It’s a…. BOY!!!

That’s right ladies and gents… C and I are expecting a baby boy!!! Little baby N will be arriving this summer and will be rounding out our little family. We will both be hanging the closed for business signs over our uteruses… or would it be uterus’ or uteri? Any who… We had our gender reveal party about 2 weeks ago, I know, I suck but I’m thinking of setting a weekly alarm to get me to blog more… Shoot, don’t feel neglected, my journal hasn’t gotten any action from me in moons as well so just know that I’m sharing the non writing love…

Back to business… For baby C we did a gender reveal cake, for baby N we decided to do a ballon pop. We cleaned the house, cooked dinner and decorated ourselves after spending countless hours on Pinterest… Our family and friends arrived, we ate dinner, had dessert, played a little game and then popped the ballon promptly at 5:30 pm. C has been saying that she thought it was a boy since the first day that we found out we were pregnant so imagine our reaction once the blue confetti fell from the ballon!!!!

I’m so ecstatic! We will have a boy and a girl and I know baby C will be an awesome big sister! I do have my fears about raising a little black boy in one of the most crime riddled cities in America but I know that God wouldn’t have blessed us with him if He didn’t think we were capable of doing the right things.

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16 Weeks Pregnant and Relactation!

That’s right! C is 16 weeks pregnant today and we are looking more and more forward to the gender reveal party. So far, she hasn’t had one but of morning sickness! She did have a few days in the beginning where she had heartburn but otherwise, her prayers were answered and I’m happy because morning sickness sucks and C has horrible motion sickness! I look at her each day in awe and amazement. I still can’t believe that she’s pregnant and that we will be parents again come summer. 🙂

So, initially when we were discussing TTC, C was going to go first since she’s older. Then we decided that I would go first and we would have the babies close together so that I could breast feed both of them. Well, if you’ve been following my blog you know how breast feeding went with Baby C but despite it if been seriously thinking about trying to relactate so that I can breast feed Baby #2. I know that I can comfort nurse or use a SNS if nothing comes of my efforts.

For those unfamiliar with my past struggle, nursing became a time of stress and frustration in our house. I had a breast reduction about 12-13 years ago and of course they warn you that there may be that chance that you won’t be able to breast feed. I thought I would never have kids and I was young and not thinking about what may happen in my future. I was able to pump while in the hospital but it was slow getting my milk to come in and the fact that I had a C section didn’t help either. I finally got up to pumping an ounce or so in 15 minutes. Baby C was beginning to get jaundiced and we supplemented with formula and a syringe. My nipples were flat. She wouldn’t latch and the nipple shield only helped a bit. Eventually, once we got home, some times she would latch perfectly other times not. By then she was getting a bottle with formula and my breast never felt full like everyone said they would. I continued to pump every 2-3 hours. Eventually, I was getting close to 2 ounces a session. My left boob was always the over achiever. Eventually, I stopped pumping between 8-10 weeks and we went to formula full time.

Fast forward to today. My daycare baby is breast fed. Her mom brings bags and bags of milk for her and sometimes I long to be able to do the same. One night last week, while co-bathing, Baby C starts to notice my nipples. She’s nearly 10 months so this shocked me. She plucked them at first. Then a few days later, she did the same only this time to went to put it in her mouth. I let her hoping that she would want to nurse and that maybe, just maybe, I would be able to get SOMETHING flowing again. She BIT me. HARD. LOL.

About to days ago, I told C that I was reading about relactation. She was totally on board. I joined a few groups on Facebook and read tons of success stories. Even stories of women who were never pregnant breast feeding their adopted babies. I took some fenugreek and pumped about 3-4 times that day. By the last pumping session, I noticed a head of clearish liquid on my nipple. I was beyond excited. I took and pic (weird. I know) and texted it to C. I was even able to coax out another drop through hand expression. I didn’t pump yesterday tho but I’m pumping now as I write this blog.

I’m less stressed this time and have absolutely no expectation of producing much of anything. If I do, great! If I don’t, that’s fine too. Bottom line, I’ll still be able to breast feed via SNS or comfort nurse our new little one and for this I am thankful.

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13 weeks 5 days

It seems like the weeks are steadily rolling by and I’m seeing a baby bump slowly peeking out from my wife’s once flat abdomen. It’s cute. It’s sexy. It’s making me love her even more than I already do… And I’m not even sure that’s possible. She felt Sprouty moving around for the first time on Sunday and my heart filled with joy. I know it will be about a month or so before I can feel it but I remember how I felt when I felt Baby C moving around in my belly for the very first time. I cherish those special moments that no one on the outside knew we were sharing and I’m so grateful that my wife will forever have that experience. I’m so thankful that she’s giving me this experience from the other side of the belly.

Her strength is regal. She is beauty.

Long Over Due… For a REAL update

Ok, so since I had that Halloween update sitting in my phone and didn’t hit publish until dang on near Christmas, I figured it only proper to give you all a REAL update on things over here at the CNC headquarters…

Baby C turned 9 months yesterday!!!! I know… We can’t believe it either!!!

Updates on Baby C:

  • She’s a crawling maniac
  • She has 2 bottom incisors and the top are presently coming in
  • She says: Ut oh, Go Go Go, ahbye (bye bye), and hey
  • Her favorite shows are: The Chica Show, Super WHY! and Tree Fu Tom
  • She also enjoys Barney and Calliou
  • She’s cruising and she takes the daring chance of letting go every now and again
  • And we are beginning to introduce her to more solids… I suppose you can say we are going baby led weaning
  • I now have 3 kids enrolled in my daycare and I’ve begun crocheting more… Orders are pouring in for hats and scarfs and I’m thinking of investing in a sewing machine and teaching myself how to make cloth diapers…

    C is doing awesome! She recently got a promotion at work and things are moving along smoothly…

    But on important piece of our journey that I would like to share is…

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    That’s RIGHT! We are expecting Baby #2!!! We are becoming a family of four… But, I’m on the opposite side of the belly this go round!!! With this exciting news, I plan to update more often… So, another update soon comes because I don’t want to make this entry too long.

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    Happy Halloween

    Here is another old post that was just sitting in my phone waiting to be published… More recent posts to come… I promise.

    I know it’s been aeons since I’ve blogged… Life has been moving and Baby C has been growing… She’ll be 8 months next Thursday! C and I have also been learning to be awesome moms to our little girl.

    So much has happened since my last blog that I don’t even know where to begin… I guess I can begin by letting you guys know that I’m an official SAH/WAHM… I haven’t been at “work” for someone else since the week before I had Baby C. The paychecks officially stopped coming in August. I decided to open an at home daycare so that I could be home with Baby C. It just made sense for us financially that I didn’t return to the workforce and I finally get to do what I love… Spend my day with kids! As of today, I have one infant enrolled. If I can get 1-2 more children I’ll be happy…

    Here Liebster, Liebster

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    Ok, so here’s the deal… I was nominated not once but TWICE for a Liebster… Pretty impressive sh!t right?! Well, maybe not to you but it’s a big damn deal to me! I’ve always eyed blogger awards and secretly wished I’d been awarded with one… Well, Camille from And Just Add Water and Nell from Four Completes The Set nominated me because they obviously think I’m cool and dig my writing!

    Any who! Blogger awards are such a great way to learn more about your fellow bloggers. This is a way for small bloggers to give recognition to other small bloggers (200 followers or less). Here’s how it works:

    Copy & Paste This Whole Post and Replace All Your Information — who awarded you, for example.

    The rules:

    Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog.
    Post 11 facts about yourself, answering the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
    Nominate 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
    Display the Liebster Award logo.
    No tag backs meaning you can’t just re nominate the person who nominated you.
    As Solo the First put it “The real purpose behind these nominations are not only as an accolade from a fellow blogger and let’s face it, nothing gently strokes our little writer hearts more than someone telling you they appreciate your work. In addition to the back patting we need to receive from time to time, it also allows us to get a little more personal as we get to know our increasing blogging community. It also helps drive traffic to your site as we reference one another.”

    The questions put forth to me (with my answers) are as follows:
    1. What is the best book you’ve read recently? Best book recently, hmmmm… The last book that I completed was The Hunger Games, I think. And it was pretty awesome…I actually read the entire trilogy (minus the last few chapters of the third book) and loved it!

    2. Name a pet peeve.I don’t want to seem like a English snob but it burns the hairs on my soul when people type “an” or “in” and they mean “and.” Shoot, bad grammar is a pet peeve in general.

    3. If you could travel any place and money was not a factor, where would you go? Germany… Call me what you may but I’ve wanted to go ever since I was a horny teen age girl sneaking to watching Real Sex on HBO… They have great sex toy shops there.

    4. If you could go to any concert, whether they are dead or alive, broken up or together, who would it be?Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Together. And because of my darling wife… I’m a newly converted Mint Head so we are always at Mint Condition concerts.

    5. Red wine, white wine, beer, or water? Red wine.

    6. Do you have a celebrity look-a-like? If so, who?I don’t think so but I’ve been told that I look like Kim Reese from A Different World.

    7. What are three blogs you read most often?My attention span is so short and Mommy brain still reigns supreme so most days I totally forget about blogs but when I do get around to reading them, Four Completes the Set, And Just Add Water, and Good Families Do.

    8. What is your guilty pleasure?Cheesecake.

    9. What is one skill or hobby you’re interested in learning?Being a Doula

    10. What are five words that best describe you?Spiritual, Patient, Kind, Positive, Loving

    11. Beach or mountains?Beach.

    1. What is your greatest fear?It was that I’d never get married and have kids and that I would be old and alone… Being a failure is up there near the top tho.

    2. What is your greatest accomplishment?Having my daughter, getting married, having a family of my own, starting my own business… Couldn’t name just one.

    3. What public behaviors do you find the most offensive?
    Obscenely loud talking.

    4. If you could change one law in the State where you live what would it be?Equality in ever sense need to be the mandated law.

    5. When you leave this earth what is the one thing most people will say about you and the life you lived?That I did the right thing and had a kind heart.

    6. You are at your happiest when?___________ Spending time with my family, Doing anything domestic… But cooking/baking mainly.

    7. What is your favorite quote or saying?Live, Laugh, Love

    8. What is the one little known fact that most people will find surprising about you?I developed a crab allergy in my mid 20’s.

    9. How many slices of pizza do you typically eat in one sitting?2

    10. What is your favorite holiday?I never really thought about this but maybe Thanksgiving.

    11. Are you #TeamiPhone or #Blackberry? #TeamiPhone

    Now that that’s out of the way, here are my nominations… In no particular order of course…
    Four Completes the Set
    Good Families Do
    And Just Add Water
    Our Apron Strings
    Two Moms to Be
    Mommy Loves Martinis
    A Story of Two Moms
    Weigand Writes
    2 Girls and a Baby
    Beginning Miracles
    Wedded Wife

    And now, the moment you’ve all be waiting for… My questions:

    1. What is the first commonality that you look for when meeting someone new?
    2. Books or TV?
    3. What is your favorite time of day?
    4. What is your passion?
    5. Are you currently living or operating in your passion?
    6. Do you still believe in the kindness of humanity?
    7. When seeking hope, where do you focus?
    8. Bandwagon or walk to the beat of your own drum?
    9. Chocolate or vanilla?
    10. Grits or oatmeal?
    11. If given one day to make an impact on someone’s life, what would you do?

    And there you have it… Of course it took me two days to complete this in my typical fashion but its done! Thanks for the nomination and check back for future blog updates.

    One. Step. Further.

    Yep, I’ve taken my cloth addiction one step further and made reusable cloth wipes today… And, I must say that I LOVE THEM! They leave Baby C’s bottom feeling all soft and smelling refreshed… I was tempted in using a wipe to wipe her down and forego a bath… I did forego the bath but didn’t wipe her down with the wipe because she was already sleepy, hungry and irritable so I left well enough alone, changed her, fed her and off to sleep she went…

    Anywho… I love Dr. Bronner’s soap. I usually use the peppermint version but I figured that one would be a little too tingly for Baby C’s bottom so I bought the lavender version. I read online how one lady cut up old tee shirts to make wipes and I was about to venture into the basement to find an old tee shirt when I saw the TONS of wash cloths that we received at the baby shower. I figured why not use these… So, I took the thin ones out of the closet to make wipes and left the thicker ones for bath time. I had an old wipe container so I folded the washcloths in a manner that would allow another to pull up once you pull the one on top of it. I sat the stack aside. I boiled some water just enough to kill any germs. I measures out 1 cup of water and poured it into a jar. Then I added 1 tbs of coconut oil and 1 tbs of Dr. Bronner’s soap. I put the top on the jar and shook it to mix it. I poured half of the solution into the wipe container and then sat my stack of wipes inside. Then I poured the remaining solution on top of it. I closed the container and gave it a good shake. I did make one more cup of solution and poured it on the middle of the wipes just to make sure all of them were saturated. Closed and gave it another good shake and viola! Homemade reusable cloth wipes!

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    Addicted… To cloth

    I’m addicted to cloth. I’ve wanted to cloth diaper Baby C for quite some time now but I’ve always been overwhelmed with all of the choices when it comes to cloth diapering… One thing that I know about myself is I become easily overwhelmed when presented with too may choices. AIO’s, AI2’s, prefolds, flats, pocket, fitteds, covers, snaps or aplix… You see what I mean… And let’s not get started on brand! There are so many major brands and then so many cute WAHM diapers!

    So, about a week or so ago I was in Target getting stuff for our first beach trip with Baby C and guess what I saw on the clearance rack? TWO THIRSTIES DUO DIAPERS for $4.18!!!!!! These dipes are normally about $12-$17 a pop! So, all of my overmelmedness… I’m sure that’s not a word but who cares, went out of the window and I grabbed them. They were pocket diapers with aplix closures… Got them home, washed them, threw one on Baby C and I fell in love with this phenomenon called cloth diapering! Since then, I have a meager stash of about 11 pocket diapers and 6 prefolds. I would ideally like to have a minimum of 24 dipes in rotation. I am waiting on 2 in the mail and sadly, I will be selling the cute bargain dipes that started me off because they are size 1 and a bit snug on Baby C…

    Do any of you guys cloth diaper or plan to cloth diaper your baby? I highly recommend giving it a try… And it doesn’t hurt that there are so many cute prints!

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    Figuring Out Baby C

    Things that my daughter does while attempting to fall asleep that will forever baffle me:

    1. Pull her hair… Ma’am, are you into some sadistic torture that requires you to inflict pain upon yourself? I would think not because it always results in you crying bloody murder.

    2. Forcefully pulling her pacifier out of her mouth and then trying to put it back… Trying to improve your fine motor skills with this exercise is great but nap/bed time may not be the best time to practice this. It frustrates you.

    3. Constantly pulling her bib, burp cloth or any other item over her face… Are you old enough to even know that you prefer your face being covered while you are asleep?

    4. Pulling her ear and clawing at her face and neck… Ma’am? Need I ask you again about your sadistic tendencies…

    And then, after her doing all of these things and me constantly trying to stop her… She falls asleep only to wake up 30-45 minutes later.

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