Away from baby…

DH has a work trip in South America for 10 days. I have always joined him on this trip, but this year, with a nursing baby, I have considered it impossible to join him. A friend was trying to convince me that it is still possible to go. After doing some research, I have decided to see if it is possible. There are mainly three parts to this plan: 1. Finding a nanny for the baby 2. A schedule for pumping to store ahead. 3. Maintain supply during the time away from baby

Finding the nanny would be the most simple part of the plan… Although finding someone whom we can entrust our baby with is proving to be more complicated than we thought. It definitely makes us question our friendships with close friends like never before… The more painful part would be to introduce solids to the baby and then leave shortly after that.

Pump schedule… I have just starting pumping today, trying to pump after feeding. There is not a lot left after feeding, I would imagine my body has adjusted to what our baby needs. There are not a lot of information out there about a good schedule I am guessing that everyone’s life is a bit different. Will try pumping three times a day after feeding. Also read a suggestion to take supplements to increase the milk supply, so started on fenugreek, a lactation blend supplement and nursing support tea. A recipe from BellyBelly.com.au for lactation cookies kept me busy for a while as well. Will continue with updates on milk supply.

Maintaining supply… Nothing I need to do at the moment, but read that one mom pump and dump while away to maintain supply and another did the same and took supplements. I am probably doing to pump and supplement. Both moms said that baby went back to nursing within a very short period of time.

Keep this in your thoughts for us. It would be very interesting to see how this plan develops.

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The Wrap

Having learnt a few things from my previous baby, I am trying to be a bit wiser with my choices in baby things.  My latest interest is in a version of the Moby Wrap.  As I was looking deeper into what it entails, I realised that making it might be possible! 

This is one of the more detailed tutorial that I found.  

So encouraged by the fact that no sewing needs to be involved, I ordered these…Image

 

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And I am very excited!  I am looking forward to trying my hands at making something!

 

 

 

Labels for Toys

I have been desperately trying to organise the toys around the houses.  Since the mountain home has the least amount of toys, I figured I will start with that.  So last week, I went to Target and went to town on big boxes, small boxes and boxes with wheels.  I also got these “bin clips” to go along with each box so that Z knows where to put what.

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So here’s what I did.  I went to Avery and found the template that works with the size of the bin clips.  I pulled a few pictures of of the internet and put the label together in both English and Chinese.  Z likes it this way.

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And now all his cars and trucks in our mountain home has a home!

Independence Day

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I am not one that studied American history extensively, neither am I one that follows American politics. I have a lot of respect for those who believe in something so much that they put their lives on the line to protect it. Happy independence day!

The Bowing Aspen

The house is finally ours.  After months and months of struggle, we finally closed on our property.  This is going to be our mountain retreat, where we leave our worries behind and relax, where families get together, where memories are made.  This is going to be what makes us Colorado.

As we were turning into the road that led into our mountain home, we drove past a road lined with Aspen trees.  One of them was bending low into the road, as if to greet us.  I smiled and quietly said “hi”.