Thursday, February 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday: My Best Friend's Birthday!

Yesterday was my best friend's 27th birthday! We were born 17 days apart and have been friends for 15 years (which means I've also been addicted to Diet Coke for 15 years haha)! We met during the Fall of 1998 when we both tried out for cheerleading. I had to go to her house one day to work on something...a project? A routine? I can't remember now, but we've been friends ever since!
Here we are summer of 2000 on our trip to California! My dad had this brilliant idea to DRIVE from Michigan to California with 4 teenage girls. Smart. Haha, actually it was extremely fun and I will never forget that trip!
Here we are at Cedar Point making a really, really bad decision with those corn rows! My scalp was BURNT to a crisp after that day!
Us at prom our Junior year of high school.
On vacation once again, but this time we are at Disney World in Orlando, FL for a band trip. Yes, we were in band, BUT we played percussion so we were awesome. Haha!
And here is us being weird which was basically our normal selves. I was trying to find more of these, but this is the only one I could find! We lived in a small town and in a neighboring town, about 20 miles away, there was a K-Mart that had one of these picture takers outside of it. I was pretty much obsessed with that machine! I would make special trips to that town just to use it!

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY Julie, I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Also, I was thinking...we have been friends for longer than we haven't been friends. Isn't that CRAZY? Geez, we are getting old.

-Michelle

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday, Vday, and the Flu!

Oh crap. It's Throwback Thursday AND it's Valentine's day AND I still have the stomach flu (not as bad as it was yesterday though!)

Let's see what I can dig up here on my computer because I feel too sick to get up and go digging through actual photos and then have to fire up the scanner, blah blah blah.

This was Steve and I about 5 years ago! We were so young and shiny! Haha! He was my Valentine then, and he still is today <3 br="">
And here are my Valentine's #1 and #2 They fill my heart up with SO MUCH love it's crazy! <3 br=""> I hope everyone feels the love today be it from a significant other, child, friend, sibling, parent, or pet!

-Michelle


Friday, February 8, 2013

Ready...Set...Boob!

So I know that the title of this post is a little "risqué", what with saying "boob"and all, but it's something Steve says sometimes when he hands me the baby to feed her and I think it's hilarious. Or he will say "1, 2, 3...boob!" Hahaha... Apparently it's not even politically correct to say "breastfeed" anymore, you are supposed to say "nurse". Well, you all know how I'm a stickler for the rules!

 I know that this post isn't going to be for everyone because not everyone breastfeeds, (especially not the men who read this blog!) BUT I thought even if you don't breastfeed, you might have a friend or relative who does, you might do it in the future, or you might have a significant other who does or might in the future! Besides, knowledge is power so learn something new today!

I guess maybe for some people, breastfeeding is super easy from the get-go, but for me it's challenging in the beginning, even for baby #2. Not only did I have to remember what to do, I had to teach a new and completely different baby how to do it too. In the beginning, having one small latching problem can really cause some damage, but to me, it's worth the early struggles. because nursing can be such a challenge, especially for first-time moms or second time (or 3rd, 4th, 5th lol) moms who want to try breastfeeding, here are some "tips" that I found can make things easier!

Tip #1 Milkies Milk Saver
If you have no experience with lactation at all, then you are about to learn something new! Did you know that nursing mom's experience something called "let-down"?  It's what happens when the milk is released down to the nipple so the baby can access it. Even when the baby is only nursing on one side, milk lets down on BOTH sides and can leak out of the non-nursing nipple. Some women have a stronger let-down reflex than others. Some women don't leak any milk at all and some can leak between 1-4 oz during one feeding session! So what's a nursing woman to do while feeding her baby? She can either let the leaking milk soak her bra and shirt, she can wear nursing pads, OR use a milk saver!


I just recently learned about the Milk Saver and I love it. I'm one of those women who waste about 1-2oz of milk every time I feed the baby from the non-nursing side. I got sick of wasting milk and wasting money on so many nursing pads. This Milk Saver cost me $25 on Amazon.
It comes in this really nice (high quality) carrying case...


Before you start nursing, you put the Milk Saver on the non-nursing side, inside your bra or tank top. I think you can tell from looking at it where the nipple goes. Then you feed your baby like normal and the milk saver collects the milk from the other side instead of it being soaked up in a nursing pad and thrown away. The Milk Saver is made from some kind of silicone or something and it "sticks" to your skin, making a nice seal so no milk leaks out!
You can also take that square piece off and attach it to a milk bag if you leak more than 2oz at a time. I've been saving tons of milk this way without having to pump! Woo-hoo!

The carrying case also doubles as a stand so there is no crying over spilled milk!
The only negative things I can say about this are: don't forget that you have it in your bra after you nurse the baby! If you do forget, and you lean over to put the baby down, you will spill milk all over the baby and the mattress... I haven't learned that from experience or anything! lol.
Also, it seems to stretch out my bras or tanks a little bit, but they go back to normal after a little while. I bought mine on Amazon, but you can learn more at www.MyMilkies.com

Tip #2 GASP! Nursing is public!
I am super modest while nursing in public. I have mastered the art of being discreet. I used to use one of those huge, obvious nursing covers. Now I can't stand it! It makes what you are doing so obvious and it was awkward to work with. So how do you nurse without a huge cover, but still stay covered up? I have the answer!

The worst part about nursing in public, in my opinion, is having your back and stomach showing when you lift your shirt! I hate having any skin showing like that. A lot of women wear nursing tanks under their regular shirt so when they lift their shirt, the nursing tank covers their skin and they can still access what they need to access. Nursing tanks can be expensive though, at the least the ones that are of decent quality.

Well, here's what I do to fix that problem. I went to K-Mart during the beginning of Fall and bought a bunch of TUBE TOPS for about $1-$2 each (on clearance)! I just put the stretchy part of the tube top just underneath my bra (you could wear it regularly, but I found it squished me too tightly "up top") and let the flowing part cover your back and stomach. Then I wear a regular shirt over the tube top! Everything is covered AND accessible at the same time for a very low cost!

 Ok, so that's not my real bra in the picture, it's my one and only nursing tank, but you still get the point (I hope!). With this set up, all I use is a light receiving blanket while getting her latched on and after that, between the tube top, her head, and my shirt, everything is covered!

The reason this post took so long to complete was that one picture above! It took me forever to get that picture taken!

Ok, I hope this helped someone! Sorry I don't have any tips for bottle-feeding moms. I know of a few tips, but I figure that bottle-feeding moms already know those tips so it would be dumb of me to try and share them! I'll just stick to what I know!

'til next time...
-Michelle

In case you missed it, I got a whopping TWO positive responses (the only responses) for the Beauty Tuesday idea, so I'm going to do it!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Throwback Thursday...

 This is going to be a super speedy Throwback Thursday post because I am actually on my mom's computer while she is at work (Oh, hi mom! Hope you don't mind!) I'm supposed to be printing off tax documents so we can go to H&R Block, but I'm committed to this blog dang it! So here we go! Wow, look how shy and reserved I am here. Yeah...I've never really liked getting my picture taken as you can tell from this picture! Hahaha!! Seriously though, look at that ham and CHEESE! I look like I'm actually hurting my face smiling that hard!

Look how stylish and fashionable I was in my pink footie pajamas, gray ear muffs, white "wayfarers", and not one, but two bags! I'm ready for a night on the town! Haha, some things never change, I still feel like that's what most of my "outfits" that I put together look like. Well, the ones I used to wear before I got pregnant with Konnor and none of my clothes ever fit (ever again! sad face!)
I do have white sunglasses at home that are exactly like those ones though, maybe I'll wear them today when we go to H&R Block! Hahaha!

Til next time...when I promise I will post that blog I've been working on!
-Michelle


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

It was 62 and sunny today so we took advantage of the beautiful weather to go outside and play in the sunshine!
Natalie took the oppurtunity to snooze outside in her carseat.
 Konnor outside collecting his treasures!
I swear our yard must have been a junk yard at one point. The ground here isn't like it is in Michigan. First of all, grass in Michigan just grows everywhere and is super green and beautiful without having to water or fertilize it. Here, there is no grass. You have weeds if you are lucky! Haha! So there is nothing to hold the dirt in place. Also, at least in my yard, there is no soil. There is dust. So everytime is rains, it's like a brand new treasure hunt for Konnor in our backyard. The rain brings up all kinds of new things. We probably could have filled a wheel barrow by now with things that have come up in the backyard. I even found an old Ricky Martin cassette!
 
Konnor playing with his sand and water table! He still loves this thing!
The little princess eventually woke up!
And that was our outside adventure today! I'm still working on that blog post I was working on last time, but it's coming soon!
My computer isn't working still, but I ordered a new power cord yesterday so it should be here within 3-7 days :)
Right now I'm using my sister's computer and it only has Internet Explorer (Ew!) so editing this blog was kind of difficult and I couldn't edit any of the pictures.
ALSO!! Very important...well not really, but I need YOUR opinions. Ok, some of you know how much I love make up and beauty related things. I always think of really neat beauty-related things to make blogs posts about, but I'm not sure anyone wants to read about those things. I was thinking of doing something like "Beauty Tuesdays" or something so I could post some of the things I want to, and if you aren't interested in that, you can ignore my blog on Tuesdays! How does that sound? Let me know or else I'm just going to do it and you won't have the right to complain! Mwahaha!

'til next time... -Michelle