My thoughts on co-sleeping…

I’m going to start by giving some background:

When Livvy was born I was determined to not make all the new parenting mistakes and for the most part I didn’t. I didn’t want her to feel like she had to sleep with someone next to her and so, she slept in her crib. She loved her crib. She transitioned into a toddler bed and then after we found out we were expecting we moved her into a twin. Livvy is Miss Independent and does fine sleeping on her own. Ayla is a different story. I like to blame me making all the rookie mistakes with my second baby on the fact that she was a preemie. Soooooo… I think that is why she is still sleeping my bed… in my arms. That is right… not only will she not sleep at night if she’s not next to me but, she has to be in my arms. She does sleep from 9pm until about 6:30am with one wake up at 5am to nurse and that is awesome!

So here are my thoughts on co-sleeping…

1. It’s OK to co-sleep if it’s right for you and your baby.

2. If you are a heavy sleeper… don’t do it!

3. If you are breastfeeding it is so convenient! At 5 am every morning I just stick a boob in her mouth!

4. Don’t start having your baby sleep in your arms when co-sleeping…sometimes I wish she could just sleep next to me and some mornings I am so stiff when I wake up.

5. Make sure your husband and you are on the same page about it (luckily, mine doesn’t mind).

6. If you don’t do it with the first, don’t do it with the second. I say this because I feel like it bothers my 2 year old. I am always wondering if she is feeling resentful because Ayla is in our bed and not her. Let me be honest… I have totally let Livvy sleep in my bed more because I feel bad. I don’t want her to feel second best. I’m not sure if it’s just me that feels guilty or if she really does resent the fact that her sister is in our bed. Sometimes being a parent sucks!

Note* I am no expert and I am expressing my own opinion from my own experiences…

And now some fun pictures of the girls in our bed… Damn, my kids are cute 😉

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World Breastfeeding Week

Today starts World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2013 and also National Breastfeeding Month! To start I’d like to say:

Congratulations to every Mom that has even attempted to breastfeed their child! You rock! 

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I am a big supporter of breastfeeding and I am currently breastfeeding my 4 1/2 month old. At times breastfeeding is hard and so time consuming but, I do it for the good of my child. The bonding is amazing and I know I am giving my baby the best. I wish more women would take the time to at least try to breastfeed. Every drop counts!

Ayla nursing when she still had some hair!

Ayla nursing when she still had some hair!

 

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My mini rant: Nothing upsets me more than ignorant people making comments negatively about the matter.

Things to say to people who are being ridiculous about breastfeeding:

1. Most people drink COW’s milk… That is not even natural. Seriously.

2. Do you eat your lunch in the bathroom? Why should my baby?

3. I don’t judge or harp on you for feeding your child formula, and I totally could. Just saying.

4. There is nothing sexual about breastfeeding… WTF?!  I am feeding my child. Get over yourself!

I’d like to say that breastfeeding is not for everyone. Some woman can’t and some just aren’t comfortable with it. I am fine with that and totally respect your decision. In the end, we all love our children no matter which way they are fed!

 

And can I just say that I love love love that WIC is now such a supporter of breastfeeding!! I think the WIC program is amazing and I am a proud supporter!

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If you want to read an awesome blog post by Renegade Mothering click Here. It cracked me up and is so true!!