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The most recent parenting book I have read, was when my 8 year old was a newborn. In my muddled, sleep deprived, adrenaline flowing, happy postpartum state, I should have been confident. I already raised 4 kids who were ages 14 and up, when this baby was born. Yet, at 6 weeks, I felt lost on the path of motherhood. I was feeding, on demand E-V-E-R-Y time the baby fussed. And yet never clued in on why the baby fussed- because my take from all the breastfeeding books, was feed/comfort/nurse that baby every time they fuss. My husband, the father of all our children didn’t understand why I had lost my way in mothering. The Pediatrician, who knew me from my other kids, dismissed my concerns. I knew I needed help. Two things happened here. First, wonderful women, trained as lactation consultants, entered my life.(If you are breastfeeding and having issues related to your baby and breastfeeding, Please, please, please, please find a lactation consultant in your area and give them a call). AND I read yet another book Baby-Wise. Baby Wise, (Love it or hate it, please save that discussion for another post) figuratively hit me upside the head with the realization, I had to bring MY brain to this job of mothering. All the other baby books I had read, were specifically on breastfeeding, and encouraged feeding on demand. To me that meant every time the baby fussed, whip out the breast to comfort, feed and care for that baby. Baby Wise allowed me to bring my brain to the equation and think about why the baby might be fussing. In my life, the power of the written word influenced me greatly – to the point of loosing my direction in mothering, and then in finding it again.
I haven’t blogged in a bit, and today is busy so this will be quick. What are you focusing on this year? I would like to work on my health and my fitness- both in a physical and spiritual sense. … Continue reading
Sugar cookie base with Hersey kiss turkeys and candy corn tail feathers
A Confession: 10 Sundays ago, we said “Good-bye” to OUR church. If you live in my area and asked for a recommendation of a good church, I would suggest you attend where we left. The preaching is good, … Continue reading
Throwback Thankful Thursday here under the maple leaves. 10 days, and 30 years ago, I said “I do” to my husband. As I think back over the last 30 years, I think I got the better end of that deal. A friend said of her husband, “We have been happy together and we have been miserable together. The key word there is together. ” I like that observation. My husband and I have had much happy together, much wonderful together, and yes, even a little miserable together. But again, the key word there is together. Having been everything from a size 8 to 18, I have often joked that my husband loves me through thick and thin. But what started as a joke about my size, is a resounding truth in my life. It has been said that in every joke there is a nugget of truth, and there is whopper of truth in that statement. He does love me through the thick and thin, the good and bad, grumpy and pleasant, for better or for worse, for … Continue reading