Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nursing while 35 Weeks Pregnant

I fear that our nursing relationship has come to an end. For the past few days, M has been nursing for about 2  minutes, unlatching, then informing me that "Milky time is broken".

My nipples are not complaining. They are sore, she bites them, and the nursing itself is not a comfortable thing. I have to keep reminding her to be gentle.

My heart is breaking a little bit.

It has been our ritual to lay in bed every morning and cuddle for 15 minutes while she nurses and snuggles, and we both give and get lots and lots of hugs and kisses.

It's our bonding time.

And while I feared that it might end once the new baby is born, it is pretty hard to take before the new baby has even come.

Also, it seems odd that I would dry up at 35 weeks... if anything, I thought more milk would be coming in at this point.

Maybe it tastes funny, or maybe it is my body getting ready to push this new one out.

Whatever it is, I am very sad to say goodbye to nursing my little toddler. But I made it to two years, exactly what the WHO recommends. And though I know she doesn't need it anymore, and I know it is one step to her becoming more independent, it still seems much more difficult for Mommy than for Child.

Did any of you have any experience drying up at 35 weeks pregnant? I'm going to ask my midwife on Wednesday to see if it is normal...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Giveaway! Modern Kids Design Holiday Giveaway

What do we do with toddlers when we have a new baby to take care of??? I vote for art projects! This set looks absolutely fantastic, and I'm sure it will keep your little one occupied for hours. Good luck, I hope one of my readers wins!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Giving Birth at the Toronto Birth Centre

This pregnancy, I am planning to give birth at the  Toronto Birth Centre. If you haven't seen the website, or haven't even heard of it, I urge you to check it out. Apparently it cost 6 million dollars to build, which means that no expense was spared - and it shows!!! The place is absolutely amazing and beautiful. I am so excited to give birth there, it is like an upscale hotel with giant birthing tubs and fireplaces in each room.

Also, and this is a biggy, if I give birth there instead of at home, there will be minimal cleanup involved. Count me in!

The other thing about giving birth at the centre is how family friendly it is. Anyone is welcome to be at the birth with you, it has beautiful waiting rooms, and even a kitchen if you have a hankering for chocolate mouse or your mother-in-law's nut cake at a critical moment during labor or delivery. Also, this means that my daughter can be there playing in the waiting room if I decide she doesn't need to witness the birth.

I actually haven't decided if she will be there at the delivery. A lot depends on timing. If I'm birthing this tiny beast in the middle of the night, we will let little M sleep, oblivious, in her crib. If it is during the day then potentially she will be there.

People have been asking me about my birth plan. This time, I'm really not sure. I keep changing my mind, which is why no birth plan has been written down. I think one reason is because I really feel like I'll give birth any day now. The other thing is that I'm still not done school, so that is kind of taking priority over all thinking matters.

Anyways, did you give birth at a birth centre? How was your experience? And did you let your toddler watch? I'd like some feedback about that because I'm still not sure...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

[Giveaway] BayB Brand Bean Bag Giveaway!

Who doesn't need a place to put their little baby before they start walking?? And where better than a beanbag chair?? Maybe you can get one for free!