Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules – 9 Months

Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules - 9 Months | iheartmomlife.com

Wow . . . 9 months already? I can’t believe that we are at 9 months already!  Before diving into the 9 month schedules, I want to give a few quick updates related to the 8 month schedule.  Even though Evy did awesome the first few days, just about a week and a half after moving to the new schedule she decided that she wanted to go back to her 6 month schedule.  I followed her lead and back we went.  She did great on the old schedule but started to get off track during our week long vacation in Hilton Head.  She was waking up about 3am everyday.  At which point we moved her from the crib (we rented a crib from a local company – best.decision.ever) to the rock-n-play in our room where she slept until her normal 6am wake-up.  The drive home was rough (11 hours without stops), we split it up over two days so she wouldn’t have to be strapped into the car seat for so long all in one stretch.  She had a really rough night trying to sleep in the pack-n-play at the hotel. I ended up just letting her sleep in the bed with me that night out of sheer exhaustion.

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Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules – 8 Months

Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules - 8 Months | iheartmomlife.com

Hello mamas! I am back with another schedule transition.  Our 6 month schedule has been working so great that I am hesitant to change things up.  Unfortunately, Evy has been showing less and less interest in her 10 am and 2 pm nursing/bottles so I don’t really have a choice but to make an adjustment.  For the past couple of weeks, she will only nurse for just under a minute before she unlatches and starts to look around.  I had to learn the hard way that encouraging her to continue nursing isn’t a good idea because once she is done, she tends to bite (Yeow!!!) Read More…

Breastfeeding Must Haves

Here are the things that got me through, especially in the early days (through month 1) with both of my girls | iheartmomlife.com

Like a lot of expectant moms, I had this idyllic image in my head of how breastfeeding would be.  In my mind, I imagined myself snuggling my newborn to me and she would be gazing up at me, so lovingly, as I nourished her little body.  Don’t get me wrong, there was definitely snuggling and gazing but there was also a bad latch with both of my girls in the beginning. And with a bad latch, the early days of breastfeeding can be downright brutal. But don’t worry!  There are lots of things you can do to make it just a little bit easier and more comfortable until you both get the hang of nursing. Here are the things that got me through, especially in the early days (through month 1) with both of my girls: Read More…

Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules – 6 Months

Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules - 6 Months | iheartmomlife.com

At Evy’s six month pediatrician appointment we were given the green light to start to introduce solids.  It was going really well up to this point and she seems to really enjoy eating at the table with the family.  But let me tell you, adding solids has thrown her schedule all out of whack. I knew we needed to make an adjustment because she has started waking up at around 10:30 pm, 2:30 am and 5:00 am. Yes, you read that correctly, 3 times a night(!)  Even though she was maintaining a good disposition during the day, I definitely was struggling. Read More…

Kiinde Twist Review

Kiinde Twist Review | iheartmomlife.com

I am not sure why it has taken me so long to put together a review for the Kiinde system but I am going to fix that right now.  The Kiinde Twist is a “universal direct-pump breast milk collection, storage and feeding system.” The idea is that you can pump directly into the bags, freeze those and then when it is time for your little one to eat you just pop the pouch into the bottle holder, pop the nipple on and you are good to go.  You can recycle the pouches (yay for recycling!) and then you are only left with the holder, the nipple and the cap to wash.  Wait, did you catch that?  At the end of all of this you only have three things to wash! Read More…

How I Built My Breastmilk Freezer Stash

Freezer Stash - How I Got to 500oz Before Returning to Work. Including my step-by-step routine and the products I used. |iheartmomlife.com

Going back to work after having a baby is tough.  For a breastfeeding mommy knowing that you have to pump enough today so your baby has enough to eat tomorrow is even tougher.  Sound stressful?  It can be, especially if you are a type-A worrier like me. So what is a working, breastfeeding mother to do?  Enter the “freezer stash.”  This is a stockpile of frozen milk that gives you that all important buffer/sanity-saver just in case your output one day is less than what you need.  But how do you go about building a freezer stash?  There are lots of different ways, some harder than others. In this post I am going share what worked for me with baby #1 and then the changes I made for baby #2. Read More…

Honest Company Diapers and Wipes Review

If you are pregnant or recently had a baby there is no doubt that you have seen the Honest Company's ads for their diapers and wipes. | iheartmomlife.com

If you are pregnant or recently had a baby there is no doubt that you have seen the Honest Company’s ads for their diapers and wipes.  They are touted as an eco-friendly, non-toxic alternative to the big brands and come in lots of adorable prints.  Their marketing message is spot on and resonates with a lot of moms who are concerned about limiting their baby’s exposure to chemicals and generally caring about the environment. I was definitely interested in giving these diapers and wipes a spin with the birth of our second baby. Read More…