Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mommy Tip #1 - Squats

Although I've only been a mom for a little over 3 months I feel like I learn something new everyday so I've decided to add a new section to my blog called mommy tips. I love reading about other people's experiences with motherhood so I wanted to be able to share mine in quick little blerbs here and there. Mommy tips will be little tips about anything mommy related that I discover on my journey in parenting! So here it goes! :)

Mommy Tip #1:

Finding time to workout as a new mom is hard sometimes. Running is my main means of exercise but sometimes it's a struggle to get out the door! Here's my mommy tip on how to squeeze in a workout at the most unlikely times.

Squats are a girls best friend! I used to do 100 squats a day on top of my normal workouts and I love what they do for my butt and legs. As a mom I now have a built in weight of about 13-14 lbs. His name is Connor!

Sometimes the little guy won't take a nap unless I rock him to sleep. This is the perfect time for me to get in a mini workout. While I rock him I do sets of 10 wide squats. You can also try a traditional squat or side lunges. Not only do I feel the burn but it actually helps C fall asleep from the rocking up and down!

If you want an added challenge, make a rule that every time you change a diaper you have to do 5-10 squats while holding baby. You'll be surprised how sore you are the next day!

Hope you enjoyed the very first mommy tip! Feel free to share some of your mommy tips in the comments. I'd love to hear them!

xoxo Jessenia

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Running - Mommy Style

If you know me, you know I love running. My freshman year of high school my mom convinced me to run cross country to get into shape for soccer and also because she ran when she was in high school. When the season first started I hated it! I remember we would have to run around the fields behind the school and when we got to a part where our coach couldn't see us we would walk.

As the season progressed I fell in love with it. I especially loved racing. Putting everything you have into training and then competing in a race is such an amazing feeling and not only are you racing against the other runners but your racing against yourself. I was constantly trying to beat my PR.

Even though I loved racing and running I was always one of those runners who was content with being in the middle of the pack - not super slow and not super fast. I trained hard but when I felt like being lazy I did. lol.

I continued running through college and up until I got pregnant, competing in 5ks here and there and I did my first half marathon last October. I had always thought I would be a pregnant runner but once I got pregnant it just didn't feel right to me. I know there's loads of research on the pros and cons but for me personally it didn't seem like the right choice so for a whole 9 months I didn't run. It was the longest I have gone without running since I was 14. Needless to say, I missed it .. a lot!

After my c-section the doctor cleared me to run at 4 weeks and I started out really slow with walk breaks. It always sucks to have to start running from scratch but I kept at it and built up my endurance. As of now at 12 weeks I pretty much feel back to normal with my endurance and pace. I'm running a 5k soon and then I'm going to be training for a half marathon starting in January.

Although most of the time I run by myself while my husband watches Connor, I still feel like running has changed for me. Being a mommy runner is much different! When I go out for a run most of the time I think about Connor at home. What is he doing? Is he hungry? Is he still sleeping? My husband is great with him so I know I don't have to worry but that's just what moms do!

I also can't just run for as long as I want or decide I want to run another mile mid- run because I know I have to be home to feed Connor since he still doesn't go very long between feedings. Even though these might seem like bad things they aren't at all! I love knowing that when I walk in the door after a great run my little man will be waiting for me! I love him so much! I also can't wait for him to get a little bigger so he can ride in the BOB running stroller without the car seat. I hope he likes it! That way we can  go on long runs together and of course when he can run, I hope he'll be running next to me!

I have read many forums about mommy runners who say they are in better shape and have more determination post baby than they did before and I think I could say the same for myself. I'm not in better shape quite yet but my determination is higher because I have something to work for. I'm working off the baby weight and working towards feeling strong again. My goal is to beat my PRs for a 5k and half eventually and when I do I know I can look forward to seeing my husband and my sweet baby boy waiting for me at the finish line!

Hope everyone is having a great week! If you're a mommy runner, how has it changed for you?

xoxo Jessenia

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thoughts on Co-sleeping

When I was pregnant I wrote this post about co-sleeping. Having never had a baby before I had no idea how I would actually feel on this subject. I went through all the ideas in my head before Connor was born. I finally settled on side-caring Connor's crib with our bed. We set it up a few weeks before his arrival and I would stare over at it every night and dream about the day he would be laying in it!

The first two nights we spent at the hosiptal I was still very sore from surgery and I could barely get out of the hospital bed so Connor slept with me in the hospital bed. I was also struggling a little with breastfeeding since I didn't get to put him to the breast right after delivery (sigh) so it was nice to have him close to try feeding him as much as possible.

Once we got home the plan had been to have him in his crib next to our bed but I couldn't sleep on the side with the crib because it was too hard for me to get out of the bed since I was still very sore. I ended up putting Connor right next to me in the bed all swaddled and basically held him the first two nights at home because I was so nervous to roll over him.

As I started feeling better I started sleeping on the side of the bed where his crib is attached and at the beginning I could get him to fall asleep in his crib and then when I would feed him I would let him fall asleep on me which quickly transitioned into him having to sleep on top on me all the time. We went on this way for a while and then we discovered that he slept well in his car seat so we put his car seat in the crib and put him to sleep in that (sounds a little weird but it works!)

Sleeping in his crib
 Now if I am not going to bed at the same time as C, we usually put the car seat in the crib and he falls asleep in it for about 4-5 hrs. Then after his first feeding I just set him next to me (in between my husband and I - not in his crib - he somehow knows the difference and won't sleep in his crib) pat him on the back and most times he falls right asleep.

Sleeping in our bed
I remember saying in my original post that I didn't want to have him in between us at night. Oh how things have changed! I think co-sleeping arrangements are totally personal choice and based on each family but I am also finding out it has a lot to do with what baby wants too. C isn't one of those easy babies that you just put in their crib and they fall asleep. Based on how many different ways he has preferred to sleep in his sort 2 1/2 months of life, he is definitely opinionated. I love having him sleep with us because he's only going to be a baby one time and we both are so enjoying snuggling with him every night and morning.

Since my husband works from home, most days he wakes up at the same time as C and I do. Wake up time is always decided my C himslef. He kicks me in the stomach every morning until I wake up! After I feed him Johnny and I play with him in bed and enjoy all of his adorable baby smiles and coos. There's just nothing like it!

I mean who wouldn't want to wake up to this face ;)
My plan is still to start transitioning him to his own room around 6 months which means before then I'm going to have to wean him off of sleeping in our bed to sleeping in his crib - attached to our bed. We will see how this goes though. I am still a firm believer that parents should be the boss of their children and not the other way around. Right now C is so small and innocent that I don't want to wean him, train him, or put him on schedules yet but once he is older I want to get a little more structured which means him moving into his room.

However, it's still a few months away so for now we are going to enjoy C being a little baby and snuggling as much as possible! Thoughts?! Leave a comment :)

Have a blessed week!

xoxo Jessenia

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

2 Months Post Bump

Hola! Has it really been 2 months 3 days since my little C was born? I can't believe it and yet it feels like he has been a part of our lives forever. A friend of mine is pregnant and she asked me how it was being a parent and I told her that sometimes I look at him and I just want to cry because I am so happy. (sometimes I do lol)
One week - 7 weeks
This past month has been full of changes and milestones for Connor. He is growing so fast and we are loving every single second with him. I wish I was writing down more of what he is doing and I am trying so that I can write it all in his baby book.

At around 7 weeks he started making so many new noises. I just love hearing his little voice! So many coos and grunts and everything in between. He has also mastered to art of whining.. wonder where he gets that from! haha I said in my one month post that he had my personality and it becoming more and more apparent daily. Even though he is hard sometimes I don't even mind because he is the sweetest most adorable baby I've ever seen (of course ;)).

At around 8 weeks he started to suck his thumb and is very interested in getting his hands in his mouth. He only gets his thumb in his mouth on occasion and is still exploring and trying to figure out his little hands and what there are. So cute.

I know all babies are gassy but this guy like I said before is a farting machine! It's so hilarious and gives Johnny and me lots and lots of laughs. I'm thinking it's because of my vegetarian diet. Any vegetarians out there experience this?

He is very active and doesn't sit still for a second unless he is sleeping. He is constantly kicking and turning his head to look at everything he can. He is very strong and already has pretty good control of his head. He loves to be held in a standing up position and can hold himself standing for a few seconds. I try to give him tummy time daily but he hates it! Hopefully he'll like it a little more soon.

He still is eating every hour unless he is sleeping and it is so tiring but I'm kind of getting used to it now. My mom was reading on Dr. Sears website that babies that are breastfed on demand vs. a schedule grow faster and have an easier time maintaining their weight when they get older because they control when they eat. Makes sense to me! I think he has to eat so much because he burns so many calories with all he crazy moving.

He smiles all the time and loves to look at his daddy. I love seeing them together and cannot wait to see what the future holds. The dad and son relationship is such a special one and I feel so blessed to have a husband who is such a great father.

Here's how I've been doing:

At two months postpartum I am feeling great! Occasionally my incision feels a little sore but its not painful at all. I have been running pretty consistently the past few weeks and I am training for a 5k in decemeber. I am following two plans picking and choosing workouts from both depending on how I am feeling. I can't say enough about how great it is to be back running again. It's such a big part of me. I am really thankful now for the ability to run after taking so much time off. There's just nothing like it!

I tried doing some leg workouts with squats and lunges a couple of times but my incision was starting to hurt so I am currently just running for now. Hopefully soon my incision will be able to handle a little more soon.

I am now about 5-6 lbs away from my pre pregnancy weight and I feel like the lbs are coming off so slowly but I think when you only have a few lbs left thats kind of how it goes. I know I'm putting in the work and it will come off eventually. I do feel my body changing though. My legs are slowly changing shape, feeling stronger and getting muscle definition back and my belly is going down. It's so amazing to me that we have the ability to literally change our bodies just by what we eat and how we exercise. Pretty cool when you really think about it.

2 months                                                                                 5 weeks
Overall, right now I'm focused on being the best mom to my little C as possible but I'm also taking care of myself and I'm focused on running my first 5k back to the best of my ability. I can't wait to cross that finish line and see Connor and Johnny waiting for me! First race with a baby - So exciting!

That's all for now! I'm hoping to write a post on cloth diapers soon so keep on the lookout for that. :)

(P.S. If you think C looks different, it's because we buzzed all his hair off because he was starting to look like an old man! It accidentally got a little too short and I had an emotional breakdown about it lol but now it's growing in all even and fuzzy so it's all good!)

xoxo Jessenia

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Around here ..

there's been tons going on. I have once again been slacking on my blogging but I'm finally feeling like I'm getting the hang of this whole mom thing (somewhat) so hopefully my blog will be a little more loved soon than it is now!

My little C is growing up so fast and I cannot believe it. Every day I look at him and think he looks even bigger than the day before. He's growing too fast and I kind of wish it would stop.

I have lots to share about how he's been changing but I will wait until the 2 month update! Ohh the suspense. ;) He'll be 2 months old on sunday. Holy crap! Time flies.

I've starting training for my first 5k post bump and I'm super excited about it! I love being back out running again and can't wait to race. There's nothing like getting up early and running in a race. I just love it!

Oh and the weather here has been gorgeous. 50s at night and 70s during the day. Perfect for cute little boys in beanies. :)

xoxo Jessenia

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Endless to-do List

Happy Monday! It's nap time here at the Tullar household and so far I picked up the living room and worked out. I probably should be doing laundry and dishes but instead I'm taking the time to write down all the things I need/ want to do.

Lately I have been feeling so motivated and excited to do so many things. Like I mentioned before, I really think that having a newborn takes up so much time that you don't take any time for granted. I've recently been sucked back into pinterest so of course there are millions of ideas swirling around in my head every time I look at it.

So here it goes, my to-do list begins! :)

  • start a garden (i already have sweet mint, chocolate mint, & spinach)
  • make diy cleaning supplies
  • make diy toiletries (ie shampoo, deodorant)
  • sew a bandeau bra
  • fit into my old jeans ;) 
  • up my running milage 
  • workout everyday
  • start cloth diapering full time
  • make diy cloth diaper detergent
  • bake some fall treats 
  • go completely gluten free 
  • clean/ reorganize my house one little section at a time (this may take me foreverrr)
  • run a 5k 
& of course spend lots of time with my hubby and baby boy in this gorgeous weather! 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful monday!

xoxo Jessenia 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Nap Time Projects: Natural Orange Cleaner

Recently I've noticed that I do more housework/ projects now, with a newborn, than I did when I was pregnant. One reason is probably because at the end of my pregnancy I was so big that I didn't want to move lol but I think it's also because newborns take up so much of your time that the time you do have when they are napping becomes a mad rush to get things done.

My husband got a great deal on one of those video monitors at Target that connects with your Iphone so when Connor is napping in his room I just carry around my phone and watch him sleep. Sometimes I catch myself just staring at him because he's so darn cute. 

my view from my phone
Today I decided to start a project that I recently discovered on Pinterest (which has by the way sucked me back in again!). It's a natural orange & vinegar cleaner and it's super easy to make. I've always known normal cleaners have lots of chemicals but I never really took enough time to think about it and plus the "natural cleaners" that you can buy are expensive. 

Since I found this idea I figured if it works I can get rid of the cleaners I have and not have to pay the money for the expensive natural ones. 

So here it goes - super easy explanation: 

First you get your ingredients - oranges, vinegar, & a canning jar - you can also lemons. 

Next you peel your oranges and save the inside to eat later.

Put your peels into your canning jar and cover completely with vinegar. 

Let this set on the kitchen counter for about 2 weeks and then pour into a spray bottle. You can leave it concentrated or add water. I will probably try a 50/50 mix. Also, I read that if you are using it to clean windows or glass tables you can add a few drops of dish soap and it won't leave any streaks.

Now I just have to wait 2 weeks to try this out. I will follow up then on how it works! 

Have any of you tried this or any other diy natural cleaners? 

xoxo Jessenia 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

5 Weeks Post Baby

I'm pretty excited about writing this post because I love to read about other women's postpartum progress. Pregnancy is such an amazing experience and it's crazy what our bodies can do. God created us to put up with a lot of changes but it also takes it's toll on our bodies.

A few weeks pregnant 
On the day Connor was born - I look like a whale!
Since Connor's birth I have felt like my body is unrecognizable to myself and naturally it should be. It's not the same as it was before because it grew a human being inside of it. Just writing that sounds crazy! At the beginning I definitely had the baby blues and was emotional about everything and especially my body. I have always taken pride in my physical fitness not because I care what people think but because I care about how I feel about myself. I love working out and feeling and seeing the results of my hard work. 

As anyone who has ever had a baby knows, after giving birth your body is a strange place; from jello-y stomachs to huge butts and thighs to leaking boobs. It all comes with the territory. It's not so fun but it all serves a purpose in the nurturing of our babies.

 As of now, at 5 weeks postpartum, I look pretty normal, just not normal for me. My boobs are enormous which makes it hard to fit into my pre-pregnancy shirts but I'm not complaining haha. My stomach is almost flat again. In the morning its pretty flat but shows bloating by the end of the day. Unfortunately, I won't be able to do any ab work for a while because of the c-section but honestly it doesn't really bother me that much. It's not even bathing suit season anymore. ;)

My butt and thighs are the major problem areas. These are the places that my body naturally gains weight. As long as I can remember anytime I have put on any weight it goes straight there. I still can't fit into any of my pre-pregnancy shorts or jeans because of it and its killing me but I know it's only a matter of time if I keep up with working out. 

As far as weight goes I am still about 7 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight and honestly I could care less about the number on the scale. All I care about is what I look like and how I feel, not how much I weigh. I don't really expect to go down to my pre-pregnancy weight anyways because my boobs are at least a pound heavier each lol. 

5 weeks 2 days postpartum - feeling much more like
myself but still have a ways to go!
I have been calculating my postpartum progress in inches; inches around my thighs and my hips. I don't know what my measurements were before I got pregnant but I measured about a week after giving birth and since then I have lost an inch in my thighs and 1/4 of an inch in my hips.

One week postpartum - I look so tired - I still could
barely walk

I haven't really been able to work out until just recently because of my c-section (which also caused a lot of emotions on my part - knowing if I had a natural birth I could have been running sooner) but I'm just learning to go with the flow and I have started running with walk breaks and it's amazing to be back out again. Running makes me feel like myself and it's done wonders for my mindset. Next week I will be at the 6 weeks point and will start full running and adding in some squats, lunges, & other activities such as pilates and yoga. 

As far as food goes I've cut out all processed food (shouldn't be eating these anyways) & bread. I've still been eating a lot and wouldn't call this a diet since I am breastfeeding and need to keep up my calories. I've been eating lots of fruits & veggies, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, nuts and beans. 

Overall, I'm content with the way my body is currently because it's all a part of the process that God designed for pregnancy - the milk's gotta come from somewhere! But I'm not accepting of the way my body looks and that's why I have been doing whatever I can to change it. I'm not the kind of person who can look in the mirror and be okay if I don't like what I see. 

That is what this blog has always been about. The name If It Jiggles comes from the quote "It's simple, If it jiggles it's fat" from the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger. The reason I like it is because to me it means that if we aren't okay with our current level of fitness we have the power to change it! This does not mean I am going to take drastic measures it just means I'm going to work hard within what is allowed at this point and look forward to the results I want to see! :) We are all capable of success if we put in the work. 

I'm looking forward to being active again and hopefully running a 5k next month!

What were your experiences with postpartum weight loss/ exercise? 

xoxo Jessenia 

Monday, October 8, 2012

1 Month

Today my baby boy is 1 month & 4 days old. I've been meaning to write this post for the past four days but time is becoming more and more scarce around here! Connor basically decides how much and when I have any free time but I don't care because spending time with him is mostly all I want to do anyways and like the baby detergent commercial says "you have a child forever but a baby for just a year!"

As our boy is growing & growing we are seeing his personality shine. He is just like his mom and he is a handful! He knows what he wants when he wants it so he constantly keeps mom and dad on our toes :)

Some of his personality traits are:

loving to move - kicking his arms & legs, riding in his stroller and the car - he's an athlete I tell you!

making adorable baby noises - my favorite is the sigh after sneeze - so so sweet

being a momma's boy - i have to either lay him on my chest or right next to me and pat his back at night for him to fall asleep - i know it's a bad habit but how many times in my life will i have a tiny baby boy pining for my attention?

loving his new baby seat - he loves to look up at the colored animals - however his content state only lasts about 15 minutes before he wants me to hold him or to be fed

loving to eat - all the time - although this is great for him, it's exhausting for me - breastfeeding is no joke!

smiling for daddy - somehow my husband always seems to get the big smiles - he says they are having "guy time" :)

loving listening to daddy's "good" music in the car - my husband is convinced it makes him fall asleep (apparently taylor swift & justin bieber don't count lol)

loving his car seat - he takes 99% of his naps in it either by falling asleep on car rides or walks or i just lay him in it when we're at home - unbuckled of course - he hates the buckles 

having tons of gas - this boy is a farting machine

hating his own bed - i have his crib side-cared to our bed and apparently he doesn't know grandma bought him an organic mattress because he ends up in our bed most of the time

I'm sure there are many other things I can write but my time is limited! Overall, my husband and I have been feeling so blessed to have such and amazing baby boy in our lives. Even with the lack of sleep we are both staying sane and loving every minute spent with our little guy.

I was also going to write about my postpartum progress but haven't had time too take pictures so I'll post about it soon. Hope everyone has a lovely week!

xoxo Jessenia 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

3 Weeks

This week has been so fun and I've seen so many changes in my little boy. It's so amazing to watch him grow and change every day and I'm constantly reminding myself to take the time between feeding, changing, and cleaning to just enjoy him.

We've been taking family walks around the neighborhood every night and I really enjoy the time out of the house. It's good exercise for me too until I can start running. Connor really seems to enjoy our walks and always falls asleep.

My mom went back to Honduras after being here for 3 weeks and it was really hard for me. I cried a lot but I'm getting along just fine and talking to her everyday (of course). A friend of mine wrote me on Facebook and said "it's traditionally excepted to freak out when mom leaves" :) I guess I'm not the only one!

The one good thing about my mom not staying with us anymore is that I had to take over all the household duties again. It would seem that this would add to my load and be overwhelming but I've actually been enjoying it because it breaks up my day and makes me feel accomplished.

Connor is eating like crazy as usual and as challenging as it is for me to feel like I'm always feeding him, its such a good feeling to know he is healthy, strong, and growing like he should!

His personality is definitely showing and he's so much like me. My mom said I was a pretty opinionated baby and I guess it's my turn to get what I gave to my mom haha. He's really a good baby but when he wants something he lets you know! I've been learning that I just have to find ways to make him happy and he will be a doll. If I don't do the things to make him happy he's well .. not too happy lol.

This week he hasn't been napping as much as at the beginning and I spent a whole day just trying to get him to sleep and failed. He only napped a total of about 1 1/2 hrs all day. I was frustrated but the next day I decided I needed to get a little more creative. Instead of just holding him and trying to calm him down I tried some other ideas like pushing him around in his stroller, putting him in his swing, and turning on his sound machine.

Guess what?! It worked! Being a new mom isn't always easy but it's so rewarding. Not to mention all the cuddles and love!

Next week Connor will be one month old! Ahhhh so crazy! I love him so much.

xoxo Jessenia

Monday, September 24, 2012

Connor's Birth Story Part Two

After Johnny left the operating room with the baby I was still laying on the table while they sewed me back up and all the nurses said congratulations to me. I was so full of excitement and was looking forward to holding my little man for the first time very soon.

Johnny stayed with Connor while he got weighed and measured and my parents got to see him for the first time!

They transferred me to a rolling bed and brought me into the recovery room where I had to stay for a while so they could monitor me and make sure that I was doing well. While I was there Johnny brought Connor in and I got to hold him for the very first time. It was such an amazing feeling and it finally all made sense and I really felt like he was mine.

It was such a beautiful moment of our little family being together for the first time. We took lots of pictures and enjoyed our new little miracle.

Next I had to be brought to my hospital room and Connor went for a blood test while I was wheeled upstairs. I waited with some family until Connor and Johnny came back and then I held my boy again.

We only spent two days at the hospital because I made a pretty quick recovery and Connor was doing great. Even though I was in pain during the stay I enjoyed those first two days his life so much. They were so special. We had lots of visitors but also had lots of alone time as the three of us, which is so amazing in itself.

We love this little guy so much!

xoxo Jessenia

**All photos are by Hannah Mayo Photography! Check out her work here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2 Weeks

Well here we are at two weeks! I'm probably going to say this every week but I can't believe it's been 2 weeks already. I also can't believe how much my boy has grown in the past week. He already looks and feels so much bigger to me! As you can tell from the pictures below his belly sure is filling out! :)

This week has been full of new adventures. Connor seems to be much more awake during the day and I have been trying to talk, read, and sing to him when I can. He's a poop and pee machine and I know all newborns are but seriously he goes a lot! I started using my cloth wipes this week but I am still using disposable diapers because I don't think I could keep up with how much he goes with cloth diapers. 

I really like the cloth wipes so much better than disposable wipes. I make my own disposable ones from paper towels and wipe solution. We use the disposable ones at night because when you're half asleep you don't want to fuss with rinsing and such. I like the cloth ones better because they clean better and they are so soft on baby's bottom. They are much easier to use than I anticipated and require relatively little maintenance. 

I have them in a normal wipes box for easy access and I have a spray bottle of solution on the changing table. All I do is grab a wipe and spray it a few times then take off the diaper and wipe up as much of the poo with the old diaper as possible then wipe the rest with the cloth wipe. Once I'm finished I rinse it in the toilet, ring it out, and toss it in the dirty wipes pail and sprinkle on some baking soda. 

People use either dry or wet pails for cloth wipes/ diapers. I've been using the dry one and I like it so far. I've been washing them every other day. When I used to think about cloth wipes I would think of them covered in poo but really they don't get much on them unless it's a huge blow out. ;) 

I'm getting a little nervous to start using cloth diapers in a few weeks but I'll let you know how it goes! 

Breastfeeding is still going well and Connor is continuing to gain weight. He wants to eat all the time! What a boy! We went to the pediatrician this morning and he weighed in at 7lbs 15 oz. At first we were confused why he only gained 2 oz but then the Dr. figured out that they weighed him with his diaper on at the one week appt which means he was probably only about 7lbs 8oz last week and he gained about 7 oz this week.

I'm still using a nipple shield for breastfeeding which is super annoying. They can be really helpful if you really need one but the consultant at the hospital started me on one for no reason and I really wish I would have known more about them because I definitely would have told her I didn't want to use it.

Basically they are used when the baby has problems latching and they are usually only used when every other option was explored. Not the case for me. She started me on it without really trying to get him to latch normally. They make such a huge stink about your baby gaining weight at the hospital like they are going to waste away if they don't learn how to latch asap! As you can tell I'm not too pleased about the situation because now I have to teach him how to latch without it and its such a pain. He hates it! But it's also a pain to use it and I would much rather go natural and not have to use the stupid thing! In the end though at least he is eating and that's really all that matters but I still really want to be able to wean him of the shield. I guess I have my work cut our for me.

Here's a few pictures from Week Two:

                                    Baby feet :)                                    Hubby caught us sleeping

                     Hubby sunning our little man                                     Bath time!

I promise I will write the second half of the birth story tomorrow (I think) haha! Until next time!

xoxo Jessenia