Monday, 25 March 2013

Manic Monday

I have three posts coming this week from my breastfeeding course (days 4,5,6.) So keep a look out!

Its been manic this weekend entertaining the girls. We took a trip to a local farm with Grampy Butch (in the freezing cold!) I love the cold, but little pebbles's hands were chilly & she had a pink nose bless her. Both girls enjoyed themselves though, having a browse at the noisy books, and I enjoyed 'ooohing' over the beautiful potential props!

I have been doing my best at fitting time into my photography at any free moment (usually when the girls are tucked up in bed) This week I have been venturing into some design (like my new logo above!) and also for my friends new jewellery business. (L.J.Jewellery). Im still very new to the design work, and photography for that matter but all new things learned are programming into my brain! 

I have been doing a lot of reading online, different blogs (Elizabeth Halford is amazing!) and speaking to some UK photog's too who have been so kind to be sharing pearls of wisdom. I think its so nice that there are actually some joyful people within the industry (along with the percentage who tend to take themselves a little too seriously and adopt a spiteful attitude towards others - not fun!) but, back to the friendly ones - you're ace!

Back to home-life.. My washing pile isn't too insane, and the dishes aren't resembling a mountain (yet!) - bonus! i'm sure it will be a different story by tomorrow afternoon!

My girls are developing so well, and a little too fast for my liking! Little YM is 2 but sounds, talks, and acts like a 5 year old. she's very forward - full of beans, and loves her books! Little H is 10 months and is almost crawling, she likes to do the bum-shuffle, and tries to follow big sis around! - She is also at that age where ANYTHING is edible in her eyes (Which is why I should have popeye arms from the amount of times I sweep  each day!)

I've also started my next knitting project, Its hopefully going to be a newborn hat! 

I'm going to wrap this up now, but keep your eyes peeled for my follow-up posts from my breastfeeding course! It was a delight to attend it! 

G'night all x






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Friday, 8 March 2013

Breastfeeding peer support group - Day three

Breastfeeding in practise, positioning & attachment, Expressing & storing milk.

Today we went through these elements of the course. We also worked in pairs to show our knowledge of offering help to women by talking them through positioning instead of using a 'Hands-on' approach.

I remember when I fed my daughter for the very first time, and I was still overwhelmed by the labour that I kind of just popped her on. (It was also encouraged to help my uterus contract faster.) I soon began to realise that it wasn't going to be an easy road, the pain was UNREAL. excruciating. Of course it takes a while for your breasts to get use to it, but i'm talking 9-10 weeks of solid razor sharp pain. My daughter & I were passing thrush back and fourth to one another, mastitis kicked in, and I also was sporting a whopping great open wound from a bad latch that would bleed every time i fed her. It really upset me, It was taking the joy of feeding from me & my new baby. I had such amazing support from my local Baby Cafe, and my cousin who is a BFPSC. I just remember her saying to me, "It will get better hun, I promise. Ah, I just can't wait until you have that day when you realise it is the most amazing thing in the world, and pain-free." - this is what kept me going, that along with knowing that I wanted to give my baby the best nutrition.

And so after 9-10 weeks - I got there, and it was one of the best feelings I've ever felt. to know that I could start to enjoy it & live it as it should be. (Not dreading every single feed, biting into my dressing gown, kicking the radiator, tears streaming down my face in pain!)

I went on to feed her until she self weaned onto cows milk at 13months (I also think that my milk had changed taste as I was then 3 months pregnant with baby No.2!) and i will be forever proud and grateful that I persevered. I am now currently feeding my 2nd daughter (aged 9.5months) and other than a week of soreness, and some thrush - its a dream once again.)

So learning all of these facts, and listening to other's experiences has been very heart-warming.

It was really great to learn about the details of expressing & storing milk, as this has been something I have often been a bit unsure of whilst breastfeeding my daughters.

Collected in a sterile container: 
room temperature - up to 6 hours.
In the main part of the fridge - Up to 5 days - after which it can be frozen.
Ice box of a fridge - 2 weeks.
Three star freezer - up to 6 months.

We also went through the notes about things you DON'T need to do because you're breastfeeding!

heres one:

You dont need to give an exclusively breastfed baby any other fluid - I've often had people questioning me on this one, Of course there's nothing wrong with it, but breast milk has two kinds of milk where the foremilk is less fatty and more hydrating, where as it is also the food source in the hind milk.

I am really looking forward to next weeks class as we will be discussing common breastfeeding problems. At least I have some experience here! The main reason I wanted to do this course was to help others, especially if they have difficulty like i did.

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I honestly can't believe this day has come.


A really sad thing happened this week. Our family dog Albie had to be put down & laid to rest due to rapid ill-health over the last few days. He reached an amazing 16.5 years of age and he was the most loyal companion any family could ask for. I am so heartbroken that I will never get to stroke his little felt ears, or stroke his little face ever again. I'm so proud of him that he lived to see my two girls. My eldest (2) loved him so much & has now been told that he's gone near the moon and in the stars up above where he is watching over her. So each night she says "goodnight Alb".

The pain is still so raw since it happened on Wednesday. And the guilt is tearing my poor Dad apart that he had to make the ultimate sacrifice. But it was the right thing to do, to let him go in peace, and with dignity.

The home is not complete anymore without Alb's there. He may have only been seen as a pet in others eyes but to us he was our friend. I was 6 1/2 when my Dad brought him home in his pocket, I remember confiding in him so many times with my problems or feelings i just couldn't tell anyone else. he was my peace of mind, and my home sweet home.

I hope I could make the heartache ease for my Dad, He feels so lost without him as do we. He was a huge part of my Dad's routine. Walking him, feeding, talking to him, confiding in him, taking him to work, up the fields etc. He even got a phone call from work yesterday for a job at a place called "ALBERT street' - so If thats not a sign from him to say he's ok then I dont know what is. I am a strong believer in things like that.

I just hope in time that he can realise that he's in peace now. we'll never forget you albs. I love you so much.

I really can't believe you're gone x


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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Breastfeeding peer support group - Day two

Safeguarding Children

'Gaining knowledge on our roles & responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children and young people'- OSCB

I found todays session very interesting & also upsetting to hear the statistics on abuse towards children. It saddens me to hear such vile things are happening everyday to such innocent young souls. We discussed our views on this topic, and respectively listened to our mentor when talking us through this valuable information. We spoke about indications of abuse, and the definitions of abuse, and when to act. we spoke about the types of abuse, physical, emotional, sexual etc and who we should seek advice from if we feel the need to do so in order to protect someone.

FACT:
Its absolutely unbelievable that each week ONE child dies from cruelty.

This just isn't acceptable. If in anyway, shape or form I can help towards the prevention from that - I will strive to help. Children are meant to feel safe, Especially within their own home. Not to live in fear and feel like they're worth nothing.

Natalie










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