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Friday, August 19, 2011

Avalee: A Photo Bomb

Really, Mom?!
More photos???
Now you woke me up!


ARRRRR!
(Pirate Baby)
 
Fourth of July with MoMo!

Smitten with Grandpa.

I don't know why people keep telling me she's such a serious baby!

Sleeping with Daddy.

"Talking" with Na-Na.

Baby feet!


First time in the pool.

Baby fingers! The only thing known to be better than baby toes.

The texture leaves a little something to be desired.
(Gnawing on Uncle Nathan.)

I'm getting kind of sleepy...

...think I'll take a nap...

...yes, this will do nicely.

Helping Mommy clean the house up, and loving our first back wrap!

Woooo! Nakie time!

Wooooo! More nakie time!

Baths. I'm for 'em.

Seriously, Mom. Enough with the pictures, alright?


Thursday, August 4, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week--My Experience


It should be noted that this post is about breastfeeding, and as such the blog entry and photos below will discuss and show breasts and breastfeeding. If you find such things embarrassing or uncomfortable, this particular entry is not recommended reading for you.

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A Short Reflection on My Breastfeeding Experience
(Originally written for hbdocumentary.wordpress.com)

When she had my brother and sister, my Mother made the decision to keep me closely involved with all aspects of the new baby.  At seven years old, I helped hold her leg as she had my brother, and at ten years old, I held her hand as my sister was born.  A naked body in childbirth was not something sexual that needed to be hidden, but the natural vessel for bringing in the world and nourishing a baby.  My Mom nursed us all beyond a year, despite the discouragement and incredulity she faced from friends and family members who had raised babies on formula, thinking it was better, more filling, less work, and more convenient.  And it is for her courage that I am grateful.  Now with my own (and first) baby, I feel empowered by breastfeeding.  Because of her normalizing breastfeeding (imagine having to 'normalize' the natural way of feeding your baby!) within our family, I have the support my Mother never did.  It saddens me that still today, women are discouraged from nursing because they feel bound to the house, don't want to encounter the stares from strangers and friends alike, or have been made to feel over-exposed by the act of breastfeeding.  I think that my Mom's treatment of nursing as the way that a mother feeds her baby shaped the way I would feed my own child.  I never felt afraid or ashamed to nurse, no matter where I was.  It never occured to me to.  I was suprised as I grew up to find that not everyone felt the way my family did about breastfeeding.  I was surprised to hear of women who nursed in bathrooms (yuck!) or gave up all together because of the public attitude.  It is my sincerest hope that by proudly nursing my child will help others realize that there is nothing indecent about such a natural process.  I am grateful for the convenience that nursing provides--I can feed my baby anywhere, anytime.  I am grateful for the connection that breastfeeding gives me and my daughter.  I am grateful for modern medicine and formula and all the things that keep babies healthy when their mother's can't or won't nurse, but I hope that those who can will try. I hope that one day I will no longer see the flash of embarrassment when someone admiring my baby realizes I am nursing her.  I hope that ony day many more women will be able to discover that overwhelming beauty that is created by a mother nursing her child.

I love nursing, though I never expected to.  The first few weeks were hard.  It hurt while my body adjusted.  But even then, I was struck by the beauty of my baby breastfeeding.  I fell in love with the rise and fall of my baby's tiny jaw.  I fell in love with the soft curve of my breast mimicked by her cheek.  I fell in love with the comfort, nourishment, and unique love created between us.  I fell in love with my baby through breastfeeding.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week--Thank You For Breastfeeding!

It should be noted that this post is about breastfeeding, and as such the blog entry and photos below will discuss and show breasts and breastfeeding. If you find such things embarrassing or uncomfortable, this particular entry is not recommended reading for you.


Amanda over at the Kind Over Matter blog did a post this week in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, too.  She has created a set of free, printable "Thank You For Breastfeeding" cards that can be handed out to nursing mothers.  This is all about raising awareness of nursing benefits and acceptance of a mother's right to nurse her child in any public place.
 
Just right click on the .jpg and select Save Target As to download and print!
Or view the original post at http://www.kindovermatter.com/2009/05/thank-you-for-nursing-in-public.html
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week 2011!

It should be noted that this post is about breastfeeding, and as such the blog entry and photos below will discuss and show breasts and breastfeeding. If you find such things embarrassing or uncomfortable, this particular entry is not recommended reading for you.

This is just a short post in honor of World Breastfeeding Week!  Having now nursed my own Squishy for ten weeks, having been through the pain of the first two, and having discovered the joy of the past eight, I've found that breastfeeding is something I am quite passionate about.  So, in an effort to help spread awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding, I participated in hbdocumentary's WBW nursing photo shoot.  A group of local women and I met at one woman's home, chatted, and nursed our babies as Heather (hbdocumentary photographer) worked her magic.  This week on the hbdocumentary blog, Heather is posting the photos along with breastfeeding tips and resources and personal stories of nursing experiences.  Please take a moment to check it out, support breastfeeding, and view her lovely photographs by clicking the blog link above or copying and pasting http://hbdocumentary.wordpress.com/ into your address bar.

July 29, 2011 Avalee at 8 weeks 6 days old.
Photo courtesy of hbdocumentary.