I hate to admit it, but most the time the holidays are more stressful than they are fun. Traveling with a baby to multiple houses, in multiple states, to visit family during the holidays is challenging. And for me, it becomes a bigger challenge when my in-laws start insinuating we are not spending enough time at their house during the Christmas vacation…
Today marks the official start of the month of December, and we all know what that means… more food than we know what to do with! In my home when family is visiting for the holidays, it always means endless Christmas cookies, casseroles, and comfort food. It also brings about a little more stress than usual, and can be a fun and challenging time of the year at the same time.
We’ve all heard the saying “there’s no time like the present”. However, when it comes to expanding your family, the future may feel far away but the present time may seem frightening, or so you think… but how do you know when the time is right?
Now that Halloween is over and we have secretly enjoyed stealing the extra trick or treat candy from our kids, there is a new guilty pleasure that I know I cannot wait to indulge in for the next two months… Hallmark Christmas movies. You read that right… I LOVE Hallmark Christmas movies and this year, I am not afraid to admit it.
I have not put pen to paper in a long time now. I haven't been physically well, and writing goes from relaxing to taxing when the simple act of holding the laptop drains me to the point of needing sleep. But, in my typical fashion, I won't speak too much about the less than happy moments of life.
As I am beyond sure you know, we are a family that believes breast is best! (No debate invited or accepted.)
One thing that is more common than you may think in newborns 2-3 days old is breastfeeding jaundice, occurring in approximately 60% of all babies. Jaundice causes a baby’s skin or the whites of their eyes to appear yellow. It is something to be aware of and know the effective treatment methods so no future complications occur.
Overfeeding does not happen often when breastfeeding, but can happen when giving your baby a bottle. When a baby is overfed, they cannot properly digest their formula or breastmilk and it can cause them pain in their stomachs and gas. This is where paced feeding comes to the rescue. It’s useful for babies to be able to control how much milk they get.