As I am sitting her cuddling my two month old while he naps, I got to thinking. I have learned so much as a new mom, and I am so thankful for the thousands of blogs and resources out there to answer my thousands of questions. My mom and husband both tease me for researching every possible question I have, but knowledge is power, right? To be honest, I mostly research for peace of mind.. I mean, parenting is scary. It feels good to know that my kid isn’t going to die from having the hiccups for the 15th time today. I could not have known the amount of anxiety that comes with having to care for and protect a tiny human who can only communicate by intensely crying when he needs something. Because I naturally want the best for him I also research almost everything I buy, from cloth diapers to strollers. I wouldn’t have been able to make the decisions that I did without reviews and advice from other moms. So, here I am adding my opinions to the mix in hopes of providing both piece of mind and help to other new moms.
A bit about me.. I am a first time mom living in a small town in Oregon with my husband of four years, my two dogs, my cat, and my eleven (fabulous) chickens. I love to craft when I have a free moment. I am currently a stay at home mom who will be working as a Certified Medical Assistant at a family practice recidency in town about four hours a week. I love being a SAHM, but man it is much harder than I ever imagined it would be. I am thankful for the love and support that I have from my family and friends and I am thankful that I have the opportunity to stay at home.
You know what I think the best part about being a mom is? You guessed it.. the hugs and cuddles, oh and I cannot forget those beautiful gummy smiles and coos my son gives me after he wakes up from a good nap. I gave birth to him naturally in a birthing center with a midwife, and after 24 hours of natural labor with 5 hours of pushing I tell you what.. I totally get why women get epidurals! But, he was worth every second of pain.
We are currently breastfeeding, thanks to my supportive husband. I cannot tell you how many times in the first seven weeks of our breastfeeding journey that I almost gave up. I had the typical sore, chapped, angry nipples, and many clogged ducts, and two bouts of mastitis. When my son was four weeks old I had a nasty gallbladder attack and ended up having a cholecystectomy. Through all of that I kept telling my husband how much I hated breastfeeding and how much I wanted to quit. Everytime, he a knowledge what I said and how I felt, and then he reminded me why I was doing it. I am doing this not only for the nutritional benefits and the health benefits for both my son and I, but also for the bonding. It is the greatest feeling to provide a source of comfort to your crying child when he is scared or in pain. Now, I am not saying that breastfeeding is the only way to go, and I have absolutely nothing against formula, and sometimes breastfeeding just doesn’t work out. But, if you are reading this and you are debating about quitting breastfeeding because you feel like you can’t go through one more miserable feeding where you feel like your nipples are going to fall off, your boobs are going to explode, and still not knowing whether your baby is getting enough milk. I want you to know that I have been there and I wanted to give up every second of every day for almost two months, but I promise it gets better. I also want you to know that it is your choice, and you need to do what is right for you. Your child will be ok whether you continue to breastfeed or not, you still need to take care of you, and if you need some support in quitting, I would be happy to be that support for you, and vice versa, if you need support in sticking with it I am more than happy to be that support for you as well. Us moms need to stick together and lift each other up with support and love, because while motherhood is one of the most beautiful things in the world, it can also be very isolating and tough sometimes. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you need that support.