Discussion, Parenting, Uncategorized

5 Random Facts About Breastfeeding: Happy National Breastfeeding Month!

Don’t cry over spilled milk… Unless it’s breast milk, bawl your fucking eyes out.

-Rotten Cards

Happy National Breastfeeding Month!

Yeah, you read that right.

Okay, let’s be honest, I had no idea it was a thing until recently… And neither did you!

Here are 5 random facts about breastfeeding!

  1. A woman’s right breast usually produces more milk than her left. (Cindyandjana)
  2. If you’re a boy mom you’ll produce thiry extra grams of milk! (Thestir.Cafemom)
  3. Your boobs can leak even if you just think about your baby OR hear your baby crying! (Todaysparent)
  4. Breastfeeding can save parent anywhere from $1200-$1500 in formula-related expenses. (Yourtango)
  5. Moms that breastfeed can approximately 45 more minutes of rest than moms that don’t! (Breastfeedinginc)

Each fact was grabbed from the sources listed in the parenthesis. Following the links to each website will enable you to see the valid sources for each fact.

Hope you’re all doing dandy, on this wondeful Thursday night!

Ana Golobic

Discussion, Parenting, Uncategorized

My Breastfeeding Journey Comes To An End: I’ll Miss It

For those of you who have read my previous blogs, you know that I was all for breastfeeding! I still am, although sad to say I am no longer doing so.
My second born, Levi will be making four months in just a few weeks! Four months!? And to think, I breastfed him from the very beginning. For some of you moms out there you might think “Wow! Four months? That’s it?”, again in my previous blog related to breastfeeding, this was my first time committing to actually doing the deed. That’s as a mom of not one, but two.
Why did I stop?

Now, let’s be honest. I didn’t pump as often as I had before, but I had never stopped. Recently, my family visited and because we were so on the go, making the most of the little time we had together I wasn’t pumping regularly… My milk production dropped rapidly. I went from producing 4 ounces per boob to 3, to 2, then 1 ounce both boobs combined. While this was all happening, I made sure I drank a ton of water, continued on with a good diet, and even tried out Premama’s lactation supplement but unfortunately nothing had worked.
It was time. Formula was bought and then mixed half-half with the remaining milk we had, to make a safe transition.
At first, I felt a sense of guilt. Breastfeeding will always be best. We all know of the scientific studies conducted that have shown that children are less likely to develop certain health disorders and diseases because of it. When it comes down to it, the action of breastfeeding is our body’s natural way of feeding a baby. The proof is literally in our nature as humans. With all of this in mind, my heart felt broken because I ultimately knew I wasn’t giving my child the best I could.
But, I knew I couldn’t do anything about it. I had to move on, call it a day, and do the next best thing I could: formula feed.
A month later…
Now that we’re fully formula feeding I honestly feel at ease. No more washing a bunch of little pieces that go to the pump, no more waking up at random hours to pump while half awake, no clogged ducts or leaky boobs, I’m happy to be back in a normal bra and feel kinda cute for once! I feel like I can breathe again and that I have more energy because honestly a lot of my time isn’t being invested into breastfeeding anymore.
If I could go back in time and breast feed again with Levi, would I? Yes. It’s all about that bond, the intimacy and closeness that comes along with breastfeeding. It’s so special, and honestly besides all of the amazing health benefits it has for both mom and baby, for me it comes down to the bond. This was my first time experiencing it as a mom of two and if I could go back in time I’d surely breastfeed my first child.
Do you formula feed or breastfeed and why? Be sure to post your answers either here or on my Instagram post!
Ana Golobic

Discussion, Parenting, Uncategorized

5 Things I Realized After Pregnancy

1. I DID Have Stretch Marks

Throughout my first pregnancy I was constantly looking in the mirror to see if I had stretch marks. I was happy to see that none had appeared! Yay me! I took every opportunity I had to lather myself in lotion. I made sure to put it on my thighs, butt, and of course my tummy. Fast forward to when I actually gave birth… There they were! I remember walking to the restroom to take a shower in the hospital and the mirror revealed the one thing I worked ever so hard to prevent, stretch marks. How cruel, body… How cruel.

2. I Couldn’t Get Glasses

This one was a huge bummer! Before my pregnancy my vision wasn’t the best, but boy did it get worse while I was pregnant. I made it a point to visit the eye doctor, but it ended up being after I gave birth because I was honestly just SO busy during my pregnancy. We finally had the time to do everything we needed to since I was on maternity leave and the hubby was on his paternity leave as well. I was excited to finally kiss the blurriness farewell… That was until my eye doctor told me we’d have to wait 3 months until he could prescribe me glasses! 3 months! What?! Yeah, apparently your hormones can still do things to funk up your vision.

3. I Wasted Money on Tea Tree

I love tea tree! Still to this very day, although just not as much… I’ll be real. I bought shampoo, conditioner, body soap (Both liquid and solid form-yeah wow), face wash, toner, face moisturizer, body moisturizer, and heck even a mask! I remember putting product in my hand, smelling my hands, and sighing in relief. My husband told me I was like the dude obsessed with hair from Charlie’s Angels. I think that’ll paint a better picture for you as to how obsessed I was. #cryingfaceemoji The addiction for tea tree was real, yes olfactory changes happen during pregnancy. No, they don’t last forever so don’t get suckered!

4. I’d Rather Hold My Piss

Yeah, you read that correctly. I would seriously be so scared to pee! It burned so badly I would find myself tearing up. Catheters man. Mom’s you know exactly what I’m talking about! I don’t think I need to go into details on this one.

5. Post Partum Hives Exist

Another joy post pregnancy: Hives. Yes, they exist. I had no idea until after giving birth when I would constantly break out into hives all over my legs and arms. Eczema does run through my family so I was overjoyed knowing that it’s not what I had and that eventually it would pass. I’d say it lasted for about 7 months after having Mason. I’m happy to say that although I do get them now, after having Levi they aren’t as severe.

 

Parenting, Tips & Tricks

Scoring Cheap Kid’s Clothes!

So we’ve established this already, kid’s clothes are expensive.

Here are a few ways you can save on kid’s clothes!

Poshmark

Poshmark is widely known for their heavily discounted name brand items that are new with the tags still attached or lightly worn. Not only are the prices up to 70% off, but you can actually score it for an even cheaper price by using the site’s “Offer” capability. That’s right, you can basically bargain with the seller to a price that’s fitting for you. Sellers can also bundle items to promote savings and when an item drops in price a certain amount of times shipping is free! This may make some of you frantic because you’re not purchasing from an actual store, but if an item isn’t as described when received Poshmark will give you Posh credit (Merchandise credit). I know! How simple is that! The site has so much to offer, if you don’t know where to get started when looking for children’s clothes, start with Zara! That’s my go-to.

Thrift Store

I love thrifting. I can hang out in a Goodwill for hours on end and leave 100% satisfied. New or lightly worn there is so much to pick from. If you’re one of those vintage lovin’ mamas, I find thrift stores the best to shop for vintage clothes. One of the thrift stores in our town will have an extra % off of certain departments throughout the week, all indicated by the color of the sticker on the tag. Talk about dirt cheap clothes!

Garage Sales

Garage sales are the best when it comes to kid’s clothes! Why? You can literally buy an entire lot of clothes! Instead of spending $20 on a name-brand shirt, you could spend $50 and score multiple shirts, pants, hats, and shoes! You name it. If you happen to stop by a garage sale and the seller seems to be selling the clothes individually, don’t hesitate to ask them how much they’d want for the lot! My mom has done this plenty of times when shopping for my kids which is how we end up with boxes and boxes of clothes. If it’s a community garage sale and you happen to be selling items of your own you may even be able to make a trade with the seller!

Hand-Me-Downs

If you have any family members or friends that had babies, be open and ask for hand-me-downs. After having Mason a cousin of mine dropped by my house with 2 trash bags FULL of clothes! I remember washing it all wondering when it would end. Don’t forget to offer to babysit! Also, always save your children’s clothes, even if you don’t think you won’t have any more kids there’s always a possibility your mind could change. My mom told me to save all of Mason’s clothes and I replied with certainty that I wouldn’t need them because we weren’t having any more kids. Well, Levi’s a happy-camper in his big bros hand-me-downs, that’s for sure.

Happy saving!

Ana Golobic

 

Discussion, Parenting

Going Cheap On Kid’s Clothes: Are Expensive Clothes Worth It?

My children have a ton of clothes! No kidding, they’re set up until they’re about five. Again, I have a 1 1/2 year old, and a 2 month old, both are boys so they can share clothes of course. Let me be honest, my husband and I haven’t spent more than $100 on clothes for our children, let alone $50. The reason for this is simple, we’ve pretty much scored all of their clothes from their baby showers, other family members (Whether they purchased new clothes or passed along hand-me-downs), and garage sales! Some of you may not be that lucky as maybe you didn’t have a baby shower, maybe you’re the first to have kids in your family, and maybe money is a little tight this month. So click here to learn how to save money on kids clothes. Yup, I got you covered.

Don’t get me wrong, despite the amount of clothes the kids have, we could be unnecessary and buy more.

Why we don’t?:

  1. Clothes for kids are expensive
  2. They’ll grow out of them

I’m that person that looks for coupons and deals. If I know that I can get an item cheaper elsewhere, I’ll put it back on the rack and drive my happy butt wherever that elsewhere may be. If you’re not the type of person that looks at the screen when you’re getting rung up to double check that the prices are correct and the total adds up to that number you calculated on your phone’s calculator, I cringe for you. A pair of children’s shoes can start at $20, kick up to $40 and even go up from there. That’s ridiculous! We’re talking about shoes for kids!

Let’s continue with the shoe concept for a minute. Say I bought a pair of $40 shoes for my kid, I could also buy a pair of shoes for myself at the same price (Maybe even score a buy two pairs for $40) and I could wear them for the rest. of. my. life. Would you purchase an expensive article of clothing for yourself, knowing that you wouldn’t be able to fit it months from now? If the answer is yes, you’re crazy. Let’s be realistic guys! Kids grow fast. I’m one of those mom’s that bawl up on the couch just looking at old photos of my kids (While they’re sleeping) because I think of how much they’ve grown since. I remember when I just found out I was pregnant with my first child. He turns two this year. Do yourself a favor, grab a newborn onesie and lay it next to a 3-6 month onesie. Do you see how big the difference is and just how short of the time between the two is!?

There are other things to think about, maybe your kids are the ones that always end up spilling things and dirtying their clothes, maybe they don’t even care about what they’re wearing (Believe it or not some kids are picky) that pattern may be cute to you, but you know they love Cars and My Little Pony, maybe the clothes you’re buying are nice but they may not be comfortable. There’s a lot more to it.

Well, the money you might be spending on your children’s clothes may be a lot, or it may be a little. Whatever that amount of money is, just remember it’s spent for a temporary cause.

It’s your money, but hey…

Think about it,

Ana Golobic

 

 

Discussion, Parenting

Breastfeeding Motivation: My Story

First off, let me start with: Don’t give up

For you expecting mothers…

Don’t give up before you had the chance to start.

Before having Mason (My first-born) I already knew that I wanted to formula feed. Mainly because I thought that breastfeeding would be too much work. Growing up I was always told not to knock something before trying it, and this was one of those things. Sorta. Well, I mean if you count feeding in the hospital and maybe like 3 days after being discharged as “trying“. Within those few days my boobs hurt like hell and my nipples bled. I was OVER it. Even after getting my free pump through my insurance, I let my milk dry up, called it a day, and never looked back. After all, Mason seemed perfectly fine drinking Similac, and I had no complaints from the doc about his health.

I reflect on this time and feel bad for Mason because I didn’t give it enough effort.

Fast forward.

Levi was born (2 months ago to be exact). Again, I knew I was going to formula feed and said it religiously while pregnant every single time my OB asked. Prior to finding out I was pregnant, a girlfriend of mine found out that her and her husband were expecting! We discussed so many things about motherhood and parenting practices, and of course one of them was breastfeeding. She had shared with me that she was pretty certain that she was going to breastfeed, while I continued to say I was set on formula. My girlfriend gave birth a few months before me so of course we chatted all about breastfeeding and just about everything else, up until I had Levi. She remained consistent with breastfeeding on her first child, to this day! To me, that’s #supermom material.

Honestly, because of her efforts and persistence, she motivated me to… Drum roll… Breastfeed! So shout out to Clyde’s mama!

Since Levi was born he has been fed boob milk. But get this, the moment I got my pump (two days after being discharged) it was strictly pumped milk. To this day I still deal with clogged ducts, bleeding nipples, so on and so forth, yes I still have the same issues I would if it was mouth-to-boob (No mastitis, thank God). Many moms find it easier to feed from the actual boobs, others find it easier to pump. Whichever form of breastfeeding works for you, do it to it!

As a mom of two, a 1 1/2 year old toddler and a 2 month old I have managed to breastfeed. It may sound far fetched for those who had the same experience with their first child, but I manage. I’m not only taking care of two kiddos at home, but I have also returned to work. Due to our situation, we don’t have an extra hand with child care, so it’s only me until my husband comes home from work. That means yes, I still cook, clean the house, and tend to two little ones. Plus my Shiba baby. When I come home from work at night, I still get up in the night to feed Levi (My husband works first thing in the morning, 7am to be exact), pump more milk, wash the pump supplies (The worst part) and repeat until morning. Oh yeah. At work? Pumping. Add another thing on the list that I’m making time for while breastfeeding: blogging.

Hey, my OB’s son is turning 1 and she’s breastfeeding. Come on. She’s a doctor! Imagine those long hours of working, I’m sure she’s tired as hell. But hey, she does it.

If you’re reading this and you’re contemplating whether or not you can continue to breastfeed or do it all-shout out to the expecting mothers…

Trust me, you can.

I have faith in you,

Ana Golobic

Baby, Parenting

Get Your Newborn To Sleep: Newborn Essentials For Better Sleep

Mom, dad… I get it! Y’all are tired.

If you’re a first-time parent, welcome to the wonderful world of #teamnosleep. You’ve lived your entire life going by your own schedule, sleeping in when you have no work, staying up late when it’s the weekend. You miss it now that I’m talking about it. I know. That was until you had your beautiful baby, now sleeping at night ain’t so beautiful.

Second-time parents y’all are pros! You got this! Well, do ya?

Here is a list of essentials that I have found to be very helpful based on first-hand experience. These items will not only promote sleep for your child, but some of these will also promote comfort for you parents out there that want to prevent SIDS… Which means… Parents get the chance to actually sleep!

Yes, I’ve been there. I’ve been that parent that woke up in the middle of the night and hovered over my child trying to see if they’re breathing.

Here goes:

  1. Halo Sleepsack Swaddle I’ve found the Halo Sleepsack Swaddle to be a huge SLEEP SAVER! No more hulk babies breaking out of swaddling cloths in the middle of the night. This bad boy is made to wrap your baby up like a little cocoon. You basically put the Sleepsack Swaddle on baby like a sleeveless onesie, zip it from the top-down, wrap one side over baby, and then secure it with the other side that has velcro. Other swaddling cloths we have tried are just too loose no matter how tight we wrap them in comparison to this bad boy. Can’t beat velcro. Check out the brand website they start at $30. The nice thing is that the brand provides from newborn to 5T.
  2.  Baby Swing If you don’t own a baby swing, don’t knock it before you try it. My first-born slept in one every single night until he got too big to be in it! They say that baby swings help to mimic the movement babies felt when they were in your tummy by the simple task of rocking. The swing that we own plays music, vibrates, rocks, has a mobile that circulates and a mirror for baby to look at. On target they range from $50-$200.
  3. Pacifier These may be common sense to you, but truly not all parents give their babies pacifiers so they can definitely stir up controversy. I have found pacifiers to be helpful. The link I have attached is to an article that shares a study on how pacifiers prevent SIDS by 90% you read that right. The article talks about it in conjunction with babies that sleep on their tummies and how theoretically the bulkiness prevents suffocation into a blanket or bed. I personally believe that it just helps to soothe a child, seeing as both my children have used them and slept on their backs. If you’re worried about dealing with the struggle of getting your future toddler off of the pacifier, just know mine gave up on it himself and eventually tossed it out the crib every night.
  4. Humidifier Get it. I mean it. Humidifiers basically add moisture in the air which can help with extremely dry skin and stuffy noses. They also serve as a white noise machine, which is another win! Honestly, hearing a baby breathe hard because of a stuffed up nose just makes feel bad for them, get a humidifier to loosen up that mucus! You can also add a small amount of essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or tea tree to promote sleep.

Extra tips:

  1. Understand cues! When your baby fusses in the night, do not assume that he/she is automatically hungry. If you attempt to do a feeding, your child may still be full from the feeding before. This will cause an upset stomach from over feeding and aggravation. Check their diaper, put their pacifier in if it fell out, adjust the volume in your home if it’s too loud or the lighting if it’s too bright. Your baby may just be uncomfortable and in need of your help to comfort him/her back to sleep.
  2. Give them a bath before bed time.
  3. Stick to a schedule. It is so important to establish a schedule, eventually it will come natural for your child to follow the designated times for naps, feedings, and play time. Having your child sleep at random times will confuse them and probably cause them to be irritable and fussy.

That’s all I have for now!

Let me know if it helps,

Ana Golobic