Archive for May, 2009

Before I say anything more, I just want to point out that I’m not judging mothers who choose to/have to formula feed their babies.  I am simply sharing the reasons that I have chosen to breastfeed.

  1. It promotes bonding between mom and baby and is an integral part of attachment parenting, which is very important to me.
  2. It’s healthier for both mom and baby.  For the mother, breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer, as well as other diseases.  For the baby, it passes along immunities, helps prevent SIDS and lowers the risk of him getting many diseases including cancers, diabetes, asthma, ear infections, and arthritis, just to name a few.  It also helps prevent baby girls from developing breast cancer later in life.
  3. It’s easier!  No mixing and heating bottles (and then washing them later)…I just lift up my shirt and it’s always there at the perfect temperature!!
  4. It’s free!  Yes, I’ve chosen to buy things such as a pump (although that was a gift), nursing cover, cute nursing pads, etc. but those things are completely optional.  And the cost of those items doesn’t come even close to the $1200 per year it costs to formula feed!  Plus, breastfed babies are generally healthier than formula-fed ones, which means fewer doctor visits!
  5. It helps mom lose the baby weight faster.  Thanks to breastfeeding, I’m down below my pre-Kelvin weight and only 4 pounds away from my pre-Ava weight.  That’s with no dieting and very light exercise…and no phentermine for me, thank you very much!  Plus, did you know that if a woman doesn’t breastfeed, her uterus will always be slightly larger that it was before pregnancy?

These are just my top reasons….here are 101 Reasons to Breastfeed!

I heard from a friend back in Kansas that it was in the 90’s yesterday!!  Makes me so glad the kids are I are here in Wisconsin enjoying the mild, beautiful weather!  About a week from now, though, we’ll be heading back to the heat, so I’ve been looking for ways to keep the kids cool on hot summer days (because we all know kids don’t want to stay inside, no matter how hot it is!!).  Of course, there are activities like the wading pool and sprinkler, but I also thought we’d try making popsicles.  It would sure be a lot better than buying popsicles that are totally over-priced and full of preservatives and other junk.

I thought I’d buy some popsicle molds when I got home, but it turns out you don’t even need them (though I may buy some anyway…I think they’d be easier for Kelvin to hold).  You can use small Dixie cups and wooden craft sticks (very cheap…or you could even use things like chopsticks or the end of a plastic spoon).  Fill the cup about 3/4 of the way full with juice.  Cover the top of the cup with a small square of aluminum foil.  Then stick your craft stick through the foil into the cup, all the way down to the bottom.  Put the cups in the freezer until they’re frozen and then you can either pop the popsicles out or peel away the paper cup.  It’s that easy!

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You may have noticed my lack of posts without any explanation beforehand.  About a week and a half ago, we left to come up to WI for Chad’s sister’s wedding.  At the last minute, we decided that the kids and I would stay with my grandparents for 2 weeks afterwards so that we could be here for my brother’s graduation party.  We’re halfway through those 2 weeks and I’m starting to miss being home, but I’m definitely enjoying this break from the stress of trying to keep up with both kids and the house and business (gives me lots of time to think about things like term life insurance rates LOL).  I’ll have quite a bit of catching up to do with the business when I get home, though.

The posts this week will continue to be a little hit-and-miss since I’m not pressuring myself to keep up with it this week.  There will be plenty of time for stressing out when we get home!  LOL

300_80158I saw this recipe for homemade sidewalk chalk over on Mom’s Marbles and immediately put it on our list of things to try this summer.  Ava loves being outside, but I sometimes have a hard time finding things for her to do out there (other than go to the park, of course!).  I’m sure she’s absolutely going to love this and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Put 1/4 cup water into a plastic cup.
  • Add 1/4 cup cornstarch and
  • several drops of food coloring – any colors you like.
  • Stir – then paint with brushes!

Sounds like a very easy way to have lots of fun!!

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I can’t believe that I have two kids, but I just tried making my own baby food this week.  I even had everything I’d need for making baby food when Ava was a baby, but I was really overwhelmed by it for some reason.  I don’t know why, because it’s so easy!

I have the Kidco Feeding System, but you could easily make your own food with just a food processor and ice cube trays.

I made green beans yesterday and apples today.  For the green beans, I cooked 2 cups of fresh green beans, sent them through the electric food mill, added enough water to make it like Stage 1 food and put it in trays to freeze.  Then today, I just took the cubes of food out of the trays and stored them in a ziploc bag in the freezer.  For the apples, I used 2 apples, cooked them with 3 Tablespoons of water on the stove until they were mushy and then pureed and froze them.  It’s so unbelievably easy and doesn’t even take very long.

I’m sure it’s going to save us lots of money, because Kelvin is like a bottomless pit.  It always took Ava several days to finish a jar of baby food, but Kelvin eats at least 1, sometimes 2, every day.  Tonight he actually ate 6 oz of food (2 oz of green beans, 2 oz of apples and 2 oz of cereal).

I’m going to try carrots tomorrow….now that I’ve started, I just don’t want to stop!  By the end of the week, I should have enough different kinds of food made that I won’t have to use any jarred food anymore!

0511-0710-0210-3454This week, I started doing “school” with Ava in the afternoon.  I felt like she needed to have some time to do more focused activities, even for just a little bit each day.  A little break from flitting from one toy to the next all day is a good thing!  LOL We usually only spend about 30 minutes or less at this point, since she still has a pretty short attention span.

We’ve been doing something different each day….one day we colored a “good night” book with colored pencils, one day we worked on stringing beads, another day we did play-dough, and one day we worked on her color flash cards.  It’s all things she enjoys doing, but that can get “lost” in the everyday chaos if I don’t set aside specific time to sit at the table with her and do an activity.

As she gets older, I’ll start increasing the time we spend, of course.  I’m looking forward to starting things like getting her ready to read and teaching her to play piano!

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