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Exclusively Breastfed for 6 Months

This past Saturday was an exciting day in our family! We celebrated the half birthday of our son and that I reached my goal of exclusively breastfeeding him for 6 months!

I’ve been blessed that breastfeeding has been an easy experience for both of us. It has been challenging, especially those days when he was younger when he’d want to eat every 2 hours!

I have moments when I think that I’ve been nursing every 3 hours during the day (or more some days) for the past 6 months. That is amazing as well as physically demanding and time consuming. However, those sweet nursing snuggles and nursing naps (where we both fall asleep) are precious and time well invested in my son!

A few of the benefits of breastfeeding for us:

  • Paxton has been healthy – no sickness or trips to the doctor other than for well baby visits! (He has had the sniffles the past few days – I think it could be teething related.)
  • It’s essentially free – I do eat more since I’m nursing but we’re not having to purchase formula!
  • Breastfeeding is simple! I don’t have to worry about bottles, formula, washing bottles, mixing bottles and all that goes along with formula feeding. (We give him breast milk bottles about 2-3 times, typically for the nursery at church and washing bottles is no fun!)
  • I love feeding my baby; nursing is so relaxing and wonderful bonding time!
  • I believe breastfeeding has helped me lose my baby weight!
  • Delaying fertility.

My 6-month-old exclusively breastfed baby! It’s amazing to think that my body has nurtured this little person and allowed him to grow into a healthy baby boy!

My new goal is to continue nursing until a year – and possibly longer.

*Both the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusively breastfeeding the first 6 months and breastfeeding should continue to the first year – or even beyond!

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*I know many women struggle with breastfeeding whether it is horrible pain, a baby who won’t latch or lack of milk supply and these are things they just can’t control. I do not think mothers who formula feed their babies are inferior to those who breastfeed, we all love our babies and do what is best for them!

 

Nursery

Welcome to Paxton’s nursery! It has beautiful blue walls and a wonderful window that lets in a lot of light during the day! His crib and playmat! The crib was purchased by John David’s parents and the adorable bedding was purchased at Once Upon a Child for $20 by my mom!! Our changing table was given to us by the Simmerman’s. The baskets are full of cloth diapers! Our dresser was a Craigslist find that my parents paid for! It’s a great dresser that really has too much room  for Paxton’s clothes (we purchased a bigger dresser so we can store clothes for two children in it eventually!) The Little People Farm was a shower decoration at our church shower! We love it and Paxton does too (as I was attempting to pack it yesterday, he started reaching for it and played with it for a while!) The bear beside the farm is an FFA piggy bank from our friend Kim (it’s perfect since John David and I met in FFA and we love saving our pennies!!!) Our rocking chair that John David gave me for Christmas in 2007, on it is a quilt that I made! Paxton’s bookshelf filled with books and toys! I love the contents of the bookshelf! I love sitting in the corner or in the rocking chair and reading to him or playing with him! That’s our (first) nursery!

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Organizing Baby Clothes

Organizing baby clothes is an ongoing job! My little one is growing fast and to keep up with what he has grown out of and into takes some work! I’ve found if I don’t stay on top of it, things quickly get overwhelming and the nursery becomes disorganized!

For awhile, I was sorting through clothes about every two weeks since he was growing so fast! Now, I find going through the clothes about once a month keeps his clothes organized and rarely will I put something on him to discover he’s outgrown it.

I only organize clothes when Paxton is in a happy mood because I often try several articles of clothes on him (I call it dress up!)

I strip him down to his diaper and put him on a blanket in the floor while I look through his clothes. I pull out the items that I know are too small, try on a few that I’m not sure if they still fit or not and then see if any of his clothes that are the next size up fit. It sounds complicated and time consuming but it generally takes about 15 minutes!

When I find clothes he can’t wear, I then decide if it is a piece of clothing that I really like and want to keep for a (hopeful) future baby boy or if it is an item I am going to pass on. I’ve been pretty ruthless in getting rid of clothing because I don’t want to store a bunch of clothes!

This is the box of all the clothing I’ve keep newborn through 5 months. It’s about time for a bigger box or another box!

Once I’ve finished sorting, we have a neat drawer full of clothing that he can wear! (We’re trying to be minimal with our baby clothing, he only has one drawer of clothes he can currently wear and a few items hanging in the closet!)

Investing just a few minutes once a month really helps me stay on top of what he has as well as any clothing items he may need and most importantly it keeps me sane!

One Year Later

September 8, 2009

September 8, 2010

It’s amazing how he’s grown from a little bitty “bean” to a (nearly) 17 pound baby boy in just one year!

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