Friday, July 29, 2011

A pumping we will go!

I just thought I would put together some tips for pumping while on the go. Chris and I recently took our first overnight trip away from home with Scarlett and I have had to travel to Fargo many times in the past month so learning how to pump on the go has been a must for me.

Pumping in the car/ while driving

Okay, okay so I know what your thinking, pumping while driving! Yes, it is wonderful way to get your pumps in. It is multi-tasking at its best.

1. Hands Free Bra

It is actually easier than it sounds with the wonderful invention of the hands free pumping bra. I just put of the hands free bra before leaving the house.

2. Nursing Cover

When I get into the car I put on my nursing cover, put the horns in the bra, put on my seat belt, then hook up the bottles. The tubing then hooks up to the bottles and you can start the pump.

3. Battery pack or car adapter

 I forgot to mention your pump either needs a battery pack or you need a car adapter. I use a car adapter because I think the suction is better than with the battery pack.

2. Coolers

It is so important to remember to bring coolers for the milk you pump out and for your pumping parts. One of the biggest tricks I learned is that you can rinse out your pumping parts and store them in the fridge for the next time you pump. This trick saves you so much time because you don't have to wash your parts so much. It also saves you money because you don't have to buy as many sets of pumping parts.

3. Medela Quick Clean Wipes

Medela Quick Clean Wipes for Breast Pump & Accessories - 24 Pk - Medela  - Babies"R"UsThese are awesome and replace the need for water. So when you are done pumping just wipe your parts off with these and store them in the cooler.  So easy!

I am sure there are many more tips out there, but these specific ones have helped me so much. I am learning new things everyday about different ways to pump. One lady even pumped while cooking, cleaning, and walking the dog with her battery powered pump with a back pack!! I guess you gotta do what you gotta do to get those pumps in, because it definitely is a challenge some days.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Today we took Scarlett to get her pictures taken! So excited to get to see them. But the photographer and I got into a discussion about our children. I was telling her about Scarlett and how she was colicky in the beginning, how she hates snuggling, is so active, can be demanding, and is all around a high need/ strong willed child. She smiled and said her first, who is now 18, was exactly the same. She said it was so difficult to parent her at times, but what helped her was to look positively at her daughters attributes. She stopped saying the words difficult and demanding, and instead replaced them with words such a spirited and energetic. She also recommended the book "Raising your spirited child: A guide for parents whose child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and energetic." I am excited to get to read it.
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic

It definitely helps to know that there are others out there who struggle or struggled to raise a spirited child. It helps me know that I am not alone and helps me when I feel I am doing something wrong when other parents have these babies who snuggle, relax, rarely cry, and sleep soundly through the night.

So today and hopefully every day I am going to embrace my spirited child knowing that she is exactly who God made her to be and there is a reason she is who she is. I am going to look positively at her temperament and talk positively about her. 

Here she is trying already trying to conquer the stairs. I could not keep her away from them. Just look at that little smirk. (Please pay no attention to the dirty floor I let my child crawl on!)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Having fun standing!

Playing Peekaboo

7 month well baby check

Yesterday Scarlett had her 7 month well baby check. I was pretty proud of myself for not weighing her the last to months. However, that made me slightly nervous on the way to her appointment because I wasn't sure how much she had gained. I know it doesn't really matter because I know she is healthy and meeting all of her milestones, but I get nervous the nurse practitioner will turn to me and tell me to start high calorie formula. Much to my surprise the nurse practitioner actually said she doesn't worry to much about breastfed baby weights because she knows that they are getting the best nutrition. She is one smart lady! Anyways Scarlett weighed in at 14lbs 2oz. She still sits at the 10th percentile for weight and the 75th percentile for height. They said she is following her growth curve nicely. They also said she is ahead of schedule with her army crawling, playing peekaboo and mimicking hand movements. Yay! It makes a momma feel proud to hear that!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

7 months

I have made it to 7 months pumping!! WOO HOO! It's still hard and the domperidone is making me gain back the weight I had lost :( But totally worth it to feed my baby I guess! I am going to try to start working out more and decrease my intake a little bit (I mean laying off  the donuts and cookies and reaching for an apple instead) to see if that helps. I kinda need to anyways since my clothes are starting to get a bit tight and I definitely don't have the funds for a new wardrobe. Am kinda nervous because I have heard people say working out has decreased their supply. I am definitely hoping this is not the case for me since I am barely feeding her now.Wish me luck!