGenius All-in-Ones

Dekor Diaper Pail & Cloth Diaper Pail Liner

Do you cloth diaper? Full-time or part-time? Are there any tips or tricks you’d like to share?