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Breastfeeding: a true story

13 Nov

This is by no means a bragging post.

This is simply me, wanting to document the third (and last) journey of mine while I still have the luxury of exclusively breastfeeding the little guy outside.

There are certain things about breastfeeding that no one tells you about.

When you become a mom for the first time, you are immediately flooded with all kinds of insecurities concerning the well-being of your newborn. The weight you are forced to carry for being solely responsible for its survival, weighs heavy on your heart and soul.

Then, your milk comes in. And it hurts LIKE HELL. And you turn into an ugly Dolly Parton version of yourself (I could draw you a picture but I am pretty sure you’d rather not). You begin to wonder:  Is this how it’s supposed to feel? Is this normal? Do I have enough milk? And along with the pain, the hormones and the self-doubt you get an overflow of information (you never asked for in the first place) from relatives and acquaintances trying to impose what THEY think is best for you. And while you are trying to tame the inner voices, a smart-ass, formula bribed, so-called pediatrician pays you your first visit and informs you that your baby is losing weight and that YOU might not have enough milk and that they might need to supplement with formula.

While I experienced all of the above I was one of the lucky ones. I had my sister’s back. She had previously nursed all three of her girls and reassured me that although it sure didn’t feel like it at that point, it would eventually get better & I would even enjoy it.

It took 2 whole months, a different pro-nursing pediatrician and the LLL (La Leche League) support group to make it work, but it did. And after the first very hard couple of months I started seeing the beauty of it.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all moonlight and roses. Here are a few examples of what breastfeeding was/is to me:

  • For the first few months your baby is like your key chain. Glued on to you. Especially if your baby eats irregularly (all three babies suffered from acid reflux which on some days meant that they were on the breast 24/7).
  • You can NOT smoke/drink alcohol/starve as this will affect your milk supply.
  • You might have to say bye-bye to certain foods/drinks which make your baby fussy. Because lets face it, fussy baby=sleepless mommy.
  • Your milk is light=easier digested=frequent night waking.
  • You feel like super woman. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Which brings me to the next point:
  • You become mesmerized by the power of nature.
  • You get sick, baby gets antibodies through your milk, baby doesn’t get sick.
  • You have the power of the tit. If everything else fails, put your baby on the boob and it will immediately calm him down and drowse him off to dreamland.

Last but not least, do what you feel is BEST for YOU. If you feel like nursing is your thing, do it. If you feel that your baby will strive more on formula, do it. And feel damn good about it.

Until next time

love

t

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a little bit of gratitude

25 Sep

A little over a year ago I was completely ignorant of the magnitude of happiness that the little guy outside would bring to our lives. The day I held the positive pregnancy test in my hands I started crying and crying and crying and the only one that saved me that day was MY person, MY ROCK, my sister Alex. I honestly don’t have a clue what I would do without her.

Alex was thrilled. She was ecstatic. She was out of this world happy. She tried to calm me down by saying all the right things and she even managed to make me take a momentary glimpse at the light at the end of the tunnel. She stayed calm and reassured me that everything was going to be alright. 

Well, she was DAMN right. After a trying and very difficult pregnancy, everything DID turn out alright.

I would like to dedicate this post to the people who stood by me and whose gestures of kindness helped me in one way or another to fight my inner demons and simply gave me hope. HOPE is a wonderful thing. HOPE is essential to leading a happy life. HOPE is priceless.

A big shout out to my enthusiastic sister and my loving hubby, who always encouraged me that I COULD do THIS.

Special thanks to my mom who showed empathy, compassion and patience when mine was running out and to my mother in law who went into the trouble of putting properly cooked food on our table, every single day.

From my real life friends who went out of their way to help me (thank you Iro & Daphne for that surprise delivery of burger & fries-you seriously MADE MY DAY) to my fellow blogger friends whose words of encouragement made all the difference (Matt, you might be right, he might turn out to be my favourite after all).

Thank you.

Life is good. Life is NOT PERFECT. It is blissful, chaotic, beautiful, frantic, challenging, stressful but most importantly BEAUTIFUL.

Yes, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

Until next time

love

t

happy

husband vs son

10 Feb

HUSBAND

‘What’s wrong?’ asked N. in a semi-bored semi-overworked kind of tone while we were getting ready to call it a night and wander off to dreamland.

‘I feel ugly’ I replied while staring at the wall.

‘Well, you shouldn’t’, he responded in a now 100%-bored-and-way-too-tired-to-get-into-that-conversation tone.

‘That’s it? Seriously? one step closer to switching on the fountain of unlimited tears I seem to have in storage for the last 18 weeks.

‘Well you are not and I am tired’.

Oh honey but you are beautiful. You glow. Your skin looks radiant. You are full of life. You are creating a miracle, was more like what I needed to hear but no, I got the WELL, YOU SHOULDN’T response.

SON

Yiannis loves to take pictures and whenever he sees a window of opportunity he puts on the loving, caring and compassionate (=I can do whatever I want with you mommy) face and asks me if he can use my phone to take a couple of pictures.

Then, when he manages to take 3 zillion in less than 5 minutes, we go through them (one by one) and start the keep it or lose it process. Most of them are blurry so we both agree on losing them, some are boring nice which I pretend to keep and lose later on when he’s not looking (yes, mother of the year award-again) and some are really good (like 5 out of the 3 zillion).

He usually takes pictures of his toys, his room, his books, occasionally of his sister who is really eager to pose her bunny teeth in front of any camera and occasionally of mom. When we got to the one picture he took of me the conversation went like this:

‘Oh honey, lose this one’.

‘But why mom? It’s not blurry’.

‘I know hon. But I look ugly.’

‘No, mom. You NEVER look ugly. You are ALWAYS beautiful.

I rest my case

Until next time

love

tatu

p.s. I knew there was a reason I had kids in the first place.

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a week in pictures – Pelion

6 May

We are back!

Due to lack of time (and energy) I will just share a few pics of the lovely (?) week we spent away.

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riding in the car…not his thing

 

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early morning visitor!

 

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luscious green

 

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it can’t get better than this

 

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banana??seriously??

 

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the lovely Angelina

 

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tree climbing never gets old

 

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As soon as I recover from my week away I will tell you all about it. I am still trying to find a word which would best describe a week away from home with the kids because one thing is for sure VACATION is NOT it.

Until next time

love,

tatu

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life

22 Nov

life

Aside

well said

23 Oct

Today I decided to share a few of my favourite quotes that inspire me.

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xxx

T

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