Every breastfeeding journey is different just like every mother’s relationship with her baby is different and we all face different struggles. Like many new moms I have had my share of challenges with breastfeeding and in the spirit of World Breastfeeding Week I wanted to share my story. My struggles were mostly due to a combination of overactive let down and delayed let down reflex – a pretty rare combo from what I discovered in my research. There are links to a ton of resources as well.
Between figuring out what’s for dinner and running myself ragged taking kids to various activities it can be hard to meal plan and shop to make sure I have all the ingredients on hand to make dinner. I’ve seen a million meal kit delivery services pop up and finally decided to give Blue Apron a try. It’s been three weeks and there are definitely pros and cons. Here is my (unbiased and unsponsored) pro/con list:
This evening the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana started. It is the Jewish New Year. It lasts for 3 days and is followed by Yom Kippur 10 days later, which is much more serious.
My family is not religious but I love holidays because I love special themed holiday food and family gatherings. Rosh Hashana foods are delicious and full of symbolism. Here are my favourites:
One of the things I like doing as a mom is making up songs. Luckily for me, even though I have no musical talent, my kids love to listen to me sing. Making up songs and rhymes is fun and puts a funny and entertaining spin on every day parenting tasks. I usually just sing new words for existing songs to describe what’s going on at that moment. It can be as simple as “dinner time, dinner time, dinner all the way” to the tune of Jingle Bells. Often Lulu asks me to “sing it again!” and I can’t because I forget the words as soon as I’ve sung them. Over the years there have been a few gems that have stuck and today I’m going to share them with you.
I have some exciting news. Go Wander, Bee Happy was nominated for a Liebster award, which is really cool. Thank you Christina, the amazing mom behind the 3plusMe blog for nominating me. I really try to make content that would be relatable and fun to read – with a few serious topics thrown in. You should also check out 3plusMe for fun mom-life posts.
About six months postpartum I started becoming very short tempered. I call it Postpartum Rage. There were days when I woke up just annoyed. There were days when every little thing made me angry. Things that are usually a mild annoyance became enraging. Sometimes I could tell I’m overreacting as it is happening. It’s almost like an out of body experience where I see myself yelling and freaking out, and somewhere I think “why are you getting so mad? This isn’t a big deal” and yet I’m still yelling, I can’t seem to stop getting mad. I didn’t think I had PPD, I didn’t have the “normal” symptoms of not being able to stop crying or feeling unhappy or depressed all the time. I just had this anger seething just below the surface ready to explode at any provocation.