Preschool at the Saratoga Regional YMCA

party-header-650x215Next Friday, March 13th the Saratoga Regional YMCA will be having their 2015 Annual Campaign Party in the ballroom at Saratoga National Golf Club. Local fave The Garland Nelson Ensemble will be there delivering their signature energy, and from 6:30 to 10pm guests will some enjoy some amazing hors d’oeuvres, unwind with complimentary beer & wine all the while helping to raise money for a fantastic local non-profit. All proceeds will go towards the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s Annual We Build People Scholarship Campaign, the major fundraising campaign of the Saratoga Regional YMCA. Funds raised help those who need it most by providing financial assistance to youth, teens, families and other individuals and ensures that no one is denied the opportunity to share in the YMCA experience due to the inability to pay.

3I recently chatted with Colleen Girvin, the Preschool Director at the Saratoga Regional YMCA about their preschool program and the Universal Pre-K program they offer to local children.

Colleen: At the Saratoga Regional YMCA, children ages 2 -5 are inspired to develop a love of learning through a theme based, developmental curriculum that prepares them for Kindergarten.  Students engage in activities that develop their fine and gross motor skills as well as strengthen their self-esteem, communication, reading, science, and math and literacy skills.

Students are able to utilize the great features of the YMCA facilities by participating in swim classes, tumbling classes, Kids’ Zumba, Kids’ Yoga, the playground, gym and track as a part of our preschool curriculum. Field trips enhance the students’ learning with hands on activities. This year the students have enjoyed meeting an author at Northshire Bookstore, reveled in fun at Ellms Family Farm or Sunnyside Gardens pumpkin patch, met Stuffee, (the giant stuffed boy whose internal organs came out so the students could learn about them), went to a performance by the Albany Symphony Orchestra and learned about horses and went horseback riding.

Our YMCA Healthy Kids curriculum was put in action when the students went to Pai’s or Cutting Edge Taekwondo to learn a new exercise. Some classes even got to walk inside giant balls doing Big Ball Zorbing at Cutting Edge. The learning has continued when our classrooms were visited by Jodi Fitz, Price Chopper nutritionist, a dental hygienist, and several musicians. The learning and fun never stops!

We offer a preschool program at the Wesley Community where there is a morning class for 3 year olds and an afternoon class for 4 year olds. These students have the great bonus of not only a great facility, and a terrific Kids’ Fit program but also the fun of spending 30 minutes each class with the grandmas and grandpas that live there who help our teachers implement our curriculum. The students and seniors sing, dance, read books, do art projects, write poetry, quilt and so much more together.  The amount they learn from each other is priceless.

Many of our students would not be able to participate in our amazing preschool without the help of Saratoga Regional YMCA scholarship fund. This funding includes both membership and program fees. Sixty-eight of our 4 year old students’ tuition is funded through the Saratoga Springs School District Universal Pre-K program. Parents of children who are 4 by December 1st and live in the Saratoga Springs District apply to the UPK program at the school district and are awarded spots through a lottery done at the School District. One morning and two afternoon classes are held at the Saratoga Springs Branch as well as one afternoon class at our Wilton Branch.

60293_428286543714_8001372_nOur own kids went to the Saratoga Regional YMCA preschool program, I had to dig up this photo (above) of Levy’s first day at the Two Year Program at the Saratoga Springs branch (from 2010 with big brother Finn showing her the ropes) and then Finn “graduating” from the UPK program in 2011 (below). They both loved the program (and Miss Sue) and had such a great experience there with the swim program and the UPK program as well.

267348_10150212180828715_669431_nTo learn more about the Saratoga Regional YMCA We Build People Scholarship Campaign click here, and to buy tickets for their event click right here. Many thanks to Colleen for sharing this information, find out more about the Saratoga Regional YMCA Preschool here.

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#LeanInTogether in Mamatoga

indexOkay, I love #LeanInTogether, the newest campaign from Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org that encourages men to help women in the fight for gender equality. In partnership with the NBA and WNBA, the campaign emphasizes the economic and social benefits men can gain from equality. On the site, the campaign points out that children with involved fathers are happier, healthier, and more successful. Couples that share responsibilities have stronger marriages, and diverse teams and companies produce better results. “In order for women to be seen as leaders, we’re also going to have to support men as caregivers,” Sandberg said. “Both sides of these coins work together, you can’t really have one without the other.”

People have asked me in the past why I “only” write about motherhood, and the answer is pretty simple actually. I am a mom, and I write about what I know. In no way do I aim to not include fathers, I just don’t assume I know what it is to be a father, because I’m not one myself. But the truth is, I have a very involved father right here in our house. Our Papa is a hands on, babywearing, dinner cooking, homework helping, hair brushing, diaper changing, housework doing dad. There aren’t any jobs that he doesn’t do, and the way he is as a caregiver for our children is one of my favorite parts about him as a person.

Now, I also want to point out that while I was writing this, I thought, what about single moms? What about single dads? I found this piece on the Lean In site and totally fell in love with it too. “When we ask for what we need, we imply that we are worthy of it. And when we reject perfectionism in favor of an authentic, balanced self, we create a better world for the girls who are watching us.”

I want to see your photos of Leaning In Together for the Spring Issue of Mamatoga. Email me your photos (to Jenny (at) Mamatoga (dot) com) with a brief description or post them on my facebook page here with the hashtag #LeanInTogether and chosen photos will appear in the newt issue of Mamatoga Magazine, our area’s first parenting magazine! xoxo

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What Does Community Mean to You

Screenshot 2015-03-05 12.40.26We live in a great neighborhood, I can’t complain. We have a nice big backyard, a quiet street, we are lucky that we have such a nice little spot to call home. What really makes it special though, is our neighbors. We are on the corner, and our backyard runs into their backyard, and they have three kids close in age to our older ones, and after school and on weekends we can both let our kids run out the door and meet at some point in the middle to play until we call them in for dinner, occasionally checking through a window or the sliding glass door to make sure they are all okay and are being nice to one another, which they almost always are. If I am running late for the bus after school, I can call this neighbor and if she is home she will happily take my kids for a few minutes until I get home, and the same goes for her. We pass clothing and snow boots and gear back and forth as the kids outgrow it. We do sleepovers and playdates and I know that I look after her kids the way I look after my own, and the same goes for her. Even though we are now slightly outgrowing this house with four kids, I never want to move, because of the little community we have here.

We are also members at a local golf club, McGregor Links, which isn’t far from where we live. There is a bigger community of moms and parents there, with the same vibe. We all look out for each other’s kids, and there are a LOT of kids there, especially at the pool. My favorite part of McGregor is that it’s a guaranteed built in play date, if there aren’t any other kids swimming (which is rare) the lifeguards have been known to jump in and play with the kids. Last summer with me being hugely massively pregnant, more than once a mom stepped in to help me corral Jack away from the edge of the pool. Snacks and coloring books and sunscreen and little activities are freely shared, the moms all just sort of stick together and help each other out, even if you don’t really know each other, and honestly, it is pretty amazing.

I have to admit to all of you, especially when I was a new parent, I felt self conscious about my parenting skills, about what other moms thought of me. I felt like if I stumbled a little it was a reflection on me, that they were judging me, that their offer of help was a way of saying I was in over my head, that I couldn’t handle things. Being a new mom and living in a new town where I didn’t know a single soul, I was guarded, and I felt like I missed out on a lot of opportunities by being so defensive.

The thing is, moms nowadays are made to feel like we can (and should) be doing all of this on our own, when that wasn’t always the case. We used to all have extended family and close neighbors who would all help out, it used to be more of a tribe. We didn’t have all this “mom guilt” about working outside the home or formula feeding or looking at our iPhones too much. We didn’t judge each other on which choices were best for our family’s needs, we didn’t judge each other on parenting styles.

Because of that, finding a new mom tribe can be intimidating. You don’t know what they might be like, will you fit in, will your parenting style vibe with their parenting style? And let’s face it, sometimes approaching another mom at preschool pickup can feel more like a first date experience that you want it to.

So, that being said, I want to know what community means to you guys. What would you like to have more of in our local community as far as mom meet ups and connecting with other parents? I’m toying with the idea of doing a monthly Mamatoga Meet Up, as a way to put people in touch with each other, to build more of a community, to bring the community we have here into a public space where people could meet each other, chat, share, learn, whatever. Thoughts I am toying with include incorporating a book club, a real life in person book club, a cooking club, having monthly speakers, maybe a day option and a nighttime option for those who can’t find a babysitter, also having YOU guys tell me what you are looking for. Do you want to find babysitters? Do you want to just maybe meet some local moms with babies the same age? Do you want to explore finding support groups? Let me know your input and thoughts, I want to know what a real community of moms here in our area would look like for YOU. xoxo

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What is your Go To Meal?

gotomealEveryone has that go-to make at home meal, the one they know that (almost) everyone will like, that is easy to make and hopefully somewhat nutritious. We’ve got a few family favorites here ourselves and I want to share a few with you, and I want YOU to tell me your family favorite! A chosen recipe will be used in the upcoming Spring Issue of Mamatoga Magazine! xoxo

Our family favorites:

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My Mom Life: Julie D.

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I am Julie, I am a 27 year old mother of 4. Current ages, 5, 4, 2, 1. My life is crazy, I work part-time as an online math tutor, my husband is in the Navy, currently working a day shift, the first time in our 8 year marriage we have seen each other every day. I am very thankful for my job, and love the controlled chaos of my house.

What is your typical schedule like during the week?
6:30-7:00 I wake up. My husband usually leaves 7-7:30
7:00-7:30 I try to work-out, I have started T25 and shower before my kids get up.
7:30 all 4 usually wake up, (if I am lucky they have slept this long, if not I usually turn on tv before I am ready.)
7:30-8:45 All 4 eat get dressed and ready for the day. My oldest two leave for school.
9-11 two days I have my 2 year old going to preschool so this is time I do stuff like groceries, plan meals, try to catch-up on work.
11:30-1- Lunch for the youngest 3 and some play time.
1-3 I have a work meeting every day at 1pm so I have to have the 2 younger boys sleeping, and usually my daughter 4 is taking a nap or doing quiet time stuff.
3:30- my oldest gets home from school.
5:00-5:30 my husband gets home and dinner
7:00-9:00 I work in my basement office and usually come up to do books and bed

What do you find tricky about your current set-up/schedule? What would you change if you could?

I always wish I could dedicate time for work- I think a lot about getting a sitter for a couple hours each day, but there are some days I do not need anyone, and other days I am swamped, so I guess I just do not like the inconsistency. My work schedule is weird, but flexible.

I find it tricky there is never enough time for anything, I feel that we are always in a rush in the morning, but I do not want to wake my kids up earlier.

What do you like best about your current set-up/schedule?

I love that I have time with my kids each individually throughout the day, even if it is my daughter playing quietly in my office while I work- it is time she gets to spend with just me, I always worry I am not giving them enough of me, they grow so fast I do not want them to look back and remember how I worked.

kids fallDo you have time for yourself? What do you do during that time?

I have very little time to myself, lately I have been trying to put myself first more, I like to unwind and catch-up on my DVR and workout, maybe take a shower or a long hot bath with no littles coming in.

What are some of your top must have products for the parenting part of your life? What are some non-mom must haves?

For parenting it is very hard for me to answer this, for my first son, I could not live without my Boppy pillow, but I didn’t even use it with my youngest son, my youngest he lived in the Ergo whenever I went anywhere I had to have it, I was chasing other kids. I also really love my snap and go stroller when my kids were a bit younger and my video monitor! For toys my kids love the busy box thing from Bee purchased at Target, and I love all the Leap Frog videos, and they are also into stamping sets from Melissa and Doug.

For me:T25 workout is making me feel productive with only dedicating 30 mins to working out.  I am also loving scarfs from old navy right now. My amazing sister got me some for christmas and they make me feel so put together even though I shower and throw my hair in a bun, Every. Single. Day.

What advice would you give to other moms about how to balance work and life?

I do not think I have any advice for this, I am currently working part time from home during nap-time and when my husband is home, it is a constant struggle, although I love my job, I am always feeling like I should be doing more, both for my job, and my family. I try very hard to have set times that I dedicate to work, 1-3pm (nap time) and then 7-9pm some weekdays.

halloween picDo you ever wonder how other women manage the juggle? Do you think people are open about it?

I have a good group of friends, so yes we are open about it, we confide in one another about the unhealthy food we are feeding our children some days, and the school snack we forgot to pack. No one can do it all, and it helps to hear other moms having the same struggles as me.

What is one thing you’ve realized/learned about motherhood that no one ever told you before you had kids?

In motherhood, and life in general I just feel like I am never doing enough, reading enough books, cooking enough healthy food, spending enough quality time, it is a struggle a lot of moms feel, or at least I hope I am not alone in this, and something I never knew before I had kids. Everyone says your kids grow so fast, this I knew before I had kids, but not really, my oldest will be 6 next month and it feels like he was just a baby.

If you had an extra hour in the day, you would spend it…?

This is a hard one, I have not taken a long hot bath- something I truly enjoy in a while so if you were asking me today I would say that. However although I feel completely overwhelmed I also feel as though I can do anything! So if there is something I want to commit time to, I do.

Do you find it hard or difficult at all to stay connected to friends/people in your life now that you have kids? Do you find there is any gap or gulf in between you and the friends/people in your life that don’t have kids? Any tips on how to stay connected to those people?

I started having kids when many of my friends were having kids. Then moved and became friends with people who had kids here, or people my husband knew through work that were used to being around kids. My friends and I are used to seeing each other when there are kids around talking over us, or climbing over us, or interrupting.

Is there anything you find yourself doing as a parent that you swore you would never do before you had kids?

There are many! Even when my oldest was a baby, I swore he was not going to eat food walking around my house, as I write this all 3 older children have various food, oranges, graham crackers, walking around, spilling crumbs everywhere! I thought I would read books to my children every single night, now my oldest sometimes reads to the younger ones, I thought I would never get annoyed with them telling me useless information, I guess I just overall thought I would have more energy, I swore I would have more energy.

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#1 Winter Skin Tip {DIY}

indexThis super duper easy DIY is great year round (love it in summer) but it’s especially needed in winter when skin can get dry and itchy and just downright neglected under all those layers. The recipe couldn’t be simpler, but it makes your skin feel like you’ve just gotten back from a spa.

Ingredients and Directions:

1 cup granulated white sugar

A few tablespoons of coconut oil to blend the sugar and the oil together (this amount is adjusted to make the scrub blend just smooth enough to scoop into your fingers without being too liquid to make it slip through, make it grainier if you need more exfoliation)

A few drops of essential oil for fragrance, I love the Body Shop’s Vanilla perfume oil but any scented oil you prefer will do, jasmine is also really pretty

Just add these things together, mix it in a shatterproof cup (no glass in the shower with oily hands!) with your fingers while you are in the shower and scrub everywhere. After you rinse off you won’t even need a moisturizer because you’ll have super soft skin already scented with your favorite fragrance. Be sure to rinse the tub after you use this though, if you make it too oily it can make the tub a little slippery. xoxo

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Baby to Big Girl Bed: Kids Style

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Make the transition from baby to big girl bed as sweetly as possible with these gorgeous girl’s room decor picks. Clockwise from top left:

I WISH they had this sneaker print sheet set when I was a little girl, OMG I would have loved this. Serena and Lily

Okay add this rainbow pillow to that list as well, 6 year old me would have treasured this happy little room accessory. Land of Nod

These tiny hippos will keep her new book collection all neat and organized (and bonus, they can double as some little friends to play with). Serena and Lily

I recently bought these wall decals for both my girls and they are so well made with such a great color selection. Etsy

If you have a girly girl like I do who loves bows, this Bibie Bow Holder can be hung on the back of the door (where Leven has her’s hung) or on the wall and it is C-U-T-E, let me tell you (and actually holds a lot of bows). Beaufort Bonnet Company

Another recent addition to my 6 year old’s room is this swan laundry hamper. On the sides are two handles which can actually be folded down to make tossing clothes in easier. Fold the handles back up to carry. It is light enough to carry for my little girl and she can help out and bring her laundry to the laundry room herself (still working on having her fold and put it away though…) 3 Sprouts

This pretty purple quilt has tiny details like the running contrast stitch that take it from basic to simply beautiful. Serena and Lily

Stock up on some great girl reads, like old school Nancy Drews and new school Ivy and Bean (both awesome mysteries for girls). If you need help finding age appropriate books for your little reader, ask one of the super friendly booksellers at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga (Jennifer is the one who directed us to Ivy and Bean and now Levy is obsessed!)

Ugh this dip dyed stool, I want like ten of them. Find it here or find a DIY here if you are crafty like that.

Blablas just make me happy. Blabla

Do you have a little pony lover in your house? This pillow cover has the sweetest horse print on it (they have a whole line with this print too). Little Augie Home

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Best Baby Feeding Item EVER

indexBaby Talley is turning 6 months tomorrow and is ALL ABOUT food, she seriously eyes me as I eat a sandwich and just baby food isn’t cutting it. So I went to Target and got one of those mesh bag feeders, the kind where you stuff food into it and snap it closed and they get to eat it through the mesh. Sounds great, right? She enjoyed it, got her banana fix in, but then I tried to clean it and remembered why I HATE those mesh bag feeders. There is literally NO way to get them totally clean. I hand washed it, I used the sprayer, I scraped each bit of banana off of one by one, I put it in the dishwasher, and it was still gross. There was just no way to get them totally clean, and I eventually threw them out. Sorry Talley, no more banana till you can eat it by yourself I guess.

A few weeks later I was at The Bundle Store and saw the Boon Pulp Silicone Feeder and immediately grabbed it off the shelf. “Is this like those mesh ones?” I asked Amber excitedly as I waved it in front of her face. “Yes, but better”, she said, as she explained that the silicone is way easier to clean and feels better on your baby’s mouth. Sold. I couldn’t wait to bring it home and let Tal have a go at it.

First, the pros. The ergonomic handle is easy for babies to grasp, and the holes are big enough that whatever you put in there doesn’t actually have to be pureed. You can stuff little slices of banana, peas, chunks of avocado (the banana + avocado combo is Talley’s favorite), berries, whatever inside the silicone pod and then the silicone and a ring shaped piece snap back on to the handle (you can also use it with frozen food for teething babies!). The handle has a part that pushes the food up into the pod and through the tiny holes.

boonsYou can even use this to make baby popsicles, just put the cap in a plastic sandwich bag and hold the plastic snug against the holes and fill with a little yogurt or smoothie, insert the handle, freeze and remove the plastic bag gently with warm water. Nice and cold for those sore teething gums!

The only “con” isn’t really a con, more of a tip, that if you overfill the pod the ring won’t snap back into place. When I first tried it I really overfilled it and the pod came off as Talley tried it and I thought I was doing it wrong, it turns out you need to really hear the snap of it going back onto the handle to know it is on there securely, and it is just a matter of putting a smaller amount in. Once it is on there securely it is on there though, so it really isn’t a problem and once you know the right amount it is super easy to use.

avoThe pulp feeder is BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free and the best part might be how easy it is to clean. In like a tenth of the time it took to try and clean the mesh bags I got this thing perfectly clean, really just by rinsing it and rubbing it gently with my fingers. It is dishwasher safe, and the slicone mesh can also be boiled or sterilized.

Two thumbs up from me and from Talley, she absolutely loves her little snacks and I love the relief it gives her poor little teething mouth. Find them locally at The Bundle Store! xoxo

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Do You Have a Threenager?

Screenshot 2015-02-23 11.21.33If you’ve seen me in Target, the grocery store, basically anywhere in public lately with my three year old most likely he was lying on the floor. Face down, kicking his legs, and I was most likely at a safe distance, pretending to walk away and “leave him” there. Maybe we made eye contact and you silently commiserated with me and gave me an “I’ve been there” look, maybe you looked at me like “Hey lady, maybe pick your child up off of the Home Depot floor, huh?”, either way, I have a threenager and pretty much anywhere we go involves this super fun battle of wills.

First, let’s deal with the nap thing. Remember NAPS?!?! Weren’t those so awesome! You could plan out calling a friend, getting work done, catching up on Vanderpump Rules, whatever floated your boat because that naptime was your oasis and you were the captain. No longer. Act like your threenager when they flush the potty and say bye bye as that goes down the tubes because the transition to no more napping is happening. The worst part about it is that you foolishly think that no nap means early bedtime. HAHAHAHAHAHA no. It does not.

Remember when you couldn’t wait for your baby to say their first word? Now that they are three they say all of the words they know all the time without stopping constantly and most of those words are Paw Patrol and Can You Put on Paw Patrol?

Food? What food? If you don’t have the right type of granola bar at exactly the right moment when the sun is at the right point in the sky and the planets have aligned for food consumption then they will go on a threenager hunger strike that will leave you wondering how they can even survive on chocolate milk alone.

Speed is a major factor. Hand holding, not so much, so get those hammies stretched and ready for some threenager sprinting, usually riiiiiiight on the borderline of getting close to the street so you must break from a conversation in a panic to retrieve your child, or chase them around the house with a jacket so you can make the doctor’s appointment in time.

Clothing options become extremely limited, if you are lucky they will keep the clothing on after using the potty (not the case in my house). If I was cool with it my threenager would only dress in Thomas the Tank Engine clothing and Mickey Mouse underwear, but no, not THOSE Mickey Mouse underwear, the one pair where Mickey is on a scooter. THAT PAIR. THAT PAIR NOW!!!!!!

You have an opportunity to work on your patience though, as you wait for them to buckle their carseat belt (NO I DO IT) while refusing absolutely zero help getting into the carseat, finding the buckles, closing the buckles, making sure the buckles are on right, oh wait now this one buckle is twisted ever so slightly and we can’t have that so let’s start all over again while I get out of my carseat and whine on the floor of the car about the buckle getting twisted.

Get used to seeing one show, even one episode all the time. Every time. In our house there is a “Spongebob Golf” episode that our threenager loves where Spongebob plays mini golf with the starfish dude (yes I know his name is Patrick I’ve seen it eleventy billion times) and it MUST BE THAT EPISODE or back to the drawing board we go. Such is the case as well with going to bed. There’s a routine, and you must follow that routine if you are hoping to get some shuteye. We have a complex system of starlight turtles, a sound machine that must be on the right melody, a “Blast Off” sequence that is performed with three different stuffed animals, and a thorough de-wrinkling of all blankets before sleep can perhaps take place in the next hour or so. Don’t look at me like that, you know you do it too.

The thing is, being a parent to a threenager is difficult but also so fleeting. They will only be this super duper cute and small while also being able to talk and dance and pick out crazy outfits for so long. They are the perfect mix of tiny and funny, and when the sweetness comes through and those little arms go around your neck all of the threenager craziness is forgiven. Until dinner time, because you had better get that hot dog cut properly or you are screwed. Good luck mamas! xoxo

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Mamatoga’s #BUSTling Guide to Breastfeeding {aka how I made it work for me}

indexAfter four kids I have had a long and not always smooth (to put it mildly) relationship with breastfeeding. I certainly am not one of those women that it came easily to, that is for sure, but along the way I have picked up some tried and true tips on making it work and overcoming obstacles.

First off, a good nursing bra is a MUST. At first I just found a few online, sort of guesstimated my size and went with it. They were uncomfortable (partly from being the wrong size and partly because they just weren’t made well) and well, sort of ugly. Then I tried buying “cute” nursing bras, which also didn’t work out because they were itchy and impractical and the underwire was uncomfortable. Finally, this time around, I wanted to make sure I did everything right to help me and Talley be successful at nursing so I went in to the Bundle Store and actually got fitted for the correct size. Amber actually gave me a few different options and I chose which one felt the best (the Melinda G one pictured above on the left) and it has made a HUGE difference.

First, it’s actually pretty. It is the best working nursing bra I have found that doesn’t even look like a nursing bra. I have the black and the cut is surprisingly flattering (in a drastic change from the other one I had that was so high cut it was practically a tank top). The cut actually allows for each breast to be lifted individually, giving more support. The clips are super easy to undo but stay nice and tight as well, and it looks great under clothes. Getting it fitted is key though, since the sizing isn’t easy to figure out on your own. Amber had one woman come in that was a G cup and wanted the Melinda G Smoothly Divine, which only goes up to E-F, but by going up a band size it gave her enough room to fit the F. NOT something I would have figured out by guesstimating, you know what I mean? Every set of breasts is different, even from nursing one baby to the next baby, and every body type is different, so by getting a fitting you’re going to be sure you have something that is going to be comfortable.

Anyway, I loved the Melinda G so much I wore it 24/7, even to bed, and the next time I went in Amber gave me the Melinda G sleep bra which I ALMOST like even more. So then I started wearing the sleep bra all day too, they are both so great. The sleep bra doesn’t have clips, you just pull the seamless cups to the side and nurse and it has a nice lower cut criss cross front (breast pads fit perfectly too).

So I was going along loving these two bras and happened to have them both in the wash at the same time so I dug out one of my old uncomfortable nursing bras for the day. For one day. ONE DAY was all it took and I got mastitis from an ill fitting bra. For those of you that have dealt with mastitis you know how horrible it can be, and my milk supply went way down. I was so so so close to giving up, but a combination of tons of water, these cookies, this smoothie and these Motherlove More Milk Plus Capsules did the trick and we were back on track in no time.

The Motherlove brand in general is really great, their nipple cream has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 100% certified organic ingredients and doesn’t need to be washed off before feeding.

Finally, the key thing that has made this round of breastfeeding for us has been support. If breastfeeding has been a breeze for you that is awesome, but if you are having difficulties and don’t want to give up, you can find support at The Bundle Store. Click here to find a Q&A from Amber on mastitis and how to get through it, and click here for my Nursing Mama uniform.

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