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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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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4 Month Baby Favorites!

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In today’s video I’m sharing some of our favorite things for baby right now. Four months is such a fun age. Eli is so aware and is learning new things everyday and it’s amazing to watch him grow and learn. Given, he is already teething and is a bit more fussy than usual, it’s still a great age – fully out of newborn but before he’s mobile and too busy for mom! You can watch my favorites video here – https://youtu.be/RcCa0_6Egb4 – and see the products listed below.

BumGenius Freetime AIO Cloth Diaper

Carter’s Soft Sole Boots

Carter’s Sleep & Play – Zip Up

SwaddleMe – Large

Matimati Bandana Bibs

RoshamboBaby Sunglasses

Summer Infant Super Seat – Apparently this version has been discontinued. There is a new deluxe version that is easy to find.

The Vintage Honey Shop Nursing/Teething Necklace 

What’s your current favorite items for baby?

Eli’s 4 Month Update!

Wow, motherhood makes you really busy! I’ve neglected posting on here since little man keeps me going all the time! It’s the best, but I do crave “me” time. Right now I’m squeezing in this post while he’s sleeping on the couch beside me. You can watch this video – https://youtu.be/JxKyBGrHObQ – for a full update on Eli and enjoy some pictures of little man below! 🙂

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Eli’s 3 month photos by MandyLiz Photography.

His first Halloween and his first Thanksgiving!

One Month Baby Update

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Weight & Length: At Eli’s one month check-up he weighted 11.1 pounds and was 23.5 inches long! I’m so happy he’s growing big and strong!

Feeding: Breastfeeding is going amazing! He sure does love his mama milk. I feel so blessed that we have had no problems at all and that he loves to eat – as evidenced my his weight gain, around 3 pounds the first month! He eats when he’s hungry or wants comfort – we are not on a schedule for eating and won’t be for quite some time.

Sleeping: Eli is a great sleeper, thank goodness! His naps vary throughout the day and each day is different. His nighttime sleeping is quite routine. He’ll sleep for a 3-4 hours (although last night was 5, maybe they’re getting longer!) then wake to eat for just a few minutes then he’ll go back down for another 2-3 hours. Sometimes he’ll go back to sleep after waking the second time, sometimes he’s ready to be up for a few minutes, but either way I’m thankful for the chunks of sleep I get through the night!

Development: Eli has had a strong neck since birth and it has gotten a lot stronger over the month. He’s also a very strong baby! He does really well at tummy time and likes lying on his play gym mat to just hang out and look around. He has a lot more awake time now. He’s very alert and has started to follow our faces and voices. He has cracked a couple of smiles (a ton if you count when he’s eating or pooping, ha) on purpose, but isn’t doing it regularly yet – I can’t wait until he does! He does really well at bath time. I give him baths with me in the tub with him. I’ll hold his head up and let him float around and he loves it! He doesn’t love to get out of the tub though! That’s when he cries the most and loudest!

Temperament: Eli is such a good baby. It is rare that he gets really upset and he’s never been inconsolable – hopefully that will last! He’s easy to calm when he does get fussy and I can usually tell what he’s needing now. He like to just chill during his awake time now and (I think) he enjoys me singing to him.

Favorites: Eli enjoys his mamaRoo to nap in or just lying on a blanket on the couch. He loves to be carried in my K’tan wrap and usually falls asleep in it. He also like to lay on his play gym mat and look at the toys above and listen to the music. Of course his favorite thing of all is his mama milk! 🙂

Update Video: You can watch his one month update here – https://youtu.be/PcBSA1JlGho