Breastfeeding can be such a daunting thing to so many people and pressure to do so is everywhere. Weather you choose to or not is totally up to you! It was a goal of mine to breastfeed and I was very nervous if I would be successful.
I am happy to say I am. It was not easy and I had to push through pain, bleeding. blisters, blebs, clogged ducts, mastitis and more. What women can do is amazing. In the hospital my baby only wanted to latch to one side, so yes I am lopsided, after working with a lactation consultant we determined that using a guard worked beast. She latched right away and I used it from then on (both sides). I really think this also helped with adding in the bottle because she was already used to the texture and it wasn’t a new or shocking change.
After my milk came in and I was about 6 weeks postpartum I started pumping to build up my stash for daycare while I was back to work. It started out slow and not much came out. I was so upset but just like with breastfeeding you have to push through. Your body is learning something new and it takes time to adapt. Not long after pumping on a regular schedule was I able to fill the bottles in 12 minutes or less.
I would pump the opposite side while she ate. This saved time and allowed me to build my stash while not adding in another time commitment during the day. While I work I pump 3 times to keep the supply going because she is still exclusively breastfeeding with some table food.
How I freeze and Store
- I pump and then pour it into the storage bags, I do not have a bag preference all have worked just fine for me. I fill each bag up to the full 6 ounces. I do this because it takes up less space, saves bags and is easy to thaw and use knowing they are all the same. I don’t have to pick and choose what I need.
- I seal and re-seal the bag several times and lay it flat in the freezer.
- Once the milk is frozen I stand the bag up in a storage bin. I place them in order in the bin with the oldest up front and each new one behind.
- I keep each filled bin in our freezer in the garage. (I honestly don’t know what I would do if we didn’t have the extra freezer)
- I only keep one bin in the freezer in our kitchen. This is the bin of oldest milk and what I use to thaw and feed her with when she needs a bottle.
This has been what has worked best for us and kept things organized and moving for use.
Oh boy have things been going on with the house. I am not happy to say that we found out we had a slab leak, for anyone unfamiliar that means a leak under the foundation of our house! (Yes, we just moved in and yes, we are very sure the sellers knew about it.) However, we needed to focus on fixing it. Who knows how long they let this go but I was immediately alerted after our first water and gas bill. The water company even contacted us to say based on the consumption you most likely have a leak. So investigating began.
I checked everything, nothing was running, but our meter was. Everyone kept trying to say it was a leaking toilet but those had all been checked. When the plumber arrived, who was so nice and professional, he agreed not the toilet. He had a hard time finding it at first but once he turned off our tankless water heater the meter stopped. Meaning a pipe leading to or from the water heater was the problem. Since we do not have a tank we weren’t running out of hot water it was just constantly making hot water. They used sound over our floors to locate the leak and luckily were able to break through the garage floor with no tunneling needed to find and replace the pipe. (For some time we thought they would have to break through the kitchen floor.) The leak is now fixed! I would definitely recommend this plumbing company, Service Contractors Plumbing and specifically James. He was great!
Now that the leak was fixed I had to finally give in and organize our garage. I didn’t want to purchase anything new at this time to complete this because I wanted to get things cleaned out and put away with what we had. Now I can take some time to see what we need or want to change about the garage. I am happy with how it is for now, we just need to find a place to take the 6 huge containers of paint the previous owners left. They actually left a lot of stuff we have had to clean out, including furniture. Some people are just really rude, that is all I will say. 🙂
A lot of people skip organizing the garage and just throw things in there but then you can’t find things easily. So what I did was put the things we use the most in one area in storage baskets/tubs that we can grab easily and are near the door to the house. This section is used a lot and also has our second refrigerator. I put decorations in plastic tubs by season and store them all together so we can change out our decor easily by having everything to put away and get out in one place. After that I fill in the rest with my husbands hunting stuff, sports items and miscellaneous. Through out the process I am eliminating boxes, trash, anything that is broken or we don’t use or need anymore. Don’t store it if you don’t use or need it!
I have gotten several compliments on my linen closet so I want to share my tips with you. The closet is located in the guest bathroom and is a great size.
The first thing I did was get several different containers and baskets that coordinate together, are different sizes but not all the matchy matchy. Next I went through everything I had that needed to go in the closet.
- Body Towels
- Hand Towels
- Wash Clothes
- Body Washes
- Oral Health supplies
After separating everything into groups that I wanted. I put each into a basket/container and labeled it. This way when guests open the door they can find exactly what they are looking for without need to search. (sometimes as a guest I feel uncomfortable looking for something because I feel like I am snooping)
Next I place everything in the closet. This takes a couple times and is sort of a puzzle, I switch containers and move things around until it all comes together. I want to keep like things together so if you are jumping in the shower you can grab your shampoo, conditioner and body wash easily without searching.
It’s in the details, when folding towels keep the hems or details all facing the same way, it will transform the sleek look with this quick change.
Another question I get a lot is where do you get all those little bottles well it’s simple. When I travel I take them all from the hotel room we are in. I also ask other people for them if they are traveling. 🙂 I used to just keep them in glass containers in the bathroom but my collection is quit large now.
How do you treat yourself? I am a firm believer that everyone once in a while we have to focus on ourselves and do something just for you. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, although I am not against that, but even small things can just bring you back to focus and change the day.
Some of the things I love to do is, you guess it, get a coffee, make my favorite food, get organized and make to do lists (not for everyone) and just spend time with my dogs watching TV or reading a magazine.
None of these are crazy or out of the ordinary but they are for me. They make me smile, they make me feel better, they can turn my day around if it’s going badly. It is truly the little things in life that are worth it all. Focus on you.
What are you favorite go to treats for yourself?