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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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…

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…