My boobs were my tools of the trade for almost 20 months.

Once my youngest daughter weaned herself from the Magical Boob Juice, the fun really began!

(And by fun we all know I mean chaos!)

Pull up a chair, sit a while, read a few pages.

Keep and open mind and a joyful heart and you too can get pumped into the world of The Milk Maid.


7 Months and Counting!

Ava and I have made it to our 7th month together as a breastfeeding team! It's hard to look back and remember how tiny she was and how afraid I was that I'd fail at the whole bf-ing gig like I did with Faith.

Fortunately for me, Ava was a natural born boobie-baby. After she was back in the room from being cleaned up, the doctor came by to check her out. He popped his finger into her mouth to test her suck reflex and he said, "Boy mom, do I feel sorry for you!". She almost took the man's finger off. Most babies lose 7-10% of their birth weight in the first few days of life. Not Ava- she gained an ounce before leaving the hospital. My overachiever! I had the breastfeeding equivalent of "purple nurples". Just think about that one!

She's continued to grow at a rapid pace. Of course, if I ate every hour I'd be the size of an elephant too. At her 6 month checkup, she was as tall as the average 10-11 month old. Heaven help that girl when she starts dating-- I'm almost 5'8 and almost no guys were taller than me until 11th grade.

I don't know if I ever shared this pic of Ava before- it's right after she was born. She came so fast (under 3 hours total, from water breaking to her arrival) that she was bruised. What can I say, my children are impatient little devils.
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I bought a new car seat for her. She's too leggy for the "baby bucket". I was going to buy a nice, reasonably priced Graco or something. Everything we looked at kept pointing us to the Britax brand. Jef said, "How do you put a price on her safety" as he held Ava up. He should be a travel agent for guilt trips. We bought the Britax Marathon. And I love it!! Oh, and Ava does too.


Berrymomnw said...

I was strolling through BRU the other day and was looking at the next size car seats. Ethan is in a Graco safeseat, which is the biggest of the infant seats, I can already tell that he will outgrow it before a year, plus he already doesn't like reclining so much. I will look into the marathon, but I better start saving now. Wasn't it close to $300??

Michelle said...

Aww, thanks for sharing the picture of Ava. I hope Bf-ing comes as natural for me too!

meg said...

Happy 7 months!!! I am so happy that bf-ing worked so good for you. I am not convinced I can do it!!! I am very sensitive there... so we will see.

singletracey said...

Britax is the BEST! My sister has those for the kids and I have another brand in my car.. I think it is a Graco.. anyway, what a difference!!! The Britax is SO EASY to use and transfer quickly from one car to another if need be. It is worth every single penny!!

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Anonymous said...

Congrats on this major milestone! Your success with Ava gives me hope that if I do have another baby, then maybe we'll have better luck than Doran & I had! Doran is in a Cosco "big boy" seat. We are poor folk around here =) and it received great reviews and excellent feedback. The Britax seats are so nice, though!! I would have loved one. Hope Ava loves hers!