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This is my second installment of the Liebster Award!  In the first installment, I answered the 11 questions from Lana at Monday’s Nugget and told you 11 random facts.  Feel free to check out that post to get caught up as to what is going on if you have no idea what I am talking about :).

The Nominees…(in no particular order)

  1. Mabel and Jean…love the leather bags she makes!
  2. Spools and Skeins. Not sure the number of followers here, but I love her sewing and knitting projects.
  3. all dressed up with nothing to drink… Again, not sure on the number of followers, but great recipes and tips!
  4. The Get Fit Mom.  Lots of health tips and education.
  5. 24 to 30.  Inspiration!
  6. Red Cottage Chronicles. Umm, hello, check out those must have sweets recipes!
  7. life i design. Beautiful blog design and great reads.  A little over the 200 likes limit, but I think it is worth a look!
  8. Tucking In Superheroes.  Gorgeous family!
  9. Megan Card.  Possibly over the limit too, but apparently I am a horrible rule follower!  But she offers such great insights and inspiration into the Word of God.
  10. Swing Whistle Zing.  I love the concept behind her blog…and my son loves music so it is a great resource for us!
  11. A Creative Buzz…beautiful design!

Your questions…

  1. Favorite drink, child friendly or not so child friendly:)?
  2. Favorite breed of dog or cat?
  3. Where is your dream location to raise a family?
  4. Who is your girl crush?
  5. Where did you meet your significant other? And how long have you been together?
  6. Are you a “little white liar”?
  7. Favorite color?
  8. Flip flops or high heels?
  9. Current obsession?
  10. Favorite actor/actress and movie?
  11. One thing you wish you knew at 16 that you know now?

The Rules…

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the questions the nominator has come up with for you.
  3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  4. Choose 11 new bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate and link to them in your post.
  5. Go tell them about your nomination!

We all know blogging is tough work and time-consuming, so please be sure to check out all of the other blogs, you never know, you may find a new favorite blog or blogging friend.  Keep up the great work bloggers!  If you do decide to participate, please leave a comment with the link to your post so I can see your answers.

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So the lovely Lana at Monday’s Nugget nominated me for a Liebster Award!  So exciting.  Ok so, what the heck is said award…well I’ll tell you!  It is an award that is given to blogs with less than 200 followers with rules to follow to keep the award going!  It is really just a great way to help bloggers connect, support one another, and to discover new blogs!

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Rules to the Liebster Award are…

  1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
  3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the
    award to and link them in your post.
  4. Go to their page and tell them about the award.
  5. No tag backs.

 The  questions that Lana asked of her 11 nominees are…

  1. Did you breastfeed in public?  (If this doesn’t apply to you, do you think breastfeeding in public is gross?  Why yes, I do breastfeed in public and NO I do not feel it is gross to see a breastfeeding mother doing so in public!
  2. Do you pee in the shower?  As a matter of fact that is the best place to do so!  Furthermore, I am a mother so I have to multi-task :)
  3. Have you ever left a message on a deceased friend’s Facebook page?  No, but I think about doing this on a regular basis, just to say “Hey, how are you. We miss you!”
  4. Do you think Javier Bardem is hot?  Truth be told, I had no clue who he was, so I googled him!  He’s handsome, not drool worthy hot to me.
  5. Do you watch “The Bachelor”, and if so, can you help me understand why I choose to waste so much time of my life watching that show?  Negative.  But I do not judge you for watching such trash…you see a vice of mine is Teen Mom :)
  6. Have you ever traded your significant other sex for help with the household chores?   Nope!  Furthermore he knows if he wants, or expects, anything to be done around the house, he better get to it!
  7. What’s your favorite meal on a budget?  Kale Fried Rice!  I add kielbasa or eggs for added protein and to make it more caveman, “I think I must have meat at all meals,” husband friendly.
  8. When is the last time you bought something special for yourself?  What was it?  Well this is a great question, but I am not sure of the answer.
  9. Do you have a favorite parenting book?  I am a fan of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.
  10. Have your children ever referred to a household object as “Grandma?  No, but that would be funny.
  11. Do you own a tweed jacket?  No, I am not a jacket person in general because I am always burning up!

Now for 11 Random Facts…

  1. I loved elementary and high school so much that I would go back in a second and redo either!
  2. I am the 4th of 6 children…set smack in the middle age wise; 7.5 years younger than the oldest and 7.5 years older than the youngest.
  3. Speaking of my siblings, we all share the middle name Foster, my paternal grandmother’s maiden name.  Most of us have an additional middle name as well.
  4. I should have been a gymnast because I can do the splits and have the build of one as opposed to the post basketball player I liked to think I was in my head!
  5. I LOATHE talking on the phone and most times I screen calls :).  If you ever want me to respond, just text.
  6. I am obsessed with being a mom…best thing ever!
  7. I run and workout solely because someone decided it was healthy for people to do.  I prefer to have someone (aka a trainer) just tell me what to do and allow me to complain the whole time and feel great when it is over.  But alas the financials do not afford that luxury, so I have to self motivate for a week about ever 2-3 months.  Ha.
  8. I like to sew.  I am not great, but I enjoy reading about sewing and purchasing fabric.
  9. I am exclusive…I really only like to hang out regularly with my family and I like to have 1-3 great friends that I spend my time with outside of my family.
  10. I LOVE to read, but really only stuff by Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb, or Nicholas Sparks.
  11. I hate folding and putting away laundry.  So much so I will leave it in the dryer until my husband does his laundry and finally folds it for me.  Lol.  It is horrible, I will leave it in there for a week.  I do not iron, so it is worn wrinkly!

I hope you enjoyed my answers and random facts!

Tune in Monday for my picks for the Liebster Award!  And in the mean time, do not forget to check out Monday’s Nugget and what all Lana is up to.  Thanks for your nomination!

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And for your viewing pleasure…my hilarious son!  Watch for the little shoulder dance.  Sorry I could not control my laughter there for a second!

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Ok, so it has been a little while since I have found time to post!  My husband has been traveling a lot and it is hard to find quiet time to post.  We have been up to lots, just not getting it on here!

I will be back once Bo gets back!

Until then…

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I found this little scene this morning…everyone joined in, except apparently I did not get the memo!

Reminds me of Forrest Gump when Forrest and Forrest are sitting on the tree stump fishing!  Ha.  We are off to Boo at the Zoo.  Jackson will be a little lion!  Have  a wonderful, family filled weekend.  What are your plans for this cooler weather?

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So as of today I have an 11 month old son.  I am saddened and so extremely happy about this.  I am sad that I will never have this age with him again, time flies way too fast.  I am happy because he has blessed my life more than I could ever imagine.  He makes me smile, he makes me be more patient, he makes me want to be the best I can be; he is just plain AWESOME!  Over the last month Jackson has mastered sprinting around the table, become a little more independent, and plays so enthusiastically with his 2-year-old friend (his nanny’s grandson).  He absolutely lights up Monday morning when they arrive and basically shoves me out the door!

Just in the last couple days he has begun to stand unassisted and try taking a few steps…walking is not far off and is just a bit scary to think about!  He is still extremely happy and easy-going only really fussing if something is majorly wrong.  I love to watch his problem solving and wheels turning when figuring something new out.  Momma, Dada, and Mmm are his words right now.  He will look at me and say Momma and it melts my heart!  I love it.  His favorite word though is Mmm; he will put something in his mouth and then say “Mmm”, food or not, he does not care it is delicious!

Here are some pictures from the last month…Enjoy!

Helping to make his cousin’s birthday present!

 

Mmm in action!

 

My siblings and I used to play with this turtle during bath time at my grandparents!

 

Fun times having my hair pulled!

 

Have a wonderful Monday.  It is back to work for me after being off for our Fall Vacation at the office.  What is your favorite age with your baby?

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I have a favorite time of day.  This would be a surprise to you if you have known me for a while.  See, I have never been one to enjoy waking up to an alarm clock.  This actually annoys me to no end.  I enjoy sleeping until I am ready to wake up.  Well, since November 22, 2011 I have had a new alarm clock.  This new alarm clock is cute, sweet, loving, and just so darned cuddly!  He wakes me up every morning (that I am off, he is not awake when I head off to work) between 8:00 and 8:30am.  We co-sleep and he just lays there staring at me with his so cute, few teeth grin.  I. LOVE. IT.  He is so happy in the morning and offers the sweetest grin and the most precious giggles.  We will roll around in the morning and snuggle for a few minutes before getting up and changing his diaper and getting ourselves ready for the day, but these few minutes are my most favorite time of day!

This is Jackson on most occasions…smiley, happy, giggly, goofy, and just plain ol’ cute!  Maybe I am biased, but not much :), but this past weekend, my poor boy was so congested and had the worst runny nose ever!  Ok, so it was his first, so I am not really sure it will be the worst ever, but it has to be close.  He still was his smiley self, just a bit slower to smile, a bit slower to giggle, and a bit quicker to fuss and need to be cuddled throughout the day.

This my friends is what I was working with on Saturday and Sunday.  I promise you I wiped his nose 2.3 seconds prior to this picture!  The problem was that I seem to have miss placed a part to our NoseFrida (amazing little snot snucker) and the dumb bulb aspirators from our local store did NOTHING for him except make him mad and then give him something to teeth on later when he found it laying on the table.  So we constantly were just wiping the excess of with a soft cloth.  He hates the cloth now :(

Anyway, back to the point, my favorite time of day…while, we were awake pretty much every hour on the hour crying and trying to breathe, he still woke me up with that most wonderful smile, which makes for the sleepless night rocking, nursing for comfort, and cuddling him well worth it.  I love being this snotty-nosed boy’s momma!

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Just recently Fran Drescher, you remember her right, from The Nanny, she was quoted saying the breast milk is toxic to children.  WHAT?!  We know how wonderful breast milk is for babies and now it is toxic?  Research apparently has shown that flame retardant is a know carcinogen and Fran states that this toxin is at its highest level in breast milk.  The flame retardant is being absorbed into the body by being in contact with it in everyday household staples, such as carpets, curtains, and upholstered fabric.

Sandra Steingraber discusses this topic further at Healthy Child Healthy World.  She has found after two years of researching the topic, “your own breast milk is, hands down, the best food for your baby - far better than its inferior pretender infant formula.”  The benefits just clearly outweigh any negative potential.

She offers some recommended steps to provide your baby with the best nutrition possible:

  1. Breastfeed.
  2. Avoid home and garden pesticides after your pregnancy.
  3. Eat healthy by choosing a low-contaminant diet.
  4. Avoid dry-cleaning fumes and other solvents from paints and finishes, glues and other building products.
  5. Support efforts to phase out any and all toxic chemicals that accumulate in mother’s milk

I hope this gives you a quick synopsis of the whole breast milk with toxic potential debate.  What is you take?

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Are you wondering what the heck galactagogues are?  Well, my friend, they are substances that increase milk supply in a lactating women!  Who knew?  Now you do!

There are two main types of galactagogues…

  1. Prescription
  2. Herbal

Prescription medicines used as galactagogues are generally a dopamine antagonist (inhibiting) drug.  High levels of dopamine can inhibit prolactin levels, which aids in normal lactation.  In other words,…

↑dopamine→ ↓prolactin→ ↓milk

BUT

↓dopamine→ ↑prolactin→ ↑milk

So, by blocking dopamine in the body, it allows for increased levels of prolactin to be present, allowing (hopefully) for increased milk.  Make sense?  I hope so, if not check it out here for another explanation.  These medicines include Domperidone, Metoclopramide (Reglan), and Sulpiride.  Domperidone has been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics to be safe for use in nursing mothers and as a L1 Lactation Risk (safest).  Although, it is approved by the AAP, it is not available in the U.S. because of a FDA warning against it.  Reglan, however is available in the U.S., but is not AAP approved and boasts a L2 Lactation Risk (safer).  Reglan has been shown to cause depression and is contraindicated for anyone at risk for depression and all adoptive parents.  Sulpiride has been used in other parts of the world and works by increasing serum prolactin levels.  It is primarily prescribed for schizophrenia.  It also has a L2 Lactation Risk and is not AAP approved for nursing mothers.

Herbal galactagogues are very common among nursing mothers, there are boatloads of them, many just old wives tales and some that help increase milk supply for some mothers.  Most see an increase in supply within 72 hours of taking an herbal remedy, but some may not see a change for up to 2 weeks.  Herbal galactagogues include, but are not limited to…

  • Fenugreek (very commonly used)
  • Milk Thistle
  • Dandelion
  • Seaweed
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Oats
  • Beer (or the barley in beer)…alcohol may actually reduce milk production
  • And on and on and on!

Ask any mother who has ever nursed and she will probably be able to tell you some remedy she has been told to try for increased milk supply.  There are a trillion opinions out there about what will and will not work to increase milk production, but it is very important to start with all non-medicinal/non-herbal options first.  For example, increased baby time at breast, increased pumping, making sure you are hydrated, etc..

I personally have never tried any medicinal or herbal remedy to increase my milk production, so I can not tell you what has worked for me, I did however have one breast that seemed to have an increased production over the other and I would pump the breast with the lower supply after Jackson would feed from it to try to even out my supply.  It worked or maybe my body just figured things out, who knows?!

What is your take on galactagogues?  Have you tried any?  What worked for you?  Do you ever recommend them to other nursing mothers?

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Ok, so I am THIS excited to start this new series…In the News Tuesday!  Each week (or when there is “major” news, ha) I will post about the event and give my take.

So as many of you might have heard, last week Adrienne Pine, an assistant professor at American College, decided to bring her slightly feverish child (age 1) into the classroom instead of staying home with her and canceling the first day of class.  The daycare that her child attends has a fever policy, not allowing her to attend if she is sick.  She breastfed, gasp, her baby in class for a few minutes at one point when she became fussy.  A nursing baby is far from distracting, on the other hand a crying child is VERY distracting…I say, nurse away!  Furthermore, had she gone the “more accepted” route by giving a bottle, she would have had to make and warm the bottle which would take way more time away from the class than it had to comfort quickly and feed her baby while teaching.  It seems that she was comforting her child, rather than feeding, so at most this was probably three minutes of nursing.

Why exactly is this news?  My only issue with the whole thing would be if the baby had been contagious, but I am pretty sure that a breastfed baby with a slight fever, who is most likely staying in a sling, carrier or playpen away from the students is not going to be very contagious.  So, I do not see the issue.  She was faced with canceling the first day of class or bringing her baby with her (she is a single mother if I am not mistaken and had no other arrangements available to her).

My take on why this is in the news is that our society has been so sensualized to the breast and it’s purpose in sustaining life has been replaced with sex.  Many have not grown up around breastfeeding, children are being shielded from the sole reason we have mammary glands, and the stigma that is breastfeeding is growing by the day.  When you see a nursing mother, that is all you should see…a feeding baby, just like when you watch the “cute little kittens nurse”.  We love to show children the kittens, puppies, and cows nursing, but translate that to humans and “OH. MY. GOODNESS. she is exposing her breast and nursing in public, how dare she, how am I possibly going to explain this to my child?”!  Hmm, you could start with “her baby is hungry, she is feeding him/her.”  Sounds simple enough to me.

It is time to take back the breast ladies and gents!  It is for nourishment, comfort, and developing a healthy baby.  I do not feel that you must breastfeed your child, but I do feel that it must be respected and accepted as natural and not sexual.  This means breastfeeding in public needs to be the norm, not something to make news!

What is your take?  How do you feel about this situation?  Should this be news?

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