Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Christmas is by far my favorite holiday! I love getting together with family and friends to eat good food. I also love having other people open the gifts I gave them. It is so much more fun to give than to recieve!

Anyways even though I love this stuff I was reminded this morning that amongst all of the extra stuff the real reason for Christmas is to celebrate Jesus birth!!! To remember that He left the Heavenly Father and came down to earth to be the Savior of the world! He didn't have to, but He loved us so much and wanted to make a way for us to be right with God so that we can spend eternity in heaven with Him.

This Christmas I am reminded not only of the Christmas story, but also of the Easter story. Jesus came to earth to be crucified on the cross to take away the sins of the world. All we have to do is invite Jesus into our lives and ask forgiveness of our sins. To truly be repentant and surrender our lives to Him.

So while it can be fun to celebrate with gifts, food, and family, it is important to remember Jesus is the reason for this season. So let's not get so caught up in the extra's of Christmas and take time to remember Him who came to earth so that we might be saved.

Thank you Jesus!!! And Merry Christmas to all!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Okay so I am about to go on a rant. You have been forewarned!

One of my biggest pet peeves is hospitals giving out diaper bags filled with formula even to moms who have stated they are going to breastfeed. So why does that bug me? Because I believe that that having even that small can of formula is tempting to the mom who is struggling with nursing. They may think that they don't have enough milk and their baby is starving in the first few weeks when the milk supply is establishing and the baby is nursing constantly. Or they may think that because the hospital gave it to them that is the right formula to use and they should use that instead or in addition to nursing. I have heard a mom say more than once that they give their baby an evening bottle of formula because then they will sleep and they just nurse to much during the evening. They do this not realizing it is normal for a baby to nurse frequently in the evening to get more of the fatty hind milk before bed and that by giving them a bottle instead of nursing they may be jeopardizing their milk supply.

 And big formula companies know all of this. That is why they give all of those samples to the hospital to hand out. And the hospital hands in out because the more formula they give out the more money they get from the formula company.

I know that not every woman who breastfeeds her baby is going to stick with it. I mean statistics show that on average most babies in the U.S are not breastfed past 6 months and even less are breastfed past a year. And I firmly believe that every woman has the choice to choose how she feeds her baby. Breastmilk is better and has more nutritional value than formula, but every woman is free to choose. Also I understand that some women can't make enough milk due to various reasons and need to supplement. I STRUGGLED with nursing Scarlett who had a dysfunctional suck. So I understand there are reasons for supplementing. However, I know that if at 8 weeks when I was so discouraged with nursing, if I had had a small can of formula in my cupboard from the hospital, I would have gave in and used it. I was so close to giving up nursing, but I could not bring myself to go out and buy the can of formula. And I am so very glad that I did not give it up at that point. I am so happy I did not have that can of formula in my house because Scarlett would not have made it to 1 year on breastmilk (even though not all of it was my own).

Okay rant over.

Daddy's Slippers

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My OB said what

http://myobsaidwhat.com

A really cool new blog I found. It gives the crazy but true things that OBGYNS, nurses, midwives, etc have said to birthing women. It kinda makes me sad to read some of them. It just makes me realize even more that I want to try again for a homebirth with our next child.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Scarlett!

I was supposed to post this yesterday since it was her birthday yesterday but didn't end up having time. So today will have to do.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful, spunky, loving, determined, sweet, and smart little girl. I cannot believe that just one year ago I gave birth to you! Momma loves you!



Monday, December 12, 2011

Pink Ladybug 1st Birthday Party

So this last weekend was we celebrated Scarlett's 1st Birthday with a pink ladybug themed party! Wow, I cannot believe my little girl is one. She technically doesn't turn one until December 14th, but we had the party early because my parents are heading south for the winter. It was a wonderful day and I cannot believe that there wasn't even snow on the ground (very strange for December in Minnesota).

After stressing out for two weeks trying to get everything ready and keep my house clean (not an easy feat with a one year old who doesn't nap very much anymore), the big day finally arrived.
Scarlett month by month

Decorations for the party. I made the sign using my cricut. 
It was the first time I had used it for anything but scrapbooking.

The Little Birthday Girl

White chocolate covered pretzels with pink sprinkles.

Ladybug cake pops my friend and I made. I had never made cake pops before. 
They were super easy but very time consuming.

 Her GORGEOUS cake made by a friend! It was almost too
cute to cut. 

 Personalized water bottles

 Yummy food

 Scarlett, Grandpa, and Charlie

 I'm One!

 She was kinda unsure what to do

 Momma had to help blow out the candles

 Okay I can eat a polka dot!

 She LOVES her cousin Mason!

 Okay I guess I like this cake stuff!

 Giving baby kisses!

 Just had to put this one in because she is so darn cute!

 Of course she loves the laptop. She is her father's daughter :)

 Mad momma took it away so she could finish opening presents :(

 Five Generations

 Scarlett with Grandpa and Grandma

Uncle Cody and Scarlett

Overall, we had a wonderful day! Scarlett and I were both so tired we slept really good that night. 
Happy early birthday to my beautiful little girl!

Yep, I drive to put my child to sleep

Oh, sleep! One of the most talked about parenting topics. This last weekend at a scrapbook retreat I bet I had at least 3 long conversations about sleep. Everyone I meet asks, "So is she or when did she start sleeping through the night?" Sometimes I don't mind the question, but somedays I really don't want to get into the conversation because I know what some of them are going to say.  Scarlett has never been a very good sleeper. She still doesn't always sleep through the night. Since about 9 months the majority of the time she does, but that is not always the case. She mainly sleeps in her crib, but she does end up in bed with us some nights. And yes, I still occasionally give her a bottle at night. I have a loose bedtime routine, but I don't have a very set schedule. She usually goes to bed inbetween 7:30 and 8:30. She used to fall asleep on the bottle, but now she will finish the bottle and lay awake with us on the couch for a little while before falling asleep. So she is learning to fall asleep without the bottle. She doesn't always nap and I am desperate enough some days to take her out for a drive to get her to fall asleep. I don't think she always necessarily needs a nap because she sleeps enough during the night, but somedays I just want the time to relax.

And while I appreciate everyone giving me advice on how to get her to sleep (which mostly entails letting her cry-it-out) I am okay with the sleeping arrangement we have now. Don't get me wrong some nights are hard and I am so tempted to just let her cry, but I know that she usually has some reason for being up. Just last night she was up all night and I could not figure out why she was crying. Here her diaper needed to be changed. She is teething and has acidic poop and it was causing her to get a very bad diaper rash. If I had just let her cry she would have sat in that poop all night. Sure I am a little bit more cranky today because of less sleep, but I keep reminding myself it is just the season of life that I am in right now and before I know it she will be grown up. I know one day I will be able to just put her to bed and she will fall asleep. That time has not yet come but I know that it will. Here is post that explains my reasoning for not following the cry it out method http://www.phdinparenting.com/2008/07/05/no-cry-it-out/#.TuZlP2MqIuI. And while I know some wonderful parents who follow this method and it is totally their choice I have chosen not to.