My Path In Motherhood

The adventures of a Christian, cloth diapering, cooking enthusiast, breastfeeding, healthy-wannabe, "crunchy" mama and daughter.

Stay Safe.

Just a quick post today reminding everyone to stay safe if you’re in hurricane sandy’s path!

The hubs is on his way home today, he’s off tomorrow. We have candles, water, diapers (!), flashlights, non perishables and are hopefully ready.

Prayers for everyone in the storm’s path!

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Fill-In-The-Blank Friday, Vol. 1

1.  My favorite feeling in all the world is knowing the love that surrounds me, and I don’t mean that in an “I’m special and you aren’t” kind of way. I love knowing that my family, my daughter, my husband, my in-laws all love each other and love me.
2.  My favorite smell is lilac bushes – it reminds me of my grandmother. Also, Molly’s smell. I think each baby has a specific smell and their mother can recognize it.
3.  My favorite taste is carbs. Does that make sense?
4. The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen was  Molly right after she was born. I know that’s hokey, but it’s true. With her red curly hair all wet – each time I give her a bath, it takes me back to that moment.
5. The best sound ever is again, we’re going to be cheesy – Molly’s laugh and babbles.
6. A smell that reminds me of my childhood is paste. Seriously, paste so reminds me of elementary school!
7.  My favorite of all the senses is definitely sight. I love seeing God’s beautiful creations all around me.
I’m linking up with Lauren for Fill in the Blank Fridays!
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It’s Official.

We have a new pediatrician! Last Tuesday, I met with a new pediatrician – the husband of the doctor who delivered Molly. I talked about switching pediatricians in this post.

He was exactly what I was looking for in a pediatrician! Now I’m kicking myself for not expanding my search while I was pregnant. Right now, the main things on my mind are starting solids, and possibly extended breastfeeding. He and his wife did baby-led weaning with their son, who is 2 1/2 now, and that’s what I’m really interested in doing with Molly. He also said that his son didn’t really get the hang of solids until he was 13 months old, and was just fine.

I asked about when he’s not there, and he said that there’s always another physician or physician’s assistant on call if he isn’t there. If it’s the middle of the night, there’s an answering service to call, and they’ll either answer whatever question I have, and if they aren’t comfortable with the situation, they’ll call him – he’s always on call. He just seemed really pleasant and nice and said what I wanted to hear – the partnership between patient and doctor is a partnership. No one knows my children better than me, and he knows that. He’s there to give his medical opinion about raising children.

I’m really excited to switch, and the worry that I would have to get Molly’s medical records from her old pediatrician was completely unwarranted, they’re going to call and have them fax the records to the new doctor. Whew! That was my biggest fear I think.

Do you tend to question authority or just take a doctor’s opinion for what it is? 

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday, Vol. 6

 

 

 

For real, Molly can sit up pretty well on her own! You have to make sure she’s bending forward enough, but she’s got some really good balance! Forget rolling – which she still isn’t doing – we’re onto sitting!

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La Leche Meeting

Last Tuesday, I went to my first La Leche Meeting. The local chapter meets once a month, and I had been meaning to go, but I totally chickened out each month for one reason or another.

Last month, I turned to their Facebook group for help with Molly’s terrible sleeping situation and I’m happy to say that they were kind, understanding, and helpful in making sure I didn’t loose my mind nor sanity. I felt like after that, I had to go to a meeting. I posted on the group that I was going and wanted to know if anyone was willing to let me follow them since I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going. Another woman responded, one I was actually (Facebook) friends with, I went to high school with her – we were even in Girl Scouts together way back when. She mentioned she didn’t have a car and would like to ride up with me if possible. I was excited that I had a buddy and that I couldn’t chicken out so easily!

I was nervous to go, but knew I needed to keep my promise to Sam, since I was picking her up and taking her. Even though I hadn’t seen her in 6 years, and we weren’t friends in high school, it was an enjoyable ride to the meeting, we talked the whole time about our birth experiences – she had a home birth with nearly no recovery!

We were the first ones at the meeting, but I’m so glad we went. I’m glad I had a buddy to go with and I’m glad I met new moms! There were about 10 moms with babies/toddlers, 3 older leaders, and 1 woman who was pregnant with her first. I felt like I found my people. We talked about nursing, starting solids, birth stories, motherhood and it was just amazing. There was advice, no judgement and just good conversation. And food! They had food! I loved seeing all the kids and babies, ranging from pre-teen down to 6 weeks old. It was great to be able to nurse and not worry about anyone giving you the stink eye. Coincidentally, there were 2 other girls born the same day as Molly! One in the same hospital! So weird! It was nice to talk to the moms and see where they were developmentally in comparison to Molly.

I am so glad I got to go and I am definitely planning on going each month from here on out!

Have you ever been to a La Leche League meeting? What did you think?

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday, Vol. 5

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Having fun with daddy’s hat!

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Pintersting Recipes: Carbonara

Linking up with Lisa again for Pinteresting Recipes Tuesday!

I wanted a simple pasta recipe, and this perfectly fit the bill. Simple, tasty, easy.

Changes:
Used asiago cheese instead of Parmesan.
Switched pancetta for the bacon.

My carbonara, paired with roasted asparagus!

I could have eaten so much more of this, but of course, I am a pasta lover!

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Choosing a New Pediatrician

While I was pregnant, I interviewed two local pediatricians and didn’t really like either of them. I picked the one I liked a little bit better, but I never really felt comfortable with her. She talks a lot, and doesn’t let me talk much. We’ve only seen her a few times – Molly’s 5 day appointment, 6 week check-up, 2 and 4 month check-up – and I called her when Molly was sick because I thought she had pink eye. I never really had a problem with her, but it just doesn’t feel right. I feel like everything lines up for me to like her, but I just don’t. She’s won multiple awards in our area, she’s local, gives her cell phone out to patients and will come into her office at any time since she lives close by and I love all that about her, I just don’t connect with her, if that makes sense.

Now that Molly is a little older, I have more things that are on my mind, specifically starting solids and continuing breastfeeding, which I love. At Molly’s last appointment, the Dr. told me to start rice cereal and then simple fruits and veggies this month – at 4 months – then chicken and turkey next month. She actually asked me what I thought about it, gave me a second to open my mouth and then proceeded to talk about something else. Yep, wonderful. Oh, she also told me to not buy into the organic garbage since it can’t be proven and they’re just making you pay more for the same product as conventional.

I want to write a separate post about it, but I have no intention of starting Molly out on solids before 6 months, she’s sleeping better than she was, only up at 2 or 3, then waking up about 6 to come in bed with me after the Hubs goes to work, and sleeping again until 8 or so. She’s content with just breast milk, and that’s all I’m comfortable giving her right now. That was one thing we disagreed on, but the Dr. always concludes with “you’re the mom, you do what’s best for you” which I appreciate so much.

I’ve been toying with the idea of switching pediatricians, but I’m such a chicken. The Dr. who delivered Molly, her husband is a pediatrician and so I asked her for his name, figuring that since she and I agreed on everything we talked about, he would have to be in the same boat. I finally got up enough courage today and called to set up a meeting with him. Fun for us, it’s at 8:15am next Tuesday morning, but since I’m not a paying patient, he’s meeting with me before his regular patients.

I’m nervous, I don’t know why, but I am. I think I’m scared that if I like him and switch, I have to pick up Molly’s medical records at her current pediatrician and she’ll question why I’m leaving her practice. I’m also nervous about what questions to ask. I don’t know why I wasn’t nervous to interview pediatricians while I was pregnant, but I am now. Doesn’t make sense to me either.

I can’t put my thumb on why I don’t like my current pediatrician exactly. We just don’t mesh. I went to a la leche league meeting – again, another post – and some of the moms admitted to downright lying to their pediatrician about the number of times they were nursing their babies, or when they started solids. I’m sure pediatricians know that not everyone is completely honest with them with their answers, but I’m not so comfortable doing that. It’s not like Molly even has a medical issue that I see the doctor all the time, each time we’ve been, she’s said nothing but good things about Molly’s growth and health.

Oh well, I’ll keep you updated!

What was the last time you didn’t mesh with someone?
How did you pick your pediatrician? Do you lie to them?

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Loving Cloth.

We have been officially in cloth diapers for 2 weeks, so I wanted to update you!

Well, lets clarify, when I say in cloth diapers, I mean 100% during the day, but we’re still using disposables at night. The first night we did cloth, Molly didn’t leak, but the second night she was soaked and leaked, and the third, I put her in a disposable at 1:30am. Now, with disposables, I don’t change her diaper from about 7:30pm until about 9am and I was hoping I could do the same with cloth. I don’t know if I don’t have enough inserts or what, but I don’t really feel like doing a diaper change in the middle of the night.

I didn’t have to buy any disposables, since we weren’t planning on buying cloth that quickly, I had just bought 2 small packs of disposables the week before, so I’m using them. I would, of course, love to switch to cloth full time, but I don’t know how to go about figuring out the correct diaper & inserts for nighttime.

Other than that dilemma, I do love the cloth! They’re adorable, and we haven’t had a blow out yet. Granted, we haven’t pooped during a car ride yet, so that might have something to do with it…
I love how easy they are, and I think I’ve gotten my washing routine down – cold rinse, hot wash with detergent and an extra rinse, plus another extra rinse. I haven’t dried them yet, I just hang them on the line my mom has in the laundry room, and let them go until the next washing day. I wash Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in case you were wondering.

I have a total of 25 diapers, 21 little bee company diapers, 3 flip diapers – purchased because I wanted the option of a disposable liner when we’re out for the day – and one bum genius that I won from twitter. I haven’t used the flip or bum genius, but I will say that while comparing them, I like how the little bee diapers have elastic on the front of them, it seems more “secure” than the others. I’ll let you know how they work out!

Now for some adorable pictures!

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If you cloth diaper, what to you use overnight?

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Foto Friday.

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If you follow me on twitter (link on the right) or Instagram (megangwen314), you might have seen this picture when I posted it, but I wanted to share it here, too. Molly found her foot this week! She can’t really pick it up herself, but she’s really noticing it and its adorable!

Happy weekend, any exciting plans? It’s going to be a wash-out here this weekend so nothing exciting for us.

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